Welcome to the Year 3 class page.
A few things to note:
- Please have PE kits (including black pumps) in school at all times.
- Please read with your child daily and sign their diary to show that this has been done.
- We start activities as soon as children step into the classroom at 8:45 so please ensure you are on time so your child doesn't miss out!
World Book Day is coming up!
World book day is on Thursday 1st March this year and we will be celebrating in school on this date. In school we are currently promoting the Top 100 books to read before leaving each year group and we would love the children to choose a character from one of these to dress up as. Please don't spend lots of money on costumes as they can be made from what you already have at home.
Making our own Pictish standing stones!
As part of our topic on the Anglo-Saxons we have also been looking at the Scots and Picts who lived in the north of Britain at the same time. The children got the chance to make their own standing stones and carved their names in Ogham, the language the Picts would have used. We had a great afternoon getting messy with the clay and the results were fabulous!
Experimenting with magnets
Last week, as part of our forces and magnetic topic, Year 3 conducted their own experiment into which materials were magnetic. They made predictions, carried out their experiments and recorded their results like real life scientists. They also came up with some fantastic scientific questions of their own - some of which Miss Arnold didn't even know the answer to!
The children were very lucky yesterday to have a visit from the Life Caravan. They Life Caravan runs interactive sessions to help children make healthy lifestyle choices. Year 3 learnt all about how their brains work and how important they are!
On Monday 5th February Year 3 went on an exciting visit to the library. After a rather chilly walk, we arrived at Weoley Castle Library and were met by one of the librarians, Derrick. He read us a very funny story about Boa's birthday and then explained that we could all apply for a free library card to take out up to ten books! After this the children had a chance to look around and pick out any books they thought looked interesting.
The children had a great time on Polar Day. We learnt all about how the Earth's atmosphere protects us and how the green house effect is warming the Earth and ruining the habitats of polar creatures. We also learnt first hand how blubber helps to keep animals warm in the Arctic and Antarctic by putting our hands in icy water with and without margarine spread covering our hands. After finding out how animals keep warm in this environment, we researched which materials are the best insulators for keeping humans warm. Finally, we designed our own animals adapted to their environments.
This week many children did not bring in both pieces of completed homework. Homework is an important part of learning and is a good way for Miss Arnold to see how children are getting on. Comprehension questions can be thrown away once the full answers have been written into homework books to stop them becoming full of loose sheets.
This week the children have been learning how to "debug" an algorithm using scratch. After discussing where the term "debugging" came from the children began to ask questions about what the first computers were like. Miss Arnold would love the children to do their own research to find out for extra house points!
Year 3 Trip
Our trip to Birmingham City Museum and art gallery was fantastic! The children were utterly wowed by the Staffordshire hoard and learnt so much about life in an Anglo-Saxon in our workshop. We are now all very enthusiastic about learning more about the Anglo-Saxons.
Our topic for next term is the Anglo-Saxons. It would be wonderful if the children did some research about them over the holidays and put together their own projects. I was very impressed with the continent projects that the children brought in last term and so am very excited to see their creations.
Year Three had a very busy morning today making some Christmas cards. They particularly enjoyed getting messy with the paints!
Prayer and reflection assembly
The children did a fantastic job in their celebration assembly yesterday on finding peace during advent despite the snow's best efforts to stop them practicing. Thank you to all of the adults who were able to support us by coming to watch. Miss Arnold was very proud of all of Year 3.
In RE we have just started the topic of advent. The children have been very excited to start preparing for the arrival of Jesus. We acted out the annunciation and have been creating our own Jesse tree. This is a tree hung with symbols that represent events in the bible from before Jesus birth.
Stars of the week for Autumn 2 so far...
Our class pet!
We have decided to provide a home for the local hedgehogs and monitor this for the term. Hopefully we will have some hedgehog updates soon!
Wearing something green for Macmillan!
Star of the week 29.09.17 Well done Megan!
Star of the week - 22.09.17
Our star this week is Mikaela for always listening, trying her best and being a good friend to everyone.
Star of the week - 15.09.17
Michael is our star this week for listening and following instructions.
Maths - Week 2
We got off to a great start in our maths last week, learning all about place value. There were number lines galore and we even moved on to looking at how place value works when writing amounts in pounds and pence.