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Year 3

As the end of term and Year 3 approaches, learners have been busy working on Times Tables Rock Stars to improve their knowledge and speed of answering times tables questions:

Year 3 are enjoying working on Times Tables Rock Stars to improve their times tables knowledge but who will be the ultimate Rock Hero?

Summer is here!  We hope you are enjoying this lovely weather.  As part of our new, History-based topic about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Year 3 had fun making a shortbread biscuit version of Stonehenge and some yummy chocolate chip cookies to take home.

Year 3 completed their History-related topic work on Ancient Greece by learning about the history of the Olympic Games.  Children also made an Olympic torch.

As part of this half-term’s topic work about Ancient Greece, children took part in an International Dance Workshop.  They worked in teams and had lots of fun learning traditional Greek dances.

In topic lessons, Year 3 continued their History learning about Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world by learning about Greek music and the Greek god Pan.  Children had to measure carefully to make their own pan pipes.

Year 3 continued their understanding of Ancient Greece by learning about some of the wars and the weapons that soldiers used.  Children designed and made their own Greek shield.

Children also have been learning about Greek architecture and how it compares to today’s modern buildings.  They worked together as a team to build a version of the Parthenon.

The Year 3 topic for the first half of the Summer term is called ‘Gods and Mortals’ and is about Ancient Greece.  At the start of this new topic, children learned about Greek Myths and had fun making a Medusa.

Year 3 joined forces with Year 4 to round off the spring term by working together and following instructions to make yummy chocolate cakes to eat and to sell to raise money for the school.

In our English lessons, children have been using powerful vocabulary to describe the appearance and personality of the characters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  They also enjoyed being the characters as they performed a version of the story.

As part of the topic about volcanoes, children learned about the famous painting called ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch and described what the person in the painting might have been feeling and why.  They had to work closely with a partner to complete their own version of the painting as each pupil only had half of the picture to work on!

Children also enjoyed writing and following instructions; and working in teams to complete an exciting experiment to simulate a volcanic eruption:

In the second half of the Spring term, our Topic in Year 3 was called ‘Tremors’.  Children learned about volcanoes and earthquakes.  The had fun with splash painting to create volcano artwork:

As a link to our English lessons on report writing, children wrote some very informative non-chronological reports titled ‘All About Rivers’ and ‘Rivers of the World’.  They also discussed how rivers can be polluted and what can be done to save our rivers.  They designed and painted a poster to encourage people to look after our rivers:

Children also enjoyed learning about the water cycle and worked in pairs to make 3D water cycle models. Each quarter of the model represents a different part of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection:

In the first half of the Spring term, our topic was called ‘Flow’.  As part of this topic, children developed their understanding of the world – its continents, oceans and countries.  They made representations of the oceans and continents to support their learning:

In the Autumn term, children also enjoyed the first Religious Education learning day.  The theme was ‘creation’:

 

Children created their own names as Graffiti art using a computer program and also learned about the work of Banksy and painted their own pieces of famous Banksy artwork:

Our topic in the second half of the Autumn term was called ‘Urban Pioneers’.  As well as writing about famous landmarks to improve their Geography knowledge, children also studied Graffiti art in London and debated whether it is art or Graffiti (the majority of the class were of the view that it was art!):

During English lessons in the Autumn term, children enjoyed reading, writing about and performing many of Aesop’s fables:

Team working was also important when children baked yummy superhero cupcakes to take home and for the staffroom:

Children wrote about the story of 101 Dalmatians and described the character of Cruella De Vil.  They also worked in teams to make 101 Dalmatian pumpkins:

Children also enjoyed a very messy art lesson when they made superhero paintings using their own handprints:

 

As a link to our English lessons on fairy tales from alternative perspectives, children sketched a range of fairy tale characters from puppets that visited our classroom:

Children from Years 3 and 4 helped to plant some flowers outside our Year 3 classroom to brighten up our school grounds:

Children had to pay close attention to detail when they made superhero and Star Wars silhouettes:

Our topic in the first half of the Autumn term was called ‘Superheroes and Villains’. Children worked together to make colourful Superhero rosettes to brighten up our classroom: