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Summer 1 South Amercian Adventure

Science - Brilliant Bodies

We’ve had a brilliant time learning about nutrition, skeletons and muscles in our Brilliant Bodies topic in Y3.  We began by looking at the different food groups and the benefits each group has for our bodies.  We learnt that animals have different types of skeletons in Forest School and continued our research back in the classroom.  We then looked in more detail at the function of the human skeleton and learnt some of the names of the bones.  Did you know the skeleton is made up of 206 bones and over 600 muscles? We made models of the arm muscles to show how they work in pairs.  Finally, we investigated what happens to our pulse and breathing rate when we exercise.  We found out that because our muscles have to work extra hard when we exercise they need more oxygen!

Geography - 3d maps

In geography, we have used plastecine to create a 3d map of Brazil, showing the Amazon basin, mountains and hills, and rivers, lakes and coastlines. Different colours were used to represent different features of the landscape.

Art - oil pastels

Our art skills are coming along in leaps and bounds! As part of our South American Adventure, we have been learning to use blended oil pastels to create the bright colours of a toucan in a rain forest. We started by forming a 'frame' using sketching pencils and then built on this with layers of oil pastels.

Forest School

On our first visit to Forest School this half term, we used natural materials and wool to create traditional South American 'God's Eye' ornaments. The four corners of the square are said to represent four natural elements - earth, water, wind and fire - and the centre of the pattern is said to be the 'eye of God'. They were tricky to get going, but once we got into a rhythm, making the pattern became easier.

One Voice Singing Festival

We are very excited to be taking part in the One Voice Singing Festival again this year.  On the 6th July, Y3 and Y5 will join a live stream to sing along with many other schools across the city.  The event will be recorded and compiled into a video of all the performances.  There are 5 songs to learn. After we have introduced a song in class, we will be posting it here for pupils to practise at home.  Here's the first song we have started to learn this week.  We hope you enjoy practising your singing at home!    

'(We are) Unstoppable'

We Are Unstoppable

One Voice Singing Festival Song 2

Here is the next song we are learning in class.  We hope you enjoy practising this at home!

'One moment, one people'


One Moment, One People

Click on the link below.  Skip to 3 minutes 40 seconds to learn the Makaton signs for One Moment, One People.

One Moment One People Makaton

Almost There - Song 3

Here is the last song for this term.  You may recognise this one as it's from Disney's The Princess and the Frog.  It's a jazz song that celebrates perseverance.  There will be two more to learn next term so keep up the practice! 

Almost there (performance track).mp3

Y3 History Van: Surviving the Stone Age