Year Three

Hello and welcome to our Year Three class Blog where you can keep up to date with all the fabulous learning that is taking place.

Our teachers are Mrs Butler and Miss Cutler. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Williams

Summer Term 2

This term we are learning all about Rivers.  We will find out why rivers are so important to the towns and villages that have developed on their banks. By looking at the features of rivers, and the natural and human ways that rivers change over time, we will explore the life stories of rivers and learn the names and locations of the major rivers of the UK.

Our science topic is plants.  We will learn the names of different parts of plants, and the jobs they do. Then we will work scientifically to investigate what plants need to grow well and will present our findings. Finally, we will work in a hands-on way to identify the parts of a flower and we will explore the different stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

In numeracy we are learning about angles and shapes.  Children will be introduced to more formal shape concepts, including naming angles, identifying pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines and starting to explore quadrilaterals. We will begin by developing a deep understanding of angles as a measurement of a turn. Learning then focuses on the relationships between pairs of lines and children begin to use these properties to describe 2-D shapes. Finally, we move on to make and draw 2-D shapes, describe and construct 3-D shapes and start to develop our understanding of symmetry.

In Literacy this term we will use cross curricular links to focus on writing stories in a river setting.  We will use a ‘story mountain’ together with video clips, familiar texts, questioning and practical activities to scaffold and support our writing.  A ‘story mountain’ helps children to plan their own stories by helping them to think clearly about the plot and structure of their story and how they plan to divide it into different paragraphs, before they start writing.

Our Come and See RE topics this term are:

  • Choices

We will learn that when making a choice, it is important to examine your conscience in order to make a good choice and minimise bad effects for ourselves and others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and mercy; it is about the forgiveness of sin and being reconciled with God and one another.

  • Special Places

We will learn that the Christian community has many special places: places where people gather for prayer and worship; places are holy because of their association with Jesus or holy people; places of pilgrimage.

Science

We are learning all about plants this term.

We thought carefully about what plants need to grow well and thought of a question to investigate. We investigated what happens to plants when they do not have water, light or heat.  We predicted what we thought would happen in our investigation, planned what we would do, and finally set up our investigation.

Over a week , we recorded our observations and presented the results of our investigation.  We decided whether our prediction was accurate and answered our original question.  Finally, we described what we observed using scientific language.

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This week in science we investigated the way in which water is transported within plants by observing the transport of food colouring through a flower stem.  We carried out an investigation to find out whether temperature affects how fast the stem sucks up water.

Plants

Today we began by identifying the different parts of a flower and then researched what each part of a flower does.  Then, we tried to explain the process of pollination and  fertilisation.

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Geography

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Summer Term 1

Numeracy

In numeracy we are learning all about measures.  We are developing a deeper understanding of the concepts of mass and volume using practical  activities to measure and estimate mass, volume and capacity.  We will then apply these skills to problem solving.

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Judaism

We have been learning about the Synagogue.  During Shabbat, the Jewish family goes to the synagogue, their place of worship. Some people also go during the week. The synagogue is a special building where the Jewish community meet to pray, study and celebrate.

In pairs, we used a question matrix to think of a list of questions we might like to ask a Jewish person about the synagogue.

Each synagogue may be a little different inside, as Jewish people practise their faith in different ways depending upon which group they belong to.  We designed and made a stained glass window for a synagogue.

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Chocolatier Visit

Yesterday we were lucky enough to have a chocolatier in school to fully immerse us in out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic.  We discovered lots of interesting information and took part in practical activities – all about our favourite subject, CHOCOLATE!  We started by learning about the Aztec and Mayan Indians and what they used the cocoa bean for (the origins of cocoa), where the cocoa grows, fermentation of the bean, tropical rain forests and how cocoa came to Europe (Columbus and Cortez).  Then we heard all about how chocolate has changed through the ages, the tempering of chocolate (liquids to solids), what’s in chocolate and how it effects the body.

In the afternoon, we finished with a chocolate quiz and team building activities which included designing and making chocolate pizzas.  The prizes included golden wonka bars and chocolate mobile phones.  We had a wonderful day!

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IMG_0973Literacy

In literacy we are writing instructional texts this term.  We are focusing on using:  simple clear language, imperative (bossy!) verbs, time conjunctions and present tense.  We are also working hard to ensure our writing has a clear layout and extra information or tips.

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Science

In science we have been learning about the human body.  This week we focused on building our very own skeletons.  Then we identified and named the main bones in the body and began to label our skeletons with the scientific names of bones.

