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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 8th July Update
What a fortnight we have had! First aid training, a famous author visit, and an amazing trip to Cheltenham Music Festival have really made the last two weeks fly by. Below is a snapshot of what Year 3 have been up to:
We finished our story based on the Dragonslayer. The children wrote some fantastic paragraphs and been really imaginative about what could happen after the hero Tarragon saves the baby dragons. We have been planning an information text on our own species of dragon - my personal favourite breathes cheese and beans!
Maths and Science
We have continued our measurement topic, looking at volume and temperature. These will all be useful for our final science experiment next week, looking at what affects the germination and growth of a seed. We have also learned about the different ways that plants can disperse their seeds.
We had a visit from the author M P Robertson, who told us what inspires his writing. He then gave us a masterclass in how to draw a dragon with some incredible results! He stayed for a book signing at the end of the day. We then painted a copy of our masterpieces. We have also created our own versions of the cover of The Hobbit, which has a dragon as the main antagonist, by experimenting with watercolours and collage.
We have been working so hard to perfect the songs for the Panto Pandemonium next Thursday. Hopefully we will see many of you there!
We also had a trip to Cheltenham Music Festival, where we watched a performance by an orchestra, played a number of different musical instruments, and even brought home our own trumpets.
We had a First Aid session where we learnt how to put someone in the recovery position, and thought about when it is an appropriate time to call an ambulance (and what number we can call!). We have also thought about what our important relationships are in our lives and how we can help those relationships to grow.
Friday 24th June Update
I can't believe we are halfway through summer term already! The children have been working really hard during our final topic.
In English, we have been writing our own story based on the short film, Dragonslayer. The children have thought of fantastic adjectives to describe the characters, created dramatic battle scenes, and made thoughtful predictions about what would happen after the end of the story.
In Maths, we have started working on Measurement. We used weighing scales to see how much different items around the class weighed. The children were really creative and were able to read the scale in grams and kilograms.
We have also finished learning about shapes. Year 3 made our own shapes using chalk in the playground and paper nets in the class. I was impressed at the descriptions of the number of faces, sides, vertices, and edges each of the shapes had.
In Science, we worked in groups to plan our plant experiments next week. We recapped all of the things plants need to survive, and talked about how we could change these variables to conduct our experiment. Each group's experiment will be slightly different, and I can't wait to see the results!
Sofia brought in some dragon fruit to show the class. We then did our own paintings of the fruit using watercolours.
Friday 10th June update
Welcome back Year 3! I hope you have all had a wonderful, restful half term break. This term we are reading:
For the following subjects, we will be learning about:
English - Narrative based on a story, instruction texts, newspaper reports, and a leaflet
Maths - Geometry, including angles, turns and shapes, and mass and capacity
Science - continuing Plants
Art - looking at different textures and pattern
PSHE - Growing and changing
PE - ultimate frisbee
As part of our topic this term, we have learnt about the Dragon as a symbol in the Chinese Zodiac and looked at videos showing how Chinese New Year is celebrated by millions of people around the world. We have been making our own masks based on these celebrations and will be writing instructions on how to make them next week.
In PSHE, we discussed the different talents we all have and had great fun miming our friends' talents and guessing what they might be.
In Spelling this week, we practiced our dictionary skills, focusing on words which have the sound "s" spelled "sc". We learnt these words were from Latin which reminded us of learning about the Romans.
Friday 27th May update
I can't believe we are coming to the end of another term! The class has worked so hard during our spies topic - it has been a pleasure to teach them and explore Agent Asha's story together. I barely recognised the children when they came in on dress-up day!
We have had lots of fun this term, from the Jubilee picnic to iSing Pop. I hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday and I can't wait to see you all back for our final term!
The children wrote some fantastic poems based on Kenn Nesbitt's My Dad's a Secret Agent - I was so impressed by their rhyming abilities and similies! We have also been working on our own spy stories based on Agent Asha, with the children creating their own secret agents, villains, and robots to terrorize the internet.
As well as iSing Pop, we have also had a Samba masterclass this term. The children learnt about different rhythms and instruments used in Samba, and found out about the cultural significance of the music in Brazil and the importance of Carnival in celebrating Brazilian culture.
In Maths, we have finished our fractions topic and begun learning about time. The children did a fantastic job of matching days in a week, month, and year, and understand that there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. I've been really impressed by everyone's ability to read digital clocks, and we are making great progress at relating analogue times to events in the school day.
In Science, we have continued learning about Light. We conducted an investigation to see whether our shadows move during the day, and the children made excellent predictions about how time would affect the daylight.
Friday 13th May update
Well done children on all of your hard work over the last two weeks!
We have nearly finished our fractions topic and will soon be moving onto time in Maths.
