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Term 4

Term 4 newsletter

Coding and Algorithms

Today we learnt about coding and how to write an algorithm. As well as coding we we used  two clever apps - Lightbot and Kodable. We wrote algorithms, debugged, repeated commands, debugged, created procedures and debugged some more! The programs became progressively more complex so we really had to put our heads together!

Bristol Basketball 

Throughout term 4 we have our outdoor PE session run by Bristol Basketball. Each week we learn new skills which enable us to control the ball better as well as build up our hand eye coordination. This week we learnt how to shoot- our shooting hand had to look like we were raiding the cookie jar after the ball had left!

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Gregory's emotional journey

In preparation to create vlogs as Gregory, we got into character by freeze-framing key events from his first few days in Tobago. We all tried really hard to think about how Gregory was feeling and what might be going through his mind at each stage of his journey. 

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How do we move and grow?

Our enquiry: How do we move and grow?

Science week

Today saw the start of science week in Year 3. Our theme of the week is 'How we move and grow'. Our WOW was to look at and handle real animal bones and a heart from a deer. Some of us were a little unsure at the start but as time progressed each and every one of us became enthralled and engrossed by what we were able to learn form this amazing opportunity.

 

As the week progresses we will learn about muscles, the purpose of our skeleton and bones as well as how to be healthy.

 

Hollie W- 'It was so interesting learning about what was inside the heart.'

 

Felicity- 'The joint of the leg looked like it was plastic but I knew that it wasn't.'

 

Antony- 'I learnt that the heart is a muscle.'

 

Declan- 'It was a but weird holding the heart but it was very exciting, it helped me learn.

The Human Skeleton

We carried out some research on the human skeleton and what its main purpose is. Through our research and discussion we found out the three main roles that the skeleton plays- protection, support and aids movement.

The Human Skeleton

Muscles

In order for the skeleton to move we learnt that it needs muscles to help it. We went outside to do some paired work about how all muscles work in pairs. We tried to stand up holding a ball between us while linking arms to demonstrate that if we didn't work together then we wouldn't be able to stand up. Some of use used a skipping rope in pairs to demonstrate that we had to work as a pair to rotate the rope- just like pairs of muscles complement and work with each other to contract and relax.

Muscles work together in pairs

Healthy Diet

As we came towards the end of the science week we learnt that the human body needs a healthy diet in order to grow and develop effectively. We went outside to sort healthy and unhealthy food into two groups. Using a venn diagram we also noticed that some foods are alright to eat but not too often or in large quantities. 

 

To help us understand what a healthy diet consists of we looked at the Eatwell Plate. This helped us to identify what the different food groups were and what proportion of those groups we should be eating. We then made our own Eatwell Plates.

Sorting different foods into groups

The Eatwell plate

Final Challenge

Our final challenge was to design and make a poster for a recipe for a human body. This was a collaborative learning challenge where we all worked in small groups and had specific roles to do within the group such as: time keeper and resource manager. We started off with some planning time and then worked collaboratively to create our poster in a fixed time.

Everyone wanted to include what they had learnt over the last week and present it in a colourful, eye-catching way. Once the time had ended we all looked at each others posters and shared some positive comments.

Where is home?

Our enquiry: Where is home?

This term, we will be reading the beautifully illustrated Gregory Cool, by Caroline Binch. It tells the story of a boy who travels to the Caribbean island of Tobago to stay with his grandparents. During our enquiry, we will consider the question 'Where is home?', as well as developing our geographical knowledge and practising our painting skills.
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World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day we all came to school dressed as a character from a book that we have read. We had Dennis the Menace, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables and many, many more.

Throughout the afternoon we did a variety of activities linked to World Book Day- design a Book Day voucher, book quizzes and write part of a story that was added to by children from each year group. The end results were quite amazing!

 

To finish the day off many of us came together in the hall for an evening of story telling, and of course hot chocolate with marshmallows!!

 

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Year 3 Athletics

Today we practised some of our athletics skills with the help of Year 6 and the Schools Sport Partnership. We practised jumping, running, throwing, balancing and aim. Everyone had a great time.

It would fantastic to find someone who could go to the 2024 Olympics!

