Year 3 2020 - 2021
Mrs Young, Mrs Ashman and Mrs Cardy
Stone Age to Iron Age
Our first History topic this year was Stone Age to Iron Age. We enjoyed learning about how Britain changed from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We found out about the homes they lived in, the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the tools they used. We found out that you can only use artefacts to find out about this part of History. This is known as Pre-History.
In DT, we really enjoyed gathering apples and berries to make fruit crumble. It was delicious! We also used our cooking skills to make a very tasty vegetable broth. These were recipes that people in the Stone Age may have used.
In Art, we experimented with different media to make rubbings and marks. After evaluating which created the best effect, this was used to make cave painting. We also made Stone Age jewellery using salt dough. We moulded the dough to look like teeth and beads and then painted it when it was dry.
We enjoyed reading Stone Age Boy in Literacy. It was a story about a boy who found himself back in the Stone Age. He discovered what it was like to live like Stone Age people. He had to hunt animals for food and clothes, cook food over an open fire and make spears out of animal horns. We wrote our own version of the story and transformed it into a diary entry written by the Stone Age Boy.
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We had a real Stone Age experience with a Stone Age Day! Click here to see some photographs from the day.
Animals Including Humans
Our Science topic this half term was all about animals including humans. We began the topic by looking at skeletons and bones. Did you know that you are born with 300 bones but by adulthood you only have 206? We looked at the scientific vocabulary in Literacy during paired reading and found out the definitions for these words. We could then use these to write an explanation about how our bodies move in Literacy. We made a Science model to show how our muscles contract and relax to allow us to move. Did you know that the largest muscle in the human body is in the bottom (gluteus maximus)?
We are looking forward to a visit from a Vet who is going to tell us all about what animals need to stay healthy.
We are going to find out about having a balanced diet. We will start by keeping a food diary over a weekend and looking at the different food groups we eat.
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Our Geography unit is all about our Active planet. So far this academic year our planet has been quite active! We started off with Hurricane Dorian and just recently Hurricane Lorenzo. We have been collecting rainwater and presented this data in a bar chart. We noticed the amount of rainfall tripled as Hurricane Lorenzo struck! In the Spring term we will be exploring this unit more but whenever the planet is active and in the news we will be finding out about it!
We began the year looking at Place Value in numbers up to 1000. We know lots about the value of each digit in three digit numbers. We recognised patterns in sequences and used this to find missing numbers.
Recently, we have used our knowledge of place value to add numbers which has included regrouping. We used the equipment, we drew it and we used the column method for addition.
We are always trying to improve our times tables recall. We use Times Table Rockstars in school and at home to help us.
Our unit of learning in RE this term was to look at the symbols of Chritianity within a Christian Church, we visited two local churches; St Michael's and the Bethany Chruch and compared them.
Here are some photographs of our experiences at the churches.
During our visits we looked for some Christian symbols in the church and we could explain what each symbol represents. Take a look at some examples of our work here.
For our Science unit of learning, we studied light and dark, and investigated how shadows are made. To begin the topic we visited the Centre for Life in Newcastle.
"We explored objects in a black box and recognised that you could only see them when there was light. We noticed that light reflected the silver CD in the box. We talked about the meaning of transparent, translucent and opaque and explored objects, recording our findings. We noticed that the best material that we could use to make a puppet show would be card because it is opaque." - Quote from Elizabeth.
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We sorted the difference between natural and man-made light. Look here for an example of work.
Our favourite book this term, was the Iron Man. We were immersed in the book, exploring the characters, plots throughout. We
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