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  • Year 3 Computing

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Computing in Year 3

    Typing

    This half term we have been typing on the iPad.  We are using Purple Mash which will provide us with all the ICT skills we need.

    We have learned where the home row, bottom row and top row of keys are, on a keyboard, and are using different fingers to tap on different keys.

    We also know the names of each of our fingers and are developing our ability to touch type. It won’t be long before we are skilled typists.

    Brooke summarised, “It was fun and easy typing with our index fingers but a bit harder to type with our other fingers.”

    Maisy identified, “I kept practising in the lesson and by the end I got used to it and could even look at the screen when I typed letters.”

    Scarlett explained, “I slowly realised I was getting confident using all my fingers.”

    Max thought, “Some people know how to type with all their fingers.  I found this tricky but I still practised and I’m going to have a go at home too.”

    Year 3 will be developing their Spreadsheet and Graphing skills next half term.

     

     

     

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  • Pepparkakor Biscuits Year 3

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Design Technology in Year 3

    Pepparkakor Biscuits

    Pepparkakor is a Swedish ginger cookie, sort of like ginger biscuits, but generally spiced a bit heavier. They are extremely thin with a smooth finish.

    Pepparkakor is usually eaten around St. Lucia's Day on December 13, a celebration of St. Lucia, the martyr who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs, lighting her way with a wreath of candles on her head. We studied this saint during our RE lessons and thought it tied in nicely with the Christmas theme.

    If you would like to make Pepparkakor, here are the ingredients and recipe.

    Ingredients

    To decorate

    • writing icing
    • cake decorations

    Method

    1.      Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.  Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

    2.      Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixture until it clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

    3.      Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper (or dust lightly with flour).

    4.      Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a 2cm gap between them.

    5.      Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

     

     

     

     

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  • Science in Year 3

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Science in Year 3

    Physics

    Light and Shadow

    This half term we are investigating light and seeing.  We already know that light from a source (such as lamps, the sun, torch, candle…) reflects off an object into our eyes.  Our brain tells us what we are looking at.

    Today we played around with shadows.

    Harley explained, “When you shine a torch on a solid object it makes a shadow on the white paper.”

    Emilia noticed, “When I shone my torch through a transparent object I could see a light shadow of the water. The torch shone right through the bottle.”

    Erin commented, “When we moved the torch from side to side the shadow moved places and changed direction.”

    Jasmine said, “When you move the torch up the shadow gets smaller and when you move it down it gets bigger.”

    Olivia thought, “If the torch is held at a different angle, the shadow gets longer and shorter.”

    Olly concluded, “The shadow is always the same shape as the object.”

    All the children agreed that this was a lot of fun and every single scientific conclusion was made by their own observations and reasoning.

    Year 3 will be also studying shadows made by the sun throughout the day.

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  • Young Enterprise - Year 5

    Published 18/12/18, by David Foster

    The Manchester United Enterprise Academy Final!

    After being chosen as winners to represent Wardley CE Primary School with a clothing brand for pets, Devils Animal Clothing, they were through to the final at Co-op Academy Swinton.

    On arrival, we were shown the theatre, where they were going to perform.  The children were not daunted; they loved the challenge of presenting in front of a large audience.

    After watching three local schools present, it was Wardley’s turn.  All five children were superb ambassadors of Wardley CE Primary School.  The dragons commented on how well the presentation went, and they posed difficult questions.  The opening question put the children at ease - In your market research, why didn’t you ask dogs what they thought?  They became progressively harder and they were able to talk clearly and confidently about the marketing and branding of their company.

    Lord Sugar had better watch out - these children could be the entrepreneurs of the future.

    The wait for the decision to be announced was nail biting with Mr Harrison,  Co-op Academy Swinton’s headteacher, awarding the prize to Mossfield Primary School.  For getting to the final, each member of the team was rewarded with a tour of Manchester United Football Club.

    A big well done to all involved.

     

     

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  • Maths Year 3 Multiplication and Division

    Published 21/11/18, by David Foster

    Maths in Year 3

    Maths No Problem

    Multiplication and Division

    Over the last few weeks, we have been solving problems using our multiplication and division skills. To help us understand more clearly, we have used counters and a variety of written methods to solve some very tricky calculations.  We used many different strategies such as number lines, bar models and, of course, our ever-growing knowledge of 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

    Brooke said, “I am confident at counting in 3s forwards and back.”

    Harley identified, “I can fill in number lines that go up and down in 3s and 4s.”

    Maisy explained, “I like counting in 3s, 4s and 8s at the beginning of lessons because it helps me with questions in my workbook.”

    Scarlett said, “I am practising my times tables at home so I can improve my test score.”

    Hannah said, “I make up my own focus tasks at home and see how many methods I can come up with.”

    Year 3 has also created some great journaling and tackled daily challenges which are all displayed on our maths working wall and in their books.

    Next, Year 3 will be multiplying and dividing with two digit numbers and solving 2 step problems.

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  • PSHE Friendship

    Published 21/11/18, by David Foster
      PSHE in Year 3 Friendship Over the next few weeks, Mawuli will be coming into class and teaching us all about friendship.  Today, we were introduced to the idea of friendship and discussed what made a good friend.  Later, w
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  • Year 3 Geography

    Published 07/11/18, by David Foster

    Geography in Year 3

    Where in the world are we?

