Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

Year Three

Welcome to year 3 at Oakfield Primary Academy!

Year 3 are progressing wonderfully in all our exciting learning. Since Christmas, we have worked hard on our mini-missions and reaped many rewards along the way! Read on to find out about all we have been up to...

Mr Hickling is the teacher in Turtle class.

Mr Burrows is the teacher in Stingray class.

Both classes are supported by Mrs Hart as the learning support assistant.  

 

Swimming and PE

Currently year 3 do not have swimming and you will be informed if this changes.

Both year 3 classes have P.E. on a Monday afternoon, so please can you ensure your child has their full P.E. kit on this day.

We also host a variety of exciting after school sports clubs. Please ask at the main office for more information.

 

Homework

Homework will be sent out on Fridays and needs to be completed and returned on the following Wednesday. This allows time for marking and feedback to be given.

Children should also be reading a minimum of 3 times  a week and have these written in their reading diaries and signed by an adult which should be in school every day.

They also have a spelling test on their weekly spellings on a Thursday afternoon.

We are following the Spelling Shed scheme, which you can sign up to at home for extra spelling activities. Please visit https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

Mini missions!

Since the second half of the Autumn Term, we have embarked on an exciting journey of topics, called Mini-Missions!

Below is a list of the mini-missions we have completed so far...

 

Autumn Term

Charlie Small in Gorilla City

Children used the book, Charlie Small in Gorilla City, as their stimulus. Children used new and exciting words to develop their understanding of different sentence types. They had a lot of fun imagining a jungle setting and describing Charlie and his adventures in their writing. In Art, children used a range of natural materials such as leaves, sticks and tree bark to create beautiful prints of a jungle scene.


The Night Before Christmas

In this design and technology focused mission, Children took inspiration from the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore and investigated all things Christmas! We designed and made our own free-standing Christmas decoration after an extensive planning session. We undertook market research, practiced manufacturing techniques and made prototypes before we were finally happy with our finished product. And what amazing products they were! Well done year 3, your prep work paid off.

 

Spring Term

After some R+R over Christmas, we were back and raring to go for our next set of mini-missions.

Flying Food Airways

 The main focus of this mission was using maps and atlases to locate the world’s continents and countries. We identified their human/physical features in relation to the food that is grown there. We then followed the journey of a banana "from the land to your hand", the plantation in Costa Rica to supermarket in UK. We were lucky enough to visit ASDA produce department and see first hand how food is prepared for sale. We then got our chef's hats on and explored seasonality and food grown more locally in the UK. We designed and made a delicious seasonal, locally sourced fruit salad and wrote the recipe down for hungry adults to follow too! 


Rocks Rock!

Professor Rock needed help! He was moving his rock exhibition to a new, natural history museum and all the rocks became mixed up. He needed our help to classify, group and identify the rocks. He also needed explanations as to how the rocks were formed. This mini mission was our most exciting yet! we had so much fun looking at crystals, geodes and fossils, not to mention the often exciting ways in which rocks are formed. We made fossils of our own, before also completing a test to find out which soil was most permeable.

 

The Anglo Saxon Chronicles

A historic mini-mission about the Anglo Saxons. Year 3 loved learning about the Anglo-Saxons. They created a great non-chronological report about the fascinating Sutton Hoo and the artefacts that were found there. They also presented their report in the style of a webpage which incorporated some ICT skills too.

 

Fox in the night

A science based mission all about light and darkness. Some home learning tasks linked to this mini-mission can be found on the home learning section under year 3.

Coming Soon....

Below is a list of the mini-missions we have planned for the rest of the year.

More details to follow, but rest assured there is so much exciting, fun packed learning yet to come!

Summer Term

Finding Nemo

An exciting geography and writing based mission all about the oceans. Just keep swimming!

 

Once Upon a Poem

A mission focused on poetry and art.

Great Britain, Great Britons!

A contemporary historical and biographical mini mission in which we will learn about some of the greatest men and women in British history, as well as their accomplishments.

 

The BFG

We will look at the classic book by Roald Dahl. Retelling the story and imagining a new ending with our own giant character. Always a favourite!

