Covid-19 Time Capsules
Miss Barnett has been busy at home too! She managed to find resources so you can make your own time capsule to help you remember what it was like during the Covid-19 outbreak. Once completed, you could put them in a box and bury it in your garden or store it away in your house. In years to come, you can open it and you'll be able to remember what it was like to be a child when the Coronavirus caused all the schools, pubs, parks and shops to shut. You could even show your own children when you grow up! How cool is that?
Another option is to start your own diary. We learnt all about how to write a diary during our topic of 'Wind in the Willows' so you know how to set them out. To help you, we have put a success criteria down below. These are also fantastic ways of helping us to record memories or important moments in history.
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
More Home Learning!
We have really enjoyed hearing about what you have been getting up to at home! We have already had quite a few emails and can't wait to receive more from you all. Owen has been busy making his own lava lamp! We thought this was a great idea so we have put a link below to a video tutorial on how to make one yourself. Owen used oil, water and a vitamin C tablet to make his. Send us some pictures if you manage to have a go at making your own!
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
The school email address: email@example.com
Eva and her little brother have been busy painting whilst at home. Her mummy and daddy were supposed to get married but had to reschedule their special day due to Covid-19. Eva and her brother's painting was entered into a competition at her mummy's work and they won! Their beautiful rainbow is now the background on everybody's computer whilst the adults are busy working at home. We can't wait to hear what your prize was Eva...
When I got an email saying somebody was on a bug hunt, I knew it was going to be Noah! You're much braver than me holding that slow-worm (which it not a worm or a snake, can you find out what it is?)
If you want to join in too with Noah, I've found a check list of wildlife you might be able to find in your garden. I've also seen for the first time birds in my garden I've never noticed before. I've attached some instructions of how to make a bird feeder, so you can do that at home and sketch any birds you can see.
Miss Whippy and Miss Willis
Introducing the new Joe Wicks!
We're loving seeing what you're up to, great effort for keeping up with the work outs...I must admit mine have become less frequent (shhh! don't tell Miss West!)
Remember Bug Club is still an excellent way to practise your comprehension skills, 15 minutes a day will make a huge difference. 22 children have practised in the last 2 week, lets see if we can make it 30?
Home Learning Resources
We hope you all managing to keep entertained while the school is shut. We can see how hard you have been working with the pictures sent in. Hampshire Services have given out the guide for parents with activities and suggests, it's well worth a read!
A huge well done to Chloe for her beautiful colouring-in supporting the NHS, sent in this morning. Do send in any work so we can proudly display it. Keep up the good work year 3!
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
Some of you may have already done this, or seen it when you have been out on a walk, but lots of children around the world have been busy making rainbows to put up in their windows. These are being done to help spread some joy. Some children also use them to play a game of 'I spy' to see how many they can spot in their neighbourhood if they go out on a walk. Why not have a go at creating your own?
Another lovely idea is to do some colouring to show our appreciation and support for the NHS staff and other key workers in our community. You can put these up in your windows too to put a smile on the faces of these amazing adults who are working hard to keep us safe and well. We have added links to some for you to print off below. If you don't have a printer, then don't worry! You can try and create your own poster and put them up too.
Send us some photos of the art you have made. We would love to see them and we will also put them up on our year 3 class page!
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
Just Checking In
We hope you are all keeping safe and are well. We miss you all very much and are looking forward to seeing you again soon. What have you all been up to? We have really liked seeing your grown ups post pictures of you exercising on the school's Facebook page. If you want to, you can ask your grown ups to send us pictures of what you have been doing at home. They can send an email to the office which they will forward onto us. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents, we are aware that some of your children may be anxious about Covid-19 and it can be difficult to know what to tell them. We have been forwarded a story about Dave the Dog which can be used to explain the current situation to children. The aim is for it to reduce anxiety about the virus and help children to stay positive. We have attached the link to it below. We hope you find it useful.
