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  • Money, Money, Money!

    Published 13/06/21, by Andy Mari

    In Maths this week, Year 3 have been learning all about money. We started off our topic by becoming familiar with the different coins and different ways we can make the same amounts. We continued and developed our learning throughout the week, where we started to convert pounds to pence. We ended the week by adding amounts of money without regrouping. This tested our mental addition and our resilience. We used the money to help us understand the concept more. 

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  • Shadows in Year 3

    Published 21/05/21, by Andy Mari

    In Science this week, we were learning all about shadows. We learnt new vocabulary: 

    -opaque 

    -transparent 

    -translucent  

    We found out that shadows are formed when an opaque object blocks the light source. To enhance our learning more, we created shadow monsters outside with our group. We had different challenges each time- we even had to make a shadows monster with no legs!  

    We also set up a stick outside Pear class to monitor and closely observe how the shadows moved throughout the day.  

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  • Roman Day in Year 3

    Published 20/05/21, by Andy Mari

    On Friday, we all experienced a Roman Day! This day was filled with lots of different activities all relating to Romans. In the morning, we had a carousel of activities in our groups. The different stations were:

    1. Javelin Practice- Roman’s enjoyed javelin as a sport. The soldiers also carried Javelin’s too.
    2. Gods and goddesses top trumps- The Romans worshipped many different gods and goddesses. We had to read about the different Gods and create top trumps about the Gods.
    3. Create a Roman Town- Each group had to design a part of a Roman Town.
    4. Tie-dying- Each group had to create a tie-dye. They had to chose to dye their material either turmeric (yellow), spinach (green) or beetroot (red).
    5. Puzzles- this station had lots of different puzzles relating to the Romans. They could choose mosaic drawing, colour by Roman numerals or word search.
    6. Pin the dot on Italy- The children were blindfolded and had to pin the dot on Italy.

    After these activities, Miss Whitfield led the children to sing 2 different Roman songs.

     

    After lunch, we had a quiz. We were split into different teams and had to think of a quiz name! There were 3 rounds to the quiz- all relating to our knowledge we learnt in the day!

     

    Next, we sat on the floor in a circle (how they ate at banquets) and got to try some foods the Romans had. We could try:

    • Dates
    • Figs
    • Olives
    • Bread with honey
    • Grapes

     

    Finally, we were treated to a real life gladiator fight between Mrs Chapman and Mr Steedman. The girls were told they had to sit at the back just like they were in the Roman time. The boys got to sit at the front! We all chanted for Mrs Chapman to win, and she did!

     

    We all had a brilliant day!

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  • Be Bright, Be Seen

    Published 01/05/21, by Andy Mari

    Our current Science topic is all about light. For this lesson, we were learning what reflection is and how important it can be to keep us safe. We worked in pairs and discussed that reflection is where light bounces off reflective materials. We also found out that light can be absorbed by dark materials. After this, we then worked collaboratively and produced a 'Be Bright Be Seen' poster. We had a checklist of certain items we had to include! We then had to present all this information to the class! 

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  • Who is he? Nobody knows. Where has he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows.

    Published 15/04/21, by Andy Mari

    We have kicked off this term's English with The Iron Man! For our first lesson, we were only shown the front cover. We had to become book detectives and think carefully about what clues were given to us. We worked in groups to find out what we knew already. We found out that The Iron Man is colossal, we knew this because there is a young boy, who looks tiny, perching on the Iron Man's shoulder. We also found out that the Iron Man has eyes that glow! Some of us made predictions about what the Iron Man could be like or who the young man could be. 

    For the next part of the lesson, we collected and studied lots of vocabulary relating to the Iron Man. We looked as different properties of metals, such as, temperature, texture, colour and types of metals. We each had different items which were made out of metal which helped us think of great descriptions we could use for the Iron Man! 

    We can't wait to learn more about the Iron Man! 

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  • Which materials made the car go further?

    Published 23/03/21, by Andy Mari
     
     
    For our Science, we have been looking at forces. We learnt about a force called friction and how it effects the movement of objects. We wanted to find out which materials made the car go further. We used ramps which had different materials on. We let the car down the ramp and then measured how far the car went when it got to the floor. We had to make sure our test was accurate and fair. To ensure our test was fair, we only changed on variable- the different ramps. It was clear to see which materials had the most friction. 
     
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  • Did Bronze age people believe in God?

    Published 15/03/21, by Andy Mari

    In this lesson, we wanted to find out if Bronze age people had religion or believed in God. We found out about the Stonehenge and what people thought it was used for. We found out that a lot of archaeologists believed it was used for religious purposes. They also thought it could be used for a burial site.  

    We then created a replica of the Stonehenge using lego, mutli link cubes and playdough. We made sure we included the features such as the altar, the heel stone and Outer Circle of Sarsen stones.  

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  • Year 3 cave drawings

    Published 05/03/21, by Andy Mari

    Continuing our art this week, we used all of our skills and created our own cave drawing using charcoal. We used the techniques that we learned last week and applied them to our drawings. We were completely free to design our own piece of art. We were even told that there was no right ro wrong answer! The children started by shading their background which provided a strong background for them to work on. Each child chose an animal to draw using the 2D shapes method they got taught. Some of the children even used handprints! 

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  • We're a bit of a know-it-owl in Art!

    Published 25/02/21, by Cressida Whitfield

    In Art, we have been looking at prehistoric art. We have been building on our existing drawing skills from previous units and have applied these in our drawings. We drew 2 different owls- one in pencil and one in charcoal. The first drawing we did was our initial sketch which saw us examining the image we were drawing from- looking at the 2D shapes we got from it. We know that everything is made from 2D shapes and when you focus on those when drawing, it is a lot easier! 

    We then moved on to our second drawing of our owl. This time we had to scale up our drawing onto large paper. We also used charcoal which is burnt wood. This can create lots of great effects- especially the smudging technique. We focused on using different tones in our drawings to make them 'come alive'. 

    We then displayed all of our owls outside of our group room so we can see them and remind ourselves of how far we have come in our art skills! 

    We are a;ao impressed with the home learners who joined us with this lesson. Children at home got to choose what media they wanted to draw their owl with. Some children used pencils while some chose to use chalk. We are very impressed with all of the children's attitude to art. What great artists we are all becoming! 

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  • Acute, Obtuse, Right- You Decide!

    Published 10/02/21, by Cressida Whitfield

    In Maths, we have been learning different types of angles. We have stretched ourselves into finding angles in shapes using geo boards. 

    The children at home have also been learning about different angles and have been using JamBoard to draw their angles and find different size angles. 

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  • Sweetie Maths? Yes Please!

    Published 03/02/21, by Cressida Whitfield

    As part of our bar graph unit, we asked children at home to get smarties or starburst to create their own bar graph. The children at school has starburst to complete a bar graph. 

    They had to collate the data and then create the X axis and the Y axis. They decided what scale to use and how to label the two lines of axis. 

    We are very proud of the level of presentation and determination shown by the children in school and at home. 

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  • Hello Bob!

    Published 29/01/21, by Cressida Whitfield

    For Science, we have been looking at skeletons and naming bones. We had a visitor in Year 3- Bob! He is Year 3's very own skeleton. Today, we learnt about the different types of skeletons; endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydrostatic skeletons. We had to sort different animals into the correct type of skeleton. Did you know that jellyfish have no bones!? We also found that that tortoises have both endoskeletons and exoskeletons! 

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