Things are really cool in Nazareth…

The children in Year 3 have been working very hard over the last few weeks to prepare for their virtual Christmas performance. They decided to perform scenes and songs from the film ‘Nativity’. All children have been so enthusiastic with their singing, acting and even dancing! Both me and Mrs Watts are so proud of all of Year 3 for their dedication on putting on such a brilliant performance.

Below is the link to our full performance. You will be able to access this, using the password that has been posted on Class Dojo and Google Classroom this morning.

Christmas Celebrations

The Year 3 team would like to begin by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! In January, I never would have imagined a year like this! However, with the dedication from the children and the continued support of our parents it has been a very different but thoroughly enjoyable year! I am so proud of how the children have responded to the huge changes in and around school.

Although Christmas will look very different to how it usually does, we still wanted to make it a special time for the children in school. Here are some photos of our Christmas party from Friday afternoon. It was so lovely to see all the children with big smiles on their faces having such a good time.

Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again in January.

Miss Underwood, Mrs Watts and Miss Hill

Shape Superstars

Since returning after half term, Year 3 have been expanding their 2D and 3D shape knowledge. We started by recapping and recalling shape names, discussing what we already know. The children learnt that 2D shapes are flat whereas 3D shapes are not. Year 3 began exploring their understanding of 2D and 3D by drawing around 3D shapes. This helped the children to recognise the faces of 3D shapes. It was tricky to draw around a sphere and a cone because they have curved surfaces.

Year 3 closely looked at the properties of 2D shapes, thinking about the number of sides and vertices. The children made their own regular and irregular 2D shapes. Using their knowledge of sides and vertices, they were able to identify the shape. What shapes can you see here?

Finally, Year 3 have looked at 3D shapes thinking about their vertices and edges. They have learnt that a vertex is where two or more edges meet and an edge is where 2 faces meet. Here the children are using marshmallows and sticks to create their own 3D shapes. They had to incorporte their knowledge of faces, edges and vertices to create their shapes. The children explained that the sticks represent the edges and the marshmallows represent the vertices.

Science – Plants

Year 3 have been learning lots about Plants in Science. They started the term by observing our school environment for different plants and trees. Together the children discussed and developed the key language to describe the key parts of both plants and trees. The children learnt that a flowering plant has roots, a stem, leaves and a flower and a tree has roots, a trunk, branches and leaves. While observing the children also learnt that some trees also have fruit on the branches.

The children have developed their knowledge further by thinking about the lifecycle of plants. They sowed their own cress seeds. Year 3 carefully followed the instructions provided to ensure their cress grew, considering the best place to leave their seeds and how much water they might need.

Together the children discussed whether they think cress seeds actually need light, warmth and air to successfully grow. They decided to set up their own investigation to look into whether these factors have an impact. The children placed cress seeds in the fridge, on the radiator to see the impact of the temperature, on the windowsill and under the sink to see the impact of light and being covered and not being covered to see the impact of air. They agreed that to make sure it was a fair test, the cress would be given the same amount of water and would be planted in the same containers.

Thinking about what they know, the children made predictions on which cress they think will grow the most or not grow at all. Below are some of their predictions.

Aaron: “I do not think the cress in the fridge will grow because it is too cold.”

Angela: “I think the cress on the radiator will grow the most because it is the warmest place.”

Fletcher: “I think the cress on the windowsill will grow the most because it gets light during the day and it is dark at night.”

Kai: “I think the cress under the sink will not grow because it will not much light or air.”

Each day the children closely observed the cress to see what affect the different conditions were having on their growth. Here is the cress three days later. Surprisingly the cress in the fridge did not grow at all! It was interesting to see how the colour had changed on the cress that did not have any light.

It’s Another Harvest Festival…

This year, our Harvest performance was much different to the previous years. Year 3, rehearsed and performed two songs beautifully. They were – ‘For the Harvest’ and ‘Down to the Allotment’. Use the password that has been posted on Google Classroom/ Class Dojo and been sent out today to access our virtual Harvest performance. Both me and Mrs Watts were so proud of how the children practised, performed and coped with the new situation.

