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We have looked at samples of the three groups of rock (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic). We made observations and used our understanding how each type of rock is formed to explain these.
The rock cycle
Year 3 had a great time recreating the rock cycle using chocolate! We used chocolate to represent the formation of different rock types. We created ‘igneous rocks’ by cooling melted chocolate, ‘sedimentary rocks’ by squashing chocolate shavings together and ‘metamorphic rocks’ by squashing the ‘sedimentary’ chocolate in our hands.
The uses of rocks
We have been looking at the uses of rocks and matches different rocks to their uses based on their properties.
We have had a great start to our new learning challenge topic, with a Now Press Play Experience where we took part in an interactive story about a child from the Stone Age. We had lots of fun and learnt so much about how people’s lived during the Stone Age by spending some time in their shoes. We got to hunt mammoths, light fires, fight off wolves and mine for flint.
Non-Chronological reports: Dragons
Take a look at us having fun starting our of writing topic about dragons!
We wrote wrote prayers on poppy petals as well as writing and decorate poems for Remembrance Day.
We have made decorations with symbols to represent members of Jesus’ family to put on our class Jesse Tree in preparation for advent.
Questions for Isiaiah
We learnt about how Isiaiah prepared people for the coming of Jesus and then did some hot-seating to interview Isiaiah.
Multi-skills Competition with MUFC coach
In our ‘Homes’ topic we thought about what home and family means to us. We learnt about some of the advice Paul offered in his letters about living together as a family. We also discussed how we can live as holy people and reasons why we should love one another.
In ‘Promises’ we have started to learn about Baptism. We are looking at the actions that are used at Baptism. We have also learnt the story of Jesus’ own Baptism.
We have been thinking about why baptism is important. Take a look at these photos of us role playing interview to find out why Catholic parents choose to baptise their babies and how else they can share their love for God with their children.
In our first unit we looked at adventure stories. We read the story ‘Adventure at Sandy Cove’ and then used this to develop ideas for our own adventure stories.
We have started out Adventure Stories topic by making some treasure and thinking about what it would be like if we found a box of treasure on the beech.
We decided that we would probably donate the treasure to charity if we did find any.
In our poetry unit we read two poems by Allan Ahlberg, Please Mrs Butler and Heard In in the Playground. We really enjoyed thinking of actions for these poems and performing them to the rest of the class.
Year 3 had a great time rehearsing and performing poems by Allan Ahlberg.
National Poetry Day
This week, we have been reading poetry during guided reading and today we read some fun poems together. Take a look at this video about our favourite poems.
We began by learning about place value. We worked on counting to 1000, counting hundreds, tens and ones, counting in fours and eights and counting in fifties. We also compared and ordered numbers within 1000 and talked about the value of each digit in a 3-digit number.
Addition and Subtraction
In our current topic we have been adding numbers with and without renaming. We are now subtracting numbers with and without renaming. We are then going to apply our learning to solve word problems.
Subtracting with renaming
We used dienes cubes and place value discs to help us solve subtraction questions.
Addition and Subtraction Families
We have been getting practical with our maths to find addition and subtraction families.
Learning Challenge Curriculum - Marvellous Moss Side
We began our Marvellous Moss Side unit with science. In science we studied forces and magnets and carried out several exciting experiments. We then moved on to geography. In geography we compared Moss Side with Malaga. We found out about the physical and human features of both these places. Looking at these features, we discussed what the similarities and differences between Malaga and Moss Side are. In art we are using ICT to create a piece of art. We have been using photos of Moss Side to create a collage which represents how we see our community.
Over the last few weeks in learning challenge, we have been learning all about magnets.
We have conducted experiments to test the strength of magnets, investigated which materials are magnets and looked at what happens when magnets are put together.
Every day we read a class story. This half term we have looked at some lovely stories; The Iron Man, The Iron Man and Charlotte’s Web. We will be asking the children to vote for their next class story.
Dear Year 3,
You will either be coming into Mrs Davies' or Mrs da Costa's class and we can't wait to see you all. We know you've had a long time off and some of you may be feeling worried or nervous about returning, however, we want to let you know that we will all be returning to our new normal together, so please try not to worry. Year 3 is a big step up from Year 2 and we will be challenging your abilities in all subjects but we also know how to have a good time.
All we ask that you complete over the Summer are four things: Timestable Rockstar Challenge, Summer Reading Project, Year 3 Summer Learning Challenge Project and Summer Sports Challenge. All of these are down below for you to download, as well as the chance to win some brilliant prizes!
We can't wait to meet you all and get to know you individually and as a class but for now have an amazing summer and get lots of rest, ready to return in September.
Mrs Davies and Mrs da Costa