Today we were all looking forward to our European cooking and debate! We have improved our cutting skills and lots of us had a go at cutting pineapples, grapes, apples and strawberries for our fruit salad which represented Hunstanton. We also had a go at making our own pitta bread pizzas which represented Italy.
Before we could have our lunch, we were put into 2 teams and made flags. We had to debate in order to get Miss Dosanjh to come and live on our side. She was really impressed at how our debating skills had improved too since September! She decided she was 50/50 and then we could enjoy our yummy fruit salad and pizza all made by us!
Finding peas in the pods
After months of watering and looking after the plants, we finally found peas! Some of us got a chance to open the pods and see peas inside. We tasted them with a majority of the children saying they tasted 'sour'.
Using Lego creatively!
Some of the children amazed us all with their unique idea of using Lego to make the Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa! We have been learning about Italy as part of our Geography work to compare and contrast a place in our country with another in Europe.They worked together to help each other and created this wonderful famous building!
We had a great time this morning taking part in different sports activities for Sports Day. We cheered on our team members and a lot of certificates were won by all! Here are pictures and videos from our morning!
Hunstanton school trip!
Today was the day of our school trip to sunny Hunstanton! We were all very excited and eager to go! Below is a picture of what we saw when we arrived!
Before we went to Hunstanton, we also learnt about erosion and how it happens. We had a fantastic opportunity to see this for real on the beach, and we saw how many different parts of the cliff have fallen off recently.
Erosion is dangerous as parts of the cliff fall off over time and some of us spotted a warning sign!
What a great day we had! Thank you to all the parents and grown ups that got the bags packed, woke us up on time and let us go!
Miss Dosanjh - The children really benefited from travelling to Hunstanton to participate in active learning and apply their learning to real life situations. I cannot thank you enough for letting the children go as it was an amazing but tiring day, and a lovely treat for the end of the year!
Art and Design
We have worked hard with our globes over 2 weeks. Here are the finishes results! It helped us to see where the continents are as well as the very hot equator!
Look at how much our plants and flowers have grown! Thank you to the wonderful helpers who regularly spend their play times and lunch times looking after them and carrying out any jobs that need doing!
Maths - g and kg
We have learnt about grams and kilograms today and had a lot of practise weighing, adding and reading scales! Some of us could find different combinations for the same amount!
Science - permeable or impermeable?
We have had some new learning this week and learnt about whether rocks are permeable or impermeable. We learnt what these words meant really quickly, and then explored different types of rocks and what they are used for. Our experiment involved lots of observations where we had to see if rocks let out bubbles meaning it was permeable, and if there were no bubbles the rock was impermeable.
Maths - Adding and subtracting money practically!
My shop was open today! There were a lot of things on offer and the Year 3 children were given a task to choose an item but give me the right amount before buying. We then practised also giving change and worked this out using a number line!
Maths - Measuring ml and L!
Well our classroom ended up as a water disaster by the end of this lesson, but it was well worth it for the amount of learning we got out from measuring ml and L using a variety of measuring equipment. We had to work together in our teams to measure out different measurements that were on challenge cards, and then check this with an adult before moving on to the next one! It was great fun!
Maths - Making 3D shaped models!
Today we had a go at each station to make different 3D models and name them too! Here are some of our pictures!
Science - Magnets attracting and repelling
Today we learnt about what attract and repel means and then predicted and tested what happened to magnets when they faced a certain way!
We came up with a rule that two poles that are the same cannot attract and will always repel and two poles which are different will always attract!
Science and Art - Magnet and forces paintings
Using the force of blowing through a straw, we created paintings. Some of us challenged ourselves by mixing the colours together before blowing with a straw.
We then made pictures by putting paint on the sheet and then repelling and attracting magnets to create a painting.
RE - Baptism
We have been thinking about why water is special. We thought of how water is shown in different ways and then watched a video about how Christians get Baptized. We created a class list of how adults and babies get Baptized.
Look how well our plants and flowers have blossomed! We have some keen gardeners who care and monitor the plants every single play and lunch time!
