Our Year 3 Team

Teachers

                                                              

Jen Keneally

Maple

Sam Swaine

Yew

 

 

Teaching Assistants

              

Claire Thornton

TA2 

Kim Sedgley

TA2

Hannah Bletchley

TA1

2018 - 2019

Year 3 PE days are: 

Yew - Wednesday & Friday

Maple - Tuesday & Wednesday

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear

Summer 2

ENGLISH

In English, the book which will be the focus of our learning is ‘Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf’, written by David Almond. Stemming from the text, we will create a proclamation, recreate an ending for the story and produce a fact file about the Earth’s wondrous creations. Within SPaG, we will compose sentences using a wider range of structures learnt so far this year. In addition, we will use the present perfect form of verbs to mark time, place and cause.

MATHS

In Maths, we will begin with adding and subtracting money to give change. We will do this using both pounds and pence.  After this, we will solve word problems including missing number problems, number facts, place value and more complex addition and subtraction. Following on from this, we will move onto statistics, learning how to present data using bar charts, tables and pictograms. Then, the children will learn how to answer two-step problems in order to interpret the data.

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?’. Within this, we will be learning about the skeletal system and how this supports our body. In addition, we will learn about the muscles inside our bodies and their function. Finally, we will investigate how oxygen is transported around the body. This topic enables us to set up fair tests, take part in careful observations and use diagrams and keys to present our findings.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘Why is Greece in the news?’. We will be learning about Greece as a country and why it is popular for tourists. Then, we will look at Ancient Greece and learn about the lives of people who lived during this time. Alongside this, we will learn how the Ancient Greeks have impacted our lives today. Finally, as a celebration of our learning, we will create a Greek vase using collage materials.

 

Summer 1

ENGLISH

In English, the book which will continue to be the focus of our learning is ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’, written by Meredith Hooper. Stemming from the text, we will write a recount about the early life of a human child and produce a persuasive letter to the government to help bring back dinosaurs. In SPaG, we will continue to use a range of complex and compound sentences within our writing, use prepositional openers and use adverbs to create effect.

MATHS

In Maths, we will begin to consolidate our learning of the four operations. After this, we will begin to focus on reasoning and problem solving activities to deepen our skills. Next, we will revisit time, and learn to tell the time using the 12 and 24 hour clocks, along with recording and comparing durations of time. Finally, we will begin to measure different weights, lengths and volumes. Then, we will move onto adding and subtracting measures using decimal numbers.

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed?’. Within this, we will be describing different rocks and discovering what the differences between sedimentary and igneous rocks are. In addition, we will learn what fossils are, dig for fossils and even have a go at making our own! This topic enables us to take part in careful observations, classification of properties and to explore rocks in more depth.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term, we will continue to answer our focus question, ‘What Makes Earth Angry?’. We will be making  volcanoes and earthquakes using a range of materials.  Alongside this, we will be looking at how this impacts on peoples lives and why they choose to live near disaster zones. We will use our new knowledge to look at what extreme weather we experience in our country and investigate what natural disasters have happened around the world in our lifetimes. Finally, to bring our learning together, we plan to erupt our volcanoes using our knowledge of chemical reactions.

 

Spring 2

ENGLISH

In English, the book which will be the focus of our learning is ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’, written by Meredith Hooper. Stemming from the text, we will create free verse poetry, personification writing and produce a non-chronological report on the journey of a pebble. In SPaG, we will continue to use a range of complex and compound sentences within our writing, and use the present perfect form of verbs.

MATHS

In Maths, we will begin with estimating using addition and subtraction, then use the inverse to check our answers. After this, we will look at fractions again and begin to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within a whole. Following on from this, we will move onto geometry, primarily looking at angles, in particular right angles and angles which are greater or less than this. Next, we will revisit time and learn to tell the time using the 12 and 24 hour clocks, along with recording and comparing durations of time. Finally, we will consolidate our maths skills in areas, such as using the formal written method for all 4 operations; measuring; adding and subtracting length and will continue to learn our multiplications for the 3’s, 4’s and 8 times tables. 

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed? ’ Within this, we will be describing different rocks and discovering what rocks are on planet Earth. In addition, we will  learn what fossils are, dig for fossils and even have a go at making our own! Finally, we will investigate what jobs rocks do and what rock is best suited to its use. This topic enables us to take part in careful observations, classification of properties and to explore rocks in more depth.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘What Makes Earth Angry?’. We will be learning about  volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.  Alongside this, we will be looking at how this impacts on peoples lives and why they choose to live near disaster zones. Within this, we will making our own volcanoes and be taking part in exciting recreations of these natural disasters. We will use our new knowledge to at look at what extreme weather we experience in our country and investigate what natural disasters have happened around the world in our lifetimes. Finally, to bring our learning together, we will create an extreme weather presentation adding in music, drama and even video clips.

