Welcome to Year 3
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Year 3 - Latest News
This week feels like it has been so short! With most of us celebrating Eid on Monday and transition on Thursday, we have hardly seen our teacher!
We hope everyone who was celebrating Eid had a fantastic day!
On Thursday, we went to our new class for next year. We were excited to meet our new teacher and had a fun-filled day, which has made us feel more at ease for September.
In numeracy this week, we have been learning about capacity, which has been so fun! We made drinks using different flavours of squash and experimented with different amounts of squash and water, to find out the perfect recipe. We even got to drink them afterwards. Miss Harrison and Miss Griffith were really nervous to try them at first, but they loved them!
In literacy, we have been finishing our stories from another culture and have focused on editing them to make them even better! We looked through the success criteria we used and made sure to add in anything we hadn’t included. The prefect present tense is really tricky, so we really needed to think about how to make sure we included this!
Year Group Events
Story from another culture
By Yousuf Ahmed, King Class.
Long, long ago, near the coast of the frosty, freezing island of Greenland, roared fierce animals running all around, whilst looking for their prey. There lived a shy, old man, with a bent back, who shovelled crumbly snow all day, every day. Since Yoshi was an experienced snow shoveller, he had been living in an insecure, collapsing igloo for most of his life.
One wintery morning, Yoshi set off to work with his razor sharp, pointy tools. On his way, Yoshi began to feel exhausted and thirsty. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a God-like Inuit appeared. Yoshi fell to the ground and got up slowly. Yoshi screamed, ‘Who are you? Where have you come from?”
Holding his hand out, the spirit explained, “I am the magical, ghostly spirit and I have come to grant you wishes.’
Standing up, Yoshi questioned, “Have you? How? Why? Did,”
“I have come from the ground. I am friendly and a granting spirit,” he interrupted, floating around.
“I wish for a modern house! Will you do that?” Yoshi asked, folding his arms.
Clicking his finger, the Inuit replied, “Your wish has been granted.”
When Yoshi got home that night, he saw that his once unstable igloo was now a modern house. It had better furniture and everything he could imagine. He liked it more when it was like this. Although it felt different, he still liked it.
After a few days, Yoshi still wanted more, although he had a modern house. If Yoshi was too bored to go to the Inuit, he wouldn’t have got his wish granted. Eventually, he decided to walk back to where he met the Inuit and call him. As he arrived, the generous, caring Inuit popped up out of nowhere. Yoshi explained, “I have come for another wish.”
“What do you desire?” the Inuit asked.
“I want someone else to do my job,” Yoshi commanded.
“Your wish is my command,” the Inuit explained.
Yoshi screamed, “Stop telling me that! I know when it’ll be granted!” As Yoshi set off to work, he noticed with his bulging eyes that someone was doing his job, so he travelled back to his cosy home. He was feeling kind of important, but he wasn’t.
Weeks later, Yoshi still wanted more. Although he had everything he could wish for, he somehow grew more and more greedy every day. Soon, Yoshi screamed angrily for the Inuit, throwing things around. A while later, there was a white cloud of mist and the polite, calm Inuit appeared from behind an iceberg.
“What have you been doing? I want to live forever! Grant it, now!” Yoshi yelled, spitting on the Inuit. When he got home, he felt younger. Now he was happy. He was happily sitting on his chair, watching TV.
Many years later, Yoshi was playing fun, addicting games in his massive bedroom. Although he had everything he wanted, he had never been more lonely and unhappy. Sadly, he called the Inuit.
“Inuit, I want to be a snow shoveller again.”
The Inuit told Yoshi, “I have the power to reverse time.”
The powerful Inuit reversed time. Yoshi was shovelling snow, with a bent back, but he was happy.
Carnival - Great Pieces of Homework
On Tuesday 16th May and Wednesday 17th May Year 3 experienced an exciting day out on a trip to Flag Fen.
Flag Fen is a Bronze Age Site in Peterborough, so not only were we able to learn about The Stone Age, but the Bronze Age and Iron Age too. We started by creating a human timeline and discussing why each Age had a particular name. We know that the Ages were named after what the tools were made from.
