Year 3 Blog

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

A Step Back in Time...

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This week, we have been on a visit as part of our topic work. In our "Blast From The Past" topic, we are learning about the changes over time in our area of the country and finding out more about life in the past in Britain.

We went on a trip to The Black Country Living Museum and had a great time learning with the help of guides who took us back in time and showed us around shops and houses of the past and told us many facts and lots of interesting information. We leartn about how industry in the area has changed and grown over time, we went down in the mines to see what life might have been like for children of our age many years ago, we watched a silent movie starring Charlie Chaplin, we played in the streets with old fashioned toys and we got to ride on a tram or an old-fashioned bus!

It was a fantastic day which has fuelled our imaginations and will help us develop our recount writing as part of Literacy this week too!

BCM 1      BCM2

Chain maker   C Maker 2

Cup and ball    Hobby Horse   Hoop

Blast From the Past!

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So, in Year 3 this week we have started our new topic and we have fully immersed ourselves through links in our Literacy and topic work. We have become history detectives, using questioning, research and discussion to investigate objectsfrom the past and have learnt about primary and secondary sources.

Oliver Twist

Oliver role play 1     Oliver role play 2

In our Literacy, we have begun to learn the story of Oliver Twist and have used role play and story telling to re-tell the story in key events and to compare and contrast lives of people in the past and today. It has been fascintaing and fun!

fantastic forces       magnet

In Science, we have had great fun exploring forces. We carried out a scientific investigation using magnets and then developed our maths skills whilst presenting our findings in a line graph. We have also enjoyed looking at all the super contributions to our first ever science fayre too!

What a fantastic first week ... we are looking for all that is to come in this busy summer term!

Brushing Up on Our Shakespeare!

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This week, we have been celebrating the famous English writer and poet William Shakespeare. In Literacy, we have taken the opportunity to find out more about him and his life and have created fact files to share key facts and develop out non-fiction writing skills. We have also enjoyed using role play to explore one of his plays, Romeo and Juliet, and to try and better understand the language of the time.

We have linked the theme to our reading throughout the week too and have used our key reading skills of inference and deduction to draw images of famous Shakespeare characters from their descriptions.

Following the success of The Big Hoot last year, we are taking part in this year's Big Read and therefore another of our activities this week was to design a Shakespeare themed bench in honour of The Bard! We enjoyed using our drawing and design skills to come up with creative and innovative designs!

Big Read

In each of the Year 3 classes, we have now nominated our talent show acts in preparation for next week's Talent Show and are looking forward to making posters to promote them and cheering them on as we watch all the acts and see just how much incredible talent our school has to offer.

Best of luck to The Magic Masters, Thea and Jaya and The Uptown Funky Kids!

Talent 2

Cleaning for The Queen and Becoming Book Worms!

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This week we have been busy celebrating some famous figures...

In honour of The Queen's 90th birthday, we enjoyed some litter picking as part of the Spring Clean for The Queen initiative. 3JH met with some children from Hollyfield School and worked together to make a change in Rectory Park with a team litter pick which was great fun! 3CC and 3EC worked on tidying the school grounds and enjoyed using the special, purple Clean for The Queen bin bags...

Rectory Park Clean 1       Rectory Park Clean 2

Rectory Park Clean 3

Later in the week, we all took part in World Book Day activities. To pay tribute to Roald Dahl, whose books many of us have enjoyed reading (including as part of our reading challenge), we all dressed as characters from his books and completed activities throguhout the day with a Roald Dahl book theme.In Literacy, we created dreams for the BFG and in Maths we solved problems linked to characters and events from well known Roald Dahl stories. We had a great day and it has inspired us ahead of our Shakespeare week next week in which we will be learning more about another great British writer.

Crocodile       Roald Dahl    James and the peach

Feeling the beat and staying safe!

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Musical heading



       Bob Marley

This week we have been enjoying developing our music skills. We have been exploring the music of Bob Marley and in particular his song Three Little Birds. We have discussed the style of music, its origins and the history of both the music and the artist. We have learnt about pulse and used games and moves to "feel the beat" of the song. We have also started to learn the song and have explored a range of ways in which to perform it. It has been brilliant and our music skills and come on in leaps and bounds!

Another focus for our week has been Internet Safety Day. We have revisited the importance of staying safe when we are using the internet and discussed the strategies for dealing with any issues which we may face. We have had an assembly to share important messages of internet safety and have explored games and websites linked to this theme in class. Watch the video below to help you think about the importance of not sharing key information and of being cvareful who you chat to online...

Learning through Links

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RUN1   RUN9  RUN11

We have worked with different people in our lessons recently to learn from them and develop a range of skills. In our PE lessons, we have been taught by both our own teachers and teachers from Bishop Vesey Grammar School to develop our athletic skills. We have been finding out about effective techniques for running, jumping and throwing and, as part of this, we have visited BVGS and used their sports hall which offered us more space to explore speed and pace when running!

  Mad Science blog 1   Mad Science blog 2   Mad Science blog 3

We have also been lucky enough to enjoy another Mad Science assembly which gave our visiting Mad Scientist the opportunity to inspire us all with our Science work and the excitement of investigating and finding things out about chemical reactions and the world around us. We have been enjoying the science lesson in our new Phizz lab immensely and now we can't wait to get back in there, put on our lab coats and goggles and get investigating a little more!  

Embarking on New Adventures

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new year

The start of the New Year and our new school term has been an exciting one with lots of new adventures begun!

Indian flag

First there is our new topic which has transported us to India. We have been exploring the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the country and learning more about it through both topic and Literacy lessons. We have compared it to our own country and have shared some experiences of the country and its culture. We can't wait to find out more and to use our design and technology skills to design and make our own Indian style breads...

Our Maths work has changed too and we are starting to explore ways to become masters of maths through further developing our reasoning and problem solving skills. We have Captain Conjecture to lead us on our way and to challenge our mathematical thinking. We are using lots of resources and discussion to help deepend our understanding of many maths concepts and are having great fun doing it!

Captain conjecture

We are also preparing for our class assembly which means that we are busy learning lines and developing our performance technique - a skill which will help as we finish learning our class dance this half term too!

We have been doing so much and can't wait to share it with your through performances, parents evenings and lots of talking when we get home!


Born to Perform - Bless Us All!

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Now, the build up to Christmas has really begun and we are busy using our art skills to produce cards and calendars to take home and give to our friends and family and we are looking forward to our Christmas party where we will be enjoying some dancing, party games and tasty party food!

This will be our last blog for 2015 but we hope that you will be back with us in the New Year to see what exciting adventures are ahead of us on our learning journey through Year 3...

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a special holiday with those who are important to you. Bless us all!

Merry Christmas


We are animators!

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This week in our ICT learning, we have continued to explore creating and developing our own simple animations. Using the Scratch programme, we have been writing scripts to make a chosen sprite move across the screen and perform a serires of actions. We have learnt about how to change the background and to customise our sprite by changing the colour and size. Some of us have been challenging ourselves to include more than one sprite in our animations and writing a script which enables them to interact or move around each other.

We have had great fun developing our ideas using the programme on the desktop computers and then working collaboratively to use and apply our skills and problem solve in order to find out how to adapt to creating the same animations and effects using the Scratch Jnr app on the I-pads.

Scratch blog 1     Scratch blog 3

Scratch blog 2


Feeling Inspired!

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This week, Year 3 have had Inspire workshops with parents. It was a great opportunity for us to work alongside people from home and show all of the exciting things that we are doing as part of our Maths learning. The focus for our workshop was mental maths and the use of practical maths to support our learning. It gave us a chance to show how we use Numicon, Cuisinaire rods and other practical resources to help us claculate and explain. We also shared a lot of maths talk to show how we are developing our mathematical vocabulary. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed our morning. We had lots of positive feedback which showed us that our friends and family enjoyed it too!

Inspire Blog 1      Inspire Blog 2

Inspire blog 3

It is also anti-bullying week this week and we have explored this important topic in many ways. We have had discussions about bullying (what it means and how we can help to prevent it), reflected on the qualities of a good friend, written stories in Literacy with a friendship theme and we have each written an anti-bullying pledge to be put into a whole school book.

anti bullying

We will survive!!!!

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We are Back

We have come back to school and started our new term and topics with energy and enthusiasm!

Our new topic is Extreme Survival and we have begun by exploring the world's biomes to learn more about the climates and lanscapes across the globe.



Our Literacy work is also linked to weather and we have begun a unit which centres around the text, One Snowy Night. We have had great fun beginning to learn the story using actions to help us and retelling it to our friends.

In Science, we are continuing with our work on animals and are learning about ways of classifying animals according to their characteristics.

In Maths, we have been exploring shapes and developing our use of mathematical vocabulary to describe shapes and their properties.

It has been a busy first week in what will no doubt be a VERY busy half term.



Remember to keep visiting our blog to see what we are learning about and seeing our wintery fun develop and the festivities begin as December draws closer!


Exciting Writing - Becoming Authors

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Myths title

This week, we are bringing together all of the skills which we have been exploring in Literacy, all of our work on exploring Myths and our topic work on Ancient Greece to create a piece of extended writing throughout the week. The piece of writing will be a myth of our own. This is a great opportunity for us to use and apply all of our skills and to show what fantastic writers we are becoming!

Author       Author 2

Next week, we will be using the editing and revising skills that we have been learning to turn our myths into books with a front cover, blurb and with illustrations to support and enhance the text. We are looking forward to bringing together all of our hard work and learning from this half term to create a final piece to be proud of.


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