Year 3 2020-2021
Welcome to the Year 3 class page. Here you will find news and photos about the learning in Year 3 during 2020-2021.
Year 3 Curriculum Leaflets
Our Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning. Curriculum leaflets are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.
Click on the links below to download the Curriculum Information Leaflets for children in Year 3.
Year 3 Knowledge Mats
Please click on the project titles below to see the 'knowledge mat' for each project. Your child has their own personal copy of the knowledge mat for each project and these are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts being taught. Knowledge mats are also posted in children's Seesaw accounts and are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.
You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 3 by clicking here.
See the overview of what Year 3 will be learning during 2020-2021 by viewing their long term plan here.
Our 'Quick Links' page provides quick links to a wide range of school information, including links to school routines, links to information about our delivery of different curriculum areas etc.
Home Learning in Year 3
All our home learning tasks are shared via our Seesaw app. At the beginning of each half term, the home learning challenges grid will be uploaded to Seesaw. The grid contains a range of activities and specifies the number of each type of activity (maths, writing and creativity) to be completed. Children may complete the tasks at any time but must have completed the specified number by the end of the half term. All completed work (or work in progress pictures!) can be shared via Seesaw so achievements can be celebrated. At times, teachers may ask children to bring their work in to school. The learning challenge grid for each project is shared below, as well as some examples of the fantastic work completed by the children. The 'hall of fame' gallery is updated at the end of each project to celebrate the children's achievements.
To view the Year 3 Home Learning page and see our home learning grids and examples of some of the children's fantastic work, please click here.
Our Class News
Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 made a fantastic start to their time at Copley and celebrated a successful first week on Friday 4th September with a Teddy Bear's Picnic! During the morning, pupils used their creative writing skills to retell the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ before working strategically to solve the Teddy Bear Line Up in maths.
After eating their lunch with their teddy bear, pupils created a teddy bear disguise and played a number of team games outside. After all of their hard work, pupils were feeling peckish and satisfied their rumbling tummies with an afternoon snack of cupcakes and squash.
What a wonderful day!
Gem Stones Home Learning
Examples of the children's home learning projects to find out about their class gem stones, Opal and Pearl.
Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2020-2021
Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2020-2021. Teachers explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practice, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Teachers also explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!
You can find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars' by clicking here.
To view the photographs in the galleries below, please click on the first image and then you can scroll through the photographs shared.
News from our 'Gods and Mortals' Creative Learning Project
Year 3 have been learning about Ancient Greece in geography. They used a variety of maps to identify differences and similarities between ancient Greece and the country today before learning about some of the places Greece is famous for. What great work!
Children wrote postcards to their teachers to describe their favourite experiences of Greece.
Year 3 used a variety of sources to find out about Greek gods and goddesses. Well done, Year 3!
Year 3 learned about the key events in Ancient Greek history and then placed these in chronological order. The children learned that a timeline can be divided into BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini).
Year 3 used laptops and library books to learn about life in Ancient Greece by observing the art work on Greek vases. The children then created their own vases building up papier mache over a balloon structure, learning how to strengthen the structure of their models. Children then painted and decorated their vases, making their patterns and pictures look as authentic as possible.
Children looked at Ancient Greek artefacts and images in books and from the internet before creating their own sketches.
Year 3 explored how Athens and Sparta were represented in history. We gathered information about each city-state before deciding who they thought would win the war. We had an interesting discussion about which skills are needed to win a battle! We finished the lesson by finding out who won and the reasons why.
Children asked questions and found answers to questions about the past using a range of historical sources. They also described different accounts of a historical event, recognising some of the reasons why the accounts may differ.
Children used books, pictures and the internet to identify key facts about Ancient Greek soldiers, their armour and weapons.
In our English work we read the story of King Midas and then read a playscript of King Midas and compared the differences between the two.
During their computing lessons, children learned how to create PowerPoint presentations, researched an aspect of Ancient Greek life they were interested in e.g. the homes of rich and poor, Ancient Greek homes, food, the lives of rich and poor people in Ancient Greece etc. and then presented their information in PowerPoint presentations to share with the class.
