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Year 3 - Apple & Maple

Welcome to Year 3!

21 July 2021

 

A Day in Ancient Egypt  

 

After going back 5000 years, we were lucky enough to spend a day in Ancient Egypt. We wore robes, sandals, and jewellery and some of us even wore make up! Did you know eye make-up was a sign of personal power and it protected those who wore it? Anyway, we definitely all looked the part!  

We began by designing and making our own Egyptian necklaces. We used golds and blues to decorate them as they were the most popular colours back then: blue to represent the River Nile and rebirth and gold to symbolise the sun and eternity. Continuing our creativity, we used chalk pastels to add an Egyptian collar and headdress to our own head. Our teachers thought these pieces of work were fabulous! 

Over the course of the morning, we had the opportunity to make Saboob, an Egyptian flat bread. It was a simple recipe, and it was very rewarding to be able to eat it amongst other traditional Egyptian foods in the afternoon.  

We played a traditional Egyptian board game called Senet which was a very popular pastime between Egyptians all those years ago. Then we played a (not-so-traditional) game of ‘Make a Mummy’ using toilet roll and a very kind volunteer! 

It was a very busy, fun-filled day and we have loved learning about the life, culture, and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians this half term.  

 

The whole Year 3 team would like to thank you for all your support over the course of yet another strange year. We are so proud of how the children have adapted and thrown themselves into all their learning. We wish them the best of luck in Year 4 and we will miss teaching such a vibrant, enthusiastic, and lovely year group.

 

2 July 2021

Egyptian Mask Madness!  

 

In Year 3, we have been incredibly busy preparing for our upcoming Egyptian Day. We have thrown ourselves into making masks of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. First, we used card to add features such as ears and beaks to our mask templates so that they looked like our chosen God or Goddess. Next, we had to apply several layers of papier mache which was incredibly sticky work! Then we waited for that to dry before our masks were ready to paint. We have now started to paint base coats of colour before we add the final, decorative details next week. We can’t wait to show you the finished products! Will you spot Osiris, God of the Underworld, or perhaps Anubis, God of Mummification?  

We have also been learning about the Egyptian pyramids, including why, when and where they were built. We are constructing our own pyramids full of fascinating facts. 

 

18 May 2021

 

Ancient Egypt

 

We have been super busy the past couple of weeks travelling across the world and back in time to Ancient Egypt! To kick-start our topic we became Egyptologists and went to discover tombs of Ancient Egypt, even Tutankhamun's! In the tombs we found treasures that had been left behind like a tunic, senet, chariot, and an ostrich feather fan. It made us think about what was important to the Egyptians and gave us hints to what they might have worn, and what they did for fun. We have been engrossed in our learning and we are beginning to answer our key question: 'What were the key achievements of the Ancient Egyptians?' 

 

We understand that The River Nile was a lifeline for people, animals and crops. The fact that it flooded once a year (around September) was crucial for life to continue in Egypt. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians believed the Nile was a passageway between life and death? 

 

The gods and goddesses are interesting to us, and the Egyptians had a god/goddess for almost everything! We think there would be a modern-day God of Technology in 2021 called Techno and a Goddess of Electricity called Electron. We are excited to begin choosing a god/goddess to focus on this half term. We will look at what they are the god/goddess of, if their name has any significant meaning and if they were believed to have any special gifts. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be making our own Ancient Egyptian papier-mâché mask. We will keep you posted on our progress! 

 

28 May 2021

Destination Diversity

This week we are embracing and celebrating diversity. We have been finding out about Welsh international rugby star, Gareth Thomas C.B.E as our diverse sporting legend and using his life story and achievements as inspiration for our PHSE and creative lessons. Immersing ourselves in rugby-related activities, we have been considering the thoughts and feelings surrounding Gareth’s life story. We identified resilience, determination, and challenge not only on the rugby field but also off the field. In Gareth’s own words: “I don’t want to be known as a gay rugby player. I am a rugby player, first and foremost. I am a man.” To incorporate diversity into our learning the children have all made their very own bespoke rugby jersey and carefully designed a crest, band with inspirational word and number for the back. The children were excited to see their designs come to life, and we were very impressed with their final t-shirts. Perhaps there is a future fashion designer amongst Year 3!  

 

Atlas of Adventures

As animated talk of the half term holiday begins to fill our corridors, we have escaped a rather rainy Bishop’s Stortford and experienced natural wonders, exciting experiences, and fun festivities from across the four corners of the globe. Passports ready, we have visited wonderfully diverse destinations and engaged in activities ranging from sleeping under the Northern Lights to exploring the treetops of the Amazon rainforest. With our new Atlas of Adventures book as our guide we harnessed the power of our imagination and used each new country that we “visited” as an inspiration for our writing. Our little passports were soon full of stamps which showed the countries we had visited.

