Year 3 Blog 2020-2021

July 2021
End of the year celebrations...and what a year it was!
Here are some photos of us all enjoying our last days together in Year 3.
Scroll down for a couple of videos of biking and scooting fun. I think you can tell by the noise that they really enjoyed it!
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Fun in the sun!
3Y took their science work outside today. We devised an experiment to work out which surfaces created the most friction. We used different materials attached to clipboards for ramps, and measured how high we needed to lift the clipboard before the toy car started to move.
Absolutely delighted to say that Claudia in 3Y won a recent National poetry competition. Read all about it in the Ely Standard (see link below). Well done Claudia!
Spirit of the Fens
Year 3 took part in this years 'Spirit of the Fens' as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. We practised lots in class, then Mr Parsons, the musical director, came to record us singing two songs. Mrs Turner thought we sounded lovely! Mr Parsons then put our voices together with other local schools, singers and musicians. The songs were shown on big screens in the cathedral on Saturday evening as part of the festival. You can watch our songs in the link below.
Spirit of the Fens - 14m 37s
Sing - 1h 31m
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Bringing us together
To finish off our unit on Disco music, we have put together a performance of a disco song that we have been learning. I am sure you will agree that the children sound wonderful.
Apologies for Mrs T joining in on some of the video, it turns out she can't film and keep quiet at the same time...we just can't stop her from singing!
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We are poets!
We were incredibly excited this week to welcome a real life poet into our classroom via zoom. Rachel Rooney, author of 'A Kid in My Class' popped up on our screen to say hello and tell us about her life as a poet. She talked about what inspired her to write, and shared some of her poetry with us. We even got to join in with some poetry performance. We are now inspired to write our own poems.
How to write instructions.
Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their recent English unit on instruction writing. They made some delicious sandwiches, wrote careful instructions, then enjoyed eating their creations on the mound.
Ely Arts Festival
Please see link below to the song we are learning as part of the project 'Spirit of the Fens.'
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Three Little Birds
Thank you to everyone who found time to video themselves signing to Three Little Birds. We are super proud of your efforts, and we are sure you will agree, the finished performance looks fantastic! 
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The Year 3 Team
Rugby Keep 'Trying'
This week in PE, the children in school took part in our new PE rugby challenge. We had to score as many Tries as possible in 5 minutes!
We started with some basic skills, just running with the rugby ball and passing it to each other (some of us had never held a rugby ball before) then we moved onto the challenge. It was great fun and, as a team, Mrs Pitt's class scored 83 tries in 5 minutes! Mrs Turner's class scored 85 tries in 5 minutes!
We loved it so much we are going to do some more rugby in PE next week!
Children who are learning at out for this challenge appearing on our remote learning page!
Animal Kenning Poems
A HUGE thank you for all the amazing animal kenning poems that have been sent in. We really enjoyed reading them! Here are a few wonderful examples.
In our work on capacity we have been carefully reading scales and measuring out liquids. Look at our fantastic juice creations!
Story Writing
See the video on the remote learning page wb 25.1.2021 for feedback on your wonderful story writing. Here are a couple of fantastic examples in the pdf's and photos below. (Really hard to choose just a few from all the fabulous work sent in)
We had so much fun in class making biscuits! And we can see that you had fun making things at home too. See below for some delicious treats!
Healthy Selfies!
Below you will find some photos of Year 3 keeping active.
Ancient Egyptians.
What a lot of work you have all been doing! We have received lots of work from home. You have been so busy making cartouches, drawing hieroglyphics, and mummifying tomatoes. Fantastic work Year 3! 
We have been trying a new music programme in Year 3, and we are very pleased with the results so far. Here are some photos and video clips of the children getting to grips with the rhythms in reggae music. We have listened to Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, and Jamming.
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Our music star of the week is I in 3Y, who sent in a recording of herself playing 'Paganini' on the violin. Well done!
If you would like to send in a recording of yourself playing an instrument to become our music star of the week, please send it to the group email via WeTransfer.
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Year 3 are learning about light this term. Today we investigated reflective materials. Which material was the most reflective? Which material was the least reflective?
Christmas Party.
Who doesn't love a Christmas party? The children solved anagrams, played 2 rounds of scattergories, danced their socks off and thoroughly enjoyed their party snacks. Mrs Turner and Mrs Pitt were a little bit tired after all that dancing, and both had an early night! 
Statistics in 3Y. What better way to engage the children in tally charts and pictograms, than to sort coloured sweets.
Snow day! Ok, so there wasn't much snowfall,  and it didn't stay around for long...but we made the most of it!
