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3M and 3Mo

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Look at these beauties! Dioramas complete with all sorts of wild and wonderful animals and rainforest plants. A fantastic afternoon of hard work really paid off.

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3M made a start on our rainforest dioramas, watch this space to see the finished product which will include some of the native Amazonian animals and plants. 

 

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We had a blast this morning working out some division problems in maths, some of us used grouping to share out cubes while others worked on written methods. A very successful morning in 3M!

 

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3M have been looking at the famous French artist Monet, we decided that the water colour effect and slow merging of the colours would work best with water colours. Here are some of our artists in action.   

 

 

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We have been using the Brushes App to create our own characters based on the work of Quentin Blake. The children made some lovely designs inspired by our novel and their wild imaginations. 

 

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Our German and French food tasting went down a treat in 3M, there were some mixed emotions about the new flavours. We tried different meats, cheeses, breads and chocolates. 

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As part of our Modern Europe theme we have been looking at Germany this week. This afternoon, 3M discovered some of the country’s landmarks and found the River Rhine and Berlin on our maps. The children all worked very hard to create their own maps. 

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Our first class novel this year will be a Roald Dahl classic, George’s Marvellous Medicine, we will be using this book from our reading spine as a stimulus for our English lessons. We can’t wait to hear what George gets up to! 

 

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Have a look below to see what 3G and 3M got up to last year (2016-2017)

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to Year 3

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 3G were set a homework project for the last two weeks of the term (to design a theme park based on a book from our reading spine) and all I can say is wow!! All of the children who submitted a project clearly worked hard on them but there were a few children who won a prize for that extra special effort. Our overall winner was Warren, who won a book token to buy a brand new book of his choice, as he set the ball rolling with the ‘extra something’ ideas! Well done Warren, Olivia, Roxana, Alanna, Jordan, Evie & Kady – super effort and impressive projects! 

     

 

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24 hours in Levers! Today we had a go at making our own levers to make objects move.

 

 

3G made some brilliant Moving Monsters using the principles of pneumatics. 

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3G have finished their Stone Age to Iron Age theme with a celebration of Boudicca – an inspiring, strong woman who took on the Romans when they invaded England. We learnt a song all about her …. if you click the link below you can listen to us!

 

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3G have been inspired to make a difference this week. We’ve been working on the Send My Friend To School Campaign. We’ve created jigsaw pieces that highlight what we each think are the 5 most important things needed to run a good school. 

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We had a fantastic time at Sandylands’ Fringe Festival on Friday. 3G took part in a Samba Dance Class, had a go at Willow Weaving and participated in a Magic Workshop. What a day!!

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3G took part in the Red Cross Pillowcase Project this week. The project helps children aged 7–11 develop understanding, and the skills to cope with and respond to any weather-related emergency they may face. As part of the programme, children decorate an emergency ‘grab bag’ pillowcase with things that make them happy that could keep them calm in an emergency. The pillowcase has a list on it of the items they may need in an emergency. This project has helped the children to develop their communication, coping and listening, problem solving and creative and critical thinking skills, as well as to develop an awareness of their local area and potential emergency situations that could arise in it, and the global impact of natural disasters. 

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We’re starting our new theme in English this week – Science Fiction writing. For more info check out the reading lighthouse below.

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In our History unit of Stone, Bronze and Iron age we looked at monoliths, these were standing stones placed upright in the ground during this period. We based our work on Stonehenge using clay to sculpt our own monoliths. 

 

  

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We’re enjoying our new class novel, which is on the Year 3 reading spine. 

 

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Our class novel has inspired our ICT unit, We Are Publishers, to use the Brushes app to create pictures of the main character. 

 

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What an interesting experience! On Friday Year 3 received a video from an archaeologist in the Balearic Islands; his friend had found some exciting artefacts in his garden but he needed our help to analyse them. We investigated the artefacts and produced a report for the archaeologist which we will be sending soon.

 

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We’re excited to start our new english unit on Newspapers. We’ll be writing our own reports on a very special event … more details coming soon. Check out our reading lighthouse for the unit below …

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Year 3 had a fantastic time today exploring the history of the Mayan people. We took part in drama workshops, learnt how to count in Mayan and solve number problems using Mayan numbers, looked at real Mayan artefacts and met a Mayan warrior. Some of us even had the chance to dress up in traditional Mayan clothes and we all tried raw Mayan chocolate! What a brilliant day!!

