Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key Stage 2! 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 and don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
In Term 6 we will continue to explore the wonderful world of rainforests! In Geography we will learn about their climates and biomes. We will also focus on what makes climate different to weather. We will write letters and stories in English. We will also write rainforest poetry this term. In Science we will learn about nutrition, skeletons and muscles. During Computing we will be using our Coding skills to use apps such as ‘Scratch’. In Art we will create colourful South American pictures. We will also look at Hindu Rangoli patterns to link to this summer’s R.E. focus ‘What it means to belong to Hinduism’. In Music we will continue with ‘African Drumming’. Class 3 will consolidate their Year 3 objectives as well as look back over their 'money' and 'time' facts in Maths. In P.E. we will play Rounders and prepare for sports day which will take place this term.
We are going to have a wonderful final term in Year 3. I can't wait!
Visit the sites below to find out more about this term's topics.
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 next Thursday.
Remember to use your 'Dicey' spelling strategies or 'read, cover, write, check' to help you to learn them. Good Luck!
Class 3 put on a wonderful African drumming performance to an audience of family and fellow school children this week. They demonstrated what excellent skills they have perfected over the past two terms. We felt very proud of them!
We have been incredibly lucky to have had some special visitors in our classroom over the past week. We are currently creating our own informative texts based upon the welfare of pets. To enable us to carry out first hand research we invited some ‘pets’ and their owners in for show and tell. Our visitors included some current Year 3 children, a Vet and a few past Year 3 pupils who are now in Class 4 and 5. We’ve met a cat, hamster, gerbil, dog, gecko, bearded dragon and a corn snake! Their owners told us all about how they keep their animals happy and healthy. They also told us why they were chosen as a pet and what would need to be considered before owning one. I think it’s safe to say that we now have a long list of ‘pets’ on our wish-list! We have also recorded a lot of really interesting information ready to inform our writing.
This week the children have been outside in the sunshine creating some wonderfully colourful Rangoli patterns. These vivid creations are usually found around the time of the Hindu festival ‘Diwali’. They are always colourful and are used by Hindus to bring good luck upon the household that they are placed in front of. They are used to help welcome ‘Lakshmi’ who is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.
This week was ‘Art Week’ at Hotwells. The theme this year was ‘Birds’. We have spent the week drawing, painting and making different types of bird. The children have worked with different materials such as chalk and oil pastels, watercolour paints and pencils, fine-lining pens and poster paint to create some absolute masterpieces. They have also recreated colourful artwork by American artist James Rizzi as well as producing some origami creations with the help of our wonderful Year 6 children. Phew…it has been a busy week!
This week we’ve enjoyed a theme week here at Hotwells. It has been ‘Happy Healthy Me’ week where we focus on what makes us happy and healthy! We’ve been taking part in lots of different activities that make both our bodies and minds healthy. Last week we made a list together of things that make us feel really positive and cheerful. Top of our list was spending time with the younger children. Others included painting, reading outside, playing board games, dancing, playing sports, drawing in our sketchbooks and making dens! Therefore, this week we have done all of those things! Whether it’s been Bollywood dancing, going on a treasure hunt in the rain, learning circus skills or drawing a leaf, we have made the most of it! We have also taken part in 15 minutes of non-stop exercise every day. Research shows that doing just 15 minutes of exercise a day is enough to make our bodies fit and our minds focused. It’s having such positive effects that we intend on trying to continue this exercise throughout next term!
In the final week of Term 5, Class 3 became ‘Tree Tribes’ when they visited the Downs. The session was run by ‘The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project’ which was set up to protect the outstanding wildlife interest of the Avon Gorge and Downs and to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of this site for people and wildlife. We began our visit by following a tree trail to become more familiar with the trees found in our local area. This included the Bristol ‘Whitebeam’ which is indigenous to Bristol and nowhere else in the world! We learned intriguing tales and fascinating folklore about different tree species and shared our discoveries through plays and raps!
We have been busy getting stuck in to our Rainforest topic. We have begun by learning about different types of forest. Then we have located all of the rainforests throughout the world using our atlas skills and learned about what it is like to live in a rainforest. We have also learned about the layers of the rainforest and what creatures live amongst them. As a whole class we then created a huge collaborative piece of art to show just what these layers look like! The children created wonderful fact-files and quizzes as well as some beautiful colourful artwork!
Class 3 have been very busy this month. They were given the challenge of learning a poem of their choice off by heart. Most of the class have now completed their performances and they have been of a very high standard. Many of the poems were tongue twisters which took real skill to perform confidently!
This afternoon some of our children took on the role of ‘R.E.’ teacher! Today marks the start of Ramadan. Some of our wonderful children chose to teach the rest of the class about what this special time means to them as Muslims. The class then asked them some questions to find out more. We’ve all learned a lot!
The children have been dissecting plants this week to find out how they work. They then drew some amazing scientific diagrams with labels for each part. Next in our learning we will be finding out more about how water is transported throughout a plant. We have placed some flowers in water with food colouring in and positioned them in areas with differing temperatures. Next week we will investigate our findings.
