Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

 Our teacher is Miss Connolly and our fabulous teaching assistants are Mrs Hart and Miss Nestor. If you have any queries or concerns, you can speak to me on the yard, arrange a meeting via the office or you can email me on s.connolly@britannia.lancs.sch.uk.

Here is what Year 3 will be learning over the year! 

Summer 1

Wow, I can’t believe it is Summer term already. Here is our curriculum overview and newsletter for this half term:

 

Year 3 will be going swimming every Thursday afternoon starting from Thursday 25th April so please make sure that your child has their swimming kit in school on this day.

This is what we will be getting up to in the first half of Summer term:

MNP

We will be looking at Time; please practise this as much as is possible at home also with your child so that they are consolidating their understanding. We will then be moving onto Fractions. Please continue to practise Times Tables little and often with your child; TT Rockstars is a fantastic resource and the children absolutely love it, so please encourage your child to have a go whenever possible! 

English

We will be finishing off our diary recounts by recapping briefly on what we got up to over the Easter holidays. We will then be finishing off our Iron Man topic by writing our very own versions of some of the chapters. After this, we will be moving onto looking at persuasive letters and linking this to our DT, Science and PSHE learning. We will then start to look at playscripts. 

Science

We will be looking at ‘Health and Nutrition’. Within this topic, we will be doing lots of exciting investigations and experiments to develop our working scientifically skills. We will be linking our learning in Science to our learning in DT (healthy picnics) and PSHE (How can we eat well?) also.

Computing

In Computing this half term, we will be looking at and exploring VR apps. We will then be creating our own games based on this.

For all of our exciting learning this half term, please click on the Summer 1 curriculum overview at the top of this page.

 

 

Spring 2

Here is our curriculum overview and newsletter for this half term:

Y3 Spring 2

This is what we will be getting up to in the second half of Spring term.

English

We will be finishing our non-chronological reports about the Romans. We will then be moving onto looking at diary recounts and linking these to Science Week and the Easter holidays. We will also be looking at the story of the Iron Man and creating our own versions.

We have had a lot of fun in English this week! We got to hotseat the Iron Man and ask him questions, as well as drawing magic mirrors and inferring character thoughts and feelings.

Science

We will be learning all about Skeletons through carrying out exciting scientific investigations, as well as developing our working scientifically skills.

To start our topic off with a bang, we created what we thought a skeleton looked like using dog biscuits. We then thought of some very interesting questions that we wanted to know the answers to.

  

This week we have been learning about vertebrates (endoskeletons) and invertebrates (exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons). We have been working like scientists by sorting and grouping these animals according to their skeletons.

This week has been Science Week in school and we have had lots of exciting visitors.

Adrian Bowen came into school to launch our Science week with a bang…

We then had Kylie from the PDSA who came to talk to us about the PDSA hospital.

Today we have had Zoo Lab! We talked about animals which had different skeletons and got to hold and stroke them.

    

We have also made slime today! It was very exciting and we had a lot of fun. We learnt about the science behind slime before we made it.

To end Science week, we made ice cream! We learnt about the salt and ice and how this lowers the temperature. We added mini eggs to our ice cream mixtures. We are very excited to eat it when it has frozen on Monday!

Maths is still No Problem

In Maths, we will be looking at mass, volume and capacity. We will also be looking at solving problems using bar models.

For more detail, please look at our curriculum newsletter for Spring 2.

Egg Hunt

We got to go on an Easter egg hunt around the field as well…

Music

We are working very hard for our upcoming recorder performance on the 3rd April at 2.30pm. Parents and families are very welcome to join us.

We were absolutely AMAZING and made Miss Connolly, Mrs Hart and Miss Nestor very, very proud, as well as our families.

Assembly

This morning, we performed an absolutely fantastic assembly for the rest of school and our families all about our Stone Age and Roman learning. We acted out Stone Age Boy using Talk for Writing and then we shared lots of our exciting learning from this term with everyone! We then sang Mamma Mia beautifully at the end as we have been practising it with Miss Lord our recorder teacher. What a super performance! We were amazing and made Miss Connolly, Miss Nestor and Mrs Hart very proud of us.

We made some potatoes out of book characters and dressed up for World Book Day!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t they look amazing?

We also went to look at everybody else’s potatoes:

Here is a photo of us all dressed up:

This week we went to see the Halle for Youth perform at the Bridgewater Hall. The theme was conflict and resolution. We all had a wonderful time!

We have also been practising our Dodgeball skills when Sports Cool came in to do a promo with us!

 

Spring 1

Here is our curriculum overview and newsletter for this half term:

Y3 Spring 1

This is what we will be getting up to in the first half of Spring term.

English

We will be focusing on our story on a theme ‘Stig of the Dump’ which is linked to our History learning. Year 3 will then be creating their own versions of Stig of the Dump. We will then be moving onto writing non-chronological reports about the Romans, again linking this to our History learning.

We pretended to be Stig and did some magic mirror work.

Science

We will be looking at ‘Rocks and Soils’ and doing lots of exciting investigations, as well as developing our working scientifically skills.

This weekend on Sunday the 3rd February, Bacup National History Society and Museum will be holding a Fossil Fest! This will be perfect preparation for when we make our own fossils in Science in a couple of weeks time.The children will be receiving and bringing home more information on this this week. Many thanks go to Seb’s mum and Jacob B’s mum for bringing this to my attention. 

