A busy last week of this half term!
This week we have been learning to add and subtract fractions by adding and subtracting the numerators only. We have also been learning to count in tenths.
This week we have learnt about non-chronological reports. The children have worked hard to plan and write their own non-chronological reports about space using all the specific features of a non-chronological report such as; titles, subheadings, present tense, technical language, factual information, bullet points and proper nouns.
This week we have set up an experiment to see what happens when plants are not given what they need to survive such as; water, sunlight and space to move and grow. Each class were split into groups and each group planted a plant. The children decided what their plant was going to go without e.g. one plant will not be watered, one plant will be kept in the cupboard and the other will have restricted movement to grow. Two groups are going to give their plant water, sunlight and space to grow. We are going to carry out this experiment for a few weeks to see what happens to each plant and make regular observations of the plants. We will keep you updated.
The children also learnt about pollination this week in Science.
We have been comparing fractions this week, thinking about which fractions are greater and smaller from a set of given fractions. We have used concrete and pictorial representations to identify which fraction is greater or smaller.
We have been really creative this week and created our own Iron Man food menus. We thought about what the Iron Man would like to eat and came up with fascinating dishes to feed his enormous appetite like 'iron dough-balls with oil sauce.
We also imagined we were the Iron Man and wrote our own reviews for 'The Iron Cafe'. We imagined that we had been to the cafe to taste some of the delightful food on offer and wrote a review about our trip to the 'Iron Cafe'. Some us were more positive then others.
In topic this week we have been learning about the climate in the Rainforest. We wrote comparisons comparing the climate in the UK to the climate in the Rainforest.
A busy but shorter week in Year 3 this week.
We have been working really hard this week finding equivalent fractions to given fractions. We can find a equivalent fraction by multiplying the numerator and the denominator by the same number.
We have been reading and focusing on chapter 2 of The Iron Man this week. On Wednesday we had a debate about 'Whether the Iron Man should been trapped in the massive hole'. We thought of reasons for trapping the Iron Man and reasons against trapping the Iron Man. Yesterday and today we have been imagining we are Hogarth (one of the farmers son's) and been planning and have started to write our own diary entry recalling the key events from chapter 2 and describing our feelings and thoughts about what had happened.
In Art this week, we have looked at the work of Henri Rosseau (a French artist) who painted lots of pictures of plants particularly jungle scenes.
We had a go at creating our own piece of art work based on one of Henri Rousseau's paintings using our pencils and colouring pencils.
Another busy week in Year 3!
We have started reading 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes this week. We have spent time looking at the language and types of words Ted Hughes has used to add description to his story. We have had a go at writing our own version of the first part of the story, using the best vocabulary we could think of.
We have started work on Fractions this week. We recalled that the top number in a fraction is the numerator and the bottom number is the denominator. We also looked at equivalent fractions this week and identified fractions that are equivalent to a half.
On Wednesday afternoon Year 3 went to the John Colet in Wendover to take part in a multi-skills festival. The children were put into groups of 10 and spent 10 minutes on different activities for over an hour. The children all worked extremely hard and well together and we were very proud of how well they represented the school.
It has been another busy week in Year 3 this week; from writing mystery stories to learning our 9 times table.
We have been very busy this week planning and creating ideas for our own mystery stories. All of the children have been very creative with their ideas and have made a fantastic start at writing their stories. Both Miss Roworth and Mr Troup can't wait to read them when they are finished next week.
At the start of the week we continued to learn the 8 and the 9 times tables; we played lots of games and found lots of patterns that could help us in remembering them. We have finished the week by applying our understanding of the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables to solving word problems.
This week Year 3 have been learning about the 5 K's which are five symbols, that Sikhs wear to show that they are Sikhs. These are called the; Kesh, Kangha, Kara, Kachera and Kirpan. The children learnt all about these 5 symbols, which are items of clothing that Sikhs wear and the meaning of each of these symbols.
We have had a busy first week back!
We have been learning our 6, 7 and 8 times tables using skip counting this week. we have had to concentrate and work really hard to remember all the facts within the 6, 7 and 8 times tables. We have lots of fun learning them along the way by playing lots of counting games.
In English this week we have read a mystery story called 'Smash and Grab'. We have spent time retelling the story this week and even making our own changes to the story. We will be having a go at writing our own mystery story next week.
