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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Year 3 had a shaky start to the Spring term! They were greeted with a disastrous sight in 3FM's classroom. An earthquake had struck over the holidays and left the classroom in a bit of a mess.
Coincidentally, the children's new topic this term is all about natural disasters. The children enjoyed the morning learning about earthquakes and how they could survive them.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Year 3 classrooms were transformed into an Ancient Greek Museum. The children invited Year 2 and 4 into the museum to see the amazing artefacts they had made and written about across the half-term, including some fabulous home learning projects.
Have a look at the pictures below.
For the next few weeks, guided reading in Year 3 will based on the Micheal Morpurgo book 'Coming Home'. This book was written based on the Waitrose Christmas Advert 'Coming Home For Christmas'. Below is the advert to watch and enjoy. What are the similarities between the book and the advert? What are the differences? Do you like it?
Over the last two weeks, Year 3 have been researching, designing and then making Ancient Greek plates.
First the children looked at a range of plates from that period, before creating their own designs based on them. They focused on the repeating pattern around the edge of the plate and then the picture that tells a story in the middle.
Last week they made the plate itself and scratched the pattern on the edge into it. They are now at Dawlish Community College being fired, before they come back to us next week to paint.
Year 3 are working hard to answer the question 'Who is the best Greek God or Goddess?'
In English, they are working towards writing a letter to Exeter Museum to persuade them which one of the Greek Gods is the best.
Today in GOAL Time they researched their chosen God and presented the information in any way they wanted to.
Which God will win - Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite or Athena?
This week Year 3 started their learning about the Ancient Greeks by becoming archaeologists. They carefully excavated a site and tried to piece together what they found to see what they could learn about life in Ancient Greek times.
They then spent some time doing some observational drawings of the artefacts.
This week, Year 3 celebrated harvest with a focus on Ancient Egypt. They learnt about the crops grown by the Ancient Egyptians along the river Nile.
The most important crop was grain which they grew after inundation (flooding season). They used the grain to make bread and beer so we had a tasting session, just bread of course!
The children tried many breads, from different parts of the world, and attempted to guess where they originated.
They then shared what they had been doing in the harvest assembly.
This week the children have been working on the question 'Why did they take the brain out when they died?' We have seen some excellent work and dramatic performances this week including: performing the 'Mummy Wrap'; creating videos on how to mummify a pharaoh; and writing a set of instructions.
Here is a video of one of the groups showing you how to mummify a pharaoh while singing a wrap!
This week Mrs Perry, from the office, arrived at our door with a patchwork bag. Intrigued, we looked inside and found a random set of objects: Red and blue balloons, tent pegs, a porridge bowl, a tom-tom drum, 2 wooden spoons, a skipping rope and 3 spotted handkerchiefs.
We spent a long time thinking about why these things were in the bag and who it belonged to. We didn't even get close!
During GOAL week 2 the children were tasked with answering the question 'Why do the Egyptian Gods have animal heads?'
Children's independent learning included: mask making; creating a PowerPoint presentation; and a letter home in role as an archeologist digging in Egypt.
Here are some photographs: