Welcome to Year 3!
Meet the team:
3BT - Teachers: Mrs Burtoft (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Mrs Toomey (Thursday, Friday)
LSA: Mrs Crowe
LSA: Miss Lindley
3C - Teacher: Miss Crossley
LSA: Miss Craven (Mornings)
LSA: Mrs Parfitt (Afternoons)
Our current topic is Ancient Egypt.
P.E. days for 3BT are Wednesday and Thursday.
P.E. days for 3C are Tuesday and Thursday.
Class Texts Summer Term
by Roald Dahl
Class Texts Spring Term
English Focus Guided Reading Focus
The Queen's Nose Greek Myths
by Dick King Smith by various authors
Class Texts Autumn Term
English Focus Guided Reading Focus
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes
How you can help :)
Please support your children's learning by listening to them read every evening. They also need to be practising their spellings every evening (Monday - Friday), and practising their times tables often. Times tables are tested every Friday, spellings are tested every Friday, and planners are checked daily to ensure children are reading.
Outdoor Maths Meeting
Both classes had their Maths Meeting outside today with! In Maths Mastery we are learning about shapes and angles so we were asked to draw lots of different shapes on the playground and mark the angles on them. We could identify acute, obtuse and right angles.
On Friday, we set up a 'mummification experiment'. We learnt about how Ancient Egyptians mummified bodies as they believed an afterlife existed and that individuals needed to look their best on their travels to the afterlife. We found out that embalmers scooped the brain from a body using a hook up their nose!!!! We also learnt that salt and baking soda were used to prevent decay as it takes water and therefore germs away from the body.
Using our previous learning we set up an experiment to investigate whether mummification with salt and soda still works today! We have separated an apple in two. We have put one half in one plastic cup and the other half alongside salt and soda in another plastic cup. We hypothesised that the apple with the salt and soda on would not rot due to its ability to stop bacteria making the apple rot and that the one without any solution will rot as it is exposed to air and germs. On Thursday (after a week) we will re-look at our apples to see if our hypothesis is true!
What did the Ancient Egyptians use the River Nile for?
On Friday, we learnt about the many uses of the river Nile by ancient Egyptians. We learnt information by analysing paintings found in ancient tombs which showcased the different ways people used the river. These included transport, water, watering crops, irrigation and trading goods on the river. We used our knowledge to then create our own watercolour paintings of Egyptians using the Nile in their everyday lives. It was exciting to use the watercolours but we had to remember to combine the colour and water well to ensure good coverage on our picture.
Topic Launch - Ancient Egyptians: Making Egyptian Bread
We are making Egyptian bread all this week. We have learnt how bread was a staple food for Ancient Egyptians. From very early on, it consumed at every meal, by everyone, and no meal was considered complete without it. We learnt how archaeologists found out about their diet through information left in tombs in the form of pottery, paintings and dissecting mummified bodies!
Forest School - Finding the age of trees using circumference
This morning we went into the forest school to work out the age of different trees. Firstly, we discussed the meaning of deciduous and evergreen and how we could identify these in the forest. Then we learnt about how to work out the age of a tree by measuring the circumference and dividing this by 2.5cm. We found that the younger trees were near the entrance of the forest and the older were further into the forest school. We really enjoyed working outside the classroom and worked really well as a team!
This week Doncaster Energy Council visited the school and ran a workshop with Year 3 about the dangers of single-use plastic. We read a story 'Duffy's Lucky Escape' about a sea turtle who mistakes a plastic carrier bag for jellyfish, her favourite food, and as a result becomes very ill. We then discussed how to look after our oceans, reuse plastic and substitute single-use plastic for other items e.g. reusable water bottle, paper straws etc. We then made a turtle out of old plastic bottles, string and green card.
Learning to tell the time
As part of our Maths Mastery unit on time, we have been learning to use and read the time by the minute on both an analogue and digital clock. We have learnt how to do so by counting up in fives and ones until the half an hour mark and down in fives and ones until the o'clock. We then used our knowledge to plan a trip to London, analysing bus, underground and train timetables.
World Book Day
On Thursday 7th April we celebrated World Book Day. Lots of fantastic costumes representing children's favourite book characters. We designed our own bookmark and pair read with Year 1 children.
Understanding Place Value
In Maths Mastery we have been focusing on multiplying by 10 and 100. We initially understood this by adding a '0' or two '0's. However, through this unit we now understand the importance of how multiplying by 10 and 100 changes the place value of the digits. We used dienes and place value counters to understand this concept.
Ancient Greece Day
This week we had a full day ancient Greek workshop! This involved sketching and discussing artefacts from the time, creating our own Greek pottery, translating Greek symbols to English, playing a game just like the Ancient Greeks and learning about Greek Warriors. We had a fantastic day and learnt lots about our 'Togatastic' topic.
Greek Food Tasting
To launch our new topic 'Togatastic' we tasted a variety of Greek foods including humous, pitta, olives, tarmasalta, greek yogurt with honey and feta cheese. We evaluated the foods based on the appearance, aroma, texture and taste.
World War Two Day!
As we are coming to a close with our current topic we held a World War Two day. We had a fantastic day and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We recreated the war from beginning to the end. We listened to the declaration of the war, we were evacuated to different classes, we packed our own evacuee suitcase, we took part in an air raid and we had a VE party to celebrate the end of the war!
Making a wreath for a child!
This Christmas we were set the task to make a wreath for a child. We came up with a design criteria so our product would be suitable. We decided to decorate the wreath mainly from Pom Poms as these are safe, stylish and age appropriate for children. We watched a video to learn how to make a pom pom and then wrote our own instructions to follow. The process was challenging but we used our metacognition skills to draw on our previous knowledge to apply to this project.
Orienteering in the Forest School!
We went into the forest school where we learnt about how Guidedogs for the Blind was set up after WW1 to help veterans blinded during the war. We used our senses (hearing and touch) to find different objects in the forest school and our partner used mathematical language (90 degrees, 180 degrees, right angle, diagonal) to guide us. The activities developed our empathy for those blinded in conflict.
Designing our own WW2 toy!
As part of our WW2 topic we are designing a pull along toy tank, that would be suitable for a child who lived during the war. This week we used our mathematical skills in our wider curriculum work to create nets in order to make a cuboid, cube or triangular based pyramid which will act as the turret on our tank. Although challenging, we were able to draw on our earlier learning to assist us.
World War 2 Maths!
We learnt about rationing in History and then applied our mathematical skills of converting (ounces to grams) and measuring (using scales) to put together an adult's weekly portion of rationed food. We made sure we begun with the scales on 0g and read the measurements precisely.
Eden Camp Trip!
As part of our first topic on World War Two we visited Eden Camp. We experienced what it would be like to live during The Blitz and stepped inside a U-Boat. We also walked down a 1940's high street and discussed the differences and similarities to our shops nearly 80 years later. We also watched a puppet show and sang songs by Vera Lynn. What a great start to Year 3!