Welcome to 3J Class Page 2023/4

 

CLASS PHOTO:

 

 

STAFF:

Teachers in our class are Mrs Johnson, Mr Manning and Mrs Bullen.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS...:

 

Thursday 28th March- School closes at 1pm for Easter.

 

Wednesday 12th June- Come and Play with the Halle Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall.

 

PE DAYS:

PE days are Thursdays and Fridays

  Please bring your PE kit in on Thursdays and Fridays only.

 

READING:

Please bring your reading book to school every day so we can read with you.

Please read a few pages at home every day and ask an adult to sign your reading record.

 

CURRICULUM LETTER:

Here is our Spring Term curriculum letter so you can see what we were learning about this term: 

Year 3 Spring Term Curriculum Letter 2024

 

SPELLINGS:

 

Here are our spellings for Spring 2 half term.

There are two groups for spellings and your child should know which group they are in.

Spellings are tested each Friday on the dates shown on the sheet:

Year 3 Spellings Spring 2 2024

 

MEET THE TEACHER SPRING TERM:

Thank you to the parents that came to the meet the teacher afternoon on 15th January.

For those parents that couldn't make it, here is the powerpoint that we shared: 

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Powerpoint Spring 2024

 

Y3 Curriculum.

 

Our creative curriculum is driven by the 4Cs of communication, conflict, conservation and culture which meets the needs of our diverse school community.  It is designed to inspire an enthusiasm for learning, engaging with and learning about challenging 21st century issues, dealing with tomorrow’s issues today. 

 

Y3 are Adventurers. 


We have put together some useful websites that will help support your learning.

 

Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the website.

 

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MEET THE TEACHER AUTUMN TERM:

Thank you to the parents that came to the meet the teacher afternoon on 14th September. 

It was lovely to meet you.

For those parents that couldn't make it, here is the powerpoint that we shared: 

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Powerpoint Autumn 2023

 

Here is our curriculum letter for the Autumn term:

Year 3 Autumn Curriculum Newsletter 2023

 

Here are our spellings from Autumn 1:

Year 3 Autumn Spellings 2023

 

AUTUMN 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Autumn 1 our theme is called “Law and Order”. 

It is a thematic unit, based on the concept of justice, with a key focus on citizenship.
Pupils will look at the importance of leadership and the meaning of democracy and its origins, before
moving on to how this applies practically in communities, both school-wide, locally and nationally.

It finishes by recognising issues of justice, rights and responsibilities in their own setting and the wider world.

 

In science our unit is  called “May the Force Be with You”. 

We will be learning about forces and magnets. We will learn:

A. To know how things move on different surfaces

B. To know that and observe how some forces need contact between

two objects and some forces act at a distance

C. To know that and observe how magnets attract or repel

each other and attract some materials and not others

D. To describe magnets as having two poles

E. To predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other,

depending on which poles are facing

F. To compare and group together a variety of everyday

materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.

 


Reading:

In Autumn 1 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Mrs Noah's Pockets by Jackie Morris

Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen

If I Were Prime Minister by Trygve Skaug

 It's Your World Now by Barry Falls

Change Sings By Amanda Gorman


In Autumn 1 our class novels and books we read in story time are:

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival

The Twits by Roald Dahl 

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

Zoo by Anthony Browne


PHOTOS:

 

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 1:

 

On Friday 20th October we went to Martin Mere.

We had a wonderful time exploring the area and

doing challenges so we can become Guardians of the Wild:

 

Here are some of the activities we have done at home

towards earning our Guardian of the Wild status:

 

On Tuesday 17th October we went to Bolton Town Hall.

We had drinks and biscuits with the Mayor.

  We had a tour around Bolton Town Hall and found out lots about how the local council works:

 

For National Poetry Day we read, discussed and performed the poem

On the Move again from Somewhere by Michael Rosen:

 

On Thursday 5th October we took part in a BWFC Racism workshop:

 

On Wednesday 4th October we went to church to celebrate Harvest. 

Thank you to those who brought generous donations:

 

We are having great fun In forest school.

