We had a very busy first term in Year 3 so far and the children have done very well settling into their new school. During the first week, we had our Egyptian Day. We dressed up in costumes and learned lots about Egyptian pharaohs, artefacts, hunting and mummification.
We went on a trip to the Wolsey Theatre to see children’s author Jon Agee speaking about his books. He showed us lots of amazing drawings and told us some fantastic stories. He even then came into the school to run a special workshop with 3P!
We have also managed to go on a short trip to Ipswich Museum to see the Ancient Egyptian exhibition. Seeing real sarcophaguses and canopic jars was amazing!
In school we have done some fascinating learning in DT and Science. We learned about forces and investigated toy cars moving down ramps. From this we began designing and building our own toy cars that would travel down a ramp successfully. We learned lots of new skills and enjoyed being creative!
Year 3 had a fantastically productive Spring term that began with our topic on Mountains. We introduced this with a trip to Avid climbing centre which has recently opened in Ipswich. The children had a brilliant time with many overcoming and conquering their fears. Every single child had a go and it was enjoyed by all. The topic culminated with some model making and we all enjoyed impressing everyone with our knowledge of mountain features.
Our next topic was all about weather around the world. We were lucky enough to have the meteorologist Chris Bell in to speak with every class about his journey to becoming a meteorologist and the children loved hearing about his storm chasing adventures in America. He can occasionally be seen presenting the local weather forecast on BBC Look East!
All children in year 3 were given the opportunity to learn a story after being inspired by the storyteller, John Harris. We created a class story map and children went home and learned the story by heart in preparation for their story telling performance to the rest of the class. The year 3 winner was Mia Garnham. Congratulations Mia!
In science, the children learned about 'Rocks' and their formation. To help them understand this, we made igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks using chocolate!
We have also learned all about 'Light' and we investigated how to change the shape of shadows. To enable this, the children used some design and technology sessions to create a puppet theatre.
We look forward to another successful term!
The year three classes have made a brilliant start to their new school year in a whole new school environment. We kicked off the year with a visit from the fantastic Mark, from Horrible Histories fame and he delivered a fun but extremely informative insight into what life was like in Ancient Egypt. The children looked amazing in their costumes and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for all their support as they really looked the part.
On the day itself, Mark bought in many of his artefacts to share with the children and they all listened carefully and asked lots of interesting questions. In one classroom, the children had a go at playing an ancient board game called Hounds & Jackals, which as they found out, has lots of similarities to both Snakes & Ladders and Ludo, and in another classroom we had our own museum. The highlight of the day was most certainly the afternoon session where the children and Mark re-enacted a Pharaoh’s mummification and there were plenty of gruesome moments for the children to enjoy!
In English, we are writing our own adventure stories based on the story of The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. To link in with this, the children will be working on an Iron Man themed dance that will be showcased in our Tea Afternoon.
All of the children have started choosing reading and library books and have begun using Accelerated Reader to quiz on their books. Please ensure your children read as often as possible to support their reading-it really is vital. As well as this, children now have a Times Table Rock star login and will get homework to complete online.