Year 3 Blog 2020-2021
Week beginning: 03.05.2021
This week in year 3, we have continued to try hard in maths and even moved on to studying equivalent fractions. We used fractions walls to show us how fractions match each other and used this knowledge in our questions.
In art, we used water colour paints to compose our final art pieces inspired by Georgia O'Keefe. We tried to include different tones as well as the different painting techniques including flat wash, hatching and dry hatching which we learnt previously.
Furthermore, we have continued to study North and South America and even began to start studying the Maya - an ancient non-European civilisation - in history.
Well done Year 3!
Week beginning: 26.04.2021
This week in Year 3, we had the amazing opportunity of partaking in a cooking workshop with Roots to Food in DT. It was so exciting to learn from a skilled chef and we got to practise lots of skills including: peeling, cutting (using claw and bridge techniques), mixing, folding and cooking! The children were very sensible using the knives and peelers as well as the cooking element.
Excitingly, after preparing and learning all about Teriyaki chicken, the children sampled their dish. The delicious sauce went wonderfully with the chicken/Quorn, vegetables, and noodles. There were lots of clear plates and big smiles after the tasting experience. We all had a brilliant time!
On top of this, in science, we have continued to learn about humans including animals. We recapped what a vertebrate is and an invertebrate, building on knowledge of the human skeleton!
In geography, we have continued to learn about North and South America. In 3MC, we loved using the world map to identify countries across the 2 continents as well as studying geographical features!
Another super week Year 3!
Week beginning: 19.04.2021
This week in Year 3, we have built on our learning from art in the spring term and applied different techniques to our sketching and painting. The children have worked really hard on their art, which has been inspired by Georgia O'Keefe who famously painted flowers close up. We have learnt all about her life, including overcoming challenges such as losing her sight! Impressively, she never gave up and continued to paint with assistance. Year 3 showed maturity and discussed about persevering to overcome challenges.
Alongside this, they wrote mini biographies about the inspiring artist, including interesting facts they had learnt from reading a fact file, such as: she painted over 200 pictures of flowers, visited Mount Fuji (which she painted), as well as being a female artist in a male dominated world in the 20th century.
On top of this, in science we have learnt more about the human body. Excitingly, the children learnt more about the skeleton and the role of bones. They even built model skeletons which they really enjoyed! In RE, we've learnt more about Christianity, and continued to learn about rights of passages. Year 3 have learned all about baptisms as well as confirmation, alongside other religions across the other terms. Importantly, they discussed stereotypes and gender roles in our 'Relationships' unit in PSHE. Sensibly, they thought about the jobs and the chores that are carried out in their own homes and who they are done by. Respectfully, they compared with their peers. It was great to see that Year 3 are so open minded and have embraced the mantra of 'you can be or do anything you want to'.
Well done for a great second week back Year 3!
Week beginning: 12.04.2021
This week, Year 3 have begun their new topic Amazing Americas which is studying all about North and South America. As part of our hook day, the children explored what carnival is and learnt about Brazilian culture. They loved making masks, using feathers and sequins and embraced the carnival theme in the carnival in the Reading Garden. Enthusiastically they took part in dancing (including wonderful sambas), "follow the leader", following the beat of the peers and general carnival fun to music. We all had so much fun and were the envy of the other year groups! They also used maps to name and locate South American countries, and even answer questions surrounding what the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are, as well as the equator. We certainly have some keen geographers and future explorers in Year 3!
In maths, the children have shown resilience as well as perseverance in maths as we have begun doing fractions in maths. We have been amazed at their ability to solve problems involving a range of contexts!
In PSHE, we began the new unit of relationships and talked about how relationships can be formed with many people, not just involving a romantic relationship. On top of this, we discussed how to be a good friend, as well as how to stay safe online (linking back to our SMART rule).
Well done for a super first week back after Easter Year 3!
Week beginning: 22.03.2021
This week in Year 3 we have rounded off our Empowerment topic by thinking about the inspiring people and moments we have learned about, including:
- Learning about refugees whilst reading the book 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' in which Alexa helped her friend Ahmet reunite with his parents after moving to a new country for safety at the age of 9!
- discussing Martin Luther King and what he stood for following our learning on Martin Luther King Day and similarly, Rosa parks
- how Henry VII and Henry VIII initiated change in religion
- empowering women, just as Elizabeth I did whilst ruling as an unmarried monarch alongside defeating the Spanish Armada and supporting the poor
- reflecting on Queen Victorias' reign which involved changing lives after the Industrial Revolution
- learning about a modern-day hero - Sir Captain Tom Moore - who proved that "tomorrow will be a good day" in his bid to raise over £30 million for the NHS
As a result, we thought about how the children might change the world themselves. It was amazing to hear all their wishes and even more so, the determination and belief behind it! They shared speeches as part of 'speaking & listening' about their desires, linking to their PSHE unit of 'Dreams & Goals'.
We heard wonderful ideas across the year group spanning from "helping to pick up litter to help wildlife and sea life" to "inventing a new machine to explore Space" - displaying compassion and curiosity!
In computing, the future generation practised coding using Scratch and even began to create their own games, which they had lots of fun doing! We were really impressed to see our professional programmers share their expertise as well as the perseverance from children who weren't so familiar.
