Year 3

Welcome to our class page!
Teaching Team:
Mondays and Tuesdays: Mrs Scott, Mrs Warne, Mrs Kellock
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: Mrs Ashton, Mrs Remm, Mrs Warne, Mrs Kellock
Welcome to Summer Term 2. For this half of the term, we shall be looking at our local area, making maps and investigating what makes Shelford a great place to live.
We shall also be working on our entry to the Fitzwilliam Museum competition, Inspire 2020, looking at the painting Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio.
Didn't we have a luvverly time, the day we went to Cambridge!
And we finally got to see that painting in the flesh.
Remember those letters we wrote to our French pen-pals before Easter? Well, we received our replies today and learned a lot about their families. Some even sent photos, and hinted that we might meet them on the week of the village exchange.
What fun doing the Maths activities set by our visitor, Mr Ede. Great perseverance was shown by Year 3 in sticking at all those shape challenges - some even got solved!
The History of our School
Welcome back to the Summer term. We will be thinking about the history of our school and how it started 176 years ago.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, we will be dressing up in Victorian costumes and getting a taste of what life was like in a Victorian classroom.
Homework Challenge for Summer 1:
  • Can you find an example of a habitat in your garden or near your home (eg hedge, pond, patch of long grass, tree) and name and draw 4 living organisms (plants or animals) that are living or might live there and explain why they are suited to it.
  • Can you find someone to interview about what school was like when they were a child? Did they wear a uniform? What games were played at breaktime? What were the school lunches like?
How did we manage to have such lovely sunshine for our pond dip? We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, finding newts, snails (but no puppy dogs' tails...!) and even some dragonfly larvae, down in the wildlife garden. Our very own watery habitat to explore.
Making models of Stonehenge
Our topic for Spring 2 is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. This will culminate in our class trip to Wandlebury on March 27th.
We're doing our bit in Year 3 to keep the "entente" as "cordiale" as we can - this week we have replied to the New Year cards we received from our French pen-pals.
Look at our costumes for World Book Day! what characters do you think we are?
Homework Challenge for Spring II:
  • Can you prepare a time line of your life from birth to the present day. (For example, include your first smile, crawl, walk, talk, and any other significant events by marking their date on your line). You could include illustrations and/or photos for added impact!
  • Can you look around your home and identify at least 4 different ways in which rock or things from under the ground are used in or around your home (eg glass, ceramic/clay, marble, slate, granite)
We have been looking at cave paintings made during the Stone Age and re-creating them using oil pastels.
Our topic for Spring 1 is Mighty Mountains.
Forest School led by Mrs Clarke. We were ice explorers for the morning, making ice sculptures. We will be sharing more about our Forest School adventures during our class assembly in March.
Making batik panels during Art Day.
We have been looking at how other artists have drawn mountains in their landscapes. These oil pastel drawings were inspired by Katsushika Hokusai. He was fascinated by Mount Fuji in Japan and made wood block prints showing the mountain from different views and in different weather.
Remember those lovely Christmas cards we sent off to France in December? Well, this week we got our replies - wishing us a "Bonne Annee" together with photos of our French pen-pals . We'll be writing replies in March, so look out for those!
Homework Challenges for Spring 1:
  • Can you find out a fact about a mountain, write it out and add it to our display in the classroom?
  • Can you eat the alphabet? Write out the alphabet and see if in the next few weeks you can eat something that begins with every letter. Bring in your list to show the rest of the class.
Our topic in Autumn Term 2 is Inverness- a different place.
Homework challenges for Autumn 2:
Use a globe/map/atlas to locate 10 European countries and their capital cities. Bring your list in to share with the class.
Using recycled materials, design and make a christmas decoration and bring it in to decorate the classroom in December.
We have been making Loch Ness Monsters from clay. 
Christmas is coming - and in year 3 we have made christmas cards featuring ourselves as santa's elves to introduce ourselves to our French penpals. Joyeux Noel tout le monde!
Autumn Term 2018
Our topic this term is Castles!
Homework challenges for Autumn 1:
Write a lunchtime prayer to go in our Prayer Folder. Write it on a sheet of A4.
Make a model of a castle from junk or a construction kit. Take a photo and bring it to school to share with the class.
We have been making castles out of cardboard with drawbridges that open and shut. We printed the walls with sponges and made people to stand in the windows. If you look carefully you might see a knight trying to attack each castle.
We started our topic by re-enacting the Battle of Hastings. We divided the class into Normans and Saxons and made swords and shields for the famous battle in 1066.
What an amazing trip we had to Hedingham Castle! We played a jousting game, learned who might live in a castle and how to lay siege to one amongst many other things. As if that wasn't enough, we had a glorious day of sunshine.
The Year 3 museum to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of our school.
Our class brought in all sorts of objects for the museum- from photos and coins to microscopes and even a dolls pram.
Science is noisy! But with the help of Data Loggers, we have been finding out just how noisy, comparing by measuring the decibels of sounds.