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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.

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Cave Paintings - Lesson one 20th March

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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.

Stone Age Dance 19th March

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We have been working on a dance sequence based on going on a hunt. This is part of our Stone Age to Iron Age history theme. We have worked in groups to develop a motif for preparing for a hunt and travelling together. This has included incorporating moments of stillness. We have also worked as a whole class to develop the hunt as a tribe - we did this in a circular formation moving into the centre of the space.

Our Challenge question today in Maths 13th March 2019

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We worked on this problem using counters to represent the stickers. We realised that 15 divided by three was not how Jack grouped the counters because there would be no remainder. We also used our times tables knowledge to quickly understand that 15 divided by five was not how Jack grouped his stickers because five also goes into 15 evenly. We then systematically worked out possible solutions.

Maths - Division with remainders

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World Book Day Simon and Dahl class photos

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World Book day 7th March 2019 - Our Characters

Today we enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters and talking about authors and illustrators. Can you guess which characters we are?

Our activities today were all about "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywelt.

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World Book Day 7th March 2019 - Our teachers dressed as Crayons from "The Day the Crayons quit!"

World Book Day 7th March 2019 - Our teachers dressed as Crayons from "The Day the Crayons quit!" 1 Green, Blue and Red crayon
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Picture 1 We wrote a reply to the Yellow and Orange Crayons.

Role play from "The day the Crayons quit!"

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In the story the orange and yellow crayons have fallen out because they both want to be the colour of the sun. We role played the disagreement and Duncan (the main character) tries to help them to compromise.

World Book Day 7th March 2019

World Book Day 7th March 2019 1 Dictionary challenge winners from Class Seven.
World Book Day 7th March 2019 2 Colouring our "Day the Crayons Quit" posters.
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World Book Day March 7th 2019

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World Book Day March 7th 2019 4 We coloured these posters using crayons.
World Book Day March 7th 2019 5 We worked together to crazily colour!
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Art work - Printmaking lesson two 6th March 2019

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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.

Art work - Printmaking 6th March 2019

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First, we made print blocks out of fab form and card. We cut out the frame and a person shape. We made a paper template to cut out the shape of the person. We glued the block together. This was lesson one in our printmaking series.

Mindmaps about the Stone, Bronze and Iron age 5th March 2019

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We read a non fiction text about life as a child in the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. In groups, we wrote key questions and key points on large chart paper. We presented our research to the class.

Amazing Mirrors Investigations 27th February 2019

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We investigated walking along a wiggly chalk line by looking in a mirror. It was harder than we thought because left and right appear to be reversed in a mirror.

Our Projects about Cheshire February 2019

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We researched our county, Cheshire. We thought about our town, neighbouring counties, villages/towns nearby, rivers in our county, important landmarks and famous people who have lived here. For homework we completed a tourist poster or brochure explaining the features of our county. We shared our projects with our classmates and spoke about what we had found out!

Golden Time Fun February 15th

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Fun in the Sun PE ball skills lesson February 14th

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February's Value of the month LOVE

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Geography - Our results! 6th February 2019

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British Value this half term - Individual liberty and Freedom for all

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This half term we have been discussing what Individual Liberty means. In our PSHE lesson we discussed how we would feel if we had new strict limited school rules imposed on us. We thought about situations when people in the past had their individual liberty restricted. We realised that Individual Liberty does not mean being able to do what ever we like but instead we are free to do what is right. As long as we are not hurting others and breaking the law we have freedom to live our own lives. Children need to listen to adults who are responsible for them so they are safe. We made mind maps of how we have Individual Liberty.
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January's Value HOPE

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PE focus - Real PE Dynamic Balance

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In PE we are using our cognitive skills to play games which require dynamic balance. We have begun to learn a game called "All Change". This involves throwing and catching a ball with a partner. For some of us this is a challenge! We are using this as a personal best challenge - how many times can we throw and catch the ball without dropping it in a given time. Maybe adding in learning our times tables at the same time. We then stand in a row of four with the middle two people back to back throwing and catching with their partner. When the teacher shouts "inside change" the middle people swap places after sending the ball to the outside person. When the teacher shouts "outside change," the children at either end of the line of four send the ball to the middle and swap ends.

Maths - Multiplication and Division Spring half term one

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Using known multiplication facts to solve problems - Make it! 31st January

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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.

 

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Science - Light

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Science- Light and Shadow 29th January

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During our lesson on "What is Light and what is Dark?" we worked in teams to sort cards into light sources and not light source. Some of the choices were tricky. We asked "Is the moon a light source?", also "Is a mirror a light source?" and how about "Is a diamond a light source?" At first, some of us thought these were light sources but after our discussion, we realised that these things reflect light but are not light sources themselves.
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Geography

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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.

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Parents Challenge! 

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.

 

 

Problem solving with our partners! January 2019

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Maths make it with multilink! January 2019

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Science - Mighty Muscles 9th January

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During our science topic "Animals including Humans" we learned about skeletons and muscles. We thought about which muscles we used whilst running. We learned that muscles work in pairs. The heart is a muscle that begins to work before we are born until the day we die.
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Tackle a Good Book!

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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.

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Hortense and the Shadow - English key text January 2019

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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.

French January 2019

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We welcomed Mademoiselle Anson as our French teacher this term. She works with us on a Friday afternoon alongside Mr Oates (Music). We are learning the names of animals during our French lessons.

RE - THE NATIVITY

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Walk with Wolfie 8th December

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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.

HAPPINESS Value of the month December 2018

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Science Experiments - Soil permeability 20th November

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We conducted a Science investigation to test the permeability of different types of soil. We made predictions about what we thought the outcome of the experiment would be. We found that sand was the most permeable and clay was the least permeable.
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FREEDOM - Value of the month November

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Remembrance Day Art November 2018

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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

CO-OPERATION Value of the month October 2018

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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.

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AUTUMN WATCH OCTOBER 2018

We went outside to find signs of Autumn as this is the theme for our Harvest Assembly.

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RE - Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year September 2018

RE - Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year September 2018 1 We learned about how Rosh Hashanah is celebrated.

Anti bullying PSHE

Anti bullying PSHE 1 We created anti-bullying slogans for our school!

Place Value Maths

Place Value Maths 1 We used Place Value Counters to represent numbers.
Place Value Maths 2 We used Base Ten to represent numbers.

English Role Play

English Role Play 1 We acted out the story of "Grandad's Secret GIant"

Writing Play Scripts

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Value of the Month September - APPRECIATION

Value of the Month September - APPRECIATION 1 We wrote about who we appreciate and why

Autumn One - British Value DEMOCRACY

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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.

 

 

 

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Simon Class Candidates

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Our Polling station

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!

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Did you receive your postcard?

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