As part of their project on 'Gods and Mortals', our two Year 3 classes took part enthusiastically in an ‘Olympic style’ competition using javelins, discus and shot put. We were very impressed with the skills of the pupils.
During their 'Gods and Mortals' project, children chose three writing challenges, two maths challenges and a creativity challenge to complete for their home learning, including making their own small scale model of a Greek temple.
Please click on the picture link below to view a gallery of some of Year 3's fantastic home learning work.
Displays in our Year 3 classrooms - let's celebrate everyone's fantastic work!
In our SPaG lessons we have been busy learning Year 3 spellings, grammar and punctuation. We take part in lots of fun activities to help us practise our skills.
In our maths work we have been working on place value and our understanding of number. We have been busy developing our addition and subtraction skills using mental and written methods. We have even taken the opportunity to develop our skills whilst also exploring and enjoying our beautiful school grounds.
Harvest Festival – Thank You!
Thank you for your donations to the charity ‘Water Aid’.
Children from each class contributed to our online Harvest Assembly with different presentations on the theme of water, including ‘Why is water so important?’, ‘The beauty of water’, ‘How can we get energy from water?’, ‘Save our oceans’, ‘The work of Water Aid’, ‘Why is hand washing so important?’ and ‘Zeitu and Zahra’s walk for water’.
The children enjoyed wearing their non-uniform clothes with a ‘blue’ theme for Water Aid, so thank you to everyone for your support. We raised £166.10 for WaterAid.
To view the photographs in the gallery below, please click on the first image and then you can scroll through the photographs shared.
Intra-School Cross Country Tournament
The children in our Sports Council decided to organise our own intra-school Cross Country Tournament, as we were unable to take part in our usual Doncaster Schools' Tournament because of COVID-19 restrictions.
This involved every child in school competing for their House, with children in Years 3 and 4 undertaking a one mile course in the school grounds and children in Years 5 and 6 completing a 1.5 mile course. The total distance covered, by totalling the distance completed by each child, equals 265 miles (equivalent to one person running to Exeter or Stirling in Scotland)!
Featured below are our medal winners in Year 3. The 2020 Intra-School Cross Country Tournament results were as follows:
1st - Darwin House
2nd - Hawking House
3rd - Einstein and Hodgkin House
I wonder which House will win our next intra-school sports competition? Good luck, everyone!
CSA 'Spooky Spoons' Competition
Our parent-teacher CSA group organised a fun competition for the children over half term. The children demonstrated amazing creativity with their 'Spooky Spoon' creations! Well done to our winners in Year 3 - Bethany and Lila.
News from our 'Flow' Creative Learning Project
As part of our 'Flow' creative learning project, Year 3 have been busy investigators this half term! We have looked closely at different soils, classifying them into their specific types; we have investigated different water samples to determine just how clean they really are, using the effects of evaporation to see what residues were left behind and designed our own ways of filtering water; and we have studied different rocks, testing them for permeability and durability and then used what we have learned to classify them.
First of all, Year 3 took part in a science investigation focusing on the different types of soils. They compared a range of samples and recognised that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. Brilliant work!
Continuing our science work, children used their scientific skills to conduct an enquiry where they compared, identified, classified and grouped different types of rock on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties whilst ensuring it was a fair test. They made observations and wrote up their findings. Well done, Year 3!
In geography, children described the parts of a river and understood that this was an example of physical geography.
Children identified the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle through learning the ‘Water Cycle’ song and creating impressive PowerPoint presentations. What wonderful work!
Using our geography skills, we identified the position and significance of lines of latitude, longitude, the equator and the northern and southern hemisphere. The children did a great job!
Year 3 used atlases to locate counties, cities and geographical regions of the United Kingdom. We were very proud of how hard they worked.
Year 3 used their geography skills to locate countries of the world and illustrate the percentage of people with access to clean water. The children found this very interesting and were able to discuss the reasons as to why some countries have a higher percentage of access to clean water compared to others.
The children took the on role of scientists to explore the ways in which we can make dirty water safe to drink. They thoroughly enjoyed using the equipment to design their own way of filtering water. Afterwards, they used their findings to write a conclusion and consider what they might do differently next time to refine their experiment. Amazing work!
