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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! Here you will find all our important information and also where you will be able to see all the fun events happening in Year 3!

In Year 3, homework and reading homework are given out on a Thursday!

P.E is on Monday and Tuesday



Week 1

This week we have been settling into Year 3 and learning about our new year group.

We have done some writing about our Summer holidays and have been completing maths challenges. 

We also created recipes for success in Year 3! We included determination, sensibility, perseverance and kindness! Here is Lukasz's. 



Week 2

This week we have been working on how to present our work in books. We have been discussing our goals for year 3 and what we want to achieve. We have also been looking at the book Window. We described what we could see out the different windows and discussed what differences we could see as the story went on. 

We then designed our own window and described what we could see. Ryker designed an under water themed window and then described the 'scary, white shark'. 

We also have been learning how to build 3D shapes using nets!



Week 3

This week we have been learning about place value in maths. We have learnt the value of each digit in a three digit number and how to show these using different representations. We have also learnt how to write these numbers in words. We have learnt how to find 10 more and 10 less of a 3 digit number using place value grids and base 10. 

In English we have the Queen's Hat and we have described the key London landmarks, written diary entries as if we were queen and we have written questions we would like to ask the Queen if we were to meet her!

We also learnt some interesting information about the River Thames and the children wrote some brilliant fact files! 

Did you know it is 388km long?!

In art, we used nets to build Big Ben.


Week 4

This week we have been learning about King John! We have discovered that he is a terrible person as he killed his nephew and his friend's family!! We have been practising using coordinating conjunctions in our writing; FANBOYS (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So).

This week in maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers. We have been investigating more than and less than and have been using different representations of numbers to challenge ourselves! 

This week we have also been baking a famous British dish; scones! 



Week 5

We have continued with comparing and ordering numbers this past week and we have been practising our reasoning and problem solving skills. We were able to fill in missing gaps to make statements true and solve word problems too!

In English we have been learning about Queen Elizabeth the First! We have been extending our vocabulary through this topic. 

Trewon - "instead of she ate a lot we could say that she had a big appetite. "

We even wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth the first to explain why we were the perfect prince for her! 

Josh - " I would be a good prince because I would cook her fine, royal dinners!" 


Week 6

This week we started our addition topic! We started by looking at adding ones to numbers with 2 and 3 digits. We have been developing our reasoning skills and aiming to use the word "because" to explain why something happens.

Cassie "342 + __ = 34__... I can't put more than 7 as that would then change my tens digit"

We have also been learning how a number line can help us to add 2 digit numbers, we will be developing this into 3 digit numbers next week! 

In English we have been doing all things Shakespeare! We have read A Fairy Song, Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind and Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day! 

We created our sonnets and learnt that every other line rhymes apart from the couplet at the end! Josh and Lily's won themselves a book award! The children did extremely well to discover the meaning of some shakesperian language!

Cameron: Shakespeares has said the wind has a sharp bite as when it's cold it can give you shock! 


Week 7

This week we have been learning how to add on a number line! We have used our knowledge of adding 10 and 100 and have been able to add 3 digit numbers successfully! We also drew number lines on the playground when explaining what to do and why with our partners. 



Week 8

This week we have been learning to add using partitioning! We have been investigating different rules and how to overcome some barriers. Year 3 have been having a go at peer coaching and helping their class mates!




We all enjoyed a brilliant harvest festival and made some excellent scare crows using a paper plate! Thank you to all the adults that came in to enjoy the festival with us!


Have a safe and enjoyable half term and we will see you ready for our term 2 adventures!

Miss Pring, Mrs Parker and Mrs Hinse. 

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! Here you will find all our important information and also where you will be able to see all the fun events happening in Year 3!

In Year 3, homework and reading homework are given out on a Thursday!

P.E is on Tuesday and Thursday



Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you had an amazing half term and come back ready to learn even more! This term our topic is the Stone Age and we are really excited for all the oppurtunities coming up!


This week we have been to Raise the Roof at Bournville. we sang lots of songs all about school and we had a fabulous time!


In English this week we have been reading Stone Age Boy. Midway through the story we took a visit into his cave!

We heard many different sounds during our mindful listening including echos, droplets of water and even a cave bear!


