Since this week was Science Week, we have been facing tasks slightly differently. We have been working like scientists, asking questions, observing, classifying items, analysing data and making predictions and conclusions.
Our topic in Year 3 has been Water Around the World; we completed a reading comprehension activity in order to gather information about access to water across the world, which was then accompanied by some informative video content. The children then used their newly acquired knowledge to create informative posters about access to water around the world.
We looked at the importance of punctuation in posters to persuade people to save water, not waste it! The children learnt about the uses of rhetorical questions and exclamation sentences to grab the reader's attention and make them think.
In maths we have been collecting, analysing and interpretting data about water usage. The children were particularly amazed by the amount of water used in daily activities such as baths, showers, toilet flushing and brushing your teeth. We interpretted data from a table and used this to create a clear bar chart to show how much water was used in each activity.
We were lucky to have a visitor who came in to teach the children all about water and your health during science week. The children completed a huge selection of scientific activities in the style of jigsaws, test tube activities, sorting activities, quizzes and target throwing question and answer activities.
In English this week we have looked into how to show not tell when it comes to descriptive writing. The children have read and analysed the descriptive writing of Clive King, the author of our class text Stig of the Dump. They went on to improve tell sentences like: 'The dump was a mess' into show sentences, like: 'The creepers hung like mossy, green curtains over the dump, hiding the fact that woodlice and earwigs were dropping from the roof.'.
In maths we have begun our unit on Statistics, where the children learn how to collect, analyse and interpret data. They learn how to present it in a variety of ways including tables, bar charts and pictograms. We collected data this week in the form of a tally chart, recording the votes for children's favourite book genre across the school, as well as favourite pancake toppings. This data was then analysed in order to create a pictogram. We could then interpret the data to answer questions such as what was the most/least favourite?
World Book Day was a huge success, we cannot wait to share some photos with you. The children especially loved sharing books with others, such as the Year 6's who joined us in the afternoon, and the parents who joined us in the morning (thank you!).
Wow- I would just like to start by saying how impressed we are in Green 2 by the hard work that children are putting in to their homework recently. Since we have set the menu homework challenge, where children are able to choose their homework tasks between now and 28th February, we have seen so much enthusiasm, motivation and pride in their homework. I cannot wait to see what other work is produced in support of our Stone Age topic, Rocks and Soils topic, or our Multiplication and Division maths unit.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding the homework menu, and of course we run a homework club after school on Tuesdays where children and parents have the opportunity to use resources in the classroom (including us teachers!) to help with their homework.
In maths this week we have introduced division, where children have learned to partition both 2 and 3-digit numbers to tackle division questions. They have been dividing numbers by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 mainly, as these are our focus times tables for year 3. The children began this method by using place value counters, so that they could physically partition numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We then moved on to recording this pictorially in our books.
In English, children wrote their final Stone Age diary entry, and we were impressed by the number of children who used ambitious vocabulary, conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions in their work. We would also like to congratulate all children as we see an improvement in their spellings, we know you work hard at home as well as in school, and thank you parents for your continued support.
In Science this week the children have looked in more detail at how fossils are formed. They learned that fossils are formed inside sedimentary rocks, and they worked independently to order and record the fossilisation process.
In PE this week, children had their first game of bench ball. We were blown away by the amount of great team work, sportsmanship and determination shown by all children. All children worked as a team to analyse the situation, apply techniques learnt in other sports, and communicate in order to get their whole team onto their bench. Well done Green 2!
Week Beginning 28th January
It's been another busy week of learning in Year 3! We have been continuing to nurture, develop and grow our multiplication skills. Many of use are now feeling much more confident with formal multiplication for larger numbers beyond the multiplication tables. We ended our week of maths learning with our first taste of Times Tables Rockstars! All children now have their log on details and so can begin practising at home too.
In English we have been introducing more ambitious vocabulary into our diary entries, based on The Stone Age Boy. Some of our favourites from this week include, dank, foraging, lopsided, hastily, vegetation, useful and flickering. We enjoyed summarising books we'd read and trying to convince others to read them too in reading this week - thanks to those who bought books in from home to share.
PE with Miss Denis was the most challenging and high energy lesson so far. Luckily we were inside the hall, we all agree it was pretty nippy outside! There were lots of new skills to master as we played tag rugby. Year 3 should all be clued up just in time for cheering on teams in the the Six Nations starting this weekend.
It was also an exciting start to the week when we received a delivery of fossils. Ammonites,'devils toe nails', fossilised coral, clams shells, scallop shells, tree bark and a fish skeleton, were all part of our mini fossil collection to investigate. We had the chance to hold, carefully observe, identify and sketch them as part of our rocks and soils science topic. Furthering our observational skills we learned more about cave art and had a chance to copy some examples to create our own. Check out the images below. What can you spot depicted in the art?
The Year 3 topic this term is The Street Beneath Our Feet.
The year group termly flyer was sent home on Friday 11th January.