Year 3

Summer 2

Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright and every street has a story to tell. Explore with fresh eyes the art of the city, then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by. Make a map of your home town and find out how things have changed. Has time changed the town for the better? How could you improve the urban environment? Maybe add more colour? More light? More things to do, or perhaps a plaza with a comfortable bench or two? Now light up the city with creations of your own…a statue, a light show, a monument or street art. The possibilities are endless so what will you choose? You’re an urban pioneer…so get ready to go!

Investigating Light!

 Year 3 had a great afternoon investigating how light allows us to see. We made dark boxes out of those shoe boxes that were very kindly donated and used different materials that would allow varying degrees of light through. We then realised that we needed light to be able to see any of the objects in the box and the more light we had available, the better we could see the object.

Summer 1   

Our main topic this half term is ‘Predator!’.  With a strong science focus, the children will take a walk on the wild side learning about creepy crocodiles, amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious venus fly trap!

The Yorkshire Owl Experience

We had a visit from the Yorkshire Owl Experience to start off our topic. We saw 5 different owls, up close and personal! We were able to stroke the owls and even hold one using a falconry glove. We learnt about the owls' habitat, diet and special adaptations to make catching their prey easier. Our favourite was cheeky Charlie the Little Owl who kept jumping off his perch!

Owl Pellet Investigation

Year 3 have been investigating the diet of owls by dissecting owl pellets. An owl pellet contains the things that an owl is unable to digest. We found lots of small animal bones and even a beak!

Gardening in the allotment

Year 3 have had their green fingers on this week! We have planted some seeds in the classroom, we planted lettuce, coriander and radishes. After they had started to sprout a little we took them to the allotment and planted them outside. Hopefully, we will be able to eat some of the crops we have grown before the end of the year.

Celery Experiment

Year 3 have been finding out how water travels through plants. We set up an experiment by placing celery sticks in dyed water. After a few days, the water had made its way through the xylem of the plant and we could see this when we cut it up. If you look closely, you can see how many xylem each celery stick has by counting the coloured dots! We also put a bunch of flowers in the same dyed water and after a few days some of the petals had started to change colour along the xylem of the petals.

Spring 2

Volcano Visiters

In year 3 we have been learning about volcanoes. Our teacher was so kind she let Faye (Rosa’s mum) come in. We did some cool stuff like banging party poppers and trying to make structures that could stand up during an earthquake. We made it out of spaghetti and marshmallows and at the end, we got a giant marshmallow each- yummy!

 

Volcano poems

In Year 3, as part of our topic on voIcanoes we wrote poems about volcanoes and their eruption. You had to choose a certain eruption, image of a volcano or a certain myth. The verses had to include: onomatopoeia, alliteration, a capital letter at the start of each line, a simile or two, rhyming words and rhythm. Here is one of them: 

I want to run,

And it isn’t very fun.

I’m hungry, I’m hungry,

And the rocks are tumbly, so tumbly.

 

At home I’m eating a cake,

But this all seems so fake.

I’m not so keen,

Because I am only a teen.

Spring 1

The topic in Year 3 this half term is called 'Mighty Metals'. The children will be exploring the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. They will be using 'The Iron Man' as a stimulus for their writing. In art, they will be making embossed foil patterns and charcoal drawings of the Iron Man. In DT, they will be looking at levers, making and testing spinners on different surfaces and making a mini parachute. Lots of mighty metal fun to be had by all!

Autumn 1

This half term we will be leaving the modern world behind and stepping back to prehistoric times. Our main topic is 'Tribal Tales'. With a strong history/geography focus, the children will be investigating prehistoric Britain from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age, making maps and talking about the importance of archaeology.

Updated  by Tom Moran and Lilli Timmins

Year 3 Twelve Apostles trip

On Tuesday 27th September 2016, we went to Ilkley Moor  and we walked to the 12 apostles. It was quite tricky but after 2 hours, we stopped to eat lunch. Then, after lunch we got to the 12 apostles and measured the height of the stone, the width of the stone and the distance of the stone to the middle stone. We finished off the day with an ice-cream - yummy!

 

Roald Dahl day in Year 3

On Roald Dahl day we introduced our characters to the class.

Lots of interesting characters including the SFG (small friendly giant) and a fasting Augustus Gloop also our old teacher was Mr. Twit.

We did some art with watercolours in the style of Quentin Blake, mental maths and even made some snozzcumbers which were scrumdiddlyumptious but some people thought they were full of uckyslush! Also, our headteacher was a crazy Willy Wonka.

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Here is some of the excellent learning from Year 3 last year:

Spring 1

Tremors! Overwhelming and mighty, Mother Nature’s awesome energies hiss and roar deep within the Earth. Plates collide, spewing lava. Rocks rain down and mud slides in torrents. Towns and cities vanish under ashen clouds.

Discover the dangerous and ferocious world of natural disasters and glimpse their savage and deadly effects. Visit the ancient city of historic Pompeii, frozen in time.

