What a busy, fun-filled first two term! The children have now settled in to Year 3 and are working hard every day to ‘Be the Best’ they can be.
In English, we started the year reading Roald Dahl’s ‘The Magic Finger’. We have explored the story through role-play and used it to inspire our own diaries and narratives.
In Maths, we have extensively learnt about place Value and how to use the column method for addition and subtraction. The children are now much more secure following these methods.
In Science, the children have explored the human body focussing on types of skeletons, muscles and joints. The children have enjoyed learning about different types of skeletons and the importance and keeping our bodies healthy. The children have learnt about living things, including how animals can be carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, needing food, water, air, shelter and space. The children have learnt about keeping our bodies healthy and the different food groups. The children have enjoyed predicting and investigating the fattiness of various foods.
During History this term, the children have begun to explore the Stone Age and enjoyed a ‘Stone Age Day’. To begin the day the children had a go at cave painting. They drew pictures they imagined might have been in the walls such as hunters, animals and sceneries. The children have been using an enquiry approach to discover how life changed throughout the Stone Age. In Maths, the children created their own symbols to create numbers! The children learnt a Stone Age version of ‘We Will Rock You’! In the afternoon, we went into the woods. The children made fantastic necklaces using clay and flax string creating teeth, bones, leaves. They learnt how to make fire with flint and weave natural materials to make a wall.
In Art this term, we have been looking at lines and texture. The children have been looking at how to draw with increasing accuracy. We have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy to inspire our artwork. The children have really enjoyed creating their own work inspired by Andy using the fantastic outdoor environment available to us.
In Term 2 we read Ug by Raymond Briggs; the children particularly enjoyed creating instructions for their very own Stone Age stew. There were some VERY disgusting ideas! The children have also been learning about headings and subheadings. They have enjoyed group work to create posters based on animals and have then created their very own non-chronological report based on a woolly mammoth.
The children then moved on to securing their knowledge of the 2,5 and 10 times table and started learning their 3,4 and 8 times table. The children also enjoy completing their number bond tests both at home and at school. They have made fantastic progress and have been very proud of themselves when they have moved onto another level.
Next, the children have been learning about Animal Nutrition and the Skeletal System. At the end of this Term the children investigated the question ‘Do longer body parts have more joints?’
Moving into Term 2 we learned that the Stone Age ended because people discovered how to make bronze, and how this changed how people lived. The children then learnt about the Iron Age and how the Celts shared their knowledge of Iron with others. This created blacksmiths which created new farming tools and meant that Iron Age people had more free time and could work in other jobs.
In Geography, the children have been learning the topic ‘One Planet, Our world’. The children have learnt how to map read to find different countries on the map. We created the world identifying the different layers, the crust, mantle, outer core and inner core. We learnt how earthquakes, volcanoes and mountains form when the tectonic plates move.
As you can see, we have had a busy but exciting start to the year, with lots of new things planned for the next Term.