Year 3: Blog items

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!

Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 1:19pm

                                                                                               

We have had a wonderful week here in Year 3! As part of our Collective Worship this week we have been thinking about how we can treat others fairly and we have created “scales of fairness”. On one side of the scales we drew a picture to show someone acting unfairly. We then tried to balance our scales by drawing a picture on the other side of someone changing the situation to make it fair.

We had the most wonderful start to our Celebration of Kindness Week with our Year 3 and 4 bake off. There were some amazing cakes and everyone was blown away by the delicious creations! The cakes looked and tasted amazing and we raised lots of money for Children in Need. Well done to everyone who took part- you should be extremely proud of your hard work!

Enjoy a well-earned rest this weekend, you deserve it! 

Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 4:25pm

                                                                 

What fun it has been here in Year 3 this week! We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about harvest festivals around the world in RE and found out some interesting facts about the different ways people celebrate. We made beautiful posters to present our findings and then shared our new learning with the rest of the class.

In preparation for anti-bullying week next week we were extremely lucky to take part in a virtual reality workshop. Using our VR headsets we observed a scene during which a group of children were being unkind to others. We had some brilliant discussions about the actions of the children and shared our thoughts on how they should and shouldn’t treat others. We then got the opportunity to ask the children questions about their involvement in the incident and we were intrigued to listen to their thinking behind their actions. We were extremely thoughtful and considerate during our discussions and our school motto “Be Kind” and school values shone through us.

We have had so much fun filming a music video to introduce our “Celebration of Kindness Week” beginning on Monday 13th November. The video reminds us to be kind to ourselves by laughing, smiling and having fun! You can see the video by clicking on the link below… it is NOT to be missed!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdKEk61gR1g  

Have a well-deserved relaxing weekend. See you on Monday Year 3!

Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2017 @ 2:03pm

                                                                                               

Welcome back Year 3!

We have had a wonderful start to our new half term. To bring October’s monthly value of ‘Thankfulness’ to a close, we learnt about the Jewish festival of Shabbat, during which Jewish people reflect about God’s creation of the world. Husbands thank their wives by reciting a special poem called ‘Eshet Chayil’ to them. Families gather and talk about their lives and children can stay up late and tell and listen to stories. We created some beautiful fact cards about this festival for our Collective Worship scrapbook.

In Science this week we have learnt about the process of fossilisation. To demonstrate this process, we used white bread as the layer of white sand on the ocean floor. We then placed four gummy bears on the ocean floor to symbolise dead sea life that floats to the bottom of the ocean. Next, we laid a slice of wheat and a slice of rye bread on top of the gummy bears to demonstrate the sediment that settles over the fossils over years and years. Then, we placed all the bread under several books to act as pressure. After a few days we were finally able to take a look at our gummy bear fossils. We noticed that the layers of earth had hardened and become thinner. The layers were stuck together and difficult to peel apart. When we did get to the “fossils,” the features of the gummy bears could be seen in the imprints on the “ocean floor.” We had lots of fun and made predictions about what might have happened if our fossils had been left for a century!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 3:34pm

                                                                               

What a great week we have had to bring our first half term to an end! To finish our RE topic, “What does it mean to be called by God?” we invited Anne and Nathan in from St. Peter’s Church to tell us about their calling from God. We asked them lots of questions about how this influenced their lives and enjoyed learning about their job and experiences.

In our Theme lessons this week we have been getting creative and painting pictures in the style of Henri Rousseau. Rousseau is famous for his jungle paintings in which he uses bold and bright colours. We have thoroughly enjoyed using his techniques and style to create our own paintings of a tropical rainforest. Our paintings have captured the beauty and life in a tropical climate.

Have a fantastic week off Year 3 and enjoy a well-earned rest!

Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 13th Oct 2017 @ 5:30pm

                                                                                               

What a brilliant week it has been in Year 3! We began the week with a Collective Worship session focusing on what talents and gifts we are thankful for. It was so lovely to take the time to be proud of ourselves and recognise how thankful we are to God for blessing us with these amazing talents. We each then decorated a star on which we wrote the gifts and talents we are thankful for.

We had an extremely tasty end to our week here in Year 3 as we took our scientific knowledge to the next level and made our own rocks… out of chocolate! Year 3 used their understanding of how rocks are formed to make their own chocolate igneous and sedimentary rocks. Year 3 could see the clearly defined layers in their sedimentary rocks and saw how the lava or magma hardens to form igneous rocks. From this activity, Year 3’s scientific understanding was deepened and they had so much fun in the process!

Have a wonderful weekend Year 3!  

Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 6th Oct 2017 @ 5:08pm

                                                 

We have had a fantastic week here in Year 3! A new month brought with it the new monthly value ‘Thankfulness’. We took the time to think about all the things we are thankful for in our lives such as our amazing families, our wonderful school and our friends. We then made thank you cards to God for the things that we are most grateful for in our lives. The cards looked beautiful and reflected the importance of the messages inside.

