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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Wow, what a brilliant week we’ve had. The highlight was definitely our trip on Wednesday to the Apple Store. We had a stimulating and creative workshop on how to use iMovie and in partners we made our own movies, which we watched in a cinema-style screening at the end.


In Numeracy we have been using picture representations of word problems to help us understand what the problem is about and what mathematical operation we need to solve it.

We have also been exploring what happens to the digits in a number when we multiply or divide by 10, and have used a place value grid with counters to explain this.


In numeracy this week the children have been comparing and measuring weights in multiples of 100g. The children have been estimating and weighing objects to the nearest 100g. As well as this the children have been able to collect their own data and have presented it in a bar chart, where one square represents one hundred units.


This term in Year 3 we have enjoyed learning to be presenters. We have been working on making short narrated videos practising different sports and using the videos to help us improve our performance. We have been improving our skills in shooting live video, such as framing shots, holding the camera steady, and reviewing. We have enjoyed editing our videos, including adding narration and editing clips by setting in/out points.


This half term, Year 3 have been reading the story ‘Dolphin Boy’ by Michael Morpurgo. Using this text, Year 3 have explored the effect that adjectives and adverbs can have on a reader and they have used them to improve their own story writing. The children imagined that they rescued a dolphin and went on an exciting adventure.

Geography and History

In year 3, we have enjoyed learning more about the shape of the Earth and to help us think about it, we have learned to rotate the world mentally in 3-D. We have been working hard to explore the world through 2-D maps, and learn about the imaginary lines used (Equator, latitude, longitude, tropics and the International Date Line) to help us to know exactly where different locations are on the planet.


In Year 3 we have been enjoying learning about our new science topic. Everyone in Year 3 can now call themselves a ‘Petrologist’ as we have been studying rocks and their properties. As part of our topic we have been working like scientists to come up with our own practical experiments to investigate the properties of rocks. Each group set up and designed their own practical enquiry, carefully making systematic observations and recording their results. We used lots of clues to help us work out the different rock types. In Year 3 we love working like scientists!

This week in numeracy we have been working on our investigation and problem solving skills. Our aim has been to investigate which numbers can be split into thirds and which numbers can be split into quarters. We have carried out an investigations using fraction strips to help us. Throughout our lessons we have been making predictions and using our mathematical reasoning to help us work out the answers. We have been looking for patterns and relationships and have begun to notice the relationship between finding fractions of amounts and division. To help our investigation we used visual aids to make our learning practical and interactive.

In year 3 this week we have been writing persuasive letters based on the story ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’.  To help our writing we took on the role of different characters in our book. We discussed different techniques on how to be persuasive and tried to use them during our role play. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed finding out about persuasive language. 

Religious Education
In Year 3 this week we have been thinking about the importance of being eloquent and truthful. We have read a variety of stories from the Bible and have used these stories to help us reflect on our own lives. We realised that speaking well of others and always telling the truth can be a little tricky at times, but we all agreed that even if we didn’t quite get this right sometimes, we will keep on trying because that’s what Jesus taught us to do.

Finally we made a prayer chain, which helped us to think about how we could be eloquent and truthful and we asked God to help us.

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