Year 3@West Wick 2017-18
What an immense week 3!
This week we have been multiplying by four. We worked different problems out in different ways. We used number lines, doubling, grouping, repeated addition and arrays. ‘I like using arrays to work out my multiplication problems’ said Jude. ‘I like making the maths fortune tellers, they help us to improve our four times tables’ said Ellis.
We have been learning how to talk about ourselves in French. This week we focused on talking about where we live. We practised talking in French to one another and some of us had a conversation in front of the class. ‘Saying England in French is Angleterre’ said Romey.
This week is our final week exploring our book Gregory Cool. The book is based in Tobago, so we looked at what activities go on there. We learnt that in Tobago people run goat racers, crab racers, safaris and even chase waterfalls.
We celebrate the end of a great week and get involved in Children in Need by dressing up in spots. All the money we have raised today will go towards helping other children who are not as lucky and fortunate as we are.
Terrific Term 2 Week 2
This term we are looking at what makes great friendships. We created a huge brainstorm of all the different qualities a great friendship could have, then we made human chains and wrote all the words on the chains to make this term’s value display.
On Wednesday, we did our maths lesson outside. We were learning to divide by 3. We used lots of sticks, leaves, conkers and twigs, to group numbers together and solve division problems. ‘My group made 36 divided by 3, we made it out of sticks and conkers’ said Imogen.
On Thursday of this week, we took a bus trip to Castle Batch Primary School. We took part in a festival called Raise the Roof. We sang lots of different songs with other year 3 and 4 students from other primary schools. The songs we sang were all about different countries and were in different languages. We were celebrating what a wonderful world we live in. ‘I liked the part when some students got to play some instruments’ said Kyra.
Oliver brought in a mould of a megalodon’s tooth to show the class. ‘I thought it would be interesting to share, it’s quite heavy’ said Oliver.
Term 2 Week 1
On Tuesday a very special guest came to see us, his name was John and he was here to talk to us about the history of Weston. We learnt that Weston used to be a village with just 30 families in it. We learnt about the Roman invasion and we were shown photos of what Weston used to look like.
This term our focus for P.E. is handball. This week we were learning how to throw and catch the ball accurately. When practising our throwing and catching with a partner, we challenged ourselves by making the gap between us, bigger after each throw. ‘You have to throw over arm for longer distances’ said Lily.
We have read a new book this week called Gregory Cool. We have been learning about the characters and had to explain what was happening in the story in our own words. ‘The book is cool, I like how Gregory and Lennox made friends towards the end, as they didn’t know each other at the beginning’ said Lexi.
In maths we have been working on multiplying three, we have explored all the different ways we can use to work the multiplication problems out, for example using a bar model, repeating addition or drawing it.
A Superb Week 7 in Year 3
This week we have been solving challenging number problems by subtracting and using column subtraction. ‘The tricky part was taking away when the number above was higher, we had to exchange to solve the problems’ said Alfie.
We invited our parents to school this week so we could share our learning with them. ‘I think my mum and dad were proud of me’ said Lily. ‘We wrote our own learning reviews and we shared then with our family’ said Lexi.
Over the past few weeks we have been writing our own Voyage and Return stories. We have decided to type these up and make a book for the Busy Bees. ‘We have been hard at work making the Busy Bee’s book’ said Joshua B. Everybody did a different story’ said Kamila.
We have been learning about and writing different poems. We have enjoyed reading poems written by and performed by Valerie Bloom, we also performed some poems ourselves. ‘I learnt that some people say words differently to how we say them’ said Romey.
A Spectacular Week 6 in Year 3
This week we have been learning to add on from any 3 digit number. We were allowed to choose how we worked out each problem. We could calculate it, use a number line, use a hundreds board or draw it. Here are some examples of how we solved our addition problems differently.
We have been focusing on alliteration this week. We enjoyed reading an alliteration poem all about naughty animals. We then wrote our own alliteration poems all about the animals of our choice. We were also encouraged to use direct speech in our poems.
In our French sessions we have been learning to introduce ourselves to others. We then created our own little comic strips with characters having conversations in French.
Bristol is our nearest city, so we have been learning all about Bristol and have been working on creating leaflets, providing others with information all about Bristol. We are looking forward to the being complete, watch this space! As you can see, we are working very hard on them.
A Fabulous Week 5 in Year 3
This week we have been practising some songs for our Raise the Roof performance. It has been a very challenging experience for us as some of the songs are in other languages. ‘The songs are really good for us to sing, my favourite one is What a Wonderful World’ said Mya C.
On Thursday of this week we had Liam the football coach. He played Spanish Numbers with us. You have different groups running out onto the pitch and they have to score goals. ‘It was quite hard because there were lots of people running out and we had to listen to Liam so we knew how many people had to play’ said Jack M.
We have been writing our own Voyage and Return stories this week. First we had to create a character, then we planned our story by boxing up our ideas, then we were able to write our stories. ‘My favourite part was creating my own character for my story’ said Katie.
‘We have also been working on some awesome maths this week’ said Lexi. We were subtracting tens from 3 digit numbers and then to challenge ourselves, we had to cross over into the previous hundred. ‘It was very interesting indeed, but I had to really use my brain, my favourite part was working the numbers out’ said Lexi.
We finished reading The Stone Mouse this week. ‘I liked the book and I am sad that is has now ended’ said Kamila.
A Fascinating Week 4 in Year 3
On Thursday of this week, we went on a trip to Weston. We took a walk into the town centre and asked members of the public, questions about Weston and how it can be improved. We then went to Weston Museum, here we listened to a lady who taught us all about Weston in the Victorian times. We were shown a variety of different items that would typically be used on a Weston beach trip and we had to sort them in to old and new. After the workshop, we were able to explore the museum and answer some questions while we were walking around looking at objects from 100 million years ago, up to now. We ended our day by taking a walk to the beach where we made sand sculptures.
In R.E. this week, we have been comparing the Quran with the Bible. We used the laptops to find our facts about each of these books and shared what were had discovered.
Thrilling Week 3 in Year 3
This week we have been learning some French. We enjoyed a video (click here to see) about basic greetings in French and we practised speaking to a partner. ‘The French lesson was interesting and quite hard to understand, but I got it in the end, thank fully’ said Alfie.
We also did football with the football coach, we played the remote control game, we had to think of buttons on the remote control and think of a movement to go with it. We played stuck in the mud, the coach made it harder by splitting us up in to teams. We practised our dribbling skills, ‘it was really fun, my favourite bit was playing stuck in the mud’ said Freddie.
During our maths sessions, we have been comparing numbers, estimating and exploring ‘more or less’. ‘I didn’t think I would be able to do all the hard challenges, but I believed in myself and I did it’ said Ellis.
Some of us got to use the laptops and have a go at coding. We had to use our brains in order to complete the levels, as we had to apply our reading skills and maths skills. ‘It was amazing, when was stuck, Romey helped me, we helped each other to solve the problems’ said Mya C.
We have started some guided reading sessions in groups this week. We worked on our adjectives, our spellings and explored the characters in our reading books. ‘It was interesting when I had to decide if the characters were good or bad’ said Jack M.
On Tuesday, Lily brought in a tarantula skin to show the class. Like snakes, tarantulas shed their skin, they do this if they are female and they shed once a year. We also watched a video of a tarantula shedding its skin. ‘The skin was really scary and hairy’ said Kyra. Thank you for sharing this with us Lily, it was really interesting.
Week 2 with the Year 3 Crew!
We have particularly enjoyed our Morning Challenges this week. ‘My favourite one was when I had to imagine what was through the gloomy door’ said Romey.
We have been focusing on the eigh/ei spelling pattern this week. Those who scored full marks in their spelling quiz, received extra points on their Class Dojo. The Class Dojo is an online scheme we have signed up to and we can score points for great home learning, e.g. reading, spelling and learning our times tables. ‘I like the Class Dojo because it is fair’ said Lexi.
This week we started reading a new book called The Stone Mouse. We have done some descriptive writing based on the main characters. ‘Its a good book to read’ said Rosie.
For maths we had to wonder round the classroom and complete lots of different challenges based on place value. ‘We had to do 20 challenges, I liked that we got to do all the challenges, they were really fun’ said Ava.
In P.E. we were learning some football skills, we learnt how to mark people on the opposite team and how to dart so others wouldn’t know which direction we are heading. ‘It was really shattering because we moving a lot and all the blood was pumping through our veins’ said Jude.
We have had a wonderful first week in Year 3.
We took part in some team building activities. We played the name game, this helped us remember each other’s names, and particularly helped out Miss Byers. ‘I called myself Creative Chloe’ said Chloe, ‘I was Magical Mya’ said Mya. We did human knots and had to untangle ourselves. We had to create different shapes as a team in the human sculptures task, ‘I liked making a tree’ said Aidan.
We have been exploring place value by playing the traffic light game. ‘The traffic light game is very fun, but you also need to persevere’ said Lexi.
We have been reading the book Horse Pie, we have all enjoyed it. I liked writing an acrostic poem all about Horse Pie.’ said Katie.
To get our bodies moving, we have been doing Go Noodles. ‘We have to follow different dances and exercises and it is really amazing and we feel ready to learn.’ said Freddie.
This week we also started to learn some French words. ‘We focused on three words, Salut, Bonjour and Bonsoir, it was very interesting’ said Romey