Can you make a compass?
This week we have been experimenting with magnetism. We have explored how magnetism moves objects by repelling and attracting items. We learnt about the Earth's magnetic poles and then created our own compass by stroking a paperclip with a magnet to charge the particles one way. Here are our results being checked with a compass. One inquisitive mind even found out we could charge other items like scissors.
There's a 'rang-tan' in my bedroom!
In English this week, we watched the video 'There's a rang-tan in my bedroom' which was created by Greenpeace in 2018. It made the headlines because it was banned from being shown on TV! We watched the video and discussed the main points in the story and then unpicked the main message. We then got into small groups and retold the story through words and actions. We had to use really big voices when we performed them back to the class. Both Miss Willis and Miss Whippy were really impressed with how well we retold the story. Well done Year 3!
Stone Age Jewellery
This term in DT, we have been making Stone Age jewellery. We have already designed them, made prototypes and evaluated our product. Over the last two weeks, we have been really focused on making our final designs. We moulded clay so that it represented the types of stones that would have been used (we didn't use stones as it would've been tricky to carve!). We then threaded them onto thin pieces of rope, making sure we carefully followed our designs. Look how amazing they came out!
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The Year 3 team want to say a huge thank you to all the grown ups for taking the time to come into school this morning to help us decorate our school with Christmas crafts. It was a fantastic turn out! The hall looks amazing and the children have enjoyed looking out for their creations. Willow class are particularly proud of the class wreath that we made using our hand prints!
Butser Ancient Farm
On Monday 26th November, Year 3 were lucky enough to go and visit Butser Ancient Farm. As you may know, we have been exploring the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages this term so we wanted to see what it might have been like and how they lived. We explored how to make Stone Age jewellery, made a wattle fence and did some stone carvings using chalk and flint. We also studied archaeology and discovered artefacts that gave us clues about how people used stone, bronze and iron to help them. Additionally, we fed animals that the first farmers would have kept during the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) and had the opportunity to eat our lunch in a Bronze Age house around an open fire. The thatched roof had recently been repaired so we could hear lots of tiny field mice chewing the fresh wheat and scrurrying along the wooden beams. We had an amazing day learning what life was like in Britain during the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and Miss Willis was really proud of how we followed the boundaries and showed respect. Fantastic effort Year 3!
On Friday 9th November, Bidbury Junior School took part in a Remembrance service. This was to pay respect to those who lost their lives in the First World War. We learnt that WW1 ended 100 years ago this Remembrance Sunday! We dressed up as people who were alive during that time. Some of use were soldiers, nurses and evacuees. We sang 'Pack up your troubles' and 'Its a long way to Tipperary' for our part in the service. Afterwards, we gave out clay poppies and lay reeves that we had been making in class to pay our respects to those who are serving our country today and to remember those who have lost their lives. Miss Willis and Miss Whippy were very proud of Year 3's performance and how they showed respect. Well done Year 3!
Savage Stone Age!
Welcome back after half term - we hope you had a rest and had lots of fun too!
This week, we have been writing a set of instructions on how to hunt animals that were alive in the Stone Age. We found out that the Stone Age people were really quite savage! We decided that we are glad that we don't have to go and hunt woolly mammoths whenever we are hungry!
Here are some examples of some amazing diagrams that went with our instructions. We applied what we learnt in art last term to help us. Can you figure out what we are hunting?
Throughout autumn term 1, Year 3 have been learning about life in the Stone Age. As part of this topic, we have been studying how people from that time told stories and passed on messages. We found out that they done this by creating cave art!
We decided to have a go at retelling stories from the Stone Age by creating our own cave art. We used natural pigments, like chalk and charcoal, just like they did 35,400 years ago! See if you can guess what story we were telling...
Introducing Our Young School Governors:
We have been learning about the British Values in assembly this term and today we discussed the importance of democracy and learnt how British citizens vote. In Willow Class this morning, we voted for our Young School Governors. Our nominees did a short speech on why they should be our class’ representative. They all did an amazing job at this. We voted in silence on ballot paper to make sure it is fair, then counted the votes. Once the votes were counted, we applauded our two new young school governors.
Maggoty old cheese!
In English we have started a new topic based on the book 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl. We will be working on writing a character description of the two main characters, Mr and Mrs Twit. On Monday 1st October, the children had to use information in the text to create Mr Twit's beard. They then came up with sentences to describe his appearance. Below are some examples of their sentences:
'Mr Twit was a revolting man who had old and mouldy food stuck in his horrific beard.'
'Mr Twit stunk of maggoty old cheese, mouldy old cornflakes and sardines!'
'Mr Twit was a grotesque man who had horrible manners and a filthy beard!'
On Friday 28th September we had some very excited Year 3s sleep here at school! We played lots of games, danced, had fish and chips for dinner and watched a film whilst drinking hot chocolate. The children were exhausted by the time we got to bed and were fast asleep by 9:45pm! All of the children were very well behaved and did an amazing job following the boundaries so that we could all have a great time. Well done Year 3!
Stone Age - Bone Age!
As part of our topic 'The Stone Age', we are looking at rocks and soils in science. To start our topic, we went out and identified different stones, rocks and soil on our school grounds and what their different purposes are. We found a wide variety all over the school, although most common was flint.
The Year 3 team were very shocked to come into school after the weekend to find that someone (or something) had destroyed our classrooms! Luckily, Willow and Beech class were up for the challenge of finding out who (or what) it could have been...
We searched for clues on the school grounds and used co-ordinates to plot and record where we found more evidence. After that, we dissected some very smelly poo, that had been found by Mr McIntyre, to find out what our visitors had been eating. We discovered that it must have been a hunter-gatherer! Following this, we uncovered some microliths using our archaeologist tools.
The Year 3 children concluded that there must have been a Tardis or time portal that had been sending creatures to our school from the Stone Age and Iron Age! We wrote a letter detailing our evidence and sent it to the authorities to prove what we had found.
Well done Year 3!
Welcome to Year 3!
A huge welcome to the new Year 3s! I hope you've had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to the school year ahead.
The year 3 team would like to say a huge thank you for all the time and effort put into the summer projects by both the children and their grown up helpers. Our new display has certainly brightened up the Year 3 wing! Both Miss Willis and Miss Whippy thoroughly enjoyed learning about Australia and Egypt in our Year 3 homework presentation. Well done to all!
Miss Willis and Miss Whippy