Year 3 News
Stingrays Love Their Mummies!
Stingrays class are loving finding out the gruesome details about mummification! They have followed instructions to make a mini mummy and even practised being embalmers (on paper phraraohs thank goodness!). Now they are busy writing instructions for new employees in the House of Mummification! So much super English work and fantastic historical learning!
Instructional Writing in English
In our English lessons we have been Ancient Egyptian embalmers (the people who mummified the dead) and are in the process of producing sets of instructions for how to mummify a dead body. We began our English unit by following instructions from the book 'Egyptians things to make and do' in order to make our own individual 'mummies'. Through role-play, we have then learnt the stages of mummification with a particular favourite being the stage involving an iron rod, the nostrils and scrambling the brain... We cannot wait to read and share (in case they are of use to anyone) our instructions for how to mummify a body!
Science In Porpoises - Learning about Light
Porpoises have been learning about light in in Science this half term. We have developed our understanding of natural and artificial light sources, how light travels, the importance of sun protection to protect our skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and all about reflection. In the upcoming weeks we will be investigating shadows in detail.
Swordfish have been really creative. They have printed their scarab beetles using ink and rollers. The children have looked at the patterns and shapes of a scarob beetle and produced some really smashing detailed work! Well done Swordfish.
Swordfish love to sing!
They have enjoyed learning The Coronation Song.
Swordfish learn about Sun Protection Factors
The children covered three UV beads with sun cream. They used factors 15, 30, and 50 and each group had one bead with no cream on it. They went outside (before all the rain showers!) to see how the beads reacted under ultraviolet rays. The children learned that the 50 spf cream provided the best protection from the sun.
Stingrays love the maypole!
Stingrays class are getting very excited for the upcoming May Fair. As part of their PE lessons, they are busy practising their maypole dancing and can't wait to show off their dances on the day!
Drama with Octopus Class
Octopus Class have been enjoying their English this week! Our topic of Ancient Egyptians has introduced the children to the fairytale The Egyptian Cinderella. They have been creating freeze frames from the story, taking on the roles of flying falcons, golden slippers, hippopotamuses and pirates!
Swordfish Class Design and Technology
Swordfish Class really enjoyed designing and creating a moving picture. They have learned all about different levers and fulcrums. The children were quick to identify the difference between a fixed pivot and moving pivot. During the task they were able to problem solve to ensure that their picture moved. Well done Swordfish, super DT !
Stingrays on their Village Walk
Stingrays class have really enjoyed their Geography learning as part of this term's 'Footprints Around the World' topic. They have been looking at atlases, plotting routes and reading maps. Last week they set off on a walk around the village, hunting for physical and human geographical features. The children were great at following the map and spotted lots of local features. Super Geography work Stingrays!
Stingrays Love Reading!
Stingrays have had a fantastic Book Week! They loved choosing unusual places to read during our 'Drop, Stop and Read' and had a wonderful time on our theatre trip! On World Book Day they looked awesome in their amazing book character costumes! Well done Stingrays, we have had a super week!
Year 3 Swordfish Scientists have really enjoyed investigating ROCKS. They have worked hard to categories Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks. They are able to tell you what rocks are more suitable for a specific purpose taking into account weathering and permeability. Discovering how fossils are formed was a highlight in this topic.
Our art lessons for this half term consisted of a textiles project focusing on weaving. We initially discussed the use of colour and texture and the decisions that artists make before designing a wool weaving inspired by an 18th century artist, William Turner, who painted the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We planned and designed a background for which we carried out some wool winding using carefully selected colours before weaving pieces of textile onto our art to add effective detail and decoration.
Touch Typing with Porpoises
Porpoise class have started their latest computing unit of learning on touch typing where we are learning the quickest and most efficient way to touch type. The children have shown great perseverance in improving their touch typing speed and completing challenges.
All of Octopus Class have been working really hard on their live news reports. They have been stepping into the shoes of a reporter and reporting on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Here are some of the fantastic news reports they have performed. Thanks for listening, I'll be back soon with the latest headline!
Stingrays class are enjoying learning to touch type in their computing lessons. The children are trying to master holding their fingers in the correct starting positions, and then finding the letter keys quickly! We use Purple Mash to practise this, and lots of the children have been keen to keep practising at home too... who will have the fastest fingers?!
On Friday 2nd December Year 3 enjoyed a day of exciting activities as part of our World War 2 topic. The children came to school dressed as evacuees and participated in a range of exciting lessons. The children learned about Morse code and had a go at cracking some codes of their own, they investigated genuine artefacts from the 1940s, made their own WW2 Christmas decorations and completed their DT learning by making their very own vegetable turnovers. A fantastic day was had by all and the children went home full of enthusiasm!
Swordfish Class have been improving their dictionary skills to support their guided reading this week. Locating words in a dictionary and thesaurus is beneficial to spelling and widens the vocabulary within writing.
Science in Porpoises
Porpoises have been enjoying their forces and magnets Science topic and have been learning all about contact & non-contact forces, friction and magnetism. They have all been great scientists and have enjoyed working scientifically. Check out images from some of their investigations below.
Stingrays loved their gymnastics lesson this week. They showed great skills with balance and control and all enjoyed 'being the teacher' and helping each other to create controlled positions. Well done Stingrays, amazing PE!
Octopuses in PE
Octopus have had great fun in PE this half term and have been taking part in netball outdoors and gymnastics indoors. Below are some pictures of children from Octopuses developing their agility, coordination and flexibility in a gymnastics lesson.
Swordfish have been comparing how things move over different surfaces. The conducted a ramp investigation and timed how long it took for a car to travel over the different surfaces. All ramps had the same ramp. The children found out that the rougher the surface of the ramp, the stronger the friction and therefore the slower the movement of the object. All children worked excellently within their groups. They are keen to see how different surfaces are used in every day life.
Stingrays - Science
Stingrays are loving all the activities in Year 3. This week they have been investigating forces as part of our science learning. The class found out about contact and non-contact forces and went outside to put their ideas into practise! Mrs Parmenter was very impressed with how the children answered scientific questions and shared their knowledge of pushes, pulss, gravity, friction and air resistance!
Year 3 Natural History Museum Trip
Year 3 had a fantastic time on our trip to the Natural History Museum in London. Impeccably behaved, the children represented us as a school and a community brilliantly. It was wonderful to see the children making links to what they have been learning about in their topic and Science lessons whilst also experiencing awe and wonder for the natural world.
Please scroll through the gallery below to see what we got up to.
Activity Week in Swordfish
Wow! What an awesome week! Swordfish have loved all the sports activities at the start of the week. Congratulations to Porpoises for winning the interclass competition. Swordfish have embraced skateboarding and dance with enthusiasm. They have showed super rhythm in the music session. Today we have been learning first aid. They listened and contributed sensibly and understand DRAB and were able to put each other in the recovery position. As you will see, there was lots of laugher in the bandages session! Fabulous teamwork skills were displayed in the bridge building session. The most successful bridge could hold 1800grams! Well done Swordfish, we have had the most amazing time.
What a week we are having! Yesterday Stingrays had so much fun trying skateboarding! Mrs Parmenter could not have been prouder of their amazing bravery and perseverence. They showed incredible teamwork and were amazed when they were performing tricks and skating across the playground by the end of the session. The huge smiles on their faces said it all! Well done Stingrays you were amazing!
Activity Week in Porpoises
See below a selection of photographs of the children totally immersed in the variety of activities on offer during Activity Week. Outside of the classroom, the children have taken part in various sporting activities, drumming, dancing and skateboarding whereas inside the classroom they have had investigations and projects to explore and experience. What a week we have been having!
Ancient Egyptian Day
There were lots of fabulous costumes on display during our Ancient Egyptian Day. The children looked fantastic and continued to immerse themselves into learning about this amazing period of history. Fun was had all round!
Stingrays class enjoyed using their knowledge of light and mirrors to build their own periscopes this week. Mrs Parmenter was super impressed with the patience and perseverance they showed as they followed instructions to build the persicopes. Everyone had great fun spying round corners and over objects!
Year 3 News
Stingrays Class have been enjoying investigating shadows this week. We learned how shadows are formed and then investigated what might cause shadows to change direction and size.