Summer 1

Welcome back! I hope you had a great Easter break and I hope the children are excited to get started on our new topic about the Tudors

Collective Worship

Collective worship is a special time for us in Year 3. We all gather together and listen to readings from the Bible. We listen and respond to God’s word and consider how this relates to our lives. We reflect on how we can learn from the Bible and what choices we should make going forth. Together we like to pray, listen to songs and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!

May the month of Our Lady

Now that it is May, we especially focus on honouring Mary through prayer as this month is dedicated to her. We remember the many ways God blessed Mary and we read about Mary in Scripture during our worship together in class. We have been thinking about what we can learn from Mary and the many challenges she faced. We changed our prayer to table to blue and have been saying a prayer each day in our collective worship to Mary. We also wrote our own prayers to Mary and added these to our prayer tree to read.

R.E.

Building on our Live Simply mission, last half term’s topic ‘Our Precious Planet’ and our ‘8 to be great’ pledges,  we read all about our amazing Earth.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was founded to help people consider their actions and how they affect the Earth and our world. The purpose of Earth Day is to continue helping people think about how to protect and care for our Earth.

Earth Day is especially important for us. What happens to the Earth today determines what type of world we will have when they grow up. Conservation is very important. We discussed what we can do help protect God’s world both in school and at home. We listed some ways, such as, turning off the lights when you leave a room, using less water, turning the tap off when we brush our teeth, recycling, not using plastic bottles or bags and reducing food waste. This links in with our curriculum intent of looking after and protecting God’s world.

Year 3 wrote their own acrostic poems about Earth Day.

Living in Leeds Week-Looking at other faiths

To link our learning to other faiths and ‘Living in Leeds week’, the children looked at census data about the religious population of Leeds. This was also a great link to our key core maths skills of reading numbers and interpreting data. We discussed what a census is and that this also took place when Jesus was born. The children then used this information to answer questions about the population of other faiths in Leeds.

Buddhism

We then talked about the origin of Buddhism and made similarities and differences between this religion and Christianity. We agreed that both religions teach us about the importance of love and showing love for other in our words and actions.

English

Living in Leeds Week- poetry

As part of our living in Leeds week, the children focused on their word of the week ‘diversity’. We said it, whispered it, sang it, acted it, drew it and then wrote what it means. The children then had to write this word in a sentence. We discussed the cultural and social diversity of Leeds as a city and looked at different pictures of Leeds. Using the city as inspiration the children read a poem about a city.

Listen and read ‘Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing’ Copyright: from The Moon is on the Microphone (Sherbourne, 1997), copyright © Andrew Fusek Peters 1997, used by permission of the author

The children loved reading this poem and discussed what their favourite parts were. Year 3 learnt about personification and what this means. We discussed how the author had given the city human like features. Year 3 highlighted where they could see evidence of this.

Following this, the children used an ipads to alternative words for city sleeping, eating, dancing and crying. They used these words to help them plan a poem based on a city from one they had read. The children loved coming up with their own personification. Once the children were happy with their plans they wrote their own poems, edited them and then finally published them to be displayed. The children performed their poems to the rest of the class and took great pride in publishing their final piece.

Maths

We have been lots of KIRFs practise in class and outside. This not only get our brains active but our bodies too. We love playing against one another to practise our times tables. We use the dice in class to multiply to the two numbers together. We have been challenging ourselves to be resilient and roll 3 dice to multiply. The children also loved practising their times tables by playing connect 4, hoop hop and tiggy triangles. Activities like this are the perfect way to practise some core maths skills which can be applied in all other areas of maths so we’ll keep revisiting recalling times tables facts each week to ensure we are fully secure and versatile.

Year 3 have been revisiting recognising and finding halves, thirds and quarters of shapes and amounts, The children enjoyed various burn 2 learn games to polish up these skills.

Year 3 were actively learning how to count in fractions(halves, thirds and quarters). They had to run to the middle to pick up a card with a fraction on (e.g. 1 ½) then had to order themselves as quickly as they.  This meant they had to recognise and recall what fraction came before and after theirs. What a great way to develop fluency and problem solve at the same time!

Science

Year 3 enjoyed working scientifically to investigate:

How does the skull circumference of a girl compare with that of a boy?

We discussed what this question meant initially and the children made their own predications giving their reasons.

 “I think boys will have the largest skulls because some of us are taller.”

 ” I don’t think there will be much difference in the size of our skulls because we are the same age.”

Year 3 then decided how they would investigate this question and what equipment they would need. We also discussed which scientific enquiry skills they would be using to gather their information.

The children practised the key core maths skills of being able to measure to the nearest cm and half cm. They recorded their results and used this information to compare measurements and explain what they found out.

Geography

 

Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computing

At the beginning of each lesson, Year 3 discuss how they can be safe whilst using technology and the internet. This is also taught explicitly throughout the half term. Today, we talked about what we use the internet for and what we should and shouldn’t do online. The children had the chance to discuss this in partners, then in groups and then we had a whole class discussion. Year 3 had all the right answers so we talked about how we can put this into practice in real life situations. We remembered our motto to help us stay safe on the internet which is STOP, BLOCK and TELL!

History

 

MFL

 

Music

 

PE

In PE, the children will be developing their speed, agility and quickness. They will work on their reaction times and how they react to others in relay races. Our focus will be on improving running and jumping techniques as well as our aim and throws. The children have been working hard on improving their aim and throwing skills. We practised improving our ability to react to the defenders.

PSHE

We have been discussing Mental Health Awareness, with a focus on nature. We discussed how being in nature can make us feel and we also talked about everything we like doing outside. The children provided great insight into their thinking and we decided we should make sure we are outside as much as we can be!