A Week of Exploration and Growth: Inside Our Classroom Adventures
Greetings, dear readers! Join us as we take you on a captivating journey through the exciting happenings in our classroom this week. From mastering gymnastic skills to diving into a new literary world, delving into the realms of mathematics, exploring the origins of food, and even creating our own settlements in geography—this week has been a tapestry of learning and discovery. Let's embark on this adventure together!
Our week kicked off with a brilliant afternoon of meeting 6-week old Fox red Labrador puppies! We learnt all about how to carefully look after puppies and why being calm is super important when meeting nervous puppies! The children have said that this was the best day of year three so far!
In our English class, we embarked on a poignant literary journey with the book 'Small in the City' by Sydney Smith. The evocative illustrations and heartfelt narrative transported us to the bustling streets, sparking discussions about empathy, perspective, and the small moments that connect us all.
Midweek, our focus shifted to the world of numbers. We dived into the realms of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Exploring concrete objects to understand division brought the abstract to life, making math not just a subject but a dynamic puzzle waiting to be solved.
Our Thursday was flavoured with a taste of knowledge in Design and Technology. We delved into the origins of food, tracing the journey from farm to table. Understanding the intricate processes involved in bringing food to our plates deepened our appreciation for the resources that sustain us.
In PE as we embraced the world of gymnastics. From somersaults to cartwheels, we navigated the gymnasium with enthusiasm, honing our flexibility, strength, and coordination. Each routine was a triumph, and the joy of physical activity echoed through the room.
As the week approached its end, we donned our geography hats and embarked on the creative task of designing our own settlements. From urban centers to quaint villages, each student's imagination came to life on paper. This hands-on experience made geography not just a subject but a canvas for our collective creativity.
As we bid farewell to this week of exploration and growth, we carry with us a trove of experiences that have enriched our minds and hearts. The classroom buzzed with curiosity and collaboration, and we can't wait to see what the coming weeks hold for us.
Thank you for sharing in our journey. Stay tuned for more tales from our vibrant classroom as we continue to learn, grow, and create together. Until next time!
Here is our Year 3 blog!
This week in Maths, we explored three-digit numbers, estimating and refining our skills with formal column methods. Our place value knowledge came in very handy when estimating. We dove deeper into the skill with word problems.
In English, we continued our fascinating journey through the world of tea. We crafted short information texts, explaining the secrets of different tea types, their origins, and the importance of fair trade. Wander down the hallway, and you'll find our tea texts proudly on display.
In Music, our singing voices were put to the test as we practiced a special Take That song. We also practised some carols in preparations for our carol concert in a few week’s time.
In Design and Technology, we transformed felt into festive treasures by sewing Christmas baubles. Excitement bubbled as we prepared to showcase and sell our creations at the Christmas fair this afternoon after school. The choice of designs and quality of sewing have been really impressive.
In PE, we explored the art of gymnastics. Jumping and climbing took centre stage as we unleashed our energy and creativity. The ropes and vault emerged as our favourite pieces of equipment, adding an extra layer of challenge to our lesson.
This week was a kaleidoscope of learning! Each day brought new discoveries, and the journey continues. Until next time, keep exploring and embracing the wonders around you.
Almost every child has kept up with their reading this week – we are close to getting a treat – so please keep it up! The expectation is 5 reads a week.
Year 3 team!
This week was brimming with educational adventures as we explored mathematics, literacy, computing, and history in depth. Here's a more detailed look at our exciting journey:
Mathematics: Subtracting 1s and 10s
In our mathematics classes, we delved into the realm of subtraction. We learned the art of subtracting 1s and 10s using various techniques. Our mental math skills were sharpened, and we had the opportunity to apply our knowledge with the aid of number lines and place value counters. This was a crucial step in understanding the basics of subtraction and laid a robust foundation for more complex mathematical concepts in the future.
Literacy: The Cloud Tea Monkeys
Our literacy journey took an exciting turn as we introduced the new book, "The Cloud Tea Monkeys." To fully immerse ourselves in the story, we embarked on a tea-tasting adventure. This not only engaged our senses but also provided inspiration for writing. We practiced crafting command sentences that detailed the art of drinking tea, exploring the nuances of prepositional language. This experience allowed us to understand the role language plays in vividly describing everyday activities.
