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We have indoor P.E on Monday and outdoor P.E on Wednesday - please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days. 

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Term 6

Term 6 Newsletter

LoE: How does a magnet work?

Throughout Term 6, we will be carrying out a number of mini science enquiries.


To begin the Term, Year 3 will be doing a short enquiry investigating magnets. We will look at the properties of magnets and end up creating our own magnetic puppet show with moving characters.


During our rocks enquiry, we will be exploring different types of rocks, their texture and appearance, and how they have been formed and changed over millions of years, from the time that dinosaurs walked the planet. We will also be looking at how history has been preserved in the form of fossils.


Finally, in science we will also be looking at what plants need in order to survive and be healthy. We will be learning about the different parts of a plant and their functions. This will involve us planting our own sunflowers and each class will collectively plant a vegetable and observe what happens as it grows.


Alongside these mini science enquiries, in English, we will be reading The Spiderwick Chronicles and focusing on writing instructions, recounts and a narrative.


Wooftie Day!
As Bristol Cats and Dogs Home is our chosen charity, we all dressed up as dogs and cats for a themed day. This involved us creating some animals mask, an obstacle challenge and sketching different cats and dogs. Throughout the day we had lots of fun!
Olympic Week
During Olympic week, we took part in a range of Olympic themed activities. Below you can see us during P.E where we played some games that would be held during the Paralympics. This involved us playing a ball game from  a seated position and also blind hand ball where we had to listen out for the bell inside of the ball coming towards us. 
Each year group focussed on a continent and within that continent, a country that takes part in the Olympics. 3RC looked at Asia and then India. We researched different athletes from this country and then looked at their culture and were inspired by their artwork. We then created our own henna patterns after studying different styles. 
To finish our enquiry on plants, in small groups working collaboratively, we had to create a concept cartoon answering "How do plants survive?" In order to do this, we needed a secure knowledge of how plants survive and also some misconceptions that some people might think. Below are some examples!
Parts of a plant
We have learned about each part of a plant and their specific roles. We also learned about the life cycle of a plant and what they need to survive as a healthy plant. 
Road Safety
During week 5, we had some special visitors come in to teach us all about how to be safe on the road. This involved us learning about how to ride a bike safely, the importance of wearing a seat belt and sitting on a booster seat and how to cross a road safely. 
In order to start out plants enquiry, we spent the afternoon in the school grounds hunting for different plants. We then took the time to sketch a range of different plants, enuring that they were detailed. 
As the challenge for our forces enquiry, we had to create our own magnetic puppet shows using small magnets and their magnetic force to move our characters around. While working collaboratively, we designed a setting and two characters, along with a script in order to perform the puppet show in front of the class. 

Magnetic puppet show

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Magnetic puppet show

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Magnetic items around the classroom
While we were getting to grips with what 'magnetic' means and how a magnet works, we explored the classroom to look for different items that were magnetic. We used small magnets to test each item that we found. 
To begin our enquiry on forces, we visited the local park. While we were at the park, we had lots of fun but most importantly, we began to think about how different equipment works using forces. 

Term 5

Term 5 Newsletter

Term 5 Home Learning Jigsaw

LoE: How did castle defences develop over time?

How did castles defence change over time?

Our new enquiry 'How did castle defence develop over time?' will involve learning about the three main types of castle- motte and bailey, stone keep and concentric. We will be looking at the advantages and disadvantages of each design and learn about how and why castle design developed and changed over time.


At the end of the enquiry the children will design and build their own castle that will reflect the different and varied defensive aspects that a castle should have. This will be completed in small groups with the end designs being displayed

In addition to our Castle Enquiry, we will be reading 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane' within our English lessons. This is a tale about a toy rabbit who goes on adventure with his owner, but soon becomes lost and he encounters a range of different changes and characters throughout the story. We will be immersing ourselves into this story and by the end of the term will be writing our own adventure stories based on the structure of Edward Tulane.

To end our enquiry, we worked collaboratively in small groups to design and make a castle that demonstrates different aspects of defence that has developed over the years. We used lots of junk and examples of Motte and Bailey, Stone Keep and Concentric Castles to help us make them.

Firstly we designed, then made and finally painted our models.

