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September 2017

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Year 3 Information at Meet the Teacher

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Year 3 Meet the Teacher Sept 2017

 

2016-17


Thursday 8th June

Chicken Wired visits Year 3

Year 3 have had an amazing morning making sculptures with Mr Norman from Chicken Wired! The children started their day by seeing some of the incredible crafts Mr Norman has dedicated his life to creating. We were all inspired by his ability to produce almost anything from one simple material – chicken wire! From animals to plants; people to robots, Mr Norman has an incredible talent he enjoys passing on to the children.

Starting with Maple Class, later moving onto Ash Class, Mr Norman explained what he had planned for the children. The children were going to be making their own 3D fish sculptures from chicken wire and tissue paper. The children gathered around for a demonstration where Mr Norman showed the children how best to recreate the fish. The children listened intently and understood how important precision would be in this activity.

Soon enough, the children were starting to create their own sculptures. Initially, we had to make sure we could see what we would be cutting out so Mr Norman came prepared with some templates that the children needed to trace with a coloured pen. This would make it easier to see where to cut the two pieces of wired that would be attached to make the fish.

It took a lot of hard work and perseverance to ensure we each had two complete pieces ready to create the sculptures. All children behaved responsibly with the tools and showed their tenacity by not giving up. Once everyone had cut out their wire and attached them to one another, they could begin to add a huge variety of colours using tissue paper. The children were allowed to create whichever pattern they wanted and they put a lot of effort into their work. The finished results were beautiful. All had a fantastic, interactive and creative day.

A very special Thank You goes to Mr Norman and his Chicken Wired Workshop!


Thursday 19th January

Rocks and Soil Day with Mr Berry

Thursday 19th January

Year 3 had an amazing day with Mr Berry finding out about Rocks and Soils. They participated in lots of fun and exciting science investigations and challenges with a science expert, Mr Berry.

First they identified different rocks by what they looked like, felt like and if they could be scratched.  They looked at different minerals and learnt funny ways of remembering what the rocks were called.

They then learnt how sedimentary rock is formed.  They made a model of a mountain, river and sea using sand, water as rain and plasticine dinosaurs. Their dinosaurs were washed into their ‘sea’ by the rain which explained how dead animal bones become fossils and part of sandstone and other sedimentary rock. The sediments (sand) quickly surround the animal before it decays.

 


Tuesday 17th January

Sugar Smart by Take Pride 

On the 17th January, Year 3 were fortunate enough to take part in another visit from the Take Pride team. Take Pride delivered a talk on being ‘Sugar Smart’, using advice from ‘Change 4 Life’.

The children were presented with a slideshow full of information on the sugar content of everyday food items. They learnt that there were more cubes of sugar in an apple than there is in a bagel!

The children had to guess and vote the number of sugar cubes they thought were in each food item shown (by standing up). The true amount was then revealed. Each time the children guessed the sugar content, the teaching staff chose an exercise activity in which the children would have to complete. Those who guessed closest to the correct number only had to do 5 repetitions of the given activity, whereas the rest of the children had to do more.

 

 

Some of the scary facts that the children learnt were:

  • Most children eat more than half of their daily sugar allowance for breakfast alone.
  • Children consume more than three times their daily recommendation each day.
  • 4 – 6 year old children are allowed 5 cubes of sugar a day.
  • 7 – 10 year old children are allowed 6 cubes of sugar a day.
  • Everyone over 11 years of age is allowed 7 cubes of sugar a day.

The children also learnt about hidden and natural sugars. They were shocked to hear that some of their everyday food items contained so much sugar:

  • Mars bar – 6.5 cubes of sugar
  • Average packet of skittles – 12 cubes of sugar
  • Small muffin – 5 cubes of sugar
  • Apple – 2.5 cubes of sugar
  • Bagel – 1 cube of sugar
  • Juice drink – 5 cubes of sugar
  • Oreo snack pack – 5.5 cubes of sugar
  • McDonalds’ chocolate milkshake – 28 cubes of sugar

 

 

The member of Take Pride demonstrated to the children what 28 cubes of sugar looks like and they were very shocked to see how much they could be drinking without knowing. The children were able to share and clarify what they knew about the effects of sugar on the human body. Excess sugar can cause tooth decay; diabetes; sickness; weight gain and heart disease. The children were shown how the children’s teeth could be affected by the consumption of excess sugar.

Sugar + bacteria = acid

Acid + healthy teeth = decay

Advice on how to monitor the amount of sugar in foods was given to the children. They were taught that one cube of sugar is the same as 4g of sugar.

As a result, children now know how they can check all foods for sugar content.

The children were also introduced to some free apps that could help them to keep healthy and make sensible sugar swaps.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning spent learning and exercising together and appreciated all that they had learnt. Thank you Take Pride!

