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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 3 News

Spring 1 - Week 3 - 21st January 2022

This week, we have been doing some amazing sentences to build our class story about the three little pigs. We have got into character as the wolf to think carefully about what he will say, feel and do at different points in the story.

In maths, we have explored different methods for division. We have used practical resources and jottings to support our methods.

In history, we have found out about the Egyptian gods and pyramids. We had a go at creating our own Egyptian god, thinking carefully about what their role would be and how their appearance represented this. We also got into role as slaves building the pyramids and did some fantastic role-play demonstrating an understanding of what they did and how they might have felt.

Spring 1 - Week 2 - 14th January 2022

This week, we have really enjoyed getting stuck into our unit based on 'The true story of the three little pigs.' We have written all about the wolf's unfortunate sneeze in the straw house and have just arrived at the stick house after a tasty meal. On Wednesday, we built stick and straw houses to blow down to help us collect verbs, adjectives and similes to use in our writing to describe the houses and what happened to them and the writing produced on Thursday and Friday was amazing!

In history, we have continued our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. We have learnt more about mummification and canonic jars and compared some aspects of their life to ours.

In French, we have practised naming different parts of the body and then drew people (fairies, aliens or mummies) and labelled their body parts in French.

Spring 1 - Week 1 - 7th January 2022

We have had an exciting week back at school this week as we have started out new topic where we are learning about Ancient Egypt. We have learnt about Egyptian writing, mummification, Egyptian fashion, pyramids and the importance of the Nile. 

We have also started a new unit in English based on the book 'The true story of the three little pigs'. We have enjoyed taking on the role of the wolf and defending ourselves in questioning with a very tough group of police officers who would not believe it was all an accident!

In maths, we have continued to practise multiplying. This week we have progressed to applying out times table knowledge to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers using written methods. 

Autumn 2 - Week 6 - 10th December 2021

This week, we have been busy applying our times table knowledge in maths to answer word problems. We have used bar models to help us to understand the calculations that are required for the questions.

In English, we have finished writing our non-chronological report about pangolins. We have really enjoyed finding out about these fascinating creatures. We have also began researching an animal for our independent writing next week.

In reading, we have continued to read ' A bear Called Paddington' and have practised our inference skills through role play.

To end the week, we had our DT day. We made and designed packaging for sandwiches!

Autumn 2 - Week 5 - 3rd December 2021

The highlight of our week this week was definitely our trip to the panto! We have great fun cheering, booing, clapping and of course some singing and dancing too. 

In science this week, we have been osteologists. We have conducted an investigation to look for patterns in the skeleton. Do taller children have larger hands? Is the diameter of your ribcage equal to the diameter of your skull? Do children with longer legs have longer arms?

In geography this week, we learnt how to use 6-figure grid references. 

In maths this week, we have been practising our 4 and 8 times tables in different ways including matching cards, chanting, timed practise and using natural resources. We have then been applying our knowledge to answer multiplication and division questions.

Autumn 2 Week 4 - 26th November 2021

In maths this week, we have been continuing to practise applying our times table knowledge. We have spotted patterns in the 5, 2 and 3 times tables to be able to identify multiples quickly. 

In Geography, we have looked at features of maps and applied our knowledge to create our own maps including a key.

Autumn 2 Week 3 - 19th November 2021

In maths this week, we began practising applying our times tables knowledge to answer multiplication questions. We explored the commutative law and drew arrays to show this.

In English, we have been busy planning our independent writes based on the story The Incredible book eating boy.

In science, we have been exploring skeletons. We have practised labelling the different bones on skeletons and x-rays and have compared animal skeletons to human skeletons.

In art, we have created art based on Van Goph's 'Starry Night'. We looked at brush strokes in preparation to create a collaborative piece to be be displayed at Bracknell Train Station.

Autumn 2 Week 2 - 12th November 2021

In maths this week, we have rounded off our addition and subtraction unit by writing instructions for someone new to the formal (column) method. 

In science and PSHE, we have begun earning about healthy eating. We learnt about the different food groups and the effects different types of food have on our bodies. We learnt about essential nutrients and how they help. We then applied our knowledge to look at information on packaging and choose the healthiest snack option. 

