Category: Year 3

During their Art lessons this term, Year 3 have been creating Anglo-Saxon Art inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt. They used a range of natural resources found around the school grounds. Working well together in teams, they demonstrated how creative they are. What wonderful work!

They have also been using their artistic skills in their Design and Technology lessons. They attempted to make a paper lamp with a woodland theme design, to link with our Whole Class Read ‘Hansel and  Gretal’. They are going to use these skills and knowledge about Electricity to design and make a children’s night-light.

This week, Year 3 have been learning about the importance of Remembrance Day. We also learned about the significance of the Poppy and looked at examples of it in Art. We then spent time sketching and using watercolours to create our own artwork. We’re very proud of our results, have a look…

Year 3 are about to write their own playscript so in order to do this, they are immersing themselves in what a playscript is. We started with using a playscript of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to read through and act out in class. We tried to find differences between this type of text and others we have encountered. Next, we will examine the features of a playscript in more detail before gathering ideas for our own ‘Revolting Rhymes’ style script.

The children were very organised in allocating roles, practising their lines and acting it out before the rest of the class. Such confidence!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Years Three and Four were very lucky to have a lesson delivered to us by Mr. Butler, a volunteer STEM Ambassador who has lots of experience in this field and has visited many schools to help inspire and enthuse children in this field. He certainly did this today!

We started thinking about all the different electricity appliances we use all the time, and how these things are powered. Then we did some investigations into making an energy stick work! (A low-voltage appliance) We discovered that if we held both ends, we could safely create our own human circuit and make the energy stick light up and buzz. We also found we could keep adding children to make bigger circuits, as long as we were holding or touching hands. If we didn’t, then we were acting as switches, stopping the flow of electricity.

We used all this knowledge to apply to a variety of circuits, to work out if they would work, and if not, why not?

This session was a great opportunity for expanding not only our knowledge and vocabulary but also our thinking skills as the children had time to consider different investigations. They are all looking forward to putting this new found knowledge into practise as they begin their Science topic on ‘Electricity’ and in ‘Design and Technology’ when they will be making a reading night light.

Year 3 and Year 4 had a fantastic day out today. We visited Nottingham Contemporary in the morning and had the opportunity to explore our creativity in lots of different ways – including using our bodies to represent giraffes and working in groups to make out own models! We also explored what support means, and how we support one another. Thank you so much to all the gallery staff who supported us today!

Then we visited Broadway Cinema to watch Horrible Histories: The Movie. It was great fun to see our history lessons to come to life in a funny musical way, as well as learning more about the habits of the Celts and Romans.

Stop Motion Animation

Year 3 have also been exploring animation this term. They have been using a range of techniques to create a stop-frame animation using tablets. Before creating the animation; Year 3 were able to create a storyboard with details of movement, characters and background. Pupils were able to use tablets to carefully create stop-frame animations, paying attention to consistency. While creating their animations, the children were fantastic at making links to their History topic about the Roman Empire and its’ impact on Britain!

Comparison Cards Database

For the second part of the half term Year 3 have been learning about Databases. They were able to discuss what databases are and how we use these in our everyday lives, from simple class registers and records to online directories. Year 3 did a great job at explaining the pros and cons of both computer and paper-based databases. Having understood that Databases are made up records, fields and data and that they can be ordered and filtered; they were able to create their very own ‘Top-Trumps’ Cards.

Year 3 were lucky enough to have lots of visitors to our classroom last week. Even better, they helped us with our very own ‘Fraction Museum’ We then sang with Year 4 for our families with Mr Treloar. What a lovely afternoon it was!

TTRS and Numbots!

Mathletics Results

Year 3 had their first lesson learning important skills for playing Rounders. Despite the heat, and lots of water and suntan spray, we had a lovely time and learned lots with Gordon.