    We have kicked off this half term by using an atlas (a book of maps) to look at some features of the world.  We have studied the equator, the tropics, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and discovered that the world is divided into hemispheres.

    We were let loose with an atlas and, with a partner, located these features by using a map of the world.

    Erin recognised, “There is a line around the middle of the earth and it is called the equator.”

    Mollie discovered, “The climate around the tropics is very warm because it gets lots of sun. However there is also lots of rain so it is wet.”

    Olly learned, “A book of maps is called an atlas.  It also has country’s flags and information about different places and weather in the world.”

    Naomi identified, “The Arctic and Antarctic Circles are deserts that are very cold because they don’t get as much sun so it is very snowy and icy.”

    Year 3 will also be learning about the continents and oceans of the world as well as identifying the different climates and landscapes we find in different places.

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  • Rocks and Soils Year 3

    Published 21/09/18, by David Foster

    Science in Year 3

    Chemistry

    Rocks and Soils

    This half term we have been investigation the properties of rocks.  We have already compared the colour and texture of different rocks as well as learning their names and properties. We recently examined rocks to test for hardness.  We used a scratch test to do this.

    Scarlett commented, “Some rocks are hard and some rocks are soft.”

    Brooke explained, “We know some rocks are soft because they make a powder when they are scratched.”

    Jay noticed, “If a rock is dusty it means it is really soft.  Chalk is so soft.”

    Naomi concluded, “The rocks that were the hardest left no scratch at all.”

    Olivia said, “The heaviest rocks were also the hardest.  The light rocks were softer.”

    Year 3 are also creating fantastic investigations to test the permeability of rocks as well as learning about the terms ‘metamorphic’, ‘sedimentary’ and ‘igneous’.

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  • Year 3 - Space Vehicles

    Published 17/07/18, by David Foster

    DT in Year 3

    Space Vehicles

    During the last week of term, Year 3 has designed and created some wonderful space vehicles.  They are ‘out of this world.

    The children have worked together brilliantly, helping each other with cutting, joining and adapting their spacecraft.

    “It was a really good topic for me because I know all about space.” Ashton

    “We enjoyed working together and helping our friends make their models. We also needed some help for the tricky bits that needed two people.” Harley and Olivia

    “It was fun measuring and cutting out my rocket.” Alexis

    “We could make any design we wanted to and we were left to make the model all by ourselves.” Ella

    “I thought it was fun. My model looked really good. I was very proud.” Kai

    Just yesterday I had NASA on the phone and they are very interested in the children’s designs.  Watch this space.

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  • Chester Zoo - Year 3

    Published 16/07/18, by David Foster

    A Trip Out with Year 3

    Chester Zoo

    On Tuesday 10th July, Year 3 took a day off school and visited Chester Zoo.  This tied in nicely with some of the creatures we have encountered through our core book – Jumanji.

    “We saw penguins diving into the water and performing underwater tricks.  It was great to see them through the glass” Kai

    “I saw a new animal called a sun bear which had given birth to a cub not long ago.” Ella

    “A bat flew over Sophie’s head and she screamed really loudly” Orla

    “It wasn’t just me.  Issy screamed too when a bat touched her hand” Sophie

    “I looked through the window at the camel.  As soon as I saw it, it did a big poo.” Ashton

    “As we went in, the black rhino mum was feeding its baby” Shay

    On the way back, we were stuck in horrendous traffic but managed to get back to school safe and sound.  We all had a great day.

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  • ArtWindows Year 3

    Published 26/03/18, by David Foster

    Art in Year 3

    Creating with pottery

    To round off our topic of ‘Windows’, we have created some amazing windows using the medium of clay.

    So far, we have learned how to draw a window.  Sounds rather simple doesn’t it? Well, there’s a lot more to it than first meets the eye.  We have also coloured and designed our own windows using lines and pattern.  The artwork is quite spectacular.

    Evie commented, “I liked working with clay because making the prints was easy to do.”

    Ella-Mae thought, “Pressing the stamps down was difficult at first but once I’d had a couple of goes I found it much easier. Mr Hall is going to fire my window in a hot kiln at 900˚C – that nine times hotter than boiling water!”

    Olivia identified, “When we were drawing, we sometimes used shapes so all the windows looked the same and they looked real when we added colour.”

    Ella learned, “The clay was cold because it had to stay firm. But I enjoyed making the shapes and pattern for the bricks and glass.”

    Year 3 have really enjoyed this project.

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  • Growing Plants Year 3

    Published 13/03/18, by David Foster

    Biology – Growing Plants

    This half term we are getting our hands dirty.  We are learning all about the growth of plants.

    So far we have discovered the functions of the main parts of a flowering plant; namely the roots, stem, leaf and flower.

    Shay recognised, “The roots anchor the plant into the soil and take up water too.  The water has lots of dissolved nutrients in it.”

    George suggested, “The water and nutrients travel up the stem to the flower and the leaves.”

    Olivia discovered, “I learned that the leaf absorbs sunlight with a chemical called chlorophyll.  This gives the plant energy.  The process is called photosynthesis

    Sianne identified, “The flower has pollen and nectar and holds the seeds that make new plants. It is brightly coloured to attract pollinators like bees.”

    Year 3 also learned that the leaves turn the nutrients into glucose.

    We have also planted sunflower and radish seeds and will be observing their growth. We will be predicting

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