Year 3: Blog items

Summer 2 Week 7

Date: 21st Jul 2017 @ 5:07pm

What a lovely way to end our journey in Year 3!

This week we have made the most of our last few days! We had our sports day, where the children really demonstrated their sporting skills and also their kindness by supporting their friends. We also demonstrated our fantastic teamwork skills when building towers with just spaghetti and marshmallows.

We have made some amazing memories this year and we couldn’t be prouder of everything the children have achieved. We can’t thank the children enough for their hard work and also for making us laugh each day along the way.

Thank you for your support throughout the year and of course for the cards, gifts and lovely messages – they are greatly appreciated. We hope you have a fantastic summer and a lovely rest!

Miss Hewitt, Mrs Crebbin & Miss Coates

One last little note to say this year has been one I will never forget and will look back on so fondly. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach this class. Keep working hard and I can’t wait to hear about all of your amazing achievements as you begin your new journey in Year 4.

Love to you all

Miss Hewitt x

Summer 2 Week 6

Date: 14th Jul 2017 @ 1:55pm

Another lovely week in Year 3!

We have been writing newspaper reports about the discovery of a killer whale on Formby beach. The headlines are very attention grabbing!

In Science, we enjoyed making moving models to help us explain the movement of the moon in relation to the earth and sun.

We read ‘dogs don’t do ballet’ this week and the children realised that the underlying message of the story is that anyone can be anything they want to be regardless of factors such as gender. The children concluded that as long as you work hard to achieve your dreams anything is possible and we should not judge people before we get to know them.

We really enjoyed taking part in the final interform competition of the year; Rounders. The children all demonstrated great sportsmanship and worked so well as a team.

Have a lovely weekend all! Well done for all your hard work.

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 7th Jul 2017 @ 3:55pm

Another fun-filled week in Year 3!

In RE, we further explored Sikhism and we discovered that they pray at various times of the day such as meal times. We created our own prayers which could be said in the morning and evening.

Continuing with our space topic in Science, we learnt about the space race between the USA and Russia. We llearnt of all the attempted trips to space and in the end, the first successful landing on the moon!

To end the week on a high, Year 3 performed with their recorders amazingly in our Spirit of Trinity St. Peter’s celebration assembly this morning. A huge thank you to Mrs Mather for teaching us everything we know about the recorder. You are all so talented and we are unbelievably proud of all of your achievements this year!

Have a gorgeous weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Summer 2 Week 4

Date: 30th Jun 2017 @ 4:10pm

We’ve had a lovely week in Year 3!

In RE, we explored Sikhism and their code for living. We realised that there are many similarities between their code for living and the Christian Ten Commandments. We also found connections between their code for living and our school values.

We really enjoyed our D&T project this week, where we became exhibition designers. Inspired by our seaside topic, we chose animals found at the beach and brought them to life. We learnt about different mechanisms and using just card, cellotape, split pins and scissors we created interactive animal displays. We were really creative and used our initiative. We also used trial and improvement and demonstrated perseverance.

Continuing with our theme, we loved exploring a contrasting beach to Formby… Cornwall. We located South West England on the map and used the atlases to label counties and seaside loactions. We also looked at the similarities and differences between their beaches and ours.

Well done for all your hard work this week – you’ve made us very proud!

We are looking forward to our book fair next week (Tuesday - Friday)! 

Summer 2 Week 3

Date: 23rd Jun 2017 @ 5:40pm

We’ve had a lovely week in Year 3!

The highlight of our week has certainly been our performances in TSP’s Got Talent. Year 3 sang and danced their hearts out – they were AMAZING! A big well done to our individual acts who were so dedicated to their rehearsals. Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate our wonderfully talented children.

We have also enjoyed designing and undertaking a science experiment involving balloon rockets this week. We were testing to see whether the height of string and amount of air in the balloon affects the speed which the balloon travels at. We can’t wait to analyse our findings and conclude next week.

Following on from our visit to our local beach last week, we were inspired by the artist Luis Munoz who has painted a beautiful beach sunset. We developed our watercolour painting and blending skills.

