Welcome to Year 3W’s class page 2020-2021
We would like to offer you and your child an incredibly warm welcome to Year 3 and an even warmer welcome back to school since lockdown. In Year 3, we have high expectations of all of the children, through behaviour and being ready to learn and grow as a team and individuals. We are looking forward to teaching and guiding them throughout the rest of this year. We will work hard and make sure we have lots of fun along the way and having a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a rewarding year for us all, but especially your wonderful children.
Our classroom is a happy and positive working environment where praise and encouragements are used to motivate and support all of the children. We ask that each child tries their best and develops a resilient attitude towards learning. We value the support you give your child at home with reading, spelling, learning times tables and delving into any topic based research or interests your children may express.
The Curriculum Overview for learning for the year is shared on this page. It gives a brief outline of the subjects and learning objectives we will teach throughout Year 3. We will continue to update this page periodically, sharing details of our exciting learning experiences and include any useful links to support your child’s learning from home.
Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions throughout the year.
Our class email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow our year group twitter page, where you will see photographs of our learning in school.
Our username is @OlsgY3
Things to remember
~ Your child will be given a new reading book to take home every Monday. They will need to return this on Friday.
~ In class 3W, we will be taking part in PE on Monday each week. Your child should bring shorts/ jogging bottoms, a white t-shirt and pumps/trainers.
~Each child has been given a username and password for the website Purple Mash and Sumdog. I will set '2do's' on Purple Mash for your child to complete on a regular basis. Some of the tasks will be repeated. For example, times tables and spelling. Homework will be set on Sumdog each Friday - your child will be set SPAG homework, spelling homework and maths homework each week.
English (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar):
This half term, we are fully immersing ourselves in learning all about the Romans and the spread of the Roman Empire. We've really enjoyed creating timelines and learning all about how the Roman invasion of Britain has influenced so much of the way we live today.
Lancashire Museum kindly loaned Roman artefacts to us to learn from and explore. Do you know the names or uses of any?
Our very own 'Lukious' (Julius) Ceaser dressed up in Roman Legion armour and very quickly fell into charcter.
Art & Design
During Art & Design this half term, we are studying the famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe and learning how to use watercolour paints. We have spent time taking it back to basics to ensure we understand how to actually use watercolours e.g. mixing, blending and a range of different painting techniques. Using our newly acquired knowledge, we have then experimented with painting a range of flowers and floral designs before we move on to studying Georgia O'Keeffe.
Please take a look at our sketchbook progress so far - we're very proud of what we've achieved!
This half term, our science topic is 'Plants: Roots and Shoots'. We have worked hard to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants by dissecting flowers. This was great fun! We were able to identify the petals, pollen, anthers. filaments, sepals, the stigma, the style, the ovary, ovules, stem, leaves and roots.
3W have worked our socks off whilst learning in school and from home during the Spring Term.We have been busy keeping up to date with our Year 3 topics and skills. Please take a look at some of the work we have produced at home...our parents and teacher are SO proud! Can you spot examples of our English, reading at home, maths, RE, science, PE, computing, art & design, history, geography, well-being and PSHE?
In groups, we were each given a question to answer through an investigation that we had to plan and carry out.
Group 1: How many sheets of paper can a fridge magnet hold?
Group 2: Which materials are magnetic?
Group 3: Are magnets just as powerful under water as they are through the air?
Group 4: Are big magnets more powerful than little magnets?
When starting our new school year in 2020, we spent a lot of time reflecting on current events that may have left us feeling a little confused and with lots of questions. We enjoy spending time each day to say thank you to our nation's Key Workers, thinking about what kind of people we are/want to be and coming together in prayer and quiet time to share our honest feelings and worries. We have looked closely at Miss Williams' favourite book, 'The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse' by Charlie Mackesy and have picked some of our favourite discussion quotes to share with you...
Our Autumn Term DT project has been to design and create a Christmas gingerbread biscuit. We thought carefully about our consumer (a child) and designed Christmas biscuits that we could decorate with intricate piped icing designs. We have spent time tasting a range of biscuits to help us decide on the perfect ingredients for our own, rolling, cutting and baking our biscuits and then patiently learnt how to create the perfect consistency of royal icing for piping. Take a look at us learning these skills and perfecting our baking abilities. Which biscuit design would you choose?
We so enjoyed performing our Christmas song for our school nativity video. Please take a look on our school's music curriculum page.
*Merry Christmas from 3W*
As part of our science topic this half term, 'Animals including humans', we have studied human and animal skeletons closely. We have learnt how to classify vertebrates and invertebrates, endo-skeletons, exoskeletons and hydro-static skeletons. We then moved on to studying the bones that construct a human skeleton. Once we had recalled the common names of the bones, we began to learn the scientific names of them. They were tricky at first but we used silly songs and games to recall them. We then took part in a class competition to see which group could correctly construct the human skeleton as well as labelling all of the bones correctly with their scientific names. It was great fun!
We have been learning about what schools were like in the Victorian era. The children have learnt about how strict class teachers were and then wrote their own class rules.
We role played the rules and lessons of a Victorian classroom - the children found it highly amusing. We researched common Victorian names from the 1800s and each child was given a new name for the afternoon. The children were quite horrified by some of the name choices back in the Victorian era! some of them were; Princess Cheese, Toilet, Okay, Lemon, Orange, Flem, Yetty, Zebra, Bovril, Scary Looker, Freezabreeza and many more. The teacher was called Miss Farting Clack!
We learnt that some classrooms only provided a bench wide enough to seat two, but five or more children were expected to work silently and neatly in such a small space. The children enjoyed roleplaying this.
Each child then made their own Dunce hat which wuld have been worn as a punishment, should the children not adhere to the very strict rules.