Class 3 have been working on their coding skills by using the ‘Scratch’ program. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps children learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. The children were assisted by our Year 5 experts who came to support them. They were fantastic teachers!
On Thursday Class 3 took part in a ‘Tri-Golf’ tournament. Tri-Golf is a mini game designed for younger children comprising of a fun skills circuit. The children worked their way through lots of golfing activities allowing them to use chippers and putters. They all enjoyed the challenge as well as some much needed sunshine!
Class 3 finally had their chance to perform as part of ‘Stages’ at the Colston Hall on Saturday. After having the original performance cancelled due to snow, we were feeling a little impatient! But their performance was worth the wait! Not only were they brilliantly well behaved for the entire day, they also went on to perform fantastically! The audience was huge but Class 3 showed bravery and enthusiasm. We couldn’t be prouder! Well done Class 3!
*Included below are two videos of their rehearsal as well as a video of their final performance.
Class 3 have had a wonderful time today taking part in a Roman banquet to finish off their ‘Romans’ topic. The menu included grapes, olives, meats, tomatoes and most importantly the Roman cheese bread they made yesterday!
Class 3 have made some Roman Cheese bread this week. Working together they followed a recipe to create tasty loaves ready for their Roman banquet on Friday. Yum!
Class 3 have already kicked off the term in style by starting their drumming sessions with Dan. They will be learning to play an African drum called a 'Djembe'. In their first session they have learned how to play low and high notes using different parts of the drum as well as how to hold the drum properly to make sure they get the best possible sound from them. We will work on a performance piece over the next few weeks ready to perform in Term 6. How exciting!
We have had a busy final week of Term 4. We began our week with reading. It was so lovely to have some of our parents visit our classroom to listen to their children read their Viking myths. It is important that our children write for a 'purpose' and having an audience for their writing meant that they could very proudly show off what they had worked so hard on. We then finished off our week with a 'Sports Relief' challenge. The children had to complete an obstacle course whilst keeping hold of a cup of water. They had to keep as much of the water in their cup as possible on their way around! They were wonderfully supportive of each other and as usual, tried their best!
In Art this term the children have been creating their own Roman mosaics. They have studied some real mosaics (through our visit to the museum and by looking at pictures) and then they came up with their own design. Then they began creating their final mosaic by
We have been exploring the world of plants this term and will continue this theme into next term. This week we have specifically focused on the optimum conditions that allow plants to grow best. We placed our plants in lots of different locations and temperatures. Some were watered and some were not. We monitored our plants every day and noted measurements and observations. The children then drew conclusions as to what their findings taught them.
The children were given the task of creating their own Roman shields for homework this term. We were blown away by their efforts! The Roman shields were then used to recreate and explore some of the battle formations that would have been used by a Roman army. The children then followed Roman commands that were given to them by their 'Legate'. Some of these ‘Latin’ instructions were: 'march forward', 'speed up' and 'turn around'. Their movements all had to be done in time with the rest of their legion which was very tricky. To finish off the children took it in turns to be Romans and Celts and use their battle formations to invade each other. They made an amazing Roman army!
We had a wonderful time exploring the Roman Baths in Bath yesterday. We took part in a workshop where we got to try on Roman outfits. We were also able to create some mosaics and we investigated some Roman artefacts. After
The children have been learning about what 'Fairtrade' is. They have explored how the Fairtrade Foundation is working towards helping to improve the lives of those who bring us some of our favourite products. This involves improving their working conditions, helping their community to thrive as well as improving the amount they get paid for their products. This week we have discussed the price of Fairtrade products compared with non-Fairtrade items. We have also done some 'taste-testing' to discover if non-Fairtrade and Fairtrade items taste the same or different.
Even though our World Book Day celebrations were cut short due to the snow, the children were still enthusiastic about sharing their favourite books and wonderful costumes!
Class 3 have been displaying their wonderful artistic creativity this afternoon when they worked on producing portraits. This term they have looked carefully at the proportions of the face to identify where their features are positioned. We then had a go at drawing some photos of faces as well as our own school photos. We looked carefully at the details of our face to make them more realistic. We have also produced our own version of the illustration on the front of our class book. The picture is of the main character ‘Jessie’. We had a go at drawing her using pencil, charcoal and watercolours.
Class 3 ventured out of school on Thursday to begin sketch mapping their local area. They identified key features and buildings and noted these down onto their maps. They used their own key to draw symbols for repeated features such as shops, restaurants and churches. They will now use these rough maps to create a more detailed an accurate map of Hotwell Road back in the classroom.
Class 3 have been combining lots of different skills today. They have used their geographical knowledge of direction as well as Maths knowledge relating to turns and right angles. They had to direct their robot using different instructions. As their robot turned they had to identify the type of turn they had made, what direction they had turned (clockwise or anti-clockwise) and then identify how many right angles they had turned in total. What clever children we have!
Class 3 have begun their rehearsals for 'Stages'. This is an annual dance festival for children of all ages that is performed at the Colston Hall. They are very excited about learning the choreography and we think Class 3 will produce a super performance.