So many achievements this week which each and every child should be so proud of.

Have a lovely weekend and a well-earned rest!

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 11:46am

What a busy week we've had in Year 3!

A highlight of our week was our visit to our local beach. We explored the features of our coastline. We also considered human activity and wildlife that can be found there.

In Science, we continued our topic 'We are Astronauts' by exploring the phases of the moon. We used Oreos to represent the different phases and discovered the reason why the moon appears to change shape.

This week we also enjoyed taking part in Den Day. We used our team working skills to build some fantastic dens. Whilst we were having so much fun, we also took some time to reflect on the purpose of the day; to raise money for Save the Children. We considered those who are less fortunate than us and thought about all of the things we are grateful for.

Finally, we celebrated Healthy Eating Week by creating informative posters which stress the importance and advantages of fueling our bodies with healthy food.

Well done for all of your hard work this week! Once again you have made us very proud. Enjoy a well-deserved rest.

We look forward to seeing you at the summer fayre on Saturday

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 9th Jun 2017 @ 4:10pm

 
We've had a lovely yet busy week to begin our final half term in Year 3!
 
In RE, we have enjoyed exploring a different faith this week... Buddhism. We learnt about The Eightfold Path which involves eight areas of life that people focus on towards the path of Buddhism. We enjoyed role-playing different scenarios with our Year 4 buddies.
We began our new theme 'Would you like to be beside the seaside?' by investigating coastal areas in the UK. We are very excited for our visit to our local beach next Tuesday!
Another of our highlights this week was learning about different political parties to prepare for the general election. We presented manifestos and did question and answer sessions. They were brilliant! We were then very excited to visit our own polling station on Thursday to have our voices heard in the election. Labour and Green Party were jointly elected in our class! We made connections with our British Values and learnt more about democracy.
Finally, we reflected on the recent events that we have seen in the news in the UK and focused on the 'One Love' concert that took place in Manchester. We realised it symbolised unity and its key message was to spread love. The children thought of some beautiful prayers for those affected. They all demonstrated our school value of 'Nurture' in their warm and loving responses.
 
You have all worked so hard this week Year 3 - we are as proud as ever! Have a fabulous weekend everyone.
 

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 26th May 2017 @ 5:36pm

A lovely sunny way to end our first Summer half term in Year 3!


To conclude our Iron Age theme, we explored farm life in that period of time. We even got to try some bread that was made using an Iron Age recipe. As you can tell by our faces, some of us weren't too impressed by the taste! We discussed the differences in our food today and realised we have access to a much wider variety of ingredients and also have machinery in factories which can produce lots at a time. We ended the week by writing a balanced argument about whether Iron Age tribes should fight or not. They are brilliant! 

This week in RE we reflected on our learning over the past few weeks about rules for living. We then created a poster for a 'Super Christian' where the children considered the values and qualities that a Super Christian would hold. The children's responses were so thoughtful. 

We are so proud of you all and hope you have a lovely break (hopefully in the sunshine!).

 

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 19th May 2017 @ 4:04pm

We’ve had a great week in Year 3!

Continuing with our Iron Age theme, this week we were entered onto ‘Dragon’s Den’. We chose Iron Age inventions which we had to pitch to the ‘Dragons’ including their uses, advantages and any costs or dangers. The pitches were fantastic and the children really showed off all their historical knowledge.

In RE, we learnt of the new commandment that Jesus gave us ‘to love one another as I have loved you’. We thought about what this meant and realised that it links to our school value of ‘Nurture’. We decided that his message was to be kind, compassionate and empathetic and to follow in his example. We then created our own posters to illustrate this commandment.

We ended the week in style by completing our Race for Life which is for a great cause. The children all put so much effort in and we had great fun!

Thank you for another great week. Enjoy the weekend!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 12th May 2017 @ 3:22pm

Another lovely week in Year 3!

In RE, we looked again at the Ten Commandments, but this time we compared them with a different faith (The Five Pillars of Islam). We made connections between the two and then considered how they link to our school values.

Another of our highlights this weeks involved us delving even further into our Iron Age theme where we considered the dangers that they faced. We found that attack from other warriors was a huge threat as often they would fight between their tribes. We created shields which they would have used to protect themselves when under attack.

Well done for all your hard work this week! Have a lovely weekend!

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 5th May 2017 @ 3:27pm

Another great week in Year 3

In RE, we have been looking further in depth at rules and created our own version of the Ten Commandments that are relevant today. We made links with our British Values and the looked at the influence of the Ten Commandments on the laws that we follow today.

In Science, we have been further exploring our topic of plants and even planted our own broadbeans... we can't wait to watch them grow! 

We have written some amazing narratives based on an Iron Age setting which of full of exciting description. We are also becoming fantastic musicians and can play a few tunes on the recorder. 

You've worked so hard this week - have a well deserved rest!

Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 28th Apr 2017 @ 3:46pm

We've had a great week in Year 3!

In RE this week, we began our new unit based around the question 'which rules should we follow?'. We discussed rules, their purpose and what happens when we break them. We then created our own rules for living which really reflected our wonderful values. We linked this to our British Values too and how we have a law to follow to allow us to live safely. We also looked at the Ten Commandments and decided which one we found to be most important.

We were also lucky enough to have our second session of Listening Hands Therapy. The children were so mindful and sensible and worked really well in their partners. Linking to our monthly value of 'Trust' we carried out 'trust falls' and discussed the characteristics of someone who is trustworthy.

We ended the week on a high with our CATS performance at FHS which was amazing - you should all be so proud of yourselves! 

Have a beautiful bank holiday weekend everyone! Well done for all your hard work.

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 21st Apr 2017 @ 3:57pm

What a busy first week back we have had! Where can I start...

We began the week by reading ‘We are all born free’ and thinking about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We learnt what they were, what they mean and thought critically about why we have them. We then learnt of the story of a Syrian refugee called Ali, who had to leave behind all of his family, friends and belongings and start a new life in a different country. He had a terrible journey - we can’t imagine what it must have been like! We have written Ali a letter as if he was moving to the UK to welcome him here. They are fantastic! We were also inspired by another refugee who taught himself to paint. The children recreated some of his artwork and thought about what it may represent. We have some very talented artists in this class!

Another highlight of our week was our visit to Martin Mere to kick off our new topic of the Iron Age. We were taken back in time thousands of years and were put to work weaving, foraging, thatching and defending. We learnt the importance of each role and experienced what a day in the life of a Celt was like – it certainly was tiring business! The children were so enthusiastic and asked some fantastic questions.

Well done for all of your hard work this week! It is lovely to have you back.

We are very much looking forward to our CATS performance at FHS next Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 6

Date: 31st Mar 2017 @ 5:58pm

Wow ... what a fantastic end to a great half term!

We began the week with a visit from Paige's mum who works for the Police. We were also visited by two Police Officers and Police dogs. It was such so amazing to see how helpful the dogs are - very clever indeed! 

In RE, we learnt about Easter in Spain. We learnt about how the various occasions were celebrated and what each celebration symbolises. We learnt that in the cities they have parades where they have floats which represent various parts of the Easter stories from the bible. The children designed some of their own floats - they really did depict the true meaning of Easter.

To round off an excellent week, the children performed their dance piece 'Skimbleshanks' from the musical CATS at our celebration assembly this morning. The children were amazing!! They have worked so hard and it really showed in their fantastic performance. Mrs Crebbin and I are so proud of each and everyone of them. We are so excited to perform it again on the stage at Formby High School!

Thank you for all of your hard work this half term. You should be so proud of yourselves!

Have a fantastic Easter and a lovely rest.

 

 

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 24th Mar 2017 @ 3:47pm

We've had a fabulous week in Year 3!

In RE, we looked at various bible stories which retold the events of Easter and we explored whether we thought it was a time of sadness or joy and looked for evidence to justify our thoughts.

