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Key Information for Term 3
3NC will have indoor PE on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Thursday.
Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday. Children must read at least 3 times a week and this is to written in their reading records.
To end our well-being week we were lucky enough to have a yoga lesson with Miss Perrett. She taught us how to connect with our bodies. We learned how to control our breathing and she even taught us some special yoga moves. We had great fun! Thank you Miss Perrett.
Safety Internet Day
Wow what a day we have had! Today we have been learning how to keep safe online and how to be a good person online. We took part in many different activities on how to be a good person online, to show respect and leave a good carbon footprint. We created a good deed bracelet, solved a problem scenario and created an online friendship thermometer.
Not all the information you find on the internet is reliable because anybody can write anything they want to online. You should always compare the information with other websites, books or experts to check it is accurate. We created unreliable information net nasties to remind us not to trust what we find online without checking.
This term, we have been looking at the Hindu religion. Did you know that Hindu's have 1 God with 1 million different characteristics?! We looked at the different items they used during worship. There are 8 different items that must be present, the only thing that changes are the different Gods depending on what you are praying for. So for example if you are about to take a test at school you would pray to Ganesha.
Wow! We are super proud of ourselves this term. We have learned to multiply one-digit numbers by two-digit numbers. We have worked so hard and Miss Coates is absolutely amazed by all of our work.
We used the iPads to search safely for different information such as recipes. We learned that we needed to cross-reference, this means to look at more than one website to ensure that the information we had found was correct and reliable. We used a website called 'Swiggle' to be certain that our searches were safe and appropriate.
Art Day: Collage
This term, we have been learning how to collage, finding out different ways and mediums we could use to create art pieces. We started by taking inspiration from Matisse and his famous art piece "Snail". It took us a while to work out what the animal was but once we knew we began looking at how he might of created it and how he used different sized shapes of tissue paper to create the animal. Once we worked out what collage was, we used Matisse's Snail to create our animals testing out different materials and working out which ones we prefer to collage with. We tried paper, card and tissue paper. Tissue paper was our favourite because it was the easiest to cut and shape. Once we had learnt the skill we started to prove it! We read a poem about London and use our new skill to represent the poem though collage.
“This term was all really fun but my favourite part was science.” - Cole
“Watching Magic Mike and getting to join in with his show was fun.” - Cassie
“When we got to read ‘Leon and the Place Between’was the best bit.” - Elliot
”My favourite bit was the Art because we got to do painting with lots of colours.” - Shania
This week we have been looking at Christianity. We started our week with a WOW day together as a year group. We went into the hall and Miss Coates read us 'The Christmas Story'. We all had to listen very carefully because after this we were going to do a quiz. We worked in groups of 5 and answered 10 different questions all from the story, it was so much fun!
After this, we sang 'We Three Kings', this song was quite tricky as some of the words were different to the words we would use today, but we really tried and our teachers were so impressed with our beautiful singing voices. Miss Coates then set us a challenge and we were split into two groups. We had to sing the songs at different times like a choir. What a great start to our RE week!
This week, we had our class assembly. We performed in front of our friends and our parents/carers. We had so much performing a section from ‘Leon and the Place Between’, creating a puppet show and reading all of our lovely work. Miss Coates was so proud of us!
This week we have been looking at light and shadows. As a warm-up task, we went into the hall. We shut the curtains, turned off the lights and Miss Coates gave us blindfolds. We didn't know what was going on, only that it was very dark! We then did a mini obstacle course with our learning partner with our blindfolds on! This was super tricky and we felt a little nervous, luckily our learning partners were there to make sure we stayed safe. We had to walk along a bench and also pick a hoop up and put it over our heads. It was so difficult to do when we couldn't see anything. Miss Coates kept reminding us to see how this task had a connection to light and what we think it could be.
We then came back to class and spoke about what relevance this task had to do with light. We all put our thoughts and ideas together and realised without light we cannot see anything! This was such a shock to us as we hadn't ever thought about this before! As well as this, we looked at mirrors and how reflection works. Did you know light travels in a straight line and can't bend? But using our mirrors, we worked out we could make light turn a corner.
How does the distance of a light source affect the size of a shadow?
As an end to our light and shadows enquiry, we carried out our own investigation about shadows. Our investigation question was "How does the distance of a light source affect the size of a shadow?" We worked in groups of 5, using a torch, a cube and a ruler. We used different height measurements: 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm and 25cm, and using the ruler we held the torch these distances away from the cube. We then drew around the shadow of the cube and noticed the further away the light, the smaller the shadow. This was great to see afterwards when we had 5 different shadow shapes on our pieces of paper.
