Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to the Year Three class page! We have had a great start to our Autumn term in Year Three – all the children are working hard and are really enthusiastic.

Here is an outline of our curriculum for 2017-18:  Year Three Curriculum Plan 2017-18

If you were unable to come along to our “Meet the Teacher” session on Monday 11th September, please find the letter that was given out here:

Meet the Teacher 2017

Also, please also find a few pieces of important information to keep you up to date with our class for this school year:

AUTUMN 2017:

  • P.E. lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon, with Mrs Annis. Please make sure that you have a P.E. kit in school, including P.E. shoes / trainers.  All of these should be clearly labelled.
  • Our first class assembly will be on Friday 1st December 2017 at 9am.
  • Swimming for Year Three will begin on Friday 17th November 2017 for three weeks and then a further four weeks from Friday 12th January 2018.
  • Please take a look on our Stone Age to the Iron Age webpage (using the link below) to find out about our learning and our recent visit to Bredon Hill to see the Iron Age hillfort.

HOMEWORK:

This week we have been practising changing singular nouns  to plurals.  Homework activities for this have been set in Education City and are available as many times as you wish between 30th November and 11th December.  There are also times tables activities set for you on Education City.  If you are unable to access the activities, then there will be plurals homework in your book (see attached) and a times table activity.

HOMEWORK Thursday 7th December 2017 PLURALS

You can also access J2E Blast to practise times tables, using the login in your book.  Take a look at us using this in class here:

Here is a copy of the Stone Age to Iron Age homework, which is due in on Thursday 7th December.  

The Stone Age to the Iron Age Homework

Key word lists for literacy are attached below. A copy of these will be included in your homework book.

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Year 3 and 4 Word List

Here are links to the Education City and J2E websites (click on the logo), which can be accessed from home.  Further details of logins will be sent home in books later this week (commencing 27th November)

                                     

POETRY

In the week of 1st November we wrote poems about a Bonfire party. We then chose our best line to create a class poem.  Take a look and read some of the lines here:

People standing in amazement looking at the orange flames dancing together.

Sparks were crackling in the pitch black sky.

Booming fireworks like a showering rainbow.

Flickering flames and sparks shimmering.

Fireworks zooming in the air.

Blazing bonfire lights up the sky.

Fireworks dazzling then flickering down.

Fireworks banging loudly until they disappear.

We have also written our own versions of Psalm 148 (take a look on our RE page for this)

POPPIES

In the week beginning 6th November we looked at instruction writing.  We made our own poppies and wrote about how to make them.  Take a look here to see how to do it:

How to make a Poppy By Sebastian

If you want to remember the people that died in the war, this is how to make a poppy.

What you need:

Two or three pieces of red tissue paper, one piece of black tissue paper and a green pipe cleaner.

What to do:

  1. Put two or three pieces of red tissue paper and lay it down on the table. Make sure a black piece is on top.
  2. Start folding the paper carefully so it looks like a strip.
  3. Pinch the middle of the paper and wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle.
  4. Spread the paper so it looks like petals.
  5. Put it on to remember people who have died.

How to make a Tissue Paper Poppy By Anne

It you are going to a Remembrance Mass, then why don’t you make a poppy?

What you need:

Two or three pieces of red tissue paper, a green pipe cleaner and one piece of black tissue paper.

What to do:

  1. Lay three pieces of paper, two or three red and one black, on the table.
  2. Fold like a fan but in reverse order.
  3. Pinch the middle of the paper then wrap a pipe cleaner around it.
  4. Start peeling the petals carefully so that it doesn’t rip.
  5. Now you are finished you can use it for a service.

We held a prayer service to remember people or pets who have died.

On Friday 10th November we attended the Pershore Schools Armistice service in the Abbey.  Following this we created a word bank to describe remembrance poppies and have used this to write poems.  Take a look at these poems by  Julia and Kieron:

POPPIES

Crimson poppies swaying elegantly in the war fields,

Red as fire, dancing beautifully in the yellow corns fields,

Ruby red poppies swishing in a grassy field.