In week 1 in forest school we picked and ate apples we had grown:

 

In week 2 in forest school we whittled sticks:

 

In week 8 in forest school we cooked on the open fire:

 

In class worship each week we discuss

our school values Love, Friendship, Creative and Respect:

 

We often visit our class library: 

 

We often go to the sandpit:

 

On transition day we wrote about ourselves.

We stuck the pieces together like a jigsaw to show we all fit together:

3J All About Me 2023

 

 

On transition day we learned about the street artist ThankyouX.

We designed our own cubes and stuck them together to make our own street art:

3J Street Art 2023

 


Our learning:

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

Theme: Our theme unit in Autumn 1 is called Law and Order. 

In this unit we have look at rules, leaders, democracy and keeping safe.

 

In English we wrote and performed our own poems based on If I were King:

 

Here are our poems on display:

3j if I were King own version display 2023

 

 

In English we wrote a speech to apply for the position of school councillor

and then we read them out. We then had a democratic vote to choose our new school councillor.

We voted for Alisha. Congratulations Alisha:

 

In English we practised and then performed the poem

If I were King to our class:

 

In English we asked characters from The Butterfly Lion questions in a hot seating activity:

 

In English we wrote persuasive letters to the Prime Minister

to try to persuade him to improve zoos in England:

3J zoo persuasive writing 2023

 

 

In drama we acted out breaking the rules and what the consequences could be: 

 

In speaking and listening we played lots of games and discussed

how rules of the game need to be fair for all. We played Get and Go and Cabbages:

 

In dance we practised leading our partner

around the room and doing synchronised movements.

Some of us liked being the leader and some of us preferred to be the follower:

 

In PSHE we planned our own learning experience to teach our class some animal facts.

Some of us liked being the teacher and some of us didn't.:

 

 

In maths we practised partitioning in different ways:

 

In maths we partitioned into hundred, tens and ones using the base ten equipment:

 

In maths we practised our timestables on TimestablesRockstars.

We are going to practise at home too:

 

In science we played with different items to try to decide if pushes, pulls, magnetism and gravity

were forces that acted with contact or at a distance:

 

In science we did an investigation

to find out which surface had the most friction:

 

In science we were exploring gravity and did an investigation to

find out how weight impacts falling time:

 

In RE we are learning about the rules we should follow.

We imagined we were the King or Queen of England and

wrote our own rules for our citizens to follow:

3J RE If I was King 2023

 

 

In art we used the rule of thirds to draw a picture. 

The subject had to be on one of the points not in the middle:

3J Rule of Thirds 2023

 

 

In computing we searched for ourselves to check our digital footprint.

Thankfully we did not find any silly images of ourselves and our family members:

 

In computing we are learning about e-safety.

We read the story Chicken Clicking. 

We wrote a letter to Chicken telling her not to meet up with

an online stranger without telling her parents where she was:

3J Chicken Clicking 2023

 

 

In music we were introduced to the different samba instruments:

 

In music each we played our samba instruments:

 

 

 

In PE in our gymnastics topic we practised different jumps and leaps:

 

In PE we practised different jumps and leaps off different tables and benches:

 

In PE we practised different rolls in gymnastics:

 

In PE we did some gymnastics with Mrs Boyd:

 

In PE we played dodgeball:

 

In PE we played lots of games with Mr Ainscow:

 

 

 

In PE we practised our ball skills:

 

 

In PE we did an assault course with Mr Ainscow:

 

In PE we did some clockwork spring dances

which linked to our science forces work:

 

 

 

Here is our curriculum letter for the Autumn term:

Year 3 Autumn Curriculum Newsletter 2023

 

Here are our spellings from Autumn 2:

Year 3 Autumn 2 Spellings 2023

 

AUTUMN 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Autumn 2 our theme is called “May the Force Be with You”. 

It is a unit focusing on Science concepts and skills. (We did some of the work in Autumn 1.)

 

We will be learning about forces and magnets. We will learn:

A. To know how things move on different surfaces

B. To know that and observe how some forces need contact between

two objects and some forces act at a distance

C. To know that and observe how magnets attract or repel

each other and attract some materials and not others

D. To describe magnets as having two poles

E. To predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other,

depending on which poles are facing

F. To compare and group together a variety of everyday

materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.

