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Week Beginning 6th May
We are already really enjoying our new 'Flower Power' learning theme. In Art, we have been looking at the work of Henri Matisse, a French artist who pioneered the fauvism movement. We looked at how his work changed throughout his life and were inspired to create some amazing collages for our new learning theme book front covers.
We have continued to be creative in our Design and Technology lessons in which we have started a textiles project in which we will be sewing our very own reusable bags. So far, we have practised threading a needle, tying knots and using running stitch. Our teachers have been very impressed by our sewing skills!
Our English work over the last 2 weeks has been all about poetry. We practised poems in groups and performed them to the class, trying to emulate the engaing style of Michael Rosen. We have also read a range of different types of poem and ended the week writing our very own Kenning poem about a plant of our choice.
In Maths, we have continued learning about length, including measuring accurately in m, cm and mm and have been comparing, adding and subtracting lengths. Next, we will be moving on to learning about perimeter.
Hinduism was the focus of our RE lesson this week and we had some great discussions about what qualities people might pray to God for in different scenarios.
Week Beginning 4th April
We finished the half term off in style by mastering the art of flamenco in a fantastic workshop run by Anita La Maltesa (dance and vocals) and Ramon Ruiz (Spanish guitarist and music teacher). The workshops gave us an inspirational insight into Spanish culture, language, folklore and flamenco dance, and culminated in some incredible dance performances! We learnt how to clap properly (as this is an important part of flamenco), some key flamenco movements, the history of flamenco and how it is used to reflect a mood or tell a story. Our teachers were absolutely amazed by our enthusiasm, skill and willingness to give it a try. We all had a lot of fun and Anita said that we have some future flamenco stars amongst us!
Also on our theme day, we created some fantastic artwork, inspired by our learning about Cubism this half term. Look out for it being proudly displayed around the Year 3 corridors.
The Year 3 team wishes you all a very Happy Easter! We hope you have a wonderful break and that the Easter bunny brings you some treats....
Week Beginning 28th March
We are really enjoying learning Spanish in our modern foreign languages lessons this half term. We have learnt basic greetings, numbers and colours and have found out lots of key information about Spain.
In Computing, we have been planning our podcast scripts using the Chromebooks. We have chosen an aspect of Spanish culture that we are really interested in and thought carefully about which guests we might have on our show! Next week, we will be recording them using iMovie and adding some sound effects/jingles using GarageBand.
Our PSHE work this week focused on emergencies. We discussed what constitutes an emergency and what we would do in different scenarios, including how to contact the emergency services.
In English, we are continuing to learn about different types of conjunctions, focusing on subordinating conjunctions like when, because, if and although. Next week we will be using them to write a speech about bullfighting. We also typed up our Spanish travel guides using the Chromebooks and they look very professional!
In Maths, we have been recapping how to divide using skip counting. It's much easier if we are confident with our times table facts! Next week we are moving onto learning how to use short division.
This weekend we are going to find our costumes for our Spanish theme day on Wednesday - we are very excited about our flamenco workshop!
Week Beginning 14th March
What an exciting week we have had this week! Firstly, it was British Science Week so we have enjoyed a range of scientific activities, including a special assembly, whole-school hand span investigation and our infamous annual Coten End Science Fair. The children brought in some outstanding Science projects and did a fantastic job of sharing their learning with both our younger visitors from other classes and the parents who visited at the end of the day. Our Science Ambassadors also introduced us to 'Sci' the dinosaur, our new Science mascots. Each class has one and one child will be taking him home each week to carry out a scientific investigation to share with the class.
We were also lucky to have a very special visitor in school on Tuesday: Joe Roebuck. GB Olympic swimmer Joe was ten times British Champion, double Commonwealth silver medalist, double European medalist and London 2012 Olympic semi-finalist. His events are the 100m and 200m Butterfly and the 200m and 400m Individual Medley. All classes took part in a special fitness workshop and assembly. He really inspired us to follow our dreams and be more physically active!
On Friday, it was Comic Relief and we paid a visit to the 'Coten End Market' where we bought second hand toys and books. All of the proceeds went to Comic Relief and we were very excited with our purchases.
