14.12.18
 
Year 3 have worked so hard this week and should be very proud of themselves for their performance this morning. They cannot wait to perform their Christmas carols again on Monday afternoon. 
 
In maths this week Year 3 have been working on different aspects of shape; such as identifying right angles, identifying straight and curved lines and identifying different types of circle i.e. semi-circle and quarter circle. The children have had fun creating their own pictures using different shapes and identifying the shapes they have used. 
 
In English this week Year 3 have been writing their own set of instructions on how to build a snowman. The children had to use the features of a set of instructions such as a title, introductory sentence, sub-headings, time conjunctions and imperative verbs. 
 
 
7.12.18
 
Another busy week in Year 3!
 
In Maths we have been using our understanding of addition and subtraction and solving word problems using the bar model. 
 
In English we have been watching a short film called Lily and the snowman which is about a young girl called Lily and the snowman she makes. We have retold the story using a story board and completed some comprehension questions using the video clip. 
 
Today we have been exploring how to make a snowman using salt dough, cocktail sticks, silver balls and a tiny piece of carrot. We had to use the materials provided to make a snowman with our partner. After we made our snowman we had to make notes about how we made it. We used our notes afterwards to instruct our teachers how to make one. We had to make sure our instructions were clear in order for our teachers to make their snowman successfully. We had great fun!
 
In Art this week, we have continued to practise our sketching skills. We have spent time practising to create texture e.g. fur on an animal and have started to practise the skills we will need to complete our final piece of work. 
 
 
 
30.11.18
 
We have been really busy in Year 3 this week. 
 
In English we have been using our acting skills and getting involved in some drama activities such as hot seating, creating freeze frames and thought tapping. These activities have helped us with creating our ideas for an alternative ending to the story 'The Tunnel'.  We have started writing our own endings based on what might have happened to Jack when he travelled through the tunnel. 
 
In Maths, we have finished our work on subtraction this week. We have been working really hard at remembering to regroup. 
 
In Art this week we have started to develop our pencil skills ready for the piece of art work we are going to be producing over the next couple of weeks. 
 
We have also started to practise some of the songs we will be singing at our Christmas concert. 
 
 
 
 
23.11.18
 
A great week in Year 3!
 
From a trip to the museum in Halton to creating a model of the different layers of soil with biscuits and sweets. Year 3 have had lots of fun this week. 
 
In English, the children have continued reading The Tunnel by Anthony Brown. They have written their own descriptions of the tunnel from the point of view of the girl Rose. The children had to use lots of descriptive vocabulary to create the perfect image of what the tunnel was really like. 
 
In Science, the children have continued to learn about different types of soil and the layers of soil. The children created their own model of the different layers using various types of biscuits and sweets. It was really fun! Take a look at the photos below. 
 
3D and 3T also visited the Museum Resource Centre in Halton. They too learned about life during the Stone Age. It was great day out for all of the Year 3 classes.  
 
 
 
 
16.11.18
 
It's been a busy week in Year 3!
 
In Maths, we have continued using the column method to add 3 and 4-digit numbers but this week we have had to regroup. It has been tricky at times but we have all worked hard to try and master this method. 
 
We have also started looking subtraction this week. We have been learning to recognise the word 'Difference'. This means we need to subtract the numbers given. We have been answering questions such as: find the difference between the following pairs of numbers e.g. 23 and 19. 
 
In English,  we have started reading the The Tunnel. We have worked on identifying the two main characters, described the two main characters and written about one the main characters feelings from their point of view. Today we read on further and got to experience what it would be like inside a dark tunnel. It was lots of fun!
 
In science this week, we have continued our work on Fossils. We became palaeontologists and got to dig for real life fossils.  We were all so surprised when we managed to find the fossil. 
 
3A were very lucky on Monday as they got to go to Bucks County Museum Resource Centre in Halton. They got to experience different parts of Stone Age Life.
 
9.11.18
 
Another busy week in Year 3!
 
In Maths this week, we have been recalling the column method to add 3 and 4 digit numbers including regrouping.  We have worked really hard this week and have shown our teachers how secure we are in our knowledge of place value. 
 
In English this week, we have combined our fossil week topic and planned and written our own information texts about fossils. We have learnt lots about fossils and have used this information and knowledge to write our texts. We are hoping to use our writing to write our own information booklets. 
 
In science lessons this week we have continued our work on fossils by creating our own fossils using clay. We used natural resources such as leaves and shells to create our own fossil prints in clay and let them set. 
 
We also learnt about Mary Anning who was a famous woman from Lyme Regis who discovered lots of fossils. 
 
 
 
2.11.18
 
Welcome back!
 
It has been a busy first week back in Year 3.
 