 


Reading:

In Autumn 2 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Lights on Cotton Rock by David Litchfield

 The Green Ship by Quentin Blake

You’re called what? by Kes Gray

Hortense and the Shadow by Lauren and Natalia O’Hara

 Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart


In Autumn 2 our class novels and books we read in story time are:

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


PHOTOS:

 

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 2:

 

On Wednesday 20th December we had a fabulous time at our Year 3/ 4 Christmas party:

 

On Monday 18th December we went to Victoria Hall to watch Cinderella:

 

On Friday 1st December we went to Victoria Hall to see the Mayor's Christmas Concert:

 

 On Tuesday 21st November we had a fabulous time flying kites at Rivington:

 

On Tuesday 21st November our parents came to read with us in the library:

 

On Monday 20th November we went to the Justice Museum.  

We found out about the police force:

 

We took part in a courtroom workshop on cyberbullying:

 

On Friday 17th November we dressed in our pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need:

Children In Need

 

 

 

We are still completing tasks at home to help us become

Guardians of the Wild:

 

We now have 3 Guardians of the Wild:

3j guardians of the wild 2023

 

 

We are having great fun In forest school.

In week 2 in forest school we did some whittling:


Our learning:

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

Theme: Our theme unit in Autumn 2 is called

“May the Force Be with You”. 

It is a unit focusing on Science concepts and skills.

 

In Science we investigated which magnet was the strongest:

 

In Science we made magnetic games: 

 

In science we explored poles on a magnet:

 

In theme we made kites ready to go and fly them at Rivington:

 

In science we explored what items were magnetic or non-magnetic:

 

In science we made paper aeroplanes to explore gravity and air resistance:

 

In science we made parachutes of different sizes and dropped

an egg in it from a height. Gravity made it fall and air resistance slowed it down. 

The bigger the parachute, the slower the egg fell.

Some eggs broke and some did not:

 

We did some Christmas crafts:

 

We made some Christmas Cards using levers in Design Technology

and decorated them:

 

 

In English we are reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

In art we used pastels to draw the iron man:

 

In English we made news report about events in the Iron Man story:

 

In English we watched the Iron Giant film and compared it to The Iron Man book:

 

In maths we go on Maths Flex and Timestable Rockstars regularly:

 

In computing we are developing our word processing skills: 

 

In computing we developed our digital literacy skills:

3j digital literacy dec 23

 

 

In computing we made inserts for our Christmas cards:

3j Xmas card inserts 2023

 

 

In music we are developing our Samba drumming skills: 

 

In RE we made sukkah shelters like the Jewish people do

during the festival of Sukkot:

 

In RE we meditated and pretended we were a shepherd that

met baby Jesus and discussed how that must have felt:

 

In PE we played games with Mr Ainscow:

 

In PE we practised moving in different ways:

 

In PE we played dodgeball:

 

 

In PE we made a dance as different animals around an African watering hole:

 

In PE we did a Diwali dance:

 

In PE we made a mechanism dance linking with our science work: 

 

In PE we danced to Just Dance songs to keep fit:

 

 

 

Here are our Spellings from Spring 1:

Year 3 Spring 1 Spellings 2024


SPRING 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Spring 1 our theme is called “World of Difference”. 

 

This is a unit with a focus on religious festivals.

We will be looking at Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism,

Christianity and Islam. We will explore their origins,

places of worship, how they worship, holy books,

festivals and core beliefs.

 

Reading:

In Spring 1 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

 In Every House, On Every Street by Jess Hitchman

Elephant Island by Leo Timmers

Small in the City by Sydney Smith 

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali


In Spring 1 our class novels and books we read in story time are:

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl


PHOTOS:

 

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 1:

 

On Friday 16th February we had a reading with parents event in the library. 

Thank you to all the parents that attended it was a lovely event:

 

On Friday 2nd February we went to the Buddhist Meditation Centre in Manchester.

