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Friday 19th January
We've had another busy week in year 3 with lots of exciting visitors. On Wednesday, we had a visit from The Freshwater Theatre Company. We watched 2 plays (The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears) performed in French! It was an excellent opportunity for us to see how much French vocabulary we have learnt so far this year.
Later in the week, 3BS took part in the first of our resilience workshops. We completed some collaborative challenges in groups and learnt more about Growth Mindset, resilience and how we could apply these skills to our learning. 3DR and 3GD will also be taking part in the workshop over the next few weeks.
Photos of both our visits are below.
Friday 12th January
We have had a very busy first week back in year 3. We have begun our Prehistoric Britain Learning Theme and at the beginning of the week we took a virtual tour inside the Lascaux Caves in France. We experimented with the use of stencils and negative space in art to create our own Prehistoric-inspired art work for our topic book covers.
In English we have based our work this week around a short film called 'Egg Hunt' which features two cave men fighting over some eggs. We have been specifically focusing on our use of description in our narratives and have produced some fantastic setting and character descriptions.
In Science this half term we will be learning about animals and humans. This week we looked at the diets of different animals and humans. We played the game 'Diet Riot' to group animals according to whether they are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. We then went on to learn about a healthy diet for humans and found out the jobs of all the different food groups in a balanced diet.
Myton Fireworks Workshop
This week year 3 visited Myton school to learn about how fireworks are made. We went to the science labs and learnt about using Bunsen burners safely before carrying out an experiment where we tested different chemicals to see what colour sparks they created.
3DR have had a great time learning to code as part of the "Hour of Code" week. We used block to create simple procedures so that Moana could catch fish. Look at the photos to see us at work.
Year 3 have had a fantastic week making stir-fry as part of our Firework Maker's Daughter Theme Day. The children practised their chopping, cutting, slicing and dicing knife skills to prepare the vegetables ready for the frying. As you can see from the photos, the children enjoyed tasting the end product and the evaluations were generally favourable!
This week , we are looking forward to our Theme Day on Thursday. We spent some of last week investigating the types of vegetables and spices we could use in our stir fry. We will share pictures of the end results (and some feedback) next week.
We also spent time working on our adventure stories. We have been learning to use direct speech and thinking about ways to build up tension. James, in 3DR, wrote this:
At 9 o'clock that night, he took his wand and broom and jumped out of the window as stealthily as a panther pouncing on his prey. It was petrifying. What he saw was an endless hole of nothingness!
Isn't that an effective piece of writing?
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.