In their geography work, children used fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present physical features of our local school environment. Over the course of five days, we investigated how much rainfall we had at our school.
Children have read a range of texts in guided reading and have worked collaboratively to look for clues in the text.
Children also explored the feelings of characters in the text they were reading through drama - great expressions!
Inspired by the text 'Flotsam', children developed their observational and sketching skills, creating some fantastic sketches of seaside treasures.
We have undertaken lots of different activities to help us learn different spelling rules.
During their 'Flow' project, children had opportunity to create some fantastic home learning projects, including creating fact files; writing diaries about growing cress, tomatoes and potatoes; writing the diary entry of a water drop; undertaking research about river creatures; ordering household containers based on their capacity, converting ml into l; creating water poetry; undertaking research into rivers of the World and presenting information about the water cycle.
Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 3's fantastic home learning work.
Our theme for national Anti-Bullying Week was 'United Against Bullying'. In Year 3, we talked about the nations that make up the United Kingdom and we created a collage Union Jack flag. We discussed respect for all people and created rainbow people to reflect the diversity in our country, as well as thinking about the rainbows we made in the summer to thank NHS workers for looking after us.
Lots of Year 3 children entered the Anti-Bullying Week Competition. Year 3 did very well as three winners were chosen from our year group; they received prizes to celebrate their success and will have their posters displayed on the website and around school.
Odd Socks Day
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors invited all children and staff to wear odd socks to launch our Anti-Bullying Week – as bright and oddly matched as possible! We used this theme to celebrate our individuality and to reflect that being different is ok.
Wonderful WellBeing Days
As we are keeping within our year group protected bubbles, our Year 6 Mini Life Coaches were not able to run their usual lunchtime wellbeing sessions, so they met with Miss Wright, our Emotional Health and Wellbeing leader, to discuss what they could lead to support pupils across school at the current time.
The Mini Life Coaches decided they would hold 'Wonderful Wellbeing Days' when all pupils across school would have a health and wellbeing focus. At the end of the first half term, children took part in a year group cross country competition, they had a yoga and relaxation session, took part in mindfulness colouring and designed wellbeing shields to consider what 'powers' they already have to support their wellbeing.
At the end of the second half term, the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches designed another timetable for a day of wellbeing activities and they shared their plans via the weekly newsletter:
"Before the end of term, all of the children in school will be taking part in the second ‘Wonderful Wellbeing’ day of the year. We have organised a day of relaxing, fun and creative mindfulness activities with the help of Miss Wright. Now, more than ever, it is very important that we all take time to look after our emotional health and wellbeing and we are proud to support other children at Copley to do this. The day will involve a House mat ball competition with Mr Henry, mindfulness colouring, Christmas star guided meditation, an outdoor elf hunt, wellbeing photo booth and more. We hope you will all enjoy it very much. "
from the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches
During the first week of December, thanks to our CSA group, the children enjoyed taking part in Copley’s first ever Santa Dash.
All children took part in a run in their year group bubbles within the school grounds as part of their timetabled P.E. lessons. The Santa Dash events looked very festive, with children wearing their Christmas jumper/t-shirt or a colourful top and a Santa hat.
Following the Santa Dash year group events, the CSA kindly organised for children to be presented with chocolate gold coins and a certificate of achievement. Well done everyone and thank you to the CSA (and also Santa, who completed eight laps of the course as he led each Santa Dash!).
To make the event even more fun, the CSA placed many festive decorations within the school grounds. There were so many hidden surprises for children to spot, it was very fortunate that our Santa Dash involved two laps of the course!
Father Christmas Visits Copley
We had a most fantastic surprise when our Teams reading reward assembly was interrupted by a special visitor, Father Christmas!
Father Christmas arrived in his vintage sports car, his elves had transformed our P.E. container into a magical grotto and in his sacks, Father Christmas had a present for every child. It even snowed on this special occasion! This was a truly memorable experience for children and the excitement and joy on children’s faces was wonderful to see.
Thank you to parents/carers for your support for this event and to our amazing CSA team for all their work to make this such a fabulous occasion.