Meanwhile, in RE, the children recapped the Easter story and studied 'Palm Sunday' which is upcoming this Sunday, and in PSHE they worked in teams to create a garden for someone facing a challenge and catered for this accordingly. It has been great to see tolerance, mutual respect, kindness and problem-solving skills!
Well done for the return to school Year 3, after a strange start to the Spring term. Have a wonderful Easter break and see you in April!
Week beginning: 15.03.2021
This week, we have continued to develop understanding of empowerment as we near the end of the spring term. As an end to our study of monarchs of Britain, we studied chronology by creating 3D timelines and placed key dates and coronations of monarchs on the timeline. We had lots of fun creating them, which look really cool!
Alongside celebrating our superpowers in a talent show as well as celebrating real life superheroes on Red Nose Day. Similarly, we studied Captain Sir Tom Moore in English; this showed us that 'not all superheroes wear coats'. We read his stories and learned all about his life - highlighting his moto "tomorrow will be a good day". Inspired by this, the children recreated his stories using an array of features to compose interesting pieces.
On top of this, in art, we began developing the skill of painting ahead of studying an artist. We studied different types of brush strokes including:
- flat wash
In addition, developing their artistic knowledge, in art the colour wheel was recreated, and we learnt about primary, secondary and complimentary colours. Also, lots of fun was had mixing colours together and experimenting with tone.
Another week of hard work and perseverance, as well as kindness. Well done Year 3!
Week beginning: 08.03.2021
We'd like to start on congratulating the Year 3's on their return to school this week! Well done to you all. Whether you were feeling a bit nervous on Monday morning or excited to see your friends again, every single one of you have done amazingly this week.
This week, we read Charlie Mackesy's 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse' whilst settling back into school, which inspired artwork across the whole school. As a result, the children practised drawing the characters as well as learning calligraphy. Now, the beautiful artwork is displayed all around the school, celebrating everyone's favourite quote from the story, children and adults alike, as well as clearly displaying their names as a community.
In maths, they studied statistics looking at tables and bar charts, as well as measure - including outside learning measuring different items around the playground, which they had lots of fun doing.
Whilst studying the topic of 'Empowerment', the children had their final 'royal visitor' in history in the form of Queen Victoria. Along with many smiles and laughs, they had super questions to ask the monarch in a drama activity. Following this, they became Queen Victoria themselves and partook in hot seating - taking on the role of the interviewer or the famous monarch herself. Following this, they created fact files after researching on the Chrome Books (continuing to develop their digital literacy and understanding of using the SMART rule for e-safety).
Did you know... Victoria had 9 children and enjoyed photography?
Alongside this, in Geography, the children began studying the British Empire in the Victorian era; learning that Queen Victoria was the head of many countries, including the Empress of India! Alongside recapping the 7 continents (which 3MC now have permanently stuck in their heads with thanks to a catchy song), they developed their locational knowledge by using atlases to find an array of countries. They have also studied India whilst comparing the physical and human geographical features, especially in comparison with the UK. Interestingly, they found that both the UK and India had similar physical features such as rivers or mountains, and human features in terms of landmarks (Buckingham Palace/London Bridge/Taj Mahal/Red Fort) yet are very different in many ways.
Did you know.... India's population is over 1.3 billion? and that the Jog Falls in West India is 253 metres high?
In computing, they began learning about programming. They discussed the fundamentals of creating a game on Scratch - including step by step instructions for how to make 'the magic carpet' move using coding. Using problem solving skills, they played the game that had been programmed and decomposed how the computer made the magic carpet move with each button clicked. As a result, they will continue to apply their knowledge of programming as they develop their own game over the remainder of Year 3, which they began coding this week.
Well done Year 3! Time for a well earnt weekend after settling back into school. Have fun!
Week beginning: 01.03.2021
This week in Year 3, the final week of remote learning was completed with perseverance and a smile!
Firstly, the Year 3 team would like to say a big thank you for all the support that has been provided at home during these strange times. The constant reminders to be on lessons, help with tasks and uploading photos has been very much appreciated.
Another thankyou goes to the wonderful children, who have tried so hard when faced with challenges and adapted so well to a new way of learning. Well done and thank you to all of Year 3 (especially those that have been on every single lesson!). It will be so good to be back together again with lots of time to play and chat.
During this week, there has been a strong focus on reading and writing, in line with World Book Day on Thursday.
After a masterclass from Author and Illustrator Nadia Shireen, the children had a go at becoming authors. Nadia's book, 'Billy and the Beast' inspired the children to 'move like a beast' showing their best impressions of beasts as well as creating their own characters, through drawing and 'walking & talking' like their character. As a result, they made their own characters for their English work, adding a little bit of 'you' just like Nadia Shireen does.
In their writing work, they rewrote their version of 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' including themselves as 1 character and a refugee as another. The children worked hard to use lots of description when describing characters and settings, just like real life authors.
On top of this, they took part in two more masterclasses: How to be a story detective by Alex T. Smith and imagine a wild adventure with Katherine Rundell. Alex T Smith told Year 3 that he was inspired by his grandfather, who left stories for him often and gave the tip of using things from his own life/day to create his stories. Following this, they created their own stories which will be shared with peers upon their return to school by 'leaving a story behind'. In addition, Katherine Rundell (who wrote the Sky Steppers) inspired the children to use their imagination, and that they could do so by simply 'looking up'. As a result, they created art by looking up to the sky and taking note of what they could see and adding to it to make a 'sky scene'. From this, they imagined going on wild adventures, just as Katherine Rundell does (the author of our Autumn book, The Explorer).
