Welcome to the new Year 3 page. The individual class pages are now combined in one space so it is easier for you to see what all of the children in the year group have been up to. This gives us a space to share the children's fantastic achievements and keep you up to date with spellings, events or other class information.
This weeks spellings to be tested on Feb 26th are these homophones...
This one is a near homophone that children often confuse:
The children in 3 Squirrels researched the Mayans and produced their own posters. As part of a competition these 2 posters were the winners.
3 Squirrels enjoyed tasting milk, white, dark and very dark chocolate as part of their topic work and wrote down their findings.
Safer Internet Day - The children in 3 hedgehogs have been watching videos, having discussions, thinking of rules, making posters and doing word searches all about how to stay safe online. Have a look below at some of the things we have been doing.
Runner bean experiment
3 Hedgehogs have started an experiment to find out what plants really need to grow. The children each have a runner bean which we will allow to have water, light, heat and eventually soil. We are also trying to grow 4 other beans; one without light, one without heat, one without water and one without soil to see if they really do need all of these things. These are some of the children's beans so far. They are growing roots, stems and leaves. We have learnt the scientific words radicle, plumule and germination... why don't you ask us about what they mean?!
The spelling's for this week are linked to the word ending "sion" which makes the "shun" sound. There are also some words which we notice the children are not spelling correctly. We will be testing them on the 12th of February
Here are some ideas to practise the spellings...
- Create a word search
- Look, cover, write, check
- Speed write: how many times can you write the word in 30 seconds?
French Fortune Tellers
Year 3 enjoyed learning about French greetings and made their own fortune tellers.
Year 3 enjoyed ordering the timeline of chocolate.
This week we are looking at "-ly" adverbs. For some the root word stays the same (final - finally, sad - sadly). But for others there is a rule (take off the e, change the y to an i, or adding "-ally").
In 3 Hedgehogs we have been playing a game to help us practise our rounding skills, it also requires a little bit of strategy to try and block your partner form winning. The children enjoyed it so much that lots of them wanted to share it with you at home so here are the 3 levels for your print if you would like to have a go!
Drama - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
To inspire our writing and to get us really thinking about the wonderful characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children created freeze frames of different scenes from the story. We then tapped the different characters on the shoulder to wake them up and find out what they were thinking and how they were feeling. Can you look at the pictures and work out which scenes the children are representing?
We have been exploring art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. We looked at the bold colours and different textures used in the 'pop art' style and used this to inspire our own art work of chocolate bar wrappers.
This week's spellings are for writing numbers in words. In Year 3, children should be able to read and write any word up to one thousand in words. For example six hundred and forty five. Please help your child with learning the numbers below and then testing them on writing any other number up to one thousand.
This week's spellings to be tested on Monday 22nd January are all root words with a prefix added on. The prefix is added to the beginning of words and changes the meaning. In the case of these prefixes, it makes the meaning negative.
The spellings that will be tested on Monday 15th January are:
Please help yourchild tolearn these spellings this week. They all have the “ch” spelling which can make a “k” sound or a “sh” sound.
Thank you Thorntons!
Thorntons very kindly sent us some resources to help us with our topic of chocolate! They sent us some chocolate, some packaging, some cacao beans and even some protective clothing to help keep the factory hygienic (as modelled by Torr!)
Beginning to explore chocolate
Today the children began exploring our new topic Chocolate! We thought about where chocolate comes from, discussed the cocoa pods and beans and even got to handle and smell some examples. We then explored where the cocoa plant grows and used the atlases to explore what the environment is like in these different places. This will lead us into thinking scientifically about what plants need to grow and thrive, something we will experiment with in the coming weeks.
The Year 3 Christmas performances will take place in the studio on:
Wednesday 6th of December 2pm - 3pm and Thursday 7th of December 6pm - 7pm.
The children will sing some Christmas songs and we invite you stay after the performance for some refreshments and Christmas biscuits that the children will have made.
The are no special costumes required, but ask that children bring in something festive such as a Christmas jumper, hat or tinsel, that they can easily change into over school uniform before the performance.
