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Year 3

Term 1 


Week one 


Year 3 had a fantastic first week back in school. We learned our routine, how to present our work and got to know our new class team!


We also started our art unit which is all about using charcoal and drawing like a caveman!



Week two


What another fantastic week! 


In maths, we have been learning the values of 3 digit numbers and how many hundreds, tens and ones they had. We have also learned how to partition these to show each digits value. 



In English, we have started our new book, The First Drawing. We have inferred some new information about the Stone Age and have been looking at what characters could have been saying. Look at our wonderful work!   


We have also started our new topics, Rivers, the ancient Egyptians and Rama and Sita. We have learned so many new words such as pharoah, epic and mountain range! 


In maths this week we have been working on 1's 10's and 100's and 1's 10's and 100's more or less.


In English we are looking at our class book, Stone Age Boy. We have punctuated speech, described a character and emotions through drama.

Science has been fun and we have compared different types of stones and rocks and what makes them different and what is the same.


We have been using charcoals in art this term like they would have used in the Stone Age. We drew around our hands and then made art by smudging the charcoal around it. 


In French we learnt how to ask how someone was feeling and reply to it. 


We have also learnt how to compare numbers to a 1000 in maths. 



English- we have been planning and writing our stories of our class book, The First Drawing. 


Maths- we have been adding and subtracting ones, tens and hundreds. 


Geography- we have learned all about the water cycle today and have learnt words such as; condensation, evaporation, water run off and ground water.


PE- we have learnt a song and dance from Matilda. 


We were very lucky on Monday as we had an Egyptologist in to visit us for the day. We learnt all about Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. We also learnt all about mummification and two of the children even took part in pulling 'bits of our insides out' of a pretend mummy while the other put them in the right canopic jars. These were then sealed in the tomb with the pharaoh. 


The lady even came to our classroom and taught us how to count from 1 to a 1 000 000 in Egyptian numbers.


On Wednesday morning we had some more visitor. These were form Inter-university. We went through a time machine so we could change from being 7 and 8 and came out at 18 years of age. This then gave us the opportunity to start thinking about what job we would like to do when we are older. 


On Wednesday afternoon we learnt to sing a song in French and do the actions to it. 



We did bread making on Monday afternoon with the staff from Aspens. We talked about what flour was and how it was made and then we talked about and looked at different shapes of bread. We were then given dough to make our own shapes out of it. It was really good fun and at the end we were given bread to take home to eat. 


In science we were learning about what permeable and impermeable means. We did an experiment to work this out using different soil samples. If a soil was permeable it allowed water through and if it was impermeable it wouldn't let water through.


In English we started our new book, Cinderella of the Nile. We wrote a wanted poster to find Cinderella as she ha been kidnapped by bandits. 




It was good to have the children back in class this week. We have had a good start to the new term. 


We have started column addition and subtraction in maths this week and we have smashed it! We started by using counters on a place value chart and moving them around. 


We have continued with our class English book, Cinderella of the Nile. We have learnt how to use similes to describe pictures in the book and look at the feelings of the main character. 


Geography has been interesting and we learnt the difference between a mountain and a hill. To be classed as a mountain it needs to be 600m or higher. Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK. It is in Scotland. 


week 2


In maths we have been learning how to do column subtraction. We have been learning how to exchange across the 10's and 100's columns. 


We have been learning a story in RE about a fish called Matsya who ends up being the god Vishnu. We are learning about the Hindu religion this term.


Our topic in geography is Mountains. We have learnt all about different ones like single mountains and mountain ranges. U shaped valleys which have been carved out by glaciers and how people have adapted the mountains to be able to live there and grow crops such as; rice and vegetables.



  WEEK 3


We had a wonderful time at Forest School making clay faces to put on branches. 


Maths- we learnt our number bonds to 100 using dienes. We know that we have to have 9 10's and that the 1's add up to 10 making 100. 


  WEEK 4


We have enjoyed putting our baubles on the Christmas tree today and learning our Christmas songs for our 'singing around the tree'. 


English- we have been writing our own stories based on our class book, Cinderella of the Nile. They are fantastic and we were able to publish them today on to special paper. 


Maths- we have been learning about equal groups and arrays. This is because we have started to do multiplication. 




Science- we have continued our topic about magnets and forces. We made a path to sit a magnet ball on and used a magnet underneath to move it along.


English- we have started a new topic about 'Sprout Boy' this week. We have watched the BBC1 cartoon about a Sprout at Christmas. He decides to leave his sprout tree and go on a journey. He encounters lots of different things and has lots of different feelings about the things he encounters. All ends well though when he gets invited to Christmas dinner with different television personalities. This is all leading up to us writing letters to Claire in the kitchen asking if we can have sprouts on our Christmas dinner at school. 



Forest school was in the school g4rounds this week. we made mud pictures  out of muddy puddles using a brush we made out of a stick and leaves. Then we made Rudolf the reindeer out of clay and sticks.


It was Christmas dinner day on Wednesday and it was delicious. It even had sprouts on it. 



DT- in DT we tasted dips to dee what they were like, what we liked about them and to see what was in them. This is so we can chose our own ingredients to make our own dip next week.




Week 1

English- we have started a new book called ,The Cloud Tea Monkeys. It is about a young girl who's mother works on a tea plantation but becomes ill and the little girl wants to help by collecting the tea for her. We have learnt, using this book, how to use a and an and how to use prepositions. We have also done tea tasting and become 'Professional Tea Tasters'. 


Maths- We have been learning how to do the 4 times tables. 


RE- we are still learning about the Hindu religion still but more about where they worship and what they use to worship their Gods.


History- We are learning about the Indus Valley.

WEEK 2 &3

Over the last two weeks in art, we have been looking at typography. We have been looking around the school to find different things that look like letters. We have also used onomatopoeia to make words and decorated them. Someone used the word 'ZOOM' and then decorated the letters as if they were roads. 


We have ben doing our mid-term assessments this week in maths, reading and spelling. 


Maths: we have now moved onto statistics and have been looking at pictograms. It is very interesting.


Geography: over the last two sessions we have learnt all about what a hamlet, village and city are. We have have even looked at farmsteads. Did you know that a hamlet only has people and houses?


History: the Indus Valley civilisation had shower rooms where they used decorative pots with water in to pour the water over them. They also had public bath houses and bathrooms with toilets! They had plumbing too! 



Maths- this week we have been learning how to read tally charts so that we can learn how to make and read bar graphs. 


English- we listened to the whole of our English book, Cloud Tea Monkey's, and then in groups we acted out our favourite scene from the book. 



Music- in music we have been learning all about Samba and how many beats each bar had. We had to walk and clap it. It was very good fun!


We also had a mental health workshop with a very nice lady on Monday afternoon. We used balls to show how we were feeling at that moment in time. Then we had to do activities that involved us doing actions to show different emotions. So we would walk around stamping our feet to show anger, for example.





Welcome back to term 4! We have started gymnastics on a Monday morning and cricket on a Wednesday morning as our PE this term. 


Maths-we have learnt how to measure and read measurements of a straight line and different shapes and we have learnt how to recognise horizontal and verticle lines. 


English-we have been writing our last piece f work which is a non-chronological report for our book 'The Cloud Tea Monkey's'.


RE- we have learnt about the festival of Teej today. It is a festival celebrating Parvati  an Hindu god, who wears red. Unmarried women give gifts to their daughters and then visit their own families and have gifts given to them. They also paint themselves with henna, dance in the street and wear red or green.