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Week beginning 22.06.2020

This week in year 3, we have been learning about shapes in maths. We have looked at their properties, quadrilaterals, 2D and 3D shapes and symmetry. 

In English, we have been looking at the features of instructions so that we can write our very own instructions for a robot! We have been designing our own Cobots that can help families throughout the pandemic and we have written instructions to show them how to operate our Cobots successfully. We have made sure to include adjectives, adverbs, imperative verbs and the necessary features of a set of instructions. Here are some examples:

In DT, we have been planning and designing carnival floats suitable for the iconic American carnivals! This week we have been creating our prototypes, ensuring that we included each of the requirements of the design criteria. Here are our creations:

In RE, we have been learning about some of the rules surrounding food in different religions. Food is a very important part of lots of different religions. Some food is used for special purposes, some foods are used to celebrate special events, and some foods are forbidden or avoided according to special religion rules. We discussed our favourite meals and explained which religions could or could not eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 15.06.2020

This week in Year 3 we have been learning about lots of different things, we have been super busy!

 

We're poets and didn't even know it! In English, we have been looking at poetry and how to write one based on the sounds that we have collected from our homes. We have been inspired by 'The Sound Collector' poem to write our own versions. Throughout the week, we have looked at the features of poetry to ensure that our poems are amazing. Here are some examples:

In maths, we have been learning all about parallel and perpendicular lines. We went on a hunt around our homes or school to identify any parallel or perpendicular lines and have been able to accurately draw them into our books, with rulers of course!

In geography, we have been learning about similarities and difference between England and Brazil. Whilst doing this, we had a look at the human and physical features within each country and compared them.

We have been completing two DT projects throughout our 'Amazing Americas' topic. We have learned about the different carnivals that occur in America and have been designing and creating our own carnival floats:

We have also been preparing and making different American foods:

In science, we have been learning about magnets and investigating which materials are magnetic. Using a variety of materials, we have tested which of them are magnetic by hovering a magnet above them and seeing whether they attract.

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our own pictures with a pen. This week we have focused on adding a pen extension, using broadcasting to control a sprite and responding to mouse events. It has been a little tricky but we have persevered and managed to create some great projects!

 

We had our first live lessons this week and they were a huge success. We were able to look through the information that we need to know and practise some examples together too! All of the children that joined were so super polite, respectful and wonderful! All of the Year 3 teachers were very impressed and cannot wait to have more live lessons with you!

 

Week beginning 07.06.2020

Well, another super week of learning has taken place for us in Year 3 this week. The weather couldn’t dampen our spirits! Let’s have a little look at what we have been getting up to!

 We moved onto lesson 2 of our carnival float design & technology project. This week, we learned how a chassis, wheels and axles work together to create a moving vehicle and trialled using these in our own carnival floats. To help us with our learning, we watched some videos about how these worked to gain a better understanding.

Here are some of our DT projects so far:

In music, we carried on our learning about understanding and identifying the pulse in pieces of music. We clapped the pulse to lots of different pieces of music from a variety of genres and also learned some cool songs! We really enjoyed watching the videos of you stomping, clapping, dancing and tapping to different musical pulses.

 

Our science lesson this week called on us to be scientists and complete our own investigation, if we were up to the challenge! We learned about a force called friction and investigated how different surfaces can affect the friction acting upon a moving object. To do this, we used toy cars, a ramp and tested how fast the car travelled on different surfaces like carpet, gravel, grass and wood. We then wrote down our findings in our books.  

 

In maths this week, we started the week looking at multiplication, then moved on to a little bit of division and ended the week with some tricky problem solving using our skills that we had practised and perfected throughout the week.

In English this week, we have been looking at how to use fronted adverbials, similes, adjectives, adverbs, FANBOYS and apostrophes for possession. We have included all of these things in a character description that we have written about a superhero that we have created! Here are some examples:

We held our first live PSHE lesson in Year 3 on Friday morning! We spoke about pride and what this means and if it is important to feel pride and be proud of ourselves. We have decided that we should all be proud of our achievements and celebrate them with each other too because it might inspire someone else to be brave and try something new.