Ms Clark


Term 3 Year 3 2016/17

We hope you have enjoyed the half term break! Here is some information regarding the current term’s topics of study.

English: In English, year 3 will be focusing on writing in a range of genres, including poetry, setting description, play-scripts and much more.

Maths: In maths, we will be using the Inspire Maths scheme. This is something that our children have really enjoyed and it makes maths real. We will be focusing on division and multiplication.

Science: This term we are learning about ‘Rocks and Soils’. We even have the amazing Mr Berry coming in to work with us!

Quest: Our current Quest topic is called ‘The Stone Age’. During the next two terms, we will be looking at family life, homes, timelines, food and much more as we explore from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Religious Education: We are studying Islam this term. The study of this faith will include learning about the Five Pillars of Islam, the six main beliefs and much more.

Indoor PE: Our indoor PE focus is gymnastics.

Outdoor PE: Our outdoor PE this term will be based upon games – specifically football.

PSHE: We will be focusing on ‘Getting on and falling out’.

Computing: ‘We are Animators’.

Music: Music with a focus on China and Time.

Miss Shorter, Miss Grundy & Miss Clark.

Mrs Hay & Ms. Knight.


Wednesday 21st September, 2016: Meet the Teacher

Click here for a copy of the presentation delivered to parents and carers at ‘Meet the Teacher’.


Term 1 Year 3 2016/17

The year 3 team are hoping that both pupils and parents have settled into the new academic year well. Here is some information regarding the current term’s topics of study.

 

the-twelfth-floor-kidsEnglish: In English, year 3 are currently reading through Ruth Symes’ ‘The Twelfth Floor Kids’. This text is based on familiar settings. Our written work will focus on this text to create recounts, script writing, narratives, descriptions and more! Our science topic of ‘Light and Shadow’ will be included in our English writing sessions also.

 

Maths: We are currently working on place value of numbers up to 4 digits. Within this topic we are looking at addition and subtraction. We will be moving onto further skills throughout this first term, including: ordering and comparing numbers, multiplication (times tables) and exploring measures of length.light-and-shadow

 

Science: This term we are learning about ‘Light and Shadow’, discussing how both are formed. We are also able to participate in several investigations within this topic.

 

hartleyvillagekentQuest: Our current and continuing Quest topic is called ‘Who lives here?’. We will be exploring and developing map reading skills and using compass points. Our map focuses include the world, continents, Kent and our immediate area. We have been on our ‘Hartley Walk’ to discover the amenities and features of a village such as Hartley.

 

Religious Education: We are studying Judaism this term. The study of this faith will include learning about the ten commandments, special places, religious festivals and exploring Jewish symbols.

 

Indoor PE: Our indoor PE focus is Gymnastics.

 

Outdoor PE: Our outdoor PE this term will be based upon invasion games – specifically netball.

 

PSHE: New Beginnings.

 

Computing: Familiarisation with basic feature of technology (e.g. keyboard skills).

 

Music: Our music this term will be based on the environment.

 

Miss Shorter, Miss Grundy and Miss Clark

 



2015-16

Term 6, 2016

English:  Continuing our featured author to Jeannie Baker books to support and focus on both non-fiction and fiction writing including diary entries.

Maths: Fractions of number, ordering fractions, fractions and tenths –  counting in,  adding and subtracting, multiplication and division and inverse, 12/24 hour clock, am/pm, problem solving.

Science:  Animals including humans – focussing on teeth, the skeleton, diet and healthy eating, food groups.

Quest: Continue looking at the British Isles. Studying a town from a different region. What makes a town, its amenities and geographical features.

Computing:  Programming Pro Bots

Art: Weaving

Design and Technology:  Making a healthy sandwich

Religious Education: Islam – the role and function of the Imam, the role and function of the mosque, The Ka’bah, Islamic symbols.

PE: Swimming

Outdoor PE: – Cricket and athletics

PSHE: Moving on

French: French alphabet, colours, days of the week, months of the year, numbers 20 -30, greetings and answers.


 Term 5, 2016

Due to Term 4 being so short some of our work will continued into the start of this term.

English:  Poetry – narrative and free verse. Factual writing linked to geography, returning to our featured author Jeannie Baker books to support and focus on both non-fiction and fiction writing, including letter writing and recounts.

Maths: Measurement millilitres and litres, estimating and rounding to nearest 10/100, time including periods of time, telling the time, 12/24 hour clock, addition and subtraction and inverse operations,  four and eight times table, 3 d shape, Roman numerals, fractions of number, problem solving.

Science:   We will continue with ‘Helping plants grow well’ moving onto ‘Animals including humans.’