We were able to look at different artifacts and decide whether they were from the Stone, Bronze or Iron Age. Some of the artefacts surprised us! There was also an odd one out; we knew that it was the book used for writing because it was the Romans, after the people in the Iron Age, who began writing.
Our next activity involved creating clay pots which were similar to those created in the Stone Age. Whilst doing this we had to be extremely quiet as there were sheep outside of the building that we didn’t want to scare away. We knew that if we could make them, then it was likely that children during the Stone Age would be able to do so too. It is experiments like this which allow us to find out more about the past.
Whilst having a tour of Flag Fen we saw exposed timbers of the Bronze Age causeway that are kept constantly wet by sprinklers. We felt lucky to see them because one day they won’t be there!
Finally, we got to enjoy a story told to us in a roundhouse. The story was about a hero and a dragon. The magic sword the hero killed the dragon with was shown to us and we all got to make a wish whilst touching it. The wish will only come true if we don’t tell anybody for a whole year. We had such a great day!
Grammar Terms used in Year 3
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Stone Age - Great Pieces of Homework
'The Stone Age' - WOW Day
We have all come back to school after a fantastic two weeks off and are all eager to learn! We started this week with a WOW day to introduce our new topic of the ‘Stone Age’. It was really exciting and we learnt a lot! We started by answering questions about the Stone Age by finding the answers on fact cards which were located around the classroom. This was more interesting than finding the answer in a text in front of us!
Next we looked at henges. Did you know a henge is a burial site used in prehistoric times? We created a presentation about different henges in the U.K. The most famous henge is Stonehenge, which is in Wiltshire. The fun really began when we used clay to make our own henges! In groups we rolled the clay into tall posts and arranged them to form henges.
Here are some pictures of what our henges looked like once they were finished.
Easter Holiday Homework
Numeracy Spring 2017
This term, we have doing lots of fantastic things including games like bingo to help us learn our times tables.
At the start of this term, we did right angles and 2D shapes. We used our hands to make an L shape so we could test right angles around the classroom. We identified pairs of parallel and perpendicular lines in 2D shapes. A parallel line is two lines which have the same distance between them. They never meet. A perpendicular line is two lines which meet at a 90° angle.
We have been practicing our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We are getting better at this with practice. After, we learnt how to do the written methods for multiplication and division. Multiplication was easy! It’s the column method, so we were used to this from addition and subtraction. We just need to remember to multiply by each digit. Next we moved onto the bus stop method for division. Miss Harrison taught us a funny way to remember how to set it out! The bigger number (which is Miss Harrison because she’s older, stands under the bus stop keeping warm and the smaller number (that’s us!) stands outside the bus stop. You then divide by each digit. This was tricky, especially when dealing with remainders. When we felt more secure on the written methods, we moved onto word problems, where we needed to identify if the answer would get bigger or smaller for us to know which operation to use.
Next, we moved onto fractions and finding a fraction of a number. You divide by the denominator and multiply the answer by the numerator. This was great in helping us practise our times tables. We also ordered fractions with different denominators. We thought that if the denominator was smaller, the fraction would be smaller – but it’s the opposite! If I have ½ of a cake and you have ¼ of a cake, I have a bigger piece because my cake is split into 2 equal parts, whereas your cake is split into 4 equal pieces, so each of your pieces would be smaller. This was much easier when we imagined a big cake!
After that, we learnt about perimeters of 2D shapes. The perimeter is the total distance around the shape. We started by counting 1cm squares around the shape, then we moved onto working out the perimeter of squares and rectangles when we were given two of the lengths. Rectangles have 2 equal sides, so the opposite sides are the same length. To make it slightly more difficult, we worked out the perimeter of regular 2D shapes with loads of sides, then irregular 2D shapes, where we needed to measure the lengths! This helped us practise our measuring, making sure it was accurate.
Spring 2017 Half Term Homework
Our homework this half term included creating a circuit (Science) and a making our own golf course (PE). Saman Rizwan did a fantastic job with both!
Laiba in Emperor class wrote a fantastic new chapter for the David Walliams book ‘Billionaire Boy’.
As our Topic is ‘Authors’ this term, children completed fact files on their favourite authors, Jaqueline Wilson was a popular choice.
