Welcome back. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer holiday and are excited as I am to begin the new school year! Adults working in Year 3 will be: Mr Randall and Miss Gales. Mrs Jones will be taking the class on a Thursday afternoon for P.E.
Homework and Reading
Spelling homework will be given on a Monday and children have till Friday when they will be tested on the spelling rule.
Reading books should be brought into school everyday and will be changed, only if they have been read at home.
Our class novel for this term is ‘There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath” written by Jeremy Strong. The book is about an Egyptian Pharaoh who is released from a museum by two mischievous grave robbers. The pharaoh who is named Sennapod, goes on an amazing journey with the Lightspeed family as he bids to escape the robbers.
As we love reading in Year 3, we have designed our own pop-up book which includes moving parts. In Design & Technology, we created five different types of moving mechanisms that we will incorporate into our own creations.
Earlier in the term, we were visited by our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador, Mr Bowskill. He came into class and challenged us to design and create a device which would help an egg survive a drop from height. We had one group who were able to create a suitable parachute device which enabled the egg to float to the ground and land comfortably without cracking or breaking.
In art, we have be learning about different techniques which can be used to create pieces of art. We looked at hot and cold colours, shading techniques and how to add tone using different artistic mediums. We created Stone Age Cave Paintings as it linked with our history topic.
As part of our history and geography curriculum, we went on a trip to Durham Cathedral. We learned about Historic Durham. However, we focused on Durham Cathedral being built as a sanctuary for Saint Cuthbert and we also learned about the Prince Bishops of Durham and the importance that they held within society.
We explored Durham Cathedral and the surrounding areas looking for different examples of human and physical geography. We found the location of Durham Cathedral interesting as it is surrounded by the River Wear and hills on 3 sides. We conducted some fieldwork and then located different landmarks on a map using grid references.
This half term, the children have worked extremely hard to learn and remember their 4x and 8x tables. They have particularly enjoyed learning songs and actions to help them. We encourage the children to practice the times table they already know to become even faster.
Visit the BBC Super movers website to find our FAVOURITE video to help us remember our 4x table.
In English, we remembered fallen soldiers by creating World War inspired posters as well as creating information texts about World War I. The children enjoyed researching different aspects of the war and even got the chance to hold a soldier’s medals and trophies. We concluded our week of work by holding a 2-minute silence in class.
We have also been reading another class novel, The Legend of Spud Murphy. A tale of two boys, Will and his brother Marty who are doomed to spend their holidays in the library. Doesn't their mum know that the library is no fun? Worse, it is the home of the legendary librarian Mrs. Murphy.
Welcome to Year 3's class page. Here you will find what we are learning about this year. Throughout each term we will update our page on activities and learning across the curriculum.
I have recently joined the excellent teaching staff and family of Prince Bishops Community Primary School and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks. Year 3 have been a pleasure to teach and I hope you enjoy looking at their amazing achievements during the year!
Mr Trewhella (Teacher)
Miss Taylor (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Williams (Teacher Assistant)
Mrs Jones (P.E Teacher)
Spelling test every Friday.
Homework to be handed in on Monday.
P.E every Tuesday afternoon (Please bring your kit on a Monday and leave at school all week).
Reading books to be brought in daily.
In Year 3, we are passionate about coming out of our 'comfort zone' and in to our 'learning zone.'
Mass Vs Weight
In Maths, we discovered the difference between mass and weight.
We have enjoyed reading myths and learning about the different mythical creatures and heroes. In groups, we acted out Theseus and Minotaur and discussed whether Perseus, in Perseus and Medusa, was brave to kill Medusa whilst she slept. We then wrote our own myths which were fantastic!
In religious studies we have looked at Hinduism. We created fact files on the Hindu Gods and discovered where Hinduism was founded. We also studied the religious holiday of Diwali and created our own rangoli lights.