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A wonderful week in Y3...

posted by Nicola Evans

In maths, we are continuing to explore division and using lots of different apparatus to support our learning. We used the Cuisenaire rods to represent the repeated subtraction method visually before moving onto drawing our own number lines to calculate. 

In English, we were so proud of our diary entries that we just had to share them with each other! The children read their entries in pairs and gave feedback to each other, picking out key phrases that were particularly effective. We also had the Y6 children come and join us for a shared reading session. 

A highlight of the week was the Y3 talent show. We were blown away by the variety and the enthusiasm of our performers. From performing penguins to dancing Spiderman, we really had an entertaining afternoon!

Finally, the wintery weather has provided lots of opportunity for outdoor fun. Have a look at the pictures of us enjoying being creative in the snow this week.

A jam-packed week!

posted 8 Dec 2017, 07:39 by Heather Wyatt

It has been yet another busy week of amazing learning in Y3, and the children are still working so hard! In maths we have moved from learning about multiplication onto division, and everybody has risen to the challenge and been making brilliant links with their prior learning. We have looked at grouping and sharing in order to work out a division calculation, as well as thinking about how it is the inverse of our multiplication knowledge.

In drama we were freeze-framing to show different emotions. Can you spot them?

We have been continuing our Pole to Pole topic this week, learning about the seasons in the poles, and also learning about the Northern Lights and what causes them. In English we have finished our final diary entries. Keep an eye out for them on display outside Mr. Fletcher's office, they are AMAZING!

We've been so lucky to have our Science students in again for their last teaching sessions. In Y3GW we grew some bacteria from swabs taken from different places around the room (gross!) and we learned about different micro-organisms and how some are adapted to grow better in warmer climates and others better in colder climates.

Learning in Year 3

posted 4 Dec 2017, 01:30 by Laura Guiton

Year 3 have been busy bees this week!

In RE we found out about the significance of the Mezuzah to Jewish people. We thought about our own special prayer or Shema which may go inside. Do you like our Mezuzah designs?

Continuing our Pole to Pole Topic, we thought about the climate in the Arctic and how it differs to our Seasons. We discovered how the Earth's tilt affects the seasons and using TASC presented our findings in a range of different ways. These included posters, models and booklets.


In English we thought about Fronted Adverbials, which we find at the start of a sentence. For example: 'After a while', 'In the distance' and 'Suddenly'. We used them in our diary writing about Scott and his exploration of Antarctica.


We have also had a special visit from some Undergraduate Science students who have taught us about animals and how they adapt to their environment. We felt like real Scientists using the microscopes to find out how germs spread.


Beginning our Pole to Pole topic

posted 27 Nov 2017, 04:48 by Nicola Evans

As the weather turns colder, we have introduced our Pole to Pole topic in Y3. 

During the teaching sequence for writing this half term, the children will be writing diary entries for Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team as they race to the South Pole. During the immersion part of the teaching sequence, we have been finding out all about their adventure and the setbacks that they faced along the way.

A highlight of the week was definitely our visitor, Peter Kennett. Sharing his own personal adventures in Antarctica, Peter gave us a first hand account of what it is like to work and live as a Scientist near the South Pole. He answered all of our questions about life in Antarctica and it was a very informative afternoon.

Additionally, for the next few weeks, Y3 have scientists visiting from the University of Sheffield. They will be teaching us all about how animals adapt to the cold Arctic conditions. We had a fun afternoon using experiments to demonstrate how a polar bear's paw is adapted to the cold and how penguins huddle to keep warm. We also looked at different materials and which ones were the most effective insulators.

Finally, in maths we have been learning about doubling. We investigated the links between the 2, 4 and 8 times table and discovered that doubling can help us to multiply by these numbers. 

Kindness Week

posted 24 Nov 2017, 09:15 by Heather Wyatt   [ updated 30 Nov 2017, 00:18 ]

We had a wonderful week of learning during kindness week!
To complete our instruction writing we all made up our own games, and then had to write a set of instructions on how to play. The following lesson we had to test out somebody else's instructions, to see if they were good enough! It was a lot of fun, and made us all think hard about the features of instructions that we needed to include.

In French, we had a go at playing French snakes and ladders!

And to celebrate our week of kindness, we all wrote something kind on a flower for each other. It was a lovely way to end the week! And we'd like to say a huge thank you to the children for running their stalls and all their effort in raising money for Children in Need.

A fantastic visitor..

posted 17 Nov 2017, 00:36 by Nicola Evans

Last week Y3 had a brilliant treat when one of our parents came to visit and teach us all about the human body to complete our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind topic. She showed us different bones and we worked out whereabouts in the body they could be found. She also taught us about the importance of maintaining good posture. The children asked some great questions and Anna did a fabulous job of explaining lots of tricky concepts to them. 

Thank you so much for your visit Anna!

This week in Year 3

posted 15 Nov 2017, 04:00 by Laura Guiton

English - instruction writing:
Year 3 have had lots of fun learning about instructions this week. We had to carefully follow instructions to try and create either: a paper aeroplane, chain of people or a Chinese lantern. We also found out what goes wrong if you don't make sure your instruction writing is clear! Oooops...

We started our new topic Pole to Pole this week finding out about the Arctic and Antarctic. One of our first georgraphy lessons was to find out about different climates around the world. 


One World Week

posted 25 Oct 2017, 08:16 by Heather Wyatt

It's almost half term, but you wouldn't know it in Y3! The children have been so dedicated to their learning and showing some real resilience with some tricky maths challenges this week!
Last week we celebrated One World Week, where we learned all about our class countries, Italy and China. A huge well done to the children for their learning at home, which contributed to some fantastic pieces of work! The children also honed their sketching skills, using different techniques for shading, and then used the water colours to create some still-life pictures of fruit.

Each class also braved some cooking in the D&T studio. Italy made spaghetti pomodoro and China made some stir-fried noodles. We have based our English work on our delicious cooking, describing the foods we used and creating an advert to persuade people to eat our mouth-watering cuisines. See if you can think of some of the features of persuasive writing that we used (including catchy slogans; alliteration and rhyme; exciting adjectives; imperative verbs. . . the list goes on!)

Maths in Year 3

posted 11 Oct 2017, 03:22 by Laura Guiton

This week in Maths we have been finding out about addition. We used our place value grids to complete an addition calculation. If there were more than ten ones we had to 'regroup' and move to the tens column. 

This Maths work will help us to visualise the calculation ready for some work later in the week on column addition.  

Week 4

posted 28 Sep 2017, 08:49 by Heather Wyatt

Year three have been working hard this week, honing their reasoning skills in maths, and also practising their estimating. We went out onto the playground on Wednesday and had to work in teams to create a 0-1000 numberline, with all of the multiples of 10 and 100 labelled in the correct places.

In English this week we finished off our immersion with some freeze-frame drama work - trying to empathise with how Jessica Ennis-Hill might have been feeling when she won her medals.
We then analysed a biography and identified the features (pronouns, key events, written in the 3rd person, dates, time conjunctions and written in the past tense). On Thursday we learnt all about the present perfect tense (describing something that has happened in the past but is still true - eg. Jessica has retired from competing in the Olympics.) We all had to interview our classmates, to find out who had experienced certain things. We then created sentences using the present perfect tense.

We have also been learning some French and played 'Jacque a dit . . .' (do you know what that translates to?)

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