Year 3 Weblog

November 2016 Blog

Year 3 have been investigating rocks in the first part of their topic of Rocks and Soils. They have been looking at a variety of different specimens, including, granite, chalk, slate and coal.
Last week they were scratching rocks to see how hard or soft each one was. Some of us were covered in chalk as it is such a soft rock. We also looked to see if the rocks were permeable (absorb water) or impermeable (don’t absorb water).
In our next lessons we are going to be looking at samples of soils to see what soil actually is.

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January 2016 Blog

Welcome to our first blog of 2016 and we started with a great trip to CHET. We went orienteering, on the obstacle course and made dens too. The weather was dry for most of the day and although there were a few muddy boys we all had a lot of fun! A big thank you to the parents who came along to help out for the day.

In our English lessons we have been looking at the story of the Pied Piper and part of our creative work was to write a speech as Mayor of Hamelin. We have some future politicians in both classes as they gave some polished performances in front of Hamelin town hall (it’s actually Wallasey!)

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Y3W’s Mayan masks have been painted and look fantastic. Can you spot who is behind each photo? Both classes have also been using clay again to created some pinch pots. ‘Great British Throw Down’ here we come!

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Our new Science topic is Magnets and Springs and we have certainly enjoyed our hands on lessons. The magnet games the boys made all looked brilliant and the boys certainly loved playing with them. A big thank you to the mums, dads and relatives who helped put them together. Investigating springs makes us all want to buy a slinky to play with!

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So what will next month bring? Well even if it is the shortest month I’m sure we can find lots to do. Starting with Lego Day – one of Mr O’Shaughnessy favourite days of the school year.

Until next time from everyone in Year 3 – Good bye!

 

December 2015 Blog

What a great month we have had in Year 3 this December. We’ve managed to pack in lots of fantastic activities in the big run up to Christmas. Y3 have been enjoying some English extension tasks including the popular Bananagrams and other words games.


In our ICT lessons we took part in the Hour of Code and the boys loved the Star Wars and Minecraft activities. Visit code.org if you would like to have a go or if the boys would like to try out more difficult challenges. Chris in Y3O says “Minecraft was fun to code and the activities were amazing, it was lots of fun” and Joe F thought “The Hour of Code was brilliant, I now go on it every day!”


We have been using Countdown in Maths to help develop our problem solving and all the boys enjoyed the investigations in our Rocks and Soils Science topic.

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We had our annual visit from Claydayz where the boys made Mayan inspired masks. Starting from a simple lump of clay the pupils flattened and shaped their mask before tracing an example with a pencil. The masks then started to take shape and various bits of wood were used to create patterns before being curved into shape so they can stand freely once they are fired in the Senior School.


Christmas lunch was served on Thursday and the whole school looked very festive in their bright Christmas jumpers. The boys were rewarded with a visit from Santa himself who had some traditional Christmas advice. Mums and dads you should be getting a lot of help from your sons this Christmas!

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In the last week of term we all visited Robbie and his helpful staff to decorate some delicious biscuits. Using different coloured icing and toppings the boys created some biscuits that we hope were shared with mums and dads at home – if they managed to last that long! Danish said “We went to see Robbie and we decorated the biscuits with red, blue, green and orange. I enjoyed it when we put some extra toppings on top.”

The Christmas parties were a lot of fun and the boys have managed to wrap up their first term at the Junior School with festive cheer and smiles. They have changed so much since September already and we hope they all have an enjoyable and safe Christmas break. See you in 2016. Mr O’Shaughnessy and Mrs White.

 

October and November 2015 Blog

Once again the boys in Year 3 have been busy working away in all subjects in the last two months and we have been impressed with how well they have continued to settle into school life. The boys are keen to do all the activities and lessons and we have had some great times so far this term.
In Science we have been studying rocks and soils which has meant lots of experiments and getting our hands muddy. We completed a walk around school looking at all the rocks we could see, we even found marble near the Sports Centre. Can you find it?
We have been making lots of questions to do with rocks and Joe is demonstrating a few of them on his science lab coat. We now know that sports fields shouldn’t have too much clay in its soil if you want it to drain the water away well when it has been raining.

In Design and Technology the pupils have been looking at sandwiches which even including a popular tasting session!

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Maths and English work has been a lot of fun as you can see. This is a photo of Y3O reciting a poem called ‘Sounds’ by Alexander Kennedy. In History the boys learnt a lot at the Mayan exhibit and using a timeline has really helped their understanding of that period.


Although the weather has been wet we have been enjoying our rugby sessions each Wednesday before lunch. The boys have been used the tag rugby straps in our activities and some boys are as quick as Billy Whizz! The boys are side-stepping, dodging and trying to find space when we play this game which has really improved their skills.

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In ICT the boys have been using Purple Mash to help create, design and play. This great website can be assessed from home if you visit purplemash.co.uk/merchant
Until next time goodbye from all in Year 3.

 

September 2015 Blog

Year 3 have completed their first month in the Junior Boys School and what a month it has been. You can see from the photographs the boys have been busy doing a wide range of fun activities from meeting buddies, eating lunches and even learning in lessons too. We have already seen the boys become more independent and as the weeks go by the boys are becoming more organised too.

We enjoyed a sepcial visit from the Police who talked to us about safety around dogs, we all really learnt a lot in this visit. In October we are looking forward to our trip to the museum next month to help our learning in History and then a well deserved break for half term.

We’ll let the boys have the final say in this month’s blog:
“I’ve been enjoying the lunches” Jack C
“I love my new class and hav been enjoying Judo every Wednesday.” Joe F
Chris K says “I enjoy the French club and the art lessons with Mrs White are brill.”
“I have found lots of new friends since joining the school” said James M

30th September 2015

Junior Reporter, Joseph Wake from Y3O, has written a weblog.

In Year 3 we have been learning about Science and we were making a paper plate for homework. We learned how to make a healthy plate; Mr O showed us an example then we had to do our own.
.In ICT we had three challenges: they were how to login then how to get on Purple Mash (Purple Mash is a Learning Platform that the boys use in their ICT lessons and across other subjects too – PW) and then our last challenge was to make our own Purple Mash login. When we are good we get to go up to the ICT room and we get to play on Purple Mash.

What a great report, Joseph! Well done to you!!!

30th September 2015

Year 3 have completed their first month in the Junior Boys School and what a month it has been. You can see from the photographs the boys have been busy doing a wide range of fun activities from meeting buddies, eating lunches and even learning in lessons too. We have already seen the boys become more independent and as the weeks go by the boys are becoming more organised too.

We enjoyed a sepcial visit from the Police who talked to us about safety around dogs, we all really learnt a lot in this visit. In October we are looking forward to our trip to the museum next month to help our learning in History and then a well deserved break for half term.

We’ll let the boys have the final say in this month’s blog:

“I’ve been enjoying the lunches” Jack C

“I love my new class and hav been enjoying Judo every Wednesday.” Joe F

Chris K says “I enjoy the French club and the art lessons with Mrs White are brill.”

“I have found lots of new friends since joining the school” said James M

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