Year 3 Mrs Hogan

Welcome to our class page. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning.

Reminders and Dates for the Autumn Term

This half term, our PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays. PE kits should remain in school and should only be taken home at the end of the half term.

Homework is given out on Fridays and should be handed back in by Thursday at the latest.

Children should be reading at home with an adult at least 3 times each week. Every time you read with your child, please sign their Reading Record. Records will be checked every Thursday and children who have collected 3 adult signatures will receive a sticker for their bookmark. Children who have not completed their homework or home reading will visit Homework Club, which takes place on Thursday lunchtimes.

Monday 6th November – School reopens

Friday 17th November – Children in Need

Wednesday 13th December – Year 3 Christmas Production (afternoon)

Thursday 14th December – Year 3 Christmas Production (morning)

Thursday 21st December – School closes for Christmas

Our Learning

Below you will find lots of photographs about the learning in our class.

Design and Technology – Tuesday 14th November

This half term, our topic is all about Spain. The children expressed and interest in learning abut Spanish food, and so we decided to research Spanish breakfasts. The children in Spain often have breakfast much later than us and tortilla is a tasty favourite. Today we have planned our tortillas. The children took great pride drawing and listing their ingredients. They thought about how they would prepare each ingredient, and wrote a method for cooking.

We are all looking forward to next week when we will get to make them and share a traditional Spanish breakfast.

Science – Skeletons – Friday 10th November 

We begin each new science topic with a lesson we call, Wow, Awe, Inspire! This is an opportunity for us to engage the children in their new topic, and allow them the opportunity to raise questions, and think about what they would like to learn. We can then make sure that we teach to the children’s interests. Take a look at the wonderful human skeletons that the children were able to make, before their learning begins. Although not completely anatomically correct, they were fantastic, and I was excited to see the children working together as a team and sharing ideas.

The children want to answer these questions:

How many bones are in my feet?

How does a skeleton make me move?

What would happen if I didn’t have a skeleton?

Does everyone have a skeleton?

We are going to plan some exciting investigations to see if everyone moves in the same way.

Remembrance – week commencing 6th November

All week, we have focused on the theme of remembrance in our writing.

We used the wonderful book ‘Flo of the Somme’, and we learned that war involves animals as well as humans. In World War 1 over 50,000 dogs were used. Flo was a mercy dog, sent into danger to search for injured service men who were in need of help.

A wonderful book. A poem which tells the adventures of Flo the mercy dog.

A wonderful book. A poem which tells the adventures of Flo the mercy dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children wrote some wonderful poems, thinking about what Flo may have experienced. They also designed some beautiful artwork to remember the bravery of those who serve for us using the poppy as their inspiration.

Science – Sweet Rocks – Wednesday 27th September 

Today we used starburst sweets to investigate how different types of rocks are formed. We have already learnt that rocks can be classified into three groups, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We looked at what happens when intense heat is applied – bubbles can be seen in the rock (starburst) and the different colours mix together. We applied pressure to make sedimentary rock, and heat and pressure to make metamorphic rock. The classroom smelt very fruity at the end of our lesson, and we could all explain how rocks are made.

Library Visit – Thursday 21st September

Reading is incredibly important, but should also be fun. Today we visited our local library. We enjoyed taking time to share new books and talk about them with our friends. We brought some of our favourites back to class to help us with our topic and to share at story time.

Art – Paul Klee – Friday 15th September

We have looked at the art of Paul Klee, and learnt that he loved to use bright colours and geometric shapes. We liked his picture ‘Castle and Sun’, and have used wax crayons and an ink wash to copy his style.

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We took our time to draw our castles. Usually, we would not use a ruler when drawing a piece of art, but because we wanted nice straight lines, we used a ruler, and took our time to build our pictures from the bottom of the page. Harry said, “Just like you would  build a house .” The children are very proud of their art, and we plan to use digital images of famous Warrington buildings next week and reproduce them using the style of Paul Klee.

PE – Gymnastics – Thursday 14th September

We started our new PE topic today, and the children demonstrated that they had learnt a lot about gymnastics in Year 2. They used the five gymnastic shapes, star, tuck, pike, straddle and pike, and balanced alone and with their friends.

Roald Dahl Day – Wednesday 13th September

Wow! The children looked incredible in all of their amazing costumes.

Our Wonderful Costumes

Our Wonderful Costumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the day focusing our activities on the stories of Roald Dahl; in particular Fantastic Mr Fox. You can see from our photographs that we all enjoyed the drama workshop. The children used alliteration to introduce themselves and their friends, and had to work in groups to make poems that rhyme.

