We have been extremely busy in our English lessons this term. As our Creative Curriculum topic was ‘The UK including Mountains and Rivers’ we began the term by reading the classic tale, ‘The Wind in the Willows’. We loved reading about these beloved characters and listening to Mr Toad’s crazy escapades! We even wrote him a letter to dissuade him from stealing Lord Snood’s motor car. We tried our best to include all the aspects of grammar that we have been learning in our English lessons. We think we were quite persuasive! Later on in the term, after studying mountains, we were then introduced to another famous story, ‘The Hobbit’. We listened carefully about Bilbo’s amazing adventure to the Lonely Mountain to steal some treasure from the terrifying Smaug’s cave. Again we used and applied our grammar learning, including inverted commas, to write an alternative version of the story. We tried to feel them with suspense and they were very exciting! Finally we looked at non-chronological reports and wrote our very own report based on the fantastic book ‘Dragonology’. We even created and wrote about our very own dragons! What an exciting term!
At the beginning of this term we focussed on place value to ensure that we had consolidated our previous learning and had a good understanding of number. Some of our learning included partitioning numbers in to hundreds tens and ones, comparing numbers, adding and subtracting 10 and 100 and greater than/less than. We were then introduced to a method of calculation called the ‘Expanded Column Method’. We used this to help us to add and subtract two and three digit numbers. This term our learning has also included multiplication and division as well as practising our times tables. We were then able to use these methods to use and apply them to various word and reasoning problems.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our science lessons this autumn term. We began the term by looking at plants. This included looking in depth at the parts of the plant and their functions as well as what plants need in order to grow. In the second part of the term we looked at forces. After looking at push and pull forces, we then looked at magnets, poles and magnetic materials. We carried out various investigations this term. During our investigations we worked scientifically; making predictions, carrying our investigations, recording our results, changing variables and ensuring we conducted a fair test.
This term our topic was ‘The UK including Mountains and Rivers’. We began the topic by looking at the UK and its countries, capitals and major cities. Through this we were able to look at compasses and direction. We looked at the rivers in the UK and we located them on maps. We also did this when looking at mountains. We learnt the vocabulary related to mountains and were able to label these features on various photographs of them. In our art lessons we used water colour paints to create our own mountain masterpieces! We were also asked to solve’ ‘Why do some rivers have cliffs?’ Through this we were able to look at the flow of a river which led us to look at the issue of erosion. We had a great time trying to solve this problem!
This term we have looked at a range of genres including, letters, descriptions, playscripts and non-chronological reports. As our first topic was the Stone Age, we studied the classic book ‘Stig of the Dump’. From this we were able to write character and setting descriptions. We then imagined we were the characters and wrote a letter as Barney, a first-person perspective from Stig and even as a fly on the wall when the two characters meet! Following this really enjoyed our writing based on the Stone Age. We wrote a non-chronological report about this time period and then a ‘How to Survive the Stone Age’ guide in our Creative Curriculum sessions. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Stone Age!
We have been really busy in our maths! Not only have we consolidated our learning on number, addition and subtraction, but we also had lots of opportunities to apply this learning to real life situations. For example, we went to ‘Stig’s Junkyard Sale’ and practiced by several items and finding the change. Not only this we have also consolidated our understanding of multiplication and division and have been working really hard on our X6 and X8 times table. We used our knowledge of times tables and applied this to scaling items up and down (including Lego figurines!)
We began the first half of the Spring term by looking at rocks and soils. We learnt a lot about different types of rocks and how they are formed as well as what happens to water when it is poured on to different types of soil. We had a fantastic Science Week to wards the end of Spring 1 and learned lots about birds and their beaks! Ask us anything! In the second half of the Spring term we began to look at animals including humans. We learnt a lot about food groups and how to keep our bodies healthy.
We have really enjoyed learning about the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. In our Creative Curriculum lessons, we have studied why the time periods were given these names and how life has changed over time. We even created our own cave paintings!
What a fantastic term we’ve had! We’re really looking forward to the next one!
What a busy summer term we’ve had! We began by focussing on fiction texts related to our Creative Curriculum topic, ‘The Romans’. We began by looking at the story ‘Escape to Pompeii’ which revolved around two Roman children losing their beloved city of Pompeii following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We were then very surprised when we walked in to our classroom and found an enormous volcano had erupted inside of it. We used all of our senses to describe it and then wrote a diary entry from the perspectives of Livia and Tranio, the story’s main characters. Following this we then began to look at Myths and Legends including; Romulus and Remus, Pandora’s Box and Medusa and the Gorgon. We loved these stories and it was great to work out what message they were trying to convey or what we could learn about the world from them. It was then great fun writing our own myths.
At the beginning of Summer 2, we used our persuasive writing skills to persuade the Romans to take Hadrian’s wall down from the perspective of the Celts and then vice versa! We think we were very convincing! Following this we then were introduced to the story ‘Romans on the Rampage’. We loved this story as it encouraged us to use humour and suspense and ‘author’s voice’ in our writing and make it more interesting for our reader. To round off this jam-packed term, we moved on to poetry and wrote some beautiful Haiku and Tanka poems all about nature.
What a lovely way to round of our last term in Year 3!
This term our focus was on measuring and geometry. We practiced skills involving length, capacity and weight. We continued to work on telling the time, particularly to the nearest minute including 12 hour and 24-hour clocks. We focussed on converting measurements e.g. grams into kilograms, seconds into minutes etc. We used and applied these skills to problems. We then went on to looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We were able to compare them and sort them using Carroll diagrams. This term we were also introduced to the mathematical concept of perimeter. We found the perimeters of various 2D shapes including those with missing measurements. We finally looked at the area of shapes. We discussed how it was different to perimeter and how we would find it. We began to look at the different formulas for finding the area of different 2D shapes. We were able to use all of the skills above and apply them to various reasoning and problem- solving activities.
In the first part of the summer term, we continued with our topic, ‘Animals Including Humans’. We focussed on the human skeleton and looked at the different bones in the human body and the different types of joints. We also looked at the different types of skeleton and which animals had these and why. Our second science topic was light. We really enjoyed this topic! Our favourite lesson was investigating how our shadows changed throughout the day. We even got to chalk round our shadows on the playground to prove it! We carried out various experiments throughout these topics to enable us to continue honing our scientific skills such as fair testing, predicting, concluding and carrying out experiments.
Aside from learning lots in our English lessons, we also learnt about the Romans during our Creative Curriculum lessons. We learnt a lot including how and where the Roman empire conquered and about Roman soldiers and their armour. We particularly loved our art lesson which saw us making our very own Roman shields to scare off our enemies! Later on in the term, we also enjoyed our Creative Curriculum week, ‘Where in the World is Welling?’ We really liked studying our local area and finding out what our town was like in the past and how it has changed today. We were able to do lots of fantastic cross-curricular activities and learnt so much!
We really have had a fabulous last term in Year 3 and worked so hard!