House competition-Vortex
This term our house competition is based all round the vortex and how far we can through it. We started by having a practice with a partner-making sure we got the technique correct. Within our houses, we then each had a go at throwing it as far as we could. Many of us were surprised at how strong we were and how far we can throw!
Adventure Stories

After a long term of perfecting character and setting descriptions, descriptive phrases and the steps to success for an interesting adventure story, we have spent week 5 writing, writing and writing! Across the week we have split our stories into sections to ensure that we don't rush and include as much detail as possible. We are all very proud of our work and have loved learning all about Edward Tulane and his adventure. We definitely think some of ours are even better than the original story!

Have a read of some of our extracts below.

Motte and Bailey Castles

We have learned about Motte and Bailey castles and how they were the first style of castle. We discussed how they had some advantages-only took a couple of weeks to build and it enabled defenders to be high off the ground; but also how it had some negatives-could be burned and destroyed easily.

We then had a go at designing a Motte and Bailey Castle. 

Doll shop
During writing this term, we have been concentrating on descriptive language. This includes descriptive phrases, figurative language and fronted adverbials. We have put all of this hard work and creativity together in a setting description of the doll shop-where Edward Tulane sadly ends up. 
Designing our own characters

In order to prepare for writing our own adventure stories, we have designed our own character who will replace Edward Tulane. This is a character who is a soft or china toy which belongs to a very devoted owner. We had fun designing these as we had to think about them in detail including what outfits they might wear!

We're now ready to write some character descriptions to really make them come alive. 

Letter to Abilene
As Edward has began his adventure and has already changed from being a boy to a girl, we wrote in role as him to inform Abilene what has happened so far. We thought about how he has changed so far and how his feelings have evolved over time. 
Hot Seating

We have been getting into role as Edward Tulane to help us to get to know his character and to think about how we might feel during different situations. We thought in depth about when Edward (the rabbit) was taken into the mouth of a huge dog! 


Watch is in role as Edward below!

Hot seating Edward Tulane

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WOW-Cardiff Castle

In order to introduce our enquiry based on castles this term, Year 3 took a trip to Cardiff Castle. After what seemed a long journey, we arrived at the beautiful castle and were amazed that people used to live there! 


We were taken on a tour around the castle which enabled us to visit the nursery, Arabic room, banquet hall and library. We loved how lots of the rooms were made out of real gold!

After our tour around the castle, we were shown a range of armour that would have been used by people protecting the castle and also the weapons that they used. Some of the weapons were huge and extremely heavy. We were lucky enough to try on some of the helmets-check us out below!

Term 4

LoE: Where does food come from?

Term 4 Home Learning Jigsaw

Where does food come from?


This term we will be looking at where food comes from. This will involve us exploring all of the different ways food is produced or grown and how the food gets to the tables we eat from! Throughout the enquiry, we will also be looking at different countries in the world and where these are in relation to where we live, whilst looking at what foods are grown in those countries.


In order to answer our enquiry question, we have designed our own meal that includes foods from each of the 4 areas in which food originates. These are foods that are caught, grown, reared and processed. 


At first we designed our meals on paper and labelled where they come from and then we using different materials, we have created a collage food plate to present our meal. 

How have you saved the day?

As part of our R.E enquiry this term, we have learned about the true Easter Story. While learning about this, we thought about how Jesus saved the day for many people and then reflected on times when we might have saved the day for someone.


In small groups, we rehearsed and performed short role plays to show different situations where some might make a problem okay again.

Saving the day

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In week 5, we have began to look at weighing and how to read scales. When starting this, we looked at a range of different food packets to begin to recognise how food is weighed. We then began weighing different objects around the classroom to get used to reading scales.
Beautiful Beach
After thinking reading Gregory Cool and looking at the beautiful pictures of the beach he visited, we have written our own setting descriptions of this. We made sure that we included our 5 senses to create a realistic, creative and imaginative version of this setting.
Sea Inspired Artwork
Following the fantastic artwork in Gregory Cool, we have had a go at recreating some of the images. Using pastels, we used short dashes and strokes to build up a wave picture, similar to those in the book. We used a range of blues and greens to create this and will put all of our drawings together to create one big picture of the ocean.
World Book Day!
As part of World Book Day, we all dressed up as either dragons, knights, queens, princesses or princes. This was in preparation of meeting a special visitor to the school-Agent Green (dragon tamer!) After meeting her in assembly, we had short workshops where she taught us many amazing facts about dragons, In year 3, we concentrated on how to care for a hatchling (baby dragon). Throughout the day, we designed and sketched our own dragon and wrote a set of instructions to inform how to care for a hatching.
Story Teller

As part of World Book Week, we have been visited by a fantastic story teller. This involved an amazing story telling session in the hall to begin with, followed by some creative writing within our classrooms. We had so much fun getting involved in the stories that were told especially singing along with Martin.


