Plymstock Secondary School hosted the pupils from Year Three for a pottery class. The theme was the sea and the children made lots of different animals that are related to the ocean.
The children have been experimenting with art in the style of Brian Pollard, a renowned artist who resides in Plymouth. His paintings always feature local landmarks and in particular Smeaton’s Tower.
As part of Art Week, the pupils have been experimenting with light and shade in their drawings.
The children visited Kents Cavern for a look at the Stone Age caves and how humans used to live thousands of years ago.
The children have been learning about Stonehenge and how the stones were aligned and their potential uses in the Stone Age. The class then built their own scaled down models of Stonehenge.
The class have been learning about erosion, the property of different rocks and soils and how the sea can erode the land over time.
The class have been learning all about rocks and grouping them into their appropriate state, be that igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic!
As part of Sports Relief 2018, the pupils of Year Three have been skipping their way to fitness!
The children of Year Three have been building their own protection systems to protect an egg dropped from a great height! Here are a few photographs showing construction and then the dreaded drop!
The children of Year Three have been learning about plastic pollution in the oceans of the world. As a result, the children wanted to ensure Pomphlett Primary School was as clean and tidy as they would like the oceans to be!
The children have been using the apparatus as part of Term Four Physical Education. Balance, core strength and coordination are all needed when exploring the different stations.
As British Science Week #BSW18 continues, the pupils of Year Three have been experimenting with different variables to try and make slime. We had mixed results across the classroom and it was agreed that the activator needed to be added in small amounts to make activation of the slime happen consistently.
As part of British Science Week #BSW18, the children have been designing their own posters based upon plastic pollution in the sea and how it is impacting on our environment. They also had the opportunity to use the hot glue gun!
The children are reading and writing about Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man’. So as to remember an extract of the story better, the children have turned their hands to drama, acting out paragraphs of the story.
The children of Year Three, along with other schools from our Multi-Academy Trust partnership, visited the National Marine Aquarium’s (@NMAPlymouth ) award-winning Learning Space. We were delivered many fantastic learning opportunities linked to this week’s #BSW18. The Aquarium delivered a fun, interactive learning experience through hands-on education. The photographs do not do the day justice!
As part of British Science Week 2018 ( #BSW18 ), the pupils of Year Three are carrying out a range of different activities based on the theme of ‘accidental discoveries’. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: materials and their properties, circuits, and also plastic and its impact on animals and the environment. These studies promote investigative work and communication skills and include building, testing and refining a bridge that will support weight, designing a system that will protect an egg that is dropped from 2 metres in height and producing a poster all about plastic and its environmental impact. Not to mention programming beebots to follow a predetermined route using mathematics at the heart of this investigation.
As part of British Science Week 2018, Children have been making their own stop start motion movies using an iPad, a whiteboard and a pen. Hopefully, we will get to show off some of the finished articles here.
World Book Day 2018 went according to plan with the children really making an effort with their costumes. Tom from Beastquest seem to be a class form favourite.
The children have been using pounds and pence to help them with addition and subtraction. The children set up shops and with shopping lists in hand, went to solve money problems!
As part of the ongoing learning about the human body, the pupils of Year Three have been making their own skeletal legs out of Knex and using elastic bands to mimic the flexing and lengthening of muscles. Here are a few pictures of the finished articles.
In maths, the pupils have been learning about symmetry, using mirrors to ensure accuracy. They have come on leaps and bounds when recognising lines of symmetry!
The children have been discovering the make up and composition of the human skeletal system, drawing life-size skeletons and trying to get all the bone proportion to scale!
The children have been exploring the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamen, navigating their way through twisting tunnels, antechambers and finally finding the resting place of King Tut.
As part of a cross-curricular approach, the children are learning about ancient Egypt and also writing about the famous archaeologist, Howard Carter. Here we can see pictures of the class using drama to act out how Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut!
Year Three have had a special visitor today, giving gifts to all across the school. See if you can spot your child!
