Welcome to Year Three!
Our Classes are Dahl (Class 8) and
Simon (Class 7)
Our Teachers are:
Mrs Murray and Mrs McGregor.
Other people who help us are:
Mrs Sewell, Ms Smethurst, Mr Trantum,
Mrs Amos and Mr McIntyre.
We made the most of the sunshine today to go outside and paint the background of our Cave painting pictures. We mixed different colours to create shades of brown. We painted with sponges to create the texture of a cave wall. We added sand to create a rough surface like a cave wall.
We learned about the Lascaux in France where some cave paintings were discovered by four boys and their dog just before World War Two. The caves have now been replicated so visitors can experience what the inside of the actual caves is like. The real caves were closed to the public due to damage to the art from the presence of too many people.
We rolled out paint onto boards and then "inked" our block with the paint. We carefully placed paper over the top of our block. We used a dry roller to roll over the paper in order to press the paper onto the wet paint. We had lots of fun revealing our prints. We noticed the prints were mirror images of our blocks.
We watched a short video about a famous German printmaker called Albrecht Druer. He lived in the 1500's. He visited Italy and began printmaking so he could make more money from his art work as he could make many prints of the same image.
We were given a statement in our maths lesson to prove with our maths partner.
"I know when multiplying 3x40, 40 is ten times bigger than 4, so my answer will also be ten times bigger."
We used practical equipment to show this. Some of us used base ten, some used place value counters to make arrays, and some used numicon. We could show that 3x4=12 and 3x40=120.
We could draw how we did it in various ways and also write the calculations. Then we answered the question "Is the statement correct?" When we journal our answers we must say why we have given our answer.
Our geography studies have involved us looking at our local area and the school and plotting points on satellite images and comparing these to maps. We have learned eight points of a compass and how to use a key on maps. We tried to name the countries and capitals of the four countries of the UK at the beginning of our topic - some interesting answers were given!
We learned about ordnance survey maps and what ordnance survey symbols were.
We learned how to read four figure grid references on maps and even drew our own maps for our classmates to use grid references to discover where points of interest were.
We looked at the regions in England and identified where some important landmarks are located. We thought about the type of feature in the environment the landmarks were. We thought about the difference between natural features and features made by humans.
Can you name the counties in the North West of England?
We began by designing and planning our field study. We talked about natural and human features of our local area. We decided to conduct our field study in Sankey Valley Park as it is near to our school. We looked at a map and planned our route. We thought about what we expected to see and what we thought were the positive and negative features of the park.
Our key investigation question: Is our park the best it could be?
Whilst at the park we took photos to show the natural and human features of the area.
We drew field sketches to record what we found.
We surveyed the children in both classes about how they use the park and what they consider the best feature of the park and any concerns they may have.
We also surveyed our parents to see if their views were the same or different to the children.
We will present our data as tally charts and pie charts.
Year Three are encouraged to read often. During the school day we have opportunities to use our reading areas in the classrooms. This might be for personal reading, during guided sessions or in other lesson times. We use Cheshire library service to provide topic books and some guided readers as well as high interest personal reading books for the classes. We do Reading Plus on ipads during guided reading carousel and are encouraged to do this at home also.
Parents are encouraged to read to and with the children and record home reading in reading diaries. Each half term the children have the chance to win our Star Reader Prizes - these go to a class member who reads regularly at home during the half term.
To introduce our key text we discussed shadows and how they are made. We used torches to make shadows with a partner. We read the story "Hortense and the Shadow" and thought about the setting and characters. We wondered why Hortense hates her shadow so much. We thought she felt annoyed because she felt the shadow was copying her and she couldn't escape. She changes her mind at the end of the story and sees her shadow differently.
PARENTS - Ask your child about the story and what they are learning about during English sessions by looking closely at this text.
We took part in a whole school walk with Wolfie challenge. We know we need to do 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Part of this activity takes place at school; during break times, in PE lessons, doing "Golden mile" runs or walks, doing BBC supermovers as brain breaks or to help us in our lesson time, taking part in 5 a day sessions, being active when we learn across the curriculum.
Wolfie came today to help reinforce the message that in order to be fit and healthy we all must take part in physical activity!
We raised money for the Warrington Wolves Foundation and our school playground fund. We all had fun "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" to music being played through our loudspeaker.
We all made poppies out of a variety of materials to honour and show respect for those who have died in conflict. We reflected about the 100 year anniversary of the end of the first World War ...
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Monday 15th October
We are really excited to be performing the Harvest Assembly this Friday and have been doing lots to prepare for it. We have been busy learning our lines and the lyrics to our songs, making leaf pictures and even creating self portraits using fruit and vegetables!
Year Three looked at the art of Wassily Kandinsky. He was a Russian artist who produced the first abstract work of art. We talked about what abstract meant and discovered it was about showing ideas and thoughts by using colour, pattern, line and shape without the art made to look realistic.
We also talked about the colours of the British flag and what they are made up of. We drew line drawings of shapes and lines in pencil. We painted using red, white and blue and mixed the paint on the paper to create different shades.
We drew the symbols of the five main world religions onto our pictures with black pen and added some lines and shapes in black pen also. Finally, we highlighted our symbols with gold or silver markers.
AUTUMN WATCH OCTOBER 2018
We went outside to find signs of Autumn as this is the theme for our Harvest Assembly.
27th September 2018
Democracy in Year Three!
We held our elections for our Class Councillors who will represent us on the School Council. First we listened to campaign speeches from all the candidates.
We set up a polling station outside the classroom and had two returning officers who issued the ballot papers. We voted in a voting booth and placed our votes in a ballot box. When everyone had voted the votes were counted. Congratulations to our elected representatives, Daniel and Mia.
European Languages Week September 2018
This year our focus country was Croatia. Year Three learned about a famous landmark outside Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia.
The statue is of Gregory of Nin who was a 10th century Bishop. He wanted church services to be held in the language of the people and not in Latin. He is a symbol of Croatian heritage and culture. The statue was made be Croatian artist, Ivan Mestrovic.
Two children dressed up and posed like the statue and we drew pictures of the statue. We concentrated very hard. Here is some of our work!