We looked at what makes up soil and made our own dirt puddings. Don’t they look great?

We then looked at the features of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks by exploring cereal bars and chocolate.

This week, we have been looking at how to classify rocks using a flowchart and magnifying glass. We worked scientifically by observing and deciding ways and giving reasons for sorting/grouping. 

 

Today we looked at what a fossil is and some of our original ideas were excellent! We then made our own fossils.

  

Maths (is still) No Problem!
In Maths, we will be focusing on further multiplication and division. We will be beginning to use formal, written methods for multiplication as well as for division e.g. bus stop method. We will then be moving onto looking at Measurement: length. Please also continue to practise 3’s, 4’s and 8’s with your child. They should be secure in their 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 8’s and 10’s by the end of Year 3. Please practise the related division facts as this helps to develop a sense of number.

Times Table Rockstars is in full swing and we’ve all been trying really hard with our times tables. Don’t forget, certificates are up for grabs in each week’s assembly! 

Please see our curriculum overview above for an explanation of the other exciting learning that Year 3 will be doing this term!

We participated in Safer Internet Day. Here is some of our work:

Keep your eyes peeled for what we get up to on our trip to the Dewa Experience in Chester!

We all went on a Roman soldier patrol around Chester and then had a tour of the museum and learnt lots more about how the Romans lived. Here are some photos:

 

We also made Stonehenge out of biscuits as a WOW launch to our History topic and asked lots of fantastic questions. Here is an example:

We also did some cheerleading with Sports Cool. It was really fun!

Autumn 2

Here is our curriculum overview and newsletter for this half term:

Y3 Autumn 2

This is what we will be getting up to in the weeks before Christmas!

English

We will be learning all about biographies and creating our very own biographies all about us! We will then be moving onto looking at discussion texts focused on the topic of ‘Should Christmas be banned?’. Finally, we will be looking at poems on a theme and the theme will be Christmas to get us all into the Christmassy spirit!

Science

All of our Science learning this term will be focused around the topic of ‘Light, Shadows and Astronomy’. Here are some of the things that we have been up to…

Maths is (still) no Problem!

In Maths this half term, we will be finishing off addition and subtraction before moving onto multiplication and division. We will be learning about and using different bar models to support our problem solving. We will begin to multiply using a formal, written method. Please help your child by practising 3’s, 4’s and 8’s little and often! If they are confident with this, practise the related division facts. They should be secure on their 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 8’s and 10’s by the time they leave Year 3.

Computing

Keyboard Adventures: In this unit, Year 3 will master the art of using a keyboard and short cuts with a series of fun activities. 

Art

After the success of our Manchester Bee prints last term, this half term we will be moving onto looking at Claes Oldenburg and creating our own papier mache food sculptures.

For further curriculum details, please see our Autumn 2 newsletter which is attached as a link at the top of the page.

Other exciting news:

To commemorate the fact that it has been 100 years since the end of WW1, we will be doing lots of work on Remembrance. Each child will be creating a poppy for our poppy cascade, as well as various other exciting activities. We shall be posting what we have been up to on here so keep checking back regularly.

In December, we will be participating in Bikeability and doing a performance of the recorder for our families. More details about these will be sent home nearer the time.

Please look at the Autumn 2 newsletter for important dates for this half term.

Here are our wonderful Year 3 class:

We have been so busy in our first three weeks of Year 3! Here are some of the things that we have been up to:

Science

In Science, we are learning about forces and magnets. We learnt that cereal contained iron and had fun extracting it using a magnet!

We then looked at different movements and explored how different objects move.

We then compared how objects moved on different surfaces and had a think about some properties. We had a lot of fun!

English

In English, we are learning all about folk tales based around a story called The Tin Forest. We have created some fantastic story maps and are currently in the middle of writing our own innovated versions!

We will then look at Aesop’s Fables, specifically The Hare and The Tortoise.

Maths is No Problem!

We have looked at Number and Place Value up to 1000 and now we are moving onto Addition and Subtraction. We will then be looking at Multiplication and Division.

Computing

Using visual coding, we will be creating our very own Dancing Robot game.

Geography

Our topic is Greater Manchester and we have had lots of fun comparing it to Lancashire and specifically Bacup and Britannia. We have been looking at lots of different kinds of maps such as Digimaps and OS maps. Our Autumn Welly Walk is also upcoming…

Art

When we have finished our Geography topic, we will be moving onto our Art topic of printing. We will be creating our very own prints of Manchester Bees!

Other exciting news:

We have started to learn recorder! Every Wednesday, Miss Lord comes in from Lancashire Music Service to teach us. This will continue all year.

Caroline from Lancashire Library Service came in to talk to us about Roald Dahl! She had a really exciting story telling voice which made us all want to listen to her. She even made Miss Connolly dress up as Mr Twit and we had to put different foods in his beard as we were listening to the story. We’ll let you in on a little secret as well…. shhhh don’t tell anyone but she’s a witch! On Roald Dahl day, we did lots of fun James and the Giant Peach activities.

On Monday, we had a Mad Science assembly and learnt lots of cool facts!

We also had fun learning how to hula hoop with Sports Cool.