Year 3: Blog items

Summer 2 Week 3

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 2:09pm

                                                                                               

We have had a fantastic week here in Year 3! In RE we learnt about Hindu prayer, places of worship and important symbols. Working in small groups, we explored each of the stations in our classroom that were dedicated to a specific area of Hinduism. We researched and learnt about each area and presented the information in a mind-map. We had lots of fun learning about a different religion and enjoyed making connections between Christianity and Hinduism.

Year 3 were so excited to be able to share their forces and magnets projects with the rest of the class this week in Science. We had endless amounts of fun playing each others’ games and learnt so much in the process. Games included fishing for magnetic materials, testing the strengths of magnets and true or false quizzes. Year 3 were very impressed with each others’ creations and learnt a lot from the projects.

Have a lovely weekend Year 3 and we will see you on Monday!

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 15th Jun 2018 @ 12:45pm

                                                                 

What an amazing week we have had in Year 3! In Collective Worship we began to explore our new monthly value, ‘Perseverance’. We thought about what it meant to persevere and shared our own experiences of this. Examples that were given included learning a new skill, such as fastening our laces, and we discussed the importance of a positive mind-set. We then wrote each other notes of encouragement that we are going to display in our classroom so that in times when we feel challenged, we will be reminded of the importance of persevering.   

Year 3 were very excited to receive a letter back from ‘Primary Four’ class in Uganda, who they wrote to before half term. The letter told us about what they learn at school, what they do in their spare time and the seasons in Uganda. They also sent lots of beautiful drawings for us to keep. Their pictures made us smile and we were very impressed with how brilliant they all were.  It was amazing to think that the letter had come from friends that live so far away and we can’t wait to write back to them! 

We had the most spectacular end to our week as we performed ‘Under The Sea’ in our TSP Musical. Year 3 sang their hearts out and danced with every ounce of energy they had to put on an incredible performance. They wowed their audience and shone like the little stars that they are!

Well done for all your hard work this week Year 3! Have a wonderful weekend!

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 8th Jun 2018 @ 4:55pm

                                                                 

Welcome back Year 3!

It has been a great start to our new half term here in Year 3 and we have been extremely busy in all areas of the curriculum this week.

In RE, we have been studying Hinduism as part of our multifaith learning. We began our week by recapping on the other religions we have learned about this year. We then used our iPads to research as much as we could about Hinduism, answering different ‘challenge’ questions. Finally, we researched different aspects of prayer, such as who Hindus pray to, where they pray and how they pray. The children led their own learning this week and have hopefully left school with an improved understanding of Hinduism.

Year 3 have been extremely busy rehearsing for next week’s musical and our performance of ‘Under The Sea’ is really coming along! The children have worked so hard to learn their lyrics and choreography and they really do shine like stars when performing. We can’t wait for our hard work to pay off when we perform next week and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we have! In terms of costumes, children should wear a brightly coloured, plain top to go with their black PE shorts. Additional accessories will be provided by the school.

Footballers from Year 3 have made us proud this week, attending a charity football match. They played extremely well and represented the school so positively. Whilst having fun, the children raised money for an excellent cause- well done boys!

Have a brilliant weekend everyone and we will see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 7

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 4:24pm

                                                                                               

Wow! It has been a super week to end our half term in Year 3! To bring our RE unit to a close, we thought about our ideal world and created our own ‘Ten Commandments’. We came up with some brilliant rules to live by including always pick up your rubbish, listen to your parents and teachers, be kind and treat everyone fairly. We presented our commandments beautifully in our RE books and carefully decorated them to ensure that they stood out.

We have had endless amounts of fun using clay to make volcanoes with our Year 4 buddies in Theme. Using a plastic bottle for the centre, we moulded the clay around the edge to form a sloping volcano shape. We left the clay to dry and later in the week, we painted them. Our week came to an exciting end when we used bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to create a foaming lava, which bubbled up and out of the centre of our volcano. It was amazing to watch and we loved seeing our creations come to life and erupt before our very eyes.

Well done on another wonderful half term Year 3! You have worked so hard and achieved fantastic things. Enjoy your well-earned break and we will see you in June!   

