Mrs Connolly and Mrs Dunham – Year 3
Spring Term 2020
Attached below are the homework tasks for Spring 2. The tasks should be completed straight into your child's Learning Log or stuck in afterwards. Alongside doing homework, your child should be reading daily and practising their times tables. Reading should be recorded in their blue reading records.
Week Beginning 9th March, 2020
Science – In our Science lesson this week we had lots of fun examining owl pellets. Owl pellets are the regurgitated remains of animals that an owl eats but can’t digest, they contain lots of bones and fur. We carefully picked them apart and then tried to identify the animals the owl had eaten. We then presented the cleaned bones on a card.
Drama – This week we’ve been inspired by the book “Windhover” – a story about a Kestrel and a young boy. In preparation for our English writing later in the week we pretended to be fledgling kestrels. We thought about how we would feel, teetering on the edge of a ledge about to take flight and then how we would feel flying high. We then ‘Hot Seated’ the birds to discuss how we felt and discuss our mixed emotions.
Geography – In Geography this week we were identifying the main rivers in the UK and the seas that surround us.
Week Beginning 2nd March, 2020
World Book Day – All of Otter Class enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character or snuggly readers. We took our time during the day to read our favourite class book (The boy who made the world disappear). During the afternoon, we all went and snuggled up and read our favourite books!
Music – We are continuing on with our Ten Pieces Connect It Project – Using Anna Meredith’s body percussion as our stimulus. We all managed to keep in time and learn all 8 moves. Some of us were so confident we performed all eight moves together at the end of the lesson.
Geography – In Geography this week we were finding UK cities in the atlas. Then we were locating them using the eight compass points.
Week Beginning 24th February, 2020
English – Inspired by the Raptor Foundation visit on Tuesday, we have been researching and writing fact files about British birds of prey. We enjoyed listening to David Attenborough to help build our vocabulary.
Science – In our science lessons this half term we are learning about animals and nutrition. We learnt about the different types of food we eat and what a healthy diet looks like. We also found where that information is on food packaging.
Maths – In our maths lessons this week we have been practicing using different coins to show the same amount of money. Then we went shopping and spent an amount - we realised that what was left was the change.
Week Beginning 10th February 2020
English – Mrs Wordsmith – We have been revising our Mrs Wordsmith words from this half term. We are playing Headbandz, trying to guess the word from a description, missing word or action.
Sports Festival – We got all the pebbles in the jar. Our reward was to have a Sports Festival and a drink and snack afterwards. We played football, tennis, Unihoc, netball and basketball. We went on the play equipment and made up our own games using the balls and cones.
Explorers Area – On Monday we went down to the Explorers Area and had a lovely time making mud art and building dens. We made pizza wraps on the fire and Mr Froment brought his guitar, so we ended our session with a song.
Maths – In our Maths lessons this week we have been learning about money. Mrs Connolly brought in real money so we were able to look at real notes and coins. We then looked at different combinations of notes and coins and decided which was the largest amount.
RE – In RE this week we have been learning about Judaism. We looked at some traditional Jewish objects including skull caps, the Torah and a Havdalah Candle. We also learnt about the rules that Jewish people have for food and what kosher food is.
Week Beginning 3rd February, 2020
Otter Class Assembly – Our assembly showcased the work we have been doing this half term. It included our Crown Jewels stealing Teaching Assistants, our Lowry style seascapes and a French song about body parts!
English – In our English lessons this week we have been learning about biographies. On Monday we read a biography about Florence Nightingale and identified the key features like headings and subheadings that help to organise the text. Then we researched the British artist L.S Lowry in preparation for writing our own biographies of his life and achievements.
History – This week we experienced what life would have been like in a Victorian Prison. Prisoners had to do “Hard Labour”. We did four activities; “Picking Oakham”, “Shot Drill”, “The Treadwheel” and “Silence and Isolation” to see how exhausting and miserable it would have been. We tried to do them in silence and even had prison wardens to keep us in line. Picking Oakham - pulling apart thick ropes into their individual strands, which would have blistered the tips of your fingers. Shot Drill – carrying really heavy objects from one place to another, which would have been exhausting. The Treadwheel – stepping up and down, on and off a bench – to replicate the relentlessness effort of moving a wheel to make it turn. Silence and Isolation – we had to keep ropes taught between us while moving around, but we couldn’t communicate.
Week Beginning 27th January 2020
PSHE – In our PSHE lessons this term we have been thinking about risk: Emotional Risk, Physical Risk and Social Risk. We talked about the fact that it is the people closest to us, our friends and family, who are most likely to encourage us to take unnecessary risks. We discussed and wrote down how we might feel mentally and physically if we were about to take a risk.
