Year 3 Ukulele lessons

Christmas is coming!

Year 3 is enjoying practicing Christmas songs ready to perform at the Christmas Concert in a few weeks time.

After a few sore fingers and thumbs, the children have now learnt all the chords for the ukulele, some of which have been very tricky indeed. They are sounding fantastic and have gained in confidence over the weeks. The teachers are having fun too!

Thank you to Hampshire Music.

Year 3 PE

This half term Year 3 are focusing on Football and working hard to improve their skills.

We have been enjoying using the school field and in the first two lessons we have been working on dribbling and passing skills.

We are looking forward to building on our skills and playing some fun mini matches.

FJS Bake Off!

Years 3 and 4 had a Bake Off Assembly on Wednesday (15 November).

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry would have been so proud of our children!

Children learnt how to make cup cakes using different flavour yogurts, then they used the empty yoghurt pot as their measuring tool for all the other ingredients. Very clever!

Panic set in when the cakes needed to be baked because of a power cut but it didn’t last long and the children were able to enjoy eating them later on in the day.  Scrummy!

Year 3 Maths and Science

Science – Forces

This week Year 3 have been investigating forces. They have been looking at the new play equipment in the playground and identifying which forces are in action.

Maths – Collecting data

This week in Maths we are collecting, presenting and interpreting data. The whole year group worked together to collect data that we can use in our learning for the rest of the week.

Year 3 – Dragon’s Lair and Iron Man

Dragon’s Lair

Look what Year 3 found when we walked in the woods!  The children were getting ready to write a good setting for their own myth.

3DP are busy making their ‘Guy’

Inspired by Ted Hughes’ book ‘The Iron Man’ from last term, children started making their own ‘Iron Man’. What colour eyes will they choose?

Safety Day 2015

Safety Day 2015

The whole school enjoyed a fantastic Safety Day. Thanks to our special guests, Paramedics Sally and Sabrena, each class attended a first aid workshops focussing on the recovery position and CPR. They also led an assembly about what to do in an emergency and when 999 is the right choice.

In class each year group focussed on a different aspect of personal safety. Year 3 made sure they were safe on the road by learning and practicing how to cross a road safely. We also investigated clues to crossing safely that are not only seen but heard and felt as well. Bumps on the ground tell us that this is a safe place to cross as long as we remember to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN! Year 4 created wonderful models of beaches with lots of safety signals including safe swimming flags, lifeguards and safety buoys. In Year 5 they were investigating fire safety by looking at safe escapes routes. Finally short films were created by Year 6 learnt to promote firework safety.

Y3 Pajama Party in the Pool!

Year 3 had a great day swimming this week. We brought in pajamas or light clothes from home to experience what it would be like if we fell into water in our clothes!

We also practice walking through water and swimming, as well as pushing and gliding then standing up to get ourselves upright in clothes. A few of us swam underwater through hoops.

Some of us even practiced our rescue skills by saving each other with foam noodles!!

We had a great afternoon and although it was “weird” (in the words of Year 3) swimming in our clothes we also found out how tiring it was to swim in heavy clothes are a while and also how different it feels to pull ourselves out of the water!

 

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Country Dancing Festival 2015

This year’s country dancing festival was a slight change to previous years as the weather wasn’t in our favour this morning.

However, we took full advantage of a break in the rain in the afternoon and were able to show our year group dances and also a couple of traditional country dances. The children (and teachers!) had obviously been working hard to learn the routines.

Here is a selection of photos:

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Year 3 fly to Harry Potter Studios

On Monday Year 3 headed off on an exciting adventure to the Harry Potter Studios in Hertfordshire. Upon arrival at the studios, an enormous Christmas tree greeted us in the foyer before we slipped behind the scenes of this incredible franchise.

After a short cinematic introduction to the films the screen lifted to reveal a pair of golden doors. Harry and Archie (our birthday boys) went up to open the doors into Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s Great Hall, which had been specially decorated for the Christmas season. The tour led us through costumes, wigs, sets (including the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s study and Hagrid’s hut), props and special effects from the films providing great insight into how the books became film.

We were able to play with prop snow and put our hands into SFX fire as well as improving our wand skills with a quick charms lesson. On the way round children were able to complete their Passports by finding the Golden Snitches and collect stamps providing them with a memento of the trip.

The tour led us through the external sets where we walked the wooden bridge, saw various vehicles (Hagrid’s motorbike and the Knight Bus) from the film as well as Harry’s “muggle” home on 4 Privet Drive.

Back inside the studios, we were amazed at the creature workshop where fiction came to life through animatronics, we got quite a jump when Harry’s Monster Book of Monsters suddenly jumped towards us! A quick walk through Diagon Alley led us to the magnificent snow covered model of Hogwarts School.

As well as a tour around the studios, Year 3 attended a workshop on mood boards and costumes, exploring and handling real costumes (Dumbledore and Luna) and material from the films. We even tried on a pair of Hagrid’s trousers! We created our own costume characterisation, which we will continue to develop and use for our creative writing in the classroom.

It was an incredible trip – but don’t just take our word for it, here are some words from our experts:

“Absolutely excellent, I didn’t have a favourite part because it was all amazing! The room with werewolves and animals was amazing”   Marley (3KC)

“So cool in there – the big dragon face was my favourite because I don’t know how they made it.”  Jakob (3LD)

“The jumpy tooth book didn’t scare me!”  Jade (3KC)

“Hogwart’s castle was really life like but the Forbidden Forest was missing.”  Dylan (3LD)

“I loved exploring everything!”  Roni (3LD)

“In the workshop we got to see Hagrid and Dumbledore’s costumes.”  Robbie (3LD)

“It was AMAZING!! I really like the potions room because loads of potions and bottles were strange and you never seen things like them today!”   Harry (3KC)

Miss Card and Miss Deering

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Year 3 Class Museum

Year 3 have been lucky to have a special loans box full of prehistoric objects. We have been learning all about the objects that are left behind in the archaeological record which tell us about the people living in Britain over 2000 years ago.

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The objects, loaned by Wessex Archaeology, were a fantastic resource inspiring Year 3 to research and write labels for our class museum about the Stone and Bronze Ages. After a year discussion and vote, we decided to arrange the objects in our museum in chronological order. Starting with Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) handaxes through to a lovely replica of a Bronze Age Beaker pot.

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Year 3 invited 5JH to come and visit our museum. Our museum curators expertly explained how we had created the museum and showed them some of our favourite objects. Our professional curators even answered questions from Year 5, all whilst being dressed in prehistoric clothing!

A big thank you to Wessex Archaeology for the loan of the box of historical goodies.