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Year 3 Wrens

 
Wrens maybe small, but their inquisitiveness and perseverance enables them to be highly effective hunters. These cheerful characters are lively and outgoing, and as younger members of the Year 3/4 team, we also bring true determination and resilience to our learning.

The Class Teacher in Wrens is Miss Charlotte Bowden. Our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Anglea Kay and Mrs Emma Rose

 

PE Days: PE kits are required in school from Monday to Friday, the kit consists of a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers/plimsols. During the winter months, it is suggested children are provided with a tracksuit. All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class. 

 

Home Learning: Will be given on a Friday and collected on the following Wednesday. 

 

Team Leader: 

Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster

KS2 Lead: Mrs Sarah Jarrett

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Miss Charlotte Bowden) or contact cbowden@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk oe alternatively a team leader:

lfoster@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk 

sjarrett@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

Upcoming Events 

 

Friday 26th May 2017: Break up for half term

Monday 5th June 2017: First day back after half term

Wednesday 15th June 2017: Sports' day

Tuesday 4th July 2017: You are invited to come and visit our Farmers' market at 2:30pm

Friday 21st July 2017: Last day of Summer Term

 

Academic Year 2016-2017

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Wrens have enjoyed exploring French over the last couple of weeks where they have learnt how to have simple conversations with one another. Here are some videos of the children asking one another their name and age... 

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South Devon College - Skills building

This week we were extremely lucky as we had the opportunity to visit South Devon college and try our hand at a range of skills which we do not do at school. These included carpentry, electrics, painting, plastering, brick laying, and quantity surveying. We all had a fantastic day and discovered that some of us had some hidden talents that we were not aware of! Have a look at the photos to see us in action...

Seed dispersal

In Science, we have been exploring the different ways that seeds can be dispersed and we have been thinking carefully about how a seeds design can affect how it is dispersed. We looked specifically at how seeds dispersed by the wind are designed. We designed and made our own seeds and had a go at seeing how successful our designs were! Take a look at how we got on...

Grid method

In order to make the most of the lovely weather and to take part in our outdoor learning day, we went outside and completed a Maths quiz on the playground. We had to use our knowledge of the grid method to solve multiplication questions. Our answer then led us to the next question. We really enjoyed our time outside and loved applying our Maths in a different context!

Wednesday 10th May - Dance Workshop at Paignton Community and Sports Academy

Allotment

This week we have been working on the school allotment. We have been trying to prepare the land in order to plant fruit and vegetables ready to sell at our farmers' market on 4th July. The children got their hands dirty, digging up weeds and planting strawberry plants!

Farmers Market

This week we have started our learning about local produce. We have written letters to Mrs Tomkinson to ask her permission to hold a farmers market. We used formal language (because she is very important!). We then wrote to Mr Wingrove to ask him for equipment to improve the allotment, ready for us to grow our vegetables. We used a Greater Depth piece of writing to help us think about the structure and layout of our letters. Have a look at what we did below...

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Science experiment

This week, we conducted a Science experiment to explore which material out of tin foil, towels, a plastic table and sand would create the most friction on a toy car. To explore this, we used a meter ruler to measure the distance and ensured that we tested each material 3 times in case any anomalies occured. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in!

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Red Nose Day

On Friday 24th March, Wrens and the rest of White Rock had a fantastic time during Red Nose day! We were lucky enough to be able to take part in lots of activities organised by the year 6 fundraising team such as a photo booth, sponge throwing at some lovely year 6 volunteers and welly wangling. Despite the fact we had a fantastic time, we made sure to keep the reason for raising all the money at the forefront of our minds and are grateful for how lucky we are!

Bushcraft

 

Wrens have been lucky enough to experience Bushcraft for the last 3 weeks. When we first arrived at Primley woods, we found out about the most important things for survival - food, shelter and and warmth. We were then split up into 3 different groups. One group went on a foraging walk looking for different items to help survive in the forest, one group learned how to build an effective shelter using branches and the final group learned how to build a fire. We had an amazing time and Can't wait to attend our final session next week!

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Roman Day

To start off on our spectacular learning journey about the Romans, we had a Roman Day! In order to do this, we dressed up in the our best Roman clothes and did things as the Romans did. We took part in a range of Roman based activities such as the creation of shields, making Roman honey cakes and we finished the day off with a Roman banquet where we tried the cuisine we baked and watched our dance routines which we choreographed. Below is a range of pictures from our day..

