MONDAY 30th MARCH

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve found something entertaining to do over the weekend! Let me know if you’ve found a particularly fun activity to do to keep yourself occupied at home. You may even have taken up a new hobby.

Below is your English and Maths task. I’ve also uploaded a History activity to work on as well. Remember that foundation activities can be ongoing if you want to complete them in more depth. Everyday you should continue to work on your times tables, your spellings and you should be reading for 20 minutes. Don't forget that 'telling the time to the minute on an analogue clock' is also an ongoing target. 

Have a great day Class 3! 

Mrs.Healey

SEE BELOW FOR - 

  • MATHS ACTIVITIES
  • ENGLISH ACTIVITIES
  • OTHER TOPIC ACTIVITIES
  • WEEKLY SONG
  • EXAMPLES OF HOME LEARNING

Even Willow is doing some home learning!

Additional Task - 

Create your own mind-map of activities to keep yourself busy at home during our home learning time. This could also include some good advice to give someone who may be finding this time worrying. The best ideas will get displayed on the webpage for others to try out!

P.S.H.E. - 

I’m hearing that some of the older members of our community are feeling a little lost and lonely right now. We’ve decided as a whole school that we can help. Starting with our class, I’d like you to create some greeting cards or pictures that could be sent out to the older members of our community. I’m sure that receiving a colourful picture or a positive message from you would really give them a boost and make them feel that they aren’t alone and that we are all thinking of them. These creations can be posted through the school letterbox (please attach a label with F.A.O Holy Trinity), they could be scanned and emailed to me or they could be posted into the church post-box at the front of the church. Your creation should include a happy picture and a message to cheer them up. On your creation, you should write your first name only, the school name and perhaps your age. Don’t include your surname or your address.

Computing - 

Today try visiting ‘Dance Mat Typing’ to work on your typing skills. This will help you to become a really speedy typer! The link is below;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

Handwriting -

P.E. - 

Joe Wicks is doing a live PE session to help you to stay active during your time at home! Each session will happen daily 9-9:30am. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ 

Don't worry if you miss it as there are other short workouts on his Youtube to get the body moving.

 

SCIENCE -

I would like you to find a flower or interesting plant and draw a detailed drawing of it. This could be one from your own garden. However, if that’s not possible, it could also be done from a picture that you find on the internet. Try to look closely and see if you can identify the parts of the plant that you learned about with Mr.Leach last week. Have a go at labelling the different parts on your picture.

HISTORY - 

Each week I will be uploading a song for you to learn. These songs are ones that you would normally be learning with Mr.Rees in singing assembly. They may be new songs or they may be songs to revisit. I will include the lyrics sheet and the link to the song. Happy singing everyone!

Here's two more examples of super home learning! Well done girls!

Look at this impressive shield! It looks just like a real Roman shield and the soldier behind it looks pretty fearsome too! Amazing work!

Here's a cheerful face you might recognise showing off her home learning! Well done! Remember to email the class address with any home learning you want us to celebrate!

Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key Stage 2! On this page I will share helpful learning links, weekly spellings and termly curriculum overviews (see links above). I will also upload as many photos of our learning as possible. 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

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!

This week the children celebrated World Book Day! We dressed up as our favourite book characters and discussed books we thought others might like to read. Throughout the day we read chapters from various books as well as short stories. The children wrote to their favourite authors, created their own books, drew their own book covers and made book marks!

This week we have continued our exploration of William Shakespeare's plays. We have focused upon the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which has a 'play within a play.' During the story, a group of actors are performing a play called 'Pyramus and Thisbe' which is a story that was written in Roman times. We have had a go at breaking the story down and acting it out. We have drawn links between this story and that of 'Romeo and Juliet.' We then wrote our own story version to practise our Year 3 writing skills. Next week, we will turn our stories back into play scripts!

This week we have begun exploring our PSHE theme for this term: 'fair and unfair.' To begin we have looked at how this theme directly relates to our own experiences. We have looked at what 'fair' means and whether it can simply be defined as 'everyone being given equal choices.' We decided that it is quite a complex topic! We looked at lots of scenarios and tried to put them on a scale from 'very fair' to 'very unfair.' Many of them sat in the middle of the scale because there were lots of things to consider before a decision could be made. We then moved on to looking at how 'fair/unfair' can be applied on a global scale. We reminded ourselves as to what 'Fair Trade' is because it is currently 'Fair-trade Fortnight.'. We will continue to look at this next week. 

