Welcome to Owl Class
We are Year 3 children (7-8 years) and there are 13 children in our class. Our teacher is Miss Short and she is supported by our teaching assistant Mrs Lishman. We are taught in our single-aged class on a morning and then merge with Squirrel Class (Year 4) on an afternoon so we also work with Miss Fox and Mrs McCabe.
To find out what we will be doing this year look at the Our Curriculum section of our website. To help us with our spelling and reading look at the phonics and reading section of our website. As we get older, we access the internet more and school wants us to stay safe online. To find out how you can support us in staying safe online, check out the Online Safety section of our website.
This half term in English we have been exploring different genres of poetry including spoken poetry, narrative poetry, kenning poems an nonsense poems. We have even written our own kenning poems based upon our amazing teaching assistant Mrs Lishman. Our favourite poem was named ‘JUNK’, a spoken word poem that explored the terrible tale of Jasper O’Leary!
We are reading ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Anthony Browne this half term and we have loved using drama to explore the speech and language used by the author. We are lucky to have 13 brilliant actors in year 3! At the end of half term we are going to watch the story of The Little Shoemaker and continue to explore fairytales.
This half term during maths basic skills we have been practising our times tables. During maths we have been completing our addition and subtraction module. Later on in the half term we will move onto multiplication and division in which children will begin to revisit times tables they already know including 2’s, 5’s and 10’s whilst beginning to learn brand new tables including 3’s, 4’s and 8’s.
Every Thursday we practice our gymnastic skills! We will be developing key skills to improve our gymnastic technique such as balance, strength, control and travelling. We have explored all the different points of balance on our bodies and found the most difficult ways to balance! Children are now learning how to warm up safely by including cardio, joint mobility, flexibility an core strength activities at the start of each lesson. Children will choregraph their own gymnastic sequences to perform that include balance, transition and travelling.
Our Science unit this term is all about electricity! We will be exploring electrical circuits and all of their different parts. We have started this unit by looking at what household appliances use electricity and whether they use mains electricity of electricity stored within batteries. Children have already shown how confident they are so we are very excited to start working on circuits very soon! By the end of the unit, children will be able to identify the different parts of an electrical circuit and use scientific vocabulary to describe a model of a circuit.
In History this term we will be exploring prehistoric times. Our topic question is ‘Who were Britain’s first builders’. We started our unit with an interactive online session with staff from Durham University. We had a fantastic prehistoric session where we looked at how we have learnt so much about prehistoric life through exploring skeletons and we looked at objects found by archeologists. Year 3/4 really enjoyed investigating different items and guessing their purpose. We will be learning about the journey from the Stone Age, to the Bronze Age, to the Iron Age, exploring the way of life of those that lived before us.