 

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For the last week of this half term we will be finishing our class novel, The Sheep Pig, and producing writing inspired by it in our english lessons. Our reading lighthouse is below …

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We have been using musical instruments today to accompany the song Let Your Spirit Fly. We played the notes on glockenspiels and then performed to the class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the next couple of weeks we will be looking at biographies in our English (and creative curriculum) lessons. Check out our reading lighthouse for more details …

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Today Year 3 travelled to Lancaster University to take part in our follow up to the Pilkington pottery sessions we had in school. We all had the chance to take part in a movement session creating lots of different shapes with our bodies, an art workshop where we used moulds to make clay pots and we had a tour around the engineering building using 3D pens and viewed the products made by 3D printers. We all had a fantastic visit and we were really impressed with the university. 

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Our new Creative Curriculum theme is Stone Age to the Iron Age. Check out our learning lighthouse for more information of all the fun things we’ll be getting up to ….

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Our new English focus is Narrative Poetry. Check out our reading learning lighthouse for more information ….

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This week Year 3 visited the Winter Gardens as part of our local history study, investigating how Morecambe’s tourist industry has changed through the ages. We had a fantastic time finding out about the different parts of the 120 year old building and hearing lots of stories about the visitors. 

  

 

 

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In PE we’ve been working really hard to develop our gymnastic sequences using tucked and stretched positions with linking transitional movements. 

        

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In Computing we’ve been having great fun using Scratch to develop our coding skills and create interactive games. 

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World Book Day was great fun! We started another book from our Year 3 reading spine, Hansel and Gretel. Some of us had never heard the story before and had interesting ideas about what would happen to the children when they got into the edible cottage.

Check out our reading lighthouse to see what else we will be looking at during this unit.

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We also thought about what our favourite stories were when we were little and now. 

 

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3G enjoyed another session with Gary from Team Theme today – we were developing the key skills we would use in net and wall games. Gary gave Mrs Greenwood lots of fab ideas to use in future PE lessons too!

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Following on from our pottery workshop on Monday, this afternoon we added a splash of colour to our clay pots. Once they dry we will add a coat of varnish to give them a lovely shine.

  

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Pilkington Pottery

Year 3 had a fantastic morning with Involve from Lancaster University learning all about Pilkington Pottery and developing their 3D art skills. We had chance to use a 3D scanner and we all made an original piece of pottery.

 

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We’ve really been enjoying looking at a Midsummer Night’s Dream in 3G. It’s given us some fantastic ideas for our Dreamworlds theme. Here are some pictures of us making freeze frames of key scenes and using emoticons to analyse the plot of the play.

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3G had a brilliant time with the Houses of Parliament Loan Box. The artefacts were really interesting and some of us had the chance to dress up! We then took part in a class debate and worked in groups to write a bill for a law we felt would improve the school community. What a fantastic experience!!

 

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We have drawn our landscape which we will use as a background for our Dream Worlds theme. Everyone used oil pastels to help add some much needed colour to their picture. The next step will be to add mixed media characters! Stay tuned for the finished pieces.

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We do like to be dramatic and put on a bit of a show for each other. Today was the perfect chance to get into the role of other characters, retell and act out scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck, the naughty fairy, was causing all kinds of trouble in the forest!

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Our new curriculum focus area is Dreamworlds.

Check out our plan and learning lighthouse for the theme below.

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This theme is inspired by our new Literacy unit – we are exploring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Check out our reading lighthouse for this unit..

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We’re going to be coding to create our own games in Computing, so this week we did some research into games that use simple algorithms. We ‘studied’ Angry Birds (!!!) and then wrote down the algorithm we thought it used to enable someone to play the game.

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EARTHQUAKE!!!!!

Year 3 had a real earthquake drill today – it was great to get in character and think about how someone might feel in that situation if it was real.

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We’ve then spent the day exploring 24 Hours in Pompeii. We’ve researched the topic and have then written letters inspired by what we have found out and our own imagined experiences!

We even made our own volcano! The children thought about how the people of Pompeii would have been feeling as they watched Vesuvius erupt and the lava pour out of the crater.

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Check out our plan for our Earthquakes and Volcanoes theme below.

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As part of our Earthquakes and Volcanoes theme we’re going to be exploring Information texts in English. Have a look at our reading lighthouse to see what we will be doing.

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Today we tried to solve word problems as a team, using cooperation and our mathematical knowledge. Solving the calculations was much easier when we talked with our group about how we could solve the problem.

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We have moved onto gymnastics in PE this term. Today we had a go at symmetrical and asymmetrical balances, the children tried to copy two balances and then came up with their own. The results were quite impressive!

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3G had a great time at the Life Education Caravan – we especially loved catching up with Harold the Giraffe!!

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Mathletics has taken 3M by storm! We have been completing lots of tasks, challenging others in the class and gaining points to receive our first certificates.

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In 3M we have been improving our sketching technique. The children used a variety of pencils to add tone and depth to their Winter themed pictures.

