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Autumn Topic 1: How far can you throw your shadow?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about light, dark and shadows. I wonder what we will find out!

 

 

 

In our English lessons, we have started the topic by reading 'Orion and the Dark' by Emma Yarlett.

 

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Welcome to Year 3!

We would like to welcome all of the children starting in Year 3 this year in both Mrs Oldham's and Mrs Barringer's Class. Mrs Oldham, Mrs Barringer, Mrs Gorman and Miss Murray are so excited to be teaching you this year!

 

Please find below some useful information you may wish to know about Year 3.

 

Every Day

We have Maths, English, Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and story time.

 

Afternoon Sessions

We learn through our Learning Challenge curriculum. This includes subjects such as Computing, Geography, History, Science, Music, Art, Design & Technology. We also have weekly SEAL lessons, where we explore the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. We have two sessions of P.E. a week, one lesson of R.E and one lesson of French.

 

P.E.

The day of our P.E. sessions change each week according to our timetable. Children are expected to have their P.E. kit in school every day. We also go swimming once a week, from September to March. Mrs Barringer's class go swimming on Tuesday. Mrs Oldham's class go swimming on Friday.

 

Tests

On Thursday we have a mental maths test. On Friday we have a spelling test. Every half term we will do an overall spelling test of the Year 3/4 common exception words, along with a KIRFs test, which is a Maths test based on the Year 3 curriculum. 

 

Homework

Children learn best and make the most progress when school and home work in partnership together. To support your child with this, we will be setting weekly spelling and times tables homework. This will focus very much on the skills and knowledge your child needs to progress successfully in Year Three. Along with this, we will send home a KIRF pack and the Year 3/4 common exception words every half term for your child to learn and practise. 

 

We also expect children to read regularly at home. When your child has read, please write a note in their reading diary. When they have read their book a couple of times, then they are welcome to change it. In Key Stage 2 there is a Reading Challenge where children can receive prizes and certificates for reading at home.

 

Celebration Assemblies

We hold a celebration assembly each Wednesday for Year 3 and 4 pupils. This provides an opportunity to celebrate success and share achievements with staff, parents and carers. After the assembly, your child’s star will be displayed in the entrance corridor.

 

The Priestsic Promise

  • We respect and care for each other.
  • We believe in ourselves and always give our very best.
  • We use good manners.
  • We attend school regularly and on time.
  • We have a positive attitude and are good role models for each other.

Look at the fun we have had making volcanoes!

Mrs Oldham's Class really enjoyed their trip to Rand Farm. Have a look at all the fun that we had!

Summer Topic 3: What can rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed? What makes the Earth angry?

The Learning Challenge we are studying at the moment is a Science and Geography topic about rocks, fossils, volcanoes and earthquakes. We started the topic by thinking about what we already know about these topics and had some interesting facts to share.

 

For our first learning challenge, we looked at different types of rocks and how durable they are. We found out that not all rocks are as hard as each other.  Chalk was not very durable and crumbled. Limestone was very durable and did not really scratch or crumble at all when rubbed together.

 

We look forward to seeing what we will discover in the rest of the learning challenge!

 

 

The Firework Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman     

 

  In English, we are continuing with this topic and studying a book called:

                                     The Fireword Maker's Daughter'

                                              by Phillip Pullman

 

 

Year 3 are really enjoying this story and have liked thinking about a story that is set in another culture and time but is fun and exciting as we follow Lila and Chulak on their adventures.

Summer Topic 2: Why do people live in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Mansfield?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is a local study of the area that we live in. We already know alot about Sutton but we are also looking at local groegraphy using maps, human and physical features of the area and the area's history through the jobs that would have been available to people that moved to Sutton and Mansfield in the past.

Summer Topic 1: How far can you throw your shadow?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about light, dark and shadows. I wonder what we will find out!

 

 

 

In our English lessons, we have started the topic by reading 'Orion and the Dark' by Emma Yarlett.

 

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Mrs Oldham's Class all improved or scored full marks on their end of Spring Term KIRFs. Well done!

Mrs Oldham's Class all improved or scored full marks on their end of Spring Term KIRFs. Well done! 1

Our Year 3 artists used watercolours and paint to create these beautiful paintings of blossom.

Look at how the chicks have grown! It was their last day with us today so we gave them one last outing!

We had some eggs delivered to school on Monday and now they have hatched!

In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!

In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  1
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  2
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  3
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  4
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  5
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  6
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  7
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  8
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  9
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  10
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  11
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  12
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  13
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  14
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  15
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  16
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  17
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  18
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  19
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  20
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  21
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  22
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  23
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  24
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  25
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  26
In Learning Challenge, we designed and made a fruit salad. They were very tasty!  27

Spring Topic 2: How did that blossom become an apple?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all Spring, new beginnings and life cycles.

 

In our English lessons, we have started the topic by reading 'The Flower' by John Light.

Later on in English, we compared this book to 'A Child's Garden' by Micheal Foreman.

 

The Flower by John LightA Child's Garden by Michael Forman

 

On Monday 5th March 2018, we celebrated World Book Day!

 

Although we celebrated late doe to the snow, we had a fantastic day of reading through the theme of 'Reading Together'.

To help us celebrate reading and storytelling we focused on one book for each year group. Year 3 dressed as a colour crayon from the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt.

Look at all the fantastic reading and activities we enjoyed on World Book Day below!

We enjoyed reading all of the special World Book Day books and shared lots of books together throughout the day. Our favourite World book day book is 'Brainfreeze' by Tom Fletcher!

To complete our crayon outfits, we painted and made a crayon hat. We listened to the Crayon story and then created our own lollipop stick crayon for the story. Take a look at our great classroom doors too that were transformed into the book cover for the day!

As part of our Learning Challenge and Computing lessons, we have been creating presentations to show our learning about the question: 'Who First Lived in Britain?'

As part of our Learning Challenge and Computing lessons, we have been creating presentations to show our learning about the question: 'Who First Lived in Britain?' 1
As part of our Learning Challenge and Computing lessons, we have been creating presentations to show our learning about the question: 'Who First Lived in Britain?' 2
As part of our Learning Challenge and Computing lessons, we have been creating presentations to show our learning about the question: 'Who First Lived in Britain?' 3

We have been working in teams in Maths and using the 'Guess and Check' method to solve problems that have more than one answer.

We have been working in teams in Maths and using the 'Guess and Check' method to solve problems that have more than one answer. 1
We have been working in teams in Maths and using the 'Guess and Check' method to solve problems that have more than one answer. 2
We have been working in teams in Maths and using the 'Guess and Check' method to solve problems that have more than one answer. 3
We have been working in teams in Maths and using the 'Guess and Check' method to solve problems that have more than one answer. 4

Times Table Songs!

 

We have been practising different songs to help us learn our times tables in year 3. Here is a link to a website so you can practise the songs at home too! You can find the different times tables you need to practise, download the lyrics and sing along. Remember to ask a parent's permission before you start downloading.

 

https://musicalmaths.com/category/teacher-resources/

 

Why not try singing along to the three times tables to the tune of 'Uptown Funk'? We have enjoyed singing this song to learn our tables - and having a dance to it too!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY

 

Year 3 English Focus

In English, Year 3 have been reading 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe' by Kathleen Fidler.The Boy with the Bronze Axe

The story is set in the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The remains of this village were discovered in 1850 after a storm struck the coasts of the Orkney Islands. Archaeologists dug up lots of artefacts from the site and discovered lots about Stone Age life.

We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!

We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  1
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  2
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  3
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  4
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  5
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  6
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  7
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  8
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  9
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  10
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  11
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  12
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  13
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  14
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  15
We have been learning about Stonehenge. We built a Stonehenge model out of biscuits. They were very tasty!  16

We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found!

