RIDGEWAY Primary School

We are The Knights, we make the days bright and together we unite! 

Summer Term 2 Information 

  • Mrs Barnes teaches every Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays, and Mrs Jowitt teaches alternate Wednesdays and every Thursday & Friday. This term will begin with Mrs Jowitt teaching on the Wednesday. The learning which takes place will flow throughout the week and we work together to ensure the children get consistency and continuity across our teaching days.
  • We are lucky enough to have the lovely Mrs Taylor joining our team on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to support our learning journey.  
  • PE will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Both lessons will be outdoor, so please ensure your child has a PE kit in school which which fits the school policy and is suitable for cold/damp weather. 
  • Book bags are to come into school on a Friday and will be returned home on a Monday.
  • Please send your child to school every day with a full water bottle. They are also welcome to bring a healthy snack for playtime if they wish to!

Homework

Homework for Year 3 will be set every Friday after school and should be completed by the following Friday

There will be 4 activities set each week, which will all be uploaded to Seesaw. Please make sure your child is clicking on the green 'Add Response' button when adding their learning  (as this makes sure no work gets missed). The activities will be;

  • A Maths activity
  • An English/SPAG activity
  • A reading activity 
  • A list of spellings to learn for the following Friday's test.

The instructions for each task will be given each week on the Seesaw activity, but they should not take more than 15 minutes. In addition to this, children should be aiming to read for 15 minutes 4x per week and logging onto TTRS regularly. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Summer 2: Eco Warriors!

We hope you have all had a lovely half term! Can you believe we are onto our final topic of the year? And what a year it has been!

Thank you to you all for being so fabulous, let's enjoy our final 7 weeks of Year 3!

Summer 2 Learning:

We are pleased to announce that our final topic of the year will be... 'Eco Warriors!'

The topic will include;

  • Learning about pollution and climate change.
  • Understand the 5 R's - reuse, reduce, recycle, repurpose & refuse and how we can make a difference. 
  • Learn about iconic influencers linked to the environment such as: David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg.
  • Thinking about our carbon footprint and how we can impact positive change. 
  • Investigating how climate change is impacting different biomes around the world including animals and habitats. 

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be finishing our learning on time before moving onto properties of shape and mass / capacity. 
  • As readers and writers, we will be using James & the Giant Peach as the main stimulus for our writing this half term. This will include writing descriptively using DADWAVERS. We will also look at a range of non-fiction linked to the environment before conducting a debate about whether global warming is real and actually happening - looking at both sides of the argument in a 'conscience alley!'
  • As artists, we will be using a range of digital media to create, manipulate and edit images / our art that we produce. 
  • As scientists, we will be learning about forces and magnets.  
  • In Music, we will bringing all of our learning together to create our own piece linked to the environment. This will include improvising by writing a simple chorus of lyrics, thinking about what instruments will match and how they will influence the tempo, dynamics and pitch.

Summer 1: Biomes & Botanists!

Summer 1 Learning:

We are pleased to announce that our penultimate topic of the year will be... 'Biomes & Botanists'

Our driver subject for this half term will be Geography, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Identifying the different types of biomes and locating them on a world map.
  • Understanding the different physical features of each biome.
  • Looking closely at the climate of each biome, including rainfall and temperature throughout the year.
  • We will be conducting some fieldwork of our own as we head out into the local environment to explore features / find evidence of the biome we live in. 
  • Investigating how climate change is impacting different biomes. 

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on perimeter, fractions and time. 
  • As readers and writers, we will be using a range of stories linked to our environment and plants to write letters from different character's perspectives and create our own poems.
  • As artists, we will be exploring the work of Georgia O'Keefe to create a variety of different plant related sketches and paintings.
  • As scientists, we will be looking in depth at plants including their different parts, what they need to grow effectively, how they move water around, their life cycle and how different plants have adapted to suit their environment.
  • In French, we will be recapping conversational language and numbers before introducing new vocabulary for food and preferences.
  • In RE, we will explore Hinduism and Jewish festivals
  • In Computing, we will be completing our coding unit linked to making music!
  • In Music, we will be learning a new song called 'Bringing us together!' This will involve some improvising, composing / writing lyrics and of course, performing as well as introducing some glockenspiels and basic percussion to the mix!

Mini Tennis @ Graves - 23.05.22

Our finished masks! Don't they look fabulous!