Computing: Understanding Digital Devices
In our computing lessons, we delved into the inner workings of digital devices. We learned about the intricacies of the input and output processes that make these devices function seamlessly. This knowledge is essential as we continue to navigate the digital world and develop our digital literacy skills.
History: Maiden Castle Playdoh Hillfort
Our captivating journey through history concluded this week as we recreated the hillfort of Maiden Castle, situated in Dorset, using playdough. This hands-on project not only ignited our creativity but also deepened our understanding of the significance of hillforts during the Stone Age. It was a fantastic way to wrap up our historical exploration.
In Music, we have started a new unit on Jazz. We learnt about Scott Joplin and listened to some different types of Jazz. We used the glocks to create a 3 note bossa and a 5 note swing! We even had a go at improvisation.
It's been a week filled with enriching experiences and profound learning, and we're eager to see what the coming week holds. Keep up the excellent work, Year 3, and continue to approach your studies with curiosity and enthusiasm. Don't forget your spelling and reading homework!
Year 3 Team
Class Blog - October 20, 2023
Here's a glimpse of what we've been up to this week:
Maths - Mental Addition and Subtraction with Place Value Knowledge:
In our recent math lessons, we've been diving deep into the world of numbers. We've discovered how to mentally add and subtract using our knowledge of place value. It's been a journey of understanding how numbers work and making our calculations more efficient.
English - Descriptive Story about "The First Drawing"
Our English classes have been brimming with creativity as we've finished studying grammar. We've now embarked on an imaginative adventure, writing descriptive stories about a captivating book called "The First Drawing." This story takes us back to the Stone Age, where we explore the birth of art through the eyes of our imaginative characters.
PE - Gymnastics, Point Balances, and Jumps:
In the PE class, we've been mastering the art of gymnastics. Balancing on points, executing graceful jumps, and perfecting our movements have been our focus. It's not only a fantastic physical activity but also an opportunity to improve our coordination and flexibility.
Art - Cave Wall Painting Using Natural Paints and Our Hands:
Our artistic talents have been unleashed in our art class as we recreated the magic of the Stone Age. We've been creating beautiful cave wall paintings using natural paints and, most excitingly, our hands. Our classroom is transforming into a cave filled with incredible, prehistoric artwork.
Science - Understanding Conclusions and Investigation Writing:
In our science lessons, we've been learning about the importance of drawing conclusions from experiments. We're discovering how to present our findings in a structured manner, including the key components of an investigation. It's a fascinating journey into the world of scientific inquiry.
We're incredibly enthusiastic about all the subjects we're exploring this week, and we can't wait to share more of our adventures with you. Stay tuned for our next blog post as we continue to learn and grow together!
Have a great holiday!
Year 3 team.
Welcome back to our classroom blog, where we'll take you on a journey through our exciting week of learning. This week has been packed with thrilling activities, from honing our football skills in PE to exploring a captivating new book in English, diving into place value and ordering numbers in maths, and even making beautiful music with glocks. Let's dive right in!
On Monday, the classroom welcomed an array of scarecrows, farmers, vegetables and animals as we celebrated the Harvest festival. This of course included singing about the brilliant Dingle Dangle Scarecrow! We kicked off our English lessons with the introduction of a captivating new book, 'The First Drawing' by Mordicai Gerstein. The story whisked us away to ancient times and ignited our imaginations. We can't wait to uncover the mysteries of this enchanting tale as we read together throughout the week.
In Mathematics, we have further explored place value, especially ordering and counting in 50s. With colourful manipulatives and engaging activities, we tackled challenging problems and strengthened our understanding of this essential math concept. The children are challenging themselves through tackling mathematical reasoning and problem solving questions in our Dive Deeper questions. Keep up the amazing work guys!
On Thursday, we laced up our sneakers and headed to the school playground for our PE session. It was all about football skills! We dribbled, passed, and even practiced some fantastic goals. Teamwork was key, and we cheered each other on as we improved our ball-handling abilities. The skills were then tested through playing an array of matches where those beautiful skills were showcased!
Our music class was an absolute blast today. We explored the enchanting world of glockenspiels, creating melodious tunes that filled the room. Each note felt like a piece of a musical puzzle, and together, we composed a beautiful piece that showcased our newfound skills. Music truly has the power to unite and uplift!
