The Hive


Bee With Pencil


Our most recent Learning Log Challenge has been for the Year Three Bees to join the Pause Defence Force (PDF). If you’re not familiar with Danny Wallace’s books Hamish and the Worldstoppers, Hamish and the Neverpeople and Hamish and the Gravity Burp, you must read them because they are brilliant. Hamish and his friends from Starkley, Britain’s fourth most boring town, keep having to save the world from Terribles, Hypnobots, the evil icon Axel Scarmarsh and the Superiors. Our class have now joined the PDF and have their own codenames, special skills and customised Vespas! They also imagined that they had visited OtherEarth and created their other halves.


We have been enjoying our Dance sessions so far this term. We are creating movements that reflect the story of the rock cycle, from magma to igneous rock to sediment to sedimentary rock to metamorphic rock and back to magma. In the photo, you can see our paired work where we were making different shapes with our partner using contact, push technique and rock characteristics.


Kai from our current Defeating the Monster story The Lava Lizard of Mauna Loa was meant to be popping in this week to answer some of our questions. We had lots to ask him about, considering this carpenter had defeated Lahahana, the ferocious beast who was terrorising Hawaii. Sadly, Kai was stuck in traffic and couldn’t make it so some of our class stepped in to pretend to be him.


This term our topic is Rock the World. We are learning about Rocks in Science and we are learning about Moving Earth in Geography, which includes finding out all about volcanoes. Our story in English is linked to this topic as it is called The Lava Lizard of Mauna Loa and is about a monster who lives inside a volcano in Hawaii. We began the term by making our own erupting volcanoes. We had great fun mixing up some bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and food colouring before adding vinegar and observing the chemical reaction.


The Year Three Hive Science Laboratory has been set up ready for the start of Term Three. We will be beginning the term by carrying out an experiment which involves using bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid, food colouring and vinegar. What could we be going to do? Clue: This experiment is linked to our Term Three Topic of Rock the World, during which we will be learning all about where different types of rocks come from. Check back soon to find out what happened!


SEE YOU IN 2018!

Christmas Y3


Each class has planted a tree at the front of the school. Our tree is a Malus Scrumptious which will give a heavy crop of bright red apples. This variety of apple is crisp and sweet and has a thin skin. Everybody put one shovel of earth into the hole to help anchor our tree to the ground. Once we had taken this photo, we noticed that the cable holding the tree to the stake had slipped down so we have now secured it again. We decided to name our tree Mr Scrumptious after the type of apples it will be producing.


The Year Three Bees performed at the Term Two Awards Assembly. We did our own version of Stomp which involved all of us performing a sequence of body percussion rhythms at the same time. We were taking a risk because nobody had tried anything like this before. We all had to be in time and completely synchronised. Thank you to Mrs Munro for training us up and helping us to put this routine together.


In English, we have been learning the features of Instruction Texts. We have learnt that you have to tell your reader what they will need and then what they have to do. We have discovered the importance of being very clear when writing the steps and also to make sure that they are in chronological order. We practised our use of conjunctions within sentences, adding them where we could include some useful extra information. Have a read of Emily’s instructions for How To Get Ready For Christmas Day by clicking on the link below.


We had a brilliant time at the Christmas Fair. Thank you to everybody who came along to have a go at the Christmas Bee Treasure Hunt. It was good fun. Thank you also to all the Year Three Bees who helped out on our stall. Our little activity raised £33.70 which was a great amount considering it was only 20p a go. Congratulations to Michelle who was the winner of the star prize – a cuddly bee.


We tried something different in gymnastics this week. With a partner, we were allowed to move around the hall wherever we liked, from apparatus to apparatus, but we had a partner following us and copying our gymnastic movements and shapes. It was good fun. It looked very impressive when we watched the other half of the class performing. Can you spot the pairs in the photo who are doing the same movements?


Preparations are underway for this weekend’s Christmas Fair. We have been busy decorating the classroom and one team had the most important job of decorating the tree. They had quite a difficult job because the tinsel was quite tangled. However, they succeeded and the final result looks fantastic. Pop into our classroom this Saturday (2nd December) from 10.30am to see the festive Hive!


In Science this week, we investigated shadows. We were trying to identify how shadows are formed. We learnt that they are caused by an opaque object blocking the light. We went out to the playground several times during the day to measure our shadows. We found out that the shadows became longer during the afternoon as the sun got lower in the sky.


In tag rugby this week, we played small-sided games. We enjoyed trying to tag each other and trying to score tries. The focus this time was on creating a defensive line so that the attacking team couldn’t get to the try line very easily.


It was brilliant to see so many Year 3 children supporting the charity Children In Need. Pudsey ears were an essential part of the school uniform! It has also been Anti-Bullying Week so we have been discussing the importance of respecting each other and recognising that all children are different but we are all special.