Watch us in action below! 

Story Teller

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After closing our eyes and using our imaginations, we thought about a haunted house and what this might be like. We used some fantastic noun phrases and figurative language to create a whole class poem below. 
Trip To The Beach
While in role as Gregory, we have written a recount of his trip to the beach. We have put all of the elements for a recount that we have learned together in practice ready for the final recount that we are leading up to at the end of this unit. We have tried to ensure that we have included lots of emotive language and adverbs!
Complex sentences
While writing in role as Gregory, we wrote a letter to Mum and Dad informing them about what we have been doing. When writing these, our focus was complex sentences to add variety to our writing. We did a fantastic job at this, using a whole range of conjunctions to create subordinate clauses. 
Researching Tobago
Using the Ipads, we have researched Tobago to find out about their culture. Before researching this, we learned where the 7 different continents of the world are and discussed where we live in comparison to Tobago.

For our WOW, we all tried a range of new, different and exciting foods! Some of these were bread, tuna, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, cheese and lots more! We found a range of them delicious and were surprised about how they tasted. Throughout the afternoon, we discussed where we thought these foods might have come from.


"All of the foods were really exciting to try. My favourite was the sweet corn." Chloe


"I thought that all of the foods were delicious and my favourite was the sweets at the end!" Alfie.


"I had never tried pomegranate before and I was suprised that I really liked it." Preston.


"I can't believe how many foods are processed and also how many healthy foods there are in the world." Charlotte.

Term 3

LoE: What did the Ancient Egyptians believe?

Term 3 Home Learning Jigsaw

What did the Ancient Egyptians believe?

This term we will learning all about the Ancient Egyptians and their beliefs. We will be finding out about where Egypt is, Pharaohs and mummification. By the end of term, we will have learned how to write our very own instructions of how to mummify a body!

In order to answer our enquiry question, in small groups we made short documentaries explaining what the Ancient Egyptians believed. We had to use all of the knowledge that we have learned this term and created our own scripts and prompts to deliver. After rehearsing and perfecting these, we were very pleased with the outcome as it was completely independent. 

When filming each of our documentaries, we used the green screen to make it look like we were reporting from Egypt!


Below check out an example of our fantastic work!

Mickey, Abul and Amy

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How to mummify a dead body
Throughout term 3, we have been learning how to write the perfect set of instructions. In order to link it with our enquiry, we each wrote a set of instructions of how to mummify a body. We are now experts at this so beware!
Canopic Jars

During the mummification process, the Ancient Egyptians removed all of the organs except the heart and placed them in canopic jars. These were then stored with the body ready for the after life.


3RC made our own mini canopic jars using clay. It was a very fun but messy process and we are really proud with how they have turned out! Even the Ancient Egyptians would be impressed!

Mmmm dumplings
Within mandarin this term, have learned how to make Chinese dumplings to link in with the Chinese New Year. We all worked fantastically well together making sure that everyone was involved and were also very sensible when it came to trying them. We were all a bit nervous about trying them at first but soon found out that they were delicious!

We have been learning about how the Ancient Egyptians communicated through using hieroglyphics. We have learned that these were a range of symbols that representing letters and that they wrote vertically instead of horizontally like we do today. We have had a go at writing our own names using hieroglyphics and also wrote messages to each other that we had to crack!

Sand Pictures

After learning about where Egypt is, we looked into what the weather might be like there and the different kind of landscapes that we might have seen during Ancient Egypt times. Using sand, paints and our very beautiful sketches, we have created sand pictures that show an Ancient Egyptian landscape.

Introducing fractions
This term we are going to be learning all about fractions in maths. We have begun this unit by grasping a clear understanding of the whole, part and the importance of it being equal. We looked around the classroom for objects that were exactly the same (representing equal parts) and then found parts of the whole (unit fractions).

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.

We were very lucky to have an Egyptologist visit us to teach us all about the Ancient Epyptians!

