Rocks and Soils
In science this term we are learning about rocks and soils. Last week, we learned about the three natural rock formations, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Today we tested different rocks to find out about their properties. We tested their permeability and density.
Tea Party with Mrs. Hodgson
Some Year 3 children were very lucky to be invited to a tea party with Mrs. Hodgson last week. They had cupcakes and talked to Mrs. Hodgson about school and what they had been learning about!
Red Nose Day
The children had a great day celebrating Red Nose Day. They came to school dressed as super heros and they were amazing! Thank you parents for all of your support.
In Geography this week, we learned about the tropics and how the climate is different between from the UK. We learned about how in the tropics they don't have a cold season and some countries in the tropics have a rainy season.
The children wrote and read aloud their own weather report for either the UK or the tropics.
World Recycling Day
For World Recycling Day on Thursday, Year 3 were very lucky to have a virtual workshop to learn about the three Rs, Recycle, Reduce and Reuse!
We found out about single-use items and what reusable item we could replace them with.
We had lots of fun!
It has been so wonderful opening our doors to the whole class this week. I have enjoyed catching up with the children about their Christmas Holidays (though it seems so long ago!) and seeing their lovely smiling faces in person rather than over a computer!
Willow class have been a dream this week, getting straight back into their learning and school routine without a hesitation. We are already working hard but we are also having a bit of fun!
This week is National Science Week and we are doing some activities to celebrate that this week, alongside our usual timetable.
Please enjoy below a few pictures from our science experiment today. We used ground pepper to represent germs. First the children put a finger in their bowl of water and saw how many 'germs' stuck to them. Then after covering their finger in soap or hand sanitiser, they put their finger in again.
We were amazed at the results! When covered with soap and hand sanitiser, the 'germs' seemed to explode away from their fingers and they came away with nothing on their hands!
Week 1 Home Learning
Well done for completing the first week of home learning everyone! Thank you to those of you who joined our Zoom call today, it was lovely to see your smiling faces and hear about your Christmas holidays.
Please see some wonderful pictures below of what Willow class has been up to this week.
Today in Maths, we were learning about bar charts. We collected data to find out Willow's favourite sweet! Firstly, we tasted some sweets and made a tally of our favourite. We then converted the data we had collected into a bar chart.
D.T. Present Boxes
In D.T. this term we are making Christmas Present Boxes. This week we had a practice run at using nets to make a 3D shape in preparation for making the final product over the next two weeks. Stay tuned to see the final present boxes!
In Year 3 this week, we wrote letters to send to a residential care home. The children thought about how many of the residents of this care home probably can't see their families at the moment; so we decided to write letters and send some lovely drawings to them! The children showed me just how caring and compassionate they are by wanting to give the care home residents something to read.
Children in Need
To raise money for Children in Need, we all wore our pajamas to school today! We were very comfortable in our cosy dressing gowns and slippers. We also had a go at the Strictly Come Dancing challenge for Children in Need. Take a look below!
This week in science, we were learning about friction. We carried out an investigation testing how objects moved over different surfaces. We made predictions and recorded our results.
To honor Remembrance Day, Willow class created poppy art work using oil pastels.
The Gunpowder Plot
This week the children learned all about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. In English, the children put actions to the story to help them remember the key points. This supported them in retelling the story themselves. They did a great job in their writing and even included paragraphs which we learned about earlier in the week.
This afternoon in art, we drew self-portraits. We drew portraits of our partners earlier in the year, but this time we tried to improve the proportions of the face. We watched a video that showed us how to draw faint lines to help us proportion the face and put the eyes, nose and mouth in the right place.
Performing play scripts
This week we have been learning about the features of a play script including stage directions. Today, in groups, we performed a short play by following the directions given and using intonation and expression in our voice.
Our Roman brooches
Today our clay brooches were finally dry so we could paint them! We used colours that were similar to what Roman brooches would have been including gold, silver and red. They ended up looking fantastic! Check out the pictures below.
Today in Year 3 we had our Roman Day and we had so much fun! It was very exciting having all the children dressed up in their Roman costumes and doing all the different activities we had planned. The children made their own clay brooches, made mosaics and got to try some food that Romans would've eaten (including dates and olives).
I would like to say thank you to all of the parents who supported us today by buying and making the costumes for the children so we could all have a wonderful day.
Please enjoy all the wonderful pictures from our day.
Today we made a multiplication memory game to practice and test our times table knowledge. The children made the game in their pairs and had lots of fun testing each other and trying to win the most pairs!
Today we learned about the purpose and functions of muscles in the human body. We learned that we need muscles to create motion and that different muscle movements are voluntary or involuntary. The children created a 3D likeness of how our muscles work to move our bodies.
This week, we have been learning all about different types of poetry including Haiku, Acrostic and Concrete poems. We have also been learning about how to perform poems.
The children were wonderful at performing poetry using intonation and even actions.
Today in History, we learned about Boudicca's rebellion against the Romans. We designed our own Roman shields, tried out different shield formations and re-enacted the battle between Boudicca's Army and the Roman Army.
What an amazing week we have had in Willow Class! We have studied famous art from around the world and created our own in different mediums including, pencil, paint and oil pastels. I have been so impressed by the childrens' creativity and patience with their artwork this week. They have created so much wonderful artwork that I have been showing as many adults as possible and I've even kept some to display in the classroom!
(They will get this back later in the year).
Please see a selection of our artwork below.
Well done Willow Class.
Today the children have been introduced to Clarice Cliff, a famous English ceramic artist. We looked at her style of work and found she used bright colours and lots of shapes to create her artwork. We began to develop our own patterns using her style. We loved the bright colours!
Today, Willow Class had their first Mindfulness/Yoga lesson. They had a lovely time learning how to calm themselves and deal with feelings of nervousness. They came back to the classroom very chilled!
This week we were very lucky to have a visit from the school nurse. She spoke to us about how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy. The children talked about healthy lifestyles, washing hands and who they could talk to if they were worried.
Welcome to Willow
Welcome back to the second week of Year 3! I had a wonderful first week getting to know all of your lovely faces; I hope you have enjoyed your start of year. I am very proud of how well you have all settled in and got on with your learning! I am also pleased to say I have already been able to put some childrens' work up on display in the classroom. Well done!
Please come back here regularly to see lots of amazing pictures of what we have gotten up to in class. You will surely see lots of learning and fun going on in our classroom. We love to learn new things and showcase it all here for children, parents and other family members to see.