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A whole lot of learning....What a busy week!

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Well, this week we have been very busy in the lead up to Christmas and in all aspects of our learning!

We have been continuing to practice our Christmas show and now it is show time and we are ready to dazzle with our singing, dancing and acting skills! We hope you will enjoy it!

In Maths we have been exploring and creating number systems using our knowledge of number facts and place value. We based our learning around the Mayan number system which uses a series of symbols to represent numbers. We had great fun creating our own versions and using each other's to build larger numbers.

Our Literacy work has been linked to The Bear and The Hare advert so it has had a real Christmassy feel and we have enjoy using this to develop our descriptive writing. It has also been interesting to discuss and explore this animated advert as we have continued our ICT unit "We are animators" and developed our short films using the Ipads.

Watch the video to see the animators of this year's iconic John Lewis advert to find out how and why it was made...

 

Run, run, run and Christmas play fun!

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Holly

This week we have been busy starting to rehearse our Christmas production by learning song words, dancing, speaking loudly and clearly and, with our Year 4 friends, beginning to put the pieces together to assemble our Christmas extravaganza!

PE1

We have also taken part in our first House Sports event for the year by completing a cross country run yesterday. We all took part in the race, supported and encouraged by our new Sports Crew who were organising and co-ordinating it. It was a test of both our PE skills and our BLP skills (especially perseverance and collaboration in the way we had to show a determination to complete the run and support our peers in being successful) but it was great fun too.

PE2

In ICT we are developing our mini films and this week have been bringing props in from home to use in our projects which involve using the I-pads to film and edit our mini movies. We are showing our creativity in a variety of ways and are proving just how fantastic and imaginative we can be!

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Songs to practise for the Christmas Play

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Here are our Christmas play songs. Try to practise these at home.

  1. Most Wonderful time of the year

2. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3. Busy Christmas Countdown

4. Nestor – The Long Eared Christmas Donkey:

5. Gloria

6. The Wisemen's Song

7. It's time for celebration

 

Practice makes perfect...

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This week we have been continuing to build on our learning so far to use and apply our learning in different ways.

Numbers

In maths, we are now familiar with the Numicon apparatus and are starting to use it in a wider range of contexts. This week we used it to help develop our reasoning skills by using it in a maths talk lesson.

Our task was to create our own word problems (number stories) linked to multiplication, use the Numicon to solve the problem and then to help us explain our mathematical thinking.

    Numicon 2    Numicon 1    

Numicon 3                                                                                                                      

In Literacy, we are applying our creative writing skills and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), which have been ongoing focuses in our lessons so far, to poetry. We have been exploring shape poems and have been looking at the language and presentation of this style of poems to support us in writing our own weather shape poems at the end of the week.

shape poems

Science Day fun! - Lava Lamps and Crazy Custard!!

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wacky science day

Friday last week was great fun when we enjoyed a whole day dedicated to developing our science skills!

Miss Harper and Miss Maugham had planned practical activities which not only helped us to learn new things but also made us think about how to make our writing in science more successful.

We started the day with a treasure hunt to find and match science equipment and vocabulary to warm up our science brains and give us some words which we could use throughout the day.

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After that we completed two other activities; exploring crazy custard (in which we discussed and wrote scientific predictions to share our thoughts on what would happen if Miss Harper filled a swimming pool with custard and attempted to walk across the surface!) and making lava lamps (where Miss Maugham helped us to write clear and concise methods to explain the process).

lava lamps

Science day 2                       science day 3

It was a fantastically fun day and we are looking forward to showing off our improved skills in our Science books.

science day 4 

Come rain or shine...it's learning time!

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Extremeweather

Well, we have had a busy week this week and have become totally immersed in our new topic for this half term - Extreme Weather!

In topic lessons, we have watched videos and looked at information on the internet about different weathers and we have explored the equipment used by meteorologists to measure the weather such as; rain gauges, barometers, thermometers, wind vanes etc. which has been fun and next we will begin to look in more detail at some specific examples of extreme weather...we can't wait!

Our topic theme has crossed over into our Literacy work and has led to us using both descriptive language tools and factual information to produce fiction and non-fiction written work. We felt really inspired and enjoyed using a range of skills which have helped us to focus on our VCOP.

