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.

 

- Mrs. Healey

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

We are now entering into our final term in Class 3. It’s been a fantastic year and hopefully we can finish it with lots of exciting opportunities and learning. Below is a taste of what we will be doing. This term in English, we are going to be exploring some ocean themed stories such as ‘The Whale Song’ and ‘Mariana and the Merchild.’ We will rewrite a picture book called ‘Flotsam’ by creating detailed descriptions based on the book’s illustrations. We will also have a go at writing poetry, persuasive letters and instructions. In Maths, we will revisit equivalent fractions and tenths in order to understand them at a greater level. We will also carry out practical investigations using money and time as well as analysing data. In Computing, we are going to create our own presentations based on our oceans theme and work on skills involving manipulating text and graphics. We are learning about nutrition and the human body in Science. We will identify that both animals and humans need the right amount of nutrition. We will recap the different food groups and nutrients found in foods. We will then look at skeletons and muscles and the part they play in support, protection and movement. In Geography, we will begin by completing our Rainforests topics started last term by looking in detail at ‘biomes’. We will then compare Rainforest habitats with Oceanic habitats when we begin our Oceans topic. This theme will be kicked off by our school ‘Oceans’ day on the 12th. In Art, the children will spend time getting to know how to use watercolour oils and watercolour pencils. As a link to our Hinduism focus we will also create some Mandalas and Rangoli patterns. If time allows we may also explore using plastic to create sea themed sculptures. Due to Term 5 having been so short, we will continue to focus on ‘Indian’ music this term. This block of learning develops the understanding of reading staff notation and exploring notating rhythms. Mr. Leach will be preparing the children for sports day during P.E. lessons, working on athletics in particular. We continue to explore ‘Hinduism’ in Term 6. As part of this, we will look at daily practices, Gods and Goddesses and places of worship. This will involve a visit to the Hindu Temple.  This term we will look at the importance of money and how to manage a small budget in P.S.H.E. sessions. We will also complete our ‘Sex and Relationships’ Unit which involves knowing the correct names for body parts and identifying the different changes boys and girls go through as they grow older. This term is always a fun one! I hope the children are looking forward to it!

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 every Wednesday.

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

Today was our 'World Oceans' theme day! We celebrated in style by dressing up as something sea themed. We had a wonderful collection of different sea creatures, a marine biologist, a deep sea fisherman and a few mermaids thrown in for good measure! We have spent the morning learning about some of the key threats to the oceans. We have also watched some of the 'Blue Planet' documentary as well as part of a 'live lesson' created by the same team to teach school children about the wonders of our oceans and the problems they face. Finally, we worked in teams to explore some of the most endangered creatures living in our oceans to learn more about them.  

This week Class 3 have enjoyed a visit to Pizza Express to take part in a pizza making workshop. The staff were extremely helpful and made the whole experience lots of fun! They created their own margarita pizzas which they then took back to school to eat for lunch! As always, they were brilliantly well behaved and a total credit to our school!

During our 'rainforest' topic we combined our geography knowledge with our English skills to produce some amazing action/adventure stories. These were inspired by our class book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. Have a read of the extracts below to get a taste...

We have enjoyed taking part in 'Arts Week' this week! Our theme this year has been 'the ocean'. Take a look at our wonderful creations...

Today Class 3 visited the Downs to work with the 'Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project' team. The weather was slightly chilly and drizzly but this didn't dampen our spirits! We started our day by identifying trees on the tree trail. Each tree gave a clue to spell out a mystery word which turned out to be 'Whitebeam.' We learned that the 'Bristol Whitebeam' is a tree found only in Bristol. On our way home we even had the chance to see one! Later in the morning, we became tree tribes. We presented a short piece of drama to teach the rest of the class about our chosen tree. The children were brilliantly behaved throughout and we have all learned a lot about our local trees!

We have been learning all about the layers of the rainforest. We have also learned about the different plants and wildlife found in each part. As a whole class we have created a collaborative piece of art to represent each layer. Next we will be adding our own rainforest animals to their correct layer.

Year 3 enjoyed a fun cricket session with Alex Taylor, community coach for Somerset Cricket Board. The children learnt new skills for batting and fielding.

The children have been learning what the different parts of a flower are called. They have also been finding out what each part does for the plant. We took some lilies apart to have a really good look at each bit! 

