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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 3 News

Week 2 and 3 24th June 2022

We have had a busy start to our last half-term. In science, we have begun our topic of plants by dissecting plants to find out what the stem looks like, labelling a plant with the different functions of each part and investigating how water is transported in plants.

In geography, we have begun our topic about rainforests. We have attended a Zoom meeting, organised by the WWF, with a scientist who is completing work about birds in the rainforest and located the Amazon river before creating a map showing some its tributaries. 

In DT, we have explored levers and pulleys before designing and creating a home for our robot animals using a simple machine. 

 

Week 3 - 13th May 2022

This week, we have been continuing to learn about fractions in maths. We have explored equivalent fractions using practical resources as well as fraction walls and bar models. We have also compared fractions with the same denominators or numerators.

In science this week, we have been investigating shadows to see what effects the size and colour of the shadow.

Library Trip - 4th May 

We were lucky enough to be invited to attend Great Holland library to find out more about the library, explore the many book options available and listen to  a story. We had a fantastic time sharing some of our favourite books and discovering new ones!


Summer Term - Week 2 - 6th May 2022

This week, we have begun a new writing unit. We are going to be writing an explanation text about robot dogs! We enjoyed watching a short film about how a robot dog improves a man's life and coming up with vocabulary to describe the gadgets.

In science, we have learnt about opaque, transparent and translucent objects and conducted an investigation to decide which material would make the best blind.

Summer Term 1 - Week 1 - 29th April 2022

This week, we have begun our new topics for the summer term.

In science, we have learnt about light sources, explored how we see things by light being reflected and investigated what happens when the distance between a light source and an object increases.

In history, we have found about thur Ancient civilisation of Sumer and compared it to modern civilisation and have read the epic of Gilgamesh. 

In English, we have been writing poetry. We have been on senses walks and explored things of different colours to inspire us.

Spring Term 2 - Week 4 - 18th March 2022

STEM Week

This week, we have been taking part in STEM week. We have learnt about how the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths are connected with transferable knowledge and skills and how many of the different subjects we learn at school are linked in the same way.

During the week, we have found out about different people who work currently in STEM roles. We have found out what their job is and what skills they use to do it. We then had a go at an investigation that linked to their role. We have investigated the permeability of rocks, designed a digital device with appropriate inputs and outputs and made switches to operate electrical circuits.

On Thursday, we were lucky enough to have visit from Heidi, who is an evaluator at a fragrance company. She told us all about her role and the role of a perfumer. We were shocked to hear that it takes 20 years to become a perfumer! After her visit, we had a go at putting our own observational skills to the test and investigated different fragrances. Some of us even took Heidi's advice and combined different materials to see what the resulting fragrance would be!

Author Virtual Visit

On Friday this week, we were lucky enough to join a Zoom webinar with Lucy Brandt. She told us all about her new book, read us a segment, lead a draw-along and answered questions. We got a shout-out and one of the questions we sent in was answered live on the call!

Spring Term 2 - Week 3 - 11th March 2022

Gurdwara Trip

On Wednesday this week, we had a really fascinating visit to the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Slough. We were taken on a tour by three amazing volunteers who had given up their time to share their place of worship with us.

During the tour, we met lots of other volunteers who were doing jobs such as cooking in the Langar using pots we could have fit inside, washing up using a giant car-wash like dishwasher, serving free hot meals to anyone who needed one, reading from The Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh sacred text) and keeping the Gurdwara clean and tidy. We learnt that Sikhs believe it is important to volunteer and help people to perform 'Sewa' which is acting selflessly to help people.

The first place we visited on our tour was the Langar. This was where food is prepared and served using donations for anyone who attends the Gurdwara needing a free hot meal. We were amazed by the size of the cooking pots and bags of rice as well as the huge fridge we could stand in. While we were visiting the Langar, we recapped the stories of Guru Nanak that we had read at school and how he had created the first langer. 

After the Langar, we visited one of the prayer rooms and saw a copy of The Guru Granth Sahib. We were amazed to hear that the language of Punjabi, which the book is written in, hang their letters from the top of the line rather than sit them on the line like we do at school.

The last place we visited was a smaller prayer room where we were shown 'The Five Ks'. We looked at each one and found out what they symbolised to Sikhs. For example, the wooden comb is to remind them to keep a clean mind and body and look after the body they have been given.

Spring Term 2 - Week 2 - 4th March 2022

This week, we have really enjoyed participating in book week and dressing up for World Book Day! We have focused on the book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo and have completed lots of activities around the text including map drawing and drama. We have also created Top Trumps card for our favourite characters and played a giant Top Trumps game, made story cubes, had 3 'Stop, drop and read' opportunities every day and written about the best journeys books have taken us on and created a soundtrack for our book.

We have also taken part in two Zoom meetings with authors and illustrators. We had some of our questions answered and even participated in a draw-along with Onyinye Iwu. 

Spring Term 2 - Week 1 - 25th February 2022

We have had a busy first week back at school starting our new topics 'Landmarks of the World' and 'Rocks and Fossils'. We have enjoyed creating world maps and locating the countries in which landmarks are located and observing rocks to spot patterns between the different types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.

Spring Term 1 - Week 6 - 11th February 2022

After spending a long time publishing our Little Red Riding Hood inspired stories, we took them to share with the Year One children who really enjoyed hearing them!

This week, we opened up our mummified oranges. We observed how the skin had caged colour and texture as they had dried and how the salt had changed consistency where it had absorbed the moisture. 

Spring 1 - Week 5 - 4th February 2022

This week, we have been busy exploring money. We have practised converting between pounds and pence, added and subtracted amounts of money and calculated change. We have used coins, notes and number lines to help with our calculations.

In English, we have begun out unit of work based around the book 'The Wolves in the Walls' which we are finding a bit spooky!

Spring 1 - Week 4 - 28th January 2022

On Thursday this week, we had an exciting trip to the 'museum' to find out about the archaeologist Howard Carter and the child pharaoh Tutankhamun. We looked at photographs taken of the tomb and artefacts at the time of discovery, read entries in Howard Carter's diary, examined drawings and diagrams made of the tomb and contents and explored some examples of artefacts.

This week in English, we have started our independent write based on the story 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'. We are focusing on adding detail using techniques such as similes, adjectives, time adverbials and onomatopoeias. 

In maths, we have been practising adding amounts of money and converting between pounds and pence.

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!