Year 3 Mrs Unsworth & Mrs Thorrington

 

A BIG welcome to our class page! We are really excited to have become Juniors and can’t wait to find out what Year 3 has in store for us!  Keep on visiting our class page to join us on our learning journey.

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 18th September – presentations for School Council will take place this week

Friday 22nd September – School Council Election

Friday 13th October – KS2 Harvest Service

Sunday 15th October – School in Church Harvest Service

Wednesday 18th October – KS2 Eucharist

Friday 20th October – School closes for Half Term

Monday 6th November – School reopens

Our Learning

Keep visiting our class page to hear all about our exciting lessons and topics, and to see lots of photographs of us enjoying our learning!

Library Visit

Today, our class enjoyed a visit to Westbrook Library. We loved looking at all of the wonderful books that were on offer. We have each chosen a book to loan, which we will keep in our Reading Area. Some of us chose story books, some of us chose non-fiction books and Mrs. McGinnity chose some exciting picture books for us to enjoy. We can’t wait to get stuck into them now!

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

What a busy, fun-packed day we have all had! It was exciting to see so many of Roald Dahl’s wonderful characters in our classroom. Thank you to all parents and family members who helped the children with their fantastic costumes!

After a lively assembly with our visitors, Kate and Michael, we had a Character Parade to share and celebrate our costumes. We then spent the rest of the day exploring the story of Fantastic Mr. Fox through Science and Drama activities and we enjoyed reading the story together. We particularly enjoyed our workshop with Michael, where we learnt about alliteration and created our own poetry inspired by the book.

 

Egg-cellent Experiment!

When reading Fantastic Mr. Fox, we quickly learnt just how much he loves chicken eggs! We wondered what happens to his eggs whenever he is running away from the trio of farmers who he is always tormenting. What happens to the yellow yolk and egg white inside the shell as Mr. Fox darts around the farm? We decided to investigate!

After making our own predictions, we were ready to test out our ideas! We secured our eggs inside socks and tights and swung the eggs around and around, as if they were being flung around in Mr. Fox’s pocket! Our school cooks then kindly boiled our eggs.

We were amazed to find out that different eggs reacted in different ways. We looked carefully at the shelled eggs and saw that most of the yellow yolks had become very large. Some of the yolks were different shapes because some of the yolks had popped! We think that if the eggs had been swung around for even longer, they may have become completely yellow!

 

 

Year 3 Rock Concert

Today, we held our very own Rock Concert – and by ‘rocks’, we mean actual ‘rocks’! We were all set the challenge of bringing in our favourite rock. We shared our rocks and then worked in groups to sort them according to different properties. Awards were then given for lots of different categories, from the Sparkliest Rock to the Most Squashed Rock to the OAP Rock Award!

Thank you to you all for sharing your fantastic rocks – you are all true Rockstars!

 

Welcome to The Stone Age! 

We were all very excited to find out what our first Year 3 project was going to be! First thing this morning, we put on our detective hats and headed to the small hall to dig through a mystery box of clues that would reveal our topic …

We discovered lots of fascinating objects, including: animal skins, bones, dried fruits, a spear, an axe and lots of rocks in all shapes and sizes. We worked out that all of these objects would belong to a person who lived during The Stone Age. To find out more about this era, we have also started to learn a Stone Age rap!

We can’t wait to find out more about what life would have been like all of those many years ago.

 

Paul Klee Artwork

Today we have been investigating the work of artist, Paul Klee. We found out that he was an abstract artist who saw the world in a very special and creative way. He used simple shapes and bold colours to express his feelings. We enjoyed using his style to create our own masterpieces based on his piece called ‘Castle and Sun’. It was also a great opportunity for us to use our Maths skills to accurately draw 2D shapes!

 

Our Learning in Year 2

 

Design Technology Textiles

We have really enjoyed finishing Year 2 by making some soft toy sea creatures.  The children have really impressed us with their needle skills.  We made a paper mock up to plan our design and then created the toys with felt.  Of course, we need to add a bit of sparkle and fun with a few decorations.  A big thank you to our parent helpers – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Holidays in the Past

We have had lots of fun this week learning about holidays in the past.  We have focused on holidays within living memory and Mr Pielow and Mrs Riley were kind enough to come in and be living history exhibits! We listened carefully to their childhood memories of holidays and asked questions to find out more.  In addition, we used photos, objects and documents borrowed from Warrington library to research the subject further.  Why not ask an older person you know about any memories they have?

Class Assembly

Thank you to everyone who managed to join us for our annual class assembly.  It was lovely to have so many friends and family with whom we could share our work.  The children worked really hard to get ready for this, and I am sure you will agree they did a fantastic job.

Click below to watch the video our class poem about the Creation Story.

AK class assembly

Formby Beach

What a beatiful day we had for our visit to Formby!  The sun shone down and we had a great time exploring 4 different habitats.  Melanie, our guide, was full of interesting information so we learnt lots, but there was still time for a picnic and a play on the sand.  Perfect!

Pentecost

The Bible tells us how the Holy Spirit came to the apostles at Pentecost.  We thought about how the Holy Spirit is like the wind – we can’t see it but we can see what it does.  We enjoyed making windmills as a symbol to remind us that the Holy Spirit is with us in our lives today.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” John 3:8

 

Year Two Sports Day

We were very fortunate to have a lovely afternoon for our Sports Day.  Thank you to everyone who was able to join us; we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Growing Seeds

Westbrook Walk

As part of our Geography work, we went on a walk around Westbrook to identify the facilities it offers.  We created our own maps.