To finish our busy week, we spent Friday afternoon at a football tournament at Warwick School. We had a brilliant training session with their coaches and enjoyed playing some 5-A-side matches against their Year 3 boys. We were very lucky with the sunny weather too!
Week Beginning 7th March
This week we really enjoyed our Geography lesson, in which we recapped the names of the different continents. We learnt a really catchy song to help us! We also wrote some interesting facts about each continent based on some videos we watched.
We are really enjoying our weekly swimming lessons and the teaching assistants who take us swimming have been really impressed by our behaviour and organisation. Our weekly PE lessons are focused on flamenco dancing and football this half term so they are a lot of fun too!
In Computing, we have continued to learn about podcasts. This week we listened to a travel podcast and then started to generate some ideas about what we would like our own podcast to be about.
In English, we are continuing to develop our understanding of prepositions and this week we wrote some super paragraphs about Paco the bull from 'Toro Toro' by Michael Morpurgo, making sure we used a range of prepositions.
Our maths lessons have been helping us to gain confidence with short multiplication. We have realised how important knowing our times tables is so we are going to do our best to practise at home as much as possible.
We are really excited about Science Week next week and are going to be working on our Science projects over the weekend!
Week Beginning 28th February
We have really enjoyed the first week of our new learning theme, Viva Espana. The children have already created some beautiful Cubist portraits inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso. They look amazing on the front of our new topic books!
This half term, our Computing learning is linked to our English work as we will be writing travel guide podcasts about Spain. We started this week by listening to some example podcasts and identifying key features such as interviews, music and adverts. In English, we have started learning about prepositions in preparation for writing our travel guides.
In Maths this week, we have started learning to use the grid method to solve multiplication calculations. Knowing our times tables is really important for this so we must keep practising these!
In Science, we learnt all about darkness and created our own dark dens in the classroom to explore what happens when there is an absence of light.
We are also delighted to be able to show you our finished elephant sculpture from last half term that we created with visiting artist Ros Ingram. We have decided that his new home is going to be in the Hub. We are yet to name him so any suggestions welcome!
Week Beginning 14th February
In Maths this week, we have moved on to learning about 24 hour clock times which is really tricky! It would be really useful if parents could ask us about this regularly at home as there is so much to remember.
In Computing, we are developing our coding skills by using the incredible Lego WeDo kits. So far, we have enjoyed building the glowing snail, Milo the Science Rover, Cooling Fan and Spy Robot. We have got much better at persevering when we are finding our learning tricky and have been impressing our teachers with our resourcefulness and teamwork.
On Wednesday, the children in Year 3 took part in a Tribal Tales theme day to celebrate all their learning about Prehistoric Britain this half term. All three classrooms were transformed into caves and they wore some superb constumes! The children were taught a variety of skills to help them survive in the stone age and bronze age, including flint knapping (with soap), making 'grooved ware' pottery out of clay and weaving. They even went on a hunt at the end of the day and threw spears (javelins) at some giant beasts we had drawn on the playground. We all had a brilliant day!
Week Beginning 7th February
On Friday, we were really excited as we had a visiting artist, Ros Inram, in Year 3 helping us to build a huge elephant head sculpture using a wire frame and modroc. This was an enrichment activity linked to the elephant art unit we did last half term. Ros taught us some different tie-dye techniques and we have each tie-dyed some fabric to use as part of the elephant sculpture, which is made entirely from recycled materials. She is the same artist who created the wonderful woodland animal scultpures in the old Debenhams window in Stratford-Upon-Avon town centre. We will be finishing the collaborative scupture next week and displaying it somewhere prominent in school for everyone to enjoy!
In Maths this week, we have been learning to tell the time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock, including ones with Roman numerals instead of numbers! We also learnt how to use AM and PM to show what time of day it is.
In English, we wrote innovated narratives based on 'Stone Age Boy'. We tried really hard to organise our writing into paragraphs and to use inverted commas correctly when a character is speaking. We also did lots of work on redrafting to improve our writing. We are delighted with our finished story books!
