Monday, 3 May 2021

Year 3 Newsletter

The children in Matisse and Riley Class have wowed us all in the last few weeks!

In English, the children have been tirelessly working as journalists, reporting on the mystery dragon egg that appeared in the school field last week. They've been learning how to write in a formal style and how to include quotes using direct and indirect speech. They even had a special visit from an expert Dragonologist, Dr Ragdon Dougan! 

On Monday, the children kicked off World History Week in style as they dressed to impress! We were blown away by their well-researched, well-rehearsed speeches and their incredible costumes. We all enjoyed listening to each other and learning about famous characters in history. 



As part of World History Week, the children have been delving into the swinging 60s with the Beatles. Inspired by the fantastical imagery of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', the children have written their own imaginative version of the lyrics. We loved hearing their creative  
ideas, from candy floss skies to firework flowers. Their brilliant ideas were later brought to life by using pastels to create colourful album covers!

In Science, we've been learning all about light. We created our own pin hole boxes to investigate which materials are the most reflective. We learnt that we cannot see anything at all if we don't have any light! We've also been learning about the Earth's main natural light source: the sun! We discussed the positives and negatives of the sun and learnt how we should protect ourselves from harmful UV rays. 

In Maths, the children have been working hard to explore a range of strategies to find the difference. They've used column subtraction, bar models and equal difference to investigate a wide variety of word problems and challenges. 

In music, the children have been learning how music has changed over the years. We explored a range of musical genres such as: Renaissance, Modern, Soul and Pop. The children used their knowledge of music to identify which musical instruments we could hear in these genres and we discussed our favourite types of music and why. They really enjoyed learning Yellow Submarine by The Beatles!  They also had great fun learning how to dance Rock 'n' Roll to 'Rock around the Clock' by Bill Haley. 

On Friday, we also enjoyed sprinting around the field as part of The Daily Mile initiative. The children were buzzing with energy throughout! 

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