Welcome to Year 3
Please read our termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 3 this term.
This week was our final week before the half term and we have still had lots to cram in! We finished looking at the Romans - we learned about the Picts and the building of Hadrian's wall. We finished off our project books and our Roman mosaics, the children have done a fantastic job with these. We looked at the Roman armour and even made some ourselves!
In English, we planned and wrote a story about the Leopard in the golden cage - how had it got to Fishbourne palace? What had it seen along the way? The children did some lovely pieces of work!
In maths we have spent the week looking at shape - we recapped the vocabulary used for 2D shapes and 3D shapes, then used that vocabulary to make and describe different shapes. The children had fun using nets to make different aliens.
This week has been my last, before Mrs Winkley and Mr Tiffany take over after half term. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the children all the best for the remainder of the year, and I will hopefully see you soon with the new addition to my family.
This has been a very busy week! We carried on looking at the invasion of Britain by the Romans, and did some hotseating as different characters who were around for Boudicca's rebellion. We Looked in more detail at the Roman Baths, and used all of this information along with what we had learned so far to perform our class assembly.
We have been busy filming our Key Stage 2 entry for the Golden Owls award, which has now been submitted along with the animation club entry. Fingers crossed for a win!
We have read more of our class text, and have focused on examining a character's thoughts and feelings, and using this to create a diary entry as that character.
Friday was number day! The children have had a great time. We looked at the artwork of Escher, and had a go at recreating it, as well as creating Roman mosaics using 2D shapes to help us. The children had a go at timing themselves doing circuits in the hall, and we even tried to find the average of some of their attempts. To top it all off there was a maths trail in the afternoon, with some challenging questions that meant they needed all their maths skills to help them!
This week we continued looking at fractions in maths - we learned all about comparing unit and non unit fractions to help us solve problems. We have continued practising our times tables and telling the time.
In English we read more of our class text, the Leopard in the Golden Cage, and used what we had read to decipher word classes, learn new vocabulary, and use this to write a letter from Lucy to her brother Petrus. We also recapped sentence types to ensure we tried to include them our independent writing.
In topic, we carried on making our project books which show what we have learned so far about the Romans. We made notes from books and information sheets and used these to create non-chronological reports about each area of the Romans. We also began looking at the Roman invasion of Britain.
We also began writing the script for our Golden Owls entry, the Alien in the Classroom. Watch this space to see if we have won the award...
This week has been very busy! We continued our topic of the Romans, by looking at aspects of their everyday life. We learned about the bathhouses, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, and how they constructed roads. We also learned about life as a gladiator - what they wore, how they fought, and why they became gladiators in the first place. We learned about the Samnite, Thracian, Retiarius, Murmillo, Bestiarii, Hoplomachus and Secutor. Most of us decided we wouldn't like to be gladiators!
Next week we will be looking at the life of a slave, before moving onto the Roman invasion of Britain.
In English, we began our new text, the Leopard in the Golden Cage. We wondered why the book might be called this and what might happen in the book. We have used the story to help us learn about Roman homes and life. We discovered they ate poached snails that had been fattened on milk and blood; very gruesome! We re-examined fronted adverbials, and even did a bit of recapping of our full stops and capital letters!
In maths this week we have begun looking at fractions. We recapped what a fraction was, taking care to use the technical names of numerator and denominator. We calculated unit and non-unit fractions of shapes and numbers to help us solve problems. Next week we will be using what we have learned to compare and order fractions.
In science, we continue to learn about forces. This week we have been looking at friction and how it affects the movement of objects. We conducted an investigation using different materials to see how they made a toy car move faster or slower.
On Monday we began investigating our new topic, the Romans. We spent the day as archaeologists; we carefully unearthed artifacts in our dig site, wrote a report of our findings and spent the afternoon dissecting poo from different eras of history, using our findings and what we knew about diet to work out when the poos were from. To find out more, or to try this at home, http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/hands_on_history/dig/ is the link you need.
We have also looked at the rise of the Roman empire, from Romulus and Remus to the spread across Europe, and finished the week by learning about Roman gods and goddesses.
In maths we have been learning about the time using analogue, digital and Roman numeral clocks. Please continue to practise this at home.