Some lovely homework from King class.
Year 3 - Science
18th January 2017
During Science this term we are learning about electricity. Within this weeks lesson we constructed a circuit to light a bulb. It was very exciting to see the bulb light up! we understood that the circuit had to be connected for the bulb to work.
Year 3 Homework - Rockhopper Class
Year 3 Homework - Emperor Class
This term children have been able to choose which homework they complete.
Our Art project was to create a model of something from Luton. Musab and Aminah created models of the football ground whilst Kajus decided to recreate the Galaxy!
Another choice for homework was to write a fairytale. This is because it is our Literacy focus at the moment. Yamna even decorated hers with glitter.
Topic - Polar Region
Topic – In year 3 this week we looked at the ‘Northern Lights’ as part of our Polar Regions topic. We looked at pictures and videos of these lights and tried to recreate them on black paper using chalk and pastels.
Half Term Project
Over half term, our project was to build a Tudor house. Take a look at some of the houses we made. We tried really hard to do this on our own.
We used card from food boxes, such as cereal boxes to make our houses. Then we decorated them with paper, or pens. It was really fun to have a creative project over the half term.
Literacy in Year 3
In literacy, year 3 have been learning about information texts and have written their own information text about Tudor life.
Tudor Life by– Mahdi Kouroughli King Class
This information text will tell you about life during Tudor times. The Tudors ruled England and Wales from 1485 until 1603. They were a very famous Welsh-English family who were famous for King Henry and six wives and the plays of William Shakespeare.
When Henry was young, he was good at sports, such as tennis. Henry was good at reading and was very clever. During King Henry’s reign, Henry married Jane Seymour, who gave Henry a son called Edward.
During Tudor times, rich and poor people had different clothes. Poor people had old, loose clothes because they didn’t have enough money to buy new clothes. Rich people had clothes decorate in gold thread because they could afford expensive clothes.
During Tudor times, rich people lived in mansions made out of brick and stone because they were strong, so they wouldn’t get destroyed in sudden fire. It was more expensive, so they could afford it. During the early Tudor period, poor people had houses made from wattle and daub known as wood and clay. Poor people had to collect their water from a well.
Another example of our literacy work click HERE
Tudor Day - Year 3
4th and 6th October
Last week was the best week ever! It was Tudor day and all of year 3 got to dress up like a Tudor. In the morning we met Lord Noor and he told us a story about King Henry VIII and his wives. Anne Boleyn was a witch! There were different activities around the hall that we got to try out. They were so fun. We made our own candle by dipping a wick into hot wax. There were scent bags that we could make, by putting different scents into a piece of cloth and tying it together. We made lockets, by drawing around a template and cutting holes into it, so we could thread string though it. Inside, we drew a picture of ourselves and painted it. They looked so pretty! Our favourite activity was making bookmarks. We drew a pattern on a piece of leather, we then pressed our pattern into the leather, using a hammer and a nail. The activities made helped us to understand what it was like to live during Tudor times.
After lunch, Lord Noor told us that Anne Boleyn had been executed and we were going to celebrate by having a banquet. We were so excited! Before the banquet, we were given different roles of entertainment that were used in real banquets. There were singers and dancers, jesters and jokers and actors. The entertainment was hilarious! We laughed so hard! When the delicious feast began, servants served us bread, cheese and fruit onto wooden plates and red wine (it was blackcurrant really!) into goblets.
During the day, we learnt so much about the Tudors and how Tudor people lived. It was a terrific day!
Archived News from Year 3
Blog – w/b 19/06/2017
Numeracy has been very tricky this week because we have been rounding to the nearest 10 to estimate the answer to different calculations involving addition and subtraction. We found it confusing because when estimating, you don’t want to get the correct answer. We just wanted to be right! However, we understand why estimating is important. Sometimes when doing other calculations in numeracy, we make mistakes and get impossible answers. If we estimate first, we know if our actual answer is accurate.
In literacy, we have written our story from another culture. Here is the success criteria we followed! There are a lot of sentence types to remember to include in our writing!
(When? where? how?)
