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Term 2

Making 'earthquake-proof' structures using cocktail sticks & marshmallows

Week 5 Term 2


'We have been looking at shapes to see if they have obtuse, acute or right angles'  Halle


'We had a workshop about natural disasters and we pretended that we were in Pompeii and other places where there have been natural disasters'  Maeve


'We have been changing the Mountain Fire story'  Sheikidris


'This week we have been rehearsing the Christmas play that we will be showing the school next week!'  Christive


'We have been learning about 'Why Do Earthquakes Happen?' - by looking at a non-chronological text'  Nadiya


'In Art we made our own tiny mini town. We had matchboxes that we decorated to make houses'  Dominic


'Today we went swimming, some people were swimming lengths and some widths'  Noor



Year 3's Freshwater Theatre 'Natural Disasters' workshop

Our Diwali dancing

Term 2 Things you need to know letter & Curriculum map


Learning at home ideas


  • Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables. Make up your own song to help you remember.

  • Research a natural disaster that interests you. Make a fact file with the information.

  • Write your own warning story, make sure you use paragraphs and inverted commas when someone is speaking.

  • Watch news round, write a newspaper article about a piece of news.

  • Practise finding double and half of numbers, perhaps make your own game!

  • Create your own dictionary; add new words you come across in your reading or at school.

  • Go for a rock hunt around your local area, how many different types can you find?

Term 2 Week 1    wb 31/10/2016


'This Monday in science we made volcanoes. We made them erupt using five ingredients: vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and warm water with a little bit of washing up liquid',   Nojus


'We draw volcanoes in Art using ink and oil pastels'   Sheikidris


'On Wednesday we started designing skulls for the Day of the Dead festival'  Tiegan


'...each year group are making something to put in an altar in the school hall. Year 3 were designing skulls'  Louis


'We had an assembly about Day of the Dead festival. People celebrate it in Mexico and Spain'  Luka


'In Italy this week there was a massive earthquake! Surprisingly no-one died, only twenty people were injured'   Loui - Blue


'In Guided Reading I found an article about wild fires. A wild fire is an out of control fire in a forest or green land.'   Christvie


'Today in swimming we were learning breast stroke. We learnt how to do it using  Pull - Star - Pencil '   Isobel


'..we were swimming across the pool in groups using breast stoke. We were doing one stroke with heads under the water and one stroke with heads out of the water'  Eve

Photographs of our 'Natural Disasters' topic day

Dear Parents and Carers,


This term our indoor PE slot will be on a Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoons. We will continue to swim every Friday Morning.


On Tuesday mornings we will be out of class to do planning and assessment. During this time both Year 3 classes will be covered by Mrs H for Art and Mrs Miller for PE and Music.


Children should bring a book bag to school, so that they can take home letters and reading books. Please ask at the office if you need a book bag.


We are very pleased to announce our topic this term is ‘Natural Disasters’ This is a topic based around our Geography skills, where we will explore the physical and human effects of natural disasters. Watch out, we might even make our own volcano!


We would like to take this opportunity to say well done to the children so far, they have been incredibly enthusiastic and are really challenging themselves in Year 3.


Thank you for all your support,         



Miss Dudding and Mr Germain



We will be using Talk For Writing to learn about recounts and writing our own on natural disasters. We will also be writing information texts on plants.


Science: We will be looking at the life cycle of a plant, how water is transported up the stem, where different plants grow and the structure of a plant. We will use thermometers to measure the temperature at which plants grow best.



This term we will looking at Fauve landscapes. We will create bright and wild paintings




We will use the composition and create a city and weather soundscape.



During this term the children will be learning about fractions, shape and measurement. We will also be developing our multiplication and division skills.



In our indoor sessions we will be developing sequences in gymnastics.


In Swimming we will be developing our strokes and gaining confidence in the water.



Locating UK cities and interpreting map keys.

Field work will play a part in our learning. We will understanding the physical processes of volcanoes and earthquakes and the impact these have on people.



We will looking at celebrating differences. Thinking about accepting differences and solving conflicts when they occur.



We are continuing to focus on our question:


What can we learn from the life/teaching of Jesus?


How you can help at home:



Please ensure that your child is reading for 20 minutes every day. Remember to ask them questions about the text e.g.

  • Who is your favourite character and why?

  • What words were chosen to show that the characters are happy/ sad?

  • What description has been included that shows the time and place that the story has been set?

  • Would this story work in another period of time?

Can you compare the story to another you have read or seen on television?

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