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Year 3 Elm

Welcome to Elm's class page. Here, you can find out what we've been up to and what's coming up. We are very excited about the year ahead and we hope you enjoy looking at our wonderful work! Please visit again soon to follow our learning journey across the year.
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Term 2

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Outdoor PE - Monday

Indoor PE - Wednesday

Our enquiry: How and why did ancient Egyptians make mummies?

This term, we will be entering the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians and exploring life in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. During our enquiry, we will be developing our historical enquiry skills and researching many aspects of this extraordinary civilisation, including daily life, pharaohs, gods, pyramids and hieroglyphs. In order to answer our enquiry question, 'How and why did ancient Egyptians make mummies?', we will focus on the mummification process and burial rituals before embarking on our challenge - to mummify a tomato! To help deepen our knowledge and understanding, we will be reading the action-packed Tutankhamun's Tomb, by Sue Reid. The story is set in 1922 when British archaeologist, Howard Carter, made an incredible discovery in the Valley of the Kings.
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Magnificent multiplication!

We've been learning how to use the grid method to efficiently multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number...

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What is a growth mindset?

What is a growth mindset? 1 Fixed mindset
What is a growth mindset? 2 Growth mindset
What is a growth mindset? 3 We did it!

Being a saint

After learning about St Francis of Assisi and exploring his prayer for peace, we read Pope Francis's description of a saint. Then, we reflected on our understanding of what it means to be a saint.

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Where in the world is Egypt?

Working in pairs, we used an atlas to help us label a map of north-eastern Africa. We identified countries, cities and bodies of water.

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Wow! Our terrific trip to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery...

We love Golden Time!

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Our enquiry: Are magnets magic?

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Prove it!

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Which magnet is the strongest?

Which magnet is the strongest? 1
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Which magnet is the strongest? 4

Unlike poles attract and like poles repel.

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All materials that are magnetic are made of metal. However, not all metals are magnetic.

All materials that are magnetic are made of metal. However, not all metals are magnetic. 1

Elm's emojis

As part of Online Safety Day, we played a game of emoji match-up. It wasn't as easy as we thought and we struggled to decide on some of the ideas and emotions being conveyed. After discussing how an emoji, though a fun way to communicate, could be misinterpreted or cause confusion, we had a go at designing our own emoji faces. Can you match the emoji to the emotion?

 

List of emotions: very happy, lucky, half asleep, extremely happy, frustrated, spooked, cheeky, loved, joyful, cool, tired, sad, really happy, emotional, adorable, super happy, annoyed

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Term 1

Useful information

Indoor PE - Monday

Outdoor PE - Thursday

Our enquiry: What is the Place Between?

This term, inspired by the visually stunning Leon and the Place Between, by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith, we’ll be using words and pictures to create the mysterious Place Between. After looking closely at the book’s captivating combination of collage, painting, photography and gilding, we’ll learn a variety of new techniques to use in our own magical masterpieces. At the same time, we’ll be developing our descriptive writing skills before using these to write vivid descriptions of Leon’s extraordinary adventure.
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A reflection on Term 1

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Challenge

After plenty of practice and preparation, we were ready for our challenge. We cut, painted, sprayed and glittered and we were delighted with the magnificent results!

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Painting

We skilfully blended brilliant blue, purple and black to create atmospheric backgrounds for the Place Between. But we're not finished yet... Visit again soon to marvel at our completed masterpieces!

Balloon-modelling bonanza!

For Golden Time, we had great fun modelling with the balloons Magic Mike generously left for us. We made dogs, hats and other crazy creations!

Basketball

We're really enjoying our training sessions with the Bristol Basketball coaches. Check out our brilliant ball control!

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Hand shadow puppets

Before creating hand shadow puppet templates ready for our enquiry challenge, we had fun attempting dog, bird and spider-shaped shadows using only our hands. Some of us even managed to make our dogs bark!

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Noun phrases

We're learning how to use noun phrases to add detail and interest the reader. Using a mysterious barrel organ and the mesmeric Abdul Kazam for inspiration, we created some fabulous noun phrases: an abandoned ark, a terrified boy, a mechanical monkey, a red-eyed crocodile, a fierce tiger, silver sparks, fluttering doves, a glowing ring, sparking stars and a cloud of colourful smoke.

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Place value

We've been using pictures to help us partition three-digit numbers and understand the value of each digit. Take a look at our perfect presentation! Next, we'll be applying our knowledge of place value to compare and order numbers.

Wow!

To launch our new enquiry, 'What is the Place Between?', Year 3 had a wonderful wow morning with Magic Mike. We all thought he was absolutely brilliant! First, we were treated to a marvellous magic show and then Magic Mike explained some tricks and illusions at a special magic workshop. Now, we're looking forward to immersing ourselves in our magical new class book, Leon and the Place Between. Let the magic begin...

'I enjoyed watching Magic Mike make a balloon hat with Cian. It made me smile!' (Daisy-Rose)

 

'It was a magical morning!' (Amelia)

 

'Magic Mike is the best magician ever! He is so funny!' (La'shay and Kasia)

 

'We had lots of fun learning Magic Mike's tricks.' (John-Paul)

 

'When I helped Magic Mike with a trick, every card I chose was Kasia's!' (Isobel)

 

'My favourite trick was the ripping paper trick. I've been practising it at home!' (Jody)

Baby Joel's baptism

To help us understand the rite of baptism, Father Jim kindly offered to role-play a baptism ceremony. Four children were assigned the roles of parents and godparents and we were all guests at the baptism of Baby Joel James Harris.

Colourful covers

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The Day the Crayons Quit

After reading the hilarious The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, we created campaign slogans for the crayons and wrote letters of apology from Duncan. This provided us with the perfect opportunity to practise using full stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences.

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