We have also started our topic this week. We have arranged timelines of events and have developed our understanding of BC and AD. For our WOW we made stone age food; stewed fruit! Ryker loved it so much he said he wished he had lived in the stone age! 




Week 2

Welcome back! We hope you had an amazing half term and come back ready to learn even more! This term our topic is the Stone Age and we are really excited for all the oppurtunities coming up!


This week in maths we have learning to subtract hundreds, tens and ones. We have been using equipment to help us for when we must exchange. 

This week we also had a visit from Emily from Dogs Trust. She discussed with us how we should care for a dog and what a dog needs to be happy. We have learnt a lot and were very interested in some of the things Emily told us about. 



Week 3

This week we have been continuing with subtraction on a number line! We have been using number lines and equipment to help us.


We have been reading Oi! Caveboy! in English and the children have been finding the story very funny!

They have written some excellent potions to help make the cheif better! 


On Monday afternoon we were also lucky enough to go ice-skating! We had an excellent time and we were so proud of every child getting up and carrying on even if they fell! 






Week 4

This week we have been solving word problems in maths! We have been developing our skill of learning how to solve 1-step and 2-step problems. We have been helping each other and working in teams.

In English we have been reading Ug! Ug is a boy who lived during the Stone Age but was desperate to see the future! We were all given a different scene from the story and we had to think of synonyms for said to describe how the dialogue would've been spoken.

For our enquiry this week we went on a walk to collect our resources to make a Stone Age village. We found lots of different sticks and twigs which will be really useful! Keep an eye out at home for any more sticks we can use! 




Week 5

This week we have been continuing with our one step and two step word problems. We have working really hard to try and develop our own questions for our friends to solve.

In English we have continuing with the story Ug and learning about Stone Henge. The children found it very interesting that there was a slaughter stone at Stone Henge. The children have also written fact files at Stone Henge and have been broadening their knowledge of an archaeologists role. 

We conducted our own science experiment this week and looked at the different properties of rocks.

Some questions we generated were:

"Can it crack?"

"Does it make a mark on paper?"

Does it change colour when wet?"




Week 6

This week we have been solving missing number problems using addition and subtraction. We have used bar models to help us work out whether we will need to add or subtract. 

We have been working extremely hard in English too! We have been trying to reach our aim of using a co-ordinating and subordinating conjunction in every piece of work! Ask your children to use one in a sentence, they are very impressive!

In science this week we have explored the three different types of rock; using food! We made igneous rock using ice cream and melted chocolate. Sedimentary using rice krispies, m&ms and chocolate, we then mixed it with marshmallows and watched it set into layers! Lastly, we made metamorphic rock using digestives, marshmallows and gummy sweets and then putting it under heat and pressure!



This week has been an amazing week for P.E. We finally got to use our brand new vault! The children had an amazing time trying out new skills and Bex was very impressed with the children's attitudes. 


Welcome back to Term 3! This term our enquiry question will be, 'Who reigns the rainforest?' 


This week we have had our WOW for our topic! We had to put our hands in different boxes and guess the item inside! We had a scorpion, tiger skin and a tree fog covered in leaves!




This week we have also started our multiplication and division topic. First, we looked at grouping and sharing and how division and multiplication work together.

In English we have also been starting our new book, The Explorer by Katherine Rundall - we are really enjoying the unfolding events so far. 


Week 2

This week we have been investigating the climates and rainfall in the different rainforests!

Did you know that there are three types of rainforest? Can you name them all?



We have also started to put all of our new multiplication skills and apply them to multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We started by using place value counters and dienes to help us visualise the number sentences we were trying to solve. 



In English we have been continuing with our story about the Amazon Rainforest. We have written a descriptive piece of writing to describe the feeling of Fred as he dived into water after the plane crash. Here is our shared write: 

As I  entered the muddy yet refreshing river I instantly felt re-energised. The crystal water filtered into my extremely painful injuries and it began to sting although, I knew it would only aid my recover. Fish were gliding through the thick water and around my damaged legs. 



Week 3

This week we have been continuing with multiplication and division. We have been working hard to partition our numbers first to make it simpler to multiply. We have been making sure that we are remembering the hints and tips we have been taught!


In science this week we planted our plants and have put them into the correct conditions! Come and take a look into Year 3 to see where we have put our plants.