As the week drew to a close, we reflected on our journey of learning and growth. From our football games to our literary adventures, mathematical discoveries, and musical harmonies, it has been a week filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a thirst for knowledge. We're excited to carry this enthusiasm into the next week and continue our educational odyssey.
Don’t forget to get reading!! We look forward to hearing all about your favourite books on Monday!! This will be important in shaping our new reading display in the corridor.
Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through our classroom activities. Stay tuned for more adventures in the coming weeks as we continue to explore, learn, and grow together. Until next time!
I hope you're all doing well. This week, we had an exciting time exploring and learning in various subjects. Let's take a look at what we did:
In our RE classes, we looked into the interesting Creation Story and the beautiful Garden of Eden. We learned that in the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, and all the living creatures. We talked about how God is often seen as the ultimate creator, carefully shaping the world. We also talked about the peaceful Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve lived in harmony with nature and each other. This story reminds us how important it is to take care of our environment and the animals we share it with.
In PE, we worked on our football skills, focusing on two main things: kicking the ball into the goal and defending our own goal. We practiced aiming and kicking accurately, as well as improving our defensive moves to protect our goal. We remembered that football is not just about scoring goals but also about working together as a team!
We were lucky to have an author visit this week. We spent an exciting hour learning about the book "The Extraordinary Adventures of Sir David Attenborough." It was a fantastic chance to learn from an expert about the amazing world of wildlife and conservation.
Sir David Attenborough's adventures inspire us to explore and protect our planet's incredible biodiversity.
In art, we got creative by drawing animals with charcoal. We took inspiration from ancient art and tried to draw animals the way early humans did. Charcoal helped us make bold and striking images like those found in ancient caves.
Our music class was full of singing as we practiced some harvest songs. We had a great time singing "Harvest Samba" and "Cauliflowers are Fluffy." It was a wonderful way to celebrate the harvest season and show gratitude for the gifts of the earth.
In maths, we kept exploring place value by working with numbers up to 1000. We learned how to show these numbers on a number line, which helps us understand their values and positions better. This skill will be important for more advanced maths concepts.
Great job, Willow Class! You're doing fantastic in your learning journey, and we're really proud of how hard you're working.
Keep exploring, learning, and growing until next week.
Best wishes, Year 3 team
We've had an exciting time in class, exploring a variety of subjects and engaging in some interesting activities.
In RE, we began our journey into beliefs and science by exploring the Christian creation story. It was fascinating to learn about the different beliefs the children hold about how the world was created. We discussed how science provides its own explanations, and it's important to respect and understand various perspectives.
In Music we played "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on the glockenspiels. We learned about rhythm, harmony, and teamwork. It's amazing how music can bring us all together.
But that wasn't all! We were introduced to Indian musical instruments. The vibrant sounds of instruments like the sitar and tabla transported us to a different world. Learning about music from different cultures broadened our horizons and made us appreciate the beauty of diversity.
In English, we read "The Fox and the Star," a heart-warming story about a lonely fox who had lost his friend. We were deeply moved by the fox's plight, and as a class project, we wrote letters to him, offering our advice and friendship. It was a touching exercise in empathy and kindness, and it reinforced the importance of being there for others when they're going through tough times.
In Maths, we learned about number lines, going all the way up to 100! Placing numbers on the number line helped us understand the place value.
That's it for now! We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our Year 3 classroom. Stay tuned for more updates on our learning journey. We can't wait to see what the next weeks have in store for us, as we continue to explore, learn, and grow together.
Until next time, Year 3 Team
What a fantastic week we have had! The first week back after the summer can be daunting but the class have been brilliant. We have gotten started with our new art unit of Pre-historic Artwork. The children have drawn sketches of native animals such as, foxes, deer's and barn owl's focusing on shapes within them to build upon their work. This has been in the style of Cave drawings using earthy tones to add detail, similarly to that of Pre-historic artists.
The pupils have also been writing recounts of their summer holidays which have been accompanied by beautiful drawings. Today we have explored the exciting topic of Indian music and the different types of instruments they use. We will continue with this next week as they begin to create their own Indian style music pieces. The pupils have taken part in a nature walk finding different artefacts for a new exciting display outside Ms Penny's office! The diorama will be revealed on Wednesday when our mystery book is delivered to the class.
Have a brilliant weekend Willow Class!