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WOW

 

For our WOW, we all tried a range of new, different and exciting foods! Some of these were pita bread, feta cheese, mango, melon, soy sauce, kiwi and lots more! We found a range of them delicious and were surprised about how they tasted. Some of us thought that we wouldn't like a few of them but were amazed when we actually ate some of the new foods.  Throughout the afternoon, we discussed where we thought these foods might have come from and recorded our ideas on a table.

Immersion

We have begun to read the book of 'Gregory Cool' and thought about how this boy may have felt about going on a long flight to a strange country and staying with people who he hardly knew. We all decided that he would have felt rather anxious and possibly homesick.

 

One of the may immersion activities was to write a postcard home to our families and describe what we had been doing whilst away. This could have been a day trip or a longer period of time away from home.  One of the challenges was to use one of our targets and write in the past tense,

Have a look at some of the finished postcards.

Term 3

Useful information

Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?

Our enquiry: Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?

This term, we will be entering the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians and exploring life in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. During our enquiry, we will be developing our historical enquiry skills and researching many aspects of this extraordinary civilisation, including daily life, pharaohs, gods, pyramids and hieroglyphs. In order to answer our enquiry question, 'Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?', we will focus on the mummification process and burial rituals before embarking on our challenge - to mummify an organic item! To help deepen our knowledge and understanding, we will be reading the action-packed Tutankhamun's Tomb, by Sue Reid. The story is set in 1922 when British archaeologist, Howard Carter, made an incredible discovery in the Valley of the Kings.
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Reflections on Term 3

 

As we cane to the end of the term we thought about what our favourite part was, what we were proud of, how we had shown perseverance and what we had improved at. 

Have a look at what some of us wrote:

 

Alec-'I have shown perseverance when I thought hard before asking for help.'

 

Tom-'My favourite part of the term was when we mummified the tomatoes because it was fun.'

 

Hollie-'I'm proud of getting my Headteacher's certificate for writing because I had found writing hard and this is a big achievement for me.'

 

Lewis-'This term I have improved at my reading because I have been practising with my mum and in my group.'

 

Alfie-'My favourite part of the term was our WOW day because we saw what the mummification process was and we played a throwing game.'

Challenge!

Our end of enquiry challenge was to mummify an organic item. Instead of a pharaoh we decided to mummify a tomato. First, we carefully cut a slit in the side of the tomato. Next, we scooped out the insides and threw away the seeds and pulp. After that, we made our own natron salt by mixing salt and baking powder. Finally, we packed the tomato with the natron salt and placed the tomato into a container, again also packing it with the mixture. We then weighed the mummifying tomato and placed it in a dark cupboard.

 

After a gap of nearly three weeks our mummified tomatoes were ready to be revealed. We had great fun uncovering them and seeing what had happened to them. We weighed them again and worked out how lighter they were.

 

Have a look at how they turned out.

Colourful cartouches

A cartouche is an oval-shaped frame surrounding the name of an ancient Egyptian noble or pharaoh. It represents a looped rope that possesses the magical power to protect the name written within it. A cartouche was meant to protect against evil spirits both in this life and the afterlife. After studying the hieroglyphic alphabet, we wrote our own names inside carefully decorated cartouches.

Net nasties!

In our computing session this week we discussed the question 'Is all information online reliable?'  We decided that not all websites are reliable and that you should look at at least three different sites to check your information. We also found out that not everything that is written on the internet is truthful and that anyone can write what they want- true or false!

We designed our own 'Net nasties' to help remind us of how important it is to follow the safe searching rules. Have a look at some of our nasties.

 

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Visit to Bristol Hindu Temple

Today Year 3 visited the Bristol Hindu Temple in St George. We were met by the priest who made us feel very welcome. Once we had removed our shoes which was a sign of respect, we were introduced to what Hinduism was and what it was like to be a Hindu in Bristol.

 

After a while, we were able to look around the temple and view the different forms of their god. The deities were in the forms or statues, paintings and shrines. Before we left we were able to ask questions such as:

'Why is there fruit at the front?'

'How many gods are their in Hinduism?'

'Why is there an elephant in one of the pictures?'

 

We were made to feel so welcome and really enjoyed our visit.

What is a Hindu place or worship?

 

Throughout the week we have been learning about what it is like to worship in a Hindu Temple. We have learnt key words such as mandir, murti, deity and puja.

