As many of you may now have kids at home for the time being, Pete will be posting cartoon workshop lessons every Wednesday starting tomorrow, for the next few weeks. As he has done similar workshops before, which have always been well-received, we thought this would be a nice way to offer children, and adults too, something fun and creative to help break up the day, keeping young minds active in addition to their school work. Anyone can take part in these videos which will be uploaded to the Pete McKee YouTube channel. All you’ll need is a few pieces of paper, or whatever’s lying around, card, scrap paper etc., and some pencils or pens. The videos will be posted at 12pm tomorrow for whoever is interested!
Here is the link to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/
Home Learning Pack
We have prepared some ideas for you to do at home, for the time that you cannot come to school.
Please try to do some of these things we have given you.
Hopefully we will see you soon.
We have learnt about nutrition, magnets and rocks. We are going to be learning about light and shadows.
How to use your 200 square
· Choose a number. Learn which numbers are around it.
Add and subtract numbers from it – Do the tens first, then the ones.
· Find patterns in the way the numbers are set out and write them down.
· Count around 100 – forwards and backwards. Can you count in 1s, 2s, 5s or 10s?
· Cover the multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 etc (one multiple at a time).
Use the patterns to predict which numbers will be in the sequence.
· Draw pieces of the 100 square on the blank side with only some of the numbers fille
Think about the numbers and the patterns to fill in the empty spaces.
Keep up with learnng your times tables - get your family to test you on the answers. Put on a two minute timer how many can you get right?
Some addition and subtraction activities to have a go at:
Keep on learnng those spellings get someone to test you
We followed in the footsteps of Stone Age people when we hunted and gathered our food, built shelters and discovered how to make fire. We became archaeologists when we looked at evidence of Stone Age life through cave paintings. We really got to grips with the understanding of what evidence is, by solving an artefact mystery.
We did some 'Plantastic' work last half term, linking many areas of the curriculum!
We wrote dragon-themed poems to get our creative juices flowing. This led on to the children writing fantastic stories based on our class reading texts: George and the Dragon and The Boy Who Grew Dragons. We also explored data bases by sorting dragons according to different criteria.
Romans week involved exploring the Boudicca/ Romans battle in depth, which developed the children’s empathy with an event in the past. In addition to the taught sessions on different aspects of Roman Britain, groups carried out their own research on an area of particular interest to them, and practised their presenting skills by feeding their reports back to the rest of the class.
The dinosaur and shell fossils we made effectively followed on from our science work on rocks and fossils. Children can paint these at home or in golden time or leave them to look more natural.
We researched France to help an imaginary French family learn more about their country - other than the city in which they live – Paris.
We produced reports with a ‘showstopper’ feature page and advised the family as to what they might like to see if they ventured beyond Paris.
The topic culminated in a French Café session, in which the children sampled a range of the food they had learned about.
We loved our visit to Madina Masjid Mosque as it allowed the children to link their learning in school with community life, especially for those who do not visit a mosque regularly.
The children searched a cave, with a real cave woman, to discover the different hunting tools and objects that Stone Age people used. Then they tracked various animals that were found in the area 10,000 years age such as wolves, reindeer, woolly rhino and bears. After tracking and catching a reindeer, the children started a fire by rubbing 2 sticks together so they could cook their lunch. Finally, they became archaeologists to uncover artefacts left buried in the ground. See our pictures in the gallery.
Last half term, we took the Y3 children to the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. They had the chance to see some amazing plants that enabled them to design fantastical plants of their own.
They then wrote letters to ‘Mrs Berry’, who manages a seed production factory, to persuade her to manufacture seeds which would grow into the plant they designed.
In science, we grew a range of seeds, investigated what plants need in order to survive and studied the functions of different parts of a plant.
Studying artists who loved to paint flowers, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh and Marianne North, allowed the children to work in the style of a famous artist. The pictures show the children developing a painting by following colour schemes and shapes, then creatively expanding them.
We have been busy in Y3 this half term, from fighting dragons in our literacy lessons to digging deep to find the hidden remains of a long lost civilisation. We recreated the fossilisation process in one afternoon, which normally takes millions of years. Look at the fossil tiles we made and incorporated into a colourful mosaic. On one day, we even became Roman generals and Celtic warriors!
We have been learning all about France this half term. We had a french cafe where we were able to sample a range of french food.
Life in the Stoneage
Y3JH designed an experiment to find out if they could get colour from fruit and charcoal to use for cave paintings. They then used rock powders to see if they could make colours with them. They successfully made black, brown, beige and grey by mixing the powder with a gluey water. This ‘paint’ was then used to colour their own cave paintings, which were finished off with charcoal detail.
Y3AM have created a herd of Stone Age mammoths using milk cartons and collage materials, so although they became extinct thousands of years ago, you may still see some roaming around!
In Maths, we have done lots of work on place value, addition and subtraction. We have explored variation by using one fact to work out lots more facts! We have been focussing on explaining our mathematical strategies and conjectures.
Look out for pictures from our Stone Age Experience Day…to follow.
Welcome to your child’s new class!
Class teachers in Y3 are Andy McCready and Jo Hollands. Teaching assistants are Lisa Burley in Y3AM and Michelle Montgomery in Y3JH.
Our work this half term is based around Life in Stone Age Times and we will link as many areas of learning as possible around that theme in order to make the children’s understanding of different subjects meaningful and relevant.
If you have any questions at any time, please take the time to see us.
Please click on the newsletter for more information about this half term.
On Monday 12th June Y3 went on a trip to a local wild flower habitat called Gully’s Meadow. We took part in five different nature based activities with help from the Woodland Rangers.
We used binoculars for bird watching, giant nets to sweep for mini-beasts and hammers to create art by leaf bashing. The trip was great fun!
In Y3 we have been studying the work of different artists. This week we invited in local artist, Joe Scarborough, to talk to our classes about his life and his art. Afterwards, the children had an opportunity to create their own picture in his style, focusing on bold colour choices and attractive tone combinations. The children all had a great afternoon and we thank Mr Scarborough for his time.
Here are some photos from the Y3 visit to the local area. The pupils enjoyed using the playground equipment in our two local parks to investigate forces in action. As you can see there were plenty of pushes and pulls on display for us to discuss!
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Sheffield S2 4NJ
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Headteacher: Mr C Holder