 

Our PE lesson on Thursday afternoon was SO much fun! We became gym instructors and put our families and toys to the test. We chose ten activities to complete in a circuit and then we modelled each exercise. We had to spend the same amount of time on each activity and then swapped over to the next one. It was EXHAUSTING!

Week beginning 01.06.2020

What an excellent first week back we have had in Year 3! Every single one of you has worked extremely hard and put the maximum amount of effort and care into your work, we are so proud of you! It has been amazing to hear from so many of you again and to hear about the fun that you had during half term, it makes us miss you even more than we already do!

 

In maths we have been learning about money! We have been counting coins and notes, converting pennies into pounds and pounds into pennies and how to add and subtract pounds and pence. We have also been looking at how to use metric units of length. We have been super busy mathematicians this week!

We have been working on our reading comprehension skills a lot this week too. We have been learning how to retrieve facts from a text, looking at the language that is used within a text and practised using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions. 

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create a space mission to Earth! We have been working on animating a space rocket to fly to Earth through space, using coding and costume changes.

We learned about volcanoes in geography this week. We have looked at why volcanoes occur and where they can be found in America. Did you know that there are around 1,510 volcanoes in the world?! The largest active volcano can be found in Hawaii, it's called Mauna Loa.

 

Throughout this half term, we are focusing on our design and technology skills and using them to prep and make different meals/snacks. We have been learning about different foods from North and South America and designing meals based on the foods that we have learned about. We have been super helpful in the kitchen and cooked up a storm! Here are some pictures of the things that we have been working on:

We have also been working on a DT project that involves designing, making and evaluating carnival floats! We have been using the resources that we have available to us at home or school to create our very own carnival float that could be used in an American carnival!

In science, we learned about forces. We now know that a force is a push or pull acting on an object as a result of the object's interaction with another object. We thought carefully about when we would use a push or pull force at home, putting socks on uses a pull force!

 

Please continue to send us pictures and videos of your amazing pieces of work, we absolutely love seeing all of the wonderful things that you get up to at home!

 

Week beginning 18.05.2020

We have had yet another successful and exciting week in Year 3, time flies when you are having fun!

 In maths this week we have been recognising, finding and writing fractions for shapes and quantities. We now know how to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions with different denominators. We have been enjoying using the Oak National Academy online learning platform to complete our maths!

In geography, we have been learning about earthquakes and the tectonic plates! We now know why earthquakes happen and how to keep ourselves safe during an earthquake. 

In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our very own rock bands! We have learned how to use codes to change our sprite's costumes, reactions and to add sound. We have seen some rockin' examples in our class studio:

In art, we have completed our final attempts of our South American inspired murals. We worked extremely hard to ensure that we had perfected our drawings before creating our final pieces of art.

In PE, we created our very own homemade athletics tournaments. We could create any athletics activities to complete and record our timings, we even challenged someone else in our house to complete the same activities!

In science, we have been looking at how to be safe in the sun! We know that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways that we can protect our eyes. This has been quite helpful recently, especially with the beautiful weather we have been having!

In music, we have been looking at a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. We listened to some music by Elvis Presley - the king of rock and roll himself! We learned about the history of rock and roll and how the music came to be popular.

Please continue to send us pictures of your work and the exciting things that you have been doing at home, they put gigantic smiles on our faces!

 

 

 

Week beginning 11.05.2020

This week in Year 3, we have continued to work extra hard on all of our assignments and have been completing our work at a very high standard!

In maths, we have started learning about fractions. We have been using the Oak National Academy resources to help us develop our understanding. We've had so much fun! We have been looking at relating halves and quarters to division, describing the part whole relationship in fractions, identifying the parts of a fraction, recognising which parts are equal and unequal, identifying half, quarter and a third of a shape, identifying and describing unit and non-unit fractions. We have been going fractions crazy!

