Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to Year 3 or Dahl Class!
We hope you had a lovely summer.
This term, our whole school topic is "A Tale to Tell ..." and we have lots of exciting things planned. In History, we will be finding out about the Ancient Egyptians and exploring artefacts. We're going to explore the work of Frida Kahlo and look her cultural background in Art. We're going to build our own Egyptian themed toys in DT. In Science, we will be learning about the human skeleton and discovering more about light.
Mrs Sheahan will be teaching you on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Deadman will be teaching you every Thursday and Friday.
We have P.E every Tuesday for the first half of term and then every Wednesday for the second so please come to school wearing your PE kit. You need your water bottle, reading book and Reading Together book every day.
We've got lots of exciting things to look forward to! Check here and on Dojo to see all the fantastic things we get up to in Year 3. Keep coming back through the year for news and notices too.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Mrs Deadman, Mrs Sheahan, Mrs Killian and Mrs Abbott
Year 3 September 2022 - July 2023
We had lots of fun exploring animal bones during our Captain Chemistry session.
We celebrated RSE Day 2023 - Let's Launch into Kindness. The children wrote kindness thoughts and ideas on heart-shaped pieces of paper and we put them in a Kindness jar.
We made a Viking house in D.T. The first step was to saw a piece of wood into 4 parts.
We loved visiting the chicks in Reception Class
We took part in a Cricket Festival and practised batting, bowling and catching skills.
STARS OF THE HALF TERM
WE HAD A BRILLIANT DRAWING SESSION WITH LIZ MILLION WHO TALKED ABOUT HER LIFE AND DEMONSTRATED HER UNIQUE DRAWING TECHNIQUES. THE CHILDREN THEN FOLLOWED LIZ STEP BY STEP AS SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO CREATE SOME AMAZING ANIMAL ILLUSTRATIONS.
OUR ZUMBA SESSION WITH GEMMA FROM SSP WAS GREAT FUN AND REALLY GOT OUR HEART RATES UP
WE LOVED LEARNING TO PLAY THE UKULELE FOR THE FIRST TIME
We took part in a team building day with Darren from SSP. It was great fun!
We had a delicious picnic lunch to celebrate the King's Coronation
We had a great session with Chartwells about keeping healthy. We played a fun team game while learning about the importance of exercise. Then, we used our senses to explore some fruit and vegetables. We thought the garlic smelled strong but liked the feel of the aubergine. We then compared the taste of melon, pineapple and orange.
We enjoyed our team skills session with the SSP coach and Year 5s.
We enjoyed learning a traditional sea shanty in music.
Welcome back everyone.
The Year 3 team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at school. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.
We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences.
Our topic for the Spring Term is:
Travellers and Explorers
During this topic, the children will learn about the Anglo-Saxons, where they came from and why they decided to settle in Britain. This will be the theme of our work in other subjects, too. In English, we will read the story of Beowulf by Rob Lloyd Jones and create our own mythical character. We will find out about Anglo-Saxon settlements in geography and design our own settlement. In art, the children will design and make an Anglo-Saxon cross by combining layers of cardboard and in D.T. they will make honey bread which they will then fill with a filling of their choice to make a sandwich they have designed.
We will also be learning about Chinese New Year and Easter. Most of our PSHE work will be about Health and Wellbeing.
STARS OF THE HALF TERM
NORTH EAST FESTIVAL OF LANGUAGES
They practised counting forwards and backwards to ten in Spanish.
We Practised our Throwing and Catching Skills when Stationary and on the Move
SCIENCE MINI ENQUIRY - Which Conditions Help Seeds Germinate Faster?
We planted some cress seeds in 4 pots, each of which was subject to different conditions. Pot 1 - light, water and air. Pot 2 - light, water, no air. Pot 3 - light, air, no water. Pot 4 - air, water, no light. We will observe the pots over the coming days to see how quickly the seeds germinate in each of the 4 pots.
CELEBRATING OUR FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTERS ON WORLD BOOK DAY
STARS OF THE HALF TERM
CYBER SAFETY WITH BIG FOOT ARTS
Healthy Living - Making a chocolate and chickpea hummus with Chartwells
Prayer Space Activities with Durham Emmanuel Church
The children sorted a range of Anglo Saxon images into 5 categories: Food, Clothing, Leisure, Buildings and Work.
We received some trees from the Woodland Trust which the children helped to plant around the KS2 field.
The children acted out the story of Noah's Ark.
The children created a mythical hero. They passed around a magical pot and pretended to pull out a magical object that gave them a special power and showed how it would be used. The other children had to guess what the special object or power was.
