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Year 3 Gallery & Work 21/22

Our topic this term is Ancient Greece. During our learning, the class have been reading texts about different aspects of Ancient Greek life. We then collected the key events from the Ancient Greek period. The pupils worked as partners to cut, stick and order these events onto their own timeline.

The unicef rights respecting school article of the week is Article 6 – life, survival and development. Every child has the right to life. We began with a class discussion about what children need for their life, survival and development. This was followed up by drawing a picture of one adult in their lives. The class annotated their pictures with everything their adult does to allow them to develop, survive and how this has changed over different stages of their life. The class discussed the importance of how coming to school supports their development as people.

We have started learning a new columnar method of addition in Maths. The pupils have shown some excellent presentation when calculating two 3-digit numbers.

Henri Rousseau (21 May 1844 – 2 September 1910) was a French impressionist painter. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time. Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognised as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Rousseau's work was a huge and extensive influence on several generations’ artists.

Tiger in a Tropical Storm or Surprised! is an 1891 oil-on-canvas painting by Henri Rousseau. It was the first of the jungle paintings for which the artist is well known. It shows a tiger, illuminated by a flash of lightning, preparing to pounce on its prey in the midst of a raging gale.

In Year 3 we have been making observational sketches based on the Rousseau’s work. The painting split into four sections and the class chose an area of the painting to focus on. The class produced detailed sketches with pencil then added the shades of colours they could see.

In Maths we have started learning Geometry. In one of the lessons this week we have been learning about right angles. Each class went on a hunt to find as many object around the classroom as they could which had a right angle.

This week in Year 3 we have been learning about the Easter Story. During this time, we spent the afternoon with a team of visitors who explained each part of the Easter Story. The class went around six workstations and made links to their own life. They discussed why friendships are important, what they value in their life. They wrote down the questions they had about what had happened to Jesus during the Easter story. We also discussed what attributes we would like in a friend and how this makes us happy in our lives.  

As part of British Science Week, we have been looking at what we buy and how this impacts climate change. After a discussion, we realised there were many different types of carrier bags available for your shopping. Each class made a tally chart to represent which bag they use most often when shopping. We then converted this data into a bar chart.

In Year 3 we have been learning about the human skeleton. We have been experimenting if having a longer femur means you can jump further. We recorded the data and analysed the findings.

Congratulations to Zoe who won the Christmas Reading competition by reading 10 times! Zoe is one of Year 3’s Reading Rangers. Each week we can earn 5 points towards the Reading Revolution by reading each night, then getting our Reading record signed.

This week in Year 3 we have been creating rainforest collages, focusing on how each layer is a different colour. Year 3 have also been exploring Hindu beliefs of reincarnation and Karma. We discussed why it is important to do kind things in our lives. We played a game of Hindu snakes and ladders, where to go up the ladder we had to write something that we thought would give us good karma

In topic, we have been learning about the layers of the rainforest. To help us remember each layer, we learned some different actions. Can you guess what each action represents?

As part of our rights respecting, we have been looking at Article 8 (the right to protect your identity). We discussed what our identity is and ways that we can protect this online.

Our new topic this term is Rainforests. This week we have been describing a rainforest setting using the five senses. We have also been looking at different countries close to the equator and compared the climates. Each group then presented a weather forecast to the class on describing the types of weather we normally see there.

This week in maths we have started a new topic of division. We have used the whiteboards during practical lessons to share numbers into equal groups, and have begun using number lines to help with division problems.

This week in English we have begun looking at chronological reports focusing on the Celtic Iron Age. We have looked at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and organised sentences in the correct order.

This week in maths we have started a new topic of division. We have used the whiteboards during practical lessons to share numbers into equal groups, and have begun using number lines to help with division problems.

In history, we looked at images of Bronze Age artefacts. We wrote down our initial thoughts about the material it was made from, the purpose of the object and who might use it. We made some excellent predictions and learned about some interesting Bronze Age objects.

In English, we are working towards writing our own newspaper report about when a Stone Age man was sighted in our school car park. To make sure we sequence our report correctly, we placed the key events in chronological order.

This week, we have been learning about the rock cycle. We used shavings of white and dark chocolate to replicate the shards of rock, applied pressure and heat so the chocolate mirrored each stage of the rock cycle. We had to read instructions to make sure we were carrying out each stage of the experiment correctly.

We then cut out pictures of the chocolate eat each stage to sequence the experiment.

This half term, we have been learning new methods to add and subtract numbers. We have been using counters to make this a bit easier for us, which has been extremely helpful when we have had to bridge and exchange tens!

We waited for the paint to dry then cut out shapes that resembled the rocks of Stonehenge from black card, and stuck these over the top to look like a silhouette. What do you think of our finished pieces?

Stonehenge artwork

This week, we have been working hard learning about Stonehenge. We have learned where it is, and how it was built. We have even created our own sunset style pictures of Stonehenge.

To do this, we worked hard on mixing together colours. We chose red, orange and yellow as we thought these looked most like the colours of the sky during sunset. We used our knowledge of primary colours to mix red and yellow to make orange. We then painted these onto a sheet of paper and tried to blend them together to make an ombre effect.

As part of our Stone Age topic, we have been looking at Cave paintings. We talked about the images, what colours were used and how they were able to create the colours without paints. We sketched our own on tea-stained paper then shaded them using oil pastels!

In English, we have been working hard on improving our work. We were given a piece of writing which we had to up-level using adjective, adverbs and prepositions. We are going to use this knowledge to improve our own independent writes this week!

We are working hard this week on writing a setting description about a Stone Age cave. We are using our 5 senses to describe that would be around us, and we can’t wait to show you our finished pieces!

Since coming back to school, we have been working so hard in Year 3! We have done lots of work "all about us". We created a leaflet all about ourselves, then used our excellent literacy skills to write it!

In maths, we have been learning all about place value and the value of 3-digit numbers. We have been using our reasoning skills and even applying our knowledge to solve some tricky problems.

We have done a lot of PSHE work since coming back to school all about friendships. We have talked about what makes a good friend and how to welcome new children into our class. We thought of some really good advice!

We have also been looking at the artist Pablo Picasso. We learned he was from Spain, lived in France and was famous for painting faces. He had a very unique style of art which we tried to recreate using a collage of facial features.