Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key Stage 2! On this page I will share helpful learning links with you as well as photos of our learning. I will also upload your weekly spellings for you. More information about the Year 3 curriculum this term can be found in the paragraph below.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Mrs Healey

CLICK HERE for General Class Information | CLICK HERE for Year 3 Curriculum Map

In Term 5 we are going to be exploring the wonderful world of rainforests! In Geography we will learn about their climates and biomes. We will write reports and stories about them in English. We will also be writing and performing poetry this term. In Science we will continue to learn about the growth of plants and we’ll look at the plant life that can be found in the Amazon Rainforest. During Computing we will be using our Coding skills using Apps such as ‘Alex’ and ‘Scratch’. We will also be using our ‘Internet searching’ skills to seek out facts about the rainforest.  In Art we will create still life drawings of plants and flowers and we will also collaborate to create a picture of the layers of the rainforest. We will start to look at Hindu Rangoli patterns to link to this summer’s R.E. focus ‘What it means to belong to Hinduism’. In Music we will be starting ‘African Drumming’. Class 3 will continue with their work on Fractions in Maths. We will work on becoming confident at working with tenths and equivalent fractions in particular. We will also learn compact methods for Multiplication and Division.  In P.E. we are going to focus on 'Striking and Fielding' games like Cricket and Rounders as well as beginning to prepare for sports day which will take place at the start of Term 6 (depending on the weather of course…).

*We will be spending the first two weeks finishing our ‘Romans’ topic.

This is a busy term full of activities to keep you all busy!

 

Visit the sites below to find out more about this term's topics.

 

Below is a site with lots of games to help you learn your times tables.
There are also a couple of games to play to help with number fact knowledge. Have fun!

Here are your spellings for this week. You will be tested next Thursday.

Remember to use your 'Dicey' spelling strategies or 'read, cover, write, check' to help you to learn them. Good Luck!

Class 3 have had a wonderful time today taking part in a Roman banquet to finish off their ‘Romans’ topic. The menu included grapes, olives, meats, tomatoes and most importantly the Roman cheese bread they made yesterday!

Class 3 have made some Roman Cheese bread this week. Working together they followed a recipe to create tasty loaves ready for their Roman banquet on Friday. Yum!

Class 3 have already kicked off the term in style by starting their drumming sessions with Dan. They will be learning to play an African drum called a 'Djembe'. In their first session they have learned how to play low and high notes using different parts of the drum as well as how to hold the drum properly to make sure they get the best possible sound from them. We will work on a performance piece over the next few weeks ready to perform in Term 6. How exciting!

 

We have had a busy final week of Term 4. We began our week with reading. It was so lovely to have some of our parents visit our classroom to listen to their children read their Viking myths. It is important that our children write for a 'purpose' and having an audience for their writing meant that they could very proudly show off what they had worked so hard on. We then finished off our week with a 'Sports Relief' challenge. The children had to complete an obstacle course whilst keeping hold of a cup of water. They had to keep as much of the water in their cup as possible on their way around! They were wonderfully supportive of each other and as usual, tried their best!

In Art this term the children have been creating their own Roman mosaics. They have studied some real mosaics (through our visit to the museum and by looking at pictures) and then they came up with their own design. Then they began creating their final mosaic by gluing on tiny coloured squares in the shape of their design. This took a long time and meant they had to cope with the challenge of very sticky, glue covered fingers! Their finished mosaics look great though!

We have been exploring the world of plants this term and will continue this theme into next term. This week we have specifically focused on the optimum conditions that allow plants to grow best. We placed our plants in lots of different locations and temperatures. Some were watered and some were not. We monitored our plants every day and noted measurements and observations. The children then drew conclusions as to what their findings taught them.  

The children were given the task of creating their own Roman shields for homework this term. We were blown away by their efforts! The Roman shields were then used to recreate and explore some of the battle formations that would have been used by a Roman army. The children then followed Roman commands that were given to them by their 'Legate'. Some of these ‘Latin’ instructions were: 'march forward', 'speed up' and 'turn around'. Their movements all had to be done in time with the rest of their legion which was very tricky. To finish off the children took it in turns to be Romans and Celts and use their battle formations to invade each other. They made an amazing Roman army!

We had a wonderful time exploring the Roman Baths in Bath yesterday. We took part in a workshop where we got to try on Roman outfits. We were also able to create some mosaics and we investigated some Roman artefacts. After that we got to explore the museum and the Baths themselves. The children got to ask some 'Roman characters' some questions to find out more about how the Romans lived. Take a look at the photos to find out what we saw...

