Year 3 2022/23
Week beginning 19/09/2022
For the first few weeks, the children have been focusing on getting to know one another and developing their teamworking skills. A particular highlight has been the board game project that we have been working on, where children worked in small groups to create board games from their imaginations. Both classes have said that this has been a great way to get to know our newer pupils and develop their team working skills.
Children have also been trying very hard to earn their own Cambridge Half Marathon medals through our Daily Mile practise! Children have been trying very hard to improve their stamina and run about 4 laps (1 mile) of our field a day! Wow!
Have a lovely weekend,
Mr Waterman and Miss Graves
Week beginning Monday 11th July 2022
As participants in this year's 'Young Readers' Programme' organised by the National Literacy Trust, Year 3 were treated to a wonderful and engaging storytelling session with author and storyteller Wendy Shearer! She travelled from London to share a folktale with us which was all about a mischievous and cunning spider called Anansi. Anansi is a character that features in folktales from West Africa and the Caribbean. We had a wonderful time listening to the story and helping to tell it while joining in with the actions and dialogue between characters!
Week beginning Monday 4th July 2022
This week, we enjoyed taking part in the Key Stage Two Sports Day! We demonstrated great stamina as we completed a carousel of eight different activities which included the long jump and shuttle throwing. Completing these activities gave us the chance to earn points for our teams. Some of us also took part in competitive races for running and skipping while the rest of us cheered our team members on.
We had a lovely afternoon planting sunflowers in the school garden with Mrs. Roe who surprised us by coming to help again and sharing her gardening expertise!
Eco-Week- Week beginning Monday 27th June 2022
We have enjoyed being extra eco-friendly this week!
We read the story 'Last Tree in the City' by Peter Carnabas and this inspired the theme for our junk modelling. The story is about a boy called Edward who lives in a city full of dull buildings and only one tree. One day, this tree is cut down leaving Edward devastated. He then finds part of the tree and decides to plant it. This in turn inspires other residents of the city who start planting trees and flowers. We used recycled materials to create models of buildings for our own city. We then brightened up our 'city' by making trees and flowers from recycled materials.
Thanks to some fundraising by Reception organised by Ms. Burles, we were able to buy and plant two trees. Hopefully when they mature, they will flower and brighten up our school grounds! We were very excited to have Ms. Roe who surprised us by coming into school to help!
The Queen's Jubilee Celebration Week- Week beginning Monday 6th June 2022
We have enjoyed celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by learning about the Queen's coronation ceremony and the crown she wore on this momentous day! We had a go at making our own versions of the St. Edward's Crown using a template and creating our own patterns.
In Maths, we have been learning about mass and reading scales. We applied this learning to some biscuit-making as we weighed ingredients for biscuit dough using mechanical scales. We got to eat our biscuits during our Jubilee party in class. They were a little sweet but we enjoyed them!
We had a wonderful time performing our song 'Roar' by Katy Perry for the Jubilee concert for invited guests and learnt lots of interesting facts about life in the 1950s from Mrs. and Mrs. Thomson! We found out that you had to go to several different shops to get different items as there weren't any supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's which we have today. Also, food was often wrapped in newspaper!
Equality and Diversity Week- Week beginning Monday 23rd May 2022
This week, we have been discussing what the words 'equality' and 'diversity' mean. We have also been learning about influential Black Britons from the past and currently.
We enjoyed learning about the lives of Olaudah Equiano, Mary Seacole and Claudia Jones and discussed why Marcus Rashford is such a positive and influential role model . We wrote our own short biographies, fact files and created timelines. We also created posters advertising the Notting Hill Carnival and included information about its original founder Claudia Jones.
Friday 11th February 2022
We were very sad to say to goodbye to Mrs. Roe this week but we had great fun making, baking and eating some delicious cakes and scones for our tea party!
We have doing lots on work on safety for Safety Week this week! We have learned about what to do in an emergency situation and how to stay safe online. We enjoyed learning about road safety and being safe on your bike from members of the police force and fire brigade. We were also able to reflect on all that we were learned as we wrote short non-chronological reports about a chosen area of safety.
We have been learning how to work out change when buying an item in Maths and have been applying to this knowledge to problem-solving and investigations about money.
We hope everyone has a lovely half-term next week!
Friday 4th February 2022
This week, we concluded work on our unit of writing based on 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' as we wrote our non-chronological reports about tea.
We have been learning about money in Maths and have been looking at how to count coins in pounds and pence as well as convert pence into pounds.
We had great fun whittling and making Stone-Age inspired tools in this week's Forest School session!
Friday 28th January 2022
This week, we enjoyed learning about instruments in the horn section of an orchestra.
In English, we have learnt some fascinating facts about the history of tea and how tea is made. We are nearly ready to write reports in-role as tea experts next week!
In Maths, we have been learning how to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and making links to our knowledge of times tables.
In our Science lesson, we got to found out about different types of soils and their properties.
We have been learning how to spell the 'shun' and 'zhun' sounds at the ends of words. We learnt that if a words ends with a 'shun' sound, we shoot the ti-on! If it is a 'zhun' sound, we use sion (e.g attention, division).
Friday 21st January 2022
This week, we enjoyed learning about orchestral instruments in our Music lesson and had a go at playing violins. It was fun taking it in turns to be the conductor for our 'string orchestra'!
In English, we have enjoyed doing some writing based on our current text 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' and have been learning about where different types of tea leaves are grown preparation for report-writing.
We have been learning how to use the column method for multiplication when multiplying 2 digit and 1-digit numbers in Maths and have enjoyed working on investigations where we had to investigate statements about calculations. We have been exercising our learning muscles and working on our ability to persevere when doing challenging tasks!
Wednesday 12th January 2022
We have had another busy start to the week and have been continuing to enjoy our new Science topic. This week we were investigation properties of different rocks e.g. how porous and how hard wearing they are. We were disappointed that we did not get to continue our exploration outside due to a rainy Tuesday when we were timetabled to be in the forest schools area. However, we managed to do some of our activities indoors, such as rock painting and making models of rivers and beaches in trays.
Wednesday 5th January 2022
Happy New Year to everyone in Year 3! It is great to be back and hear all about your Christmas break.
Today we started our new English unit of work that is based on the text 'The Cloud Tea Monkeys' by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. We started off by becoming tea tasters and we had a selection of teas to smell and to taste. We wrote some great descriptions. See the photos of our tea tasting below!
We also started our new Science topic 'Rocks, Soils and Fossils'. We enjoyed learning about different types of rocks and we used magnifying glasses to investigate them and then label and sort them. See photos below.