Autumn Term 1
Year 3 have settled really quickly in to Year 3. They quickly established what they wanted as their class golden rules to ensure that Year 3 is happy, safe learning environment where everyone treats one another with respect.
School councillors have been elected. Well done to all the candidates who came to the front of the class to make their speeches. The children enjoyed casting their votes in the ballot boxes. Year 3 learnt about what a democracy is and why this is important.
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 Harris. 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 about Baptism in preparation for our visit to St.Joseph’s Church. 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?’
Year 3 then visited St.Joseph’s to find out what happens when you are baptised. Canon Nunan showed us the baptismal font where the Baptism takes place. He told us all about Holy Water and that it is blessed by God. Children from Year 3 then got into role as the parents and god parents of ‘Lillie’ and Canon Nunan showed us what happens when someone is baptised. He told us all about that we become part of God’s family and receive the gift’s of the Holy Spirit. He poured the holy water onto ‘Lillie’s head to symbolise life and to show that the baby is living in the life of Jesus. He also anointed the baby with the oil of chrism that had been blessed by Bishop Marcus to symbolise the gift’s and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Canon also lit the baptismal candle from the Easter candle in church to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and that the light of Jesus’ love was with the baby.
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.
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. 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.
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’
Then we explored our 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.
Meanwood Valley Farm
Year 3 had a fantastic trip to Meanwood Valley Farm where we learnt all about different types of rocks such as granite, slate, sandstone, limestone and coal. We did lots of fun experiments to test the properties of these rocks to see how hard they were and whether they are acidic by dropping vinegar onto them. We also made our own soil, tested soil to see what it is made from and made our own wormeries!
The Stone Age
Year 3 launched their launched their topic on the Stone Age with a fun filled, fact packed workshop all about the Stone Age. The children were transported back in time to think about this time period in History. They had to make a timeline of different historical periods and place when the Stone Age was.
Year 3 absolutely loved being an archaeologist for the day. They discovered mysterious objects as they conducted their own archaeological excavations and uncovered ‘hidden’ artefacts, some of which were 4,000 years old! Using a trowel, brush and magnifying glass, Year 3 worked in pairs to dig dig up, clean and study artefacts before placing them on a time Line.
Year 3 then found out more facts about life in the Stone Age as they handled a range of real and replica tools made of natural materials such as bone, antler, flint, wood, animal skin, plants, clay and bronze. They had an amazing day!
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.
Year 3 have been using powerpoint to type pangrams. Pangrams are words or sentences containing every letter of the alphabet at least once; the best known English example being A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog . They’ve been working hard to improve their typing skills and build their confidence using the keyboard. They’ve really enjoying their computing lessons and experimented with inserting images by using the snipping tool to accompany their pangrams.
P.E.-Dance taster session
Year 3 really enjoyed their visit from Katie a professional dancer.They loved exploring making different shapes with their bodies and using their imaginations to do this. They had to decide whether to move slowly or quickly whilst all the time concentrating on moving all parts of their bodies. Hopefully we will see some of Year 3 at the Wetherby dance festival shortly showing off their dance moves!
Year 3 really enjoyed using the chime bars to practise scales. They discussed the word pitch and what this means. They explored pitch and melody using their voices and the chime bars. The children learned how melodies can ascend or descend and move by step or by leap. They learned to both sing and play melodies on the chime bars and also attempted to write and perform their own melodies.
“I enjoyed singing and and playing an instrument at the same time” Amelia.
“I learnt about high pitch and low pitch” Lauren
“I enjoyed playing the instruments and making our own piece of music” Natalia
” I liked making different musical notes using different instruments” Charlie
Have a listen to us practising!
This year we are learning French we began with learning how to say what the weather is like. Year 3 enjoyed acting this out too whilst saying the key words.