In addition, on World Book Day: the children enjoyed 'breakfast with a book' which was a wonderful start to our day, showed off their outfits for their favourite characters, performed monologues of their character or re-enacted the story and junk modelling/crafts.
Once again, thank you for the support that has been given throughout remote learning and well done to the children. The Year 3 teachers are looking forward to being reunited in the classroom with 3MC, 3RS and 3IC again next week.
Week beginning: 22.02.2021
This week, the Year 3's made a successful return to remote learning after a restful half term (which was hopefully screen free!).
In History and Computing, the children learned about Queen Elizabeth I, building on their knowledge on Henry VIII. On top of this, Queen Elizabeth was a key figure to study during the empowerment topic as she was known for being one the best monarchs in British history. Unlike most other monarchs, Elizabeth I did not marry yet she led England to victory against the Spanish Armada, as well as helping the poor people of her kingdom. The Year 3's loved having a royal visitor in the form of a Queen (who looked quite like their teachers!) in hot seating. They had super questions to ask Elizabeth I. They created their own news report style videos reporting on Queen Elizabeth I too.
As a result of their learning, Year 3 wrote to inform by creating biographies which include lots of information about her time as Queen.
In addition, in maths, they have worked hard whilst using money - a very useful and important skill! Equally as important, in science they studied the different nutrients groups and even looked at how many carbohydrates, fats, protein and fibre were in foods that they found at home. In RE, they began studying Islam, on top of their previous studies of Buddhism and Christianity. Finally, In PSHE, the children began thinking about their 'Dreams and Goals' and thought about how to overcome challenges.
Week beginning: 08.02.2021
This week in Year 3, the children have written 'a royal letter' as they wrote a letter to the Queen. As inspired by the class text, 'The Boy at the Back of the class' by Onjali Q. Rauf, they explained about the main character of the book, Ahmet, who struggles as a refugee and the journey to reunite with his parents. The years 3's discussed the main features of a letter and worked hard to include persuasive features such as emotive language and rhetorical questions. A super effort and some very well written letters which would most definitely persuade the Queen to help them out!
In maths, they rounded off the unit of 'multiplication and division' by looking at scaling. They learned the useful skill of recognising how many times bigger a figure is e.g. 'having twice as many' or '4 times more/less'. There were a range of tricky questions, but the children persevered.
Alongside their writing and maths, they worked hard in their topic lessons as well as in reading, in which the theme was focusing on regulating emotions (even listening to Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colours'). On Friday, Year 3 celebrated Chinese New Year through a range of activities including crafts and the opportunity to learn a dance.
Across the whole school, the Spelling Bee also took place which is one of the junior schools' annual inter-house competitions! It was wonderful to have the whole year group together on Friday afternoon to support and celebrate super spellers from each house!
The semi-finalists for each house were:
Danes: Sydney P, Lacey A, Amelie H
Normans: Hope O, Amelia C, Amari M
Saxons: Isaac B, Ishan S, Zoe D
Vikings: Charlie P, Oliver F, Maisey L
The finalists for each house were:
Danes: Sydney P
Normans: Hope O
Saxons: Isaac B
Vikings: Charlie P
The wining house was: The Saxons!
Well done to everyone who took part!
Finally, there was lots of fun in the snow in this week, as well as other skill building activities on Wednesday afternoon whilst working on 'Personal Passports'.
We’ve all been enjoying the snow this week, on site we have been enjoying playing outside and have had a snowball fight and a snowman building competition!
Well done for a whole half term of remote learning Year 3. Have a wonderful, well-earned half term!
Week beginning: 01.02.2021
This week, we have been focusing on the children's wellbeing even more so than normal as it has been Children's Mental Health Week across the nation. At the start of the week we introduced what Mental Health is and what attitudes are by comparing 'broken leg vs broken mind'. The Year 3's realised that sometimes, people can be dealing with their own struggles without 'seeing it'. In light of this, we worked through strategies that can be used to help (some of which we use regularly in school). These were:
- Breathing exercises
- Remembering a happy moment
- Doing a hobby
- Spending time with family and friends
- Mindful colouring
They also went onto to look at celebrating differences and recognised that it's good to be different. They created bunting to display their personalities and passions!
On top of this, the Year 3's learnt about positive thinking and attitudes - a key thing to helping to live a happy life! They looked at different quotes and some even share their own positive quotes such as "The sun always has a bright side"
Alongside this, they produced wonderful 'positivity posters' which they kindly shared. It was so wonderful to see the children celebrating their thoughts about themselves positively and it is something the Year 3 teachers hope they can remember if they ever feel less than cheerful.
Whilst covering the curriculum, Year 3 have been introduced to division in maths. They have tackled challenging concepts including understanding that sometimes there are remainders. Meanwhile, in science they investigated soil in science as part of the unit 'Rocks'. They looked at how different types of soil could break down and they types of soil including which soil is best for growing crops and plants.
In addition, they continued to study Christianity in RE. They looked at the Ten Commandments and discussed whether they think that all the commandments relate to Christianity or if some are 'basic rules of life'. For instance, the commandments surrounding lying, stealing, cheating and hurting others were understood to be wrong, along with the idea that you should 'respect'.
