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Year 3 - Maple

Welcome to Maple Class


Things to remember


We have PE on a Thursday and a Friday - PE kits must be worn on both days!


Our library time is on a Thursday - library books will be issued from the 13th September and need to be brought in every week for changing or renewing.  In year 3 children will also be given an accelerated reading book - these must be brought in to school EVERY day as the children will be reading these books daily at school.  They will be bringing a reading record home as well - please date and sign each time your child reads to you.


New spellings are learnt every week - they will be sent home on a Friday and children will have a spelling test on the Friday of the next week.  Please try and practice these spellings with your child.





Autumn Term 1




Our first topic in Year 3 is Predator!  In this topic we compare what different animals eat and investigate food chains, thinking about how they always start with a producer and end with an apex predator.  We look at special features of predators and prey and move on to naming parts of a skeleton.  We also investigate foods and how humans get nutrition from their food.


To start our topic off we visited Africa Alive and discovered lots of different predators - from a tiny scorpion to a powerful lion. We watched the bird of prey display and were amazed at the speed of the falcon! 


Picture 1 A scorpion's skin!
Picture 2 The snake will eat something this size!
Picture 3 Being brave touching it!
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Picture 11 A Porcupine's quills are very sharp.
Picture 12 The Porcupine uses it's quills for protection.
Picture 13 Goats are herbivores - they only eat vegetation.
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Picture 19 Harris Hawk - the only hawks that hunt in packs!
Picture 20 Great Grey Owl - have incredible hearing!
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Picture 23 Egyptian Buzzard
Picture 24 Serval - can eat birds as big as flamingos!
Picture 25 They can jump as high as 3m to catch prey -
Picture 26 We tried to jump as high - but couldn't!
Picture 27 We took 4,5 or 6 strides to match a cheetah's 1!
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Picture 29 The skull of a lion - look at those teeth!
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Picture 31 Cape Hunting Dog - mainly hunt antelope.
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Picture 33 The Lion - not looking very fierce today!
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Picture 35 Cheetahs use their speed to catch gazelles -
Picture 36 although relaxing today!

A visitor in the class!

A visitor in the class! 1 Lillie-Rose brought her snake to school.
A visitor in the class! 2 She answered lots of questions about it!
A visitor in the class! 3 We have some very brave children in Maple Class.
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We carried out an investigation to find out how water moves in a plant - keep checking in to see our results!

Picture 1 Equipment needed.
Picture 2 We used the same amount of water.
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Picture 4 Used the same amount of food colouring.
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Picture 6 Added the celery and waited.......
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Picture 9 What would results be if one plant had barrier?
Picture 10 One flower with barrier and one without.

Dissecting owl pellets

Dissecting owl pellets 1
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Dissecting owl pellets 7 one skull found
Dissecting owl pellets 8 discovering what bones are
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Dissecting owl pellets 10 looking carefully to identify bone
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Dissecting owl pellets 12 working together to dissect pellet
Dissecting owl pellets 13 bones and fur that cannot be digested
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In Mathematics we will be counting numbers up to 10000 by using equipment and strategies of ones, tens, hundreds and thousands, reading numbers up to 10000 and writing in numbers and words.  We will be looking at place value and know that the digits of a number have their own values.  

We will be comparing numbers up to 10000 and will be able to arrange in a descending and ascending order.  We will also be able to say which is the greater number and which is the smaller number.


We do also practice our times tables in class, but it would help your child if on the way to and from school, or as you are on a journey or shopping etc, you could encourage them to practice the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables.  This will help them when we move on to the 6,7, 8 and 9 times tables later in the year.



In Literacy we will be writing a recount - learning how to write in paragraphs and using powerful verbs and time conjunctions.  We will look at how to write an information leaflet and what key features are needed to do this.  We will also be looking at Haiku poems and how to write one.

Learning about Haiku poems.

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Watch this groups performance of the Haiku 'Predator'. They were amazing!

Keep checking in to see who has 'Work of the Week'  displayed and who 'Accelerated Star Readers'  are for the week.


Thank you

Mrs Emblem

Work of the Week


Week ending 14th September:

Lewis - well done for your recount of our trip to Africa Alive! You wrote in paragraphs and included some scientific language!


Week ending 21st September:

Madalena  - well done for your flow chart on fossils - in your own words you described the six stages of fossil formation!


Week ending 28th September:

Beatrix - Well done for working really hard on column addition - adding 2 x four digit numbers together with regrouping ones, tens and hundreds - 2 pages of very neat, correct work!


Week ending 5th October:

William - Well done for your literacy work this week - you used a thesaurus to find synonyms for important which you shared with the class as well as using in your work!


Week ending 12th October:

Lauren - Well done for your spellings this week - you have practised and practised and achieved full marks in your test!










Star Readers


Children in Maple Class have started reading accelerated reading books and are doing extremely well!  At the end of each week there is a word count to show how many words the children have read in that week. At the end of our first week our star readers are:

Madalena and Zainab


Week 2: Madalena and Jaxon


Week 3: Jaxon, Zainab and George


Week 4: Jaxon, Madalena and George



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