We learned lots about Buddhism and took part in a guided meditation:

 

On Friday 2nd February it was Number Day. We dressed

as a digit to raise money for the NSPCC:

 

On Monday 29th January we went to Shree Krishna Temple

in Bolton to see what a real Hindu temple looked like.  It was beautiful:

 


Our learning:

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

Theme: Our theme unit in Spring 1 is called

“World of Difference”. 

It is a unit focusing on different religions.

 

We did creative challenges at home about the topic  ' A World of Difference':

3j WOD creative challenge feb 2024

 

 

 

We learned that elephants are sacred to Hindus and we did a piece of art by

putting a black and white decorative elephant on a painted sunset background:

 

We acted out the Hindu story of Rama and Sita:

 

We learned how to do the Jewish celebration Horah dance:

 

We sang the Hannukah song, Ner Li:

 

In English we followed some instructions on

how to make a chocolate rice krispie cake:

 

In English we wrote our own instructions on how to make a rice krispie cake:

3j writing display instructions 2024

 

 

In English we acted out a scene from

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory using a playscript:

 

In Maths we looked at divisibility with remainders

by making shapes using different numbers of sticks:

 

In science we are learning about light and dark:

 

In science we explored that dark was the absence of light

and we needed light in order to see things by trying to identify items in a feeling bag:

 

In science we explore which material was the most reflective:

 

In Science we explore reflection using mirrors:

 

In computing we worked unplugged exploring writing code for an emoji

and finding a quick route for a mapping network:

 

In computing we worked unplugged writing code for an emoji and

cracking codes using a cipher:

 

In RE we are looking at prophets who were called to do a job by God.

We listened to the story of Moses and the burning bush and made our own burning bushes:

3j burning bush jan 2024

 

 

In PE with Mr Ainscow we are developing our gymnastic skills.

We made lots of shapes:

 

In PE with Mr Ainscow we continued to develop our gymnastics skills

and worked on balances and counterbalances:

 

In PE with Mrs Johnson we are developing our dance skills.

We moved as different animals in a jungle:

 

We explored the jungle through dance:

 

We moved like different animals in the jungle through dance:

 

We went on a safari and made up our own dance:

 

We practised our throwing and catching skills in PE:

 

We played dodgeball: 

 

In music we are continuing to develop our samba skills:

 

 

 

SPRING 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Spring 1 our theme is called “Lindow Man”. 

 

‘Lindow Man’ is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus,

telling the story of prehistoric Britain, from the Stone Age to the Celts.

Pupils will learn all about their achievements and ongoing legacy.


Reading:

In Spring 2 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson |

Stone Age Bone Age by Mick Manning |

The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein |

The Wild by Yuval Zommer

What the Macaw saw by Charlotte Gullian


In Spring 2 our class novels and books we read in story time are:

Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura

The BFG by Roald Dahl


PHOTOS:

 

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 2:

 

On Monday 25th March it was Stone Age Day:

We dressed up as Stone Age people:

 

We found out about the Stone Age time:

 

We hunted animals with spears:

 

We explored Stone Age artefacts:

 

On Thursday 21st March we wore our favourite socks/ odd socks to 

raise money for World Downs Syndrome Day:

 

On Thursday 21st March we helped our community by going litter picking:

On Friday 15th March it was Comic Relief Day. 

We dressed in funky clothes that didn't match to raise money for Comic Relief:

 

On Thursday 7th March it was World Book Day:

 

We dressed as our favourite book characters:

 

We shared books with our friends from year 2:

 

We read the Little Leader, Big Dreams book about Ada Lovelace, the first computer programme.

We wrote our own books about ourselves thinking about our big dreams:

 

We decorated our own potatoes at home as book characters:

 

 


Our learning:

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

Theme: Our theme unit in Spring 2 is called

“Lindow Man”. 

It is a history unit focusing on the Stone Age, Bonze Age and Iron Age.

 

We tipped our tables and pretended we were cave men and did our own cave paintings:

 

3j cave painting display 2024

 

 

 

 

In English we are reading The Stone Age Boy. 

We acted out Om meeting the boy for the first time. 