Take a look at what Year 3 have done on their Personal Passports this week:
Well done again Year 3. Have a good weekend!
Week beginning: 25.01.2021
This week in Year 3, the children have completed their 4th week of remote learning which has continued to go from strength to strength.
In English, alongside working on spelling and grammar, they have learnt more about Ahmet's experience and family in the class text 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. Discussions in the online classroom have included some tricky topics which the children have thought about maturely. Following on from this, in geography, Year 3 researched information about some of the countries that were important on Ahmet's journey from Syria to Britain. They answered the questions including: What continent is it in? Is it nearer to the equator or the poles? What would you see here?
On top of that, the children completed their first cross-curricular maths lesson of this term. They applied their knowledge of column addition and solving problems to a Tudor banquet! They planned a banquet fit for Kings and Queens whilst also learning more about the ways of Tudor Britain (including currency and why they had banquets).
Excitingly, this week the 'Personal Passports' were launched. On Wednesday afternoon, the children had time away from their screens which is important for their wellbeing and completed an array of fun activities from the bronze pathways (some even as family activities)! During this time, they were working on skills such as:
Listening and attentions skills
Health and self-care skills
Have a look at what some of 3MC got up to this Wednesday which include: building something out of lego, spotting animal footprints, hunting for bugs and going on walks.
Week beginning: 18.01.2021
This week in Year 3, the children have got into the swing of their online learning and have produced fantastic pieces of work as well as shown determination and even more importantly, their wonderful personalities.
It is brilliant to catch up with them each day and to see what they have been up to, their latest favourite toy/book or what ingenious creation they've made at home. As usual, the children have been their kind and supportive selves and continue to support their peers, even virtually.
In history this week, they learned about Henry VIII and his 6 wives, which linked to RE as they discussed what the English Reformation was. Inspired by this, they sketched crowns as an 'empowering' object and applied the skill of sketching in art. The children also trialled adding tone by using the technique of hatching.
Meanwhile, in PSHE, Year 3 looked at how exercise is vital for a 'healthy me'. They applied their scientific understanding of the human body and thought about happens to the heart, blood and lungs when exercising. They created fitness challenges which they are aiming to work on and can work to see if they can improve their fitness. Just as importantly, some time was taken to focus on mental wellbeing as well as physical. Now, more than ever, 'taking time for you' is crucial for wellbeing and the Year 3's maturely took part in an activity reflecting on what they were grateful for.
In comparison, in English they have continued to read and discuss 'The boy at the back of the class' in which Ahmet has begun to speak English and has made friends at the new school. Linking to this, Year 3 have written diary entries from the perspective of a refugee. They focused on using the key features such as: first person, past tense, using vocabulary to add description and feelings and in chronological order.
Well done Year 3. You should be proud of yourselves yet again.
Week beginning: 11.01.2021
This week in Year 3, the children have continued to read and discuss 'The boy at the back of the class', the class text. One of the main characters, Ahmet, is a refugee and has joined a new school. As part of the topic of 'Empowerment', alongside the class text, the children have demonstrated compassion during reading sessions whilst discussing Ahmet's experiences so far. In English, Year 3 have learnt all about cinquain poems which are short but impactful poems using a range of adjectives, verbs and descriptions of feelings, to write about refugees.
In history, the children learnt about key dates in British history and interpreted timelines to answer questions. Some of these events were: the Industrial revolution, the Titanic sinking and women over 21 being able to vote in 1928. It was important that they understood which events happened at what point in history to develop their chronological understanding. Meanwhile in science, the Year 3's were contacted by Dr Sarah Stone, from the British Rock Society to help track down types of rocks in the local area! They shared their knowledge of different rocks and some even shared their collections/findings!
Each day in maths, Year 3 have worked on multiplication and division which has been helped by lots of practise of times tables on Times Tables Rockstars. They have shown perseverance whilst learning a new times table for some children and independence for others - both core values of the school. Also, in Art, the children created mindfulness patterns whilst empowering their minds after discussing how important it is to stay calm and focused - after all, we are all in control of our own lives.
Yet again, a wonderful week of work from Year 3.
Week beginning: 04.01.2021
Welcome back to our Year 3 blog!
This week, it has been a new experience for our school with the move to remote learning throughout the school day.
The Year 3 team has been so impressed with the mature attitude shown by the children this week. Again, they have shown resilience and have adapted to our new way of learning with ease and maturity. Well done to each and every Year 3 - every single pupil should be proud of themselves.
As an introduction into our spring topic 'Empowerment', we shared ideas and thoughts about being different and how to celebrate that. The Year 3's discussed what it is to be 'empowered' and how people can change the world as a result. They also shared how they would like to change the world including; being kind to everyone, looking after the planet and helping to invent new ideas/items!
Whilst learning about this in our hook activities, they also learned about stereotypes and showed our British Values of 'mutual respect' and 'tolerance' by showing that they could be open-minded whilst respecting, and changing their views. Creatively, the children also made their own crowns on Thursday afternoon after talking about how Monarchs can make changes in the world! Hopefully, the Year 3's are feeling inspired and motivated to do their bit to make the world an even better place and they have wonderful ideas for the future!
In addition, in history the children began learning about chronology and did so by reflecting on events in their own lives. They then represented these events on timelines - including some very creative representations!
The new class text 'The boy at the back of the class' has been started too, which is all about Ahmet and his experiences joining a new school.
