Year 3 Blog

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

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.

CW building

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.

CW Tour

 

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!

CW Tasting

CW Eating

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.

CW demo   CW demo 2

CW demo 3  CW Tour 2

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.

Ben Zeph

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.

Meeting a Hedgehog (and some hoglets!)

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We were very lucky in Year 3 this week as we had a visit from a Hedgehog! The visit had an added surprise too as the lady who came to talk to use also brought along some little hoglets too!

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We learnt all about hedgehogs and the importance of protecting this little creature which is a key part of our environment and wildlife. We asked lots of questions to learn key facts and each of us got to stroke the prickly visitor who also gave us a lovely demonstration of how she curls into a ball to protect herself.

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hedgehog ball

It was a super visit which linked in to our topic of "Where We Are" as we have many hedgehogs in our local environment and our visitor plays an important role in looking after these and other wildlife in our local area.

We have also been extending our learning by completing comprehension tasks about hedgehogs in our guided reading this week.

 

Enjoying Sun and Sports!

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We had a great time last week enjoying sports day in the beautiful weather.

In Year 3 we had been training hard for our events and everyone showed their skills and commitment by trying their best, persevering and achieving great things!

The afternoon was full of fun and everyone took part. Congratulations go to everybody but it must be said that Elder did themselves proud by winning the sports afternoon and Hawthorn should be commended on taking the trophy for the year which was based on both sports day points and house points.

What a lovely end to a super week of learning and it was great that we all got to enjoy family picnics and ice lollies in the sunshine too!

Happy and Healthy for Health Week

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We really enjoyed the start of our half term which began with a whole week focusing on healthy lifestyles.

The week included a whole range of activities including; sports, exploring healthy snacks and healthy foods, a visit to the Life Caravan to learn about keeping our brains healthy, a visit from a chef who taught us about cooking healthy foods, exploring how music can help our moods and minds and learning about the importance of sleep to our health.

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P1070884 Life caravan

It was certainly a busy week but we learnt a lot and developed a variety of skills and knowledge.

We revisited our BLP skills and shared how these can help us to have healthy attitudes towards our learning and many of our activities gave us the opportunity to use these skills and reflect on them in action.

We certainly feel that, in Year 3, we are a super healthy bunch who can understand the importance of health in all aspects of our lives! Good health everyone! :)

Castle Fun!

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A little while ago, we started a week with an exciting trip to Kenilworth Castle as part of our topic work.

Castle

The weather may not have been as kind to us as we would have liked but we wouldn’t let a little bit of rain dampen our spirits or spoil a fantastic and fascinating trip which taught us a great deal about life in a castle in medieval times.

While we were at the castle, we enjoyed a tour both inside and outside of the castle walls with our brilliant (and entertaining) guides George and Sonia. We learnt about how castles would have been both defended and attacked and we showed that we have learnt lots in school by answering questions we were asked.

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Tour 2

 

Tour 3

Our guides were impressed and commented on how knowledgeable we were.

We used a range of BLP skills on our trip and were particularly good at questioning, asking relevant questions to extend and deepen our learning and understanding.

We also showed our absorption in our learning and we continued to learn independently using displays, artefacts and information that was available to us.

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Research 2

The day out was enormous fun and we learnt lots. It was a super start to the week which was then filled with follow up work on castles, swimming lessons, reviewing our learning in Maths and Literacy through assessments and dance practises for our big dance showcase the following week!

 

Lots of learning!

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We have continued enjoying lots of learning in our busy four day week this week.

Luckily the sun came out so we managed to go outside to explore light and shadows further for our Science unit. It was great fun creating shadow images with our friends and finding out how shadows change and move throughout the day.

In maths, we have been exploring fractions more using our structured apparatus and in lots of different contexts. We have been using lots of opportunities to develop our explanation and reasoning skills too by collaboarting with others to problem solve about fractions.

Watch the video below to remind you of some fraction facts...

Finally, we have been having a fantastic time improving and developing our swimming skills in our PE. We are exploring different strokes and techniques and increasing our confidence and ability in the water.

On Monday, we head off to Kenilworth castle which should be a great learning opportunity for our creative curriculum topic work. Watch this space to hear about our activities and experiences...

Scientific exploration and mystery mayhem!

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This week in Year 3, we have returned after our Easter holiday and thrown ourselves straight back into our learning. We’ve been having great fun!

In Science we have used our investigative skills to explore our new unit of Light and Shadows.

Despite the British weather being unpredictable as ever and challenging our plans to look at shadows outside (as soon as the sun appears we will be ready to run and enjoy it!) we used torches and resources around the classroom to generate some initial ideas about how shadows are formed and how they behave.

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Light and Shadow 3

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Light and Shadows 5

In our Literacy work, we have begun to look at mystery stories with links to our new topic of Castles and think about ways to create suspense, drama and excitement in narratives.

Continuing the “mystery” theme, we have also been launched into our new topic by enjoying an exciting treasure hunt in which we became history detectives to find out some key facts about castles.

Take a look at the video below to discover some facts about Motte and Bailey castles, the first type of castle to be built here in Britain.

Easter egg hunt fun...

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What a treat!

We went on an easter egg hunt around our amazing grounds. We searched all over for the eggs. 

We were especciall excited to find the GOLDEN EGG!

It was hidden so well but took only moments for these eager searchers to discover it under the tyre park tyre!

egg hunt 1

Here are our winners...

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Bollywood dancers

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Today we have created an exciting Bollywood dance. We learned about the different type of moves and the terminology used in a dance.

We learned about the history of Bollywood Dance:

The style of dancing in earlier Bollywood films was based on Indian Classical Dance or Folk Dances from various parts of India.

In the late 50's and 60's group dances began to evolve in Bollywood films with influences from folk dances.

Bollywood Dance began to change in the 70s. The Cabaret style of dance was used in many movies and, later on, this gave way to Disco, which was a worldwide phenomenon at the time.

After experimenting with Classical, Semi Classical, Folk, Cabaret & Disco styles of dance, came an era which introduced Bollywood Free Style of dancing; a new and original style of dance.

Since the 1980's, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Western dance styles, and incorporates elements from the West. In modern Bollywood films, the musical numbers are often based on the Hip-Hop style of dance as well as other variations of Hip-Hop dance.

Currently Bollywood Dance is still influenced by Western culture, perhaps even more so today than when it began. The movements have become more bold to capture the audience’s attention. The Evolution of Bollywood Dance is a process that is entirely Indian and yet cross-cultural at the same time. 


We are proud of the dances we created.

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Hockey

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hockeyThis half term in PE we have been learning a range of hockey skills. We have learned how to hold the hockey stick correctly by shaking hands with it. We have been developing our ability to move with the ball.

We have been using the skills that we originally learned from the England Hockey Player, David Beckett, who came to visit us last half term.

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Artist studies

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Escher art work

This week we have been researching the artist, M. C. Escher. We will be creating a display board (A2 size) that shows information about the artist, examples of his work and art work we have created in his style. We will be displaying this in creative ways.

 Charlotte and Josh in 3LM found out the following about Escher:

He was born in June 17th 1898

He was the youngest son in the family

He died 27th of March 1972

They moved to Arnhem

He Left school in 1922

He did not graduate in school but he was good at art

Click on the Escher art work below to see further examples of his art work at this online gallery.

escher

 

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