At Oxford Grove we are an inclusive school and we always look after each other. Since starting back to school in September, we have had three new children join our 3B class and we have all helped to look after them and make them feel welcome in our school.
We think it is extremely important to always look after others no matter of their age, religion or background and our weekly PSHE lessons greatly support this. This week in PSHE we have been learning about how other children live in countries all around the world, reflecting on similarities and differences to us.
In Year 3 we have been working really hard with our reading! In the morning when we come into school we spend the first 20 minutes reading our school books with our teachers and on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have ten minutes after lunch reading with our buddies.
In our Literacy lessons this week we have been reading the story ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and answering inference questions based on characters thoughts and feelings. This is our new Spring Term target.
Today our class Artist ‘Hugh Templeton’ came to work with us to create Stone Age cave paintings, following on from our last Art topic. He showed us how to sketch out and shade deigns using images of animals and people and then we used watercolours to create a background wash using different textures.
Over lunch, Hugh also worked with a small group of children to begin work on our brand new Art topic ‘The Egyptians’ creating a pyramid landscape!
This week, in the afternoons we have created various Christmas crafts, including wreaths, Gingerbread houses and baubles!
Today, we had our Christmas party in the afternoon and had a special visit from Father Christmas! We played musical statues, musical bumps, and enjoyed our delicious party food and snacks together with Miss Cope’s 3C class too!
This week in PE we have been playing a team game of ‘Dodgeball’. We were split into two teams and we had to try to eliminate all players of the opposing team by throwing one of four game balls and hitting below the shoulders. Each team started with the balls evenly spread on the centre line at the beginning of each game.
This afternoon was our second smiley reward and we watched the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’. To earn this special treat we had to fill the second side of our smiley chart for our pantomime ticket! We watched this in the hall with our friends and teachers. We cant wait to find out what the next smiley reward is! Thank you Miss Harvey!
Today we have been on an exciting class trip to the Science and Technology Centre in Bolton. Our DT topic this half term is all about bridges and we took part in different workshops building structures to make the strongest bridge.
We worked in small teams to build bridges out of paper, lego, playdough and straws!
This half term in Science we have been learning all about light, sources of light and how light travels.
We have also been looking at how light can be blocked to create shadows. This week we planned and investigated which material was best to make the darkest shadow using opaque, transparent and translucent materials.
We have found out that opaque materials create the darkest shadow so next week we will be making our very own shadow puppet using an opaque material of our choice. We had lots of fun experimenting with the torches and materials!
Can you remember if the moon is a light source 3B?
This morning we had a very exciting Science workshop with the Rocket man! We learnt about gravity and forces and watched how to set off mini rockets in the hall! Lots of the children enjoyed helping out with these fun activities!
This afternoon we had a very exciting Stone Age Workshop! Last half term we were learning about the Stone Age as part of our History topic and we followed this up with interactive activities. We took part in groups exploring historical artefacts and had a go with role play! We had great afternoon revisiting our History learning!
In Miss Bimson’s maths group this week we have been problem solving using our multiplication skills! We have been working out one and two step problems using the grid method to help us. We have also been using our class maths area to solve problems.
To solve word problems in maths we use RUDELY:
You may begin
Can you answer Miss Bimson’s question using the grid method?
Three football cards come in a pack. Thomas buys 18 packs. He then gets another 30 cards from his friend. How many football cards does he have altogether?
Today we have been on an exciting Geography trip as we have just started learning about rivers. We went to Anderton Boat Lift, where we did a fun workshop using sand and water to see how rivers can change shape and direction. After lunch we boarded a boat and went in the boat lift to get over to the canal! We had a great day out and really enjoyed the boat ride!
Today was our very first smiley reward of the year and it was so exciting! In the morning we had a special assembly where we learnt all about dinosaurs and how scientists found out facts about these amazing animals! Later in the afternoon we had a green screen workshop where we created our own video clip running away from scary dinosaurs! We had a fantastic day and can’t wait for the next smiley reward!
This morning it was our class assembly all about reading. Parents were invited and we presented things we have been learning in class during our Literacy lessons. We had lots of fun learning our lines and songs!