We have been exploring recounts in English and retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs from the wolf’s perspective, but with a bit of a twist! They were fantastic to read.

To end the week, we celebrated Red Nose Day by getting creative with our house teams and carrying out various different art activities throughout the day. We also had a red nose and spoon race which was great fun!

Have a great weekend all!

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 17th Mar 2017 @ 4:10pm

What a busy week we've had in Year 3!

To continue with our new monthly value of 'Forgiveness' we thought about the quote "forgivness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude" spoken by Martin Luther King. We considered what it means to us. We also considered times we have been forgiven or when we have forgiven others.

To celebrate British Science Week, we explored the direction of wind using bubbles and our great compass skills. We have also enjoyed continuing exploring our topic of magnet and forces. 

We have written some amazing leaflets to advertise the Stone Henge and Cheddar Gorge which we have learnt about through our Stone Age theme. The children included some really persuasive language - they are a pleasure to read!

Thank you for another lovely week! Have a wonderful weekend.

Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 10th Mar 2017 @ 3:37pm

We have been working really hard this week in Year 3!

We have continued with our learning about the Stone Age by creating cave art and learning all about Stone Age architecture and what it can tell us about the way they lived their lives.

We also celebrated International Women’s Day by learning about important women in history such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davidson. We thought about the impact that they had on our lives today.

We had a great singing session with Mr Horner, our new song ‘Human’ is beginning to sound great!

Have a great weekend everyone. Well done for all your hard work!

 

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 3rd Mar 2017 @ 4:12pm

Another great week in Year 3!

We have continued our learning all about the Stone Age by exploring cave art and considering what it can tell us about how they lived. We critically discussed the reliability of the art when drawing conclusions about the time period.

We also enjoyed celebrating World Book Day by reading 'The Unforgotten Coat' and learning of two brothers who emigrated from Mongolia to Bootle. We thought about how they had to adapt to their new surroundings and considered different opportunities that children have around the world. The children wrote some fantastic persuasive pieces of writing focused around equality, arguing that all children should have the same opportunities.

In RE, we have continued our exploration of the sadness and joy of Easter. We revisited the events of 'The Last Supper' and the children recreated different freeze frames and deeply considered the thoughts and feelings of the disciples and Jesus, throughout this time.

Once again, you have made us so proud this week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 24th Feb 2017 @ 4:00pm

A fantastic start to the half term in Year 3!

We began our new theme based around the question 'What was new about the stone age?' by creating a giant timeline where the children explored the order of early civilisations and used evidence to back up their decisions. We have also been reading 'The Stone Age Boy' which led the children to have a fantastic debate where they each argued the importance of their role.

In maths, we were able to get outside and use our newly learnt knowledge of right angles to work out directions on a compass and instruct our partners. We have also been spotting different types of angles around school.

In collective worship, we embraced our monthy value of 'Love' by creating a poem to share what we believe the true meaning of love to be. In RE, we began to explore the sadness and joy of Easter where the children asked some really thought provoking questions,

We are also so excited to have welcomed some new special members into Year 3 this week... our pet fish! They have settled in nicely. A big thank you to Theo and Jack for all their hard work.

It's lovely to have you back! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 10th Feb 2017 @ 5:15pm

We’ve had a busy yet fun week to end our half term in Year 3!

We began the week by celebrating Safer Internet Day with our Year 4 buddies. We had great fun creating ‘emoji charades’ to help share messages about using the internet positively.

We also had great fun in our circuit session with Stuart Robinson and Sports for Schools. We really enjoyed the inspiring assembly led by them and we learnt that with confidence and perseverance we can achieve our dreams.

To bring our RE unit ‘Jesus; the man who changed lives’ to a close, in Luke 18:27 we read "What is impossible with men is possible with God". The children critically discussed this quote and what it meant to them. We concluded that anything is possible as long as you have faith in the Lord.

What a fantastic way to end the half term – you have all worked so hard! You make us proud to teach you each day.

Have a lovely and well-deserved rest all!

