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St Richard's

Church of England First School

Year 3

2023 - 2024

Welcome to Year 3!

The inspiring staff in Year 3 are Mrs Evans, Miss Adams, Mrs Bagley and Mrs Peats 

Music

In music, we are learning to play the recorders. We are having so  much fun!

Evesham Geography Walk

 

To launch our local area geography topic we went for a walk around Evesham, noting land use and landmarks. On our return to school, we mapped our route using ordnance survey mapping symbols to mark places of interest.

Changes in land use around Evesham

 

We looked at maps from 1890, 1950 and 2020 to see how the land use had changed. We were amazed to find out how much bigger Evesham has become and that there was no school on our current site until after 1950.

2022 -2023

Autumn Term

Our first geography topic of Year 3 was Isles of Wonder. We kicked off our learning with a  day of Queens and Kings, traditional scones with jam and cream, the learning of the National Anthem and a toast to the new King. We looked at the physical and human geography of the British Isles and  compared Evesham to Edinburgh.

 

Our first history topic of Year 3 was all about the Stone Age. We started off the topic being 'history detectives' to discover what Prehistoric times were like and where they sit on a timeline.

 

In English, we have linked our writing to our topics and have used high-quality texts to inspire us to write in a range of genres: stories, non-chronological reports, poems and dairy entries. Some of the texts we have read include George and the dragon, Finn MacCool and Stone Age Boy

 

In maths, we have developed our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction and started to explore multiplication and division. We also competed in a TT Rockstars competition which 3SE won!

 

In RE, we have learnt about what Christians learn from the Creation Story and how festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people.

 

In our science lessons, we have been looking at the Forces and Magnets and Healthy Eating and Food Chains.

 

In ICT we have been learning all about Online Safety and how to touch type.

 

We have also enjoyed our learning in PE, art, French, music and PSHE. 

Spring 1

This term we are going to be looking at the Ancient Egyptians.

Carrying out research about the Ancient Egyptians in the library

VR Egyptian Workshop

Both children and staff enjoyed being transported back in time and visiting Ancient Egypt.

Here are just some of their comments:-

“ I liked it because I got to go inside a pyramid” – Niall

“It was amazing because I thought that I was in Egypt” – Maddie

“ It was amazing because it was so real” – Robert S

“ I really enjoyed it because I could see dead bodies and the inside of the pyramamids” – Oscar

“ Wow! This is amazing, I’m actually in Egypt.” – Tyler

“ I loved the experience because of the creativity of the experience and in the temples.” – Aminah

“ Wow! That was amazing! I loved it because it showed loads of things about Egypt and the Great Pyramid of Giza.” – India

“ It was amazing because I saw Tutankhamun’s tomb and lots of pyramids.” – Ozzie

“ It was amazing because I saw the paintings on the walls inside of the pyramids.” – Lewis

“It was incredible!” – Kayla

99% of the class now want to visit Egypt.

In English we have enjoyed writing poems about the Egyptians and then performing them in the Poetry Cafe. 

Spring 2 - Bee-yond the school gates!

 

This half term we will be looking at our local area around Evesham, including how the land use has changed. We will also be trying out our mapping skills when we explore our local area on foot. Our science topic is Plants and we will enhance our learning with a trip to Smite Farm. Here members of the Worcestershire Wildlife trust will help us to investigate plants and soils.

We enjoyed using our library session to read and share local history stories, including the story of Eof and the story of Bishop Edgwin.

Even though it rained we had great fun using our mapping skills  orienteering in the school grounds.

NSPCC Number Day

Year 3 had a great time celebrating Number Day and raising money for the NSPCC.

We all dressed up in an item of clothing which had a number on and took part in a fun binary Maths activity. Did you know that without numbers, we wouldn't have computers, tablets, cash points, websites or mobile phones? We learnt that binary code is a computer programming language that uses sequences of binary numbers to write algorithms (instructions) to make things happen.  We solved some binary maths questions and even used a binary code to write our names.

 

Please see below for some pictures. 

SUMMER 1

GARDENING CLUB

 

We have been using our 'green fingers' and make our school a nicer, bee friendlier place.  To begin with, we weeded and tidied all of the flower beds, planted potatoes and sowed seeds indoors. We also prepared and planted a wildflower meadow.  We will add more photos to this album as its grows!

FEARSOME FORCES

In summer one we explored 'Fearsome Forces' learning about earthquakes and volcanoes, while in science we learned about rocks and soils.  We wrote some poems about volcanoes too.

In science we have been looking at Rocks and Fossils. We were delighted when Mr Mark Baggot from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust visited us to not only talk about being a palaeontologist, but also to generously donate a fossil research box.

In art, we studied the work of surrealist artist Salvador Dali.  Taking inspiration from his well known painting 'The Persistence of Memory', we practised using tools and 'slip' to mold and join clay to make sculptures.  We then designed a surrealist sculpture taking inspiration from Dali's melting clocks.

Art- Clay sculptures

2021-2022

A Visit from an Olympian

On Tuesday 13th July, Year 3 were lucky enough to take part in a question and answer Zoom with Olympic diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Yona told us all about his training routine, what inspired him to become a diver and what it felt like to be part of the Olympics.

He discussed his values and commitment around sport and we discovered just how hard athletes have to work to be the best they can be. We learned that it takes resilience, determination and perseverance to succeed. Yona said that he never sees failure when things don’t go his way, only opportunities to learn. These are all valuable lessons  we can use in our own lives – Thank you Yona! It was a truly  inspirational afternoon.

Ancient Greek Day

Today we have been visited by Portals of the Past again and have taken part in a Greek quiz, played an Ancient Greek board game and worked in teams to put together an Archimedes puzzle which contained different triangles that needed to be put together to create an enormous rectangle. 

The children wowed us with their Greek knowledge and also the effort that had been put into their costumes - thank you so much to parents! We have been mesmorised by Medusa's, dazzled by Greek Gods and Godesses and even had a Minotaur for the day! 

At the start of our history topic about the Ancient Greeks we looked at a time line and ordered the historical events chronologically, then we placed the Ancient Greeks where we thought they occurred in history. 

Geography 

We have been learning what a compass is and what it is used for. We took our learning outside and used a compass to follow and give directions to our partner.

We have been orienteering! We used our compass and map to help us follow the directions to find the Bee related questions. We used all the knowledge we’ve learned about bees to then answers the questions. It was so much fun!

Lower Smithe Farm Trip

Science

In science we have been looking at the parts of plants and their functions. We carried out an experiment to test whether liquid is transported through the stem of a plant. We proved that it is by using red ink and turning white carnations pink. 

Ancient Egyptian Day

 

We have had a fabulous Egyptian Day! We have played Egyptian games, taken part in a quiz, mummified a body and acted out an Egyptian story!

The Egyptian Cinderella

In our English lessons we have been enjoying The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo.

Take a look at an example of a story map. 

Maths Puzzle Challenge Afternoon with Mr Ede

Take a look at the amazing woolly mammoths that we designed and made in our DT lessons that were linked to our Rolling Stones Topic.

Delicious fruit tasting! We created a tally chart of our favourite fruits and then presented the data using a bar chart.

Harvest

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