Elm C of E Primary School

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Year 3 Blog

This week we have been amazed at the generosity of our parents at Elm. The Sports for Schools day was a great success and good fun. We raised over £1000 part of which will be used to purchase new PE equipment for the school.
Our topic of the Romans is inspiring our creative writing. we are working towards creating our own adventure stories set in Roman times. This week we are focusing on really powerful endings. We have learnt about Roman numerals too. 
We have developed a dance sequence that is based on a theme of machines. It reflects the different ways that machines move. This week we were ready to add the final polish to it.
Welcome to year 3.
It seems hard to believe that we are near to our half term holiday! Magpies have settled well into their new routines in year 3. 
They are being encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings, especially jumpers / cardigans. If parents could ensure that all their PE kit is labelled as well as jumpers/ cardigans and coats, we can return items to their owners. We have a huge collection of clothing in the first aid room, with no names on.
On alternate Fridays they will bring home homework. This should be completed and brought back into school by the Thursday at the latest so it can be marked. There are still spaces at homework club. They have spellings to practice. The read it, say it, write it method is believed to be the most successful for learning spellings. However, try different approaches and see what works best for your individual child.
We will occasionally have homework linked to their topic, which will be of a creative type.
We are looking forward to seeing parents on Wednesday. 
Thank you to all parents who attended the parents evening. It was a very useful and productive afternoon/ evening.
In Magpies class we will be looking at light and the absence of dark as our overarching theme from 5.11.18.  Our theme will be called The Dark Side. Just happens to coincide with Bonfire night, so any great firework pictures would be great for your children to bring in if you happen to be attending a display.
Prior to that we will be completing our study of the Romans. we will be going on our trip to Wisbech Museum on 31st October. Everyone will need to be in school uniform and take a packed lunch. It should be a great day with lots of exciting hands on opportunities for learning. I will post some pictures after the visit.


Wow! What an amazing day we had at the museum! I am sure you have heard lots about it. The children were lucky enough to spend a day with the wonderful, voluntary staff at the museum, three of which were experienced archaeologists. We were excited, thrilled, and enthralled by the programme they offered. Over the day, we gathered information, searched the museum for clues to answer questions, handled artefacts, reconstructed artefacts through drawing, found clues to the past in a dustbin full of rubbish and dug for objects in a mini archaeological dig.

Year 4 mixed with Year 3, which was great for both groups. All the children behaved impeccably, and the staff were eager to invite the children to make a return visit. I hope that the children will be able to encourage you to take them again, since we did not get the chance to look round the whole museum.

In year 3 we are studying light and dark. We are hoping to make a dark tent, 4 metres by 4 metres. We need dark material, if any parents have any they would like to donate that would be wonderful. We also would like to put glow sticks and multi coloured torches in our tent. Do you have any spare ones?
We will be starting our new topic on 05.11.18
Magpies have a dark tent. We only have a torch, mini torch and some glow sticks so far. If anyone has spare coloured lights that would be really helpful. 
We have made a firework display, linked to our study of Guy Fawkes, when it is completed I will post a picture of their work.
As part of our study of the environment, we are looking at nocturnal animals. On Tuesday 13th November we will have an environmental expert visiting our school and year 3 will be learning how to make seed bombs. This could be messy work, so it would be useful if they brought old clothes in that can get muddy. Also, a warm, waterproof coat, in case the weather is cold or wet. 
As a follow up from our exploration of our school environment we had a visit from a PECT environmental educationist today. We had great fun finding different types of trees, looking for birds and bugs. Then we made our own seed bombs that should become a new wild flower area along the line of the hedge next Spring. Plenty of muddy hands-on experiences! 
Just a quick reminder. It is Magpies assembly on Friday. All parents of children in year 3 are most welcome. Following our assembly we will be having our open lesson to which parents are welcome.  This will be a PE session with our sports coach Mr Lester and myself. The children will be playing tag rugby. This will be outside, so as ever the children will need their PE kits including leggings /track suit bottoms and warm tops. Parents won't be able to participate, but I am sure that everyone will thoroughly enjoy watching the skills that the children are learning. Wrap up warm, the forecast is dry but cold.
This week Magpies have been reading the book, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, which links to our topic of the dark side. We have been thinking about ways to overcome our fears and creating a story map based on the story. We also learnt about the blackout during World War 2. We designed posters warning people that they must put up their black outs. We will be following this up with drama based on world war 2.
On Friday we had a tag rugby tournament between the different house teams, with Kestrels. It was a great opportunity for all the children to play competitively and they really enjoyed themselves. It was wonderful to see them all playing as teams, working together and supporting each other.
Thursday was a brilliant day! We went to Coldham Wind Farm and learnt so much. We used lots of different instruments to measure wind speed and wind direction. After that we measured noise with a digital noise meter. We found that children are much noisier than wind turbines! 
During the afternoon, we had a brilliant time making our own scale model wind turbines that generated electricity. We tried 2, 3, 4 and 6 blades on our wind turbines and measured which produced the most electricity. What do you think? The children know. Also, they know why we have 3 blades on a wind turbine. It was a truly educational, hands on experience. 
We have had such a busy week. Christmas preparations are in full swing along with the Christmas nativity production. Magpies have been absolutely amazing, learning their lines and song.
We have been putting our dark area to good use with experiments using mirrors and torches between our other activities.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. This term in year 3 our topic is Flint and stones. We are focusing on the Stone Age. As an introduction to this we will be going on a trip to Flag Fen at Peterborough. A lot of our time will be spent outside, so it is important that your children have warm, preferably waterproof, clothing. Also, wellies would be great for outside too, which should be brought in a plastic bag, they will be travelling on the coach in school shoes. We are looking forward to a great day when we will all learn through practical, hands-on experience.
Just a quick reminder that all children will need warm, waterproof clothing for our trip to Flag Fen on Tuesday.
Also, Magpies class are learning football skills on Friday, with our sports coach. If your children have football boots, astro turf boots or trainers they will find these useful. Shin pads would also help protect their shins. However, there is absolutely no need to purchase these items if they do not have them. They will not be playing competitively, they will be learning skills, so they are much less likely to bump into each other. If any children are chosen to play in the inter schools competition in March, we will discuss any necessary kit at the time. Please don't feel you need to purchase specialist kit. They still need shorts, T shirt, warm top and leggings or jogging bottoms.
We will post pictures from Flag Fen following the trip.
We had a great day Flag Fen. We learnt lots about life in the Stone Age. The weather was sunny despite it being January. We came back to school with a collection of clay bowls that we made during the day which were in the style of the bowls used in the Stone Age. 
We all made a wish on the sword that has magical properties, or at least that was what the storyteller told us! 
It was great fun and a brilliant experience.
Magpies have been looking at the uses of rocks and stones in the environment as part of their science studies. We went for a walk around the village and found lots of uses for stones, bricks and tarmac. they even identified damaged stone where the potholes were in the road. 
Our swimming lessons are going well. Everyone is keen to get in the water and try their best. It is great fun. 
Following our visit to Flag Fen we have been designing our own carts based on archaeological evidence from   the Stone and Bronze ages.
Magpies have achieved 200 dojos! When we started collecting dojos in September, it seemed that 2000 was going to take us forever to achieve. However, it didn't, we had a brilliant reward afternoon today. The class chose football and playground games. We were the first to use the new playtime equipment that was funded by The Friends of Elm School. It was a lovely afternoon in the February sunshine. We now need to be really kind, thoughtful people who achieve lots, to gain 4000 dojos. I wonder what the class will choose as their reward next time?  