Spring 2: The Mysterious Maya!

Spring Term 2 Learning

We are pleased to announce that our fourth topic of the year will be... 'The Mysterious Maya!'

Our driver subject for this half term will be history, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Placing the time of Mayan civilizations on a timeline and understanding how it relates to other known historical periods.
  • Locating the Ancient Maya cities on a map of the world.
  • Using a range of sources to find out about this time period.
  • Comparing the lives of the Mayan civilizations to our lives.
  • Understanding the importance of Mayan religion and comparing it to religions in the present day.
  • Researching the Mayan buildings still standing and their importance.

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on money, statistics and length & perimeter.
  • As readers and writers, we will be using a range of stories inspired by Mayan culture to write pieces including: a dilemma story and settings description.
  • As artists, we will be exploring the Mayan civilisations through drawing and painting.
  • As scientists, we will be looking in depth at different types of animals through nutrition and their skeletons!
  • In French, we will be learning the names of colours and different types of clothing.
  • In RE, we will explore why different people pray.
  • In Computing, we will be extending our coding and programming skills using Scratch.
  • In Music, we will be learning a new song about dragons! This will involve some improvising, composing / writing lyrics and of course, performing!

04.04.22 The History Van!

On Monday afternoon, we had the lovely Catherine from The History Van visit school and work with our class to teach us even more about The Mayans! 

We completed lots of different activities including: learning how to fire a range of weapons (safely!!) such as; crossbows, slingshots and bow and arrows, making arrows out of obsidian, trying on Mayan clothing and Spanish armour to see who we thought was the most prepared for battle, we made Mayan worry dolls, we explored cacao beans and how this would have been used to make a hot chocolate drink by crushing the beans and tasting them and we drew our very own glyphs of a Quetzal bird which was a sacred bird known to represent friendship!

The Knights were, as always, absolutely amazing - asking questions, sharing their knowledge and facts that we have learnt in this topic so far and joining in with all of the activities with great enthusiasm! Well done everyone - what a super afternoon we all had!

04.04.22- Making Clay Mayan Masks!

After several weeks of learning about the different types of Mayan masks (event, battle & death), sketching / designing our own and practising basic clay skills, it was finally time to create our very own Mayan masks!

We did this in stages, firstly moulding the outer shape using rolling techniques and smoothing with our fingers. Once we were happy with that, we moved onto adding 3D features such as eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Finally, we added extra detail using a variety of clay tools.

We thought carefully about how and where to etch the different patterns and the final result was just AMAZING! We are going to leave them to air dry over the Easter holidays and then finish painting / decorating them afterwards so watchc this space for the finished product!

Invasion Games Trip

On Wednesday 23rd March, we were lucky enough to go to St. George's Park at Graves Leisure Centre and take part in a range of invasion games. The day was organised by Qualitas and we loved every minute! 

World Book Day

This year, we celebrated WBD by wearing our pyjamas and bringing a teddy and bedtime story into school. Our favourite part of the day was visiting the Cave Kids in reception and enjoying some buddy reading. Take a look below! 

Science Investigation

In science, we were investigating whether there is a link between the length of a person's femur (thigh bone) and the distance they can jump. We learnt all about fair tests and variables, and the lovely weather meant we could put our theories to the test on the playground. The Y3 Knights are a bunch of brilliant scientists, as shown in the photos below!

Spring 1: There's No Place Like Home!

Spring Term 1 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our third topic of the year will be... 'There's no Place Like Home!'

Our driver subject for this half term will be Geography, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Locating the countries and cities of the UK, as well as the counties of England.
  • Beginning to use the points on a compass to further understand direction.
  • Locating human/physical features of the UK (including famous landmarks, seas, rivers and mountains).
  • Describing how the UK has changed over time.
  • Exploring the land use, physical and human geography of Sheffield.

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on multiplying and dividing large numbers and then moving onto fractions.
  • In English, we will be using a range of stories based in the UK to write a diary entry and a newspaper article. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • In D&T we will learn all about 'Eating Seasonally'. This will include tasting, making and evaluating a range of dishes which use seasonal fruit and vegetables in the recipe.
  • In French, we will be building on our learning so far to give and follow a range of instructions.
  • In RE, we will explore what it means to be a Christian in Britain today.
  • In Computing, We will be learning how to use branching databases.

04.02.22  DT (Cooking & Nutrition) - Making a (DELICIOUS) seasonal fruit crumble

Spring 1: Here are the skills we are going to be focusing on this half term in our Geography learning!

Below is the knowledge organiser that details what we will be looking at in our UK topic this half term (Spring 1.)

Please chat through the key vocabulary at home to further embed the language! Thank you! 

28.01.22  DT (Cooking & Nutrition) - Making fruit kebabs - part one of our eating seasonally project!

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Autumn 2: It's a Hard Rock Life!

Autumn Term 2 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our second topic of the year will be... 'It's a Hard Rock Life!'

Our driver subject for this half term will be Science but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Comparing and grouping rocks on the basis of their appearance and physical properties.
  • Investigating and describing how fossils are formed. 
  • Recognising that soils are made from rocks. 
  • Learning about famous volcanoes around the world, including the 'Ring of Fire' and using our Geography skills to plot them on a map.
  • Explore the features of a volcano
  • Understanding what causes earthquakes and volcanoes including tectonic plates and the impact these natural disasters have on communities.

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on written methods for subtraction initially before moving onto multiplication and division. 
  • In English, we will be using a range of video clips and books to inspire 'Exciting Writing' linked to non chronological reports, letter writing and a settings description. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • In DT we will design, make and evaluate a 3D model of a volcano based on the knowledge of the structure of volcanoes and the eruption process. This will involve learning how to sculpture using paper mache.

DT Making volcano structures part four and finished product!

Final photos are the aftermath of our eruption experiment using bicarb and vinegar! WOW!!!

For our calendars, we looked closely at the work of Japenese artist, Hokusai. We tried to recreate one of his famous paintings of Mount Fuji using watercolours. I'm sure you will agree - they look amazing! You should all be super proud of yourselves!

We have a British Sign Language advent calendar in our class where we learn a different sign each day linked to Christmas! The children have absolutely loved learning them each day and have really impressed us with their maturity towards this subject. They now know 25 different signs! AMAZING!

Making volcano structures parts two and three!

Dance at the Community Centre... we have been working on the following terms: cannon, unison, tempo and levels!

Sketching Mount Fuji! Next stop... watercolours! 

National Stone Centre Trip 23.11.21

Wow.. what a day!

Knights, you have been amazing! Asking questions, joining in each activity with great enthusiasm and showing exemplary behaviour from start to finish - we could not be more proud of you! 

We completed four activities including: gem panning, fossil casting, grouping rocks and minerals, exploring soil and it’s different layers and finding out about the local area on the geo trail.

we have had such a super day and we were so impressed with both your knowledge of rocks and attitude. Even the volunteers who ran the activities commented on what a joy it was to teach such enthusiastic, thoughtful children so well done to you all! 

DT structures project - making volcanoes, part one!

Harvest!

 We hope you enjoy our harvest song!

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Autumn 1: STONES AND BONES!

Autumn Term 1 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our first topic of the year will be... Stones and Bones!

Our driver subject for the half term will be History, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Becoming historians to explore how life was different in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
  • Investigating how we find out about the past using primary and secondary sources.
  • Looking at the different ways the time periods are represented and assessing how historically accurate they are.
  • Combining history and geography skills to map the major prehistoric monuments in the UK. 

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on number and place value of three digit numbers. We will then move onto mental and written methods for addition and subtraction.
  • In English, we will be using a range of video clips and books to inspire 'Exciting Writing' linked to character descriptions, instructions, storytelling and poetry. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • As scientists, we will be carrying out a number of investigations to find out about light and shadows.
  • Through our 'learning for life' sessions, we will be finding out about Hinduism and understanding what it means to be truly healthy.
  • We will begin learning basic conversational French as a base for KS2 language lessons. We will become confident using greetings, sharing names and ages and even asking how people are feeling that day.
  • In D&T, we will be looking at structures..

As historians we have been learning about the diet people had during the Stone Age. We learnt about hunter gatherers and put our skills to the test as we found food items around the yard and had to decide whether we would hunt or gather them!

Creating Stonehenge silhouette art.. part one! 

In English we are learning to retell a story using actions and a story map. We will then use this to write our own portal story about travelling back in time to the Stone Age era.

In D&T we have been learning about structures. We designed a model version of Stonehenge after learning about it’s architecture. Then e had a go at building it using biscuits and icing sugar! It wasn’t as easy as we thought but we enjoyed the challenge