Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!
Class teachers:
Mrs Vikki Hinkins and Mrs Fiona Hayes

Rocks and Fossils:

This proved to be a 'very hands' on science topic, with sorting, experimenting and many "Wow moments!".  Mr Cartwright brought in his rock boxes, so that we could use flow charts to sort rocks and find out what they were called.  We could investigate the rocks for permeability and hardness, then discuss why that affects the uses we have for different types of rock.  Using starbursts to represent sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks was great fun.  Mr Cartwright also brought in his crystals and fossils to show us.  The dinosaur egg and poo were amazing, as were the huge ammonite and many others.  They brought the whole topic to life.  We even made our own fossils.


Ancient Egypt: 

Year Three have enjoyed a busy Spring Term learning about Egypt.  They have worked collaboratively to research and present information about Ancient Egyptian life.  They have developed their modelling skills using play-dough, salt dough and clay to produce their own canopic jars.  Another challenging activity was to enlarge an Egyptian tomb painting and use water colours to each paint their own square which, when put together, made an even larger picture.  They found many interesting ways to present facts from their homework:  Powerpoint presentations, fact booklets and facts on pyramids were just a few examples.


Roald Dahl:

Year Three celebrated the end of their Roald Dahl topic by dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl books.  The day was spent playing games and doing exciting and fun activities related to Roald Dahl stories. 

Making Smoothies:
This term Year 3 have enjoyed learning across many subjects.  In D & T, they have tested, made and evaluated healthy smoothies.
Year 3 Gymnastics:
This term in PE, Year 3 have been learning gymnastics, with the main focus being balance.  The children have all worked really hard and used the equipment safely.  They have put together sequences showing control of their bodies.   
Year 3 Enjoying Playtime:
Year 3 would like to share with you some photos of them enjoying playtime in the school playground.
The Christmas Experience:

Both Year 3 classes have enjoyed a morning at High Street Methodist Church this week for the "Christmas Experience".   We participated in activities and discussions about different parts of the Christmas story.  The volunteers at the church made us feel very welcome and were lovely with the children.  These are some of the comments the children made: 

"The Frankincense smelled like Christmas."

"I didn't know that Mary and Joseph had to travel so far to Bethlehem and they walked all the way!"

"I loved the juice and biscuits."

"Mary knew that God helped her, even when things were hard, and that is good for us to know that God helps us through things that are hard for us too."

"The shepherds and the kings were visited by angels - so it doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, God still thinks you matter."

"That was fun."

"I loved it."

"I'm glad we are going again in Year 4."

"I loved the rainbow angels."

We would like to thank the parent/carer volunteers who came along to help walk us there and back.  Your help is really appreciated.


 Roald Dahl:

Our topic in Year 3 for Terms 1 and 2 is Roald Dahl.  We have looked at James and the Giant Peach, The Enormous Crocodile and The BGF so far.

On 10th October, we visited the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.  We all had a brilliant time looking at the interesting objects from the area within the museum, which helped to inspire our own dream bottles.  Our activity in the museum was to create these bottles by filling them and then creating a label for the BFG’s shelves!  This week we have been working on writing about these in our English lessons.  We also visited the story museum where we learnt even more about Roald Dahl and his life.  There were some fantastic objects and costumes, which we were allowed to look at and try on.  We also all had a go at being shrunk like Mike TV in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!