Spring Term 1 2024

Happy New Year! I hope you had a happy and holy Christmas holiday. Our theme for this half term is ‘Explorers of Our Precious Planet.’ Keep checking our class web page to see all the exciting things we get up to this half term!

 

Collective Worship

At the start of the Year we had a special Mass in school, led by Father Andrew to celebrate the Epiphany. This is time when we remember the 3 wise men, who came to worship Jesus. We too worshipped Jesus in Mass, like the 3 wise men and gave thanks to God.

 
 

RE-Jesus the teacher

This half term our topic in RE is, ‘Jesus the Teacher‘. We began this topic by reading the bible story of Jesus being presented in the temple to a man called Simeon and woman called Anna. The children retold this bible story, using drama and thought about how Simeon and Anna felt when they finally met God’s promised Saviour Jesus.

The children wrote about how Simeon and Anna felt when they finally met Jesus. The children reflected that both Simeon and Anna had faith that God would deliver his promise of sending his son Jesus, to be the Saviour of the world and that they would meet him. Year 3 reflected that we too should put our trust in faith in God at all times.

 

English-The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

This half term, linking to our topic The Rainforest, we have used ‘The Tin Forest’ as a stimulus for our guided reading and writing. We started off by looking at the front cover of the book and discussing what we thought could happen by making inferences from the pictures. The children loved making these predictions and commented on why they thought there was one colourful flower amongst the tIn forest.

“There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten that was filled with all the things that no one wanted.”

So begins the tale of the Tin Forest where an old man lives who tidies the rubbish and dreams of a better place. With faith, ingenuity and hard work, he transforms a junkyard into a wondrous, tropical rainforest. The children loved reading this story and enjoyed looking at and finding expanded noun phrases in the text.

Next Year 3, explored the meaning of some adjectives and unknown words from the text. They used ipads to find the meaning of words such as tropical, humid, exotic and dense. They then wrote their own sentences using these words. We added these words to our worthy wall and will use them in our writing, this half term.

The children then had a go at writing their own expanded noun phrases about the rainforest. We then improved our writing by including adverbs and prepositions to say where something is.

Following on from this, the children planned and wrote a letter inviting imaging they were the old man inviting his friend to come and visit them in the rainforest. We made sure we included in our writing all the skills we had been practising writing. These included expanded noun phrases, adverbs and prepositions. Finally we edited and improved our letters to ensure they were the very best that they could be. We worked with a talk partner to help check our writing too.

This half term, we read poetry by the poet, Grace Nichols. We listened and responded to her poem, ‘For Forest’ and considered what the words meant and the purpose behind her poem. We enjoyed performing the poem in small groups.

Grace Nichols Performs For Forest Grace Nichols- For Forest

We used this poem inspire us to write our poems about the Rainforests. We used our senses to imagine what would be able to see, hear, smell and touch in a Rainforest. We planned our poems first and considered what expanded noun phrases, adverbs and prepositions we could use in our poetry. We enjoyed writing our final poems and made sure we included our writing targets, so our writing was the very best it could be. Once we had finished our poems, we used our purple punctuation pens to edit for any mistakes. Finally, we enjoyed reading them out loud to the class.

Maths

This half term Year three’s Key Instant Recall facts are; recall multiplication and division facts from the 4x’s and 8x’s tables.  We have been practising  through fun, active Burn 2 Learn games. Year 3 love playing these games which deepen their knowledge and understanding of these key facts.

One of Year 3’s favourite way to practise their times tables is through using BBC super movers.

BBC Super movers 4x’s table BBC Super movers 8x’s table

 

Multiplication and Division

Following this we have be writing and calculating two digit numbers times one digit numbers, using mental methods and progressing onto using the column method to multiply. Being able to recall multiplication facts quickly has deepened our understanding of this. We used tens and ones counters and drew them to support with our understanding of this tricky concept. We then moved onto solving problems about multiplication.

Science-Magnets and Forces

Art

Our topic this half term is drawing. We have begun our learning journey by exploring some new art vocabulary; tone and shade. We then moved on to investigating different drawing pencils to find out which ones we we use to create darker and lighter tones. We talked about using an even pressure when sketching. The children came to the conclusion that darker tones come from B pencils and lighter tones come from H pencils.

 

We then moved onto applying these skills in drawing. We did some step by step drawings of rainforest animals. The children loved this so click the link below if you would like to continue working on this at home!

www.wedrawanimals.com Step-by-step drawing of animals

The children then designed their own rainforest animals using what they know from their Geography learning. The children spent time practising first, then trying their final designs. They were extremely proud!

 

Computing

Online Safety

We revisited the very important tips to stay safe whilst using the internet. The key message that we took was that if we are unsure of anything on the internet we should ‘STOP, BLOCK AND TELL!’ We discussed in depth what this means.

