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Year 3


              Miss Pring (class teacher)                Mrs Parker (TA)                                Miss Marles (TA)   



Welcome to year 3!

Please ensure your children have their PE kits in at all times as we have PE on a Monday and a Wednesday.

Homework and reading books are given out on a Friday and are expected back in the following Thursday.




What a fantastic start to the week! Our trip to Wookey Hole was amazing!!!! We practised circus tricks like the low wire, juggling, the trapeze, stilts and the butterfly with hoops. It was such good fun! This is to go with our new book in English, Leon and the Place Between. It is about a boy who visits the circus. To help us describe what it is like to visit a circus, we had a circus English lesson with a Big Top, we watched a short film of a circus and had popcorn and sweets. 






We also got to visit the caves, which was very interesting. This is to consolidate our topic on rocks and fossils.


In maths we started time. We have practised time to o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.




We have continued with time this week in Maths. We are reading time to the 5 minute. 




  For our geography we made the rivers journey out of material, including lakes and waterfalls.




 We have been working on, EXPANDED NOUN PHRASES. This is where we have a noun and add an adjective in front of it. 





We have been doing our NFER assessments this week in small groups. When we haven't been doing that, we have been making our River System projects for DT. We had to plan them, then create them using paper mache, then painting them, making vegetation and clouds and then  labeling them. WE labeled from the source all the way down to the Estuary. 








We have also been doing some RE and have discovered what a Gurdwara is (a Sikh temple where people go to pray and eat). And the meal they call Langar. They feed 100's of people from all walks of life but they must sit on the floor so that all people are equal.






In science we went on a plant hunt as part of our topic 'Plants' and attached the different part to paper and labeled each part.




We are still doing the BFG in English and have created a set of instructions for their own revolting recipe and created a dialogue between Sophie and the BFG using synonyms for said.


We are still doing fractions in maths and have been finding fractions of amounts.



On Tuesday we had a lovely trip to the top of Uphill hill. This is part of our new topic in geography, which is 'our town, their town'. We looked at what was man-made and what was physical. We could see all over Weston up there and found lots of both man-made and physical things.




Hinduism, is the religion we are learning about this term. We have looked at ALL the different gods and learnt about Brahman and what the Hindus believe Brahman is. They believe that Brahman is everywhere and in everything.


We have finished the BFG this week in English and are creating a new narrative with our own characters based on the BFG.






The children doing a practical lesson of fraction of amounts in Maths.






These are the plants for our science experiment. We are taking care of plants but removing one thing they need like, water and sunlight. We bare then measuring them each day to see if they have grown.



Maths  has been fun! We are learning about equivalent fractions. We used strips of paper and folded them at different stages to see what an equivalent fraction looks like.






This week in Jigsaw, we looked at what the United Nations have stated are the basic needs that need to met for children all over the world. Each group took one of the basic needs and did a poster about it.


We have been adding and subtracting fractions in maths. It has been a challenge at times but we have persevered!


The Lighthouse, is a short film we are watching in English. So far we have used expanded noun phrases to describe a scene and used interesting fronted adverbials to order advents from a part of the film we have watched so far.

We had OperationTopaz in on Wednesday. We talked about how to be safe online. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot!





Our final week of the term has been amazing! We have learnt songs for our Jubilee celebration, which we have had today. We enjoyed a picnic with the whole school together on the field, danced to a dance we learnt yesterday and sang 'Sing' by Gary Barlow. It has been an amazing day!


In art we created the Queen's silhouette with stamps.


On Thursday we had a dance workshop where we learnt dances from all the decades of the Queen's reign. I was really good fun. 


We have continued with 'plants' in science and we have learnt about POLLINATION!



In Jigsaw, we carried on this week with people we care about and what we do do to show appreciation. We made special flags to say why someone was special to us.













We have been continuing with fractions this week. We have investigated unit fractions, non unit fractions and equivalent fractions.


