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Welcome to our webpage for 2017/18.  Here you can find out about what we are learning and some of the activities we are enjoying in school.  If you would like to see our archived Class 3 page for 2016/17, please click HERE

Summer 2 2018: Ten Pieces Encore

Visit by a member of the Sikh faith

On Thursday 14 June, we enjoyed a visit by Narinder as part of our RE topic on Sikhism.  We had opportunities to ask questions and to even sing some notes from traditional Indian music.  Sophia and Abhi reflected:

 We all really enjoyed listening to Narinder play his sarod (a guitar-like musical instrument) and we also learned some basic notes for traditional Indian music.  He showed us the 5 Ks: Kanga (a small wooden comb), Kara (a bracelet), Kesh (a turban), Kirpan (a blunt, small sword) and Kachera (baggy, cotton shorts).  Narinder talked about visiting the Gurdwara at Amritsar in India (the Golden Temple) and showed how his family worship at their local Gurdwara.  We really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot more about Sikhism.

Maths Adventure Day

During our Maths Adventure Day, we had to solve codes so the Robotrons couldn't defeat our school!  One of our favourite challenges was working out the calculations in the farm so that we could unlock the padlock.  These photos show how hard we worked while practising our maths.  This is what some of Class 3 thought:

'It was really fun and we felt like we were actually on an adventure!'  'The best bit about the maths was having to work out the code for the Robotron language.'

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
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Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/stevie_wonder_463227?src=t_music
Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/stevie_wonder_463227?src=t_music

"I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.  It's something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."  Billy Joel.

Our learning has a musical theme this half term.  We're going to be using some of the BBC's Ten Pieces as inspiration.  You can explore all ten pieces from "Ten Pieces III" with exciting animated short films here.

We're also going to be to be exploring the question: "What was it like to live in Ancient Egypt?"  You can find out more about this fascinating civilization, play games, make a mummy and write in hieroglyphics at the University of Manchester's website here and the British Museum's website here.   Watch the clip below to find out more about Ancient Egypt's last Pharaoh, Cleopatra.

Summer 1 2018: Out and About

 Mapping skills

We are all getting more confident at using 4-figure grid references.   Using the Eastings and Northings, we were able to give a location for different places on a local area Ordnance Survey map.  We used the handy phrase "along the corridor and up the stairs" to help us.

Thursday 10 May: A visit to Boston Spa Library

We all enjoyed visiting Boston Spa Library.  Once there, Madeleine explained how the library worked and we were all able to borrow a book to keep in the classroom.   Thank you to Madeleine for inviting us and thank you to Mrs Ritson, Mrs Robertshaw, Mrs Sidebottom and Mrs Wake for accompanying us.

 Thursday 3 May: Fieldwork in Thorp Arch village

Before we undertook our fieldwork, we thought about what we wanted to find out about local area.   We also used maps, photographs and digital mapping to answer our questions as well as recording data in the field.   We annotated a base map with information as well as sketching different scenes and views.  Thank you to Mrs Daykin, Mrs Long, Mrs Ritson, Mrs Robertshaw and Mrs Sanderson for accompanying us.

Class 3 are going to be "out and about" this half term!  We will be studying Thorp Arch: investigating land use, observing physical and human geography, sketching and recording landmarks and buildings.  We'll be using Ordnance Survey maps to help us with this, as well as digital maps.  Take a look at Steve Backshall's top tips in finding and using a 4-figure grid reference.

In science, we'll be finding out about the fascinating world of plants.  We'll explore what a plant needs for life and growth as well as its life cycle.  

Take a look at Sir David Attenborough explaining some of the amazing ways plants ensure that their seeds are dispersed.

Spring 2 2018: Make a Difference

RHS Harlow Carr

On 22nd March, we visited RHS Harlow Carr.   We investigated how trees support life: in their branches, in their canopy and in the leaf cover on the ground.  We also used our maths skills to work out how old some of the trees were in the woodland.  Visiting Harlow Carr gave us lots of ideas and inspiration for our Wildlife Garden.  Just before we got back on the coach, we had time to play in the fantastic playground!  A big thank you to our parent helpers: Mrs Humphreys, Mrs Daykin, Mrs Sanderson, Mrs Sidebottom and Mrs Smith.

Take a look at our ukulele performance from this half term's "Celebrating Work" worship.  Thank you to Mr Rowe for teaching us this year.

D&T fruity tray bakes

We have enjoyed designing and making fruity tray bakes to sell at our Indoor Garden Party.  All our profits will go towards the Wildlife Garden project.

Take a look at our fabulous street dance routine!  

A video message from our Kiwi friends!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make,"  Jane Goodall. Image result for jane goodall

This half term, in history, we are going to be finding out how technology has made a difference to people's lives in the last sixty years.  Things we take for granted in 2018 were brand new, only a couple of decades ago.  Watch how the biggest technological change - the internet -  started, here.  Or take a look at this clip of the first ever live picture from the USA, via the Telstar satellite, in 1962.

