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Welcome to Y3
Welcome to the start of your child’s journey through Fair Oak Junior School. We are continually creating exciting learning opportunities for your children and evolve our curriculum to provide interesting and exciting lessons.
We start the year with a special unit to learn about our class names for the year which are all amazing artists called Art Attack. We will locate where in the world our artist lives as well as look at and re-create a variety of their work.
We will also have a science unit based on nutrition called 'There's a rumble in my tummy'. The children will be designing, making and evaluating a healthy muffin as well as write a traditional based story inspired by Nadiya, the winner of The Great British Bake Off.
During the second half of the term, we will learn about forces and magnets in a science unit which is titled ‘May the force be with you’. This topic will be linked to our design technology task which uses pneumatics or pushes and pulls.
Alongside all the brilliant learning, the children also lead the school with the Christmas celebrations and will be perform and sing in the December Christmas Nativity Production.
Our main topics for this term are We Will Rock You and Meet the Flintstones. Through these exciting topics, we will cover rocks and soils, volcanoes and earthquakes as well as Stone Age to Iron Age. There will be a visit from a virtual reality company who will take all the children in the year group on a virtual adventure to Stonehenge to learn all about Stone Age life as well as inside a volcano to support our planet Earth geography topic.
We are making exciting changes to our learning this term. In 'Blooming Marvellous', we will cover the concepts of sustainability, respect and care. The concept question we will be thinking about will be: 'Houses or green space with plants and trees, Which is more important?'
The children will be reflecting and debating this question at the end of the topic when they are more informed about the role of Green Plants. I wonder what they will decide?
We will also be learning about light in 'Lights, Camera, Action' and we plan to produce a shadow puppet show to apply our light skills and technology skills at the end of the topic.
In history, we learn all about the Ancient Greeks in ‘Groovy Greeks' There will be an Ancient Greek Day where the children (and teachers) have the opportunity to dress up as Ancient Greeks and take part in a play in a day activity. Ben from Treehouse Theatre involves all the children in a fun and interactive day. We will also be learning about the Olympics and Paralympics as well as take part in a Greek Olympic Event.
It will be a very exciting term.
If you have any questions about the work or school routines, please speak to your child's classteacher or myself Mrs Tuxford.
We hope you have a brilliant Year 3 year with us.
What a Blooming Marvellous Day
We have had a brilliant day in Year 3 learning all about Green Plants. We launched our concept topic by thinking about respect, care and beauty on Planet Earth whilst listening to What a Wonderful World and then looked at times when humans can damage the beauty by not showing enough care and respect.
We then looked at a vast array of roots and helped Mr De Silva and David by finding an answer to their prediction. Unwanted plants (weeds) have a variety of roots; tap and fibrous. After the roots, we moved to the stem and looked at capillary action. We now know the scientific names are xylem and phloem. We are ready to find out more at Hilliers Arboretum and we can't wait.
If you walked around the Year 3 area on Wednesday, all you would have heard was the sound of excited children and the cries of "Wow" and "Cool." The year 3 children were taken to the most amazing places via virtual reality thanks to the team at PrimeVR. They explored Stonehenge as it is today and looked at how it may have been built as well as all the theories about its purpose. After exploring Stonehenge, they were taken inside a volcano as well as into space to look at the volcanoes on Mars. What a fabulous day we had. Jackson thoroughly enjoyed the day and said "Virtual Reality is amazing!"
Stone Age remains were unearthed by the intrepid archaeologists in Y3. The children were surprised to discover that an archaeological site had been discovered by workmen over the weekend and were delighted to hear that permission had been granted to allow them access to apply their developing archaeology skills. They have all spent time today working as a team and thoroughly searching the site for any historical clues to the past. They used a variety of tools to gently uncover the artefacts and spent time predicting and questioning what they were as well as thinking about how they may have been used. It has been a fabulous morning and many children have considered becoming an archaeologist in the future.
I enjoyed digging and discovering history
I would find researching challenging because there may not be many clues to guide me
I really enjoyed uncovering amazing artefacts
I would find predicting how they may have been used challenging as some of the parts might be missing. The puzzle would not be able to be complete picture.
Year 3 Art
Since the beginning of the term, we have been learning about our class artists and have had opportunities to try and re-create some of their famous artwork.
Thorpe class has been learning about Mackenzie Thorpe and his abstract art which shows relations to happiness and love so you will often see hearts in his images.
Seurat class has been looking at the artwork of the French artist Georges Seurat and his technique of pointillism and how this technique can be created using different resources.
Britto class has been looking at the Brazilian artist Romero Britto who is a pop artist and uses cubism in his work. They have created images using different patterns.
Kyle class has been looking at the Scottish textile designer Gillian Kyle and recreating some of her images of patterned aprons and highland cattle.
Mondrian class has been looking at the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian and his abstract artwork. They have re-created some of his artwork using paints of primary colours and straight lines.