Blogs: Y3 2018-19

Friday 19th July 2019 
This week in Year 3 we enjoyed taking part in the Scavenger Hunt in the nature area. We had to find types of trees and leaves that had been bitten on. We had to write down what creatures we thought the bite were from! We saw a greenfly, a pond skater and a water beetle! 
We really enjoyed the Year 5/6 production. It looked like the children were having so much fun. We were really impressed with their expression. We thought it was hilarious especially the part where Bongo's Bandits were hiding behind the jars and Bongo had to shout out knickers!!
We finished the week with out moving up days and we enjoyed meeting our new teachers. We made passports, we did some art where we had to draw our own portraits and we even got to take part in a Who Wants to be a millionaire Shirley quiz!
Monday 15th July 2019 
Last week in Year 3, 3AU enjoyed playing rounders. Everyone tried their best as it was a new sport for most of us. It was great fun and both teams managed to get a lot of rounders! Everyone had a go at being a fielder and a batter. 
On Wednesday, Year 3 had a Science day and we enjoyed testing how far a car traveled along a track with different materials. 3AU found out that the sandpaper had the most friction with the car so the car traveled slower and the plain wood did not have a lot of friction, which made the car travel faster. With Miss Simpson, we tested the magnets to see which ones attracted and which ones repelled. 
On Friday, 3AU received their £20 award and decided to watch a film and make our own slime! To make the slime, we used shaving cream, PVA glue, eye drop solution, baking powder and then pain/food colouring to make it colourful!
Friday 5th July 2019 
This week in Year 3, we really enjoyed Sports Day! It was fun and exciting because we didn't know which activity was coming up next. It was a really good experience. One of the carousel activities was javelin where we had to throw the javelin as far as we could. We also enjoyed the races for sprinting and skipping. Everyone was very resilient and tried their best even if they weren't the fastest runners. We can't wait to find out which house won! but all the houses did really well. 
Friday 28th June 2019 
During Diversity week, we have been learning all about animal conservation, which means keeping wild animals safe as well as their habitats. Here are some photos of a real specimen of a logger head turtle's shell called a carapace. It's 150 years old! We got to feel the carapace which was smooth to touch but also hard when we knocked it. 
We also made our own sea turtles using clay and then we used different tools to make the finishing touches for the turtle's features. 
In Maths, this week we have been practicing our time and then we played some maths activities on the computers to consolidate our learning. 
Friday 21st June 2019 
This week in Year 3, we enjoyed going to the Sports for All event where we got to try 11 different sports including football, frisbee, archery and a dance to the music from The Greatest Showman! The different activities helped us with our fitness, we learnt different techniques and how to work well in a team!
We have also been preparing our non-chronological reports for Year 2, which will provide them with the information they need to know for Year 3 such as; writing expectations, information about homework and also different clubs available such as Study Support club. 
Monday 17th June 2019 
Last week in Maths, Year 3 were exploring fractions. In one of the hot challenges, we had to not only find fractions of amounts but also of money! 
Shirley Choir performed at the Phoenix Concert at West Road concert hall where 400 parents came to watch! We sang a variety of songs with other primary schools including How can I keep from singing. It was a very long afternoon, however everyone  stayed enthusiastic and sang beautifully! Shirley School had a chance to sing a song on their own, which was the folk song called John Ball. 
Year 3 had a great time at the Summer Fayre, especially playing on the activity trail, getting our faces painted, having a go at the tombola and also watching the circus performers! 
Friday 7th June 2019 
In year this week, we have enjoyed studying Greek Myths such as Theseus and the Minotaur and Apollo and the Chimera. Today, we started to create our own mythical creatures ready for our myths next week!
Today, we enjoyed having a non-uniform day and bringing in decorated jars and prizes for the tombola. 
In computing, we have continued with Scratch. This week we had a lot of fun and enjoyed being creative by making our sprites animate using different costumes. 
Friday 24th May 2019
This week in Year 3, we enjoyed solving maths problems to solve the mystery of the new captain. We had to solve problems that involved division, times, fractions and the inverse. 
In geography we have been researching New York. We found out some very interesting facts about famous food, people and landmarks. We then discussed what we would do if we were to visit New York!
Friday 17th May 
This week in Year 3, in PE we have been taking part in circuit training and we have been recording our scores to compare them to last week.Some of the most challenging stations included skipping, burpees and the shuttle runs. 