In English, the children have been working on persuasive leaflets, convincing others to join the library (and leaving behind some brilliant spy clues!)
In PSHE we have been thinking about what we are good at, how we can improve, and who we see represented in media. The children had some really mature answers and are clearly taking notice of the world around them and conversations in our assemblies, and were respectful of each others thought and feelings.
To learn about light, we investigated which materials were translucent, transparent, and opaque. The children then selected the most appropriate materials to create spy glasses for reading secret messages. Some of these are on display, which you can see on the school facebook page!
,As part of Science, we have been learning about which surfaces are reflective. The children noticed many surfaces in the class which reflect light, and we discussed which were more or less reflective. We learnt that metal, plastic, and white surfaces are good reflectors of light, whereas darker surfaces and matt surfaces are better at absorbing light. We used mirrors to practice sending picture messages without looking at each other, and noticed that writing was reflected backwards!
In DT, we have been learning about what pulleys are and how they worked. We discussed machines which use pulleys, such as cranes and the blinds in the classroom, and then the children created their own pulleys.
Friday 18th April update
Wonderful to have everybody back after the Easter holidays! I hope you all had a lovely break. The children have had a great first week back at school and showing lots of enthusiasm for our new topic.
Our book this term is:
We received a top secret letter inviting our class to join the CSA (Children's Spy Agency) - I assume your children have selected you as their Trusted Adults, as most grown-ups don't know about this organisation. If you would like to learn more or look at some resources for parents, please follow this link https://www.agentasha.com/pages/resources
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the corresponding app - there is an issue currently with usernames which I have emailed CSA HQ about, and will let you know when I have heard back from them.
As part of their agent training, the children will be learning the following:
English - diary writing, persuasive leaflet, poetry and a short spy story
Maths - fractions and time
Computing - coding through Lego WeDo 2.0
DT - pullleys
PE - athletics
Geography - map skills
As ever, any questions, please let me know!
Year 3 have been building their own robots using Lego WeDo and programming them using an app. They started by creating insects which flashed and made noises, and some children challenged themselves and build revolving windmills. We had a few tricky moments with the Bluetooth connections but the children persevered and worked really well in their pairs.
As part of our topic, we used our CSA maps to work out the co-ordinates of under-sea internet cables. We linked them together using blu-tak and string to represent the cables. We will continue using these maps to find secret CSA bases and find locations from our class book.
Friday 1st April 2022 update.
Another busy couple of weeks in Year 3! It was great to meet so many of you at parents evening last week, thank you all for your time. As ever, if you have any questions, please email me, send a message on Seesaw or catch me on the playground at the end of the day.
Next Wednesday we have a Roman workshop, a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn more about Roman Britain. Please pay on parent pay.
English and History
We had an exciting visitor earlier this week! Louie from Cotswold Archaeology kindly came in to teach the class about the impact of Roman Britain and talk about what it is like to be an archaeologist. He brought finds from the recent discovery at Whitminster which the children had a chance to examine and discuss. Year 3 had lots of excellent questions, and did some great listening to Louie's answers. They have then written their own newspaper articles about the excavation and the archaeology visit.
In DT we designed and created clay tiles based on Roman mosaics. The children used a variety of implements to create different shapes and patterns in their clay, and thought carefully about the ways they could represent nature (a key theme in mosaics) on their tablets. Next week we will paint the dry tablets using Roman murals for inspiration.
In Science we have continued learning about plants. We have thought about the best ways to care for plants and considered what different plants might need. We have been growing some plants in class and will choose where to plant them around school next week. We have also conducted an experiment to see if water continues to travel up a stem of a cut flower - we haven't had quite the result that we expected, so there is lots to reflect on and to consider in terms of what we might do differently next time. The children have carefully thought about what aspects of the experiment they could change to affect their results and made some excellent predictions.
Friday 18th March 2022 update
Well done Year 3 on all of your hard work so far this term! We have been very busy with lots of activities so far, I hope you enjoy looking at what we have been up to.
Thank you to everyone for your donations to the Red Cross on Wednesday - it was great to see so many children dressed in bright colours. Our class have had lots of questions about recent global events and shown great maturity and bravery when discussing the current situation in Ukraine.
Next week is parent's evening - please register for a time to come in for a catch up about how your child is getting on. I am happy to be flexible if there are any issues and I am really looking forward to speaking with all of you. You can also email me, send me a message on seesaw or catch me in the playground if there's anything you would like to discuss.
We have begun looking at volcanoes in Geography. We have looked at the process of eruption by doing our own experiment mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda which was great fun! We talked about how this would usually be caused by pressure and have started learning about the Earth's layers. We labelled a volcano together and the class have all done some great drawings and labelling of their own.
As part of our science lessons, we have been thinking about the different parts of a plant and what they need to grow. We have done an investigation growing cress in the classroom, and the children made some excellent predications based on what they already knew. We also went to the wildlife area to see how many different flowers and plants we could find.