 

Spring 1

ENGLISH

In English, the book which will be the focus of our learning is ‘The Frog Prince Continued’, written by Jon Scieszka. Stemming from the text, we will produce a role on the wall, a diary entry and a narrative with an alternative ending. In SPaG, we will continue to apply our knowledge of conjunctions and we will start to use a range of complex and compound sentences within our writing.

 

MATHS

In Maths, we will begin by finding and writing fractions with small denominators. After this, we will start to recognise equivalent fractions which will help us to order and compare them. In addition to our fraction work, we will develop our confidence around measuring length, mass and capacity. In addition to this, we will learn how to add and subtract a range of measurements. We will also begin to apply our multiplication skills to work out the cost of items in both pounds and pence.

 

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ Within this, we will be describing the needs of different plants for survival. In addition, we will also learn how to describe the life cycle of flowering plants. This topic enables us to set up our own fair test and observe how water is transported within plants.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘Why do some families become famous?’. We will be learning about the Hopwood Family and how they impacted the local area.  Alongside this, we will be looking at comparisons of the Royal family, famous families and our own family. Within this, we will explore our own family in more detail with a focus on our family tree.

Autumn 2

ENGLISH

In English, the book which we will be the focus of our learning is The Iron Man, written by Ted Hughes and illustrated by Laura Carlin. Stemming from the text, we will produce character descriptions, a diary entry and a poem. The opportunity to use musical instruments will help us imagine the sounds which occur during the different parts of the story. In SPaG, we will continue to apply our knowledge of conjunctions and we will start to use a range of adverbs and prepositions within our writing.

MATHS

In Maths, the focus will be on mental multiplication and division by using a range of strategies. After this, we will progress on to using the formal written methods for both multiplication and division. In addition to our calculation work, we will develop our confidence around telling the time, using both an analogue clock and roman numerals. We will also begin to recognise different 3D shapes and learn how to make them using modelling materials. Adults, can help support telling the time and calculation  work at home as this will have a great impact on the children’s learning.

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring how objects are magnetic and explaining this by using scientific words such as ‘attract’ and ‘repel’. We will be carrying out multiple investigations to predict how magnets work and how they are used. In addition to this, we will be looking closely at other forces by discussing how objects move on a range of surfaces.

TOPIC

This half term within Topic, we will be looking at the question, “Why do so many people leave the UK to live in Australia?” Within this, we will be using our geographical knowledge to help us draw conclusions. We will have the opportunity to use our atlas and map skills to locate a range of geographical features in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Autumn 1

ENGLISH

In English, we will produce annotated drawings, questions and a written letter. We will have the opportunities to draw comparisons through drama and role play. We will learn how to use a range of conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to make our work more exciting. Further to this, we will begin to develop our skills in using the diagonal and
horizontal strokes which are needed to join letters. The book which we will be focusing our learning around is called ‘UG , Boy Genius Of The Stone Age’.

MATHS

In Maths we will cover a range of areas, including place value. Alongside this, we will develop our understanding of addition and subtraction using the formal written
methods and mental strategies. We will also learn how to measure the perimeter using cm and m. Throughout the year, we will be focusing on our 3, 4 and 8 timetables. There will also be an element of reasoning and problem solving everyday in our lessons.

SCIENCE

Within Science this term, we are learning to work scientifically by investigating how shadows are formed and how factors may affect the size of our shadows. We will also know how light is reflected from a surface. By the end of this topic, we will understand the dangers of direct sunlight and will be able to explain how we can keep ourselves protected.

 

TOPIC

This half term within Topic, we will be looking at the question: ‘Who first lived in
Britain?’. We will be using our historical and geographical knowledge and skills to help us research the key question. Within this topic, we will have the opportunity to look at the early forms of communication and produce our own piece of art based upon this.

 

 

 

2018 - 2019

Summer 2

Human Body!

For the knowledge harvest of our new topic, we were put in groups of 3 and we had to compete against our class mates! Firstly, we drew around the smallest person in our group, onto big white paper. Then, we had 15 minutes to write as many of the different bones, joints, organs and muscles that we knew were inside our bodies. At the end of the term, we are going to do this again to see how much we have learnt! 

Entry Point - Why is Greece in the news?

When we arrived in class after dinner, our classroom was set up into little 'dens'. We were given instructions by the character's in our English class novel to solve the riddles and clues within our envelopes. We were put into teams of 4 and had 30 minutes to solve the clues. Once our time was up, we shared our findings and this helped us to solve the puzzle - our new topic is all about Greece!

Summer 1

Spelling Detectives!

We have been learning to edit our own writing in English, but sometimes we find correcting our own spellings tricky, so today we were given a letter which is similar to the one we had written. It was our job as spelling detectives to find the incorrect spellings. Then, we used to resources around the room to help correct these spellings. 

Sedimentary Rocks

To help us understand how sedimentary and igneous rocks are formed, we made our own! We used different foods to represent the different laters, such as sand, bones and clay. 

Making Volcanoes

As part of our Topic work, we worked together to make a volcano! We used plastic bottles and tissue paper to make the cone shape. Later on in the term, we will be making our volcanoes erupt! 

Persuasive Language

In English, we had to discuss, and provide reasons for whether we thought it would be a good idea for scientists to bring back dinosaurs. Once we had decided if we were 'for' or 'against', we wrote our decision down using a persuasive sentence opener. Then we took part in conscience alley.

Potions

Today, in Maths, we made potions, by carefully measuring out different amounts of liquid. Each liquid was a different colour and we used measuring jugs to make sure we used the correct amount. One of the potions was an invisible spell - we were all really excited!

Djembe Drum

In our music lesson, we began to learn about the Djembe Drum, which is an African percussion instrument. We talked about how important rhythm is in music and we played the beat to a song which Mrs Walsh taught us. 

Making Fossils

We have been learning about different types of rocks, and how fossils are made. Today, we used salt dough to create fossils prints, which we will decorate later in the term. We pressed animals, shells, fish and leaves into the dough to create lots of different imprints. 

Story Mapping

Today, we drew a class story map detailing the life of early man, thinking about his needs, hobbies and different foods that he would eat. We are going to use this information in our English work later in the week!

Spring 2

Boomwhackers

In music, we have looked at a new instrument, called a Boomwhacker. To play a musical note, we had to bang it on the ground. Each whacker makes a different musical note. We worked together to play 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', it was so much trickier than we thought it would be since we were only playing part of the song each! We had to look through all of the musical notes and learn when it was our turn to bang our Boomwhacker, whilst listening to which notes our other team members were playing.

PE - Dance

In PE, we have been developing our dancing skills, using a variety of different movements to represent rainy, stormy weather. We worked in small groups to create a routine and also made suggestions for improving our dances!

Science Week

As part of Science week, we have been learning about the scientist, Tu You You who discovered a cure for malaria. We carried out a range of experiments to understand what blood is made of, how surgeons stitch skin after operations, how germs spread and which part of our brain controls which functions. All of these experiments helped us to understand how much knowledge Tu You You must have!

World Book Day

On World Book Day, we came to school dressed as our favourite book characters! We also had the chance to share our favourite book with our classmates. 

Poetry

In Guided Reading, we read a variety of poems, looking at the different features. We particularly liked the Haiku and Cinquain poems and their use of syllables. We noticed that some poems rhyme whereas some don't! This was similar to our free-verse poem that we wrote in English earlier in the term.  

Digital Gaming

Over the next few weeks, we will be designing and making a game using coding. In order to get a better understanding of successful games, we played existing games on laptops to help us decide which features we might choose to include in our own. 

Maths – Shape

Within maths, we have been learning how to draw 2D shapes accurately using rulers to measure specific lengths. We also tried to draw circles using a compass -which was very tricky! To celebrate our learning, we created shape collages by cutting out different sized 2D shapes and using these to create a picture. 

Entry Point – How is Earth formed?

To begin our new topic, we took part in lots of different activities to discover how the earth is formed. We used different coloured clay to recreate the different layers of the earth, from the inner and outer core, to the mantle and the crust. We discovered that the earth’s crust is broken into tectonic plants and we recreated these using a jigsaw. In addition, we recreated volcanoes using crackers to represent the tectonic plates, and we used jam to represent the molten rock, which is pushed to the surface of the earth!

Spring 1

Topic Exit Point – Coat of Arms

In our Topic work, we have looked at the Hopwood family and their ancestral home, Hopwood Hall. We also researched their coat of arms. This inspired us to recreate our own in our Art lesson. To do this, we printed out the design and then cut it in half, leaving the ‘missing’ half for us to sketch out. 

Science – Plants and Flowers

In science, we have been learning about plants and flowers. We did an experiment using straws to discover how water travels through plants. We also dissected flowers to find the different parts of them. Once we had found the parts of a flower, we worked with a partner to label them with the correct heading. 

Castleshaw Trip

We went to Castleshaw to learn all about the Romans. We learnt that they came from Italy and eventually came across to England, which is why Roman artefacts can be found here! We discovered Roman soldiers made bread to eat on their travels, so we had a try at grinding the grain into flour and then using it to make our own Roman bread. In the afternoon, we got our wellies on and went outside to practise marching like the Romans soldiers did. We also used our shields to protect ourselves from any enemies we encountered.

English - Sequencing a narrative 

In English, we looked at different styles of narratives, including poems, fiction books and biographies. We then looked at a story mountain and discussed what a narrative should contain. After this, we looked at the story of Cinderella, and matched key events to the correct heading on the story mountain. This helped us learn more about the plot within a narrative. 

Maths - Measurement Carousel

For the past two weeks in Maths, we have been learning all about measure! We have learnt how to compare between the units of measure for capacity, length and mass. As a celebration of our learning, we took part in a carousel of activities whereby we had different challenges on each table. These ranged from measuring the length of everyday items to weighing them using scales. On one of the tables, we had problem solving activities where we had to apply our newly learnt skills at a higher level. 

Shared Learning with Year 4

On Friday, Year 4 came into our class to share a piece of persuasive writing that they had been writing in their English lessons. Our job was to read their work and identify any errors that they may have made. In addition, we had to use dictionaries and thesauruses to correct spellings and up level any words. When Year 4 left our class, they felt more confident to write their final drafts!

Music Lessons

In our music lessons this half term, we are learning to play the cornet. We have to practise making the vibrating sounds with our lips in order for our cornets to make a sound. This is very tricky but we are really enjoying the challenge! In more recent weeks, we have been learning how to read music by looking at the musical notes on a scale and practising how long to hold the notes for.

Family Coat of Arms

 

As part of our new Topic, we looked at the Hopwood Family and their family's coat of arms. We then looked at our surnames to see where they originated from and what the symbols may have represented. This was really exciting to find out about and it got us interested in the topic of 'Why do some families become famous?'

Autumn 2

Aboriginal Art


Within our Topic, we have been learning about the first inhabitants of Australia. After learning lots of interesting information about their art work, we produced our own aborginal art. Firstly, we used a template of the animal that we wanted to design. Then, we used brightly coloured paint to create a replica dot painting. 

Sharing Work with Y4


This term, Year 4 have been writing a TED Talk all about plastic. Once they had finished, they came to share it with us! We listened to a range of different arguments and then we had the opportunity to work alongside a partner from Year 4 to ask them questions about their learning.

Investigating Friction!


Within our Science topic of 'Forces and Magnets', we learnt about friction and how it acts against a force. After this, we carried out an investigation where we tested different surfaces in order to  understand how friction affects the speed of an object. We discovered that the carpet created more friction than the smooth surface. 

Freeze Frame

Within our English lesson, we used freeze frame to develop a better understanding of a character's emotions and behaviours.  

Window to the World

Our focus country this time was India. We used a style of art called Pointillism which used the tip of the brush and little dots to paint. In addition, we painted Rangoli patterns and used these to cover the outline of an elephant. We had a fantastic day!

Entry Point

Year 3 had to search the playground to find hidden scraps of metal using clues. These clues helped us locate jigsaw pieces of our main character.

Autumn 1

Problem Solving


To consolidate our learning on place value this term, we completed a coded 100 square challenge. It was important that we could recognise patterns within the number square and justify how the symbols matched the numbers. 

Exploring Shadows

Our Science topic for this half term was ‘Light and Dark’ and we needed to recognise factors which might affect our shadow size. As the weather was perfect for this, we went outside and drew around our shadows. It was really helpful for us to see the shadows and discuss why they might change size. 

Character Description

After producing a character description of UG, we went into Year 4 and read these aloud to a partner. The Year 4 children had to draw what they thought our character looked like. After this, we went back to our classroom and improved our work based upon their feedback. 

Freddy Fit
 

We were lucky enough to have Freddy Fit visit our school again. Team work was a big focus this time and Freddy Fit taught us how to be resilient. We really enjoyed keeping fit and also having a go at the limbo!

Cave Painting
 

Using a spray bottle and paint, Year 3 went outside and created a replica cave painting. We sprayed the paint over our hands and looked at the design it left underneath. After this, we discussed how cave art would have been produced in a similar way during the Stone Age.

Entry Point

For our entry point, we looked at archaeologists and how they help us to learn about the past. We looked at different materials from the inside of a bin and discussed what the items might tell people about us in the future.