British Values Day

To celebrate British Values we came to school dressed in red, white and blue. We learnt about the British Values and how they help to respect our individuality.
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Easter Fun

Ethos group kindly organised some fun activities for us all to enjoy as we celebrate the festival of Easter.  We brought in some eggstremely impressive egg designs and Elliot from Year 6 had the very tricky job of choosing his favourite.  Eventually he settled on Xavier’s Minion design because it was an original idea and he liked the eyes. Later, in the afternoon, we had an eggciting time rolling our eggs.  As you can see from the photos, some eggs fared better than others!

Google Expeditions

We all enjoyed our chance to try out Google Expeditions – a special app which can take us on amazing adventures around the world.  We ‘jumped on a plane’ to the frozen south and visited Antarctica without the need for warm clothing, sledges or snow goggles.  Did you know it is the windiest and driest place on Earth? We saw some penguins and leopard seals, but all too soon it was time to come home.  We are looking forward to our next virtual trip out.  Watch this space!

Visiting Church

Mrs Dunning helped us visit St Philip’s Church to conclude our RE work on the Church – what we can see there and why people go there.  We entered through a separate door even though the church and school buildings are joined.  We identified features of the church and held our own short worship session with a Bible reading, a song and a prayer.

 

Red Nose Day

We raised money to help others and had fun ourselves and all in our pyjamas.  Take alook at our red nose faces – we hope you make you smile.

Retelling Traditional Tales

This half term we will be reading and retelling traditional tales from around the world.  We have started with our own country, and read a beautifully illustrated retelling of ‘The King of the Birds’ by Helen Ward.  We loved the paintings, but we also loved her choice of words and ‘magpied’ some of these in our own versions.

The King of the Birds by Alexa

The King of the Birds by Toby

Bird Collages

A big thank you to everyone who brought in resources for our collage making.We first of all drew our own bird designs based around some images of exotic birds, thinking about the types of features they have and the shapes we could use to draw them.  We then selected from the materials textures and colours which we wanted for our collage.  We worked carefully with a partner listening to and sharing ideas.

World Book Day

We all came in fancy dress as one of our favourite book characters. Who can you see? We enjoyed some stories, wrote about some of our favourite books and took part in a book swap.

RE: Thinking About the Feelings of Others

This half term we are learning about Jesus as a Friend.  We read the story of the Ten Lepers and thought about how they must have felt before meeting Jesus, the hope which Jesus offered and how their lives had changed once they were healed.  Some of us write speech bubbles, others prepared a role play to share in class.

Look at these photos and see if you can guess the feeling the children are trying to show.  Which part of the story do you think they match?

Launching Rockets

When we were at Jodrell Bank we made some paper rocket cone from paper and discovered that we could ‘launch’ these using empty water bottles.  We decided to investigate this further by testing a range of bottles to see how to make the rocket go the highest.  We made our own predictions and then tested them to see if they were correct.  You might like to investigate this further at home!

Chinese New Year

We enjoyed our theme day learning about  Chinese New Year.  We found out about how it is celebrated and some of the stories associated with this festival.  We had a go at learning to count to ten in Mandarin and how to write these – very tricky!  We used our maths learning and problem solving to investigate the length of ‘tails’ for the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

In the afternoon we visited each of the Year Two classrooms to enjoy some Chinese style dancing and try our hand at making simple crafts.  At the end of the day we received a gift envelope complete with chopsticks and a fortune cookie. All in all a great day of fun and learning.

Jodrell Bank

We had a super time on our visit to Jodrell Bank, despite the long journey there.  Our class had an action-packed morning.  First we went to Workshop about life in space, watching videos of Tim Peake and his colleagues aboard the International Space Station and completing some hands-on activities to get an idea of what life is like in orbit.  This was quickly followed by a session inside an inflatable planetarium.  The children listened carefully to learn facts about the our solar system and the stars and galaxies beyond.

In the afternoon we had a little time to explore the outdoor area and see the radio telescope close up. We finished with a quick tour around the interactive gallery. Altogether a great day, which has inspired the children to investigate space further in our ongoing project.

Tesco Healthy Food Trail

We visited Tesco to find out more about healthy eating and the food groups we need to eat to have a balanced diet.

Our Fun Run!

Hurray! Even the teachers made it! Keep an eye on the School Newsletter to find out our final fundraising total.

RE: Exploring the Bible

We collected together different version of the Bible and shared these in class.  Which was your favourite version?

DT: Junk Modelling

We created our own designs for wacky inventions. After exploring ways of joining materials, we chose junk of the right size and shape to match the design feature and worked with a partner to create a model to match our plan.  Very messy but lots of hands-on learning and fun!

Science: Which is the best bubble mixture?

Wallace wanted to invent a bubble making machine, but which is the best mixture to use?  We talked about how we might be able to tell.  Is it the one which makes the biggest bubbles? Or the most bubbles? Or bubbles that are easiest to blow? Or bubbles that last the longest?  In the end we decided on which bubbles lasted the longest.  We used stop watches to time how long the bubbles took to pop.

Christmas Story

We have been learning about how angels brought the Good News of the coming of Jesus.  We listed to the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and how they were to have a special baby called John. Mary heard the news of her unexpected baby from Gabriel, too.  We acted out our ideas of how the shepherds must have felt when they saw the angel and how they rushed to Bethlehem to see the special child.

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