Hello from Miss Garbutt, Miss Clay, Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Gill.
We are looking forward to a brilliant year finding out about different exciting topics and having lots of fun along the way!
Our new Spring topic is Ancient Egypt!
For this half term, PE will be on Wednesday (swimming) and Friday for 3G and Wednesday and Thursday for 3C. After February half term, 3C will begin their swimming lessons.
Each week the children will be set maths, topic and spellings.
The children need to spend approximately 30 minutes on each subject per week.
We also kindly request that the children continue to practise their reading and their times tables each week.
The Ancient Egypt topic homework grid for this term is below.
For art this half term, we are looking at Egyptian tomb paintings. In this week's lesson, the children designed a 'cartouche' for their name. They wrote their name in hieroglyphics in the centre of their designs and carefully painted using watercolours.
We are really enjoying our plants science topic this half term. In yesterday's lesson, we dissected plants looking at the different parts.
To begin our Ancient Egypt topic, the children were set a challenge to solve the hieroglyphic code. They had to hunt for the hieroglyphics outside to find which letters they represent. They were then set additional challenges to write words in hieroglyphics. A very exciting way to start our new topic!
We have had great fun this year testing, designing and finally making Christmas biscuits! Naturally, the children had to eat their biscuits so they are able to evaluate them next week...
Mrs O'Connor - our very own (but far younger) Prue Leath - provided advice and assistance to our biscuit bakers.
A fab finale to a great unit of work.
This term in DT we have been designing our own Christmas Biscuits. Firstly, we investigated biscuits by looking at and tasting a variety of biscuits to decide what made them appealing and decided which we liked the best. We then adapted a basic recipe by thinking of a number of design ideas with different flavoured doughs and with different decorations, After this we designed our final biscuits and created a budget for our design. Today we made our final designs. The pupils worked hard in the kitchen to make the dough, shape, cut out and bake their biscuits. They then decorated their biscuits using their design. The children were so sensible and made sure that their biscuits looked fantastic. I think you would agree that we have a class of star bakers!
This week we walked to Himley Road Methodist Church to hear all about the Christmas story. We journeyed back in time to discover what it was like for Mary when she was visited by an angel, how the shepherds felt when they were surprised by an angel and why the wise men chose the gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. We also learnt about why the birth of Jesus was such a significant event. Whilst we were there we also enjoyed completing different crafts all about the Christmas story. We all had a wonderful time learning about the meaning behind Christmas time.
In RE this term we have been learning all about different faiths and beliefs. So far we have learnt all about Sikhism and last week we learnt about the term "atheist". We discussed how people who are atheist know what is right and wrong. This week we have had a visit from Pastor Pete Wright to learn all about Christianity and what people who are Christians believe. The children really enjoyed hearing about what he does for a job and what Christians believe.
In science, our current topic is electricity and we are really enjoying it! We have already found out about where electricity comes from, the dangers and how to make a complete circuit using equipment. This week, I set the children the challenge to create a switch for the simple circuits. We discussed the importance of switches and why they are needed. Have a look at our brilliant attempts below. The children showed brilliant collaboration, perseverance and problem-solving in this lesson.
What an incredible day! The children had the most wonderful day setting up their stalls, selling and buying. The buzz around school was brilliant and we were so proud of how the children conducted themselves. I can see some future business men and women in the making! A huge thank you to the amazing parents and families who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make this day really memorable. We couldn't do it without you.
Miss Garbutt's maths group have been working on subtraction this week. Using the base ten resources, the children have worked on subtracting practically and 'exchanging' tens for ones and hundreds for tens where required. We will be moving onto column subtraction next.
To end our unit, the children created paired drawings and then we created a whole class artwork. They had a brilliant time and produced fantastic pieces of art.
3G have finished their gymnastics unit with some fabulous performances linking together everything they have learnt.
This term, 3C have begun to learn how to play the violin. They have been working extremely hard to learn how to correctly look after their violin, the correct ways to hold the violin and the bow, the different notes and have even begun to play a short piece of music called "Trick or Treat". We are very proud of how mature they have been and their determination to learn to play this difficult instrument. We think we have a class of violinists in the making!
On Monday, Year 3 visited Kingswood to experience life in the Stone Age. We had a brilliant day discovering new facts about the era, building dens, cooking bread over an open fire, gathering food, moving heavy rocks using logs and using Stone Age weapons.
This term, Year 3 have been doing gymnastics. They have looked at point and patch balances and rolls. They have created and performed sequences using different equipment, considering the transitions carefully. The children have shown real maturity with their peer assessments of each other's performances. A big thank you to Ronnie and Emily who have taken these photos.
Sketching and Cross Hatching
As part of our Stone Age art unit, we learnt how to cross hatch this week. We then applied our skills to sketching the skeleton of a woolly mammoth. Year 3 are definitely a year group of artists! Prepare to be blown away...
Maths - Partitioning
In Miss Clay's maths group, the children have been working hard at partitioning 3-digit numbers.
Stone Age Jewellery
We have had a brilliant time so far in Year 3. This term, we are learning all about the Stone Age. We discovered that people from the Stone Age made jewellery out of teeth. Using clay, created our own teeth necklaces.