I wonder when they will grow?




Week 4


Welcome back to Term 3! This term our enquiry question will be, 'Who reigns the rainforest?' 


This week we have been learning how to divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. We have learnt to partition and then keep our eyes open for a multiple of the number we are dividing by!

We had great fun learning about remainders by playing a grouping game outside. 



In English we have been reading the vanishing rainforest and learning about the effects of deforestation. We have learnt that are people who both agree and disagree with deforestation... what do you think?


In science we have been learning all about plants and their different parts. On Thursday we looked at two different types of plants and identified their similarities and differences. 

We then had a look inside the stem. The daffodil had been kept in water and the other without.

Lily-Rose noticed that the inside of the daffodil was wet as the water had been travelling up the stem whereas the other plant was dry because it had no water.   



Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! Here you will find all our important information and also where you will be able to see all the fun events happening in Year 3!

In Year 3, homework and reading homework are given out on a Thursday!

P.E is on Tuesday and Sums and Scrums is on a Wednesday. 



Week 1

Welcome back! This term we are starting the first of our two enquiries! 'Is the force with you?' We will be studying all the different types of forces and how magnets work. 

We started with our WOW where we put lots of different items into paint and experimented if they would move with a magnet or not! 

Riley - The things that moved were all made of metal. 

Kacey - The cotton but didn't move with the magnet. 



In English, we have started to read The Iron Man. This has allowed us to discover a whole new range of vocabulary and language! Here is our shared write:

On the dangerous cliff, is an unknown figure standing firm like a soldier. His name is Iron Man. Iron Man's eyes are glowing vibrantly as he stares into the distant horizon. Silently, Iron Man towers over everyone and everything surrounding him. Although his head, which is made of metal, is shaped like a dustbin, it is collosal in size. 


Week 2

This week we have been looking into what items are magnetic and what magnetic actually means. So, we went on a magnetic material hunt. 



In Maths, we have started to look at statistics! We have looked at bar charts, pictograms and tables. We have also put our own data into our own bar charts! 


Week 3

This week in maths we have started a new topic; measurement! We started our topic by measuring different items in the classroom using tape measures and rulers. We had to make sure we were accurate with our millimetres. 



This week we have also been using a programming software called Scratch. The children really enjoyed making their Sprite character move in different directions and also making it say silly sounds or phrases!



We have also been enjoying our Sums and Scrums sessions with Bristol Sport. We spend 45 minutes practicing and learning new rugby skills and then spend 45 minutes learning about the game and how maths is used within rugby. 


Term 5

 Year 3

Welcome to Year 3. Here you will see all our fun learning for this year! This term our topic is the Ancient Egyptians


Our homework and reading homework is given out on a Thursday. We will need our P.E. kits on a Monday and Tuesday


Week 1

This week we have been welcomed back to a book about a famous Egyptian landmark, the Sphinx! Our new book is called Marcy and the Riddle of Sphinx and it is getting more exciting by the day. We have been practicing our subordinating conjunctions and also remembering how to correctly punctuate our speech.

We have also created some riddles this week. Can you guess them?

Cassie: I have four legs, but when you sit on me I have six. What am I?

Ryker: I live on the streets but I'm not homeless. What am I?


This week in maths we have been learning how to find a fraction of an amount. We have had to make sure we are careful with our multiplication and division calculations to ensure we get to the right answer. We started this by using cubes to show us the process we needed to learn. 


We started our enquiry this term by mummifying tomatoes! We looked at how the Egyptians used different techniques to preserve bodies of Pharaohs. We also designed the sarcophagus and decorated it in heiroglyphics. 



Week 2

This week in English we have continued with our story. We have been learning that no matter how big our fears are, we can always overcome them. We have written letters to our future self in order to remember how amazing we all are. 

In maths, we have been continuing with our fractions work. We started the week with some equivalent fractions! Owen noticed that equivalent fractions are almost like homophones, but in maths. 


In Enquiry this week, we have made some top trumps on the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. We played eachother and decided who's fact was most interesting. 



We have also been practising our presenting skills. We each got given a Pharaoh to research and then we had to present what we had learnt to the class. Everyone in Year 3 learnt some very interesting facts. 



