A warm welcome to Year 3!
The Year 3 team (Mrs Coop, Mrs Teasdale, Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Carr) are delighted to welcome you to our class. We already have lots of exciting events planned, including celebrating Roald Dahl day and a visit to The Turnpike as part of the Leigh Canal Festival. There will lots of updates, photographs and information on this class page all year to help you feel involved in your child's learning and the Leigh St. Mary's school community. Please feel free to come and see us with any questions or comments you have now and at any point during the year. Thank you!
Summer 2. How Does Your Garden Grow?
We begin our final half-term in Year 3 with an Art Week. We will study the life and work of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. She led an eventful life and her work is easily recognisable with her iconic self-portraits and Aztec print-style backgrounds. We will create our own self-portraits and work on making our own print blocks to emulate the Aztec style. We will then move on to the theme, How Does Your Garden Grow? We will look at the bread-making process, identifying where and how the separate ingredients grow and make our own bread buns. We will then move on to studying plants; we will dissect a flower to identify its parts, look at how water is transported inside a plant and then at plant reproduction in terms of seed dispersal and pollination. In English, we will look at the genre of fairy tales and explore some of the lesser known stories and characters. Maths will be a mixture of measure, division and re-capping some of the earlier concepts in Year 3. Phew! It will be a busy one! Keep a look out for notices for Sports Days and summer events...
Summer 1. Who Were the Romans?
This half term we will investigate the Learning Question: Who Were the Romans?
We will begin by learning who the Romans were, where they invaded and how they did it. We will look closely at what it took to be a Roman soldier and the armour and equipment they wore and used. We will explore many different elements of Roman life; food, housing, mosaics and Roman numerals and look at how their influence affects the way we live today. We will look at notable characters including Julius Caesar and the formidable Boudicca! Please feel free to contribute learning from home - this might be research or a craft you have made. We love sharing these achievements in class and you will star on this class web page too!
**TRIP TO CHESTER THURSDAY 9TH MAY. PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION ON PARENT PAY - THANK YOU**
Spring 2. May the Force Be With You...
This half-term we will be exploring our theme 'May the Force Be With You...' This is a science-based subject, investigating forces, friction and magnetism. We will identify different forces and discuss how different forces affect various objects. We will carry out a scientific enquiry to understand friction - this will involve toy cars and ramps! Finally, we will explore magnetism; magnets' size and strength and how the poles work. We will conclude with a Design and Technology study making a magnetic game. In English, our core text will be the classic, The Iron man by Ted Hughes.
We will go swimming every Friday until the end of Year 3.
***WORLD BOOK DAY IS THURSDAY 7TH MARCH - A DRAGON-THEMED DAY***
***MOTHERS' DAY AFTERNOON TEA WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH 2.30-3.15PM***
We look forward to sharing this lovely occasion with you!
Spring 1. How Amazing is our Earth?
This half-term we will focus on scientific enquiry around how our Earth is made and in particular, the rocks and soils that feature in our own environment and in different areas of the world. We will also explore fossilisation and discover the famous Palaeontologist, Mary Anning. Towards the latter half of this half-term we will look at the extremes of our Earth - volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis as well as extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes. Reading will be a large focus in the coming weeks and we will spend time exploring a variety of books individually, in small groups and as a whole-class. Please return to this web page regularly to keep in touch with our discoveries!
Autumn 2. Who Lived in a Cave?
This half-term we will be exploring the learning question - Who Lived in a Cave? We will investigate how people lived in the Stone Age period - where did they live? what did they eat? how did they get their food? why did they move around? how do we know about their lifestyles so many years later...? In English, we will use high quality texts such as Ug by Raymond Briggs, Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamoura and How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Kate Robinson. We will explore Stone Age cave paintings and bone jewellery. Watch this space for an announcement on our Forest School Stone Age Day - all welcome!