Year 3 Blog 2021-22

Happy New Year!
 
Welcome to the Year Three Blog 2021-22!
 
Welcome to the place to find all things 'Year Three' for 2021-22!  Our blog will share all of the wonderful learning and activities that we enjoy this year.  Enjoy!
 
Please see our Topic Web below for an overview of our curriculum for the Spring Term.
 
Please see below our homework for the Spring Term- Ancient Egypt. 
Papyrus Art
 
This afternoon Mrs Turner and Mr Henson's class drew on their papyrus to create an image that resembled something from ancient Egyptian times. 
Marvellous Mirrors
 
This afternoon Mrs Pitt and Mrs Thompson's class were investigating how mirrors work and how they reflect light. They played two different games. In the first game, children used a mirror to write a short reversed message to their partner. They then swapped messages and tried to decipher them with their mirrors. For the second game, the children attempted to walk along a wavy line while looking only in a mirror held overhead. They found it rather tricky because of the apparent reversal of left and right when looking in the mirror.
CLIC
 
Our Learn Its this term are the 4 times tables.
 
Please practise these repeatedly for fluency.
 
The diagram below shows how we approach learning a whole times table. Break it down into small parts. As your child becomes more confident you can say the times tables out of order, and write down their fact families.
 
Here's an example of a fact family:
 
2 x 4 = 8
4 x 2 = 8
8 divided by 2 = 4
8 divided by 4 = 2
Ancient Egyptians - Mummification!
 
To kick start our new unit of work this term on the Egyptians, what better way to start than to mummify a tomato! No bodies were harmed in this process, but we now have a better understanding of why the Egyptians used mummification. We will continue to observe our tomatoes over the next few weeks and look for the changes that will happen as the salt dries them out.
Let There Be Light!
 
To kick start our science unit on 'light', we talked to the children about dark and explained that it is the absence of light. The children chatted about their own experiences of dark, such as places that are dark, or times that it is dark, and we discussed which light sources are absent in these places or at these times in order to make it dark. 
 
The children then completed the activity, 'What’s In the Bag?' We turned off the lights and closed the blinds in the classroom to make the room as dark as possible. There were five feely bags around the room, and without looking, the children had to guess what was in the bags by feeling, only.  Once the children had made their five guesses they were allowed to use a torch to illuminate the bags and see what was actually in them. We all had lots of fun!
Ancient Egyptians
 
This week the children created their own piece of papyrus using brown sugar paper. Once the children had created their papyrus, they drew a picture into their sketchbook, that they will later draw onto their dried papyrus. 
Telling the time.
 
Our unit of work in maths is to learn how to tell the time. Today we made clocks so we have them to help us. Telling the time is tricky! Today we checked our understanding of o clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We used our clocks and did a great job. Next up, telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

Christmas songs 2021.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear! And as we were all dressed up today in our festive finery, it was the perfect excuse for another sing-a-long.

Listen to our lovely year 3 children singing their socks off.

Happy Christmas to all from the Year 3 Team!

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Christmas Party
 
What a wonderful afternoon we had at the Year 3 Christmas Party. There was music, lots of crafts, festive jumpers, party food, and enough glitter to make Mrs T shudder!
 
 
Christmas songs, 2021.
 
The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear! And as we were all dressed up today in our festive finery, it was the perfect excuse for another sing-a-long.
 
Listen to our lovely year 3 children singing their socks off! 
Santa Dash
 
This morning, Year 3 took part in a 'Santa Dash' organised by Witchford Sports. By taking part in this event, we as a school, are a step closer to achieving our Gold Award. 
 
Well done, Year 3! 
Clever Cocktails
 
This morning, Year 3 became budding cocktail makers. 
They had to use a scaled container to measure in litres and millilitres and measure out different liquids to make a given total of 1000ml.
The Great Year Three Bake Off
 
Earlier today, young bakers competed against each other in order to prove their baking skills and win the title of the Year 3's best amateur baker. 
 
There was also a little bit of maths involved- weighing ingredients, reading scales and using vocabulary related to mass. We cannot forget about the learning!
Today, Year 3 enjoyed a visit from Norwich City Football Coaches. The children began their football session with a warm up activity of 'stuck in the mud'.
The focus of the session was to improve the children's dribbling skills- which definitely happened! Phil, the coach, showed the children that they could use five different parts of their foot to control the football. It was a splendid way to spend a Thursday afternoon. 
Remember, Remember
The Fifth of November
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
We see no Reason 
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be Forgot.
 