In other subjects we have been; developing tactics and skills for invasion games and learning lots of new PE vocabulary along the way, continuing to use apparatus and resources to support us in our maths learning (especially in helping us understand place value and calculations) and starting our new science topic of rocks and soils with some outdoor learning.  

We are ending our busy week with some activities to support this year's Children in Need appeal during our Golden Time and watching Year 2's class assemblies which should both be great fun!

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Year 3 learn about Diwali

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We have been very lucky this week to have received a visit form Mrs Desai. She came to talk to us about the special Hindu festival, Diwali. Mrs Desai showed us some Diya lamps.

Diva lamps

Mrs Desai showed us how to make a Rangoli pattern using coloured powder and a stencil.

Rangoli

We learned about the story of Rama and Sita. You can watch this story here.

Class Assembly - Mythical Monsters Inc.

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Acting

This week we have been really busy practising our class assemblies which are giving us the chance to share all of our learning this half term linked to our Ancient Greek topic.

We have lots of things to share and have been hard at work learning lines, singing, dancing and acting and we hope that everyone who comes to watch will enjoy the show!

Monsters Inc

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Alongside this we have been writing our own Myths and Legends in both Literacy and topic to continue to develop our writing skills and give us lots of opportunity to become absorbed in extended writing. It has been really fun and it has helped us show our imaginative and creative sides in a different way.

We have had a fun-filled first half term full of many different activities and look forward to the next next term as we embark on our new topic of Extreme Weather and begin the build up to festive fun.... It really is all go in Year 3!

Fundraising Fun for "Wear it Pink"!

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Wear It Pink

Last Friday we had a great day linking our learning activities to our Wear it Pink fundraising day.

We all looked fab in our pink clothes and accessories and made a super contribution to the final amount raised on the day of £656 - an amazing achievement!

We spent the morning doing three activities which were related to making pink fairy cakes as part of our fun day; we explored measures using and making links to our Numicon work, explored and ordered information texts for making cakes and carried out some practical work to make our cakes which we then took home to eat - yum!

It was a good day and we are proud to have done something so worthwhile for such an important charity.

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Pink pounds

Feeling Inspired by Exciting Writing!

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inspire

This week we had enjoyed a Literacy inspiring workshop at which we got the opportunity to share aspects of our learning in Literacy and have fun trying out some of our word and sentence activities with visitors from home.

We had a great time showing our friends and family the staircase game, rainbow sentences, sentence tricks and exciting Visual Literacy , all of which we use to inspire, improve and develop our writing.

Thank you to everyone who came and shared the morning with us and, for those of you who were unable to attend, we hope you have fun using the information packs to explore the activities further at home!

Science

This week we have also been continuing to develop our science investigation skills to explore materials and their properties using different experiments and fair testing. We can use these opportunities to develop our collaboration and communication skills when we work in groups to complete the tasks and share out learning.

FOLTE Day and Olympic Fun!

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FOLTE

We had a brilliant day last Thursday enjoying a day of shared learning with our FOLTE partners from Hollyfield School.

We met new people and spent time together exploring one of our FOLTE Trust values - Equity. As part of our learning, we played games and considered the importance of rules in making things fair. We also created some collaborative art based on the logo for Fair Trade. Some of our finished artwork made it onto our Excellence board as we were so proud of the great work we produced by co-operating well with others and being absorbed in our learning.

FairTrade

banner greece olympics

This week, we have begun with some exciting topic lessons to learn more about The Ancient Greeks. Our focus has been finding out more about the origins of our modern day Olympics as these started in Ancient Greece with lots of traditions which still exist today and exciting events such as; chariot racing, wrestling, javelin and hoplite races (in which Greek soldiers ran in their battle outfits brandishing shields).

We made our own board games based on facts about the olympics and then moved on to enjoy some outdoor learning by taking part in our own mini Ancient Greek olympics! It was a fun day of learning which has increased our knowledge and understanding even more! 

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Year 3 INSPIRE

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Please note that  the Year 3 INSPIRE is on Wednesday 9th October. We look forward to seeing you then.

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