Year 3 Blog

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

Hunting for Lost Luggage

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Last week we started on our new topic theme "Lost and Found" and enjoyed a treasure hunt around the school grounds using grid references to find pieces of lost luggage. We had to work together to solve the clues and use our noticing skills to identify where the next clue was hidden. It was great fun and we all managed to find the treasure at the end.

Treasure Hunt 1      Treasure Hunt 2

Treasure Hunt 3

Following this, we had to look inside our lost luggage and use a range of skills to work out who the luggage belonged to. There were clues inside including artefacts, texts and pictures and we had to use our inference and deduction skills (which we had been developing in Literacy) to predict who the owner was.

In our final topic lesson, we revisited our map reading skills and plotted places where our lost luggage owners could be linked to in Birmingham. We really enjoyed exploring both ordnance survey maps and A-Z maps and building on our understanding of grid references.

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Map skills 3

A week of chocolatey fun!

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This week we continued with our Sweet Treats topic and enjoyed a trip to Cadbury World.

We had a busy day in which we learnt the story of the Cadbury family and the history of chocolate and then we looked around the factory and saw how chocolate was made and packaged. We got to taste some too of course!

After our tour, we listened to a talk about the victorian times and working conditions in the past and we learnt about the influence that the Cadbury brothers had on industry and the ways in which working conditions changed as a result of their ideas.

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Cadbury 4

It was a great trip!

We have also been enjoying some mixed media, collaborative art work to create a portrait of George Cadbury which has led us to carefully consider scale, shade and tone and how different materials can be collaged to create images.

George Cadbury


Summer Science

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In Year 3, we have enjoyed an exciting return to our summer term with lots of science on our first day back at school.

We leapt straight into our new topic of plants and set up an investigation to find our about how the amount of water can affect the growth of a plant. We are looking forward to seeing the results over the next couple of weeks and must remember to keep our plants well watered in this lovely sunny weather that we are enjoying!

We also had great fun this afternoon when Mrs Hawksworth paid us a surprise visit and told us that tadpoles were emerging in our pond area. We were very excited and wanted to see a life cycle in action so we dashed down to the pond area to take a look.

It was fascinating and Mrs Hawksworth told us lots of facts both about our pond and the wildlife that might be lurking in the depths!

It has been a super science based day with lots of learning and some outdoor fun too!

Pond 1 BLOG       Pond 2 BLOG  Tadpoles BLOG

A cracking week!

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Well our final week of the term has been a busy one but a lot of fun!

We completed our "Cool Dude" topic by designing and making our own mini tie dye t-shirts. This meant we had to use a range of art and design skills and explore joining techniques through sewing. It also tested our BLP skills of resilience as it can be quite tricky sewing, especially if your needle comes unthreaded! There was a lot of perseverance shown in Year 3 this week!

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Alongside this, our Big Hoot project was launched in school and we took part in activities and some outdoor learning to explore all we could associated with owls. We also went on a hunt for Hoot which meant we had to use our mental maths skills to solve clues and find our owl sculpture.

Big hoot 1      Big hoot 2       Big hoot 3

Of course, we also had some end of term fun too with a classroom treasure hunt for some treats and our talent show which was an opportunity for us to see some of the great talents across the school.

talent show

It has been a fantastic week full of both hard work and fun and we are off now to enjoy our well deserved rest!

See you soon for summer fun!

Shining Stars and a Solar Eclipse

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We hope that you all enjoyed our performances at the end of last week in our class assemblies. We were really proud of what we achieved and enjoyed sharing our learning with you. Our teachers were incredibly impressed with our efforts and what fantastic stars of the stage we proved to be.

This week we are looking forward to seeing the solar eclipse on Friday (if the weather allows) and enjoying some activities linked to this using both our art and literacy skills. We will be creating our own original art work to depict solar eclipse scenes using a range of materials and techniques and we will be writing a detailed recount to revisit some of our basic skills in literacy and produce a piece of cross curricular writing.

Solar eclipse Resized

Thank you for the Music!

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Cool dude

This week, we have continued with our Cool Dude topic and we have begun to compose and perform our own pieces of music.

We have learnt about beats and rhythms and have made links to our Mathematical understanding to count and follow a steady beat or rhythm using ourselves (clapping and stamping) and using percussion instruments.

We have created our own imaginative accompaniment to an iconic song (Hey jude by The Beatles) and have critqued our own work and that of others by referring to the key elements of music and considering the timbre, texture and dynamics used to enhance the piece.

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Today we will be using digital technology to create our own piece of music which will reflect what we think the music of the future may sound like and we will be sharing this with our friends and reasoning about our choices and ideas.

We are really enjoying exploring music in many different ways and have shown our creative and expressive sides!

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Music Maestros!