 

During the week we also wrote about our visit to the temple using adverbs to give extra detail to the reader- have a look at some of the amazing writing below!

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To conclude our our enquiry on 'What is a Hindu place of worship?' we used what we had learnt and made a comparison between what was similar and what was different between a Hindu place of worship and a Christian place of worship.

 

We found that there were several similarities such as people pray, get married and learn from the priest. However, we did notice that in a Hindu temple people remove their shows as a sign of respect and sit on  the floor whereas in a Christian place of worship people sit on pews.

 

Once we had discussed some of the similarities and differences we went outside and used two hoops crossed over to sort the information into a venn diagram. 

 

Have a look at some of the diagrams below- it was quite cold so we didn't stay outside too long!

Preparation of our mummified organic object

Today we prepared our organic object-namely a tomato, to be mummified. We followed a set of instructions so that each important step was carried out. 

 

First we made a slit in the side of the tomato. Then we carefully scooped out the seeds from inside the tomato. Following that, we mixed salt and baking powder to make our own natron. The final step was to stuff the mixture into the void of the tomato, place it in a container and precisely pack the remaining natron around the outside of the tomato.

 

We will wait a couple of weeks before we are able to uncover the tomato and see it has been mummified.

We will keep you posted! 

Practical division learning

Today we braved the elements to take our maths learning outside. We were answering word problems that involved the calculation of division and then deciding if we needed to round our answer up or down in order to answer the original question:

 

Year 3 are going on a school trip. There are 29 children in Year 3. The children are going to ride on a roller-coaster.

A car on the roller-coaster holds 4 children. How many cars will be needed for all the children to have a ride?

 

Eventually we had to go inside as the rain became too much for us. We continued our learning in the hall!

 

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WOW

As part of our WOW to introduce our enquiry based on the Ancient Egyptians, we all dressed up as a range of people that would have been seen during this time. We had a range of Pharoahs and explorers. and even Cleopatra!

We were very lucky to have an Egyptologist visit us to teach us all about the Ancient Epyptians! She remained with us throughout the day and helped us learn about this exciting new enquiry.

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During the morning we rotated through different Egyptian themed activities. Our first was playing a board game that was similar to snakes and ladders called Hounds and Jackals. The aim was to get all three of your counters safely home before your opposition did.

Hounds and Jackals

We then moved onto using Egyptian units of measurement called cubits, palms and fingers. As well as finding things in the classroom that were 1 cubit, 2 palms or 3 fingers we had to translate some hieroglyphics to crack different codes.

Measuring using cubits and palms

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Our last morning activity was to answer a range of questions based on ancient Egypt. The questions were based on the mummification process, pharaohs, the archaeologist Howard Carter and pyramid building. Some of the questions were quite tricky but we each worked with our learning partner to find the crucial piece of information in order to answer the questions. 

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The afternoon ceremonies

The afternoon involved watching the mummification process. Doc Worrall had two able assistants to help her with the complex and ancient mummification process. We found out that some of the organs of the dead pharaoh are kept in canopic jars. This was followed by a procession of the dead mummified pharaoh and how he was laid to rest in a pyramid.

Term 2

Useful information

What is the place between?

Our enquiry: What is the place between?

This term, inspired by the visually stunning Leon and the Place Between, by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith, we’ll be using words and pictures to create the mysterious ‘place between’. After looking closely at the book’s captivating combination of collage, painting, photography and gilding, we’ll learn a variety of new techniques to use in our own magical masterpieces. At the same time, we’ll be developing our descriptive writing skills before using these to write vivid descriptions of Leon’s extraordinary adventure.
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Our Sensational Showcase
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Challenge

 

Our challenge was to create the Place Between using words and pictures. We drew together our writing skills from across the term to describe this magical place. The art involved creating a background of purple, black and blue, carefully cutting out a shadow hand template and finally spraying over the template to create a shadow creature.

RE: Has Christmas lost its true meaning?

Through this enquiry we learnt about what the true meaning of Christmas was to Christians and compared this with what Christmas means to us. We started off by looking at some of our own family Christmas traditions- leaving a mince pie out for Santa, having a fairy on top of the Christmas tree and many, many more.

