It has been a busy end to the term in Year 3!
Last Friday we travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt for our Egyptian day. The children took part in a range of activities including making canopic jars out of clay, designing their own cartouche by writing their name in hieroglyphics, and baking then tasting bread and other traditional Egyptian snacks.
The children were then able to show off some if their Ancient Egyptian knowledge by setting up a museum for our Open Afternoon on Wednesday. The museum was full of artefacts that the children had carefully researched and written information labels for.
This term the children have really enjoyed learning to play the keyboards with Mrs Cook from Hampshire’s Listen2Me. On Wednesday, the children performed a keyboard concert where they played seven different songs that they had learnt, some of which included singing and playing at the same time!
In maths this past week, we have been looking at interpreting data from tally charts and bar graphs. This was a useful skill to learn leading into Charity Day as some children were then able to create a bar graph from the results of our sponsored welly throw! There were some impressive distances thrown and hopefully a lot of money will be raised for this year’s three chosen charities.
We wish Year 3 a good rest over the Easter break and look forward to an exciting Summer term!
Over the last week the children have been putting the finishing touches to their travel guides to Egypt, using their note taking skills to find then present information for travellers on topics such as The Pyramids, River Nile and clues to everyday life in ancient times.
Following our visit to Hartford Stream we have also explored river poetry, with a focus on language, structure and presentation. We are very pleased with our final drafts.
Our recent work has been revising written methods for addition and subtraction, especially expanded column forms. The children have used practical apparatus to support their learning, exploring different problems, including those with exchange.
We have reached the end of our study of legends. The children have been writing their own versions of ‘George and the Dragon’ and have worked very hard at proof-reading, editing and improving their stories. We then turned part of our legend into a playscript. We look forward to performing these with our legend character puppets!
In maths we have been very busy! We have explored the 100 square to see what patterns occur. We then were comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 and placing them on a number line. We have also been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100, using our knowledge of place value to help. These activities have helped us to deepen and apply our knowledge of 3-digit numbers.
The School Council were approached by HC3S, the company that provides hot school dinners for the school, to see if members of our School council would take part in taste testing products that may appear on future menus. The children tried BBQ chicken sausages, tomato risotto crisp bake, salmon fish fingers and garden vegetable goujons! The children were excellent in their role and thought carefully about the differing offerings presented to them and gave them marks out of ten.
Maybe you’ll get to try some of these in the future! (Mr Flynn liked the risotto the best…)
Our new project of superheroes has been welcomed with enthusiasm by the children. They have created their own superheroes as well as a special hero for ‘Friendship Week’. Our focus next week is writing in paragraphs by creating amazing adventure stories featuring our new characters.
In maths we have been investigating patterns and sequences involving multiples. The children have been enjoying lots of practical activities involving ‘Numicon’. We’ve explored the inverse relationship between multiplication and division, and applied this to our knowledge of the times tables. We look forward to seeing the positive results this will have on our weekly times tables challenge!
The children enjoyed solving a mystery picture challenge which promoted great discussion and sharing of ideas, finally revealing our new project, Titanic! They have raised many questions and our investigations of the structure and purpose of non-fiction texts will help them when answering these. We will be moving on to look at the features of newspaper reports, reading and writing about the sinking of the Titanic.
We have been looking at different ways to group and sort numbers, with activities ranging from collecting and presenting data from a traffic survey to the use of zero as a place holder in 3 digit numbers. The children enjoyed an activity making number lines, learning a useful lesson about accuracy! We will continue to explore place value next week.
We are all thoroughly enjoying reading our class set of James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl, using our creative skills to hot seat characters and write detailed character descriptions. We all have a favourite creature! The children have been exploring different ways to open their sentences, using adverbs, simile, prepositions, -ing verbs, conjunctions and -ed words. We will continue to develop this skill to “Add spice” to our writing throughout the term.
In maths we have been developing the use of mathematical vocabulary , firstly with shape, exploring right angles within 2D shapes, alongside different types of lines, including horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular. We have just moved on to explore the commutative properties of addition. The children should be experts in the next few days!
Taking inspiration from our project about the Amazon Rainforest, we have written poetry and produced our own information page. Throughout this work, we have focused on using effective language to engage our reader including expanded noun phrases and similes.
In maths, we have worked hard to develop our understanding of place value in 4-digit numbers, recognising and using place value to add and subtract. We have used this knowledge to find the difference by counting on and counting back, then we have checked our calculation using mental addition strategies.
In English we have enjoyed reading fables and studying the morals relating to them, as well as the different characters and their motives. We have now started to read James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl, the children have enjoyed creating their own awful aunts for James using some interesting simile. We are looking forward to following James on his adventure and exploring the vocabulary and characters in more detail.
In maths the children have been using empty number lines to show their working out when solving addition and subtraction problems. Our study of place value (hundreds, tens and ones) is now moving on to include money.