Quest: Geography Focus: Looking at the British Isles and extending our work about Hartley from the autumn term to what makes a town and a city, geographical features of the British Isles.

Computing:  Research linked with geography quest, using data Log Its to record weather – taking temperature, rainfall. Research and presenting information  – PowerPoints.

Art: Claywork

Religious Education:  Christianity – Inspirational people – Jesus’ life.

Indoor PE: Dance continued.

Outdoor PE: – Tennis continued then cricket skills.

French: French alphabet, colours, days of the week, months of the year, numbers 20 -30, greetings and answers


Term 4, 2016

English: Our genre is non-fiction texts our written work will include research, note taking and ways of presenting factual information, linking with Quest.

Maths: Measurement grams and kilograms, millilitres and litres, addition and subtraction multiplication and division links, estimating and rounding to nearest 10/100.

Science: Helping plants grow well.

Quest: History Unit. We will continue studying early British history from the Neolithic times through to the Iron Age, with a big focus on Stonehenge and the Amesbury Archer, and how this gives us an understanding of life at the time.

Computing: Programming.

Art: Weaving and claywork.

Religious Education: Christianity – Religion, family and Community.

Indoor PE: Dance.

Outdoor PE: Tennis.

PSHE: Going for Goals.

French: Simple classroom instructions, colours, days of the week, numbers 13 -20.


Term 3, 2016

English: Our genre is Mystery stories, our written work will include recounts, story writing, letter writing and play scripts. We will be covering our science and quest topics in our English lessons including non-fiction.

Maths: We will be looking at addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and using these four operations for two stage problems, adding and subtracting money and giving change, 3D shape, telling the time to the nearest minute and periods of time, links between angles and turns, counting in multiples of 50 and 100, also three and six times tables.

Science: We are learning about Rocks and Soils and carrying out different investigations. We will be introducing the topic with a half day practical session with a science expert.

Quest: History Unit. Keeping with the theme of rocks we will be studying early British history starting with the Stone Age through to the Iron Age.

Computing: Comic strips and for digital literacy ‘My Online Community’

Art: Drawing and painting figures

Design and Technology: Moving pictures

Religious Education: Islam – Beliefs and questions, inspirational people

Indoor PE: Gymnastics – body shape, balancing, travelling, sequences.

Outdoor PE: Invasion Games – football

Music: Time


December 2015, Term 2

Some of our work this term


November 2015, Term 2

Below you will find the Quests and some of the texts and topics we will be covering in term 2.

English: We will be using a book called Home by Jeannie Baker based upon familiar settings, how they might change over time and how improvements can be made. We will base our written work around this. We will be writing recounts, descriptive writing, writing letter and play scripts. We will be covering our science and quest topics in our English lessons.

Maths: We will be looking at place value, addition and subtraction, doubling and halving numbers, symmetry,2D shape, length, perimeter, fractions, time and multiples (times tables).

Science: We are learning about Forces including magnetism and carrying out different investigations.

Quest: History Unit. Who lives here? We will be researching real First World War soldiers who lived in Hartley; finding out where they lived and what happened to them in the First World War.

Art: Looking at the work of Terry Frost.

Design and Technology: Designing and making a felt Christmas decoration.

Religious Education: Christianity.

Indoor PE: Dance.

Outdoor PE: Invasion Games.

PSHE: Good to be Me – setting my own targets and understanding how I learn.

Miss Shorter, Mrs Smitherman and Mrs Martilla


Wednesday 23rd September, 2015: Meet the Teacher

Click here for a copy of the presentation delivered to parents and carers at ‘Meet the Teacher’.


September 2015, Term 1

The team in Year 3 would like to welcome you back to school. Below you will find the Quests and some of the texts and topics we will be covering in term 1.

English: We will be reading the text ‘The Twelfth Floor Kids’ by Ruth Symes based upon familiar settings and basing our written work around this. We will be writing recounts, script writing, narrative, descriptions and more! We will be covering our science and quest topics in our English lessons.

Maths: We will be looking at place value, ordering and comparing 3 digit numbers, odd and even numbers, number sequences, addition and subtraction, 2Dshape, length and multiples (times tables).

Science: We are learning about Light and Shadow and how these are formed, carrying out different investigations.

Quest: Who lives here? Is the name of our quest work for the first two terms. We will be going on a ‘Hartley Walk’ to discover the amenities and what makes a village. We will be looking at different maps such as world maps, continents, Kent and the immediate area.

Religious Education: Judaism and Christianity

Indoor PE: Gymnastics.

Outdoor PE: Invasion Games

Modern Foreign Language: French

Computing: Research and Internet Safety

Art: Pattern

Miss Shorter, Mrs Smitherman and Mrs Martilla