In geography, we have been learning about the layers of the Earth. We know that the Earth has 4 different layers: Crust, Mantle, Inner core and Outer core. To show what we had learned, we created our own diagrams and models of the layers of the Earth:

In our GPS lessons, we have been learning how to use inverted commas and synonyms for the word 'said'. We completed a variety of activities to show where to use inverted commas and which pieces of punctuation should be used in a sentence. As the word 'said' can be a little boring and over-used, we have been thinking of different words (synonyms) that can be used instead!

Once we had completed our GPS work, we were able to use what we had learned in our writing this week. We have been telling tales!

As we are now learning about the amazing America's, we have been looking at South American Folktales. There are so many different folktales around the world that tell a story and we have chosen to take a look at 'The Rabbit and The Coyote'. Our task this week was to re tell the tale in our own way but had to make sure that we used inverted commas, synonyms for 'said', prepositions and adverbs. To start us off, we learned about the folktale and then acted it out or put the tale into a storyboard. We then planned out our writing and retold the story with our own twist. Here are some examples:

 

We have been learning about some of the different American celebrations and holidays. We chose a celebration to study and learn about before creating our own presentations or posters about it! We had the options of Independence Day, Presidents Day or Veterans Day:

We continued practising our artistic skills this week to create our own American murals. We have chosen an important American person to base our murals on and have been making several attempts to sketch them accurately.

In science we have been learning about shadows and investigating how they change size. Last week, we learned about how shadows are formed but now we are investigating how they change size. We have discovered that shadows change size when the distance between the light and the object changes! We investigated by using a light source and an object and changed the distance between them to see whether the size of the shadow changed. We found that the smaller the distance between the light and object, the bigger the shadow!

 

 

Week beginning 04.05.2020

This week in Year 3, we had a lot of fun and have produced some excellent pieces of work. Miss Jackson, Mrs Rice, Mrs Izatt and Mrs Cawcutt have been super impressed with all of your work this week, well done!

In maths, we have been working on measurement. We have looked at measuring and comparing different lengths and finding equivalent lengths. We used our knowledge of lengths to identify the suitable measurements of a variety of objects and used a ruler or measuring tape to measure objects around our home. We have been using the <  > and = signs to compare different lengths by thinking carefully about the different measurements used.

This week we have been learning all about carnivals! It has been carnival chaos! In geography, we have been learning about the different kinds of carnivals that people take part in all over North and South America! Did you know that carnivals take place before lent, so that people can enjoy as much food and drink as they can before they give it up? How interesting! Did you know that Rio De Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world? In 2016 they had over a million visitors!

 

Once we learned about carnivals, we used our knowledge to write a diary entry about a day at the carnival! We used our imagination to describe the things that we could see, hear, smell and taste. We had to make sure that we included a variety of features to make our diary entries as successful as possible, such as writing in 1st person, using descriptive language, adding similes and metaphors and writing in chronological order. Once we had written our diary entries, we used our VCOP pencils to underline the features in our writing and our blue pens to improve our writing even further! Here are some excellent examples:

 

In art, we have been learning about murals that are found on the walls on the streets of America. You can find so many different kinds of murals, they are all interesting and unique in their own ways! We learned about the artist Diego Rivera, we found out lots of information about his life, inspirations, successes and his masterpieces. We then thought about American people that we think are amazing and about how we could create a mural of them. We are going to be working on these in our next art session!

In science, we looked at light and shadows! We learned about how shadows are formed when the light is being blocked by an opaque object. We thought about the different objects that are opaque, translucent and transparent. Using objects that we could find around our home, we predicted which ones would make the best shadow and then tested each of the objects by shining a light at them. We then had some shadow fun by drawing around shadows!

We have made sure that we have carried on practising our times tables whilst learning from home. A lot of us have been beating our previous scores and we have been persevering to learn as many new times tables as we can! We are going to be times tables geniuses in no time!

Don't forget to head over to our 'Whole School Blog' to see some more of our 2.6 Challenge ideas and to see how we have been celebrating 75 years since VE day: https://www.kentshilljuniorschool.co.uk/our-school/school-curriculum/whole-school-blog

 

 

Week beginning 27.04.2020

Well done Year 3 for another week of hard work and enthusiasm! We have been super busy this week with lots of exciting activities to complete:

 

We have been learning about mountain ranges in America, in particular the Rockies and Andes in North and South America. We now know that mountains are usually defined as a part of the landscape with steep slopes that rise over 300m! Some mountains are found in groups called ranges, others are isolated summits. We can now recognise and locate mountain ranges on maps too. Did you know that the Andes is the longest mountain range on Earth?

