What we have been learning about in Autumn Two
This half-term Year 3 have enjoyed learning about North America in Geography. They particularly enjoyed learning about the countries, Mexico, St Lucia and the USA. Lots of children have continued their learning on North America at home and have done some great research on human and physical landmarks found across the continent.
In English, the children thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, 'Mini-Rabbit Not Lost.' We are very proud of all the children and how they have grasped a number of grammatical terms taught this half-term. The children have produced some lovely pieces of writing, demonstrating the fantastic progress they are making in English.
In Maths, we have continued to develop vital mental mathematical skills and number facts, focusing on mental methods in addition and subtraction. The children particularly enjoyed learning about measure at the start of the half-term.
Our topic in Science has been Forces and Magnets and the children have had a lot of fun doing a variety of investigations. They particularly enjoyed designing and creating their own magnetic games, which they then had great fun playing.
In PE, the children have focused on Dance and have produced a range of movement patterns linked to animals from around the world. These performances have been fantastic to watch. We have also been fortunate to participate in the Dacorum School Games Year Three Mini Olympics. This year the competition was held remotely at Yewtree school and the children had a lot of fun participating in a variety of activities.
In RE, time has been spent learning about advent and Christmas traditions around the world. We chose Mexico as our country of focus, as it linked nicely with our topic of North America.
In PSHE, children have had some really beneficial discussions looking at healthy relationships and what it means to be a good friend.
What we have been learning in Autumn 1
This half term, year 3 have embraced their learning in English. The imaginative book ‘Tuesday’ provided opportunities for the children to use the pictures to recall the story and we used this text as inspiration for writing our own stories.
Within maths, the children have worked hard to reactivate year 2 learning and we have now progressed to looking at place value at a year 3 level.
In PE, the children have enjoyed playing games to build fitness and endurance. Alongside this, we have been discussing the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the impact that exercise has on helping our bodies get strong
In Science, the children have been learning about animals including humans and have enjoyed learning about the skeleton and what makes a healthy diet. They have enjoyed carrying out investigations involving making predictions and what makes a fair test.
In Geography the children have been learning about mountains, how they are formed and some of the most famous mountain ranges worldwide and in the UK.
In RE, the children have enjoyed learning about symbolic actions in Islam and Sikhism and what light symbolises in the Christian faith.
The children have really enjoyed the books we have been focusing on during English this half-term They loved writing their own endings for the imaginative book, 'Tuesday' and particularly enjoyed role playing some parts of the story in the alternative fairy-tale, 'A Paper-Bag Princess.'
The children have also been really interested in RE lessons where the focus has been on understanding how symbols are used in different religions to signify meaning and actions. The religions we have focused on have been Isam, Christianity and Sikhism. The children have taken an active role in the lessons and have been really eager to share their personal knowledge and experiences.
Our WOW moments this term were related to our class reading the imaginative book, 'Tuesday' - attached are some photos of our crime scene when the frogs had invaded our classroom and left lily pads and water everywhere. We also enjoyed imagining that the classroom was a swamp. The children used their senses as swamp-like music was playing and there was vegetation that the children were examining. They then used their experiences to help inspire them to write a descriptive account of what a swamp would look, smell, feel and sound like.
Another Wow moment was in Science when the children helped Mrs Chatterpaul to define what a healthy diet would look like and helped her to arrange a variety of different food types into correct food classifications. Mrs Chatterpaul brought in different food products and the children really enjoyed discussing about the nutritional value each of the different foods had.