Autumn 2 Week 1 - 5th November 2021

We have had a busy first week back this week! To start the week, we did some detective work to find out all about the character in the book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' which we are going to base our writing on for the next few weeks. We looked a newspaper articles, Dr's reports and audio transcripts to find out all about him.

In maths, we have continued to practise the use of formal methods to add and subtract. We have tackled questions with lots of words that have really made us think about the steps that we need to take! We have also been taking part in Barvember.

In science, we have sorted animals into groups according to what they eat and spotted patterns in the adaptations these animals have. While in Geography, we explored physical and human features and located the UK and its neighbouring countries and bodies of water using an atlas.

In computing, we have learnt about algorithms and have had a go at writing and debugging our own algorithms. 

On Friday, we began our learning about Van Goph and practised sketching one of his pieces from the Sunflowers series. We also had a music lesson where we used body percussion and dance to learn about rhythm.

Autumn 1 Week 6 and 7 - 21st October 2021

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been busy rounding off our units of work ready for half-term.

In history, we took part in a debate about which age was best to live in : the Stone Age, the Bronze Age or the Iron Age. We had some detailed points to share and made sure to challenge our opposition.

In English, we have written our own holiday brochures to encourage people to visit Stone Henge. We have used lots of different features to make our writing persuasive.

In maths, we have continued with addition and subtraction. We have no moved on to column addition and subtraction with exchanging. In reading, we have compared different text types to help us understand the features of each and looked at some poetry to support our work around Black History month.

Autumn 1 Week 5 - 8th October 2021

This week, we have continued to write our holiday brochures to persuade people to visit Skara Brae. We have used adjectives, imperative verbs and repetition along with many other techniques.

In history, we found about the changes that happened from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age and in science we completed a 'Which is best?' investigation to find out which magnet was the strongest.

In art, we have been experimenting with different mediums to create cave paintings. This week, we worked with charcoal.

Autumn 1 Week 4 - 1st October 2021

This week has been another busy week for Year Three. We have been editing and publishing our writing as well as starting a brand-new topic where we will be writing brochures in English; practising adding and subtracting using mental methods in maths; investigating magnetic materials in science; creating textured canvases ready to try cave painting next week in art; and finding out all about Skara Brae and the Neolithic Age in history. 

We have also been given the very important role of being buddies for the reception children who will be starting to join us on the big playground at lunch times. We met our buddies for the first time on Friday when we showed them all the different areas of the playground and the equipment we have to use. 

Autumn 1 Week 3 - 24th September 2021

This week, we have been busy planning and writing our own stories about going back in time to the Stone Age. We have thought carefully about the features we are going to use as well as our spellings and punctuation. 

In maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers and counting in 50s. We spotted that our 5 times table can help us to count in 50s because 50 is 10 times bigger than 5.

 In our topic learning this week, we have explored the changes to lifestyle that occurred during the Neolithic era of the Stone Age. Chaffinch class enjoyed creating plans of Neolithic settlements outside.

During outdoor PE, we have been practising our catching and throwing with rugby balls and building on teamwork skills.

Autumn Term 1 Week 2 - 17th September

This week, we have continued to write our stories based on 'The Stone Age Boy'. We have continued to practise using adverbs while also including similes, repetition and onomatopoeia. 

In maths, we have been adding and subtracting 1s, 10s and 100s while continuing to build our confidence with place value. We have also begun to learn our three times table. 

In history this week, we have written some fantastic diary entries as Stone Age children. We have written about what life was like living in caves, and hunting and gathering to get food.

In science, we applied the knowledge we gained last week to complete a 'Which is best?' investigation, controlling variables to ensure it was a fair test. We used Newton meters to measure the force required to move a shoe along different surfaces.

Autumn Term 1 Week 1 - 10th September

We have had a busy first week back at school this week! In English, we have started writing a story about a boy who falls and ends up in a strange place. We have been using 'The Stone Age Boy' as inspiration for our writing and have so far used many features to make our writing amazing including: direct speech, adverbs and prepositions. 

In maths, we have been working on developing our place value knowledge with numbers all the way up to 1,000. We have also been practising our 5 times tables.In our topic work this week, we have begun learning about the Stong Age in history, completed some pattern-finding investigations in science (where we found out smooth, shiny surfaces had the least friction) and tried our first French lesson!