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

Electrifying Science and Arty Maths

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This week, we have continued to enjoy our Bollywood topic and our Apprentice task (showing great collaboration skills in our teams!).

We have also begun our new Science topic - Electricity - by taking part in a science workshop led by a visitor from ThinkTank in Birmigham. We had great fun learning about different types of electricity, about how electricity works and is used and about scientists of the past who have worked with electricity. At times the workshop was hair-raisingly fun!

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We made some links in our topic work and maths too with an exciting arty matsh lesson. We learnt all about the paisley teardrop and traditional patterns from Indian culture and used our maths vocabulary to describe the shapes and patterns.

We then used press printing to create our our mathematical patterns (exploring repetition, rotation and reflection) using our own intricate teardrop designs. This activity really helped our reasoning skills and made us think about the maths words associated with shape and geometry. It was great fun too!

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A New Year - New, exciting times!

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New year

Welcome back! Happy New Year!

We hope that you all had a fabulous holiday and a good rest and are feeling refreshed and ready for the spring term!

We have a lot of exciting things planned including our first two weeks back on our new topic of Bollywood. This is going to be a great opportunity for us to explore cultural diversity and learn more about life in India. We also have a new link with a school in Mumbai to maintain our links across our global community.


We are incorporating all of our learning within our Bollywood theme and taking on an Apprentic style challenge to focus on our DT skills.

Be sure to visit our blog regularly to see how our learning is progressing and all the fun things which we are doing!

Meeting the Bear, the Hare and the Angle family.

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Last week, Year 3 have been very busy with Christmas Show preparations!! However, we still managed to fit in lots of Literacy and Maths work...

In Maths we met the angle family...

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We have successfully identified and named the different angles with the help of the angle family. The children have even used their knowledge to identify different types of angles in different subjects. Many noticed the angles on a Christmas tree are normally acute!!! 

In Literacy, we have been writing setting descriptions and story openers for 2012's Bear and the Hare Christmas advert. Year 3 used some lovely vocabulary to describe the winter scene. How would you describe the setting in the advert?


Brilliant Bodies

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With the temperature dropping, what a great opportunity to test out our bodies to see how making our muscles work hard can warm us up.

In Science the children went outside and exercised their muscles. They thought about how they felt before, during and after exercising; what muscles they could feel working hard, whether they felt hot or cold and ended with discussion about how and why their hearts were pumping harder. They were completely warn out afterwards but suprisingly...none of the children felt cold :) 

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Towards the end of the week, we had lot's of fun with Meccano to try and make a model elbow joint. The children had to use their knowledge of muscles to try and work out without instruction how to make the elbow joint using Meccano pieces and elastic bands. All of the children were really engaged in this activity and used their models to help them explain how an elbow joint works.


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Muscle Mad

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In Science, we have began to investigate our muscles.

We have learnt all about how muscles work in antagonistic pairs, when one muscle contracts, the other muscle relaxes.

Have a look at this animation:

This week the children will be taking part in some scientific P.E lessons, investigating how their muscles feel before, during and after excerise. It'll be interesting to see how warm they feel in this lovely cold weather!!!

Later in the week, the children will all be making their own elbow joints with elastic bands that represent the muscles.


Elbow Joint


Watch this space...there will be some photos of both of these activities on the blog next week.

Music Madness

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Last week, Year 3 went music mad!! 

We listened to the sounds of a storm and imagined how we could make the different sounds using our own vocals and a range of different instruments. We all found trying to keep a steady beat very difficult but we persevered and achieved it after lots of practice.

After splitting up into smaller groups, the children created their own piece of music thinking about how the sounds of a storm built up, created chaos and then faded out. The children collaborated exceptionally well during this task, which resulted in an excellent, well created piece of music. 

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Year 3 go potty!!

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Last week, 3CR and 3JH completed their topic on the Groovy Greeks. To finish off, we spent two lessons in the Art room making and decorating Greek Pots using clay and paint. There were some fantastic pots made, with bases and handles and decorataed in authentic colours and tones. Watch this space...there will be a new piece of pottery coming home in the new year.


