Year 3 - The Elephants
We stomp our feet to the beat because learning is a treat. Elephants. Elephants. WOOOOO.
We'll Meet Again...
Hi all, I hope you have all had a lovely break and are feeling relaxed and refreshed ready for the new year ahead! I certainly am and I can't want for our new topic, "We'll Meet Again" which is all based on World War 2.
We will be looking at Britain from pre war to post war. What caused the war? Where did it begin and why? What were peoples views at the time? This will give the children the chance to voice their opinions and view points.
We will be learning about the roll of women in the war, as well as how Sheffield was hit and why it played an important part in Britain's battle. We will also be looking into evacuations and how rations were used to monitor food and clothing. Of corse, we cannot cover WWII without looking into the different planes that were flown and what they were used for!
In D&T we will be looking at designing, making and evaluating an air-raid shelter, linking our learning to the 'Blitz'.
In science we will be learning all about electricity including the components of a basic circuit and how to build one, we will link this to how electricity was used during the War.
In reading this week we have begun to learn the story of Anne Frank. This has been linked to PSHE with the children discussing their opinions and how they perceived the feelings that people would have felt during the war. They have blown me a way with how they have discussed such mature topics.
And as always, Computing is used through out to embed and bring our learning to life. The children are really growing in confidence at using and applying all of the different apps we have!
Miss C x
Come fly with me...
Can you believe we are in term 2 already! We have had an action packed couple of weeks with lots going on, celebrating bonfire night and Remembrance day. The children worked really hard creating Haiku poems to describe a remembrance day video. They then recorded their poems over the images to create their very own class poem. Well done Elephants the respect you showed made us so proud!
Our topic this half term is a fantastic one, 'Come fly with me...'. It allows us to really work on our geography knowledge both within the local area and wider world. We will be looking at both human and physical features of Ridgeway when we take a winter walk around the village, as well as expanding our geographical knowledge to the wider world, focusing on Europe. We will be learning all about different European countries, there capital cities and the cultures and industries within those countries.
This topic links in well to the current news and situations as we will be discussing the liquidation of Thomas cook airline and getting our debating heads on when discussing the dreaded 'B' word and the changes that may be affecting Britain regarding the European Union.
In reading we will be continuing to develop our project comprehension skills, looking at a variety of texts from story extracts to newspapers. The Elephants are showing fantastic improvements in their reading skills during these lessons and making us extremely proud!
In art we will be looking at different artists from the Mediterranean countries, including Picasso, Monet and Mattise. The children have already completed some beautiful art work putting a range of styles from these artists together into a Mediterranean picture. They are currently working on creating a Picasso face studying his use of 'cubism'.
Keep an eye out for the pictures of the children's fantastic learning that will be following shortly!
Elephants, you have settled into Year 3 excellently, you are growing in confidence and independence each day. Keep up the super work!
Miss Crowley x
This week team Elephants took a walk around Ridgeway. We created a sketch map of out journey looking at the land uses in the local area. We will be using all our knowledge we learnt later this term in Topic when we will be comparing our local area to other cities around Europe.
What an amazing day we had learning all about France! The children learnt how to count to 10 in french, how to recognise the colours and their french names as well as being able to introduce themselves to others. We also completes some beautiful french art work of the Eiffel Tower. The children used water colours to create a background then added on their Eiffel tower.
In the afternoon, all children learned how to make crepes and did so in pairs, they measured and mixed the ingredients then watched how to cook them, before choosing their own toppings and enjoying them as part of our taste testing afternoon. The children also tried a range of other french foods including baguettes, brioche, croissants, cheeses and more! They discussed whether or not they likes them and if they would like to try them again. It was a great way of understanding similarities and differences between our food and that of other countries. Thank you for an amazing day Elephants, what amazing learning! Miss C x
The Roman Empire Strikes Back!
The year 3 journey begins with learning what life as a Roman was like... We will be learning all about their battles and Armour, invasions (especially in England), the things we use today that were left for us by the Romans. As well as this we will be covering the Roman diet, flamingo tongues, door mice and jelly fish, YUCK!
Team Elephants, get ready to become a Rotten Roman!
On Tuesday, Team Elephants went to Graves Leisure center to take part in a Qualitas Bench ball afternoon of sport. They were split into three teams and each team competed in a league against other schools. The Elephants showed fantastic team work, courage and sportsmanship. I think we were all tired out by the end of the afternoon!
I will be in class all week apart from Thursday afternoons when Mrs Gelipter will be covering my planning and assessment time.
Book bags and homework to come into school on a Thursday please and to be sent home on a Friday.
PE is on a Monday and a Friday, children will require both an indoor and an outdoor kit. Please make sure your child has a white T-shirt, a black sweatshirt, black joggers, shorts as well as a sensible pair of sporting shoes. Please ensure all your child's kit is clearly named along with their PE bag.
Water bottles will be sent home each day to be washed and refilled ready for the following day.
Any questions please ask!
I cannot wait for a fantastic year with Team Elephants and thank you for your support,
Science - Let there be light!
In science this half term we are learning all about light! We started by looking at what light is, and natural and man-made light sources. It was very interesting learning about how the moon is not actually a light source, but just reflects the suns light! Following this, we joined with the Leopards for an afternoon to learn all about our eyes. We looked at the different parts of our eye and how they react differently to dark and light. We also looked at braille, and learnt how to read some letters as well as completing a colour blindness test.
We will be linking the pictures and knowledge from this lesson into creating something exciting in Computing, watch this space....
In art this half term we have looked at Roman Mosaics, we learnt about how the Romans used mosaics as a way of recording events as well as for decoration. With Mrs Taylor we designed our own mosaic and created them using wooden sticks to print.
With Miss Crowley we designed and created a mosaic using small mosaic tiles on wooden squares, it was really tricky and fiddly to get the tiles close together and stick them down but it was great fun! When they had dried we painted the boarder with gold paint to make them look even more special!
In English we have been writing character descriptions for the mythical Roman creature, the Hydra...
The children worked hard to describe both the personality and appearance of this fierce creature, using similes, expanded noun phrases and using siri for lots of synonyms. We then used our writing in ICT to create some videos of our writing. We first worked in groups to put all our ideas together to create one piece of writing and then used Adobe spark to create slide to show our ideas. Everyone worked so well together showing fantastic teamwork and created some superb videos. Here's one for you to look at...