Well done for our first few days back Year 3. Take care and stay safe.
Week beginning: 14.12.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have continued to work hard in their final week of the Autumn term – and what a unique term it has been! The Year 3 team are so proud of how well the children have settled into a new school and adjusted to a new way of Education. It has been a joy to see their smiling faces each day and lovely to see the compassion shared between peers during trying times.
In Year 3, 3RS and 3MC continued designing and creating their cushions for an explorer. Miss Clark was especially impressed with children in 3MC who were able to sew their cushions independently, whilst learning at home! In 3IC, the children learnt about the Battle of Hastings and discussed how the Normans were explorers, as they ventured to Britain. They also learnt about Amelia Earhart – an American aviator - whose legacy remains to this day!
Alongside this, the children continued with festive fun alongside lessons. This included creating Christmas pictures and cards in class, whilst wearing Christmas hats and listening to Christmas music. In 3MC, the children typed letters to be sent to residents of a local care home too which will hopefully brighten the days of those reading them! Year 3 also had Christmas parties on Friday which was the perfect way to end the term.
Wishing all of Year 3 and families a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Take care and stay safe.
The Year 3 team
Week beginning: 07.12.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have neared the end of their Explorers topic during our learning. They have written up their Rainforest explorer narratives which have been inspired been the class text, the Explorer! In their stories, the explorers have discovered new lands and encountered dangerous moments where they had to overcome challenges. The children have used lots of description to describe their characters as well as the settings.
On Wednesday, the children had their Christmas dinner which involved a Christmas film and a dance in the hall in their bubbles. The children were so well behaved and they loved the dancing and a chance to be together. On top of this, they completed festive fun including making paper chains where they had loads of fun!
In addition to this, they have learnt about Amelia Earhart in history! Amelia Earhart was a famous explorer who was the first woman to set world records flying around the world solo. The children thought about how exploring can include by air, as well as through exploring on expeditions.
Well done again for another good week Year 3.
Week beginning: 30.11.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have shown incredible perseverance during our assessments. They have tried their very best and showed resilience which is a very important skill to develop. On the flip side, they have had lots of fun beginning the festivities now that it is December!
As an alternative to the letterbox for Christmas cards this year, the children have created their own Christmas postcards which are displayed in the hall! During this task, the Year 3’s have shown compassion whilst writing kind messages on their post cards including addressing the postcard to peers, teachers, whole classes; some children even wrote their postcards to thank members of the community including the NHS, police, fire fighters, carers and even scientists, who have all been working especially hard this year. Afterwards, they decorated the postcards with the only way to do so at Christmas time – with glitter and sequins! In addition, they have also contributed to the whole school activity of creating a decoration for the school Christmas tree. They carefully painted and decorated (again with sparkles) their stockings in their colours of their Houses: Vikings, Saxons, Normans and Danes. The children will all get to see their beautiful decorations hanging from the tree and read the messages from their fellow Kents Hill students during the Christmas dinner and dances next week.
Alongside all of this, the children have continued to work hard across the curriculum such as in music, they used the glockenspiels to play along to a tune and then began to improvise using counts of 4. In the next lesson, they will apply this knowledge to composing their own music using the glockenspiels.
Week beginning: 23.11.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have very nearly finished the class text – The Explorers. They have loved hearing about the adventures of Con, Lila, Fred and Max and used their stories to inspire their writing. All three classes have now created Amazon Rainforest collages using an array of techniques for creating different textures with tissue paper such as: twisting, pebbling, scrunching and overlaying materials using the tearing technique too. The children have thought carefully about the effects they wished to achieve and created beautiful collages.
On top of this, in maths, they have continued to try hard and apply their understanding of operations to calculations involving 3-digit numbers. Year 3 have even been able to solve problems using the inverse operation, showing clear understanding of both addition and subtraction.
Furthermore, in reading lessons, alongside reading ‘The Explorer’ our theme has been focused on hearing impairment this week. The children shared their personal experiences of friends/family with hearing impairments and they learnt ways to communicate clearly through Bessie-Belle’s experience in the story ‘Freddie and the fairy’. These top tips included: not mumbling, speaking clearly and facing someone when you are speaking to them. The children demonstrated understanding and compassion, which is one of the schools’ core values.
Lastly, in PE, the children have worked on their fitness this week. This has included exercises focused on cardio such as jogging, skipping, running and other team challenges, as well as circuits including squats, bunny jumps and high knees. This certainly got their blood pumping! Great effort Year 3!
Week beginning: 16.11.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have continued learning about plants in science in some of the classes. They studied the parts of a plant and labelled the functions of each part beautifully in their science books. Helpfully, this learning was applied to the reading this week which was focused on plants. They have learned that plants can be grown in new places through attaching to people’s shoe laces, onto animals’ fur or even through the wind. In addition, they compared fruit and vegetables and surprisingly learnt that some foods including tomatoes, pumpkins and cucumbers are all actually fruits, because they have seeds!
In English, Year 3 have begun working on a narrative inspired by the class book – The Explorers. They have loved listening to the adventures of Fred, Con, Lila and Max (and their sloth Baca) over the Autumn term and are now beginning to use the story in their writing. Alongside this, they have begun working on their collages of the Amazon Rainforest, where ‘The Explorers’ is set, in art lessons! In the coming weeks, we will share photos of the collages which the children have been enthralled by.
