Year 3

Welcome to Class 3’s webpage! Here you can find out about all the exciting learning that will be taking place in our amazing first year of KS2. The Class 3 Knowledge Organisers can also be downloaded from here. This Year our class teacher is Miss Anderton and our teaching assistant is Mr Rourke and Mrs Kuht. Mr Millard will be teaching Cross Country and Athletics on Wednesday afternoons.

Year 3 Maths Knowledge Organisers                      Year 3/4 Spellings                        Year 3 Spelling Shed words

Homework: TTRockstars – 10 min daily / Reading – 10 min daily / Spelling Shed –  10 min daily / Learn Knowledge Organisers

Term 5:

Our main topics for this term will be Geography and Science. In science will be learning all about how plants grow, what they need to help them grow and how they reproduce though seed dispersal. In geography we will be learning all about the different parts of the UK and learning all about the counties, we will study land use and how it has changed over time. We learnt in Term 1 and 2 about how farming was the most important legacy of the Neolithic Age and will continue the study of how it has changed our global, national and local environments. We will learn to distinguish between natural and human features and discuss the impact of changes.

Download the Science Plants Knowledge Organiser here.

Download the Geography UK and Land Use Knowledge Organiser here.

Term 4:

In history this term we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons who arrived in Britain from Northern Europe around 450AD when the Romans left. We will then learn about the Vikings who invaded several hundred years later and what happened in Britain when they invaded. You can download the Anglo-Saxon Knowledge Organiser here and there are some fantastic online resources to look at as well such as the BBC School radio Vikings website with lots of Viking sagas and songs to learn and the BBC School Radio Anglo-Saxon website with lots of Anglo-Saxon stories.

In science we will be learning about Forces and Magnets. You can download the Forces and Magnets Knowledge Organiser here.

Home Learning links can be found in the ‘Pupil Zone’ on the home page along with lots of other really useful Home Learning information.

Fantastic learning Class 3! Another super term, I am so proud of you all and the way you jumped straight back into school learning with so much enthusiasm after doing so much super learning at home as well! Well done!

This term, we have enjoyed getting back into PE with our athletics and cross country coach Mr Millard and doing a Mile a Day as often as we can. We have started learning how to play hockey and have learnt how to pass the ball carefully so we keep possession and do not give the ball away to the other team. Our first small matches went well and there was a lot of fair play to be seen.

In Literacy, we created a class quest story based on The Night Zookeeper , where our characters set out on a quest to protect the animals of the Night Zoo from danger. We were able to create settings and characters and increasingly use adventurous fronted adverbials, noun phrases and similes to bring the story to life.

In Maths, we have started to learn about fractions and what makes a half, a third, a quarter, a fifth and a sixth. We know it is super important for the parts to be equal in size although they do not always look the same shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting shapes but still equal parts.                                  Are these wholes split into equal parts or not?

Term 3:

In History this term we will be learning all about the Romans and the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43 . You can download the Roman Knowledge Organiser here and there are lots of super online resources from BBC Schools Radio to help us dive into the history of Roman Britain.

In Science we will be learning about light and dark including shadows. There are lots of fascinating clips on the BBC Bitesize website to help and you can download the Light and Dark Knowledge Organiser here.

Home Learning links can be found in the ‘Pupil Zone’ on the home page along with lots of other really useful Home Learning information.

Well done Class 3! You have done so well this term and I am very proud of each and everyone of you. All of you have remained so positive and enthusiastic about your learning, those at home learning on TEAMs and those in school or doing a bit of both, well done to all of you!

We read a super Roman detective story together, The Thieves of Ostia by the author Caroline Lawrence, which kept us guessing who the culprit was right till the end. Class 3 used all their super comprehension skills to recall and summarise the story each day, to make inferences about the characters motives and to make predictions about what might happen next. I think we were all surprised at the ending and happy that justice was served and it all ended happily ever after.

You sent in so much super learning, your grammar skills are improving and you are able to identify nouns, adjectives, adverbs and the different ways in which they can be used. You learned more about speech marks and identify when they need to be edited. Your fluency in math is improving by looking at how small numbers can be quickly added and subtracted using strategies like ‘Make ten and Then’, ‘Doubling and Halving’, ‘Near Doubles’ and ‘Hidden Doubles’. Remember to keep on practising these so you can do them quickly without the need to count, as with you times tables your recall should be as fast as you can but to do this you need to practise regularly.

Also well done on you amazing science and RE learning this term.

Well done to all of you and also to your parents at home for helping when needed. Remember if you are home learning please contact me on TEAMs or on the class email if you need any help.

Term 2:

This Term we will be learning all about the Iron Age and Bronze Age. The Iron and Bronze Age Knowledge Organiser can be downloaded here. In Science we will be learning about Humans including animals and the Knowledge Organiser can be down loaded here.

Wow, Class 3 had another incredible learning journey this term with and I was so impressed by the resilience and perseverance of all the Class 3 learners. I am so proud of you all, you have been amazing!

Where to start?!? In literacy, the children learnt how to construct a non-chronological report using subheadings, paragraphs and specialist vocabulary. They began by analysing reports about real life animals then using the Talk 4 Writing technique we mapped out the structure. See if you child can remember the actions to ‘Have you ever wondered about Polar Bears? If so, this report will tell you everything you need to know.’ Using images and actions to help remember s sequence in a text is such fun. The children then researched an animal of their choice and wrote a report of their own, editing to make sure they include all the features. We then innovated and created our own wild prehistoric beasts from parts of real prehistoric beasts. Having created some fantastic creatures, the children boxed up their paragraphs under subheadings and wrote their own non-chronological reports about their own wild beasts.

In Maths the children learnt how to add and subtract using the column method. Visual models, dienes and counters helped to show what was happening to the numbers when we had to regroup. We also had a lot of fun playing TTRockstars together and the children were very excited to see their TTRockstar Auto levels increasing with regular practise. We are aiming for an Auto level score of 100  by the end of Term 3 and with regular practice in school and at home I am sure we will get there.

In History the children learnt about how settlements in Britain changed during the Bronze and Iron Age. Settlements became larger and grew in size to become quite formidable Hill Forts like Maiden Castle, with impressive defenses and organised responses to attackers. The Bronze and Iron pots have been fired and look amazing with their scratched in decoration and useful shapes.

    

The children also learnt more about the Druidic religion of the time and the importance of Stonehenge as an important gathering place.

    

On RE the children learnt all about Christianity and investigated the big question: “What is the Trinity?” in relation to the role of Incarnation in the Big Story timeline of the Bible. The children leant that God was represented in Christianity by the idea of three in one, one God with three aspects represented in the Bible – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The children also learnt about the importance of Baptism in the Christian faith and in the role of symbolism in art, music and poetry to help illuminate understanding of these important concepts.

The Diwali lamps the children made in Term 2 were also fired and look amazing.

In Science the children learnt about making healthy food choices and difference between food groups and nutrients, and what each nutrient does for the body.

I am really excited about next term as we look at what happened to Iron Age Celtic Britain when the Romans invaded. You are doing amazingly well Class 3. Keep using those Growth Mindsets to Achieve, Believe and Succeed! You are learning superstars!

Term 1:

The Stone Age Knowledge Organiser can be downloaded here and the science Rocks, Soils and Fossils Knowledge Organiser can be downloaded here.

What an exciting start to the year. Term 1 has been full of new discoveries as the children have worked so hard to consolidate their new learning. I am so proud of them! Well done on a super start to Year 3.

In History, the children learnt that some archaeologists and historians have ordered the Stone Age into three parts; the Palaeolithic (800,000BC to 10,500BC). Several ice ages occurred in Britain during this time and early Homo Sapiens lived alongside their Neanderthal neighbours. They lived as nomadic hunters and gatherers, moving around to find food and living in caves for shelter. They used fire for warmth, protection and cooking and wore clothes made from animal skins to keep warm. The next phase is called the Mesolithic (10,500BC – 4,000BC). At this time, rising sea levels cut Britain off from mainland Europe and woodland began to increase. Humans were still hunter-gatherers, living in tents when travelling, but there is some evidence of seasonal and permanent settlements. The final part of the Stone Age is known as the Neolithic (4000BC-2200BC). Farming began and this meant they needed to build settlements to stay close to their crops and animals. This is one of the greatest legacies of the Stone Age as we still rely on farming today and it has shaped the human world.

The children had great fun as Stone Age people during our afternoon Stone Age time. We made dens and hunted food, sharing what we had round the ‘fire’ pit area and celebrating each tribe members contribution, whether it be the creation of wooden bowls, the hunting of a Woolly Mammoth or the building of a shelter. Children used their imaginations and knowledge to explore the Stone Age and the way of life led by our Stone Age ancestors.

The class made Stone Age jewellery from clay ‘animal teeth’ and have also made Stone Age pots which will be fired in our school’s kiln next term once they have dried.

 

In Literacy, the children studied the book The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Using a Talk4Writing approach the children learnt the story and then planned, drafted, edited and then published their own Voyage and Return stories based on The Stone Age Boy. The children are beginning to use inverted commas for speech, adjectives, noun phrases, verbs and adverbs (including fronted adverbials) to add in extra details. I an very proud of the effort the children have made in ensuring they are using capital letters for the start of a sentence and full stops at the end, all the while keeping an eye on their spelling and handwriting standards. Well done Class 3.

In Maths, the children have been learning all about place value. They can now arrange counters, Base 10 and digits in a place value grid to make three digit numbers. This has helped the children to then move on to addition and subtractions using the visual and concrete models to see the maths involved in these operations.

In Science, this children have been learning all about Rocks, soil and fossils. They investigated the properties of different rocks and assessed them as either metamorphic, igneous or sedimentary. They learnt where each of these rocks are formed and how different soil types create different types of rock. We managed to think of most of the things that make up soil but it was a surprise to all of us that soil is actually made up of a large proportion of air and water. We also studied Mary Anning and learnt about her contribution to the subject of Paleontology.

In Religious Studies, the children have been learning about Hinduism and the Diwali festival celebrations. They have been considering the question ‘Would celebrating Diwali at home and in the community being a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?’ After considering the idea or ‘belonging’ we made Diwali lanterns and  drew Rangoli patterns together and considered how this shared activity made us feel as a class community. The children made comparisons with Christmas and we thought about how saying prayers together also creates a sense of belonging in our classroom.

In PSHE we considered the importance of diversity and compared our monster creations to find out what was the same and what was different. We all agreed that if we were all the same life would be very boring indeed and that it was important to celebrate our similarities and differences. Here are some of the wonderfully unique characters Class 3 created:

 

We have also been continuing with our Well-being activities. So whether its dancing to GoNoodle, trying some yoga moves or lying on the floor doing some breathing exercises, we are learning that it’s important to look after our mental health and well-being. It has also been super to see some of the children doing some of the breathing exercises independently. Keep it up Class 3, you are superstar learners and I am super impressed!