We began spring term by reading Clever Anansi and Boastful Bullfrog, a fable which contained a moral for its readers. This led us into looking at morals and lessons within books and myths and exciting ways in which children can learn while they enjoy reading. We developed our skills and wrote our own fable where children decided on a lesson and built their stories around it. We created colourful animal characters using our descriptive language to bring them to life.
During Spring 2 we read Gorilla – a story about a young, lonely girl whose stuffed gorilla comes to life and takes her on an adventure. One night they go to a zoo which opened up some great discussions in class. We then moved onto writing a persuasive text about why animals should be allowed to live freely instead of locked up in cages.
In addition to our prose we composed and performed our own Haikus on a variety of natural subjects including animals and the season of spring.
In Spring we had lots of new learning within maths; we continued our work on multiplication, looked at telling the time on analogue and digital clocks and learned a lot about the different units of measurement. We were able to categorise and describe 2D and 3D shapes and apply our knowledge of addition and subtraction to shapes and measurements. We also began our work on fractions – children were introduced to them by looking at equal parts of whole numbers and discussing how they relate to division. We took part in hands-on activities which helped visualise how objects and numbers can be split equally into parts (fractions).
In Spring we also had World Maths Day! We celebrated this day by playing our own version of snakes and ladders involving multiplication and moving onto writing division facts.
Year 3’s focus in Science this term, has been plants. The depth of their learning included: identifying, by labelling, the main parts of a flowering plant (flowers, leaves, stem and roots) and describe their functions. We further developed our understanding by exploring the functions of the flowers in regards to the life cycle of a plant. By dissecting a flower, the children were able to make careful observations and identify through matching, the main parts of a flower and explain the function of each part. This scientific exploration has led to, children being able to identify and explain the key stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant. By doing so, they were also able to explain and apply relevant scientific language such as pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. All of the hands-on learning has really helped build our enthusiasm towards all areas of science!
This term Year 3 have been looking the invasion of Britain by the Roman empire. We studied how efficient the Roman army was and how they built their own roads to facilitate transport and communication. We looked at how a Roman might feel living so far from home and wrote an emotive diary entry to show their thoughts and feelings. Boudicca’s rebellion was a key event during this era and we looked at the Celts and their role at the time. This opened up a great class discussion on the benefits and drawbacks to adapting a new culture and way of life in Britain. In addition to the Roman army and expansion we also looked at leisure. We examined a Roman Bathhouse to see how they enjoyed their free time and took regular exercise. After that we designed our own bathhouses and the children explained why they choose each feature and how a person could enjoy a day there.
The focus in Art this term has been on mosaics to link to our work in Topic. We researched different mosaics and explored where they may have been found, what they looked like, the details in them and how they were made. We then started small and created our own patterns using small squares. Once we were confident with that we then drew out mosaic grids and created shapes and pictures using squares and colours (this is much harder than it sounds like)! We even made sun-catcher mosaics and displayed them in our Art classroom.
In Design Technology this term we learned how to make a kite. We learned about the different parts and then used this to design our own and really thought about what resources we would need to use. As this project was so exciting and in-depth we are carrying it on into summer term when we will take them outside to fly them!
In computing this term, we made a digital poster. We linked these to topics in other areas of the curriculum we have learned about such as; Romans, Diwali, forces and magnets and mosaics. We used iPads to research our ideas and make notes like real researchers. We then planned it out and used an app on the iPads to create the poster. For this we had to develop our typing skills and learnt to ‘screenshot’ and save images from the internet and then insert them
onto our posters.
Spring also held Internet Safety Day. We looked at ways in which the internet could pose as a safety risk and discussed how we can keep ourselves safe and our personal details secure.
This term in PE the children worked on balancing. They learnt how to balance on different parts of their bodies. This helps build muscle and improve core strength as we are putting all the body weight on a singular part of the body.
We moved on to balancing object’s on our body whilst in a unconventional position, e.g. balancing on one hand and leg with a cone on our back. This improve their stability as they not only have to balance, but also have to try and keep an object from fall off by being as still as possible.
We ended the term learning walk on small benches and thin white lines. Giving them challenges to find different ways to keep their body upright and on wobbling, such as putting your arms out to keep balanced.
