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Class 3

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Welcome to Year 3 – Bruce Lee Class

We are Mrs Norris, who teaches Tuesday to Friday, and Mrs Westrop who teaches on Mondays. We are supported each day by the lovely Mrs Campbell, Mrs Donaghy and Mrs Johnson. Our little furry hamster friend Tiddles has also come up from Year 2 to join us in Year 3.

Year 3 is the start of KS2 and is full of fantastic and interesting topics for the children to learn about. There’s lots of learning and lots of fun to be had in Year 3, across the whole of our curriculum. Here are our main themes for each half term.

Autumn Term

1) Stone Age                    2) Mountains

Spring Term

1) Ancient Egypt              2) Settlements and use of land

Summer Term

1) Rainforests                        2) Romans in Britain

These are great themes and where possible learning in other subjects is linked to these, such as learning about animals and plants in Science when we are learning about Rainforests or when learning about mountains the children will be painting mountain views in art lessons. At de Vere, it is important to us that children are engaged in their learning in different ways, that we are creative across the curriculum and encouraging children to be creative too. We look for ways we can help children to connect their learning, knowing more and learning more across the curriculum. We also want children to be able to think logically, make links between their learning and develop an understanding about people and places.

If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, you can get in touch with us via email or telephone via the school office.

Click here to view the curriculum overview. 

k.norris@devere.essex.sch.uk              m.westrop@devere.essex.sch.uk

Class Blog

27th January 2023

What a busy couple of weeks it has been. Lee Class have been working incredibly hard.

As promised, there are lots of pictures from the Egyptian Day. The children had a great time and felt very important in their headdresses. They wrote their names in hieroglyphics, build pyramids out of Lego, wrote their own Book of the Dead scrolls and learnt lots about Egyptian life…and death! They even created their own Egyptian Gods for something that is important to them.

They have also been working incredibly hard learning division methods in maths, writing their own version of a fairy tale and getting stuck into fitness and learning a dance routine in PE. We can’t believe it’s been two weeks already!

13th January 2023

We’ve had a great start to the new year. The children have really been getting stuck into their learning. We have been reading the story of ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and comparing it to the story of Cinderella and starting out Egyptian theme which we are all very excited about already.

In maths, we have been using multiplication and division skills. We have been on a hunt in the hall for numbers or answers that are multiples of 10 and working on our multiplication methods.

We have also had great fun in our mini topic being miners and imagining going down into the mines and working there. The class created brilliant diary entries describing their day and what it was like.

9th December 2022

Over the last 2 weeks, Year 3 have been learning and practising their multiplication skills, working on their three and four times tables in Maths. They have been looking at sequences when counting in multiples, and learning to put numbers in groups to help them to divide. They used their learning to play board game, as well.

In Art, the pupils finished their landscape mountain paintings. Their art showed different painting techniques, including watercolour washes, block painting and careful painting. In lessons they have also learnt to use different shading techniques for sketching, including stippling and cross-hatching.

In P.E., Lee Class have continued to learn about handball. This week they learnt how marking is used when defending and practised this in a game.

We all had a lot of fun creating our Christmas decorations that are hanging up in the library. With some Christmas music on, we worked on our collage skills by using lots of different wrapping paper to make interesting and colourful Christmas trees. It has been lovely to see them hanging up and seeing people enjoying them at the Christmas Fayre.

We have been loving the build up to Christmas in class together and there is still lots of exciting things coming up that we are looking forward to.

25th November 2022

Year 3 has been working really hard in using written methods in different ways in maths now, last week we applied it to real life. They had a budget and had to go shopping for some expensive items but they did really well applying their learning. In English, we have been looking at the Wallace and Gromit Snoozeatron machine which they have loved watching. They have been thinking hard about how to explain how the machine works so that next week we can use all the skills learnt to explain how to survive in the desert!

Science has seen us investigating different soils and looking at different fossils and learning about how fossils are formed. The children have all really enjoyed looking at fossils and playing a fossil board game to try out their new learning.

In their Art, pupils have been developing their ‘block painting’ skills, which complement their watercolour ‘washes’ from last week. They are working on incorporating both techniques into a final landscape artpiece. Also, PE has seen our learners working on their understanding of the game Handball, with them practising their dribbling technique. And in music, we have been adding to our recorder skills repertoire! They are getting used to playing a rhythm using the learned note ‘B’, and this week have been introduced to playing the ‘A’ note alongside.

11th November 2022

We have been so busy since coming back from half term. In maths we are continuing to work on our written methods to add and subtract and we are really gaining more and more confidence. In Science we have been thinking about what plants need to grow. We have 5 plants in the classroom; one is growing normally, one is without water, one without soil, one is in a dark corner and one is inside a bottle. We can already see the differences between the plants and soon we will be able to see if our predictions were correct and write our conclusions.

In their English lessons the pupils are reading an exciting new book called The Boy Who Biked the World. We are learning about writing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person and much about the world as we follow Tom’s travels in the story. In Art, pupils are learning about landscape art and are beginning to develop brush skills, using techniques to create washes, and texture.

7th October 2022

What a fun and busy couple of weeks we have had in Year 3.

The class have been working hard on their addition and subtraction skills, working really well using equipment to help them work out the answers.

We have done lots of fantastic things in our topic work. The Stone Age has been a great topic! We learnt about Stonehenge and wondered how they managed to move the stones from so far away, we tried some ideas on our Stone Age afternoon using pencils and dominoes as logs and stones but it was really tricky to manage. Everyone also made their own Stonehenge ideas out of dominoes or Lego – they look great, don’t you think?

We have also been hunting deer (using javelins as spears) which was really tricky and our targets weren’t even moving! We created woolly mammoths out of milk bottles which we think look really effective and created cave paintings whilst lying under the tables to try and get the feel of being in a cave.

In English we have been writing reports about the Stone Age so that we can show off all of our fantastic history learning. It’s been lots of fun!

Friday 23rd September 

Year 3 have had a great start to the year. The children have all settled in well and have got stuck into their learning – especially about the Stone Age. Already they have chosen whether to be hunter-gatherers or farmers, looked at evidence from the time and found out about Stonehenge, with lots more Stone Age fun still to come!

In Maths, pupils have been getting hands on with all kinds of equipment to explore the place value of numbers up to 1000. We have been using dienes, place value counters, played dominoes to match numbers and representations of these and even made a human number line.

In Design Technology, the pupils are learning how to cook savoury food. They have chosen criteria as to what makes a good pizza and have been testing and tasting existing pizzas on the market to base their designs on.

Reading

Reading for enjoyment is important at us all at de Vere through their reading books, class reading and the texts we look at in different subjects.

Children should aim to read at least 4 times a week at home. This could be the child reading to you, you sharing a book together or perhaps reading to help make a cake or build a Lego set.

P.E

PE in Class 3 is on a Wednesday with Mr Crudgington and on a Friday which is taught by Premier Sports.

Earrings must be taken out for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up. If your child is unable to take out their earrings independently, then please ensure they are removed before coming to school. 

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