Christmas has come to the Year 3’s!

During RE, the children have focused on the key skills of:

  • Can they reflect on and begin to analyse what it means to belong to a faith community, communicating their own and others’ responses?
  • Can they describe the key aspects of religions and worldviews, especially the people, stories, traditions and customs that influence their beliefs and values?

With these key skills in mind and Advent in process, the children celebrated Christmas with a party! The children played various party games for example, musical statues and the ‘over and under’ game. The children were able to show an awareness of their opponents and team mates during these games, they showed good awareness of space and the actions of others and recognise good performances in themselves and others and use what they have learned improve their own work. All of these are key PE skills they have learnt throughout PE this half term.

Children will be looking at how people from other countries celebrate Christmas and comparing it to other English traditions.

Year 3 Light Sources

This half term, Year Three have investigated light sources and the need for light to be able to see. We investigated materials which best reflected light and the purpose for which we might need reflective materials, for example, to be safe when walking home. We also investigated the reasons why we need to protect ourselves when out in the sun and looked for patterns in the way that the size of shadows change when we move the light source in relation to an opaque object. Fair testing was a big focus in these investigations to ensure that we were manipulating the variables. 

To finish off the term, we combined our learning in history about mummification with an investigation over time on drying out tomatoes. The children chose between rice, flour and salt to absorb the liquid from the tomatoes and then left them for over a week to see the effect. It was very interesting to see the results that each choice had on the tomatoes!

Autumn 2 2019 KM3 and the Digital Schoolhouse with Neatherd High School

KM3 were very lucky to have Mr Gibson and two children from Neatherd High School, part of the Digital School House, complete an exciting and interesting computing lesson.

The children learnt how to become computational thinkers, using algorithms (clear, precise instructions) to direct a computer. During our usual computing sessions in class previously, the children have been using 2Code on Purple Mash to create a programme and this session moved the children on from this.

The children focussed on listening to instructions, working in pairs to be the ‘computer’ and the ‘programmer’ providing directing each other to create a picture using playdough as the stimulus. We learnt that if our instructions were not clear enough, the ‘computer’ could not create the model.

Following this, after learning that it is important to be clear with our instructions and directions, we learn how to create an algorithm for the dance the ‘Hokey Cokey’.  Step by step instructions were written and edited by the children and tested on each other.

We learnt that we had to use accurate measurements, for example 360 degrees and move forwards 30cm to ensure that the computer knew exactly what they were supposed to do.

Our next step is to apply this knowledge and our algorithms to a programme called ‘Scratch’ to make a character move and dance to the Hokey Cokey.

The children said:

“It was really fun, I especially enjoyed doing the play dough work!” (Emma)

“It was amazing! I learnt that I need to make instructions really clear.” (Olivia)

“I really enjoyed doing the Hokey Cokey and making clear and precise instructions for this.” (Millie)

Mr Gibson is due to come back in to work with CP3 and FB3 in the Spring term.

Year 3 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Today we focused on time in different formats specifically Roman Numerals. In the morning the children completed a variety of different activities involving Roman Numerals, including bingo, mosaics, completing hundred squares and making a clock. They then made their own sun-dials using paper plates and paper straws. We then tested these out in the sunshine.

In the afternoon, the children completed a ‘Clue Hunt.’ We learnt about time differences across the world and why it differs. Children found clues around the school; page numbers and grid references to different countries and their UTC time. Parents joined us to complete this final activity.

It was fortunate that the sun was out and it was a warm day, to test sun-dials and complete our clue hunts. A lovely day was had by all.

Year 3 – Summer Term

As an extension of our learning about our local area, Year 3 visited Easton college.

Our day began with a road safety lesson as we were required to walk on some of the roads of Easton campus.

In the morning, we navigated our way around the campus and the surrounding fields, learning how to identify the crops that were contained within them and where the crops end up. We were very surprised to learn about Norfolk trade, including the malted barley flour (used in products like Maltesers and beer) and the sugar beet grown (which supplies Norfolk trading company British Sugar)! We recorded our journey around the site on maps, using a key and symbols.

In the afternoon, we learnt about the process that some of our local produce goes through, including how butter is made (as we churned our own) and how we obtain oil from Rapeseed crops (using a pestle and mortar to grind the oil out). We also ground barley pearls, sieved the contents to separate the husks from the chaff and saw how much needed to be ground to produce a 1KG bag of flour. Lastly, we made our own wool balls to bring home and discussed the different items this could be used to make.

Spring 2 2019 – British Science Week

The children in year 3 had lots of fun in British science week. The theme was ‘journeys’ and we had many visitors including; a plant pathologist, a bacteria scientist, a Science teacher from Northgate, and dental nurses.

The plant pathologist taught the children all about how plants get sick, and how they can identify this. We had the opportunity to look at some magnified photos of plants and the children were able to explain whether they were healthy or not.

Our next visitor was a bacteria scientist. She taught the children how important it is to wash our hands properly and why. She showed us different types of illnesses and how these can occur from bacteria. She also explained to the children that not all bacteria is harmful, some bacteria are good for us! The children had the opportunity to show their hands underneath a special UV light before their hands were washed and afterwards, and the children could see where the bacteria were on their hands.

Our visitor from Northgate gave a demonstration of ‘gums to bums’. The children were taken through the process of how our food digests and the journey it takes through our bodies, starting with our teeth and ending with the toilet! The children found this very interesting and it was great to see them learn about our digestive systems.