This week we have started to work on sketching and drawing different plants. We have thought about the different techniques we have learnt earlier in the year and how we can apply these to the work we will be doing this half term. We spent some time carrying out some observation drawing both inside and outside of the classroom; this was especially nice in the hot weather we have had this week.
This week has been a busy week; finishing off our topics, rehearsing for the talent show and getting ready for the Easter holidays.
We have started to learn our 6 times table this week by skip counting and playing lots of games to recall 6 times table facts.
We have been busy writing our explanation texts about volcanoes this week. We used all our planning and feedback from our teacher to explain; what a volcano is, the four different stages of a volcano eruption, some interesting facts about volcanoes and used some pictures.
This afternoon was the St Mary's Got Talent final. Both our finalists Tia (3T) and Rola and Sasha (3R) did themselves proud. Well done Tia for coming 3rd.
We would like to wish all of the children and their families in Year 3 a Happy Easter and we hope you get lots of rest over the next two weeks.
This week the children have been learning about explanation texts; an explanation text explains a process, how something works or why something happens. The children have been finding out how and why a volcano erupts and have been gathering all their ideas together to plan their own explanation texts about how a volcano erupts.
We have finished off the problem solving unit this week. We have even been writing some of our own word problems involving addition and subtraction.
For Sports Relief, we completed as many laps around the school field as we could in 25 minutes. We all managed over 4 laps; which means we have at least all ran or walked a mile to raise money for Sports Relief.
3R had their last swimming lesson this afternoon ; the children got to play with lots of different equipment such as balls, floating toys and enjoy their last lesson with their friends in the pool. They have thoroughly enjoyed the last ten weeks of swimming and have all worked so hard. We are very proud of them all.
In RE, Year 3 have been thinking about what the Easter story teaches us. We recognised that the Easter story teaches us to forgive others as Jesus died for our sins. Christians believe that we should forgive others when they have done something wrong to us.We thought about the different ways we can show compassion towards others and forgive them by thinking about our school rules and values. Take a look at photo's of our display created with some of our work.
In English this week we have been planning and writing a discussion text about whether cats make better pets than dogs. We learnt lots of facts about cats and dogs as pets which we could use to support our arguments we were writing. We also used our own personal experiences and opinions to extend our writing.
Year 3 have continued to work hard this week applying their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction to solving two-step word problems. They have used the bar model to help them visualise the problem and recognise how they need to solve each part of the problems. It has been tricky at times but they have all preserved and worked extremely hard.
The children have enjoyed creating their own firework pictures this week, using watercolours. The children used their poems they wrote a few weeks ago to create their own watercolour firework painting. This afternoon 3T spent some time using chalk to create fireworks on the KS2 playground whilst 3R were swimming. Take a look at some of our work above.
This week Year 3 have been very busy. They visited the church in Fairford Leys on Wednesday afternoon to find out more about Easter. They all listened attentively to the Easter Story and what happens in Church during the lead up to Easter. They all represented the school beautifully.
On Thursday afternoon, all of Year 3 took part in the Interhouse Cross Country and did themselves all proud. Zac Johnson came 4th out all of the pupils in Year 3 and 4. Well Done Zac!
This week we have been looking at discussion texts. The children have learnt that everyone has their own point of view about a particular topic and that for an argument to be balanced both points of view have to be taken into account. The children were all able to give their own opinions regarding different statements e.g. Dogs are better than cats, School break times should be longer etc. The children had a go at writing their own discussion text about whether school break times should be longer as well. They gathered all points of view and opinions to write a balanced argument about this topic.
The children have moved on to using their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction to start solving word problems. The children have been using the bar model to visualise the word problems they have been solving before using column addition and subtraction methods to solve the problems.
Year 3 have continued with their morning activity each morning they come into school. They are continuing to practise their times tables whilst being active.
All of the children have become poets this week by writing their own poems about fireworks. The children had to come up with lots of different descriptive words and phrases to describe a firework. These ideas were then used to draft and write their own poems. The children used lots of different features including alliteration, imagery, repetition, rhyme etc. Both Miss Roworth and Mr Troup were impressed with the children's ideas and poems.
In topic the children became historians by finding out what life was like during the Bronze Age by looking at real-life artefacts from the Bronze Age. The children thought about what these artefacts could teach them about; life during the Bronze Age, what activities did the people get up to, whether people were poor or wealthy during this time etc.
World Book Day
Today the children brought one of their favourite books into school. Both year 3 classes had a book blanket in their class which involved them putting their favourite books all on a table and as a class they gathered around the books and had the opportunity to share their favourite books with their peers and have a read of a book they wouldn't normally read.