The children compared sandy soil and clay soil.
The children investigated some rocks and tried to work out if they were igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic. They then described the appearance and texture of the rocks.
The children used place value blocks and base 10 to understand and calculate multiples of 10. They wrote the corresponding multiplication sentences on their whiteboard.
We discussed how bibles are organised into the Old and New Testament which are divided into 66 books which are then subdivided into chapters and verses. The children looked for familiar stories using first the name of the book, then the numbers for the corresponding chapter and verse. The children were very eager to explore different bibles and compare them to each other. They identified differences between the bibles and talked about how easy or difficult they were to find the stories.
The children learned about Superbugs and how quickly infections can spread. They designed a poster to explain how we can all take action to reduce the rise of superbugs.
Welcome to Year 3, and a very special welcome to our new children and their parents and carers.
Mrs Abbott, Mrs Thubron and I are really looking forward to the year ahead; we have lots of new and exciting experiences for you to enjoy, we will be helping you to learn many new things and having lots of fun!
We know you will all continue to work hard and shine brightly this year.
Our P.E. lesson will be on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure you come to school wearing your P.E. kit (red T-shirt, black or blue shorts, trainers or plimsoles and tracksuit bottoms / leggings and hoodie when it is cold). For safety, you need a pair of appropriate P.E. shoes to take part in outdoor P.E. lessons. Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed.
Homework will be sent home every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.
Reading books must be returned 4 days a week (Monday - Thursday) as we will need them in class.
Please also bring your book in on a Friday if you would like it changed.
If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of school life, please speak to one of us. We really want to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and can always make time for a quick chat or we can make an appointment to discuss things in more depth.
We look forward to working with you all.
Miss Forster, Mrs Abbott and Mrs Thubron
Our topic for the Autumn Term is:
Where In The World Are We?
During this topic, the children will learn to identify where we live in the world. They will study the local area and describe the physical and human features of our locality.
We will also be learning about Autumn and Harvest.
Despite the weather, we had lots of fun at Wharton Park.
Our workshop, which was based on Roald Dahl, involved searching for facts about foxes, making a dream catcher and using it to collect dreams, and collecting items to make a special potion.
The children maintained good spirits and even managed a few renditions of 'Last Christmas' on the bus on the way home.
We were delighted to see cups of hot chocolate waiting for us in class to warm us up again.
Well done, Year 3. 🦊
STARS OF THE HALF TERM
The children had lots of fun making chocolate bars. They mixed all of the ingredients together then decorated their own part with marshmallows and sprinkles.
They also enjoyed colouring in pictures and creating pictures on the iPads.
MUSIC WITH MRS HUGHES
In music, the children have been learning how to play a steady rhythm and a repeated pattern. They did this first using their hands then using the percussion instruments.
We then practised our song 'Home is Where the Heart Is', joining in with our instruments at certain parts of the song, depending on which instrument we were playing. Everyone listened carefully so they knew when to join in and loved playing the instruments.
DT - MOVING PICTURES
In R.E. we have been learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.
We were really pleased to welcome a special visitor from the Sikh community into Year 3, Mr Singh.
He told us about the Sikh religion and brought some wonderful objects to show us, including a wooden comb, a metal bracelet and a copy of the Sikh holy book.
Our special visitor also played us some lovely music on his dilruba and led a short meditation session using a harmonium.
We were super proud of all of the children in Year 3 who listened carefully, showed a lot of respect and asked some thoughtful questions.
Mr Singh was very impressed too, and said we are a beautiful class.
PE - GYMNASTICS
The children really enjoyed their PE lesson with the coach when they were able to practise their gymnastics skills on the apparatus.
The children were each allocated 2 pieces of apparatus on which they practised different balances and ways of jumping off, as well as experimenting with various rolls on the mats.
They then developed a sequence which included balances, a jump, a roll and different ways of travelling between the equipment.
We found out that a popular dance to learn at Vaisakhi is the Bhangra.
The children practised some Bhangra dance moves.
The children performed a Bhangra dance.
The children made Sikh flags
The children made a leaf to go on the tree sculpture that will be created on our school grounds.
The children created the same picture first using watercolour paints then with the Tuxpaint program on the iPad. They discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each method and explained which one they preferred.
We investigated the question: Do Taller Children Have Bigger Feet?
First, the children measured each other's feet with a tape measure and recorded the results.
Then, they measured each other's height and we compared the results to find out if taller children have bigger feet.