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Year 3

In Religious Education during the Summer term, children will be continuing to learn about Hinduism.  In the first half-term, they have been discussing how people can mean different things to different people and have been learning about how Brahman can take many forms.  They have examined fact files about some of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and made cubes to represent the many forms of Brahman.

In Science this term, children have been learning all about rocks.  They worked together in groups to examine the properties of a range of rocks.  They made predictions and then carried out a series of tests to examine each rock before recording and explaining their findings using scientific language.

This term, Year 3 topic lessons are mainly focused on History.  In the first half of the Summer term, children have been learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.  They have compared life in each time with modern day life and created some stone age weapons.

Year 3 completed their learning about Easter by discussing the importance of The Last Supper for Christians.  Children made chocolate chip bread, which they also shared with other classes in the school, and then took part in their own Last Supper and celebrated all of their fantastic achievements this term.

Children have continued to learn about the Easter story and why it is important to Christians.  They have considered whether Good Friday was a good day for Jesus and his disciples, and have also discussed why the day is called Good Friday.  Children also made peg characters from the Easter story to make a display of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Continuing their learning about the importance of water as part of our topic called ‘Flow’, children examined river water and made a filter paper cone to filter the water to make it clean.  They also planted flower seeds in propagators to grow colourful flowers for the classroom, which will also be used when children learn all about plants in the summer term.

In PSHE we have been designing and decorating  our own dream flowers. We decided what we dreamed of being when we grow up and came up with ideas of how we could achieve these goals.

In science we conducted an experiment using dark boxes. We were testing which materials were best at reflecting light which helped us to design a safety poster about staying safe when travelling in the dark.

Year 3 celebrated World Book Day by coming to school in costumes of characters from their favourite books.  They also enjoyed special assemblies and activities in class about books.

As part of PSHE life skills learning this half-term, children have been studying the life stories of famous people who have made a big impact on our world.  People who, when they were young, had big dreams.  Artists, musicians, dancers, scientists who really did ‘Dare to Dream and Aim to Achieve’.  These influential people have included Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Josephine Baker, Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart and many more.  Children also sketched and coloured drawings of each of the people they studied to make some amazing pieces of art work!

As part of our topic ‘Tremors’, children learned about the different parts of a volcano and how they are formed.  They also had fun making a splash painting of a volcano erupting.

Year 3 worked together as teams to follow instructions to make a volcano and we had a competition to see which volcano would erupt the most.  Children also learned about the science behind this experiment and how chemical reactions can cause gases to be formed.  We also discussed what it might be like to live near a volcano and how most of the world’s volcanoes are located in a part of the Earth called ‘The Ring of Fire’.

 

Year 3 have continued to learn about volcanoes and earthquakes in our topic called ‘Tremors’.  They used descriptive vocabulary to write about Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ and also enjoyed painting their own version of this famous piece of artwork.

In Religious Education this half-term, children have been exploring what Christians believe about the miracles of Jesus.  They have written about Jesus feeding the 5000, Jesus walking on water, Jesus healing a blind man and Jairus’ daughter, and Jesus calming the storm.  They have been exploring and discussing whether Jesus could really heal people and have also made stained glass window representations of some of the miracles.

Year 3 began a new, Geography, topic for this half-term called ‘Tremors’ and have been learning about the structure of the Earth.  Children used jelly, custard and chocolate to made an edible version of the layers of the Earth.

In a Design and Technology cooking lesson, Year 3 worked in teams and followed instructions to bake delicious reindeer cupcakes to take home.

Year 3 took their learning beyond the classroom when they visited Waltham Abbey Church.  They learned about the history of the church as well as discussing the nativity before having an opportunity to look around each part of the church.  Children also practised their carol singing as they sat in the choir pews of the Abbey.  We would like to thank The Reverend Alexandra Guest for making us feel so welcome and for answering all of our questions – we really enjoyed our visit!

Year 3 are working on their new topic for this half-term called ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’.  Children have been learning about Roald Dahl, reading and writing about Charlie and the Chocolate factory and designing their own chocolate bars and sweets.  They also learned about the history of chocolate, and drawing bar charts and using a database to analyse results, as part of two very popular chocolate tasting lessons.

 

In PSHE we have been learning about the importance of working as a team. We had to design and build our own carrot cars out of just carrots and cucumbers, as a team, before we raced them!

This term in science we have been learning all about skeletons and muscles. We designed and made our own skeletons out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks.

Children completed this half-term’s topic about Heroes and Villains by writing about the story of 101 Dalmatians.  Some children made dalmatian pumpkins and others used spray paint to create artwork of Cruella de Vil.

As children completed their Religious Education learning about Hinduism for this half-term, they used their Design and Technology skills to measure and mix ingredients accurately to bake and then decorate lots of yummy Diwali cookies.

Children used their Design and Technology skills in Religious Education to make and decorate a Diwali lamp as they continued to learn about different aspects of Hinduism.

Year 3 have been learning about Hinduism in our weekly Religious Education lessons.  Children have been describing characters from the story of Rama and Sita.  They have also learned about play scripts and displayed their acting talents as they brought the story to life!

In English, we have been using the engaging story called ‘War and Peas’ to continue our work on writing character and setting descriptions.  Children also had fun developing their drama and performance skills as they retold their own version of the story.

As part of our ‘Superheroes and Villains’ topic, Year 3 also enjoyed getting messy with paint to make Superhero hand prints of Batman and Spiderman.

Our topic in the first half of the Autumn term is called ‘Superheroes and Villains’. Children worked together to develop their team working skills and made Superhero logos using pasta and paint.  Children have also been learning about each of the Superheroes and using adjectives to describe each character’s appearance and personality.