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 18th May 2018 @ 8:11pm

                                                                                                                   

We have had a lovely week in our Year 3 classroom! In RE, we learnt about ‘Super Christians’ and what it takes to fulfil this role. We created a job application for a ‘Super Christian’ and used what we know about the ‘Ten Commandments’ to help us with ideas about what you would need to be willing to do as part of this role. We also thought about attributes you would need to have such as being caring, nurturing, thoughtful and fair. Our job applications were full of excellent ideas and reflected what we as Christians believe.


We have been extremely busy in all areas of the curriculum and have enjoyed preparing for a debate in English, playing rounders in PE and learning about why people should and shouldn’t live near a volcano in Theme.


We had a truly wonderful end to our week as we celebrated the ‘Royal Wedding’ with our very own tea party. We came together with our Year 4 buddies to celebrate the occasion and took part in activities such as design a wedding cake and explored the royal family tree. We had so much fun and learnt lots about the Royal Family in the process.


We hope you have a fabulous weekend Year 3 and we will see you next week!

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 11th May 2018 @ 2:47pm

                                                                                                                     

It has been a wonderful week in our Year 3 classroom! As part of our Collective Worship this week, we have written a class letter to one of the classes in St. Peter’s School in Kalule, Uganda, where Miss Morris, Miss Giles and Mrs Grayson will be visiting later this month. We wrote to the children to tell them all about where we come from and our lovely school here in Formby. We told them all about the lessons that we do, games that we play and our favourite hobbies. We drew some beautiful pictures to send with the letter and we can’t wait to hear what the pupils in Kalule thought of our letter.

In our Theme lesson this week, we have been learning all about earthquakes! We learnt that an earthquake is when the Earth’s crust shakes violently due to the pressure of two plates building up, until one suddenly breaks and jerks free. We drew diagrams to represent this and labelled the key points of an earthquake; the epicentre, focus and seismic waves. We then learnt about body waves and surface waves which are the two waves created by an earthquake. We were amazed to learn about these fascinating aspects of geography and we were fixated on video clips showing earthquakes as they happen.

Have a lovely weekend Year 3!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 4th May 2018 @ 12:39pm

                                                                                               

We have had a fantastic week in Year 3! In RE we have continued to learn about the Ten Commandments and have been discussing ways in which the Commandments are continued to be carried out today. We came up with lots of ideas such as praying to God, respecting our parents, getting married and going to church on a Sunday. We recorded these ideas in the form of beautiful posters in our RE books.

In English this week we have written some SUPER diary entries from the perspective of a child who has experienced an earthquake. We wrote in detail about the exact moment the earthquake struck and continued to write a detailed recount of the events that unfolded as a result. We brought the dramatic events to life by including our emotions and in depth descriptions of the earthquake as it happened. Year 3 did a fantastic job and created some amazing pieces of writing that they should be very proud of!   

Have a wonderful long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday! Keep up the great work Year 3!

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 27th Apr 2018 @ 3:26pm

                                                                                               

What a wonderful week we have had here in Year 3! In Collective Worship this week we have continued to explore our monthly value of ‘Reconciliation’ and had a discussion about whether we could have reconciliation without forgiveness or forgiveness without reconciliation. We thought that they go hand in hand and must both be present in order for things to go back to the way they were before we fell out with someone. We then thought about how we could show forgiveness and recorded these ideas by making “forgiving hugs” out of paper. We came up with so many ways of showing forgiveness for example, by simply saying “I forgive you”, giving each other a hug and making someone a card to show them that we forgive them.

As part of our English and Theme lessons this week, we have been learning about the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The devastating earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. Year 3 looked at pictures, CCTV footage and watched news reports to gain a deeper understanding of this event in preparation for writing about the events of this day. It was eye-opening to see just how big of an affect an earthquake can have on the lives of people around the world.

Enjoy your weekend Year 3! See you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 20th Apr 2018 @ 12:56pm

                                                                                                                     

We have had a brilliant week here in Year 3! We began our new RE unit, ‘Which rules should we follow?’ We began by learning about the story of the ‘Ten Commandments’. We learnt that after three months of travelling with the Israelites, they arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai, where God called Moses to meet him at the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain, God gave Moses ten important laws. These laws were called the Ten Commandments and would tell the people how to live. We then learnt how to use the Bible to locate the story of the Ten Commandments. In pairs, Year 3 explored the Old Testament of the Bible and learned how to locate Bible stories by their scripture reference.