Please click on the first image below to view our second gallery.
‘Polar Express’ Extravaganza
Our final Friday together of the autumn term was one of the most magical school days that could ever be imagined! Without doubt, we have the most amazing CSA team in the World, as their time, dedication, creativity and imagination in bringing the ‘Polar Express’ experience to the children has been exceptional. After weeks of preparation, a very long evening and an early morning start, the preparations were completed to give children a truly memorable experience.To see the full gallery of photos, please click here.
News from the first half of the spring term 2021
In January 2021, as news broke of the new national lockdown owing to COVID-19, we moved to a hybrid model of learning, with just under 50% of pupils in school, (with places given to children of key workers and those judged as vulnerable), and just over 50% of pupils learning from home.
Our Remote Learning Offer is shared in full on the website, so please click here to access this. This page hosts our 'Parent Guide to Remote Learning'; the weekly timetable for Year 3; our Zoom Code of Conduct; and details of how pupils' work and Zoom links for maths, English lessons and Friday celebration meetings are uploaded to our Seesaw app.
Weekly Highlights from Pearl and Opal Classes
Please scroll through our PowerPoint, sharing highlights of the work this week from all the children in Pearl and Opal classes. Alternatively, you can download the class PowerPoints by clicking on the links below.
Well done everyone!
To download and view our class highlights of the week, please click on the links below:
News from our 'Predator' Learning Project
To begin our spring term learning, pupils at home and at school were inspired by the short animated film clip, 'Taking Flight'. Pupils developed a number of skills including sequencing events from the story, summarising the main points and applying some of their knowledge about sentences to re-tell the story in their own words. The Year 3 children in school recorded their version of story for the Year 3 children to enjoy at home at bedtime. Well done everyone!
We hope you enjoy listening to our bedtime story.
Books have proven to be an excellent way of maintaining links between Year 3 in school and at home this half term and pupils thoroughly enjoyed a virtual book share with Miss Carrington. The book, 'Lifesize' by Sophy Henn, provides so many fascinating facts about creatures from around the globe. Did you know that a narwhal's tusk is actually a tooth that grows through its top lip? Ouch!
Pupils were surprised to discover that the giant squid has the largest eyes on the planet. The big eyes help them to see better in the dark which comes in handy when they are on the lookout for lunch at the bottom of our oceans. Both in school and at home, pupils were tasked with recreating life size squid eyes. Look at their amazing work!
There are so many predators to be found across the globe! Pupils built on their previous learning in geography and explored locations and habitats using their skills to label world maps and create colour-coded keys.
Every great predator is part of a complex food chain which enables energy to be passed from the producer, through the chain to the predator. Year 3 were able to interpret a variety of simple food chains and create their own illustrations to demonstrate their understanding. Yet more fabulous work from pupils in school and at home.
The skeleton is a vital part of our bodies. It offers support and protection whilst also enabling movement. Did you know that there are 206 bones in an adult human skeleton? We do!
On our snow closure day, children worked hard attending their Zoom lessons and completing their work at home before enjoying the snow in their gardens!
Year 3 have enjoyed sharing the text 'Lifesize Dinosaurs' (also by Sophy Henn) and many children met the challenge of creating snow dinosaurs!
After reading the book, 'Lifesize Dinosaurs', and researching different species of dinosaur as part of their English work to create non-chronological reports, the children were inspired to create life size versions of a T-Rex's jaws. They showed excellent team work and collaboration as they undertook the giant challenge of recreating sharp teeth and scaly skin using chalk, pastels and crayons. We then took our art work into the hall and tried to imagine what it would be like to stand face to face with a T-Rex. A T-eriffic effort from everyone!
We were so fascinated by the prehistoric creatures that we used our learning about non-chronological reports in English to present our knowledge about dinosaurs. We have been deconstructing reports and looking for features, building banks of technical vocabulary and grouping ideas into paragraphs with subheadings. We worked in groups to research and create facts banks before turning our ideas into sentences and finally, write complete reports. Phew! So much hard work.
As part of their 'Predators' project, Year 3 pupils at home and at school looked closely at images of different birds of prey in flight. They used their observational drawing skills to create detailed line drawings. We even saw siblings and parents getting involved at home too!
