Spring Term 2 2020
Welcome back! Our topic this half term is ‘Home Sweet Home’, where we are focusing our learning on looking at the history of Wetherby and linking this with our ‘Living in Leeds’ focus topic weeks towards the end of the half term.
In Year 3, we have collective worship monitors who help prepare the collective worship table in class.
Take a look at our collective worship table. We currently have a purple cloth on our table to signify the start of Lent. We have been discussing in our collective worship what we can do to make a difference during this special time. We have also been writing our own Lentern promises about this. We added some to our collective worship area.
R.E.-Celebrating the Mass
The new RE topic is called ‘Celebrating the Mass’. In this topic, the children have been making links between the story of the Last Supper and the Mass. We discussed what happened during the Last Supper how this is represented in Mass through Holy Communion. We talked about the bread representing Jesus’ body and the wine representing Jesus’s blood.
Year 3 then made links withe signs and symbols of the mass and what this mean to us as Catholics. We discussed symbols such as the cross, the bread, the wine, the bible, prayers and making the sign of the cross. We wrote about when these are used in Mass and what they represent.
English – The Minpins
This half term, linking to our topic on ‘Home Sweet Home’ we using ‘The Minpins’ as a stimulus for our guided reading and writing. The children absoultely loved reading the start of this, in our whole classs guided reading sessions. We unpicked and discussed the meaning of unfamiliar vocabularly such as ‘stench’ and ‘billowing’ and added these to our ‘word worth wall’. The children enjoyed freeze framing scenes from the story to show how the main character Billy was feeling when he ventured into the Forest of Sin. Year 3 played ‘conscience alley’. This help us to think about the conflicting feelings Billy had before going into the forest despite his Mum’s warnings. The children decided whether they thought Little Billy should go into the Forest of Sin our not and pretended to be the trees in the forest whispering advice.
“Beware! Beware! The Forest of Sin! None come out, but many go in!
The children began by drawing ‘The Spitler’ (the monster who chases Little Billy in the story) they then thought of expanded noun phrases to describe it. Following this, the children then wrote ‘wanted posters’ describing this character and why he was wanted. As a class we shared our ideas first and did a shared piece of writing. The children worked hard to ensure they were following the top tips.
Geometry: Properties of Shape
This half term Year 3 began their maths learning jouneys by recognising angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn. We started by recognise angles as a measure of a turn. The children practiced making 1/2,1/4,3/4 and whole turns from different starting points in both clockwise and anti clockwise directions. They listened to and had to follow instructions making these turns. They also had to give instructions using the correct mathematical language, this was very tricky remembering which way was clockwise and anti clockwise. We added this mathematical vocabulary to our ‘word worthy wall.’ We discussed that an angle is created when 2 straight lines meet at a point. We looked around school for right angles and discussed whether we could see any that were smaller or greater than a right angle.
Science- Forces and Magnets
This half term in Science we will began by thinking about questions we want to find the answers to. We added these questions to our Science working wall.
Some of these questions were:
What is a force?
How does a magnet work?
What are magnets used for?
What sticks to a magnet?
How are magnets made?
Year 3 absolutely loved investigating comparing everyday materials on the basis of whether or not they are attracted to a magnet or not. They chose a magnet to explore which materials in the classroom were magnetic. They then used the sorting hoops to group the objects together.
Working scientifically, Year 3 set up their own simple experiments to investigate the strength of magnets. They gathered their own data about how many paper clips a range of magnets could hold. Whilst doing this Year 3 observed that magnetic forces can act at a distance.The children were amazed at this finding! They used their results to answer their prediction as to which magnet is the strongest. Year 3 then used and applied their knowledge and understanding of bar charts to represent this information
Computing-Drawing using Sketches school
This half term in Computing, we are developing our skills when drawing to control the shade, shape and size of the pen. We drew a self portrait of ourselves thinking about how we could represent our features accurately using sketches school. We loved using this app and challenged ourselves to show a good understanding of how to control draw tools.
Sketches School tutorial
P.S.H.E-Promoting Healthy Food and Living Simply
The children started the new half term with an assembly by the school’s Food Ambassadors and a visitor from Healthy Schools. The assembly included lots of ideas about why we like certain foods, taste buds, family food traditions, etc. The children also recapped on what a healthy diet is and the different food groups. The children enjoyed a standing up game where the Food Ambassadors choice a certain type of food and the children to say if they liked it or not – Marmite was the most controversial food discussed – most hated it. However, they also learn an important message that you need to keep trying different food for up to 15 times to see if you like it or not, and that it’s good to try food with friends as this can encourage you to be a bit more adventurous.
As well as healthy eating, we also learnt about food waste and what different ways that can look from leaving perfectly good food which has been freshly cooked to wasting food through leaving it to rot in your fruit bowl or throwing away perfectly good slices of bread that could be frozen and then toasted at a later date. We are going to try to be really mindful of this moving forward now to do our bit to Live Simply and reduce waste to support the environment.
The History of Wetherby
We began our topic by looking closely at this picture as hook to start our learning.
Without seeing where this photograph was taken, Year 3 used it investigate and interpret the past. They discussed if they recognised the street, when they thought it was taken, what it told them about the past and then asked questions about the past.
Some of the comments were:
“I know this photograph was taken a long time ago because there are no cars.”-Shevaun
“The people are using horses and a cart for transport.”-Miles
“The clothes the people are wearing look really different to what we wear.”-Lauren
“That is photograph of Wetherby which was taken a long time ago.” Marius
” This photograph was taken before cars were invented.”- Charlie
We then looked a range of photographs taken in Wetherby and the children used this evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past. We challenged ourselves to select the evidence carefully and ask relevant questions that could be explore possible answers to.
Some of the questions were:
“Why have the buildings got chimneys?”-Aran
“When was Wetherby Bridge built?”-Luca
“What clothes did they wear during the Victorian times in Wetherby?.”-Lauren
“When was the Town Hall built?”-Oliver
” What shops did they have in Wetherby in 1850?”- Scarlett
The children then used the Ipads to answer their questions and develop historical understanding of the history of Wetherby. Year 3 loved being active learners to challenge themselves to do this.