Tag Archives: Year 3

Year 3 My Family

We had a fantastic discussion this afternoon which was initially based on the question “what does the word ‘family’ mean to you?”. It was so interesting to hear the children’s responses and how mature and open minded their thinking was. We touched on every kind of different family… marriage, separation, divorce, fostering, adoption, brothers, sisters, step families. We then read two beautiful stories which encouraged even more discussion. We realised that all of our families are different but the one thing all the children have in common is how very loved they all are. They then completed a task “I am special to my family because…” and they were encouraged to finish the sentence. We had responses such as “I am loved”, “I am wonderful”, “I am beautiful”. I literally had tears in my eyes teaching this lesson, I am so proud of them.

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Year 3 Maths Explorers

This morning the children were transformed into explorers. They were put into teams of four, given a magnifying glass and told to hunt for the rainforest word problems that had been placed around the classroom and in the corridor. Some of the problems were very tricky but they shows excellent team work and managed to work out the answers. Ardderchog boy and girls!!

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Year 3 Animal Masks

This afternoon the Year 3 children have been very creative producing fantastic animal masks. We first discussed the variety of animals found in the rainforest, which ones were our favourite and why. Some of the children’s responses included the sloth, monkey, jaguar and snake! We then put on some calming rainforest music as the children completed their masks with tissue paper. Can you guess who is hiding behind each mask??

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Year 3 Grrrreat Tiger Art!

This afternoon the children have studied the french artist Henri Rousseau and looked at some of his jungle inspired paintings. We focused on Tiger in a Tropical Storm and talked about the colours and shapes used. The children then had the opportunity to create their own tiger pictures. Grrrrrrreat job boys and girls!

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Year 3 Rainforest Music

This afternoon the children transformed themselves into tribal members living in the Rainforest. Using materials that were available to them in our outdoor area they made their own musical instruments. Some of the children found stones to bang together, others used sticks and leaves. Working together in small groups they used their natural instruments to compose a piece of music which they then performed to their friends.

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Year 3 Rainbow Roses

This week in science the children have been studying how flowers drink water. They learnt about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this we set up a rainbow experiment. With adult help the children cut the stem in half and put each half in a coloured beaker of water. We have been observing the roses over the past few days and even though the experiment didn’t quite go to plan, as only a few drops of colour were observed on the petals, the children thoroughly enjoyed the process. This is one we will definitely have to try again!

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Year 3 Friend or Foe

Diolch to P.C Parry who came in to do a ‘friend or foe’ session with the year 3 children today. It really made the children think about whether we can tell if someone is friendly just by looking at them. The children listened very well and had lots of good ideas during the discussion.

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Year 3 Dwr Cymru Workshop

The children were lucky enough to take part in a Dwr Cymru workshop this afternoon. The activities were all based around saving water and not wasting it. We first learnt about the hippo bag which lives in the toilet! This bag can save a family of four up to 48 litres of water a day. The children then took part in water based challenges to see who could save the most water! They were so engaged and really enjoyed! Awesome teamwork Year 3!

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Year 3 Flower Dissection

The children had lots of fun this afternoon learning all about the different parts of a flower. They were shocked to learn that flowers all have male and female parts. After a long discussion they had the opportunity to put on their rubber gloves and use tweezers and magnifying glasses to investigate further. They thoroughly enjoyed dissecting the flower and tallying how many of each part their flower had. Ardderchog!

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Year 3 are “Bucket Fillers”!

This week, we read the story “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. It is a beautiful book which encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love. The idea is that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel GREAT but when our bucket is empty we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own at the same time!

After reading the book, we came up with some of our own ideas of how we could be bucket fillers. The children suggested lots of lovely ideas, such as, telling someone they look nice today, giving someone a smile and telling someone you like their work. We have all decided that we will try to fill a bucket everyday and we have even signed a pledge in class to promise to do our best every day at home, in school and everywhere we go.

We love being bucket fillers in Year 3!