We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for all that year 3 brings!
We are looking forward to learning, laughing and enjoying this year with you. Miss Witchell and Ms Doherty.
We have a great term to look forward to and we’ve already had an exciting start! Only one week down and we have already been very busy! We all went on a leaf hunt in the nature garden, which helped us create backgrounds for our animal pictures, we looked at Aboriginal Dot Art, Collaboritive Art and Henri Rousseau’s Jungle collection, our final ‘Animal Art’ pieces will be going into the Art Exhibition in October.
We had fun practising being models and striking poses for our school photos, we also jumped right into our new topic – Ancient Egyptians, by taking part in an interactive story using ‘Press Play Now’, making our own journey into the Underworld and preparing mummies for the Afterlife. Our class text – The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, has prompted many discussions, how do you think Tutankhamun died? Murder, Accident or Illness? All of this and we have also been exploring the properties of mangnets and forces
Trip to the Brisitsh Museum
We had a great time at the Bristish Museum, looking at and sketching all of the Ancient Egyptian artefacts! We found many different hieroglyphics within great statues of pharaohs and gods, there were large murals from inside tombs, telling stories of their gods and kings. We saw real mummies and various sarcophagi, we even saw the actual Rosetta Stone.
Big Draw 2018
Big draw this year was all about music. We had great fun creating a disco dance floor. We began by drawing out disco figures, to do this we had to pose and freeze in our best dance move for our partners to draw, we then cut them out. Later we all went to the hall, were music was playing to help us get into the right rhythm. We used a range of mediums, such as crayons, marker pens and pencils, to create patterns on large paper that was on the floor. Once we had created our colourful patterned dance floor we stuck our dico figures over the top.
This term we have been having weekly recorder lessons with Mr Clark from the Southwark Music Service. We have learnt how to play many notes on the recorder, such as G, B, A, C and D. We are now using these to play fun tunes, such as B A Dood, Stipey Cat and Mary had a little lamb. Here’s a little reminder of the notes to help you practise at home!
The Stone Age
Our topic for our second half of the term is The Stone Age. We have been reading a range of texts, fiction and non-fiction to help us understand and learn about what life could have been like. In our topic lessons, we have looked at timelines and artefacts, thinking about what tools they may have had and how they made them. We also researched Stonehenge, a famous pre-historic monument in Wiltshire, made of stone. We discussed how it was made and what it may have been used for. We also created sketches and collages of Stonehenge.
We had another fun adventure using Now Press Play, this time we became hunter gatherers, we learnt how to use a bow and and went searching for food. We also met different clans men and decided to join our clans to share our skills.
Our Science topic this half term is Rocks, which links great with our topic of the Stone Age. We have made lots of observations, using scientific vocabulary, looking at their properties and sorting rocks into different groups. We also carried out investigations to find the strongest rock or the best rock for a particular use. We learnt about the three main types of rock, sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous, and how they are created. We have also looked at a range of fossils and how they were created, we then went on to become paleontologists, searching for fossils, sketching fossils and createing our own fossils using a range of mediums.
For our RE day we learnt all about Judaism. We learnt about key beliefs, religious symbols, places of worship and sacred objects. We learnt about the story of Hanukkah and what dreidels represent. We also made dreidels and Hanukkah cards.
December has been a ver busy month, we have had great fun learning our songs for the carole concert, which went brilliantly, thank you to all that came. We were also lucky enough to watch some fantastic performances, the EYFS Nativity play and Year 2’s pirate play, Pint Size Peg. All of which were wonderful, everybody worked so hard and did a great job.
Last of all was our class party, we all danced the afternoon away and ate lots of party food, to celebrate everybodies hard work this first term! Everyone has put in so much effort and we have achieved a lot! Well done 3LW.
Thank you so much for all the kind words, cards and gifts, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and we will see you in the new year! Miss Witchell and Ms Doherty xx
English – Spring 1
Our first text this term was The Pied Piper of Hamelin, by Michael Morpurgo. We read the text and wrote non-chronological reports on rats, we also had a debate on whether or not the Pied Piper was a good character or bad character, writing letters of persuasion to the town mayor and creating a conscience alley to share our thoughts.
Our second text was The Princess’ Blankets, a tale of a princess who, try as she might, she could never get warm, even when a magician creates blankets from nature. Eventually a solution to her problem is found. We had lots of fun exploring and describing different blankets and writing our own versions of the story, adding our own twists.
Science – Spring 1
Our topic this half term has been ‘Light and Shadows’, we have been identifying different light sources, natural and artificial as well exploring how shadows are made and how we can change the size of them.
Hip Hop Dance Workshop
We were lucky enough to take part in a hip hop dance workshop this term. We were taught a range of moves, which we put together with music, it even had an Egyptian theme!
Today we got the chance to show off all of the hard work we have been putting into our recorder practise, with our recorder concert. We had a large audience and the children played all of the tunes we have learnt really well, including a rendition of ‘Oh when the saints’. Thank you to Simon Clark for teaching us everything!
Trip to the Tower of London
A great day was had on our trip to the Tower of London today. We saw lots of historical building and towers, we even got to look at the crown jewels, so much sparkle! We found out about the gruesome history of the tower as well as metting some guards and the resident ravens. We also walked over Tower Bridge and took in some of the sights. Thank you for the support of the adults that joined us on the trip!
Year 3 Tate Project
What a wonderful oppotunity we have had, to take part in Steve McQueen’s fantistic Year 3 Project. We were introduced to our photographer and had a workshop on understanding and reading photographs. We then did our best poses, ready to be put up on display, in an art installation at the Tate Britain, next November. For more information: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/steve-mcqueen
Book Swap and World Book Day
On Thursday the 7th March, we celebrated World Book Day! We discussed our favourite stories and authors, as well as engaging in a whole class ‘book swap’, where we brought in pre-read books and chose new ones to take home. Then on Friday, we came in to school dressed up as some of our favourite story characters! What great effort people went to!
English – Spring 2
Our first text this term is Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo, a retelling of the earliest-known version of Cinderella, a rosy-cheeked girl called Rhodopis is abducted by bandits from her home in Greece and enslaved in Egypt. Although she finds friends, she remains unhappy, until one day the gift of a pair of beautiful slippers leads her to the King of Egypt. We wrote diary entries in the role of the main character, gave advice using imperative verbs and wrote our own narrative following the same structure.
Our second text this term is Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, when a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks. We have thought about charcter descriptions, recounts, dialogue within narrative, as well as looking into direct and reported speech and news article writing.
Science – Spring 2
This half term, our Science topic was Plants, we looked into the parts of a plant, fertilisation of flowers and the transportation of water within the plant. We created posters and presented a poem L.A.W.N.S, to share our understanding. Can you remember what each letter stands for?
We also carried out an experience with coloured water and celery to see how the water moved through the plant!
We took part in a ‘Now Press Play’ listening experience, where we explored the growing conditions for plants, plant reproduction, the role of insects and how seeds make new plants. We imaged that there was a talking plant called ‘Stemmy’, that we needed to help, we even became bees and did a dance to collect as much pollen as we could.
This term we also had ‘Science Week’ where the whole school focused on journey and space. We created lava lamps and air rockets. We had a great experience within the Planetiarium, where we learnt about light, space and the space station! There was also a fantasic Science fair presented by F@B, where you could learn anything from how the heart works, the affect of pollition on lungs, to how to create slime!
House Winner’s Trip
Well done to Rubies, who collected the most gems this term and got to go on the house winners trip to Hollywood Bowl in Surrey Quays. We all had a good time, and there were even some strikes!!