Year 3 Blog

Come and visit this page regularly to find out all about our learning in Year 3!
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...