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Week Commencing 5th July 2021

On Friday we immersed ourselves into our River Thames topic by having an Enrichment Day. In the morning, we learnt about the Windrush and how the events impacted our local area. 

 

Then, we took part in a variety of carousel activities which focused on a particular London Landmark: 

1. Big Ben: create a replica of the clock tower out of Lego. 

2. Westminster: dramatising the Houses of Parliament and discuss and debate whether we should reintroduce Frost Fairs to the River Thames. 

3. Tower of London: matching the famous prisoner with the crime. 

4. Shakespeare’s Globe: watching a performance from the Globe theatre 

5. The Tate Modern Art Gallery: recreating a Pablo Picasso abstract portrait 

6. London Eye: creating a replica of the London Eye using a hula hoop. 

7. Tower Bridge: being engineers to create a bridge out of paper and rulers to hold the weight of toy vehicles. 

 

Then, in the afternoon we created a large scale replica of the Thames with all the landmarks! We had so much fun today and some of the outfits were incredible! 

Week Commencing 14th June 2021

Taking advantage of the nicer weather earlier in the week, we took part in ‘Outdoor Maths’. 

First, we practised our measuring abilities, by competing in a throwing event: throwing a bean bag as far as we could. We then had to use measuring equipment accurately to try and measure our throws to the nearest multiples of ten. 

Then, for our second event, we practised our previous learning on time and competed in a relay event on our tables, to see how fast we could run twenty metres. We compared these times with the fastest man in the world: Usain Bolt. 

On Wednesday, we practised capacity by competing in an egg and spoon type race, but with cups of water. The winning team was the one who could fill their bucket with the most water: measuring it out accurately first. 

Then on our tables we had to present all the data using graphs and tables. We have loved our learning this week and had so much fun! 

Week Commencing 7th June 2021

In class, we have been practising our sketching techniques, focusing on observational drawing of cityscapes. We have also incorporated shading and have been using a number of different techniques from previous lessons to add layers to our drawing. As our final piece, we were inspired by the artist 'Lowry' and used collaging to place our sketches into layers to add dimension. Been so impressed with all of the children's drawings and how much they have progressed! 

Week Commencing 24th May 2021

 

This week, we have made our final observations of the growth of our bean plants. We have been so impressed with how well they germinated and now how well they are growing! Every morning, we are excited to see what changes there will be! Carefully, giving them everything they need, some of them are now starting the next stage of the plant cycle and are starting to produce flowers! 
We also were interested to see if we could bring the plants kept in the cupboard back to life, so we have set up a new enquiry and have been surprised to see, with a little bit of sunlight they are looking more healthy. 

To conclude our learning on plants this half term, we learnt about the different types of seed dispersal and dramatised the process of: wind dispersal, water disposal, explosive dispersal and animal dispersal (hook seed, digestive system and nuts). 
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Week Commencing 10th May 2021

This week, we observed the changes in our runner bean seeds, which have now all germinated and are growing lusciously green. However, the ones that are in the cupboard are not looking as healthy. We have hypothesised that this may be due to them not getting enough sunlight, which might explain their weird appearance. What do you think has happened? 

 

To further our enquiry into how plants grow, we looked at the purpose and the importance of roots this week. We observed and dissected a number of different roots and compared two different types. 

 

We are happy to see OfsTed back in school, safe and sound too! 

Week Commencing 3rd May 2021

The whole week, we have been assisting investigators by collecting evidence, collecting statements and alibis from adults around the school and been completing lots of forensic tasks. 

Firstly, we had a visit from 'Sublime Science', who explained the processes of chemical reactions. We also observed the different components needed to create fire. We were mind blown! 

Then, we were given a very important task: handwriting analysis; the school received a ransom note from the thief! So we compared the handwriting of the thief with handwriting samples given by all the staff. 

 

The next day, after reviewing the CCTV cameras at the front and internal cameras, some potential suspects were found. We reviewed and analysed the cameras, taking note of any important information. After collecting all the evidence throughout the week and observing any suspicious behaviour from any adults, a detective came in to see us! He took all our evidence and interviewed all the adults in our class, looking for alibis. Miss Black was found guilty, but after the forensic team took her fingerprints, there was no match! 

