Category Archives: Year 3

Outdoor Learning

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The children in Year 3 had a fun filled afternoon exploring our outdoor environment today. Our Science topic this term is “Animals and Humans” so today we focussed on food chains. Each child had a clip board where they were able to record all of the different plants, bugs and creatures that they saw. We then came back to class and made food paper chains showing how each living thing was linked together – starting with the producer, then the primary consumer and then the secondary consumer. Gwaith da boys and girls!!

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Daily Mile is a hit!

Pupils have been taking part in the daily mile for almost two weeks and teachers have reported that it has been a success. Pupils are completing the mile quicker and their concentration skills have improved.
We decided to implement the mile at 2pm as the afternoon sessions were long and pupils concentration was proving a little challenge…but we now feel that the pupils are enthusiastic to get their work done in order to take part in the mile and feel refreshed coming back in to lessons. Continue reading

The Mummified Tomatoes

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After being covered in salt for the last two weeks the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 86g and this had dropped down to 36g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!!

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Cups of tea for Year 3!

Our non fiction writing genre this half term is instructional writing so this morning the children have sequenced the steps needed to make a cup of tea. They then had the opportunity of carrying out the steps to make their own cup of tea. We finished the session by drinking the tea and enjoying a biscuit with it too! Tomorrow they will be writing their instructions thinking about time connectives and bossy verbs. What a fun morning!

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Marshmallow Maths

After our 3D shape hunt on Monday, we decided that the best way to further develop our knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes would be to make some 3D shapes of our own. However, the children weren’t expecting to be making 3D shapes out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks! They had a fantastic time creating all sorts of shapes – cuboids, triangular prisms, square based pyramids and that’s just to name a few! During this activity, the children learnt about the properties of 3D shapes and can now confidently talk about them using the terms vertices and edges. Well done boys and girls, it was lovely to see you all having so much fun (especially when you were allowed to eat your marshmallows at the end).

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We’re Going on a Shape Hunt!

We really enjoyed our Maths session on Monday. We began by going on a 3D shape hunt around the school grounds. We found so many different shapes in the environment. The most popular shapes we found were cylinders and cuboids and the least popular shape we found was a cone. When we got back to class, we discussed and compared our findings with a friend and recorded our observations in a table. Well done year 3!

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The B Word

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Today the children in Years 2-6 enjoyed watching a production about bullying, called ‘The B Word’. The children watched attentively and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The show was very informative, and covered lots of issues including cyber bullying. The children were also taught about what bullying means, and when they term ‘bullying’ should be used.

Today’s star bakers are …

…Year 3! Today, we learnt all about the Ancient Egyptians diet. Did you know that they had a very healthy diet? They ate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like leeks, beans, onions, grapes, dates, figs and pomegranates. There was also a lot of fish too from the River Nile. Yet the main part of every diet, no matter how rich or poor you were, was bread. So, we decided to make our own Egyptian bread … with a twist! The children were given a traditional recipe to follow but were able to add a special ingredient to modernise it … the chocolate drops went down very well! We all had so much fun and developed so many important literacy and numeracy skills along the way. Well done boys and girls, I hope you enjoyed eating your creations.

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We had a fantastic and messy afternoon in year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato!) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. The children then had lots of fun stuffing their tomatoes with a salt and bicarbonate of soda mixture. The tomatoes were then placed in a container where they were again covered in the salt mixture. The tomatoes will stay in this state for 2 weeks where we will then compare the weight and make further observations. What a fun afternoon, diolch boys and girls!

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