In Term Two, Lewis from Bath Rugby is working with us to help us develop our rugby skills. We all enjoyed our first session where we learnt how to pass the ball. Did you know that it is important to keep facing forwards but to swivel your hips when you want to pass to a teammate? In rugby, you are only allowed to pass the ball backwards.


After spending Term One developing our ball skills, we had one final football session in PE where we played small-sided games. There was one special rule and that was that only the girls were allowed to score. This meant that we all had to think carefully about teamwork, tactics and passing. All of the matches ended 0-0 but we had a lot of fun trying to score.


In English, we are writing Time Slip stories. These are stories where a character ends up going back in time. In the story we have been learning, Freddie Forsyth is at a museum on a school trip with his class to learn about the Ancient Egyptians. We acted out scenes from each paragraph and in the photo you can see the part where Mr Watson, the teacher, makes Freddie and Katy jump when he overhears them talking about how boring the museum is. The school trip turns out not to be as boring as Freddie thought when he picks up a Jade Scarab Beetle and is transported back to Ancient Egypt where he finds himself locked inside Tutankhamun’s tomb!


A team of our Y3 pupils are selling poppies this week in school to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. We wear poppies in November as a symbol of Remembrance, to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict. Thank you to all the children, parents and staff who have supported this charity fundraising event.


There were more super gymnastic performances from the Year Three gymnasts this week. This session focussed on creating a routine, planning a route to travel along, but making sure that we held our shapes and showed good balance and control before moving on. How many different gymnastic shapes can you see being performed in the photo? As usual, we worked quietly in the hall so that we could both focus on our technique and also feel safe in this environment.


On Day One of Term Two, we had a super time visiting our pop-up museum. The classroom had been turned into the Timsbury Egyptian Museum and we spent the morning finding out about life in Ancient Egypt through studying artefacts. We wrote down our own ideas about what the artefacts might be and generated our own questions which we will research the answers to later on in the topic. This was our Dazzling Start for this term’s English storytelling unit on Time Slip Stories. We are learning a story about a child who, while on a school visit to a museum, holds a jade scarab beetle and is transported back in time to Ancient Egypt.


Here is a sneak preview of the Hive as we prepare to begin Term Two. This term’s topic will be The Gift of the Nile as we will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. On the first day, our class will see the Hive looking quite different because it has been turned into the Timsbury Egyptian Museum. We will be looking at lots of different artefacts and pictures of different aspects of the lives of the Ancient Egyptians and then we will be thinking of questions we would like to find the answers to during the topic. Can you see the mummified body of Tutankhamun in the museum?


We finished our DT project by evaluating our products:

“Mine was very good because the jelly didn’t come out of my rain gauge. I think that it worked well because the jelly made the bottom flat or the water wouldn’t like it. Next time we make a rain gauge, I will bring the top up a bit so I can catch more water. Our results on the last day were a lot higher than any other day because of Storm Brian.”


In the final week of Term One, we looked at some poetry written by Pie Corbett. We found lots of examples of alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification and similes in his writing. We had a go at writing our own poems in the same style. Can you find any of these language features in Leah’s poem?


At the end of our Term One topic of Desert Survival, we enjoyed looking at each other’s Learning Log projects which were about animals who live in the desert. We have learnt lots of interesting information about how these animals are able to survive in this hot environment. We especially like the Fennec Fox which has unusually large ears through which it loses heat to keep itself cool. Did you know that this animal also has fur on the bottom of its feet so it can walk comfortably on the hot sand?


On the last day of Term One, the Year Three Bees dressed up as our class animal. Everybody looked amazing in their costumes. Thank you to all of the parents who supported this fun event by sorting out the bee outfits. As you can see in the photo, our colony of bees all swarmed together to look absolutely fantastic.


We have had a lot of fun in our PE lessons in Term One. Our Year Three gymnasts have worked brilliantly, maintaining a quiet, focussed and safe environment in the hall, developing excellent skills in creating gymnastic shapes. This week we concentrated on forming a short routine which involved performing these different shapes. We enjoyed watching each other and evaluating the performances, commenting on what we liked and how they could be improved.


Our final Art session in Term One saw us working with charcoal. We were still investigating how to achieve different types of lines and we found that working with charcoal is very different from working in pencil. For a start, it’s very messy and we had to be very careful not to smudge our work. We achieved some very interesting results. It was good fun.


This week, we got the big apparatus out for the first time. This really challenged us to investigate how we could form our straight, pike, star, straddle and tuck shapes. There were some super ideas and we learnt from each other to improve our own gymnastic skills.


In this week’s Science lesson, we created our own pictures of skeletons using art straws. We planned them carefully first, deciding how many bones we needed and how long each bone needed to be. Did you know that humans have twenty-four ribs? There are twelve on each side. We really enjoyed combining our Science knowledge with this art activity. We have learned the proper scientific names for some of the important bones in the body, including femur, pelvis and humerus.