As well in PE we are now going swimming every week. We were so excited to start this and have loved every second so far. Some of us are really good and Mrs Brown, our swimming teacher, was really impressed. We are getting better and braver each session. Most of us can put our faces under water now and we have all graduated to the adult pool!
This term in RE we have been learning about Hinduism. We learned what festivals Hindus celebrate with a focus on Diwali. During this learning we looked at the story of Rama and Sita and what traditions Hindu’s have when celebrating Diwali. We were given an opportunity to act out the story and enjoyed finding out ‘good overcomes evil’. We have looked at the similarities and differences between Hinduism and other religions. We then moved onto learning and understanding the importance of a Mandir. Did you know a Mandir is place of worship for Hindus? We discussed what they have to wear, what rules they have to follow and what routine they have when visiting this place of worship. We also researched what they look like inside and out and we all thought they were beautiful. We even created an advert to encourage people to go and visit a Mandir using persuasive techniques (A FOREST)! The persuasive techniques used are alliteration, fact, opinion, rhetorical question, emotive language, statistics and power of three. We found it tricky to distinguish between fact and opinion but enjoyed using emotive language to persuade the reader.
This term we began our lessons with the external music teachers who come very week to teach us the violin and recorder. Every child had a chance to get used to each instrument before deciding which one they wanted to specialise in. We have already learned so much about reading music and playing the instruments while developing our rhythm and ability to play together as a class. At the end of spring term the classes came together to perform for each other and show off what they had learned.
Next term (Summer)
In Summer we will continue to practice our instruments in music and go swimming on Thursdays.
We will read fairy-tales including Hansel and Gretel and translate that into a play script which we will then perform in class! In maths we will carry on developing our knowledge and use of fractions and apply our skills on the four operations to measurements including time, length and money. In topic we are moving onto geography. We will examine the U.K; its countries and counties, rivers and mountains, and look at how population and immigration has helped the country develop.
In May we are also going on our trip to London Zoo! We can’t wait!
During the autumn term, year we continue to develop our understanding of numbers and place value. This includes: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers. In addition to exploring various mental calculation strategies, formal written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division have been taught to us. On a regular basis, we are now learning to apply these calculations strategies in solving one and multi-step worded problems. Statistics was also a key focus of our learning, with emphasis on interpreting and presenting data. We were able to analyse data that was presented in the form of pictograms, bar charts, Carroll diagrams and tables. Application of our understanding entailed interpreting and demonstrating understanding of key vocabulary such as: survey, how many more, total and difference.
In geometry, we learnt to identify and describe 2D shapes. This includes differentiating between the different types of angles that can be found in these shapes. We also had opportunities to identify and manipulate a range of common 3D shapes. Our hands-on exploration helped us to identify features such as: faces, vertices and edges. Ultimately, we were able to use modelling materials to make our own 3D shapes. In autumn two, we have also developed our understanding in telling time. The key areas of learning were telling the time on the hour, at five minute intervals and to the nearest minute. In addition, we have also learnt to convert between 12 and 24-hour times.
The focus text for year threes during Autumn 1 was Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs. The story is set in the Stone Age (where everything was made of stones) and involves a young boy who had an inquisitive mind and so asked a lot of questions about the way things were and how to improve the way of life. The context of the story has led to different writing outcomes. We were able to write: summaries of the story, character descriptions, setting descriptions, recounts and ultimately an adventure stories. For each writing text type, we were required to include all the relevant features as taught.
The text for autumn 2 was The Pebble in my Pocket, a History of our Earth by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady. The text tells the story of the history of a pebble from its formation. The details of the story continue to tell about the formation of different types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous) and the impact of erosion on the formation of new pebbles. This interesting non-fiction text was ideal for us to develop our skills in writing non-chronological reports. In addition to identifying and applying the features of a non-chronological report in our own independent writing, we also had opportunities to develop our writing skills in other areas. These include letter writing and poetry.
Our Science topics for the autumn term have been Rocks and Animals including Humans. Through exploration, investigations and research, we have learnt to differentiate between manmade and naturally occurring rocks. The linkage with the focus reading text, The Pebble in My Pocket, has enabled us to have a better understanding of how sedimentary rocks are formed in the ocean and how igneous rocks are formed from volcanoes. By manipulating the different types of rocks, we were able to describe their textures, permeability and durability, then draw conclusions about their uses. Autumn two Science learning focused our attention on animals (including humans) nutrition and their skeletons. By identifying the different food groups, we were able to associate the scientific names with the groups and identify foods within each group. With confidence, we can now explain the nutrients that some foods provide. The learning focus on skeletons enabled us to differentiate between the different types of skeletons (endoskeleton, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons). Once these concepts were grasped, we were able to group animals based on their skeletons. The progression of our learning then led to us investigating the human skeleton. This includes, identifying the different bones that make up the skeleton and explaining the general functions of the skeleton.