(After, before, whilst, when)
(eventually, suddenly, next, soon
(Although… If… Since… While…)
(was, were –ed)
Present perfect tense
Do your sentences make sense?
Blog – w/b -12/06/2017
In literacy, we have been creating character and setting descriptions using fronted adverbials and noun phrases. Below is an example of the work we have produced.
Character description by Zaynab Yaqub King Class.
Although it was cold, sweat was dripping from Yoshi’s face from shovelling snow all day. He had to wear comfy clothes, which made it hard to move through the think, deep snow. A loud heave came from his quiet, little mouth as he timidly pushed the shovel deep into the freezing snow, the long, wooden pole digging into his ribs of his tiny frame.
Next week, we will be writing our story, including different sentence types we have learnt over the year.
We recapped position and direction in numeracy and learnt how to follow compass directions (North, South, East, West). Following on from this, we learnt about fractions of a turn and how many right angled are in a fraction of a turn.
1 whole turn
After a week off school, we were excited to get back to our learning! On Tuesday, we had such a fun day as it was our ‘Wow day’ to introduce us to our new topic, Carnival. We started off by telling our teacher what we already knew about carnival. Some of us went to the Luton carnival during half term, so we already had an idea. We then explained what we would like to find out about carnival. A popular question was how long ago did carnivals begin? We got to make our own masks using feathers, ribbons, paint and glitter! They look amazing!
In numeracy we have been practising telling the time and converting from the 12hour to 24hour clock. Please practise this with us at home. We have also looked at telling the time on an analogue and digital clock. There are so many rules that it gets confusing! But with practise we are getting better.
For our new literacy unit, we will be learning about stories from another culture. We have learnt about the features and planned our story, which we will write at the end of the unit. Next week we will create our own setting and characters for our story.
Please keep reminding us to keep reading for 10 minutes every day, practise our spellings and our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Week beginning 22nd May 2017
This week we have been learning all about time! This has been quite challenging for many children but we have been working hard. It would be very useful if the children could continue to practice telling the time at home on both analogue and digital clocks as it is such an important life skill.
As our topic next half term will be Carnival, it would be fantastic if you were able to take your child along to the Luton Carnival on Sunday the 28th of May. It would be great to see costumes, carnival floats and hear the music as this will all help them with their next topic as well as their homework.
Have a wonderful half term!
Week beginning 15th May 2017
During Literacy this week we have been looking at information texts. We began by looking at different examples and have gone on to plan our own information text based on how fossils are formed. This has helped our understanding not only in Literacy but also our Science topic of ‘Rocks, Soils and Fossils’. We know that fossils help us find out about the past and are found by palaeontologists millions of years after the animal or plant dies.
Within our Numeracy lessons this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We have applied this to word problems including word problems involving money and measure.
Week beginning 8th May 2017
In literacy, we began to look at poems, our poem was called The Quarry. It was a poem about stone age hunters chasing after a woolly mammoth through hills and icy cold streams. Throughout this week the children have been looking at the meanings, emotions and actions behind each verse. The children learnt how to read the poem using the correct tone of voice and the correct mannerisms. On the very last day the children wrote their own version of the poem. Click HERE to read the poem.
Here is an example of a child drawing meaning from the poem.
This week in numeracy we have been looking at place value and have learnt how to partition 3 digit numbers as follows. As you can see the numbers follow a pattern.
352 = 300+50+2
Here is some examples from this week.
Week beginning 1st May
In Literacy, we have been completing our fable stories which we started last week. This week we had to include sentences with speech marks to show a conversation between the cheetah and the snail. We finished off our fables by adding the moral which is ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. We are now in the process of checking our work against the success criteria so that we can identify areas to make improvements
In numeracy, we have been learning about fractions. We started the week by identifying different fractions of a group of objects. We have also learned about equivalent fractions and counting on in tenths. We are going to be working on fraction word problems for the remainder of the week.
On Thursday we had a special visit from a famous multi-award winning author and TV writer, Ciaran Murtagh. It was a very fun and entertaining session in which he told us about all the work that he does, including writing the script for the animated series of Mr Bean, Dennis the Menace and Danger Mouse. He also showed us how he comes up with ideas for writing his own books.
