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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Year 3 English Focus
In English, Year 3 have been reading 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe' by Kathleen Fidler.
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.
Mrs Oldham's Class Story
Mrs Oldham's class are reading 'The Nowhere Emporium' by Ross MacKenzie for their class story.
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 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!
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.
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?
In this Learning Challenge, we found out where Greece is in the world and drew the Greek flag. We compared and contrasted Greece with the United Kingdom. We discovered that it is warm and dry in Greece and that hummus and feta cheese are foods sometimes eaten in Greece. We read Greek myths and legends, finding out about Greek history, including the Olympics and Greek gods and goddesses. We designed a Greek pot which we made from clay and decorated with Hebrew writing.
Take a look at the pictures of our Greek pots - they were very impressive!
We have been very busy during the Autumn term, in Year 3! Take a look at what we have been learning about!
The children explored different poles of a magnet. They found out that two of the poles of the same colour repel, but opposite colours attract. We investigated materials which are magnetic and non-magnetic around school. We explored how to put together two of the same poles to create a push. We also carried out investigations to identify which magnet was strongest. In Design and Technology we created our own magnetic game.
Take a look at the pictures of some of our games!
We would like to welcome all of the children starting in Year 3 this year in both Mrs Oldham's and Miss Lennox's Class. Mrs Oldham, Miss Lennox, Mrs Whetton, Miss Murray, Miss Orton and Miss Duffy are so excited to be teaching you this year!
Please find below some useful information you may wish to know about Year 3.
We have Maths, English, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and story time.
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.
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. Miss Lennox's class go swimming on Monday. Mrs Oldham's class go swimming on Tuesday.
On Thursday we have a mental maths test. On Friday we have a spelling test.
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.
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.
We hold a celebration assembly each Friday 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.
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