Year 3 Blog

Welcome to the Year 3 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Year 3 go potty!!

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Last week, 3CR and 3JH completed their topic on the Groovy Greeks. To finish off, we spent two lessons in the Art room making and decorating Greek Pots using clay and paint. There were some fantastic pots made, with bases and handles and decorataed in authentic colours and tones. Watch this space...there will be a new piece of pottery coming home in the new year.

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This week, we have started our new Topic of 'Extreme Weather', which we will continue into the spring term. During our topic lesson we listened to the sounds of a storm and considered how these sounds made us feel. We also discussed what instruments could make these sounds then tried to create a steady beat using clapping and introducing sounds that represent weather. 

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Getting back into the swing of things!

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Winter welcome

Welcome back!

We are all back after our well earned break and raring to go!

This week, we are finishing off our Groovy Greeks topic with some art work - making our clay pots that we designed at the end of last half term. we can't wait to get creative and enjoy using our art room!

We are also starting a new Literacy unit exploring shape poetry which will link nicely to our forthcoming topic - Extreme weather. We will be looking at Calligrams this week and exploring how to use descriptive writing to paint vivid pictures in the minds of a reader.

We will also be spending some time this week investigating different religions and beliefs using our RE resource boxes. We will be using our BLP skills of questioning and making links to find out more about our diverse world.

Remember to keep visiting our blog and see what we are up to as we enjoy the next few weeks and the festive frenzy which awaits us!

Celebrating Black History Month

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Black History

This week we have completed an activity all about Martin Luther King to mark and celebrate Black History Month. 

We have learnt about both his significance in history and his impact on our world today. To reflect on our learning and share our understanding, we created written work including mind maps, poems and our own "I have a dream.." speeches.

We used our BLP skills of empathy and listening to support our learning and deepen our understanding of this influential man.

We are also coming to the end of our Groovy Greeks topic and have spent this week learning about the origins of The Olympics (through guided reading, topic activities and PE) and designing our own Greek pots which we will be making when we come back after the half term holiday!

Greek olympics

We have had a busy but enjoyable half term and are now looking forward to a little rest before returning for another exciting half term packed full of learning and even more fun and creativity!

Remember to keep up with our blog to see what we are doing as the year goes on ...

Another busy week!

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We have enjoyed some more busy times in Year 3 with lots of different learning across the curriculum.

We held our Athens Vs Sparta debate last week which was great fun and helped us to develop our speaking and listening skills. We used the facts that we had researched in our topic lessons to support our arguments and gave some excellent points of view to defend our side.

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This week we are writing our own myths using characters and settings from traditional Greek myths as a strating point but calling on our fantastic imaginations and creative minds to become authors and create brand new myths of our own. This will help us to show off our writing skills and apply all the things which we have learnt over the last few weeks.

In Science, we have moved on from exploring our digestive system to our circulatory system and finding out more about the job of our heart, veins and blood. We have used a range of videos and songs, such as the one below, to support our learning. It has been very interesting and we are learning so much more about our bodies and how they work!

Exploring Equality and taking a closer look at digestion!

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Last week, we revisited the values of our LTE (Learning Trust of Excellence) with a focus on Equality. We considered why it is important to celebrate our differences but treat each other equally. We wrote poems to share our learning and some of us read these out in our special celebration assembly.

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Later in the day, we continued with our Science work and explored the digestive system. We watched a practical demonstration which showed each step of the process and tried using scientific vocabulary to explain our knowlegde and understanding.

We watched how the food travelled all the way from being chopped up by our incisors as we eat to the end of the process (where the chocolate spread sandwich looked quite different to how it began!)

 

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It was a great lesson and we showed our learning well through the comments and ideas that we shared in our class learning journeys.

This week, we are looking forward to developing our speaking and listening skills through a debate in topic. We will be challenging each other in the Year 3 classes to argue as Athens and Sparta!

athens vs sparta

Mythical Monster Mayhem!

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This week we have continued our work in Literacy on Myths and Legends. 

We have looked in detail at the tale of Pandora's box and now we are moving on to explore and compare the characters in this type of story using Theseus and The Minotaur as our starting point. This work is giving us an opportunity to develop our vocabulary and detail in description and use our imaginations to create vivid pictures through our writing. We are really enjoying exploring the mythical monsters of the past.

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On Friday, we will be revisiting the values of our LTE (Learning Trust of Excellence) with a focus for Year 3 on equality. We will be writing poems to help us understand and share the message of the importance of this value.

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It's all Greek to us!

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This week we have combined continuing our Groovy Greeks topic with celebrating European Day of Languages and it has proved to be great fun!

