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Guiseley Primary School

Year 3 Blog

Autumn 2 Term – Mountains

Another exciting and busy half term for Year 3. The topic for this half term has been mountains, which many of the children seem to have taken a keen interest in. In Geography, the children have learnt how to use an atlas correctly, using the index and co-ordinates. We have been so impressed with how quickly they learnt this skill, and they have loved being able to use the atlas to find and record many different mountain ranges of the world and in Great Britain.

Our English focus has been information texts, and we also linked this to mountains. The children have become familiar with the features of information texts and looked at and compared a range of them – deciding which is the better text and why. Following on from this, we used the internet, power points and books to research information about the Himalayas, and wrote our very own assessed piece of writing on them. The children produced some fantastic work!

In art, we worked on the technique of layering and perspective to produce a mountain range picture. We did this by tearing different materials which became our mountain range, and layered the different materials over one another to create our picture  The result was really effective!

Science was another exciting topic with lots of investigations into 'Light and Dark.' The children have learnt about what darkness is, sources of light, how light travels, shadows, reflections and lots more. One of the children's favourite investigations was finding out which types of objects could be seen easily in very little light, and if this changed when more light was added.  They found out that lighter and more brightly coloured objects could be seen more easily. This led onto discussions and learning  about how to stay safe in the dark at night, and how important it is to wear something that has reflective material on it.  

It's been all things Christmas for this final week of term! The Christmas dinner and party was a huge hit, with some amazing dance moves and  prizes won! The children also settled down for a short Christmas film and some sweet treats (made by the school kitchen staff), which were very yummy! 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope that the children all enjoy some special family time. We will see you in 2022, when we will be moving onto the brilliant topic of The Egyptians!

Autumn 1 Term - The Stone Age

What a busy first half term to start the year off! Year 3 have learnt all about The Stone Age. From Stone Age cave art, recreating Stone Henge itself and designing and making their very own Stone Age tools, the children have loved all of the art and design technology that they have worked on. 

The Stone Age workshop with 'Go Wild Outdoors' was a huge hit with all of the children. They looked closely at different pieces of flint that had been carefully carved to make a range of tools. They explored evolution and the different ways of making fire, and even got to have a go at making their own fires! The hand-print cave art they did looked amazing! The children also learnt more about how Stone Age people hunted, and had the opportunity to try some soft archery.  Den building was also thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children and staff. 

In Science we have been learning all about rocks, including the three different types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic), how fossils are formed and how soil is made. The children have helped to plan and conduct a range of experiments to test the permeability of different rocks, show how fossilisation works, and to explore the different layers in soil.

During Art Week, the children learnt all about the American artist Kara Walker. Much of her artwork is based on silhouettes. The children thought about a happy memory that they had, and then recreated this in the form of a silhouette picture, with some very effective results. 

We are looking forward to the second half of the Autumn term, when our new topic will be 'Mountains'.