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Welcome to Year 3

Music - The Orchestra Tuesday 18th January 2022

In Music this half term, we are learning about orchestras. This week, we were creating images to go with a piece of music. We listened to Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 4th movement which represents a storm. The children used symbols and pictures to represent the different weather heard in the piece. 

They have really enjoyed learning about orchestras so far. I wonder how many instruments they could tell you about?

Forest School - Week beginning 10th January 2021

This week, Year 3 began their Forest School sessions. They got to choose their Forest School name and learned the 3 main rules of Forest School: 
1. Keep yourself safe
2. Keep each other safe 
3. Look after the environment. 
The children explored the Forest School area. They climbed trees, built dens, went bug hunting, made rope swings and got muddy in the mud kitchen and sliding down the mud slide. Fun was had by all and they are excited for their next session. 

Science - Rocks Thursday 6th January 2022

This half term, Year 3 will be learning about the different types of rocks and how they are formed as well as how the fossilisation process occurs and how soil is created. Today, Apple class explored the different types of rocks and learnt more about their properties. The children were able to classify the rocks and verbally explain their reasoning for their choices. 

Cross Stitch - Thursday 16th December 2021

As part of our Art this half tem, year 3 tried their hand at cross stitch.  With support they threaded their needle and began creating the cross pattern on their coloured binca.  Through perserverence, the majority of the year group were able to create a line of crosses on their circular bina and produce a cross-stitched bauble.  Some children were able to create several rows or even patterns.  

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Day - Friday 10th December 2021

This week, year 3 got to dress up as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and explore the past with the help of Ian Weston from Portals to the Past. The children had a great day: exploring information and artefacts, playing games from the Viking times, learning how coins were made and even seeing some of the weaponry the Vikings used! The day was enjoyed by all teachers and children. 

Setting Description Hot Task - 23rd November 2021

This week, the children completed their setting description unit. Every English unit, we finish with a hot copy, which is producing a presentation copy of their writing including the edits that they completed in the previous lesson. The children have worked extremely hard on developing their vocabulary and describing using their five senses. When the children write their hot copy, they are encouraged to write with neat, joined up handwriting. Here are some lovely examples:

Stanway Evangelical Church - 17th November 2021

On Wednesday 17th November year 3 walked up to Stanway Evangelical Church to find out more about it.  Hannah, who is the children's and family lead at the church, explained what is was to be a free church.  She explained about the different religious festivals and celebrations held throughout the year as well as the community based work they do.  The children really enjoyed their visit and was surprised by all they had to offer.  They especially enjoyed joining in with some of the action songs.

Computing - 9th November 2021

In computing this half term, Year 3 are learning about animation. So far in their learning journey, the children have created a cartoon flip book and today they were able to create a moving animation using the iPads. Using the imotion app, the children drew a sequence of frames on their whiteboards and adjusted the image frame-by-frame. They captured each frame and when they played their frames back all the children were successful in creating a moving animation. 

Singing Assembly - 4th November 2021

On Thursdays, Stanway Fiveways have singing assemblies in class. This week, the children were very enthusiastic and enjoyed the songs. 


Science Magnets Investigation - 11th October, 2021

In Science, the children have been learning about forces. This week, the children explored magnets. They created their own investigation to see if water affected how the magnet worked. 

English Instructions - 7th October, 2021

Over the next few week in English, Year 3 are learning about instructional writing. As part of this, Year 3 made delicious jam sandwiches where they were able to experience each part of the process. They were then able to write their own instructions in chronological order using key features such as imperative verbs and adverbs including adverbs of time.

Dance - 29th September 2021

In Dance this half term we are using i-moves to learn different movements.  This week some of the children created their own sequence which they performed to the rest of their class.  

Design and Technology - 23rd September, 2021

In design and technology this half term, the children will be learning a range of sewing skills including overstitch and back stitch. This week the class were learning to master the running stitch and what a wonderful job they did.

Outdoor PE Hockey - 13th September 2021

This week, the children began their normal topic related learning in the afternoons. This half term, the children will be learning the skills of hockey. They began with learning to dribble a hockey ball and show control. The children thoroughly enjoyed the team games to practise the skill of weaving in and out of the cones.  

Maths and English - 10th September, 2021

This week Year 3 have started Place Value within Maths. Within this, children are identifying the values of three-digit numbers and exploring different representations of numbers. In English, we have begun our narrative unit on characterisation. The children have been looking at dragons and identifying adjectives, verbs and adverbs to go with this. 

South America - 3rd September, 2021

At the start of Year 3, the children have been learning about the continent of South America. Within their learning they have found out about the different countries along with several traditions. These have included South American dream catchers, pan pipe from Bolivia and weaving from Paraguay. Children have experienced the dominant language within the continent which is Spanish. 

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