Building on our prior learning about rocks during our Flow learning project, Year 3 have been finding out about the process of fossilisation. They created their own story board to explain each step and then used air-drying salt dough to recreate their own fossils. Can you identify which predators the fossils belong to?
Did you know that not only animals are predators? We developed our learning to consider how plants can be predators too! We have been learning about the parts of flowering plants including the roots, stem, flower and leaves. A Venus Fly Trap has traps to help it catch its prey because it cannot absorb enough nutrients from the soil alone.
The Venus Fly Trap needs nutrients from the soil as well as the prey it catches in its trap to survive. We have been finding out about the other factors which influence a plant's growth and survival.
If plants have the correct conditions for growth, they can flourish and reproduce, meaning more plants can grow. We now understand the life cycle of plants including how seeds are dispersed by water, wind and animal.
We have seen so much learning at home this half term! Children have engaged in online Zoom lessons, uploading work to Seesaw and developing their skills just like they would have done in the classroom. However, learning never stops at Copley and across Year 3, children have continued to produce fantastic pieces of homework, choosing tasks from the project grid. Our homework tasks for this half term included creating predator inspired art work, writing guides for caring for the ultimate predator, designing zoos for endangered species and comparing heights of some of the Earth's most magnificent animals. Prepare to be impressed!
The structure of remote learning has meant that we have had the opportunity to develop so many new skills in addition to our planned curriculum study! We have seen science experiments using our knowledge of variables, baking, sewing, art work and so much more...
Safer Internet Day
In Year 3, we know how important it is to stay safe online. As part of our work on E-Safety, we helped some of our favourite fairy tale characters solve some of their online dilemmas such as sharing personal information and responding to cyber bullying. We were quick to respond to their problems with friendly text messages of advice. We are always happy to help!
We are kind at Copley!
Across school, pupils were tasked with finding extra ways to be kind to each other. We have seen so many acts of kindness in Year 3 including reading with siblings, preparing tea for parents, surprise breakfast for the teachers, telling jokes to brighten someone's day and even helping with household chores! Nobody at Copley has to be reminded to be kind. We are kind every day!
News from our 'Tribal Tales' Learning Project
Year 3 returned to learning after half term full of enthusiasm for our new learning project, Tribal Tales. We launched the project with the story 'The Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura and learned all about the boy's adventures with Om. We then used our history skills to create timelines across the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods considering key changes in Britain and the rest of the world.
The Stone Age seems like such a long time ago! We considered what the lives of people during the time would have been like and considered how the living conditions changed during each Stone Age period. Did you know that ice covered most of Britain with freezing temperatures throughout the year? Brrrr! Despite the cold weather, humans followed and hunted wild animals such as woolly mammoths, bears and bison.
How do we know about the past? Primary and secondary sources help us to understand what life was like in the past and how things have changed over time. We looked closely at some of the tools believed to have been used by people during the Stone Age and considered what we could learn from them. Then we thought about what historians in the future might find out about us from the things that we leave behind. We decided that there will still be lots of plastic to be found in a hundred years time!
There are so many Stone Age settlements that have been discovered in Britain. They give us clues about how the people lived and how the climate in Britain changed over time. We used our geography skills to locate some of the Stone Age settlements on a map of Britain and used Google maps to make virtual visits.
We took a visit to Scotland and explored the Stone Age settlement, Skara Brae. We used primary and secondary sources to consider what life was like and drew our own conclusions about the past. We think the people lived a peaceful life, farming the land and fishing from the sea.
Next, we travelled to the famous Stone Age monument, Stonehenge. Historians have differing views about its purpose and we considered all of the evidence before making our own decisions about its use. Do you think it was a burial ground, a giant clock or a place of worship?
Cheddar Man is a human male fossil found in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. The skeletal remains date to the Mesolithic period and it appears that he died a violent death. We used some of the evidence found by scientists to think about his appearance and his life. We answered the questions 'What do we know about Cheddar Man?' and 'How do we know?'
