Welcome to Year 3's Class Page. Here, you will be able to take a glimpse of our exciting learning journey so far in Year 3, as well as find out important class information.
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.
Mr Bell & Mrs Gee
'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!
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!
'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!!
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.
'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!!)
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!