We will be reading Roald Dahl's final book "The Minpins" which tells the story of a heroic boy called Billy who meets tiny tree-dwelling people called the Minpins, who live in fear of being gobbled up by a fearsome monster. 

 The description of the forest was inspired by Roald Dahl's love of the countryside and we will be thinking about how we can make a difference to our wildlife garden this half term.  Watch this space!

"Here and there little shafts of sunlight shone through gaps in the roof. There was not a sound anywhere."

Spring 1 2018: Connect up


Take a look at our fantastic book covers that we have made this half term in Art and Design!

Road Safety

On Thursday 8 February, Chris and his team came to Year 3 to teach us the importance of wearing seatbelts in a car.  Using models and "dummies" to scale, we watched what happened to the passengers inside a car when it crashed at 30mph, with and without wearing seatbelts.   What we observed taught us how essential it is to wear seatbelts, even when only going on a short journey.

The Digestive System

To help us with our learning in science we carried out a real life demonstration of the digestive system.  We made 'imovies' of the process and added text and sound.  Here is one of our movies - we hope you enjoy it!  

Marshmallows and Spaghetti challenge!

In PSHE this half term, we have been thinking about how we feel about being challenged.  What is it like when we try something new or difficult?   In small groups, we were set the challenge of building the tallest tower made of marshmallows and spaghetti!   Before we started, we thought about how we felt, e.g. excited, nervous or competitive.   At the end, we discussed how we had approached the challenge.  Did we have an picture in our head about what our tower would look like?  Did we try again?  Did we talk about it in our group?   These strategies will hopefully help us when we are faced with other challenges!  Take a look at our towers below.

Happy New Year!  Our curriculum theme this half term is all about making connections so we're aiming to connect with a school on the other side of the world.  We hope to compare and contrast LEH school life with that of Cashmere Avenue School in Wellington, New Zealand; sharing our interests, learning about life in the southern hemisphere and hopefully making new friends. 

We're also going to be investigating how rivers change on their journey from source to sea, as well as the marvels of the water cycle.  You can find out more by watching this clip.

Autumn 2 2017: I wonder...

Marvellous marble runs!

In design and technology, we have completed a marble run challenge, based on the Dyson challenge which graduate engineers attempt when they join the Dyson company.  Using only recycled materials, we created our runs.  Our aim was to make the marble move continuously for ten seconds.  We used our science knowledge of friction to incorporate different materials, gradients, angles and obstacles.  Take a look at our finished runs!

Magna Science Adventure Park

This week KS2 visited Magna Science Adventure Park.  We learnt about magnetism in a workshop with Duncan, explored each of the four zones - earth, air, fire and water (very wet!) and had a few minutes at the end of the day to play in the adventure play area.  It was a fun and informative day - we all went home very tired!

Science in a Box

On Tuesday 7 November Louise and Namrah from Leeds University visited KS2 to help us learn about mixtures, solutions and emulsions.  We investigated each of these, made predictions and conclusions.  We then used our learning to make some of our very own ice-cream!  Have a look at how we got on....

What do you wonder about?  This half term, we are going to be asking lots of questions!  We've started by wondering why an Iron Man has appeared on the edge of a cliff.  Listen to and watch the mysterious opening of "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes below.

We're also going to be wondering about what life was like in Britain 4000 years ago, during the Bronze and Iron Age.   Archeologists are finding more about this period of prehistory all the time.  You can find out more at this website  

Watch the clip here which explains how magnets work by using their poles to either attract or repel objects.  Only metals which contain iron, nickel or cobalt are magnetic.  The two poles which are the same will repel each other, and the two poles which are different will attract each other.  There are magnets all around us.  Magnetic north is used in a compass to show directions.

Autumn 1 2017: The Big Story

A visit from Leeds Dental School

On Monday 19 October, Class 3 were visited by Leeds Dental School.  We learnt the correct way to brush our teeth, how sugar affects our teeth, the amount of sugar in our foods and what happens when we visit the dentist.  It was great fun and an informative afternoon!

In gymnastics, we have been inspired by the recent World Championships in Montreal.  We have worked hard at making balanced positions, using strong body tension.  Take a look at our fantastic balances below.

Welcome to Class 3's webpage.  We've got a busy and exciting half term ahead of us.   We've started the new school year looking at the 'big story' of the Bible.  Have a look at this fantastic clip of the Bible in 50 words.  How many names and stories do you remember or recognise?

In science we're going to be finding out about what lies beneath our feet.   We'll try to follow in the footsteps of the amazing paleontologist, Mary Anning,  who became known around the world after finding important fossils along the coast near her home in Lyme Regis.