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Year 3 - Beijing Class

September 2019

 

A new year means new challenges! We welcome all of our new pupils to Key Stage Two and promise you an amazing year ahead. We will be reading some fantastic books, discovering some amazing facts in science and the humanities as well as developing some fascinating maths skills. We will work hard and play enthusiastically, co-operating confidently and being the very best versions of ourselves at all times.

Summer two term has flashed by so quickly but we are ending year 3 on a high! We have another community litter pick planned for our final week and have completed some great work in preparation for moving up to year 4. Take a look!
We explored what fossils are and how the are formed. We enjoyed learning about the process which takes millions of years and lots of effort too! We also learnt that the person who finds and explores fossils is called an archaeologist! 
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This term, we have also been discussing how to look after ourselves and others. We were shocked to learn about the amount of sugar hidden in some foods such as hot chocolate and yoghurts! We needed to give some dietary advice to 'Joe' who wrote to us explaining what he eat usually and asking how he can improve his diet. 
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We have also really enjoyed our Music learning this term, based on the Rolling Stones! We have identified the pace and pulse of different songs, looking at their pitch,  rhythm, tempo and dynamics. These songs were really fun to listen too and very different to what we listen to in the charts today! 
We are in the final term of Year 3 but are still learning so much! This term we have been focusing on our topic 'Savage Stone Age'. We have really enjoyed focusing on history and acquiring new skills to solve historical problems. 

English: Stone Age Boy

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We enjoyed reading and exploring 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. We broke the story down into sections and acted them out using freeze frames. We also rewrote the story adding more description and detail, aiming for a older audience. 

Our Local Litter Pick in the community

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We all loved getting out and about in our local community to help clean up. After our leaning about the impact of litter last term, it felt great to know we were doing good in our local area and making a difference. Joanne from SWAK helped us and made sure we were safely dealing with the litter. We enjoyed it so much we are planning another very soon!!! 

PSHE: Respect

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This term we have looked at improving ourselves. We have learnt what makes a good friend, how we can be helpful and how we can show respect. We made a pledge to our classmates to promise how we can improve and show respect to one another at all times. 

RE: This term we have explored Sikhism and how Sikhs live their lives. We enjoyed comparing our lives and beliefs to others. 

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In English, we have been inspired by The Bee Movie to create a new narritave story. We began by planning our own story in the style of a comic strip. This worked really well to break down the story and organise our thoughts. We then spent the next few days creating an extended piece of writing that we were really proud of. 
Maths: In maths this term we have been looking at measuring length. We really enjoyed exploring equivalent measures in a puzzle form. Take a look at what we achieved!
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Saving Planet Earth

 

This term we have started our new, exciting topic based around the theme of recycling and caring for our planet. The children have enjoyed researching and learning about different types of pollution, with a focus on marine pollution. They have written non-chronological reports about plastic pollution and its impact on our oceans. They have also enjoyed writing formal letters to Teresa Pearce, our local MP, to persuade her to support this recycling campaign and to do Moreno help. They are also starting to produce some creative works of art based around the same topic. 

 

After half-term, we will starting a litter campaign for our local area. It has been a pleasure to see the children getting so involved in such an important and relevant topic. 

Money Money Money!

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We have been exploring adding and subtracting different amounts of coins and money, giving change and problem solving. We used pretend money to explore but soon moved on to formal methods of addition and subtraction to solve our problems. 

A Whales's Tale

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Here is some of our commentaries to the start of the Whale's Tale animation. We worked in small groups to dit and perform!

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Recycle Art

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Home Learning

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Here are some of our home creations as part of our home learning, using our rubbish to create something new!

Magnet Madness

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This term in science we have been learning about Forces and Magnets. The whole class has really enjoyed exploring magnets, testing which materials are magnetic and why. We have explored when magnets aid our lives and plan on testing the strength of different magnets! 

Shadow Puppets

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We really enjoyed creating our own shadow puppet shows inspired by our previous science topic, Light. We planned our own group story, designed our puppet characters, tested materials to make the best puppets and they finally produced a finished show to perform to our classmates. We then evaluated how well we worked and our final piece. 

What's the time?

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Telling the time is a tricky skill to grasp, but Beijing class have been working on this ready for the new year. We have recapped on the hour, quarter past, half past and quarter to and now are working on being accurate when telling the time to the nearest minute. 

We had great fun sorting activities into how long they took, a second, a minute or an hour! We even acted some out to make sure! 

Festive Singing

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Both Year 3 classes have been working so hard on their performance skills, learning harmonies, actions and even some sign language to impress. We went to Bexleyheath to perform and help raise money for a local charity and then performed to our friends and families at school! We made our teachers very proud. 

The Firework Maker's Daughter

In English lessons, we have been exploring our topic book, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. We have focused on chapter 3 and explored the text. To help us understand, we acted out the key points of the chapter to summarise what we have read. We had great fun portraying the silly pirates!

In Computing, we have been exploring Scratch, a program that allows us to create our own characters and animate them using code. Here are some of our short animation storyboards! We will let you know how they turn out!

In art, we went on a jungle journey to explore layering different techniques to create a picture. First, we sketched the jungle scene. Next, we used water colours to complete the background. After that, we added detail to the background using pencil sketching and colouring. When that was complete, we used blue tissue paper to show the rivers flowing. Finally, we carefully cut out and coloured animal pictures to bring our pictures to life! We are really pleased with them!

In Science we are exploring all about light. We have learnt that we need light to see as it reflects off the things we look at and into our eyes. We have explored how to make shadows and how best to block light. There have been lots of experimenting with different tests to find our answers and learn lots!

I’m really looking forward to all the wonderful work we are going to complete this year, starting with our new topic, SHINE ON ME, as well as sharing it all on our class page so that everyone can see what our class has been achieving.

I really enjoyed meeting you all during our transition morning and can’t wait for September.

 

 

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