After English today, the children spent some time sharing their favourite books and reading to children in Year 1. The children really enjoyed spending time with some of the younger children in the school.
Year 3 have been trying something new each morning this week, as they come into school. The children are becoming more active in the mornings by following different videos from the BBC Movers website. The children have been following different characters as they perform different moves whilst learning their times tables. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this.
We have started some work on poetry this week. The children have learnt about the different features used in poetry such as alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, imagery etc. We have started looking at riddles to begin with and the children have enjoyed trying to guess what the riddles were describing. The children have also enjoyed playing with words and creating some nonsense poems. We finished the week with practising and performing a poem.
We have continued to work on subtraction this week by regrouping the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands using the column method.
In Art we have continued to practise our sketching skills but learning to sketch a tiger. We have been watching a video on YouTube and using the sketching techniques to begin drawing a tiger.
This week we have focused on writing newspaper reports about the attempted robbery at Barney's Grandma's house in Stig of the Dump. We learnt about all the features used in a newspaper report, created our own headlines and wrote detailed reports of what had happened.
In Maths this week we have been continuing to work on subtraction whereby we have had to use the column method to solve different calculations and problems. We have learnt about regrouping, which is where we regroup from the tens, hundreds and thousands columns when we cannot subtract one number from another number. We have also used the diennes again to help us visualise the questions we are solving.
In Art this week we have finished our woolly mammoth sketches. We used the sketching pencils to add detail and tone. We have really enjoyed doing this activity.
On Tuesday we had E-Safety day, we spent time thinking about what we could do to use the internet more safely and be kinder to others whilst using the internet. We made our own pledge about how we can make the internet better and what we can do if we notice something that makes us feel uneasy.
This week we have been working hard on our sketching, building up to drawing a wooly mammoth next week. We used our knowledge of different pencils to help us create the right tone.
We also had our e-safety assembly, and thought carefully about what behaviour is acceptable online and what isn't.
3R have continued to go swimming.
This week we learnt about Skara Brae. We used I-pads to research the famous Stone Age town and then created a factfile about it.
We continued with cross country. Well done to 3T for getting their best ever time. It has been great to see the children challenging and improving themselves each week.
We have started reading Stig of the Dump this week in English. We have been working on describing Stig's den. We have been using lots of adjectives to describe what we could see, hear and smell in Stig's den. We have also been practising using the past tense as we will need to use this in our writing next week.
In Maths we have been continuing to work in addition and using the column method to solve different sums. We have also been working really hard on problem solving and finding different ways to solve addition problems.
In PE this week we have continued to work on improving our fitness levels by carrying out different activities like star jumps, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and sprinting. 3R have now had three swimming lessons and are thoroughly enjoying these lessons. Some of the children have already made great progress and moved up a group.
In Art this week we have been putting our sketching skills, we have developed to use. We have been learning to draw and sketch a woolly mammoth from watching a video which has shown us how to sketch step by step. We all enjoyed this lesson and cannot wait till next week when we can carry on with our sketches.
This week has been focused around writing a new episode of the story we were reading last week, The children spent the week planning and writing their story.
We have continued to work on column addition, focusing on when you need to regroup and when you don't.
We used sweets to learning about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. We cut up Starburst to create sedimentary rocks, before applying heat and pressure to create metamorphic rock. We then learnt how igneous rock is created.
3R had their second swimming lesson. 3T had another cross country session, this time working on endurance.
We used software to create bargraphs. After creating them, we then answered questions about them.
We looked at artefacts from the Stone Age and discussed what we could work out about life from them. For example, we looked at an antler and deduced that they must have hunted animals and then used parts of the animal for hunting.
This week we have really got stuck in with our new topics.
We have been reading "A Tale of Two Robots" by Roy Apps. This week was focused on learning the story and recalling key details.
This week we have learnt what it means to find the sum of amounts. We had a go at word problems and really tested ourselves by trying to create our own problems. Have a go at the one below:
"Tesco's sold 342 plastic bags. Morrisons sold 72 more than Tescos. What was the sum of the plastic bags sold?"
We have learnt about some of the achievements of the Stone Age. We discussed whether we thought making tools, creating fire or hunting was the best achievement. We also looked at Stone Age art.
This week we have learnt about rocks. We looked at some real examples and thought about their uses.
We went outside and did cross country. We did a warm up game to build up speed before running around the field twice.