Art Day - Painting
We had a fantastic day learning all about how to make a variety of colours using them to paint with. It was amazing how many colours we could make by just using the 3 primary colours. We started with the primary colours: red, yellow and blue and tried to make as many different colours as we could using them. We discovered that black and white are not colours but shades and we learned how they could make existing colours lighter or darker. Once we had the knowledge, we applied this into our own art piece that was inspired by a man named Wassily Kadinsky.
WOW Day: Magic Mike
What a magical day we had! We were incredibly lucky to have a magician come into school and teach us how to be just as magical as him! In the morning, we watched Magic Mike perform a magic show. We were able to part in the magic show which was fantastic. Later in the day we were taught how to perform some of the tricks and were given time to practice with our friends! In the afternoon , we learnt how to make hats out of just 2 balloons - this was the part we loved the most!
What an amazing day we had! We came in with some fantastic costumes and created some wonderful tie dye clothing! The 60's was full of bright colours! We got to watch The Jungle Book, then we watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon. In the afternoon we played 60's playground games and we played Twister!
Challenge: To write a set of instructions on how to mummify
We have loved learning about mummifying so much! We put all of our enquiry learning and our writing learning of adverbs and compound sentences together to write super instructions to help you mummify your Pharaoh! The Egyptians had strong beliefs about the Afterlife. Did you know their heart was weighed against a feather? If the heart was heavier than the feather they were sent to the Underworld!
"I really enjoyed drawing the Gods and the weighing of the heart ceremony because I liked how the Gods all looked different." - Olimpia
"The timeline of Egypt was interesting because we learnt about what happened years ago!" - Sam
Computing: Google Classroom
We became a google classroom and put our safe password knowledge to the test! We created new passwords for our Google accounts and even learned how to create a capital letter on the keyboard! Once we were logged in and ready to go, we found our classroom and began completing tasks that has been left for us. We used the Internet to research the steps on how to mummify a body and boxed them up - it was fun!
Map skills: Where in the world is Egypt?
We have been learning all about what an atlas is and how it can help us if we wanted to find something or if we were lost. We applied these new skills into our own enquiry and began plotting key places onto our own map of Egyot. Can you believe it would take us 5 hours on an aeroplane to get there!? We also found out that it is on the continent of Africa.
WOW Day: Ancient Egypt
Wow, what a day we have had immersing ourselves into the era of Ancient Egypt. We came into school dressed up as pharaohs, mummies and queens and we looked FABULOUS. To begin with, all of Year 3 went into the hall to take part in a inter-house competition. We had to listen to statements and decided if they were true or false. The winning house was Cossham who won 5 house points each! Did you know that the Egyptians invented toothpaste?! We couldn't believe it either! After this, we watched Disney's 'The Prince of Egypt' and finally we practiced our sketching skills ready for our artwork later in the week. We learnt how we can sketch in three different ways: hatching, cross-hatching and stippling and we learnt how we can have different shades and tones by holding and pressing down differently with our pencil.
Online Safety: Powerful Passwords
We have been learning about how to keep safe online and, in particular, how to create super strong and safe passwords. We learnt how important they are to keep them safe and a secret and how we should make them as difficult as possible to guess. We had a go at practicing creating a really strong password using different characters, numbers and capital letters. Take a look below, but don't panic, these aren't our real passwords!
Wonderful Writers: 'The Day the Crayons Quit'
Once again, Miss Coates was incredibly proud of us all. This week, we have been reading 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and we think it is a brilliant book - you must read it! Using this book, we have been showing off our skills in using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. To prove that we are writing whizzes, we made up our own letter to Duncan (the character in the book) from Peach Crayon.
Mighty Mathematicians: Bar Model
Wow! What an amazing start to the year! This week we have been revising our number bonds knowledge of 10, 20, 50 and 100 and Miss Coates was so impressed at what geniuses we are! We began looking at the number bonds but with a different strategy to help us: the bar model. To prove our understanding of it, we wrote our very own 'Steps to Success' on how to work out calculations using the bar model.
Purple Learning and Values
This week, we have been learning about what purple learning is and how we can become super purple learners! We learnt how some things can help our learning and how others can stop our learning; we call these movers and blockers. We also watched a really funny song, sang by the Muppets, about how we can keep pushing ourselves and not be afraid to make mistakes. As well as these, we learnt about the values: Trust, Friendship, Perseverance, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We took part in lots of different activities such as: making motivational posters, writing about out best friends and creating a poem and prayer.