As the holiday week for real is nearly upon us, we would like to say how well the children have adjusted over this half term and wish you all a restful week.

 

14 May 2021

Mimicking Monet

Each child has spent the past couple of weeks practising drawing the famous ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lillies’ by the French artist, Claude Monet. Once our sketches were perfected, we transferred this onto a larger piece of art paper. We were then ready to use chalk pastels and our fingers to add colour and blend them together. Overall, lots of blues and greens were used to create the sky, water and the trees and lily pads. However, we also used small amounts brighter colours like pinks and purples for the plants and to create 'mood' in the water.

 

We are all really proud of each individual piece of artwork that has been created! 

 

Pop-Up Maps

Diving deeper into our topic around France, the children have been using atlases to locate France in Europe and identify its bordering countries. We then used internet research, information books, maps and atlases to locate human and physical landmarks in France. Using all our knowledge and working together in groups of three we have begun the pop-up map process. So far, we have drawn France and its bordering countries, and painted them and the seas/channels that surround it. Our next step is to use different materials to make and add rivers, mountains and famous human landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum. We can't wait to see how they end up!

 

23 April 2021

Jumping into Storyland  

 

The children have settled back in well after the Easter break, and we are all excited about the fun-filled, French journey we have embarked on this half term.   

 

As part of our English learning, we have begun reading ‘Flat Stanley’. We have been thinking carefully about how each character we meet may feel, particularly Stanley, who is flat, and his brother, Arthur, who has to cope with Stanley’s new-found fame. We paused at different places in the text and created a bank of questions and thoughts related to the key characters. 

 

This week, we drew up a drama contract and jumped altogether into Storyland. Whilst we were there, we saw many of the extraordinary events which we have read about in the book so far. We used different drama strategies to explore the key events, focusing on the third chapter, ‘Stanley the Kite’. Using eavesdropping, we set the scene of the park and then used a performance carousel to present the five key parts of the kite flying adventure. We will be working towards creating our own adventures for Flat Stanley which will take place in Paris. We wonder what mischief Stanley will get up to in the French capital! 

 

We are also working on recreating our own pictures inspired by the work of the famous French artist, Claude Monet. Last week, we practised sketching the key elements of our pictures, such as the bridge and the waterlilies. This week, we will start our final copies and begin to add colour with chalk pastels. We can’t wait to see the finished pieces! 

 

26 March 2021

All Things Stone Age!

 

Everyone in Year 3 has fully immersed themselves into The Stone Age. We have been using Satoshi Kitamura's 'Stone Age Boy' book to look further into hunting, cave paintings and music. 

 

Hunting

The children were able to go back in time and become hunter-gatherers. They were very resourceful and used spears to hunt mammals like the woolly rhino, mammoth, megatherium and saber tooth tiger. They also gathered nuts and berries to bring back to their families making sure that they were safe to eat!

 

Painting

In the story there is a page which shows a cave full of paintings. We then looked at photographs of real cave paintings and discussed them, deciding that mostly it looked like they were telling the story of 'The Hunt'. With this in mind, we used our own hunt as inspiration and started to create our own cave painting pictures. 

 

Music

After realising that Stone Age people would not have had modern day instruments, we thought carefully about how they could make music and what they would use. The children quickly came up with the idea to use natural resources such as banging sticks, shaking stones and scraping flint. We then looked at photos of flutes that had been made out of animal bone and drums made from animal skin. Everyone has been working hard to come up with their own rhythm using Stone Age symbols to represent musical notations. 

 

Design and Technology

During our history lessons we also discovered that the Stone Age can be broken down into three smaller time periods; the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We observed how Stone Age homes developed over the years. The children worked in groups of 6 to design and build their own Stone Age home from one of the three periods. They used a combination of clay, mud and other natural resources. It is safe to say that our hands got mucky!

Wow! We have been busy! Have a look at the pictures to see for yourselves. It has been so brilliant to have the children back in our classrooms, engaged in their learning and having fun. We can't wait to see what excitement next term brings us! Stay safe over the holidays and Happy Easter. 

 

18 December 2020

Mountain Survival Kit - Super Powers

 

Year 3 have climbed mountains this term. Just like the determined mountaineers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who we found out were the first to climb to the top of Mount Everest, the children have used their very own survival kit to reach for the sky and scale the summits of success. At their disposal in their Summercroft survival kits the children have a wealth of essential items which equip them well for their adventures in school. We call these ‘Learning Powers’ and Year 3 have shown that they can use these to help them to be awesome, happy learners in school. Indeed, we have all used resilience, determination, problem solving skills and collaboration in class this term.

