Welcome to Year 3's Learning Page
Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades!
We will be gathering knowledge on a diverse range of topics, producing creative and engaging pieces writing, securing our times tables and delving deeper into the world of problem solving!
Have a read at our termly plans!
In literacy this term, we will be looking at Egyptian myths, legends and traditional tales. Our author of the term is Shirley Climo. We will be looking at one of her books, The Egyptian Cinderella, as a stimulus for children to have a go at writing their own tales. We will also be writing information texts about the Ancient Egyptians.
In maths, this term, we will be continuing with understanding the relationship between the 2 and 4times tables and introducing how they relate to the 8 times tables. We will then recap our column addition to then introduce column subtraction. For the later half of the term , we will be studying unit fractions.
This term the children will be learning about plants. We will learn to identify and describe the function of different parts of the plants and explore what is needed for plants to grow. We will also be learning about the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
T e r m 4 E v e n t s
Windmill Hill City Farm
Year 3 Steel drums performance
Term 4: Food around the world.
The author for this term will be Zanib Mian and our key texts will be George’s Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl. In our writing we will be creating some of our own revolting recipes, inventing stories and also fact files.
In Geography, we will be learning about where all our food comes from and how climate affect where the food is grown. We will also investigate where does the UK export food go and what does the term Fairtrade means as well as how does it relate to global food trade.
Term 3 Activities
Our visit to St Ambrose Church
Term 3: Elizabethan in Bristol
We will be delving into the world of the Elizabethan’s through our key texts, poetry and plays. The children will practise skills relating to creating characters, settings and plots, leading to them writing their own stories. We will be focusing on sentence structure, punctuation and editing for our curricular target. We will also be writing non-fiction texts about The Globe Theatre and other parts of Elizabethan life.
In Maths, we will be doing measurements (length, capacity and mass.). We will also be learning about triangles and quadrilaterals and identifying vertices and right angles.
This term, we will be answering questions through investigations and experiments:
How do surfaces affect how things move?
How do different forces move objects?
How can we use magnets to sort materials?
Does the sixe of the magnet affect how strong it is?
How can we use magnets? Who are scientists?
How do scientists share their ideas and develop more questions?
Just some of the things we have been up to this term 2!
Year 3 had a DT day where we spent planning and designing a Viking house by looking at 3D shapes and nets. We then moved on to making the Viking house model where we got to used tools such as saws and glue guns. Of course, we’d like to say thank you to the parents who volunteered to spend their time in assisting the children and for helping us gather the materials needed for us to make our model. Finally, we had a chance to reflect and discuss what went well and what we could do next time as part of the evaluation process in Design and Technology.
Year 3 visited Folly Farm and had an exciting and educational day where we had the chance to see and experience Viking life and created lots of crafts.
We had a go at making miniature hurdles/fences using twigs from the hazel trees by bending and weaving thin flexible twigs around more sturdy upright poles. We learnt that Vikings used full size hurdles woven from willow and hazel to form fences which were used to pen animals and to control animal grazing.
After that, we also had a go at making felt from sheep’s wool. We untangled it and cleaned it using combs made from bone, or tougher and more flexible materials. The pieces of felt we made was a great example of a simple way in which wool was used to create useful material.
We have been lucky to have had a visit from paleontologists from the Bristol Dinosaur (University of Bristol) to talk about dinosaurs. We looked and held different fossils from different animals and plants as well as learning about adaptation.
In Literacy, we are learning about how to be a viking, retelling the story of Ice Palace, research and writing about a Viking God and writing an instructions on how to build a Viking house.
At the start of the term, we will be continuing to use our new vocabulary of addends, minuends and subtrahends. We will then deepen our understanding of place value and numbers to 1,000: applying these to measure. We will be furthering our knowledge and recall of multiples of 10 and 100 to add and subtract.
Science teaches us all about one of the most influential female scientists of our time. Mary Anning. We will be studying different soils and rocks and conducting experiments. We will learn all about different types of fossil and how they are formed. We will also learn about different types of rock.
Here are some of the exciting things we have been doing this term.
or the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about how to take care of animals and this week especially, we learnt and wrote about how to look after a bearded dragon. Today, we got to meet Archie (bearded dragon) and we hope our instructions on how to look after one, is good enough so that we are able keep him in our school.
Arts and Crafts that suppported us with our writing!
Explorer Dome: Light and Shadow
This term in Year 3 we have been learning about Light and Shadows. On the 12th October, we were fortunate to have the Explorer Dome visit us. It was a high energy, fun and fabulous experience! We investigated what light is, where it comes from, how it travels and how we see. The dazzling and enlightening display of effects and experiments was made all the more impressive inside the pitch dark of the dome. We tested how light travels by using several mirrors. We got to explore deeper what light really is by observing the light as it passes through a prism and it being separated into a component of colours. We were in awe by the amazing patterns of light and shadows and this only strengthened our knowledge on how shadows are formed.We also learnt new scientific words (opaque, translucent and prism) to add to our vocabulary. Throughout the show, many hands were up ready to give answers or predictions or to volunteer as well as the many “lightbulb” moments the children had. This enlightening and educational experience was a success as this was evident by how the children left the dome still buzzing with excitement throughout the day.
Our literacy focus this term will be all about dragons! We will be learning to write creatively using powerful adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We will be using simile and metaphor to describe magnificent settings and so much more.
In maths, we will be adding and subtracting across 10. We will also be comparing numbers based on thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. We will also be revisiting our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
In science we are going to be investigating the wonderful world of light. We will be finding out all about light sources and tracking our shadows around the playground at different times of the day.
Check back here in a few weeks to see photos of our learning journey...