In science we have begun learning about forces and magnets, in particular looking at pushing and pulling forces. Next week we will be joining forces with year 4 and 5 for PE, so please make sure to bring indoor PE kits.
This week we returned to school, hopefully after a lovely holiday! The children seemed excited to be back, though this could have been due to our school trip to the pantomime. The children loved seeing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and we used the performance to start writing a narrative poem of the story. I have been most impressed with the children's use of rhyme!
In maths we revisited place value, and checked our understanding of three digit numbers, comparing and ordering them in different ways.
We will be starting our topic next week! Watch this space!!
This week we have been in full flow of preparing for Christmas! We have been busy practising for the carol concert, making our crafts for the Christmas fair, calendars for next year, and Christmas cards!
The concert was a huge success, with everyone remembering their lines and taking on new lines on the night with children being absent through illness!
Thursday saw the arrival of the Christmas fair, where we sold our Christmassy tea light holders and bags of reindeer food.
On Friday it was our party day, where we had a very special visitor who provided us with some games for the class to use during wet playtimes!
On behalf of all of year 3, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This week we have begun rehearsing for our Christmas Carol concert. The children have started learning their lines and the singing is sounding beautiful! We are very excited to perform in the church next week.
In topic, we have been making models of a mountain and river to help us explain the water cycle. The pictures of the finished models can be seen above. We then had our topic celebration, so all of our grown ups could see all the lovely things we had been doing in class.
In maths we have finished learning about division, and discovered just how important our timestables are in helping us solve division problems. We read word problems and had to work out what the question was asking us to do. Over the next few weeks, make sure you continue to practise your 2, 5, 10, 3,4, and 8 timestables so we don't forget them!
In English, we finished off our story of the flower, and had a really good look at our own and others' work to see what we could change and improve.
Next week we will be in full Christmassy swing!
This week seems to have gone very quickly with all the things we have managed to cram in! We had the Farsley Christmas light switch on, where some of us dressed up as Victorians and carried the lanterns we had made in class as we walked in the parade. It was very, very cold!
In topic, we designed and started making a diorama of a mountain and river, which will include the explanation of the water cycle! The children were very excited to be using papier mache to create their model.
In science we have learned about the structure of a flower and its role in the pollination and fertilisation processes. We applied this knowledge to recap the life cycle of a flower and discussed the different methods of seed dispersal, using some entertaining acting out from Miss Sowerby in order to help everyone remember them! We continued to measure our plants in different areas to see which were growing well, and recorded this in our books.
In maths, we began learning about the formal method of division so the children could apply their knowledge to larger numbers. This is something the children found quite tricky, so we will be continuing to look at this next week before we move on to looking at time.
In English, we edited and evaluated our story of the magic pebble, having looked at a story Miss Sowerby had written and improved to help us. We created our toolkit for the story and decided to re-examine the progressive tense before planning and writing our version of 'The Flower'. We practised the songs for our Christmas Carol Concert, and next week we will begin rehearsing parts with the songs, ready for our performance on the 13th December.
In topic we starting investigating rivers. We discovered what the different parts of a river were called and we learned about the effect of pollution in rivers and when it travels downstream to the sea.
In science we learned about the transport of water using flowers, celery and coloured water in an experiment. We predicted how temperature would affect the transport of water in the plants and recorded the results.
In maths this week, we began applying our knowledge of times tables to the written method of multiplication. We found this quite tricky, however, we persevered and triumphed in the end! Next week we will be using our knowledge of times tables to help us with division.
In English, we read to the end of the story and discussed the main events, as well as looking at the language that we could use to describe those events or characters' reactions to them. We also wrote a story about a magic pebble! Next week we will be developing a writing toolkit to do our own improved version of 'The Flower' using everything we have learned so far.
Year 3 have had a very fun week this week. We multiplied in maths. In particular we did our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We skip counted, we added repeatedly and counted on or back using multiplication sentences we knew.
We wrote a conversation between Brigg and the shopkeeper using direct speech. We also described what the world would be like without plants or flowers. How awful it would be!
We learned about mountains - how they were made, the structure of mountains and where different mountain ranges could be found. We learned about the water cycle which told us how clouds were made, why it rains and how the water returns to the sea.
