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Year 3 have been busy reading The Firework Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman. The children worked hard to create an advert for Rambashi (one of our favourite characters) for his restaurant, The Jungle Grill. After this, we performed our advert to the rest of the class.
Week Beginning 9th October 2017
On Thursday, we went across to St. Nicholas Church for a Harvest Festival service. We did a fantastic job of singing the harvest songs and some of us read prayers and poems that we had written.
We really enjoyed having our parents in class with us on Tuesday morning at the Year 3 'Come and Learn' reading session. We read 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket and worked on our inference skills by creating a tension graph and writing 'show not tell' sentences.
In English, we learnt about the discoveries of Mary Anning and wrote a diary entry in character as her on the day that she found her infamous ichthyosaur fossil. We tried hard to use prepositional phrases.
Week Beginning 2nd October 2017
This week we have written some fantastic newspaper articles about the discovery of the egg on palaeontology day. Our teachers were so impressed that they gave out lots of pen licenses for super handwriting! In maths, we have continued our work on column addition and subtraction and have even learnt how to check our answers using the inverse operation. We enjoyed putting the finishing touches on our pneumatic dinosaurs and wrote detailed evaluations about them. We had a lot of fun in science making our very own fossils by creating a mould using clay and a seashell. We have also been busy practising the harvest songs ready for harvest festival next week.
Week Beginning 25th September
On Thursday, 3BS went on a trip to Cross Hands Quarry. They learnt a lot about rocks and fossils and enjoyed being proper palaeontologists for the day. Everyone found lots of fossils and calcite that they got to take home with them at the end of the day. They also spent some time sketching the different rock layers of an interesting rock face at the quarry. 3RC and 3DR are very excited about their visits next week!
We have also been learning about how to write newspaper articles in preparation for next week when we will be writing an article about the egg discovery in our playground. So far, we have learnt about key features of newspaper articles, how to write a good orientation and reorientation and how to punctuate direct quotes accurately.
Other highlights from this week include learning how to use column addition, getting the high gymnastics apparatus out in PE lessons and painting our egg boxes in preparation for making our pneumatic dinosaurs!
Week Beginning 18th September
Yesterday was a very exciting day here at Coten End! When Year 3 were gathered in the hall to find out about the activities we would be doing on our palaeontology day, My Grana came dashing into the hall in a panic. He told us that Mr Garlic had discovered a mysterious egg in Wildlife Way! Naturally, he asked the expert palaeontologists in Year 3 to help him find out what the egg belonged to. We bravely ventured outside to search for clues. Amongst other things, we found giant footprints in the mud, scratches on the fence and various chewed items. We all had different theories about what type of dinosaur it was. Mrs Chenault, Miss Siddorn and Mr Roberts have now sent it off to the Natural History Museum to get their thoughts on it.
After all that egg-citement, we then went on to produce some wonderful dinosaur artwork, learning how to use oil pastels to create different textures. We also took class in a class 'Kahoot' quiz all about the Mesozoic Era. A great day was had by all!
Week Beginning 11th September
Another busy week in Year 3! In Maths, we continued our learning about place value, including ordering and comparing numbers. We really enjoyed using the Chromebooks and iPads to research different dinosaurs in English lessons. We took notes about the information before using them to write our own non-chronological report, focusing particularly on using conjunctions and organisational devices. This tied in nicely with our History work this week, where we were learning about the different periods of the Mesozoic Era. We created a dinosaur timeline and found out when different dinosaurs were roaming the planet. In Science, we learnt about different types of rock and how they are formed. We even found some fossils amongst the examples we looked at!
Week Beginning 4th September
It has been an extremely busy first week in year 3! We kicked off our 'Fossil Hunters' theme by learning about the different layers of the Earth and created some super 3D diagrams. The children have already impressed their teachers by doing some amazing writing based on the picture book 'Tyrannosaurus Drip' by Julia Donaldson, including a letter and a diary entry. We have been revising different word classes, particularly looking at using adventurous verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Our maths lessons have all been based on place value, including some tricky problem-solving and reasoning tasks. In Computing, we learnt about the importance of having a 'powerful password' and changing it regularly. We have created some brilliant front covers for our new learning theme books by sketching dinosaur skeletons and colouring them using a wax resist technique.