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Come and see the amazing work we have been doing in Year 3!

In PSHE we have been reviewing and setting goals. At the start of Year 3 we set up a 'Fabulous Fortunes' display, where every child set a goal that they wanted to achieve by the end of Year 3. Last week we reviewed these goals and most of the children have achieved them and have set new goals. For those who have not yet succeeded in their target, we have discussed together how we can make sure that they do achieve this by the end of Year 3.
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In History we have been learning about World War 2. We have done lots of cross-curricular work; we have explored what it would be like to be evacuated using drama, wrote WW2 themed stories and letters as if we were asn evacuee in Literacy and have explored light and dark and simple sketching techniques in art. We have looked at the timeline of key events in WW2 and have looked at some artefacts related to WW2. Here are some photographs of our work.
During Local History Week we looked the life of Ralph Ward Jackson and what he did for the town of Hartlepool. We have created a display in the classroom with some of the work that we did.
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In Maths we have been exploring measures. We looked at measuring in litres and millilitres and created our own measuring bottles. It was lots of fun and slightly messy. Look at how hard we are concentrating!
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Groups go with Jamie B to read TAB music and learn to play the Ukulele.  They love it and cannot wait until it is their turn for a lesson.

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Here we are with our finished stockings.

Year 3 have been lucky enough to have a local tennis coach come into school and work with them. On the 4th of February we will be entering the cluster tournament with 8 children. Good luck Kingsley!

Our new topic in Science is Rocks and Soils. We started off the topic by using the stem question cards to come up with some questions about rocks. Here are some ideas we had: 
 
Izzi: Why are some rocks smooth and some rough? 
 
Ben: What types of rocks are there? 
 
Thomas & Harriett: Are some rocks rarer than others? 
 
Harvey & Adam: How are rocks made? 
 
We then looked at a range of different rocks and investigated the ways in which we could classify them. We found out how to carry out a streak test, the meaning of lustre and how to check if rocks had it or not, whether rocks had crystals and whether they were hard or soft rocks. In our groups we then decided how to classify our rocks. 
As part of our Design and Technology we had to design our own stocking thinking about the user, its purpose and the materials we were going to use. We then practised sewing before finally creating our stocking using felt. We all did a brilliant job sewing as it was tricky! Our stockings were ready to take home for Christmas to hang! 
In year 3 we designed and made stockings. We first had to make a template out of paper (pattern) and use this to cut out our stocking shape. After that we used our practised sewing techniques to sew our pieces together. Most of us used an overcast stitch and some of us used a running stitch. Once our stocking was sewn together, we were then able to do our own designs on the stockings. Have a look at our photo's to see how we got on in our photos...
As part of our volcanoes topic for our art project, we had to make a volcano sculpture. We each sketched a volcano design, then in our group decided which bits of each persons we liked best , such as colours and shapes. Over a few weeks we collected old bits of plastic, cardboard and paper in preparation for making our sculptures. We spent a full afternoon working in our groups making the volcanoes. Once we had formed the shape we then covered them in modroc. When the modroc had dried, we then painted them. Don't they look wonderful? 
As part of our Design and Technology topic, we had to design our own stocking thinking about the user, its purpose and the materials we were going to use. We then practised sewing before finally creating our stocking using felt. We all did a brilliant job sewing as it was tricky! Our stockings were ready to take home for Christmas to hang! 

Our new topic in Science is Rocks and Soils. We started off the topic by using the stem question cards to come up with some questions about rocks. Here are some ideas we had: 

 

Izzi: Why are some rocks smooth and some rough? 

 

Ben: What types of rocks are there? 

 

Thomas & Harriett: Are some rocks rarer than others? 

 

Harvey & Adam: How are rocks made? 

 

We then looked at a range of different rocks and investigated the ways in which we could classify them. We found out how to carry out a streak test, the meaning of lustre and how to check if rocks had it or not, whether rocks had crystals and whether they were hard or soft rocks. In our groups we then decided how to classify our rocks.

