Year 3

 

Welcome to Year 3!

The staff in Year 3 are Mr Edginton, Miss Colquhoun and Mrs Stead.

Brainwaves

Our first topic this year is Brainwaves.

The Big Idea

Our brain is special because we can use it to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.

In this unit, we’ll be ļ¬nding out:

  • How different people learn
  • About the importance of practice when learning a skill
  • How the brain works
  • How to make connections between our learning
  • How we can share our learning with others
  • Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world
  • How positive thinking can help us to succeed
  • How to look after our brain
  • How to design a school for learning

When they learn children will be:

  • Investigating
  • Thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Observing
  • Assessing
  • Presenting

 

Entry Point 

For the entry point to Brainwaves the children became learning detectives and were challenged to investigate how we learn within school. 

The children learned about how our brains work and once we learn something new we grow neurons. The children represented the inside of our brain by creating their very own neuron pathways. 

Want to know how to keep your mind and body healthy? Just ask our healthy brain experts in Year 3!

Exit Point 

For the exit point we created clubs that will help keep our minds early and learn new skills. the children had a vote and the winner was Hill Top's Got Talent. This means every month children will be given a chance to teach the class a new skill. 

Saving the World

Rainforests once covered 14% of our world’s surface. Now they cover less than 5%. Every second, an area of the rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed. Some scientists believe that, if we lose our rainforests, we might put our whole planet at risk. What will we do to help save the rainforest?

In this topic we will be learning about:

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About where rainforests are in the world
  • Which rainforest products we use in our everyday lives
  • About the lives of rainforest people and how they compare with our own
  • How and why the rainforest is being destroyed
  • Discovering the ways that people are trying to save the rainforest

In ICT & Computing, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to program and share our own rainforest-themed computer game

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rainforest body art and painting our faces in a similar style
  • How we can use art to create a rainforest scene

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different rainforest animals and plants
  • Where different animals and plants live in the rainforest
  • About rocks and soils found on the forest floor
  • About colour in the rainforest and how it is used by animals and plants
  • Why plants have leaves and why they can be different
  • About the best conditions to grow a plant
  • About rainforest fruits and seeds
  • How to grow our own rainforest plant from a seed

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and make our own tropical fruit drink

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using music

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using dance and mime

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests

Entry Point

For out entry point, the children created their own rainforest in a section of the classroom. The children created trees, leaves and animals to display on our rainforest wall. As we continue the term, the children will add their work to the rainforest wall.

The children have been locating different rainforests on a map of the world. 

Deforestation

Recently, the children have been looking at deforestation and the devastating effects it has on our rainforests and the world. To raise awareness of deforestation Year 3 have created deforestation posters to spread the word. 

Year 3 researched all about the local communities within rainforests. These communities are called tribes and the children have learnt all about how they live within this natural environment. The children found out that every tribe has a symbol and these symbols mean you are part of that community. The children created their own tribal face masks which in turn include a symbol connecting them to their tribe.