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Year 3 Blog 2021-2022

Week beginning: 18.10.2021

This week in Year 3, we have been continuing our amazing learning all about the Amazon Rainforest. We created some beautiful double page spreads to showcase all of our knowledge. In reading this week, we read some Disney songs from Moana and The Jungle Book and discussed their meanings. 

In Maths, we were looking at adding and subtracting 1 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. We used physical equipment to help us figure out the answers to the questions. 

We spent some time this week in PSHE thinking about our goals in life and why we aim for them. We also discussed why we have rules in our world and what life would be like if there weren't any and we decided that the world would be very chaotic without them! 

For Science this week, we predicted what was the best condition for growing cress seeds. We decided that plants need water, light, warmth and nutrients to grow healthily. Then we sowed some cress seeds in a cup with cotton wool and water. We are very excited to see what the results will be after half term!

Week beginning: 11.10.2021 

This week, Year 3 have been continuing to write our draft versions of an information text. We have drafted four paragraphs about the rainforest: Introduction, the Amazon River, Rainforest Animals and then a specific paragraph about either a sloth or scarlet macaw to go alongside the sketches we drew last week. 

      

Additionally, we have continued to read our class text 'The Explorer' and learnt that 'Abacaxi' means pineapple in Portuguese. The children found some pineapples to eat and then an orphaned baby sloth which they named Abacaxi. 

In science, we have been beginning to learn about the different parts of a plant and their functions ready to complete some investigations about the best ways for them to grow next week. 

              

Week beginning: 04.10.2021 

Throughout this week in year 3, we have combined writing, geography and art to explore more facts about the Amazon rainforest. We have used our amazing research skills on our chromebooks to discover more facts about the rainforest. We used Geography to help us find out how many countries the Amazon rainforest covers and we were shocked to find out that it covers 8 countries! All these facts helped us to write some incredible pieces of informative writing which included lots of compound sentences and complex sentences. In art, we got creative by watching a video to help us sketch a sloth and a macaw.

In maths, we began looking at addition and subtraction. We have been using lots of resources like place value counters and grids to help us to add and subtract hundreds, tens and ones.

Finally, we had a wonderful time enjoying the travelling book fair. It was lovely to see lots of our parents come in to choose some great books and read with us. 

Week beginning: 27.09.2021 

As we delve further into our topic of 'Explorers', this week we have been creating a rainforest collage using a range of materials. We began by exploring different collages and what makes them effective before practising a variety of collage techniques such as twisting, scrunching and rolling. Once we had explored these, we considered the design for our rainforest and worked collaboratively to create a final product. 

         

         

Additionally, this week, we have continued to read our class text 'The Explorer'. This week, we read a chapter together and answered lots of questions based on our understanding of key vocabulary. 

      

Finally, we have published our pieces of descriptive writing about the rainforest. We read carefully though our drafts before publishing our final versions using stencils and hand-drawn images in order to make our pieces look professional. 

                   

Week beginning: 20.09.2021 

This week in Year 3, we have had so much fun learning about the beauty of rainforests!

In our writing lessons, we have been using expanded noun phrases, full stops, commas and capital letters to describe waterfalls, rivers, trees and many animals that live in rainforests such as sloths, parrots and elephants.

In our science lessons, we have been questioning whether children with longer legs run faster than children with shorter legs. To test this question, we used our measuring skills to see who had the longest legs and raced each other across our playground and had a lot of fun doing so!

In maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers up to a thousand. We used lots of different resources such as place value counters, multi-link cubes and place value charts when doing so.

Week beginning: 13.09.2021 

Year 3 have had a great week this week and have settled really well into their lessons. For most of this week, they have got stuck into their writing where we have started writing our first drafts of our rainforest descriptions. In order to immerse ourselves in the writing, we engaged with Now Press Play which uses portable headphones to listen to a story and act it out. We have been using some beautiful expanded noun phrases and worked really hard to include capital letters and full stops. We also enjoyed meeting so many parents and carers this week during our meet the teacher event and the children were able to showcase the work they had produced so far.

In maths this week, we have continued working on place value using pictures in the questions to help with our answers. We have been completing our times table challenge aiming towards the bronze award by completing all the calculations on the page – there has been some fantastically high scores already!

                                     
                                      

Week beginning: 06.09.2021 

Year 3 have enjoyed our first full week at the junior school. On Tuesday, we had our hook day where we used our imagination to explore a range of different terrains including saving each other when they were 'trapped in a ravine' in Antarctica and escaping down the Amazon river on a 'raft' after spotting some terrifying creatures. During the day, we also learnt the points of a compass and used these to locate specific items on a map. 

This week, we have also started to plan a piece of descriptive writing about a rainforest and created some fantastic expanded noun phrases based on pictures, videos and sounds we were exposed to.

          

 

Week beginning: 30.08.2021

This week, we have been delighted to welcome our new Year 3 pupils to Kents Hill Junior School. They have settled in so quickly and enjoyed their first 2 days. On Friday, we had a virtual assembly introducing our Kindness Pledge that we will all be following, showing kindness to every member of the school community, everyone in the wider community and our environment too, we're all looking forward to getting started on Monday!

We have also created a science experiment where we have chosen the best materials and designs in order to make a protective case for an egg when we dropped it. The aim was to allow it to drop without cracking. There were some fantastic designs and wonderful examples of teamwork demonstrated.