Lastly this week, we have been continuing to develop our Tutankhamun masks. This week, we painted them gold and then added the blue stripes using blue paper. We had to ensure that we used two coats of paint to make sure that we couldn't see any of the newspaper. 



Week 3

This week we have started a new book in English called Casting the Gods Adrift. We have been enjoying reading about all Thutmose's adventures. We have been writing chants and spells to keep the crocodiles away from the boat in the River Nile. 

Here is one our examples. 

Ellie: Crocodiles, crocodiles go away, 

Before you eat us for your prey.

Crocodiles, crocodiles run away,

Before you take our heart away.

Crocodiles, crocodiles do not dare, 

You might get stolen by a big bad bear. 

This week in maths we have been learning how to tell the time. We have been using clocks to help us remember what the different markings mean and we have also been exploring the days in different months.


We have also had a science day this week. We explored the effects of food colouring on a stem of celery and also planned our own experiment on how to test magnet strength. The children were challenged to draw a diagram of their findings and what they found in their experiment. 



This week in enquiry we have learnt all about heiroglyphics and how Egyptians used to write. We wrote our own name in heiroglyphics and learnt lots of interesting facts.

"There are over 700 heiroglyphics" - Dimitar 

"The only people who could read them were called scribes" - Josh 

We have also finished our Tutankhamun masks this week by adding the finishing touches. 



Week 4

This week we have been carrying on with Thutmose's adventures. He has been banished to the depths of the Egyptian desert and is praying to Aten to save him! We turned his prayers into a poem and used our own ideas of how to stay safe in the desert.

Here is Cassie's poem: 

O'Aten, why are you boiling?

O'Aten, guide me to the nearest sea,

O'Aten, you're as yellow as a bee,

Please set me free!

O'Aten, provide me with water,

O'Aten, I'll be your private sorter,

O' Aten, I'm getting hotter because I'm taller!

Will you let me go if I call you sir?


In maths we have been learning how to tell the time. We have looked at both 24 hour and 12 clocks using both analogue and digital. We made a human clock to help us understand the 24 hour clock. 


We also enjoyed another session with our Sports Champion Mr Molland. We have been developing our throwing and catching skills. 



In Enquiry, we have learning about Howard Carter. We time travelled all the way back to 1922 and presented news reports as if it had just happened! We even had live interviews with Howard himself.


Week 5

Already this week we have seen some fantastic projects appearing! 

Here is Cassie with her pyramid made from cake!

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3. Here you will see all our fun learning for this year! This term our topics are the Leaf by Sandra Diekmann and the human body


Our homework and reading homework is given out on a Thursday. We will need our P.E. kits on a Tuesday and Friday



Week 1

This week we have started our new book called Leaf. The children have written some descriptive writing, diary entries and even a wanted poster for the polar bear. We have been thinking about the feelings of all the characters and how they differ this week. We have also had a go at writing some haiku poems! 


In maths, we have started looking at shape. We have been investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and we have even had a go at building 3D shapes using a range of materials! The children were very excited to be able to used marshmallows for maths! 





In our enquiry lessons, we practiced our map work and researched different species of bear so we could plot their habitat on a map. We learnt many interesting facts. Did you know there is a sloth bear? Sloth bears originally were thought to be sloths but researchers discovered they were actually bears! Did you know there is such a bear called a spectacle bear? Because its markings make them look like they are wearing glasses!

We have also been using clay this week. We practiced manipulating the clay, cutting and carving designs. This is to match the theme of our story. The children had a go at many different types of leaves. 



On Friday, we had a visit from Mr Hynes and Mr Barnes. We played some rugby and also got to learn about the nutrition and healthy eating chart. 



Week 2

What an exciting start to our week! We have started our topic about capacity in maths and we have been learning to read scales. We were given the challenge to make an invisibility potion for Leaf so he can escape the island! We had to make sure our measurements were exact so that it didn't go wrong! We used ingredients such as frogs scales, blended stars and Christmas cheer. 



We have continued learning new skills in art this week by painting our clay leaves. We mixed different colours in order to blend the colours so they looked like the ones the illustrator has drawn in our book Leaf. 



We also developed our ICT skills this week by making a poster about Global Warming. We learnt how to cut and paste and how to change the font and colour our wriitng. 