We really look forward to seeing you all then!
Children will be tested on
Monday 18th December:
Please help yourchild tospell words with the endings sounding like ‘zh’ and ‘ch’ e.g. treasure, measure, picture, nature.
These spellings will be tested on 11th December:
Our beautiful completed 'Starry Night' art work
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh, the children created their own Starry Night pictures. First they drew the outline on paper, we then cut the paper in half and completed one half in oil pastels and the other in poster paint. We joined the two halves together and finally created the foreground to lay over the top and tie the two halves together. Don't they look fantastic!
Exploring 3D shape
Today we have begun exploring 3D shape. We made different 3D shapes out of playdough and tried to label the vertices, edges and faces. It is tricky to count these but we are working hard to understand and remember the properties of different shapes.
Astronaut Information Pages
The children in 3 Hedgehogs have been working independently to create information pages about life in space. Here are the pages created by Ben, Nico, James and Anton. The whole class did a fantastic job collecting notes from a video, books and information sheets to create their own fact page.
Playing with angles
To be tested on Monday 4th December 2017
We are concentrating on commonly misspelt words and how touse the possessive apostrophe for singularwords i.e. girl’s. (The apostrophe indicates ownership) Look out for it in stories and try writing sentences using the possessive apostrophe: The astronaut’s suit was blue and white.
Squirrels enjoyed the Explorer Dome. They learnt about the wonder of space and took a tour of the planets, moon sun and solar system. They learnt about how they move and what we can see in the night sky. They also enjoyed myths from ancient Greece.
Moles' journey into space
The Moles class loved their adventure into space! We took off in a rocket from Earth and travelled to all the different planets, through an asteroid belt, and we even skimmed quite close to the sun!
In art we have started exploring the piece 'Starry Night' by Vincent van Gogh. We spent some time discussing the colours, textures, different brush strokes and what we could see in the foreground and background. We've begun trying to recreate the style in our thinking journals and are planning a piece of art in a similar style. Watch this space to see how our work turns out...
Year 3 curriculum
If you are interested to see what your children will be taught in Year 3, please follow the link below. This gives a break down of the key objectives for each subject.
their The children hang theircoats up in the class.
they’reThey’re going tothe fireworks at 5 o’clock.
(They’re) - is a contraction that stands for they are.
our Come and play football in ourgarden, Harry.
are How many children are there on the bus?
know I knowall my times tables.
no Noyou don’t!
Please help yourchild tolearn these spellings for Monday 20th November
3D Space Projector
Year 3 Squirrels transformed their classroom into an amazing 3D universe and enjoyed watching and listening to images from National Geographic.
Mr Twit visits year 3!
All Different, All Equal
This week is "anti bullying week" with the focus that we are all different and unique but all have the right to be treated equally. We created some paper chain people to show everyones' differences and special talents!
Computer programming with 'Hour of Code'
In ICT the children have been experimenting with using computer code to complete mazes. The correct type and number of blocks need to be chosen in order to complete the level successfully. The mazes get progressively harder as different types of instruction blocks are added. The children really enjoyed the challenge!
This week in Year 3, we have been practising multiplication. We have drawn arrays, completed tarsia maths puzzles and played some multiplication board games.
brake Put yourfoot on the brake tostop.
break We will need a break afterMaths.
heal My arm needs toheal before the match.
he’ll He’ll be at the cinema until 10 pm.
heel The heel of yourfoot is on my toe.
son Mrs Viney has a son called Stan in year5.
sun What is the nearest planet tothe sun?
Please help your child to learn these spellings for Monday 13th November.
We have been learning about homophones. We need to be able to use the correct spelling of these words in the correct context. This list will be tested on Monday 6th November.
wear What will youweartothe party?
where I am not surewhere toput my coat.
plain I like plain croissants ratherthan chocolate.
plane The plane flewthrough the clouds.
peace I need tofind some peace and quiet.
piece There is a piece of pie in piece.
BREAKING NEWS - UFO found at St Leonard's School!
We came back after half term to find a strange alien looking machine in our playground. We decided that it must have been a broken alien spaceship and used this to inspire some writing. We drew and labelled our aliens using interesting adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We then wrote detailed descriptions or short stories using our ideas. In art we created our own space rockets using collage. We have also carried out an alien investigation in maths involving multiplication.
The children have been enjoying playing the doubling and halving games on Top Marks. We were doubling numbers to 10 but there are other challenges that the children might enjoy. Mrs Osmond and Miss Webber have played doubling to 10 and our top score is 42, can you beat us?!
These spelling will be tested after the half term break:
Year 3 enjoyed writing prayers and making their own prayer chains.
We have been reflecting on our personal thoughts through meditation everyday after lunch.
Harvest Festival for Year 3/4 is on Wednesday 18th October 10.30am St Leonard's Church. Please come along!
We have been learning about prayer and wrote down our own personal thoughts and feelings.
Oil Spill Experiment
We have been thinking about what happens when oil spills into the ocean. We know that this is harmful to marine life and we wanted to know how the oil is cleaned up. We found out that oil floats on top of water. We chose four things to use to try and separate the oil from the water. We found it useful to scoop, absorb or suck up the oil. We discovered that in real life containment booms are used to keep the oil in one place and it is then scooped or sucked up. We also found out that sometimes chemicals are used to disperse the oil.
Today we played a game in our tables groups to help us think about verb tenses. We had to find three words that matched in meaning but were in the past, present and future tenses. We really enjoyed it!
Spelling to be tested on 16th October are:
We have been learning about predators, prey, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and thinking about the direction that energy moves in a food chain. You could ask us what these words mean - we should be able to tell you!
Year 3 Aquarium Trip
Year 3 visited Plymouth Aquarium on Wednesday and enjoyed observing different sea creatures.
Spelling that will be tested on Monday 9th October:
The spelling that will be tested on Monday 2nd October are:
Here are some photographs of the spelling activities that we use in class to learn our weekly spellings. The children should be familiar with these activities and they are easy to have a go at when learning spellings at home.
There are a range of activities and games that they can play that use their maths skills. We will, when it is appropriate, assign some games that the children can complete to support the learning taking place in class. Assigned games can be found by clicking on the sand timer icon shown below.
Thank you to all who came to our Year 3 Parent meeting!
For those parents who weren't able to make the meeting please see the PowerPoint for the main points.
Final spellings before the summer break!
Spellings to be tested on Monday 17th July 2017 are:
Year 3 Home Learning Exhibition 11th July at 2.30pm in classrooms. Teas and coffees afterwards. Look forward to seeing you.
3W - A Touch of the Wild
What a fantastic day! We have been orienteering, creating natural art, toasting marshmallows, cooking popcorn, making dens and creating clay faces for the trees. It's been a very active and adventurous day.
3CV A Touch of the Wild
Spellings to be tested on 10th July
Feed Me Fractions - Practise adding fractions at home using this great game - Our best score so far is 39 seconds!
Find it on google by searching - feed me fractions
Spellings to be tested on Monday 3rd July:
to be tested on Monday 19th June 2017
to be tested on Monday 12th June
Some highlights from our Roman topic
During our Roman topic we have done quite a few different activities. We were visited by a Celtic story teller who told us all about life before and after the Romans invaded. We have made Roman coins using clay and Roman numberals, 3CV even made some Roman purses to keep them in. We are also busy making Roman shields so that we can reenact the battle between the Romans and Boudicca Queen of the Iceni.
These spelling will be tested on Tuesday 6th June:
Spellings for this week are:
Just a reminder about our Home Learning Exhibition Project
All Year 3 classes will have their Home Learning Exhibition on Wednesday 24th May at 2.30. This time, as we have started a new topic, we suggest the home learning is history based.
Here are some ideas for the exhibition project:
Create a Roman mosaic
Make some Roman armour.
Write a book about some famous Roman people
Create a wanted poster for some of the Roman empire’s bad guys.
Create a PowerPoint about the Roman empire
Draw, paint or make a famous Roman building
Spellings for this week are:
3W - Fun with maths games
As we have been working so hard this half term, today we had reward time in maths. We played games and tried to solve puzzles to practise all the skills we have been learning. It was great fun!
