We have enjoyed another fabulous trip to Stretford Library this half term. The children really impressed us with their ability to use the Dewey Decimal System to find the books they needed. We have also been really excited to learn all about this year's Summer Reading Challenge and already we have lots of keen readers who are excited to earn their scratch and sniff stickers and other fantastic prizes!
We have continued with some fantastic work about poetry and have looked at advertisements for the Winter Olympics in order to bring poetic language to life. We have also been thinking a lot about moving into Year 4, as well as reflecting back on what we felt this time last year about moving into Year 3. We have been looking at Agony Aunt letters and using these templates in order to write reassuring letters to our Year 2 friends on their new class afternoon.
This half term has been spent looking carefully at measurements to do with mass and capacity. The children have done very well with converting millilitres and litres after lots of practise. We have also looked at grams and kilograms and discussed the type of things we would weigh with each of these different units of measurement.
We have also spent a lot of time reinforcing our knowledge of number so that we are ready to start Year 4 with a bang!
We have been finalising all of our work on our Mountains topic and have researched several peaks across the world. We then chose to concentrate on only one of them and write an information guide about them. We found some fascinating facts about these mountains and have produced some very exciting guides!
We have been looking at the scientific topic of Light this half term. There has been some very interesting discussions about light sources and we have addressed lots of misconceptions that the children have found mind-blowing! We have also looked at how we have day and night and what happens to the Earth during these times.
We have had an introduction to poetry this half term in preparation for our Poetry Café week which we will be doing in Summer 2. The children loved creating their own calligrams and shape poems and we look forward to developing our skills further next half term. To build on our new topic about Mountains, we have also looked at adventure stories and created our own mountain rescue narratives.
This half term, we have concentrated on fractions, recapping halves and quarters before examining tenths and their decimal equivalents. The children have also done very well in grasping the new terminology of "numerator" and "denominator" and have been able to calculate that a whole would result in both of these numbers being equal. Towards the end of the half term, we have examined right angles as well as parallel and perpendicular lines.
We have moved on to our final topic of Year 3, our geography topic based on mountains. The children have thoroughly enjoyed examining the atlases in detail, locating the highest peaks of the British Isles as well as the key mountain ranges both nationally and internationally. In conjunction with our English work, the children have also researched Mountain Rescue Services and how to prepare for and stay safe during a planned mountain climb. We look forward to continuing this topic in our final half term.
In Science, we have begun our topic about Animals (including Humans). The children have worked in groups in order to categorise vertebrates and non-vertebrates and then worked independently in order to label the skeleton of a human, reflecting on the similarities and differences between this and other animal skeletons.
We had a fantastic end to the half term with all of our amazing Year 3's earning their Shining Star treat. Well done everyone, we can't wait for our next one!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their topic on Ancient Egypt this half term and so a lot of our creative writing and comprehension work has been based on this too. We have written about Howard Carter and his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and even had to solve an Ancient Egyptian murder mystery by becoming journalists and creating our own newspaper reports.
World Book Day was an enormous success and we were blown away by the fabulous bird costumes that the children wore for the big day. We were so lucky to have a visit from the author of Lizzie and the Birds, Dawn Robertson, who gave an inspirational talk to the children about how she develops her ideas for her stories. Dawn was particularly impressed with the work the children had produced about her book, which included spells, playscripts and even designs for supernests!
This half term we have looked at statistics, concentrating on pictograms and bar charts. The children have learned to interpret data that is presented in these formats, as well as learned to present their own data in a variety of ways.
We then moved towards the topic of measurement, concentrating specifically on length and perimeter. It was important for us to refresh our understanding of how to use a ruler correctly before we began to calculate the measurement of different lengths and then the perimeter of basic shapes. A tricky part of this topic was learning to convert different measurements in order to calculate total lengths. The children have worked very hard in order to remember how to convert mm, cm and even m in order to accurately answer the questions that were given.
The Egyptians topic has been a huge success! The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this ancient civilisation and have produced some fantastic work. They have made their own book marks using Egyptian papyrus and hieroglyphics and have then used this as their design for their own name stamp which we made using salt dough. They have learned about the different gods that the Ancient Egyptians believed in as well as some gruesome details about the mummification process! We are continuing with this topic for a little longer in the Summer term, concentrating on why the River Nile was so important in Ancient Egyptian life before moving on to our final topic of the year.
We finished our topic about plants and have started our new topic all about health and nutrition. We have learned about the different food groups and the types of foods that constitute a healthy diet. The children have also become dieticians by developing meal programs that are suitable for those with a range of dietary needs such as vegetarians and those with food intolerances.
This half term has seen the launch of our "Shining Star Award" in Year 3 and the children have tried exceptionally hard in order to earn their ticks across all areas. Shining stars always hand their homework in on time, change their reading books weekly and are kind friends to others. They are role models of St Ann's behaviour who learn their spellings each week and always play their Times Tables Rock Stars. Shining Stars will be rewarded with a special treat at the end of each term and we look forward to seeing who the first stars will be!
