Mr Max Marshall - Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Tina Symes - Learning Support Assistant
This term the children had a surprise delivery!
An explorer has left their bag and has asked the children to map the school grounds and discover the different wildlife we have here.
The children used mapping images to draw their own birds-eye views of the school grounds to help this explorer out.
While focusing on the book ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Philip Reeve, a book about a family of explorers, the children have been writing predictions and writing in role as the characters.
We also acted out as the Sarcastic Seaweed to develop our ideas.
While exploring the question ‘What causes Volcanoes and Earthquakes?’, the children used their questioning skills to learn how volcanoes are formed and why earthquakes occur.
We focused on the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit, to produce exciting, dramatic character diaries and different perspective writing.
While focusing on improving our vocabulary and use of appropriate grammar, the children wrote exciting newspaper reports about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They also role played a news reporter scene to gather ideas for their reports.
After performing Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, the children then wrote their own rhyming couplet poetry for volcanoes.
The children also created volcanoes using newspapers and mod roc, and then painted them and gave them names.
After that, we exploded them with vinegar and baking powder. We even used food colouring to create the lava colour!
This term we explored the questions
‘Who were the Anglo-Saxons?’
The children based lots of their Art and Design on this questions including creating excellent Anglo-Saxon shields and helmets!
In Literacy this term, we focused on Michael Morpurgo’s version of the old English poem, ‘Beowulf’.
The children produced a range of writing, including wanted posters for Grendel and newspaper reports for the events that occurred in the story.
During Art, focused on Henri Matisse and the different techniques he used with colours.
The children then produced their own artwork, based on his style.
Using their map reading skills, the children also discovered Anglo-Saxon town, village and city names around England.
Year 3 & 4 trip to the Cathedral & Bristol Museum
The children and staff in Years 3 & 4 visited the Cathedral and Bristol Museum for a day focusing on their topic this term of the Anglo Saxons. They enjoyed visiting and exploring the Cathedral and the Saxon Gold Hoard Exhibition at Bristol Museum.
In Term 3, the children have been writing in role through diary entries, writing predictions of the story and creating setting descriptions while focusing on our class novel: "The Mousehole Cat" by Antonia Barber.
The children have also been designing persuasive posters, persuading people to visit Mousehole. Along with creating story maps to support the writing of their own stories.
To develop their imagination and understanding of character's feelings, the children have also been acting out parts of the story.
While exploring our topic question of 'Why is Europe Special?', the children have been creating information leaflets to present their findings. They have been using non-fiction texts and the internet to research and find the relevant information they need.
In Maths, the children have been exploring fractions. They have been identifying fractions, labelling and comparing fractions, and also finding fractions of a number. While also learning about angles, the children are beginning to relate their knowledge to real life situations.
Using pastel crayons in Art, the children created a picture for a scene from "The Mousehole Cat" story.
The children have also been developing their knowledge of blending colours and creating different shades, while painting mountains. This related nicely when looking at physical features in Europe.
Here are some of this terms Homelearning projects.
This term the children have been producing some creative writing through the focus of our class novel, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’.
While developing their use of time connectives, conjunctions and adjectives, the children have been writing diary entries as Edward and have also been writing letters to the different characters he meets.
While focusing a lot of maths on addition with the column method, the children have started to apply their knowledge in problems.
The children also learnt about 3D shapes and explored creating these with different materials.
Along with creating their own character journeys, the children have also been exploring different sketching techniques while drawing the characters.
In our Enquiry lessons we have been investigating what life was like between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age and how it changed over time. First the children designed their own Bronze Age pot and then they created it out of clay. They then used different school equipment to create their own designs.
Throughout RE lessons the children learnt about the Hindu festival Diwali. They then crated their own rangoli patterns just like Hindus do during the festival.
On Remembrance day, the children designed poppies to remember those who fought in the war. They used coloured tissue paper and pipe cleaners to create a 3D effect.
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Here are some of the wonderful displays we made for our home learning project about the Stone Age.
Welcome back and welcome to year 3! I hope you had a great summer holiday.
The children have arrived back to find a cave in their classroom. They have discovered that the cave belongs to a Stone Age human and are currently exploring what it was like thousands of years ago.
They have been creating their own cave hand drawings with chalk and also cave paintings.
The children have been basing lots of their writing on ‘Stig of the Dump’ to fit with our Stone Age topic. They have been developing the grammar and vocabulary, focusing on adjectives.
We also have a ‘Growth Mindset’ tree on display in class. This will support the children to develop good learning skills and will allow their good learning skills to be celebrated.