Children in Need

Apologies for the delay in posting!

Last Friday the Year 3 children helped Kexborough Primary celebrate Children in Need! Thankyou to all the children for dressing up and helping to raise lots of money. You all looked amazing!

Mrs Smith

Everything You Need For A Treehouse

This week, Year 3 children have started to look at a text called Everything You Need For A Treehouse by Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes.

As a hook for our learning, we introduced the book and discussed ideas for our dream treehouse. We watched a video clip showing the Top 10 Treehouses in the World. The children were amazed by some of the fantastic treehouse ideas and designs!

Yesterday afternoon, children were given a chance to discuss and design a treehouse. Their focus was to think about the size, shape and purpose of their treehouse; using the ideas from the book and video as inspiration. After designing their treehouses, the children were tasked with trying to construct them! I was extremely impressed with children’s resilience when 3D modelling. They used trial and error to construct their tree and house, thinking about suitable materials and ways of joining.

Here are some of the fantastic treehouses created by Year 3 children!

Children have been looking at the skills needed to write instructions in their writing lessons this week. Next week, they are going to write up their instructions for how they built their treehouses!

Mrs Smith

Class pets!

This afternoon has been extremely exciting for Year 3 as we welcomed our new class pets! As part of our ‘Rocks and Soil’ Science topic, we have built a worm world in our classroom. The children all took part in collecting the necessary equipment (soil, sand, worms etc) and putting the worm world together as a class. We wrote up our equipment list and our method, before making a prediction about what will happen to the layers of sand and soil over the 4 weeks that the worms will be in our class!

The Year 3 children are extremely excited about watching our worms and their movements over the coming weeks!

4 Times Table Song!

This week, children in Year 3 have been trying to master the 4 x table. We have found it very helpful to sing our times table to the tune of ‘I’m still standing’. Below is the link so that children can practise their 4 x table at home!

Mrs Smith

Young Writers Poetry Competition

Year 3 have been working really hard on their entries for the ‘Peculiar Pets’ themed Young Writers poetry competition for this year. Children were tasked with creating a peculiar pet, designing it and then writing a poem all about their chosen design.

I have been extremely impressed with some of the entries that have been written by the children in Year 3 and I’m sure we will be very successful in the competition!

Here are some of the acrostic poem entries for the competition:

Mind reading rabbit

Inside your mind he explores

Never spoken secrets

Desert living creature

Right at the top of a razor sharp cactus

Eyes of hypnotic, ruby red, staring at me!

Always covered by red rimmed sunglasses

Dark lenses hiding his strange gift

Ears that flop over his eyes

Reveal not what you think of him!

Dinodog is very scary

It’s got big, green scales

No human has seen it before

Out of the ordinary, he has giant spikes

Dog and dinosaur fused together

Orange horn on top of his head

God can’t even take him down.

Dark of night and he explores

In the night he feasts

Never walk up close to him

Or you will get eaten

Right now he is sleeping

At nightime he will be smelling his prey

Be very careful

Because he lives in the jungle

It would be dangerous to meet him

The dinorabbit was wandering last night.

Right at the top of a coconut tree

Ocean swimming cat

Buttons ready to be pressed

Outdoor nocturnal living cat

Cat food made out of nowhere

Amazed, he can dive into the sea

The famous robocat.

Oil pastel cave paintings by Year 3

Children have continued to experiment with different media in Art; this week it was the turn of oil pastels! Children tried really hard to create vibrant cave paintings using a range of colours that would have been available during the Stone Age. The end results were extremely effective!

Our finished mystery stories!

Today, the children in Year 3 have worked really hard to complete their final copy of their mystery story ‘Flotsam’. The children have been focusing on presenting their work to a high standard and the end results make a fantastic read!

Investigating the profile of soil

Today, the children have had great fun conducting an experiment to investigate the profile of soil. Children brought in some soil from their garden/allotment and mixed it with water. We then gave it a good shake and left it to settle for the morning before studying the results this afternoon.

Many children were able to identify the different layers in the soil that they collected and investigated. We then wrote up our experiment neatly in our Science books!

Celebrating Year 3 Achievements!

This week has been a fantastic week in Year 3, with 9 children ending the week on the sunshine of success! Children can reach the sunshine by being noticed by myself or Miss Shillito for doing something outstanding during the week, going above and beyond what is expected of them in school.

This weeks sunshine achievements include:

  • Amazing progress in Maths, working independently to master adding 2 and 3 digit numbers.
  • Producing fantastic artwork based on our topic of the Stone Age.
  • Great peer to peer working in Guided Reading.
  • Listening to feedback and editing work to an extremely high standard.

Well done to all of this weeks sunshine’s!!

Mrs Smith

Year 3 Mystery Stories

This week the children in Year 3 have been writing their own mystery story in the style of David Wiesner’s ‘Flotsam’. The children have really enjoyed planning and developing their mystery stories and although they aren’t finished yet, I couldn’t wait to share them! Here is one that particularly caught my eye this week and I can’t wait to read the rest!

Flotsam

On a warm, sunny day in June a young girl was catching fish on the beach. As she collected more fish, the huge, blue waves were crashing against the soft, golden sand as the tide came in. The girl had caught 9 fish when she thought, ‘One more’. This time she caught something heavy. What could it be? The girl dragged the net out of the water excitedly. Inside it was a magnificent, old camera. The girl took the net to her parents who were sunbathing under the hot, burning sun. Mum gently took the camera out of her hands. We’d best take this to a special shop to develop the photos, she said to the young girl. After developing the photographs, they ran quickly back to the beach. The girl peered at the pictures in front of her. In the first image wiggling octopuses were dancing happily around the coral reef. The huge, ferocious sharks were having a fight in the Pacific Ocean. The gigantic starfish were sliding happily across their rocks. The boy was awfully confused. The creatures appeared almost human.