Class Blog for Year 3

Summer Term 1 

Welcome back to School for the Summer Term

This term we will be asking the question....

What is water and where does it come from?

The Water Cycle

A simple(ish) answer is looking at the water cycle. This video is a good introduction to some of these main ideas.

A song to make sure you remember the facts!

What are the key words in this song?


We are also learning about the main features of rivers. Have a look at this website to find out more and take a look at the diagrams above to remind you of the main features.


Latest spellings 

LOOK NEW Spellings

Please look below this blog post to download the latest spelling list for your child. 
Don't forget the different ways that we can learn our spellings so also check out the activity sheet and booklet to help you.

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Now let us take a look at the gallery... 

Art and Design

We have been learning to create 'wash' backgrounds using watercolours and have produced some fine examples.

What better way to show off your own art work by designing and making your own picture frame.

We evaluated, designed and crafted our own photoframes including cutting the mitre joints and making our own wood filler out of PVA and saw dust. With a final sand and our Art work placed inside I am sur eyou will agree that they look great!

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This half term we have been learning to code!

Over the last few weeks we have started our journey to becoming 'computational thinkers' by learning to code using scratch.


We have learnt to use the repeat function to make our code more efficient.

What would you expect the code in the picture to make?


To make our code even more efficient (and use our previous learning to make awesome patterns!) we have learnt how to make our own coding blocks using sub-routines.

Where is the self-made block in the coding opposite?

Here are some of the patterns that we managed to code.

We wrote the most efficient code that we could manage to create these images using the repeat function and sub-routines.


Using Skratch to code 

This term we are using Scratch to help us learn to code

We are becoming computational thinkers this term. To do this we are exploring and using the website Scratch coding.

This is free to access and if you set up an acoount you can save as well as share your work.

So far we have learnt about Events and motion as well as what an Algorhythm is.

We will be learning to use repetitions in the Control section.

Please click the link above to explore some more coding.

Scratch is block coding 

We will be learning how to use block coding to create Algorhythms.
If you have an Ipad at home a great App that is very similar to Scratch is called Tickle and it is also worth exploring.


Volcanoes inside and out and some new fossils! 

How do you make a model of a volcano?

This week we have been exploring different mediums for making 3D models.

As part of our learning about rocks and the science of the Earth we have been learning about volcanoes. 

In forest school we used our knowledge of building with natural materials to construct a cone shape. Using the beautiful Autumnal leaves we were able to add some lava flows to our models. We topped this off with some vinegar, food colouring and bi-carbinate of soda to experience the speed and spread of a lava flow.

Using layers when painting.

When investigating using paint as a medium for making a model we have experimented with using acrylic paint to create 3D effects. Our model volcanoes are starting to look very realistic with these new art techniques. Not disimilar to squeezing ketchup and mustard in many ways! Check back here agon to see the progress of our models.

New fossils

When learning about how fossils can be formed we realy wanted to experience millions of years in a blink of an eye. We made moulds for our 'cast and mould' fossils from modelling clay and then poured in some plaster of paris to simulate the way rocks forms to create a fossil. The results were great and we look forweard to adding some more detail to them.



The Legend of the Rillaton Cup

This week we have been learning about legends. One local legend that we have been using to help us achieve this is that of The Rillaton Cup. See the video below to heatr a version of the legend. We will be reinacting this story on our school trip on Monday.

Can you recall the main parts of the legend?

We have been learning that legends are tales that have been told throughout history - perhaps even as far back as cave paintings in Stone Age times. We also learnt that although the main details of the story must remain the other parts can change.

Can you tell your own version of the Legend of the Rillaton cup?

History all around us

If you go down to the museum in Liskeard you can see a replica of the actual Rillaton Cup. The one that sat on a King's dressing table and was once hidden beneath the marshes on Minions moor.

You can also find out a lot more about bronze age history that happened right on our doorstep.

Here are some pictures from the museum.


Anyone for Tennis? 

Anyone for Tennis?

This week we have continued with our PE learning all about Tennis. We are now able to serve underarm, control the raquet and return the ball to a aprtner. Next we are learning to rally the ball!

Cave Paintings

In our learning about the Stone Age we have been exploring evidence that Neolithis people left behind. One of the most amazing artifacts are the stunning cave paintings that have been uncoverd over the last 100 or so years.

After leanring about the amazing paintings, drawings and carvings we just had to have a go ourselves! It was trickier than it looked and we have a new found respect for the artists of the Stone Age!

Challenge yourself in maths

We have also been learning some new maths skills this week. Take a look at the speech bubbles in the photos and see if you can have a go at some of them at home.


Stig of the Dump and Investigating Rocks! 

Lighting fires and Testing Rocks

We ended the week by taking what we had learnt from our class reading book 'Stig of the Dump'  and applying it in the forest area. We learnt the importance of safety around fire, the elements that fire needs and how to select the correct fuel for the fire. We then learnt how to use a fire steel and were very successful in creating a spark!

Once we had lit the fire we took it in turns to blow on it to give it a bodt of oxygen and then carefully placed sticks (the fuel) on the fire.

We also carried out the science experiment that we have been planning this week.

We worked in teams to answer the questions that we had asked earlier in the week. These were: Do all rocks fizz when acid is applied? Are all rocks hard? and Do all rocks soak up water? Ask us what we found out... As you can see we had our best science equipment out and took on the part of expert scientists very well.


Spellings have begun... 

This week we have been starting our spelling learning adventure.

This wek your child will bring home spellings for them to learn. In order to enable them to thoroughly learn the spellings I have attached to this blog the suggested learning activities that they can use at home.

Your child will bring home 5 spellings per week with the intention of them exploring, playing with and using those words in order for them to not only add them to their vocabulary but to enable them to learn to spell them correctly.

If you have any questions about the activities atached then please come and see me at the end of the day.

There will always be lists of spellings pinned to the classroom wall for those that need a new or 'spare' list.

Spend five days learning the spellings from when they come home. Your child will be tested on the spellings at some point during the term. The intention is not to get the chidlren ready for a test but to get them to explore language and spelling patterns.

Thank you for your support in this. Enjoy the activities.

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