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Brit music

This week, we have begun our Cool Dude topic with some exciting music lessons that had us tapping our feet and boogying to the beat! We have been learning about British pop music and exploring how it has changed over time from the 1950s to today. We listened to some examples of iconic British music artists and though about our own likes and dislikes and also about how music has changed through the eras in relation to the instruments used, the style of musicians and the sound of the music. We have been developing our musical vocabulary as part of this and have thought carefully about some key musical terms such as; tempo, dynamics, timbre, pitch and texture. 


We have also used our Literacy skills in our topic work to write fact files about members of the world famous british band - The Beatles. We looked back on our previous learning about information texts and tried to use and apply our understanding of this genre to create interesting fact files about The Fab Four.

Next week we will take our learning in music further by exploring ways to accompany well known songs using percussion instruments and by using our creativity to consider what music of the future might sound like and devlop examples using our I-pads.

For now, maybe you'd like to enjoy a hit or two from the group that we have focused on as the biggest ever British musical success...


Springing forward in our learning...

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We are back into our second part of the Spring term and have got straight back into our routines, felling refreshed and ready for the half term ahead!

In Literacy this half term we are focusing on Science Fiction texts and will be exploring developing our own creative and exciting Science Fiction stories. In maths, we are continuing to learn a range of maths concepts and we will be focusing primarily on angles and fractions using apparatus to help us understand and to support our learning. In Science, we will be learning about states of matter by exploring how to change materials from solid to liquid or liquid to gas and back again. Our Science work will include some investigating to help us to continue to develop our scientific enquiry skills.

In topic, we are all going to become "Cool Dudes" by learning about fashion and music throughout modern British History. We look forward to sharing more about that with you soon!

We are also focusing on rehearsing our class assembly in which we are going to be sharing some of learning from the year so far. We are going to be singing a song linked to our topic title from last half term ... take a look at the video below for a sneak preview of what you might be hearing...

Time to get arty with The Big Wave!

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the big wave

This week, we have been using our topic work linked to our Wonderful World to explore artwork from across the globe which depicts scenes of nature. We focused on The Big Wave by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and looked closely at the line and shape used to produce this effective print. We sketched the original piece and have then used our own creative and artistic skills to produce our own original paintings with the same title. It has been great fun!

We have been thinking about staying safe on the internet both through our assembly for Safer Internet Day and also through our ICT lesson in which we explored and discussed internet safety together and its importance for us both at school and outside of school.

Finally, we have continued to explore time in our maths learning - moving on from analogue to digital. We have been looking at 12 hour and 24 hour clocks and making links in our learning between these two methods of telling the time.

We know just how important it is for us to use time vocabulary and read clocks when we are away from school to help us to make more progress in this tricky area of maths. We have thought of lots of different ways to do this and the video below is a fun song that can help us too!

Time to Talk

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talking time

This week in Year 3, we have been enjoying lots of talk and learning about time.

In our Maths work, we have been exploring analogue times and using our skills and understanding to read and write times accuratey from an analogue clock using key mathematical vocabulary. We have used our reasoning and distilling skills to explain how we read the time and refer to the key features of an analogue clock. We also took the opportunity to find out more about roman numerals; what they mean, how they are used and the rules of using them to write different numbers.

Next week we will be using another of our BLP skills to make links between analogue and digital times and we explore this measures topic a little bit further...

Analogue digital

In our Literacy lessons, we have continued to learn our class poem but have focused on the skills of speaking and listenng and perfomance to consider how to best present poetry to an audience. We have thoguht carefully about facial expression, body language (for action and gesture) and how we can use and change our voice to add atmosphere and greater expression to the performance. We look forward to sharing our poem with you in the future!

An encounter with an alien and preparing to perform a poem!

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This week we have been contacted by Orson, an alien from the planet Orb.

He has been asking us all about our planet and, as a result, we have been investigating our world to share some answers with him. To begin with we had to decipher his alien language using our reading and decoding skills and we have been using atlases to find facts about our world including its continents, features such as mountains, rivers and cities and its climates. It has been both fascinating and fun!

In Literacy, we are preparing to perform a poem so we have been looking at the key features of poetry and beginning to think about using our speaking and performance skills effectively to present it to an audience. the year group poem  that we have chosen is Daffodils by Wiliam Wordsworth. Have a look at the video below to listen to it:

Inspiring Writing!

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This week we really enjoyed working with friends and family at our Inspire workshop.

We had a lot of fun sharing our learning and exploring more exciting ways to improve and develop our writing.

We played word games, used our sentence tricks and showed off our fantastic vocabulary and creativity. It was a great way to reflect on all of our learning and progress so far this year and to enjoy working closely with friends and relatives.

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Also this week, we have continued to investigate electricity in our Science topic - finding out about building circuits and testing different materials to see if they were conductors or insulators. We made predictions, careful observations and wrote conclusions to help us think more about the scientific ideas and vocabulary that we can use!


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