The children have been learning about what 'Fairtrade' is. They have explored how the Fairtrade Foundation is working towards helping to improve the lives of those who bring us some of our favourite products. This involves improving their working conditions, helping their community to thrive as well as improving the amount they get paid for their products. This week we have discussed the price of Fairtrade products compared with non-Fairtrade items. We have also done some 'taste-testing' to discover if non-Fairtrade and Fairtrade items taste the same or different. 

Even though our World Book Day celebrations were cut short due to the snow, the children were still enthusiastic about sharing their favourite books and wonderful costumes!

Class 3 have been displaying their wonderful artistic creativity this afternoon when they worked on producing portraits. This term they have looked carefully at the proportions of the face to identify where their features are positioned. We then had a go at drawing some photos of faces as well as our own school photos. We looked carefully at the details of our face to make them more realistic. We have also produced our own version of the illustration on the front of our class book. The picture is of the main character ‘Jessie’. We had a go at drawing her using pencil, charcoal and watercolours.

Class 3 ventured out of school on Thursday to begin sketch mapping their local area. They identified key features and buildings and noted these down onto their maps. They used their own key to draw symbols for repeated features such as shops, restaurants and churches. They will now use these rough maps to create a more detailed an accurate map of Hotwell Road back in the classroom.

Class 3 have been combining lots of different skills today. They have used their geographical knowledge of direction as well as Maths knowledge relating to turns and right angles. They had to direct their robot using different instructions. As their robot turned they had to identify the type of turn they had made, what direction they had turned (clockwise or anti-clockwise) and then identify how many right angles they had turned in total. What clever children we have!

Class 3 have begun their rehearsals for 'Stages'. This is an annual dance festival for children of all ages that is performed at the Colston Hall. They are very excited about learning the choreography and we think Class 3 will produce a super performance.

Class 3 are currently reading a book called 'When Jessie Came Across the Sea' by Amy Hest. It is about a young girl who travels to America to find a better life. Set at the turn of the 19th century, this is a story of adventure and heartbreak. The children are trying to capture these emotive themes by writing a daily journal belonging to the main character 'Jessie'. They have also participated in drama and discussion to help them to understand the challenges the characters are experiencing. Read some of their journals and descriptive work below. 

Just in case you forget how to do column addition or column subtraction, some of the children have made these helpful instructional videos for you!

The children visited the Redgrave Theatre to watch the 'Wizard of Oz' on Thursday. Many of our children have enjoyed a theatre visit before but for those who have not this was an excellent introduction to the theatre. They enjoyed the wonderful story of 'Dorothy' and friends travelling along the yellow brick road. We were entertained by energetic dancing and catchy songs as well as the marvellous story itself. Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the superb performance on stage but we were also blown away by the impeccable behaviour displayed by both Class 3 and Class 4. Other audience members even approached staff to tell them how remarkable they thought our children were. What a credit to our school they are!

This week the children created some superb animations with their Lego figures (and various other characters) using the iPad app 'Lego Animation'. Their creative 'stop motion' films were mainly based on our 'Ice Palace' class novel although some were original ideas created by the children. The class showed real skill and patience when carrying out such a tricky process.

On Wednesday it was D.T. day at Hotwells. In Year 3 we actually did a whole week of D.T. instead! The children have been busy making different kinds of creations. On Monday they had a timed challenge where they had to create an Egyptian 'shaduf'. The ancient Egyptians would have used a similar tool to irrigate their crops using water from the Nile. On Tuesday they created wonderful pneumatic monsters using syringes and tubing in order to open their monster's mouth using air pressure. On Wednesday they created their own thaumatropes or flip books to compare different methods of animation with our computerised animation apps. Later they continued to use their scientific knowledge of 'Light' to create shadow puppets. They have also created some lovely Xmas decorations which we will be selling at next week's Xmas cracker. Throughout the week they have worked on their team working skills as well as demonstrating growing perseverance and creativity. Well done Class 3!

We have been exploring the topic of 'bullying' this week. We have reminded ourselves that bullying is 'hurtful, deliberate and repeated' behaviour. Class 3 have been very reflective, mature and articulate in the way that they have discussed this sensitive issue. They took home a special ‘hand of courage’ that they had painted in their own unique way. They can keep this little item as a reminder that sometimes we have to be brave when faced with difficulties. We also need to extend the hand of courage and kindness to someone who needs our help. We celebrate our differences, our individuality and our uniqueness here at Hotwells so that it is seen as a positive. The children know that: 'sometimes we are the same, sometimes we are different but we are ALWAYS equal!'