Maths

Autumn Term

We have been working hard on place value, addition and subtraction this term. We have also been practicing our times tables and weekly we challenge ourselves with our Times Table Olympics.

 Why not try some of these games at home ?

Addition and Subtraction Challenge

Hit the Button- Mixed challenges

 

Spring Term

Since the autumn term we have been even more busy in maths!

This term we are putting our place value knowledge to the test as we learn more about weights and measures. We are measuring mass in kilograms and grams before moving on to look at volume and capacity too!

This aspect of maths involves a lot of practical, fun activities and children will have a lot of fun exploring and investigating while learning handy skills, useful for adult life.

If you would like more information or would like to help your child with this aspect of maths, please speak to your child's class teacher or have a look at the links below:

Weight and mass games

    Volume and capacity games

Money Games  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/money 

 

 

Summer Term

Coming soon...

 

Throughout the year we are always looking at multiplication and division.
In year 3 you should know your 3, 4 and 8 times tables to go with your 2, 5 and 10 which you will have learned in KS1.


Practice your times tables with these multiplication games! You can even practice division.

Multiplication - Match the answer

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication/play/

 Granny Racing - Multiplication Race

www.multiplication.com/games/play/granny-prix-multi

Penguin Jump - Multiplication Race

www.multiplication.com/games/play/penguin-jump 

Fairy Land Fun - Multiplication Fairies

www.multiplication.com/games/play/fairy-fun-land

 Short Division - BBC Bitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma12pape-game-written-division

Long Multiplication - A tricky game which goes beyond Year 3 but explains each step to take when using long multiplication.

www.longmult.co.uk/activity/ 

Math Frog - Another tricky game which goes beyond Year 3 but has a space for each answer required.

www.cemc2.math.uwaterloo.ca/mathfrog/english/kidz/mult5.shtml

 

Piggy Bank Money Counting - Count the money in the Piggy Bank!

www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game 

 

Telling the Time - Use this clock to read the time

www.visnos.com/demos/clock 

 

Literacy

Why not practice some of those Literacy skills with these Spelling and Grammar games.

 

Contractions - eg. Should not - Shouldn't

www.learninggamesforkids.com/vocabulary-games/contractions/contraction-game.html

Reverse Contractions - eg. Couldn't - Could not

www.learninggamesforkids.com/vocabulary-games/contractions/un-contraction-game.html

Apostrophes - Where does it go?

www.learninggamesforkids.com/vocabulary-games/contractions/where-does-the-apostrophe-go.html

Conjunctions - Join sentences

www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/language_structure

Word Types - Is it an Adjective, Comparative Adjective, Common Noun or a Proper Noun?

www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar01 

 

 

Discovery - Rugby's place in the UK.

Our first area of learning in the Autumn Term was Rugby town and its place in the UK. 
We have been learning all about our local area. Some work that we have done on this topic includes research on William Webb Ellis and how the game of Rugby has invented, designing our own Rugby kits, character and setting descriptions and we have also looked at maps of the local area.

As part of our topic, we also looked at the game of Rugby and from that we designed and played our very own games! Take a look at some of our pictures.

 

 

 

 

Discovery - Predators

Our second area of learning during the Autumn Term is ‘Predators!'
We have focused our predators topic to whales and we have been doing lots of research about them. We have looked at different types of whales, where they live, what they eat and how they breath. We have used all of this knowledge to create fabulous information leaflets based on whales.

 

 

Science

So far this term, we have been looking at forces and magnets. Year 3 have done many different experiments including testing the strength of magnets, sorting magnetic and non magnetic materials and even testing different surfaces and their friction.

Computing, R.E. and PSHE

In computing, Year 3 have used Scratch to plan, create and evaluate an animation using programming. 

In R.E. we have looked at the theme "What is it like to be a Christian in Britain today?" We have looked at the key beliefs in Christianity and created artwork inspired by stained glass windows of a church.

 

In PSHE we have focussed on Protective Behaviours - recognising our early warning signs, feelings and support networks. We have also looked at important subjects such as Bullying and Friendships.