They did not speak the same language so we had to find other ways to communicate:

 

In science we are continuing our light topic and did an investigation to see how

the shadow size changed as we moved the object further away from the light source:

 

In Science we started our new topic electricity and made a bulb light up:

 

In computing we are continuing to use CS First to develop our coding skills:

 

In music we are practising our songs and pieces of music that we will be performing

with the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall on 12th June:

 

 

 

In PE we are developing our sending and receiving skills:

 

Football sending and receiving skills:

 

Intercepting:

 

Throwing and catching:

 

In PE with Mr Ainscow we are developing our fundamental skills:

EXTRA LEARNING:

Here are some apps our children have logins for at home. These apps will help support their learning in school. The times tables are particularly helpful to help improve speed at their times tables, ready for the Year 4 test in June.

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SUMMER 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Summer 2 we will cover the theme “Under the Canopy”. 

This unit is based on the rainforest

with a key focus on geography and history.

Pupils are comissioned to work for a fictitious organisation called ‘Roots’

in helping two adopted children, find out about their Mexican / Mayan heritage.

Through this project, they will learn about the importance of the rainforest.

 

Then we will cover the theme 'Lindow Man'

‘Lindow Man’ is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus,

telling the story of prehistoric Britain, from the Stone Age to the Celts.

Pupils will learn all about their achievements and ongoing legacy.


 

Reading:

In Summer 2 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

What the Macaw Saw by Charlotte Guillain

How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

Stone Age Bone Age by Mick Manning

The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy B. Ering


Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Summer 2:

On Tuesday 11th July, we had Stone Age Day. Our visitors came to teach us about the timeline, 

show us artefacts and we did spear throwing.  We had a wonderful day:

 

On Friday 7th July we had sports day and had a wonderful time

racing against our friends and supporting each other:

 

On Friday 7th July it was music day we listened to the song

'In the Hall of The Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg.

We moved to the music and drew pictures of our own monster:

 

On Tuesday 27th June, we went to Chester Zoo to look at the animals from the rainforests

that we had been learning about. (We also looked at our other favourite animals too!)

We had a fabulous day:

 

On Thursday 22nd June, some year 3 children went to Rivington and

Blackrod High School and took part in a colour run.

They had a fabulous time:

 

We made Father's Day cards for the important men in our lives:

 

On Friday 12th June we were lucky as a real author visited us.  We worked with her

and she gave us a copy of her book, An Alien Stole My Planet by Pooja Puri:

 

On Friday 9th June it was computer pioneer day and we learned about Ada Lovelace:

 

 In forest school we split into groups and had to creatively build a nest for a bird.

We had to to make them circular and bowl shaped and either ground level or higher up in a tree.

Do you like the finished nests? 

 

In forest school we made natural pictures:

 

In forest school we made mud flags: 

 

Each week we go to the library to read some lovely books:

 

Miss Manly has started a science club with some of our Year 3 children. At the end of the sessions, the children will earn a very special certificate and badge.

Session 8 - Journey Stick

The children found out about how some native Americans and some Aboriginal people used to used to tie/stick things that they find to a stick which would help them tell others about their journeys.  They had fun in the forest school creating their own journey sticks and discussing them with the group. 

 

Session 7 - Fantastic Fingerprints

The children read an article about the possibility of fingerprint technology being used in schools.  We looked at different types of fingerprints and looked closely at our own using phonoscopes.  We also talked about how detectives are able to lift fingerprints from a crime scene and find out who committed the crime.  The children  practised these skills and tried to find the best materials to use to do this. They even managed to lift their fingerprints from a piece of plastic and use tape to put on on paper to view easier. 

Session 6 - Disappearing Dinosaurs

The children read about poem about dinosaurs becoming extinct.  We all then had a discussion about the reason that dinosaurs no longer exist and considered a range of theories.  The children then carried out further research on the internet to try and decide on the most likely theory. 

 

 

Session 5 - Dog Napper 

The children looked at an article about a dog being kidnapped and held for ransom.  Using their knowledge of chromatography, they investigated which pen (which belonged to the suspects) was used to write the ransom note. 

Session 4 - Bridge Blunder

The children had to investigate which type of bridge is the strongest. They built models of bridges using card and paper and tested how strong they were using weights. 

