Year 3 blog
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We have had a very busy first half term in Year 3! The staff have been so impressed with how well the children have all settled back into school life, and their positive attitudes to learning. They have taken much of the new rules and routines in their stride, and are now experts at hand washing!
Our main topic this half term has been 'The Stone Age rocks!' We have been reading the class novel, 'Stig of the Dump,' and the children have produced some fantastic instructional writing on how to work their very own 'Stig Pleaser,' which helps Stig to lead an easier life. The children worked on different aspects of this piece of writing over four weeks, including an introduction, sub-headings, 2A sentences and editing and improving their work. There were some very interesting ideas, and some fantastic descriptive sentences.
The children have learnt all sorts about The Stone Age itself. They now know the correct names of the different Stone Age time periods and can talk about the food that was eaten during this time (which included designing their own Stone Age menu - roasted mammoth head was particularly popular!). They produced some brilliant drawings and facts about a number of Stone Age animals, and also spent four weeks making their very own Stone Age tools. They designed them on paper, made them out of junk modelling materials, covered them in papier mache and finally painted them. We are incredibly impressed and proud of their finished weapons - they are just brilliant!We finished off the topic in the final week by getting the children to create their very own versions of Stone Henge made out of biscuits. A very popular activity as you can imagine!
In Maths the children have been learning different methods to add and subtract two and three digit numbers with an exchange (for example, exchanging ten tens for an extra hundred). They have practised this using/drawing base 10, using a number line and drawing their own place value counters. This is a tricky concept, but all of the children tried hard with it, and we will continue to re-visit using these methods some more in Maths.
Art week was another success this year, and Year 3 decided to focus on the 'pop art' artist, Andy Warhol. After researching this artist, the children designed four identical, brightly coloured Harvest baskets, filled with different fruits and vegetables. They look very effective and we definitely have some budding future artists in our class!
Please click here to see a selection of photos of some of the fantastic work that Pink Class have produced.
With that, we look forward to an exciting second half of the Autumn term, where our new topic will be all about Mountains and Volcanoes.