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Year 3

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History - w/b 09.05.22


During History this week Year 3 have learnt about the Romans. We found out about the roles of men, women, slaves, patricians and plebeians. It was interesting to learn about the inventions of the  intelligent Romans including: laws, roads, bridges, public baths or toilets and concrete. Our activity was to hot seat as a Roman and ask interesting questions using the information we learnt. We also joined a Live Stream with the Museum of London about the Romans. From this, we learnt more fascinating facts about this incredible era in history!

Art - w/b 02.05.22


This week the children created their final pieces of art which incorporated all of the skills they have learned this half term including monoprinting, collography and the use of oil pastels. The children created their own petals using cardboard the week previously, ensuring there were a variety of textures in order to use when printing. They then used the press to print their images using printing ink before adding oil pastels to add to the vibrancy of the petals. During the lessons the children were critiquing their own and their groups' work identifying what they would keep the same and improve for the next time. Have a look at our wonderful class printed flowers.

French - w/b 25.04.22


This week in our French session the children started to learn all about growing items and stating their preference for produce which can be grown in their gardens. They discussed their likes and dislikes by using j’aime and je n’aime pas as well as learning the words for particular vegetables such as cucumber, lettuce, watercress, tomatoes and green beans. On the carpet the children identified similarities and differences between the French and English words and how to best pronounce them.

Mathematics - w/b 18.04.22


During Mathematics this week, Year 3 has been exploring equal and unequal parts. We explored how to represent equal/ unequal parts in different ways using cubes and counters. In groups, we discussed our findings. Also, we folded paper in different ways to find equal parts. We also learnt about an inspirational mathematician called Maria Gaetana Agneisi who lived in the 1700s. It was inspirational to discover that she was the first female university professor and the first female to write a mathematics textbook.

Science - w/b 28.03.22


During Science this week, Year 3 has been learning about shadows. We learnt how a shadow is formed and used key vocabulary such as, opaque, light source and block to explain this. The scientific question was ‘What happens to a shadow as you move an object away from  the light source?’.  To conduct this investigation, we used a torch and a pen as the opaque object. We drew a table and bar chart to show our findings. We discovered that the closer an object is to the light source, the bigger the shadow will be. 


English - w/b 21.03.22


During the children’s English sessions this week, they have been working on creating a piece based on the changes in Stratford to link with their geography learning this half term. They were pretending to be statues in Stratford which have seen the changes in the area over the last decade in preparation for the Olympics. Within their writing the children have identified the changes in human and physical features and have included key literary techniques such as fronted adverbials and personification. To aid their narrative the children created a story map to showcase the journey of Stratford over time. 


Reading - w/b 14.03.22


During guided reading Year 3 have been reading ‘The Jungle Book’. We have enjoyed this action-packed adventure story about a little boy called Mowgli who accidentally falls into the hands of a pack of wolves who raise him as their own. As part of our learning, we have analysed key vocabulary in the text, had discussions about our favourite parts, used our retrieval skills to draw an important scene and summarised key events using time conjunctions and powerful adjectives. We are excited to continue reading to find out what happens next. As well as this, we have enjoyed sharing our favourite books during DEAR time. DEAR time is one of our favourite times of the day and we look forward to hearing book recommendations from our friends.


RE - w/b 07.03.22


This week in RE Year 3 learnt about the values and beliefs of Hindus. We watched a video about the daily life of a Hindu. It was interesting to find out about how they worship their gods, how they pray, that they are vegetarians, they celebrate Holi and we found out about their three main gods. We then wrote similarities and differences between Hinduism and other religions. 


Art - w/b 28.02.22


Our topic for Art this term is Vincent van Gogh. We have been enjoying our art workshops with Mr Mutter where we have been learning facts about Vincent van Gogh, analysing his art work and trying out different brush strokes using watercolour paints. 

We then looked at different pictures of flowers to create paintings with different brush strokes. Also, we have been using our pencils in different ways to do observational drawings with different shades. We are looking forward to our next art lesson!


Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22


Our D&T topic this term is “Greetings Cards”. We have been exploring the role of a designer, looking at how they plan, make prototypes, create their product and evaluate their design. We learnt how it is important to identify a clear target audience and have a specific purpose for your design. We have linked our learning to our previous RE lessons, when thinking of what special celebrations people might receive or give cards for. Our project was to design a pop up card. When creating our final product, we looked back at our plan and discussed what techniques we might change by assessing what went wrong with our prototype. It was important to use the skill of resilience to identify previous mistakes so we can learn from them and create a purposeful final design.

Computing - w/b 31.01.22


For Computing, Year 3 has been learning how to be programmers. During this lesson, the children used the program Scratch to create a background drop and two different sprites. They followed instructions, which allowed them to edit the background and sprites to the way they would like it. Once they did this, they started working on the animations by selecting the correct code from the code section. They also had to think about what the sprites would be doing/saying and how they would move.

History - w/b 24.01.22


This week during history, Year 3 completed their topic on ‘Ancient Egypt’. We enjoyed exploring what life was like during ancient Egyptian times. To do this, we created ancient Egyptian necklaces, created story maps sequencing the daily life of an ancient Egyptian and wrote diary entries as a child living during this time. We learnt that the River Nile was essential to the survival of ancient Egyptians. To challenge ourselves, we had discussions to compare how life was different to today.

Mathematics - w/b 17.01.22


This half-term Year 3 has been focusing on multiplication and division. During this session, the children were using dienes, place value counters and jottings to be able to exchange, when multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. Some children also used the partitioning method to help them multiply numbers. The children were able to draw on their knowledge of multiplication facts to make answers 10 times bigger and also explored the commutative.

English - w/b 10.01.22


Our Power of Reading story is called ‘Mama Miti’. This story is set in Kenya so we have been researching facts about the food, clothing, cultures, landscapes, habitats and animals of this amazing African country. We worked with our partners to carry out research and shared our findings with the rest of the class. We used our research to create non-fiction fact files about Kenya. This allowed us to make connections with our previous learning in Geography, when we learned about human and physical geographical features. As a challenge, we compared Kenya to the UK.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - w/b 13.12.21


Since we are so close to Christmas, the children were treated to a British Christmas tradition where they watched a pantomime. Prior to the pantomime, the children in Mozart and Bach class discussed what a pantomime was and how it is different from a play. During the pantomime the children loved to see the colourful characters and enjoyed the audience participating sections in the classic story of Aladdin with a modern twist. 


Computing - w/b 06.12.21


During computing this week, Year 3 has been learning about how we can use the internet efficiently. We began by discussing various reasons why we use the internet and how we can be safe online. We learnt that we must use key words only to search efficiently on the internet. We researched topics including Prehistoric Britain, Buckingham Palace, Michael Faraday and the human skeleton. Lastly, we presented our research findings to the class. 





Year 3 and 4 Sport Tapscott Handball Competition w/b- 29.11.21

On Friday 3rd of December we welcomed North Beckton Primary and Kensington Primary School to our school to take part in another Sports Tapscott inter-school sports competition.  A great afternoon of handball saw lots of goals and plenty of determination from all the children involved. After the all the matches had been played we were declared the winners of the competition. Well done to all the children involved and look out for the next inter-school competition which will be taking place soon. 

Eco Day - w/b 29.11.21


During Eco Day the children in Year 3 were posed the BIG question: ‘What are the effects of greenhouse gases?’ From this the children learnt all about greenhouse gases and how they are currently affecting the Earth in a negative manner as well as the steps they can take in order to combat the issues. To round off their learning, the children created posters which showcased their knowledge of greenhouse gases, the effects and the solutions which they posed. The children also created a meat free dish which was linked to their learning in history by making a fruit stew. Prior to this learning the children had an assembly from the vegan society, explaining how eating meat is a large contributor to their carbon footprint.

RE - w/b 22.11.21


This week the children continued their work on symbols and signs and were able to identify the symbols of 6 of the main religions. Following on from the previous week, where children illustrated Islamic symbols, the children looked at quotes from the Christian holy book, the bible and sketched pieces of art which would accompany the quotes. From this the children were then able to articulate why their illustrations would be relevant and meaningful to Christians, adding at least one Christian symbol such as a cross, ichthys or a dove.

Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21


This week we have been doing multiplication using arrays. We created arrays using a range of manipulatives. We identified how many groups there are and how many times each group is being multiplied. This helped us to find the commutative calculation and link multiplication to repeated addition. When solving different problems, we worked in partners and groups so we could talk about the strategies we have used as well as compare answers. A big focus has been to explain our understanding like a reasoning robot and celebrate our mistakes. We are becoming confident with sharing our mistakes to the class and recognising how these mistakes help us to learn. 


Reading - w/b 08.11.21


During guided reading this week we have been reading about Antoine Lavoisier, a scientist from the 1700s. We discovered that he worked in the field of Chemistry during a time when the views of scientists were often ignored. We read the text, explored the key vocabulary and wrote facts files about Antoine Lavoisier. 


We have also been enjoying reading our favourite stories during DEAR time and during soft start. We have shared our favourite book recommendations with our friends.


PE - w/b 02.11.21

This week in PE we have been introduced to dribbling in order to keep control and possession of the ball in basketball.  We have focussed using the correct technique and keeping excellent control of the ball. In addition to this we have even been lucky enough to have some of our parents join us in our lessons.  

French - w/b 18.10.21


This week in French we reviewed our learning from the term. We played a game to order numbers to 10. We had conversations in French, asking each other questions, such as

‘What is your name?’, ‘How old are you?’ and ‘How are you?’. This was a good opportunity to reflect on our French learning from this term.


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In Year 3 the children have been learning all about Judaism including the festivals they celebrate, their holy book and their place of worship. The children acted out scenes from a festival such as Rosh Hashana where they may have dipped apples in honey for a sweet year ahead or build a Sukkah for the festival of Sukkhot. Using a dartboard, the children identified the important artefacts such as the Torah scrolls, menorah, tallit or kippah and were able to use their oracy skills to deliver to the class which they believed may be the most important to Jews. 

Lastly, a guidebook to synagogues had been started by each child, including the features of a non fiction text, adding pictures and captions describing the Eternal Light and the Ark which contains the sacred Torah scrolls. Year 3 loved learning about the Jewish faith and the similarities and differences with other religions.


Science - w/b 04.10.21

During Science this week we conducted an investigation to find out which magnet was the strongest. We used the bar magnet, magnetic marble, horseshoe magnet, wand magnet and ring magnet to test which one would be able to attract the most paper clips. We wrote our predictions and recorded our results in a table. Amazingly, we discovered that the ring magnet was the strongest and it was interesting to discuss whether our predictions were correct or incorrect. We are looking forward to representing our findings on a bar graph next week.

Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21

In Mathematics this week Year 3 have been completing their learning about place value, identifying the 1s, 10s and 100s and counting on in 10s. They have been using a range of manipulatives to help them explain their understanding such as number lines, dienes, counters and Numicon when appropriate. The children have also explained which may be the most efficient methods when solving questions.  


Throughout the topic block the children have been using their reasoning skills deciding whether they agree or disagree with each other and having to justify their choices. As we move towards addition and subtraction, these foundational skills will aid them in understanding the world of mathematics ahead.


English - w/b 20.09.21

In English this week, Year 3 has been exploring the poem ‘Isn’t my name magical?’. We read the poem with expression, annotated the poetic devices and used role play to act out key words. The new vocabulary we focussed on this week are ‘electricity, echoes, whisper, haunted, magical and terror’. We wrote lines for our own identity poems on strips of paper and added them to our working wall. This helped us to brainstorm our ideas before we wrote our poems.

Reading - w/b 13.09.21

This week Mozart and Bach class have been working on a poem called ‘Hurricane’ and to help the children completely understand the poem they have been creating freeze frames. The children have been exploring vocabulary which can be used to describe the devastating destruction caused by the hurricanes, as well as performing actions for an incoming hurricane. They then presented their groups actions using a performance carousel and explained their freeze frames to the class using the fantastic vocabulary which had been generated. They thoroughly enjoyed using this technique and put themselves into the shoes of the characters.

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 3 had a very strong start to the school year. They already started reading poems about hurricanes, took part in a PE lesson and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 2



Manor Park Library Visit

This morning, the children in year two walked to Manor Park library and were informed about the Summer Reading Challenge. Children were given their new library cards and able to explore and select two books to borrow. They enjoyed a story session which was led by the library staff. 


Hot Seating

In Literacy this week, year 2 have been hot seating some of the characters from their class text Traction Man. Children really enjoyed getting into role and answering questions as some of the main characters in the story. In addition to this, children were able to think of questions to ask some of the main characters. 


Cooking Rice and Peas

This week we have been celebrating Diversity Week and have been learning about the country Jamaica. As part of our cooking lesson we made rice and peas. We learnt that this dish is one of those that brings Jamaican dishes together, and the method of preparation can make or break the result. So if you’re wondering what to make with jerk chicken, this is the dish for you! In Jamaica, peas actually refer to beans, red kidney beans in particular. Coconut milk and other spices add to the flavor of Jamaican rice and peas, which is often paired with jerk chicken. We linked our learning to literacy and wrote instructions on how to make rice and peas.



Olympic Workshop

Purple and Yellow class had a great time during their Olympics workshop. They explored how the Olympic games started and why they are still important today. Children travelled back in time through role play and acted out different types of games such as running, swimming and boxing. The children enjoyed acting out the chariot race. They experienced what it feels like to be a participant and a host at an Olympic event.


Year 2 Have Been Busy Making Bird Feeders!

This week in our literacy lessons we have been writing instructions on making bird feeders. We used imperative verbs within our instructions, for example, cut, put, and stick. We also used our instructions to follow each step in finally making our bird feeders.


In science we planted some bulbs and set up a comparative test. In our comparative test, we planted the same bulb and compared how they will grow under different conditions. This helped children learn what plants need to grow. Our first plant had water and sunlight, the second plant had only water and no sunlight, the third plant had only sunlight and no water and finally the last plant had no water and no sunlight. Children made predictions on what might happen to the plant and how they will grow  under each condition. We are very excited to see the results of our comparative experiment over the next week.

We love reading in Year 2 14.5.21

This is our DEAR time, where we drop everything and read! Sometimes our teacher reads to us which we really enjoy. 

Number Day!

We have been looking at plants.

This week in our science lesson we started our new topic of Plants.  Within this lesson, we explored various plants that grow in our environment, for example, wild plants like dandelions, brambles, nettle, ivy, dog rose and clover. We also looked at garden plants like lily, iris, grass, sunflower and fuschia. In addition to this, we explored different types of trees, for example, oak, birch, rowan and beech. During the lesson we learnt the different parts of a plant and tree and were able to label the leaves, stem, flower and roots of a plant.

Now Press Play! w/b 29.03.21

On Monday, Year 2 travelled back to 1666 to learn about the Great Fire of London using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They then travelled back in time and stepped into role as one of the citizens of London in 1666. During their visit, they learnt that the fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane. Their character helped to put out the fire and even met Samuel Pepys!

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!