We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 1
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 2
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 3
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 4
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 5
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 6
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 7
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 8
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 9
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 10
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 11
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 12
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 13
We became archaeologists for the afternoon. Look at what we found! 14

We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days!

We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 1
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 2
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 3
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 4
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 5
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 6
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 7
We have been learning about the Stone Age and the first farmers so we had a go at planting our own crops of cress. Look how they have grown in just a few days! 8

We have been sketching Usain Bolt in his starting position.

We have been sketching Usain Bolt in his starting position. 1
We have been sketching Usain Bolt in his starting position. 2
We have been sketching Usain Bolt in his starting position. 3

Mrs Oldham's Class Story

 

Mrs Oldham's class are reading 'The Nowhere Emporium' by Ross MacKenzie for their class story.

The Stone Age Boy book we are looking at in English.Spring Topic 1: Who First Lived in Britain?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about the first people to live in Britain.

We started by looking at the Stone Age using the book 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura in our English lessons.

We enjoyed our Christmas dinner wearing our fantastic Christmas Jumpers! We wore our jumpers to raise money for 'Save The Children', so thank you for your kind donations.

We have been reading 'The Creakers' by Tom Fletcher as our class story. Some of us enjoyed it so much that we have bought it to read at home!

We have been reading 'The Creakers' by Tom Fletcher as our class story. Some of us enjoyed it so much that we have bought it to read at home!  1

We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!

We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  1
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  2
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  3
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  4
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  5
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  6
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  7
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  8
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  9
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  10
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  11
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  12
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  13
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  14
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  15
We have been retelling the Christmas Story. Take a look at our freeze frames of the different parts of the story! We used the freeze frames to think about what the characters might be saying or thinking!  16

STEM Challenge Area in Year 3

We have been very busy in Year 3 with our STEM challenges! STEM challenges involve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities that ask children to solve a problem. Once we have thought about the problem and designed our solution, we make it and then test it out to see if our designs worked!

 

Take a look at the pictures to see some of the things we have designed and made in Year 3 so far this year!

Some of our STEM Challenges.

Some of our STEM Challenges. 1
Some of our STEM Challenges. 2
Some of our STEM Challenges. 3
Some of our STEM Challenges. 4
Some of our STEM Challenges. 5
Some of our STEM Challenges. 6
Some of our STEM Challenges. 7

Autumn Term Topic 4: How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?

At the start of the topic, we explored who Usain Bolt was and watched him break the World Record for running 100m in 9.58 seconds. We worked scientifically to predict how far we could run in 9.58 seconds and how fast we could run 100m. We made some great estimates and then tested it out- most of us were quicker than we though we would be! Being able to run quickly means that your body needs to be fit and healthy. We looked at the different types of foods our bodies need to stay healthy and sorted the food we eat into the different types. We also looked at how our muscles and skeletons help our bodies to move and how the blood transports oxygen and nutrients around our body.

Autumn Term Topic 3: Was Robin Hood a hero or a villain?

We all know the legend of Robin Hood! But was Robin actually a hero or was he a villain that stole from people? This is the question we wanted to explore through this learning challenge! We read different stories about Robin Hood and thought about why there are lots of different versions of the story. We researched the character of Robin Hood through the stories we read, on laptops through online searches and on our visit to Sherwood Forest. At the end of the topic, we had to try to convince Prince John to either keep Robin in jail or let him go, depending on the decision we had made! In our Design and Technology lessons, we thought about how to design and build a medieval castle. We researched castles and how they were defended against enemies. Before we made the castles, we had to make a prototype of the drawbridge so that we knew we could make a working bridge to defend the castle! We had a fantastic time building and painting our castles!

 

Take a look at the pictures of our castles and our trip to Sherwood Forest.

Why not see if your letter to Prince John is on display in Mrs Oldham's classroom too?

We made prototypes of our drawbridge to make sure that it would work!

We made prototypes of our drawbridge to make sure that it would work!  1
We made prototypes of our drawbridge to make sure that it would work!  2
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