Year 3 Blog

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


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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.



Move over Mozart!

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This week we have been exploring music from India. We listened to and discussed the instruments and sounds they use. We learned about the different layers of music and used the technical vocabulary.

We followed a pattern to create our own musical compositions.

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After we explored difefrent patterns we then worked as a group to compose an Indian inspired piece of music using instruments.

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A trip to India...

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On Wednesday, Year 3 "flew" to India. We boarded the aeroplane at Gate 3LM and watched the in flight safety video below:

We then embarked on a multi-sensory experience. We tasted Indian foods, smelt some of the scents associated with India, looked at photographs of life in India, handled Indian artefacts and listened to some sounds associated with India.




We can't wait to learn more about our Bollywwod topic this half term.

Food tasting tomorrow

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Year 3 will experiencing what it's like to embark on a journey to India tomorrow and will be tasting some of their delicious cuisine. 

If there are any allergies we do not already know of or you have any questions regarding this then please let us know.


Its all makes perfect (number) sense!

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This week we have been learning to the very complex methof of subtraction. We used the Base 10 apparatus to help us understand what was happening to the digits when we were subtracting.

[Click here] to see the PowerPoint that illustrates how we do this using apparatus.

We have this equipment in our maths box which also help us...

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We use Base 10 apparatus to help calculate subtraction. we have really embedded our understanding of number.



Indoor Athletics Tournament

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Today has been fantastic! We trudged through the mud across the Vesey field to take part in some exciting athletics activities. Mr Davies (the PE teacher at Bishop Vesey) organised fun track and field events that we completed in their HUGE sports' hall. Some of the Vesey students also helped us. They demonstrated different techniques we would need for each event and they kept all our scores. We have learned so many new skills that we can use in our upcoming inter competition events against other schools.

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Tickling the taste buds

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This week in topic we learned about the function of our taste buds. We looked at facts about different animals' tongues.

Did you know that a giraffe's tongue is 53cm long so it can clean its own ears? It is also blue-ish black in colour so it doesn't get sunburned whilst it does this regular activity! the human tongue is about 10cm in length and covered in about 100,000 tiny taste buds.

We learned about the key flavours we taste including: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. We also learned about a taste called Umami which is another taste only recently discovered by Japenese scientists. It detects savoury flavours.

We tried some different foods/drink to experience these different tastes.


Watch the video below which shows information about our taste buds.

Year 3 get INSPIRED!

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Thank you to all who attended our maths inspire workshop this week. We hope you found it useful and FUN! 

It was great to see you all enjoying your maths learning together.





The video below shows the impact of numicon and how important it is that children have "number sense"

Thank you for all your support at home - it really makes a difference. 

A visit from the Dentist

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Q: What does the dentist of the year get?
A: A little plaque

We would award Mr Dixon a plaque for his super talk about teeth on Monday! We learned about the profession, how to care for our teeth and the different names of teeth. we also compared teeth of humans with animals and thought about how animals adapt so they can hunt and eat. Can you imagine if a shark had human teeth?

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We enjoyed looking at the models of teeth and used these to learn how to brush our teeth properly!


Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to you all. Thank you so much for all our kinds and gifts. We hope you all had a lovely festive break.

We have returned this week and begun full speed... We have completed our RE unit called Rules and enjoyed learning about the importance of rules in different religions.

Click on the image below to find out more about the important rules Christians follow called The Ten Commandments.


 We watched a short video that taught us about when Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.


We then found out about how rules are impotant to Buddhists and compared these with the Ten Commandments.

They follow The Five Precepts. You can find out more about these by clicking on the image below.


A final flurry of festive fun...

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Christmas lights

Well, in our final week of school for 2013, we’ve had tremendous fun.

We had a simply fantastic start to the week with the final performance of our Christmas show – Project Christmas. It went without a hitch, was thoroughly enjoyed by all and Year 3 and 4 are (quite rightly) very proud of all they achieved. Each and every one of them a star!

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In other activities, we have been very busy developing skills in both art and DT. We’ve been creating Kandinsky style artwork using shape and colour as a focus and have made photo frames in DT using joining skills and carefully considering the key elements of a successful design. Our DT work has also made us consider our BLP skill of reflectiveness; it was important to revise and adapt our work as we followed each step of the design process.

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We’ve continued our Literacy linked to The Bear and The Hare and The Snowman’s Journey which have been great fun and we’ve even worked collaboratively to solve Christmas themed word problems in Maths too.


Christmas round the world

Focusing on Christmas Around the World activities has also helped us to revisit some of the skills and understanding we develop in our SMSC learning (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) as we have explored how the festive season is celebrated by others across the globe.

So now, all that remains is Christmas parties, Toy Day fun and a whole lot of festive treats! It has been a super term and all the hard work and effort is reflected in our learning and successes. A big thank you to everyone at home (and elsewhere beyond the classroom and school gates) for your help, support and enthusiasm.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to a super 2014!

Merry Christmas

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