Welcome to Year 3!
It's so lovely to have you all back in school and ready to learn again!
The Year 3 team
Mrs Rous - Class teacher 3R (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Ballinger - Class teacher 3B (email: email@example.com)
Mrs Skilleter - Year 3 Learning Support Assistant
During the current COVID19 situation, please use school emails to contact us about any non-urgent issues.
Anything more urgent can be passed to us via the main school office.
Thursday is PE day and children should have a change of footwear, under present COVID conditions, children will not be getting changed into a full PE kit, but they must have trainers or pumps to change into. They will be learning sports that require no contact such as dance and fitness while restrictions remain in place. Swimming will not take place for Year 3 children for the foreseeable future.
Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Wednesday. Homework consists of Arithmetic, Grammar and a short reading activity. Homework should be completed in pencil or a black or blue pen. Children will be awarded team points for completed homework pieces. In addition to this, children are expected to have read at home 3 times each week and have this signed by an adult in their diary.
Weekly spellings are stuck in the spellings section at the front of your child's diary, new spellings are given out on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday.
Mini Mission 1 - Charlie Small Gorilla City
Throughout this mini mission in English, we will be learning how to write a detailed description of the rainforest using effective adjectives, verbs, adverbs and sentence openers. In Geography we will learn the location of the 7 continents and the 5 oceans of the world and will look closely at the rainforest biome, its layers and its importance. We will use natural materials in Art to create a print that represents the rainforest.
Jim and the beanstalk
After reading his story, the giant then sent some challenges for Year 3 to complete.
Challenge #1 - Explain the role of the various parts of the plant.
Challenge#2 - Explain how water is transported through a plant.
Challenge #3 - Explain the role of a flower in pollination.
Challenge #4 - Explain the different types of seed dispersal.
He was a very demanding giant!! We put all of our explanations together into a book to explain everything that we learned about flowering plants.
Have a look... 👀
There was a story in the local paper about a group of archaeologists finding some bones. They needed help in finding out the age of the person that the bones belonged to. They needed some primary school children to measure their bones to help them. We measured our cranium (skull), radius (one of the bones in the lower arm) and our tibia (one of the bones that connects the knee to the ankle). We put our measurements in a bar graph so that we could compare our bone lengths. we found out that even though Year 3 children are of a similar age, our bone lengths are different. However, we did discover that the measurements fell within a range so that we could tell the archaeologists that if the bones were between these ranges then the person whose bones they were could be aged between 7 and 8 years old. If they were shorter then the owner would be younger and older if the bones were longer. Good detective work!
Throughout Science during this mini mission, we learned about the function of our skeleton and the names of the major bones in it. When we looked at the way in which the skeleton fits together we discovered that there were three different types of joints in the skeleton that help us to move in different ways. Hinge joints, sliding joints and ball and socket joints.
We also learned about the different food groups that our bodies need in order to stay healthy and which ones that we should eat less of. We designed our own healthy meal to show our choices of these food groups.
For our Design and Technology project, we used our knowledge of how bones work to make a working model of a hand to prove that ligaments are needed to move the joints.
We investigated hinge joints and ball and socket joints to understand how they work in different ways.
Our design used straws to represent the bones and string for the ligaments. Once completed, we attached elastic bands to the ends of the string. When you pull on the bands the ligaments are stretched and this makes the fingers move at the joints. When the ligaments are relaxed the joints move back. Pictured below are two examples of the finished 'bionic' hand.