Year 3 Blog

Welcome to the Year 3 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Digestive System

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This week Year Three have been learning all about the digestive system. We have had lots of fun recreating it using bread, milk, coke, tights and a potato masher! The children were understanding what happens to food once we've eaten it and where it goes in our bodies. They were using words like oesophagus, small intensive and large intestine.


Art in a Day

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Year 3 have made a fantastic start to their new topic 'Ancient Greece'. We enjoyed learning all about Greek art, in particular, 3d sculpture from the period and investigated Greek pots and their design. The children learnt that the Greek's were responsible for the creation of the pottery wheel which allowed them to created vases and containers that were much more elaborate than previous designs. The children in Year 3 created their own Greek vases by first creating a thumb pot out of clay and learnt how to join other clay elements such as handles and rims. The pots have been really succesful and the children are now decorating them in the same colour palette used by the Greeks.



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What a year!

We can’t believe that this academic year is going to an end! Year Three have had so much fun. They have had the opportunity to go on three school trips, go back in time with Professor McGinty and go to Bishop Vesey Grammar School for P.E. lessons!

Last week, the children had their transition day with their new teachers, in their new classes and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. They came back to Year Three looking way too grown up!

Mr Worth, Mrs Horne and myself would like to take this chance to say a huge good luck to every single child in the year group! We wish you a very successfully journey in the future and we thank you for all of your hard work across the year.



Health Week Fun!

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Across school children have been celebrating health week. In Year Three, we have focused on Healthy Eating. Over the week we took part in lots of activities linked to this topic. We have been lucky enough to chat to Ruth and Cath, in the school kitchens, to talk about the healthy meals they makes and discussed the hygiene of the food they prepare. In addition to this, we got to visit the life caravan and talk about having a healthy mind with Harrold the Giraffe. Finally, some of our maths lesson we also linked to health week, we got to design health gardens with vegetable patching and work out the perimeter of each section.




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This week in literacy year three have been gaining an understanding of the water cycle. This has involved children undertaking their own research and then using role play to act out the water cycle process. Next week children will apply their understanding to write an explanation text. They will be using lots of time openers and causal conjunctions in their writing. Here are some pictures of their performances.

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Practical Maths

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Year Three have dusted off the practical equipment in maths this week! They have been using base ten to show their deeper understanding of division before they moving onto the bus stop method. The children worked hard to explain their answers and prove whether Captain Conjecture was correct.



Step back in time

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This week Year Three took a step back in time when they visited the Black Country Museum. This was linked to our topic "Blast From The Past". We were lead through the museum by three very knowledgeable tour guides, they explained all about what like was like in Britain in the past. We got to visit a school, the mines and lots of houses and shops. The guides told us lots of facts and lots of interesting information. This will help us when we are doing our topic lessons this half term. It was a brilliant school trip were we all learnt lots.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Visit

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Our children from Year 1 and Year 3 have been fortunate enough to work with visiting members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in four different dance workshops.

Visiting Dance Artist Jenny Murphy and Pianist Andrew Kristy lead the sessions based on the company's current production of 'Coppelia'. The children found out all about the characters from the ballet and were able to have a go at taking on the role of the clockwork doll, magician and old man. The pupils created their own performances to share at the end of the workshop.

Mrs Duckers, Mrs Slassor, Mrs Charles, Mrs Edwards and Mr Worth all enjoyed participating in the workshops with several members of staff taking the opportunity to try on a beautiful costume from the company's production of 'Sleeping Beauty'!

Budding Young Artisits

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This week Year Three have been lucky enough to have a special visitor. Chris Ryder is a caricature artist and she came in for a two hour workshop with the children. All of the children got to develop their drawing skills, with a special emphasis on the face. She gave the children tips and tricks for drawing eyes, noises and hair. The children had lots of fun and enjoyed drawing funny, sad and evil faces! During the workshop they even got to watch the artisit draw an image using an iPad and a special app. 

At the start of the week Year Three also got to spend the whole day cuting and sewing their tie dye t-shirts that were inspired by the 1960s fashion. The children showed lots of perserance practising thier running stitch. 

The Big Bang!

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On Wednesday we all became young scientists when we visited The Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC! The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits. We all really enjoyed watching the first main show, it was full of guts and gore! We even got to see the inside of somebodies stomach! Throughout the day we visited lots of stalls including ones with bugs, virtual headsets and magical magnets.


World Book Day 2017

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On Thursday we had a great day celebrating World Book Day! We all looked brilliant in our costumes. There were witches, wizards, bears and much, much more! The Year Three theme this year was Beatrix Potter.

Throughout the day we got to complete lots of exciting activities linked to maths, literacy and art. The activities included: planting (carrot, radish and lettuce) seeds for a Beatrix Potter garden, writing setting descriptions, designing a new coin and sketching animals.



Watercolour Wave Paintings

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We explored the painting "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai.

We used watercolours and different painting techniques to create our own wave paintings. We learned that sometimes painting the surface of the paper in water first gives a pale wash effect.

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This week we have also explored our Wonderful World by finding out about human and phsical features. We looked at different landmarks around the world.


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