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Year 3

Autumn Term - Literacy


We started this year by consolidating what we had learnt in Year 2 about sentences, including their structure and punctuation. We learnt that there were 4 different types of sentences and we learned how to use them. Then we opened our first literature spine book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. We loved this book and were able to compare it to many other fairytales, like Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. We tried to help the main character of Into the Forest decide which way to travel to Grandma's house and why he should go that way. We also looked at playscripts and performed some drama.


We have just started our second book from our literature spine. We haven't opened it just yet, but we have looked at the front cover where there is a bear and a rabbit. We talked about what kinds of characters we thought they may be and why. We then decided that it would be great to learn more about real bears, so we have been looking at some non-fiction books to help us. We have learned so many amazing facts...did you know that when standing, bears can be 11 feet tall!

Autumn Term - Maths


First of all in year 3, we spent some time looking at place value, what a number is worth. We used a variety of resources to help us, including Numicon, Base-10, Cuisenaire plus we even used marshmallows and cheerios! We were able to put the correct resources into the correct columns using place value. We were able to order numbers and decide where they went on a number line. 


We then used this knowledge to help us with our adding and subtracting. We continued to use the resources as above both independently and through collaboration. We also used our operations (add and subtract) to understand money and what it is worth through our financial literacy lessons. 


Now we understand all of this, we have moved on to multiplication and division. We are going to use all of our maths skills through resources and written methods learning to add using repeated addition and to use division confidently. We have also been practising some of our times tables through singing and dancing. The children can show you at home how amazingly they have been doing with this.

Autumn Term - Science


This term, we have been looking at rocks, soils and fossils in our science learning. We learned about the three different types of rock; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We discovered what their names in latin meant and where the rocks were likely to be found. The rock cycle happens over millions of years, but we were able to act out the process together. We were able to handle some of the different types of rock. We also conducted an experiment to see if rocks were chalk or limestone by using pipettes and lemon juice. Some of the rocks fizzed when the lemon juice (acid) was added, which meant that they were either chalk or limestone. 


We also looked at the different soil layers (horizons) and what happened in each layer. We discovered where dead animals and plants decayed, where plants grew and where most of the nutrients were within the soil. Finally, we looked at fossils and how they were formed. We learned that 99% of fossils have been found in or near water!


Next, we are learning more about animals and humans...

Autumn Term - Other


We started this year by looking at how we use shapes in art. We discovered that shapes appear in most everyday objects. We learned how to use shapes to help us draw a variety of objects, including a drinks can. At first, we thought that this was very tricky, but we all managed to create a great piece of artwork!


Then we used ICT to make video trailers. We chose a book and created a storyboard of the most important parts. We wrote sentences and drew pictures to show these parts of the story, then used them to create a video using iMovie. The videos were amazing and the music we used in the background was really effective.


Then we looked at Ages in history. We loved this topic and really got stuck in to the facts, dates and what happened throughout time. Firstly we looked at the Stone Age which went on for over 700,000 years! This included the Palaeolithic Age, Mesolithic Age and the Neolithic Age. There used to be a place called Doggerland that joined Britain to the rest of Europe, but that sank after we came out of the Ice Age and the water levels rose. We discovered that we know about these Ages despite things not being written down in that point in history. We know these facts through artefacts and ruins that have been discovered by archeologists. We found out that Stonehenge started to be built in Neolithic times, but was finished in the Bronze Age. Finally, we learned about the Iron Age. There have been many changes during these times that allow us to live how we do today.


This week, we have just started our geography topic called fieldwork. We are learning about the 8 points of a compass. We have learned that there are 4 cardinal points and 4 intercardinal points to a compass. We have also learned how to align our compasses to North. We will be looking at ordanance survey maps this week too, where we will be trying to find important places in Guernsey.