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 3rd Feb 2017 @ 4:31pm

What a busy week we have had in Year 3!

Continuing with our theme ‘How does water go round and round?’, The children made clay models of river landscapes and painted and labelled them using their wonderful geographical vocabulary. We were surprised to discover that rivers often start off as just a small stream. We also teamed up with our Year 4 buddies to prepare and perform some fantastic presentations about the River Mersey. The children researched key facts including its history, location and uses. They were full of fun facts - we were so proud of them!

In RE, we continued to consider the different ways that Jesus can change people’s lives for the better. We learnt about the fascinating life of Mother Teresa and her amazing life achievements. We discussed how she may have felt when she was called by God and learnt that helping those less fortunate was what she felt she was brought on this earth to do.

We are so proud of how hard you have worked this week.

Have a fantastic weekend and well-deserved rest!

Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 27th Jan 2017 @ 3:34pm

Another amazing week had by us in Year 3!

We have written some fantastic explanation texts about the four processes involved in the water cycle. We were blown away by the children's geographical knowledge and the detail which they have included. We have continued our Science by exploring animals and their diets; we even created a menu for an animal of our choice!

As we are coming to an end with our monthly value of 'Humility', we learnt about great acts of sportsmanship and how the famous sports personalities demonstrated acts of humility. We considered the qualities that a good sportsman posseses and thought about how we could do the same.

We ended the week on a high, celebrating Chinese New Year with our Year 4 buddies. We learnt about how they celebrate the new year in China and compared it to our celebrations. We were fascinated by their traditions and rituals and even created our own laterns with good luck messages and riddles on. The fantastic finished products were a result of superb teamwork from Year 3 and 4!

We are so proud of all of your hard work.

Have a lovely weekend all!

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 20th Jan 2017 @ 3:40pm

We have so much to talk about this week!

In RE, we learnt of Zaccheus the tax collector who was greedy and selfish. We learnt how after meeting Jesus he became a follower of Christ and changed his ways. We considered how Jesus can change people; their thoughts, beliefs and actions. We thought critically about why people might change after meeting Jesus and in which ways.

We are becoming such great performers in Year 3! Our new dance to a song from the musical ‘CATS’ is coming along amazingly. The children have been practising their technique whilst picking up a new routine.

In Science, we have continued our learning of the human body and moved onto skeletons. We investigated the main purposes of our skeletons and asked some great scientific questions.

Thank you for all your hard work this week!

Have an amazing weekend everyone.

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 13th Jan 2017 @ 3:50pm

What a busy week we've had in Year 3!

We began the week by immersing ourselves in our new theme based around rivers. We made our own World River ‘Top Trump’ cards full of key facts and presented our learning to the class. We also learnt about personification this week and the children used this beautifully in their poems which brought their rivers to life.

In RE, we have begun our new topic ‘Jesus; the man who changed lives’. We learnt of the parable of the Pharisee and The Tax Collector and learnt about the impact that Jesus had. We then reflected on the impact that Jesus can have on ours and others’ lives.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone - wrap up warm!

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 6th Jan 2017 @ 3:56pm

We have had an amazing first few days back!

We began the New Year by thinking of our new year resolutions. The children's ideas were really inspiring and we are so excited to share this year with them!

Our new theme 'How does water go round and round?' has led us to explore Claude Monet's river Thames series paintings which has helped us to begin our learning about rivers and their surrounding landscapes. We have recreated our own paintings in Monet's impressionist style. They are beautiful!

We have also been learning about Sikhism this week. The children worked collaboratively to create really informative posters about the 5ks using their wonderful researching skills to help them. We also learnt about special places of worship for Sikhs where the children asked some really thoughtful questions. The children also recognised that we share a lot of the same values that Sikhs do such as; respect, generosity and treating everyone equally.

We ended the week by discussing The Epiphany on this last day of Christmas and remembering why this time of year is so special to us.

What a wonderful way to begin the year - we are so proud of you all already!

Have a lovely weekend all!

This term we will continue to have Swimming on a Wednesday and now also have Dance on a Thursday.