Touch Typing
Our ICT this week has been all about touch typing. We have used 2Type on Purple Mash to learn which fingers we need to use to press each key- our scores have been getting better and better!
We also looked at the BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing. You can follow the link below to find it.
This is such an important skill to learn, so it would be great to have a go at home. Maybe grown-ups could have a go too!
Orienteering challenge
This half term both Year 3 classes took part in the Witchford Sports Partnership Orienteering challenge!
The children had to work as a team to locate markers which were placed around the KS2 outdoor area. Each cone had a number attached to it and once all numbers had been collected they were used to crack the code!
Cracking the code took a little while, but the children worked well in teams to find the solution, which was...TEAMWORK!
Great fun was had by all the children, and it was the perfect taster session for our Orienteering PE lessons which will take place next term.
Remembrance day
On 11th November, Mrs Pitt and Mrs Thompson's class created some beautiful poppy art work. We watched a tutorial video which showed us what to do step by step, and we think you will agree that the finished artwork looks fabulous!
We were so proud of our work that we wanted to take it home, so Mrs Pitt took photographs to share on the website.
We hope you enjoy looking at our fabulous work!
Stone Age Day
What a fantastic day we had for our Stone Age Day! The sun shone and we enjoyed so many activities both inside and out.
In the morning, we started our day by being hunter gatherers. We went for a walk in our wonderful outdoor spaces and looked for things that we could use for making cave art. Both classes walked round the nature garden, the field and the spinney. The children were very good at finding twigs they could use for paintbrushes, and various other natural resources to use for painting.
After break, there were lots of activities on offer across both classrooms. Children could design an item of clothing or a weapon or tool for Stone Age man. They could design their own cave art using the natural resources they had collected, and they could also have a go at making Stone Age jewellery out of clay.
In the afternoon, we put our wellies back on to head out to the nature garden and sit round the fire pit. We talked about how Stone age people might have discovered fires, how they lit them, and why fire was such an important development in the history of man. (We may have used modern methods to light the fire as we felt rubbing sticks together might have taken too long!) We then got the opportunity to feel the warmth of the fire and imagine what it must have been like back in the Stone Age to live in a cave with just a fire for warmth.
We then went on to the playground with some oats and barley and a grinding stone. We imagined we were grinding just like Stone Age people would have done to make bread. It was really tricky!
We hope you enjoy looking through our photos from the day.
We thought it would be fun to film the children signing the latest song they have learnt on their dressing up day. Mrs Pitt and Mrs Thompson's class went for a theme of 'What I want to be when I grow up,' and Mrs Turner and Miss Derry's class went for comfort and chose pj's, dressing gowns and slippers!
We are so proud of the children and their ability to pick up the signing so quickly. Super proud teachers!
Please follow the link above to see Year 3's super signing assembly, and to hear a little bit about the work we have been doing this term. (Sorry about the dodgy lighting!)
Last week, Year 3 made some clay sculptures that will be included in a local art exhibition. The theme was 'What does Ely mean to you?' We had some interesting conversations around that theme and the children came up with some wonderful designs. Here are some photos of Year 3 painting their sculptures today.
(Apologies from the Year 3 team if the children's white t-shirts have any paint on them).
As part of our Stone Age topic, we have been exploring Stone Age cave art. We asked lots of questions:
Why did Stone Age people create cave art?
What did the different pictures represent?
What did they use for the different colours?
Did they have paintbrushes?
We then created our own cave art both inside the classroom, and on the school building. We had lots of fun and got a little bit messy!
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As part of our English work over the past two weeks, we have been looking at the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. The Guardian called this 'a heartfelt hug of a book' and we couldn't agree  more. It is a book that explores what it means to belong, community, how we relate to each other, and our responsibility as world citizens.
We have been able to link our writing to PSHCE and think really carefully about our feelings and emotions, and our place in the world.
We finished this block of work with exploring the song 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong. We listened to the song, we watched David Attenborough narrate an advert for the Frozen Planet series while using the song lyrics, and we thought about what it meant to us. We asked ourselves, what was wonderful about our world? We have been blown away by the children's response! What beautiful, kind hearted children we have in our year group.
We made a whole class song by changing some of the lyrics. Then the children were invited to either write up our whole class song, or add their own original ideas. Here is the song created by 3Y, and also some individual efforts.
3x have been busy in our beautiful outdoor spaces exploring some natural resources to create tree spirits.
The children had enormous fun making their model woolly mammoths this week. Here are some photos of the creative process!
This week, the children will be writing instructions of how to make a model woolly mammoth in their English lessons.