We have started this term's class book 'Ice Palace'. It's been a sad tale so far! The children have written and recorded some dramatic Kenning poems about the character of Starjik. 

Bristol Flyers Health Squad are working with Class 3 throughout Term 2. They'll be teaching the children about healthy eating and nutrition followed by basketball skills and drills in the playground with star player Daniel Edozie!

The children have put together musical representations of the first part of our book 'The Pebble in My Pocket'. They began by deciding what sounds may have been heard and then chose an instrument that they felt matched each sound. Some of them created 'environmental' sound or made vocal sounds instead of instruments. They then decided on the beat or rhythm that they felt would be suitable and worked on conducting their piece of music using a 'layering' approach. They have been so focused and creative throughout the process. Best of all though, was their respect whilst watching other children perform and their positive and reflective feedback after each performance. Well done to al of them!

This term we are starting to explore this year’s ‘focus’ religion for Class 3: ‘Christianity’. As part of our learning we invited Mary in who is not only one of our Hotwells parents but is also linked with ‘Holy Trinity’ on Hotwell Road. The children had prepared many (many!) questions for her to help them to understand why someone may follow a religion and how this helps them to feel closely involved with their community. We were also lucky enough to have Azza visit who is another parent and she answered the same questions but in relation to her Islamic faith. The children were wonderful listeners and were able to reflect deeply about what they had discussed with our visitors. They could also identify similarities and differences between the two religions that they had been told about. They showed a lot of respect, maturity and seemed to really enjoy finding out more. 

The children had a busy time at the Bristol Museum where they spent time handling some Egyptian artefacts as well as having a look around the Ancient Egypt exhibition. They drew many links between the learning that has already taken place in the classroom and will hopefully continue to do so as we progress through this topic over the next few weeks. They were also able to spend time in the 'Rocks and Minerals' area which was really helpful as we continue to explore this area in science.  A big thank you to all our adult helpers who came with us!

The children have been learning about how a volcano works. They drew scientific diagrams and labelled them to show the different parts of the volcano.

The class have continued to extend their painting skills over the last two weeks. They have created beautiful Egyptian themed sunset pictures and shown great patience, care and creativity throughout the process. As a result their pieces of artwork are really striking!

Class 3 have been very busy this week! They have been writing about the journey a pebble may take starting with being erupted out of a volcano. They've also been learning about how volcanoes work and the different types of rock involved. We took advantage of the dry weather by taking our music lesson outside. They are now beginning to put together their collaborative music performances based on our 'Pebble' stories. We are looking forward to seeing what they create!

Class 3 have begun their ‘Rocks and Soils’ topic by identifying how ‘rock’ is used around our school. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at the different types of rock and how they are created. We will also have a go at filtering different types of soil to test its permeability.

 We'd really like to hear from you about what you are enjoying about being in Year 3.

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Ola(a couple of days ago)

I like the topic of the rainforest and I like the math. The rainforest was amazing.

Rufus(less than a month ago)

I enjoyed being a soldier in our roman battle

Mrs.Healey(less than a month ago)

Thanks for your comments. I really enjoyed our Roman battle too Yasser. Im not sure we'll have time for a Viking battle but that would've been fun! I'm glad you've enjoyed fractions Abbie + Flo - we don't learn these skills for assessment though! Matilda, I'm looking forward to reading your poem! Jude, I thought your Viking myth was amazing. We can make a copy for you to take home if you'd like. Rufus, we'll be learning all about the Amazon Rainforest next term. :0)

Yasser(about a month ago)

Can we do a Viking battle

Yasser(about a month ago)

I loved the roman battle

Florence(about a month ago)

I loved the maths assessment!I thank you for teaching class 3 fractions for the assessment.

Matilda(about a month ago)

I wrote a poem for the writing challenge about a imaginary place Hope I win

Jude(about a month ago)

I really enjoyed writing the Viking Myth this term.

Jude(about a month ago)

Mrs Healey you're the best teacher I've ever had. Can you teach me next year? PPPPLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE!!!!

Jude(about a month ago)

Thank you for taking us on the Roman Baths trip. The water was disgusting but the trip was FFFFUUUUNNNN!!!!

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