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
TTS Learning pack
Hopefully you have all managed to start some of the TTS learning pack while you have been learning at home. Here are some answers to help you check your work.
Keep safe and see you all soon!
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy
See you soon!
As you are aware, all schools in England are to be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. All the year 3 team are very sad that we wont be seeing most of you for a little while but we are sure you will enjoy the lie-ins and not writing the date and LO every day!
Parents, we appreciate that this is a difficult time and you may be concerned about your child's education. We have created home learning books that will be sent home with your children today (19.03.20). You can get your children to use these to record any work they have done. You will also find your child's log in details for TT rock stars and Bug Club on the inside cover of these books. We have also linked various home learning resources below to further support you and your child at home. The school will keep you updated about the school closures and we hope that you all stay safe.
We can't wait to see you all again soon.
Miss Whippy, Miss Willis, Mrs Fennemore, Mrs Hoggarth and Miss Kerridge x
In Science this term, we have been learning all about forces. So far, we have explored pushing, pulling and friction. The children have loved working scientifically to explore how these forces interact with each other. We learnt that both pushing and pulling forces are forces that cause motion (movement) and that friction is a force that tries to slow down or stop motion by acting in the opposite direction. From previous experiments, we found out that the rougher the surface, the more friction is created. Today, we explored how different liquids affect friction. We used water, syrup, oil, cream and ketchup to do this. We measured how far we can push a toy car down a ramp before friction stopped the motion. What liquid do you predict created the most friction? We bet you will be surprised by the results! Ask us all about it at home and we will explain which liquid caused the most friction and why.
To finish our topic in English on 'The BFG' by Roald Dahl, we have been really focused on designing our own dreams and writing poetry about them. We pretended we were Sophie and we were describing a dream to the fellow children back at her orphanage. To do this, we have been using figurative language (such as alliteration and similes) to describe them in more detail and explored the key features found in poetry to help us plan and write our own. Most of us chose to create rhyming couplet poems but some of us also challenged ourselves to write alternate poetry. Mrs Fennemore has also worked really hard in our topic. She created a display to show off all our hard work and even drew and painted The BFG and Sophie! Miss Willis and Miss Whippy were blown away with the creativity and effort every child (and Mrs Fennemore) went to to create their own dream jar. Well done year 3! We're sure Roald Dahl would be very impressed!
World book day!
Thursday 5th March 2020 was World Book Day. To celebrate, we all dressed up as some of our favourite characters from books we know and love. We started the day by having photos, then we had an assembly explaining the importance of reading. Miss West also read us all a story called 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which SLT came in dressed up as. In the afternoon, we made posters explaining why we chose our character, what book they were from and how we would describe them. The Year 3 team were overwhelmed with the time, effort and money put into each and every costume. Thanks for such a fantastic day year 3. We would also like to thank all of you who also came to the 'reading cafe' after school. It was so lovely seeing the children read with their grown ups. Well done year 3!
Cat in the Hat and Professor Trelawney
(Miss Whippy and Miss Willis)
As part of our English topic on ‘The BFG’, we have been exploring how the dreams looked, moved and behaved in Dream Country. Today, we had a go at designing our own dreams. We used the text to help us. We found out that red dreams are nightmares, gold dreams are the happiest dreams, green dreams are funny dreams, blue dreams are sad dreams and pink dreams are romantic dreams. We used figurative language and high quality vocabulary to describe our creations. To inform the public about our dreams, we used the features of a non-fiction text. Have a look at some of our hilarious designs below! Have you ever had any of our dreams before?
