Welcome to Year 3
Mrs Bryden teaches in class 3B and Miss Thresh teaches in 3T. The children are lucky to have Mrs Mirza teaching them during PPA; Mrs Mirza also takes some groups of children who needed extra support with their language. We have a wonderful array of teaching assistants who care for the children and support their learning in class: Mrs Ward, Mrs Mussa and Mrs Bapu. Miss Lindsay supports and challenges groups of children in her intervention work. Mrs Hussain, Mrs Desai and Mrs Patel provide specialist support for individual children in Year 3.
When Mickey Met Wallace
In our 1st topic of the summer term the children concentrated more on the Arts and ICT.
We began by exploring ‘What is animation?’ and when you heard the word, animation, what did it make you think of? The children discussed their favourite cartoon characters, before being asked to draw them. We then explored and sorted cartoons that are not animated and animations that are not cartoons.
We looked at how pictures moved in the past through zoetrope and flipbooks. The children were able to evaluate a range of books, before making their own flip books on the computer. Moving onto Mickey Mouse, we watched his first appearance in a moving film and looked at how he has developed over the years from 2d to 3d. We loved the animations such as Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie! The children put various pictures of Mickey Mouse in chronological order, before attempting to draw an old and a more modern picture of him.
We then moved on to more modern times and carried out research into Wallace and Gromit. The children discovered how the animations were created before attempting to make their own character out of clay. We got very messy!
We finished the topic by looking at the work of Davey Law who famously created the Beano characters. The children had opportunities to draw, paint and collage a range of his characters.
Throughout the 5 weeks, the children carried out drama work connected to appliances from the past, studied Beethoven and Mozart in depth and finally created their own Beethoven Beat rap.
In Computing, the children created animations in various styles, from digital flipbooks to stick figure animations.
We had amazing fun and have learnt a vast range of skills this half term!
Rocky the Findosaur
In our 2nd half term our topic is Rocky the Findosaur!
We will begin by finding and comparing rocks, discussing if they are man-made or natural. Then we will move onto the different rock classifications, discovering what makes them all different and how we can sort them.
After that we will begin to look at fossils and will watch the Fossil Rock Anthem! We will learn how fossils are made and will observe and compare them based on their properties. We will move from this, to pose question about what the animal may have been and where it might have come from.
Next we will look at the muddy topic of soil! We will learn what soil is and why it is important, before looking at what different substances soil is made from. We will test how water reacts with soil before looking at different types of soil and making a soil cocktail!
Then we will ask ourselves… “What’s the matter?” We are going to be looking at the different states of matter – solid, liquid and gas and focus on how the molecules react with each other in these states. We will then look at the different states and water and link to the evaporation and condensation of water as seen in the water cycle.
We are going to have a very busy final half term!
Children in Year 3 have been learning about the Battle of Hastings. Below are some of the videos they have made in movie maker about the event. You can watch more on SM-TV... at this link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaHzyBRouhxrCjCW9rGFNGvJpPryQty7Y
We begin the second half of the term with ‘A right royal battle’ where the children will concentrate on the Battle of Hastings. The children will discover where the Normans came from and why they settled here. Through questioning and hot seating, the children will discover more about William the Conqueror. The Battle of Hastings will be studied and sequenced, using the Bayeux tapestry as a reliable historical source.
Next we move onto Fairtrade, where the terms export and import will be explored. The children will learn about how the world’s natural resources are not distributed equally, which is why countries need to trade. Research will uncover why some countries who are rich in natural resources are sometimes the poorest third world countries and how countries such as Japan, who are poor in terms of natural resources, are amongst the richest countries e.g. through global companies such as Honda, Sony, Toyota etc.). The children will learn about Fairtrade and where goods come from. They will follow the journey of a banana and discuss why Fairtrade is important for the farmers. Finally we will shop and make goods to sell using Fairtrade produce.
The last part of the topic sees a focus on endangered animals and deforestation. The children will find out where deforestation is taking place and why. They will research extinct and endangered animals and discover what is being done about it with the captive breed programme. With the money raised from our Fairtrade project, we hope to sponsor an animal at a local zoo.
Our first topic of 2016 was ‘From out of the shadows…’ which focused upon light, electricity and sound.
We began by discussing and exploring what happens when light touches mirrors, reflective clothing and the moon. They then explored what happens when light is blocked and how shadows are formed. The children made their own stick sculptures which they investigated light distance in relation to the height of the puppet. We discussed the times when the shadows were long and short and asked the children to explain the reasons for this.
