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Year 3 are not ½ bad but ½ good at Fractions.

You either love them or hate them, a bit like marmite? This week Year 3 have been learning about fractions and it looks like they have really enjoyed it. They know which part of the fraction is the denominator and which is the numerator. They can recognise wholes and parts of numbers and have even dipped into their ‘Maths Toolkit’ and started to ‘Draw A Diagram’ to help them make their fraction into a whole number. Great work year 3, you’ve made fraction look so easy.

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Year 3 help the giant.

Year 3 were only happy to help the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.

We decided to do an experiment to find out what would be the strongest and tallest plant. We planted three different types of seeds, cress, beans and sunflower. Each seed has been exposed to some sunlight, they were given a warm bed of cotton wool to keep them warm and have been carefully water daily. The cress has flourished very quickly and has produced small thin stem with beautiful green leaves. Unfortunately we don’t think this is tall enough or strong enough to hold a giant. The other seeds have just started to sprout. So watch this space we will keep you updated.

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Year 3 V Sale Sharks

What a fabulous five weeks we have had. First of all, we would like to say a BIG thank you to Sale Sharks for coming in and teaching us the importance of healthy eating and how to play tag rugby. Come rain or shine and even on one day, snow, the children braved the elements, put on their tag rugby belts and played their little ‘tags’ of, literally.

I was lovely to see the children running around enjoying themselves and to discover that we have many budding Rugby players within our school. I wonder if we have the next Johny Wilkinson hidden at the Ferns Academy. Just watch this space.

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Cinema Trip

What an amazing day we had on Thursday, thanks to Cineworld, Bolton. We watched the film Mary and the witches flower. Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. Together, the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College — a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school. Mary has a difficult decision to make, should she walk away from the rude boy who called her laughed at her and called her names or should she be the better person and help him escape from Endor College where he had been inprisoned? 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and behaved impeccably, we are very proud to call them Ferns.

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Pyramid mania

We have been busy in Year 3…building pyramids as part of our home learning and creating square based pyramids from nets in class! Great fun!


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Measuring mass

In Year 3 we have revisited measuring this week…starting with length and height we have measured each other as well as the classroom and things in it!! When we moved onto mass we had to estimate and weigh store cupboard foods, fruits and class room equipment. Did you know… you need a LOT of paper clips to make a kilogram!


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Performance poetry

…having fun in Year 3 performing our poems to the rest of the class!! We watched Michael Rosen first for some tips.

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Learning about fractions

Year 3 children have been learning more about fractions…finding equivalents, ordering, counting and adding and subtracting them! Here they used Cuisenaire rods to create their own fraction walls.

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Wave painting

Year 3 today put the finishing touches to their versions of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. The results are fabulous!!

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Mount Vesuvius

Year 3 have been learning about how an eruption from Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii!! We imagined what it would be like to hear the rumbling and see the ash cloud rising…

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