Welcome to Year 3
The adults in Year 3 are: Miss Scawthorn and Miss Colquhoun
Start time: 8.55AM
Finish time: 3.10PM
Our PE day takes place on a Friday afternoon. Children need to make sure their PE kit is in school, labelled and in a PE bag to fit on their peg. The list of PE kit they need can be found in the school prospectus.
Homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be completed and handed in the following Friday.
Maths homework will be set on MyMaths or Times Tables Rock Stars. Your child has been given their username and password (stuck in their homework journal).
Literacy homework will also be set. This may consist of SPAG, reading, or could be linked to our IPC topic.
Children are expected to read 3 times a week. Please can you sign and date your child's reading record book when they read. These will be checked weekly.
Accelerated Reading will run differently this year. Following the Star Reading tests, children will be sent home with a book level that matches their reading score. Instead of going to the Library to change books, children will have a smaller selection to choose from in the classroom. This means the choice will be more limited but we have to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.
Year 3 have the fantastic opportunity to attend Forest School every THURSDAY morning. The only thing you will need to supply are WELLIES! Please make sure these are labelled. Mrs Blakeley will be sending out a letter with all relevant information.
Due to COVID-19, there will not be a Merit Assembly taking place on a Friday with the whole school. We will be giving our Merit Awards in the classroom instead.
Here is a copy of our Curriculum Map for 2020-2021
Our first topic this year is BRAINWAVES
Explaining the theme: 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 ﬁnding 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
- When they learn children will be:
Year 3 have had a fantastic first week back and have settled in excellently! We have been focusing on the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae for our Literacy and Art lessons. Here is a photo of some of the amazing 'Gerald the Giraffe' art work the children have produced.
Our second topic this year is … Saving The World- Rainforests!
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?
Explaining the Theme
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 International, we’ll be finding out:
-How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests
For our entry point, the children created their own rainforest collages using tissue paper to create a 3D effect. They looked amazing! Here are some we created...
During our Knowledge Harvest lesson, the children created a mind-map of the different idea's that come into their head when imagining the rainforest. They also thought of different questions they would like to find out during our topic. Below are some images of our display and learning journey so far...
Year 3 have been learning about the threats to the rainforest and why it is important that they are protected. Their task was to produce a magazine front cover to inform people of the threats to the rainforest and what we can do to help protect it. They came up with some amazing magazine front covers. Please see below...
This term we have been focusing on counting from 0-20 in French. The children loved having competitions with each other to see who could be the first to count to 20 in French without missing a number out! We also created some posters for our French display.
We have recently covered the topic, 'adventure stories' in writing. The children had to write their own adventure story about a child who jumped on a zip-wire and had to travel over the rainforest to get to school. They came up with some fantastic stories which are on display in the corridor. Here are some examples...
As part of our topic, the children have been learning about tribes of the rainforest. They compared their own life to a tribe member and discussed the similarities and differences. We decided we are very lucky to live in a modern society, with technology and a home to live in. Year 3 spent an afternoon designing a tribal mask. They had to think about the different colours used and why they should be used. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon being creative. Can you recognise any children below?
Year 3 have been working scientifically on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons since Autumn Term 2 began. They started by investigating and comparing the soil on the school ground to the soil in the rainforest. The children were amazed when they used magnifying glasses to observe the soil collected from school grounds. We have also conducted an experiment around the stem of a plant and how water is transported through it. We used celery and dye to observe how the 'stem' transports water. We left the celery in the dyed water over night and the children got to check if their predictions were correct!
Children in Need- Friday 13th November
We had a fantastic day on Friday 13th November. The children really looked the part, dressing up as Pudsey bear or in spots! We watched and supported Joe Wicks, who did the amazing 24 hour PE, to raise a staggering amount of money for Children in Need. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed dancing along with Joe Wicks.
The children have been learning about the famous artist, Henry Rousseau. We explored the different images he has created and found out he has never been to the rainforest before, he drew and painted based on photographs! Year 3 were amazed by some of the work he had produced and it inspired them to become artists for the afternoon. They had a rainforest image to copy, using only a shading pencil. Here are some images of our artist afternoon...
We are learning 'Silent Night' in Makaton Sign Language in class. If your child would like to practice, please see the link below...