This morning, the choir went to Arbury Primary school to rehearse for our Phoenix Concert at West Road in June, with lots of other primary schools. We rehearsed Get Happy, Zadok the Priest and How can I keep from singing. Our very funny conductor Charlie kept us all going by practicing the different harmonies and singing in different parts! 
In Maths, we went out to make venn diagrams using hoops and we sorted 2D and 3D shapes into different groups. 
Wednesday 8th May 2019
This week in Year 3 we have been reading a traditional tale called Wombat goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo. We have innovated the story to create our own traditional tale using woodland creatures that we find here in England. 
In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time, by using analogue and digital clocks and by converting between the 12 hour and 24 hour time. 
In PE, we have been working on our javelin skills to prepare for sports day next half term!
We have enjoyed starting our brand new clubs especially Chess Club, Multi-skills and Gardening Club where we started to grow sweetcorn plants. 
Friday 26th April 2019 
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely Easter break. This week we have been creating adverts for our Dragon Days production including pictures, catchy slogans and positive comments. 
In Maths, we have been rounding to the nearest 10 to help us with our estimations. We have also been representing numbers in different ways such as using number lines, bead strings, multi link, diennes and arrow cards. 
We are excited to start our new sunflower project and our 3 chosen sunflower monitors are really excited about this experience! 
Friday 5th April 2019 
This week in Year 3, we have been solving maths problems to find out who was the culprit in ripping the Easter Bunny costume! We found out it was Fenella Pitt!
We really enjoyed performing to the school in our dress rehearsal of Dragon Days and also our parent performances on Tuesday and Wednesday! The majority of 3AU loved singing No Way Down! 
In English, we wrote a diary entry in the role of Gawaine the dragon!
Wednesday 27th March 2019 
Bonjour tout le monde and happy French day! Today, Year 3 have been learning how to say different jobs in french and we learnt that if we're talking about a female person we use 'une' and if we're talking about a male person we use the word 'un'. 
We chose a famous french person to research in the ICT suite and we had to create a fact file all about them. The fact file included: their name, their profession, where they were born, a famous quote they said and information about their family. 
Some of the famous french people we discussed were Marie Curie, Thierry Henry, Antonie de St Exupery and Joan of Arc. 
Thursday 14th March 2019 
This afternoon, Year 3 had a very special visit from Jim who came to tell us all about our brains. We learnt so many interesting facts such as: 
- We have 86 billion neurons in our brain!
- An adult brain weighs around 1.3kg which is roughly the weight of 2 bags of sugar!
- The cerebellum is a part of the brain which you can live without it
- We dream more in the morning because this is when the cortex wakes up and starts to control our body temperature
- Vertebrates have their eyes on the side of their heads. The different sides of their brain and their eyes have different functions. One eye/side of the brain focuses on eating their food and the other eye/side watches out for predators. 
- Children's brains are smaller (roughly the size of both our fists) they are also softer and more flexible so they have space to expand 
- Our neurons are already formed before we are born - neurons linked to our ability to smell and also retain information grows as we get older 
Visit the website below to read all about the fun science activities that are taking place over the next 2 weekends as part of The Cambridge Science Festival. There is even information about Stem clubs you can join!
Monday 11th March 2019 
Well done Year 3 for writing such persuasive letters last week about how much we love our PE lessons and why exercise is so important for our bodies. Your letters managed to persuade Mr Cattermole to KEEP PE LESSONS FROM NOW ON! :) 
Tuesday 5th March 2019 
This morning, Year 3 had a fantastic morning at the NCA football festival! We tried 3 different football activities which included a mini game at the end. Year 3 showed great sportsmanship by working well in a team, supporting each other and challenging themselves. Photos to follow...
Tuesday 26th February 2019 
This afternoon, we took part in our entry point for our new IPC topic, 'How humans work!'
We tried different activities linked to various parts of our body which included creating a human skeleton, testing our eye sight and increasing our heartbeat by seeing how many sit ups or press ups we could do in 5 minutes! Below are some photos of our entry point. 
Friday 15th February 2019 
Today in school, we were allowed to come in non-uniform clothes in order to raise money for someone very special in our very class! As well as that, we were shown in assembly how much money has already been raised for Leo's Vision and the target to raise in 7000 pounds for Leonel's special glasses, which includes special cameras and screens that change colour. 
This week, we have enjoyed learning the songs for our Dragon Days production! In 3AU, we have spent a long time practicing the opening number. We're excited to find out about who is playing which character at the end of the day!
Some children took part in their Level 1 Bikeability training which involved playing some games where you had to listen for the instructor to call out certain fruit and vegetables and we had to cycle in and out of the circle. We also focused on looking backwards and controlling the bike. We also played a game called Snake where we were on an island and the island was getting smaller and you had to keep you feet off the floor! We are pleased to say that all the children in Year 3 passed their level 1 training!
For our last swimming session, we focused on how to be safe in the water by calling for help! and making sure that if we fell into the water accidentally, we must remember to climb out as quickly as possible, turn around and face the water. 
Yesterday afternoon, 3AU went outside and used charcoal, crayons and pastels to create Stone Age art to represent the cave paintings from the Stone Age! Here are some photos of our art:
Thursday 7th February 2019 
As part of Safety Week this week, we had a visit from one of our parents this morning who works as a nurse in Addenbrooke's Hospital. She shared with us so much interesting information about her role and how she keeps her patients safe. She also brought in her scrubs which we got to try on! We enjoyed learning about the different colour scrubs which the different professionals have to wear. 
On Tuesday, we learnt new skills in swimming such as learning how to do hand stands, learning breast stroke with our arms and legs on our fronts and backs! Some of us even got to swim in the big pool and we had to swim from one end to the other without touching the floor!
Wednesday 30th January 2019 
This week, Year 3 have been reading and performing nonsense poems including the poem On The Ning Nang Nong. We will be writing our own tomorrow. 
We had a fantastic day last week with Michael Rosen in the poetry workshop. We started drafting our own poems about our favourite things about home that we would pack in our volcano. Below are so photos of the poetry workshop and also a video of Michael and I reading out our poem which we made together. 
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
This week in English, we have been taking part in some drama activities including creating freeze frames of scenes from the book The Stone Age Boy. We wanted to experience the feelings of the boy as he entered the Stone Age. Below are some photos of our freeze frames!

Thursday 10th January 2019

This term we have 2 new topics that we will be studying. The first one is called ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ which will focus on history from Early Man to the Iron Age.

For our entry point, we went into the Nature area to get a feel for what is must have been like to be one of the first humans on  Earth. We discussed the basic human survival needs which are: food, water, clothing and shelter. We then started to build shelters in groups. Apart from string, we had to use only the natural resources available to us in the Nature Area. Below are some photos of the shelters that we have started to build.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 
Welcome back everyone. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. 
In Year 3, we have already been thinking about our new years resolutions. Some of our ideas are:
- to improve my swimming skills
- to spend more time outside and less time on my tablet 
- to be kinder to my brother and sister 
- to help my parents more at home 
We have written our new years resolution on a bookmark so that each time we open our books, we can check that we are sticking to our target. 
We will be visiting the Nature Area tomorrow for our entry point for our new IPC topic so make sure to check back to see photos of our visit. 
Friday 7th December 2018 
This week in 3AU, we have enjoyed making our fossils, especially putting the dinosaur into the dough to make the imprint. 
In ICT, we have been researching about different Christmas celebrations in different countries. We chose our country using the website 
At the Christmas Fair, we enjoyed going to the Tombola and winning prizes especially the decorated jars. 
In PE, we had to work in teams to move several hoops around the circle without breaking the circle. 
In Maths we enjoyed learning about 3D and 2D shapes such as quadrilaterals, triangles and other polygons such as hexagons and octagons. 
Thursday 6th December
Our fossils have set!
Today we dug out all the different pieces of dinosaur fossil we have made.
We will be writing a set of instructions in English this week to let other people know how to make fossils too. If you would like to make fossils just like ours, keep your eyes peeled for the instructions!
5th December 2018
Today we made different types of dinosaur skeletons into mold fossils. These were really hard to make! We had to use homemade dough, Plaster of Paris, water and dinosaur skeletons but luckily, with Miss Simpson's and Mrs McDonald's help, we have made our very own dinosaur fossils. Now we have to wait for them to set overnight. Check back tomorrow to see how our fossils turned out! 
3rd December 2018
Hello December!
Our new English unit is on instruction texts. To kick off our unit we have been following instructions to create a class set of greetings cards!
We will be doing more fun activities soon as part of our instruction unit. Keep checking our blog to find out what we have been up to...
Friday 30th November 
Today, 12 children from Year 3 went to Netherhall School to take part in a Cross Country event. Everyone did really well and we hope that some of the Shirley School runners will make it to the final!
In English, we finished writing our non-chronological reports to send to The Natural History Museum. We have been describing the dinosaurs and included diagrams about our chosen dinosaur.