Literacy - who is the suspect?
This week we have looked at mystery stories. After creating our own characters and describing the setting, today the suspect in our story laid out clues in the classroom! When we came back into the room, we discovered strange things and tried to piece them together. Some of us thought the suspect was a dentist, Neil Armstrong, Little Red Riding Hood and even Edmund Hillary who climbed Mount Everest!
Science - Exploring magnet forces
Today we looked at different types of magnets, and which one would attract the most paperclips. It was a lot of fun as we carried out the investigation!
Science - Forces
To start our magnet topic in Science, we investigated how forces can affect cars down a ramp covered with different materials. We found out in the end that some objects need contact to create a force for the object to move, and other objects can have a force within a distance and move without any contact such as 2 magnets.
ICT - Coding
This afternoon we continued with coding on the iPads. Today we programmed snails to move across a race track and then had a go at creating our own snail races by changing backgrounds, making snails talk, making them turn and more!
Science - how do roots and stem work?
This afternoon was exciting! We carried out an experiment to show how roots and the stem works in a plant and then we made our own flower models following a set of instructions!
Literacy - visiting our secret garden!
As we have been reading 'The Secret Garden', today we went into our own secret garden...the conservation area! We spent most of the morning here being very quiet, so that we could see the wildlife come out. We remembered our learning about fronted adverbials and included sentences with these in. What amazing things we ended up writing about!
Science - Planting sunflowers
In Year 3, we are having a race till the end of the year to see whose sunflower will grow the tallest! We all really enjoyed planting our little seeds and filling the pots with compost. Some of use learnt if we put the seeds too close together, they won't have enough room to grow!
Science - Dissecting a flower
Today we learnt about dissecting a flower to find all the different parts. We used various scientific tools and learnt what the parts of the flower do.
Year 3's flower garden!
We have returned back to school and it has been a packed week as usual! As our topic is about plants for 3 weeks, we created flower models for homework to create a flower garden. The homework was outstanding and our classroom is blossoming more than ever!
Time for Easter!
Today was our last day before we head off for our Easter holidays. Miss Dosanjh decided to hide eggs all around the school grounds, and it was our job to find them by answering the clues which would reveal the location. It was pretty tiring and hard work, but we managed to find most of them! What a glorious day for an Easter egg hunt!
We wish you all a happy Easter and a restful break before returning back for the final term!
Maths - Quantum Theatre Performance
Today we were lucky enough to have Quantum Theatre visit us for a spectacular show - Shape, Space and Desperate Measures! It had a Star Wars theme with a twist of Maths involved. There were lots of mathematical problems we were faced with and had to solve! Here are some of the pictures.
Food For Life - Planting
We decided to start planting our crops ready for the Summer before we leave for our holidays. We talked about different plants we had such as chives, purple mint and strawberries. We also planted peas and attached canes so they can begin climbing upwards. What a beautiful and sunny day for planting!
Stone Age Assembly
Today we performed our assembly to our parents, grown ups and the whole school! It was very nerve racking, however we did a great job and everyone learnt new facts and enjoyed watching photos and videos from the school trip!
Stone Age Day - Leicester Pursuit Centre
Today was the day of our school trip! We went to the outdoor pursuit centre for a Stone Age Day. We participated with 3 activities throughout the whole day - Bell Boating, Bushcraft and Archery! Here are some of our videos and pictures!
Animal Teeth homework
For our homework this week, we chose an animal and created a mask. It had to show the teeth that the animal has!
Science - Animal Teeth
This week in Science, we investigated animal teeth. There were lots of pictures around the room and we had to guess which animal they belonged to. We also identified the types of teeth these animals had in their mouths, and how it helped them survive. We created a display of our own faces and which types of teeth we would like to have if we were animals!
Maths - Time
We have come to an end with telling the time in lots of different ways and our next topic is fractions!
DT - Clay Roundhouses
We have been looking at roundhouses and cave paintings in guided reading. We now know why they painted in caves, what they used, how they built their houses and what materials they used too.