Year 3 have loved learning about the Stone Age at school and have continued with their learning at home during the evenings and weekends! Here is some of the wonderful work they have produced as part of their Homework challenges for this half term. We have seen code breaking, cave painting and jewellery making to name just a few!
World Book Day 2021
Mrs Henfield planned a whole host of exciting activities for our World Book Day celebrations this year! Children at home and at school dressed as book characters or in 'sporty' clothes and completed a range of book-related tasks including character selfies, word searches, crosswords, mindfulness colouring and a sporty themed creative writing competition. Pupils were also set the challenge of creating book characters from potatoes! Below is a gallery of our costumes. How many sports and book characters can you name? You might even spot the Y3 staff in their costumes too!
News from our 'Light and Sound' Mini Learning Project
Year 3 began their new mini-project by thinking all about light. We used our knowledge to consider different light sources and discussed why the moon appears to provide light when, in fact, it only reflects the light from the sun. We used our scientific enquiry skills to investigate what was needed to be able to see the collection of objects inside the box and concluded that we would need lots of holes to let in light.
We learned that darkness is the absence of light, light travels in straight lines and we need light to see! Some people believe that eating carrots helps you to see in the dark. What do you think?
We continued to develop our scientific enquiry skills as we investigated the reflective properties of different materials. We applied what we had learned in our investigation to design a new school book bag, considering which materials would be most effective in keeping us safe on our journey to school.
The sun is a natural light source. It provides warmth, light and helps the body to produce Vitamin D. However, the sun's rays can also be very harmful, causing sun burn, damaging our retina and sometimes causing skin cancer. We set up an investigation to see how powerful the sun's rays are by displaying coloured shapes in our classroom windows. We left our images for over a week and when we returned to them, the colour had faded. Just imagine what the sun can do to our skin if we don't protect it!
We used what we had learned about the sun to design our own sunglasses or sun hats, explaining the damage that the sun can cause and considering how our stylish products could help protect us from those harmful rays. Always wear sunglasses with UV filters and sun hats with large brims.
Have you ever been outside on a sunny day and noticed your shadow? Have you ever made shadow puppets with your hands at night time? We used our comparative and fair testing skills to investigate which materials cast shadows. When an opaque material blocks the light source, a shadow is formed. Transparent and translucent materials allow light to pass through them so do not create a shadow.
Why do our shadows change each time we go outside? Sometimes our shadows seem to be really long and sometimes they almost disappear. We developed our investigation skills further by measuring the length of shadows that were created as the distance between the object and the light source changed. We are super scientists!
After all of our hard work in the classroom, we went outside in the bright sunshine and explored how we could use our bodies to block the light from the sun. Some of us had really long shadows and we noticed how they changed when we moved. We even tried making shapes with our hands. The hearts were our favourite!
We heard so many different sounds when we explored the school site! We marked all of the sounds that we heard on a map of our school. We now know that a sound is made by vibrations.
But how does the sound travel from the vibrating object to our ears? Our work below explains just how it happens! We were amazed to learn how fast light and sound travel. Did you know that light travels faster than sound? That is why we see lightning before we hear thunder. Fascinating!
When we thought about all of the sounds that we hear, we began to wonder what makes them all different. Why are some sounds high or low? Why are some sounds loud and others quiet? We carried out some investigations to find out why.
We investigated volume (how loud a sound is) by using different forces to make sounds like clapping our hands together gently and then using more force. We investigated pitch (how high or low a sound is) and how it changes based on the length of the straws making the sound. We made our own panpipes to test out our ideas. Read our exit cards to find out what we learned...
We used what we had learned about sounds being caused by vibrations and our knowledge of pitch and volume to answer the question, 'Why can I hear you when we are close together but not when we are far apart?'
We played some games to test our hearing skills and our sense of direction. It was surprising to see how many of us could detect the direction of sound when we were blindfolded. When we moved away from sounds, they became more difficult to hear so we made string telephones and used our knowledge of vibration to communicate with each other. What a great invention by Alexander Graham Bell! Now we can talk to anyone from anywhere in the world!
We used all of our newly acquired knowledge about light and sound to produce our own 'Shadow Puppet Theatre Shows'. We wrote our own scripts using familiar traditional stories and made cardboard puppets to bring our stories to life.