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Library Visits

On Tuesday afternoons, we are enjoying visits to the local library.

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Our Completed Freedom Quilt!

We are so proud of our completed quilt which shows what freedom means to us.  We really enjoy spending our time eating ice cream, living with our families, building sandcastles, having pets, playing on our x-box and eating pizza.  Thank you to Mrs Williams for sewing it all together for us.

FREEDOM QUILT.

Mathematics Mastery

This term we are learning all about length and perimeter.

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Physical Education

In PE we have started our yoga lessons to develop muscle tone and strength throughout the body, maintain flexibility and improve balance, alignment and coordination.

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Topic

Our topic this term will be ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and we will be focusing on designing, making and evaluating healthy recipes in Design Technology lessons.

Science

In science we will be learning about animals and humans.  We will find out about the different ways that plants and animals obtain food and the differences between food and nutrient groups.  We will begin to understand what the right type and amounts of nutrition are for humans as well as some of the consequences related to eating the wrong type of diet.  We will investigate the scientific names for the main bones in the human body and explain how the skeleton protects, supports and helps the body to move.

Numeracy

In Numeracy we will continue teaching for mastery. We will work as a whole class on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of understanding. Challenge will be provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content.

We will begin the term focusing on measuring and calculating with length. We will begin by recording and comparing measurements using mixed units. After that we will practise and refine length measuring skills and go on to apply our understanding as we learn to find perimeters and identify missing lengths of sides. Finally, we will solve every day problems involving length.

Literacy

Our Literacy this term will focus on instruction and explanation texts.  We will write instructions to tell the reader how to do something such as cook a recipe, build a model, play a game or get from one place to another.  Our explanations will tell the reader how something works, or more about a subject such as  how a chocolate making machine works.

Come and See

Our Come and See RE topics this term include:

  • Pentecost – Serving: Energy

We will learn that Christians believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit within them gives them energy and the power to live the way of Jesus. The symbols used for the Holy Spirit – wind and fire – are symbols of power and energy. At Pentecost, the disciples were filled by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and went out courageously to carry the Gospel of Jesus to the whole world.

  • Reconciliation – Inter-Relating

We will learn that when making a choice, it is important to examine our conscience in order to make a good choice and minimise bad effects for ourselves and others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and mercy; it is about the forgiveness of sin and being reconciled with God and one another.

Library Visits

We will be visiting the local library on Tuesday afternoons this term.  Please ensure children have sensible shoes and a warm coat to walk to the library in.

PE

PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Fridays lesson will be cricket with Mr Rocket outside whatever the weather.  Please ensure that children have the correct kit and appropriate outdoor clothing of: white T-shirt, trainers, tracksuits (or suitable trousers and a jumper) and even coats in cold weather!  All children need a PE bag, clearly labelled, in which to keep PE kit. If children repeatedly forget their PE kit we will inform you via a letter.  Children need to be able to take out their own earrings.  If your child is unable to do this, please remember to remove items for them prior to arriving at school on PE days.

Homework

Each Monday in class we will learn a spelling rule or pattern and the homework will be to learn the rule and practise a variety of spellings that reinforce this.  These spellings will be tested the Monday after they are given out.  We will continue to have a weekly times tables test on a Wednesday afternoon.  Please ask your child which times table they are currently learning so you can keep supporting them!  Children also have home reading records for you to sign when you listen to them read. Please ensure home reading records are in school every Thursday for Mrs. Williams to check and to award a dojo for every day your child has read.  Please encourage your child to learn their spellings, practise their times tables and listen to them read regularly.  Your support really does make a difference!

Children can also complete topic homework during the term and return them to school as and when they are completed.  For example:  Make a word search that includes characters from Roald Dahl’s books or design a dream chocolate bar.  What is so unique about it?

Dinner Money

Dinner money needs to be sent to school at the beginning of the week in a clearly labelled envelope with your child’s name, class, amount enclosed and days when dinner will be required. Dinner money is £2.05 per day.

Water

We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day, please ensure your child brings a labelled bottle to school.

Clothing

Please label your child’s clothing.  Items most frequently misplaced are sweatshirts, PE kits and coats.  It is much easier to trace any misplaced items if they have a name on them somewhere.  Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated and most helpful.

Attendance and punctuality

Please ensure that children arrive at 8:50 am prompt for register and our morning activity.

Spring Term 2

Freedom Quilt

We have almost finished our freedom quilt blocks and they look amazing!  We have some very talented children in Year 3 and we are all looking forward to making a class quilt by joining our individual designs.