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Our current curriculum focus area is Winter Wonderland.

Check out our Learning Lighthouse and Plans for this unit …

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3G had a brilliant day on Get Active Friday! We played golf with Team Theme, meditated and painted watercolour landscapes and designed and made smoothies with Salt Ayre. Check out the photos below to see our day!

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In 3M we have been working on time in Maths, we used timers to record and compare time in seconds and minutes. We decided to challenge each other to see how many multi-link cubes we could join together in 1 minute to make a tower. We were shocked at how fast time went when we were having fun!

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3G had their More Music workshops with Ben this Monday and the children had a brilliant time. They’ve written some fabulous songs which Ben is now remixing for us! Keep an eye on the website in a week or so and they’ll suddenly appear!! Our next stage is to add our dance routines to them and make our Eurovision idents. There will be a premiere for parents once it’s all done – watch this space!!

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In PSHE this week we have been continuing our work in looking at what makes a healthy lifestyle. This week we focused on sleep. We played a game to test our reaction times to see if we had had enough sleep the night before. Why don’t you have a go?!

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Our current literacy theme is Stories With A Message. Check out our learning lighthouse to see the reading competencies we will be developing.

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As part of our theme we have spent some time role playing and analysing characters.

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During our 24 hours in Remembrance Day, 3M tried to recreated ‘Poppy Field’ by Vincent Van Gogh using watercolour paints. The children also created poems and diary entries based on the poem ‘Flanders Field’ written by John McCrae during the First World War.

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In RE we made Rakhis, inspired by our study of Hinduism and the importance of family to the Hindu faith

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In PE we have been creating dance sequences inspired by the sea and our local environment and inspired by our class novel – George’s Marvellous Medicine

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We can be quite dramatic at times and love a chance to put on a show. This week during English we jumped at the opportunity to perform a variety of different poems to the rest of the class. Some fantastic speaking and listening from all of the children.

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In Maths we have been looking at 3D shapes – building models of them and classifying them.

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french-week

We celebrated French Week in October and took part in lots of fun french themed activities: we learnt about Cezanne and his work then designed a Cezanne board game and wrote the instructions for it. We learnt how to greet each other in french and had great fun playing Jacques a dit (Simon Says) with classroom instructions. We made eBooks about famous french cities and created art work inspired by famous french artists.

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In the Autumn term we jetted around Modern Europe!

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We looked at the traditions and culture of european countries and we focused on developing our geography, DT and art skills.

Check out our Learning Lighthouse and Plans for this unit …

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We built maps of modern Europe – with mixed results!!

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UN Global Goals

3G took part in the World’s Largest Lesson in September and learnt about the impact of the UN Global Goals. We also spent some time discussing Gender Equality and we completed this online survey

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to raise awareness of Gender Equality and its impact.

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Have a look below to see what Year 3 got up to last year!!

Bridges

Year 3 have been using their skills in Design and Technology to design and build bridges to include a pneumatic lever to operate a barrier.

Here are some of the results of all their hard work.

 

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Every Picture Tells a Story 

Our new topic is every picture tells a story, we can’t wait to go on our trip!

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Making Chocolate 

As part of our ongoing theme about The Mayan civilisation, we made our own chocolate using cocoa powder, sugar and milk.

The children had a great time mixing the chocolate paste and putting it into different shaped moulds.

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They all agreed the chocolates tasted delicious!

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New Topic – The Mayans!

Year 3 have started their new topic the Mayans. They will be looking at the ancient Mayan civilisation, writing their own adventure stories, tasting chocolate and much more!

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24 hours in the Iron Age 

Today year 3 spent 24 hours in the iron age and made their very own hill fort complete with farm animals!

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Maths Week

This week year three have been helping Captain Jack to find the missing treasure! They have used their maths skills to solve the clues and relieve parts of the treasure map.

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More Music

Today year 3 had an exciting visit from more music. They produced art work and music with the theme of habitats in the local area to fit into their Where The Wild Things Are theme.

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Learning Lighthouse – Where The Wild Things Are

Year three will be doing the topic of Where The Wild Things Are. We will be looking at animal skeletons and plants including growing are own beans!

 

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Stone Age Workshop

Year three have had a visit from the Attic Door Theatre Company for a Stone Age workshop. They learnt what it was like to live in the Stone Age.

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Learning Lighthouse – Flintstones

Year three will be doing the topic of the Flintstones which will cover the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and Iron Age.

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24hrs as Jessica Ennis-Hill

As part of our women’s institute week year 3 have spent the day being Jessica Ennis-Hill. They found out lots of information about Jessica and even took part in their own mini heptathlon!

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