We have started the  BFG in English this week. We have described a character in the book and improved sentence quality through word choice.


Jigsaw has been about whether we feel safe or unsafe in certain situations. We looked at different scenarios and had to decide when someone started to feel safe or unsafe. We have also looked at or 'amazing bodies'! We talked about how to take care of our bodies.


In science we continued to look at shadows and measured the size of a shadow depending on how far apart we were stood from the bat with a torch. 





Jigsaw was interesting this week. We learnt all about how much sugar was in our food and how much we should have each day.


We are still learning about shadow in science and whether we can change the size of a shadow.


In history we learnt about the Royal Tomb of UR. It is a type of coffin that they put rich people in it and they take it into a temple called a Ziggurut.


We have started fractions in maths. We have been recognising and finding, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3. We have used the cuisenaire rods to help us see what the fractions look like.



This afternoon we started our DT. We are learning to sew this term so that we can make our own drawstring bag. We learnt to thread a needle and running stitch. It was very difficult at first!


In English we made our own character to describe. We used literary language and noun phrases to describe our character. We also made a wanted poster using the four sentence types.


In maths we have been dividing 2 digit by 1 digit numbers.



We were learning in science if we can change shadows. We had to find patterns in the way the size of shadows change and record the observations in diagrams.




We finished reading our English reading book, Cinderella of the Nile. We wrote about the similarities and differences of the original Cinderella story. 


 In maths we have continued to multiply 2 digit numbers.

In RE this week we looked at the Easter story and what Jesus splitting the bread and wine meant. The bread represents the body of Christ and the wine represents the blood of Christ. 


PE was fun! We were in the MUGA practising foot work and our passes. We even got to have a game of netball.







Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely half term!


This week in English, we have started a new book called, Cinderella of the Nile. We have read some of the story and it is about a girl called Rhodopis, who is kidnapped by bandits and taken away from her home to live and work for another family. We have been describing Rhodopis by using adjectives and we have written noun phrases and worked on similies and metaphors.



In maths we have been multiplying by a two digit number and finding number facts.



We are doing netball in PE this term and this week we have been learning the different types of throws you do. There is underarm, chest pass, shoulder pass and bounce pass.








We have finished our non chronological reports on tea this week. Some of us did this by doing a double page spread in our English books.




We have also finished our Google Doodles, which were really fun to make.



We have continued to work on statistics in maths and were looking at pictograms and bar charts.


We made our own videos in computing, that can be seen on our Seesaw accounts. We were making short films on how to do certain things like skipping, using the climbing wall and penalties. We then had to edit them. It was great fun!


On Wednesday was our Ofsted celebration and we did some extra PE with Mr Molland and then a celebration assembly with singing and cakes for all!




This week, we have finished our money topic in maths and started statistics. We started with learning about tally charts and recapping our knowledge from Year 2.




In English, we have been writing our non-chronological reports about tea. We have learned how to write a did you know question using a statement. We are editing on Friday and publishing next week, we can't wait to show you our finished pieces!


In spelling, we have been learning how to use an apostrophe to show omission. We began by matching the words to their contracted form.




In history, we have been learning about how Ancient Sumer are to thank for our skill of writing and their writing system of Cuneiform. After learning the facts, we had a go ourselves at writing our name in Cuneiform.




In jigsaw, we had the oppurtunity to present our garden design. We had to explain who it was for, what was in it and why we chose our design.





We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week. We were very lucky to have one of our parents in to do some workshops with us. We got to try noodles, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.




We have started our non-chronological report in English, by writing our introduction about tea.


In computing, we have looked up Google doodles to inspire us to make our own typography next week.





We have been learning about light and shadow in our science lesson. We used torches and different objects to see what their shadow looked liked.




 More gymnastics in PE. We have been learning to make shapes with each other using our bodies.




In English we will be writing a non-chronological report about tea, so we have written questions about what we would like to know and doing some research to help us.