Greatest Rock in the World Competition-Tuesday 12th September

Today we launched our science topic – Rocks and Stones. The children brought their favourite rock into school, and we examined them closely, comparing their similarities and differences. The children were excited to see the huge variety of stones and rocks, and thought of different ways of sorting the rocks.

Our Learning in Year 2

 

Happy Days!

We are loving the sunshine!!!

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Masazani Day

We had a lovely day learning about Masazani and completing lots of wonderful activities. We started the day with an assembly where we learnt all about our partner school Masazani Primary School. We then watched some South African dances and made up our own. After that we made some South African necklaces out of paper plates. In the afternoon we watched Tinga Tales and learnt about some traditional tales from South Africa. Finally we created some South African art! Check out our South African necklaces.

Class Assembly

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly! It was so lovely to see you all and share our learning with you! We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Below is a video of us performing the poem Flip-Flop Frolic in our class assembly.

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Formby

We went to Formby to learn all about different animal habitats. We walked through two different woods, along some sand dunes and on the beach. We stopped in each place and discussed what we could see, what we could smell and what we could hear. We then talked about the different animals that might live there and decided if there was water, shelter and food for them. We had a fantastic time! The staff noted how well behaved and clever we were!

Sports Day

We have been having lots of fun practicing for Sports Day! We hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday 24th May.

 

Our Westbrook Walk

We had an exciting time as we walked around the Westbrook Centre. For our Geography lessons we are learning about the local area. We tried to draw a map of Westbrook on our whiteboards but it was so rainy that our work kept on rubbing off! We saw St Philip’s school and Church, British Heart Foundation, Westbrook Medical Centre, ASDA Opticians, two hairdressers, ASDA, Westbrook Carpets and a Westbrook Library.

Ella said she had a brilliant time because it was fun to learn outside.

Daniel said it was fantastic because we saw lots of new things.

Lauren enjoyed our walk back to school along Mary Ann Plantation because she had never walked that way before!

Plants

To launch our new Science topic all about plants we went on a hunt to see how many different plants we could spot around the school grounds. We then named the different plants and looked at the different features of the plants.

R.E.- What does Heaven look like?

To begin our new R.E. topic of Ascension and Pentecost we shared the story of Ascension and thought about times when we have had to say goodbye and how this made us feel. We then shared our own ideas of Heaven and what we think it looks like.

Erin said “I think the people in Heaven are stars and angels fly around the stars to check if they’re okay. I think it is very calm, peaceful and warm in Heaven. The sun shines on all of the stars.”

Dylan said “I think that from the outside Heaven looks like a huge hotel. Inside there are lots of rooms and every time somebody dies a new room appears.”

Leah said “I think Heaven has stars all around it and Jesus in front of it. I think that when people die they go to Heaven, meet Jesus and turn into crystals. It has the same weather as Florida.”

We then drew and painted our own pictures to show what we think Heaven looks like.

Easter

We were very excited for the decorating competition and worked eggstra hard to create our eggs. Do you recognise any of these characters? The judges loved all of our designs and with much deliberation finally narrowed it down to Marley (Superman) in 2nd place and Leah (sheep) in 1st place!

In the afternoon we had our eggsiting egg rolling competition. Joel was our winner with his speedy minion egg!

READY!

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SET!

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GO!

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In our English lessons we have been learning all about instructions. We followed a set of instructions to create some Easter sun catchers and then we wrote our own set of instructions.

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Now all we need is some sunshine!!

Google Expeditions

We had an exciting visit from Mr Google and he took us all the way to Antarctica. We learnt all about Antarctica and saw some fascinating animals. It really felt like we were there! Did you know that gentoo penguins swim really fast because of their long tails?

Church Visit

In R.E. we have been learning all about the Church. Mrs Dunning kindly organised a special trip to St Philip’s Church for us. She showed us around the Church and we talked about the different features of a Church. We counted all the crosses around the Church. How many can you see? We had our own mini service where we said some prayers, listened to some music and sang some songs. A huge thank you to Mrs Dunning for a lovely afternoon!

Gymnastics

We have been working really hard in Gymnastics this half term. We have been learning all about different balances and shapes, making shapes on different equipment and making sequences of shapes.

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Exotic Bird Collages

We had lots of fun making our exotic bird collages. We thought carefully about the types of features that exotic birds have and the shapes that we could use. We then selected different materials for our collages thinking about the textures and colours that we wanted. Thank you for bringing in such wonderful resources for us to use!