On Monday after break, we heard that there was a special visitor who came to see us. It was Michael Rosen! We couldn't believe he was really here. We were all shocked! We learnt some of his poems and he performed some very well known ones, including our favourite poem called Chocolate Cake!
Friday 23rd November 2018 
This week, we enjoyed doing research in English about dinosaurs. We researched facts about the dinosaur's habitat, diet, appearance and also some extra did you know facts. One of our favourite facts was learning that the Triceratops and the T-rex lived in the same Late Cretaceous period. 
We also continued to work on fractions in Maths finding fractions of amounts such as 1/2s 1/4s and 1/3s which inlcluded colouring in the fractions and also sharing the fractions using sharing boxes. 
In gymnastics, we were practicing different jumps such as the split jump and the straight jump. 
Monday 19th November 2018 
Did you know that this morning, Miss Kidney received a letter from the Natural History museum! and they have asked Year 3 to provide the museum with information texts all about different dinosaurs. 
We will be researching the following dinosaurs: 
- Triceratops
- Stegosaurus 
- Velociraptor
- Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex)
- Pterodactyl
Stay tuned for our amazing non-chronologial reports coming soon. Also, in the meantime please continue to investigate your homes and surroundings, in case the T-rex makes an appearance!
Friday 16th November 2018 
This week, 3AU have enjoyed learning about fractions and finding equivalence to halves and building our own fraction walls. We have also been representing fractions in different ways such as writing, drawing and building them. 
For Children in Need, we could wear colourful stripes but we liked the fact that we could also wear any other clothes. We enjoyed making our own Pudsey bandannas. 
As part of Anti-bullying week, we shared our learning in sharing assembly. We thought it was important to hear about exactly what bullying is. 
In English, we finished writing our dinosaur newspapers about our dinosaurs on the loose and for our homework we had to design a wanted poster!
Anti-Bullying Week!
This week is Anti-Bullying Week and Year 3 have been doing a lot of work around what bullying is and what we can do to help. We have looked at the different kinds of bullying and the effect they can have.
To demonstrate the impact of verbal and emotional bullying we had two apples - one which we were nice to and one which we were horrible to. Both of the apples looked ripe and healthy on the outside but when we cut them open, the one we had been horrible to was damaged and bruised! This simple activity highlighted to us all how harmful our words can be.
We have also spent some time this week reading books and poems related to bullying and discussing how the characters in these stories might feel and how we could help them.
Year 3 have been compassionate and insightful throughout Anti-Bullying Week and have expressed that "every week should be anti-bullying week"!
Friday 9th November 2018 
This week, 3AU have enjoyed practicing for our class assembly because had a line who wanted one and we have enjoyed learning A Million Dreams and also playing the wooden claves. 
We also discussed our new dining room rules including not saving seats for our friends, being responsible cleaning your rubbish and your tables and also saying please and thank you to the chefs. 
In Maths, we worked on column subtraction including solving word problems using the RUCSACK approach 
Today on the 6th November at 11:26am 3AS found a second dinosaur nest in the KS2 playground. The nest was hidden in a broken, leafy bush. Miss Simpson carefully lifted the nest out of the bush for us to take a closer look. Inside the nest were two icy cold dinosaur eggs. Upon closer inspection we realised that inside these eggs were orange and blue dinosaurs. Our very own dinosaur expert, Joe, identified them as t-rex eggs!
3AS became curious about where else these dinosaurs may have visited and started sharing their dinosaur tales with one another. It seems these dinosaurs have been on quite an adventure!
Elena whimpered, "Last night I heard a big bang. My mum said it was a firework but now I realise it could have been a dinosaur!"
James explained, "My mum's car tyre was popped and there are scratches on her car". Could this have been the work of the dinosaurs?
Shruti also had a story to share with us. "At 3am when I was trying to go back to sleep, something was vibrating under my bed and I could hear a loud, mighty roar. I also saw a huge, brown foot print on the floor," said Shruti.
This morning, Miss Jones made 3AU aware of a discovery in the bushes of the Year 1 and 2 playground. We went to have a look and found 2 historic, fragile dinosaur eggs! One of them was severely cracked and inside we could see tiny, red and orange faded dinosaurs! 
As well as this, the Natural, History Museum has some footage of a monstrous dinosaur which resembled a t-rex (tyrannosaurus rex)  who was seen roaming the corridor infront of 2AO's classroom as well as in one of the Year 3 classrooms! 
We have some witnesses who have seen and heard strange noises while at home. Reese in 3AU stated that, "I heard footsteps coming from my street last night at midnight and I saw a head which looked like a raptor."
