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Year 3

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Proud Poets

Tuesday 31st January

The children in Year 3 should all be so proud of themselves. Today, they each came up to the front of the class and bravely performed a poem of their choice. It is such a nerve-wracking thing to do but I was so impressed by the children's confidence and ability to overcome their worries. We still have a few more poems to listen to before the finalists are revealed.

Looking at Maps

Thursday 26th January

The children looked at a map of St Albans from 2020 and compared this to a map of the same area from over 200 years ago. We noticed that some things had stayed the same (Cathedral, River Ver, London Road, Sopwell Nunnery, Holywell Hill) and a lot had changed. There are now lots more houses and less green space.

Chinese New Year

Tuesday 24th January

Some members of our class are celebrating Chinese New Year at the moment and brought some special items in to show us during circle time. The children really enjoyed seeing and sharing.

News Reports

Monday 23rd January

We started our new unit in English today. We are building up to write our own newspaper reports related to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The children used the 5 W's (who, what, when, where and why) to pick out the key points from a news report and then looked through examples of First News newspapers!

The Hippocrump

Thursday 19th January

We read the poem, 'The Hippocrump' and discussed the vocabulary that tells us what he looks like. The children used oil pastels to create their own versions of The Hippocrump which look amazing!

Spreadsheets

Monday 16th January

As part of our new Computing unit, we gathered data about Year 3's favourite ice cream flavours. The children then inputted the data into a spreadsheet using 2calculate and then created a bar chart to present their data.

Why do Places Change?

Thursday 12th January

In our first Geography lesson of the year, we looked at photos of two different places before they experienced a huge change. The village of Glenridding was flooded in 2015 and the London Borough of Newham was transformed for the 2012 Olympics. The children labelled physical and human features, showed the position of each county on a map and then described the changes. We then had a discussion about how one of the changes had a positive impact and people had control over it, and one had a negative impact that people had no control over.

Welcome Back!

Tuesday 10th January

I hope you all had a relaxing break and are feeling refreshed for the start of 2023. The children have settled back into the routine really quickly and all seem happy to be back. We will start Gymnastics sessions this afternoon alongside our other weekly PE lesson with Mr Morgan on a Monday.

Santa Run

Monday 19th December

This morning, we took part in the Santa Run for Herts Young Homeless. If you would like to make a donation, please see the latest Newsletter for a link.

Biscuit Henge

Wednesday 7th December

After learning all about how Stone Henge was constructed last week, today the children used their teamwork skills to recreate it using biscuits! They included the sarsen and blue stones, working out how to balance the stones on top and get them to stand up straight.

Fossilisation

Tuesday 29th November

Having been introduced to the process of fossilisation last week, this week children deepened their understanding further. We used the index of various non-fiction texts to locate information about fossils and discussed the key scientific vocabulary that is useful when describing the process.

Formal Written Addition and Subtraction

Wednesday 23rd November

After a number of weeks learning and rehearsing mental strategies of addition and subtraction, we have now spent time on the formal written methods. The children have made a huge amount of progress and are confident with calculations where they need to use regrouping.

Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 14th November

To kick off antibullying week the children designed their own pair of odd socks. Odd socks day is an opportunity for people to express themselves and celebrate that we are all unique. Lots of children also wore odd socks too!

Drama 4 All Workshop

Wednesday 9th November

This morning, Year 3 took part in a Drama 4 All workshop. The children went on an adventure that involved making a magic potion out of different ingredients including fairy dust and chocolate. They ate all of the dragon's chocolate muffins and did the opposite actions to save themselves. We had a great time and there was a lot of laughter.

Diwali

Wednesday 2nd November

We were lucky enough to welcome Gautama's Mum into our classroom this afternoon to talk to us about Diwali (the festival of light) which happened during half term. We talked about the different stories of Diwali and then had a go at making our own rangoli patterns to welcome Lakshmi. Thank you SO much for coming in and sharing with us.

The Bear and the Piano

Tuesday 18th October

In English, we are looking at the book, 'The Bear and the Piano' by David Litchfield. Yesterday, we explored new vocabulary from the blurb and made predictions based on the image on the front cover. We will explore the theme of temptation throughout this unit of work. 

Tag Rugby

Monday 10th October

We had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine developing our tag rugby skills with Mr Morgan. The children had to attack, defend, pass and score tries in teams. 

Monoprints

Thursday 6th October

The children used lolly sticks to press a pattern into a piece of polystyrene. They then inked up their designs and printed these into their sketch books. 

'Think 10' for Addition

Tuesday 4th October

We have moved on from place value and are now looking at various addition strategies. The children worked hard to master the 'think 10' method when adding ones to 3-digit numbers. This method relies on children's knowledge of number bonds to 10 as well as regrouping.

 

Exploring Texture

Thursday 29th September

We had a lovely afternoon exploring texture through printing. The children produced some beautiful artwork using Lego, netting, beadstring and even a tennis racket!

Right and Responsibilities

Tuesday 27th September

In PSHE last week, we talked about what our 'dream school' would look like, how the children would feel and what they would be proud of. We then used the book 'We Are All Born Free' to introduce the UN's human rights in a child-friendly manner. This week, the children discussed what our responsibilities are as part of the St Peter's community. They also noted down rewards and consequences for making responsible and irresponsible choices. Some of the rewards included feeling proud of yourself, feeling happy and receiving positive comments. Consequences including feeling unhappy and possibly getting hurt as a result of an irresponsible choice.

Celtic Harmony: Stone Age Day

Tuesday 20th September

We had a great day at Celtic Harmony where we watched a fire-building demonstration, built shelters for hunter-gatherers, tried hunting using training spears and learned about the types of plants and animals that people from the stone age would forage for.

Describing a Stone Age Camp

Tuesday 13th September

In English today, the children imagined they were sitting around Om's family's camp from Stone Age Boy. We talked about our 5 senses and the children then wrote down what they could see, hear, smell, feel and taste. Tomorrow, we will use these ideas to write a setting description.

Reading Staircase

Thursday 8th September

Prehistoric Artefacts

Thursday 8th September

Today we were lucky enough to handle artefacts from the stone, bronze and iron ages. These included arrow heads, spearheads, coins and axe heads. We looked at pictures of early human shelters, roundhouses and cave paintings. Thank you so much to Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Boggis for organising the loan box from a local museum for us. We have already had claims of this being our favourite topic so far!

Welcome to Year 3

Wednesday 7th September

Welcome to our Year 3 class page. We have had a super start to the year and I have been impressed by the children's maturity and enthusiasm. A real highlight for the children has been using the gym equipment at play and lunchtimes. In Maths, we have been using different equipment to represent 3-digit numbers and have started looking at Stone Age Boy in English lessons.

Welcome back to the Spring Term at St Peter's
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