Trip to Wild Wood at Esco

This week Wrens went to Camp Wild at Escot to experience a taster of what life would have been like during the Stone Age period. We had to opportunity to go on a foraging walk where we saw lynx's, wild boar, otters and red squirrels. We also went to a woodland area and build our very own life sized houses from sticks and leaves, just like people in the Stone Age! Finally we made a visit to a blacksmith and carpenter in the Stone Age village who showed us how to use a variety of tools. Enjoy the photographs below from our day!

This week we have been looking in detail at where those living in the Stone Age positioned their houses and what natural resources they created their houses from. During our Maths lesson, we constructed our own Stone Age houses using modelling materials. Despite a few structural issues, I'm sure you'll agree that they turned out well..

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Our new learning journey begins in the Stone Age. Our learning this week has been based around the book 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura - the story of a little boy who wakes up in the Stone Age and learns all the essential skills to survive. We discovered that as part of life in the Stone Age, people used to create cave paintings using dirt, charcoal, animal fat and spit. They would then use this mixture to create paintings to tell their life story. We collected some mud, mixed it with water then had a go ourselves! Have a look below...
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Thursday 1st December 2016 - Dance inspired by the Hot Chocolate scene from Polar Express

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The bells are ringing for Christmas time in Wrens class as we are exploring the story 'The Polar Express'. In order to get in the festive spirit, we made our own hot chocolates just like in the story.. I think you will agree that they look delicious!
As part of our science learning, we have been exploring how fossils are formed. In order to do this, we created our own fossils using clay and dry plaster.
Thank you to all the adults who came to our Learning Celebration on Wednesday. It was fantastic to see so many of you and we really enjoyed sharing our learning. 

Torre Abbey

We were lucky enough to visit the amazing Torre Abbey. We spent time in the Chapel where we played a game based on the Tudor family tree. We visited the Spanish Barn where we learnt all about what life was like for the 400 Spanish sailors who were captured by Sir Francis Drake and held here. We also went to the 800 Years Gallery which taught us about how life at Torre Abbey has changed in the 800 years since it has been built. Here are some photos from our day!

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Pirate Sea Shanties!

We had a lot of fun learning a medley of well-known sea shanties and producing our own music video, even including some 'pirate' dance moves! Below are some pictures which were taken during the making of the video. I hope you enjoy!

Thursday 20th October - Tango

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Year 3 have been learning the Tango, which is a traditional Spanish dance.

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Our Learning Journey for this term is 'Soupcon d' Europe' or 'A Taste of Europe. Year 3 will be learning about Spain. This week we have immersed ourselves into Spanish culture. We tasted paella and chorizo, made traditional Spanish fans and found lots of interesting facts such as flamenco is a traditional Spanish dance.

In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways and using mathematical images to explain the value of 3 digit numbers. Have a look at the photo's below to see exactly what we have been upto.

In Art, we have been learning about the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. We have learnt that he used a lot of mosaics in his work and we have designed our own. We chose a traditional Spanish animal and we created it out of clay. Here we are making our clay animals...
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In Design and Technology this week we have been designing and making our own bulls. After creating the body of our bulls by using a range of materials, we have began to apply papier mache. Below are some photos to show you what our creations look like so far. 
This week we were fortunate enough to have a break dancing instructor come in to give us some tips and show us some tricks!

Academic Year 2015-2016

Year 3 Summer Term Curriculum Plan

Year 3 Summer Term Curriculum Plan 1

Our Amazing Salad

This year we have been growing potatoes in our allotment! On Friday we spent the afternoon picking and digging over our space to reveal our crops. We decided that as they were new potatoes we would use them in a salad. On Monday we worked together to prepare all the ingredients and then sat down and enjoyed our home grown food!

Monday 18th July- Investigating Shadows

This week we have been learning about light and shadow, we have talked about different light sources and how shadows are made by an opaque object blocking the sun. We also learnt that our shadows change at different times of the day by recording their shapes throughout the school day. 

Thursday 14th July - Compost Workshop

This morning we learnt all about compost and the creatures that live inside it! We found out all about what can be composted and couldn't believe we could put our jeans in the compost bin. After the workshop we decided to set up an eco-team with compost bins in each classroom. 

Tuesday 28th June- Beach Trip 

Today, we visited Goodrington Beach to investigate different rocks and our local coastline. We collected a variety of objects and then grouped them based on their properties and then collected Sand Art. 