Maths – In our maths lessons this week we have been dividing by four with remainders, using lollypop sticks and matchsticks. We made squares (because they have four sides) and then we were able to clearly see what we had left.
History – We researched Dick Turpin – The Highway Man in our History lesson this week using online resources and books. Ask me what I learnt about this historical figure.
Week Beginning 20th January 2020
Science –In our science lesson this week we investigated friction. We pulled a 1kg weight across different surfaces around the school to see which one required the most force to move the weight. We used a forcemeter to measure the force (in Newtons) required.
PE – In Dance this week with Mr Cox, we were creating different shapes with our bodies and linking two different shapes with a smooth continuous movement.
History – This week we learnt about the Torturing Tudors! We were historical detectives; studying pictures of artefacts and asking questions about what the objects might have been used for. Some of the tortuous acts were very gruesome!
Art – This week we continued to learn about the British artist L. S. Lowry. Did you know he only ever used five colours in all of his paintings? Red, Yellow, Blue, Black and White. We used the same colours to paint a seascape, thinking about tints and tones. By adding black to the colour it makes it get darker and by adding white it makes it lighter.
Week Beginning 13th January 2020
Trip – On Tuesday we had the most amazing time visiting the Tower of London. We saw where they used to keep the prisoners, where the executions took place and how they used to torture traitors! It was all very gory! We also saw the crown jewels, walked the battlements and saw lots of London landmarks.
Maths – In our maths lessons this week we have been learning how to multiply two digit numbers by one digit numbers. We started by using dienes blocks and place value counters before moving onto the grid method.
Art – This week we learnt about the British artist Lowry. We stepped into two of his paintings and thought about the things we’d be able to see, smell and hear. We also talked about the elements we liked and disliked about his style.
Week Beginning 6th January 2020
Science – Our new topic is Forces and Magnets. We investigated different forces and how they change objects. We twisted playdough, we pulled each other and pushed toy cars. We discovered the object may change shape, speed or direction.
PE – We started the term by learning a new game called “Uni-Hoc” – a variation on hockey. We began by learning how to hold the stick and pass the ball back and forth.
English – Inspired by our class book “Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams, we have been planning and writing a character description of the Teaching Assistant that will outrageously steal the crown jewels on our trip to the Tower of London next week!
HAPPY NEW YEAR from OTTER CLASS!
Autumn Term 2019
HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Otter Class. See you in the NEW YEAR!
Week Beginning 16th December 2019
Christmas Rap – For the Christmas church service we made up a funny Otter Class rap.
Art – We have been paper weaving. The weaving will form part of our Christmas cards.
English – We have been using a colour thesaurus to enhance our descriptive writing. Can you think of another word that describes red? How about green?
Week Beginning 9th December 2019
Explorers – We spent the morning at the Explorers Area. We made mini-compost bins, we practised our tying skills and ate jacket potatoes with butter and cheese.
Science – We made mini-compost bins so that we can observe how important worms are for the soil. We added some vegetable peelings as organic matter for the worms to eat. We need to keep our compost bins moist and dark.
Maths – We have been practising our times tables. We used multiplication grids to work out multiplication calculations.
Week Beginning 2nd December 2019
English – We started reading a new story about a boy who found a magical black hat during a walk in the forest. In our English lessons this week we have written a description of the forest using expanded noun phrases and then made predictions about what might come out of the black hat.
Football – We have been developing our football skills. We have practised dribbling, shooting and turning. We love playing a mini game at the end of the lesson but we have been getting a bit muddy!
Science – We used clay, shells and Plaster of Paris to create our own ‘fossils’. We then cut them out of the plastic cups to reveal them.
Week Beginning 25th November 2019
We have had a super week in Otter Class. We particularly enjoyed our Christmas Craft morning on Friday. Lots of parents came in and we worked with our families and friends across the school to produce some spectacular decorations. Please follow the link below to see!
Week beginning 18th November 2019
Science – We have been finding out about fossils. We examined fossils, learnt about how they are formed and then made our own. We used clay, shells and Plaster of Paris. Visit the website next week to see the big reveal!
Coding Club – Grace and Nicolas from Otter Class have been attending Coding Club. This week they programmed the MBot robots, using a tablet.
Maths – This week we have been dividing by 3, becoming more fluent in the three times table and applying our knowledge of the three times table. Here we are practising writing the three times table calculations out in full.
Week beginning 11th November 2019
Assembly practice – It was our class assembly this week and the theme was the outdoors. We spent some time in the classroom, playground and the hall practising. We hope you enjoyed it!