This week, we have started our new Topic of 'Extreme Weather', which we will continue into the spring term. During our topic lesson we listened to the sounds of a storm and considered how these sounds made us feel. We also discussed what instruments could make these sounds then tried to create a steady beat using clapping and introducing sounds that represent weather. 

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Getting back into the swing of things!

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Winter welcome

Welcome back!

We are all back after our well earned break and raring to go!

This week, we are finishing off our Groovy Greeks topic with some art work - making our clay pots that we designed at the end of last half term. we can't wait to get creative and enjoy using our art room!

We are also starting a new Literacy unit exploring shape poetry which will link nicely to our forthcoming topic - Extreme weather. We will be looking at Calligrams this week and exploring how to use descriptive writing to paint vivid pictures in the minds of a reader.

We will also be spending some time this week investigating different religions and beliefs using our RE resource boxes. We will be using our BLP skills of questioning and making links to find out more about our diverse world.

Remember to keep visiting our blog and see what we are up to as we enjoy the next few weeks and the festive frenzy which awaits us!

Celebrating Black History Month

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Black History

This week we have completed an activity all about Martin Luther King to mark and celebrate Black History Month. 

We have learnt about both his significance in history and his impact on our world today. To reflect on our learning and share our understanding, we created written work including mind maps, poems and our own "I have a dream.." speeches.

We used our BLP skills of empathy and listening to support our learning and deepen our understanding of this influential man.

We are also coming to the end of our Groovy Greeks topic and have spent this week learning about the origins of The Olympics (through guided reading, topic activities and PE) and designing our own Greek pots which we will be making when we come back after the half term holiday!

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We have had a busy but enjoyable half term and are now looking forward to a little rest before returning for another exciting half term packed full of learning and even more fun and creativity!

Remember to keep up with our blog to see what we are doing as the year goes on ...

Another busy week!

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We have enjoyed some more busy times in Year 3 with lots of different learning across the curriculum.

We held our Athens Vs Sparta debate last week which was great fun and helped us to develop our speaking and listening skills. We used the facts that we had researched in our topic lessons to support our arguments and gave some excellent points of view to defend our side.


This week we are writing our own myths using characters and settings from traditional Greek myths as a strating point but calling on our fantastic imaginations and creative minds to become authors and create brand new myths of our own. This will help us to show off our writing skills and apply all the things which we have learnt over the last few weeks.

In Science, we have moved on from exploring our digestive system to our circulatory system and finding out more about the job of our heart, veins and blood. We have used a range of videos and songs, such as the one below, to support our learning. It has been very interesting and we are learning so much more about our bodies and how they work!

Exploring Equality and taking a closer look at digestion!

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Last week, we revisited the values of our LTE (Learning Trust of Excellence) with a focus on Equality. We considered why it is important to celebrate our differences but treat each other equally. We wrote poems to share our learning and some of us read these out in our special celebration assembly.


Later in the day, we continued with our Science work and explored the digestive system. We watched a practical demonstration which showed each step of the process and tried using scientific vocabulary to explain our knowlegde and understanding.

We watched how the food travelled all the way from being chopped up by our incisors as we eat to the end of the process (where the chocolate spread sandwich looked quite different to how it began!)


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It was a great lesson and we showed our learning well through the comments and ideas that we shared in our class learning journeys.

This week, we are looking forward to developing our speaking and listening skills through a debate in topic. We will be challenging each other in the Year 3 classes to argue as Athens and Sparta!

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Mythical Monster Mayhem!

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This week we have continued our work in Literacy on Myths and Legends. 

We have looked in detail at the tale of Pandora's box and now we are moving on to explore and compare the characters in this type of story using Theseus and The Minotaur as our starting point. This work is giving us an opportunity to develop our vocabulary and detail in description and use our imaginations to create vivid pictures through our writing. We are really enjoying exploring the mythical monsters of the past.

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On Friday, we will be revisiting the values of our LTE (Learning Trust of Excellence) with a focus for Year 3 on equality. We will be writing poems to help us understand and share the message of the importance of this value.


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