The dental nurses taught the children the importance of looking after our teeth and brushing them correctly. The children had a chance to look at some teeth from animals and/or humans, and had to try and identify who they had come from!

Year 3 Remembrance Day Visitor

On Wednesday, 7th November the Year 3 children had two special visitors in preparation for Remembrance Sunday. Mr and Mrs Hannant from Allied Star Re enactment Group visited in war clothes and shared information and resources about what life was like in the time of World War 1. They brought in different items of clothing, such as helmets and jackets as well as many different objects, such as the tools used to cook, a spade and a miniature first aid kit that would have been carried around.

The children were able to try on the clothing and explore the objects and were surprised to discover how different they were compared to the same items today. They noticed the fabric the jackets were made from was very itchy and that the helmets were surprisingly heavy.

The children also participated in a discussion about why people wear poppies to represent remembrance of people who have made sacrifices in times of war and were asked to think about how different their own lives are compared to children from the time of World War 1. The children shared some very thoughtful ideas and drew many comparisons during the session. The children also looked at the different toys children would have played with in war time and learnt that children would usually get clothes and not toys for Christmas because toy factories and shops were often used to make resources for the war.

The main message from our visitors was that there was lots of elements of remembrance to consider as Remembrance Sunday approaches and that many people made sacrifices during World War 1.

The children found the information and objects fascinating and asked lots of questions about what life was like for families in war time during the session and afterwards.

Claire Traferri, History Subject Leader at Toftwood Junior School, said the visitors “provided a valuable enhancement to in school learning for the children” and added that the re-enactment helped “bring the learning to life and enabled the children to understand what life was like during World War 1 and what Remembrance Sunday represents.  The children were astounded at the courage and bravery of the soldiers and were shocked at the conditions they had to endure in the trenches.”

Banham Zoo Trip Year 3

On Friday 8th June 2018, Year 3 went on a trip to Banham Zoo to prepare them for their next science topic ‘Animals including humans’. We had a lovely, calm coach trip there and arrived at the zoo with a lovely sunny day on our side!

While we were there, we all had a session in the Education Centre where we learned about the different skeleton types and what a body needs to move. First, we were introduced to some animals that have an exoskeleton – a skeleton on the outside of their body! We met a Madagascan hissing cockroach and two giant land snails! We all had a go at holding or touching them if we wanted. We also got shown the sheddings of a tarantula and a scorpion and learnt about how they outgrow their exoskeletons and create new ones underneath. We then got introduced to a snake! They have an endoskeleton, which means their skeleton is on the inside. We were fascinated to find out that when we touched it, it was cold! It was also amazing to learn how the snake moved using it’s muscles.

For the rest of the afternoon, we explored the zoo completing research for our next English topic of non-chronological reports. We gathered lots of information about animals from different continents to use and put into our reports.

Some of the highlights of the day included seeing the two cheetah cubs that were born last year and the two new exhibits – the baboons and the sealions!

Summer 1 2018 – Visit from a radiographer

The children in Year 3 at Toftwood Junior School really enjoyed their visit from a radiographer. The children have been learning about different scientists and inventors and found researching Marie Curie and her involvement in the development of X-Rays and understanding of radiation extremely interesting. The children created their own X-ray images using art straws and black paper as part of their science learning.

Mrs Evans visited the children and explained that her job title ‘radiographer’ comes from the word radiation. We learnt that radiation comes from the sky, the ground and even food! We were particularly interested to learn the bananas were radioactive (even though this is the tiniest amount and we know they are very good for us!).

We looked at how radioactive waves create X-ray images. Mrs Evans then directed children into the position they would need to be for different
X-Rays. We all looked at different X-Ray images, showing different parts of the body. We saw some broken bones, which looked very painful and even saw an X-ray of a snake that ate a shoe! It was very interesting and this was shown by the amount of questions we had for Mrs Evans!

Year 3 Science Week 2018

On 12th March 2018, Dr Francis launched science week at Toftwood Junior school! We were ready for a jam packed fun week of science!

We began our year 3 science topic ‘Rocks and Fossils’ this week and have looked at the three different types of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We also discussed natural and man-made rocks and in groups decided what category the rocks went in! We then looked at some rock samples and using a key, worked out what they were! We had a lovely time doing this even if gneiss and granite looked really similar. To finish our week off we started looking at fossils! We learnt about the difference between bones and fossils and that there are 3 different types of fossils (trace, body and chemical fossils), what there are and how they are made! We then learnt about and ordered the way in which a body fossil is made!

On Wednesday we had some visitors from Neatherd High School to complete an experiment with us. We learnt about chromatography and looked at how to separate colours in ink. We used different felt tip pens to see which colour had the most colours inside it! We first put a dot of our chosen felt tip pen on chromatography paper, we then dipped the paper in some water, making sure not to dip the ink in! We watched as the water travelled up the paper and separated out all the colours! We enjoyed comparing our results and discussing them with each other – we were amazed at the pinks, yellows and blues which came out of the black ink!

On Friday we had another visitor come in to teach us all about oral health. We learnt about how much hidden sugar was in drinks (13 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ strawberry yoghurt drink!). We also found out how bacteria can build up in our mouths between brushing and how to look after our teeth – we were all left desperate to clean our teeth after the session!