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Welcome to the Year 3 page of Cashes Green. Please read on to find out important information about the class and the exciting things we are doing in school.
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Friday 2nd December 2022
What another busy couple of weeks we have had in Year 3! The children have been doing some fantastic writing and got really stuck into our Iron Man topic. Here's a few things we have been looking at over the last fortnight.
In English, we have finished our non-chronological reports describing the Iron Man. We have also written some fantastic prequels to our topic story, explaining how the Iron Man got to Earth in the first place. The children have been working hard to include Sound! Cause sentences and speech in their writing this week.
We have come to the end of our addition and subtraction module and begun looking at multiplication and division - we will keep looking at some of the finer points of adding and subtracting in our Basic Skills Maths lessons.
We have done some really interesting investigations in Science over the last two weeks. We have started learning about how magnets work, investigating which materials in our classroom are attracted to magnets and seeing which poles of the magnets repel each other. We also compared which of our shoes needed the most force to pull it along!
We have continued with the design process for our moving Christmas cards, looking at a design brief and planning what we want our card to look like and which parts we want to use. I was really impressed with how many children could use the words fixed pivot, loose pivot and lever to describe the mechanisms on their cards! They also thought carefully about the different materials they are going to use to create their card.
We have been learning about how to label the different features on a map, thinking carefully about the various features you might find in a coastal town. We looked at tourist lables and used them to recreate a map of Torquay.
Friday 18th November 2022
Year 3 have got off to a great start on their new topic! They are really enjoying the story of The Iron Giant and have done a fantastic job of writing about the story.
In Science, we have been learning about forces and magnets. We have conducted a few different investigations looking at how different forces work, including:
What surface is best for a car to go down?
What forces do we use for different games?
Which items are attracted to a magnet and which are not?
In English we have written a diary entry from the perspective of a boy who sees the Iron Man early one morning whilst he was fishing. We have started writing a non-chronological report on the Iron Man, describing what he looks like, what he eats, and where he can be found.
We have been practicing our column addition and subtracting in Maths, solving equations with numbers of up to 3-digits. In our basic skills, we have been practicing our mental adding and subtracting by using counters.
We have been learning about different types of mechanisms in DT. We have learnt about levers and pivots, and made our own simple mechanisms using cardboard.
In Geography, we have been looking at the physical and human features of the British coastline. We identified counties and towns which are on the coast, and researched what sort of activities people do there. We then researched what activities we like to do at the coast in our class - the most popular was swimming!
In History, we have been learning about the Iron Age. We ordered artefacts to show that the Iron Age came after the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. We learnt about hillforts and their features, and looked at artefacts that show us that the Iron Age was not a very peaceful time.
Friday 4th November 2022
Well done to everyone today for our amazing assembly! I am so proud of all of the children for their efforts - and so pleased at how brave everyone was in front of all of the other children, parents and teachers. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it today.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next week for parents evening - thank you to everyone who was able to stay and have a look at their child's hard work following our assembly today. A reminder that I will now be at the school doors on a Monday, Thursday and Friday so please feel free to catch me if there's anything urgent, or send me and email or message on seesaw.
We have started learning about our new text, The Iron man by Ted Hughes. The children made their own junk models based on Chris Mould's illustration - thank you for all of the bottles and cardboard boxes!
This term we will be learning about:
A present-tense report
Story writing - a prequel to the Iron Man
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Forces and Magnets
The Iron Age
Mechanisms - Levers and Linkages
Changing a text according to purpose
Friday 14th October update
Yet another busy few weeks in Year 3! The children have been working really hard over the last fortnight on their learning.
Over the last two weeks in Art, the children have been creating their own fossils from salt dough. They imprinted using various tools and some of the fossils we have from Selsley common. When they were dry, the painted them to make the footprints clearer and to represent the minerals that replace the bones when a fossil forms.
We have continued with our rocks and fossils topic.
We have now finished our past-tense report on an Ichthyosaur - it is amazing how many children can now spell this independently! They included lots of great facts and did a fantastic job of labelling their diagram. This week we began writing recount letter.
In Maths we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We are currently working on crossing 10's and 100's when we add.
We talked about what dares are, who might dare us to do something, and whether dares are ever okay. We listened to a story about a boy called Dan and thought about what he could have done differently when he felt uncomfortable with a dare.
Friday 30th September update
What a busy few weeks we have had! The students have really got stuck into our Stone Age topic. I am so impressed with the enthusiasm for science in Year 3 - it has been lovely to see all of the different fossils that the children have brought in from home.
As ever, please email or catch me in the playground if there is anything you'd like to catch up on.
History and Geography
We have been learning about different Stone Age sites and worked out where they were in the UK based on clues. We have also lookes at specific burial sites, such as the Cheddar Man, Red Lady of Paviland and Hetty Pegler's Tump
In Art, we have been looking at line and shape. We used a pencil to create different textures, and then used chalk to create our own cave paintings
We looked at a selection of fossils and thought about how they were made and what they might have been when they lived. We also examined various rocks and put them into groups based on size, weight, how sparkly they were, and even whether they were sharp or not.
We have now finished place value and will start looking at addition and subtraction next week.
We have finished our narrative based on The Stone Age Boy and have begun writing a past-tense report on the Icthyasaur.
Friday 16th September 2022 update
What a great start to the new year! Year 3 are settling into life in the juniors and we have done so much learning already this year. I have really enjoyed meeting and getting to know everyone, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the exciting things the children will achieve this year.
A reminder that PE is on Monday so please come into school in PE kits. Homework is available on seesaw, and I am able to print hard copies if you need them so please let me know. Reading records need to be handed in every Thursday, and children need to be reading at least three times a week. If you ever have anything you would like to talk to me about, please send me an email or catch me in the playground at the end of the day.
Our class book this term is:
This half term, we will be learning about:
We have started the term by reading our new book, and re-writing our own version with an adapted ending. We will also be writing a newspaper report and practising letter writing. In Guided Reading, we will be looking at various fiction and non-fiction texts covering topics related to the Stone Age, such as Stig of the Dump, Skara Brae, and how to make a kite.
In Maths we will be learning about place value, making numbers up to 1000. We will then start looking at addition and subtraction, which will continue after the half term. This week we have looked at base 10, part-part-whole models, and number sentences for numbers up to 999.
We have started our Science topic of Rocks and Fossils this term. The children's enthusiasm has been fantastic, and I have loved seeing the fossils, rocks, and geodes that the children have brought in from home. So far we have read a story about Mary Anning, one of the first palaeontologists, looked at all of the Earth's layers under our feet, and read about the dinosaurs which roamed Britain 100 million years ago. We made chocolate fossils, grating the chocolate to represent the layers of sedimentary rock forming over millions of years, and have begun learning about how different rocks are formed and how we can compare them.
As part of our Stone Age topic, we compared different items from the past and thought about whether they came from the Stone Age or later. We did this by considering what materials the objects were made from. We then discussed what the objects, such as bone needles, cave paintings, and stone jewellery. We have also looked at land usage in the Stone Age period, and considered the purpose of sites such as Stonehenge, the White Horse at Uffington, and Skara Brae. We looked at evidence that Stone Age people mined, farmed, and built settlements.
We have been focusing on line drawing and using a pencil to create different effects. We practised cross-hatching and other methods of creating different textures, and then used this to create our own image of a Triceratops. We also looked at horse-tail plants, which are living fossils, and drew them as part of our representations of the Cretaceous period.
In PSHE we are learning about Me and My Relationships. So far, we have looked at rules and how they keep us safe.