We have been working really hard in Maths this week learning about the place value of 4-digit numbers and comparing and ordering different sets of numbers. 
 
In English, we have been learning about information texts and have written our own information texts about Aylesbury. 
 
In Science, we have started learning about fossils and the different types of fossils. We will be having a fossil week next week in Year 3. 
 
 
 
 
 
19.10.18
 
This week in Maths we have moved on to looking at place value; numbers up to 10,000. We have spent time counting in 1's, 10's, 100's and 1000's. We have also learnt how to write numbers in digits and words.  We have been using the dienes blocks to count in steps of 1, 10,100 and 1000 and to help us solve problems. 
 
In English this week we have been busy writing two setting descriptions of a beach; in one picture the beach was sunny and very appealing and in the other it was dark and gloomy. We had to include the following in our descriptions; adjectives, adverbs, use our senses to describe, direct speech including inverted commas and similes. 
 
In Science this week we learnt all about the different types of fossils. We got to explore and handle some actual fossils as well. 
 
After half term, Year 3 will be starting cross country so they will need trainers that can be worn outside in muddy and wet conditions. They may also need warmer clothing for these lessons. 
 
We hope you all have a lovely half term break and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 29th October. 
 
 
 
12.10.18
 
This week in Maths we have moved on to solving two-step problems involving addition and subtraction. We had to solve one part of the word problem first before we could solve the second part. We used a bar model to represent the problem and then used the column method including exchanging and regrouping to solve the calculations. 
 
We have also spent some time looking at 3D shapes, naming and identifying different 3D shapes and identifying the properties of these shapes. 
 
In English this week we have started to create and develop our ideas about two different beach settings. We have created a list of adjectives, verbs, adverbs and similes to describe the two different settings. 
 
In Science we carried out an experiment to identify which rocks were permeable and which rocks were impermeable. 
 
 
 
5.10.18
 
We have been working really hard in Maths this week continuing to solve both addition and subtraction word problems using the bar model and involving 3-digit numbers. 
 
In English, we have moved on to our first unit in Literacy and Language. We have read a story called Sand Wizards. We have spent time discussing the theme of this story and comparing it to other stories. 
 
In Re, we have been learning about Diwali and we wrote our own fact file this week about the festival. 
 
In Topic, we created our ideas for a piece of cave art. We experimented with colour and different mediums e.g. pencil colours, oil pastels. We looked at some cave art to gather ideas and practised different cave art patterns and had a go at drawing some animals. 
 
 
28.9.18
 
Another busy week in Year 3!
 
In maths, we have continued to use the bar model method to solve both addition and subtraction problems but have moved on to solving problems involving 3 digit numbers. 
 
In English, we spent the week drafting and redrafting our stories about the octopus family. We have been working on our editing skills and have all produced some fantastic writing. 
 
In science,  we carried out an investigation to find out the strength of different types of rocks. We carried out different tests on the rocks e.g. what happened to the rock when we dropped from a particular height. We were then able to make some conclusions about which rock was the strongest compared to the others. 
 
3A had their first swimming lesson this week. During the lesson they were all assessed and put into groups. They all represented St Mary's beautifully and Mrs Allwright was extremely proud of them all. 
 
21.9.18
 
It's been another busy week in Year 3!
 
In Maths, we have been working on using the bar model method to solve addition and subtraction word problems.  We used cubes to represent the numbers we were using to create our bars. This method helped us to visualise the word problems we were working on.  Some of us even had a go at writing our own word problems and drawing bar models to solve them. 
 
In English, we have been beginning to gather and plan ideas for a fantasy story. We also have spent time thinking about what makes a fantasy story.  At the end of the week we have spent time creating a vocabulary bank of different nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs we can use in our writing. Today we started planning our story by using our vocabulary bank and an example of a fantasy story. 
 
In Science, we have been looking at the three types of rocks which are sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. We spent time handling real examples of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks before writing about the three types of rocks. 
 
14.9.18
 
We have had a busy first week back at school in Year 3!
 
In Maths we have been working on comparing and ordering 3 digit numbers and finding 1, 10 and 100 more or less than a number. We have also been working on describing and explaining our reasoning during maths lessons this week. 
 
In English we have been looking at a book called 'Flotsam'. This book is really unusual as it is full of pictures but has no words to go with the pictures. We have enjoyed telling the story so far from the pictures. We have also used our imagination and the pictures in the book to make predictions and to describe how the characters are feeling. 
 
In Science this half term we are looking at Rocks and Soils. This week we learnt about the properties of rocks and spent some time walking around the school in search of different rocks and their uses. 
 
PE days in Year 3 are Monday and Tuesday and 3A will be going swimming on  Friday afternoon from the 28th September.