Week beginning 24th April 2017
In literacy, we began to write our own fable, based on the ‘tortoise and the hare’. Fables are short stories containing animal characters with opposite traits and they all contain a moral, which is a message that runs throughout the story. We changed the characters to a boastful cheetah and a slow snail and the race was to see who could build the best house.
20th March 2017
As it is coming to end of the half term, we have been really busy! But it’s still been a fantastic week.
We have been recapping money in numeracy and have used the column method to add amounts together. When we were secure and remembered to carry if the answer in a column is bigger than 10, we moved on to finding change. This was tricky at first, but with practise, we definitely improved. We used a number line to help us count on from how much we spent until we reached the amount of money we had! Our teachers were very generous and gave us ‘£100’. We could choose any items we wanted to buy and work out our change.
In literacy, we have been writing a letter to Mr Dust, the head teacher from ‘Billionaire Boy’ by David Walliams. We needed to persuade him to bring back Miss Spite. Our letters included using subordinate clauses and cause and effect conjunctions. Although Miss Spite was strict, her students always passed their exams. We know that all head teachers want their students to pass their exams, so Mr Dust had no choice but to bring back Miss Spite.
Our science lesson this week has been really fun! We have been learning about electricity and we made a model of something from Billionaire Boy and put a circuit in it. Ideas included the school bell with a buzzer, a helicopter with a motor the Rajmobile with a light.
Following our theme of Billionaire boy, in topic we have been writing a biography about Joe Spud, the main character. To help improve our writing, we used fronted adverbials and conjunctions to show time. It was really interesting to learn about biographies and how they are written.
13th March 2017
As it is coming to end of the half term, we have been really busy! But it’s still been a fantastic week.
In numeracy, we have been learning about perimeter. The perimeter is the distance around a shape. We started by counting 1cm squares around the shape, then we moved onto working out the perimeter of squares and rectangles when we were given two of the lengths. Rectangles have 2 equal sides, so the opposite sides are the same length. To make it slightly more difficult, we worked out the perimeter of regular 2D shapes with loads of sides, then irregular 2D shapes, where we needed to measure the lengths! This helped us practise our measuring, making sure it was accurate.
In literacy, we have started a new unit on persuasive letters and have begun to learn about the different sentence types to help us persuade. Next week we will be writing a letter to Mr Dust to bring back Miss Spite, the horrible history teacher. We think it will be difficult to persuade Mr Dust to bring back a teacher no one likes!
During science, we carried out a fair test investigation! We felt like scientists! Did you know there are some materials that allow electricity to pass through them? These are called conductors of electricity. Materials that don’t allow electricity to pass through them are called insulators. Our investigation involved setting up a circuit with a different material in and testing if the light bulb would light up. We had to be really careful that everything else in our investigation was kept the same, or this would not be a fair test. We found out that materials such as tin foil, paper clips and forks were conductors, while materials like plastic, and cotton wool were insulators.
Throughout our topic lessons, we have been learning about different authors and what it means to be an author. It sounds like a lot of hard work because even if you write an amazing book, you need to get it published. That can take a while! A lot of authors have two jobs when they first start writing. This got us thinking about what we would like to do when we are older. A lot of us want to be teachers, dentists or doctors!
This half term, we have been really busy! We have recently started a new reading initiative to help improve our vocabulary and inference skills. So far, we are really enjoying reading about the adventures of Joe, Beth and Frannie! We have weekly homework to complete in our reading books, but we also need these in school every day. So please help us to remember to put our reading packs in our bag, or we cannot complete the reading lessons we do in class, which are really fun!
In addition to our reading homework, we have a homework menu where we choose one homework from the list to complete every two weeks. That’s a lot of time to spend on our homework, putting in lots of effort. Some of us have even been to show Miss Hooker what amazing homework we have done! We still have grammar and numeracy homework to enhance the skills learnt at school.
