Hi Year 3!
I hope that during this time you will be able to enjoy spending time with your families and having fun, whilst remaining safe!
Below are some suggested activities for you to complete during the school closure, I will be updating this page weekly, so do check back regularly for more activities to have a go at! Look out for the *NEW* sign to see new activities I have added.
If you have done something you would like to share with me, ask your adult at home if they can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . While I will not be replying, I would love to see what you are getting up to! It would be useful if you could include your name, the date and whether you give permission for your email to potentially be shared on our website.
*NEW* YEAR 3 HOME LEARNING:
I have absolutely loved seeing all your emails showing me your home learning! It looks like you are having a great time, I'm glad that you are still loving learning - keep it up. I have received lots of emails showing me all the different activities you are doing, keep sending me your updates!
At home, lots of you have been continuing to learn about the Romans which is fantastic to see! Joe has created a Roman version of Monopoly - he even researched famous roads, villas and palaces. WOW! Renly has worked really hard to create his presentation, he made a PowerPoint that included lots of information about the Romans, including the Roman Gods! Charlie and his siblings have created their own Roman shields, Charlie researched the design and carefully created his own version.
Lots of you have also been practising your sketching, have a go at my leaf challenge if you haven't already! You could use a realistic style using different shades by pressing hard or light, or you could try the Zentangle method like we did in school.
Sophia, Lara and Jacob have all been working hard on their writing this week. Jacob has created some Kennings and Haiku poems based on a walk in the woods. Lara has written an acrostic poem about daffodils linking to forgiveness. Sophia has written some great descriptions based around her senses.
Continue sending me emails of the great work you are getting up to at home, and you might get to feature on the website too!
*NEW* EASTER HOLIDAY CHALLENGE:
I will not be posting new home learning activities during the Easter holidays. If you haven't managed to complete the activities I have uploaded so far, you could try to find some time to do so. But, I would like you to spend this time with your families, enjoying spending time together and playing new games as a family and having FUN, while staying safe!
If you would like to try a family challenge over the holidays - try this! Linking to our forces topic, see if you can create a vehicle that can transport an egg. You will need to think really carefully about how things move, and how you can get your egg from A to B - without breaking it!
To make this a family challenge, you could team up and make it a competition. Or perhaps you could make an obstacle course and race each other! Have fun!
Games that don't require equipment:
3 times tables song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVyBQ5uTbo
4 times tables song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmSshEDVnQ
8 times tables song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjPjks1R6Ng
Hit the button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Daily 10: (Select level 3) https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
Mental maths train: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/57619
Challenge yourself with some Spring themed problems!
Please ensure the children are still reading to an adult every day. Encourage them to discuss the front and back cover of the book before starting (as we do in class). While reading, discuss any unknown words and phrases and ask the children comprehension questions about what they have read so far and what they think might happen next.
Can you write a sequel for your favourite book, what would happen next? Can you continue to write in the style of the author, using their language and illustrations?
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/servithe ces/libraries-and-archives/other-library-services/libraries-app/library-app.aspx - visit the Hertfordshire Library App where you can download and read a variety of books for free if you have a library card, ensure to get your parents' permission before!
Make a list of questions you would love to ask a character in the book you have read.
Make a list of questions you have about your book, then recommend your book to a friend and see if you can discuss the questions together and answer them when they have read it.
*NEW* I know a lot of you enjoy reading David Walliams' books, have you ever looked on his website? What information can you find out about him? Did you know that at 11am each day you can listen to a short story on his website! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/watch-and-listen/
Could you research a different author, can you find their website and find anything interesting about them?
It would be great if you could keep a diary during your time off, think back to the diary entries we wrote from Livia and Tranio's perspectives, what type of thing could you include in your own diary entry? What was the best part of your day? What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
Can you write a letter to an elderly relative or your local Care Home? Ask them how they are! Can you tell them about yourself and some of your recent learning in school? I'm sure they would love to find out about the Romans. If your adult at home agrees, you could try to post your letter and see if you get a reply!
Can you remember the rules of a Haiku or a Kennings poem? See if you can write some about our Roman topic, or about nature - what can you see out the window?
*NEW* Have a go at some descriptive writing using your senses, to extend this activity further, think about your other senses too and add extra paragraphs...
Romans Research Project
Your challenge is to create a presentation that showcases everything we have learnt about the Romans in Britain. To get you started, here is a link to 30 different BBC bitesize clips about the Romans, can you use them to find some new information?
