A walk around Year 3

Welcome, as the school year progresses we look forward to populating this page with all sorts of interesting information from Year 3.

An overview of Term 1:

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Hola, our learning this term has been based around our ‘Yabbadabbadoo!’ topic and our text ‘Stone Age Boy’.

We have all had a go at writing our own version of the story in which the protagonist travels back in time to learn about how people lived in the Stone Age, meeting wild cave bears along the way. We have really focused on expanding our vocabulary in both our reading and writing lessons, and we’ve had a go at using drama to get in to the role of the different characters.

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To further get into role, we have made prehistoric inspired jewellery and used our Forest School session to create Cave Art using natural materials. Some of us got in quite a mess! As did we, when making Stone Age bread in the school kitchen!

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Year 3 were extremely excited when the local expert on fossils, Dr Skinner came to visit. The Year 3 area was turned into a museum exhibition and the children had a real hands-on experience, looking at his collection of fossils. Similarly, one of our topic lessons was spent having a go at being archaeologists, when we examined some artefacts from different periods of history, found many years ago during the Canterbury Big Dig.

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Our topic lessons, have also led to us investigating different features from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age eras, including the tools and weapons used and the homes they lived in. We’ll be continuing with this next term, when we learn about the different animals alive in those times and the foods eaten.

Science lessons have seen us exploring different types of rocks and we have studied how different rock types are formed. We even investigated which rock would be most suitable for building a statue of Mr Pywell in the school grounds. We determined that granite would be best as it would stand the test of time, just like him. 

As this has been our first time settling into the Junior School we have also invested time in developing our teamwork and collaborative learning. To this end, we have participated in several house team games where we got to know other members of our Year 3 team and we have spent time developing our growth mindset skills. In Year 3, we wholeheartedly believe in ‘The Power of Yet’.

The term finished with each class pulling together to perform their Harvest Festival piece in the church. The teachers were really impressed with their performances and behaviour throughout the service. What a smashing end to our first term!

Hasta la vista.

Week 4 Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September - Vamos España!

This week in year 3 we celebrated European Day of Languages. With our passports and boarding passes we headed for the departure lounge to board our flight to Valencia! Of course we had to try a variety of Spanish delicacies, including Tortilla Espanola, Paella and cured meats. Also, it would not be a trip to España without some flamenco dancing. Most importantly we had a go at speaking the language, which will carry on during our Spanish lessons throughout the year.

In English we have ventured back to the Stone Age and we have loved exploring Satoshi Kitamura’s book ‘Stone Age Boy’. We are focusing on our value of creativity and making the story our own. We have enjoyed being super imaginative and can’t wait for the finished pieces.

In Science the Year 3 children have been given an extremely important job, we have been recruited to help Mr Pywell decide on the correct type of rock for his new statue. We have had to put our investigative hats on, and tested the hardness and permeability of rocks. It was a lot of responsibility, but by using our investigative and reasoning skills we decided granite would be most suitable.

It has been another busy week in Year 3 but we cannot wait to explore our Yabadabadoo topic more next week!

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The children’s first week at the Junior’s has been an interesting one to say the least! On Tuesday morning, in our first year group assembly, Mr Raffell burst in to the room to inform us that some unusual tracks, a strange object and something rather disgusting had been found on the school field. We put on our detective hats and used the clues left behind to predict what had happened inside the grounds so close to our classrooms! There were various hypotheses and many questions posed – it was interesting to compare our speculations with our friends. We were so desperate to discover what was inside the egg that some of us continued to observe the scene during our break and lunch time!

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Dippy the dinosaur

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We enjoyed developing our debate skills by arguing either for Dippy to STAY or for him to GO. Debating is a very important skill and we had to ensure we listened carefully to the opposing sides argument and respond politely and clearly with our own view. Here are some of the reasons we came up with:

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Challenger Troupe - 6th and 7th September 2018

All children in Years 3 and 4 started their new term enjoying some outdoor activities with their class and teacher with the Challenger Troop. The Challenger Troop team visit us each year and provide an exciting range of challenges to encourage our children to get to know each other, develop their communication skills and challenge themselves by completing an Obstacle course.

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This visit introduces Year 3 children to our core school values of Independence, Respect and Creativity. The activities encourage their independence and the way they communicate with their peers and staff. Participating develops the children’s ability to think round problems and come up with solutions to nurture their creative thinking skills.

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