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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 3 News

Summer Term - Week 12 - 16 July 2021

This week was Art Week and the children have been using a painting by George Bellow called Men of the Docks as their inspiration to create their own piece of work. They spent some time understanding and discussing the painting and looking at the story being told. The children then made their own portholes imagining they were on the ship in the painting and created a view based on what they could see in the painting. We can’t wait to show you the finished pieces next week!

Year Three also finished their creative music project this week and were able to perform a piece of music they composed themselves. Groups worked together to create their own piece inspired by Chinese dragon dance music – they performed amazingly!

Summer Term - Week 11 - 9 July 2021

This week was Art Week and the children have been using a painting by George Bellow called Men of the Docks as their inspiration to create their own piece of work. They spent some time understanding and discussing the painting and looking at the story being told.

The children then made their own portholes imagining they were on the ship in the painting and created a view based on what they could see in the painting. We can’t wait to show you the finished pieces next week!

Year Three also finished their creative music project this week and were able to perform a piece of music they composed themselves. Groups worked together to create their own piece inspired by Chinese dragon dance music – they performed amazingly!

Summer Term - Week 10 - 1 July 2021

This week, Year Three have continued with some outdoor learning in Maths and recapped on their place value knowledge. Using different numbers, the children practised making the smallest and biggest numbers possible, thinking carefully about their hundreds, tens and ones columns. They then each had different 3 digit numbers and arranged themselves in ascending and descending orders.

In English, the children finished writing their class version of George and the Dragon and have now completed their own independent write using the same characters and story line. They have continued the story by writing about another adventure that George and the Dragon go on together – they sound amazing!

Summer Term - Week 9 - 24 June 2021

This week Year Three were busy in Science making their own classification keys to sort a variety of plants and animals. They used yes or no questions to sort their plants and animals thinking carefully about their similarities and differences. By using these questions, they were able to work through their keys and end up with one animal or plant at the end of each branch. 

In Art this week, the children used chalk to design their own dragon eggs. They thought carefully about the colours they chose and how they might represent a dragon and by looking at a colour wheel, identifying if they are warm or cool colours.

Summer Term - Week 8 - 17 June 2021

The children continued learning about time this week, exploring o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We took our learning outside and drew human sized clocks for the children to become the clock hands and make times given to them. The children were able to see how the hands were positioned at different times of the day and how the position of the hour hand changed in relation to where the minute hand was.

Year three have also started their musical project for this half term where they will be composing their own pieces of Chinese music. This week they have been learning how to use a pentatonic scale- exploring changing the tempo, volume and duration of notes in a range of melodies.

Summer Term - Week 7 - 8 June 2021

This week we took Maths outside in the sunshine to practice using arrays to find multiplication, division and repeated addition number sentences. The children collected leaves, stones and sticks to make their own arrays and worked together to find all the possible questions linked with it. The children found it a really fun way to practise this skill!

The children are very excited to start their topic about Dragons and have this week started to create their own class set of wings. They designed and creates scales to decorate them based on colours they links to and represents dragons.

Summer Term - Week 6 - 27 May 2021

To end our topic on the Ancient Egyptians, this week Greenfinch and Chaffinch classes had a very special visit from Cleopatra herself! Cleopatra was once the queen of Egypt and she spoke to the children about what life was like being a Pharaoh and living in Egypt at the time. She taught us that the Egyptians were responsible for inventing things like make up and toothpaste, which was made out of ox hoof and egg shells (eww!) The children were able to ask Cleopatra questions as a class and learnt lots of really interesting facts. This has definitely been a fascinating topic!

 

Summer Term - Week 5 - 20 May 2021

This week year 3 have been exploring the outdoors. They have taken part in team building PSHE and PE activities as well as scavenger hunts in our woodland area. The children enjoyed building on their trust, friendship and communication skills whilst supporting each other. A very fun afternoon had by all! Children also had the chance to reflect on the experience and discuss what was learnt.

Summer Term - Week 4 - 13 May 2021

Year 3 have been designing and making their own Egyptian headdresses during their DT project this half term. This week they used a range of materials including mod rock to create their designs. The children really enjoyed coming up with their individual ideas. They also shared their experiences of what worked well for their groups, and what they would change if they could do it again!

During maths lessons year 3 children have been learning to count up in fractions and what happens when we have more than one whole. They have been using giant number lines to practically show the fractions being added!

Summer Term - Week 3 - 5 May 2021

This week in Science, Year Three continued investigating circuits and learning about how electricity is passed through and around a circuit. The children then explored what materials are conductors and insulators by making circuits and including different materials including metal cutlery, paper clips and paper. They found out that most metals conduct electricity and allowed the circuit to work whereas materials like paper are insulators and stop the electricity flowing around the circuit.