Session 3 - Chromatography

The children had fun learning about chromatography and were surprised to find out black inks are made by mixing different colours.  They then used this knowledge and made book marks. 

 

Session 2 - Racing Rockets

The children investigated the best shape for a rocket.  They made paper rockets and then changed the shape and added fins etc to see which rocket would travel the furthest. 

Session 1 - Super Spinners

The children were investigating which size blades would be best for a helicopter.  They made and tested paper spinners. 


Our learning:

SUMMER 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

 

In Summer 2 we will cover the theme “Under the Canopy”. 

This unit is based on the rainforest

with a key focus on geography and history.

Pupils are comissioned to work for a fictitious organisation called ‘Roots’

in helping two adopted children, find out about their Mexican / Mayan heritage.

Through this project, they will learn about the importance of the rainforest.

 

Then we will cover the theme 'Lindow Man'

‘Lindow Man’ is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus,

telling the story of prehistoric Britain, from the Stone Age to the Celts.

Pupils will learn all about their achievements and ongoing legacy.

 

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

We did Kahoots quizzes about our 'Under The Canopy' topic:

 

We did an observational drawing of 2 macaws in the rainforest:

 

We have been reading books to research about the rainforest:

 

We sorted leaves into rainforest leaves and forest leaves and described why they were different:

 

In PSHCE we talked about how all families are different

and made and described our families with cubes:

 

In science we have been learning about how plants grow.

We have set up an investigation to see exactly what a plant needs to grow:

 

Some of our plants started to grow:

 

We learned about photosynthesis:

 

We look at how water was transported in plants and dyed

a white flower blue using a blue felt tip in water. Try it at home:

 

In Science we acted out different ways of seed dispersal:

 

In RE we listened to the song 'It's a Wonderful World' and

wrote about what we thought was wonderful for a display:


In Summer 1 we covered the theme “Out and About”. 

This is a unit with a focus on Geography, building on children's 

knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

 


Amazing Events we have done in Summer 1:

 

We read the most at home in Summer 1 and won a book prize:

3j sum 1 winners reading 2023

 

 

We had a lovely time in forest school:

 

On Friday 19th May, we  had a lovely time reading lots of poetry in different classrooms:

 

We had a fabulous time with out friends and family at the Coronation Picnic

on Friday 12th May 2023 to celebrate the King's Coronation.:

 

We had a Coronation lunch:

 

Some of Year 3 went to a football tournament and had a great time representing our school:

 

Each week we go in the sandpit to develop our speaking and listening and teamwork skills:

 

We made Eid cards to send to our friends and family:

 

On Tuesday 25th April we celebrated Eid by dancing,

playing party games, did some Eid colouring and shared a picnic on the grass:

 

In Forest school we made natural bracelets: 

 

On St George's Day we discussed St George and made a flag with a dragon on: 

 

For Earth Day we discussed how we can help the Earth and made promises to help:


Our learning:

SUMMER 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Summer 1 we will cover the theme “Out and About”. 

This is a unit with a focus on Geography, building on children's 

knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

 

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

We went for a local area walk to look at human and physical features. 

We decided that Halliwell was a good place for young people and

the elderly to live as there are lots of things to do:

 

At home we made 3D models of some UK landmarks:

 

In Science we dissected flowers to look at the parts of a flowering plants.

We used a microscope on the ipad:

 

In English we wrote a newspaper report about The Creakers for display: 

3j creakers newspaper report 2023

 

 

In English we wrote a nursery rhyme as a revolting rhyme like Roald Dahl did in Revolting Rhymes:

3j revolting rhymes 2023

 

 

In Science we did an investigation exploring which materials

were conductors and which materials were insulators: 

 

In French we followed instructions to make a jumping bean:

 

In PE we developed our fitness skills by completing obstacle races:

 

In PE we have been developing our fitness skills by doing relay races:

 

In PE we have been developing our fitness skills by skipping:

 

In PE we did lots of different fitness activities: 

 

In music we are continuing to practise our drumming

in preparation for a concert at the end of the year:

 


SPRING 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Spring 2 we will cover the theme “Lightning Speed”. 