Using clay, we modelled our own roundhouses thinking about detail as we made them.
Art - Cave paintings
We had a go at drawing our own cave paintings. First we created our background colour, then drew our pictures which told a story. Finally to create a better effect, some of us used crayons to go over our pencil markings, while others used charcoal. They look really good hanging up in our classroom!
Stone Age Artefacts
We have been really lucky to look and feel artefacts from the Stone Age! We learnt a lot about the types of tools they used, why they used them and how they were made. We used this information in our diary writing about our hunting experiences!
Drama - Discovering Fire!
This afternoon we worked in our groups to act out how we would react if we discovered fire for the first time! Without using speech, and only using actions and expression, some of us used fire to protect ourselves, others used fire to see where we were painting, and some used fire to cook food. We wrote evaluations about each other's performances.
Maths - Time
We have been investigating seconds, minutes and hours as part of our time work in maths. Today we worked in groups to time ourselves on different activities and record them. We then compared the times to see which was the slowest and quickest activity, and how we knew.
"I looked at the minutes and they were both 2. I looked at the back number and there was 5 and 20. 5 seconds is quicker than 20 so 2:20 was the slowest time."
Stone Age Models
The classroom is full of models that the Year 3 children have been making over half-term as part of homework! They are all unique and different, as well as the many posters, paintings and facts that have also been handed in!
Art Focus - Salvador Dali
Year 3 have been looking at the artist Salvador Dali who was a very strange man, and had a troubled life growing up. He showed his emotions through his art work. We had a go at drawing our own portraits of him using careful sketching skills and using a pipe cleaner for his funny moustache!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Here is our display showing the different steps we have taken and learnt about, to get to the end result of making and selling our healthy snacks! What an experience we have had!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Time to sell sell sell!
This afternoon was our time to put all our hard work together and sell what we had made! We had time to prepare our tables, set out our food in an attractive way for customers, and get selling! What a turn out we had! We collected £182 which we have decided to go towards school trips this year!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Today we have been preparing our food by using and practising our cutting skills. We used the bridge and claw cut when cutting our foods. We also had to follow the instructions carefully.
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Making our Packaging
Today we made our prototype packaging as an example if anyone was to purchase a large amount from us. We planned our designs already, and copied them carefully onto our labels, flags, boats, cubes or cones!
Maths - Roman Numerals
We have been learning to tell the time all sorts of different ways; analogue, digital and including Roman numerals! We have recapped half past, quarter past and to, and lots us are getting the hang of telling the time to the 5 minute interval! Now we can't stop telling the time at school!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Today we looked at our homework. It was to bring in different types of packaging. We spotted the colours, information and pictures or activities that companies use to attract customers. We have got some good ideas for our own packaging!
Look at our amazing packaging homework we have brought in!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project
Today we have been working hard with our pitches! We got into our teams and practised what we were going to say, to make others come and buy our healthy snacks! Here are some examples of our pitches!
Out of the Box - Business Enterprise project
Today we got put into groups and decided our team names;
We decided on our recipes to make and sell, and then began researching our ingredients and how much each item would cost.
We worked in small groups on iPads to look for the cheapest ingredients!
(Out of the Box - Business Enterprise Project)
We have received a letter...
A strange letter arrived at school for us today. It looks like we are going into business!
PSHE - Healthy Eating
As part of our Enterprise Project, we looked into healthy foods that are enjoyed by Year 3. We made bar charts and also pie charts on the computers. We could think of some clear statements from these charts.
Maths - Grid Multiplication
This week is our last week on multiplication and division before moving onto time! This is our working wall that has helped us to understand the relationship between the 2 operations, and to help us learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables too!
RE - Noah and the Flood
In year 3, we have been learning about 'People of God'. The first person we have been studying is Noah. Last week we acted out the story and this week we hot-seated characters!
Here is Noah on the chair. Some of the questions we asked were...
How did you feel making the boat?
Why wasn't you evil like the other people?
Are you tired?
How were you feeling when God sent the flood?
Here is Noah's son. The questions given to him were...