In PE, the children have studied basketball and applied the skills to the game. There are most definitely some budding basketball players in the making across the year group!
Week beginning: 09.11.2020
This week Year 3 have been working hard in maths including using the operations addition and subtraction. After studying the written methods of regrouping and exchanging, they were able to apply this to a range of challenging questions. On top of this, they studied shape in a topic lesson linking to geography as well as Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). Using their maps, and teamwork skills, they had to identify the correlating shape to the number and draw into the matching section. The children were enthused by this activity and loved searching for the shapes outside!
In RE, Year 3 have moved on to learning about Christianity. They applied their understanding of geography by recognising that churches are human features of geography. Following this, they studied features of the church and their purpose, including the: font, pulpit, lectern, pew and stained-glass windows amongst more. The children also learnt about different services which are celebrated in a church.
Furthermore, in science, the children have begun learning about plants in their new unit. They enjoyed learning to remember the parts of a plant through a fun song with actions and worked independently using their chrome books to draw a diagram of a plant. They then labelled the plants complete with the function of each part. Moving forward, they will be conducting their own investigations into plants!
On top of this, countries and cities in the UK and in Europe were studied within geography. Building upon understanding of human and physical features of geography, Year 3 researched different landmarks around the UK and Europe. Great work again this week Year 3!
Week beginning: 02.11.2020
This week, Year 3 has been learning about subtraction and addition with three digit numbers. The children have really engaged with this topic in our mathematics lessons and shown confidence in working with larger numbers!
In PSHE, Year 3 has been learning about relationships and the different relationships people can have with one another. We also had a virtual visitor for our RE lesson who spoke to us about Buddhism and Buddhist beliefs.
We used glockenspiels in our music lesson this week which the children thoroughly enjoyed! Year 3 were able to play a simple piece of music and recognise rhythm and pitch.
Well done Year 3!
Week beginning: 19.10.2020
In Year 3, the children have designed, created and painted pottery inspired by Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks are renowned for their inventions and a legacy of Ancient Greece is their pottery. In light of this, the children created wonderful pots and bowls using clay. They learnt the ‘coil’ technique as well as ‘pinch’ technique and painted their pots afterwards. Afterwards, they linked their learning to the idea that an explorer from the Ancient Greek era could use the pot to eat and drink from.
On top of this, in cross-curricular maths the children imagined what mathematical skills they may need to be able to explore. Building on Year 2 knowledge, they studied position and direction including left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise and applied this to their learning. Developing on the schools core value of teamwork, the children worked with their partner to instruct them using directions whilst partaking in outdoor learning.
In RE, they continued to learn about Buddhism and spoke about ‘8 fold path’ in which they studied Buddhist’s teachings of how to reach enlightenment, which is important for working on the British Values of ‘mutual respect and tolerance’. While in French, they have built upon their understanding of numbers and conversational phrases in addition to learning many colours including answering the register using ‘rouge’, ‘jaune’ and ‘vert’.
Year 3 have tried so hard and adjusted back into the school routine after such a strange year so far. Well done Year 3. Everyone is so proud of you for the first half term at Kents Hill Junior School.
Week beginning: 12.10.2020
This week, Year 3 have enjoyed learning about a range of poems in reading comprehension lessons which evoked good discussions including the story of ‘Matilda’ and the importance of telling the truth. Alongside this, they have continued to read through our class book ‘the explorer’ which has also focused on their inference and summarising skills.
In science, the children have studied animals including humans. This week, they compared adult animals with baby animals and learnt names of baby animals including learning that a baby elephant is called a calf! They really enjoyed this lesson and were enthusiastic about the baby animals. On top of this, they discovered that the way in which babies grow and are born can be different. After comparing the different animal classifications, the children learnt that whilst most animal groups grow inside eggs including birds, mammals grow inside the mother’s womb and are born which include animals such as tigers and elephants as well as humans.
In PE, the children have done OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) which focused on working as a team, which is an essential skill. They have enhanced their listening, problem solving and team work skills including turn taking. Some examples of team building included: ordering themselves without communicating, passing a ball without dropping it, supporting peers in their endeavours and even included orienteering. Using a map, they located anagrams that were set out around the outside areas and decoded the jumbled-up word.
Week beginning: 05.10.2020
This week, Year 3 have stepped back in time both in their topic learning and English. During the reading lessons, the children learned about the Stone Age whilst hearing the stories of the character Om and the way of living in that era in the book ‘Stone Age Boy’. In addition, they studied the history of Stone Henge including learning a little about archaeology and what a solar eclipse is!
As we near the end of learning about Ancient Greece, the children recalled all of their learning across a range of topic and outdoor learning to produce a piece of writing ‘to inform’ the readers. They wrote about Ancient Greece including describing life in the era as well as the origins of the Olympics, which linked to RE as they learnt that the Ancient Greek Olympics were originally in honour the Greek god Zeus, as well as an important sporting event.
After learning about a balanced diet previously, Year 3 learnt about the importance of exercise in science. They discussed the ways exercise can benefit the human body including: strengthening the heart, building muscle as well as helping to make someone feel good by releasing endorphins. To put their learning to the test, they did their own short, intense exercises and afterwards recorded the physiological responses i.e. raised heartbeat, quicker breathing, aching muscles, feeling tired or worn out or even feeling happy. They were able to record this in tables demonstrating understanding of working scientifically.
