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Cherry Blossom Art in Year 3

This week Year 3 have been taking inspiration from the beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan.

Year 3 have created their interpretations of these unique blossoms using paint and different techniques to apply. Everyone worked hard to stay focused and concentrate on making their images unique – just like the real things!

These beautiful images were then used on our Mother’s Day cards

 

Skeleton fun in Year 3

Our topic this half term is all about animals including humans with a focus on nutrition and also movement. This week Year 3 have created their own human skeletons  to identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Year 3 found out more t about the different types of skeletons and sorted animals into either endoskeleton, exoskeleton  or hydrostatic  skeleton groups.  Ask Year 3 for further examples of animals that belong in each category

Year 3 created a collage of their interpretation of a human skeleton.

Did you know…

  • The smallest bones are in the ear.
  • Although your bones stop growing when you are around 20, they do constantly rebuild new bone cells.
  • The spine is made up of 33 bones.
  • If your body doesn’t have enough calcium, it will take it from your bones making your bones weaker. A good reason to drink your milk!

Y3 School Nurse visit

Maria our school nurse came into class this week to talk to us more about keeping our bodies healthy from our heads to our toes. Year 3 worked collaboratively to identify how we can keep our bodies healthy.

Maria told us that headaches can be caused by not drinking enough water in class so we must make sure we drink enough water to stay hydrated. Another possible reason for a headache is that we may need to visit the optician, especially if we are finding it difficult to see the board or our reading books.

Head Lice can spread very quickly in a classroom. Head Lice often called nits. Nits are the empty egg sacs that often look like dandruff in our hair. Egg sacs can look like brown dots on each strand of hair. Maria advised that each week we should check our hair. Head Lice are small wingless insects and are spread by close contact between our heads. Sign of Head Lice are if an itchy scalp which stop us learning or keep us awake, white flakes in hair or brothers or sisters with . Get an adult check by  combing  through hair with a comb and conditioner.

Coughs and colds spread germs so it is vital to catch the cough or sneeze in a tissue , throw it away and wash our hands properly.

Ask Year 3 for further details 🙂

Poetry in Year 3

This week our writing focus has been on poetry. The week started off by immersing ourselves in different poems all around the same theme – rivers. Year 3 spent time reading, discussing and also preparing their favourite poems for performance.  Performances were improved and  enhanced after watching different poets in action-Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard and Michael Rosen . Year 3 were able to identify what made a great performance and used this in their own performance of Valerie Bloom’s  poem The River.

 

PCSO visits to Year 3

Our local PCSOs Robbie and Louise have been in class over the last two weeks to talk about the importance of safety. Year 3 were very enthusiastic in their discussions with Robbie about staying safe both online and in the community. He talked about the importance of crossing the road safely and reminded Year 3 of what to do if lost in a public place. Year 3 discovered that not all strangers are good strangers and that if lost they should speak to a police officer or PCSO.

When Louise visited, she talked further about staying safe online. She reminded Year 3 that lots of games, apps and websites have age restrictions for a good reasons – not all content is age appropriate and so to be careful about what they are looking at online.

Well done to the children of Year 3 for being official photographers too!

 

Creative week in Y3

The focus for Creative Werk has been the book Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of Dog, Magpie and Fox. Year identified the themes of friendship, jealousy and betrayal after reading and discussing.

Year 3 used the character of Fox as their inspiration fora range of art work over the week. From detailed pencil sketches, exploration of Pop Art and also tile printing.

As you can see the results are stunning.

Stone Age fun in Year 3

What a busy week!! It started with researching Stonehenge and using watercolours and collage to create our own interpretations. Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous monuments. It stands on Salisbury Plain, in Wiltshire, and its giant stones can be seen from miles around. Stonehenge was built over many hundreds of years. Work began in the late Neolithic Age, around 3000 BC. Over the next thousand years, people made many changes to the monument. The last changes were made in the early Bronze Age, around 1500 BC. We may never know exactly why Stonehenge was built, but people probably gathered there for religious ceremonies.

Then on Thursday Year 3 took part in as Stone Age experience day with a focus on archaeology – looking at clues from the past to try and work out the story, taking part in a human timeline to see exactly how far back in the past the Stone Age was. Followed by working collaboratively in role as archaeologists to carefully dig and uncover artefacts in a pit. Each group were then able to classify and recod their findings and create a group museum with the artefact and information card.

During the afternoon session Year 3 were able to take part in everyday tasks from the Stone Age – weaving, making arrows, grinding corn and making their own bracelet.

Such a busy, hands on day which Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed 🙂

comparing and grouping rocks based on their properties in Year 3

This half term our Science focus is on rocks. and this week Year 3 have been working on comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

Year 3 have been working scientifically by first making their own predictions about which rock from chalk, slate, sandstone, marble or granite would be the hardest. Everyone’s prediction ranked the rocks from softest to hardest. Then each group needed to work collaboratively to decide how to carry out a fair test  before having a go and then making observations.

Y3 Family Projects

Our topic is Tribal tales and is based around life in the Stone Age. For our family project, Year 3 have been asked to design and construct a settlement  . A settlement is a place where a community lives and would have usually been found close to a water source.

Year 3 have really enjoyed creating their projects and we hope our families did too! The attention to the smaller detail has been fantastic.

Have a look at our creations already in school and remember you still have time to make and bring in 🙂