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Welcome to Year 3 from Mrs Thursby!

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs Thursby and I warmly welcome you to the  Year 3 class. Everyone in Year 3 works hard to make sure that the transition to KS2 is successful. We no longer have an afternoon break but you will be so busy that you won't even notice! Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Moon will be helping us with our learning and it promises to be an exciting year. We have lots of super topics that are going to inspire us and excite us as we learn. Our first topic is called Rotten Romans and we will be discovering what life was like in Ancient Rome. We will also be learning about Lincoln in Roman times. 

Please feel free to come and see our classroom. You are very welcome any time. We have some fantastic photographs of us reading in unusual places in our book corner. Come and enjoy them with us! 

 

 

BOOK TASTING!

This is a great way to find out about new books. Our classroom was set out just like a cafe and we enjoyed juice and lots of biscuits whilst we were reading! We filled in a reading menu and talked about what we liked and why.

Enjoy your reading!

READING IN UNUSUAL PLACES!

As part of our transition day, we enjoyed exploring unusual places to read around school. With Mrs Moon's help, we came up with some fantastic places! Come and see if you can find them in our new classroom. Reading in an exciting place makes it much more fun! 

ROALD DAHL DAY!

On September 13th 2018 our school will be celebrating Roald Dahl day. Year 3 will be focusing on the book James and the Giant Peach. If you have a copy of this book please bring it with you on the day as it will be very useful for our activities. We will be doing lots of exciting things associated with the book so it promises to be a wonderful day.

Dressing up for Roald Dahl day!!!!

PLACE VALUE

For the first few weeks of the Autumn term we will be learning all about Place Value in our Maths work. We will be working with base ten apparatus and place value counters to support the concepts we are trying to understand. Working practically is very important as it helps us secure our learning. We really enjoyed getting to know the place value charts that we use in Year 3. 

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Story Telling Project BGU

This term we will be working with BGU to improve our understanding of stories. A group of students will  visit us and spend time sharing stories and finding out the kind of literature we like to read. This year the theme will be on Lincoln cathedral and this will help inspire us for ideas for some amazing stories. Look out for a letter that will tell you about our visit to Bishop Grosstetste University where we will have a fun packed day of story telling, music and drama. 

This project is always an amazing experience that the children will always remember. Past pupils are always coming back to Year 3 recounting their favourite experiences and this project is definitely one of the most popular! 

BGU VISIT YEAR 3

Year 3 were so excited to welcome several student teachers from Bishop Grossteste University. They worked with the children to inspire them to create story characters.They shared books together and talked about their favourite stories and characters. The children thoroughly enjoyed the creative activities that the students had planned for them! They couldn't wait for part 2 which involved visiting them in their own setting and having the exciting prospect of visiting the cathedral to enhance the learning in this project.

Come and look at the story characters we created!
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VISIT TO BISHOP GROSSETESTE UNIVERSITY

What an amazing day Year 3 had at BGU. Part 2 of this project didn't leave us disappointed! We began in the cathedral. This was the stimulus for our story telling and the theme was monsters and dragons. The children worked in groups with other local schools and they enjoyed exploring every corner of the fantastic cathedral. The building truly inspired them and it was wonderful to see them so excited by the discovery of the Lincoln Imp.

After spending two hours in this historic building, we walked back to the university where the students had spent hours creating magnificent story dens. The children spent the afternoon creating characters, using paint, collage materials and many other fantastic resources. They enjoyed reading stories and creating their own. This experience was definitely one they will look back on. They left the university with so many wonderful things to take home that they could hardly fit on the coach!

Year 3 will be talking about this experience for a long time! 

ROMAN WOW DAY

To enhance our topic learning, Year 3 joined together with Year 4 to enjoy a day at Lincoln Castle. We enjoyed finding out about Lincoln in Roman times and learning how to be Roman soldiers in battle. We loved walking around the castle walls and had the privilege of looking at the fantastic views across Lincoln. Our favourite moment was getting the opportunity to act out a Roman battle where the adults got to throw weapons....(not real of course) at our testudo formation. Have a look at these photographs which show what an amazing day we had!

AMAZING SCIENTISTS!

This term Year 3 have really enjoyed developing their knowledge of electricity and learning about the dangers around the home. They were able to demonstrate just how curious they could be when asked to explore circuits. They were so excited when they were able to use the equipment to light up the bulbs. A highlight of this work was testing materials to see which ones conducted electricity. It was wonderful to see their teamwork skills too!

EXCITING ELECTRICITY!

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FABULOUS ROMAN PROJECTS

One of the highlights of the Autumn term was our recent homework project. We were asked to research an aspect of Roman life and we really enjoyed finding out facts and displaying them in a creative way. Some of us made fantastic models and there was even sewing involved in one project. Mrs Thursby was very proud of our achievements and we were proud of our commitment to this exciting project. A big thank you to all the parents that supported us with this project. We know you really enjoyed it too and we know that we couldn't achieve such high standards without a little bit of help and encouragement! 

 

LOOK AT OUR AMAZING RESEARCH!

SPRING TOPIC!

Year 3 can't wait to begin their new topic called FRAGILE EARTH. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to explore ways in which we can become Eco warriors and become more responsible for looking after our environment. They are particularly excited about the chance to learn about volcanoes so watch this space for some exciting photographs showing their learning.  

Watching BBC Newsround is a brilliant website to look at. Take some time to listen to some of their videos particularly the one about plastics in our environment. This will give you useful factual information for our topic and it will get you thinking about how we can make a difference!

GB HOCKEY COACHES!