Summer Term - Week 2 - 29 April 2021

This week, Year Three has started a new Science topic learning about electricity and the children looked at what electricity provides us (heat, light, sound and movement). The children then worked in groups creating circuits following specific instructions, some of which turned out to have components missing or wires not connected. The children then had to investigate why their circuit worked or didn’t work and discovered what a circuit needs to provide electricity.

Summer Term - Week 1 - 23 April 2021

Year 3 started the week off with an Egyptian experience day for our new topic- Ancient Egypt! This included digging for clues written in hieroglyphics to discover a secret code. The children also followed instructions to mummify an orange! They then thought about the steps involved and wrote their own set of instructions. 

We have also been celebrating science week this week and the children have been busy coming up with innovative ideas about how to improve our classroom in the future! They worked in groups to gather ideas and present them to the whole class.

Spring Term - Week 11 - 31 March 2021

This week, Year Three recapped the topic of money in the best way possible, by selling and buying items in their own shops! The children worked in teams to make a price list and took it in turns to be shopkeepers and customers.

They had to use their knowledge of adding amounts and calculating the correct amount of change in order to sell their items. In Art, Year Three spent some time outside doing observational drawings of the trees in our playground using chalk and oil pastels. In PSHE this week, each child designed a person to reflect their feeling having now been back at school. They thought about the different feelings they may have felt and how different colours can represent different feelings.

Spring Term - Week 10 - 25 March 2021

This week in Maths, Year Three have been looking at fractions, recognising and finding halves and quarters of amounts and shapes. We used resources and drawings to represent a 1/2 and a 1/4 of objects and amounts and are able to explain what the numerator and denominator represent in a fraction.

Spring Term - Week 9 - 18 March 2021

This week Year Three have been busy learning about length and measure using millimetres, centimetres and metres. We bought Maths into our PE lesson and tested our ability to measure how far we could throw a ball. The children also learnt how to find the perimeter of a shape by measuring the outline of various shapes and adding those measurements together. In Science, Year Three are learning about water transportation by carrying out an investigation using food colouring in water. We will be observing what happens and will share this next week.

Spring Term - Week 8 - 11 March 2021

In our science lessons children are continuing to study the topic of plants. Children have learnt what plants need to grow and have started an investigation to find out if plants grow healthier and stronger with plant food. We will monitor these plants over time and record the results by measuring how they grow (using measuring skills learnt in maths this week!).

Spring Term - Week 7 - 4 March 2021

The children had great fun today celebrating World Book Day dressed as their chosen characters. We collected class data based on their characters and used this to plot and draw bar charts. The children also had fun creating their own stories by mixing up known fairytales! We even had Goldilocks climbing the giant bean stalk! Children also made story dice and used these ideas to come up with comical stories! We’ve had a day full of magical faraway lands and all types of book characters!

In English, we have been learning about the true story of the Three Little Pigs. Who knew the wolf was actually very kind and it was a very unfortunate incident! The children at home and in school have done an amazing job to re-tell the story. We are now  in the process of writing our own version of Little Red Riding Hood from the point of view of the wolf. I wonder what actually happened?

Spring Term - Week 6 - 25 February 2021

In PE, the children have designed their own games to play. They then set up and led their activity to a small group. They were amazing at explaining how to play their game and all enjoyed learning new activities. It was great to see how well they listened to each other and how enthusiastic they were to complete each other’s games.

Spring Term - Week 5 - 11 February 2021

This week in English, Year Three have been role playing The Big Bad Wolf and blowing houses down! We used different materials to build small houses and after we blew them down we gathered lots of vocabulary to describe what we saw and heard, including onomatopoeia words and similes.

The children have also been working really hard on a DT project this week, making a string instrument.

They carried out research to find out how many strings there instrument will need and we explored how the instruments can make different pitched sounds. We then designed and made our instruments using a variety of different materials thinking carefully about how we can play it and make a sound.

Spring Term - Week 4 - 1 February 2021 

In PE this week we played fitness Snakes and Ladders. We had lots of fun trying out new exercises and got very competitive trying to win the game. Also, we talked about the pulse and what this is. We took our pulse and saw the effect of exercise on our bodies. We then counted again to see how it changed after a cool down. We discussed how our pulse is the number of times our hearts beat a minute and why this changes during exercise. It was great to see so many smiles and all the children working really hard!

Spring Term - Week 3 - 25 January 2021

This week we have been investigating pitch. We have explored how a higher pitch occurs when something vibrates at a higher frequency (more vibrations per second). Using elastic bands, we explored how a tighter band produced a higher pitch than a loose band. Then came up with their own ideas about how to record their findings. 

Autumn Term - Week 14 - 10 December 2020

In PE this week, year 3 have taken what they have learned during their fitness lessons and led their own fitness session. They organised what exercises they wanted to do, the timings of each station and demonstrated how to do the exercise. It was fantastic to see the confidence the children had to lead each other in an activity and how well they cheered each other on. Well done to all!