Class 3 have, once again, produced the most amazing homework projects! They were given the choice of researching any aspect of Stone Age history that they were particularly interested in. They chose to complete to projects in a variety of ways but all were presented brilliantly. Well done Class 3!

Today we were joined by Kate from ‘One Day Creative’ who came in to teach the children about ‘Online Safety’ as part of Internet Safety Week. We began by reminding ourselves of all the wonderful things we can do using the internet. Kate then reinforced the importance of being ‘kind online’ as well as being safe. We created drama and actions to remind ourselves of the following:

 

K – Be KindOnline

I – Inappropriate– when we see inappropriate things online it hurts our brains. We reminded ourselves to ‘Stay Away’ from these sites.

N – Neverovershare! We should never put our photos, name or address on the internet.

D – Don’thide away – if something happens online that worries you, then tell a trusted adult.

As part of D.T. this term, the children have been creating their own games. To link to our Science topic, their games had to include a 'magnetic' element. They came up with a variety of wonderful ideas and worked well, either independently or in pairs, to produce some super creations!

 Class 3 have begun the process of creating their backdrops for their animations. They are creating their productions by using computer app ‘Lego Animation’ which they have been taught to use this term. This will allow them to create ‘Stop Motion’ animations. Earlier in the term they created their own storyboards of one action sequence taken from our English text ‘Polar Explorers’ Club’. They will use these plans to map out their animations

This week we were very lucky to have the ‘Old Vic’ theatre group in to perform their version of ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. This was Class 3’s first taste of Shakespeare before beginning their in-depth study next term. They were an amazing audience and enjoyed interacting with the performers and asking questions at the end.

This term we have begun to learn about 'Hinduism' in R.E.. We started our topic by thinking of all of the questions that we want to answer throughout this focus. There were a LOT of questions!! We have many eager learners in Class 3 and every single person added their own questions to the list. As we learn more and more, we will tick off the questions that we have answered. This week we have been learning about the 'creation story' that sits at the heart of the Hindu belief system. We took some time to compare this story to the Christian creation story that we explored in the Autumn. Although they are very different, we were able to pick out a few similarities. 

This term, Mr.Rees has been teaching Class 3 how to play the Ukulele. The children have learned how to hold their ukulele, how to play the basic chords and how to strum correctly. They have also begun to play simple songs like 'Three Little Birds.' They are really enjoying this opportunity!

Today we began to use our artefact box that we have borrowed from the 'Weston Museum.' This will be used in our History Lessons to help us to learn more about the Stone Age era. The box contains replicas and real pieces that cover the Stone Age period and some that are taken from the Iron Age in order to help the children to compare the time periods. Class 3 have developed an amazing ability to decipher meaning through artefacts. They think incredibly deeply about who may have used an object and what it may be used for. They can think about the material that it is made from and the clues it can give us as to how people lived in the past. Today they took some time to compare two bowls - one from the Stone Age and another from the Iron Age. They thought about how it would have been made and what that tells us. They also had a look at different items of clothing, a wool comb, pieces of antler, arrow heads and a bag. 

As part of our learning this week we have learned about different types of lines. We have learned about horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines and thought of ways to remember them. We have also learned that parallel lines are pairs of lines that have an equal distance between them and as a result, they will never cross over each other. We then learned the proper name for lines that make a right angle. They are called perpendicular lines. We looked at real photos to try to spot the different types of lines, such as parallel lines on a train track. Class 3 even went outside to physically create the lines! During today’s Maths lesson, we have recapped the types of angle and that an angle is a measure of a turn. We then explored quarter turns, half turns, three-quarter turns and full turns. For each one we have worked on identifying how many right angles you pass through when making them. Next, working in pairs, we took on the role of ‘robot.’ Each robot was given a set of turns to make and they also had to shout out how many right angles they had made. We then swapped and our partners were the robots. We have used instructions that contain ‘clockwise’ and ‘anti-clockwise’ as well as saying right and left. We have also begun to use ‘directions’ from a compass in order to direct our partners to turn to face in a certain direction.