You will need to think about how you would like to present your work - a powerpoint, poster or a video are just a few ideas...but it is your decision! Think about how you would share your ideas with the rest of the class during your presentation. Each presentation should be no longer than 5 minutes. Can you share your presentation with someone at home?
*NEW* Have a go at this Roman and Celts comparison activity, can you sort the statements into the correct boxes?
Each child has a Fitter Future, TT Rockstars and Language Angels login in the back of their reading record.
Fitter Future: https://app.fitterfuture.com/student/auth/login
TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/57619
Language angels: https://www.languageangels.com/schools/
You can have a go at creating your own science experiments at home. To link with our current topic, you could create an experiment using magnets or using a push, pull or twist force. If you are creating an experiment, ensure you write a prediction and record your results! How can you make sure it is a fair test? Have a look on BBC Bitesize (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q) at our current and past topics - can you find out some more information and try your own experiment? (Remember to always have adult supervision when carrying out an experiment.)
Alternatively, if you attended our school science evening, there were lots of different experiments that you could try at home - from invisible writing to bouncy eggs! You can find the experiments on the school website under the 'Science' tab, if you would like to give them a go.
*NEW* Create a list of questions you would like to find out the answers to - they could be about magnets, forces, how things work, how things move etc. Can you use a website such as DK Find Out to answer your questions? Have you got any books at home you could use? Can you ask an adult at home if they know the answers? If not, could you teach them?
*NEW* Once you have played some of the old tunes in your recorder book, have a go at learning the next new tune. Each time you meet a new tune, remember to check whether you need to learn a new note. First practise the fingering for the new note, looking carefully at the diagram in your book. Make sure you cover all the holes you need tightly with flat fingers and blow gently. Before you play a new tune say the rhythm using ta, te-te and ta-ar, then have a go at playing the tune slowly.
You can work through the tunes in your book at your own pace but remember to only move onto the next tune once you are feeling confident with the one you have been learning. Don't worry if there are a few wrong notes when you practise. We all play wrong notes sometimes! Just enjoy playing and have fun!
*NEW* Choir members:
Please check the 'School Clubs' section on the website and go to 'Choir' where you can find suggestions for things to be doing at home.
Go into your garden or find an object in your house that you can practise sketching - remember to press really lightly to begin with then build your picture up. Can you use different materials to create different versions of your picture? Can you use the Zentangle sketching method we learnt in class?
*NEW* This week's challenge is to carry on sketching, can you find a leaf that looks interesting? Look closely at the patterns and details on the leaf. Use a magnifying glass to get a closer look if you have one. Now have a go at sketching a realistic drawing of the leaf. Include all of the tiny details that you can see. When you have finished, sign your name at the bottom and email it to our class email so I can see! Take a look at mine below...
See if you can teach your family some French words you have learnt, go onto Language Angels to recap what you have learnt so far. Alternatively, can you challenge yourself to learn some British Sign Language while you are off? What a great skill to have!
It is important that you stay healthy during this time, you should be doing 30 minutes of exercise at home every day! Remember, you can log into Fitter Future at home and complete the home workouts. As you do more workouts, your name will appear on the school leader board so I will be able to see!
Also, each weekday morning at 9am Joe Wicks is completing a home workout for children of all ages to join in with. See if you can take part each day... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME
*NEW* The Hertford and Ware School Sport Partnership have created a resource for children to use during this time. You will find a weekly challenge, a skill you can learn at home, an outdoor activity, a movement dance, a quiz and a recommended website.
The link to access the website is: https://sites.google.com/view/hwsspc19/home
During the upcoming weeks in the lead-up to Easter it is important to remember the Easter story. See if you can create a comic strip to show what happened during this time. Can you remember what the different types of bubbles are for in a comic strip?
If you have access to the Garage Band app at home, see if you can record or create some sound effects, then edit them and see if your family can guess what effect you have used or what sound you were originally making.
To support our current topic on the Romans, we had a visit from Hertford Museum. During the visit, we were able to see and handle real Roman artefacts found at the Foxholes Farm site in Hertford. We found out about the five corn dryers they found, and coins and weapons that tell us information about the type of Romans who once lived there. We had a great afternoon, and we were even able to try on some togas and tunics!
Taking Science Outside!
In Science this half term our topic has been 'light and shadows'. We have learnt a lot about different light sources and how a shadow is formed. We created our own shadows using our hands, take a look!
