Autumn Term 1
We have had an exciting start to Junior School life with our "Predator" topic! In Science, we have been learning about carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, and then thinking about the diets of these animals. This culminated in a fascinating trip to Twycross Zoo in October, where we got to see these predators in their natural environment, and learn more about them. We then used this trip to inform our writing project for this half-term; a recount of our zoo visit. We used amazing adjectives as part of "2A sentences", which make our sentences more descriptive. In Maths, we have looked at all things place value, but we also have investigated measure - we measured our height using string, and will then do the same in the Summer term, so we can see how much we have grown in Year 3! We have also been enjoying our learning in French and Art in particular, with us learning some key skills to eventually produce a self-portrait later on in the Autumn term. We've enjoyed our first half-term at Ibstock Junior School, and we are looking forward to our learning in the next half-term, when we look at some earth-shattering goings on...
Autumn Term 2
EARTHQUAKEEEEE! We launched our Autumn 2 topic, "Tremors", with the children walking into the classroom to find it having been decimated by a disastrous earthquake! We have learnt all about the structure of the earth, and that the upmost layer, the crust, is made out of lots of separate tectonic plates which move against and pull away from each other. This causes tremors; one of the most deadly in history occurred at Vesuvius in 79AD. We used this famous volcanic eruption to drive our English learning - we imagined we were orators in the Roman times, warning people about the terrible catastrophe that destroyed Pompeii. We have also designed some fantastic earthquake leaflets, which tell the reader about how to survive these ordeals! In Maths, we have become subtraction experts, with most of us using the number line method to find the difference. This term, we have also become experts at the 3 times tables, and can answer questions about the multiples of three inside five seconds! We have worked really hard and we are all becoming much more settled in and around school. Come back after Christmas to find out some more weird and wonderful goings on!
Spring Term 1
What a Scrumdiddlyumptious half-term! Food has been at the centre of everything we've done in our Topic, looking at how humans need nutrients to grow, and how we take these from the different parts of the Eatwell Plate. We looked at the importance of food groups and how much of each we should eat and drink daily, before using this information to become entrepreneurs and design and produce our own advertising posters and labels for our own fruit smoothie companies. Outside of our Topic work, we've been working hard during circuit training in PE; some of the activities were quite challenging, but we enjoyed them nonetheless! In Maths, we have become masters of multiplication, using the grid method to tackle some extremely large numbers. This has been supported by our improving times tables knowledge, and we are now super efficient at solving 6 times table problems. In English, food has been the driver subject of our learning, as we have produced food poems (Mr Hinsley helped us write one about pizza - yummy!) and also a narrative about Supertato's next adventure! We used lots of the skills we have been utilising throughout the year, and for many of us we produced the best piece of writing in Year 3 so far! Congratulations also go to these children who have now been awarded a pen licence for their gorgeous cursive handwriting. I wonder what heroic goings-on we'll see next half-term...
Spring Term 2
Wow, what a heroic half-term it's been! Our topic, Heroes and Villains, has seen us look at how to be everyday heroes, as well as the qualities we need to exhibit on a daily basis. We've learnt that we don't need to wear a cape or mask, or have superpowers, to be a hero! This culminated on Monday 8th April, when we welcomed the rest of the school (and nearly 40 family members!) to our class assembly. We spoke about a real-life hero - Martin Luther King - and how he made a change for the better, by standing up for what he believed in. We shared our dreams for the future and also showcased some of our learning in other areas of the curriculum. This included Fractions in Maths (which we initially found quite tricky!), and in English, we have written some rather persuasive and threatening letters of complaint! Excitingly, we've also started swimming this half-term, and the children have made great progress in the pool with Mrs Satchwell. We've worked hard this term, but we're already looking ahead to hearing some intriguing "Tribal Tales" when we come back after Easter!
Homework to be in by Friday 5th April.