We had a very mysterious visit into our year 3 classroom. A glass jar full of beautiful coloured gems was left with a special note. The note was from the Tear Thief who told us that the coloured gems were actually tears which she had collected. We had the chance to explore them and work out together which tears were which. We think we’ll find out more when we read the book The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy.
Year 3 22/23 Archive
As part of our Science Topic, we investigated the wonderful world of shadows. We used torches, as the light source, and an opaque plastic human figure, as the blockage of light; or ‘shadow’. We had to work out, how to make the shadow of the figure move, how to make it longer and how to make it shorter. Happily, we were able to work out all the answers for ourselves.
We had a lovely Collective Worship to finish our RE topic of Promises. We reflected on the promises made at Baptism and listened to the story of the Baptism of Jesus.
Afterwards, we celebrated our learning with juice and biscuits.
As part of our music topic, ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’, we have been learning to sing the song of the same name and to accompany it with glockenspiels. We learned to play the notes C, F and G and followed the music to play them accurately, in time. It’s a tricky skill to master but we’re making great progress and are really enjoying it!
We had a great lesson, as part of our Science topic; Ourselves and Other Animals. We used chicken wings to investigate how muscles work in pairs and were able to could physically see how when one muscle contracts, another relaxes. For those of us who chose to, we had the opportunity to touch these muscles to manipulate movement. It was amazing!
In addition, we learned all about hygiene around the study and use of raw meat in science. We learned the importance of not touching our faces or objects after touching the chicken and the importance of washing our hands thoroughly immediately afterwards.
We learned a lot from this hands-on lesson.
We have really enjoyed marking National Poetry Day this year in a variety of ways, over a number of days. We had a visit from the poet Paul Delaney; he was very funny! He helped us reflect on, and celebrate our differences and uniqueness. Using these ideas, we then wrote our own poems all about our individuality.
On the National Poetry Day itself, we took part in the BBC’s Live lesson. Here we reflected on an environment theme to write our own poems. We even learned ways to show emotion when we’re performing a poem. Afterwards, we wrote our own acrostic poems with our own chosen environment theme. Some of us chose ‘nature’, some ‘stars’, some ‘flowers’ and others ‘animals’.
Learning ways to read a poem aloud effectively, came in useful for our performance of a poem by an anonymous author called Flowers, to the whole school in the Superstar Assembly! So exciting!
We loved spending the morning relaxing with a good book, for our Breakfast with Books event. It was so lovely to leisurely share books with our families and friends. It was relaxing to read whilst enjoying juice and toast and the grown-ups had tea, coffee and pastries. What great fun it was!
We had a great Democracy Day to kickstart the new school year!
For those if us who wanted to, we applied to be the School Councillor for all of Year 3. We read our manifestos to the year group, and afterwards, voted in a secret ballot.
We also had the chance to vote for which treat we would like; chill out afternoon, extra play for a week, disco or movie afternoon with popcorn. Again, we made the decision as individuals and the treat with the most votes across the school, will win.
We have learned a lot about how democracy works.