We made posters in history about what life was like in Ancient Sumer. We found out that the houses are close together, and that their roads go around the houses and not through so that the children can play safely. 


Maths has been very exciting! We have been learning about amounts of money and greater and less amounts. We have also learnt how to add money.


In Art, we looked at Cuneiform (the Ancient Sumerian writing system!) and we drew clay tablets using careful observation and payed special attention to the detail. 







We are continuing with gymnastics in PE. 




In English we have written thankyou letters to The Cloud Tea Monkeys, for collecting the Cloud Tea for us. We have also researched about different teas and where they come from. We also

did the four sentence types, then made our own from the view of the  plantation owner, the tea taster and the workers at the tea plantation.



In history we read a diary entry of a day in the life of an ancient Sumerian. We also acted it out which was really good fun!


In maths we have been learning our 8x table and how to divide by 8.




For our history lesson this week, we created a chronological time line of the significant events that happened in Ancient Sumer.

Did you know that in 3200BC, the Sumerians began writing using pictures to show information?


We have been dividing by 3 in maths. We also used Bar Models to show the calculations in a different way.


We looked at a picture from our book, Cloud tea mokeys, and discussed the emotions we could see. We also learnt how to use conjunctions to join our sentences and how to then put those conjunctions at the begining of the sentence to change it around.





What a fantastic start to term 4! We have started a new book in English called, Cloud Tea Monkeys. We even got to try some different fruit teas so that we could become professional tea tasters.





We also learnt how to use prepositions to add detail of place and we applied this to build boring sentences into exciting sentences!



In science this term, our topic is light. We looked through a hole in a box to see if we could see what was in side. We learnt that when it's dark it's because there is no light!




PE this term is gymnastics. We did forward rolls, log rolls, backwards rolls and we used the trampet.



We have learnt some very interesting facts about Ancient Sumer today in History. They were the first civilisation in the world. We learned that they settled in Sumer as their soil was fertile due to the two rivers they sat between (Tigris and Euphrates).







Just a reminder that this term we will be going to forest school on a Monday. Children will need a change of clothes, wellies or change of shoes and a COAT!



We celebrated Diwali yesterday (The Festival of Light) by doing a round robin of the ks2 classes. We made lanterns, Rangoli patterns, henna tattoos on paper arms and acted out the Sita and Rama story.





In DT, we tested different dips. We smelt them, looked at them, talked about what ingredients were in them and tasted them with breadsticks.




In English we have been looking at fronted adverbials and putting them into an order of 'where' and 'when'.





This week in science we have been exploring magnets.




We have been learning to add the suffix LY in spelling


We have been on our first trip to Forest School this week! It was amazing! We learnt all about the different layers of the forest. 






For our computing lesson this week, we were fixing a bug on an algorithm!






 This week at Forest school we made mud faces. We did this by digging up some of the earth and stirring water into it and then making it into a ball and throwing it at the tree. We then added leaves and twigs to make the face.




We were using magnets in science and moved from table to table to try different things with them. We made them into shapes, pulled paper clips up from the table that were tapped down with cotton attached, we made a road on a white board and had to move a magnetic ball around and we had to see if they could be used from a distance. It was really good fun!




We have continued with our column addition and subtraction in maths but we are now adding 3 digit numbers and carrying over in the tens and hundreds columns.


We have continued in English with our book, A Walk in London. We have used the facts that we found out about London and added fronted adverbials, adjectives and and conjunctions to them.




In maths we have been estimating and starting to learn what the inverse of a number is. So, if we do an addition we check the answer with a subtraction.


In English we have been doing a non-chronological  report with the facts we have learnt while using our 'Walk in London' class story book and the information we have looked up over the last couple of weeks.


At Forest School on Monday, we found a leaf that we wanted to draw and and copied it. 




In geography, we had a map of the British Isles and we had to find the different countries and then the capital city's for that country.