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The Last Supper

Today we preformed our Last Supper liturgy for the school and parents.

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Freedom

We have been busy cutting and sewing our freedom quilt blocks ready to make our class freedom quilt.  We thought carefully about what freedom means to us after reading the story of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.

 

 

 

Lent

We have been busy writing Lenten promises.

Topic

Our topic this term will be ‘Freedom’ and we will be focusing on changes in social history in the 20th Century.  We will begin by learning about William Wilberforce and how he led the movement to abolish the slave trade.  We will then study the life of Rosa Parks who was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement.  We will also create our very own freedom quilt.  Freedom quilts had patterns that allowed slaves to communicate in a way that white owners could not understand.

Literacy

Our Literacy this term will focus on persuasive texts.  We will begin by thinking about the purpose of our writing.  What is our writing trying to do? Is it selling something or persuading someone? We will choose the words we use carefully so they do the job well.  We will also consider who our audience is and our writing will be clear and sensible, even if we are writing about something we feel really strongly about!

Numeracy

In Numeracy we will be focusing on fractions. Children will recognise, find and write fractions of a shape, a length and sets of discrete objects.  We will also learn to count in tenths and begin to find one tenth by dividing an object or quantity into ten equal parts. Our learning will build on the understanding of fractions developed in Year 2 and also prepares pupils to be fluent in calculating with fractions in Year 4.

Come and See

We learnt what happens in church and why by acting out a church service.  Well done Year 3!

 

 

 

 

Spring Term 1

Class Update

Mrs. Butler will continue to teach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and we welcome Mrs. Cutler who will teach on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs. Williams will also be in class, throughout the week, supporting the children.

Topic

Our topic this term will be all about mountains.  Children will find out about the major mountains of the world and in the UK. They will find out the different ways in which mountains have been formed, and how different features of mountain ranges have been shaped over time. Children will have the opportunity to consider what the weather is like in a mountainous environment and to evaluate the impact that tourism has on a mountainous region

Science

In Science we will be learning all about forces and magnets.  We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling and we will identify different actions as pushes or pulls.  We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces.  We will identify magnetic materials and we will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet. Finally, we will have chance to explore the way magnetic poles can attract and repel.

Numeracy

In Numeracy we will be teaching for mastery. We will work as a whole class on

the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to

master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of understanding.

Challenge will be provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new

mathematical content. The aim is to prevent long term gaps in learning by

spending more time on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth

and to embed learning.

Our focus this term will be on multiplication and division with a focus on

recalling and using multiplication and division facts.  We will consolidate

the 3 and 4 multiplication and division facts through problem solving

and also introduce the multiples of 6 and 8. Then, there will be a focus on

place value and the idea that digits in adjacent place value columns have

a value that is ten times greater moving to the left and ten times smaller

moving to the right. Children will compare the scaling structure of

multiplication to the more familiar ‘repeated addition’ structure and apply

scaling when multiplying by 100. The inverse link between multiplication and

division will be emphasised and children will come to understand that

division can be seen as scaling down, as well as the more familiar models of

grouping and sharing. Finally, children will use partitioning to start

multiplying 2-digit numbers and division by partitioning will be introduced.

Children will consolidate and apply their learning in problem solving.

Literacy

In Literacy this term we will use cross curricular links to focus on writing stories in a mountainous setting.  We will use a ‘story mountain’ together with video clips, familiar texts, questioning and practical activities to scaffold and support our writing.  A ‘story mountain’ helps children to plan their own stories by helping them to think clearly about the plot and structure of their story and how they plan to divide it into different paragraphs, before they start writing.

Come and See

Our Come and See RE topics this term include:

  • Local Church – Community: Journeys

We will explore the Christian life and learn that it is about journeying with Christ and sharing his way of life.  We will also learn that the Church’s year celebrates the key

elements of Christ’s life.

  • Eucharist – Relating: Listening and Sharing

We will learn that the Eucharistic celebration consists of two parts. The first part is the Liturgy of the Word, where Christians listen to God’s Word in the readings, listen to the homily and the prayers of the Faithful. The second part of the celebration is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Here the gifts are prepared, the Eucharistic prayer expresses thanksgiving and Communion is shared.