We made a class table of all appliances and items that use electricity, including those items which use batteries. The children sorted and classified the items to show what the electricity enables the appliance to do e.g. heat up, have a moving part, make a noise etc. Moving on, the children explored using wires, bulbs, clips, batteries and cases to make a bulb light up and were asked to record the circuit they created in a pictorial way. The children were introduced to the conventional circuit symbols. A series of circuit drawings were given to the children who were asked to ascertain whether the bulb would light up and to explain their results. They were provided with the equipment to make circuits independently so they could check their thinking. The children considered environmental issues, by introducing switches to their circuits which saved electricity.
To complete electricity, the children played Pass the Squeeze, where they held hands and squeezed the next hand along when their other hand was squeezed. We explored how some materials allowed electricity to flow through them, while others stopped the current. We played Pass the Squeeze again and this time chose a child /children to be insulators who stopped the current. The children were asked to explain what happened to the current. The children tested a range of materials to ascertain whether they were a conductor or insulator of electricity.
Finally we finished with sound. The children researched and labelled the parts of the ear and their functions. The children explored sound waves and labelled high, low, soft and loud sound waves. They enjoyed investigating vibrations with their voices as they watched sound waves move chocolate sprinkles on the taut cling film bowl. The children enjoyed playing Sound Bingo and exploring musical instruments.
Finally the children enjoyed building houses out of Lego and making electrical circuits to light up the houses in the dark. They further understood the importance of circuits whilst playing with Scalextric. Sound was explored on the Wii where the children enjoyed singing and dancing along. Mrs Copeland kindly lent us a set of drums and cymbals where the children explored pitch. Music was composed on the 2 Simple software on Purple Mash, along with a host of other activities that brought our exciting topic to a grand finale.
Autumn Term 2
We began this term with a special Spanish/DT fortnight.
During the 2 weeks we focussed our afternoon work on Spainish and design technology.
We focussed upon:
Living in Spain
Schools and home
Food and eating
In design technology, the children tasted Spanish food and made Spanish snacks, learning basic skills such as washing, slicing and mixing.
They also focussed upon skills such as cutting, joining and moving through our mini project; Making moving images using levers.
Spirit of Christmas
We focussed on Germany, learning about festive traditions and customs, particularly those associated with Christmas.
Our chosen country to focus upon in Year 3 was Germany.
We began by finding out where Germany is in Europe, its surrounding countries and its main cities and rivers. The children carried out research into what Germany is famous for e.g. cars, inventing x-rays, sausages, etc.
We looked at some traditional Christmas tales associated with Germany.
The children focussed upon Christmas preparation in Germany: Christkindl, Knecht Ruprecht and St Nicholas and the stories behind the traditions.
They designed and mod-rocked shoes ready to leave out on the eve of St Nicholas; the well behaved children received bags of sweets in their shoes, while one or two children received sticks, with a hope that their behaviour would improve.
The children had the opportunity to taste a variety of German food and researched what the Germans traditionally ate over the Christmas period.
Christmas markets were studied, with the main ones being located on maps and the children discovered the different goods that were sold there.
We observed similarities and differences between how Christmas is celebrated in this country and how it is celebrated in Germany.
The children looked at and researched more origins of some of Christmas traditions from the past. They put Christmas firsts onto a timeline in chronological order. The children handled artefacts from the museum and made intelligent predictions about what the objects were used for.
The children smelt different spices for baking, before designing their own German sweet treat. They then made, decorated and ate the biscuits. In the final week, a German Christmas market was set up in the hall. Children came dressed appropriately and spent ‘German’ money on lots of lovely treats such as Lebkuchen, pretzels, gingerbread and hot mulled punch.
Autumn 1 Under attack!!!
The unit looks at groups who have invaded and settled in Britain in the past.
The children will learn where the Romans came from and discover all the places they invaded on Ancient maps. They will think about why they came to Britain and what legacies they left behind. The children will research important Roman figures and learn about what it must have been like for Romans in their daily lives. They then move onto the Anglo-Saxons; again finding out where they came from and locating places on maps. They will focus on their daily lives and learn about the Seven Kingdoms (Heptarchy).
Finally, the children end the topic, by focussing on the Vikings: where did they come from and why. They will explore Viking life at home, farming, sailing and fighting. They will try and build their own long boats and carry out writing secret messages in Runes. The children will compare and contrast all 3 invaders and settlers group looking at similarities and differences.
To bring the topic alive, we have arranged for each class to visit Martin Mere on a Viking experience day.
Martin Mere describe the experience:
‘Spending a day with the villagers is a real eye-opener. We’re very friendly but we do make children work hard. They have to make felt, weave bracelets, prepare vegetable stew and bake oatcakes, go foraging and do weapons-training. They may even have time to thatch, make wattle and daub walling, make clay pots, sit in the coracle and see how we make fire with flint and steel.’