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Year 3

2020-2021

 

Our Final Project!

 

It has been such a treat to be able to spend the beginning of this school year with Elm Class, where we have been able to make up for some of the lost time in the Spring and Summer terms with an exciting project together to kick off the year!

 

We have created a fictional city on the coast of Africa called 'Kangawinna', which is bidding to host the next Olympics (Sports Day). This project has included lots of creative artwork, such as designing logos and a unique Olympic village. We have also written persuasive speeches and done some number crunching, thinking about ticket prices.

 

This week, we are pitching our city's bid to Miss McLoughlin, along with the other classes via Zoom. This will include our Olympic Anthem which we have written together and think is very catchy indeed! Wish us luck!

 

It has been a pleasure to teach your child this year, and we wish them all the best in Year 4 as they continue their journey through OLOL.

 

Mr Bell and Mrs Gee

2019-2020

 

Welcome to Year 3's Class Page. While the school remains closed, this is where you can find key information and support regarding Home Learning, as well as look back at some memorable moments and learning experiences so far this year. Please continue to share your learning from home with us, from the packs or otherwise, by sending pictures to admin@olol.org.uk.

Term 6 Home Learning Gallery

Term 5 Home Learning

Home Learning Term 5 Week 5 explained

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English - Part 1

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English - Part 2

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English - Part 3

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Home Learning Term 5 Week 4 explained

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06.05.20

 

Good morning Year 3! I hope you are well and enjoying your Home Learning this week. As promised, I have made a video to go through the 'Shape Times Shape' investigation. It was very strange to teach in an empty classroom, but hopefully lots of you join me at home! I have tried to go through my mathematical thinking slowly and clearly so that it is clear and makes sense. If you haven't given the investigation a go yet, watch Part 1 with me and see if this is enough to help you carry on independently. Otherwise, you can continue and finish off the investigation with me in Part 2. I hope this is helpful. Speak to you soon!

Maths investigation - Part 1

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Maths investigation - Part 2

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01/04/20

Story - Part 1

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Story - Part 2

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25/03/20
Term 4 - Key Information

*IMPORTANT*

In Term 4, there will be a change to PE days.

Monday remains a PE day, so children can continue to come in to school in their PE kits.

On Tuesday afternoons, the class will have 'Forest School' and so need to bring outdoor clothes in a bag to change into (see attached letter).

On Thursday afternoons, the class will be going swimming (see attached letter). If you are able to help on any/some/all of the dates, then please let the office know. 

 

Many thanks,

Mr Bell & Mrs Gee

Term 3

'The Accidental Prime Minister' by Tom McLaughlin was an appropriate choice for our next class text, given the recent General Election. In addition to inspiring us to plan, write and edit our own descriptive writing, we have been able to learn much more about how elections work, along with some new technical vocabulary related to this. Of course, we held our own election in class to decide on a Year 3 Prime Minister for the day! This led to some strange laws we all had to follow at certain times of the day, such as not being able to say 'yes' or 'no', or finishing each spoken sentence with 'Hooray!' Great fun!
Environmental Fortnight

It has been such an enjoyable Environmental Fortnight in Year 3. We have used this stimulus to explore Pope Francis’ message of ‘Laudato Si’ – caring for God’s creation, our common home. This has led to strong links across the curriculum; collecting data about the class’ water use in a typical week and presenting in bar graphs; planning, orally rehearsing, writing and performing speeches about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle; investigating the absorbency and saturation point of nappies, observing which type would ultimately take up the least amount of space in landfill, and much, much more!! We have been particularly impressed with the children’s artwork during this fortnight. As well as some Andy Goldsworthy inspired environmental art, the class have really developed the skill of colour mixing using powder paint to create different shades of green in their paintings of nature. Our fortnight has also included ‘Earth Day’, where we avoided the use of electricity and energy as much as possible, and our Feast Day, where we enjoyed celebrating mass and improving the beauty of our school environment by planting in our new class flower bed. It has been a special way to end the term, and the children have been so engaged with their learning! Here’s to more enriched learning for the second half of the year!

Term 2

'Leon and the Place Between'
We have used 'Leon and the Place Between' as a stimulus for our writing in Term 2 - a story of a boy who goes to see a magician with his family and, having volunteered to join Abdul Kazam on stage, finds himself lost in the magical 'place between'. This led to some vivid setting descriptions and well-written adventure tales. Naturally, as part of our immersion into writing, the classroom became a circus for a morning!!
Baptism
Meet Mary Teresa Elm, the newest member of our class! As part of our learning about Sacraments in RE this term, we were able to baptise Mary in the church, with the help of Father Jim. Going through the sequence of a ceremony allowed us to become more familiar with the Rite of Baptism and to learn and reflect upon the importance of this for the new Christian, as well as gaining a better understanding of the role of parents and Godparents.

Term 1

'The Wolves in the Walls'

In Term 1, our focus text has been 'The Wolves in the Walls', written by Neil Gaiman and brilliantly illustrated by Dave McKean. After immersing ourselves into the text, through lots of drama and oral retelling, we have been able to innovate the plot to feature our own characters. The children have 'magpied' excellent vocabulary from the text into their own writing, which has been so pleasing to see. This text has also allowed us broaden our learning by finding out about real wolves and also making our own sandwiches (the wolves in the walls LOVE jam sandwiches!!)

Music Week!
We have enjoyed an action-packed music week in Year 3. We have learnt lots of new musical language – such as pitch, tempo and dynamics - and have gained an understanding of basic notation, which we were able to link to our Maths. As well as lots of singing together, we have also listened to a wide range of music and compared different versions of the same song. In Art, we have been inspired by Pablo Picasso to design instruments in an unorthodox way, and paint using bright, bold colours. In Science, we investigated how the pitch of the sound made when blowing through straws differs depending on the length of the straw. Finally, we have been learning about the origins of rap as a musical genre and we are looking forward to sharing our ‘Gran can you rap?’ performance with the rest of the school on Friday afternoon! 
Apple Day!
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