Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to the Rabbit and Robins class page! Here you will find information for the term, including topic newsletters and homework, as well as any important letters. You will be able to see all of the exciting things we have been up to in class. Take a look!
Miss Jolliffe and Miss Jones
An unexpected discovery!
Just as we were about to begin our first English lesson this term, we found out that a mysterious discovery had landed in the Wildlife Area! We went out to explore what it could be. We were very excited to discover a taped off area with all sorts of metal pieces inside! We gathered up what we could find and tried to work our together what it may be! Lots of us thought it could be an alien spaceship wreck, or a crashed airplane! When we went back into class, Miss Jolliffe received an URGENT email containing a poster describing a strange creature which was last seen flying towards Bristol. We had found the Iron Man!!!
To celebrate the end of our Rotten Romans topic, we designed and created our own Roman shields! We made sure the designs were symmetrical, just like the real ones!
Lights, Camera, Action!
This term, Year 3 and 4 have been rehearsing our production, Victorian Villainy, ready to perform to our family and friends! We have been working SO hard, here are some pictures of our dress rehearsal to the whole school!
This afternoon, Rabbit class were practising their typing skills using Dance Mat Typing. We learned how to use both hands whilst typing, rather than just one finger! We will build on our skills each week and at the end of term we will put our skills into practise by typing up some of our favourite pieces of writing from term 4.
This week we have taken part in lots of different science experiments to celebrate National Science Week!
We started our week by having a rocket launch! We investigated whether or not the size of the rocket affects the height that it flies. We designed fins for our rockets in teams and we were ready for take off! We learned that the bigger rockets (bottles!) flew much higher as the air pressure is greater.
We had a brilliant World Book Day this year! We dressed up as our favourite characters, heard stories read by other teachers and paired up with Reception for some buddy reading! Take a look at all of great costumes below.
Life in the Workhouse
Today, we were introduced to our new topic, 'Who Were The Victorians?'
We began exploring our topic in English, where we read our new model of excellence, which is based on an extract from Oliver Twist. We learned what life would have been like for Oliver and the other orphans be recreating a workhouse. Boys and girls were separated and were made to carry out long, difficult tasks in silence for hours on end! We then thought about what life may have been like for those children.
As part of our learning all about rocks in science, we recreated the different layers of the Earth using (mostly) edible materials! We used ketchup to represent the mantle at the centre of the Earth, a biscuit for the crust, broken chocolate buttons for the bedrock, Kit Kats for the rocky soil, hot chocolate powder as the clay, crushed bourbon biscuits for the topsoil and real grass for the grass!
Did you know that the Earth's crust is up to 90km thick?
As part of our science focus on rocks, year 3 have been learning how fossils are formed. To explore this for ourselves, we made our own versions of natural molds that are left behind after the remains of an animal or plant are weighed down by sediment over thousands of years. To do this, we used bread to represent the sediment and jelly beans to represent animal remains. We placed the jelly beans inside (like a jelly bean sandwich!) and left them with heavy weights on over the weekend. When we opened them up we discovered that a natural mold created by the jelly beans was left behind, much like when the remains of an animal or plant rots away over time.
In Science, we have been investigating the properties of rocks through a series of tests. We investigated durability though a scratch test, permeability via a drip test and density by testing whether the rock floated. We discovered that chalk would be the worst material for building a roof as it is impermeable so you would get very wet inside!
Today, we worked with a partner to create equivalent fractions using Play-doh. We learned that equivalent fractions are fractions with different numerators and denominators but are worth the same amount! Take a look at our equivalent fractions below:
This afternoon, Rabbit class continued with our coding lessons. This week, we were set the challenge of retelling the story, Jack and the Beanstalk, using our coding skills. We had to make instructions to move our Jack character up the beanstalk to retrieve the treasure. This put everything we have learned this term into practise!
Today, Rabbit class have been practising numbers to ten in French. We challenged our partner to answer some additions and subtractions, making sure they answered in French!
Times table practise
In year 3, we have been learning about the importance of times tables. This week, we have been practising our 3 times table. As an end of week treat, we played a board game to put our knowledge into practise. We had to prove that we had the correct answer by showing our workings in our jotters before our partner took their turn.
This afternoon, Rabbit class have been using Espresso Coding to learn how to write instructions to make the first steps of our own games! We have learned how to make characters move around the screen and how to make bubbles burst!
Words by Jack, Rabbit class
This week, to celebrate nearing the end of our Chocoholics topic, we spent the day at Cadbury World! We left school bright and early at 8am and arrived at Bourneville at 10am. We started our visit with a workshop all about tropical rainforests, where we learned about the different animals which can be found in the cacao trees' habitat, as well as discovering how chocolate is made from bean to bar. Next up was a trip to the amazing 4D cinema, where we all got to wear special glasses and 'travel' around the factory on a rickety, old roller coaster! After a quick lunch break, we were able to walk around the factory itself! It smelled delicious and we even got to try a few free samples and see how our favourite bars are made! We ended our day with a trip to the infamous Cadbury World gift shop, where we stocked up on all of the chocolate goodies we could find!
This term, our RE topic is focussing on Christians in the Community. Today, we made Christmas crafts and cards which will be given to the Foodbank and sent out with their Christmas packages. We had great fun creating them using sequins, coloured pens and glitter. Next week, we will be presenting our gifts to a member of the Foodbank staff.
This afternoon, we spent some time in our library, The Wood. We enjoyed exploring all of the different books and sharing stories with a partner.
In English, we have been learning how to use conjunctions to expand our sentences. Today, we wrote a diary in role as Mr Wonka the night before the reopening of the factory. We all agreed that although he would be very excited and proud to show off his creations, he would also be a little bit nervous to meet the golden ticket winners too!
This week in maths, we have started to look at using column addition and subtraction as a written method. We used real story/maths story to support us in calculating the answer. We did great!
We have been learning all about contractions in our spelling lessons. Here we are matching the contraction to the expanded form.
In science, we have been learning all about different states of matter. This week, we carried out an investigation to discover which fizzy drink is the fizziest! We weighed the drinks carefully then let the liquid go flat overnight. When we came to weigh them again, they were much lighter. This showed us that gases have a mass.
In English, we have been learning how to use conjunctions to add detail to our writing. Our task for the week was to write a persuasive letter to Charlie Bucket to convince him to take us to Mr Wonka's factory and not Grandpa Joe. Here we are identifying the key features of the model of excellence letter, including the conjunctions 'when', 'if' and 'because'.
Today, we learned how to order three digit numbers. Both classes joined together to create a huge number line which stretched across the hall!
Today, we used a range of resources to create different 3 digit numbers. Can you identify the numbers we have made?