Autumn Term 1 2020
Year 3 have settled really well and quickly back into their school routine. They are so eager to learn and are showing that they are active, resilient and independent earners already! What a great start to Key Stage 2! Year 3 have been busy establishing their class rules to ensure they keep themselves safe and always try their very best. We’ve been working hard on setting our ‘Investors in Pupils’ target for this half term and everyone knows the role they need to play to achieve it. This half term the children have decided their target is to keep the class and cloakroom tidy and they’ve chosen as their reward to have a PJ and movie day with popcorn! Year 3 a re certainly working as a team to ensure they meet their target. Our topic this half term is ‘The Stone Age’. Please have a look at Year 3’s half term plan so you can see what we will be getting up to in all our curriculum areas. Keep checking out our class page to see our learning journey this year.
Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Lowe and Miss Ozzoy
In Year 3, we have collective worship monitors who help prepare the collective worship table in class. They choose carefully what items they want to have on our table from our collective worship box and discuss what colour cloth they should cover the table and why with support from Mrs Lowe. For example one child chose a candle to symbolise that Jesus is the light of the world and one child chose a tree to symbolise that we grow in God’s love. We always begin our worships with relaxing music, turning the lights off, lighting the candles and the collective worship monitors lead the Morning prayer. We then think about what our collective worship statement of the week is for example, ‘I can say one thing good about myself.’ After we listen to the Word of the Lord sometimes by listening to a story or parable from the bible. We spend some time reflecting on the Word for a couple of minutes and we have our own time to talk to God. We think about how we can live out the word throughout the day.
R.E. – The Christian Family
We began our first topic in R.E. by reflected on what it means to be part of a family and part of God’s family. We talked about ways we live our lives as a Christian and how we help our families. We considered our own unique gifts and talents and thought about how we can show our gratitude and give thanks to God.
Year 3 moved on to thinking about what happens when we are baptised. We the discussed as a class questions we wanted to to ask Canon Nunan. The children had lots of fantastic questions that we added to our R.E. working wall. Such as;
‘Can anyone get baptised?’
‘Do you have to be a baby to get bapitised?’
‘Why do babies wear white?’
‘Why does the priest pour water over the baby’s head?’
‘Why is it called Holy Water?’
‘What happens during Baptism?’
‘How do you make Holy water?’
‘Is the water special?’
‘What happens when you are baptised?’
The children then played a Burn 2 Learn game where they had to find key words associated with Baptism. This was quite tricky because there were some words that were nothing to do with Baptism. The children loved this physically active learning challenge. We even revisited maths skills of using Venn diagrams to support our learning.
Following this, Year 3 discussed the signs and symbols of Baptism giving reasons for what they represent. We wrote about them and made sure we had our writing targets out too and thought about Year 3’s bee zone. We really want to keep our basic English editing skills polished!
English – Stone Age Boy
We are using the book Stone Age Boy to link with our History theme on the Stone Age as a focus for our writing. We began by looking at the front cover and discussing with our talk partners what we thought it was about and asked questions. We read some of the book and made predictions about what we thought would happen. Following this we reenacted the story in small groups once we had read the whole story.
The children got into the role as Stone Age boy and imagined what they would ask him if they were to meet him. We really enjoyed doing this! We wrote our questions making sure we were using the correct punctuation. Following this, the children learnt about expanded noun phrases.
Next, Year 3 looked at the features of diaries and worked with a partner to identify them. We highlighted the features in them looking at different diary entries, we drew on sticky knowledge we remembered about diary writing too from Key Stage 1.Following this, the children learnt about expanded noun phrases. During our whole class guided reading lessons, the children looked for expanded noun phrases in the text. They worked with a partner to do this. Afterwards, Year 3 had edit some boring sentences about Stone Age boy’s adventure by including expanded noun phrases in them. We added these to our English working wall.
We reflected on what diaries needed to include and wrote some top tips about what we had learnt about the features of diaries.
Once Year 3 felt secure knowing what diary entries should include, they began to plan a diary entry as if they were Stone Age boy/girl. Following this, Year 3 contributed to shared writing and wrote the start of the diary. They carefully followed the top tips to ensure they included everything. Year 3 made sure they had their writing targets out too once they started their own diary entries. The children then self assessed their learning to check they had met all the top tips. Some children peered marked too to ensure all the top tips had been met. The children used their purple polishing pens to go back and edit their diaries in case they had missed anything out.
Following on from this Year 3 looked at the features of instructions. They discussed initially when they had seen and followed instructions. We also talked about when they had written instructions before in KS1. The children then worked in small groups and challenged themselves to identify the features of instructions. Together as a class we wrote top tips for what a good set of instructions need.
The children played an burn 2 learn activity where they had to identify the imperative verbs. The children then thought of their own to add too
Year 3 linked writing instructions to making their Stone Age clay pots. They had already made their pots so discussed again how they did it. We looked at photos and together did some shared writing of how to make the pot. The children came up with their own imperative verbs such as mould, roll, press, coil, shape, smooth and pinch.
Year 3 are really enjoying their maths learning and developing their independence. They are using lots of different maths resources to think about place value and how numbers can be represented using them.
Burn 2 Learn
Year 3 got their hearts beating faster as they competed against one another in teams to make as many different 3 digit numbers as they could using numicon. They had to sprint to collect the numicon pieces before arranging them to make the numbers. Phew! sweaty but lots of fun! We have also been learning to mentally add and subtract 1, 10 and 100 to 2 and 3 digit numbers. This is part of our daily KIRF targets. We are building our fluency in being able to recall these facts quickly. This can be tricky to recall these key instant facts quickly but we are enjoying practicing.
Year 3 have been working on understanding part-whole models and bar models as a different way to add and subtract numbers. We have also been working on using and applying these skills to solve problems.
We have been polishing up our skills of adding a single digit number to a 2 digit number. We played a game which not only got our our hearts beating faster but also challenged our mental recall of addition and subtraction facts. Year 3 were brilliant, active learners!
Rocks and Soils
We began our topic by thinking about what we know about Rocks and Soils and what we want to know. The children had to think of a question that they could investigate themselves, this was very tricky! They came up with some great questions such as;
‘Are all rocks the same?
‘Where do rocks come from?’
‘What is soil made from?’
‘What colour is granite’
The children really enjoyed completing a word search to find subject specific vocabulary about Rock and Soils. Following this, the children then looked up the meaning of words that they didn’t know to deepen their understanding of the vocabulary.
Year 3 explored the school grounds to look for different rocks and to discuss if they were man-made or natural.
We thought about whether all rocks are the same. Year 3 looked at a variety of different rocks. Using sorting hoops they classified and grouped them together deciding how to do this for themselves.
Following this, Year 3 continued to investigate how various rocks differ from one another by investigating their permeability. We discussed the key vocabulary permeable and impermeable/non permeable. We added these worthy words to our Science working wall. In small groups the children worked scientifically to observe whether the rocks were permeable or non permeable. They used the IPADS to time how long this took and recorded this. Following this the children looked at their results to answer questions about what they had found out.
The Stone Age
Year 3 launched their launched their topic on the Stone Age with asking questions that they wanted to find out. They completed a word search about the Stone Age. We also do lots of vocabulary work in guided reading to develop our understanding of words. Using the word search, the children then used colour coding (traffic light system) to show if they have heard the word and confident with the meaning, heard the word but not sure about the meaning, or they have never heard the word before. At this point, IPADS are used to clarify meaning and build confidence with the words. Each child is at a different stage in this journey but it’s a really useful way to build vocabulary understanding.
We also have a Worthy Word Wall on our History wall which we add to when we learn new vocabulary directly from the word search or from our shared reading. Words like prehistoric, paleolithic, gatherer and mesolithic have been added so far which are words directly as a result of our discussions around the word search and guided reading sessions.
The children then created a timeline of significant events during the Stone Age. They drew on their maths skills to order the numbers in ascending order. We also had a set of maths top tips to help remind us what to do.
