Year 3 Miss Wright

Welcome to our class page. Here, you will find information about the children’s exciting learning, as well as any key dates or important pieces of information that you will need to know for the upcoming weeks and months.

Reminders and Dates

This half term, PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children should keep their PE kit in school, it will be sent home at the end of each half term for washing.

Homework will be sent home each Friday, and should be completed and returned by the following Thursday. Every other week, we will send home some times table facts to be learnt. These will be tested the following Friday.

Spellings will also be sent home on Friday and should be practised in preparation for our spelling test each Thursday.

Monday 6th January – Return to school

Wednesday 15th January – Liverpool World Museum Trip

Monday 20th January – Friday 24th January – Health and Well-being Week

Wednesday 12th February – Eucharist – all welcome

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day

Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March – British Science Week

Tuesday 10th March – Parent Meetings

Thursday 12th March – Parent Meetings

Thursday 2nd April – Year 3 and 4 Easter Service

Friday 3rd April – Finish for Spring Break

Our Learning

World Museum

The class trip to the World Museum was one the children will all remember! During the day, the children were given many opportunities. They each held ancient artefacts, explored the Egyptian exhibit and went through the process of mummification. A great day had by all, even if some were squeamish at the thought of their brain being pulled out through their nose! 

Foxhowl

We had a fantastic time on our overnight stay at Foxhowl. The children enjoyed lots of activities including stream shuffling, den building and orienteering. Children were complimented for their manners and listening skills and every child used super teamwork throughout our stay. Written by a very proud teacher, well done to you all!

Bones

For our new topic in Science we are learning about how our body moves. As a challenge activity, the children worked as groups to make a human skeleton with bone shaped biscuits. The children did a super job and were able to describe their skeleton to the other groups. 

Worship Team

This is the worship team from our first term in Year Three. The children did a fantastic job when leading the worship each week. The children enjoyed singing their favourite songs and participating in drama performances.

Starburst Rocks

During a Science lesson, the children worked in partners to make three types of rock; sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic with starburst sweets. The children cut up the sweets, squashed them together and melted them in a microwave to make the different rocks. Lots of fun was had!

Mystery Box

To start our topic for this half term, the Year Three classes opened a mystery box. Inside the mystery box, were clues for what topic we would be learning about. After a while, the children guessed correctly and are looking forward to learning all about the Stone Age.

PE

In PE this half term, we are taking part in netball and football. During the sessions, we are learning skills such as; throwing, catching, dribbling and kicking with accuracy. Children have already shown how well they can work as a team and in partners and how they strive to and complete challenges given.

Learning in Year 2

 

Orchard Visitor

We were disappointed that our visit to Westbrook Orchard had to be cancelled due to bad weather.  However, Kev kindly visited us at school and we had lots of fun learning about how habitats develop.  It helped to build on our learning from Wirral Country Park and our knowledge of food chains.  We used drama to build up the habitat from the first plant to a thriving community of plants and animals.

Minibeasts

We created our own habitat map of minibeasts and where they live.  We then researched facts about these fascinating creatures and wrote some of our own riddles for our Class Worship to share our learning with our families.

I have lots of eyes so that I can stare at you.

Sometimes I do a funny dance to show where the food is.

Me and my friends live near lots of flowers.

We are herbivores because we eat pollen.

We usually fly but we don’t often walk.

If I come near, look but don’t touch because I might sting.

What am I?

Wirral Country Park

It was a beautiful sunny day for our visit to Wirral Country Park.  We had a fabulous time exploring the different habitats on site – the pond, the meadow and the sea shore.  Chris the Ranger shared fascinating facts about the pond creatures in our pond dipping session.  In the meadow we used nets to sweep through the long grass and chase butterflies.  On the seashore we completed a scavenger hunt and enjoyed watching the shore crabs scuttling along the muddy sand.  We had a great fun and set off back to school ready to extend our minibeast research in the classroom.

Sorting Seeds

We started our Science study of how seeds grow by using our observation skills to sort seeds into groups.  We looked carefully at the size, colour, shape and texture of the seeds before sorting them into groups.  We enjoyed learning how to use the hand held microscopes and hand lenses to magnify the seeds to help us.

Mary Ann Plantation and Meadows

Having postponed our local walk due to heavy rain, we especially enjoyed the warm sunshine as we visited the woodlands behind school known as Mary Ann Plantation and the popular open playing fields of Mary Ann Meadows.  We had already looked at maps of the local area and followed the route identifying physical and human features.  We played nature detectives along the way, identifying flowering plants and trees and collecting interesting items that caught our eye.  Back at school we thought about the facilities we have in our area of Westbrook and why they are important to our local community.

Happy Easter!

A big thank you to our Ethos Group who organised and led some fun Easter activities with an egg and spoon race and an egg hunt.  We’re still hunting for the final 2 eggs – where can they be?