We have improved our addition skills this week by using place value counters and recording this pictorially to demonstrate our understanding. We have become confident with knowing how and when to exchange ten ones for one ten. We also enjoyed playing a board game to practise these skills.


In Art this week, we were playing around with line. We used different sketch pencils to create thick or thin lines and dark or light lines. We drew around our hands to create a frame for our work which we then filled with these different types of lines. It was good fun and we had a nice relaxing end to the week as we worked with some classical music playing in the background.


In PE this week, we were working on our passing and shooting skills. We investigated using different parts of our feet to decide which gave the best accuracy. We also learned how to receive a pass efficiently, cushioning the ball to keep it near to us.


The Timsbury Weather Centre has now been set up in the Environmental Area. We have put our rain gauges inside the tyres so that they don’t blow over in the wind. We will measure the precipitation in Timsbury every day. It is called precipitation rather than rainfall because this includes any hailstones or even snow that we might see now that the weather is getting colder.


We had another great gymnastics session with all of our gymnasts showing more control and technique than ever before. This week, we really concentrated on holding our shapes for a longer time, maintaining our balance, before moving into our next shape. The apparatus has allowed us to create routines of a series of shapes and jumps whilst moving along equipment and then dismounting onto mats.


In DT, we are making rain gauges. We have been finding out about the weather in the Sahara Desert and researching how much rain it gets each year. Did you know that over half of the Sahara Desert receives less than 3 centimetres of rain during a whole year? We decided to find out how much rain we get in Timsbury so we designed our own rain gauges and then built them using plastic bottles. Can you see how we’ve used jelly to create a flat surface to measure the rain we collect more easily?


In our PE warm-up this week, we played Stuck In The Mud. We had to dribble our football around the court, using the skills we have been working on so far this term. If we were tagged by the two taggers, we had to pick up our ball and hold it in our hands, standing with our legs wide apart. We could be set free if another person dribbled their ball between our legs. It was good fun.


The Year Three Bees had the job of leading this year’s Harvest Service in St. Mary’s Church. All of the children did an amazing job in explaining the importance of Harvest through talking about the meals we eat each day. We even included a bit of mathematics as we made a living graph showing our favourite breakfast cereals, standing in rows to show these statistics like a bar graph. Coco Pops were the most popular!


We took our gymnastics to a higher level this week – literally! Our straight, pike, tuck, star and straddle shapes had to be performed on apparatus as well as mats. We held our shapes on the apparatus before dismounting and landing in a different shape. What shapes can you see going on in the photo?


This week we have been learning how to order a set of three-digit numbers. We decided that the hundreds digit is the most important and the digit you need to look at first. However, if two numbers have the same hundreds digit, then you need to look at the tens digit. Some of us used place value counters to make the numbers. In the photo, can you see the numbers 155, 237, 362 and 263? See if you can put these three-digit numbers in order from smallest to largest.


We are enjoying our PE sessions on the school field. In the first few weeks, we have been working on keeping control of the football, finding ways to improve our dribbling skills. We have learnt to keep the ball close to our feet and not let it get too far in front of us, otherwise someone on the other team might be able to steal it. We have also found out that keeping looking around us and searching for space is important too.


In Maths, we enjoyed playing a board game which helped us to practise our Place Value skills. When we landed on a square, we had to take a number card and follow the instructions. Sometimes we had to say the number which was either 10 or 100 more or less than the number we had chosen. Other times we had to use our partitioning skills to expand the three-digit number into Hundreds, Tens and Ones. Some of us used Base 10 apparatus to help us with this task.


Youssef and Zineb (the characters from The Desert story that we are currently learning) came to visit our class so that we could ask them some questions. We were very interested in finding out why they went to play in the Sahara Desert when their mother had warned them not to. We also heard about some of the animals they saw while they were playing in the desert. These included dromedary camels, a few desert monitor lizards and a venomous horned viper snake!


In English, we are enjoying learning the story of The Desert. It is a Warnings/Dangerous Places story. Youssef and his sister Zineb went off to play in the Sahara Desert, even though their mother warned them that it was not safe. They had fun sliding down the sand dunes until Zineb got stuck halfway down and the disturbed sand above her slid down and completely submerged her. Did Zineb get out alive? You will have to ask one of our class if you want to know if there was a happy ending!


In our first PE session of the year, we learnt about the different body shapes that can be performed during a gymnastics routine. Each gymnast in our class had their own coach to help them to form each of the individual shapes correctly. We discovered how to form accurately the positions called straight, star, straddle, pike and tuck. Can you decide which gymnastic shape our gymnasts are working on in this photograph?