In class, we also have lots of topic books to enjoy reading to give us depth to our learning. We have time to read around the subjects and we can take these books home too to further explore. This is a popular activity with the class as they can freely choose which book to choose and having time to explore non-fiction is great fun to. The children found words associated with Stone Age that they didn’t know the meaning of. They used the ipads to find out the meaning of them and write them into a sentence.
DT-Stone Age clay pots
We began by using the ipads to research Stone Age clay pots as inspiration for making our own. We sketched our favourite designs before deciding one one we wanted to make. We then sketched a final design explaining why we chose this design.
Year 3 had great fun making their own Stone age clay pots. They used the technique of coiling. Coiled pots are constructed by gradually stacking and joining coils of clay (rolls of clay) one on top of the other. The coils can be left visible or can be smoothed away depending on your desired aesthetic end result. The children tried really hard to join the coils well whilst making the pots. This was to avoid them cracking or separating as they dried. They used a small amount of water to smooth and seal the edges. This was their first attempt, they will go back and practise this again. Year 3 had so much fun making them.
Year 3 have been using Sketch school on the IPADS to practise using the drawing tools. They drew a self portrait to show how they are feeling about being back at school and in Year 3. Year 3 really enjoyed exploring using this app and how it works. (Pictures to follow)
Following this the children practised using keynote. Keynote is an app on iPads that allows you to create presentations that includes animations, videos, audios, images whilst also developing the knowledge of buttons and links – just like an app would work. They challenged themselves to create their own presentations about ‘Les Colours’ because we had been learning about colours in French. The children inserted a page for each colour they had learnt in French, alongside a photo they had saved and inserted too. Year 3 practised their keyboard skills writing the correct French spelling.
In PE, we have been learning different throwing techniques and practicing how to catch accurately. We played lots of mini games to practice these skills and discussed what sports they would be useful in. The children were fantastic at playing fairly with their partner and catching/throwing the resources sensibly.
With Mrs Powell, our new PE Partner coach, we have been looking at different ways to travel. We found so many different ways to move. We took part in lots of races to practice our movements and took it in turns with our partners. We practiced side stepping, skipping, hopping and running and had lots of fun doing it! We also had to work as a team to maintain control of the ball, whilst we walked from one side of the field to the other. We enjoyed playing different team games to build our problem solving skills and resilience when faced with challenges.
PSHE- It’s good to be me
Year 3 have been thinking about all their special talents and makes them unique. We also thought about our friends and what special qualities they have. We wrote kind words about each person in our class on a blank ginger bread man. The children then read all the positive comments about themselves. Year 3 really are a lovely class and have so much to celebrate about themselves.
We have also introduced our new class worry monster who Year 3 have named Nom Nom. Nom Nom is there for all children to share their worries. Year 3 do this by either speaking to Nom Nom or writing their worry on a small card and letting Nom Nom eat the worry. This means that the worry no longer has to take up space in their mind anymore and Nom Nom can deal with it. Year 3 decided that I (Mrs Hodgson) , Mrs Lowe and Miss Ozoy would look at the worries that Nom Nom eats and it would also give the children the opportunity to speak to an adult about their worry too.
During our music lessons in year 3 we have been listening to extracts of music and identifying the instruments used. We were lucky enough to go outside and learn songs related to the Stone Age which gave us information about that era! Some of us made our own percussion instruments and we used them when composing our own score using sounds related to the Stone Age. We also worked in small groups and confidently followed different colours on a moving score and used body percussion to enhance our performance! (pictures to follow)
“I enjoyed singing and and playing an instrument at the same time” .
“I learnt about high pitch and low pitch”
“I enjoyed using my body to make different sounds”
” I liked singing the Stone Age songs”
Year 3 have been revisiting practising French greetings such as hello, good morning, good afternoon, good bye. The children had to match the French term to the English and vice versa. They then role played using these greetings to talk to their friends.French Greetings
Following this the children practised saying colours in French and created a keynote presentation to show their understanding.