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Term 5

PSHE - What is the law?

The children explored what the law was and why we have it. They discussed the laws they knew about and how these are similar to rules. We thought about the rules in religions and then reflected about which we thought were the most important, providing justifications as to why.


Science - a balanced diet

After learning about what the words carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and calcium meant, the children learnt about what foods made these groups and why they were so important to our bodies. After looking at the food pyramid on the wall, the children then designed their own healthy plate.


Fractions - counting in tenths and decimals

As part of the fraction work, the children have been able to count and order in tenths. They have been able to use the counters to help them understand how 2/10 would be equivalent to 0.2. Through reasoning and problem solving, the children have then applied their knowledge and understanding.


Art - drawing

To begin the work about the artist John McCallan Swan, the children found out some information about him and looked closely at his drawings of big cats. They have made their own comments linked to art terms about his work.



The children have been learning how to interpret simple maps in order to locate objects before they begin hunting for letters and numbers outside over the next few weeks. The children have been able to move around in small teams supporting one another and communicating clearly. 

English - Role-playing events

After exploring the story in more detail, the children recreated the events showing each other how the character would behave with expression. The children were able to explain in detail and model well.

Reading Picnic

As part of our reading for pleasure, the children chose a book and enjoyed relaxing on the blankets and chairs whilst reading them. They were able to share their thoughts and were keen to discuss the theme, character and descriptive phrases seen.

Music - singing  

It is very exciting this term as the children progress with their musical skills in singing. They have explored how to sing in rounds this week, learning how to keep singing even when another group begin at a different point. We cannot wait to see where it leads.

RE: Celebrations

After exploring celebrations that would help others remember, we quickly realised that these may cause different emotions such as sadness. We then discussed the positives and negatives of remembering celebrations and then in pairs the children created their own persuasive speech.

English: narrative writing

The children have been hard at work developing their stories about the character of Spiro. Using year three features such as fronted adverbials, punctuation for dialogue, improved choices of vocabulary and maintaining a consistent tense, the children have been gripped. They had produced some lovely ideas so far.

Geography: Rainforests

The children have enjoyed exploring rainforests this term as well as learning other key features of geography such as the equator, parts of the world and biomes. We have started to explore rainforests further by understanding the differences between tropical and temperate rainforests. We know that tropical rainforests are found in hotter regions of the world and temperate rainforests in cooler regions of the world. The children used atlases to locate the countries that have rainforests in them and identified on a key whether they were tropical or temperate. 


French - Colours

After rehearsing the terms for the colours in French, the children located the names and matched them to the colours. They then played a game to try and remember them. The children then rehearsed the question: 'Quelle est votre couleur preferee?' before responding with 'Ma couleur preferee est le...' The progress is fantastic.


In our Computing lessons, we have explored and developed the skills of copying and pasting images, changing font colour and size so that we can create an appropriate magazine page about out current artist John Macallan Swan.


Sketching  in the style of John Macallan Swan

Over the last few weeks, the children have been developing their sketching techniques to create images of tigers. They have learnt how to hold the pencil and sketch lightly. Today they learnt that there are different gradings of pencils and explored how to make areas lighter and darker.                                                           

Jubilee Celebrations

The last day of term was such an exciting day of celebration for everybody. We spent time exploring Queen Elizabeth II reign on the throne which has lasted for over seventy years. The children developed their understanding of the upcoming Jubilee celebrations. We created our own jubilee party hats and read Michael Mopurgo's new book 'There Once Is A Queen' that explores Queen Elizabeth's life. Afterwards, we had a jubilee celebration of our own on the playground and all ate our lunch together. We had 'Proms on the Playground' where each year group sang a song from a decade of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Year 3 had the 1980s and our song was 'Rockin' All Over The World' by Status Quo. They performed brilliantly. In the afternoon, the children created portraits of the Queen in the style of Charlie Macksey and ate an Skinners ice-cream whilst enjoying a story in the sun. What a fantastic day had by all!