Welcome to Year 3
Your teacher is : Miss Ramsay
Your teaching assistant is: Mrs Miller
Does the Earth shake?
This half term we are learning about rocks, volcanoes and earthquakes.
We have already been geologists!
To begin our topic, we have taken on the role of a geologist. We used our maths skills to buy equipment we would need to search for rocks and then used them to find a range of fantastic rocks of all shapes and sizes. We had lots of fun and got our hands dirty in the process!
Last half term our topic was Flow! We learned all about rivers and the water cycle.
We used ordnance survey maps to find the River Idle, which is very close to us and identified its mouth, tributaries and source.
Next, we learnt about the water cycle. For homework we create an explanation text about the water cycle, with diagrams to support.
After that, we learnt about the different stages of a river. We applied the skills we had learnt in Autumn term to write a non-chronological report about rivers. They were fantastic!
Finally, so that we could show everyone how hard we had worked, and how much progress we had made, we used Prezi to communicate our learning journey through our topic. Have a look and see what you think.
This half term we will be exploring the world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. Our minds will expand as we test and trial, build and move.
Which force is at play as we slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can we explain why magnets repel and attract? Can we make a penny look shiny and new or build a steel band from pots and pans? Well this half term we will find out!
First stop is the playground where we will explore the forces at work as we whoosh down the slides and swing on the swings. What makes the swing move to and fro? Do all things slide down the slide at the same speed? Hopefully, we will find all the answers!
In Autumn 2, we learnt all about the most amazing, intriguing and deadly predators in the world. From creepy crocs to the voracious Venus flytraps, we uncovered their interesting adaptations, looked closely at their food chains and learnt how they get nutrients from their food.
At the beginning of our topic we were visited by some fantastic predators. We were able to ask lots of questions and hold all of the animals. It was lots of fun. Especially holding the tarantula!
First, we learnt about producers, consumers and decomposers. We identified and classified organisms into these three catagories and looked at why they are important.
After that, we learnt about food chains: how energy is transferred; why all food chains begin with a producer, and how decomposers play a very important role.
Next, we learnt about carnivorous plants. We learnt about the different parts of a plant and their purposes. We even carried out an investigation into how water is transported through the xylem vessel of a plant. To do this we placed a piece of celery into some water with food colouring in. We left it for a couple of days and then we observed what had happened. It was really interesting and we loved seeing the xylem vessels change colour!
For our innovation stage of our topic, we applied everything we had learnt to turn one of our class mates into the ultimate predator! We used ICT to adapt photos of our friends into predators and then created their habitat and food chain.
Keep looking at our page to see our weird and wonderful creations!
Gods and Mortals
This half term, Year 3 have been learning about the Ancient Greeks.
The children have discovered a fantastic world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. They have learnt about the Gods that reigned from Mount Olympus, met Thesus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships.
The children have explored the myths and legends of Ancient Greece and used their Art and Design and Technology skills to make a moving soldier.
To begin our topic we learnt about the geography of Greece now. We used globes and atlases to find out where Greece is and which countries and seas surround it. After we had done this, we used the internet to find out about the Geography of Ancient Greece. We learnt that at this time the country was split into many different states that all fought for power- we used a key to label these states on a map. We then compared the difference between the geography of Greece now and Ancient Greece.
First, we used our chronology skills to create timelines of key events in Ancient Greece like the first ever Olympics! We found it a bit tricky to place the events in the BC section of the timeline but we soon realised that we could apply our maths skills and we managed to order them successfully.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
During the first two weeks of this half term, we did lots of fantastic work about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In the afternoons we:
- Evaluated some of Willy Wonka's sweets
- learnt how to use patterns an detail to make designs on clay
- Learnt how to join clay
- Designed a new fabulous sweet to add to the Chocolate Factory
- Made it out of clay, applying our new skills
- Used a mixture of paint and glue to add colour to our sweets.
It was a very messy two weeks but we really enjoyed it.
In English, we learnt how to use metaphors, similes and personification to describe our new creations.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, every class in school worked with Peter Baldry, a local artist, to design and make Wonka's factory entirely out of cardboard.
It was a fantastic learning experience and in Year 3 we used contrasting colours to design Wonka's name.
General Reminders for Year 3
- PE will be usually on a Wednesday and Thursday with Premium Team coaching, but remember to bring your PE kit into school on a Monday and leave it in school until Friday in case it is needed for other P.E lessons.
- Remember to read your book to an adult at home at least 3 times per week and record this in your home/school book
- Remember to practise your times tables at home at least 3 times per week
- Make sure you try your best in every piece of work that you do