 

Design Technology

In DT we have been busy exploring ways of joining materials in different ways to develop our construction skills.  We looked at a range of bags and their design features before creating our own designs and constructing these from used materials.  Finally we used paint to give them a quality finish.

Water Workshop

As part of British Science Week we enjoyed a workshop from United Utilities explaining where our water comes from and how we must use it wisely.  We had lots of fun and lots of learning!

Maths: Measuring Temperature

We have been looking at thermometers and learning how to use the scale to measure the temperature.  We have compared the temperature of cold water, warm water and a mixture of both.  Now we are ready to apply this skill by using the thermometers in a scientific investigation.  We’ll keep you posted!

Westbrook Library

We enjoyed a visit to our local library, where we spent some time browsing the shelves and sharing books with friends.  We each had our own favourites – picture books, information books, longer chapter books, even recipe books.  Several of us are returning so we can borrow books to take home and enjoy at our leisure.  Happy reading!

RE: The Ten Lepers

The title of our latest RE Unit is “Jesus: Friend to Everyone.”  We shared the story of how Jesus met  and healed ten lepers.  We thought about what their life must have been like before they met and Jesus, and how this changed once they had been healed.  We used drama to explore this, working together in groups to create ‘before’ and ‘after’ tableaux .

Ndeble Art

It is traditional for the people of the Ndeble tribe in South Africa to decorate the walls of their homes in bright geometric patterns. We learnt a little about this custom and looked at some images of their paintings.  We used these ideas as inspiration for our own designs on our African Art Day using similar shapes, colours and patterns.  Here are just some of our finished pieces.

 

Welcome to the New Year

We got the New Year off to a good start by making personal organizers/calendars.  This formed part of our English learning of spellings  and use of capital letters. Once we had made the calendars, we wrote some detailed instructions on how to do this, before taking the planners home to use.

Born in a Barn

What a fantastic performance we gave! Our Year Two Christmas play production this year was called ‘Born in a Barn’ and it told the story of how the animals reacted when they found out that a king had been born in their barn. The Christmas story of Jesus’ unfolded in music, dance and dialogue, reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas.  We had worked hard in rehearsals and parents provided great costumes to make the final performances a real winner. Family and friends left with wide smiles and warm hearts.  Merry Christmas!

Choose Respect

We showed our support of the ‘Choose Respect’ Anti-Bullying Week by wearing odd socks.  Everybody’s choice was different but that’s because we are all different and special in our own unique way.

Landmarks of Liverpool

We have started our project about Liverpool by exploring the cathedral and visiting the waterfront to see some of the historic and famous buildings of our closest city. We received a very warm welcome from our tour guide,Pauline, who showed us around the cathedral, sharing interesting facts and helping us to think about why this is such a special place.  After lunch the coach took us down to the banks of the River Mersey where we enjoyed a brisk walk and a little sketching time before being wowed by the fantastic view from the modern Museum of Liverpool building. We did catch sight of the wonderful dazzle ferry, but time didn’t allow us to make that famous journey across the river.

Class Worship

This week our Worship Team led our class worship, planning the activities and leading worship time themselves.  They started with a fun guessing game – could we guess who it was just by feeling them with a blind fold on? We all watched and listened carefully as they read and acted out  the story of how Jacob tricked Isaac into believing he was Esau.  We reflected on times when we have not been fair to one another. A big thank you and well done to this half term’s team for doing such a super job!

Monday is Washing Day

Have you ever wondered what it was like before washing machines?  We investigated artefacts from Warrington Museum before using role play to recreate a washday from the past.  It was hard work; and just when we thought we had finished we had to give the floor a good scrub too!

washdays

Healthy Yogurts

Eating well is important to keeping ourselves healthy.  Cathy from Asda brought us  lots of lovely fruits to look at, taste and choose from to make a delicious yogurty snack.  We tried pineapple, mango, raspberries, blueberries and mandarin.  We all had our favourites, but mango was the most popular.  Cathy showed us how to make our snacks by layering fruit and yogurt before adding a little squirt of honey.  Mmmm, delicious!

What is the Best Way to Clean Your Hands?

We discussed what we could do to investigate different ways of cleaning our hands.  We used oil and cinnamon to make our hands feel and look dirty.  We then cleaned them in one of four ways – soap and water, hand gel, a wet wipe or just water.  We made a note of our observations and used these to draw our conclusions.  Soap and water was the only way of removing all the brown specks of cinnamon and the oil. The hand gel made very little difference at all.

 

Why is the Bible Special?

We have been learning about the Bible and why this book is special.  We enjoyed looking at lots of different types of Bibles. We noticed that not all Bibles are the same, although the stories within them there.  We chose our favourite version of the Bible and  explained our reasons.