Week Beginning 31st January
This week, our highlight was definitely building our prehistoric houses. Each group was designated a house from a different period: Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age or Iron Age. Having researched the different houses last week, we designed what our models would look like and what materials we would use for each part. We used wood, clay, sticks, straw, cardboard, leaves, fabric and wool to create them and they look AMAZING! Mrs Sheepy came to see them and wants us to display them somewhere prominent in school so that others can enjoy them too!
In English, we have continued to learn about speech punctuation in preparation for writing our innovated versions of the book 'Stone Age Boy'. We also did some work on sequencing the events in the story ready to do our story mountain plans.
Our maths work has been all about time this week and we particularly enjoyed learning how many days there are in each month of the year. We learnt a rhyme to help us and a special trick using our knuckles. We also solved some tricky problems using a 2022 calendar.
We were very shocked in Science when learning about the amount of sugar in different foods and drinks. We actually had the amount of sugar weighed out in bags and we had to match it to the relevant item. It has made us think twice about how much sugar we are consuming!
Finally, in RE, we created some fantastic artwork depicting some of the 99 beautiful names of Allah.
Week Beginning 24th January
It's been another busy week of learning here in Year 3!
In maths, we have been continuing learning about fractions, including identifying tenths, representing tenths as decimals and even comparing fractions.
We have moved on to learn about using inverted commas to demarcate speech in English lessons in preparation for the narrative writing we are going to do in a couple of weeks. Starting off using speech bubbles has really helped us to identify the words being spoken.
Our history learning this week has focused on how houses changed throughout the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We are very excited about working in groups to create our own model houses next week.
We also enjoyed finding similarities and differences between human and animal skeletons in our science lesson this week.
In RE, we created some beautiful work outlining the ways in which Christians see God, including as father, creator, light, love and the Holy Trinity. We are looking forward to learning about Islam next week and how Muslims worship Allah.
Week Beginning 17th January
This week we have spent a lot of time editing and redrafting our information texts in English. We then published our finished version, either practising using a handwriting pen or by typing them up on the computer (which we really enjoyed). We are delighted with our finished pieces of writing!
In Maths, we have started learning about fractions by revisiting our learning from Year 2. We are trying hard to remember all the tricky vocabulary such as 'numerator', 'denominator', 'unit fraction' and 'equivalent'.
We had a lot of interesting discussions in our History lesson this week as we had to decide what the most important inventions/discoveries were in stone age times. A lot of us put making fire, building houses and farming near the top of our 'Diamond Nine' diagrams.
We are loving learning about human and animal skeletons in Science lessons, including identifying vertebrates ad invertebrates and looking at different types of skeleton.
Week Beginning 10th January 2022
This week, we have enjoyed learning about life in the Stone Age and finding out about how historians and scientists have learned so much about life in Britain so long ago. In History lessons, we have been looking at dates and developing an understanding of what BC and AD stand for.
In English, we have continued learning about how to use paragraphs and sub-headings to organise non-fiction writing. We had a lot of fun inventing our own prehistoric animals and writing a non-chronological report about them, including information about their appearance, diet and habitat. Read some of our work below to find out more...
We will be editing and redrafting our information texts next week to make them even better!
Week Beginning 3rd January 2022
Happy New Year!
The children have been very excited by our new learning theme 'Tribal Tales' this week and are working hard already to find out all about life in Britain in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They have created some wonderful cave paintings for the front cover of their new learning theme books using stencils and chalk pastels:
In English, we are working towards writing our own non-fiction texts about life in the Stone Age so we have been learning how to organise writing into paragraphs and use appropriate sub-headings.
Our Maths work has been all about measuring mass and we had lots of fun doing some practical measuring.
Autumn 2 in Year 3
Our learning theme this half term has been 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' which is an amazing fictional text written by Philip Pullman.
In English lessons, we have continued to learn about different word classes and how to use them to make our writing more engaging. Practising identifying the subject and verb in a sentence is also helping us to demarcate our sentences more accurately. We have done a lot of work on the use of conjunctions to join clauses and extend our sentences, focusing particularly on how to use subordinating conjunctions. We used these to write a letter in charater as Lila from the story, explaining to her father why she had decided to run away.
