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Year 3 Elm

Elm Class

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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Elm class PE days. Term 1:      Monday - Outdoor PE

                                                       Wednesday - Indoor PE

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Term 1

Our enquiry:  What is the place between?

Our enquiry this term is inspired by 'Leon and the place between' by Angela McAllister. We will be exploring how shadows are formed and how illusions make us question what we see.

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Week 7

Elm class have been continuing their enquiry this week through exploring translucent, transparent and opaque materials. We have recognised that the stained glass windows around our school are great examples of this and have even designed our own to make next week. In maths we have continued with column addition and carrying over to the next place value. We have also continued with using inverted commas for direct speech in writing and have learnt a very catchy song to help s remember!

In RE we have been exploring the words in the Hail Mary prayer and linking this to scripture. We have recognised that the Angel Gabriel and Elizabeth spoke to Mary, as recorded in Luke’s Gospel, and these words make up the prayer we know so well today. As you can imagine, the links between our enquiry work and RE have been quite exciting this week!

Week 6

In Elm class this week we have been busy learning how to use inverted commas to show speech in a story. We have discovered that character voices should only be used where there are speech marks. In maths we have been using dienes for column addition. We remembered the importance of using place value headings for our hundreds, tens and ones. Without these, column addition gets very confusing!

In RE this week we have been exploring the life of Saint Mary. We learnt that raising Jesus as her son was very hard work, but throughout it all she never lost her faith in God. In our PHSE session we have worked in teams to make cars. We had delegated negotiators to swap resources and observers to see who was working well as a team member.

Week 5

Elm class have been exceptionally busy this week! We’ve been learning how to use commas in lists and we have used this in writing about The Place Between. We have been listing the things that Abdul Kazam hides and we hope to display this writing soon. In maths we have been looking at how numbers are written in words and on Tuesday we has some maths challenges from Mr Bracey where we had to find the pattern in number sequences.


This week we started our new Prayers, Saints and Feasts topic in RE. We had some year 6 children come and tell us all the interesting facts about our house saints. In our house groups we made lists of the qualities that our saints had. It surprised us to learn that many saints were not always as good as they should be, but because they changed and listened to God, they led a good life.


Week 4

This week Elm class have been busy working on noun phrases in their writing, inspired by ‘Leon and the place between’ by Grahame Baker-Smith. We’ve also moved from comparing numbers to ordering numbers in maths this week. Our science enquiry has led us to making sunglasses and we’ve even been testing them out in the good weather we’ve had. In PE we’ve been exploring different ways we can move our bodies and displaying some fantastic purple learning by encouraging each other. As our RE unit on Creation comes to an end we have been reflecting on how Jonah felt being called by God to do His important work.


Week 3

This week in Elm class we have been learning that God calls each one of us by name. We have learnt the story of Jonah trying to run away from God and have added actions to help us remember it. During PE we have been developing our throwing and catching skills using basketballs outside. On Friday we had our mindful PSHE lesson with Jino and discussed his worries for Year Three. The class had some great ideas to reassure Jino and make him feel at ease.

Week 2

The start of week 2 began with excitement on our WOW day. With a darkened classroom we explored how to make shadows using our interactive whiteboard, light boxes and an over-head-projector. We made shadow puppets out of card and explored what happens when various objects block the light. We also took the time to see how the professionals do shadow puppetry with a clip of sleeping beauty which left us in amazement. 


We've also been getting back into the flow of learning by revising the skills we learnt in year two. We've dipped into 'The day the crayons quit' by Oliver Jeffers to inspire some letter writing and reminded ourselves how to use bar models to link related facts in maths. In RE we recalled what happens at a Baptism and explored how each one of us has a name that us unique to us.

First week back

Our first few days in Elm class have been very busy settling back into school routines and gaining the responsibility of being in key stage 2! We have been discussing how to be a purple learner and identified how we feel when work is too difficult or too easy. We discovered that we learn best when we take a positive approach to our work and feel support others. We've also discussed the importance of friendship, how our hands can be used in a variety of ways and how we are stronger together as a team.