Willow Class had a lovely time celebrating Geography Day! They learned lots of new facts and did some lovely artwork. In the morning, they learned about different host cities of the Olympics and did a beautiful painting of the Japanese blossom tree. In the afternoon, they learned about Venezuela. They listened to some traditional music and watched a video to show them what Venezuela looked like.
This week, Year 3 were incredibly lucky to have an engineering workshop for a whole morning! They had to come up with a clever contraption to solve a problem. The problem was Rapunzel was stuck in her tower and needed help to get out! The children came up with lots of different ideas to help her, including a hot air balloon, a slide and a ladder. They only had limited resources to do this, but they did a wonderful job of saving Rapunzel!
The children were also tasked to build a tower that stood by itself (and wasn't taped to the table!) using only 4 sheets of A4 paper and 1m of masking tape. I was very impressed by how well they did with this challenge! They had great fun and we are very pleased to have been able to participate.
Please enjoy the lovely photos of our morning!
Although we were saddened to be unable to invite parents and families to Sports Day this year, we are pleased to be able to share photos of our day with you. In the morning, supported by Yeovil Town, we had Athletics which included long jump, discus and shot put. In the afternoon the children competed in class races. They did an amazing job, and were all pleased to take part. Please enjoy the photos of our day below.
Today we started learning about our new geography topic, Brazil! We learned that Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world and that Brazilians speak Portuguese. We used maps to find out Brazil's capital city, Brasilia, and Brazil's neighbouring countries.
Crazy Hair Day
To raise money for our school charity, we took part in a Crazy Hair Day! The children were definitely looking crazy! They came in with some incredibly creative looks, so well done to the adults that helped with this.
We had a fantastic Viking Day today in Year 3! The children made their own bread rolls which they later tried with a stew, and with honey (not at the same time!) as the Viking would have. They made their own Viking shields and tried their hand at archery. The archery was not as easy as it looked but they had great fun having a go at this!
Mental Health Awareness Week
To raise awareness for Mental Health, Willow class spent some time being mindful. We found different items in nature, including flowers and pinecones, to make a composition to draw.
This week in P.E. we practiced our throwing and catching skills. The children played a game with a partner where they had to take a ste back if they caught the ball, and a step forward if they dropped it. Some of the children managed to get really far away from their partners! I was pleasantly surprised by their skills. The children that found this easy challenged themselves to catch the ball with one hand!
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.