 

Team work and determination were also the key to success for our 3D mountain models which the children have been working on throughout this half term. After several different steps in the making process which included building up the shape in newspaper, covering it with Modroc and painting the last layer, we are very proud of every group’s final piece and it was lovely to see the mountains emerge from the initial flat pieces of card, masking tape and newspaper. Great example of collaboration Year 3! Please check Seesaw to find out a little bit more about each group’s mountain.

 

Additionally, the classrooms were absolutely buzzing with collaboration during our most recent science work on forces and magnets. The children worked in groups to answer their own research questions such as, ‘Are big magnets more powerful than smaller magnets?’ and ‘How many sheets of paper can one magnet hold?’ Having decided what equipment they would use to investigate the question, the scribe then recorded the results and used these to answer their question. The magnets work was a lot of fun and it was interesting to help the children make links with magnets they use at home.

 

The children have adapted well to Year 3 2020 and we have very much enjoyed working with them all on their learning journey this term. We wish you all a very happy Christmas holiday and look forward to opening the classroom doors again in 2021.

 

 

4 December 2020

Cheeky Elves, Cool Snowmen and Krispielicious Cupcakes

 

The traditions of a Summercroft Christmas have been already been seen, heard and even tasted within our Year 3 classrooms. Careful folding, cutting and gluing have resulted in some lovely decorations which are currently helping our classrooms look cheerfully festive. Some are also hanging on the Christmas tree in the Junior hall and your child will have enjoyed seeing the tree laden with beautiful handmade decorations whilst eating their lunches.  Miss O’Leary helped the children to create their very own cheeky elf and Mrs Ede crafted some cool snowmen, each one wearing its own personalised scarf of many colours. However, a firm favourite this year was Mrs Blaney’s baking activity, the delights of which we were able to send home. We hope that you were able to sample at least some of your child’s Krispielicious cupcake! They looked delicious! Other decorations will be sent home at the end of term.

 

We have begun to research our topic question, “How have humans conquered the highest peaks?” in different ways.  We have used atlases to help us locate continents and key mountain ranges and have also found ways to think about our question creatively. The orchestral piece of music “Night on the Bare Mountain” by Mussorgsky has provided both mystery and mischief. We considered how the music helps us to think about who or what might be flying around on the bare mountain in the middle of the night. We talked about this using musical vocabulary (pitch, dynamics and tempo) and then the children drew pictures to help them to express their own responses.  Similarly, in English lessons we used the features of non-chronological reports to describe our very own imaginary mountain creatures. Do ask your child about their beast—they should have developed expert knowledge about its habitat, diet and when it was last seen! We are very impressed with their creative ideas.

 

13 November 2020

The Scarecrow

 

During Arts Week, Year 3 were given the theme of scarecrows. After reading the book 'The Scarecrow' by Beth Ferry and the Fan Brothers, all the children wrote a piece of poetry. They wrote from the perspective of the scarecrow and thought carefully about how to build brilliant imagery. To go alongside their poetry, all the children created a piece of artwork by using watercolour paint and poster paint. Please see below a few examples from Year 3 (artwork by Raquel P, Chloe H, Sophia W and Lauren S).

 

The Scarecrow by Henry D, Harry B, Florence T and Hassan K

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Several ripe apples 

Growing in the trees.

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Thousands of orange carrots

Sleeping in the ground.

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Three fluffy foxes

Springing through towering wheat fields.

 

At harvest time, I spotted...

The glowing yellow moon

Lighting up golden fields.

 

I felt peaceful.

 

The Scarecrow by Safia F

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Five tall trees

Standing bravely amongst the crops.

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Ten crunchy red apples

Ripening slowly between wild hedgerows.

 

Standing in my field, I spotted...

Hundreds of ravenous crows

Circling hungrily around the trees.

 

At harvest time, I spotted...

The glowing yellow moon

Shining on golden fields.

 

I felt calm.

23 October 2020

Year 3’s  Scrumdiddlyumptious Sweet Sensations Save the Day!