With great excitement, we have continued to learn about volcanoes as part of our Theme topic. Having explored the different types of volcanoes last week, this week we developed our knowledge of tectonic plate boundaries. Outside, we had fun demonstrating the movement of different types of plates by using volunteers to model this. Two children moved towards each other to model a converging plate boundary, moved away from each other for a diverging plate boundary and slid past each other for a sliding plate boundary. This learning has really helped us to visualise and understand how a volcano is formed.

Have a lovely weekend Year 3!  

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 13th Apr 2018 @ 12:52pm

                                                                 

What a great first week back we have had in Year 3! To bring our RE unit to a close, we learnt about El Salvador Crosses and the significance of the designs and imagery used to decorate them. We learnt that El Salvador Crosses are also called ‘Crosses of Hope’. The images of life shown on the cross are things that give people meaning in their everyday lives e.g. sun, land, village, family, home, animals and where they find God present to them. The cross is their sign of freedom and hope. It is also a sign of their belief that the future will be better. Year 3 created their own crosses in the style of El Salvador to share the messages of Easter. The crosses were decorated beautifully with bold, bright colours and pictures symbolising Easter.

Year 3 were extremely excited this week to begin our new Theme topic, ‘Can the Earth shake, rattle and roll?’ After exploring the layers that make up the Earth, we learnt about the different types of tectonic plates that move slowly across the mantle. The plates moving in different ways is what causes earthquakes and volcanoes. We learnt about the three different types of volcanoes, Cinder Cones, Composite Volcanoes and Shield Volcanoes, and drew diagrams of these in ours books. We then stared in awe and amazement as we watched a variety of clips capturing volcanoes erupting. We couldn’t believe our eyes and were blown away by these fascinating aspects of physical geography. It was a very interesting start to our new topic and we cannot wait to develop our learning next week!

Enjoy your weekend Year 3 and well done for a great start to the new term! See you on Monday.

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 3:19pm

                                                                                               

It has been a brilliant end to a fantastic half term here in Year 3! In RE, we have continued to learn about the ‘Easter Story’ and discussed whether it is a story of sadness or joy. This week we focused on Palm Sunday and the emotions different people would have felt about Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem. We thought that the crowd would be extremely excited to see the Son of God before them and they would feel happy knowing they could go to him to share their worries and problems. On the other hand, the Chief Priests would be feeling angry and jealous because the people of Jerusalem would no longer look up to them and their attention would be on Jesus. We recorded these ideas on giant palm leaves which we then stuck into our RE books.

On Thursday, Year 3 sang and danced their hearts out in Year 3 and 4’s production, ‘Oliver…With A Twist’. Each and every one of them performed like a true professional and did themselves and their teachers proud.

As well as all this, we have had great fun making Easter baskets, cards and cakes. We even had a special visit from the Easter Bunny who left some tasty treats for us around our classroom.

To end a very busy week, on Friday we raised money for ‘Sport Relief’ by bringing in donations to allow us to have a go on a giant inflatable assault course! We had endless amounts of fun racing our Year 4 buddies, climbing, bouncing and sliding as we completed the course. The exciting event meant that we raised money for a wonderful cause whilst thoroughly enjoying ourselves.

Miss Morris and Mrs Bryan would like to say a big well done to Year 3 for a brilliant Spring Term. You have worked extremely hard and brightened up our days with your huge smiles and positive attitudes! Have a truly well-deserved rest and a wonderful Easter. See you in Summer Term! 

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 16th Mar 2018 @ 3:44pm

                                                                                                                     

What a busy but brilliant week we have had in Year 3! In RE this week, we learnt about the Easter Story and its significant events. We learnt about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Jesus praying in Gethsemane, Jesus’ crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. We wrote about each of these events and displayed them in the form of an Easter wreath. We decorated our wreaths with pictures and bright colours to retell this important story.