PSHE Kindness week – We have been telling jokes to make each other laugh. We have been practising being assertive in difficult situations. Please see the newsletter for more information about our Kindness week.
Maths – This week we have been learning about multiplication and division. We started to think about multiplication and division as being equal groups of an amount. We made groups with blocks, repeated addition and we practised saying the calculations.
English – We have spent several days writing our own version of Pie Corbett’s Staying Out story. We produced a plan and have written six paragraphs using our plan. Here we are editing a paragraph using pink pen.
Week beginning 4th November 2019
Maths – This week we have been problem solving and trying to use a systematic approach to make sure we had all the possible combinations. Some of us worked with money, others did an investigation using dominoes and number cards.
Science – During our science lesson this week we learnt about the properties of different types of rocks. We classified rocks into categories, hard or soft, permeable or impermeable, durability and density. We explored these in a practical session.
Week beginning 28th October 2019
Science – We have started our new topic which is all about rocks and soils. We investigated and sorted natural and manmade rocks.
English – In English we have been listening to and reading the Pie Corbett story ‘Staying Out’. We recreated spending the night in a tent by using the parachute. We also role played how we might react to hearing a scratching noise outside the tent!
Week beginning 14th October 2019
Explorers Area – On Wednesday, we spent the morning in the Explorers Area making pizza wraps on the fire, learning how to start a fire with “dragon sneezes” and playing in the mud kitchen.
English – In our English lessons we have been looking at another of Aesop’s fables – The Town and the Country Mouse. We practised retelling the story to each other. We then role played, pretending to be one of the mice and made phone calls to each other persuading them to come and visit.
Art – In art this week we used Modroc (bandages covered in plaster of Paris) to model our Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy masks. We dipped the small pieces of bandage into water and then we moulded it around the newspaper base. They are now dried and ready to be spray painted gold for our display. Keep your eyes open for them on the walls next half term.
Week beginning 7th October 2019
PE – This week we had some visitors from Ely’s Viking Korfball Club, they came into school and taught us how to play Korfball. We had lots of fun trying out a brand new sport.
Design Technology – In preparation for Harvest Festival next week we looked at how wheat grows, from the seed all the way to making flour for bread. Then we made our own soda bread loaves, using a mixture of white and wholemeal flour, milk, lemon juice and the all-important bicarbonate of soda to make it rise. We enjoyed making and eating our loaves.
Week beginning 30th September 2019
English – This week in English we have been learning about the key features of a non-fiction text: headings, sub-headings, glossary, index, photographs and illustrations. We found these features and labelled them in books.
History – We had great fun on our Ancient Greek day! During the morning we explored the agora (market place) where we made lots of different things, like wax writing tablets, mosaic squares, jugs, beads to name a few! In the afternoon we celebrated our victory at the battle of Marathon. The slaves built us an amphitheatre and served us with traditional foods while other groups of children entertained us with dancing and plays.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
Science – In Science we have continued to learn about shadows. We designed our own investigation to see what happens to the size of a shadow as a solid object gets closer to the light source.
Maths – This week we have been comparing numbers and deciding which is the bigger number and which is the smallest number. We used lots of different resources to build numbers and compare them.
History - In our History lesson this week we learnt that Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy. We acted out how voting would have taken place using black and white beans.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
Art – In our Art lesson this week we learnt about ancient Greek theatre, looking closely at comedy and tragedy masks. We began by looking at our facial expressions in a mirror and then adding the contours of faces in newspaper onto our masks.
French – We had our very first French lesson this week. We learnt how to say greetings to adults and friends, and then say goodbye.
English – This week in English we have been writing instructions on how to capture a dragon. We started by acting out each of the stages, here we are digging holes, spreading a sheet over the hole, scattering leaves and twigs on the top and putting the bait on the top!
Science – In Science we learnt that shadows are made when a solid object blocks a light source. We had lots of fun making unusual shadows on the playground.
Week beginning 9th September 2019
Morning Activities – We have been using playdough to strengthen our hands. Stronger hands give us better pencil grip and that makes our handwriting much neater.
Geography – In Geography this week we learnt about Greece today. We located it on a map of Europe and we learnt about what they eat. We tried olives, hummus and feta cheese. Not all of us liked it but it was fun to try.
Week beginning 4th September 2019
Maths – In Maths this week we have been learning about place value. We used Dienes blocks to build numbers up to 1000.
PE – Our PE focus this half term will be tennis. This week we learned how to hold a racket and ball control skills.
Explorers’ Area – We had great fun in the Explorers’ Area finding Dragon’s Eggs, climbing trees, making dens and playing in the mud kitchen. We ended our morning with a song and a performance by the otter class band!