Watch out! Volcanologists detect formidable rumblings from an extinct volcano in Scotland’s capital. Red Alert! What would you do?

Pompeii Figures

In Year 3, we have been learning all about volcanoes as part of our Tremors  topic. We have looked closely at the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and wrote our own version of Pliny the Younger's eye witness account. As part of this, we looked at photographs of the archaeologists' findings when they excavated Pompeii. We looked at pictures of the bodies that were uncovered and recreated these using clay.

Fossil Making

As part of our Tremors topic, Year 3 have been looking into fossils and how they are formed. We had a go at making our own fossils. They turned out great!

Magna Trip 2.2.16

This half term, Year 3 have been learning about volcanoes. We went on a trip to Magna Science Adventure Centre to learn more about them and other science activities. We spent some time in each of the 4 pavilions; Earth, Water, Fire and Air. We also had a workshop about volcanoes where we made our own volcano, watched it erupt 3 times then took a core sample to investigate the different layers of rock. It was a really enjoyable day and the children were exceptionally behaved, as always!

Gymnastics Competition 9.2.16

On Tuesday 9th February, 12 members of Year 3 went to Ralph Thoresby High School to take part in a gymnastics competition organised by our cluster of schools. There were 5 schools competing in three different events; the vault, body management and the sequence. We had a great time competing and the children should be congratulated for their excellent behaviour and attitude throughout, well done! Although we didn't win any of the team trophies, Hasan received a certificate for the highest individual score in the sequence. Out of 65 children competing, this was a great achievement for Hasan, well done!

Spring 2

You’re an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men, of course!). Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials…Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move. Which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? Can you make a penny look shiny and new? Then, meet Hogarth the Iron Man’s companion…The Iron Man wants a friend…Can you build him one? You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble! If you were a metal, which one would you be? Gold, a shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you’re iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust! Maybe you’re not a metal at all – but a force to be reckoned with!

 

Parachutes

In science, Year 3 are learning all about forces. We tested the force of gravity using a parachute and then identified the friction that is air resistance that slows the parachute down. We then came back into the classroom to make our own parachutes and tested them.

News Bulletins

In English we have been learning about news bulletins. We watched an episode of Newsround and identified the different features to make a class checklist. We then performed a news bulletin using a prepared script. After that, we wrote our own news bulletin script to perform based on the appearance of The Iron Man from the book by Ted Hughes. It was great fun being news readers!

Iron Man Charcoal Drawings

We have been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes in Year 3. In that book there are several black and white drawings. We have recreated some of them using charcoal. They look very effective on our display!

Pop-Up Easter Cards

For our Easter cards this year, Year 3 use the idea of a pop-up to create an Easter garden in a card. We cut straight lines into a folded piece of card which when we unfolded it, created small pop-up sections. We added a cross to the middle and bushes to the sides to make a beautiful Easter garden in a card. Then, we typed our message on the computers.

Summer 1

Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright and every street has a story to tell. Explore with fresh eyes the art of the city, then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by. Make a map of your home town and find out how things have changed. Has time changed the town for the better? How could you improve the urban environment? Maybe add more colour? More light? More things to do, or perhaps a plaza with a comfortable bench or two? Now light up the city with creations of your own…a statue, a light show, a monument or street art. The possibilities are endless so what will you choose? You’re an urban pioneer…so get ready to go!

Pottery Workshop

Year 3 had a visit from a professional ceramist called Mark. He delivered a whole morning workshop for us and taught us different techniques including scratch and slip which creates a bond between two pieces of clay to secure them together. The children all made a template using their maths skills and then used this template to create their own building based on buildings in Leeds City Centre. Once the buildings were made, Mark loaded them into his car and took them back to his studio in Sunderland to fire in his kiln. The pieces will be fired to 1260 degrees Celsius to make them hard. They will then be returned to us for decorating and to make our own city scape.

Graffiti

Year 3 have been looking at graffiti as part of their Urban Pioneers topic. We designed our own graffiti in groups on large paper and then went into the playground to copy them onto the playground. We did this using chalk, so the graffiti is only temporary!

Year 3 Street Food

To finish our topic all about the city, Year 3 made their own pop-up street food stall in the classroom. We made healthy bean burgers in a pitta with salad and a delicious dressing. The burgers were made from scratch by mashing kidney bean and adding in other ingredients to bind. Then we made a lovely salad to go with our burgers. We had a buffet style station in the middle of the room to fill our pittas and the results were delicious!

Summer 2

Visit to church

In RE, Year 3 have been looking at special and sacred places. As part of this we arranged a visit to church with Reverend White so we could look more closely at this as a sacred and special place. We visit church regularly, but this gave us an opportunity to look at all the different areas and features in church, ask lots of questions and really understand how our church is used on a daily basis. We looked at lots of different things and learnt lots of new words!