Class 3 are currently reading a book called 'When Jessie Came Across the Sea' by Amy Hest. It is about a young girl who travels to America to find a better life. Set at the turn of the 19th century, this is a story of adventure and heartbreak. The children are trying to capture these emotive themes by writing a daily journal belonging to the main character 'Jessie'. They have also participated in drama and discussion to help them to understand the challenges the characters are experiencing. Read some of their journals and descriptive work below.
Just in case you forget how to do column addition or column subtraction, some of the children have made these helpful instructional videos for you!
The children visited the Redgrave Theatre to watch the 'Wizard of Oz' on Thursday. Many of our children have enjoyed a theatre visit before but for those who have not this was an excellent introduction to the theatre. They enjoyed the wonderful story of 'Dorothy' and friends travelling along the yellow brick road. We were entertained by energetic dancing and catchy songs as well as the marvellous story itself. Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the superb performance on stage but we were also blown away by the impeccable behaviour displayed by both Class 3 and Class 4. Other audience members even approached staff to tell them how remarkable they thought our children were. What a credit to our school they are!
This week the children created some superb animations with their Lego figures (and various other characters) using the iPad app 'Lego Animation'. Their creative '
On Wednesday it was D.T. day at Hotwells. In Year 3 we actually did a whole week of D.T. instead! The children have been busy making different kinds of creations. On Monday they had a timed challenge where they had to create an Egyptian 'shaduf'. The ancient Egyptians would have used a similar tool to irrigate their crops using water from the Nile. On Tuesday they created wonderful pneumatic monsters using syringes and tubing in order to open their monster's mouth using air pressure. On Wednesday they created their own thaumatropes or flip books to compare different methods of animation with our computerised animation apps. Later they continued to use their scientific knowledge of 'Light' to create shadow puppets. They have also created some lovely Xmas decorations which we will be selling at next week's Xmas cracker. Throughout the week they have worked on their team working skills as well as demonstrating growing perseverance and creativity. Well done Class 3!
We have been exploring the topic of 'bullying' this week. We have reminded ourselves that bullying is 'hurtful, deliberate and repeated' behaviour. Class 3 have been very reflective, mature and articulate in the way that they have discussed this sensitive issue. They took home a special ‘hand of courage’ that they had painted in their own unique way. They can keep this little item as a reminder that sometimes we have to be brave when faced with difficulties. We also need to extend the hand of courage and kindness to someone who needs our help. We celebrate our differences, our individuality and our uniqueness here at Hotwells so that it is seen as a positive. The children know that: 'sometimes we are the same, sometimes we are different but we are ALWAYS equal!'
We have started this term's class book 'Ice Palace'. It's been a sad tale so far! The children have written and recorded some dramatic Kenning poems about the character of Starjik.
Bristol Flyers Health Squad are working with Class 3 throughout Term 2. They'll be teaching the children about healthy eating and nutrition followed by basketball skills and drills in the playground with star player Daniel Edozie!
The children have put together musical representations of the first part of our book 'The Pebble in My Pocket'. They began by deciding what sounds may have been heard and then chose an instrument that they felt matched each sound. Some of them created 'environmental' sound or made vocal sounds instead of instruments. They then decided on the beat or rhythm that they felt would be suitable and worked on conducting their piece of music using a 'layering' approach. They have been so focused and creative throughout the process. Best of all though, was their respect whilst watching other children perform and their positive and reflective feedback after each performance. Well done to
This term we are starting to explore this year’s ‘focus’ religion for Class 3: ‘Christianity’. As part of our
The children had a busy time at the Bristol Museum where they spent time handling some Egyptian artefacts as well as having a look around the Ancient Egypt exhibition. They drew many links between the learning that has already taken place in the classroom and will hopefully continue to do so as we progress through this topic over the next few weeks. They were also able to spend time in the 'Rocks and Minerals' area which was really helpful as we continue to explore this area in science. A big thank you to all our adult helpers who came with us!
The children have been learning about how a volcano works. They drew scientific diagrams and labelled them to show the different parts of the volcano.
The class have continued to extend their painting skills over the last two weeks. They have created beautiful Egyptian themed sunset pictures and shown great patience, care and creativity throughout the process. As a
Class 3 have been very busy this week! They have been writing about the journey a pebble may take starting with being erupted out of a volcano. They've also been learning about how volcanoes work and the different types of rock involved. We took advantage of the dry weather by taking our music lesson outside. They are now beginning to put together their collaborative music performances based on our 'Pebble' stories. We are looking forward to seeing what they create!
Class 3 have begun their ‘Rocks and Soils’ topic by identifying how ‘rock’ is used around our school. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at the different types of rock and how they are created. We will also have a go at filtering different types of soil to test its permeability.
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We don't want to leave year 3.
You are an amazing teacher and I hope you continue to do this with year two.
I will miss you miss Healy
I will miss being in year 3☹️
I will miss you so so so very much you are so very beatiful
I have really enjoyed this year
I loved class 3.
I'll miss class 3
you are the best teacher ever
I wish I could stay