 

Music

In our Music lessons we have been looking at music from around the world. When we were looking at South African music we combined singing and the drums. Below is a video of the song that we are currently working on. Sanibonani!

World Book Day

What a fantastic day we had! We came to school in our costumes and were very excited! We began the day with a special assembly all about World Book Day. Did you know that this year is the 20th anniversary? In the morning we talked about our costumes and discussed why we love our characters and their books. Talia said she loves Horrid Henry because he is so mischievous. Oscar told us how much he enjoys reading Harry Potter and would love to have a magic wand himself!

Check out our costumes!

We watched a clip from Shrek where different traditional tales characters had been thrown out of their homes. We created our own magical lands and gave all of the characters a new home. We had to think carefully about where they would like to live and describe the setting. In the afternoon we created our own characters by designing them a mask. Finally, we went to the book swap and chose some interesting books to take home and read.

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Our World 

To begin our new topic ‘Our World’ we have been exploring globes and atlases in Geography. We started by locating the continents and oceans. We will be learning more about South America and South Africa and comparing them to where we live.

Chinese New Year

We began the day with an introduction to Chinese New Year and then a quiz to see what we could remember! Check out our team names. Which one do you like the best?

New Year Team

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Electric Wire (joint winners!)

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China Sparkles

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China Stars (joint winners!)

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Wild Dragons

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Team Skate

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It was close but eventually we crowned China Stars and Electric Wire the joint winners with a whopping 17 points each!

After this we looked at the Chinese Zodiac Animals and measured and compared the lengths of their tails.

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In the afternoon we had lots of fun getting creative. We made Chinese dragons and lucky fish and joined in with some Chinese songs and dances.

What a great day we had!

Researching Space

We are really enjoying our topic for this half term The Moon and Beyond. We have been using iPads, books and fact sheets to find out lots of interesting information. Miss Tomlinson said she could tell this activity had really captured our imagination by our concentration faces in the photos below!

Is it magnetic?

In Science we have been testing the properties of different materials. We looked at different materials and predicted whether they would be magnetic or not. We were tricked by a few of the objects that were covered in plastic as we didn’t realise that they had magnetic parts inside them.

Our predictions

We thought that the items on the left were magnetic and the items on the right were not.

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What we found

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The pen tricked us! We thought it was magnetic because it was silver and shiny. We also didn’t realise that the stapler was magnetic because we could only see and feel plastic.

Here we are testing some of the objects.

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Jodrell Bank

We went to Jodrell Bank to launch our new topic The Moon and Beyond. In the morning we went inside an Inflatable Planetarium and learnt more about the different planets. This was very exciting! After lunch we enjoyed a workshop all about Tim Peake. We watched videos of different astronauts in space and decided what we would need to take to space. Afterwards we got to make our own rockets and watch them blast off into the air!

Watch our rockets go!

 

Which rocket went the highest?

Christmas Party

We had a fantastic time dancing the afternoon away at our Christmas party. Can you spot our special visitor? What a great way to end a super first term in year 2!

 

Children of the World

We really enjoyed performing our Christmas Play and hope that you enjoyed learning about Christmas around the world. Thank you for all your help making our super costumes and helping us to learn our lines and songs!

Bubbles

Wallace wanted to make a bubble blowing machine and asked for our help. In our Science lessons we had two different bubble mixtures and investigated which one made the best bubbles. We talked about how we would know which mixture blew the best bubbles and decided to split into 3 groups and test which mixture blew the biggest bubbles, which mixture blew the most bubbles and which mixture blew the bubbles that lasted for the longest.

Cracking Contraptions

We have enjoyed watching Wallace and Gromit video clips and looking at all of their cracking contraptions. After seeing some of Wallace’s contraptions break we decided to make him some new ones. We explored different methods of joining before designing our contraptions. We are all really proud of our contraptions! Can you guess what they are for?

 

 

Tesco Healthy Food Trail

We visited Tesco to learn about keeping healthy and the importance of a balanced diet. We tasted lots of healthy foods, went shopping to find items from the different food groups, learnt about different types of fish and stood inside the freezer.

 

 

Victorian Washday

We borrowed some resources from Warrington Museum to learn about Victorian washdays. We had great fun pretending to be Victorians and were surprised about how tiring washday used to be.

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Fun Run

We had a super Fun Run! Thank you to everybody who sponsored us.

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