In maths they’ve continued to learn about place value and have demonstrated perseverance when tackling tricky questions as well as working hard on their times tables. In French, they build upon their knowledge of conversational phrases and began learning the numbers from 1-10. Another super week from Year 3!
Week beginning: 28.09.2020
This week in Year 3, the children have continued exploring in both locality and through time. In geography, they have begun studying ‘changing locations’ whilst learning about their local area and applying their geographical knowledge to the lesson. They compared a nearby area of Benfleet and the changes from 2009 to 2019. The Year 3’s were able to use their observations to understand how human features of the landscape had changed whilst reflecting upon more historical landmarks and sights with the local area. Some of these included: Hadleigh Castle, war memorials and a statue to commemorate the Battle of Benfleet, which date back many years. Following this, the children imagined what Benfleet could be like in 20 years as well as conducted field work about their local area around the school in outside learning.
In addition, they continued learning about Ancient Greece as part of their explorers’ topic as well as thinking about the legacy of Greek inventions including the Olympics. Enthusiastically, they took part in Olympic inspired activities after learning the history of the Olympics, including learning that it was a religious festival honouring the Ancient Greek God, Zeus. They combined their knowledge of maths to PE by using timers in each ‘event’ in an ‘Olympic addition’ activity and adding up scores. They used up lots of energy competing with their partners for who could do the most reps of star jumps, heel kicks, hops alongside more in a minute. On top of this, they have learned about Ancient Greece in reading including learning about the role of women in society many centuries ago as well as learning the myth of ‘Prince Thesesus and the minotaur’ which they really enjoyed!
As an outcome of their virtual trip, the children finished their superb published writes about the Son Doong Caves in Vietnam which they recounted using fantastic description and a focus on correct punctuation. A wonderful first piece of writing from Year 3!
Week beginning: 21.09.2020
This week, Year 3 have worked really hard across all of their lessons, including demonstrating the schools’ core values across many aspects of learning. In PSHE, they discussed their personal achievements whilst comparing their similarities and differences. The children respected the PSHE charter of showing respect, understanding and tolerance with the right to pass within discussions during the ‘being me in my world’ unit. Alongside this, the children have frequently demonstrated compassion which is a superb quality and a wonderful thing to be.
In PE, teamwork has been shown during football. They have practised ball control skills as well as techniques which have then been applied to matches (encouraging a competitive element). Many Year 3’s persevered in PE while working on their technique as well as within their tests this week which the teachers have been impressed with their determination.
During RE, the children learnt about Buddhism and the teachings of Buddha. After studying the story of Buddha, they annotated and re-created the teachings using a story board. In addition, the children enjoyed learning about the adventures of Fred, Con, Lila and Max when the characters find themselves in the Amazon rainforest after falling from the sky. In reading comprehension, they studied vocabulary and considered the meaning of new words while applying the context to aid understanding.
Year 3 continued their exploration of the world whilst taking an interactive tour of the Son Doong caves in Vietnam. Enthusiastically, they discovered the largest caves in the world, immersing themselves in the virtual trip (click on the link below to explore the caves). Building upon this, they word blasted an array of descriptive vocabulary as well as envisaging the adventure through their senses. A fantastic way to begin a recount of such a majestic sight which will be wonderful to read once completed.
Week beginning: 14.09.2020
This week, Year 3 worked hard in maths, accessing a range of questions involving applying understanding to complex and abstract questions. To begin with, they have studied place value and developed their knowledge of part-whole models as well as using both addition and subtraction, even doing the inverse operation as part of recombining. These are really important skills as understanding of place value is fundamental for all of their learning in maths.
In addition, in PSHE the children began studying the unit ‘Being me in my world’ which involved discussing how individuality is important as well as encouraging support of differences (in line with Jeans for Genes day). They considered how others’ worlds can be both similar and different, as well as goals and aspirations. It was wonderful to see the children appreciating and respecting others’ views. As part of this, the children considered the emotions it is possible to feel, acknowledging that emotions can affect ‘being me’.
On top of this, Year 3 built upon their knowledge of healthy living in science which complimented their regular PE sessions involving competitive yet enjoyable dodge ball. As part of learning about ‘animals including humans’ the children recapped their existing scientific knowledge surrounding through a fun quiz. Leading on from this, they studied the different food groups and a balanced diet. After collecting data of preferred foods and recording in a table, the classes generated their own balanced meal designed to solve the problem of a new healthy school dinner for the kitchen. During this lesson they demonstrated team work and problem solving skills as well as working scientifically and improving their knowledge of healthy living, which is important too!
Finally, the Year 3’s explored history whilst looking at different sources, even including an old form of technology as well as investigating sources spanning from Chamberlain’s announcement that Britain were at war in WWII to photos of the coliseum and Stonehenge! They showed their detective like abilities when generating questions in class discussions which would help a historian study an artefact or source. Great learning Year 3!
Week beginning: 07.09.2020
Welcome to Year 3’s first blog! This week, the children have completed their first full week at Kents Hill Junior School and have settled in fantastically. After such a long time away from school, they have adapted to the school routine as well as found their way around a new school. On top of this, Year 3 have been very sensible at understanding the importance of class bubbles as well as regularly washing their hands and sanitising.
