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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 1

Week 1

It has been a fantastic start to life in Year 3 - well done 3K! The children have settled quickly and have established the daily routine of being in school. They are communicating well with each other and are very much engaged with their learning - everybody has been so enthusiastic! I am very impressed. Well done. 

 

We have started the curriculum with Science by learning about what it means to be a Geologists. We have been investigating rocks and the incredible journey they experience over a long period of time. The children collected rocks which included a visit to our Reflective Garden at school and tried hard to distinguish between them which allowed them to sort into 'Sedimentary', 'Metamorphic' and 'Igneous'. Following on from this, the children became Scientists by learning how to investigate the process of how rocks are formed and changed. We used sweets to create rock layers (sedimentary), then applied heat (igneous) before adding pressure and intense heat (metamorphic).

 

 

 

 

Week 2

The children have continued to be Geologists and Scientists this week and have really enjoyed these experiences. They have continued to develop and embed their knowledge of the three types of rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary. The children explored the process of how rocks are created by using Starburst sweets. First, they stacked and squeezed the sweets into layers, then heated them, followed by further heat and pressure. The children then discussed the results they found at each stage of the process. Exciting! 

 

 

The children were then tasked with the challenge of investigating which rock type would be most suitable for building a cave. They tested the durability, sustainability and density of the rocks as well as investigating how they were affected by erosion. 

 

 

The final part of our Science unit involved learning about soils. The children learnt about the four main layers of soil, how and why soil is different throughout the country (we had soil examples from London, Lincolnshire and Scotland!). Children were also able to identify and clarify how soil is formed. 

 

Week 3

This week we have started our History unit which has allowed the children to transform into Archaeologists. They have learnt that once evidence is found about the past, it helps to create a story which informs us about what happened many, many years ago. We have begun investigating Pre-History and exploring the Stone Age Era's. Children have already started to show some empathy for these people who had to live in extreme environments. 

 

 

 

Week 4

It has been an exciting week! The children have been preparing for the Church School Council elections by creating posters and writing speeches to present to their peers. The children showed fantastic creativity in doing this and confidently presented what they had done. The rest of the class were incredibly excited to listen, watch and finally vote for their favourite candidates. We are very proud of all the participants and entries - everybody did a fantastic job!

 

Leading the way for Our Class, Our School and Our Community. 

 

3K had some visitors this week too! We met Michel and Celine who are French! They showed us France on a map so we could make comparisons to the UK and look at how far they had travelled to see us. They also taught us some simple French phrases such as 'Bonjour' which means 'Hello and 'Au Revoir' which means 'Goodbye'. The children felt incredibly lucky to have visitors from a different country in our classroom. We certainly hope Michel and Celine visit again soon! 

 

Week 5

This week the children have transformed brilliantly into Geographers! We have been learning about the water cycle and how the process works. We learnt the four main stages of the water cycle: 

 

1. Evaporation 

2. Condensation 

3. Precipitation 

4. Accumulation 

 

We particularly learnt how clouds accumulate water through our experiment and created our own representations of evaporation and condensation. 

 

Week 6 

This week we have been learning about tone. We have done this by exploring different pencil grades and experimenting with dark and light tones. As a result of developing this skill, we were able to start sketching 3D objects. Exciting! The children have really enjoyed developing their artistic skills and are showing great progress as artists. Well done, Year 3! 

Week 7

 

What an incredibly exciting end to Term 1! This week we had Poetry Week across the school, enabling us time to explore the world of Haiku poems! We learnt that Haiku poems come from Japan and when writing one, there are certain rules you have to follow. The children had a fantastic time exploring the theme, Autumn, and identifying expressive vocabulary. We used our toolkit to plan, draft, edit and publish our final Haiku poems - they were amazing! Well done!

 

Haiku Poems 

1. Natural Theme (Autumn)

2. Three Lines 

3. 5-7-5 syllable pattern

4. Alliteration 

5. Simile 

 

 

Our French friend Celine popped by this week too, in our last French lesson of the term. She wanted to share a poem her parents sent from France, written specially for 3K! Celine has told her parents about Poetry Week and they've sent a poem across to us in England! How lucky are we! 

 

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