Our exciting Theme topic ‘Is climate cool?’, has taken us on a journey to the rainforest this week and we have been learning all about tropical climates. In English we have written some wonderfully detailed letters to our families telling them all about our trip to the rainforest. Our imaginations have run wild as we told stories of swinging on vines through the trees and encountering exotic animals. In addition to this, we became weather reporters and performed our own weather forecast for a variety of tropical climates from around the world. Year 3 were given a rainforest to locate on a world map and then used the information about its climate to deliver a weather report to the rest of the class. Everyone did an excellent job and I don’t doubt that there are some future reporters amongst us!

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

Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 4:45pm

                                                                                                                     

What an amazing week we have had here in Year 3! We have had lots of fun learning about "Moses and the Burning Bush" in our RE lesson this week. As part of our new unit "What does it mean to be called by God?" we have been learning about the prophets in the bible. We learnt that Moses was called by God to free the Israelites and save them from being treated as slaves by the pharaoh. To show our understanding of the story, we created some beautiful 3D scenes from the story featuring Moses kneeling before the burning bush.

We have felt like celebrities this week after our incredible video message from ABC news reporter, Annie Hubbell. We still can't quite believe that our news reports have been recognised in Florida and feel privileged to have received the message from Annie. Hearing about Hurricane Irma from an expert brought our learning to life and we were extremely interested in everything that Annie had to tell us. We saw lots more footage of the storm and found out lots of new information. 

This morning we raised money for Macmillian Cancer Support by joining the world's biggest coffee morning. We donated money to this incredible charity by buying lots of delicious cakes. 

Enjoy your weekend Year 3- see you on Monday!  

Autumn 1 Week 4 AMAZING NEWS!

Date: 25th Sep 2017 @ 4:16pm

                                                                         

We are extremely lucky to have received a special video message from Annie Hubbell from ABC News. Having heard we've been writing newspaper reports about Hurricane Irma, Annie got in touch all the way from Florida to tell us more about the hurricane! What an amazing experience for Year 3 and 4! You can see the video by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwUV2MCeOrE 

Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 22nd Sep 2017 @ 4:20pm

                                                   

It has been a great week here in Year 3! We have just begun our new RE topic “What does it mean to be called by God?” and have started to learn about prophets and the importance of their role to spread God’s words. We thought about when we have been asked to do something that we may not have wanted to do however we did it because we trusted the person who asked us. Our actions showed loyalty towards the person who had asked us just like the actions of the prophets who were called on by God. As part of this lesson we wrote a job description for a prophet to show our understanding.

We have loved being scientists this week as our first topic “What are rocks?” began. We studied different types of rocks in our groups and then each chose one to examine closely using a magnifying glass. We discussed the different properties of our rocks using scientific vocabulary. We found the activity fascinating as we saw detail on the rocks we didn’t even know was there! We were amazed at the fantastic patterns, tiny holes and interesting textures we came across when exploring the rocks.

Enjoy your weekend Year 3 and don’t forget to find yourself a pet rock for our next Science lesson which will be on Friday 29th September! See you next week!

Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2017 @ 4:13pm

                                                                 

We have had a wonderful week in Year 3! Our multi-faith week has taken us on a journey through the religion of Islam. Along the way we have learnt so much about the important aspects of Islam such as where they go to worship and the importance of their holy book, the Quran. We learnt that Muslims treat the Quran with great respect and must follow certain rules when handling the Quran for example you must wash your hands, feet, face and arms and it must be kept on a high shelf. We made our very own rule books and decorated them beautifully in the style of the Quran. We then made bookmarks on which we wrote our names in Arabic and explained why the Quran is such an essential part of Muslim life. We have loved learning about this fascinating religion!

In English we have become journalists and have been researching Hurricane Irma in preparation for writing a newspaper report about the storm. We have had those affected by the Hurricane in our hearts as we learnt about the devastation it has caused. We are now experts on the subject and will be reporting in our class ‘TSP Times’ next week.

Have a lovely weekend Year 3! We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:53pm

                                                                                               

Wow! What an amazing start to Year 3! It has been an extremely busy week fuelled by excitement to begin our new learning journeys.

This week, we have been focusing on Handsome and Gruesome, a fairy tale with a twist! The story helped us to recall our school’s vision and values while also allowing us to reflect on who we are as individuals and what makes us SHINE like the characters we read about at the circus in the story. We discussed how the circus performers in the story could carry out such amazing stunts and overcome their disabilities which we immediately recognised linked to our school value of ‘Hope’. Our own actions reflected this value when we took part in our very own circus during which we shared our talents with our Year 4 buddies. We were also creative in our thinking and uncovered new and unique talents, which reflects our school value of ‘Imagine’. We participated in a range of team-building activities that required us to have self belief and resilience. By working in teams with our buddies, we were also able to show our value of ‘Nurture’ and ‘Serve’, working effectively with each other and showing support and kindness to overcome these different challenges! We certainly didn’t forget about our value of ‘Enjoy’ as we showed a real love and enthusiasm for our learning making our experience so memorable!

We could not have had a better start to our year and we can’t wait to make more memories as we continue on our learning journey.

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

Class Information

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:45pm

Miss Morris and Mrs Bryan would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 3!

Homeworks for English, Maths and Spellings will go home each Friday. They are to be returned by the following Wednesday.

During the Autumn term, PE will take place on Monday afternoon. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on this day. Our second PE lesson will be swimming and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. Children must bring their swimming kit in with them that morning.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.