Class 3 had a brilliant afternoon working together to create fantastic moving models using the 'Lego We-do' sets. Mr.leach was really impressed with their collaborative skills!

We have competed our 'Romans' topic in style today by holding a Roman banquet. The children have cooked their own Roman bread this week. They then got the chance to eat it as part of a Roman meal. We were really impressed with how adventurous they were when it came to trying new foods! 

We have been creating our own Roman mosaics this week! They are taking a long time because we are taking a lot of care with them to ensure they are precise. More photos will be added when we complete them!

The children have produced some amazing Roman shields this week! They were brilliant! We have learned all about the Romans in battle. We learned about how successful they were and about some important soldiers and emperors that led them into battle. We also learned about some of their fierce opponents, e.g. Boudicca. After that we took our shields outside to create some of the battle formations that the Romans used in order to defend and attack. The children had a go at marching and some of them barked orders in Latin! Finally, the children recreated the battle between the Romans and Boudicca and the Iceni Tribe. What an exciting afternoon!

Over the past week we have been investigating the conditions that plants grow best in. We made predictions as to what we thought might happen with each plant. We then placed several plants in different environments around the school and then measured their growth. Some plants were given water, warmth and light and some were not. Each day we took measurements and observations. To complete our investigation we looked back at our predictions and results and then made conclusions about what we had found out and thought of possible reasons 'why. '

Today was ‘World Poetry Day.’ The children have worked incredibly hard to learn a poem off by heart and today they performed them for their classmates. Some children even performed them in assembly! They were outstanding performance poets and impressed everyone with their confidence, rhythm and expression. What amazing children we have!

We had a wonderful time at the Roman Baths on Friday. The children got to create mosaics, dress as a Roman and handle artefacts. They then explored the museum including looking around the Roman Bath itself. The children behaved excellently and were a real credit to our school! Thank you to all the parents who were able to come with us!

The children have completed their 'Shakespeare' focus this week. Their final task was to create a play script for the play 'Pyramus and Thisbe' which is the 'play within a play' featured within 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. They acted out the play first and then broke the story into 'scenes' They then wrote the script using stage directions and scene descriptions. 

We've enjoyed doing some ‘taste-testing’ this week! We have tried some Fair-trade and non-Fairtrade chocolate and bananas in order to establish whether they taste different. It was an excellent excuse to eat a little bit of chocolate! The children thought that the Fair-trade items were of a better quality, had better texture and tasted better! 

The children continued to learn about Shakespeare and writing play-scripts today. The best way to learn about the layout of a play-script is to act one out…so we did! We have some talented little actors and actresses amongst our children!

In P.S.H.E we are exploring the question ‘What does fair mean?’ We thought about fairness within our school and then used this to inform our thinking when looking at ‘fairness’ on a global scale. We learned about the ‘Fairtrade’ agreement as it is currently ‘Fairtrade Fortnight.’

STEM week continues! Today we have completed our Magnetic games. Some children chose to create a maze game where a magnetic playing piece could be directed around a pathway. Others created a race track with more than one playing piece. After that we discussed whether 'Iron' in our cereal is actually proper iron. The children didn't think that could be right but knew that we could test the idea by exploring with a magnet. We used a magnet to extract iron out of some cereal and found that it really is 'IRON'! We then found out that in an average human body, there is enough iron to create a large iron nail! To complete our 'STEM' filled day, we explored ideas for bending water without touching it. We thought of lots of theories but none that were quite right. Then we were shown how we could comb hair or rub a balloon on our head to create lots of static charge. This 'charged' object was then placed next to the water and it made the water bend! We have had lots of fun! 

We were joined by Dara today who works for Rolls Royce. He was here to talk to us about the Bloodhound project.The Bloodhound Project is a global engineering initiative, using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He told us all about a supersonic jet propelled car and the ‘forces’ it experiences. Key Stage Two then went back to their classrooms to create their own miniature versions…propelled by balloons! They weren’t quite as fast as a ‘jet propelled’ car but we had fun making them anyway! After break, we returned to the hall where all of the Key Stage Two children had a go at racing their creations. Class 3 secured second place and we all enjoyed the excitement!