Year 3 had the privilege of working with some GB Hockey coaches this week. They were trying out some new games they had created and wanted to know what we thought of them. The coaches had also designed some brand new hockey sticks and they were interested in gathering our thoughts on how good they were. Year 3 loved every minute of their session. They learned lots of new skills that will help them play hockey and enjoyed developing their team building skills too. I was particularly impressed with their responses about the new games and equipment and they were super role models for our school. Well done Year3....you were amazing! Take a look at the photographs.

COME AND READ!

Year 3 enjoyed inviting their families into our classroom for a Come and read open morning. They shared books they had brought in especially or used the books from our class library. It was lovely to see all ages enjoying the wonderful experience of reading and being able to share a love of books. The power of reading is a wonderful thing! See for yourself and look at how we got on!

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MULTI SKILLS TOURNAMENT

Year 3 really enjoyed their time at The Priory Academy. They were invited, along with several other schools in our local area, to take part in a multi skills event. This was planned and prepared by their Year 10 students as part of their GCSE course. The children loved it as you can see from the photographs. It was a wonderful opportunity to develop their skills in many different sports and to test their fitness!

VOLCANO PROJECTS

Year 3 have worked so hard on their volcano projects. They were asked to design and make their own volcano at home and they definitely didn't disappoint. As you can see they have produced some fantastic models which are now ready for some scientific experiments! I wonder how they will make them erupt!

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SCIENCE WITH VOLCANOES!

Year 3 couldn't wait to discover how to make their volcanoes erupt. They discussed the ingredients we would need and predicted what might happen. They were very excited to see the chemical reaction between the bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. There were lots of squeals when the volcanoes erupted! It was amazing to try and re-enact the lava erupting. We used food colouring and washing up liquid to try and make this look more authentic. The children also loved making a mess of the playground on a cold Friday afternoon! What a super way to learn about volcanoes!!! 

Try out this website at home!

Year 3 have been working on their 8 times table and have really enjoyed learning a song and fitness routine that helps them move. Try this new website on BBC Sport called Super movers. It has a whole range of songs, chants and movements which are designed to get children moving and their brain working. Try them at home and see what you think!

 

Year 3's Book of Books

As part of our reading development, we have been exploring how to record our reading journey in Year 3. Our journal is called The Book of Books and is a special place where we record a range of responses to the books we have been reading. These responses can be all sorts of things, such as new and rich vocabulary we have come across, favourite characters we have enjoyed and examples of writing we have been inspired to write from reading the story. 

We have recently enjoyed The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We would love to share our book with you...just take a look and enjoy our reading journey!

Try your own!

It has been wonderful to see some children in Year 3 inspired by our class book of books. They have gone home and created their own journal and this has become their own space to record ideas and thoughts about books they have enjoyed at home. A huge thank you to those children who have taken this idea on board without being asked to. We have shared the books with the class and we hope that this will continue to inspire others to record their responses to books. Please bring your book into class. We would love to celebrate your love of books! Keep reading Year 3. You are doing a fantastic job!

SUMMER TOPIC

Walk like an Egyptian!

Year 3 will be setting off on an amazing adventure to the Land of the Pharoahs in a fascinating cross-curricular Ancient Egyptians topic. They will immerse themselves in ancient Egyptian life, including finding out about the pyramids, studying the River Nile,creating Egyptian artefacts and discovering how Howard Carter found the tomb of Tutanknamun. As well as this, Year 3 are excited about the opportunity to learn about mummification and will even be trying it out for themselves...all in the name of Science! Please don't panic...they will be mummifying a fish!!!

Look out for all the wonderful work which will be coming your way. We can't wait to share it all with you!

Read all about The Egyptians!

Our topic will be based around a brilliant book called The Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess by Julia Jarman. This book will provide inspiration for our reading and writing work as well as helping us to gain an insight into life in an ancient Egyptian civilisation. The book will allow us to explore our historical story writing as well as setting and character descriptions. Using the theme of time travel and fantasy will also enable us to get our teeth into imaginative and creative story plots. 

As well as this book, there are other titles that you can explore which link to The Egyptians. Use the link below to see a list of books to inspire your learning.  

 

Book list for The Egyptians

EGYPTIAN KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER

To support our learning on Ancient Egypt, please look at this knowledge organiser. There are lots of key facts for you to learn ready for our new topic. Hopefully this will inspire you to ask further questions that you would like to find out about during this learning journey and it will also give you some basic knowledge with which to build on in our first few lessons.

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SCIENCE OPEN MORNING

As part of our Science week we really enjoyed inviting parents in to share some hands on science. Year 3 particularly loved getting messy with cornflour!

Thank you to the parents who supported us and helped to make our morning even more successful.

THE WATER CYCLE

After reading a book called The rhythm of the rain, we were able to learn about the water cycle. We tried our own experiment with a bowl of boiling water. The hot water was the sea, the glass was the land and the cling film was the cloud. To finish it off, the ice was the cool atmosphere. The children loved observing what happened next. After this worked in pairs to create an artistic version of the water cycle process. We loved working creatively to help us remember the science behind it. Finally, we had a go at creating the water cycle in a bag. The best bit was being allowed to use a permanent marker!

Filtering dirty water

We set up our own experiment to test the best material to use for filtering clean water. We worked in small groups to test these chosen materials from paper to fabric as well as some natural materials. We couldn't believe how clean some of the water was. It was a fantastic practical way of learning about the process of filtering!

Outdoor Learning - woodland exploration, dragon's breath bracelets, elf villages and willow domes!

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