 

In maths, we have been learning how to read the time to the nearest five minutes and how to show the correct times on the clocks. This has been quite challenging but we have worked hard and persevered! We have even been solving word problems that involve the time such as finding the difference between times and learning how to read clock faces with Roman Numerals!

As we have been learning about America, we used our knowledge of places that we have visited before or the internet to research destinations in America. With this information we created holiday brochures to persuade others to visit our chosen holiday destinations. We had to make sure that we included these features: headings and subheadings, persuasive and descriptive language, paragraphs, alliteration and pictures if possible. We received some truly amazing brochures and have chosen to share them with you (we wish that we could share every single one of them!).

 

In science, we have started a new topic about light and this week we were learning about reflective surfaces. We now know that light travels in a straight line and when it hits an object, it is reflected. If the reflected light hits our eyes, we can see the object. Isn't that clever! We decided to test some objects from around our house to see if they are reflective, we know that these objects could then be used to help make a reflective school bag. We created a reflection tester on the objects that we found around our house and then ordered the materials from most reflective to the least reflective.

 

 

 

Week beginning 20.04.2020

Wow, what a super week of learning in Year 3 for our first week back in the Summer Term. Well done for all of your hard work and enthusiasm!

 On Monday, we launched into our new topic for this term; Amazing Americas! One of your tasks for the day was to create your very own Samba band at home. Thank you for the videos and pictures you sent us showing the innovative ways you managed to achieve this at home! We saw power drills, rice shakers, saucepans and crisps being used to create some fantastic rhythmic pieces of Samba inspired music. 

Next up, we visited and virtually toured some famous American landmarks. The postcards that you wrote telling us what you saw and how you felt were marvellous. Who says being in lockdown means you can't travel (virtually)?

    

  

 

We also set you the task of learning a poem of your choice off by heart. You worked so hard on this and we received some fantastic videos. It was so lovely to see so many of your smiley faces, too. You can watch some of the poetry recital videos below:

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sUoYJkcOqkvCm6cB2NrdMlV5Ruuum_m-/view

 

In maths we have been working on the number of days in each month, year and leap year and the different ways that we measure time. We have been using clocks to help understand the length of minutes and hours and how to read the clocks successfully. This has been tricky but we have persevered and tried our very best!

 

 We had a lot of fun learning about North and South America too! We used our geography skills to carefully read a map and locate different countries, mountain ranges, capital cities and oceans. We even know what the equator is now! We also really enjoyed creating questions based on what we had learned in these lessons, our teachers then posted them on our classroom stream so that our classmates could try answering them!

We have begun a new topic in Science this week - Light. We started off by looking at which objects can be categorised as light sources, we now know that the moon is not a light source because it does not make its own light, the light from the sun reflects off of it and back to the earth.

Week beginning 30.03.2020

Another week of online learning finished, what fun we have had in year 3!

In Maths, we have been practising how to recognise and use money! We have worked on recognising the different coins and notes, recogising the value of each coin and note, converting pounds and pence, adding and subtracting amounts of money to give change and using £ and p in practical contexts.

Now that we have read a lot more of our class book 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' we have discovered that the children have written a letter to the Queen to ask if she could keep the gates open for Ahmet's family, in hope for them to reunite. However, the letter was dropped in a puddle and ruined! So we have been writing our own letters to the Queen to persuade her to keep the gates open, we focused on using rhetorical questions, persuasive sentence starters and emotive language. 

In PSHE, we have been looking at our dreams and goals and what we can do to work towards them and achieve them in the future. We have also been looking at creating a relaxing, safe space for people that may be facing challenges in their lives by designing a garden suitable for people with hearing impairments, sight loss, disabilities etc. The gardens will allow the challenged individuals to have a relaxing environment that they can relax in and work on their own dreams and goals.