In science, we started an investigation using plants to find out what helps a plant grow well. We put plant in the dark, one in the cold, one without water and one in a light, warm place with water. We predicted that the one with everything would grow the best, the one in the dark would grow a little, the one in the cold might grow more slowly, and the one without water might not grow at all.
We raised money for Children in Need on Friday by dressing up in spots or superhero costumes for a £1 and we competed to see who had the best costume. Some of us entered the art competition, and we decorated buns for the bake sale at the end of the day. We raised £500 overall. Well done to everyone involved!
This week we began learning about our topic. When the children arrived in school Monday morning, they found they were not able to enter the classroom as something unusual had happened! We were able to explore our classroom and the children worked out that our topic was Rivers and Mountains. We came up with a huge list of questions to help us with our learning, and we wasted no time in starting to find the answers. We discovered how mountains were made and where they were in the world. We also started looking at the structure of plants in science.
In English, we started reading 'The Flower' and talked about the main character Brigg and how he felt at the start of the story. We also looked at the pictures of the city to help us come up with some ambitious vocabulary in preparation for a setting description. The children came up with some lovely choices such as gloomy and miserable.
In PE, we had our second session with Mr Lawson from Leeds Rhinos, and we practised passing rugby balls to each other amongst other activities. The children really enjoyed themselves.
In maths, we began looking at how information can be presented in different ways. We examined bar graphs, tally charts, tables and pictograms. We were able to create them in our books and we could answer questions about them. We also started learning our eight times tables in preparation for the next couple of weeks where will be learning more about multiplication and moving on to division.
On Friday, we visited Farsley Library, where we heard stories from the librarian that related to our topic, and picked a book of our own to take back and read in school.
Autumn 2 Week 1
This week we have been celebrating Black History month. We began the week by learning all about the history of slavery in America and the civil rights movement that followed. In particular, we focused on Rosa Parks and her arrest for not following the rules that were unfair to black people. We acted out the bus scene (see photos) and wrote newspaper reports to describe the event.
We also looked at the struggle of the slaves in America to escape to freedom. We learned about the Underground Railroad, a group of people who were dedicated to helping slaves escape to the North where they would be safe. They use symbols and coded messages to help slaves, rumour has it they even sewed these on quilts and left them hanging in obvious places for slaves to see. We learned a spiritual called 'Wade in the Water' which was used to signal to fleeing slaves to cross into water and hide so the people hunting them with dogs would not find them (see video).
In maths we recapped units of length and how to measure accurately in mm. We used our knowledge to work out the perimeter of different polygons. In English, we wrote diary entries in the character of slaves arriving in America, and as a passenger on the bus who witnessed the arrest of Rosa. The children have really enjoyed learning all about this, apologies if they spend the weekend singing 'Wade in the Water'!
This week we have had a very creative week!
In English we have planned and written our own version of the Incredible Book Eating Boy. We edited and evaluated our work using our own success criteria to make sure it was the best piece of writing we could create. I have had a lovely time looking at these!
In maths, we have continued looking at subtraction, and I will be sending some optional work home over the holidays for those children that would like an extra holiday challenge!
We have created our nutritious snacks and tasted them to make sure they were equally delicious as they were nutritious, and we created models of our arm muscles to demonstrate how they contract and relax. We also sketched our hands to see if we could discern the muscles and bones in our bodies and they affect the appearance of our hands.
We have also been busy preparing for our class assembly on Thursday, and ensuring all our work is completed and corrected ready for the topic celebration on Thursday afternoon. The children are very excited to share their work!
Another busy week here in Year 3!
In English we looked at the last few things in our story toolkit - adverbial phrases, prepositional phrases, use of language and using 'showing not telling' sentences to convey what characters thought or felt. This was really tricky, but we came up with some fantastic sentences, so I am really looking forward to reading our stories next week!
In maths we moved on to looking at subtraction using the column method. As the sums got trickier we needed to use the equipment to regroup our numbers. We were very resilient, however we all felt we needed some more practice on this to get even better, so that is the focus for next week's lessons.