In maths we have begun to learn abut length and perimeter. We measured items around the classroom in mm and cm to see if we could find a pattern, and many of the children noticed that the number of milimetres was ten times the number of centimetres. We have started converting between cm and m and comparing different lengths.
Art and Computing
We have been researching mosaics from the Roman times, including lots from our local area. The class noticed that they used lots of patterns and pictures from nature, so they designed their own mosaics using pictures of animals and previous examples of mosaics.
Year 3 have done a fantastic job planning and writing their stories about the eruption of Pompeii.
Wednesday 9th March 2022
Welcome back Year 3! I hope you all had a lovely half-term and a great start back with Mrs Bennett and Mrs Folley last week. Our PE days and Music days will be the same this half term, and our new class text will be Escape From Pompeii by Christina Balit.
Our topic this term, linked to our new text, will be the Romans. We will be focusing on Roman Britain, particularly places near to Cashes Green which were inhabited by Romans such as Woodchester, Kingscote, and Cirencester. We will learn about their way of life through key figures such as Boudica, Julius Caesar, and the Ivory Bangle Lady. We will focus on key events including the invasion of Britain and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and learn about the remains at Pompeii and Herculaneum. For Geography, we will look at maps of the Roman Empire and learn about the formation of volcanoes.
In Science we will be looking at plants this term. Year 3 have already done a fantastic job at labelling parts of a plant and understanding what plants need to grow. We will conduct an experiment to discover the best location in school for plants to grow, making predictions about which plant will be most successful. We will explore the wilderness area in school, thinking about the differences and similarities between the plants growing there.
In Art, we will be looking at examples of Roman Mosaics from the local area. We will then design and create our own mosaics. We will be painting our own Roman murals, with a focus on colour.
In computing, we will be researching using websites and learning how to copy and paste.
We will be learning about Rights and Responsibilities
We will be writing a narrative from a different perspective. This will be based on our class text, Escape From Pompeii, and we will be writing as if we were the character Tranio. We will then write a letter from a visitor to the modern archaeological site at Pompeii and Herculaneum persuading a friend to visit.
In Maths, we will be looking at Length and Perimeter, and learning about Fractions.
In art, the children did a fantastic job of creating their own beautiful flower mosaics.
We had some very exciting visitors to Cashes Green this week! Jodie from Dance Days taught Year 3 the history of street dance. The children learnt some amazing moves and even came up with some of their own!
After lots of learning about food groups and careful planning, Year 3 made their delicious pizzas in the last week of the previous term. Everyone worked really hard to get the dough just right and thought a lot about appropriate toppings for their pizza. Special thanks to Mrs Mutton for her support, the children loved working with her and were grateful for her DT expertise.
Friday 11th February 2022
I'm Ms Warner, and this is my first update to the website since becoming Class Teacher in Year 3. I'm excited to be a part of Cashes Green - I love the school's values and learning goals for the children, and feel very lucky to be working here. Year 3 are such a lovely class; they are thoughtful, curious, and kind. I have really enjoyed getting to know them all over the past few weeks and look forward to the adventures in learning we will have together through the rest of this year.
I have been in education for many years, starting as a teaching assistant in London before training to be a teacher. I love being a primary teacher as it means I am constantly learning new things, whether about different parts of History I didn't know about, doing new experiments in Science, or reading a book I haven't heard of before. Since returning home to Stroud at the beginning of 2020, I have continued to work in education in a non-class based role, but I missed the joy, laughter and meaning that life as a teacher brings. I decided I wanted to return to the classroom and was lucky enough to be offered a role here at Cashes Green. I look forward to being part of the school community, building relationships with students and parents and helping the children flourish.
Please feel free to come over and say hello in the playground, or email or message on SeeSaw if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to getting to know you all!
The last two weeks we have been learning about how to look after our bodies. We have looked at eating a balanced diet, and the children have all done a brilliant job designing their own pizza, which we will be making on Monday.
We have been thinking about looking after our Mental Health as part of Children's Mental Health Week, and linking to our text The Red Tree. We have thought about what might be bad for our mental health and what we can do to help ourselves feel better and become more resilient. In Art, we have designed Mandalas which reflect our personalities, help us think about our emotions, and make us feel calm whilst making them.
In Maths, we have been learning about money. The class have done a fantastic job at ordering money and adding different values together.
Friday 14th January 2022
Welcome back Year 3!
I hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and are feeling fresh and ready to start a whole new term of learning. We have already been very busy in school learning about our new book, ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan.
We have written setting descriptions of one of the illustrations in the text. We used prepositions and adjectives to make our writing interesting and creative. Check out some of the children’s hard work:
In Science, we have started learning about animals including humans. We have learnt about the nutrients in food and we will be cooking healthy food in the near future!