Here were the key top tips we learned for staying safe online:

  • Keep your personal information safe and private (don’t share it with anyone).

  • People online are not always who they say they are(don’t become friends with someone online that you haven’t met before in real life and never meet up with anyone you speak to online).

  • Ask before you share– think carefully about the photos you post on the internet. You need to have permission before you post photos of other people online.

  • Think carefully about the words you use on the internet.

  • If you see something you feel uncomfortable with, STOP, BLOCK AND TELL! 

  • Always speak to a trusted adult.

History-Percy Fawcett

Year 3 began by their topic by learning about the famous British Explorer Percy Fawcett. After serving in WW1, he was sent to South America to map the area, where the borders of countries are and map rivers. When he returned he told great tales about amazing and strange animals he had discovered, but no one believed him. He returned to South America shortly afterwards because he believed there was a Lost City of Z  that no one had discovered. The children learnt about who Percy Fawcett was and discovered that he went missing in the Amazon rainforest, after he discovered the remains of pottery. He disappeared 29th  May 1925. The class suggested ideas about what they thought happened to Percy.

Some of the children’s predictions based on the historical evidence was:

Percy Fawcett was killed by a wild animal.

He became ill in the jungle and died.

After discovering the pottery, Percy found the Lost City of Z and stayed there.

Percy Fawcett got lost in the Amazon and ran out of food and water .

French

This half term, we have begun by revising the months of the year in French. The children began by listening to a song to support our pronunciation of this French vocabulary.

The children played a great game to help their instant recall of this new vocabulary.

This half term, we also worked on ‘Jours de Semaine’. We recognised the tune from learning the days of the week when they were in KS1 and we used it to help us with French in KS2! The children worked on singing the tune and pronouncing the days of the week with increasing accuracy. We had a fun competition at the end with each table taking a turn to sing it too!

 

Music

The children worked together as a class to create the sounds of the rainforest. They used body percussion to do this. They had to work carefully as an ensemble and watch their conductor to make sure their dynamics were accurate. The end result was brilliant! It sounded like they were in the rainforest!

The children then focused on composing their own music by using the chime bars. They were given the task to make it really relaxing and to remember 4 beats in a bar. They were given a sheet to help them with recording their compositions.

Next, the children did some singing and performing. They enjoyed singing along, learning about how to layering of sounds and putting together what they have learnt about timbre and tempo. We even used the hall to put actions to songs. It sounds easy, but there were a lot of actions to remember!

P.E.

In PE, the children will be developing their skills in playing ball games. They will be exploring the different rules in sports like hockey, football, tennis or basketball. They will also learn about the importance of timing and being able to read game situations correctly.

We started our PE learning by working on our skills in cricket at throwing the ball to hit the wicket. We used a large ball first to practise this skill. They had some very precise shots and worked well as small teams!

PSHE 

In PSHE, we will explore the topic of how we can keep safe and we will learn about British Values. At the beginning of term, we will focus on The children will be learning about valuing the similarities and difference between themselves and others.

We learnt about the British Value of showing respect and tolerance. The children were very knowledgeable and could think of various examples from their own lives when they show respect and why it is important to be tolerant in our lives and treat everyone like we would like to be treated.

Our next focus was individual liberty from our British Values. Our class discussion focused on how we can be proud of who we are and how we can express ourselves. . We also revisited our statement of we are all the same but we are all different.

We further explored our British Values and learnt more about how we live in a democracy and how this shows through the elections and voting. We read about what MPs do and how they are elected and we also had the opportunity to express one topic that we felt important which we then shared with the class.

We carried on our learning about consent and personal space. The children worked in groups to discuss various scenarios where consent would be required. They could also mention online or offline scenarios of their own too. We also reflected on how to make sure everyone’s personal space is respected.

On Safer Internet Day, we learnt more about why this day is important and we discussed what personal space is offline and online, as well as what consent is and when we should give our consent. The children worked in groups and could reflect on various scenarios very well. We had a detailed discussion where the children had to reason and present their opinions to the class.

To learn about what manipulation can look like offline and online, we explored different ways videos, photographs or voice recordings could be edited. The children learnt about what memes are and this learning linked well to our online safety prior knowledge. The children could also confidently talk about what peer pressure is and how they should behave in different scenarios.

During Well-being Week, we had a lot of discussion with children about what mental health is and what supports our well-being day-to-day. We all investigated the 5 ways of well-being and made plans and set goals to achieve to make us feel great! We had a think about how to connect with others, how to give to others, how to keep learning, how to be active and how to take notice of our surroundings and be mindful throughout the day. The children also designed their own posters about mental health and how that can affect us in both a positive and negative way. We learnt ways to keep ourselves positive to help with our mental health.