Week 3

An exciting week so far! We have finished our book about Leaf and thankfully he found his way home! We discussed the moral of the story and discussed why we should talk or help our friends if they are feeling lonely. This allowed us to write a recipe for the perfect friend! We had spoonfuls of kindness, a hilarious sense of humour and also buckets of happiness! 


In maths, we have moved onto mass. We have been discovering grams in a kilogram and we now able to convert between the two and order and compare different amounts of mass.


We have started our challenge for our first enquiry! We need to design a raft or flying invention in order to help Leaf get home. We have planned our designs and also started to make them this week. 


We had a session of music this week. We learnt to clap to different beats and ryhthms and also had to adjust our speed based on the speed of the trumpet!



Last week, we designed our own experiments on how to explore how ice melts. We came up with many different ideas such as using hair dryers or putting ice in different materials. We got to try out our experiments! We found the hottest setting melted the ice quicker but it could depend on the speed of the dryer. We also found that paper is useless at melting ice! Cameron, Summer and Jack found that the hotter the water, the quicker the ice cube melts.



In Year 3 we like to try out our new questions! Some of our children wondered how long it would take for an ice cube to melt in our mouths! The quickest was 45s but the longest was over 2 minutes, why could this  be?


As you can see, they were extremely cold!


Week 4

We have been working very hard in Year 3 this week! 

We had another music lesson this week where we had fun looking at music dynamics and different rhythms. We also learnt how to find the beat of a song. 



In enquiry, we have started a new topic all about the human body and nutrition! We had our WOW on Monday where we went outside and drew around ourselves. Our challenge was to draw all the bones in the body. It was very interesting, some of us thought we had only one bone in our leg! But after some research and discussion we learnt that we have 3 bones! 

We then had a chance to build a skeleton in our teams and we had lots of interesting debates. 





Also in science we have been learning how to classify. We looked at lots of different skeletons and classified them into different categories. Some of us chose the amount of legs, some of us chose the length of the vertebrae and some of us chose whether we could see ribs or not. 



After a long week of assessments this week, we had a go at using drama within maths! We were all given a different aspect of maths which we had to show through either drama or a song! Here is what some of the groups came up with. 


We also enjoyed another fun session of rugby through our tackling health programme! We also got a chance to look at how much sugar is in some of our favourite foods! 



Week 5

This week we have continued to read Creepy Carrots! We have created some poems to show how carrots really are everywhere! Here are two of them by Alfie and Maya. 



In maths, we have been using this week to recap all our previous knowledge. We have been looking at statistics, time and even designing a playground using perimeter! 



We had another fantastic session with Bex and the forever sport team this week. We have been really enjoying tag rugby! We practiced our dodging and changing direction skills this week. 



We also had our first ever IntoUniversity session today. We learnt all about different careers and what they involve. We are already excited to get to know the team throughout our time at Oldmixon!



As part of our Tackling Health programme with Bristol Bears, we have been learning all about how to keep ourselves healthy, which has worked brilliantly with our enquiry learning! This week was our last session, but we had a special surprise! We were allowed to make smoothies! We were given two ingredients and we were allowed to choose one more. At the end, we mixed all our smoothies to together to make a potion! What a healthy afternoon of rugby and fruit we had! 





This week is sports week and we have been up to so many exciting activities! 

On Monday, we had an archery taster session and learnt how to place the arrow on the bow and aim at a target.



In the afternoon, we had a talk about weightlifting and got to ask many different questions. We learnt that there are two types of lift and also it is part of the olympics! Ask your child what they learnt about weightlifting. 


On Tuesday, we took part in walking football. It was a challenge to stick to walking but we had great fun and learnt how important walking football can be to people who are unable to run!


On Wednesday, we went to the beach. We took part in many different activities such as limbo, rounders, beach volleyball and sand sculpting! It was hot, but we had an excellent day and the children were beautifully behaved. 



On Thursday, we had our sports day. We took part in lots of different activities and we all tried our best!



To finish our sports week, two gymnasts came to speak to us. They showed us videos of some of their routines and also talked to us about their careers and achievements. We asked lots of interesting questions. We also got the chance to hold their medals and watch them do some skills!