This half term Year 3 have been learning all about the Romans. As part of our English lessons we wrote a commentary for a Roman chariot race (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjXP-wstrUY), we used lots of exciting vocabulary and worked really hard to describe what was happening so someone who wasn't watching would know.
Take a listen and let us know what you think!
As part of our Romans topic we have been looking at the myth of Romulus and Remus. We read the book 'Romulus and Remus and the Stolen Wives' and had a class debate afterwards to discuss whether Romulus was right to kill Remus or not.
We came up with some fantastic arguments like:
"Romulus should have given Remus another chance!"
"Remus should not have destroyed the wall"
"Why couldn't they just be friends?"
"Family should always come first!"
"The wall could have just been built again!"
The children were very enthusiastic and enjoyed discussing their ideas!
To finish our 'Meet the Flintstones' topic Year 3 created a museum for Year 6. We became tour guides and showed Year 6 everything we have learnt about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We showed them our explanation texts, comic strips, clay models and lots more that we have been working on in all of our subjects this half term. The Year 6 children were amazed at how knowledgeable we were and they all learnt something new!
Our new topic is Meet the Flintstones, we have a new reading area to encourage our reading for pleasure!
So far, we have made our own cave paintings using pastels. We scrunched up the paper to make it look more like a cave wall! The pictures we have drawn tell a story, this is how cavemen communicated.
We have also been looking at instruction writing in English and have written instructions for how to make a flint arrow for a caveman.
This half term we have been learning about Europe in our O La La topic. We have learned lots of interesting facts about different countries and we are now experts on landmarks!
We looked at the artist Leonid Afremov, who creates beautiful paintings of landmarks, and tried to recreate some of his work.
We used multicoloured splodges of paint for the background then we carefully drew a silhouette of a European landmark to put in the foreground, take a look at some of our work:
To end our O La La topic, we had an afternoon dedicated to Art. As our learning has had a focus on France, we created our own stamps out of string, and string printed the Eiffel Tower. We had a lot of fun thinking about contrasting and complimentary colours.
On Monday 21st May, the whole school took their learning outdoors. In Year 3, we spent our Computing lesson as human data on the playground, enjoyed playing instruments in the Music Garden and were very lucky because we cooked bananas on the campfire.
A Reading Area Update
As our topic changed this half term, so did our reading area. It was transformed from Mount Vesuvius into Mont Blanc to fit with our O La La topic.
Year 3 had an amazing time on their trip to Brancaster Activity Centre. Here are some pictures to show the wonderful things that they did whilst they were there.
In science last term, the children were learning about forces and magnets. This meant that they got to complete lots of different scientific investigations, which they really enjoyed. They looked at push, pull and twist forces, made predictions about magnetic materials and tested magnets to find out how strong they were. Here are some pictures of their learning.
Year 3 had a great time taking their learning outside the classroom during Roman outdoor day. They played games, learnt marching chants, practised their battle formations and even got to eat their own Roman toast.
Mrs May has been very busy creating a great reading area in the year 3 classroom. Last term, to fit with our topic, our reading area was transformed into a cave. The children have really enjoyed sitting the cave to read their books. As our topic has now changed, so has our reading area. Our cave has been transformed into Mount Vesuvius to fit in with our Roman theme.
Year 3 really enjoyed their topic, Meet the Flintstones, last term. The children worked hard, and learnt a great deal about the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Here are some pictures to show their learning.
Last half term Year 3 spent their Science lessons learning about light and shadows. One of their favourite parts of this topic was discovering how shadows are formed.
Year 3 had an amazing time on their trip to Burwell House. Here are some pictures to show the wonderful things that they did whilst they were there.
Year 3 were very fortunate to have the opportunity to combine their love of outdoor learning and their current topic of the Romans by participating in several themed Forest School sessions. The class seemed to particularly enjoy learning Roman marching chants, legionary battle formations and cooking Roman toast over the campfire.
Space to Earth Challenge
As part of a whole school event our class took part in a challenge to run, jog and walk around our school field. We had an enjoyable time and helped the school to raise money towards resurfacing our school playground. We were surprised and excited to find out that between our class and Reception we helped to raise 50% of the total money raised. This means we will have £100 to spend for our class!! :)
Welcome to our class page. We have enjoyed an exciting half term getting to know each other and our new classroom.
We have thought about what makes a great classmate and decided on some 'class jobs', so we can all contribute to making our classroom a HAPPY place.