Summer 1 2021
Welcome back! Our theme for this half term is ‘A wonderful world.’ Keep checking our class web page to see all the exciting things we get up to this half term!
In Year 3, we have collective worship monitors who help prepare the collective worship table in class. 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 have also been keeping Canon Nunan in our prayers as he is unwell at the moment. The children wanted to go into the prayer garden to say a special prayer for Canon. We are keeping him in our thoughts and daily prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.
R.E. -Celebrating Easter and Pentecost
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.
Following this Year 3 listened to the bible story of Doubting Thomas. Year 3 worked in small groups to act the story out. The children reflected on well they understood this bible story and the message we can learn from this today. They self assessed their understanding at the start of the lesson and at the end.
John 21:29 “How happy are those who believe without seeing me.”
This half term, we have continued to read ‘The Boy who grew dragons’ as a stimulus for our guided reading and writing. The children imagined what it would be like to own their own pet dragons. Following this, we wrote lost posters looking for their pet dragons. The children worked in pairs to read a similar WAGOLL poster about a lost unicorn. They identified what made it a WAGOLL poster and found examples of expanded noun phrases, similes and adverbs. Year 3 underlined any unfamiliar words and used ipads to find the meaning of them. They they added these worthy words to the English working wall. The children identified which worthy words they would be using the following day in their own lost posters.
Year 3 have been working hard on developing their key core skills in English to punctuate sentences accurately and add detail. We have been using colour coding, to support us with our writing. Each child has their own colour coding strip with velcro prompts so the order can be manipulated to achieve different sentence types. The children loved evaluating my writing first and were able to colour code the sentences to see what I had missed out. They made suggestions to improve the detail in my sentences first and really enjoyed writing on big paper with colour felt tips to achieve this. We used our class text as a focus for our sentence writing.
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 loved polishing up recalling times tables facts and related problems with some outdoor orienteering sessions for maths. The children had to use their knowledge and skills with maps and location to navigate their way around school and find different points to collect their maths arithmetic questions from. There were different levels of challenge for the children. Once they had solved the problem they were given a letter. The children then had to crack the code, by unjumbling a set of letters, to reveal a mathematical term. During this lesson, the children had to work collaboratively and team work was essential . Activities like this are the perfect way to practise some core maths skills, whilst being active and having lots of fun!
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!
In Maths, we were discovering equivalent fractions by using a fraction wall. We did this by using a ruler, folding paper and using jigsaw equivalent fractions. This helped us to see which fractions are equivalent. We worked with a talk partner to discuss what we could see and what fractions are the same.
How does the skull circumference of a girl compare with that of a boy?
Alfred- “I think boys will have the largest skulls because some of us are taller.”
Jack- ” I don’t think there will be much difference in the size of our skulls because we are the same age.”
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 learnt about the human skeleton and practised identifying the names of bones in bodies. The children played a fun burn to learn activity to develop their understanding of recalling scientific vocabulary.
Once we had decided on a final design, we made our sculptures from tin foil. We held a mini art exhibition in class so we could see one another’s sculptures.
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!
In Geography, we have been learning about
Year 3 have been really enjoying French lessons! Year 3 were actively learning in their French lesson today. They were on a hunt to discover all of the French words for the food and drink on their sheet. They then came back into class and worked on pronouncing the words.
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.
Mental Health Awareness Week
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!
We keep a high emphasis on hand hygiene and we took part in a fantastic hand hygiene poster competition. The children created creative posters with key information about the proper hand washing technique and when to wash hands. We displayed some of the posters in class as well to remind ourselves. We received great news too that a child in Year 3 had been chosen as a winner from the Leeds hand hygiene poster competition!