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We learnt a bit more about Greece and some famous Greek people in history and today and we practised some simple Greek words a phrases so that, should we meet a Greek or go to Greece on holiday, we could greet people and introduce ourselves. We practised this using some role play. We learnt the numbers 1 to 10 too and practised saying them in order.

We also enjoyed looking at the Greek alphabet which is VERY different from ours and we used a song to try and remember some of the letter names.

Look at the video below to see how we tried to learn these - Can you keep up?

Finally we looked at the design of the Greek flag and thought about interesting ways that we could recreate it.

We finally took inspiration from the most recent Eurovision Song contest and the postcard flags which each act created before they performed. We made our flag using the images of shells which we all contributed to in order to use and develop our effective collboration skills.

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We've really enjoyed exploring languages and have certainly learnt alot!

Topics for our new term!

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This week we have completed our work for Voices In the Park. We have thought about the park setting and how illustrations can change the way we view a picture, the mood and atmosphere. Setting descriptions are a super way of conveying a mood and emphasizing how the characters feel. Smudge and Charles enjoyed their time at the park and we have considered how we can write our own version of this brilliant story.

R.E

In R.E this term we are thinking about stories with a meaning. To open this unit of work we considered some of our favourite stories and how we can learn valuable lessons from them. This type of teaching is called a moral and we have thought about what characters we can learn from and how they could make better choices.

The Greeks - a reminder

Our new topic for the autumn term is the Groovy Greeks! We are going to compare Ancient Greece with modern day Greece. We request that if you have been on holiday to Greece and have some photographs or postcards that you would bring them in to school for Monday 15th September. Equally if you can bring in a holiday brochure this will help build a picture of what modern day Greece is like. Many thanks!

An Arty Start...

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Welcome back

So, the summer is almost over and we've had the big return to school!

It has been great to see all the Year 3 children ready for action and raring to go!

We have begun this week with an art focus week in which we have linked all of our learning to art and the artist George Seurat. We have explored and learnt about pointillism and have created our own artwork inspired by Seurat.

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We are looking forward to an exciting half term filled with challenge, fun and lots of learning!

Remember to look at our blog each week to keep up with all of our news...

A little bit of magic and a step back in time!

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This week has been great fun!

Magic maths

In our maths work, we have been using and applying our number skills to investigate different magic tricks. Each day we were shown a trick and then given time to use our number sense to try and solve how the trick was done. Through our work we revisited all of our calculation skills and had to use a variety of strategies as well as reasoning about maths through maths talk with our partners and in groups.

We really enjoyed magic maths and showed just how much we have learnt over the year.

On Friday we ended the week with a step back in time to 1912 and a trip aboard the Titanic!

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We explored many facts linked to this historical events by creating timelines, writing diaries and postcards in character and by comparing this great liner of the past to the world's largest cruise ship today.

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It was a day full of fun, enthusiasm and learning and we enjoyed sharing our leanring with the other children in our presentation assembly.

We can't wait to see what the last week of the year will bring but we are sure it promises to be an amazing end to a FANTASTIC year!

A Chocolate Adventure!

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As part of our topic, Where We Are, we started off our week with a visit to Cadbury World.

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We learnt all about the history of chocolate and focused on finding out about the Cadbury family and their influence and impact on Birmingham. We heard the story of John Cadbury and his sons and learnt about how their business developed and thrived and how Bournville village grew as a result of their success.

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Of course we got to try some chocolate too and got creative by inventing our own chocolatey concoctions by adding ingredients to liquid chocolate - Yum!

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We tried out the new attraction - The Chocolate Adventure - which was great fun and we learnt lots about how chocolate was made in the past and compared it to how this has changed and how it is manufactured today.

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It was a fantastic trip and our follow up writing, reflecting on the facts we learnt, has been super!

Next week we will be using our DT skills to design and make prototype packaging for the future of confectionary! Time to be creative and imaginative once again... We can't wait!

Look at the video below...

We watched the making of Cadbury adverts whilst on our tour ... Can you remember this one?

Rapping...Rhythm and Rhyme!

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Rhythm and Rhyme BLOG

This week, in our Literacy we have been combining our musical and writing skills to explore, create and perform poetry. We looked at the work of local poet, Benjamin Zephaniah (linking our work to our topic theme of "Where We Are") and thought about how poems can be performed effectively.

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Throughout the week, we have developed our understanding of beats and rhythms through counting and clapping the syllables in words and through using a metronome to help us keep a steady beat as we read a range of poems and raps.

It has been great fun and we are now going to use and apply these skills to write a perform some raps of our own.

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