In numeracy, we have been learning our 4 and 8 times tables. These times tables seem tricky, but we learnt a way to help us remember. To find the 4 times table, you double the 2 times table. To find the 8 times table, you double the 4 times table! This has made it much easier for us! Now that we are more secure on our times tables, we are able to use this to help use work our division facts, by using the inverse. You might have seen in our reading journals the username and password to an app called Times Table Rockstars. This is so fun! You race against the clock different times table questions. We really want to beat our score, so please can we practise our times tables at home to help us get better?
We are coming to the end of our literacy unit on ‘Fairy Tales’ and will be writing our own fairy tale this week! We will be using the skills we learnt least term to describe character and setting, but have been using thesauruses to help us find more exciting words. We have recapped the features of speech, so we can include this in our story when our characters meet each other. When we are writing our story, we get carried away with our interesting ideas that we sometimes forget to check our work makes sense. After we have written our story, we are going to use the success criteria to find what is fantastic in our writing. We will then improve our writing by checking it makes sense and using more exciting words.
In topic, we have been learning all about Luton. Some of our homework is based on Luton, so please let us research at home to help us! At the end of the half term we will be having a whole day where we plan and make our hat! We will then decorate it and write instructions, so other people can make creative hats like us!
11th November 2016
Our topic this half term is the Polar Regions. So far, we have learnt about hot and cold climates and why countries in the Arctic are so cold! It’s because they are further away from the equator, which is closest to the sun. We had the globes in class to try and find the 7 continents and locate countries in the Polar Regions.
We have also learnt about the people who live in the Polar Regions. They are called Inuit people and they live in small villages on the coast. They have to wear clothes made from animal fur and skins to keep them warm because it is so cold where they live! Fruit and vegetables don’t grow where they live because of the weather conditions, so they mainly eat meat and fish.
In numeracy, we have been learning about fractions and how to find a fraction of a number. The denominator tells us how many parts altogether and the numerator tells us how many parts we have (or have eaten, if it’s a chocolate bar or piece of cake!) We found a fraction of a number by grouping. In this picture, there are two groups and we split the number equally by putting one cube at a time into each hoop. We have also been using sweets to help us with fractions, by working out fractions of a set of objects. We needed to pick different coloured sweets and write down what fraction of each colour. It was a lot of fun!
We have been reading a story called ‘The Snow Queen’ in Literacy, which is set in Lapland and we have been learning about how an author shows how a character feels, without telling us the emotion. We did this by finding quotations from the book that support the emotion a character. We also looked at the vocabulary choices the author makes and how the author portrays a character through their actions. We then linked our ideas through the same adjective to describe a character, but different quotations that show this.
14th October 2016
Numeracy – This week in numeracy year 3 have completed their second week on measure. On Monday we went outside to measure the distance between objects. We had to estimate the distance first, then we were able to see how close our estimates were by measuring in pairs. We used m and cm during this lesson. We also learnt that 100cm = 1m!
Topic – Our topic this half term is Tudors. Not only did we take part in a Tudor day, along with many other lessons, we also completed homework on Tudor portraits. Yamna Iqbal gave in a fantastic portrait of Elizabeth I, Queen of England in 1558. She even used sequins for her dress!! Well done Yamna!
Science – As part of our teeth and healthy eating topic in Science, year 3 completed an experiment using egg shells and liquids such as coke, orange juice and water to see which drink caused the most decay to the egg shells. The egg shells represented our teeth. We found that the coke caused the most decay but to a lot of children’s surprise, the orange juice also caused decay to the ‘teeth’!
Week beginning 19/09/2016
In year 3 we have had a very busy week! In literacy we have been learning how to use speech marks to help us when we write our own historical story, which we will be writing next week. To make our writing more accurate, we have been working on capital letters and full stops this week because we keep forgetting to use them at the beginning of a sentence and for names.
We have learnt how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers in numeracy using the column method. It was tricky at first, but with practise, we are now very good at it! We even learnt how to borrow and carry!
Our topic this half term is the Tudors and this week we have learnt about why King Henry VIII was so famous. He had six wives!
In science we have been learning about teeth and how to keep them healthy. Last week we carried out an investigation about tooth decay and looked at the results this week. We found that Coca Cola was the drink that caused the most tooth decay. So we need to stop drinking so much of it. It’s unhealthy. We are going to start drinking more drinks that are good for our teeth, like water.
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