During this week we have been focusing on measuring length in our maths. We converted metres to centimetres and centimetres to millimetres, whilst measuring lots of objects as well as each other.
As part of our Talk For Writing learning we have been finding out how to write a good set of instructions. We started out be writing a set of instructions for making clay pots, which we did at Flag Fen. Then we wrote a set of instructions about how to wash a woolly mammoth, which was based on our chosen book. (We didn't have a mammoth to wash! Finally, we made rock cakes and the class wrote a recipe about how to make rock cakes. They  they will be bringing these home and hopefully they will be able to make delicious rock cakes from them. 
Year 3 have had a lovely week, learning about Stonehenge. We are looking forward to parents coming in for our assembly on Friday 8th March from 9am to approx 9.30am. We will then have an open lesson in the hall, when we will try to build a small scale Stonehenge model from Modroc and newspapers. This will end at 10.15am. We hope that lots of parents will be able to join us and help to build Stonehenge- the Elm version. 
Magpies really tried hard to dress up as a character from a story. They all looked amazing, as did Mrs Hills. We had great fun sharing books with year 1. Hopefully everyone brought their book tokens home so that they can get a pound off a new book. 
On Friday Magpies had their class assembly. They explained what they had been learning since January. They were very proud of their achievements. 
Parents made a great contribution to our building of a mini Stonehenge using Modroc during our open lesson. It was fascinating to watch different ideas about how to solve the different problems that occurred. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the learning experience.
Magpies had a great day at Hunstanton! The weather was sunny and quite warm for March. We explored the main beach, looking for fossils and interesting rocks and stones. Lots of children took home lots of interesting rocks and stones, but we didn't find any fossils. We sketched some of the rocks that we found. Then, we went for an ice cream and had lunch. Afterwards we went along to Old Hunstanton and were amazed at the layers that we could see along the cliff edge. We drew the sedimentary rock layers and explored the rock pools. 
Finally, we headed back up the cliff to meet the coach. A few people found the walk a bit tiring, but they all said it was a great day, especially the ice cream!
Magpies had an interesting week, last week. On Tuesday we had a visit from The Wildlife Corridor Group. We learnt more about bugs and built bug hotels. Then, we looked for mini beasts and birds.
On Thursday we built skeletons in our science lesson. We learnt the purpose of our skeleton.
Finally, on Friday we learnt how to play golf, using children's clubs and soft balls. We have learnt to use chippers and putters.
Year 5 and 6 went on a trip to play netball and were successful, winning their group and getting placed 4th overall. 
What a great end to the term! The number of parents enjoying the Easter tea party was amazing. Year 3 had great fun practicing their  1990's themed song, Mama by The Spice Girls. They were amazed at how many parents had come to listen to them and thrilled to hear so much clapping and cheering for their singing. 
The egg display was unbelievable. So much imagination and effort had gone into their entries. Elton John in egg form was truly amazing. I was so proud that Magpies had made such a large contribution to the display.
Next term, our theme will be," Our productive land." We will be cultivating and planting in the garden area, so wellies and gloves will be very useful next term. 
We have had a great start to the new term. To get us back into it we acted out the roles of Stig and Barney, the two main characters in our text Stig of the Dump. We have some talented actors in Magpies class!
We have started learning new tennis skills in PE as well as starting our outdoor and adventurous skills focus. Our overall theme of growing and planting will begin on Monday, when we head outside and find the parts of plants and flowers.
Our plant growing is going quite well, although I hope that our plants will survive being looked after by myself during the holiday! We have looked at what plants need for healthy growth and then we are experimenting to find out what is absolutely essential for them to survive. We are measuring how much they grow and how much water we give them, as well as limiting warmth, space and light. We are even trying to grow plants with no soil and limited air.
We have learnt about the Fens and why the landscape is so flat. Then we have linked it to the Netherlands.
In English we have moved on to a new book, called "The Boy Who Grew Dragons." This book is funny and intriguing. Will Tomas find more dragons? We will find out next term.
We have had a brilliant term! Could next term be even better? Possibly, when we are leaping straight into it with a trip to Snettisham Farm Park on the first day back! Please remind children to bring plenty to drink if it is forecast to be a hot day and sun hats too!
Magpies have had a brilliant start to the term. The sun shone on our trip to Snettisham Park Farm and we got close up to lots of deer. We had the opportunity to feed lots of different animals, including deer, sheep, lambs, goats and even cattle. We learnt about the different crops that are grown on the farm and the food that we get from them. It was a great day, with lots of learning and lots of fun.
Later in the week we went outside to do some gardening. In the garden we found some very unusual eggs! We have been reading the book, "The boy who grew dragons." We thought that the eggs could be dragon eggs, or maybe dinosaur eggs or even Easter bunny eggs! We took the eggs inside and we have been deciding what will hatch out of them. 
On Wednesday, we had a brilliant time in Wildspace. Everyone could remember the rules to keep safe and since the weather was a bit unpredictable, we decided to build shelters to keep us dry. We built some amazing shelters.