Throwing and Catching

So far in P.E., Year 3 have been developing their throwing and catching skills, By developing their skills, the children will become better at different throwing and catching sports like netball and basketball.

The children have learnt that to be more accuarate when catching, they should have their hands ready in a ‘W’ position. Once the ball reaches their hands they then need to bring it into their bodies, to secure the catch. #

Year 3 then improved their accuracy through a range of target throwing activities. They have practised and developed their accuracy by aiming both towards a peer and towards a specific target.

Finally, the children have been thinking about ways they can move with the ball. We talked about throwing and catching balls and how players move with the ball in those. In netball, players cannot move with the ball. However, in basketball, the children are able to dribble with the ball. We have developed our dribbling skills by thinking about the dribbling teaching points. These are, push the ball with your fingers, keep the ball slightly infront of your body and keep the ball at waist level.

Autumn Printing

Since returning in September, Year 3 have been developing their printing and pattern skills. Over the first few lessons, the children experimented with reproducing a variety of different patterns. Patterns included checks, spots and stripes. The focus of the pattern was an Autumn leaf the children then added further detail by contrasting with a different patterned background.

After deciding on their favourite patterns, the children had to score their designs into a polystyrene tile block using a sharp pencil. The children had to be extremely careful during this stage, ensuring they make sure their patterns are deep enough into the polystyrene but not too deep that they put a hole in the block.

Using printing rollers the children spread their ink all over their scored blocks before placing it onto their paper. With newspaper over the top, the children had to apply pressure to the whole surface so that their pattern prints.

Here are some of our finished printing pieces. Please come and have a closer look at our artwork, outside the Year 3 class!

We Are a Bucket Filling Class!

What a wonderful week Year 3 have had settling back into school! We have been working on routines, reflecting on our lockdown experiences and learning about our whole school value of this term – ‘Caring’.

We read the story, ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud. The story is about the invisible buckets that everyone carries around with them. When we are kind and care about our others, we add love to their bucket and they add love to ours.  However, if we do anything that is unkind then love comes out of our buckets.

Together, we discussed the behaviours that would be bucket filling and the behaviours that would be bucket dipping. The children all agreed that they would all rather be bucket fillers than bucket dippers.

Come and have a look at our Bucket Filling display in Year 3, with ideas of how you can be a bucket filler!

Welcome Back!

Hello Year 3,

I hope you have had a great summer break! I cannot wait to hear about some of the exciting things you have been up to.

This time next week we will all be back in school together, starting our first day in Year 3. You might be feeling excited, worried or a bit a both. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel about returning to school but just remember that me and Mrs Watts will be so happy to see your smiling faces again!

As you have probably guessed, our school and classroom will look a little bit different to what we are used too. In the corridors, markers have been placed to help you keep a safe distance, as you walk through school. We will be working as a Year 3 bubble, which means that we will be work together, eat together, play together and have lots of fun together. As a bubble we will have the Year 3 classroom to work in, the music room and our outdoor areas. Below are some photos of our new classroom.

See you next week.

Miss Underwood and Mrs Watts X

Happy Holidays!

Hello Year 3!

I hope you and your families are still keeping safe and well and you are enjoying the six weeks holidays so far.

Me and Mrs Watts are so excited to see you in September. We have spent some time in school preparing our classroom, ready for your return. I will take some photos to show you, once it is ready.

I am currently in Gran Canaria, having a lovely time, relaxing in the sun. The weather has been beautiful so I have been spending lots of time in the swimming pool to cool down. Below are some photos from my holiday so far.

On Friday, Mrs Watts also jetted off, travelling to Kos, one of the Greek islands. Yesterday she caught a bus to explore the local town. Here are some of her photos.

If you want to share any photos, please email them to me or you can send them over the Class Dojo app.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

See you soon,

Miss Underwood and Mrs Watts x