We have also been doing lots of work on descriptive and persuasive writing. We wrote a description of a firework that we had invented ourselves and also wrote a radio advert for Rambashi's Jungle Grill restaurant from the story. Our use of advanced vocabulary was particularly impressive after some excellent thesaurus work!
In Maths lessons, we have been working hard on our written methods for addition and subtraction (column methods) and have also been practising our times tables and accompanying division facts, especially x3, x4 and x8.
Our Geography work this half term has been all about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. We have learnt some of the different ways that mountains are formed, which tied in brilliantly with our learning last half term in Science about the different layers of the Earth. We used maps and atlases to locate the world's major mountain ranges and identify their highest peaks. After this, we moved on to learning about volcanoes, including where they are located and how they are formed and erupt. We were fascinated to learn that there is a volcano under the sea in the Pacific that is taller than Mount Everest! Additionally, we learnt how earthquakes occur which linked really well to our work on friction in Science.
This half term, our Science learning has been all about magnets and forces. We have done a range of practical investigations to find out about magnetism and friction, including testing which material causs the most friction for a car travelling down a ramp. We focused on writing detailed predictions and conclusions based on our data.
We have had a brilliant time improving our observational skills in Art this half term. We started by looking at the continuous animal line drawings created by Picasso and tried doing our very own continuous line drawing of an elephant. We then moved onto using value to create 3D form and add texture, using a range of grades of sketching pencil, to help us. We are delighted with some of our final elephant artwork, some of which can be seen displayed in Upper School Hall.
Autumn 1 in Year 3
We have had a brilliant half term learning all about dinosaurs, rocks and fossils in our 'Fossil Hunters' learning theme. As part of this theme, we carried out a really fun DT project learning about different mechanisms when making pop-up books and developed our musical understanding when composing a new piece of music for the 'Carnival of the Animals' suite.
We began our learning theme by creating these fantastic learning theme book covers using the technique of monoprinting in Art:
In Science, we started our new unit by learning about the different layers of the Earth and we created these super lift-the-flap diagrams:
We learnt about properties of different rocks, and how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed. We also learnt about erosion and how soil is formed. When learning about how fossils are formed, we made our own 'mould and cast' fossils using clay and plaster of paris and also created these fantastic 'fossil spinners' to demonstarte our learning:
In Music lessons, we learnt about some of the elements of music, including pitch, timbre and dynamics. We listened to 'The Carnival of the Animals' suite and discussed how the composer had used the different elements of music to represent each animal that was being described. We looked in depth at the 'Fossils' piece and were excited to discover a well-known nursery rhyme hidden within it, representing the fact that fossils are very old. We thought the hollow, sharp timbre of the xylophone was a great way to represent bones.
We also practised clapping different rhythms and learnt about musical notation, including crotchets and quavers. We created our own dinosaur name ostinatos to use within our group compositions of 'Fossils' from The Carnival of the Animals.
In our group compositions, we thought carefully about the timbre of each instrument and chose ones that we felt represented bones effectively. Some children in our class learn to play an instrument so these children learnt how to play a well-known nursery rhyme and hid this inside our compositions.
In Design and Technology we learnt how to make pop-up books. We looked at a range of examples and tried to work out what kind of mechanism had been used to create the movement on each page. We then learnt how to create 'box folds', 'mouth folds' and use simple levers to create a moving element on the page.
The unit of work culminated in us creating a group pop-up book about dinosaurs using the range of mechanisms we had learnt about.
Our English learning this half term has covered word classes (particularly identifying the subject and verb in each sentence), speech punctuation and using similes and metaphors when writing poetry. Pieces of writing that we have produced include a newspaper article about the discovery of a dinosaur egg in the school playground, a metaphor poem about a colourful dinosaur and a retelling of the story Tyrannasaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson.
Our next learning theme is 'The Firework Maker's Daughter', based on the super text by Philip Pullman. We will be developing our skills as a geographer by locating and learning about the world's mountains and volcanoes and improving our observational drawing skills in an exciting art unit of work about elephants.