This term we will be doing outdoor PE on Monday mornings at Failand. The children should come dressed in their PE kits with their school uniform to change into. Remember to bring warm layers and coats as the weather gets colder!
We will still have our indoor PE session on Friday mornings in the hall. Children may come dressed in their PE kits with their uniform to change into.
Children should bring a named water bottle into school everyday.
Please click on the links below for more information about our learning each term:
Green Team Elections
A big well done to all the children who put themselves forward for our Green Team Election in Opera Class. They each presented why they thought they should be Opera's representative and what they would do on our behalf. We were all very impressed by the effort and enthusiasm. We look forward to hearing what the Green Team get up to this year from our new representative, Seby!
In Science this term we have been learning all about skeletons and muscles. We have learnt about the different types of skeletons animals can have. See if Opera Class can give you examples of animals with an endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydroskeleton! We also learnt about our muscles and how they work. To show what we had learnt we created models of our arm muscles!
Adding and Subtracting in Maths
In Maths this week we have been practising adding and subtracting using mental strategies. We worked out pairs of numbers that total 100 by using our knowledge of number facts to 10. For example,
86 + ____ = 100
If we know 6 + 4 = 10...
...We also know 86 + 4 = 90
We also practised adding and subtracting multiples of 10. Why not ask Opera Class to show you at home!
We were lucky enough to get FREE tickets to see the new Dreamworks film, Abominable! We walked over to the Watershed and got settled in our seats. The film was brilliant! We all loved it and came back buzzing with ideas for our own story. So the next day we wrote our own version of Abominable, changing parts of the story if we wanted to. The finished stories were fantastic!
Stepping into the Stone Age at Cheddar Caves
To help kick-start our topic on the Stone Age, we took a trip Cheddar Caves! Here, we learnt all about life during this time with the help of our very own Stone Age man. He shared facts on the tools they used and the animals you would find. He explained how fire was made and how it was discovered! Ask us to share some of these facts with you - you will be amazed!
We met the Cheddar man, a skeleton found millions of years ago inside the cave. Fortunately for us, it was only a model one as the real skeleton is kept at the Natural History Museum in London. You can find out more information here: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/cheddar-man-mesolithic-britain-blue-eyed-boy.html. Perhaps you could even visit it in real life!
We visited Cox's Cave to learn how life changed during the Stone Age and even met some of the predators faced by humans during that time - eeeek, a bear!
Our other learning this week....
In Science, we're learning about nutrition and how to keep healthy. We explored the main food groups and created posters to show what a healthy plate looks like. Take a look below...
In English, we're reading the book, Stone Age Boy, which is about a boy who unexpectedly travels back in time to the Stone Age.
In Maths, we've been finding 1, 10 and 100 more or less than 2- and 3-digit numbers. We have been using the greater than, less than and equals symbols ( < > =) to compare numbers, and as always, we've been solving lots of problems!
Flintstones: Fact or Fiction?
We have thrown ourselves into our very first topic on the Stone Age! We launched the topic by watching a clip of the Flintstones and asking questions about life during the Stone Age. Did dinosaurs exist at this time? Did mammoths help with the washing up? Did they have stone money? By the end of this topic, we will know the answers!
This week we turned our classroom into a Stone Age cave! We explored some real-life cave paintings and had a go at creating our own using charcoal and pastels. We now understand that this is one of the sources that historians have used to learn about the Stone Age as no written records exist from this time. Have a look at some of our prehistoric designs below!
This week we launched our Travel Tracker scheme to encourage families to think about the way they come to school. We appreciate that it is not always possible to walk or cycle to school; however, parking 10 minutes from the school and walking, scooting or cycling from there could have a huge impact on the environment and our bodies! Here's a picture of our launch assembly...
How to be a bucket filler
In English we have been reading 'How to be a bucket filler', a book that teaches us about kindness and making others feel good! The children have made it their mission to fill people's invisible buckets with kind words and actions. We made our own buckets and the children wrote lovely messages to each other. Ask them to tell you all about it!
We are unique! We are special!
As part of our start to Year 3, we explored what it means to be unique and how special it is that we are all different. After all, how boring would it be if we all looked and acted the same! As part of this, the children completed a self portrait, using a mirror to really look at themselves. The paintings are brilliant!
The First Week of Year 3!
What a wonderful start to the year we have had! We have spent the first week getting to know each other and finding out about Year 3. The children have enjoyed all the new things we've explored, and are ready and raring to go!
To start our year, we have discussed what makes a dream classroom and a dream school. The children shared their ideas for us to use to make our own Class Charter (a set of responsibilities to follow). Take a look at our finished charter that we have all signed...
Welcome to our Year 3 Opera Class page! We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are excited about coming back to school. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again and getting to know you better over the coming term.
Remember to keep visiting our class page over the year as it will be updated each week with our learning in class, as well as useful links to learning games and activities.
See you soon!
Mrs Wright, Miss Hornshaw and Mrs Oakley