3W - Making our Chocolate
We had a lovely time on Wednesday making our chocolate and chocolate boxes. We all did a fantastic job and produced some lovely artwork for our boxes and enjoyed sharing the chocolates at home!
Our spellings to learn over the Easter break are:
3W - Home Learning Exhibition and Bad Hair Day
Thank you to everyone who came to our home learning exhibition today. We had a fantastic range of projects about teeth, digestion, light, bones, Chromatography and fossils. The children did a fantastic job and should be very proud of themselves. We also had a great selection of 'bad hair' for comic relief!
Home Learning Exhibition - Friday 24th March
A reminder of the details of our next Home Learning Exhibition
The Exhibition Project
3W and 3S will both have their home learning exhibitions on Friday 24th March at 2.30pm in their classrooms. To save parents having to make two events so close together, 3CV will have their exhibition following the sharing assembly on 24th March at 3pm.
Please support your child in completing a piece of work with a Science theme to be shown at our ‘Home Learning Exhibition’. Suggestions include:
Photographs and explanation of an experiment you have done at home
a labelled model
a poster/ booklet based on research you have done
Suggestions for themes include: plants, magnets and forces, sound, digestive system & teeth, light, living things & their habitats ...
This weeks spellings, to be tested on Monday 27th March are:
3CV Hockey with Maynards
3CV Making Angel Delight following instructions
This weeks spelling, to be tested on Monday 20th March are:
3W - Talk about the Mayan people
3W need to say a massive thank you to Ruth Gidley (Ramona's Mum) who came in and did a fantastic talk for the children all about the Mayan people today as part of our Chocolate topic. The children were lucky enough to hear about first hand experiences, look at images, learn new facts, share artefacts, try on costumes and even taste some tortilla. The children (and their teacher) thoroughly enjoyed the experience, it is so lovely when parents are able to come in and directly share in our learning, we loved it!
3W - Gruffalo Performance to Year 1
3W really enjoyed performing The Gruffalo to the year 1 children today. All of the children had a different role, playing either a character or the narrator and everyone did a fantastic job of using expression in their voices, speaking extra clearly and even adding in some sound effects, actions and voices. We were very proud of them!
3W - World Book Day
3W really enjoyed reading with the children in Mrs Morgan's class. We also wrote book reviews, designed book marks and some of us entered a book token competition.
3W learn about the Digestive System.
Spellings to be tested on 13th March are:
World Book Day
3CV enjoyed World Book Day. They shared books with the younger children and were lucky to receive a visit from Hannah Wilson (Rocky Ferguson's) mum who talked about publishing and editing. The children thoroughly enjoyed this.
3CV have been learning about the digestive system and enjoyed labelling each other.
Chocolate School Trip
For some time, we have been trying to find an alternative to the Cadbury World trip that used to take place in Year 3 as we found that it was expensive and exhausting for the children with limited academic value. Unfortunately, after trying 8 different companies, we have been unable to secure an alternative. Please be assured though that we will be providing some interesting and practical experiences for the children this half term, including chocolate tasting, market research, designing and making our own chocolate and advertising our products.
We are also planning a visit from the dentist to support our learning in science and hopefully a scientific circus workshop to help us explore forces.
This weeks spelling, which will be tested on the 6th March
This week we have been finding fractions of shapes and then using this understanding to help us find fractions of amounts.
This weeks spelling, that will be tested on Monday 27th February are:
Active Lifestyles Week
This week we have been super busy! We have taken part in sponsored skipping, indoor cycling, run a mile and played ultimate dodge ball. It has been great fun trying all of these activities.
Look at our amazing runner beans!
The runner beans we have been growing have been doing really well, some of them have grown so much we had to stand on chairs to measure them! The bean with no water and the bean outside haven't done so well and the one in the dark has grown but is very pale. Next week we will think about what all this has taught us about how plants germinate and grow.
Thank you to all who came to 3W's Sharing assembly exhibition!