We enjoyed chopping, grating and pressing our tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and garlic for our DT this week. Our aim is to make our own healthy dip so we practised our skills and enjoyed tasting the fruit and veg.





In maths we started division and used the counters to help us! 





In English we debated whether we should have sprouts on our Christmas dinner or not!




  We continued with our division this week and made arrays to help us.




In PE we are still continuing with badminton and have been learning and practising rallies.




We made den's for us to fit under at Forest School. We used tarpaulin and branches to help create it.





At Forest School this week we stayed in the school grounds. We made picture with the beautiful natural things we found around us and then we displayed them in the gallery.
We also made mythical creatures from clay, sticks and leaves.
We made Christingles this morning ready for our Christingle assembly.
What a fantastic morning we had visiting Rev Webb at the Healthy Living Centre, to listen to the story of the Nativity and join in with some activities. We made sheep, angles, foot prints, built a tower with sticks and dressed up with the nativity outfits.







This week we have been learning about our class expectations and wrote a Class Charter that we all signed.

Our PE this term is dance and we we learning how to run and do dance jumps.

Our topic this term is the Stone Age. In English, we have been looking at pictures, writing a setting description and trying to understand what the Stone Age was like from cave paintings using our book The First Drawing. We have also been lucky enough to have a box of Stone Age artefacts from the museum, which we spent time looking at.



In maths we have been counting to 100 and learning more about 10s and 1s.








This week in science we looked at the properties of different rocks and sorted them into different catagories.





Maths was exciting, we were representing numbers to 100 and 1000. To help us, we used place value charts and dienes. 





In English, we carried on with our book, The First Drawing. It goes with our topic this term, which is about the stone age. We did character descriptions, thesaurus work to do with stone age words and we sequenced the events of the book.



In PE we have moved on with our dance routine and have started to perform them to each other. We are also doing a whole class dance routine. 


In English we have been writing the beginning, middle and end of a narrative of our class book, The First Drawing. 


In maths we have continued to learn about place value and exchanging ones, tens and hundreds. We have also been learning to add 1 more, 10 more and 100 more and and the same with less than.


In science we have been looking at which rock would be best to use on a roof.



We had a Paralympian visit it us called, Aaron Phipps. He plays rugby in his wheelchair and won a gold medal!!!! We were lucky enough to be able to hold the gold medal and it was VERY heavy!







We have been doing some Stone Age pictures this week using charcoal.



For the start of our new class book, House Held up by Trees, we went to the woods to pick some leaves, so that we could use them in our English lesson to describe them.



We have had a fantastic music lesson this week! We are learning a song called, let your spirit fly! We are learning how to sing it and play along on our xylophone.




We have learnt adding and subtracting 1's this week in maths and we have also been crossing over the 10's barrier.




We have been sequencing events of the seed cycle in English. We had fun talking about and looking at the seed cycle, we also acted it out.





In science we looked at how different soils are made.



Year 3 have been chosen to keep our environment clean by liter picking!




In computing we learnt how to do an animation.








These are pictures of us using masking tape and news paper to make a modal of an animal of our choice, which we will we cover in modroc, next week.


In history, we learnt about the Roman invasion of Briton. We acted out the invasion in our groups.



In science we investigated whether soils are permeable or  impermeable. 




We are learning a song in French and we have learnt the actions to go with it!

Ecoutez et regardez!


Song from : Chante en français 1, Track 5, La Jolie Ronde Ltd
© Copyright Colette Hallam 2006


Ecoutez et regardez
Répétez, répétez, répétez
Silence !
Venez ici !




Week 7


We have ended our topic of the Stone Age by finishing our paper animal models with mudroc. We had to cut strips and place them in to water and then put them on our models.



We finished our animations on scratch this week.




 In maths this week we started to use column addition and subtraction.


In History we did double page spreads of all the things we have learnt about our topic, The Stone Age. We also wrote about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.