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Welcome to 3M!

 

Welcome to Year 3 and Newhall Junior School.  We will be sharing our learning and adventures in school on this page throughout the year so please check back regularly.

Summer 2.

English - Story writing - The Tempest.

 

Maths - 3M Maths Group - Fractions, angles and shapes.

 

Topic - British values - Individual Liberty.

 

Science - Investigations.

 

PSHE - New Jigsaw scheme - Changing Me.

 

RE - Journeys.

 

Maths -Angles.

 

To kick off learning about angles we made some right angle testers and tried to find some in our school playground! It's safe to say that there are lots of right angles in the world! 

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7.6.18 - Synagogue experience with The Open Centre.

 

Today we have the opportunity to experience what it is like inside a Synagogue and the things they do within one. We had the chance to experience some of the foods, their prayer uniform, understand their holy book and even try making some Hebrew letters out of playdough! 

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Story writing.

 

To improve the detail of our writing we looked at similes! 

 

 

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Summer 1

Science -Plants. Our Art pieces.

 

Following our Science topic of Plants we decided to do some watercolours of plants.

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Biography Writing.

 

We had the privilege of having our school storyteller Maria back with us in Year 3! As our aim was to write a biography, we decided to write about Phillippe Petit, the famous tightrope walker. To aid the children's understanding in the chronology of his life, we created freeze frames showing parts of his life before making a human timeline to understand when these happened. The children really got into this!

 

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Exploring a play in reading.

 

In year 3 we look at a variety of texts in reading so it was time for 3M's reading group to try acting out a play! We started off with Jack and Jill, a short play while we looked at the features of a play such as stage directions. The children really enjoyed this and were able to bring the characters to life after learning about how stage directions can help us when performing. 

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Topic -Italy continued.

 

We continued our exploration into the country of Italy into the Summer term by experiencing some famous Italian food! We had a tasting session with foods such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives and  Foccia. Some gave a thumbs up, others not so much! 

 

The children also spent some time following instructions in a group to create an Italian pizza! From what the children said, they were very yummy! 

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Exploring Plants.

 

In Science we have been exploring plants in many different ways from their life cycle, the parts of a plant and what they need to survive, grow and synthesise. We looked at the roots of a plant to learn the important role roots have. We took a plant apart and looked inside at the different roles of plant parts.

 

We also set up an investigation over a number of weeks to see how plants would respond without key needs such as sunlight, water and soil. The results were indefinite, they could not survive! 

 

When end looking at the cycle of a plant, we looked at how seeds are dispersed from the parent plant to grow new plants. We found this could be done in many different ways such as wind, water and even animal's poo... Ew! So we decided to act this out in freeze frames and the children came up with some fantastic ideas! 

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The plants before...

The plants before... 1

The plants after... Oh dear!

The plants after... Oh dear!  1
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Tuesday 6th March - A visit from a British Athlete!

 

Today we had the fantastic opportunity to meet Great Britain Athlete Megan Beesley! The children were able to take part in a fast paced, fun session with Megan which certainly got our hearts beating! The children were then able to hear about Megan's career and ask her any questions.

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Maths Spring 2 - Further Multiplication and Division.

 

In the 3M Maths group, we have been tackling some tricky long division! The children have been working so hard to figure out the Maths No Problem methods using base ten and number bond diagrams.

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Cheep Cheep!

 

We had some little visitors into the classroom! They had been living in Year 6 for two weeks as they watched them hatch and grow. We managed to get a sneak peak before they went back to the farm!

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Spring 1.

Experience Day.

We have had a very exciting start to the new year and Spring 1 at Newhall! We have continued with our experience lessons where the children use the approach of Mantle of the Expert to explore, question and think. This is a whole school approach that means the children can take on a range of jobs in a pretend situation. So far they have been explorers and reporters of Newhall Newspaper!

 

The children arrived back to school on Wednesday to the news that Mr Skelton had discovered some strange looking eggs in the school garden. The children could not wait to go and see them and after much discussion, we have decided that these may be rare Dragon eggs! The children had some discussions deciding whether we should keep the eggs or send them away to scientists at Manchester University to be destroyed. When Mrs Driver found out about the eggs, she referred the matter to Health and Safety. The Health and Safety team decided that it was up to the children what they should do with the eggs...but the children are undecided.

 

 

 

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After discovering the eggs in the morning, we decided to do a little research into what our eggs could be. We looked at different types of Dragons and created some lovely watercolour paintings.
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Writing

 

Since our amazing discovery of the Dragon eggs, the children have interviewed Mrs Struthers (a dragonologist) and Mrs Smith (a top scientist at the University of Oxford) to find what they thought about these rare Dragon eggs! We did this through Mantle of the Expert where Mrs Fisher and Miss Morgan took on the roles!

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Maths.

 

In 3M's Maths group we are moving onto Chapter 3 of MNP and looking at multiplication and division. Here we are using the counters to help us divide! 

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Homework.

For Spring 1, our homework focus is Moving Dragons from our DT topic and our Science topic of Forces and Magnets. 

 

We've already started to get some amazing homework and hopefully there will be more to come!

 

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