As part of British Science Week, we attended a Mad Science assembly led by Generator John who taught us all we need to know about ‘Sound’. Using different equipment, we saw how sound waves travel and learnt that sound travels in longitudinal waves. Generator John demonstrated how vibrations create a sound using a variety of exciting experiments. It was amazing to see Science before our very eyes and we learnt so much from this fantastic experience.

Following this, in keeping with the theme of British Science Week 2018, ‘Exploration and Discovery’, we learnt about a great Scientist who made a significant discovery. We learnt about Sir Isaac Newton, famous for discovering the force of gravity. We learnt about how the apple fell from a tree and hit Newton on the head which caused him to believe the Earth must be pulling down the apple. It was from this, Newton discovered gravity which is the force that pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth. We measure gravity in ‘Newton’s’, named after Sir Isaac Newton himself. To see Newton’s theory of gravity in action, we took part in an experiment called ‘Squashed Tomatoes’. Each table was given a tomato which they had to protect using the materials available to them. We then went outside and watched gravity take over as we dropped the tomatoes from a height. The aim was to not let our tomatoes get squashed! We had so much fun trying to reduce the impact of gravity by using the materials in different ways to protect our tomatoes. It was extremely interesting to see how creative each group were and our creative ideas meant that we had NO squashed tomatoes! It was certainly an exciting end to a brilliant British Science Week! 

For this week’s homework, please practise “Ho Hey” and “History” for next week’s performance. The lyrics and backing tracks can be found below.

Ho Hey

History

 

Song – ‘Ho Hey’

Ho
Hey
Ho
Hey

I’ve been trying to do it right
‘cause I’ve lived a lonely life
You could stay here and be fed,
(Hey) Get to sleep in your own bed,
(Ho) Sleep in your own bed (hey ho).

We can be your family,
(Hey) We can be all that you need,
(Ho) You don’t know where you belong,
(Hey) You don't know where you went wrong,
(Ho) Just listen to this song (hey)

I’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweetheart?
I’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweet? (ho)

Hey (come on now)
Ho
Hey

I don't think you're right for him
(Hey) but try this way of life, you see
(Ho) take a bus to Chinatown
(Hey) Try robbin’ on Canal (ho) and Bowery (hey)
(Ho) But you can always count on me (hey)

I’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweetheart?
I’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweetheart?

Love we, need it now
Let's hope, for some
'Cause oh, it’s needed nowI’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweetheart?
I’ll be there for you, you be there for me,

Okay, sweet?

Song – ‘History’

This was the story, it’s one for all time,

It ends with Ollie able to leave it all behind

Life was just far too tough

Ollie had had enough

But now, see…

Escaping Bumble, Corney too,

He met Dodger, who just knew what to do,

He thought he had found some luck

The gang tried to make him tough,

But now, see…

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

Now he’s finally in a team,

It’s a family can’t you see?

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

All of the thieving, all of the fights

He didn’t know if he would make it out alive

He thought he had found some luck

The gang tried to make him tough,

But now, see…

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

Now he’s finally in a team,

It’s a family can’t you see?

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

A foster home that showed no care, thrown out for a silly dare,

Thieves in their bands with wandering hands,

Don’t mean anything, now the truth is out,

The boy is here, his tasks are complete,

He escaped the gang, by the skin of his teeth,

He reached the end

He reached the end

He’s with Mr Brownlow we know!

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

Now he’s finally in a team,

It’s a family can’t you see?

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

He’s got a whole lot of history,

Now he’s finally in a team,

It’s a family can’t you see?

Ollie T,

Has got a whole lot of history,

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

He just didn’t know,

He could feel so low,

Now he’s loved forever!

Your maths homework can be found on the MyMaths website and your spellings are listed below.

Team A:

  1. Appear
  2. Disappear
  3. Address
  4. Difficult
  5. Different
  6. Grammar
  7. Occasion
  8. Opposite
  9. Pressure
  10. Suppose

Team B:

  1. March
  2. June
  3. July
  4. October
  5. May
  6. January

Have a wonderful weekend Year 3!

Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 9th Mar 2018 @ 1:22pm

                                                 

What another great week it has been here in Year 3! In Collective Worship this week we have been thinking about our new monthly value, ‘Sacrifice’. With it being Careers Week we had a brilliant class discussion about our ambitions for the future and considered the sacrifices we might have to make to reach our ambitions. Hearing about other careers during the week and learning what some of the staff at our school have done previously inspired our own ambitions for the future. Year 3 thought about whether their ambition would be worth the sacrifices we may have to make. For example, becoming a pilot will mean there is a lot of travelling involved and so there may be less time to see our family. Many of us came to the conclusion that in a lot of cases it would be worth it if it makes us and those around us happy in the long term.

It has been a very busy week in so many other areas of our curriculum as we began our British Science Week celebrations with an exciting workshop led by Mad Science and we can’t wait for them to return next week with an equally spectacular assembly for us. We have also been extremely busy practising hard for our upcoming production ‘Oliver… With A Twist’ and have been singing and dancing our hearts out!

For the backing tracks of the song lyrics sent home this weekend, please click the links below:

Royals

Troublemaker

Colourblind

Colourblind (with original lyrics)

Don’t worry if you can’t follow the rhythm just yet, but please try your hardest to learn the words!

Well done for your hard work this week Year 3! We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

 

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 2nd Mar 2018 @ 12:34pm

                                                                                 

It has been a fantastic week here in Year 3! As part of our Collective Worship, a group of children led a wonderful session on the Jewish festival of “Passover”. The spring festival commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and we learnt how Jewish people celebrate by preparing and having a special meal with their family. We thought about when we have family celebrations and wrote prayers for these special occasions. 

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and came dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had a brilliant day making comic strips, playing a storybook character version of the “Name Game” and discussing our favourite books with the rest of the class. Everyone made a great effort with their costumes and our celebrations made for a super day!

Have a lovely weekend Year 3! See you on Monday!

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 23rd Feb 2018 @ 3:47pm

                                                  

Wow, what a brilliant start to our new half term! We have been very busy this week going on a journey through Judaism in RE. We have really enjoyed learning all about the Jewish holy book, the Torah. There are so many wonderful facts to learn and we had fun creating our own mini Torah Scrolls in which we wrote a fact file about the Torah. We decorated the top by writing our title in Hebrew which is what the Torah is written in. The finished scrolls look brilliant in our RE books!

We were set a very important task this week when we received an email from the Brilliant Bag Company asking us to make their book bags safer for children by creating a reflective strip to go on the front of them. We realised that we couldn’t just put any material on the front of the book bag so came up with an experiment to test how reflective materials are. We made our own reflection tester by attaching a torch to a white piece of card. We cut a hole in the centre of the card and pushed the torch through so that the card fitted snugly around the torch without us having to hold it.

We then shone the torch at the material we were testing. If the material reflected light well, we saw the reflected light shine onto the white card and light it up. We came to the conclusion that tin foil was the most reflective material and sent an email with our results to the company.

Well done for a super first week back Year 3! Keep up the hard work! See you on Monday!

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 9th Feb 2018 @ 3:49pm

                                                                 

It has been a fantastic end to a busy half term! We have had great fun taking part in Chinese New Year celebrations, completing a fitness circuit with Paralympian Anna Jackson, having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic for our Secret Student treat and lots more!

In Collective Worship we began exploring our new monthly value, “Joy”. We watched a clip from Disney’s “Inside Out” and thought about how Joy is different to the rest of the characters in the film. We discussed how important it is to look at life with a positive mind-set and not take for granted the little things that make us happy. Each of us decorated a cut-out of Joy and inside her memory ball we wrote about something that gives us joy.

This week we took part in our first inter-form event! We had so much fun splitting into our house teams and playing tug of war. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to put our school values into action and there was a real atmosphere of resilience, positivity and determination during the competition. Year 3 did themselves proud and everyone tried their hardest! We can’t wait for our next event!

Enjoy a well-earned rest Year 3! We look forward to seeing you in the new half term!

Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 2nd Feb 2018 @ 2:50pm

                                                                 

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 3! In RE this week we have been thinking about how Jesus changes a Christian’s perception of being rich. We thought about what we would do if we won lots of money. We shared all the exciting things that we could buy such as hot tubs, mansions and expensive cars. We then considered whether this would make our lives perfect and whether being rich is just about the amount of money someone has. Year 3 came to conclusion that although all these amazing items would be nice to have, what makes us really happy are the things that money can’t buy such as family, friendship and love. We read the story of “The Rich Young Man” and learnt that he chose his wealth over following in Jesus’ footsteps. From this story we learnt that Jesus gave the man the choice between being rich with money or being rich with things money can’t buy. We had some brilliant discussions about what we would have done in the man’s position and came to the conclusion that Jesus teaches us that money isn’t the most important thing in life and that we shouldn’t put material possessions before our faith.

We travelled to South America this week in our Theme lesson and began learning about Native American culture. We learnt that they have a deep care for the land and respect for nature. They see animals as equals and often called themselves by animal names to reflect their personalities e.g. eagle = brave. We learnt about totem poles and that they always have an animal at the top to represent the family. The rest of the pole represents other aspects of their life such as where they live, other family members and what they like to do. We began designing our very own totem poles and came up with some imaginative designs to represent ourselves.

Have a lovely weekend Year 3! See you on Monday.

 

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 26th Jan 2018 @ 4:31pm

                                                                 

It has been a great week here in Year 3! In Collective Worship we have been thinking about symbols of wisdom. We discussed how owls represent wisdom and thought about why this might be. We then wrote our own piece of advice on paper owls before decorating them using beautiful colours for our scrapbook. There was so much great advice like “if you feel sad think happy thoughts” and “if you are shy, be confident and have courage”.

Continuing on our American road trip, we have had lots of fun finding out about a North American state to help us complete a state report. We have found out lots of interesting facts about a variety of the states like what its state food is, its state bird and its population. We are going to be using our research to help us to write information leaflets about the states next week.

Have a brilliant weekend Year 3! See you Monday!  

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 19th Jan 2018 @ 3:21pm

                                                                 

What another fantastic week here in Year 3! We have been on a journey to the North American states, learnt about the functions of our skeleton and had so much fun playing Kinball in PE.

In RE this week we have been thinking about how Jesus has changed the lives of others and ourselves. We learnt about the story “The Calling of Levi” and our classmates brought it to life as they acted it out as the story was told. We learnt how Levi only cared about himself, money and clothes before meeting Jesus. However, after he met Jesus, friendship, love and happiness were the most important things to him. We then thought about ourselves and how we might change if we met Jesus. We had some great ideas such as trying harder and being nicer to our brothers and sisters.

We have been getting creative in English and writing our very own folktales. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring a variety of folktales and we have been able to use our imagination to write some of our own to explain how animals got to be how they are today. There have been so many great ideas including how the unicorn got its horn, how the leopard got its spots and how the giraffe got its long neck.

Well done on another great week Year 3! Enjoy your weekend!

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 12:44pm

                                                                                                                     

Welcome back Year 3 and happy New Year! It has been a wonderful start to our new term as we began our new RE topic “Jesus; the man who changed lives”. As part of our new unit we explored the concept of change. As a circle time, we discussed what “change” means and came to the conclusion it means something different or new happening which has an effect on other things. We shared stories about when our lives had been changed for example getting a new baby brother or sister, making new friends and moving house. We realised that some changes are permanent and some are only for a short time and then things return to normal.

As part of our music lessons for this term, we are learning to play the djembe drums. We were extremely excited when we took part in our first lesson this week. We played lots of games like call and response to get used to playing these fantastic instruments. We learnt lots of new vocabulary and enjoyed experimenting with the drums. We already can’t wait for next week’s lesson!

Well done on such a great first week back. Have a lovely weekend Year 3 and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 1:30pm

                                                                 

What a wonderful term we have had in Year 3! We have had endless amounts of fun including receiving a video message from a news reporter at ABC News, meeting a Roman soldier and joining him on patrol, hosting a Children in Need Bake Off, beginning to learn to play the recorder, taking part in a charity music video and hosting and taking part in the SHINE Circus. The list could go on!      

