Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key Stage 2! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and you’re looking forward to an exciting new year ahead. I have been working hard to set up our lovely new classroom and I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know you and your families better over the coming term. We are kicking off our learning this term with the topic ‘Ancient Egypt’. We will be learning all about how they lived and what traditions they followed.

 

On this page I will share helpful learning links with you as well as photos of our learning. I will also upload your weekly spellings for you. More information about the Year 3 curriculum this term can be found in the paragraph below. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

 

- Mrs. Healey

CLICK HERE for General Class Information | CLICK HERE for Year 3 Curriculum Map

This term we will be finding out about rocks and soils as part of our Science topic. We will link this to our book ‘Pebble in my pocket’ as part of our literacy learning. We will also be learning about how to write reports on our History topic ‘Ancient Egypt’. We are going to do lots of fun art activities based on Egypt which will begin by focusing on ‘colour mixing’. We will remind ourselves of the importance of E-safety during our I.C.T. sessions and Mr. Leach will teach you about invasion games during P.E. lessons on Wednesdays. In Maths we will focus on our place value knowledge and how we can use this to solve number problems. In R.E. and P.S.H.E. we will be thinking carefully about what is important to us. Finally, in Music we will be using a range of instruments to produce a collaborative piece of textured music linked to our science and literacy themes. We will finish our term off with a school trip to find out more about the Egyptians. Wow! We are going to be very busy indeed!! (Click on the links below to start to explore our main topics this term).

 

Below is a site with lots of games to help you learn your times tables.
There are also a couple of games to play to help with number fact knowledge. Have fun!

Here are your spellings for this week. You will be tested every Wednesday.

Remember to use your 'Dicey' spelling strategies or 'read, cover, write, check' to help you to learn them. Good Luck!

Class 3 took advantage of the lovely Autumnal weather on Friday when they took their music lesson outside. They have been working together to produce a percussion performance that represents a section from our 'Pebble' story. They chose an appropriate percussion instrument to play the sound they wanted to demonstrate. This might have been thunder, rocks shifting and cracking or perhaps raindrops dripping. They have worked on playing the beat and also playing different rhythms to decide what best fits their part. Each group then worked on their composing skills to decide how to layer their performance and how each performer would begin and end their music. All in all, they have shown themselves to be experts in percussion after a very short time rehearsing!

Class 3 have produced some wonderful artwork this term. Some of their work is now on display in the school hall as part of the West Bristol Arts Trail. We have finished off our week by producing some amazing chalk pastel Volcano eruptions inspired by an unknown artist. They have learned to create different patterns with the pastels by alternating the direction of pattern. They have also worked on the blending of colours to create different textures. 

The children visited the Bristol Museum this week to learn more about both their 'Rocks and Soils' topic and the 'Ancient Egyptians'. We began our visit by exploring the 'Minerals' exhibit. We found some amazing fossils and saw some of the rocks that we have been learning about in Science. We then headed into the 'Ancient Egypt' exhibit where we saw an array of wonderful artefacts. We couldn't believe that all of the treasures were thousands of years old! We finished our visit with a workshop carried out by a museum professional. This involved looking more closely at 'replica' artefacts that taught us more about the lives of the ancient Egyptians. This was closely linked to the Bristol based Egyptologist 'Amelia Edwards' who discovered many of these objects during her excavations throughout Egypt more than 100 years ago. 

Below are some videos showing you how to carry out some of our addition methods. They should help you to complete your homework this week. The videos include picture methods, expanded method, vertical partitioning and compact method. We have been very busy exploring each strategy and hopefully you're starting to feel a little more confident with adding. Good luck! 

We had a very special 'Show and Tell' today. We were visited by Brian and Joshua who shared some amazing facts about rocks!  Brian is a Geologist who works at Bristol University. He very kindly offered to come and talk to us about what he does and he bought with him some AMAZING rocks for us to look at! They were out of this world...literally! One was a piece of meteorite!  

The children have been enjoying the warm sunny weather (whilst we have it!) during their P.E. lessons with Mr.Leach. They have been playing invasion games which will work on their ability to think tactically. It will also help to improve their agility, coordination and teamwork. 

Our children have done some collaborative learning this week. Our wonderful Year 4s have partnered up with some of our Year 3 children to hear them read each week. The Year 4s are going to use their own skills to advise them on improving their expression and fluency. As a whole class we have also partnered up with Year 5.  Year 3 have shared some of their writing and then they worked together to 'polish' it. Editing is really important in order to become accurate and skilled writers. The way in which our children of different ages work together has made me feel incredibly proud. They genuinely understand the importance of being constructive and sensitive in their feedback to help others learn. What special children we have!

The children have begun to prepare their artwork for the approaching 'Art Exhibition'. They have used their colour mixing skills to create some vivid and eye-catching Egyptian sunsets as well as using chalk pastels to draw some Egyptian Pharaohs. To link to their 'Rocks and Soils' topic they have also done some 'fossil' inspired ink printing. What a talented bunch they are!

On Friday it was International Day of Peace. We talked about what 'peace' means and thought deeply about what it might be like to grow up without experiencing peace. Class 3 recognised that peace is vital to everyone's well-being and that we can help to spread peace by being thoughtful towards others on a daily basis. We thought that this was very important in order to make our school a happy place for ourselves and others. To spread the word about 'peace' the children created some wonderful posters.

The children have been using their 'observational' skills today to draw detailed pictures of some Igneous rocks such as Basalt, Gabbro, Granite, Obsidian and Pumice. This is a tricky task but they took their time to ensure their pictures were as accurate as possible. They now know all of the types of rock and will continue to learn about how each one is created over the next few weeks. 

Class 3 have been working hard on consolidating their place value knowledge this week. They have secured their understanding of comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 as well as knowing what each digit represents. The children have also worked hard on quickly identifying numbers that are 10 or 100 more or less than any given number up to 1000. In Class 3 they will work on explaining 'how' they have reached an answer and 'why' they believe it to be accurate. This kind of reasoning discussion will give them a deeper understanding of the maths that they carry out. 

Class 3 have been learning about how intrusive and extrusive Igneous Rocks are formed. They have learned all about how volcanoes erupt and have worked hard at creating some scientific diagrams to demonstrate their knowledge. 

We have already made a super start to our year. We have started most of our topics already and I'm really impressed with how grown up you have become! We've been getting our hands messy this week when we had a go at paint mixing. We have learned what the primary colours are and how to use them to create secondary colours. We have also had a go at creating different shades of the same colour. This will be useful next week when we create some sunset pictures. Your wonderful paint mixing has already been displayed in our classroom helping to make it vibrant and cheerful...just like you!

 We'd really like to hear what you are enjoying about being in Year 3.

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Evan Leach(less than a day ago)

I LOVE CLASS 3! ITS TOO GOOD!

ISLA(less than a week ago)

I LOVE CLASS 3!

Evan Leach(about a week ago)

Class 3 is amazing! :)

Evan Leach(about a week ago)

I can't wait until we learn about the Bronze Age!

Yasser(less than a month ago)

Year 3 is the best class with the best teacher [MRS.HEALEY] and hope you make this as good as the last one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evan Leach(less than a month ago)

The homework is amazing! Writing comma list is so much fun!

Evan Leach(less than a month ago)

This school is amazing! Class 3 is the best year ever!

Evan Leach(less than a month ago)

I can't wait until we go to the museum!

Mrs.Healey(less than a month ago)

We are very lucky to have you here Mersina! :0)

Mersina!(less than a month ago)

This is the best school I have ever been to! Thank you Mrs Healey!

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