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 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.
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.
Year 3 linked their English learning with their RE learning objective to know that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday. They reflected upon the Easter story and discussed what happened to Jesus and why. We discussed that Christians believe, and celebrate, that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. We discussed that the resurrection teaches Christians that death is not the end so they are able to share in the new life of Jesus: hope of eternal life. Year 3 then used speech marks as part of their English lesson to write about this.
This half term the children read the bible story Luke 24:13-35 The Road to Emmaus, using role play they reenacted these stories. We hot seated being the men who saw Jesus and asked them questions about what happened, what they were discussing and how they felt when they realised they had met Jesus. The children make links between this important bible story and what this teaches us about God’s love.
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.
As part of our ‘Living in Leeds’ week we learnt about Buddhism. Chris from the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in Leeds, visited our class to tell us more about Buddhism and his life as a practising Buddhist. We learnt lots about Buddha, Buddhist symbols, values and beliefs.
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.
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.
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!
In Maths today, Year 3 were actively learning how to count in tenths whilst recapping how to count in halves, thirds and quarters. They had to count the fractions to a certain number in a relay-style format. They also sang a song to remember how to count in tenths. Year 3 are really enjoying learning all about fractions!
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.
Year 3 have been enjoying sketching portraits
of Henry V111. They chose their own art pencils to sketch with initially before adding colour. Year 3 found this a very relaxing activity and produced some fabulous portraits.
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.
Year 3 have been enjoying having weekly sessions with Leeds Rhinos. Each week they focus on a different skill. This week the children practised passing a ball and blocking it. They used these skills to play mini-games of rounders. The children loved working as a team to score a rounder.
We listened to ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley. We discussed who Bob Marley was and that he was famous reggae musician whose music is listened now and enjoyed by many. We discussed the verses and chorus to the song and sang in time to the music. We listened to what instruments we could hear that was played throughout.
We listened to ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley again, this time we used the chime bars to play along to the song. We worked hard to perform in time and in tune to the song.
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!
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!