Check out some of our fab costumes!!
After being introduced to the Ancient Egyptians through a talk in the hall, we visited our own museum within the classrooms. Whilst in there, we had a quiz to answer through reading a whole range of facts. We had to be really careful to ensure that we were answering the questions very precisely.  
We then learned how to play a game that was very common with the Egyptians. It was very similar to snakes and ladders where we were competing in our learning partners to get as many counters to the end. In stead of using a traditional dice, we had to toss 6 pieces of wood and hope that they landed on the black side. It was so much fun!
We learned that the Ancient Egyptians didn't use the same alphabet as us and that they wrote using hieroglyphics. This was a range of symbols that represented each letter. We had a go at reading these and using our alphabet to try and crack different messages.

Term 2

Term 2 Home Learning Jigsaw

LoE: Where is your place between?

Where is your place between?


This term our enquiry will be based around the story of Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. In the story the main character, Leon, goes on an imaginary adventure full of mystery and wonder! For their challenge, the children will be writing their own adventure story set in an imaginary world. 

Imaginary world stories

Throughout the whole of Term 2, we have been working towards creating our own imaginary world stories. Within week 6, we have written these across three days. We made sure that we tried our very best to meet all of our targets and steps to success to create the best stories possible. We are so proud of what we have written!

Have a read of some the examples-you won't believe its our writing!!

3RC Class Assembly!

In week 5, we had our first class assembly. We used this opportunity to share all of our learning that has taken place around Leon and The Place Between. As a class, we shared lots of our fantastic writing and artwork. 


We also performed a whole class readers theatre where we brought the text alive. Watch our great we were below!

Readers Theatre

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Complex Sentences
This term we have been learning how to write complex sentences. This type of sentence helps us to add extra detail using certain conjunctions. When thinking about the magical place between, we practiced writing some of these on whiteboards.
Our Place Between
After looking at the Place Between (where magic takes you) in detail, we have now created our own. We thought in dept about what these might be like and what we would like a magical world to be like. There were ice worlds, dinosaur worlds, sweetie and chocolate lands and much more. Using a range of materials, we have created collages of these and are very proud of the outcome! Check them out below!
Creating Characters
In order to write our own Place Between stories, we have created our own characters that will replace Leon. We designed them to show what they would look like and then thought about different adjectives that would describe their personality. 
The Place Between

 We have been learning how to write a setting description. This has involved us putting all of our recent learning together such as; noun phrases, figurative language and adverbials, to add as much detail as possible. We needed to think about all of the things we might be able to see, hear, taste, smell and touch within the setting.

Below are some of our examples of the setting. Within this we were focusing on using fronted adverbials to add extra detail for where things were.

Freeze Frames
In order to think about the different feelings throughout the story, we created freeze frames. This also helped us to think about each part of the story and what was happening. In small groups we re-created each scene where we got into role as a character in a still position. We needed to think carefully about our facial expressions and body language so that we could show our emotions through this.

In 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. He then did workshops with us in our classes, where we learned even more amazing magic tricks that we are going to practice on our families! Later in the day, we then made our own juggling balls and finally the day was finished with making balloon hats and dogs.


A very magical and exciting day was had by all!

Here are some of the fantastic costumes we wore in order to dress up as a character from the circus. We had lots of clowns, magicians, ring masters, dancers, acrobats and many more!

Term 1

Term 1 Newsletter

Term 1 Home Learning Jigsaw- Year 3

Our enquiry: How do we move and grow?


Throughout this enquiry we will be investigating how we move and grow. We will learn about the three main functions of the skeleton and how muscles help us to move. We will also look at how food helps us to grow and what types of food we need to eat to be healthy.

LoE: How do we move and grow?

How are shadows formed?

During the last two days of term, we had two whole days learning all about how shadows are formed and how light travels to our eyes in order for us to see. This involved us understanding that light travels in a straight line and that the sun is our biggest source of light. We then went on to learn that shadows are formed when an object blocks light. 

Following this learning, in our Learning Partners we planned and created our own shadow puppet shows to perform to the class. We had to plan and make our shadow puppets and needed to ensure we used the correct material that would successfully block the light. We then created our own scenes that could be used to perform our shows. 

Below are photos of us in action and some examples of our performances!

