West Town Farm Visit: the end of our Journeys and Destinations topic

Year 3 had an enthralling visit to West Town Farm, Ide, today! The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the children were in their element. We spent the day taking part in a range of activities including:

- exploring the 'wild side' of the farm where the badgers had dug their sets.

- entering the pasture field to learn about the sheep and cows reared on the farm (including extensive inspection of their poo!)

- playing with friends in the hay barn and eating lunch at the hay bale circle

- river dipping in the stream whilst being on the hunt for minibeasts

- filling our nostrils with the wonderful scents of local herbs

Thank you Team West Town farm for a fun-filled day!

Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic morning at South Dartmoor Community College where they took part in an Athletics event. Activities included long jump, distance running and javelin.

Xani showed a Growth Mindset when she challenged herself to complete the 3 minute distance running. After the race, she felt so proud of herself! A great Growth Mindset was shown by all children.

Year 3 have been getting vinegary on the penultimate day of term, as it was time to share GOAL Home Learning. Some children made volcanoes which could erupt thanks to the clever combination of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. It was great fun watching the lava pour out of the craters!

Year 3 used their understanding of light and shadows to perform a Shadow Puppetry Show for Reception. 

The children used boxes and torches (and the Rainbow Value of Thinking) to investigate how light travels in a straight line, that our eyes need light in order to see and to learn that darkness is the absence of light.

They then worked collaboratively to plan a show of a Traditional Tale. They needed to design and make shadow puppets with moving parts and a shadow puppet theatre to perform in. They needed secure understanding of opaque, transparent and translucent objects in order to make their puppets as effective as possible. 

GOAL Rocks in Year 3!

Year 3's GOAL learning about rocks, fossils and soils culminated last week in a Documentary afternoon. The children worked in teams to plan a performance which showcased their understanding of rocks and their properties. The Rainbow Values of Enjoyment and Potential were present through news reports, 'Rock Raps', hot seating and live fossil excavations!

Year 3 had great fun during our whole school Maths RockStars Day! After a fantastic rock 'n' roll performance from Mr Godfrey in the hall, we were kept on our toes throughout the day with 'Stop! Drop! Rock' breaks, where we had to stop everything we were doing to complete as many multiplication and division facts as we could in 3 minutes. We are now hooked on Times Tables RockStars, which we enjoyed playing both in school and at home.

Year 3's Ancient Greeks Day

Year 3 had a fun-filled first day back at school dressed up like Ancient Greeks. We wanted to answer our Pupil Voice questions, so we took part in some drama and role play to learn what it was like to live in those times.

How were their lives similiar to ours? (Sophie)

What did they eat? (Shelby)

What did they drink? (Rihanna)

After break, we came back to a Greek Cafe where we tasted a range of foods from the time, including feta, pitta, honey on bread, olives and grape juice. Come and look in our GOAL books soon to find out which foods were the class favourites!

We had a fantastic first day of school, diving straight into our topic about the Ancient Egyptians.

As the children wanted to know why mummies were around in those times, we learnt about the Mummification process. We then reenacted this with a real live (supposed to be dead) person who was 'mummified'. Their hearts were weighed against the Feather of Truth and Justice to determine whether they could then travel on to the after life.

Visit Year 3 to see our cartouches!

Last week at the Summer Fair, Year 3 sold their Salad bowls, Caramelised onion tarts, Rhubarb tarts, Potato salads and Hessian bags that they have been working very hard on in  their cooking lessons. Mrs Hyde, Miss Evans, Mr Fox and Mr Moore worked on the stall successfully selling many tasty goodies. Year 3 have made lots of money that will go to buying new learning resources. Everyone really enjoyed the Summer Fair and feel good about how they have contributed to the school.

Year 3 had a fantastic day exploring 'We The Curious' in Bristol. With our whole school topic of 'Curiosity' in mind, the children were bursting with excitment at the prospect of exploring the waide range of interactive exhibits on offer. From making flour to designing an animation, tremendous fun was had by all! The Science workshop that they took part in was also a great way of learning more about forces and magnets.


