Year 3 Learning Updates

20/1/22 - Developing our coding skills and designing a product

This week in Year 3, we have been using our developing coding skills to try and problem solve and match design criteria.  The children were set a task of creating a dancing animation on Scratch Junior.  They had to make sure that the dancer had a partner to dance with.  They also needed a new background, a repeating part of the dance and had to make sure that the Sprite grew bigger and smaller and travelled slower and faster during the dance.  After supporting each other to find the correct blocks to make this happen, the children managed to create some fantastic animations.  They were then able to consider whether their algorithms were the most efficient way to make the dancer meet the design criteria.

The children have also really enjoyed starting a new design and technology topic.  Charlie Bucket has asked them to design a pouch to keep his golden ticket safe in.  The children found out lots of information about his likes and dislikes and then designed their own design criteria.  Using this design criteria, they have analysed other products and designed their own.  The children have also started to learn some different stitches.  Next week we hope to show you some of the finished designs.

10/2/22 - Year 3 Programming Animations and Creating Games

 This week the children have been building on their knowledge of algorithms and creating new forms of block code.  They have learnt that block code is always made up of blocks but these blocks might be represented in different ways.  When exploring Sprite Jr, the children found that the code went from left to right, just like it had on Lego WeDo2 earlier in the year.  However, they also found that, unlike Lego WeDo, they could write multiple lines of code to create a working animation.  Later in the week, the children learnt how to create their own 'Flappy Bird' game using 'An Hour of Code'.  The children found that the block code was represented vertically on 'Hour of Code' and loved solving the challenges.  You can see some examples of the games and code they created below.  

17/12/21 - Christmas Fun

The children have had a fantastic week this week.  They have been undertaking all sorts of Christmas activities.  They had a beautiful Christingle assembly by candle light.  Despite the assembly being held over Teams, the children loved singing together and enjoyed discussing the key features of the Christingle via candle light.  In maths, the children have tried to help stop Christmas events going wrong by solving a series of puzzles using methods they have learnt this year.  Luckily, they solved the riddles and saved the day!

Yesterday, the children had a fantastic day creating Christmas trees.  To do this, they had to paint paper plates, thread pipe cleaners through the plate to create tinsel and stick on various baubles on.  I'm sure you will agree that they look fantastic!  

The Year 3 team would like to take the opportunity to thank the children for all their hard work this term and also thank all the parents for your continued support.  We wish you a Merry Christmas a Happy New Year!

26/11/21 - Google Slides and Presentations

The children had an amazing week building on their word processing skills from last week by exploring presentation software.  This week they learnt how to insert text boxes and add transitions and animations to their work.  The children used Google Slides to present their work and were inspired by all the facts they have found out about life in prehistoric times.  We think you will agree that they look pretty impressive.  

22/11/21 - Modern Mammoths

This week the children amalgamated all their hard work in art into a final piece.  As you can see from the 'modern mammoths' we created, the children included pieces of their printed sequin rolls, bubble wrap and painted Ben Day Dots in a collages to create this very modern effect.  The children all loved working collaboratively on this project and I'm sure you will agree they look fantastic!  There is also a picture of the 'ink spray' hand prints that we created in the style of early cave painters.  They do look rather effective and the children had great fun making them.

19/11/21 - Word Processing

As well as having a great time exploring artwork this week, the children have also learnt about two Word Processors.  The children learnt to type using 2Type on Purple Mash and then used this skill to help them word process some new learning on the Bronze Age using 2Write.  They explored the formatting skills of adding bullet points, bold text, pictures and changing the font.  Later in the week, the children then typed up a best copy of their learning in English on Google Docs.  They explored the same formatting skills in Google Docs. Then they compared and contrasted which was the easiest and most effective program to chose and why.  Most children seemed to prefer the greater options that Google Docs enabled them to use.  You can see a few pieces of their work below.

15/11/21 - Exploring Artistic Techniques

This week the children continued on from their learning about Roy Lichtenstein and explored dotting in a variety of different ways.  They learnt how to print using printing ink and rollers.  This created a fantastic 'Lichtenstein style' pattern when they used printing techniques with bubble wrap.  Further exploration, enabled them to create Ben Day Dots using painting software on the i-Pads.  Once they had completed this, they then printed and painted using sequin roll to create further dotty patterns.

In the afternoon, the children learnt how prehistoric people used to spray paint onto the walls of caves through hollow bones.  They then explored spraying and flicking painting techniques in the style of cave painters by using hands to create a silhouette.  You can see from the pictures below that the children did really well when they learnt these techniques.  The next stage is to put them together to create a class piece of artwork.  We look forward to sharing this with you.

8/11/21 - Art - Roy Lichtenstein

This week the children in Year 3 have had a fantastic week exploring mixing different colours and trying to replicate some of the choices of the artist Roy Lichtenstein.  They build on their knowledge of primary and secondary colours from Year 2 by learning that tertiary colours are made from mixing a primary and secondary colour.  They also learnt that complimentary colours are opposite each other on a colour wheel and analogue colours are next to each other.  The children then used this knowledge and mixed paint to try and replicate the Ben Day Dots used by Roy Lichtenstein.  Next, they will be expanding this knowledge in a multi-media approach.  Come back next week to see what the final pieces are like!


11/10/21 - Fantastic Learning at Kent Life

Last week the Year 3 children had the amazing opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the Stone Age through some fantastic workshops at Kent Life.  The children learnt about weapons and tools from the Stone Age.  They also got to meet a tribe member and find out all about life within the tribe.  All the children came back with an enriched knowledge of this period in history and had a fantastic time.  You can see how much they enjoy it from the photos below!

Week Commencing 27/9/21

This week the children have been delving deeper in their search for the answer to their Question For Discovery (What was life like in prehistoric times?).  The Year 3 children all decided that they wanted to know what houses were like in prehistoric times.  So, they set about researching Stone Age houses and learnt that the houses changed over time.  They discovered that the human race changed from hunter gatherers to farmers and that the houses changed as they did this.  To demonstrate their deepening understanding of Stone Age houses, they created replicas of houses from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.  The children learnt that the early humans lived in caves and moved around as they needed to source more food.  They learnt that some early settlers built tent like structures to live in, using turf and animal skins to cover them and make them waterproof.  Finally, they built more permanent structures as they changed to farmers.  You can see some of the amazing designs the children created below. 

24th September 2021 - Amazing Algorithms!

This week the children in Year 3 have started to find out more answers about our Question of Discovery: 'What was life like in prehistoric times?'.  They have explored the different types of houses that people used to live during the Stone Age and learnt how these changed across the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.  They had to be secret detectives and find out about their own individual type of house or shelter and then share this with the class. You can see some examples of the great work they produced below.  

However, I think most children would say their most exciting learning this week was a fantastic robotics project using Lego Wedo 2.0.  The children learnt about how the stones found at Stonehenge travelled huge distances to be placed there and the people who moved them had no technology to help them to do it.  So, we decided to design a robot that could do all the pulling for them!  The children managed to write an algorithm that would help the robot pull the stones.  However, they found that they needed to debug (adjust) the code to help the robot travel with the stones over different surfaces. They learnt about how a motor is an output device and it is controlled by the algorithm. You can see some pictures of the children developing their robots below.