Year 3 Blogs

Come and visit this page regularly to find out all about our learning in Year 3!
The Start of our Year 3 Adventure!
Year 3 have had a fantastic first week back at school. We have been doing lots of fun, exciting activities. We have played lots of circle games and got to know the new people in our classes.
This week we sketched the sunflowers in the playground to show how much they have grown over the summer. They are now bigger than the children at Shirley School! When we had finished we had lots of beautiful sketches of our colourful, tall sunflowers for our new display.
As well as the sunflowers, we also got creative designing our own bookmarks for our new reading books. We each have our own bookmark with our very own name on it! It was really fun and now we can keep track of where we are in our amazing reading books. 
In Year 3 we have been practicing our handwriting so that we can make our pebble pet diary entries really neat! Our pebble diaries are about the adventures we went on with our pebble pets over the summer holidays. We are really excited about improving our joined up handwriting in Year 3.
Class Book Update: Our class book this term is the BFG. So far, the BFG has snatched Sophie away from her bed and taken her to Giant Country. Giant Country is a place where all of the giants live - and except for the BFG, they all eat humans!
11th September 2019
The Great Debate!
Today in Year 3 we were debating whether or not humans should be allowed in the rainforest. 
We worked in small groups to come up with reasons to support our views and then went outside to debate as a class.
Some of us believe that humans should not be allowed in the rainforest because:
  • They might shoot or capture the animals that live in the big, green rainforest.
  • Humans cut down trees for build hotels which means animals lose their habitats.
  • Humans disturb the plants by digging for gold.
Some of us believe that humans should be allowed in the rainforest because:
  • Humans study the wildlife so that we know how to care for the animals.
  • They can use the plants to make medicines to cure illnesses.
  • Some humans visit the rainforest to help the local people.
What do you think? Should humans be allowed in the rainforest?
13th September 2019
Our Rainforest!
In Year 3 we have been building our very own rainforest in the corridor! We have made sloths, butterflies, monkeys, jaguars, pythons and tree frogs to go on the walls and we also have lovely green vines hanging from the ceiling! The corridor is filled with different kinds of leaves that we painted and decorated with tissue paper.  We love our rainforest topic so far!
Next week we will be making the layers of the rainforest out of shoeboxes - check here for photos!
Class Book Update: The BFG has introduce Sophie to the amazing Dream Countries where he hunts for his dreams! Unfortunately the have caught a nightmare...
18th September 2019
Maths Wizards!
This week in maths we have been working on our reasoning skills. We have been using phrases like "I know this because..." to help us explain our thinking and problem solving. One lesson we worked in teams and had a competition to see who could solve a reasoning problem most effectively (spoiler: we all solved it!). 
You might think this sounds easy but it's more challenging than you think! For example, if I ask you "2+2=?" you would probably answer "4", but if I ask you to explain how you got to that answer, what would YOU say? "I know 2+2 is 4 because..."
20th September 2019
Getting Crafty!
This week in Year 3 we have been painting our shoe boxes ready to build the layers of the rainforest! So far we have painted the shoe boxes green to create the four different layers of the rainforest: the emergent layer, the canopy layer, the  understory and the forest floor. Next week we will be adding the plants and animals!
Check the blog again next week to discover which plants and animals live in each layer!
27th September 2019
Our Favourite Books!
We have been doing a lot of reading so far in Year 3 and we are loving our new reading journals. We've decided that we would really like to share some of our favourite books for you!
The BFG: "My favourite book is called the BFG. It is about a little girl called Sophie who goes on an exciting adventure with a Big Friendly Giant!"
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: "My favourite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My favourite book from the series is the one about the things that give you a cabin fever."
Mr Gum and the power crystals: "My favourite book is called Mr Gum and the power crystals. It's about a girl who has a good side and a bad side and she's trying to keep the power crystals away from Mr Gum. Mr Gum is trying to fulfill Nicole's dream of destroying the valley with the windmill."
The Dark Dark Night: "My favourite book is the Dark Dark Night because it is a bit funny. It's all about a rat that looks for dark dark fog."
Town Dog: "My favourite book is Town Dog and it's about a little old lady that had a dog called Lo-Lo. One day the old lady had to go to hospital and the dog had to go and stay with another family."
Tom Gates: "My favourite books are the Tom Gates books. It is about his fictional life. Someone called Marcus is on the opposite side of him. It's not easy to get around with her next to him."
The Owl who was afraid of the Dark: "My favourite book is The Owl who was afraid of the Dark. It is about an owl that tumbles out of it's tree to talk to other people about the dark."
Rashford: "I like this book because it tells you all about Rashford's life and his goals."
Good night stories for rebel girls: "This book is good because it tells you lots of facts about the women who changed the world."
Funny Stories for 7-year-olds: "This is my favourite book. It is a book full of funny stories about funny things."