Phew! What a busy time we have had. We have definitely developed our scientific enquiry skills through this project! When our teachers asked us to tell them some of the things we had learned, we decided that we wanted to create our own knowledge mat to help us recall all of the facts. We could have included so much more! Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Carrington were amazed by how much we had remembered and understood.
Year 3 have enjoyed using our new iPads to access apps, including 'Nessy' (reading and spelling intervention), 'Mathletics' and 'Numbots'. What fantastic progress has been made!
In computing, the children in Year 3 have been learning how to use Scratch. First of all we developed our skills to debug programs including considering how to order commands so the two penguins told a ‘knock knock’ joke and spoke their parts in the correct order; speeding up a car’s travel around a race track but still keeping the car on the track and making a times table program complete a sequence to 12x12. The children created their own background and Sprite and then programmed an algorithm of their own to make their character tell a joke. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough, they then moved onto programming their own computer game, testing and debugging it to make sure it worked smoothly!
Easter Fun at Copley!
As part of our Easter celebrations, we were joined in school by Peter Rabbit! Excited to meet him, Year 3 dashed outside and on to the playground to meet the special visitor. They enjoyed dancing along to a number of popular songs before receiving an Easter gift of a Cadbury's Creme Egg from their House Leaders. We finished the afternoon by finding out who had won the many Easter competitions. Tesco was very kind and donated lots of Easter Eggs as prizes. Yum!
News from our 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' Learning Project
Food Glorious Food! Year 3 started their learning for the summer term by classifying different food items, considering the different food groups and creating their very own 'Eat-Well Plate'. Do you manage to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day?
We all need to eat a balanced diet to stay healthy. The food that we eat contains many different nutrients to support our body as it moves, grows, and repairs itself. Our body needs 13 different vitamins to work effectively!
Did you know that all the parts of plants are edible? Building on our prior knowledge about the parts of plants and their function, we considered which parts of plants we eat and which are inedible. We tasted a variety of different plant parts, including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. There were mixed reactions! The rhubarb was especially sour. Yuk!
Food labelling gives us lots of information about the ingredients and nutritional value of the food that we eat. The labels help us to make informed choices using a traffic light system. Green means it is good for us to eat and red means that we should avoid it. We played a card game to test our understanding of healthy and unhealthy foods. Who knew learning about food could be so much fun?!
James Lind played an important role in transforming the health of sailors on board ships. He used clinical trials to find a cure for scurvy by feeding the sailors different foods and investigating the effects. Two oranges and a lemon a day keeps scurvy away!
As we continued to develop our knowledge of foods and our scientific enquiry skills, we tried to answer the question "Which are the juiciest fruits and vegetables?"
We made predictions using what we already knew about the properties of the fruits and vegetables. The tomato looked especially juicy! We cut slices of different fruits and vegetables and weighed them before placing them in the oven so that the water could evaporate. Can you believe that it took 11 hours?!
The two classes cut their own slices of fruit and vegetables and baked them in the oven. The results were not as we predicted! We looked carefully at our findings and considered what could have influenced our results. We were fascinated by the appearance of the dried foods.
We have done lots of learning about different foods but why do we like some more than others? Using our scientific enquiry skills, we investigated which apples we prefer. Did the colour affect our favourite choices? Did we prefer red or green apples? The teachers tried to trick us with red and blue food colouring and it worked! Pearl class preferred the red apple when it was coloured blue.
Throughout history, sugar has always been precious and it was often called 'white gold'. During Tudor times only the rich could afford sugar and they ended up with rotten teeth. During World War II, sugar was rationed and it continued for 8 years after the war had ended. Year 3 considered how much sugar we should eat each day (6 cubes for 7-10 year olds) and then used their estimating skills to guess how much sugar is in a number of favourite drinks. There are 17 teaspoons of sugar in a 500ml bottle of glucose energy drink. Unbelievable!
Using our knowledge of the world, we researched the distance our food has to travel to reach our plate. 95% of the fruit we eat comes from abroad and half of our vegetables are imported too! Transporting all of that food causes lots of pollution which isn't good for our planet.