Year 3 made beautiful firework pictures using oil pastel and glitter. Please take a few minutes to admire their creations. 
Circuit Training
Mrs Pitt and Mrs Thompson's class were working on their fitness last half term, and completed different circuit training sessions. The children worked hard to develop their skills in different areas- travelling, speed and direction, ball skills, coordination and balance. Some of the activities were a real challenge to do for 1 minute at a time (burpees anyone?)!
Finally, the children used their skills to develop their own circuit training activity, and we used these in our final lesson. It was great fun, and it certainly developed our fitness levels!
Stone Age Day
 
What an action packed day we have had!
 
Year 3 have enjoyed baking bread on the fire pit with Mr Poli, using mud and chalk to make cave art, made a necklace out of clay, designed a Stone Age outfit and a tool. 
 
There have been lots of giggles and a sea of very happy faces. 
 
 
 
Ely Museum Visit Year 3
 
Science: Rocks and Soils
 
All of the children in Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic visit on Friday 24th September from the volunteers at Ely Museum.  The children were able to find out about, explore for themselves and ask as many questions as they could about the amazing collections of rocks and fossils that were brought in.
 
The whole of the morning was spent investigating and learning about everything from how fossils are formed to different rock types and formations.  
 
We would like to say a massive thank you to Ely Museum for visiting and allowing us to keep lots of the collections for the next few weeks to support our learning in school.
After their visit, Ely Museum were kind enough to lend us some fossils. Please take a couple of minutes to look at our fantastic sketches of them.
Science: Rocks and Soils
 
This terms science unit is all about Rocks and Soils. To start this unit, Year 3 became geologists for the afternoon, conducting an investigation into the properties of different rocks. The children predicted and then observed whether different rocks could be scratched using sandpaper, if the rocks had a high or low density, and whether or not the rocks were permeable.
 
Today, Year 3 imagined that they were Fossil Hunter's. They had to examine the fossil images displayed around the classroom and think carefully about what they might learn from them. 
Art and Design: Giuseppe Arcimboldo
 
In art lessons this term, we are studying Giuseppe Arcimboldo who was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such and fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.
 
To kick start this unit, we practised using and applying different sketching techniques when drawing fruit and vegetables. The children had a great time using the different sketching techniques to create a sketch of their chosen fruit or vegetable. We then moved onto using a different medium- oil pastel, and created an oil pastel picture of a different fruit or vegetable.
 
Please spend some time looking at our gallery of amazing art work. See if you can spot and name the different sketching techniques the children have used in their work. 
CLIC
Our Learnits this term are the 3 times tables.
 
Please practise these repeatedly for fluency.
 
The diagram below shows how we approach learning a whole times table. Break it down into small parts. As your child becomes more confident you can say the times tables out of order, and write down their fact families.
 
Here's an example of a fact family:
 
2 x 3 = 6
3 x 2 = 6
6 divided by 2 = 3
6 divided by 3 = 2
Music
 
We use a scheme of work called Charanga for teaching music in school, and the home learning part of Charanga is called YUMU.
 
Your child should have a YUMU login.
 
We encourage your child to explore YUMU at home. We will add the lessons to YUMU as we complete them in class, so that the children have the opportunity to revisit.
 
There are lots of opportunities for singing, dancing and playing. Have fun!
Maths Investigation
 
3Y very much enjoyed a maths investigation this week, using their times tables knowledge. They had to work systematically to find all of the possible answers. They showed brilliant teamwork, and some super investigative skills.
The Stone Age
 
The children are enjoying our history work on the Stone Age. We have been amazed by their existing knowledge, and we know they have learnt some new fun facts too.
  
We have also been enjoying Stig of the Dump by Clive King as our class reader.
 
Keep sending in their homework: we will share it in class. If you need to email something in then please send to our Year 3 email address here - y3@elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk
 
Here are some of the children's cave art drawings from our art lessons.
Stone Age Homes Posters
 
Look at our wonderful posters! They are packed full of information with some super paragraph writing.