Autumn Term - Week 13 - 3 December 2020

This week in Science, Year Three carried out an experiment to investigate what effect certain drinks have on our teeth. We used eggs as their shells closely represent the enamel of our teeth. After conducting the experiment and leaving the eggs in pots of water, orange juice, coke, milk and blackcurrant fruit shoot for the week, we were then able to see results and we couldn’t believe what we found! The orange juice, coke and fruit shoots had damaged the egg shell, showing the decay that would happen to our teeth’s enamel if we were to drink lots of these drinks without looking after our teeth by brushing them twice a day.

Autumn Term - Week 12 - 27 November 2020

This week in Science, Year 3 were learning all about teeth and their functions. We used our tongues to feel what our own teeth felt like, paying attention to the different shapes and sizes and then made them out of playdough in a model mouth. We then were able to label and identify each tooth and it’s function.

In English, we have begun looking at instructions and learning what needs to be included to make a good set of instructions.

Autumn Term - Week 11 - 19 November 2020

This week was Anti-Bullying week and Year Three spent time learning about how they could play a part to become united against bullying. We spoke about what they will now choose to do to help if someone was being bullied how it is really important to tell an adult if they see something happening that they think is wrong. The children created their own wristbands to show what they choose to do which included helping others, being kind and respecting other people.

Autumn Term - Week 10 - 12 November 2020

This week, for Remembrance day, Year Three spent some time learning about the day itself, why we wear poppies and why we hold a minute silence. In the afternoon, they wrote their own acrostic poems using some of the things they had learnt about Remembrance day.

In PE, we have moved on to Fitness and the children have been completing a variety of high intensity exercises, paying close attention to what is happening to their bodies before, during and after exercise.

Autumn Term - Week 9 - 5 November 2020

What a fantastic first week back Year Three have had!

In Art, Year Three have continued to look at the work of Vincent Van Gogh and used his Starry Night painting as inspiration to create their own starry night painting. They looked at the different techniques Van Gogh has used in his piece and used this to influence their own pieces.

In English, we have started a new book, ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children have now started writing their own sentences to add to our class story on display in the classroom.

Autumn Term - Week 8 - 23 October 2020

This week, Year 3 had a Science day learning all about forces, friction and magnets. We carried out fair experiments using force meters to see how much force was needed to pull a shoe along different surfaces. We found that some surfaces created more friction against the shoe meaning it took more force to pull. We also learnt about magnets and magnetic force and had fun finding out what a non-contact force is using a magnet and a paperclip.

Autumn Term - Week 7 - 14 October 2020

This week, Year Three have been using body percussion to make sounds that you might find on a building site. They worked together to agree the best ways to make the sounds for a plastering trowel, saw, drill and hammer and nails.

In English, we have now finished our class story based on ‘Star in the Jar’. Next week we will be writing our own story using all the new writing skills we have learnt this half term.

 

Autumn Term - Week 6 - 7 October 2020

This week, Year Three have been continuing to use nature as inspiration in Art. They looked at a painting by Van Gogh and explored different mark marking techniques to colour in their own trees.

In English, Year Three generated positive emotions to describe how our main character might be feeling while lying below the stars.

Autumn Term - Week 5 - 30 September 2020

This week, Year Three have been having fun in Maths completing a variety of activities using different skills they have learnt including number lines, counting in groups and sequences. 

In English, the children been continuing with their amazing writing based on the book ‘Star in the Jar’. We have been collecting sentences from each child in the class to bring together a whole class piece of writing.

Autumn Term - Week 4 - 23 September 2020

This week, Year Three have continued to have great fun in PE learning golf and archery skills.

To kick start our new English unit using the book ‘Star in the Jar’, Year Three had the chance to look at stars and even sit under a starry sky! Using some amazing vocabulary to describe stars, each class had the chance to come up with a name to call their very own class star. Greenfinch called their star The Majestic Mesmerising Star and Chaffinch called theirs Graceful Wonder. Each child has taken home a certificate with the location to find this star above Bracknell- happy star gazing!

Autumn Term - Week 3 - 18 September 2020

This week in Year Three we have been reading ‘After The Fall’ and wrote a letter to help encourage Humpty Dumpty to climb back up the wall that he fell from. In the book, Humpty Dumpty made a paper aeroplane so later in week the children made and decorated their own planes and had a chance to fly them outside!

Autumn Term - Week 2 - 11 September 2020

In Maths this week, year 3 have been learning about place value and representing 100s, 10s and 1s in different ways using dienes. 

In year 3 we have been reading the book Silly Billy this week. Here we are making our very own worry dolls. In the story, Billy shared his worries with his worry dolls so he could sleep better.