This Week in Year 3
As always, a week full of fun learning in Year 3. This week we will be reporting on Pi Day from last week, our whole year group Forest School (delayed from last term), our much-delayed Christmas market (now Easter!) with Year 1 pupils, the final of the chess tournament and of course the newest arrivals in the school – the chicks!
Pi day was a success with lots of children having the digits of Pi whirling around their head. Our pupils were given the opportunity to recite as many digits of Pi as they could. The stand out performance was by James (3D), who could recite an impressive 166 digits! A fantastic effort from everyone all round. We even created some Pi Day cityscapes using the digits of Pi.
Year 3 Forest School
We had a fantastic time out in the woods having Forest School with all three classes together. This provided an excellent opportunity for everyone to interact together, playing with children they may not normally play with and therefore making new friendships. I think the most enjoyable part for all of us was making S’mores and playing in the den.
Science Week 2023 has certainly been a fun one in Year 3. Aside from the fantastic focuses implemented by the Science Department school wide, we have been up to some interesting things too.
Year 3 had visits from some special creatures, the new Beechwood chicks! We were all very lucky to interact with the chicks, discuss their development and handle them in the Science Department – what a lovely experience for us all.
3D also explored a colour experiment and witnessed changes that happened when different materials were mixed together. We spoke about reversible and irreversible changes and why different materials create different reactions. A very enjoyable end to our Science Week.
The last two weeks has seen Middle School pupils take part in a Chess Tournament organised by Mr Darcy and what a fantastic experience it has been. So many of our Year 3 children made it through second and even third rounds. A big well done to all of our Year 3 Chess players: George G, Tommy J, Charlie M, Owain McP, Adam E, Miles D, Alessio G, Charlie H, Joey M, Teddy W, Blake H, Louis L, James R, Ethan G, Joshua G, Alexander F, Samuel R, Louis S, Jack B and Anaye K.
Here is what some of our pupils said about their Chess Tournament experience:
- Teddy W ‘I like playing chess because you get to play an individual sport with people from different years and test your skills.’
- James R ‘It was quite fun because you got to play against lots of people that you’d not played against before and it was a good way to collaborate with people.’
Christmas Market with Year 1
The much anticipated Christmas Maths Market took place this week, having postponed it back at Christmas time. All the children generously donated their unwanted books, toys and games to sell to the eager Year 1 children. Not only did this give the unwanted items a second chance to be loved, but we were able to raise money for the Keech Hospice charity.
During Thursday morning, Year 1 pupils handed in their entry tickets and wandered the classrooms in search for something to buy. The Year 3 “personal shoppers” were on standby to help pick out items of interest and most importantly help with giving change. What a great practical way to practise our money in a time were paying by phone or card is the norm!
Summer Term Class Music Lessons
Next term, all of Y3 will be playing the recorder within their class music lesson. We have sufficient recorders for all the pupils to play however many of the pupils have indicated that they would like to bring in their own. We will be using standard descant recorders. Pupils are welcome to bring in a recorder and leave it in their tray in their classroom. Please ensure that any instruments are clearly labelled. 3P and 3O have music on Friday whilst 3D is on Wednesdays.
It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the Lent term and will be moving into our last term with the children. They have come so far and are well on the way to becoming independent and resilient learners. Look out for information regarding the upcoming Welly Boot Camp, which we can start getting excited about as we come into the Summer Term. Thank you for your support and collaboration with this – we know that we work as a team and couldn’t do this without you!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Year 3 Team