We have started our third term with some stone age artwork. We had a look at lots of examples of real cave paintings found around the world. We then copied them carefully to make our cave paintings look ‘real.’ We used chalk pastels to create a blended background and then some charcoal and chalk in earthy tones to draw our pictures.

To finish off our ‘Light’ topic in Science the children created their own shadow puppets of characters found in well-known fairy tales. They worked together to prepare and perform for the rest of the class. They now know a lot about how shadows are formed as well as how opaque and translucent materials can be useful. Their performances were wonderful! Hopefully we will have time to perform them to the Year 1 children later in the week.

We've been doing some measuring this week. We began by grouping lots of equipment into categories to establish what different ways we can measure. After that, we then found out what units of measurement could be used for each category of measurement. Next we revised how to measure length accurately. We asked the children the question 'how could we decide who was tallest in the class?' They knew that we would need to measure everyone to find out. We then measured each other and used this information to create frequency tables and bar charts. 

Due to the approaching election, Class 3 learned a little about how our political system works. We learned about elections and voting as well as MPs and political parties. They created their own political parties and then worked on what their objectives should be. Then each party elected an MP to present their ideas to the class. Following this, they voted on which political party was most popular. We then formed our own ‘mini-parliament.’ One child acted as the ‘speaker’ of the House of Commons. Half of the class were given a topic to discuss such as ‘should our school have a uniform?’ and ‘should we have a longer weekend but have longer school days as a result?’ Once they had decided what their view on each topic was, they presented it to the other half of the class. Then the opposition would argue against them. We then voted on each topic to see who won the argument. Our children were incredibly enthusiastic and could express their opinion articulately and with great maturity!

THEATRE TRIP:

Class 3 had a lovely time when they visited the Redgrave Theatre on Thursday. They were lucky enough to watch a performance of 'The Snow Queen.' For a lot of the children this was the first time they had been to the theatre. It was lovely watching them experience a performance for the first time!

In our Computing session today we had some helpful Year 6 children come to assist us in using 'Scratch.' Using the Scratch application, you can program your own little characters and animate them using strings of 'code.' This is a creative and fun activity which demonstrated the excellent collaborative skills that our children have. 

 

Hope Chapel Christmas Experience

 

During today’s R.E. lesson we visited Hope Chapel to talk with them about the Nativity story and why it means so much to a Christian. Our discussion following the activity session involved us thinking about the different things that a Christian might do around Christmas time and how these traditions link to the story of the birth of Jesus in the Bible. Our children, once again, demonstrated their ability to be 'deep thinkers' as well as showing how respectful they can be with regard to faith. 

Prime Minister Homework

 

Class 3 have been voting for their next school council member to represent their class. When talking about the process of voting and electing MPs and Prime Ministers, the children asked if they could do something linked with this for their homework. Last week the children’s task was to write down some important changes that they would make if they became Prime Minister. We were incredibly impressed with their creativity and maturity. They fed back their thoughts and ideas with such intelligence and depth. What wonderful children we have in our school! Perhaps they should be put in charge! My favourite was ‘No children should have to attend school on Mondays.’ Definitely a wise suggestion! Here are some of their ideas…

Class 3 are being incredibly resilient during our P.E. lessons. We are learning the basic skills needed for 'Tag Rugby.' So far, we have learned how to hold the ball properly, how to pass the ball efficiently and how to catch the ball securely. This week we were beginning to use these skills to pass the ball whilst running. Despite the increasingly cold temperatures the children have remained focussed and determined. They are already improving and developing their accuracy. 

During today’s History lesson we were visited by Mona, one of our Year 1 ‘Mums.’ Mona is Egyptian and she came to share with us what ‘modern day’ Egypt is like. She showed us pictures of what ‘Cairo’ looks like and we discovered that it is now very ‘built-up’ and has a busy city landscape. We reminded ourselves about how important the flooding of the River Nile was to the ancient Egyptians. Mona told us that if it flooded like this now it would damage the city surrounding it. Therefore, they have now built a large dam to release some of the water when it becomes too deep. We heard about the similarities and differences in fashion, farming, practices to deal with death and religion between ancient and modern day Egypt. We then finished our session by listening to Egyptian music! A big thank you goes to Mona. This was such an interesting session and it really helped the children to understand how ancient Egypt has influenced modern Egypt!