Deadly Animal Hunting at Paignton Zoo
Year 3 spent a beautiful spring day exploring Paignton Zoo on the hunt for deadly animals. After planning our routes on a map, we teamed up into groups to explore the zoo. Some ofthe deadliest animals were actually the smallest, including a poison dart frog and a tarantula. Others were very large such as the roaring lions and a python which could grow up to 10 metres in length! It was great to get so close to these incredible animals.

“It was really fun but the ape centre was really stinky!” Josh E
“ I liked the rhinos, especially their horns.” Ollie

Year 3 had an action packed day exploring rocks and their properties. Both classes planned and carried out an investigation, with 3H focusing on durability and 3F investigating permeability. Children then came together across the year group to compare findings in a Rally Robin.

Look out for the investigation write up in our GOAL books very soon! 

Year 6 have been working hard on developing an APP for Year 3 children. They spent time gathering feedback from year 3s about the APP.

Quest story reading
Games of Top Trumps (Greek Myth version!)
Drama and Role Play
Clay Pottery Sharing

A huge thank you to all parents and carers who came along to our open afternoon. From sharing clay pottery and story writing to acting out what life was like in Ancient Greece, great fun was had by all!

As we come to the end of our Ancient Greek topic, we are looking back on all of the fun we had learning about this Ancient Civilization. Take a look at our replica Stemless Kylix pots!

Year 3 have been working hard in English! Pop along to the Year 2/3 corridor to read our fantastic recounts of our Olympic Games.

After our Year 3 Olympic Games, we've been learning about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced diet.

This afternoon year 3 experienced a new style of RE learning called Godly play. Godly play stems from a Christian background  and is based on Montessori principles, responding to children's request to 'help me do it by myself.' We start with a story. We looked at Ganesh, the elephant God as we are exploring Hinduism this year. After the story we have time to reflect on the story and its meaning. Then time is allowed for children to respond individually through art and the resources provided. Finally we finish with a feast, some fruit  and a cup of water. All the children said they enjoyed the experience and would like you use this model again when we share religious stories.

Today the children have taken part in science experiments. This activity was making puff paint. The children made a batter mix and added paint to it before painting the school logo with it. Next they put it into the microwave, making it into a 3D picture. Here are some photos of the children in action.

Today, Year 3 have spent the day in Lyme Regis fossil hunting. It was a great day!

On Thursday 2nd March, the children in Year 3 experienced a very exciting World Book Day. In the morning they had to write a story set in the jungle in only 100 words. They then made puppets of their different characters and used these to retell their stories to children in reception. In the afternoon, Year 3 and Year 4 worked together in pairs to create an information text about an author of their choosing. It was great to see both year groups working together collaboratively, sharing ideas and motivating each other to achieve their potential.

On Thursday 2nd March, 3M had their class games morning. It was great to see the adults and children interacting together over the educational activities and reflecting on their rainbow values. Thank you to everybody who was able to come.

Today, Year 3 tackled an exciting maths problem solving task based on their current topic 'Natural Disasters'.
This it what they were asked to do:
We need your help. You are a seismologist working at the MET office in Exeter. We know that six countries in Europe are at severe risk of tectonic plate movement which could lead to a natural disaster. Can you use the fraction clues to figure out which countries are at risk and save hundreds of people's lives?
The children used their knowledge of equivalent fractions to help them. Below are some photographs of them hard at work.

On Tuesday 17th January, Year 3 had an exciting morning learning new creative skills through art and fisher heritage activities. The children learnt about Gyotaku, a traditional method of Japanese fish printing (using real fish) which has previously been used by fishermen to record their catches. The children also got to see how to fillet and prepare lemon sole and enjoyed tasting it after it was fried in breadcrumbs. Year 3 should now be more aware of different art techniques and sustainable fishing.