In literacy we have started learning about persuasive writing. We have started to put actions to our text 'Incredible India' in order to help us learn the text. Here are some pictures of the class performing their actions.
We learnt how shadows are formed and learnt that materials can be transparent (see through), translucent (light travels through) and opaque (light does not pass through). We learnt that the best shadows are created when light is shined at an opaque object. Here are some pictures of us experimenting with light to create shadows of everyday objects.
The children are lucky enough to start learning Rugby. Some coaches and players from Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club have come to deliver some sessions to the Year 3s. Here are some pictures of the children getting stuck in!
The children have been learning how to read measuring cylinders accurately, especially reading increments of 50. The children were asked to create a potion that would find Rumpelstiltskin. It is yet to be seen if he has been found...
In Science this half term the children are looking at plants and their functions. The children are looking at stems - the xylem and the phloem - to see how transportation works. Here are some pictures of the children conducting their experiment.
Here are some photos of Elm class performing the class text - 'Rumpelstiltskin' to the rest of the Year 3s. So far it seems like a very popular story.
We have been learning how to weigh in maths and it was the perfect opportunity for the children to try out some baking skills. The children really enjoyed making their biscuits and here are some pictures of the process.
The children learnt how to merge colours together using chalk. We are looking at sunsets and at the beautiful colours that we can see.
Elm class have been learning to measure accurately, to convert measurements and solve word problems to do with length. Here are some pictures of the children measuring each other.
The Year 3 children have finally finished their pop-up books, and today was the day that we got to read them to our target audience - Year 1s. The children have been working on this project all half term. We have incorporated the stories that we wrote in literacy into our D+T work by creating pop up story books. All of the children's books have got flaps, 'touchy-feely' pages, pop-ups, 'peep-throughs' and their own writing. Here are some of the children reading to the Year 1s.
Today the children learnt how to sew! Look what they've made!!!
What a fantastic day we have had learning about rocks and soils!
First we began our day by investigating the best type of rock to use to make a statue of Mrs O’Mara. We did this by completing a scratch test on 4 different types of rocks then a permeability test to find out if the rock was waterproof or not! We decided that marble would be the best as it is hard and impermeable.
In the afternoon we discovered how fossils are made. We then recreated this and made our own fossils (in a lot shorter time!!) out of plaster.
Finally we investigated different soils and used magnifying glasses to look closely at the soil. We found stones, rotten leaves, roots and even a few creepy crawlies!
We all had an excellent day!
How mathematicians divide by grouping numbers.
The children worked really hard to regroup numbers today in order to understand how to divide with 2-digit numbers. Lots of our concrete materials were being used in addition to children supporting each other.
Learning and performing an explanation text
The children performed an explanation text on the rock cycle to others in their year group. The focus is on the children internalising the text so that they can draw on what they know when they write another text of the same genre. Here are 2 photos of the children performing 'How the rock cycle happens'.
Children In Need
Dress up day and bring your teddies to school day.
How do mathematicians divide by 4.
Stone Age Projects
There have been some wonderful projects created by the children of Elm Class over the last few weeks. We spent some time this week learning from each other and admiring the effort put in to create the projects. The Stone Age work was presented in many ways, from powerpoint presentations, to creating Stone Age houses; making weapons, to designing informative fact sheets. Here are a few pictures showing the children learning from each other.
WOW! What an amazing day the Year 3’s have had at Hadleigh Park learning about the Stone Age and the Iron Age.
The day began with the children becoming archaeologists. They had to dig up the different artefacts and try to piece together what had happened in the sand pits!
Next they made traditional clay pots decorating them in the style that they found on the pottery they had dug up.
Then the children were taken into the amazing roundhouse where they had to investigate the different things they had found, decide what they were used for and how or why they were used.
After lunch the children watched whilst Miss Porter was transformed into a rather scary Celt!!
Finally the children had the opportunity to become Celtic warriors. They learnt how to use sling shots and battled with each other using swords and shields.
The children absolutely loved their day out. It was full of fun activities and they learnt a lot about the Stone Age and Iron Age.
Please remember that the school trip to Hadleigh Park is on the first day back after half term.
Meet at school by 8am.
Return to school at around 3.30pm.
Please bring warm clothes, boots (or suitable footwear for being outside) and a waterproof jacket.
We look forward to sharing a really fun and educational day.
Miss Porter and Mrs Rudland
After planning and making our magnet games we had the opportunity to play everyone's games involving magnets. We had a really enjoyable time following the instructions as to how to play then actually playing the games!
The children have learnt an adventure text - 'The Tunnel' and and instructional text - 'The Perfect Pupil Potion' so far this term. They have then innovated the text, using the new grammatical techniques they will have learnt, to create their own version of the class text. Some of the work written up in best is displayed in the classroom.
Our Science work so far this term is looking at 'Forces and Magnets'. The children have completed experiments looking at friction and pushing and pulling. They have then created games to play with their peers using magnets, linking it to their literacy by writing instructional texts.
Welcome to Year 3.
This term the children are learning about the Stone Age. We have been exploring the Ages from the Paleolithic era through the Mesolithic and finally to the Neolithic.
As a result, we decided it would be a great idea to harness their interest and take them on a school trip to Hadleigh Park, Benfleet for an interactive and fun Stone Age day. The children will have the opportunity to meet an ancient Briton, take part in a 'dig' and enjoy many more activities.
We have had a great start back to the Summer term where our topic is the Romans. The children have been so interested in what we have learnt so far that we thought it would be a good idea to publish some of the links to interactive websites and videos we have used.
Please click on the link below.
Trip to Braintree Museum
Year 3s went to Braintree Museum on the 8th March to have a day investigating the Stone Age. The children looked at artefacts found in the past and had to guess whether they were from the paleolithic, mesolithic or neolithic periods. After they had a good look they 'flint-knapped' their own tools from clay.
The children then explored archaeology and did their own mini-dig to find a variety of artefacts.
In the afternoon the children used natural resources (berries, clay, herbs/spices, charcoal) to create a cave painting, with the materials similar to those used up to 7 million years ago.
It was a very successful day and all the children returned happy and excited to learn more about the Stone Age.
So far this term…
The children have been lucky enough to have a theatre company come in and hold a ‘Play in a day’. Our focus text in literacy has been Rumpelstiltskin.
On Thursday 12th January the children played games and activities with this company which enabled them to create their own performance. The children were split into 4 groups and were given sections of the text. Within these sections the children were told to create 3 tableaux identifying the main points.
After lunch the children animated their freeze frames to become moving scenes by creating dialogue and movement to really explore their section of text.
Last term in Elm Class we were looking at weathers of the world. We looked at different weather types in the UK and after we had done this the children chose a country of their choice and created a weather forecast. Their focus was to look at an introduction, present the overall weather, run through specific towns and cities and finally to predict what will happen the next day.
We had some special visitors come to school and visit us last term…REINDEERS!