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Year 3 news 11.6.21

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What a busy week we had last week Y3!

In English this week, we have been focusing on a new Talk 4 Writing topic, learning all about Roman Soldiers. This week we found out what Roman soldiers had to do in a typical day for work, and what they did for fun. Then we wrote our 'have a go' write using our knowledge as a diary entry in the life of a Roman soldier.

In our worships this week, we have learnt about climate change and what we can do to play our part in helping the world. We also enjoyed celebrating 'Helper of the Week' thanks to Lucy and Lucia who made us certificates for the class. This week the whole class were chosen, what a helpful class.

In maths this week, we began our Fractions (2) unit focusing on equivalent fractions. We have used number lines, practical objects and word problems this week and you have told me you have grown in confidence over the week. We will continue our fractions unit next week Y3.

In book club this week, we had our read aloud time, with a focus on fluency and expression. It is an absolute pleasure to hear you all read and listen to how much progress you have made with your fluent reading since the beginning of Y3. Please remember to keep reading at home to keep practicing.

In our computing time we completed our own websites using Google Sites which are now ready to be published. We also used the iPads to use Google maps in our geography lesson this week, looking at different countries we knew the Romans had invaded and looked out especially at similarities and differences between England and those countries.

In PE this week with Sportscape you played dodgeball and listened well, played well together and celebrating each other's wins. Well done to Lucy and Alex who were chosen as this week's PE stars for excellent listening and sportsmanship.

In Music today we started a new unit focusing on soul and funk music called 'Bringing us Together' We began to use the glockenspiels. Because we were building on previous learning of notes on the ukuleles and recorders we progressed quickly to a more complex note pattern. We were very pleased with our hard work.

In RE this week we looked at the story of Mary visiting the tomb following the death of Jesus on the cross. We recalled the story and made still photo scenes and sequenced the story. We thought about what Mary might have been thinking and what she said to Jesus.

Art this week saw us finishing our Roman Emperors. We worked so hard on adding final details. We needed to ensure our emperors stood out against their repeated pattern backgrounds. We are all very proud of our finished pieces. At the start of the lesson we offered advice to one another on how to perfect our work, and at the end, compliments were flying around the year 3 classroom! We also chose our favourite Roman coins we made last week it of clay and this week painted them for part of our theme day study work page.

We had an exciting morning of Science this week! We set about being Rock detectives to complete three investigations. As we did so, we learnt about what a fair test is and how we can check our test was fair. We began by recalling our key vocabulary and used a selection of five rocks to investigate. First we completed a hardness test. We ranked each rock and described what happened as we attempted to make marks on the surface of each rock. We then learnt about what permeability is and tested if the rocks let any water through. We found out that we can use vinegar to test if a rock fizzes. With excitement, we listened to hear the chalk and sandstone fizz, and learnt that they are both sedimentary rocks. To finish off, we created rock using sweets! We layered sweets and used the warmth of our hands to mould the sweets into sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and watched a video to see the formation of igneous rocks. By the end of the morning we had all accomplished being brilliant Rock Detectives.

I am looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
Miss McCurrie

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