In guided reading we have been reading a book called ‘Nothing’ by Mick Inkpen. What we know so far from the text is that an old toy has been abandoned in the loft and has been stuck there for so long that it has forgotten who it was. The toy, called Nothing, is on a journey to find out what it once was and who it could have belonged to. This week, we have been using evidence from the text to make inferences about who Nothing could have been. We learnt that he once had whiskers, a tail, two ears, two legs, two arms and had stripped fur. We made ‘Lost’ posters today in guided reading showing how we used to text to infer what Nothing could have been before. Have a look at some of our excellent posters below:
We have started a new topic on the BFG in English. We read the chapter where Sophie travels to Dream Country with the BFG and sees dreams for the first time. We discussed how Sophie must have felt to see such a magical place and then we generated vocabulary about Dream Country after watching a scene from the film. To make sure we remember our vocabulary to use later in our topic, we created our own word mats and added illustrations. Aren’t they magical?!
Our geography topic this term is 'mountains'. In our first lesson, we explored the mountains found across the UK. We then looked at how mountains are represented in different ways on maps. This can be done through colours, symbols or contour lines. To help us understand how contour lines work, we created our own 3D mountains using cut out made of card. Have a look at some of our marvellous mountains below:
Critically endangered animals
Our topic in English is all about informing the public about critically endangered species around the world. By the end of our topic, we will write a persuasive pledge to persuade the reader to adopt one of these magnificent mammals. In order to do this, all the children chose an animal to research. We used the WWF website and recorded our findings on a ‘top trump’. The children were shocked to find out about the impact humans are having on the environment but are now really passionate about improving the future for our wildlife. Have a look at some of our ‘top trumps’ below:
There’s a rang-tan in my bedroom!
For our English topic this half term, we have been learning about deforestation in the rainforests in Indonesia. We watched Greenpeace’s video ‘There’s a rang-tan in my bedroom’ which was banned from being advertised on television! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/3Ha6xUVqezQ
After learning about palm oil production and the impact this has on the wildlife in the Indonesian rainforests, we wrote internal monologues from the perspective of the baby orangutan in the clip. The children were extremely passionate about the topic and produced some excellent writing using emotion language and similes. Have a read of some examples below:
Making our own compasses
This term in science, year 3 have been learning all about magnets. We have learnt that magnets have two poles - called 'north' and 'south' - and that magnets only attract metal. We then found out that not all metals are magnetic. This is because magnets are made from iron, nickel or cobalt so these are the only metals that can be attracted by magnets. After this, we found out that the Earth is basically a giant magnet! This is because the Earth's core is mostly made up of iron and nickel which makes the Earth have its own magnetic field. Compasses also have magnets inside them. This means that the magnet inside the compass is attracted to the Earth's 'north' pole so they turn to show which direction is north. We made our own compasses today using paper clips, packing peanuts and water. We magnetised the straightened out paper clip by rubbing it with a magnet. We then threaded it through the packing peanut and placed it in water. Our compasses spun to show which direction was north. The children were so interested in this and really enjoyed their lesson!
In maths this term, the children have been learning about multiplication and division and have been practicing representing multiplication and division problems in different ways. This week, the children have been learning how to represent these problems through arrays. An array is a pictorial representation to help children to understand times tables. For example, if you had 8X5, you would draw an array that was 8 squares down and 5 squares across. These pictures show how the children used concrete resources to help them draw their arrays:
In guided reading, we have been reading the book 'The Lorax'. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the book and have shown a passionate interest in the theme of deforestation. This week, the children have shown their understanding of a description of the truffula trees from the book by making their own! We know that they have 'thin, striped trunks' and that the 'truffula tufts were softer than silk'. The year three team think the children captured the unique trees fantastically and allowed them to take them home. Well done year 3!
New gritter on the block!
Before Christmas, there was a county-wide competition for children in Hampshire to design and name a new gritter that will be on the roads in the new year. The year three team are pleased to announce that the winner of the competition was a child from Willow Class! There were over 800 entries so this is particularly impressive! The new gritter, named 'Gritter's Got Talent', is now on the roads and will be seen around Havant, Bedhampton and Leigh Park - so keep your eyes out if you are out and about early in the morning! The children from Willow Class were lucky enough to get to meet the gritter in person and all got a chance to sit inside the vehicle. Miss Willis is really proud - well done!
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:
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?
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
- 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.
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: