Year 3 2016/2017
During International Week Year 3 studied the United States of America. We learnt about the geography of America and wrote a fact-file in our English lessons. We had a lot of fun learning about the presidents and creating our very own Mount Rushmore out of clay!
We practised our line dance all week and really enjoyed performing it to the rest of the school and our parents. We also baked delicious American-style cookies which were very gooey!
Bug hunting in Wendover Woods
Year 3 went to Wendover Woods for the day on a bug hunt. The day started with a discussion about plants and woodland vegetation. We talk about the importance of plants for insects and the reasons why insects were useful to us. We then used a variety of equipment to search for mini-beasts in both an open, sunny grassland habitat and a shaded, woodland habitat. Our findings were amazing; we found such a huge variety of insects and realized that we found very different types of insects in either habitat. It was such a fun day and we are very excited to go back in a few weeks time!
Summer term Venetian Day
Throughout the summer term, we have been learning about Venice. We have looked at tourism, the location of Italy, traditional Venetian culture and Venetian architecture. On Venetian day, we built Venice out of marshmallows, sponges, spaghetti and cubes, and had a competition to see which Venice floated in water. We also made mini gondolas and built bridges for them to race underneath. In the afternoon, we wrote a postcard as if we were in Venice and then made pizzas - they were delicious!
Ashmolean Museum School Trip
Year 3 went on a trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford! Our guide for the morning was called Mary, and she told us lots of information about the Ancient Egyptians. During the morning we were lucky enough to handle some Ancient Egyptian artefacts; we became detectives and had to work out what the artefacts would have been used for and who they belonged to. We also saw some massive statues and part of an Egyptian temple, which was amazing. Although Year 3 were all exhausted by the time we arrived back at school, we all had a really good day and learnt a lot!
Multi-skills PE Festival
Our first activity on Egyptian day was to create canopic jars. These are jars which were used by ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains. During the mummification process the organs of the human body were removed and preserved separately in canopic jars. We filled our jars with water, glycerine and glitter to make 'blood-filled' snow globes - yuck!
Once we had made the canopic jars, it was time to mummify some classmates! Miss Upton acted as the 'high priest', giving us instructions whilst modelling with Mr Hippo, which we copied with our own mummies. This involved pretending to wash the body, take out the organs, cover it in salt and finally wrap it in toilet roll!
After lunch we recreated Tutankhamun's tomb, which Howard Carter discovered in 1922. We crawled through the tunnels until we came to the burial chamber, where there were clues which we had to figure out to work out who had been buried there! We then learnt about Tutankhamun and Howard Carter and re-entered the tomb to have a second, more educated look!
Our final activity of the day was to make paper camels. Although the Ancient Egyptians did not use camels, we have also been studying what Egypt is like now, and how camels are still regularly used for transport!
For enterprise week, each year group was split into 4 and went to one of the KS2 classrooms. We were then put into teams with other members of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.
We needed to use teamwork skills to decide what we would make, as the only materials we had were clay, pipe-cleaners, paint and googly eyes!
We needed to design, make, advertise and sell a product, taking into consideration the costs of materials and the price that we could sell our product at.
It was a lot of fun and we learnt about budgeting and advertising.
We baked Christmas gingerbread cookies to take home. They were delicious!
We had a very arty Roman day!
First, we made and painted Roman swords (called gladius).
After break, we took our papier mache volcanoes (from art last week) outside and exploded them, using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
Finally we had a catapult competition - we had 2 hours to design, build and decorate a catapult in small groups. We then had a competition to see whose catapult could fire a tinfoil ball the furthest.
As part of our 'Animals' topic, we looked at what the skeleton was and how it helped us. We then made some skeleton puppets.
We were rock detectives for a lesson!
In science we made our own fossils out of clay.
During science week, we learnt all about British wildlife and made a den for an ice bunny out of natural materials.
When we were studying magnets and forces, we made floating butterflies with magnets and paperclips.
We used scientific vocabulary to annotate our drawings.
Previous Year 3 Classes
Some pictures of our Literacy lessons
Some pictures of our Maths lessons
Out and about in our Local Area
Year 3 like to team build!
Exploding our volcanoes!
Our trip to Aylesbury
Our light workshop in Science