 

We were visited by one of our wonderful parents today. As part of STEM week we welcomed in Sia (Katerina's mum) to tell us about her job working as a robotics engineer. She showed us pictures and videos of robots doing all kinds of amazing things! She told us a little about what she does and explained that her work involves Science, Technology, Engineering AND lots and lots of Maths. Sia then introduced us to 'Rob-E' who is her little robot that can be programmed to follow instructions. It had sensors on it so that it reacted to visual obstacles as well as sound. We are hoping she will come and visit us again to tell us more!

The children have been working on their 'measuring skills' today. First they explored various items used for measuring and decided what they were used for: weight, length/depth/height, volume, capacity, temperature or time. We discussed what unit of measurement could be used for each category. We then explored the question 'who is the tallest in our class' by measuring all of our children. They worked on converting length between metres, centimetres and millimetres. Finally, we will work on translating our findings into frequency tables and bar charts. Then we will ask and answer questions to explore what our data shows us.

We have been so impressed with the amazing examples of home learning that has been given in this week! We asked the children to carry out a project on one area of Stone Age life that interested them.  Each of the children has completed their project in a creative and unique way and the results are superb! Great work Class 3!

Class 3 partnered up with Class 1 today to work on their technology and engineering skills. We were visited by professionals from Peter Brett Associates who work on engineering, economic and urban planning projects. They told us all about how they use recycling for building materials. They use old plastic bottles filled with recycling which make very strong bricks (known as eco-bricks). They also showed us how they can layer old newspapers and even used nappies (!) to create materials similar to planks of wood. Other recycled materials are used to make 'plasphalt' and panels can be made using old wine corks. They worked with us on thinking about what a 'city' needs. The children created their own illustrations of their perfect city. We then worked in our mixed age groups to create these cities using recycled materials. The Class 3 children were an absolute credit to our school. They were patient, kind and supportive of our younger children. They also showed themselves to be excellent 'urban-planners' with wonderfully creative ideas!

Class 3 have worked incredibly well in teams to create their own 'Stone Age' cave painting 'works of art'. We have been blown away by how efficiently they have worked with each other. They have looked closely at example pictures and they have also looked at real photos taken of cave art found in Spain and France. They have thought carefully about what the art might teach us about our ancient ancestors and the way they lived. 

Class 3 have been busy this week creating their own short animations using 'Lego Animation' on the iPads. Their animations were inspired by our class book 'Polar Bears Explorers Club' which we are really enjoying!

We are now half way through our new class text: 'The Polar Bear Explorers Club'. We are all really enjoying it and it is serving as a wonderful inspiration for our own creative writing. Below are just a few examples of the children's writing. The children are focusing on descriptive phrases, complex sentences, inverted commas and similes this term. They are really challenging themselves and impressing everyone!

We have produced some beautiful artwork this week using chalk pastels. Our Inspiration was the prehistoric monument of 'Stonehenge'. 

The children have been exploring 'magnets' this week. We have been investigating 'magnetic poles' and checking which poles repel or attract each other. We will continue to look at magnets next week. We will  test which materials are magnetic and how strong our collection of different magnets are. 

This term we will spend some time working on portraiture. We will look closely at the proportions of the face, the fine details that we need to include and have a go at drawing from photos and real people (our classmates)! We are becoming used to producing more than one draft of the same thing because we know that we can make improvements. We are already creating wonderful portraits.

To complete Term 2 Class 3 have been doing some baking! The children worked together to make some 'Malt choc chip cookies'. They were delicious! Happy Christmas everyone!

Class 3 have been busy making pneumatic monsters this week as a final fun activity to finish their second term. They've worked together to attach syringes and tubing to their monster in order to make their creature's mouth open and close using air pressure. 

The children were set the timed challenge of creating their own Egyptian shadufs today. A shaduf was an ancient Egyptian watering system. A bucket was lowered into the River Nile to collect water and then rotated around to drop the water into an irrigation channel to send to where it was needed. The children were given limited time and resources. However, they worked efficiently with their teams to draw planning diagrams and then to create their models. They then worked together to evaluate their finished creations and discuss how they could improve their next prototype.

We have been learning new methods for subtraction this week. The children have now learned how to use column/compact subtraction. They know how to 'borrow' from the next column of digits and have even begun to do this when 'more than one' borrow is needed. Don't forget that there is a helpful video above in the 'links' to remind us how to use this strategy. 