PE

PE is on Mondays and Fridays and lessons will be outside whatever the weather.  Please ensure that children have the correct kit and appropriate outdoor clothing of: white T-shirt, trainers, tracksuits (or suitable trousers and a jumper) and even coats in cold weather!  All children need a PE bag, clearly labelled, in which to keep PE kit. If children repeatedly forget their PE kit we will inform you via a letter.  Children need to be able to take out their own earrings.  If your child is unable to do this, please remember to remove items for them prior to arriving at school on PE days.

Homework

Each Monday in class we will learn a spelling rule or pattern and the homework

will be to learn the rule and practise a variety of spellings that reinforce this.

These spellings will be tested the Monday after they are given out.  We will

continue to have a weekly times tables test on a Tuesday afternoon.  Please

ask your child which times table they are currently learning so you can

keep testing them!  Children also have home reading records for you to sign

when you listen to them read. Please ensure home reading records are in

school every Thursday for Mrs. Williams to check and to award a dojo

for every day your child has read.  Please encourage your child to learn

their spellings, practise their times tables and listen to them read regularly.

Your support really does make a difference!

We have also included a list of activities for topic homework.  Please help

your child to pick a selection of these to undertake during the term and return

them to school as and when they are completed.

Dinner Money

Dinner money needs to be sent to school at the beginning of the week in a

clearly labelled envelope with your child’s name, class, amount enclosed

and days when dinner will be required. Dinner money is £2.05 per day.

Water

We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day, please ensure your child brings a labelled bottle to school.

Clothing

Please label your child’s clothing.  Items most frequently misplaced are sweatshirts, PE kits and coats.  It is much easier to trace any misplaced items if they have a name on them somewhere.  Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated and most helpful.

Attendance and punctuality

Please ensure that children arrive at 8:50 am prompt for register and our morning activity.

Natural Disasters

We made our own volcanoes and then finally watched them erupt.

 

 

 

 

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

We had a very interesting visit from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

 

 

 

 

Rocks

We enjoyed investigating rocks and learning about the different properties.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term

Topic

Our topic this term will be all about natural disasters, with a focus on volcanos and tornados.  We will compose music around volcanic eruption, make a volcano and/or tornado model, research rocks and volcanoes and finally create observational art.

Science

In Science we will be learning all about rocks.  We will be comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.  We will describe how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rocks and we will also recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Numeracy

In Numeracy we will be teaching for mastery. We will work as a whole class on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of understanding. Challenge will be provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. The aim is to prevent long term gaps in learning by spending more time on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and to embed learning.

Literacy

Our Literacy this term will also focus on volcanos and tornados.  We will be using video clips, internet research, drama, questioning and practical activities to scaffold and support our writing.  We will write our own adventure narratives, instructions, poetry, explanations, letters and reports.

Come and See

Our Come and See RE topics this term include:

  • Domestic Church – Family: Home

We will explore how God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times.

  • Islam

We will learn about Islamic rituals of prayer, about the life of Muhammad and understand why Muslims fast.

PE

PE is now on Monday and Friday. Please ensure children have the correct kit of: navy or black shorts, white T shirt and black pumps.  All children need a PE bag, clearly labelled, in which to keep PE kit and shoes. If children repeatedly forget their PE kit we will inform you via a letter.  Children need to be able to take out their own earrings.  If your child is unable to do this, please remember to remove items for them prior to arriving at school on PE days.

Homework

Each Monday in class we will learn a spelling rule or pattern and the homework will be to learn the rule and practise a variety of spellings that reinforce this.  These spellings will be tested the Monday after they are given out.  This test will include a variety of words that follow the spelling rule (not necessarily the ones the children have been practising at home).  This will ensure that the children can spell many words that follow a particular rule or pattern and not just a small selection that have been learnt that week.

We will also have a weekly times tables test and the children will have home reading records for you to sign when you listen to them read.

Please encourage your child to learn their spellings, practise their times tables and listen to them read regularly. Your support really does make a difference!

We have also included a list of activities for topic homework.  Please help your child to pick a selection of these to undertake during the term and return them to school as and when they are completed.

Dinner Money

Dinner money needs to be sent to school at the beginning of the week in a clearly labelled envelope with your child’s name, class, amount enclosed and days when dinner will be required. Dinner money is £2.05 per day.

Water

We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day, can you ensure your child brings a labelled bottle to school.

Clothing

Please label your child’s clothing.  Items most frequently misplaced are sweatshirts, PE kits and coats.  It is much easier to trace any misplaced items if they have a name on them somewhere.  Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated and most helpful.

Attendance and punctuality

Please ensure that children arrive at 8:50 am prompt for register and our morning activity.

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