Mr Brittin (Class Teachers)
Ms Puri (Support Staff)
Welcome back we hope you have all had a restful break!
This summer term in Year 3 we are going on an adventure. An adventure to write our own adventure stories. We will look at the features of adventure stories, read and compare similarities and differences between them, describing unusual settings and characters. We will be using Flat Stanley adventure books and Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox as inspiration.
In maths, we are looking at long division and then dividing decimals then moving onto reading, telling and answering time problems.
Computing is always a class favourite, we will be generating our own polls to gather data on our favourite things.
In our science topic we will be investigating rocks and plants which means we get to make use of the lovely weather outside when investigating, classifying and gathering information.
In our topic we will going back to ancient Rome and how to started, the types of Roman society the life of a soldier and their art by creating our own mosaics.
Art this term is very exciting; we will be using and creating our own pictures, using watercolours. We will be learning how to layer watercolours and to mix colour to bring our pictures to life!
In year 3 this term we have been looking at twists. Traditional tales have been one of key learning topics in literacy. We drew inspiration from our favourite traditional tales stories and look for similarities between them. We have then been influenced by the twisted tale of The Princess and the Pea and have told some traditional tales from a different point of view and with a twist.
In maths we have studied and explored fractions. This started with creating our own fractions to finding fractions of amounts. We have also enjoyed adding and subtracting fractions.
We have had a busy term and have been learning all about this term’s Geography topic of Europe. We have identified Europe as a continent and have used an atlas to locate the countries on a blank map, which we had to build together like a jigsaw.
With the wonderful weather, we have been observing insects and other invertebrates. From the data, we gathered on our bug hunt and with other bits of research from our science lessons, we have turned them into a non-chronological report.
In R.E we have been looking at the importance of the Easter celebration for Christians and the stories of Jesus. We look at their meaning and we checked and showed our own understanding through question hot seating, drama role-plays and new paper report writing. We have also looked at the importance of different religious texts and their leaders of religious service.
This term, we are all becoming journalists writing our own news report with recount writing and we are basing it on the story of The Three Little Pigs.
News reports are also linked to our computing topic. We are analysing news reports from the camera work to the actual story itself to see what we need to include. This will then be used to gather data on a story, record and edit our very own Year 3 news story.
For this term’s topic we are looking at the geography of Iron Age Britain and the forming of settlements known as Hillforts. We have defined what a settlement needs and have located them on a map using an atlas.
In Science, we are learning all about our bodies and how to make them healthy. We are focusing on nutrition, the human skeleton and muscles.
With our P.E lessons, we are very excited to play team games. We are starting with Hockey, we will be focusing our skills in movement, travelling with the ball, striking the ball in passing and shooting and defending. With these team games, we understand the importance of good sportsmanship and communication while playing.
During this term in Year 3, it has been full of new topics. In English, after our successful performance poems that we performed to the class, we used David Wiesner’s book ‘Tuesday’ to write a non-chronological report on a fictional new species of frog – the Flying Frog! We looked at features of a news reports and non-chronological report and compared the two. Using our journalistic skills, we questioned witnesses to gather information about the frogs and then we used that information to turn into direct and reported speech. We then planned and produced our own non-chronological report using all of the features.
In Maths, we have been using a variety of techniques to help with mental addition and subtraction with place value methods, regrouping and compensating. We have used a variety of resources and have enjoyed using the virtual dienes to help to create an understanding of place value subtraction.
In Science after an engaging STEM week, we looked at how light travels and we had a mad Scientist come in and show us some wonderful experiments with light. Using out colour spectrum glasses, we were able to see the light spectrum all around the class and with fire!
We are also learning a new topic about forces and magnets and have been investigating pushing and pulling forces.
In topic, we have cooked sticky and gooey stewed fruit with ingredients that would have been available around prehistoric times. We have also researched about the Bronze and Iron Ages and have written an explanation of how metals were smelted.
In PE, we have been focusing on movement with our gymnastics routines. We have been moving in different ways and using different body shapes to help us. Swimming has also been a favourite with year 3 with everyone making great progress, learning and improving our strokes.
Year 3 have made a fantastic start to the year. They have been getting to know the new class routines and developing their skills across the curriculum. The children are enthusiastic and are working hard to show me their talents and interests.
We are looking forward to a Science workshop in the next few weeks and are beginning to learn how to speak in French!