Welcome to Sycamore Class!
On our page you will find lots of photographs which show the different things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy them!
Let's go fly a kite!
This afternoon, the children had a wonderful time making prototype kites, then testing them to see if the materials they chose would catch the wind. Later on this week, they will be developing their final kite designs and making their own life-size kites!
Times Tables Challenge!
In Maths today, the children took part in a times tables challenge in the playground. They had to collect coloured cones with answers on and match them to the times table calculations. A great deal of fun was had by all!
To observe how plants grow and what might affect this, we planted some of our own seeds. Hopefully, they will grow into sunflowers! First, we weeded the soil to make sure that the weeds don’t stop the roots growing or block out the sunlight for our plants. Then we watered the soil, before planting our seeds. We planted them at least 30cm apart so that they had room to grow. We will need to water them regularly while the seeds are germinating, to keep the soil moist. Once they have sprouted, we will need to water them once a week.
Yesterday, we were treated to a fantastic gymnastics performance by some very talented athletes from Sycamore class! We were very impressed with their organisation and performance skills. Well done, team!
In Science, we have been learning about different types of fossils and how they are formed. Yesterday, we made cast fossils and today we unwrapped them - there was great excitement! And don't they look wonderful....
Red Nose Day 2017
What an action-packed day we had! Red Nose Day activities in the morning then a fantastic talent show in the afternoon. Imogen and Melissa both put on outstanding performances - well done, ladies!
Emergency: Earthquakes and Volcanoes!
Last week, Year 3 visited the Natural History Museum for a volcanoes and earthquakes show. The museum staff were amazed by how much the children have learnt this term, and we all had the most exciting day. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the trip and to the children for making us proud, as always.
World Book Day 2017
Well, what a day we had and what a fantastic range of costumes! World Book Day 2017 was packed with fun; a book trail, book dating, designing book covers and even a teacher swap. The children really enjoyed themselves…as you can see!
DT - Moving Picture Books
Last term, our Design Technology topic was moving picture books. The children learnt how to use levers and linkages to make pictures move, then created their own moving picture, based on our book 'The Tin Forest'. Aren't they fantastic!?
Graffiti Maths - Giving Change
In Maths, we have been learning about money and how to give change. This week, we worked in partners and used graffiti maths to solve this problem: You have a £1 coin. You buy a toy and receive two silver coins as change. Which coins could these be? How much did the toy cost? There are several answers and find as many as you can.
On Friday 13th January, Sycamore Class went to Homefield School for a table tennis PE lesson. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and really impressed all the teachers with their hand-eye coordination. We will be going again next Friday, after which time we will all be pros!
For homework this weekend, the children in Sycamore Class learnt a poem of their choice, and today they performed them. Mrs Lee and I were so impressed by their expression and actions. Imogen even made a life-size snowman to bring her poem to life! Well done, everyone.
Christmas Party Time
The children enjoying the lunch part of our Year 3 Christmas Party!
This week, the children have been reading the story 'Coming Home' by Micheal Morpurgo. They thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story, then writing their own versions. Here are some photos of their dramatisations.
Discover Christmas Workshop
Yesterday the children took part in a Discover Christmas workshop. They watched a play of
the Christmas Story and learnt about what Christmas means to Christians.
Skara Brae Advert Photos
Last week in Literacy we wrote adverts to sell a house in Skara Brae. The children learnt
how to use persuasive language. Milcah and Poppy even persuaded Mrs Broers to buy their
houses! You can read them below and decide for yourselves!
Last week the children learnt how to use persuasive language to write adverts. For
homework, they chose an object from home and produced eye-catching adverts for them. All
the teachers were very impressed and now have much longer Christmas lists with all the
new toys we would like!
Today we had a visitor to Year 3, who taught us all about prehistory – from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We learnt that there were three periods of time in the Stone Age; the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age), Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and Neolithic (New Stone Age). We learnt that ‘lithic’ means ‘stone’! We also had fun trying out some Stone Age activities – trying on clothes, looking at tools, learning about roundhouses, grinding grain and spinning wool!
Roald Dahl Day
After reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this term, today was our Roald Dahl dress up day! The children looked FANTASTIC and stayed in character all day. In the morning we wrote character descriptions using expanded noun phrases and in the afternoon we created some art, based on the poem ‘Escape at Bedtime’, which will be on show at Parent’s Evening!
In Design Technology, we have been investigating smoothie products. This week, we used our knowledge of healthy eating to design and make our own healthy smoothies. The children chose three fruits from the following five options; grapes, satsuma, berries, banana or apple.
Skeletons in Science
Today in Science we learnt about why we need bones! We matched up the names of bones to their location on a skeleton. Next lesson we will be learning about why we need muscles and how they work.
Year 3 Literacy
Year 3 have been working hard in Literacy to write newspaper reports about our new school initiative - the Daily Mile. Here are the reports from three children who particularly impressed us by using all the features of report writing. Well done Charlotte from Sycamore, Nii-Darko from Redwood and Ocean from Elm.
Using oil pastels to show colour and tone
This week we have created still life fruit pictures based on Roy De Maistre’s painting ‘Still Life Peaches’. We used oil pastels to show colour and tone. Using different tones made our work look more realistic because they allowed us to create highlights and shadows.
In Maths we have been learning about place value of numbers. In this lesson, we represented a three digit number in lots of different ways. Can you think of any others?
Proof reading our work for spelling and punctuation
This week we have been writing newspaper reports about our Daily Mile. Today we have been editing and improving them. First, we read our reports aloud to our partner, to listen for full stops and to check that our sentences made sense. Then we used dictionaries to correct our spelling.
What is seasonality?
As part of our Science and DT topic, we are learning about where food comes from and what time of year it grows (this is called seasonality). Tracey from Asda came to visit us and teach us about seasonality. We tried lots of different fruit and vegetables. Some were delicious but we weren’t sure about the sprouts!