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3LJ

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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We have our own 3LJ email! If you would like to contact us, please do so with the secure form below- we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Singing

On our last day of term, 3LJ really enjoyed singing along during the Year 4 Nativity. What beautiful voices!

3LJ Shining Star

Key Information:

3LJ have outdoor PE on a Wednesday and indoor PE on a Friday.

3LJ's entrance and exit point is the main gate next to the car park.

Please wait on the playground area outside of the Year 3 classrooms.

 

 

Words of the Week: antibiotics, scrawny and gurgling 

Times table of the week: 2s and 5s

Our Class Charter

Term 2 

Enquiry Overview: What is the difference between survival and healthiness? - Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

 

This term, Year 3 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being with a focus on how we can live a healthy and happy life. Alongside this, we will be basing our writing around the Roald Dahl novel `George's Marvellous Medicine`. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

Enquiry Overview:

Christmas Maths Morning!  - Article 29: Right to an education

Year 3 have had a fantastic Christmas themed maths morning! We have applied all our knowledge from this term in order to solve Christmas themed problems. We learnt about consecutive numbers and found patterns within this. We are now rather excited for Christmas day. Only 9 sleeps to go!

Science - Article 28 Every child has the right to an education.

This week, in science, we have been learning all about skeletons and how our bones give us protection, support and movement. In order to understand why our bones are so important, first we needed to be able to name the most important ones. Some of the bones we have are: rib cage, radius, humerus, fibula, tibia. We were able to find and locate all of these bones, and more, across our body. Have a look at the pictures below to see us identifying different bones. We looked at how bones protect our organs such as how the skull is there to protect our brains.

Our body is also shaped by the way our bones are supported within our skeleton. We looked at different animals, such as a fish and a frog, to show how we can identify animals and humans just by looking at their skeleton.

PizzaArticle 27 Standard of life

In week 5 Year 3 had a fantastic afternoon of learning where, in order to support them writing a set of instructions using adverbs of time,  they made their own pizza! I think we were all agreement that it was the best pizza ever! 

Alliteration! Right 29: Access to Education 

In Week 4, we have learnt what alliteration is and how Roald Dahl uses it to create effect. We used Roald Dahl's writing technique of alliteration to create our own marvellous medicine ingredients list. This will come in rather handy when we write our set of instructions next week!  

No Pens MondayArticle 27 Standard of life

Today, we had a fantastic day of learning where no pens were used all day! We couldn't believe how much we learnt through using our voices and listening carefully. As part of our enquiry we were engineers for the day and we practised the skills involved in cooking a meal. As food technologists, we evaluated the 3 recipes from each of the Year 3 classrooms and of course, we felt that 3LJ's meal was the best!  

Sporting Chance- Article 31 the right to play and relax

This term Year 3 are enjoying learning the skills required to play netball.  So far we have learnt different passes such as the 'chest pass' and the 'bounce pass'.  We have learnt how to move the ball from one end of the court to the next without moving our feet.  This involved using our team work and collaboration skills. We then played against teams trying to block the opposing team for scoring across the line.  

Survival - Right 29: Access to Education 

 

In week 1 Year 3 learnt about all things survival.  They were very excited to find out we would be having a live chat with a member of The Armed Forces who informed us of how they survived when they were on tour.  We also had fun completing a scavanger hunt and we watched Bear Grylls teach children how to survive in the wild.  We went outside and built shelters and explored what a things we would need to survive.  We then learnt what to do went things don't go to plan and took turns bandaging wounds and supporting broken limbs!  What an amazing day!

George's Marvellous Medicine WOW!

To hook us into this Roald Dahl classic we created our own marvellous medicines! We included ingredients such as shampoo, fairy liquid, rice pudding and lemon juice! We decided who we would like our medicine to be used on and what effect the concoction would have! We had lots of fun and can;t wait to start exploring this fantastic story. 

Term 1

Enquiry Overview: Transition Enquiry

To help us transition from the Infants to the Juniors we will be completing a transition enquiry. We will explore what it means to  be a `Historian`, `Scientist`, an `Artist` etc. and the skills involved when learning about these subjects. Alongside this, we will focus on easing the transition, getting to know the children and the expectations of St. Stephen's Juniors. During this transition, we will be using the book `Leon and the Place Between` by Angela McAllister in our writing lessons. It is a fantastic book; full of wonder and excitement! Read on below for the blurb:

 

"When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam is no ordinary magician. Leon is taken on a journey right into the Place Between, where magic becomes really real."

WOW! Article 24: The right to an education. 

In Week 3, we had lots of fun on our WOW day. We were introduced to the book we will be focusing on in our writing lessons. First of all, to immerse ourselves, we watched a range of circus acts such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats! We then considered what we think may happen in the book and why, using the evidence we had gained from the first few pages. Next, we explored the four main characters' thoughts and feelings by using freeze frames.  Finally we learnt and performed a page of the Leon and the Place Between! We really enjoyed performing using both our voices and actions to make it even more exciting! 

Shining Star Term 1

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PE

Article 24 - We have the right to the best health possible.

During Term 1, 3LJ have been working hard to develop their street dance skills. With the help of a street dance video they worked together to create a street dance routine and collaborated to ensure they were in time with the music and each other.  We hope you enjoy our performance!

 

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Being Geographers!  

Article 13 - we have the right to find out things

In week 7, 3LJ explored the skills that are required to be geographers. We carried out some field work and recorded the number of cars, cyclists and pedestrians that passed by our school.  We thought this information would be useful to the City Council so that they could help plan new roads or crossing to help keep us safe.  We also had fun using atlases to complete a Capital City Scavenger Hunt and played a direction game on the playground using compasses to make sure we went in the right direction.  What fantastic geographers we are!

Google Classroom

Article 17: I have the right to access information.

In week 7, 3LJ had a very exciting visit from Mr Stinchcombe who guided us through the set up of our Google accounts using the Chromebooks.  He showed us the different functions we will be using and gave us some top tips like using two fingers on the mouse pad to scroll up and down the page!  We all had a go at completing an online quiz and submitting our work online.  Thankyou Mr Stinchcombe for a very fun and informative lesson!

Forest School!  

Article 31: I have the right to relax and play.

In week 6, 3LJ had an amazing time at forest school.  They developed their fire skills by safely lighting and putting out a fire.  They developed their cooking skills by toasting smores over the fire; delicious!.  To escape from the torrential rain, they took shelter and made their own necklaces from wooden rings and went on a bug hunt.  They all came back to the class smelling of smoke!  Thankyou forest school for another fun filled day!

Being Artists!  

Article 31: I have the right to relax and play.

In week 6, 3LJ explored the skills that are required to be an artist.  They explored drawing by looking for shapes and lines within objects and drawing these from different perspectives.  They collected leaves from the playground and blended watercolours to create their own autumnal coloured artwork.  They had fun exploring 3D art and created their own 3D hot air balloons.  Finally they looked at a range of artwork created by assembling lots of small pieces of paper to create blocks of colour.  They observed how they could create different effects by layering different colours of tissue paper.  What an amazing day!

 

Being scientists!  

Article 13: I have the right to find out things.

In week 4, 3LJ explored the skills that are required to be a scientist.  Using the paper helicopters they made, they tested the idea that 'all things fall to the ground at the same rate'.  They attached different objects to their helicopters and made predictions about the speed  they would travel to the ground.  They observed changes over time by observing and describing the changes to whipped cream as it sat in the sunshine for the afternoon.  They used secondary sources to corroborate the scientific fact that butterflies taste with their feet.  Outside, they gazed at the clouds, observing patterns and making predictions about the weather later that day.  They were right; it did rain!  What an amazing group of scientists!

Forest School

Article 31 I have a right to relax and play.

In week 3, 3LJ had fun in Forest School.  They had a well deserved break from all their hard work and got creative making clay hedgehogs.  

Collaborative learners!

Article 12 The right to give our opinion.

In week 2, 3LJ received a mission brief and had a fantastic time working collaboratively.  They were stranded on a desert island and had to design a free standing structure that would attract the attention of a rescue plane.   In groups they agreed who would be the Facilitator, Recorder, Resource Manager and Timekeeper.  Thankfully, due to excellent collaboration, they were all rescued!

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