Welcome to the Year 3 page 2020-2021. Year 3 consists of two classes: Holly and Silver Birch. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back. Please keep your eyes on this page as we share aspects of your child's learning and experiences throughout the year, as well as letters and updates relevant to Year 3.
Silver Birch Class
Weekly times tables.
Weekly spellings - read and write 100 high frequency words.
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Recently in Year 3
Maths - 2D and 3D Shapes
Year 3 love getting practical with their Maths. We find it really helps with our understanding (and it's fun!) We used marshmallows to show a vertices in a 2D shapes and a vertex in a 3D shape, and spaghetti to show the edges in both 2D and 3D shapes. Can you see what shapes we have made?
We have loved learning all about light and shadows this term. It's been a fantastic practical unit full of experiments and investigations! Here you can see us investigating how shadows behave, looking at reflections and writing secret messages to each other!
In Year 3, we have been looking at how different fractions represent parts of a whole. To embed our learning on equivalent fractions we created our own fraction walls.
We had a go at an observational drawing today! We each had a flower in front of us and took our time to look at the different shapes we could see, remembering to use our shading and hatching skills!
Year 3 have been practising lots of different skills in PE, such as Javelin, Shotput, Sprints, Hurdles and the Long Jump! We love getting active and enjoy learning the correct form for the different activities.
The Magnificent World of the Mighty Oak!
This term, Year 3 are fully immersing themselves into plants! In English, we are writing our own non-chronological information text about Oak Trees, including their life cycle. In Science, we have conducted many experiments teaching us about how plants grow. Have a look below at some of our fantastic work!
This experiment showed us how plants transport water from their roots to the rest of the plant. We used water mixed with blue food colouring and left a stick of celery over night. The next morning, we saw the blue food colouring had been absorbed by the celery!
This experiment taught us which part of a plant grows first... (the roots!). We placed a dried broad bean in a transparent cup, cushioned it with cotton wool so it could absorb the water and left it for a few days. After 3 days, a small root started to appear. By day 12 the seed had also produced a stem and a sprout! It caused a lot of excitement. We observed the plants every day, and recorded how many roots the bean had grown in our science books. Finally we planted the beans into some compost in the home that they would flourish into healthy plants!
We carried out an investigation to find out what plants need to grow well. We split into 3 groups to find out:
- What happens if a plant has no water? (Not watered).
- If a plant has no heat, will it still grow? (Placed in the fridge).
- Can a plant grow in the dark? (Placed in a dark cupboard).
We made predictions as to what we thought might happen and then measured our plants and recorded their height at the start of our investigation. We observed the plants regularly and recorded what we noticed.
Let's Go Fly A Kite!
Silver Birch have been thoroughly enjoying their forest school sessions, every Monday afternoon. This week we learnt how to safely use loppers to cut willow branches in the forest. We used the willow branches (along with teamwork, resilience and persistence) to make some kites. The children loved working in pairs to create their kites and used their problem-solving skills when things didn’t go to plan. A couple of our finished kites flew along with the wind, although it was really hard to take a picture of the evidence!
Silver Birch's Christmas Performance
Silver Birch have been working very hard for the past few weeks learning how to sign We Wish You A Merry Christmas in Makaton! We are so proud of them, and think their performance is brilliant. Have a look below!
Silver Birch have been learning about column subtraction, and we took to the forest for an investigation! We had to answer some calculations in our groups using the column method. To see if we had the correct answers we had to search high and low for the answers that were pinned to the trees!
Stone Age - Outdoor Theatre
In English we have been learning about time adverbials and place adverbials. In groups, we wrote a short narrative about our book characters, the Boy in the Blue Jumper and Om, entering a mysterious cave where they encountered a ferocious bear! We made sure to use some of the adverbials we learnt about. Here we are performing our narratives in the outdoor theatre we created!
Stone Age - Hunter Gatherers
In Silver Birch we have been trying foods that the early humans would have eaten many years ago. We sampled foods such as berries, leaves and herbs. Some of us enjoyed the food, and some of us didn't - but we all had a try!
Holly Class did Stone Age food tasting too! We all tried the food but preferred the berries to the leaves!
As part of our Stone Age topic, Holly class have been creating their own Stone Age cave painting. We spent a whole afternoon outside creating images of woolly mammoths and rhino, deer and sabre toothed tigers. We used charcoal from the forest school fire pit to create our handprints.
Odd Socks Day 2020 - Silver Birch had great fun participating in Odd Socks Day 2020 for Anti-Bullying Week to highlight the importance of celebrating differences. Here we are in all our fantastic odd socks!
Geography - Silver Birch have been learning about the difference between continents and countries this term. We finished this topic by investigating the countries in the UK. We started this lesson off by tasting some food from each country including Irish soda bread, Welsh cakes, Scottish Shortbread and some English apples. We even learnt that Somerset is famous for making apple cider with English apples! Here we are creating huge posters about the human and physical features of the UK which we learnt as part of our in depth study of the UK.
PE - Holly Class have been making the most of the good weather and enjoying PE outside. The sports coaches have been in every week, keeping everyone active. The children have been improving their speed and co-ordination.
Maths - Holly Class have been finding out all the 'facts about 5!'
Forest School - Silver Birch and Holly class have been making wooden rafts in forest school with Mr Thomas.
In Science we have been learning all about the skeleton. We drew a diagram of where we thought our bones were! We labelled each other and then made pictures of our skeleton using cotton buds!