This week in our Art lessons we have been painting our final pieces of watercolour art. We used watercolours to create a background wash and then used pencils and paints to add the designs onto our cave paintings. We are extremely proud of our Stone Age artwork this half term!
This week we had a very special textile workshop in school. We have been learning all about The Stone Age during our History lessons and we created a stone age tapestry piece made up of cave paintings, hand prints and weaving! We had lots of fun creating this Stone Age piece.
Since starting back in year 3, we have been working really hard learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables! We have been learning to count first and then apply to chant the times tables. We have been using songs to help us remember. Miss Bimson has also been giving out times table maths homework too to support our learning in school.
Today was our sports afternoon and we took part in lots of different races! Our families came to watch us and were so proud of us all. We all worked really hard and cheered on our friends. We had a great afternoon and got lots of stickers!
This week in Literacy we have been working hard with descriptive writing based on the story ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. We have been using adjectives to describe different characters and then up-staging using a thesaurus. Thesauruses are great to help us find new and exciting word choices!
Can you remember any adjectives you used to describe Mr Fox and Rat?
This week in art we have been exploring the work of our class artist Hugh Templeton. We have been colour mixing and sketching ideas to create our own watercolour painting, inspired by his work! We can’t wait to create our own cave painting linking with our History ‘Stone Age’ topic’.
Can you remember which techniques we have used so far?
This week in our History lessons we have been continuing with work on the Stone Age. We have been learning about what archaeologists are and how they explore and find artefacts. In our future lessons we will be looking at the different time periods in the Stone Age, exploring where and how people lived and even digging for our own artefacts! We have really enjoyed our topic learning so far!
This week in year 3 we have been starting our new exciting topics. Our first topic is ‘The Stone Age’ and in History we have been finding out about the Stone Age and in our art lessons we have started a water colour wash to create cave paintings. We are looking forward to finding out more!
This week in music we have been learning a song all about a special boat called a canoe. We have been singing in time with the music and we have also been playing to the beat using the xylophones. We have been working very hard!
Our parents have been invited to come into our classrooms to watch how our teacher teaches us. The most recent day was our Reading Morning. Our parents had the chance to come into school to watch Miss Harrison teach us reading at Oxford Grove so they can help us more at home. We focused on sequencing stories, clarifying words in a dictionary and finding answers in the text. We had lots of great fun and we can’t wait for our parents to come in again!
This week we will be starting our transition. We will be spending time in our new Year 3 class meeting our new teacher and showing her all the wonderful things we know. We will begin to look at our new Year 3 topics such as The Stone Age in History and researching lots of information about our Year 3 artist Hugh Templeton.
Today we had a visit from a librarian who told us all about her important job at the library near our school. She taught us how to use our library more and more to get books and take them home and then bring them back when we have finished. She brought along two of her favourite books to read to us which we enjoyed a lot.
Thank you very much for coming to tell us about your wonderful job!
Today we had a wonderful trip to Chester Zoo! We saw lots of different animals which links to the animals we have been learning about in our Science lessons. We saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, flamingos, painted dogs, meerkats, chimpanzees and many more!
Thank you Miss Harvey we had such a wonderful time and even some of us fell asleep on the coach back!
Welcome back 2H! I hope you all have had a lovely Easter Holiday and a well deserved rest.
This term we are in for a lot of fun-filled lessons. Here are some of the topics we will be looking at…
In our Sciences lessons we are looking at animals and their habitats and we will be visiting Chester Zoo! WOW!
In our Geography lessons we will be focusing on the book ‘Meerkat Mail’ and looking and where Sunny the Meerkat lives. We will be looking at the different hot and cold continents and oceans around the world.
In our DT lessons we will be looking at Puppets. We will research, design, make and evaluate our own Pop Up Puppets and have the chance to use them in our very own Puppet Theatre!
I hope you are as excited as I am to start back and start our new topics!
Let me know what you are most excited for.
Today we had a visit from the Fun Food Chef. In our science lessons we have been learning all about healthy eating and different healthy foods. In groups today we had made strawberry milkshake, vegetarian pizza and a granola yogurt! We even got to EAT the food after we had made it! Mmmm delicious! Thank you Fun Food Chef we have learnt lots and lots and we hope to cook with you again soon!