Weekly Learning
This week we continued to look at the next part of the story "Journey" by Aaron Becker.  We used all our ideas from last week to write our own version of the next part of the story. We had to write in the past tense, use adjectives, adverbs and verbs to describe the setting and tell the story describing what the girl does in the story. We thought of lots of fantastic ideas and we hope our teachers enjoy reading our stories. 
In Re this week we retold the Christmas story.  We recapped the key events which took place during the story and were all able to recall lots of key information. 
Carol Concert 
We spent quite a bit of time practising for Thursday's carol concert with Year 4 this week. We thoroughly enjoyed singing and performing our poems during the concert on Thursday afternoon. We are looking forward to Monday's concert. 
This week we looked at the next stage of the story in "Journey" by Aaron Becker. We discovered the girl travels to a faraway city, and started to build a story around the images. The children have been using and developing their fantastic vocabulary, and we are aiming to put it into writing next week. 
This week has focused on place value. In particular, we have been working on finding 100 more and less than numbers where you cross over thousands, e.g 100 less than 2003. This has also formed part of the homework. 
The children used their reading skills to find out about the pyramids. They learnt about how the pyramids were built, who built them and what tricks were used to keep them safe. 
Year 3 have been busy this week learning and practising poems and songs for the Christmas Concert. 
In Maths this week, the children have been comparing and ordering four digit numbers. The children spent time comparing different 4-digit numbers by looking at the thousands, hundreds, tens and ones digits and identifying the greater values and smaller values. The children have also made a start on ordering numbers from smallest (ascending) order and greatest (descending) order. 
In English this week, the children have started looking at a book called 'Journey. This book is a picture book whereby there is no text as the story is told through the pictures. The children have spent time discussing the main character; the protagonist from the story which is a young girl. The children created their own mind map of ideas about this character which included describing words to describe her feelings. Using these ideas about the main character, the children planned their own version of the story so far and have made a start at writing their stories today.  
Ancient Egyptian Day
Year 3 had such an fantastic day yesterday, during Ancient Egyptian Day.  They spent the day doing lots of different activities and learning lots about the Ancient Egyptians. 
In the morning the children spent time in the hall learning about Ancient Egypt from a Doctor. The Doctor told them lots of interesting facts about Ancient Egypt. After this, the children worked together to complete a quiz. The children had to read lots of different information boards and use the information they had read to answer questions. 
After break time, the children returned to their classrooms and play a game called Jackals and Hounds and did some Ancient Egyptian Maths and code breaking. They had lots of fun doing these activities. 
The children were very excited after lunch because they knew they were going to be learning all about mummification. The children were mesmerized during this activity whereby they couldn't believe there eyes are what they could see. The Doctor showed them what the Ancient Egyptians did when they mummified a pharaoh.  The children witnessed a mummification first hand  including all of the organs being removed from the Pharaoh except the heart of course (Don't worry it was only a dummy model being used). 
After this, the children took part and learnt all about a Pharaoh's funeral parade. All of the children got involved in this and performed really well; especially the Pharaoh's wife. 
At the end of the day the children played another game which involved them having to use bean bags to hit different animal cut outs. The animals they had to hit would have been ones they would have seen along the River Nile during Ancient Egyptian times. 
The children all worked so hard and had such an amazing day. 
Well done Year 3!
Year 3 have been working really hard this week completing lots of tests. All the children have worked extremely hard and done their best. 
In Maths this week, the children have been continuing to count in steps of 1, 10, 100 and 1000. They had to concentrate in order to count forwards and backwards in 1's, 10's, 100's and 1000's; it did get a little tricky at times.  The children have now moved on to looking at place value of 4-digit numbers. The children have been learning about the different ways they can represent 4-digit numbers in their thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. 
The children have all had a go at writing their own alternative ending to the play script we have been reading. The children had to decide who won the argument; Lucy or Fib (the voice in Lucy's head) as well as use all the features of a play script in their writing. 
In Art this week, the children have explored how they can create different tones using sketching pencils. The children explored using different pencils to create lighter and darker tones as well as applying different amounts of pressure when they used the pencils. 
This week in English, Year 3 have been becoming more familiar with playscripts. They had the opportunity to use a playscript to act out a play (take a look at some photos below). The children have also been thinking beginning to write different parts of a playscript including stage directions and their own dialogue. 
This week in Maths, the children have been counting in ones, tens, hundreds and thousands from different four digit numbers. The children are beginning to explain what happens when we count in ones, tens, hundreds and thousands to the digits in the numbers. 
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value and working with 4 digit numbers. We have been learning to recognise the value of each digit in a 4-digit number and the importance the zero has a place holder.  We have also been learning to write 4-digit numbers in digits and words. 
In English this week, we have started to look at playscripts. We have learnt about the features of a playscript which include; characters, dialogue ,scene, setting and stage directions. We have also had a practice at using a playscript to act out a short play in small groups as well as having a go at writing our own stage directions.
In Art this week we have been continuing to develop our mark making skills by using sketching pencils to practice our letter formation. We had to try really hard to keep the size of the letters consistent. We got to try out different types of pencils such as 2H, 3B,4H,6B etc. 
Well Year 3 have made it till the end of half term and have worked really hard. 
This week we have been busy finishing off lots of our work and topics. 
In Maths this week we have been finishing off our work on regrouping the hundreds, tens and ones when subtracting 3 digit numbers. We did find it very tricky but using the diennes and place value charts has helped us. 
In Science we have finished off our topic about light. We explored what the terms opaque, translucent and transparent meant by exploring whether light could pass through different materials and objects or not. We also learnt about the sun and created our own posters about keeping ourselves safe around the sun e.g. wear sunscreen, do not look directly at the sun. 
Take a look at some of our photos and work below.  
It's been another busy week in Year 3, we have been learning lots. 
In Maths we have learning how to regroup the hundreds, tens and ones using our diennes and place value charts and then using the column method to record our working out. It has been tricky but we are beginning to get the hang of it now. Take a look at some examples of our work below. 
 In topic this week we were learning about the activities the Ancient Egyptians did, in their spare time. The Ancient Egyptians played a game called Senet. We created our own game of Senet, using a template and spent some time playing the game.  We really enjoyed playing the game. Take a look at the photos and videos of us playing Senet. 
The template we used to play the game is also attached below if you would like to create your own game at home. 
We carried out an investigation in Science this week. We were trying to find out if the length of a shadow changed, depending on how close the light source was to the object.  We found out that shadows get bigger when an object is closer to a light source and get smaller when an object is further away from a light source. 
It has been a busy week in Year 3 this week, we have had lots of different exciting lessons and learnt lots. 
In English we have started to read 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Brown'. It was really exciting on Thursday as we had to imagine we were one of the main characters going through the tunnel. We actually got to go through a tunnel that was built by our teachers and we imagined what it would have been like to have been in the dark and gloomy tunnel. We also imagined using our senses; what we could hear, see, feel, smell and taste. It was really fun!
In Science this week we have been learning about how shadows form. We learnt that an object must block a light source in order for a shadow to form. We created our own shadows outside on the playground by drawing around the shadow that formed as a result of blocking the sun.  It was great fun!
In Maths we have been learning how to regroup when we subtract using the column method. It was very tricky at the beginning of the week and we had to use lots of practical resources such as diennes and place value charts to help us. I think we cracked it by the end of the week and were able to regroup our tens and ones to subtract the numbers we were given. We even solved some word problems. 
We have been learning about Ancient Egyptian homes, we have started to create our own models of Ancient Egyptian homes, using junk modelling materials. We have had great fun so far working as a team to build the next Ancient Egyptian home. Take a look at some of our designs and creations so far (in the slideshow below.)
This week we have really stepped up a gear. We have learnt more about column addition, including when you have to regroup in the tens and ones. The children used practical equipment to develop their understanding of the numbers involved, before tackling word problems and a game later in the week. 
In English we have finished our first Year 3 unit. This has resulted in the children publishing their first major piece of extended writing. We spent a lot of time proofreading and editing our work to make it the best it can possibly be. 
We have also been outside for P.E, started to draft our card design for the PTA and attended House Assemblies to vote for the new House Captains. What a busy week!