Also, Maryam explained to us that, "On my street yesterday evening, I heard a big bang, I thought it was fireworks but it was a massive dinosaur footprint with four toes!"
"This morning, I saw a dinosaur footprint in my room and I nearly fainted!" screamed Elena, gasping for breath. 
Year 3 will keep you posted on any other sightings. We will also be reporting about this incident in our newspaper reports next week!
Monday 5th November 2018
Let's get reading!
In 3AS this half term we are reading Matilda by Roald Dahl (illustrated by Quentin Blake).
In our book so far we have met Matilda - a little girl with extraordinary talent. Matilda loves to read and visit the library. BUT her filthy father ripped up her favourite book! Matilda decided it was time her parents got pay back for the cruel things they have done to her. So far she has put super-glue in her Dad's hat and stuffed a talking parrot up the chimney. We can't wait to see what Matilda will do next...
Just like Matilda, 3AS love to read! We decided we would like to share some of our favourite books with you.
3AS' top 5 books:
Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
The BFG by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Wednesday 31st October 2018 
Yesterday in Year 3, we took part in our entry point for our new topic FOOTPRINTS FROM THE PAST! We became archaeologists and we did some investigating to find different dinosaur fossils! We had to use a range of tools to dig out the fossils which had been trapped in rocks and even ice!
In choir, we have been learning a new song called Fernando, which is a song by the band ABBA. 
In ICT, we used our Starz accounts. We changed the backgrounds of our profiles and we also started writing our own blog about our time in Year 3 so far. 
In Maths, we have been adding using column addition including bridging the tens!
In English, we have entered a poetry competition and the prize will include winning books for our school. Our poems that we have written are acrostic and are written for the theme of diversity. And the title is called Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Friday 19th October 2018 
This week, most of Year 3 have continued going to choir and we practiced singing Tzena in 3 rounds. As part of our IPC exit point, we designed tribal masks and we had a terrific tribal party to celebrate our learning. At the party we also tasted different kinds of rainforest fruit which were avocados, figs, passion fruit, pineapples and mangoes. In PE, we finished our netball untit by taking part in mini games where we had to pass the ball to our team mates and then pass the ball to a player inside the hoop to score a point!
Wednesday 10th October 2018 
This week in Maths, Year 3 have been investigating different types of measurements including length, weight and capacity. In English we have been reading the story of The Gruffalo. We have also reordered the story, created a story map and today we began to text map the story. On Friday, we then chose our own character. This afternoon, we continued to improve our ball skills by playing mini netball games. In IPC, we have been designing our very own tribal mask, to wear to our tribal party next week. In the new hall, we have created a display all about saving the rainforest. Please check it out :) 
Tuesday 2nd October 
This afternoon, Year 3 started to create the 4 layers of the rainforest. Here are some of our models so far! We used lots of different materials such as straws, feathers, tissue paper and cellophane. 
Some of us went to choir and we sang This is Me and we also started learning an Irish song about a wild rover!
In English, we have written some persuasive posters all about SAVING THE RAINFOREST! Look out for some of these on our Year 3 hall display. 
Friday 28th September 2018 
This week in Year 3, some of us went to choir and started learning This is Me from The Greatest Showman. We also made some leaves to hang in the hall. We wrote on the leaves all about what we would like in our ideal school. This week we also started our first piece of Year 3 homework all about ordering numbers. In PE, we learn some different netball passes such as chest past and the bounce pass! 
Thursday 20th September 2018 
This week, Year 3 visited the Life Bus where we learnt how the brain works and how to resolve friendship conflicts. 
In English we have written a diary entry in the role of Tarzan. 
In Maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers. We have also created 3x table triangles to help us with our multiplication and division facts. 
Thank you for all the shoe boxes that you have already brought in. We are still in need of some more so do have a hunt over the weekend if you have any spares in time for next Tuesday. 
Wednesday 12th September 2018 
This morning Year 3 had a debate in English. We were debating the reasons for and against humans going to the rainforest. Some reasons for included finding plants to create medicine and discovering new species. Reasons against included deforestation and hunting. 
Friday 7th September 2018 
Welcome to Year 3! This week we have been playing some getting to know you games including the changes game and the lining up game. Over the summer, we had the chance to take our pebble pet on holiday with us and today we wrote a diary about our travels with our pebbles. We have also enjoyed meeting our new headteacher Mr Cattermole. Now that we're in Year 3, we are excited to use the new activity trail on the KS2 playground! 
This afternoon, we are doing our IPC entry point. Photos to follow...