Lightning Speed” is a thematic unit based around the history

and development of the internet and World Wide Web,

with a focus on computing. It primarily looks at how computers communicate,

the importance of networks, how email works and how the internet enables collaboration.


Reading:

In Spring 2 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

The Sea Saw by Tom Percival

Gorilla by Anthony Browne.

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Scissorella by Clare Helen Welsh and Laura Barrett

The Zebra’s Great Escape by Katherine Rundell

 

 

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 2:

 

Pierre and Aisha read the most at home in the Spring 2 term and won a prize:

3j spring read winners 2023

 

 

On Friday 31st March we did the Easter Egg Raffle and lots of children won Easter Eggs.

It raised a fabulous £378.90:

 

We decorated eggs at home for a competition: 

3j Easter egg home 2023

 

 

On Friday 31st March our site manager Mr Spedding retired after working at school for over 25 years. 

We did a special assembly for him and made a card to say thank you: 

 

On Friday 31st March we went to watch our violinists performed.

It inspired some of us to want to take up violin lessons:

 

We made Easter cards for our friends and families: 

 

On Wednesday 29th March we went to church as a school to celebrate Lent:

 

On Tuesday 21st March it was World Downs Syndrome Day so we wore odd socks

to celebrate the day and brought in donations:

 

On Tuesday 21st March we went out litter picking for the Keep Britain Tidy campaign:

 

On Friday 17th March it was Comic Relief Day. We wore red clothes and brought in £1 to raise money

for people all over the world.  Some of us also made red noses at home:

3j red nose 2023

 

 

 

On Friday 17th March we made cards for our mums for Mother's Day

to show them how much we love them:

 

On Tuesday 14th March it was Science Day.

We investigated if taller people have bigger feet than shorter people.

We measured our heights and feet sizes and did a bar chart to display our results:

 

On Wednesday 8th March we did our class assembly on Respect in front of our parents.

We acted out The Good Samaritan Story, talked about how we show respect

and that we should respect everyone.  We sang When I needed a Neighbour. 

It was an emotional assembly with a strong message. 

Thank you to all the parents that came to support our assembly.

 

Every week we go out and have a fabulous time in Forest School. 

We go out whatever the weather and have great fun exploring and learning in the great outdoors:

 

Tree spirits:

 

Whittling:

 

On Thursday 2nd March it was World Book Day. 

We dressed up as book characters, read lots of books and wrote book reviews.

We shared the story Perfectly Norman by Tom  Percival.

We wrote about things that we are wonderful at on a snowflake and 

celebrated our similarities and differences.

We made book characters out of potatoes at home and Adun won:

3J WBD SNOWFLAKE DISPLAY 2023

 


Our learning:

Theme: Our  theme unit in Spring 2 is called Lightning Speed.

In this unit we will look at the history and development of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

 

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

In art we did some printing: 

 

 

In theme we did a Kahoots quiz to see what we had learned:

 

In theme we signed a safety agreement promising to stay safe online:

 

In Theme today we have been learning that servers for the internet are all over the world. 

We learned how to send an e-mail and receive an e-mail. 

Then we looked at how Mrs Johnson puts information on the school website:

 

In PSHCE we discussed e-safety and how to stay safe online.

We did a quiz  to check our understanding:

 

in PSHCE we discussed secrets and how we would feel if our secrets were stolen:

 

We made a human LAN to illustrate how the network works

and the job role of the server, switch and devices:

 

We identified the difference between the internet and the WWW:

 

We went on a network hunt around school

looking for evidence of the school's LAN. (Local Area Network):

We discussed all the different ways we can communicate:

3j communicate 2023

 

 

In Science we are learning about electricity. 

We explored the equipment and made a complete circuit to make a bulb light up:

 

We made a switch to turn a light bulb on and off: 

 

In RE we are exploring the sadness and joy of the Easter story.

We made palm leaves and acted out the Palm Sunday story:

 

In RE we thought about emotions throughout the Easter story:

3J EASTER DISPLAY 2023

 

 

In PE we are developing our fitness skills:

 

In PE we are working on net and wall games:

Week 1: fancy footwork:

 

Week 2:throwing and catching:

 

Week 3: racket skills:

 

Week 4: practising our forehand:

 

In PE we did some yoga: 

 

In Computing we are developing our coding skills using the website CS First.