In PSHE, the children have shared lots of information about themselves, which has been helpful for the teachers, and spent lots of time talking about how they are feeling returning to school and recognising different emotions. In addition, Year 3 have showcased their sporting skills in the outside sessions including catching and throwing, ball control and running, as well as team games.
After settling in to Year 3, they began learning about their first topic – explorers. To kick start their learning, the children participated in a ‘hook day’ which occurs at the start of every new topic. This comprised of; exploring the Amazon, discovering the rare animals and designing a survival pack for an expedition; exploring Antarctica, learning about Roald Amundsen and making compasses with a recap of cardinal points; lastly, an exploration of the ocean which included tracking sea turtles, discovering what creatures live in the sea and designing a boat suitable for tracking boats, considering properties of materials. It was wonderful to see so many hands up and to see the children enjoying themselves after a long time away from the classroom. A great start to the explorers topic.
Well done to Year 3 on their first week at the Junior school!
Welcome to the Year 3 team 2020-2021.
We look forward to welcoming all of the children on to school site and getting to know them all in person! If you have any questions at all, please email or call the school office.
Year 2 Blog 2019-2020
Another excellent week with our future Year 3 this week! We’ve spoken to lots more of the children on the phone so we can get to know you ready for September – we’re really enjoying learning all about you first-hand!
This week we’ve heard all about their proudest moments which we are so happy the children have shared with us – we love to celebrate all achievements as a school community!
The children have told us the key information that they think we should know about them and asked those all-important questions of their new teachers such as: what’s your favourite food? Which marvel character is your favourite? And some of the children challenged us to think about our proudest moments and achievements are so far!
We’ve also learnt all about the children’s heroes, we heard about lots of family members who are heroes and inspire the children as well as about some famous faces and even some book characters!
As well as hearing about how the children see those who keep us safe in the community as role-models such as the NHS, the police and the fire brigade!
Finally, we learnt about how creative the children are, from making volcanoes which ‘erupt’ to dance and drama and lots of art skills including sketching and painting.
This week we have found out lots more about our wonderful future Year 3 children!
Mrs Purser gave the children a guide to the school office and how the dinner bands work and the Year 3 teachers have spoken to lots of the children on the phone already! Don’t worry if you haven’t spoken to your teacher yet, they will be continuing to call you next week.
This week we have heard lots of great jokes from the children:
Why did the jelly baby go to school? Because he really wanted to be a smartie.
What does a penguin wear to the beach? Flipper-flops!!
What is a cows favourite song? I've got the moooves like Jagger by Moooroon 5.
What do you call a fairy that doesn’t shower? Stinkerbelle
Why was the penguin popular? Because he was an ice guy
We have heard all about your ambitions for the future and some jobs you are aiming for, we have some future astronauts, doctors, vets, builders and designers amongst us! Some of the children had yet to decide – hopefully some of the careers we introduce you to each term in the Juniors might inspire you!
The children told us all about their hobbies – it sounds like lots of you are very busy with swimming, dance, football, painting, exploring and drama to name a few!
We also heard all about your pets and got to see some photos of several of them too!
We've loved talking to lots of you this week and we can't wait to talk to more of you next week!
This week we continued to get to know our future Year 3 children!
We took you on a tour of the school in a ‘Day in the Life of a Year 3 child’ as guided by our Year 6 children.
Miss Hovey shared her top tips for times tables with you and Mrs Watts taught you how to tie your shoelaces – what a week! The children have found out the answers to lots of their questions and got to know their teacher more.
We also had the opportunity to learn out lots about the children too!
What the children’s favourite colours are – there were lots of votes for purple which is great to go with the school uniform!
We learnt if any of the children had any siblings and we found out if anyone had siblings already in the Junior school and what their houses were.
We learnt how the children would describe themselves:
We learnt how many star jumps the children could do and some could do more than 1 a second! Wow!
Finally we learnt about the children’s favourite toys – lots more votes for Lego as well as LOL dolls and Pokemon!
We have loved receiving lots of photos of you all this week to put names to faces – if you haven’t said ‘hi’ yet, we’d love for you to pop in so we can ‘meet’ you!
This week we have begun to meet some of our future Year 3 children for September 2020.
The children have had the opportunity to ‘meet’ their class teacher and the year group team as well as ask any questions they may have about Kents Hill Junior School. The children have met a few other team members at Kents Hill Junior School as well – Miss Parkes and Mrs Marable and have learnt about the school trips at the Junior school as well as what break and lunch times look like!
In turn, we have learnt lots about the children and even received a few photos so we can ‘see’ who we are talking to.
What the children are looking forward to in September, which ranged from seeing their friends again and meeting their new teachers to joining the ‘big’ school with different classrooms and the ‘big’ playground - getting their own lockers was high on the list as well!
What the children’s favourite subject are – there were lots of votes for maths, science and art. The children in turn learnt that we have a new science lab and art studio which they are looking forward to exploring!
We’ve learnt who their best friends are which has in turn helped us think about our plans for welcoming the children in to school in September.
We’ve heard all about the children’s favourite wet break/lunch activities – lots of Lego and imaginative play was discussed. Lots of the children were excited to know that we have the Lego Spike for robotics at our school!
Finally, we’ve learnt all about the children’s favourite books, some of the favourites included:
We look forward to continuing to learn more about you next week and telling you more about our school!
Next week a ‘day in the life of a Year 3 pupil’ school tour is going up!