What Makes the Earth Angry? - Spring Term 1
The first half of this term we will be looking at volcanoes across the curriculum. We will learn about the earth’s structure and different types of rocks within our science work and in Geography, we will be exploring the location of well-known volcanoes; describing and understanding the key aspects of this part of physical geography. In Art, we will be creating volcano pictures based on work of American artist Margaret Godfrey, introducing children to shading techniques and different mediums. Dance in PE will focus on the stages of a volcano eruption and we will be making our own volcanoes, using them to produce our own volcanic eruptions! In computing, we will be learning how to communicate safely on the internet whilst using email.
Adventure down the Nile - Autumn Term
In the Autumn term we began with transition activities where the children learnt about life at the Junior school and settled in to our routines. We discovered what life was like 3000 years ago in Ancient Egypt in our exciting topic ‘Adventure down the River Nile’. We learnt about farming, the importance of the River Nile, the fascinating pyramids, some of the Pharaoh’s and beliefs. In Science, we learnt about ‘Forces and Magnets’ by comparing and grouping a variety of everyday materials based on whether they are attracted to a magnet. Later in the term, we investigated human and animal skeletons. Within Design Technology we researched and made levers and linkages during our mechanical systems work. In computing we began to improve our word processing skills and became familiar with using our computer suite. In PE we practiced our basketball skills and even learnt some karate! In other areas of the curriculum, Year 3 started to learn French, including greetings and numbers to 10, as well as basic classroom instructions.
As part of the guided reading sessions, we visited the school library and had a look around. The children enjoyed taking part in a scavenger hunt where they were looking for items in the library. We had a lovely discussion about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and also learned where to find the title and author of a book. We then looked at the features of a non-fiction book and chatted about how they are different. Some children enjoyed changing their library books.
Jaxson said, "It has been really good because there are lots of really good books to read." Some other children were equally as excited with Evelyn saying, " I like it because it is a place you can be silent and read." Oliver agreed with Jaxson and said, "It is really good because there are lots of non-fiction books that I can choose from."
Remembrance Day Art
In Art, we used mixed media to create a Remembrance pictures based on the poem In Flanders Fields. We used watercolours, pastels, tissue paper and poster paints.
Temple Cat Book Launch
The children wore some fantastic costumes for the launch of our English Topic the Temple Cat. We began the morning hot seating the Ancient Egyptian characters and then thought of more specific questions we would ask the Temple Cat.
We had heard from all the candidates for our School Councillors, Harmony Rep and Sports Rep, who did a fantastic job of setting out their intentions should they be voted in and then on Friday morning the children went to the Polling Station in the Whitby room for a secret ballot.
Leeds Discovery Centre
We had an excellent day when the Leeds Discovery Centre visited Year 3. The lady showed us photographs of the Discovery Centre and collections held there including a giant squid and the bandages of the Mummy in Leeds Museum. We then went outside to make a human timeline and grasp just how long ago the Ancient Egyptians lived. When we returned to the classroom we split into groups and took part in activities such as being an Ancient Egypt Town Planner and examining personal possessions from Ancient Egyptian times. We even got to hold some objects that were over 3000 years old!
I loved it, I wish we could do this everyday,' said Matilda.
It was great 'I liked being part of the time line,' said Lex-Mae.
'I enjoyed being a town planner,' said James.
'I loved the necklaces they wore,' said Kayla.
This half term the children have the opportunity to learn Karate in PE. The children all got stuck in with surprising strength and enjoyed their first lesson:
'I love to kick and punch the pads.'
'This is so much fun.'
'You have to be really strong to hold the big pads.'
The first week of school has been all about settling in to life at the Junior School, routines and having fun. We began to think about this terms topic 'Adventure down the River Nile' by producing collaborative art work for a mini exhibition. The children could choose who they wanted to work with across the year group and enjoyed putting their Egyptian exhibit.