This term we are learning all about 'Light' in Science. Today we were focusing upon the way that light travels in straight lines. We also thought about how 'reflection' happens. The children created their own human models of the way in which light travels and reflects to understand the concept better.

This week we went to the ‘Bristol Old Vic Theatre’ to watch author Vivien Swartz talk about how she uses illustration in her books. She also discussed how she creates the pictures and plots for her books. On Friday, Vivien then came to work with our class on creating our own book. We worked as a team so that our plot was linked together to ensure it included a ‘beginning – middle – end’ structure. We created an amazing story!

We love Maths in Class 3! Today we have begun to explore subtracting one number from another. We are beginning this exploration by using our base ten resources to 'exchange' across columns when we haven't got a big enough number to 'take away' from. Class 3 have demonstrated their superb team skills and willingness to support others when they aren't yet feeling confident. 

Next week is national 'Anti-Bullying Week'. We have already begun to focus on this theme in Class 3. Today we were joined by Sally from 'Change Starts With Us' to carry out a workshop on how to recognise what bullying looks like, what to do about it and also how a bullied person may feel. We then followed this workshop with a discussion in the classroom about using 'I' statements to tell someone when they are behaving in a way that we don't like. We have also talked about how someone may become a bully and how as a school we deal with 'bullying.' We will continue this discussion next week as it's an important issue. 

Today we made our way to Clifton Cathedral to watch a real live orchestra play! Not only were we treated to the beautiful surroundings of the cathedral itself, but we also got to watch all of the instruments play that we have studied as part of our music curriculum. Throughout this term, we have watched videos of live orchestras. We have explored how they are set out and what instruments are included in each section. We have also studied many classical composers and pieces of music to help us interpret the meaning behind it and the feelings that it evokes. Today we saw the real thing in action! The children heard musical exerts from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well as listening to the story. As always, the children behaved maturely and were able to discuss their responses to the music on their return to school.

Class 3 have been working hard for the past three weeks on their 'Ancient Egypt' projects. They were asked to carry out a 'depth study' on one aspect of Ancient Egyptian history that particularly interested them. This might have included Egyptian pyramids, writing, clothing, Pharaohs or Gods and Goddesses. They were allowed to complete it in any way that they wanted to. As a result they have created their projects using a wide variety of approaches including scrolls, pyramids that open up, models, lego creations, mini books, powerpoints and even cakes! We have been blown away by their dedication to their learning, their hard work and their enthusiasm for our history topic. Over the next two days we will be giving them the opportunity to present their project to the class. Well done Class 3! You are amazing!

Yoga

 

Class 3 have enjoyed a yoga session today with Ms.Grafton. Yoga is great for stretching our muscles gently and making us more flexible. It's also a great way to unwind at the end of a busy day at school!

Class 3 have been very busy preparing their amazing artwork ready for the upcoming West Bristol Arts Trail. The exhibition will take place on Saturday 19th October and the school will be open to visitors!

Class 3 visited Bristol Museum today. We spent time exploring the ‘Rocks, Minerals and Fossils’ section. We then moved on to looking around the Ancient Egypt exhibit. We got to see many objects that we had learned about back in our classroom sessions. Later we took part in a ‘Handling Artefacts’ lesson. We got to look closer at some real and replica artefacts to try to establish what they were and how they may have been used. The children were brilliantly well behaved throughout the day and asked some super questions. Their enthusiasm for their learning is wonderful! Well done Class 3!

We have been doing some scientific drawings this week. We have been focusing upon Igneous rocks and we've produced some very accurate pictures. We were also looking at the crystals that these rocks contain. We thought about whether we could identify if they had been created above or beneath the ground using the size of their crystals to inform us.   

Today we had a visit from Joshua’s dad. He is a Geologist and he works for Bristol University. He brought in many rocks and minerals to show us. He also shared a wealth of information! We learned a lot! We learned all about the different layers that our Earth has. We now know that we live on the crust. We have also learned about the rock cycle. He showed us some bright yellow sulphur in its solid crystalline form.  He also showed us many of the Igneous rocks that we have been exploring. He told us that many of these volcanic rocks can be found throughout England. He showed us a few that were made from lots of crystals. They were called ‘Megacrysts’. We got to see the tooth of a ‘Megalodon’ which was like a shark but much bigger. They lived around 3.6 million years ago! We also saw a real meteorite which was very heavy! One of our favourite things that we saw was 'Mica' which is a mineral made up of 10,000 layers of crystal. Each layer can be peeled off!

