Look what we’ve been up to in Year 3!

Year 3

Continent Week…

We have had a fabulous week this week recapping the Geography skills we have learned so far. We were given the continent Europe to focus on from Mrs Stephenson and have really enjoyed exploring the continent and the countries found in it.

Each day we have compared the weather in England to a chosen European country and discussed the differing humidity levels, precipitation, wind speed and temperature. We kept a record of the weather throughout the week in our very own continent week book.

Each day we looked at a different European country and used atlases and iPads to research and gather information to answer given questions. We identified borders, landlocked countries and capital cities as well as many other facts.

We recapped our grid reference skills too, answering a range of four figure grid reference questions about a map of Europe.

We also recapped the 8 compass points to help the school bus travel around Europe, providing sat nav instructions using specific vocabulary.

To round the week off, we tasted food from our five focus countries and enjoyed exploring the different tastes.

Overall, we have had a fabulous week and have learned so much about Europe.

Holmside Heroes…

Year 3 were a credit to Southwick Primary today, on our trip to Holmside park. Take a look at the fun we had…

Titanic’s social class system…

Today we explored the social class system and how this differed on the Titanic.  We discussed the different passengers, their social class and how likely they would have been to get on a lifeboat and survive the disaster.  We were given photo cards of the passengers and asked to sort them in order of how likely they would have been to survive.

We all sorted them differently and had brilliant explanations as to why we placed them where we did.

Fantastic Gymnastics…

Today we worked with Jayne completing a gymnastics workshop. Take a look at us in action…

Meaningful measures…

This week as part of our anti-bullying campaign, Year 3 have been making biscuits and decorating them with ‘one kind word’, one of the schools focuses for the week.

The children weighed out their own ingredients using a measuring scale and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. Once the biscuits were finished, we them presented them to a friend. Take a look at us in action…

A ‘Titanic’ art project…

Today, we began to learn about the artist, Claude Monet.  We looked at the techniques he used to create his paintings.  We know that he created his paintings using little strokes and different sized brushes.

We learned all about how people treat Monet when he first started painting in this way.  They teased him about his paintings and said he should paint in the way the other French artists were painting.  Monet didn’t listen and carried on painting using his unique style.

As we are going to paint a picture of the Titanic in the same style as Monet, we began to look at the colours we needed.  We began with 3 colours, blue, black and white.  It was our challenge to use these three colours to mix the different shades we would need.

We knew that if we needed a lighter shade, we added more white and if we needed a darker shade we added more black.  Take a look at the colours we have mixed.

We then created a sketch of the Titanic sinking, we will paint the sketch following in the style of Monet.

We then used our colour mixing skills to begin painting our work. We painted the sky and ocean in the style of Monet, making sure we used different tones and tints of blue and grey, to add a special effect influenced by our focus artist.

Take a look at our completed masterpieces…

Dramatic diary entries…

Mrs Mahone’s literacy group have blown her away this week with their fantastic diary entries. Take a look at some of the fabulous finished pieces…

Terrific tennis…

Today we were lucky enough to work with a fabulous tennis coach named Graham. We practiced basic balance and co-ordination skills and then competed against our peers to challenge our balance and co-ordination.

We completed a range of activities ranging from east to practically impossible but persevered even when we found it tough. We needed to keep control of the ball using our hands and tennis racket.

We can’t wait to see how our skills grow and develop over the coming weeks…

Stone Age structures…

We have learned all about how Stone Age people made their own homes, and how through the different eras they were adapted. We used clay to mould and shape the frame of the house, and then used cutters to add details. We used our hands to manipulate the clay to create added elements to complete the design. 

Take a look at our finished homes, we think they are pretty amazing! 

Class 8 Reading Superstars!

After working so hard to read and complete accelerated reader quizzes, Class 8 were rewarded with group of the week.

Colour Mixing…

We have used Modroc to create our very own volcano structures and now we need to paint them.

Today we have looked at how to mix colours effectively in order to create different shades.  We discussed the different colours we may need to paint the outside of our volcanoes which are browns and greys.

We know that brown is a tertiary colour and in order to mix brown we need to use all secondary colours, which are purple, green and orange.

Once we had mixed this colour we needed to mix different shades of this colour.  In order to make the colour darker we needed to add black and in order to make the colour lighter we needed to add white.

Take a look at the colours we have mixed today!

Women in Space…

This week we have been introduced to four extraordinary women who have had a positive impact on life today. We have looked in depth at the lives of Dorothy, Mary, Dr Christine and Katherine and the impact of their work. As the women were key figures in supporting astronauts returning home safely we created a class welcome home banner. The banner contained key words and images based around the women’s life and work.

The Mars Perseverance Rover

This week we have also explored how we receive satellite images from our solar system to relay information to support scientists. We looked in detail at the Mars Perseverance Rover and its current role supporting NASA. We discussed the features of space rovers and how these enable them to transport information. We worked hard to recreate the Perseverance Rover using a variety of materials.

Rock Cycle!

Today we physically explored the ‘rock cycle’ acting out each stage. We created a large circle in class and demonstrated what each stage could look like. We then acted out the whole process from start to finish showing a good understanding of what happens to the different rocks as they change.

We then worked in teams to draw the rock cycle on large pieces of paper. We had such a good afternoon using our rock knowledge to support ourselves.

Rocks ROCK!!!

Today we took our learning outdoors; physically re-enacting how an igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock forms. We identified the process to creating each rock type and portrayed the process using gestures and sounds.

We had to identify the rock being shown using our detective skills. We then explored the impact of movements from tectonic plates within the Earth’s crust, has in how a rock is formed. We used our scientific vocabulary brilliantly this afternoon when sharing our ideas. Take a look at us in action…

Time capsule

As part of our transition into Year 3, the children have created a time capsule of their hopes and dreams for Year 3. Everyone shared their aspirations for the year and we buried it within our school field. At the end of the year we will dig up our capsule and see if we have achieved our targets.