The Secret Rescue: "This is my favourite book because it was about some baby unicorns that were captured. Three girls went to go and save them but there was a dragon there!"
The Secret of the Three Mermaids: "This book is about 3 mermaids that were keeping a secret that they were mermaids."
Jack and the Beanstalk: "This is my favourite book because it is about Jack climbing up a beanstalk and then he hides from a giant and steals stuff."
Fitz and Will: "This book is about two cats that live in Cambridge and really want presents so they go on a Christmas advenure."
Ronaldo: "This is my favourite book because it tells you all about Ronaldo's life."
30th September 2019
Our rainforest!
We have finished the layers of the rainforest! Look at the photo below and try to match each shoe box to the correct layer of the rainforest!
Emergent layer: This is the highest layer of the rainforest. Trees in this layer can grow up to 60m tall! This layer is exposed to a lot of sunlight and is home to birds, monkeys, bats and butterflies.
Canopy layer: This is the second highest layer of the rainforest. This layer gets plenty of sunlight but also plenty of rain. Snakes, toucans and tree frogs live in this layer.
Understory: This layer doesn't get much sunlight and the tree rarely grow more than 4m tall. Many insects live in this layer of the rainforest.
Forest floor: Almost no sunlight reaches this layer and therefore, not many plants grow.  Animals such as gorillas, anteaters, leopards and tigers live here. 
2nd October 2019
Outdoor Maths!
Today we went outside to refresh our knowledge of multiplication and division. We were looking at  the different ways we can express these operations.
For example;
Multiplication: '3 times 3', '3 multiplied by 3', '3 groups of 3', '3 lots of 3'
Division: '9 divided by 3', '9 shared into 3', '9 split into 3', '9 shared by 3'
We worked as a class to sort our classmates into different groups based on the operation/instruction we were given.
3rd October 2019
Making Music
We are extremely lucky in Year 3 this term to have Mrs Barlow come in to school for our music lessons. They are always so much fun and really engaging so we decided to tell you a bit about them.
So far in our music lessons we have been looking at the difference between the beat/pulse and rhythm. We have even been using nursery rhymes to help us! We have also been looking at music notation and have learnt to read some musical symbols to allow us to clap a beat. 
3AS' Feedback: 
"I like going to music lessons because we get to sing and learn different songs even if we haven't heard them before."
"It's so much fun!"
"I like music because we get to play instruments."
"I like our music lessons because they help us when we are unsure when we are singing."
3AS would also really like to thank Mrs Barlow and Miss Ullmann for all of their work in choir - 12 students (almost a third of our class) are attending choir this year! What an achievement!
3rd October 2019
Space Race!
In our class we have an amazing space display! The display has different planets on it and we each have our very own alien. Each time we read at home we need to record it in our reading record in order to see if our alien can move to the next planet. The first planet we are aiming to reach is Mercury. To get our aliens to Mercury we need to have read 20 times at home! So far, nobody has made the journey, we wonder who will be first... (Some of us are very close!)
9th October 2019
We're flying through space!
In 3AS three aliens are moving through space. They have read 20 times at home and have zoomed to the first planet - Mercury! Remember to keep reading at home and recording it in your reading records so that we can get more aliens in our space race to the sun!
Book Update: The BFG has explained to Sophie that the giants in Giant's Country are eating little children! Sophie is very upset and has decided that they need to do something about it. The BFG and Sophie have worked together to create a dream for the Queen of England to let her know what is happening in the hopes she can put a stop to it once and for all!
11th October 2019
Year 3 PE
In Year 3 in our outdoor PE lessons we have been learning how to play netball. In netball we aren't allowed to move with the ball so you have to use different kinds of passes to get the ball from one end of the court to another. The passes we have been looking at are chest passes, shoulder passes and bounce passes. We have learned that when you do a chest pass in netball you have to make a 'W' shape with your hands. During PE we have also learned how to do a shoulder pass. A shoulder pass only works if the person catching the ball is very far away. A shoulder pass is different to a chest pass because you don't hold the ball to your chest. We have also been practicing our bounce passes. 
In Year 3 in our indoor PE lessons we have learning a tribal dance. We are looking at tribal dancing because it links in to our current topic 'Saving the World' where we have been looking at rainforests and rainforest tribes. During our PE lessons we were split into small groups and each week a few students were nominated to become 'teachers' and teach the tribal dance to their groups. We have been practicing really hard and are hoping to perform it 3AS' class assembly.
18th October 2019
Our Displays!
In Year 3 we are really enjoying the new interactive maths display. We love the interactive challenges and the competition!
Our rainforest shoeboxes are now on display in the Year 3 corridor and new hall. They look wonderful - so many colours and materials! We are really proud of how our work turned out and really pleased to have it on display.
We are also really enjoying our reading space race display! Lots of us are racing through space now - some of us have even made it to Venus!