What did it feel like when your dad had to make the boats?
What did it feel like when the flood arrived?
What did it feel like being on the sea for 40 days?
Finally, here was Noah's daughter-in-law. She was asked...
Did you help Noah?
What did you do when they were building the boat?
How did you feel when the dove didn't come back?
Did you get food in the boat?
What did it feel like going back to land?
RE - Compassion
We have started looking at our Christian value for this term 'Compassion'. We talked about what this might mean and then wrote our own definitions to create a heart shape.
Overall, in year 3 we decided compassion is when somebody feels very strongly about something or someone they are willing to help them to change to become better or have a better lifestyle.
As the Year 3 children have worked so hard this term, they were given a treat to make...edible Christmas trees! With some help the mixture was made, and the children created their own shapes by filling cones with rice crispies and chocolate. Once left to harden in the fridge, they were then decorated. They looked so good that we even made one for Mrs Sembi and surprised her with it!
RE - Dreidel game
Today we learnt how to play a Jewish game called Dreidel. This is played during Hannukah and it is a traditional game. We drew Jewish letters on our dreidels which are a bit like spinning tops and when landed on a letter, we had to perform an action. To make it more interesting, we used coins and cards to put a twist on the game mathematically. Here are some of our pictures when we were playing our game!
RE - Hanukkah
Today we had a parent visit our class and talk to us about Hanukkah. We didn't know much about it, but by the end we had a pretty good idea about why it is celebrated in the Jewish religion.
The candles are lit to remind the Jewish faith about the only jug of oil that was left in the ruined temple, after the battle between the Israelites and the Greeks a long long time ago.
Some the questions that were asked afterwards were;
"What do the candles represent?"
"Why were there so many animals in the battle?"
"Where did the battle take place?"
"Why is there a middle candle?"
As part of our snowman theme, we had homework to make a snowman. We could make it however we wanted, and when they arrived into the classroom, every single one was AMAZING! There were models, pictures, snowmen pizzas and biscuits! They have been put all around our classroom which now feels very Chrismassy!
Science - Dissolving
We have looked at dissolving in Science. We have been thinking about what solids, liquids and gases are, what the words solute, solvent and solution mean, and identifying these too. In year 3 we conducted an experiment to see which solids would dissolve and in what conditions. Here are some of our pictures!
What has arrived in Year 3?
Can you guess what has happened to the classroom Friday afternoon when all the year 3 children went home?
ART - Perspectives
Linking into The Snowman theme, Miss Dosanjh showed us how we can use a picture of a snowman to draw it looking from different angles. We got shown how to tilt the paper, how to look at an object from a different angle and then we had a go at drawing our own. The rubbers were BANNED from the classroom for this lesson, as we practised our sketching skills, and then went over our best lines using more pressure on the pencil.They were brilliant and each one was unique and different! (We even used glitter for the snow to give it a special effect!)
English - The Snowman
Soon it will be Christmas, and we have been exploring the story, The Snowman. As it is a wordless video that is put onto the televisions during Christmas time, we have been writing our own play scripts using a scene we have watched. We thought about stage directions, narrations, titles and scenes!
Today we thought of those who fought in the wars. We looked at old pictures and why people use poppies to remember those who have sadly died. We then looked at using techniques tearing and overlapping, to create our own poppy pictures. Here are some of our examples.
RE - Perseverance
We have been looking at our new Christian Value; perseverance. We looked at video clips from the film Finding Nemo, and thought of who was persevering and why. We then thought of positive messages we could give to one another to help them persevere at school. Here is our class display!
Today in Year 3 we looked at why people in India and people here in England wear bindis. Some people wear them for special events likes parties and weddings, and others wear them as part of daily life. We went on the computers for the afternoon to create our own bindis using a programme. We created different sized circles, and layered them on top of each other to create the bindi effect. Here are some of our examples.
Over the last few weeks we have been looking at play scripts. We have identified features, performed play scripts in guided reading as well as having a go at writing our own, to go alongside the Diwali story we have studied. We have written a draft and written a final version too! Here is an example...