Amy and Ryan

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Mickey and Aimee

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George and Talulla

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Below are some examples of the scenes that we designed and created for puppet shows. We had to think carefully about where we wanted our characters to be and then used this to help us write a short script. 
Creative Leaf Art

Using the leaves that we collected, the thought about different animals that we could create using a natural leaf shape. With some of the animals we cut and altered leaves to create the best collage, however we tried to keep the natural shape as much as possible. Collectively we created birds, rabbits, lions, elephants, spiders and many more! 


Sketching nature

Following our observations outside, we collected a range of leaves, twigs, branches, nuts and berries that had fallen from trees. We brought these inside to sketch. We all took our time to ensure that we were specific with detail and shading.


Take a look at us hard at work!

During our last two full weeks of term, we will be focusing on poetry that is following the theme of Autumn. In our learning partners, we went outside to observe our surroundings and how they have changed during this season. We thought about the weather, trees, plants and much more.

In order to answer out enquiry question, we created posters to present the information that we have learned. We did this in our learning partners and took time to plan and decide how to present the facts. 

Take a look at some examples of our work below! 

In week 5, we have been putting together the balancing and traveling skills that we have learned. In small groups we created a short routine which demonstrates these skills. Below you can see us in action!
"We needed to make sure that we included traveling and balancing. We needed to make sure that we worked in a team, it was so much fun!" George.
"In P.E we had to make sure that we were being sensible and being safe at all times so that we didn't fall when we were balancing. It was my favourite P.E lesson so far!" Alfie.

Balancing and traveling

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Here are some photos of us practising our balancing skills in our groups.
How do we grow?

During week 4 we thought about how do we grow. In groups we created a mind map of our initial thoughts and ideas of what we need to help us grow. Some of us thought we would need to eat healthy, exercise, sleep and to be happy! Over the next few weeks we will be learning more about this and understanding how we need a healthy balanced diet to help us grow.


Below are some of our initial ideas.

Column addition
In maths we have been learning a new method to help us to add. We have been using the diennes and writing on tables to practise using column addition. So far we have found it really fun and can't believe how helpful it is!
"When we first learned column addition, I liked it because it was something new that I learned. It gave me a boost in maths!" Charlotte.
Throwing and catching skills
In P.E during week 3, we have began a serious of tag rugby lessons. We are lucky to have professionals come into teach us lessons every week and had so much fun in our first session. We were taught how to hold the ball correctly and practiced passing and receiving the ball in the correct way in rugby.
"In tag rugby it was fun to throw and the catch the balls. It was a challenge to see how many times we could do this in a minute." Summer
Ordering numbers
In week three, we have began to order a range of numbers which have HTU. We practiced this skill on our tables using dienes, where we had to make sure we always compared the biggest place value first. After learning in this way, we are now ready to put our minds to it in maths books.
Compound sentences
As one of our writing targets, we have been learning how to write compound sentences. This involved us re-arranging and creating them in our learning partners. We had to ensure that we used the correct conjunction to make sure that it made sense.

To start our enquiry we examined some x-rays of different bones. As scientists, we looked at each of these and tried to determine where they are located on the body and their names. Some we easier than others!


Here are some of our thoughts about where we thought each bone belongs on the human body.

In small groups we then had a go at putting together our own skeletons. This was great fun but also quite tricky as we weren’t always sure where each bone belongs.

"For our WOW we stuck all of the bones together to make a skeleton. It was hard because we hadn't learned where all of the bones go yet so all of the skeletons looked different." Amy.
Place Value
In week 2, we have started learning about place value and the importance of understanding the value of each digit within a number. Whilst exploring this, we used the Diennes to help us visualise hundreds, tens and units. We were even allowed to write on the tables!!

To start the term each class was given one of the School Values to focus on. 3RC looked at honesty and what this means. We discussed what we thought the meaning was and the importance of being honest. We also read The Story Of Joseph And His Coat Of Many Colours. From this, we discussed how honesty is shown within the story and the message that it gave.


Below is some of the work we did whilst thinking about honesty.

Joseph and his coat of many colours
Following reading the story, we discussed the importance of being honest within the story. We then went on to think about times when we are honest and what it means. Everyone produced a poster illustrating a scene from the story and also explaining when we are honest and what it means to each of us.

What does honesty mean for us?

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In small groups we rehearsed and performed some short role-plays to the class that demonstrated honesty. This involved us modeling how we must always tell the truth and own up even if we might be in the wrong.


Here are some images of us rehearsing in small groups.

Below is an example of one of the role-plays that was shared in our class to demonstrate how we can show honesty to our friends.

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