In Topic/Science we recapped nutrition as it was a little while since we had gone over it, and started to look at how our skeletons compared with other animals. We discovered that there were skeletons with a backbone called vertebrates, and those without called invertebrates. The invertebrates were split into exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons. We enjoyed watching a video of a blue crab shedding its skeleton and discussing the pros and cons of this. (see the link above if you'd like to watch it).
What a busy week it has been! We have had lots to cram into four days, but we have managed it. In English, we learned about Harvest Festivals around the world and carried on looking at Henry and discussing the end of the story in preparation to begin writing our own version of the story next week. We focused heavily on how to edit and improve our work using those things from our writing toolkit to help us.
In maths we began looking at addition of three digit numbers both mentally and using the column method. As the week went on our sums got trickier meaning we had to regroup some of our ones or tens to solve them.
In topic, we began looking at the human skeleton and the scientific names of our bones, as well as editing our recipes for our nutritious snacks to ensure we were ready to cook next week.
On Thursday we had our Harvest celebration where we told the congregation how countries all over the world celebrating their harvests, the children read beautifully and were most informative! Well done to all those involved!
This week we have been busy learning about the digestive system to help us understand what Henry might have been going through in our Incredible Book Eating Boy text. The children have created an explanation text to accompany our work using conjunctions and technical vocabulary.
In maths we have been comparing three digit numbers and ordering them in ascending or descending order. This was the final part of our place value unit, so next week we will be moving on to addition and subtraction!
In topic we have been using the computers and books to research what foods we could use to create a healthy snack. We have begun to design our snacks that we will then be making and trying!
In RE we have been learning about art as a way of representing or celebrating faith, and in PSHE we have discussed the drug tobacco and the effects of smoking.
On Thursday it was Poetry day, and the children spent most of the day going to different classes and doing different activities based on aspects of poetry. As part of the day, Miss Sowerby ran a competition between the classes of who could do the best class performance of a poem learned by heart. Year 3 were the clear winners and their entry can be seen below. Finally, Friday brought our Welly Walk! Thankfully, the weather was sunny by the afternoon so we didn't get too muddy! The children did really well and enjoyed themselves in the process.
We have continued to look at ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’, in particular we have looked at using direct speech in our writing, and we have begun trying to use fronted adverbials to make our sentence starters more interesting varied.
In maths, we have practiced our loopy loops times tables – 2,3, 5,10s. In lessons we have been exploring numbers to 1000. In particular, we have partitioned them in different ways and practiced counting in 1s, 10s, 50s and 100s.
In science we have created food chains, and discussed what foods we need to create a healthy, balanced diet. In RE we have learned about the different names for Allah, which represent the different aspects of his personality. In music we have begun singing a song and learning about the musical vocabulary used to describe music, such as tempo, pitch and dynamics. In French we learned how to say hello and have learned our French numbers for the register.
This week we began getting into our daily routines. We set up our reading activities for the morning as well as practicing our handwriting and spellings. In maths we began looking at numbers to 1000! We looked at the place value of each of the parts of our numbers as well as estimating how big or small those numbers were. We started doing our daily loopy loops in 2s, 5s and 10s. Loopy loops are a times tables dance to help us learn and remember our times tables. Next week we will be adding the next one!
In English we began looking at a new story - The Incredible Book Eating Boy. We talked about the main character Henry and what he was like. We also started to learn about using direct speech in our writing and using adverbs to help us describe how someone does or says something.
We continued learning about different foods, and compared what we ate to what other animals ate, and learned some words to describe the relationships animals had to food. We began our swimming lessons this week, which everyone was very excited about!
Finally Friday came, which was our Dot Day - a celebration of The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. For this we created our own version of the start of The Incredible Book Eating Boy, using what we had learned in English to help us. We then showed that we could be as resilient as Vashti by improving our work until it was the best we could achieve. The children all did really well with this and it was lovely to see how enthusiastic the children were!
Welcome to year 3!
What a busy week we had to start our year! We got to know each other more and welcomed our new class member. We went over some of the things we had learned in Year 2 so we were ready for the more challenging work in year 3, and created a time capsule so we could measure how far we will have gone over the year. We started our new topic of the human body. Our first job was to help Brian the skeleton, who had had an accident in the hall. We worked hard to find his body parts and put him back together, and discussed different food groups that might help Brian stay strong and healthy so it wouldn't happen again!