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Week Commencing 22nd June

Good Morning Year 3 :) Elliot found some ants and eggs in his paddling pool - this is what happened - "We’d folded the paddling pool up after the weather turned and when we were cleaning it up to re-fill, Elliot spotted all these ants in the fold carrying what we assumed were eggs. He looked them up to check and he was right (a bit gross but he liked it). We had to try and flick them out with a paint brush." Have a look at the photo in our home learning gallery!

Week Commencing 15th June

I hope everyone is having a good week so far - please get in touch if you feel like you need support with anything. Creating your own questions based on our learning so far can be a great way to consolidate, support or extend your learning. You could write some questions for a friend, ask them to do the same and swap! Or you could even test a family member with your challenges! Remember, the activities I set are just a guide so feel free to change/adapt/expand your learning as needed - I love to see your ideas! Evan used his ICT skills to showcase what he'd learnt in science using Scratch. Take a look at what he created: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/403008496/ It's also nice to hear that some of you have been expanding your learning beyond the given tasks with activities you really enjoy and are passionate about. Sam has been really enthusiastic with his creative writing lately so maybe we could share some of that with you all once he's finished!

Home Learning Gallery

If you have any photos of your learning at home please email them to me bootha@primroselane.leeds.sch.uk

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Varjak Paw

We've been reading Varjak paw in class and lots of children have asked if I could post the name of the author and the ISBN number so that they can order it from the library to finish reading at home. The author is S.F Said and the ISBN number is 978-0-552-57229-3.
 
Light and Dark
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about Light and Dark. We have been thinking about where we get light from and why it is sometimes dark. We have been learning about nocturnal animals and how they have adapted to suit being out and about in the dark. We’ve also learnt about how daytime and night time occur and how shadows are made. We have learnt about the words opaque, translucent and transparent too and have made Easter stained glass windows to show which materials will let light through and which won’t. We’ve been reading Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett which is all about a boy called Orion who was afraid of the dark. When he met ‘Dark’ he decided he wasn’t that scary!
Primrose Lane Athenian Academy

Yesterday Year 3 went back in time to 450BC where they experienced what school may have been like in Ancient Greece. They dressed in Greek attire and took part in various activities such as pottery making, food tasting, Greek mathematics, Greek writing, Philosophy and Recitation.
In the afternoon the Year 3 and 4 classrooms were transformed into an Ancient Greek museum where the children showed off all of their learning about our topic by completing an Ancient Greek quiz with their visitors.
It was a delight to see the children talking so animatedly and enthusiastically about their learning. Well done Year 3!

Skeletons

In Science last half term Year 3 were learning about skeletons. We learnt the names of lots of our bones, found out what bones are made of and also why we need them.

Mrs Martin kindly offered to come and talk to us about the skeletons of different animals. We looked at some real animal bones and some model bones and compared them. We learnt about how some animals have their bones on the inside, some on the outside and that some don’t even have bones at all. We also talked about why different animals skeletons have evolved as they have.

It was a really interesting morning and we learnt lots. One of the best bits was handling the bones and looking at x-rays and scans.

Year 3 Christmas Crafternoon Project

Before Christmas Year 3 held a Christmas Crafternoon where they invited their parents in to help them decorate their Christmas Dragon Eggs that they had made out of papier mache as part of our learning about the Vikings.

In the run up to the afternoon the children had been working hard to design and stitch their own Christmas tree decorations.

They had also baked gingerbread biscuits with Mrs Proctor which they shared with their parents during the afternoon.

The afternoon was a great success. The children raised £43 which they decided they were going to use to buy some board games for wet play and choosing time in class.

The class voted on which games they wanted to buy and then Mrs Turnbull went shopping.

Here are some photos of the children playing with Headbandz and Snakes and Ladders!

We are enjoying our class story 'How to Train Your Dragon'. So far we have looked at some of the characters and have evaluated how successful the opening is. We've also created some of our own dragons!

In our Science lessons this half term we are learning to think scientifically. Our question for this week is 'Do people who have big hands have big feet?' We made our predictions and have started to investigate!

Year 3 enjoyed their African Drumming Workshop

As part of our Stone Age topic we designed and made our own clay jewelry. What do you think?

We have achieved our first 50 class points and as a treat we had a 'Wheelly fun' session in the school playground.

Welcome to our class page. We've had a very busy start to the year as you can see in these photographs. Our topic for this half term is The Stone Age. We are reading Stig of the Dump as our class story and have made dioramas of what we think Stig's cave looks like.

We've also been exploring cave paintings and had a go at our very own. We went into the school grounds and collected natural materials that we could use to paint with. We even found some berries which we crushed to make natural paint.

Today we've been out gathering more natural materials as we have designed our own tools and weapons that we think would have been useful in The Stone Age.

In Maths we've been learning about Place Value.

In Science we are learning what nutrients our bodies need to keep us fit and healthy. We worked in pairs to design our own nutritionally balanced plate of food.

This week we have thought about what a healthy lunch might look like. We decided to have a go at making our own nutritionally balanced wraps and pasta salads. We chose a filling that would provide us with protein and some salad ingredients to provide us with vitamins and minerals. We had great fun making them ... and even more fun eating them!

On Thursday afternoon Mr Simpson put Year 3 through their paces with an hour long Commando Fitness Session. The children (and Mrs Turnbull!) had great fun in the mud completing a range of exercises - burpees, sit ups, leg raises, commando crawling and jogging to name a few! They then did a stretcher drill, a wall climb and finished off with a tug of war. The children showed their true Primrose Lane Learner attributes demonstrating enthusiasm, collaborative learning and ambition.

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