Geography - Peacocks
As part of our India topic, we decided to look at peacocks which are found in India. We used a few websites to collect information and then wrote facts. Some of these were really interesting!
Peacocks are actually the name for males...
Females are called peahens...
Babies are called peachicks!
The name for a group of these is called peafowl.
Females have brown and darker coloured feathers to camouflage themselves to hide from predators...
Males are the ones with the colourful feathers...
Some Hindus believe that the eyes on the feathers are the Gods watching them!
Miss Dosanjh let us make a peacock feather each. Here we are concentrating and cutting carefully...
We have started looking at multiplication and division. Miss Dosanjh set us a challenge to show 1 calculation in different ways using the wonderful maths equipment we have! Here is what we came up with...
This week was Diwali. We have been learning about the Sikh story - prisoner release day, which involves the 6th Guru and 52 kings. As part of Diwali, we read the story in the dark with lighted divas! Then we made divas and 52 tags for our display which shows the Guru with his cloak.
Today in PE we were making letters from our name using our whole bodies. Can you guess what the letters are?
Adding and subtracting money practically
We have been adding and subtracting money using different equipment. We even put our answers in a part, part whole model!
This week we have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes. Miss Dosanjh explained what these were and then we spotted examples in a video. We went outside to look at 2 different experiments.
We have had so much fun learning about Ancient Greeks this term. We held a Greek Day in our class where we did lots of activities throughout the day. Here are our Greek costumes!
We all learnt so much from one day of being Greeks!
Oh not forgetting...we kept finding Medusa's snakes around the school, and had to prop them back in her hair! What a fantastic day!
Salvation Army visit
As part of our Harvest assembly, we are going to be giving our donations to The Salvation Army. They popped in to see us one afternoon and told us fascinating facts about their charity. We also got to ask them some questions too.
"Which country did it start from?"
"How does the food get delivered?"
"What countries do you go to?"
"When did they start The Salvation Army?"
"How much food do you get from shops?"
"How many of their are you helping?"
Here are the facts they told us...
We learnt that as part of the Greek culture, people used to tell each other stories and perform a lot of drama using masks. We looked at pictures of masks and the detail that was on them. Some of us spotted that a lot of Greek masks had expression on them. We designed our masks, made them and then painted them.
Ancient Greeks - Pandora's Box
As part of this topic, we have looked at a lot of different myths. One of these was Pandora's Box. We wrote a persuasive piece of writing to convince the reader whether Pandora should or should not open the box. We made our own Pandora boxes and wrote about what we would like to put in.
"I would like to put in a hair from Zeus' beard."
I would put in the box Posiedon's trident and Medusa's snake from her hair."
Roald Dahl Day!
Today we were all so excited to dress up as Roald Dahl characters, to celebrate and mark 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl. Here are some of our costumes!
Athens vs Sparta
Our topic for this half term is all about the Ancient Greeks! We have been detectives and researched a lot about the lifestyle and culture. We have also looked at the main city states and decided Athens and Sparta were the most important. Miss Dosanjh put us into teams and after learning the facts, we had to debate and persuade her to come and join our side!
Science - Floating and Sinking experiment
As part of our Science topic, we planned and conducted our own experiments. We discussed and predicted which things would float and sink and why. Then we carried out our experiments and recorded our results. Some of use drew diagrams, and others did different types of charts.
RE - Christianity
We have been looking at how Christians show their faith. We had some objects in the middle and had to sort them into important and not important. Then we looked at the important objects and discussed how Christians would use these in their daily life.
"They would use the cross to think about Jesus on the cross."
"The Bible...people can read stories."
"The cross...they can talk to Jesus if they feel sad or upset."
"Church notice...this would be good so people know when things are happening."
Over the holidays Year 3 were sent a research project to find out about Ancient Greeks as this is our topic for this half-term. After the holidays the children came back with fantastic and creative ideas! We had models to stories...fact pages to drawings...alphabet practise and more! Look at some of our amazing homework on display!