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A walk around Year 3

Term 2

A huge welcome back to all of the children in year 3. We hope that everybody has had an enjoyable half term and are ready for the challenges of term 2. As you can see by our topic grid, this term is literally “choc full” of fun activities and learning.

Update: 27th November 2017 - Year 3 have been learning all about chocolate in their Scrumdiddlyumptious topic. This week, each class will be going to the chocolate cafe to learn more about the chocolate process, taste different types and make their own truffles. Oak Class had lots of fun yesterday!

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Week One - Term 2

As I am sure you can imagine, the children were very excited to find out that their new topic was chocolate. We have linked this to our class text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which the children have used as a model to begin to write their own version of the events that happen to Charlie at the start of the text. We have evaluated what makes an exciting chocolate wrapper design, tasted different chocolate samples and given our opinions on those samples. All of this topic work has had an impact on the children’s writing. In science, the children have started their new topic ‘Animals including humans’ by learning about the things that humans need to survive. Congratulations to Callum Foster for winning the year 3 cup this week.

Week Two - Term 2

This week was anti-bullying week and our key word was equality. Year 3 designed anti-bullying posters (many around the theme of equality) and we also chose our class anti-bullying ambassadors. The stories based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continue to show the talent of the year 3 writers. This has been helped by the reading sessions which have focussed on certain extracts from the text in greater detail. The children have been learning new words and then including these in their own compositions. In maths, we have been using a variety of manipulatives to deepen the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction. I have also enjoyed reading some of the children’s stories that include calculations that they have been working on. Skeletons were the focus in science and year 3 now know what the main functions of a skeleton are, and how different animals can have different skeletons. Congratulations to Aaron Newies who was the year 3 cup winner this week.

Year 3 Homework Creative Tasks

Week Three - Term 2

In English this week, the children have been finishing their stories about Charlie finding the golden ticket. I have been lucky enough to walk around and read some of the children’s excellent compositions and I feel that we have a few Roald Dahls in the making. Our science lessons continue to teach the children about the human body. We have studied skeletons and that knowledge was used in art lessons to produce chalk drawings of the human skeleton. In P.E. we have been having lessons from a qualified hockey coach and the children are learning to pass, dribble and shoot with control. Congratulations to Cristo Sklinitzis for winning the cup this week.

Week Four - Term 2

It is that time of year when we assess the children and look to see how much progress has been made. To balance out the heavy assessment timetable, year three visited the Chocolate Café in Canterbury where the children learned about the art of chocolate making and had a go at creating their very own truffles. I’m still not sure who was more excited: the children or Mrs Heaney! In geography, we studied the continents of the world and looked at the equator and tropical regions. This led to children highlighting countries where cocoa plants are grown. Auditions took place for our Xmas production and the scripts will be given out in week five.

Week Five - Term 2

As we rattle towards the Christmas break, auditions have taken place and children have been chosen for the main parts in the lower school Christmas production that takes place on Monday 18th December. A huge thank you to all of the children who auditioned and congratulations to the 42 children who were chosen for the acting roles (our biggest cast ever by quite a way!). In English, the children used everything that they have learned in term 2 to independently compose a story about Charlie finding the golden ticket from the point of view of Grandpa Joe. In art, the children creatively crafted their own Aztec drinking vessels out of clay. As well as this activity, the children have finished making their Christmas gifts that will be sold at the fair on Friday 15th December. On Thursday, many of the year 3 children visited the Marlowe theatre to watch Peter Pan. The weather was miserable but the fantastically funny performance soon put a smile back on everyone’s faces. “Oh no it didn’t!” “Oh yes it did!”

Week Six - Term 2

'And the Oscar goes to'… I can honestly say that the standard of acting, dancing and singing in lower school this year has blown us away. The attitude, effort and ability of a large group of children aged between 7 and 9 is simply outstanding. This week has been dominated by performance practice but the children’s behaviour and patience has been exemplary. The Christmas dinner went down a treat and there was a truly festive atmosphere as we enjoyed the turkey, the Christmas tunes and pulling crackers and party poppers. In topic, the children re-visited the Christmas story which they then retold in their own words.

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