Across the autumn term we have been learning about the the long period of time covering the Stone Age until the Iron Age. In Autumn 1 we focused on the Stone Age, looking at the development of basic tools and clothing and live inside a cave. This tied into our writing lessons where we read UG Boy Genius of the Stone Age. Children had the chance to create a timeline for this period, describe key events, settings and dwellings, and build their knowledge of materials used in this era.
As we moved into Autumn 2 we went onto study the Bronze and Iron Ages. We described and made comparisons between the ages highlighting advances in technology and discussing how life was different to the modern world. We exercised our English skills by writing a non-chronological report on the Iron Age, writing in paragraphs under suitable sub-headings pulling together all of their learning from the term.
The focus in Art this term has been on Cave drawing. We were able to link this to other curriculum subjects, such as English and Topic. We studied different cave paintings and learned what they represented. We learned that most cave drawings are of hunters and animals, although hand paintings were also discovered too. We used different art materials, such as paint, charcoal and chalk to create our own cave paintings. Finally, we worked in groups to create on big cave drawing.
In Design Technology this term we have had our own bread bake off! We learned about bread production and tasted different types of bread. Using our knowledge and understanding of bread production we designed our own bread rolls. We shared our design ideas with each other before choosing our final design.
Finally, we got to make our very own bread rolls. Kneading the dough was hard work, but worth it in the end as our bread rolls were delicious!
During autumn one, the children took on the role of programmers. This allowed them to create their own animated cartoons. Some key aspects of the learning were: children creating story boards which they later translated into animations, using the App Scratch Junior. This program allowed the children to manipulate various tools that enabled them to create characters, create backgrounds and add actions and sounds. In autumn two, the children acquired the role of ‘Bug Fixers’. This topic enabled them to design, write and debug program's. Pupils relished the challenge of identifying errors in script and correcting them. One exciting part of the learning was children designing their own scripts with multi-thread bugs. This included jokes with multiple errors, which their partners had to correct.
Last term we worked on Static balance, which involves maintaining a desired shape in a stationary position. For this to happen, the centre of gravity needs to be over the base of support. The wider the base of support and the closer the centre of gravity is to the base of support, the easier it is to balance. When body parts extend to one side beyond the base of support, the body needs to make a corresponding extension in the opposite direction to achieve counterbalance. This term we are working on hand eye coordination, the ability to move their arms into the right position to catch a moving object.
Our RE topic for the autumn term have been the following:
Where did the world begin?
Christianity, Unit 5 – The Bible
The focus in RE for autumn one was learning what different religions believe in.
We watched the Creation Story to get a better understanding of what Christians believe in how God created the world. We were able to sequence the story in the correct order and retell it in our own words. Also we learnt about St Francis, a Christian who devoted his life to care for animals. This made us reflect about ourselves and how we could care for God’s creations.
During autumn two, our RE learning focused on the bible. We learnt the bible is a holy book for Christians and they use it to help them grow in faith. Looking at the bible, we have developed our understanding that the bible is a collection of many books separated into two sections Old and New Testament. It was fascinating to watch bible stories, especially on when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. We decided that laws are important and came up with our set of rules to make our school a happier place.
In the Spring term, children in year 3 will be learning about Counties and Cities in the UK during Topic lessons. The Science focus will be on Forces and magnets. Clever Anansi and Boastful Bullfrog, A Caribbean Tale by H Patten and Clementson. The story is about a boastful bullfrog whose constant croaking has become intolerable, therefore has left conniving Anansi no choice but to devise a plan to quiet him. We cannot wait to explore this colourful text and the wealth of learning opportunities it has to offer.
In Maths children will learn about number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurements (time, mass, volume and capacity), 2D and 3D shapes and money. The focus in Computing will be ‘We are presenters Videoing performance’. This unit will give year threes a chance to make a short narrated video of ourselves practising a sport or other skill, and to use this to help improve our performance.
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