We took our sprite for a walk, added sounds, changed the background and lots more:

 

In music we are still developing our drumming skills:

 

In maths we have been working on statistics:


SPRING 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Spring 1 we spent 2 weeks finishing the theme “A World of Difference”. 

“A World of Difference” was a thematic unit based around world religions.

It looked at the following faiths:- Buddhism, Christianity,

Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, examining aspects such as

places of worship, holy books, core beliefs and important festivals.

 

Then we did a 3 week theme unit called "Three Giant Steps."

“Three Giant Steps ” was a thematic unit based around three contrasting locations, with a key focus on geography.

We continued to develop our sense of place in the world by studying three focus places:-

Dover, France and Canada (The French Connection!).

We identified the position of all three places in the world, along with climate, capital city, time zone,

population and area. We will also learn about the human and physical geography of each place.

 


Reading:

In Spring 1 our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

The Green Ship by Quentin Blake

Elephant Island by Leo Timmers

Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart

 

Our class novels we were also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time were:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 1:

On Friday 17th February we wore our own clothes

and brought in £1 to help raise money for those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria:

Turkey own clothes day

 

 

On Tuesday 14th February every child received a heart that said something lovely about them

and then we sent our own hearts to people we love:

 

On Thursday 9th February we celebrated Children's Mental Health Week.

We read the story The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

and discussed who we are connected to. We

then drew pictures to show who we were connected to:

 

On Tuesday 7th February we took part in Safer Internet Day.

We discussed online issues and talked about how to stay safe online:

 

NSPCC Number Day: Friday 3rd February

We took part in a TTRS assembly. Asad represented year 3 and

did a fabulous job answering questions in front of the  whole school.

We all wore our best rockstar outfits and took part in a TTRS competition online:

 

On Tuesday 31st January we represented our school and did a

showcase Commando Joe session for some visitors. They were very impressed with us:

 

Every week half of us go out and have a fabulous time in Forest School. 

We go out whatever the weather and have great fun exploring and learning in the great outdoors:

 

Our learning:

Theme: Our first theme unit in Spring 1 is called A World of Difference.

In this unit we will look at different religions and compare them.

 

Our second unit in Spring 1 is called 3 Giant Steps.

“Three Giant Steps ” is a thematic unit based around three contrasting locations,

Dover, France and Canada, with a key focus on geography.

 

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

 

In English we read the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and did lots of work based on it.

We then watched the film to see how it compared with the book:

 

In class worship we have been discussing creativity:

3j class worship creativity 2023

 

 

In theme we did our own research about different cities in Canada:

 

In theme we found out about the Tour De France.

We then in groups researched 5 cities in France and presented our findings to the class:

 

In theme we learned about Dover. We then did some art work of the White Cliffs of Dover:

3j Dover display 2023

 

 

We continue to go in the library each week to celebrate our love of reading: 

 

In theme we looked at diversity and discussed how important it is. We discussed how everyone is unique.

We looked at Google maps and found where different places of worship were in Bolton.

We then looked at the world and found how many Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists

and Jews are worshipping in the world and some of the countries in which they worship:

 

In theme we looked at Jewish festivals. We sang a Hannukah song in Hebrew

and we tried to do the traditional Jewish Horah circle dance:

 

In English we are learning about instructions.

We followed instructions to write our own rice krispie cakes:

 

We then wrote our own instructions for others to follow:

Instructions jan 2023

 

 

In Science we learned the words opaque, translucent and transparent and

did an investigation to find out which material would be the best for curtains and why:

 

In Science we investigated what happens to a shadow

when we change the distance away from the light source:

 

In Computing we are using a website called Computer First to develop our coding skills:

 

In PE on a Monday we are developing our fitness skills by doing a circuit.

We completed lots of different activities using different equipment in a circuit. 

 

 

 

In PE on a Wednesday we have been making dances based on natural disasters:

Earthquakes: