Year 3

Year 3 Matisse

We have only been in Key Stage Two for a few weeks but we have already learnt so much. This half term has been all about rocking it in the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

We have immersed ourselves in this era in many ways. In English we read The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We then debated what it would be like to live in the Stone Age, role played key parts and wrote postcards about our adventures. After discussing the exciting vocabulary and key grammatical features in the book and sharing some ideas and writing together, we wrote our own narratives, based on the book.

We have also been washing woolly mammoths! How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley was our inspiration. The book gave us an exciting introduction to instruction writing. We scrubbed, sponged and lathered our own filthy toys and then wrote our own instructions, being sure to include prepositions and imperative verbs. We even got to act out some of the instructions from the book. Have you ever tried to get a woolly mammoth into the bath? It can be tricky!

Maths has been all about consolidating our place value knowledge. We represented the numbers in lots of different ways, including place value charts and by using concretes such as counters and Dienes. We have partitioned three digit numbers using our place value knowledge. This also helped us to count on to find the difference on an empty number line.

We have also been rocking along to a few times-tables songs and playing games to help our understanding of number.

The fun hasn’t stopped there. We have been rocking and (forward) rolling in gymnastics with our own professional gymnastics coach. Some of us were apprehensive about performing a forward roll on a bench but we felt so proud of ourselves when we actually did it. We showed real resilience.

The Stone Age really came to life in History when we were able to hold Stone Age artefacts. We have also written about how it would be for a child to live in the Iron Age. Did you know that the children had to mine to retrieve the copper ore from the small crevices?

Our teachers were really impressed with how much effort we put into our dioramas on the topic. Some are displayed in the corridor of our school. Others are on display in our classroom. They look amazing.

We know where these eras are on a timeline and have discussed the importance of the year zero to Christians. We know that the story of Moses is from the Old Testament and so happened before Jesus was born. We have thought about why Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land and the leadership qualities that he would have needed. We reflected on what qualities we have and the things we are grateful for.

We have also spoken to leaders in our community to ask them what leadership means to them.