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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 6

Useful information

Outdoor PE - Monday

Swimming (from Week 2) - Wednesday

Our enquiry: How would you survive in the Stone Age?

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Term 5

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Indoor PE - Monday

Outdoor PE - Wednesday

Our enquiry: What makes the journey more important than the destination?

During our enquiry, 'What makes the journey more important than the destination?', we'll be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo. This enchanting and touching tale follows a toy rabbit called Edward on his epic journey of self-discovery, from a vain and self-centred rabbit to someone quite different. As we track Edward's transformation, we'll be reflecting on our own amazing journeys in Year 3, as individuals and as members of a team. We'll also be expanding our narrative-writing toolkit in preparation for our challenge - to write an alternative journey for Edward.

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Athletics challenge

This morning, we really enjoyed working with Dean and the Year 5 PE Leaders to develop our coordination, balance and agility. Our determination and the useful coaching we received enabled us to improve our performance during the session. We all left feeling both successful and worn out!

Character description

We’ve reached Chapter Eight of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and it’s proving to be one of our favourite class books. We’ve been busy writing detailed character descriptions of a wicked witch and a friendly fisherman, and making puppets of the characters we’ve encountered so far in the story. We love discussing Edward’s character and since he became separated from Abilene, we’ve noticed a definite change in his attitude.

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Wow!

Year 3 enjoyed a special day with some very special guests. We brought in our favourite toys from home and we spent the morning interviewing each other about our toys, drawing their portraits and designing colourful picture frames for display in a class gallery. Our wonderful wow launched our new enquiry, 'What makes the journey more important than the destination?', in which we will follow Edward Tulane, a toy rabbit, on his miraculous journey.

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Name that sweet!

To prepare for our challenge of designing a rock identification key, we practised using and making keys for animals, aliens and even sweets (which we got to eat)!

Term 4

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Indoor PE - Monday

Outdoor PE - Thursday

Our enquiry: How can you tell rocks apart?

This term, we'll be investigating how fossils are formed and what soil is made from, and answering our enquiry question, 'How can you tell rocks apart?', with a chart-based challenge. As well as developing our scientific knowledge, we'll be learning how to write complex sentences and use paragraphs to organise our writing. To practise our new skills, we'll write in-role as a boy called Gregory who travels to the Caribbean island of Tobago in the beautifully illustrated Gregory Cool, by Caroline Binch.
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Soil detectives!

We used magnifying glasses to carefully examine soil samples and try to work out what soil is made from. Now we know! It's a mixture of humus (dead plant/animal matter), tiny particles of rock, air and water.

Wow!

To launch our new enquiry and help us understand how fossils are formed, we made our own fossils out of plaster of Paris. It was an exciting process and we were delighted with the realistic results!

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Term 3

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Outdoor PE - Monday

Indoor PE - Wednesday

We've got the skills!

As part of Wellbeing Week, we were challenged to learn a new skill. We got creative and had lots of fun making cool origami bookmarks - we were thrilled with the results! Before, during and after learning this fun new skill, we recorded our feelings in a word cloud to document our experience.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

The focus of this year's Safer Internet Day was digital wellbeing so we spent an activity-packed day thinking about how we can make a positive change, stay safe and have healthy relationships online. Check out our campaign video...

Create, connect and share respect

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Revelation

In RE this term, our theme has been revelation. We read the story of the call of Samuel and discussed the different ways that God might call people today. Now, we're preparing to lead a Gospel Assembly for Lent to give us a practical understanding of the liturgy of the Word.

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Mr Majeika - everyone's favourite wizard!

After reading the wonderful Mr Majeika, we voted for our favourite chapter - it was Chapter 8, the final chapter, when Hamish Bigmore tricks everyone into thinking that he's the best-behaved boy in school. Next, we planned and wrote a retelling that showed off all of our writing targets and now, we're devouring an exciting new addition to our class library - all fourteen books in the Mr Majeika series! What a treat!

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'Two cups are the same size. Cup A is 1/5 full. Cup B is 1/7 full. Which cup contains more?' Prove it!

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Colourful cartouches

A cartouche is an oval-shaped frame surrounding the name of an ancient Egyptian noble or pharaoh. It represents a looped rope that possesses the magical power to protect the name written within it. A cartouche was meant to protect against evil spirits both in this life and the afterlife. After studying the hieroglyphic alphabet, we wrote our own names inside carefully decorated cartouches.

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Mummifying a tomato

Now experts on the mummification process, we were ready to undertake our enquiry challenge - to mummify a tomato! Each group was provided with a fresh tomato, plastic tools and a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda which would act as natron - the salt mixture that ancient Egyptians used to preserve dead bodies. We worked collaboratively to carefully remove the inside of the tomato and completely cover it in the salt mixture. While we wait for all the water to be absorbed, we'll be exploring the journey to the afterlife and creating our own cartouches.

We certainly are the curious!

We spent a fantastic day at We The Curious learning all about the human body and the brain with the extremely knowledgeable Eddie and Violaine. First, we were treated to an interactive science show about what the body needs to move and grow and how the heart and lungs function. Next, we explored the exciting 'All about us' exhibits and discovered lots of fascinating facts about the brain. After that, we enjoyed our first body-themed workshop with Eddie where we got to look at our skin, hair and nails through a powerful magnifying lens, match the x-ray to the body part, complete a giant puzzle of a full-body MRI scan and identify the function and position of some mystery body organs. Finally, during our second brilliant, brain-themed workshop with Violaine, we matched up twelve animals with their very different-looking brains and measured the capacity of five animal skulls. We used these measurements to create a line graph that compared an animal's body weight with its brain volume. By the end of the day, our own brains were exploding! We couldn't believe how much learning we'd crammed into our visit!

'I discovered that a human has the biggest brain on land.' (John-Paul)

 

'I had an amazing time at We The Curious! I hope we can go there again because I learnt so much.' (Marley)

 

'We measured the capacity of a human skull and it was 1440ml.' (Amelia)

 

'My favourite exhibit was the mother's womb because I enjoyed listening to what she said about being pregnant and giving birth.' (Bernice)

 

'It was gross when we saw a real human brain.' (Cian)

 

'I enjoyed the show with Violaine because she sprayed fake urine all over the audience!' (Esme)

Mr G

Term 3 started with a bang when Mr G, science expert, invited Mr Bracey to help him with an explosive chemical reaction. After more jaw-dropping demonstrations, Mr G invited us to explore some important scientific concepts at a special science workshop. We had great fun making sound straws, investigating waves, viewing the world through a giant camera obscura and constructing balloon hovercrafts.

'My favourite part of Mr G's show was when he made giant bubbles. Whenever someone made a sound, the bubble popped.' (Jake)

 

'Mr G made the best explosions ever!' (Bella)

 

'My favourite activity at Mr G's workshop was making sound straws because it caused absolute chaos and I loved it!' (Esther)

 

'Mr G performed some mind-blowing demonstrations.' (Jayden)

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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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