In year 3, our first science topic was plants. We set up an experiment looking at the different conditions plants needed to grow. One group looked at the amount of light plants needed, putting seeds in pots on windowsills, in cupboards and on worktops away from light. Another group looked at the amount of water that is best for a plant to grow - giving seeds 0 - 40ml of water. The last experiment was whether plants needed soil to grow, planting seeds in soil, cotton wool and empty pots. We recorded our results in a table and then presented our results in a practical graph that we made using masking tape. 
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In year 3 we have been outdoors practising our tennis skills. We have worked individually to learn how to hold the tennis racquet correctly, how to bounce a ball with a racquet and how to hit the ball to a target. We then worked in pairs to hit the ball to each other using racquets. Alongside these skills we also practised throwing and catching the ball and challenged ourselves to make it harder – when we threw it in the air we had to clap before catching it, then the next step was to clap, touch our heads and then catch it! This proved to be quite tricky!!
We used our questions cards to help us create some questions for our plant experiment. These are some of the questions we came up with:
 
Would a seed grow if we planted it in stones? Megan
 
What if we gave the plant no water? Maisey
 
If we hid the seed away in the cupboard would it still grow? Isobelle
 
From these questions we created a range of experiments changing the essential things a plant needs to grow.
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We have been using atlases to look at the features of different countries. We used the key to look at the different land heights of different countries. Did you know that Africa has mountains over 2000m high? We compared the environmental features of the UK and Africa and spoke about the various human and physical features in areas.
In Year 3 we have started to look at the ordanance survey key. We used the key to find out the meaning of different symbols on a range of maps.
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This week we have been learning how to do column subtraction with borrowing.  At first we tried out a number of different ways so that we could work out the subtraction when we had a smaller number at the top of the calculation. However through trial and error, discussions and using our Maths No Problem text book we realised the solution was easy! We just needed to borrow from the next column! We tried it out using dienes, carrying a ten into the ones column and exchanging it for ones! We quickly figured out how to then borrow from each column and what to do when there was a 0 in a number.....it was tricky at first but now we have NO PROBLEM in solving these calculations!
Year 3 created their own plants and labelled them with explanations of parts of a plant. 
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14.9.18- Today was our first swimming lesson at Mill House Leisure Centre. Some of us were nervous but we were all very brave! We met the swimming team and learned the rules of the pool before getting in the water. We had lots of fun and can't wait to go back!! Here are some photo's from our first session.
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In Science we have begun to explore plants. We talked about plants we know about and went exploring the school grounds. We examined small areas very closely and found that in a small area there can be a wide variety of plants growing. We found that some of the trees on our grounds have really big roots that are showing through the ground. Some areas of the field seem bare and we discussed why this might be:

 

Micah- I think this is because the roots from the tree are soaking up lots of the water so the ground is too dry for other plants to grow.

 

Caitlin- It might be because people walk on that part lots.

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In PSHE we are covering 'Getting on and falling out'. Our task today was to complete the jigsaws in complete silence, with no pointing or gesturing at all. The trouble was all of our jigsaws were jumbled and we had each other's pieces. It was very tricky but we all managed it in the end! Yellow table found it the hardest to stay quiet and green table were the best. Before the task had started they had decided to work as a team and pour all of their pieces in the middle, collecting their pieces once they were all in one place- The whole class was fantastic at team work and managed to get on well the whole time! Well done!
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In Maths we have been exploring place value of hundreds tens and ones- here we used part whole diagrams to show our understanding.

 

Tori- I made a mistake with mine but I was able to talk to my partner and knew where I had made my mistake.

Lucy and Joseph- We counted the diennes there was 3 hundreds, 2 tens and 3 ones!

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We thought about how to keep other people safe too. Here are a few of our tips.

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If you require any additional information regarding our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or a member of the Leadership Team.
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