During the Autumn term, Barfield were studying ‘The Stone Age’. The children explored artefacts from the Stone Age and what life was like for people in this time period. We looked closely at Skara Brae and the evidence that was found there including building ruins and burial sites. Also, we compared the daily routine and activities of people in the stone age to present day e.g. art, cooking and play. We enjoyed making cave paintings in art using blending skills with oil pastels, which showed pictures of Stone Age activities.
Our key text this term in English was ‘Stig of the Dump’, which linked with our Stone Age topic. Stig was found by Barney in a local dump, but Stig was no ordinary boy. Many clues within the book led us to believe that Stig was straight from the Stone Age, including his cave-type hut. Using this story, we wrote book reviews, a diary entry and a playscript. In the second half of the Autumn term, we read several monster themed stories including ‘Monstorology’, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We were inspired by the monsters in these books and produced information reports with facts about the beasts and we wrote our own story about a monster who came to our house for tea!
In maths, our focus was on number and place value. Barfield can successfully compare and order numbers with 3 digits and add and subtract 10 or 100 to 3 digit numbers. We have also been practising our 3 and 4 times tables and applying these to missing number and word problems involving multiplying and dividing. Our skill of finding fractions of amounts has also greatly improved this term.
In science, Year 3 have been studying ‘Rocks and Soils’ and ‘Forces and Magnets’. We have explored the properties of objects, using many different practical materials. We have also investigated several questions using fair testing and written up our conclusions from the results. Then, we have presented our results on bar graphs using accurate data and labelling. Children in Barfield have been able to clearly explain what they found out from investigations and go on to predict further results.
Barfield have enjoyed all their learning this term.