Year 3

Super skeletons

This term in science, we are learning all about animals including humans. We have learnt that every animal has a skeleton. This could be an endoskeleton (a skeleton on the inside of the body), an exoskeleton (a skeleton on the outside of the body), or a hydrostatic skeleton (which is actually pressure made by fluid). All skeletons are used to provide shape and support to animals. We used what we learnt about skeletons to complete a human skeleton puzzle. Because we know that bones, such as the rib cage and the cranium, protect vital organs and other bones, such as the femur, are thick because they have to be strong enough to support weight, we were able to solve the puzzles. We then labelled our finished skeletons. Have a look below: 

Stone Age jewellery

In D&T (deign and technology) this term, we have been making our own Stone Age jewellery. We learnt that designers usually follow a design cycle when creating a new product: research; design; making a prototype; evaluating a prototype; making the product; evaluating the product. We already knew a lot about Stone Age jewellery from our Stone Age topic last term! We used our knowledge to design our own necklaces. We know that early humans usually made their jewellery out of bones, teeth, stones and shells but we decided to make ours out of clay because it was easier to work with (plus we could make it look just like bones, teeth, stones and shells). Today, we finished our final products after designing and creating a prototype. We then evaluated our final product and tested them out by wearing them. Look at some of our excellent necklaces below:

Bidbury poetry

This term in PDL we have been learning all about how our emotions impact our behaviour. We then discussed examples on appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and what type of behaviour we should see at Bidbury Junior School. We decided that everyone who comes to our school should feel happy, welcome and safe. After this, we discussed ways the children and staff at Bidbury to act in a way that makes this happen. We created some acrostic poems to show how people behave at our school. Take a look:


Understanding our emotions

In PDL this term, we have been learning all about our emotions and how they influence our behaviour. This afternoon we were exploring how people express how they are feeling. We said that people use body language, facial expressions and different tones of voice when they are feeling different ways. We then had situation cards and the children had to demonstrate how that would make them feel by showing the emotion through body language and facial expressions. Have a look at some of our excellent miming today:

How to cook a woolly mammoth!

In English, we have been learning how to write a set of instructions. We linked our learning to our history topic from last term - the Stone Age - and decided to write instructions on how to cook a woolly mammoth! We had to use imperative verbs and timer adverbials to make our instructions clear and specific. We also used rhetorical questions in our introductions to engage the reader. Have a look at some of our delicious Stone Age recipes below:

Be bright, be seen!

This week we have been learning all about road safety. We had a visitor from Hampshire County Council come and do an assembly to explain how we can keep ourselves safe near the roads. Because it is now autumn, it is getting darker earlier. This means that we are at a higher risk when we are crossing the road. To help us stay safe, we had a 'be bright, be seen afternoon' where we got the chance to decorate ourselves in bright clothing and decorations. We even decorated Miss Willis! We had so much fun (as you can tell by the silly faces we pulled in the pictures below)... but we also learnt a lot this week on how to stay safe when we are crossing the road!


How are chocolate bars made?

Today, we had Candice, a careers adviser,  come and visit us. She asked us if we knew how many different jobs were involved in making a bar of chocolate. In groups, we made a map to show the journey it takes to make a chocolate bar. We were so surprised at how many different careers were involved in the process! We learnt that there are a lot more jobs available then we knew about. Do you think you could name all the different jobs involved in making a bar of chocolate? We bet you can't!

How do you hunt a woolly mammoth?

In English this term, we are learning how to write a set of instructions. By the end of this topic, we will write our own instructions on how to cook a woolly mammoth. After learning about the key features of a set of instructions, we have been creating our own diagrams (completed with labels and captions). We were given different instructions on how to hunt various prehistoric mammals. Have a look at some of our excellent diagrams below we created below! Can you figure out what our instructions were?

Armistice Day

Today, we welcomed our grown-ups into school to join us for the 100th Armistice  day as it is 101 year since the end of WW1. We gave out freshly baked rock cakes and served tea and coffee. After, all of year 3 performed four songs:

  • Field of poppies
  • Tipperary
  • Pack up your troubles
  • Keep the home fires burning

All of the adults were really impressed with our singing and we even had some tears! Miss Willis and Miss Whippy were really impressed with how we all followed boundaries and showed respect to those who have fought to protect our country.


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Brilliant Bronze Age

Last term we learnt all about life in the Stone Age and this term we have moved forward in history to the Bronze Age. Today we researched what life was like in Bronze Age Britain. We found out that the Bronze Age started in 2100BC thanks to the invention of Bronze. People started to use it for everything - from weapons and armour to jewellery and decorations! Have a look at some of the amazing things we found out below:

Foolish, foolish Toad!

Our new topic in English has been based on 'The Wind in the Willows'. We read the story and discussed what we learnt about each of the characters. After, we focused on the main character, Toad. Toad was a selfish, materialistic character who didn't think before he acted. At one point in the story, Toad was arrested for stealing a car and was locked away in prison! As this was the first part of the story where we saw Toad thinking about someone else other than himself, we decided to write a diary entry from Toad's perspective. We had to use emotive language and time adverbials to write in chronological order. Read some of our excellent diary entries below:

We met an author!

Year 3 and Year 4 were lucky enough to have a local author, Elle English, come and visit them today. She read her book 'The Adventurous Kids Visit California' and explained why she decided to become an author. She then explained how she created and self-published her book. It was lovely to hear all about her travels and to see the amazing places she has visited with her family. Elle then did a workshop with Year 3 and helped them to write their own books about an adventure they have been on. Some of the children were so impressed with her story that they bought her book after school! 

Watch out for Mr and Mrs Twit!

As you know, we have been reading Roald Dahl's book, 'The Twits', in English this term. We have been learning about how to use thesaurus' to generate high quality synonyms and have been using exaggerated language to describe both Mr and Mrs Twit. We loved reading Roald Dahl's descriptions of them so we wanted to have a go at writing our own. Look below at some of our character descriptions (we were glad that we never met anyone like Mr and Mrs Twit)!

Maggoty cheese and sardine tails!

This week we have started our first English topic which is based on Roald Dahl's book 'The Twits'. We read the chapter on Mr Twit and the children were repulsed by his filthy beard! In groups, we generated adjectives to describe him and shared them to the class. We then showed that we understood the character description by recreating his beard. We used: thick bristles, wormy spaghetti, maggoty cheese, sardine tails and mouldy cornflakes! Have a look at our disgusting creations below:

Bidbury Nature Art!

Year 3 spent the first week of school doing transition work to make sure we are settled and ready to start learning. Part of this transition work was making sure that we understand our school values. We discussed good learning behaviour and unpicked what a role model student looks and acts like. To finish off our week, we created our very own Bidbury values trees! We went outside and collected natural resources and used coloured stamps to represent our six values. Don't they look amazing!

Welcome to Year 3!

The Year 3 team would like to welcome all the children back to school after the summer holidays. We hope you had lots of fun and are just as excited as we are to start a new school year! We have a lot coming up this term to look forward to such as a trip to Butser Ancient Farm, a sleepover and learning about the Stone Age!

Miss Whippy and Miss Willis have been very busy over the break making sure our classrooms are exciting and welcoming for you all. Have a look at the pictures below: