Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! This is our first year in Key Stage 2. Miss Harris is our class teacher and Mrs Cruse teaches us every Wednesday. We also have Mrs McCollum, Mrs Kuht and Mrs Cowton working with us every day.

Termly Curriculum Information                                                                                                         Learning through the year

Term 5

Maths

This term we have been learning all about fractions. We have learnt what fractions are and how to calculate fractions of shapes and amounts.

We have also learnt all about time. Telling the time on an analogue clock has proved tricky for a lot of us but we have all worked hard to remember about the different hands and counting around in 5’s with the minute hand.

 English

We have been learning about the plot line of Rags to Riches stories. We have read and discussed the fairy tale Cinderella. We then studied a short story called King of the Fishes  and the Egyptian Cinderella  which are also a Rags to Riches stories. Once we had learnt all of the features of this style of story, we identified the grammatical features that needed to go into our stories. We have recapped inverted commas and paragraphing; additionally we have learnt about fronted adverbials and personification. We have now planned our own Rags to Riches story with an Ancient Egyptian character and setting.

History

This term we have been finding out about Ancient Egypt. We have learnt about chronology and how long ago this civilisation was around. It has been really interesting learning about what life was like over 3000 years ago; we have researched what their jobs were, how they lived, what clothes they wore and what their houses were like. We all really enjoyed learning about what they believed in and all of their different Gods. Everyone’s favourite part was definitely learning all about how mummies were made!! It was really disgusting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art

We have been studying the artist Van Gogh. We have learnt all about his life and what type of paintings he painted and what made them so famous. We have been trying to replicate his art work: Starry Night and Sunflowers. We have been using oil pastels to replicate and practise the type of brush strokes he used. We are going to have a go with paint next!

 

 

RE

This term we have been thinking and reflecting upon what is important to us and using teachings from the Christian Bible to help us. We have thought about what makes us us and discussed our hopes and dreams for our futures. We have also discussed the Creation Story and what this is able to tell us about human nature.

 

Term 4

Wow! What a busy term we have had!

The highlight of our term has got to be Dance Their Socks Off! After months of practise we finally got to perform our amazing Bollywood dance to a sold out audience of 660 people at The Playhouse. We all performed with enthusiasm, accuracy and huge smiles! We are all so proud of ourselves for this great achievement and proved what super dancers we are! Having our hair and stage make up done was great fun and made us feel like professionals!

We have also been very lucky this term to have been on a school trip to Mendip Outdoor Pursuits. We were very lucky with the weather and we had a lovely sunny day to enjoy being outside. We went tobogganing, played disc golf and did Bush Craft. Everyone had a great time tobogganing whizzing down the slopes – but it was hard work walking back up again! In Disc Golf, we learnt how to throw the Frisbee properly and aim for the basket. We also practised putting which was hard. In Bush Craft, we learnt about fire safety and had a go at lighting camp fires safely. We also explored the woods and the nature that lives there. In groups we had a challenge to build a hedgehog shelter out of the materials we could find in the woods. We all had a fabulous day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

In English this term we have been learning about stories with a Voyage and Return plot line. We have learnt the short story of A Mouse Called Maisey and have been able to orally retell the story. We have created story maps and boxed up the plot line to help us understand the stages of a Voyage and Return story. We are now planning and writing our own versions of a Voyage and Return story. Alongside the short story we have been reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo which is a novel with a Voyage and Return plot line and we are beginning to be able to see how it follows the same plot line even though it is much longer.

Term 3

This term we have carried on our learning about The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  We have now finished the story, which we all gave a huge 5/5! We have created some list poems about The Iron Man in the junk yard which most of us titled The Iron Man’s Heaven!

We have also written the ending as a diary entry from the Iron Man’s point of view recounting the challenge at the end of the story.

The ending was not what some of us had expected so we wrote The Iron Man 2 and told stories of what we would like to happen next! We were very creative.

We are now being journalists and learning how to write newspaper articles and we are planning and writing an article about the challenge at the end of the story.

In Maths so far this term, we have been using arrays to help us multiply and divide. We have also been using lots of equipment and drawings to help us.

In science we are learning all about rocks and how they are formed. We had great fun making our own fossils!

We have also been studying skeletons. We had lots of fun using stickers to label the bones in our body.

Term 2 We have had a fun term continuing our learning about The Rainforest. We have created some beautiful textured paintings of different rainforest animals and used materials such as shavings, wool, straw, netting and cotton wool to add the effect of fur, feathers and scales.

We have also created some rainforest animal pottery. We created thumb pots and then chose our favourite rainforest animal and added the features of this animal to make an animal pot.

In English we have been reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have all loved the story and have been pretending to be some of the characters to form opinions and used evidence from the text to write recounts and discussion texts. We cannot wait to find out what happens in the rest of the story!

This term we have been very lucky to have had Mr Millard from North Somerset Athletics Association come in and work with us. He has been teaching us cross country skills and refining our running technique. We have been out whatever the weather but we have really enjoyed the lessons and learnt lots about how we breathe and how our muscles work.

 

We have also had Outdoor Learning this term. We have been discovering and appreciating the nature around us.

 

Term 1 – We have had a very busy start to Year 3.

We have begun our topic – The Rainforest. We visited Bristol Zoo and learnt all about animals that live in the Rainforest. We were very lucky to be able to hold some animals that live there too such as a cockroach, a stick insect and a baby boa constrictor!

In our English we have been reading a story called The Great Kapok Tree set in The Amazon Rainforest. We have enjoyed this wonderful story and have begun writing persuasive letters to stop the deforestation of the rainforests.

In our PE lessons we have been learning about balancing in gymnastics. We have been practising balancing using the larger parts of our bodies and thinking about how to improve our balances.

 

Year 3 have also led our Harvest Festival celebrations this term. We hosted the Harvest worship with lots of our parents coming to join us. We explained the importance of Harvest, sang fun hymns about Harvest and performed a short play delivering the message of sharing at Harvest time. We also hosted a Harvest supper. We made soup and apple pies and Sue from the kitchen made loaves of bread and we raised lots of money for Some Where To Go – the homeless charity in Weston. We have also, along with the rest of the schools help, collected over 200 tins and packets to send to this very worthy charity. Thank you to all who came along and contributed.