 

Friday 17th June- Investigating permeable materials

This afternoon we designed and carried out investigations to test which material was the most permeable. We used sand, soil and compost and measured and recorded how much water each material absorbed in 10 minutes. We all predicted that the sand was the most permeable and we were right! 

Thursday 9th June 2016- Sports Day

We had a brilliant day on Sports Day and all the pupils did their best in every event! All the children were very excited and their was a good 'team spirit' for each house team! 

Parent Lunches- Wednesday 11th May

 

Year 3 had a fantastic time dining with some of their parents on Wednesday for our Parent Lunch Day! Pupils were able to share this dining experience with siblings throughout the school, along with their friends. The feedback from the children has been incredibly positive, some children even claimed to have tried new food just because their parents were present! Have a look below to see the moments we captured.

Thursday 5th May 2016

On Thursday 5th May Wrens visited Churston Ferrers Grammar School and took part in a mini red tennis workshop. We were involved in a number of activities which helped us improve our tennis skills. 

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - Waste Workshop

As part of our Pondlife theme, we had a workshop where we learnt about composting and planting seeds. We learnt about what we can do recycle food waste and how the compost cycle works. We searched through compost to find the insects and animals that help in the process, along with other fun activities.

Thursday 28th April - We used drama to demonstrate our understanding of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Thursday 21st April

In class we have been learning how to solve problems using our knowledge of multiplication and division. We have been choosing problems, finding the key information and then representing the calculation in different ways. 

Week Beginning 18th April - 'A day in the life of a White Rock bird'

Year 3 have been imagining what it would be like to be a bird in the grounds of White Rock Primary School. We went outside to observe what we could see, hear, smell and feel. We also tried to imagine what might be tasted. We are now using this to a write a story of 'A day in the life of a White Rock bird'.

 

Year 3 Spring Term Curriculum Plan

Year 3 Spring Term Curriculum Plan 1

Monday 14th March 2016- Using smarties to investigate fractions of a whole and creating pictograms.

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th March - Year 3 and 4 Final Preparations for the Learning Celebration

Wrens Trip to the Life Education Van 

On Tuesday 1st March Wrens paid an exciting visit to the Life Education Van, where we learnt all about our organs, what our body needs and how to keep our bodies healthy. In our lesson we focused on the brain and how if we ingest things like alcohol or nicotine it can slow down our reactions and change our behaviour. We then used drama to reenact how our brain controls our body parts. 

Tuesday 1st March- Fractions 

In Maths we have been investigating fractions of shapes using Numicon. We made rectangles using our Numicon and then worked out the fraction for each colour, to find the denominator we counted the number of holes in our shape. 

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Learning Celebration Rehearsals.

Today saw the beginning of rehearsals Year 3 and 4's part of our amazing Learning Celebration at the end of term. All the children have come together to learn a dance piece inspired by Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake'. As you can see from the pictures, it's an impressive feat! 

3 Wrens Final Paddleboat Performances

This half term we have really enjoyed our time with Paddleboat and have created some amazing short drama pieces. Below are some small clips of our performances. 

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Thursday 11th February- House Charity Day

On Thursday 11th February the whole school was involved in a number of house activities set up and organised by the House Captains. 

Wrens Fruit Salad!

After buying our fruit from Aldi, we planned our fruit salad and method. We peeled and chopped our apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, blueberries and strawberries. Then we mixed our ingredients together and topped them with fruit juice, we choose between apple and orange. We really enjoyed our fruit salad and have done some amazing writing based on it! 

3 Wrens Trip to Aldi Supermarket

On Tuesday 9th February 3 Wrens visited Aldi Supermarket to buy ingredients for our fruit salad maths project. We worked in groups of 5 or 6, which each group in charge of buying one product for our fruit salads. Before we left we had to work out how many of each item we would need for the whole class! Then we used our mental maths to work out the price of our items and whether we could afford them in our class budget of £15. We got all the items for under £12 so we could have 1 packet of strawberries!

Year 3/4 Dance

Over the past few weeks, we have looked at Matthew Bourne's all male Swan Lake and have used this to create small group pieces. To begin with, the children looked at stills of the dance and identified that they were strong and masculine portrayals of swans. In their groups, they created positions, then they used travelling movements displayed in the ballet to link them. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at other dance styles that are now a part of our British culture.

