Year 3

Ms K Speight

Class Teacher

Mrs V Ridge

Teaching Assistant

Mr K Buxton Dean

Site, operations and strategy leader

WELCOME TO YEAR 3
 
 

In Year 3 the children are taught by teacher Ms. Speight and Mr B D with support for Mrs Ham and Mrs Ridge.

Outdoor learning will be taking place on Mondays, and P.E. on Tuesdays. Please can you ensure that children have their P.E. kits in school. 

In the Autumn term we will be looking at 3 different topics:

- Are Humans animals too? A study of the similarities and differences between different animals, investigating their skeletons, diets and lifestyles. During this we will also be looking at different ways in which we can record these, digitally and artistically. 

- Set in Stone. A look at the ancient past, learning how our ancestors lives were different from our own, yet very similar. During this topic we also hope to be able to visit a Neolithic site.

- What's the attraction? The physics behind forces, is fascinating. In this topic we will be focusing on magnetic force, whilst linking the topic to Christmas. 

In RE during the term we will be visited by Daya, and will be learning about Hinduism. 

What's been going on in class this week? - Spring term
 
 
1.2.19
 

Year 3 began the week by learning about the winter Olympics through reading comprehension. We discovered that the Olympics are held every four years and the most recent event were in Pyeoungchang in Asia. The children were interested in the fifteen different sports and were keen to talk about their favourite sports of snowboarding and ski –in. In English  writing the children learned how to use  suffixes full , ment and ness linked to their spelling homework.

In Maths we continued to deepen our learning using expanded method to multiply a two digit number by a one digit and moved on to using the short written method to multiply. (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to multiply a 2 digit by a 1 digit)

Our Inspire curriculum work this week has seen us exploring music using Garage band, finding out about the eruption of Krakatoa and how this turned a tropical paradise into a nightmare for those living there. Finally we also created some artwork around this eruption.  

 

25.1.19
 

In Maths Year 3 began the week by learning how to use the expanded written method to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit. The children are working hard to learn and use their times tables knowledge to multiply bigger numbers. Thank you for your support with Maths homework on Athletics and on TT Rockstars which they can access at any time. (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to multiply a 2 digit by a 1 digit)

 

In English the children learned about the early life of mountaineer: Sir Edmund Hilary. The children learned how he became interested in exploring and climbing on his first school trip. They were able to answer questions about his life and experience of Climbing Mount Everest. (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to retrieve answers from Non- fiction text)

 

In writing we completed our writing an explanation of how volcanoes erupt. It was great to see the children using their new vocabulary learnt in spelling homework such as: eruption, tsunami and magma. (National Curriculum LKS2 to learn about the workings of a volcano)

Thursday was an exciting day when we lucky enough to listen to engineer: Shawn Roberts from “Kids Invent Stuff” We learned about how to become an engineer and the different projects he had been involved with, later the children worked with Shawn to design a vehicle for his competition. 

The children had fantastic ideas and Shawn was pleased to take them away for his competition. (National Curriculum Design TechnologyKS2; to lean about the impact designers and inventors have on everyday lives.

 

11.1.19
 

In Maths Year 3 began the week by practicing times tables in arrays. They have also reasoned with challenging number sentences using multiplication and division to decide whether with < > = to complete the statements. (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to   use multiplication and division to compare statements.)

In English reading comprehension, the children read an extract from “Bill’s frock” by Anne Fine. We looked at the words the author used reading the text closely to find the inference. (National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to read and discuss the words and phrases the author used. Fiction text)

In writing we recalled Christmas day events and learned how to organize the events in order in a plan before writing a detailed recount using adjectives to describe the day. Later in English the children learned about volcanoes around the world through comprehension. Our new spellings for this week relate to our theme Shake rock and roll. This includes words such as volcano, tectonic, and eruption.

In our topic sessions we have been looking at earthquakes and finding out what caused them. We know that we are lucky living where we do as we are very unlikely to suffer a major earthquake. We have also built earthquake machines and controlled these with iPads. This has allowed us to find out what type of building is most stable in an earthquake. 

We started our class book this week, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It has been amazing to see the changes that have happened in the world since the book was written. Who would believe that a radio was once called a wireless!

What's been going on in class this week?

 

30.11.18

"Year 3 had a brilliant morning working with parents on Tuesday. 
The children reasoned to solve problems with visualising 2d shapes . It was great to see the team work involved to find triangles and make squares with straws . Some people found 25 what an acheivement!
In English grammar the children learned how to use conjunctions to link their sentences . 
Through reading comprehension ,the children learned about the words the author : Ted Hughes used ,in an extract from The Iron Man (our new class read)"

This week in year 3 we have started a new class book, The Iron Man. The children have been enthralled with this.

Our scientific investigations have restarted, looking at the different forces that we encounter in the world around us, and how these forces act on our bodies and on different objects. It has been a fascinating experience to see the children observing actions and reactions. Linking to this we have also used our Scratch knowledge to create animations demonstrating the pull of gravity on a spaceship. 

 

23.11.18

In Maths Year 3 have been looking at using the bar model to develop their skill when adding and subtract 1’s and 10’s to a 3-digit number. The children have also been learning through Mathletics as part of a whole school competition to the achieve highest marks (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to add mentally to a 3 digit number.)

 In English reading comprehension, the children read an extract from a diary called “My name is Mina “. They learnt about the words and phrases the author used, reading the text closely to find the inference. (National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to read and discuss the words and phrases the author used. Fiction text) .On Thursday we read an explanation text about Anti- Bullying Week. The children worked hard to read and use challenging vocabulary such as:” intentionally” and “purpose” in their answers.

In writing we wrote “Guess the object” descriptions of everyday object. It was great fun trying to guess the different objects from the clues the children had written.

 

16.11.18

In Maths Year 3 have been working together to learn how to use number lines to Add and subtract 1’s and 10’s to a 3 digit number. (National Curriculum Year 3 to learn to add mentally to a 3 digit number.)

In English reading comprehension, the children read an extract from “The Hodgeheg “by Dick King Smith. They learnt about the words and phrases the author used, reading the text closely to find the inference. (National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to read and discuss the words and phrases the author used. Fiction text)

In writing we had great fun learning how to write an advert for a stone age house. The children learned how to use adjectives and verbs to begin their sentences in order to sell the features of the house, such as the narrow doorway and hearth.

We have continued working with Scratch in computing this week, with the children creating games that could be played. The process getting to this situation was fascinating, and it amazed the children that they could create something that they could play.

The highlight of the week was our visit to Penlee Museum on Thursday. The children   were very excited arriving at the museum in good time to begin the workshop. The education officer Zoe showed the class a timeline of the different stone age periods. We were really proud of the children who were keen to answer questions showing their knowledge of new vocabulary such as Mesolithic and Paleolithic. Thank you to parents for supporting the children with their stone age vocabulary in spelling and reading comprehension it helped to reinforce the children’s learning and understanding at the museum. It was great to see the children handling replicas of stone age and iron age tools such as arrow heads and clay pots. After we left the museum Year 3 travelled to Carn Euny near Penzance to explore a real Iron Age settlement.

9.11.18

Our musical abilities have been shining this week, with the class completing 3 performances in front of hundreds parents, grand-parents, carers, relatives and friends. They were fantastic, letting their singing and dancing show the way. 

 

We have also spent some time playing with learning Scratch, a fantastic online programming tool. The children have shown that they could create small programs and make objects move around the screen as they wanted them to. 

 

2.11.18

 

Year 3 have been busy practicing their song for Music night (National curriculum KS2)To learn to sing with expression. 

In Maths we have been looking at solving problems with 3 digit numbers. Place value of numbers using base 10 counters and number lines.

In English we have learning how to spell homophones words that sound the same with different letters and meanings. such as great and grate, break and brake. (National Curriculum KS2: Year 3 to learn to spell homophones)

In reading comprehension we learned about the Hindu celebration of Diwali   comparing the key features with our Christmas and New Year celebrations. (National curriculum Year 3 to learn to retrieve information from non- fiction text)

For our Set in Stone topic work this week we have been investigating how people in the Stone age lived. We have established that most people at this time did not live in caves, so we have been finding out about the houses that they made. We have also looked at the tools that they used and some of the most famous Stone age sites such as Stonehenge.

19.10.18

Our topic has now changed to “Set in Stone”. In this topic we are delving into the distant past and finding out how the first settlers in Britain lived.  We have started our voyage into history by researching facts on stone age life. This has allowed us to build up a picture of life thousands of years ago. From this we have further explored cave painting, making our own “paints” and brushes out of materials that we found outside. 

Music night is fast approaching, and we have been practicing hard. All the adults who have heard our rendition have been very impressed. 

 

We wish everyone a fantastic half term. 

28.9.18

In Maths Year 3 learned how to reason with 3-digit numbers.

Using their knowledge of Hundreds, Tens and Ones. It was great to see the children working together in teams to solve the problems.

We also learnt how to read and write the numbers in words, it was fun writing the answer to calculations in words.

 

(National Curriculum Maths, Year 3: to learn to read and write 3 digit numbers in words and numerals)

 

In English through reading comprehension the children have been learning to answer questions from a challenging fiction text: Harriet’s Hare by Dick King Smith.

It was great to see the children learning and using new technical vocabulary.

 

(National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to discuss the words and phrases the author used.) 

 

In Art & Design the children have continued their working looking at the work of significant artist “Albrecht Durer” They developed their skill with drawing different marks

to work in a similar style to draw a Rhinoceros.

 

In science we have been learning how our bones and muscles work in conjunction with each other to allow us to move. The children have created their own representation of these allowing them to see that muscles only contract (or pull) and never push. 

 

We have also continued learning about Hinduism, finding out a little more about the history of the religion and the locations associated with it.  

21.9.18

In Maths Year 3 learned how to partition and recombine 3-digit numbers, they looked at ordering 3 digits’ numbers and using their knowledge of place value to decide the position.

(National Curriculum Maths, Measures Year 3: to learn to order and recognise the place value of 3-digit numbers)

 

In English through reading comprehension the children have been learning about the pet care of a dog. It was great to see the children learning and using new technical vocabulary.

(National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to retrieve answers from non- fiction text) 

 

This week in science we have been finding out about the importance of a balanced diet. In doing this we have talked about our favourite foods, and how these can form part of a balanced diet. (National Curriculum Science (Biology): to learn about the correct nutrition of animals.)

 

In Art & Design the children have looked at the work of significant artist “Albrecht Durer”and worked in a similar style to draw a Rhinoceros.

Drawings of humans and animals are static by their nature, yet there are different techniques that we can use to imply movement and action. From a simple start we have developed our understanding of these techniques to produce some fantastic drawings showing movement. 

Databases are hidden behind much of the computing that we do. In Year 3 this week the children have spent time learning about what a database is and some of the things that we can do with them. In doing this we turned ourselves into “human databases”. 

In R.E. we have started to learn about Hinduism, starting to find out about the gods that Hindu's worship, and some of the celebrations that they have. 

 

This week the children worked work with PE coach Mr. Kay to learn and develop their skill in sending and receiving the ball. They had great fun playing games scoring in their games. It was brilliant to see the children making progress with catching and working together to win the games.

(National Curriculum KS2 PE: to learn to review their performance in passing and catching the ball.)