Year 3 - Peacock Class 

Welcome to Peacock Class!

In Year 3 there are 22 children.  Our class teacher is Mrs Seward and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Smith. 

Year Three promises to be an exciting year when your child will have many varied opportunities to learn from a wide range of experiences, helping them to become independent and enthusiastic learners. Each term will have a new topic where the needs of the curriculum will be set in context to help give meaningful links across each subject. The first topic will be ‘Dahlicious’, followed in the Spring term by ‘Secrets In The Sand’, concluding with ‘Pathways Through The Past’.

The children will be encouraged to become enthusiastic and inquisitive learners, developing a wide range of skills and techniques through a range of classroom tasks and activities.

Please see the documents below which will help you support your child and understand what we are learning in class:

Year 3 Year Ahead book 2021-22

Year 3 Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Year 3 Topic Web Autumn 2021

Year 3 Topic Web Spring 2022

Year 3 Topic Web Summer 2022

Year 3 Timetable Summer 2022

Autumn 2021

Monday 11th October was soup day in Year Three. Following their science work about heathy eating the children decided to try and help the farmers in Fantastic Mr Fox eat a healthier diet, they thought soup would make a good start.

 

All of the children bought in one ‘soup vegetable', and as the children washed and chopped the vegetables they found out about food hygiene and learnt some basic cookery skills and techniques. As the soup was cooking the children collected data about the vegetables used then collated and displayed this in a variety of ways. Eventually, the soup was ready! Most of us thought it was delicious and worth all the work.

The children hope that the farmers are feeling healthier and benefitting from all the advantages of a healthy diet!

To mark the start of the Year three topic 'Dahlicious' the children were invited to come dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. The costumes were as varied as they were wonderful.

 

During the day the children worked on a number of activities inspired by some of Dahl's stories. Holiday news writing was written backwards, to mimic the creativity of Dahl's made-up words and languages. The children's DT skills were needed to create 3D friendship peaches to echo the moral of working together with friends from 'James and the Giant Peach'; character wheels were created from the children's justifications of their favourite characters; brains were put to the test to count how many squares could be found in a chocolate bar (far more than you would initially think). Taste buds were employed to evaluate individually made 'whipple-scrumptious fudgemellow delights'.


An enthusiastic, creative and productive day was had by all; a perfect start to the topic and year.

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On Wednesday 13th October we made the most of the autumn sunshine and went on a ‘spot the signs of autumn walk’. We were particularly looking out for cobwebs that still had the morning dew on them. These were much harder to spot than we had first thought but once we got our eye in (and the water spray out) we found lots and were surprised at how many places and differences there were in the webs. Along with looking for signs of autumn we also looked for tracks and signs on animals that live in the area. We identified a number of animal pathways by the passages made in the long grass and hedges, but the most exciting find (of course) was the fox poo!!

 

A lovely time was had by all.

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Mayan Day

 

The children came to school dressed as Mayans and spent the day learning about the Ancient Mayan culture. They found out about their use of cocoa beans to make the first chocolate drink - quite different to ours and not to everyone's taste! Cocoa beans were also used as currency, to trade for other goods, as gifts to the gods and as a medicine.

 

They made clay chocolate gods, masks representing a god for the day of the dead festival,  built temples and had a go at Mayan numbers and writing. 

A splendid day! 

At Christmas Father Christmas adopted a Donkey for us.

Our Donkey is called Cocoa, we think Father Christmas chose him for us because we had just been learning about chocolate.

We look forward to hearing Cocoa's news through the regular letters and pictures we will have from him.

 

Dear Year Three,  

Thank you for showing so much interest in the above advertisement, I have written to Howard telling him all about it. He enjoyed hearing about the day I spent with you and how enthusiastically you worked on all the wonderful activities in an attempt to prepare yourselves for a visit to Egypt with him. 

The map work you have completed about Ancient Egypt, where you had to locate all the places of interest will help you search in new areas for Tutankhamen's tomb, I do hope it is found soon, Howard has worked so hard for so many years and we are worried that Lord Carnarvon may soon run out of money to fund any more digs. 

While Howard and his team have been searching, they have found relics in the sand, and like you needed to research and discover what they would have been used for and what this tells us of Ancient Egyptian life. 

If you are lucky enough to end up helping Howard, your studying of hieroglyphic letters and numbers will come in useful as many of the tombs and monuments in Egypt have them scribed into them. Experts are always needing help in decoding what they say as it is such a complicated system of writing. Similarly, your interpretation of farming life from studying wall paintings showing the Nile will help you as you have learnt how to use evidence to tell you about the past. 

