Welcome to Year 3 for the academic Year 2021 - 2022.
Please scroll through to find a taste of what we have been getting up to this school year. We started the year with a 3 week unit on Harry Potter, before moving on to our topic of the Stone Age. Not even half a term in and we have learnt so much already.. and had lots of fun as you can see!
Spring 2 - Science - Animals including humans
This half term we have been learning about how we can stay healthy by eating a balanced diet. We have learnt about food groups and how we can use food labels to look for important information. We looked at different types of skeletons in animals (endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydrostatic) and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each one. When looking at the human skeleton we looked at how important it was to protect our vital organs. As part of this lesson we carried out an investigation to see if we could build a skeletal structure that would protect our vital organs (actually a chocolate teacake) from cracking when dropped from a height.
Spring Term 2 - Spain. To kickstart our new Geography topic on Spain, year 3 have been busy getting creative over half term with some home learning. Take a look at this Gaudi inspired cookie. The resemblance is fantastic. More home learning to follow!
Roman Soldier training... are you tough enough?
Clay work - flower pots
As part of our art topic on plants, this week we have made some beautiful flower pots from clay.
We used skills such as kneading, rolling, cutting around a template, molding and painting, to create
these beautiful pots.
Science - Rocks ------ What a start we have have had to our science topic for this half term. We started by looking at a range of unusual rocks (sweets) from Planet Haribo. We sorted them according to their properties (hard, smooth, rough, layers etc). Then we tested some rocks from planet earth to test some of these properties to see if they were durable, permeable, hard, and tested the density too.
School outing to Sarehole Mill to learn more about
the Stone Age to the Iron Age
This week in year 3, we have enjoyed putting on our wellies and heading out for the day to learn more about what life was like in the Stone age to the Iron age. There was such excitement as we boarded the coach to head to Birmingham. We looked at artefacts that taught us a lot about how the first humans would have lived. The children shared fantastic ideas about how they made and used the early tools from clues on the artefacts we looked at. We worked in tribes to build some simple shelters from sticks, rope and animal skins, and played a game of hunter gatherers! After a refuel for lunch we then headed out to a local bog in the woods where we learned about a historic site that was found there. Here they would have used the river and a stone age bath to heat the water to create a steam room. This would help to keep the stone age people clean, but also keep disease away. It was fascinating. We collected some natural materials in the wood before returning back to the mill to create our very own cave paintings, using what we had collected as our tools for painting. It was a day full of facts and fun, and the children wowed us with their knowledge and skills. Well done Year 3!
Just like Harry Potter finds himself in new surroundings at Hogwarts, we too have adapted to new staff and a school setting as Year 3 settle into the Junior School! As part of our learning we had our very own Magical potions class, where we had to make some potions, before writing up the recipes. The children all had fabulous ideas. Some of potions will make us laugh uncontrollably, others make us invisible or even disappear altogether. We had such fun getting creative and a bit messy, but it made the writing far easier having made our recipes first.
Getting to grips with place value
We have been enjoying lots of practical activities and number games to get to grips with place value. The children have been able to represent three and four digit numbers in different ways such as partitioning, part - whole models, bar models and drawing representations. It has been great to see the children's enthusiasm in mathematics, and perseverance when attempting some tricky challenges. Well done Year 3!
A BIG BAG OF WORRIES
In PSHE we read a story about a bag of worries. The story told us about a child who let their worries build up until they were carrying them around with them everywhere they went, and in the end it really began to weigh them down. We shared how our own worries can make us feel, and talked about things we could do to help. As a result, we now have our very own bag of worries in year 3. The idea is we can write down our worries and pop them into the bag. An adult can then talk to us about our worry and sometimes this is enough to make us feel better. It helped us to know that just like the story, we all carry worries at some time. Sharing them with a friend or an adult really can help.
Year 3 2020 - 2021
The school is using Padlet pages (an online portal) to share curriculum and home learning information with families.
Below you will find the link to the Year 3 Home School Partnership Padlet for the academic year 2020 - 2021
Year 3 Home Learning During School Closure
Welcome to Year 3
The Year 3 classes are Ash, Beech and Chestnut.
Their classrooms are all situated along the Y3/4 corridor, leading from the Y3/4 playground.
Reading Ideas for Year 3
Reading is an important part of all children's development. Here we are proving a list of books, which have previously been sent out to you. Please see below.
What are common exception words?
Common exception words are words where the usual spelling rule doesn't apply. Some of these exception words are used frequently, so children are introduced to common exception words in different year groups. You will find below words lists for Year 1 and 2 and also Year 3 and 4. These are so you can see words they should be mostly confident in.
We have made these available for you to see, so you can share these with your children but also allow you to see what types of words children are being asked to know at each stage. The children should be able to read and spell them.