The children have been creating their own shadow puppets this week as part of their Science/D.T. topic. They have used their knowledge of opaque and transparent materials to plan their puppets carefully. They then used their finished creations to put on mini performances for the rest of the class!

The children have done a superb job on their homework this week. They were asked to research the Egyptian 'Gods and Goddesses' and create a project to tell us about what they had found out. Each child had created something impressive and unique which meant that when they were presented they were all different. The children created information booklets, posters, artefacts, models, scrolls and powerpoint presentations. Every single one was excellent! Well done Class 3!

This week we have been learning about how 'light' travels. We had to answer the question 'How can we see behind us using a mirror?' so we created physical pictures of how the light moves in straight lines. We now know that the light reflects off objects (including the mirror) and into our eyes to allow us to recognise and 'see' the object behind us. 

This term we are reading a story full of suspense and mystery. ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ is all about a girl called Lillian. She comes to possess an ancient Egyptian canopic jar. Things start to become problematic when she realises that the jar maybe cursed. If she doesn’t find a way to return it to its tomb then it could be a matter of life and death. The children have used the story as a basis for their own writing with amazing results. They have written descriptive pieces based on a setting, they have written dialogues between characters and they have written a diary from the perspective of the main character. Below are some wonderful examples of their writing so far…

This week we have enjoyed a theme week. It has been National 'Anti-Bullying Week' and we have been discussing what bullying can look like. We reminded ourselves that bullying is repeated, deliberate and hurtful. We have also talked about what we can do to deal with bullying. Our discussions included talking about 'cyber-bullying' and how to handle situations online. We have embraced the theme 'Choose respect' and we have promoted this message across our school by thinking about how we can show respect for others in each area of school life. 

Our second theme this week was 'Democracy and Parliament.' We have learned all about the importance of freedom of speech and expressing our opinion in the right way. We have learned about voting and carried out a vote to elect our School Council and Green Team representatives. We then learned all about Parliament and MPs. We created our own political parties and campaigned for changes we felt should happen in our school. We then voted for the political team that convinced us that they had the best ideas. Class 3 then created their own 'Mini Parliament' where we carried out some intense discussions about important topics such as 'Should Hotwells have a school uniform?' and 'Should each class be given a school pet'. The children took this very seriously and worked on their persuasive techniques to convince the opposing members of parliament to change their mind. Well done Class 3. Once again you have shown yourselves to be articulate and mature young individuals with strong views and respect for the opinions of others. 

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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Mersina’s Grandma(less than a week ago)

Thanks so much for sharing photos and information about what Year 3 have been doing. I do not live in Bristol so it has been wonderful to be kept up to date with what Mersina is doing at her new school. You sound a lovely teacher!

Mersina(about a week ago)

Hi Mrs.Healey! I have no idea what to say. Roses are red Ketchup is too I love art And so do you

AMELIE(about a month ago)

I loved art today about the Amazon Rain forest it was so colourful!!!!!

Mrs.Healey(about a month ago)

We all had a lovely time at Parliament Mersina. Year 6 learned a lot! I hope you all had a great day too. ;0)

Mersina (about a month ago)

Hello! How was your trip today Mrs. Healey? I hope you enjoyed it!

Mrs.Healey(about a month ago)

Thanks for all the great comments Class 3! I'm so glad that you all enjoyed learning about the Romans. I'm really looking forward to teaching you all about 'Rainforests' this term. It's my favourite topic to teach about! Zane, our next trip will be a 'tri-golf' morning in a couple of weeks. After that we have a trip to the Downs to become a 'tree tribe'! Joe, we haven't got any plans to do 'space' before the end of the year but I think you learn about this topic in Year 5. However, we could talk to the class and decide if we want to squeeze in a couple of lessons about Space in July as a treat. Perhaps we need to think about something 'specific' to explore as the topic of 'Space' is HUGE! What particularly interests you about Space? Let's have a chat about this when we return to school.

Joe(a couple of months ago)

Can we learn about space please

Mersina and Layla(a couple of months ago)

Hello! If you are reading this and you consider going here then you came to the correct place! Me and Layla are writing this on chrome books at school. It's an amazing place! Love from...Mersina and Layla!

Katerina(a couple of months ago)

I loved that we learned the Romans!

mollie(a couple of months ago)

i love the romans 100

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