Year 3 have been reading a book called, “I am Neil Armstrong” this half term which describes Neil Armstrong’s life in a comic book style biography, written in the style of an autobiography. The children investigated the different features of an autobiography and then wrote their own in first person. In their final task connected to this style of writing, the children were asked to incorporate their wellbeing focus of ‘staying connected’ by contacting a family member or a friend and interviewing them to write a biography about them. The children really enjoyed doing this and found out lots about their adults that they didn’t know before! They were then able to use these interesting facts in a biographical piece of writing.
At the end of term, we investigated persuasive texts and persuasive techniques used in different examples of writing. The children role played different people to consider different viewpoints and practised debating opposing points of view for the first time! They then wrote their own persuasive letters.
Year 3 started the term focusing on statistics in maths and learnt how to use tally charts and connected pictograms to represent data. We also learnt how to interpret given pictograms and bar graphs. We then learnt how to measure objects in mm, cm and m and had great fun comparing the lengths of objects we found at home and in the classroom! We also learnt about perimeter and how to measure the perimeter of shapes. Since then, we have recapped our learning about multiplication using the expanded column method and division using a place value grid using 2 digit numbers by one digit numbers.
Year 3 have been learning about famous scientists and inventors and how they have influenced the world of science today. We learnt about how crop rotation was based on the findings of George Washington- Carver, how Alexander Graham Bell developed his understanding of sound to inspire the telephone and how Marie Curie’s scientific passions impacted her life. We have also looked at the human skeleton and how muscles are used for movement.
This half term we have focussed on our athletic skills and have learnt how to best propel our bodies when changing speed and direction.
Geography and computing
This half term Year 3 have investigated the local area by researching information about Dereham using search engines on the internet. We have also explored symbols used in a key on a map to represent important human and physical features and found such features on a map of our local area. We then presented the information we wished to share about Dereham in a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation created in pairs.
This half term we have studied the author and artist Jeannie Baker and her unique collage representations of landscapes. We particularly focussed on her book, ‘The Window’ as we have spent so much time looking out of our windows at home and then the children created their own collage view ‘from their own window at home’. We discussed rural landscapes and cityscapes and how colour was affected by the change in these areas.
This term, Year 3 have explored the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and have learnt about some of the gods and deities and what they mean to Hindus. We also learnt about some of the Hindu festivals. In the second half of term, our topic has been how Christians worship. We have learnt about the different types of worship in church such as singing, praying and reading the Bible. We have studied Christian baptism and Christian weddings and how these help people feel part of the Christian community. We have learnt about the Salvation Army and how they put their faith into practice in the community and we have discovered how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.
In Year 3 Mr Hardy started doing live lessons (following parental demand!) for the whole year group and we have carried this on back in school.
In Spring 1 children were learning the colours and also found out about Chinese New Year.
This half term children have been learning all about the items in their pencil case and will be making mini-books by the end of the Spring term.