Year Three have been getting into the Christmas spirit, wearing jumpers and with snowballs at the ready!
as part of learning about multiplication, children have been experimenting with number arrays, also ensuring they group equally and organise neatly into rows and columns. As you can see, the children are getting very good at manipulating school equipment to understand better arrays.
With December finally upon us, Year Three thought it was high time to get into the festive spirit. I’m sure you’ll all agree, the whole class looks very jolly!
Whilst learning about column subtraction with Dienes blocks, the pupils of Year Three learnt the requisite vocabulary to go with the maths. The concept of ‘exchanging’ 10 ones for 1 ten or vice versa was essential for working out some of the trickier column addition.
A good understanding of place value (the value of each digit in a number) is vital in Year Three. Pupils have been taught about units, tens, hundreds and thousands with number lines, bead bars and more. The pupils of Year Three are now learning the importance of place value and Deines blocks are used to help children visualise calculations. Place value is the value of each digit in a number. It means understanding that 582 is made up of 500, 80 and 2, rather than 5, 8 and 2. In Year 3, children also need to know what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 or 100. It is really important here that they are aware that the number moves to the left, rather than talking about 'adding zeros' (when children move onto dividing by 10 to find a decimal answer, they will not be able to use the strategy of adding or removing zeros) and this is one of the reasons we are spending some great learning time on place value and what it means.
In Year Three, pupils are becoming increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. The pupils have been physically manipulating dienes blocks as ones, tens and hundreds to better understand place value.
Year Six dropped by to listen to the children in Year Three read! The reading session was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
As part of mathematics, pupils are learning to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to using a wider range of measures, including comparing and using mixed units, for example, 1 kg and 200g, The class got out the scales and weights and investigated how much everyday classroom items weighed, learning how to compare and mix units to complete their weighing tasks.
The Year Three children have been sponsoring Children in Need. Here are a couple of colourful pictures!
As part of our ongoing science studies, the children in Year Three have noticed that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. This is particularly true of a magnetic compass and its unique magnetic properties. Today, the children have been learning more about magnets having two poles (north and south) and as a result of this property, they are able to determine the four cardinal points of a compass. Once the children had learnt the theory, it was time to practice!
As a class, we decided to try different types of Mexican food and have a go at breaking apart a piñata and rescuing the contents from the grass. Great fun was had by everybody!
As part of our Mexican topic, the children have been learning how and why some Mexicans celebrate The Day of the Dead. One of the traditions in Mexico, is to bake a special bread called ‘Pan de Puerto’. The children of Year Three made their own version of this special bread, with one lucky pupil finding a pound coin inside his finished loaf!
Carved Pumpkin Competition
The children have been sorting irregular and regular 2 dimension shapes by ordering them with the same number of sides.
The children of Year Three were given a Scrapyard Challenge today. They had to plan how to compare and group materials according to whether they are magnetic and then sort them into appropriate piles according to types of materials. The children were not allowed to touch any of the materials by hand and were armed with only one magnet, a straw, a set of tweezers and a blob of blu-tac. The children had ten minutes to solve the problem of how to move the objects from the tray and the children devised a storage system to place like with like items together. The children really enjoyed being to problem-solve by using whiteboard pens on the table (Their plans were far too grand to be constrained by a whiteboard!) and the results were fabulous.
The children have been making Calavara “Day of the Dead” festival masks, allowing their creativity to run wild! Here are some different examples of masks made as homework!
God's Eyes originate from the Huichol Indians of Mexico's Sierra Madre. The Huichol bring flowers, arrows, feathers, prayer bowls, god's eye (tsikuri), and other symbolic gifts to deities in sacred caves in the hope of the return of favour and protection. The Huichol not only make wonderfully colorful God’s Eyes from yarn, they also make yarn paintings by gluing yarn to wooden boards in nature-inspired shapes. Year Three made their own version of God’s Eyes and found the process challenging and tricky, but rewarding!
The children have been learning invasion games, in particular, netball. This game includes, passing, situational awareness of team members, communication, stamina, teamwork, but most importantly, enjoyment of the game. Here is a short video of the children learning new ball skills and techniques.