Year 3

Mr Magill

Class News

Spring

We took part in a choral poetry event along with other year 3 classes. We performed two poems one was ‘Gran Can You Rap?’ and the other was ‘Talking Turkeys’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. We performed one of them in front of the school to showcase our talents and here it is… enjoy!

This half term has seen us going to the Knowsley Safari Park. We thoroughly enjoyed this and some of our highlights included seeing the sea lion show and the birds of prey. Take a look at some of our pictures below.

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We are also growing tomato plants as part of a science investigation we are conducting. We want to check which condition seeds grow best in. Some children chose to check whether they would grow in the dark, some without water, others put their test seed in the fridge whilst one group put their seed far away from the window. We kept a control seed by the window and water it regularly. If these seeds germinate and grow, we can take them home.

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Literacy

This term we have created a non-chronological report about an endangered animal. If you would like to see them, ask Mr Magill and he can show you the class book we have created.

We are now focussing on poetry. We are learning two performance poems for a choral poetry event. We will then be looking at narrative poems such as those written by Julia Donaldson.

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 Maths

We started off by looking at fractions and to do this we used all manner of objects to help us including chocolate, cubes, drawings and our heads. I am really proud at how much the children developed during this half term and they have really learnt loads about fractions.

Our next maths topic saw us looking at bar charts, tally charts and pictograms. We are now looking at shapes.

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Science

This whole term has been about plants. We have planted seeds which we will soon be able to take home. Our investigation so far is showing us that seeds germinate and grow best when they have sunlight and are watered regularly.

We then wanted to check which method of seed dispersal would be best for an egg sized seed. To do this we found a few different ways that seeds disperse and then tried to make our own version of this. We then threw them out of the window and recorded which seeds survived and which seeds did not. We found that fruit would be the best dispersal method as the soft coating kept the seed inside safe.

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Geography

In Geography we have looked at the water cycle. To do this we looked at how water is in a continual cycle and that the water we drink could at one point have been inside a dinosaur!

We looked at rivers in the U.K. and where they run to. We then found out what happens when these rivers burst their banks and what it means to the people of the U.K. After seeing some news stories and finding out that one of our children was on the front page of a newspaper due to flooding we wanted to know if our class would survive a flood. (Spoiler alert – it wouldn’t)

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Art

We entered a competition set up by Knowsley Safari Park to win an afternoon of class based sessions. To win we had to draw and paint a picture of a tiger. We followed various stages including researching tigers, drafting different tigers, finalising our ideas, painting them and adding a little accent of glitter.

Daniella from our class won and we have enjoyed a lovely afternoon learning from experts and meeting exciting creatures.

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SEAL

In SEAL we have been learning how to stay safe. Our class have enjoyed creating dramas and booklets as to how we can safe.

 

Autumn

So far Year 3 has started exceptionally well. We are loving life here and learning a lot of interesting new things. Check below for some of the things we are doing in each topic.

Literacy

We have started the year by taking an in depth look at how to create and develop characters. Our class decided that Roald Dahl was fantastic at creating interesting, weird and wonderful characters so we chose one of his books to help inspire our writing. We chose ‘The BFG’. The first thing we noticed was how The BFG was initially introduced as though he may be a scary character. However, after you read on you realise that he is in fact a loving, caring character who, as his name suggests, is big and friendly.

We used this to create our own character ‘The Big Friendly Dinosaur’ (BFD) and will allow Roald Dahl to inspire us in writing about what seems like an evil character because of their strange appearance becomes one in which we all wish we could have as our best friend.

Maths

We love Maths! Our first task in Maths was to understand place value for numbers up to 1000. To do this we had to understand what a hundred actually looked like and how it is different from a ten. We used base 10 to actually see and partition these numbers and could see that 734 was actually 700+30+4. This wasn’t enough for our amazing class as we then started to partition in more ways so 700+30+4 became 700+20+14 or 600+130+4 or even 500+220+14.

Then we moved onto addition, this is the first year we have started using column addition. At first we found this tricky (especially when one of our columns added up to more than 10) but now we are masters at it and can even use this to help us make cakes.

We now move into the equally important skill of subtraction. Will we be able to put it into a column and will we be able to do this if the top number is smaller than the bottom number?

Science

Rocks rock! At least that’s what Year 3 think. We started by learning the three major rock groups of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic and how each are formed: test us on it. We then went to visit a local church made of sandstone and through investigating the walls were erosion had occurred we quickly surmised that sandstone must be sedimentary rock. It was really interesting to rub our fingers against it and feel all of the sand rubbing off.

After this our curiosity had peaked and we simply had to investigate different types of rocks. We set up and investigation where we had several different types of rock fragments and we could test different factors of the rocks.

  • Durability – we rubbed them with sandpaper to check how durable the rock was
  • Permeability – we used pipettes to check if the rock easily allowed water to pass through
  • Density – we dropped the rocks into water to check if they were highly dense (sank) or if they had a low density (floated)

History

Yabadaba do! This half term in History we have been exploring the Stone Age. We started early in the Stone Age and looked at what life would have been like for early hunter gatherers. Our first task was to create an advert for a new type of bow and arrow that would help feed your family. We had to know what animals Stone Age people would be hunting and why it was necessary for them to hunt; unfortunately there were no supermarkets in the Stone Age.

Our next task was to explore the impressive Skara Brae located on the Orkney Islands above Scotland. We saw pictures of what a village in the Stone Age looked like and heard about how it was different from the cities and towns we have now. Our class quickly realised they had narrow passageways because they didn’t have cars. One thing baffled us: plot 7. Plot 7 had two bodies buried underneath and it’s door could only be locked and unlocked from the outside. As a class we discussed what this could mean and came to the conclusion that it must have been a stone cell. We were excited now and wanted to write a story about how the two bodies could have ended up under this stone cell. Our stories included descriptions of the village and the homes that existed there as well as the great meeting hall and eventually the cell. We really used all of our knowledge of Skara Brae to create an image for the reader.

Geography

Our main focus to start off with in Geography was the U.K. We focussed particularly on places within the United Kingdom. This involved us using an atlas to find cities located here and displaying them on a map. Then we looked at rivers and where they are in the United Kingdom. We used a map to locate the rivers of the U.K. and stated where they flow to.

I.C.T.

Anyone who has ever attended any meeting will know it is important to present using different media. This could be text, audio, video or visual through the use of pictures or graphs. Our first topic will show us one way to create a multimedia presentation with a particular focus on adding picture to a presentation.

We will create a presentation all about dinosaurs, with a particular focus on fossils.

Most adults would be terrified at the thought of presenting in front of a group which is why we start early in Year 3. Using our presentations that we will have created on our iPads we will present to the class using a prepared speech and our pictures to help. We will all be expert presenters by the end of the year!

Design and Technology

We start by using our knowledge on fossils that we have developed in Science and I.C.T. to create our very own fossil. To do this we will have to design what our fossil is going to look like and check the feasibility of making it. We will be working under deadlines just like somebody who does this as a career. We will have to really reflect on whether creating a skull is realistic given our time constraints. We may even use this to help our maths.

Spanish

We are loving Spanish and I have to apologise if children are going home and singing our Spanish songs; I secretly love if they are doing this and I know you do too!

So far we have learnt how to say hello, what is your name, my name is.. and are now working on both asking and answering how are you?