 

We then looked at the Nativity story and found out the significance of the wise men, shepherds, star and the fact that Jesus was born in a manger. Following on from the story of the Nativity we looked at some of the many symbols that we use today that relate directly to the story of the birth of Jesus.- An angel represents Angel Gabriel who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, a candy cane is a symbol of the shepherds crook and gifts that we exchange link to the gifts that the three wise men gave to the infant Jesus.

 

Finally, we thought about a gift that we could give to the world. 

Declan- 'My gift to the world would be to help people to be healthy.'

Evie- ' My gift to the world would be for everyone to have food and drink as well as a safe place to live.'

Phoebe- 'My gift to the world would be education for all.'

Reflections from Term 2

 

Hollie W- 'My favourite part of term 2 was the WOW because it was funny, magical and I got to stand up in front of the whole year to help perform a trick.'

 

Kasie- 'I'm proud of my handwriting because it's got neater.'

 

Lui- 'This term I have improved at multiplication in maths by focusing on it.'

 

Roman- 'I'm proud of my times tables because i'm one of the best in the class now.'

 

Kylan- 'My favourite part of term 2 was spray painting because we actually got to do the spraying!'

 

Felicity- 'This term I have improved at my English because I have been using more of my TT's, especially compound sentences.'

 

Christmas jumper day

Many of us came to school in our Christmas jumpers today. We donated money in aid of the local Food Bank,  We think we look ready for Christmas!

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Class Assembly

This week we had an amazing class assembly. Everyone spoke so clearly and were proud of what they had to share. We shared just a snapshot of what we had learnt about so far this term. We shared how to write a compound sentence, what a noun phrase was, some amazing forces and magnets learning as well as some awesome art work.

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Anti-Bullying Week

 

This week we learnt about what bullying meant using the acronym STOP- Several Times On Purpose. We also learnt the difference between rude behavior, mean behavior and bullying.

There are different types of bullying- cyber, physical and verbal. 

 

We used the book 'It's OK to be different' by Todd Parr to help use learn about diversity and how difference should be celebrated rather than singled out and used as an opportunity to bully an individual.

 

Have a look at our 'It's OK to....' pictures.

Continuing the theme of anti-bullying, we each randomly selected a member of the class and wrote a positive message to them. We didn’t want the person to find out so we didn’t sign our name. We all really thought about what we could say.

Here are some of the messages written about members of the class:

 

Ruby- ‘I like it when you laugh every day because it makes me laugh a bit’

 

Lui- ‘He is always kind and generous to me and is my friend’

 

Holly B- ‘You are kind and very beautiful’

 

Kylan- ‘Kylan is a great, amazing and fantastic friend because he supports people’

Readers theatre

 

Today we learnt a section of our book 'Leon and the place between' and added actions and emphases to certain parts. Many of us thought of actions to words which added extra emphases to the performance of the section.

We are sure that you will be really impressed with our final result!

 

 

Our readers theatre

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Multiplication

This week saw us begin our multiplication learning. We looked at Place Value (PV) counters  and how they can help our learning. We then moved onto arranging them in different arrays. Towards the end of the session we went outside and made human arrays with cones on our heads to represent ones and tens (red and yellow PV counters).

 

Have a look below at what we did.

Hand shadow puppets
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Hand shadow puppet show

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Scissor skills
We've been busy practising our cutting skills ready to make intricate paper templates.  We made sure that we took our time and carefully followed the outline of the shape. Accurate cutting certainly requires a great deal of concentration!
WOW

n order to begin Term 2's enquiry, we invited a very exciting magician, Magic Mike, into school for the day. Magic Mike came baring lots of fun, excitement and of course magic! The day kicked off with a magic show where Mike showed us and taught us a range of different tricks and magic skills. We then went on to make our own juggling balls and designed our own circus posters. After lunch  Mike did a workshop with us in our class, where we learned even more amazing magic tricks that we are going to practice on our families! Later in the day, we finished off with making balloon dogs in the hall.

 

Phew, what an exciting day!!

 

Term 1

Useful information

What is a place of worship?

LoE: What is a place of worship?

3AH enjoyed a special visit to St Stephen's Church led by their new Vicar Lisa and Peter. We learnt all about baptism, one of the Christian rites of passage, and we role-played a baptism ceremony. During the afternoon we looked in more detail at common features of a church. We then went on to design our own place of worship and added features such as pews, lectern, altar and choir stalls.  
Challenge: What is a place of worship?
Having visited St. Stephen's Church we began to learn more about the main features of a Christian place of worship. We learnt about a pulpit, lectern, altar, candles and font.We then went on to discover the deeper meaning for each of these features. Following that, we worked In small groups to create these different features and added them to our class church. 

What makes a hero?

Our enquiry: What makes a hero?

Our first exciting enquiry of the year will ask us to consider the qualities of a hero. After researching the lives of some real-life heroes and developing our poetry-writing skills, our challenge will be to identify our own personal hero and describe him or her with a kennings poem. We'll celebrate our heroes by setting up a special 'Hall of Fame' and inviting parents to visit. To support our enquiry and inspire some writing in-role, we'll be reading the weird and wonderful Krindlekrax, by Philip Ridley.
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Challenge: What makes a hero?

Our final challenge to this enquiry was to write a Kennings Poem about our own personal hero and to put them on display in our 'Hero Hall of Fame'. We had to think who our personal hero could be and what made them a hero in our own eyes. Many of us chose members of our families. 

Once we had written our poem we designed and made a frame to hold a picture of our personal hero. They were mounted together and we each held our poem for our family and friends to view in the Year 3 Hero Hall of Fame.

A Kennings poem by 3AH

 

Krindlekrax

Brick – burner

Toast – gobbler

Blood – taster

Jaw – cracker

Tail – whipper

Fire - breather

 

 

 

 

Compound sentences

 

This week we have been learning how to develop our writing further by using compound sentences. We have learnt that you join two simple sentences together using a coordinating conjunction such as and, but, or, so.  We wrote a diary entry as Ruskin describing Corky's story.

Have a look at some of our writing below.

Ruskin

We used hot seating to explore the character of Ruskin, before writing in role about the day Elvis was chosen to play the hero in the end-of-year play - a part Ruskin wanted more than anything.

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Place Value

 

We have been learning about CPA maths- Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract. We have used Diennes as part of our concrete sessions. We made different numbers using the Diennes to help us. The Diennes go in the Real Story and the abstract- the numbers go in the Maths Story.

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Wild Week

As a school we have been taking our learning outside as part of wild week. We have been outside making collages from natural materials from around the school, listening to all the different sounds that we can hear whilst sitting quietly on the field. We heard planes, people talking, cars, birds and the wind blowing the branches of the trees. 

Mr Evans led a great session in the allotment. We weeded our new patch which was really hard work as it was quiet hot. Joao even dug up a few carrots!

Continuing the outdoor learning experience we explored the school grounds in search of bugs and mini-beasts. Some of us found spiders and looked at the classification sheet to try and identify which type of spider it was. Other insects found were woodlice, worms and slugs.

 

We also had a chance to do some printing into clay. We started off by selecting a leaf that would make a good print. Following that, we moulded our clay into a smooth,flat oval shape and then gently pressed the leaf into the clay. We were really impressed with the finished results.

One of the best activities this week was our 'Forest Schools' session. This was amazing as were tried three different activities. We learnt how to make a fire, make natural resourced animals using clay and a blindfold trust activity. We ended our session sat around the fire with a drink and a biscuit.

What an amazing week!

Values Day

In class 3AH we looked at all the school's values but focused on the value of responsibility. We read 'Joe's Cafe' which is about a little boy who is asked by his mum to care for his younger sister. All is fine at first but Joe soon becomes engrossed in his 'Creepy Crawly Cafe' and his sister Amy wanders out of the garden and gets lost. She is soon found by a friendly neighbour and all is well. Joe knew that he had not fulfilled his responsibility of looking after his little sister.

We also talked about the different things that we were responsible for such caring for a pet and doing our chores around the house. We all felt that it is important to be responsible and do the right thing.

Finally, we wrote a class prayer around the value of responsibility:

 

3AH Responsibility Prayer

 

Dear God,

Thank you for giving us the value of responsibility so that we can show that we are caring.

We are thankful for our families who are responsible for us.

Please help us to take care of our pets and show that we can do the right thing.

We are sorry for the times that we may not always do what we have been asked to do, such as caring for our pets.

We are also sorry for the times that we have not done the responsible thing.

We ask for help and support to show that we can be responsible and trustworthy.

Thank you God

Amen