It was quite brave of you to try Ancient Egyptian style bread; how did it taste? Did the sand make it very gritty? I do hope you didn’t find any preserved cats in the honey! 

I hope you continue to enjoy finding out more about Ancient Egypt, I look forward to reading your application letters, make sure you tell Howard all the things you have been doing so that you can persuade him that you are the best people for the job. 

Good luck 

Your sincerely 

Mr Howard Carter. 

Year Three's Howard Carter day.

 

Year Three spent the day expanding their Egypt knowledge and developing their archaeological skills in a bid to convince Howard Carter to take them with him on his next expedition to uncover more secrets of Ancient Egypt

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For the first three days of the New Year, the children in Peacock class spent time finding out about all things French; from famous people in French history, eg. Louis Braille, the Montgolfier brothers and Degas, French land marks, how to spend a day in Paris, to finding out about the geography of France by locating iconic towns and regions on a map. In addition, they found out a little about some French foods in a ‘pop up’ French café, and further developed their French vocabulary. 

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As part of the science unit of work about rocks and soils, we were treated to a fossil workshop. This helped us to understand how fossils are formed.

In order to create our fossils not only did we need our scientific understanding but we needed to use, maths, DT and art.

STEM Day in Year 3

 

STEM day thinking about how science, technology, engineering and Maths could be related to growth.

 

Growing paper

We used our mathematical and engineering skills to grow paper. We started with a piece of A4 paper, a pair of scissors and a ruler. We measured accurately to find out the length of the paper, and then Mrs Seward asked us to make it grow. To begin with, we felt a little bewildered, but with some cunning thinking and experimental cutting, we managed to grow paper.  The paper with the most growth went from 28cm to 597cm

Magic meringues

Either Mrs Seward has hens that lay magical eggs, or some clever science was at work when we made our meringues. By whisking eggs whites and icing sugar together we made a thick paste to roll into small balls, the balls at this point were about the size of a 10 pence piece, that’s 2.5cm wide.  Once they had been in the microwave, the balls had grown by an average of 8.7cm!  This was truly amazing.

How it works….

When we whisked the egg white, two things happen:

  • The whisk creates a force through the egg white, which changes the protein molecules (the tiny bits that make the protein).

  • The whisking also causes air bubbles to be trapped in the unfolded protein, this makes a foam.

  • When the air molecules trapped in the protein get hot, they spread out, making the meringues grown.

 

More magic?!

We watched a clip from David Attenborough’s ‘ The Green Planet’, it explained how some seeds have evolved to move away from their parent plant so that they have the best chance to germinate and grow into a new plant. Some seeds can walk!

Some seeds have developed special elongated husks that look like antenna. As the long husks get hot and dry they twist, in the cool and damp of the evening they untwist and walk.  As things twist they store potential kinetic energy that when released can make things move, we used this same principle to make paddleboats.

As part of STEM week, around the topic of growth, Year Three enjoyed a lovely walk around the village. They spotted; buds, blossom, people working outside without coats, birds building nests, washing on the line, many different spring flowers and lots more. Lawrence kindly in visited us in to his garden to see the frog spawn in his pond.

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...and here's some things we've
done in previous school years

In Year Three we like to take our learning outside as much as we can, we go outside for; science, maths, English, art, PE, technology, French... if fact, we go outside for just about anything and everything!

 

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Year Three walked to Ashwell,

As an end of term treat Year Three walked all the way to Ashwell, (this is a 7K round trip). The weather was kind, not too hot, too cold or wet, just right, so we enjoyed a gentle walk to the park where we played and had a mid-morning snack.  We then transferred to the Springs and enjoyed a paddle, rather chilly, but refreshing. Then it was time for lunch, after lunch there was an extra surprise: ice cream and our favourite storyteller Andy Lawrence.

A wonderful day was had by all.

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Dans la classe de CE1 nous apprenons le français. 

Cette année, nous avons eu un pique-nique français et nous avons joué à la pétanque.  Notre défi était de parler uniquement en français en n’utilisant que des mots que nous avions appris pendant l’année scolaire.

Nous nous sommes bien amusés !

 

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In Year Three we learn French.

This year, we had a French picnic and played bowls.  Our challenge was to speak only in French using the words we had learnt during the school year.

We had a lot of fun !

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