So, the detective showed us how to take our fingerprints, so that anyone who was innocent could be ruled out of the investigation. 

Finally, after a long week of collecting evidence and interviewing suspects, we were shocked when it was Mr Young (the caretaker) who stole Ted and arrived on the playground to confess! All he wanted was an attendance badge for his hard work. We in year 3 have given him another chance and forgiven him. 

 

Well done detectives! We solved the case! 

Week Commencing 12th April 2021

It is our first week back after the holidays and we have been very busy in 3HO - learning about 'Our Local Area' in Geography and 'Plants' in Science where we went on a plant detective hunt around the school and dissected some flowers to identify all the parts and features. 

 

On Friday afternoon, we practised our observational drawing techniques, by working on our toning and shading. We managed to practise a lot of shading techniques and then applied this to working with 3D objects. We hope to be moving on to more detailed drawings next week and using charcoal. 

 

Well done everyone for a fantastic first week back! #SOPROUD

Week Commencing 15th March 2021

This week Year 3 were transported back to 79 AD to the tragedy of Pompeii in Italy. Learning about volcanoes we learnt about some facts about the super volcano - Vesuvius! We then imagined that we were there on the day of the event and wrote a diary recount. Here are some fantastic examples of children’s work! 

Week Commencing 8th March 2021

We have continued being ‘rock detectives’ since returning to school. We conducted an investigation into the durability of rocks; we completed the ‘scratch test’ and observed and recorded our findings and any changes. 

 

We have all been so excited to return to school this week! It has been so lovely to see so many smiling faces! 

Week Commencing 5th March 2021

World Book Day was different this year for everyone, but the enthusiasm and love for reading still showed through our computer screens! To start the day, the class had a game of ‘Guess the Character’ where the children had to take a picture of themselves in their costume or a video acting out their favourite part of their book and we all had to guess. We had plenty of Harry Potters! 

Then, we had an ‘Extreme Reading Challenge’ where we found ourselves reading in bizarre locations and positions! There were some very creative ideas amongst the class! And finally, to end the day, we used books from home and Scholastic to tick off from a Book Bingo sheet and shared our favourite books and read aloud our favourite parts. 

The children throughout the week, also completed a number of different reading challenges and competitions; writing short stories and practicing illustrations. 

 

As it is our last week of virtual learning, all the adults in 3HO have been so proud and impressed by how positive all the children have been despite the challenges and how dedicated they have been joining the live lessons, completing live PE lessons and completing such high quality work - and with a huge smile on their faces the entire time! 

Week Commencing 22nd February 2021

Our class have been diligent detectives this week, by investigating reports that a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon was spotted at the school. We have been appealing for witnesses all week and interviewing eye witnesses who were at the scene. The dragon is still at large, so stay vigilant and report any new sightings to us on Twitter! 

Week Commencing 8th February 2021

This week, we had our first virtual ‘Parent Workshop’; thank you to all the parents who joined in for the maths session, it was so nice to see so many of you! The children enjoyed ‘Rally Coaching’ and were excellent “teachers”. 

On Friday, we consolidated our learning of Time this week by taking part in a ‘Telling Time Bingo Challenge’! The children had to keep an eye on the clock and complete each of the activities at a specific time! So great to see, even in the final week, so many children completing all their work with a smile on their face. Miss Nunn, Mrs Hodder and I have been so impressed with the children’s positive attitudes throughout this half term and their dedication and commitment to their learning has been fantastic. We are all so proud of the children in 3HO! 

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Week Commencing 1st February 2021

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we celebrated what makes us unique and special. To do this, the children first focused on themselves and identified different things that they were amazing at and what makes them unique, by completing ‘I Am Amazing’ balloons. It was so lovely to see that some of the children valued kindness and respect for others. 

Then, we had a MAT HATTERS AFTERNOON, where the children had to create a hat that represented them. We then showed these off during an assembly and displayed and discussed all of our fabulous creations. 

Week Commencing 25th January 2021

This half term in History, we have been looking at the prehistoric Stone Age. The children have immersed themselves into the lives of Stone Age people, by completing an afternoon Stone Age project every Friday. I have been so impressed with the children’s creativity and imaginations as they’ve used an assortment of things from around the home to create impressive Stone Age structures, including: The mysterious Stonehenge, Skara Brae and Stone Age dwellings. 

 

We also virtually visited Skara Brae in the Orkney Island in Scotland for an afternoon. We were fascinated by all of the artefacts that were left behind and theorised lots of different uses for all the objects. Using their imaginations, the children wrote postcards outlining their experience and what they discovered while they were there. 

Week Commencing 7th December 2020

We were all very excited to come back to school this week after isolating for two weeks! It was lovely to see all the children back and smiling. Not only was it our first week back, but we were also joined by a very special visitor - Buddy, the Christmas Elf! All week, Buddy has been up to all sorts of mischief, including: ruining our perfectly decorated Christmas tree; using the photocopier to take lots and lots of pictures of himself and creating himself a little swimming pool in our water bottle box! 

As a year group we also recorded a Christmas poem, which we will be putting up on Teams for all of our parents and carers to see, so we hope you enjoy! 

Finally, we all took part in Santa's Dash, dressing up in our best festive gear and setting ourselves a challenge to see how many laps we could do around the school field! 

Week Commencing 30th November 2020

3HO are SUPERSTARS!

It was our final week of virtual home learning this week and 3HO have been hard at work! Myself and all the adults in 3HO are incredibly proud and impressed with all the children's hard work and determination. Once again, the children have kept positive and have shown excellent growth mindsets and resilience. 

We covered 'Measure' in Maths this week, where the children had to read several different scales to measure length, weight and capacity. For English, we compared our own Christmas to one in a hot climate and wrote a persuasive letter to convince others to spend Christmas in England. 

Then, we covered some RE and PSHE in the afternoons, sequencing the stages of a religious prayer and creating anti-bullying posters. 

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

For our first few days of home learning, 3HO have been hard at work! We have: continued writing our newspaper article about the lucky golden ticket winners from 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory' by Roald Dahl; developed our understanding of money through practicing addition and subtraction, as well as solving some problems; comparing our lives in England to Evangeline's rural life in Kenya and comparing the local wildlife between the two countries.

 

I've been so proud and impressed with all of 3HO's hard work and it has been lovely to see their smiling faces when we have our video calls! Miss Orner. 

Week Commencing 9th November 2020

This week in Design & Technology,  we have been working on our sewing skills. So far, we have all been able to complete a 'running stitch' and a 'back stitch'. We are practicing these techniques in order for us to make pencil cases at the end of the half term, just in time for Christmas! 

Week Commencing 2nd November 2020

This week in English, we have been using the book 'Grace & Family' by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch as our inspiration for our writing. So, to immerse ourselves into the story we produced detailed and creative story maps outlining the main events of the story. Here are some fantastic examples.

Week Commencing 12th October 2020

This week, we became budding chefs, when 'Roots to Food' visited. We all had a go at making a brand new and exciting dish: Chicken/Quorn teriyaki, with lots of us even being adventurous and trying new ingredients. 

During our cooking experience, we also learnt lots of new cooking techniques, including: steaming, the claw, the bridge, marinading and whisking. 

We had lots of fun and it tasted delicious! 

We took the recipes home in hopes that we could cook it for our relatives. Enjoy! 

Week Commencing 5th October 2020

Today in PSHE, for #HELLOYELLOW Day, we designed a superhero, who protects young children and their mental health. 

As a class, we came up with lots of different superheroes and powers, linked to today, including: The Teleporter, who could appear anywhere in the world and cures sadness and loneliness; The Motivator, a superhero who offers encouragement; The Listener, a superhero, who listens to people's feelings and emotions and can solve people's problems. 

Week Commencing 28th September 2020

This week, in French, the children used their previous knowledge from the last few lessons to write scripts in French explaining how to greet someone. Then, the children role played meeting different people and practised their pronunciation. 

Week Commencing 21st September 2020

This week, in art, we have been mastering the use of watercolour techniques, by using wash to make different gradients on a colour wheel. We have also linked our history and practised making stencils of Egyptian symbols.
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