Please remember to keep reading - at least 3 times a week. Make sure reading books are in every day and reading records are in every Thursday. Thank you.
Friday 17th December 2021
I really can’t believe another term has finished already. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about The Iron Man this term and we’re already excited to find out what we are going to be learning about after Christmas.
This week has been a fun and exciting week. On Tuesday, we had a pantomime workshop in school! We learnt how to make exaggerated dance movements to create the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
On Wednesday, we had our Christmas dinner day where we all wore our Christmas jumpers. We made Christmas hats, we made Christmas cards and calendars for 2022. Check out the pictures of us all having fun and getting creative.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas,
Friday 19th November 2021
This week in Year 3, we have been practising our Art skills. We used flat brushes to create a wet wash effect that was really beautiful. Then we tried changing the hue of the paint by adding water. Eventually we put our new skills to the test and created a stunning sunset background for our Iron Man. Take a look!
It was lovely to see everyone in their odd socks on Monday to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week. This year, the motto is ‘One Kind Word’. We have been discussing how we can prevent bullying by being kind to one another.
In English, we have been writing our present tense reports all about ‘The Iron Man’. Year 3 have been really enthusiastic about writing paragraphs about his appearance, what he eats and all of his super cool abilities.
Enjoy your weekend.
Friday 5th November 2021
Welcome back Year 3, I hope you all had a lovely half term!
In the last week of term, we finished our DT project making a lever mechanism linked to our topic. Take a look at our bear and caves:
This week, we have started reading our new book for the new topic this term. We are reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. In English, we have been writing instructions on how to build your very own iron man! In Art, we have been looking at the techniques used by the illustrator of The Iron Man, Chris Mould.
It’s lovely to see how enthusiastic everyone is to read the new book and I’m excited to see what amazing work we produce this term.
Friday 15th October 2021
We have had a very busy week in Year 3. We have had a Zoom call with historians working at the Stratford Park Museum and asked them lots of questions about the Stone Age! They were also kind enough to lend us a box of real life artefacts that have been discovered dating back to the Stone Age. We were all very excited to hold a hand axe and try out cutting cucumber with flint.
In English, we have finished writing our stories and we started writing past tense reports. On the laptops, we have been using PowerPoint to present them.
On Monday, we had a PSHE lesson where we used drama activities to work out the best solutions to different problems. Take a look at some of the pictures.
Year 3 have had a fab start to the year. Enjoy the last week of term!
Friday 1st October 2021
Year 3 have had a great week! We have started writing our stories in English and learning all about place value in Maths.
In History, we have been looking at artefacts and making assumptions about the past using the clues we found. We’ve also had a great time in Science, experimenting on different rocks and making observations. We used our art skills to create our own fossils by imprinting into clay. Check out how they look now they’ve dried:
Next week, we have a special visitor Zooming into our class to teach us all about the Stone Age so watch this space!
Friday 17th September 2021
Welcome back Year 3! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and it’s so lovely to have you all in my class. We’ve already had a fab start to the school year.
Our topic book this term is Stone Age Boy. We are going to be learning all about the Stone Age and lots of other things too!
In our first week, we looked at paintings discovered in caves all over the world and decided to have a go at making our own using chalk, templates and black card. Have a look at us working hard and creatively:
We also thoroughly enjoyed our swimming lesson this week! Please make sure that swimming kits are brought in every Monday.
Our first book in Year 3 is called 'Stone Age Boy'.
Stone Age Boy is a brilliant picture book that is written from the perspective of a young boy who has found himself stuck in the Stone Age.
All our topic work and writing is strongly linked to learning about the Stone Age.
Our story for Autumn Term 2 is 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes.
'Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.'
The Iron Man is a brilliant story. Have a sneak peak at the first chapter here:
Our topic web for this term:
Our story for this term is 'The Red Tree' by Shaun Tan.
The Red Tree is a beautifully illustrated picture book following the day of a little nameless girl. In each picture, the image of hope is represented in a red leaf.
This book is brilliant for helping the children learn and understand the importance of looking after our mental health. It is a great stimulus for important conversations and discussions about our own mental health and how we can look after it.
Here is our Topic Web of all the things we will be learning about this term:
Our text this term is called 'Escape From Pompeii' by Christina Balit. The book follows the true story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The eruption meant the death of most of the Roman citizens living in Pompeii.
This term we will be learning about:
In Term 5, we are experiencing our learning through the text ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister.
Do you dare step into the place between?
This is the topic web for our learning this term:
For our final term in year 3, we will be learning all about DRAGONS!
The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd is a comical and heart-warming story about a mysterious plant a boy finds in his Grandfather's garden.
This is our topic web of everything we will be learning about this term: