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Year 4

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Mathematics - w/b 19.09.22


In mathematics this week, we had our first investigation lesson! Using manipulatives, we explored the pattern and link between adding three consecutive numbers. We noticed that when you add three consecutive numbers together, it is the same as multiplying the second number by 3. For example: 4+5+6 = 15 and that is the same as 5 x 3 = 15. We had a lot of fun exploring this concept and recorded our ideas in our maths journals by using pictorial representations.

English - w/b 12.09.22


We’ve been having great fun with our first English topic of the year- poetry.  We're looking at the work of John Lyons, who originally comes from Trinidad in the Caribbean, and focusing on a great poem called ‘Granny’s Sugarcake’ which you can hear him reading here: John Lyons - Granny's Sugarcake

We’ve performed it in groups, as a class and now we’re using it as inspiration to create our own poetry about food!


Welcome Back! - w/b 05.09.22


We’ve had a brilliant start to the year and really enjoyed seeing each other again after the summer holidays.  We kicked off our History learning with a ‘Now Press Play’ session, started to create our ‘Butterfly Lion’ inspired book corner, which we will also be reading in DEAR time and got stuck into French, poetry and P.E.


Year 3

2021 - 2022

Design and Technology - w/b 11.07.22


Year 3 have enjoyed making sandwich snacks this week during Design and Technology. We used our exploded diagram and instructions from previous lessons to create our sandwich. We thought carefully about what type of ingredients would be filling and be a part of a healthy balanced diet. 


French - w/b 04.07.22


During French this week we learnt about animal names. We watched an animation to find out what different animals are called. We then matched animals to their names and wrote about them. The French words we learnt were le cheval, la souris and le chien.

Science - w/b 27.06.22


During this week's Science session Year 3 have been exploring different types of skeletons such as endo-skeletons, exo-skeletons and hydro-skeletons. The children identified different animals which have these types of skeletons as well as their features such as added protection for exo-skeletons and less flexibility of muscles for endo-skeletons. The classes had an interesting debate regarding whether a tortoise was considered an endo- or exo-skeleton before coming to a shared agreement that it is in fact both. 


Reading - w/b 20.06.22


This week has been an exciting week for Year 3 as we’ve been to the school reading garden and library during DEAR time. We enjoyed reading our favourite books in a peaceful environment. Also, during Guided Reading we have continued to read the non-fiction book Animals in Danger. From this book, we have learned amazing facts about endangered animals such as the Bearded Titi,  Elephant Bird, Darth Vader Jellyfish and the African Coelacanth. During the week we completed vocabulary tasks, unscrambled key words, answered looking, clue and thinking questions as well as answered comprehension questions.

Mathematics - w/b 13.06.22


Year 3 were consolidating their learning about fractions this week before completing their end of year assessments. They were working together in groups to showcase their understanding of unit and non-unit fractions and comparing fractions by either using manipulatives or drawing bar models to give evidence to their points. Many of the children found the sentence stem of when the numerator is the same then the larger the denominator the smaller the fraction to be very helpful when comparing fractions. We then used their understanding in real world contexts such as if they were to have a slice of pizza or cake, if they wanted a larger slice would they choose 1/7 or 1/5. From this a debate ensued and the children reasoned why they believe their opinions were correct.

English - w/b 06.06.22


During this week, Year 3 have been exploring their new Power of Reading book ‘Edward Tulane’. Part of our exploration has been to delve into the character, generating penetrating questions to ask and use hot seating as the character to place ourselves in the shoes of the china rabbit, Edward. The children posed questions such as, ‘Why do you dislike being referred to as it, even though you are a toy?’, ‘How did it make you feel when your golden pocket watch was sucked up into a vacuum cleaner and you were vigorously cleaned by a maid?’.

From this the children followed out discussion guidelines and gave answers which were true to the character.


The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - w/b 23.05.22


This week in Year 3 we have been learning about and celebrating the Queen's Jubilee with a whole host of activities including creating clay silhouettes of the Queen and decorating with gems and jewels, bunting in the form of large stamps with the Queen’s head, using artistic talents to create prints of the Queen with block colours and learning about her coronation. We even made a host of English delicacies such as scones, sandwiches, decorated biscuits and even Eton mess for our very successful tea party, which many parents attended. It truly was a celebration worthy of the Queen and her Platinum Jubilee.

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.