September 2017 - July 2018
Yeargroup - Year 3 (Weekly Updates - Summer Term 2018)
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Yeargroup - Year 3
Warner Brothers Studios Trip - April 2018
The children had a FANTASTIC time at the Warner Bros studios on Monday!
The children have begun their new PBL topic on J K Rowling and this
trip really bought the Harry Potter books to life. This trip was for
our Year 3 childhood promise-what a great treat! The adults were just
as excited as the children and were busy taking photos for their own
memories. One of the best moments for the children was when the Great
Hall doors opened behind the cinema screen. All the Year 3 children
received a digital photo of themselves riding a broomstick and got
their very own Harry Potter passport. There was a great deal of
excitement from the children with them making comments such as 'Best
trip ever!', 'I don't want this day to end!' We are now looking forward
to seeing some great fantasy story writing inspired by this wonderful
Please click on the thumbnail below to look at the photographs.
Thames Trip - April 2017
the Spring Term the Year 3 classes have been learning about the River
Thames as part of their Project Based Learning. The children have been
very enthusiastic about the River Thames! To enhance their learning we
took a trip to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames, where
the children saw the River Thames in action and practically learnt
about the processes of a river.
"I enjoyed the river walk the
most where we saw the River Thames and the water rushing through the
lock! I also liked the river gallery where we learnt how water is used
around the world and all the different river animals." Safa and Kareena
- 3 Land's End
"I really liked seeing the Olympic rowing boat
and finding out interesting facts about the why the shoes were stuck
inside. I also liked walking along the river because at one point I
could see the river bed." Daniel - 3 Stonehenge
"The gallery was
really exciting because I learnt how water evaporates and where the
water goes on its journey." Zainab - 3 Stonehenge
"Walking along the river was great because I could see a little delta
forming in the Thames." Kardell - 3 Ben Nevis
agree with Kardell, but also the gallery where there were interesting
facts about Henley and the Thames and there lots of fun activities to
do!." Roha - 3 Ben Nevis
3 have really enjoyed learning about the River Thames in our Project
Based Learning activities this term. They learnt about the river
itself, the parts of a river, the journey a river takes and the
processes of the river - including erosion, transportation and
deposition. Year 3 showed their parents their learning by creating a
River Exhibit with fun facts about the different parts of a river. They
made giant rivers using lots of art materials to re-create the River
For their home learning over the summer break, the children in Year 3
were asked to research some extreme weather conditions as part of their
topic this half term – ‘Extreme Earth!’ The children did a wonderful
job! There were many posters and information packs created on various
extreme events. A favourite was earthquakes! Some children also created
models to show what they had found out about. Hunain in 3Lands End
created a very detailed model of a tornado and could confidently
explain how one is formed. Check out the picture below!
The children in Year 3 have made a fantastic start to their learning
this year and we can’t wait to see the fantastic outcomes they will
produce at the end of their ‘Extreme Earth!’ topic. Keep up the hard
work Year 3!
Please click on the thumbnail below to view our 'Dino Diaries' video.
Potter Film Studio Trip
3 travelled to Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford to see the making of
the Harry Potter films for their Childhood Promise Trip. The children
were amazed to see all the sets and props used in a range of the Harry
Potter films - from the Philosopher's Stone to Privet Drive! They were
able to have a go at wand choreography and try to move broomsticks with
a simple command. The day finished with seeing the magnificent Hogwarts
castle which the children thoroughly enjoyed seeing. A wonderful day
had by children and adults!
"I really enjoyed the huge Hogwarts train! It had all the carriages
from the different movies of Harry Potter with props!" Liam, 3 Stonehenge
"I enjoyed saying 'up' to the broomsticks and seeing the magic at
work!" Diya J, 3
part where we saw the tree branch from the Whomping Willow hit the blue
car was my favourite part. It was very fun and exciting!" Thomas, 3 Ben Nevis
"I really liked the part when the spiders came down from the sky in the
Forbidden Forest - it was really exciting." Hmed, 3 Lands End and Kisha, 3
"The big model of the Hogwarts castle was great - I really liked how
they made the surface look like water." Roksana, 3 Lands End
"The wand boxes were great too, especially when the tour guide pointed
out Harry Potter's wand." Josh.
S 3 Lands's End
Please click on the thumbnail below to view the Harry Potter
Based Learning 'Project Passports!'
Western House Academy we use a project based approach to our learning
where each half term each year group chooses a topic. This might be a
focus on a period in history, a famous person, a geographical location
or something similar. It is then the goal to link the children's
learning to this topic wherever possible. This means the children have
a focus and their learning can be tailored and themed to suit
their current needs for that topic. At the end of the topic the
children then celebrate their learning for this topic with a special
outcome to parents or other children around the school.
support this approach further we are launching 'Project Passports!' At
the start of a new topic we will be giving children a 'Project
Passport!' activity sheet that contains five mini projects. These
projects cover a range of curriculum areas and relate directly to the
topic being covered in that half term. The children have the whole half
term to choose and complete two out of the five topics and bring them
in to school to share. We want the children to really engage with the
new topic and encourage them to explore their learning further at home.
We want the children to be as creative as possible with these 'Project
Passport!' activities and hope to share and display them in school.
support is most certainly encouraged with the 'Project Passports!' as
we want to share the children's learning with those at home and
encourage as much excitement and imagination as possible!
Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement at home.
Mr. R. Jones
Vice Principal Years 1, 2 & 3 and Leader of Curriculum.
Please click on the thumbnail below to see the set of photographs.