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Year 3

Smart Scoot
Year 3 had the road safety team in this week to teach them all about how to be safe when they are out and about on their scooters. Although they had lots of fun, it was great to find out how much they learned! The children said they need to be careful when scooting on streets which have driveways - they will now look out for white lights on cars which means that they are reversing. They also need to be aware of pedestrians on the path and be super careful when crossing roads!
Happy New Year!
Welcome back Year 3! We have made a fantastic start to Spring Term with the children loving the new topics of work. Our favourite new lesson was Music as we have started to learn to play the ukulele! On Friday we learned the C major and F major chords are we are beginning to learn how to read them too!
It's Christmas!
What a brilliant week we have had celebrating Christmas here in Year 3.
Monday - we started the week by looking at Acrostic Poetry - we wrote a poem all about Christmas. We went to a performance on Monday called the Greediest Elf which was so funny!
Tuesday - in RE, we finished our Advent topic by having a lovely class liturgy led by some of the pupils. We also recorded our Carol concert - check it out using the link!
Wednesday - Party Day! We finished off our DT unit and created and evaluated our party hats. Then, we wore them to play party games and eat our delicious party food!
Thursday - on Thursday we had a crafts morning! We made beautiful Christmas calendars and cards to take home to our families. We also watched a virtual Panto - Cinderella, with a twist!
Friday - we started the day with a celebration assembly and then celebrated our last day with Christmas activities (like a quiz and a silent disco!). 
What a great week! Have a fantastic Christmas everyone. Stay safe and I will see you in 2022 for some more great learning!
Geographical Geniuses
This half term, we practised looking at maps. We have drawn sketch maps by looking at satellite images and OS maps. We have also used atlases to locate different areas using special codes which were delivered to us by the Geography Fairy!
"Geography was so much fun when we used Google Street View!"
"It took so long for me to find places on the map at first but then I sped up."
"I enjoyed learning about Gentilly, which is in Paris."
Magnificent Magnets
In Science this half term, the children have been exploring forces - in particular, magnetism. We have enjoyed testing which magnets are strongest, which materials are magnetic and learning about the poles.
We found out a really interesting fact about the age of coins. Ask your child to tell you all about it!
Waiting in Hope
This week we had our first advent liturgy in school to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas time. We sat in our advent spiral and lit the first candle on the advent wreath. On Monday, during our RE lesson, we completed beautiful stained glass pictures using tissue paper and black card. These are now displayed in our prayer area to remind us to be be ready for the coming of Jesus.
We also had an awesome Victorian experience using our Now Press Play headphones. We were taken down a mine, on a train and into a workhouse! We listened on our headsets and did the actions we were told to do.
Healthy Active Lifestyles!
This week the children had an extra visit from Rob (our coach) who did a healthy active lifestyles session with us. We did lots of physical activity and practised our skills. We also focused on what values were required to have good sportsmanship (such as honesty, resilience and respect).
It has also been anti-bullying week. The theme this year was 'One Kind Word'. The children have been doing activities in school to make sure they are being extra kind to their friends this week.
We've been continuing to work on our problem solving skills in Maths and used the resources and whiteboards to answer some questions in pairs. We took photographs of our answers using the iPads.
It is also 'Children in Need' on Friday. In class, we have been learning 'The Charleston' dance since this year's theme is 'Strictly Come Dancing'. It is so much fun and a great cause as the children have been getting sponsors at home to help everyone who is less fortunate than ourselves.
Multiplication Maestros!
In Maths, Year 3 are starting a new unit of work all about multiplication and division. On Wednesday, we looked at making groups and how we can write this down as a mathematical calculation.
Year 3 were able to represent these calculations in a variety of practical ways (such as using numicon, counters, even dice and teddies!).
We asked insightful questions about multiplication and solved some tricky problems!
Brilliant Beamish!
On Wednesday, the children visited Beamish. We were consolidating our knowledge of the Victorian Era and, in particular, the jobs which children were expected to do 100 years ago. We discovered that it was very different to life now. Children had to work in mines (sometimes as young as 5!) until the 1842 Mines Act was passed which meant that women and childern under 9 were not permitted to work in the mines.
We all agreed that we thought it was wrong that children should be working at that age and not receiving their education!
The children were all brilliant at Beamish and represented the school so well!
-Mrs Kelly
Mesmorising MADD Week
Here are a selection of quotes from our pupils regarding our MADD Week:
This week, we have been doing art in MADD week.
We drew and decorated sunflowers and attached our beautiful busy bees in the foreground.
We firstly learned about our chosen artist - Gustav Klimt.
He was born on the 14th July in 1862. He painted murals and used a lot of symbolism.
We experimented with lots of techniques, colours and patterns for our final piece.
We mixed primary colours to make secondary colours (purple, green and orange).
We loved painting and really enjoyed painting our super sunflowers.
We had to be really careful with stippling our bees because we didn't want to mix yellow and black.
We enjoyed finishing off our beautiful sunflower and bee pictures. They looked great!
Commando Joe's Day!
Last week, Year 3 had their Commando Joe's Day! It was an amazing day where the children had to use skills that we don't always get the opportunity to practise everyday. Some of these skills we talked about in class (e.g. resilience, empathy and teamwork).
The children had an amazing attitude and a great day was had by all of us! Roll on the next Commando Joe's soldiers are ready!
-Mrs Kelly
Amazing Observational Artists!
In Art this half term, the children are working up to observational art in the style of Leonardo Da Vinci! The children have been researching what kind of art and painting he did so that they can plan their own amazing master pieces!

We finally wrote our own persuasive adverts! The children had amazing ideas about what and how to sell their products. We used features such as: rhetorical questions, power of three and exaggeration to ensure we made a profit!
We also had some children joining in with our Collective Worship and reading bidding prayers in front of the whole of Key Stage 2! It was very brave and they were such loud and proud readers. Well done Year 3.
-Mrs Kelly
PE Prodigies
I have been so impressed with the level of competition, the enthusiasm and the excitement from Year 3 so far this term!
In PE this half term we are working on FUNdamental movement skills (like hopping and jumping) with our coach, Rob. We are also putting this into practise through bench ball. The children have learned the rules so quickly and play together already so well as a team.
On Wednesdays, we are working on Outdoor Adventurous Activity. This means working outside on our team work and communication skills. The games we played this week included 'dragons' and hide and seek! We have to take turns, give clear instructions and make sure we don't speak over each other in order to be successful.
Keep up the great work!
-Mrs Kelly
Welcome to Year 3!
I have had such a fantastic week meeting the new Year 3 students! The step up to Key Stage 2 is not always an easy one but the children have settled in amazingly and already produced some fantastic work. In RE, we have talked about what makes a house a home and how we can welcome others and always be friendly and kind. The children produced some beautiful art using key words from 'Romans' and some colourful pictures.
In Computing, we have started to learn all about e-safety; how to be a sensible digital citizen is so important for the children to know as we grow older and access more and more on the internet. Ask your children what the already know about keeping safe online.
Thanks for a great week Year 3!
-Mrs Kelly