Year 3 Class Updates
Year 3 Greek Day- Monday 10th June
Year 3 had a fantastic Greek day as their WOW starter for their topic ‘Gods and Mortals.’ The children came to school dressed as a character from Ancient Greece and they all put in lots of effort into their costumes!
The children started the day learning some authentic Greek dance moves and put them together into a short routine. They all worked really well together and showed great determination to learn the dance. They did a great job and the parents and adults enjoyed watching their performance!
We looked at the Greek Alphabet and the children wrote their names using it. Did you know the Greek alphabet only has 24 letters? Children were able to use a copy of the Greek alphabet to write their full name using black paint. They enjoyed the challenge of finding the right upper or lowercase letters and copying them onto their strip of card.
The children have been interested to find out about different Gods and Goddesses. We started this session finding out what we already knew and it was great to hear the facts they had already found out from their home learning. In class, using ICT and books the children researched the Gods and Goddesses- Zeus, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon. They all created fantastic fact fans which they enjoyed sharing with their parents.
The children all tried Greek foods- pita bread, olives, feta cheese, holloumi cheese, hummous, tzatziki, pitta bread, moussaka and Greek yogurt with honey. They were also able to experience a real Ancient Greek favourite – grape squashing! Children took their shoes and squashed down some grapes with their feet.
At the end of the day, the parents came in to celebrate the children’s learning. The children made them a wreath to wear, taught them the Greek alphabet and they enjoyed the Greek foods and even some parents got involved with squashing the grapes! All the children had a fantastic day and learnt lots of new facts and are looking forward to using this learning over our topic this half term!
Year 3 had a fantastic day exploring light and shadows. The children enjoyed investigating how shadows are formed and how and why they change. The children completed an experiment where they blocked the light and measured the length of the shadow. The children concluded that the closer the light source the shorter the shadow because more light is blocked. Bar charts were used to present their findings. What a fantastic day of Science!
Callum said ' I love Science! I wish everyday could be a Science Day!'
Jacob explained, 'An opaque object blocks the light and that is why shadows are formed.'
The children have enjoyed their Gymnastic sessions with Ms Stone this half term. They have learnt about different balances and how to move around the room. The children created their own sequences which included the balances they had learnt and presented them to the class.
The children have been enjoying our new topic 'Tremors.' The children have learnt about the layers of the Earth and the different rocks- sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. The children became geologists and looked at the properties of different rocks whilst considering how to make it a fair test.
World Book Day
Year 3 had a great world book day. They enjoyed looking at a range of books and sharing these with the Reception class. The children created book covers, wrote book reviews and created their own book marks. The costumes were all fantastic!
We have been exploring the text 'The Pebble in my Pocket.' The children used drama to bring the story to life and were able to retell the journey of the pebble. During the rest of the term, we will be looking at explanation texts, discussing the features and writing reports about volcanoes.
The children have done really well with our fraction topic in Maths. They have discussed the numerator and denominator and used manipulatives to add and subtraction fractions.
Layers of the Earth
During our Art and Topic lesson, the children have explored the layers of the earth. They used resources to show the areas of the earth. They now know, the Earth is made of four layers. The top layer, which is what we stand on is the crust, next comes the mantle and finally the core. Some of these layers are made up of even more layers and they’re always on the move. The children have enjoyed our topic Tremors and should be proud of their learning!
The children have enjoyed exploring and burgling vocabulary from the book 'Pebble in my Pocket.' During the topic, the children learnt a text about Earthquakes and performed this fantastically to their adults at their parents celebrating. The children burgled vocabulary and used this to write free verse poems and diary entries.