Our favourite dastardly feline was up to his usual tricks over the Christmas holidays so Year 3 had a terrible sight to see on their return to school. Tuffy had completely destroyed his family's home and it was up to Class 5 and 6 to discover what happened and tell the story. They were certainly glad to see the end of Tuffy's tricks as we moved on to The Stone Age Boy. The children have been captivated by this tale and have enjoyed writing diaries and narratives all set in the Stone Age period. They have created beautiful cave paintings that look spectacular in our 'reading cave' as well as information leaflets to attract tourists to Skara Brae.
Year 3 have worked very hard securing their multiplication tables and those that are regularly playing Times Tables Rock Stars are demonstrating huge confidence in other related areas of mathematics too.
This half term we have perfected our understanding of column addition and subtraction and have also introduced the "bus stop" method of long division as well as long multiplication. All of these number skills have been an asset to the children as we moved into calculations involving money, including working out change and converting money from pence into pounds and pence.
We are now coming to the end of our topic on the Stone Age. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it but we are convinced that they will find the next topic even more exciting...make way for The Egyptians!
We have recently started our new topic about plants. The children have demonstrated a good understanding of the basic features of a plant and through drama have explored the life cycle of a flowering plant and the different modes of seed dispersal. We look forward to continuing this topic further with some real-life experiments during Spring 2.
This half term is always a busy one as we fit in our Christmas preparations on top of all of our other exciting events. In honour of the centenary of World War I, the children have taken part in a Remembrance Service as well as a trip to the cenotaph. Thank you so much to all the parents who were able to support us with this visit.
We have spent the start this this half term researching World War I as part of our commemorations of the Centenary. The children have read and responded to a variety of poems from this period in order to gain an understanding of what it was like for young soldiers going off to war. We were introduced to a special member of the American Armed Forces, Sergeant Stubby. We learned about how this heroic pitbull played a fundamental part in the capture of German spies and the children enjoyed creating army personnel reports and biographies based on his stories.
We have continued the half term with the story of a less heroic animal - Tuffy the Killer Cat! This vile beast has been terrorising the humans and small animals in his neighbourhood. Year 3 have been creating wanted posters in a bid to catch him - watch this space!
We have continued our work on securing our 3 times tables and how this relates to grouping and division. We have also been practising word problems involving addition and multiplication too.
The Stone Age is this half term's topic and the children have looked at key prehistoric events in order to plot a timeline carefully. This was very tricky work but they did a fantastic job. Throughout the half term, we will be looking at all aspects of Stone Age life, including cave paintings. Mrs Nelson can't wait to get some of our own art up in our new reading area - the Stone Age Cave!
We begin this half term with our topic on Forces and Magnets. The children have enjoyed exploring a variety of magnets and we look forward to conducting several different experiments over the course of the next few weeks to build on their existing understanding. We will be investigating some of the children's questions and assumptions such as "The bigger magnet is the stronger one" and "every metal is magnetic".
This half term we have enjoyed a trip to Stretford Library. The children have had the opportunity to register as a member of Trafford Library Service and everyone had the chance to take a book home to borrow. We now know where to find fiction (if we want to enjoy a story) as well as non-fiction (if we are researching information for our topic).
This half term we have been studying the author, Michael Morpurgo. For homework, the children were tasked with researching the former Children's Laureate in preparation for creating a biography about him. We also enjoyed his book Toro! Toro! in our Literacy and Guided Reading lessons, especially as it fitted so perfectly with our geography topic about Spain this half term. The final activity of the Morpurgo week was an exciting University Challenge! Year 3 were represented brilliantly by Alishba, Millie and Sofia in our University Challenge with Millie helping to bring home the prize for Clitheroe. Fantastic work, girls!
We have continued our Spanish theme by looking at the traditional tale of Ferdinand. The children have thoroughly enjoyed retelling this story in their own words as well as inventing their own alternative endings.
In Maths, we have been concentrating on enhancing our number skills in order to build a strong foundation for our work throughout the rest of the year. We have practised lots of ways to add 1's, 10's and 100's mentally as well as how to add trickier numbers using the column method. We have launched our weekly times tables quizzes and some children have already won prizes for achieving full marks on three consecutive tests. Fantastic work!
The children have been delighted to begin their weekly Spanish lessons and it is particularly exciting as we are learning so much about the country in our topic lessons this half term. Our work on Toro! Toro! has sparked an interest in bullfighting and so we will be looking further into this and other cultural aspects of Spain over the coming weeks.
We have started our Rocks topic this half term. The children have completed a rock hunt on the grounds of the school, as well as a rock investigation of various samples using magnifying glasses to assess whether they are examples of sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic rock. We will soon be conducting our own experiment to test the hardest rock sample.