19.7.19
 
Our final full week in Year 3 and it's been a busy one!
 
In maths, the children have been learning about bar graphs and interpreting data shown in bar graphs. The children have also collected their own data and presented it in bar charts. 
 
In English, the children have continued their work on the King of Space. The children have been designing their own useful machines. The children have written explanations about how their machines work. 
 
In science, the children have been learning about pollination and have written a story from the point of view of a bumble bee, about pollination. 
 
Next week the children will be bringing home books and their work could each child bring in a carrier bag to bring their work home in. 
 
 
 
12.7.19
 
A great week in Year 3!
 
The children have been busy learning about volume and capacity in maths. The children have been able to identify the difference between the volume and capacity, estimate the capacity of different containers and measure the volume/capacity of liquid in different containers. The children have spent time converting different volumes and capacities from litres and milliliters to millimeters and milliliters to litres and millilitres. 
 
In English, the children have finished writing their biographies and have started reading a book called 'The Space King'. 
 
In science the children have learnt about the life cycle of a flowering plant and identified the different stages of the life cycle.  We looked at some real flowers to identify the different parts of a flower and to examine how flowering plants are all different. The children have also learnt about pollination. 
 
In geography this week the children have put their understanding of the weather and climate to use by creating their own weather report based on factual information about the weather and climate expected in one of the rainforests around the world. The children worked really hard in their groups and were able to create their own weather report which described the weather for a rainforest over a period of several days. 
 
On Thursday afternoon, Year 3 performed a small ukulele concert. They were able to share what they had learnt this year during music lessons and sang beautifully. 
 
3DL had their last swimming session this week whereby they worked in small group and created their own synchronized swimming routine. 
 
 
 
 
 
5.7.19
 
Another busy week in Year 3!
 
In maths, the children have been learning to measure the mass of objects by using a set of scales and have solved word problems by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing different amounts of mass. 
 
In English, the children have been finding out about two different people from different countries who moved to the UK. The children have been learning how to take notes by listening to the lives of these two people and have used their notes to plan a biography about one of the people. 
 
In science, the children have been learning about the different things plants need to survive and the seven living processes. The children have set up an investigation to identify the different things plants need to live. The children have planted four plants; one plant is being kept in a fridge (so it has no heat), one plant is being kept in a dark cupboard (so it has no sunlight),  one plant is not being watered (so it has no water) and the other plant is having restricted movement ( no space to grow). We are going to carry out daily observations of the plants to see how they are growing or not growing and water the plants that need water each day over the next few weeks. We will update you with our findings in the next few weeks. 
 
 
 
21.6.19 and 28.6.19 
 
A busy two weeks in Year 3!
 
In maths we have been looking at measurement. We have been learning to measure the length and have been using centimetres, metres and kilometres. We have learnt how to convert between centimetres and metres and metres and kilometres. 
 
This week we have learning how to measure the mass of different objects. We have started to learn how to read different scales and have been able to compare different masses in kilograms. 
 
In English, we have finished our stories about the Enchantress of the never endless marshes. We kept some of the original ideas from the story 'The Enchantress of the Sands' and created some of our own to change the story. We used features of a Folk Tale in our stories such as: the number 3, magical object, a helper/wise character and a magical evil character. The children set their stories in a similar setting to the original story and the plot of their stories was similar. The children were very imaginative and wrote some very descriptive stories.
 
This week we have started looking at autobiographies and biographies. We have been looking at the autobiography and biography of Jamila Gavin (the author of The Enchantress of the Sands).  The children have been learning to identify the different features of both a autobiography and biography. 
 
Topic (Geography)
 
On Monday Year 3 visited the Living Rainforest in Newbury. The children got to explore and find out what it would actually be like to walk through a rainforest. The children saw lots of different animals and plants you would see living in a rainforest.  The children learnt about how the animals and plants have adapted and have specific features that enable them to live in the rainforest successfully.  All the children had a great day and represented St Mary's very well.  
 
 
 
14.6.19
 
Another busy week in Year 3!
 
In maths we have been learning to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. We have also moved on to identifying equivalent fractions. 
 
In English we have continuing to explore our story 'The Enchantress of the Sands'.  We have been exploring different settings and how a different setting in story creates a different atmosphere. We have started to think about our own ideas and how we can change the story. We have used drama and role play to explore this. 
 
In topic this week we have started our rainforest topic. We have explored and learnt about the different continents around the world. We used atlases to identify different countries in the continents and explored this further by working in groups to build various maps of the world using jigsaw puzzles. 
 
7.6.19
 
Welcome back to the second half of the summer term. 
 
In maths, the children have been learning to compare fractions and add/subtract fractions with the same denominator. The children have been using visual models to help them compare the size of different fractions. 
 
In English, the children have started a new unit called 'The Enchantress of the Sands' which is a folktale from Botswana. At the beginning of the week the children explored the different features of a folktale and identified these features from the story read. The children have been looking at the settings used in the story and have written descriptive sentences about the settings. 
 
In science, the children have started looking at plants. The children explored the different parts of a plant and the functions each part plays in the growth of plants. 
 
In PE, the children have been getting ready for Sports Day by practising different types of running races ready for next week. 
 
 
 
 
 
10.5.19 and 17.5.19
 
Year 3 have had a busy few weeks. 
 
In maths we have been learning to add and subtract different amounts of money and have been using the column method to do so. 
 
In today's lesson, we have started to use bar models to solve word problems involving adding and subtracting amounts of money. 
 
In English, we have written a recount this week imagining we were Hogarth and had trapped the Iron Man in the pit. We had to use 'show not tell' sentences to describe how we would have been feeling and write in first person. 
 
In science this week, we explored how magnets worked and wrote an information text explaining how magnets attract and repel.  
 
3.5.19
 
A very busy second week in Year 3!
 
In maths we have been learning to add two amount of money using different methods.  
For example: £3.45 + £1.00=£4.45
First add the pounds £3.00 and £1.00 =£4.00
Then add the pence; £4.00 + £0.45 = £4.45
 
Another example: £3.35 + £4.95 =£8.30
Take the largest amount (£4.95) and add 5p from £3.35 to make £5.00 
Then add £3.30 to £5.00 to make £8.30
 
We have started to use column addition to add amounts of money in today's lesson. 
 
In English we have continued to read The Iron Man. On Tuesday we wrote descriptions of the Iron Man and the setting. We thought about how the Iron Man was feeling and what the setting was like. We included adjectives and descriptive phrases in our writing to make it interesting. 
At the end of the week, we have started to look at non-chronological reports and have planned our own wanted poster/report about the Iron Man. 
 
In science this week we learnt about friction and carried out an investigation. We investigated how different surfaces affect how a toy car moves. We found out the smoother a surface was the toy car travelled further across and there was less friction. 
 
 3T had their first session of Forest School this afternoon and explored the outdoors area in the wooded area of the school field. 
 
3DL had their first swimming session at Aqua Vale and were put into their swimming groups. 
 
26.4.19
 
Welcome back!
 
We have had been busy working hard already in Year 3.
 
In maths we have started working on money; we spent the first lesson identifying the value of different coins and notes and making amounts of money using the coins. Then we moved on to adding amounts of money. 
 
In English we have started to read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have spent time exploring the language used to describe the character (Iron Man) and the setting. 
 
3A  have had there second Forest School session whilst 3DL and 3T started their art work on The Iron Man. 
 
Year 3 will be going to the Living Rainforest on Monday 24th June