When people passed our classroom on Monday afternoon, they may have mistakenly thought that we were taking a nap! We were actually laid on the floor, with our eyes closed, listening to a piece of classical music. The music was by the composer 'Gustav Holst.' We thought about the instruments we could hear, the dynamics in the music and the tempo. We explained how they made us feel about the music. The children said it gave them a nervous feeling inside. They also said that the music sounded like something 'dramatic' was about to happen. They were right! The music was created to reflect the feeling of people around the start of World War 1. 

Class 3 are working on their colour mixing skills this term. We have already produced some wonderful colour wheels by mixing the primary colours. We have also worked on blending different shades of the same colour from light to dark. This week we have been using this skill to create some seriously EYE catching artwork. We have produced our own versions of 'The Eye of Horus.' This is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. 

We have completed our first ‘long write’ of the year. We took ourselves millions of years back into the past to an erupting volcano and a pebble being ‘shot’ out of it. We then took our pebble on a journey through the ages. This piece of writing was inspired by our book ‘Pebble in my Pocket.’ We have some incredibly talented writers who impressed us with their description. Many of the children also used information from our science lessons on rock formation in their creative writing. What web weaving spiders they are!

As part of our Music and P.E. sessions this term we are using classical music to inspire us. This week we have been learning about Benjamin Britten and his piece of music called 'Storm' which is part of an opera. We have listened carefully to the dynamics (volume), Tempo (speed) and instruments and used this to guide our movements as we dance. Back in the classroom we then watched the piece of music being played by an orchestra and identified the instruments that were used to create the dramatic part of the storm and the section that represented the storm clouds disappearing and the sun coming out. 

Class 3 have been working on their 'Place Value' knowledge today. They have played some games based on important skills to build their fluency when dealing with numbers. We are now working with numbers up to 1000. We have ordered, compared and partitioned numbers. We have followed clues to identify a particular number and we have also represented the same number in many different ways using a range of equipment. 

We have kicked off our 'Rocks and Soils' topic this week by searching for rocks around our school. We have looked carefully at how they have been used and realised that they had been used for a wide variety of things! We have discovered that they were different types of rock and often didn't look or feel the same as others. We started asking the question 'what different types of rocks are there?' and 'why had these types of rocks been used for different things?'...we will try to answer these questions this term.

Class 3 have made such a wonderful start to the school year! They have taken on a huge amount of new information and new routines but have done so with maturity and a smile! They particularly impressed us when taking part in a 'treasure hunt' where they had to search for clues and then solve them to find the next one. I am really looking forward to this year and I hope the children are too! 

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

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Mrs.Healey(a couple of days ago)

Glad you're enjoying it Tess!

Tess(a couple of days ago)

I tried the times table Rock star and it was fun!

Mrs.Healey(less than a week ago)

I bet you're spending time creating lots of Lego creations Huxley ;0)

Mrs.Healey(less than a week ago)

Hi Nell, I'm really glad you are staying active! I agree - they are a challenge!

Huxley Thomas Efergan(less than a week ago)

I miss you so much!!!

NELL(less than a week ago)

HI EVERYONE I HAVE JUST DONE P.E. WITH JOE WICKS AND I AM GOING TO GET A SHOUT OUT SOON BY HIM . DO NOT DO IT IT IS REALLY HARD AND TIRING!!!!!!!!

Mrs.Healey(less than a week ago)

Hi Chris (and Alex!), I am not surprised at all that P.E. is top of his list each morning! Haha!

Mrs.Healey(less than a week ago)

Hi Tess-co, hope you're staying busy! Hello Hux! Happy Tuesday to you!

Huxley Thomas Efergan(less than a week ago)

Happy Tuesday Everyone. Hope Everything is a-ok. From Hux :)

Christopher Morris (Alex's Dad)(less than a week ago)

Thanks for putting all the work together. As you might expect Alex is starting every day with PE!

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