To top this all off, this week we completed our Design and Technology project during which we researched, designed, made and evaluated moving Christmas cards. We learnt about and used a variety of mechanisms such as pop-out levers, waving levers, box folds and mouth folds. Our final products were fantastic and most importantly, very festive!

As we finish for Christmas, it comes with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our elf, Jingles. After twenty days of mischief, we said goodbye to Jingles as he left us to return to Father Christmas at the North Pole. He has brought us smiles and laughter in the lead up to Christmas.

It goes without saying that this term has been made fantastic thanks to the hard work and effort put in by all the children in Year 3. Miss Morris and Mrs Bryan are extremely proud of all that Year 3 have achieved during their first term and look forward to seeing what the New Year brings.

Well done Year 3! Have an amazing Christmas filled with health, happiness and wonderful memories.

Thank you for all for all of your kind gifts and well wishes. See you in 2018!

 

Merry Christmas!

Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 15th Dec 2017 @ 12:37pm

                                                               

What a brilliant week here in Year 3! In Collective Worship this week we spoke about what compassion, our new monthly value, means and how compassion can be shown. To demonstrate this, we watched the John Lewis Christmas advert, “Man on the Moon” and discussed how the little girl showed compassion towards the old man. We had an excellent discussion about why the little girl bought the man a present and how this would make them both feel happy but for different reasons. We realise that at this time of year especially, we should think of those less fortunate than us and show compassion towards them.

There have been so many exciting things taking place this week such as our fantastic school trip the Dewa Roman Experience where we found out about Roman life and went on a soldier patrol led by a Roman around Chester. On Thursday we also had the pleasure of being visited by Generator John from Mad Science to take us on a journey through time to learn about scientific inventions. We loved watching and getting involved with some mind-blowing experiments and seeing scientific processes unfold before our very eyes!

Have a super weekend Year 3! See you on Monday for a festive few days!

Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 2:28pm

                                                                                                                     

What a busy week here in Year 3! In RE this week we have been thinking about how and why we prepare for special guests. A group of children used the props given to them to prepare our classroom for a special guest. They put out a table cloth, laid out the cutlery and put out a spread of delicious food. As a class we discussed why we would prepare in this way for a special guest and came to the conclusion it is because we want to make our guests happy and show them how much we care about them. We then thought about the special guests in our lives and before long, we realised that God is always a special guest in all of our lives. We thought about ways in which we please God and how we show God that we care. We then made booklets about how and why we prepare for a special guest.

We have been painting our own Roman shields as part of our Theme lesson this week. We studied pictures of shields closely and picked out the colours and designs that the Roman army would have used on their shields. Next week, the poems we wrote this week in English are going to create the centrepiece of our shields.   

Have a lovely weekend Year 3! See you on Monday!

Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 2:33pm

                                                                                                                     

It has been a lovely week here in Year 3! In RE we began our new unit “God With Us” and had some brilliant discussions based around the question “How do we know God is present?” Lots of us shared stories about times when we have felt that God has helped us to overcome sadness and difficult times.

In Science this week we have been learning all about the human skeletal system. After finding out about the main bones in our body we had lots of fun making our own child-size skeleton. We drew round one person in our group before sticking and labelling the bones in the right place on the body. We did a fantastic job putting the skeletons back together!

Enjoy your weekend Year 3!

Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 2:33pm

                                                   

What a great week here in Year 3! As part of our Collective Worship this week we learnt about “The Big Vote”. The vote gives all primary age children the opportunity to take part in vote to discover the issue of greatest concern to the nation’s children. Before voting for one, we learnt about each of the following issues:

· Homelessness

· Supporting the elderly

· Animal welfare

· Regeneration of local area or amenity

· Endangered animals

· Children’s well being

· Cancer

· Anti-social behaviour

· The environment

· Road safety  

Our votes show that as a class, our biggest concern is road safety.

We got creative in our Theme lesson this week as we created some beautiful Roman mosaics. Using the iPads, we did some research and looked at lots of different Roman mosaics to inspire our own design. We sketched our final idea into our sketchbook and then used squares of coloured card to create stunning mosaics. Everyone took their time to create their amazing masterpieces.

Have a great weekend Year 3! See you Monday!