Having designed and made our own delicious new chocolate bars we decided that it was time to reply to Mr Wonka’s letter to let him know what Year 3 have been up to and to persuade him to start producing some of our own scrumptious delights in his factory. However, before the children began to plan their own letters to Mr Wonka, we shared with them an example of a persuasive letter which would provide them with ideas for their own version. We discussed that adjectives (descriptive words) would help make our chocolate creations sound irresistible. By using impressive words such as ‘tantalising’, ‘velvety’ and ‘luscious’ to describe our chocolate, we knew that we could persuade Mr Wonka to take part in our online choco-licious presentation of our tasty treats and discover our special twists. We are confident that he will have been impressed with our work and begin production of our unique bars very soon, and Year 3 will have been able to save the factory from closure. Indeed, these bars are like nothing you have ever tasted before. One bite and you’ll be hooked so look out for our very own delicious delights flying off the shelves in your local stores very soon!

 

Continuing our chocolate-themed creativity the children have been busy making our classrooms look colourful once again. They used watercolours to create bright backgrounds on which to place silhouette characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Can you guess who’s who in the photos of this work? They also followed an online tutorial by Quentin Blake, who demonstrated how to draw Willy Wonka as he appears in the book. The children produced some stunning work—maybe we have some budding illustrators in Year 3!

 

We would like to take this opportunity to say how well the children have settled back into school and Year 3. They have worked hard and we wish you all a happy half term.

 

9 October 2020

Wonka-tastic treats

Wafts of mouth-watering, sweet delights were noticeably escaping from the Year 3 classrooms last week. After carefully choosing flavours and toppings, the children got to make their own scrumptious sweet treats to offer to Willy Wonka. The children melted, stirred and poured their chocolate into moulds and then added flavourings and toppings of their choice. Their final chocolate creations were truly scrumptious and surely will enable Mr Wonka to save his factory from closure. All will be revealed soon!

The children are using this chocolate-making experience to help them develop their instructional writing skills. They have found out how useful imperative (bossy) verbs are when writing instructions and are working towards writing a recipe for their very own chocolate bar. Maybe you have your own favourite chocolate recipe you could share with your child and together you could identify some examples of imperative verbs, such as ‘chop’, ‘stir’ and ‘melt’?

The children have also been getting crafty this week, using a variety of materials to collage their own Oompa Loompas.  Their work is proving to be very colourful and bright—can you guess which colour was most in demand? Clue—we had to restock our supply of orange to the Year 3 classrooms more than once! We last heard the Oompa Loompas sing a cheeky rhyme as they went to collect Augustus from the Fudge Room and look forward to hearing more from them in the next chapters that we read of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

25 September 2020

Willy Wonka Needs Our Help!

Year 3 are continuing their quest to help distraught Willy Wonka rebuild his once famous factory. Of course, before making any of their own delicious chocolate creations, we needed to find out where chocolate comes from. We watched a video showing the process to the point at which cocoa mass is transported around the world. The children learnt that chocolate actually grows on trees… well, cacao seeds do, and they are the main ingredient of the chocolate bars that we know. We found out where we might be able to find such trees (hot and humid countries) and located these on a world map. We have created our own books to explain where chocolate comes from and, during this work, were really interested to discover what a long journey our favourite chocolate bars have been on before it arrives in our local shops!

Meanwhile, in the next chapters of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Willy Wonka has begun to show the five lucky golden ticket holders around his factory. The day hasn’t ended well though for some of the children in the story and, through drama, the children interviewed Augustus Gloop to find out more about what happened to him. With teachers taking on the role of Augustus, the children were able to ask questions about his feelings and perhaps weren’t surprised to find out that Augustus was furious at being sent straight home from the Fudge room. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t a good idea to help himself to handfuls of the chocolate river when Mr Wonka and his parents had repeatedly warned him not to! The children will use Augustus’ words to enrich their own diary writing in role as characters from the book and we look forward to continuing this work.

It hasn’t been all sweet treats in Year 3. In science, the children identified the five different food groups and then worked as a class to sort food packaging into the correct group. We have also continued our healthy theme by enjoying some circuit activities in outside games. We are working hard

11 September 2020

A World of Pure Imagination 

 

In Year 3, we have been busy adjusting back into school life. The teachers are all super proud of how well we have adapted to being back and how positive we all are. We began by completing a 'Crayon' activity where we drew a self-portrait of ourselves and thought about our favourite things and a word that best describes us. Our finished pieces of work have been put together to make our first classroom display! See below.

 

Our first topic was introduced to us, which is: "A World of Pure Imagination". Our book for this half term is 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. We have begun reading it as a class and hear that we have some fun learning and activities planned! On Friday, we got very excited as we received a letter from Mr Willy Wonka himself! It looks like we are going to be busy getting creative and using our vivid imaginations to design and make our own chocolate bars to help him out! We look forward to sharing more with you throughout the half term.

 

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