By Kieron

 

POPPIES

Ruby red poppies rocking side to side among a buttercup field,

Crimson poppies swaying like a graceful ballerina in the grassy field,

Blood red poppies dancing elegantly in the corn field,

A sad eye crying tears of sadness for people who have died in the war.

By Julia

MAGNETS

This half term Year Three have been studying Magnets and Forces in science. They have worked collaboratively to plan and carry out a number of investigations, including testing the strength of magnets and how well objects travel on different surfaces.

In literacy we used a poem about magnets attracting as a model for our own.  We worked in pairs to create similes about the way they stick together and used a thesaurus to find synonyms for the verb “pull”.  Take a look at some of the poems that we created here:

Magnets stick together
like blu-tac on your wall
like boots in the sticky mud
like a toffee on your teeth
like gooey slime in a pot
and when you t-e-a-r them apart
they battle
and pull
and slap together again.
 
by Kaleb
 
Magnets stick together
like cement stuck to a brick
like a welly stuck in wet, squidgy mud
like ice stuck together
and when you y-a-n-k them apart
they snap
and bang together again.
 
by Daniel
Magnets stick together
like a toffee on your teeth
like a staple on a wall
like cement on a hard brick
like glue stuck to your finger
and when you y-a-n-k them apart
they war
and strain
and bash together again.
 
by Scarlett
Magnets stick together
like a staple in a wall
like a slimy slug on a wall
like playdough in the carpet
like green slime in a pot
and when you h-e-a-v-e them apart
they battle
and yank
and bash together again.
 
by Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children were also given a homework project to demonstrate their learning about magnets.  Take a look at some of the fantastic things they have created:

BEELINE Storytelling Festival

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, Year Three and Four visited Worcester University’s Storytelling Festival, where we were entertained by Amy Douglas.  We all loved listening to her tales and lots of us particularly enjoyed the story about the wide-mouthed frog!  Take a look at some pictures from the trip here:

Building Learning Power

The children in Year Three have all been given a Building Learning Power target.  Building Learning Power is split into the 6 “Rs”, which are:

Resilience (managing distractions, being focussed on learning, persevering);

Responsibility (talking or writing about what we have done well and what we need to do to improve);

Reflectiveness (planning what we are going to do and the best way to do it, remembering things we have learnt and applying these in our learning);

Resourcefulness (making links between things we have already learned, trying out new ways of doing things, using resources or equipment to help our learning);

Reciprocity (sharing ideas with others, listening to others, understanding feelings of others)

Readiness (organising ourselves so we are ready to learn, managing and controlling feelings)

Take a look at our Building Learning Power targets below:

MEET YEAR THREE

In Art we have been practising using pencils to develop texture and tone.  Take a look at some of the portraits we have produced, using soft pencils:

    

    

We also looked at the work of the artist: Amedeo Modigliani and discovered that his portraits often have a long, stretched neck.  We used pastels to copy his style.  Take a look at some of our brilliant work here:

GROWTH Mindsets

This week we read the story of Gerald the Giraffe in the book: Giraffes Can’t Dance.  

In the story, poor Gerald is not a very good dancer and gets laughed at by the other jungle animals when he has a go at the jungle dance.  After reading this part we shared our ideas about how Gerald felt.

       

Then we found out that, when Gerald was encouraged by a cricket, he could actually dance really well.  He just needed to find the music that he loved.

We also talked about things that we can’t do YET in Year Three, just like Gerald couldn’t dance.  Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about how we can achieve some of the things that we can’t do yet.  Keep an eye out for how we are getting along.

Also, take a look at our R.E. page by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page to find out about our new topic for this half term.

If you would like to find out about what we are learning in RE or French click on the links below.  You can also look at some of the great things that Year Three got up to last year by clicking on these.

 

 

 

Take a look at our learning in R.E. (2017/18) bread and wine window

The Stone Age to the Iron Age (Autumn 2016):   Stone Henge

 

Autumn second half term 2016: The RomansROMANS

 

Spring Term 2017: Volcanoes and Earthquakes volcano200

 

Summer Term 2017: The Vikings (Year Three) 

 

Summer Term 2017: Around the World (Year Three) 

 

Year Three French  

 

 

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