Performance Poetry based on 'We are Britain' by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Monday 11th January 2016

Year 3 Paddleboat

 

This half term Paddleboat Theatre group are coming to our class every Thursday. When Paddleboat visit us we have been playing drama games together and we are studying Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. We created freeze frames based on the Mechanicals and have acted out small sections of the play. 

In our most recent Paddleboat lessons we have been looking at Great Britons and the history of Britain. 

Year 3 Autumn Term Curriculum Plan

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Thursday 17th December - Year 3/4 Christmas Carol Singing

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Festivals of Light

In class this week we have begun learning about 'festivals of light' these are; Diwali, Hannakuh and Christingle. In class we have looked at the story of Rama and Sita and how Hindu's celebrate Diwali by lighting up their homes with diyas. We have created our own salt dough diyas in class and measured and made all the salt dough ourselves. 

Preparation for @White Rock

In preparation for @White Rock in Wrens we have been exploring forces and how we can manipulate them in experiments. We have investigated friction with toy cars, thrust with balloon rockets and air resistance with egg parachutes!

Monday 23rd November- ROBOT ARMY!

In Art and Design, we have been looking at the work of Eric Joyner and Clayton Bailey. We  have used their work as inspiration, alongside the Iron Man text, to design and make our own clay robots. 

Monday 23rd November - We have been practising our robot dance this morning.

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School Visit to @Bristol - 17th November 2015

 

Wow! What an incredible day. The whole of Key Stage 2 have had an fantastic experience visiting @Bristol Science Centre. They have been able to experience practical science linked to all curricula across Key Stage 2 and have fun learning and practising real science and learning about the world around them...

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Drumbots! - 3rd November 2015.

Year 3 and 4 had a very special visitor today; Mr. Wright from Wonderstruck Productions presented his incredible Science show in the morning. The Children saw first hand the incredible scientific principles such as Forces,  Centre of gravity/mass, Movements & torque and Simple circuits. It was an explosive time in the hall!

Also, as part of their ongoing Robots theme, the children built their own Drumbots - Rolling robots that can tumble over obstacles and tackle slopes. they move by constantly rotating a counterweight, shifting the centre of gravity forward and causing them to roll. Teams built prototypes using their knowledge of circuits, and modified their Drumbots by making it bigger, changing the speed of the motor and adjusting the size and position of the counterweight.  This workshop also covered aspects of experimental data collection and processing (taking multiple readings, averaging, fair tests etc) and more holistic skills such as team working, communication, practical building and investigation.

Year 3/4 Robot Bake Off!

On Thursday 15th October, Years 3 and 4 launched their Robot Bake Sale. This was as a result of a week-long Design and Technology Project during which the children created, designed, produced and evaluated Robot Biscuits for sale. The proceeds of this will go towards funding an interactive Robot Workshop after half-term, which we're all extremely excited about...

Wrens Biscuit Design

 

This week in class we have been researching, designing and making biscuits to raise funds for an exciting science opportunity. Before decorating creating our product we investigated what makes a good biscuit by taste testing some popular brands. We discovered that Nice biscuits were not very nice after all! We then designed, baked and decorated our biscuits before the bake sale on Thursday 15th October. 

Year 3/4 Trip to Aldi Supermarket

On Tuesday 13th October, children from Years 3 and 4 visited Aldi to use money in a real life context. There was lots of Maths learning during this trip, including calculating how many of each item we needed for our recipe and estimating the total cost before going to the checkout. The children also had to ensure they gave the lady on the checkout the correct amount of money and check they were given the correct change as well.

On Thursday 8th October Wrens visited Churston Grammar School with the sports partnership programme where we were involved in a number of different Tag Rugby activities. This was a great afternoon and it was fantastic to show our PE learning in a different environment. This event was run in association with the England Rugby World Cup Legacy.  
This week (week beginning the 28th September) we have been using drama to portray the feelings of the characters in our class book The Iron Man.

On Tuesday 22nd September, we discovered giant footprints on the new path at school. We think they were left by the Iron Man! We decided to measure their perimeter using string. When we got back to the classroom, we laid our string out and measured the perimeter using metre sticks. We then recorded our own height and foot perimeter using the same method. 

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Stover Trip - 10th September 2015

 

On Thursday 10th September, Years 3 and 4 went to Stover Park. We used the experience to immerse ourselves in the environment and take inspiration from our surroundings. We produced environmental art, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, and used materials found on site to build animal shelters and evaluated their effectiveness. The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail provided lots of inspiration for our writing work and we used our senses to plan fantastic writing ideas to use when we are back in school next week.

 


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