Our theme for citizenship this year was future aspirations.
As well as discussing British Values and Democracy, we spent a lot of time thinking about who we want to be when we grow up and what career path we might choose. We were very lucky to have a musician come in to tell and show us what he does. We learnt about the equipment he uses, learnt that he gets to travel as part of his job and that he’s worked with some famous faces! We even jammed along to Ed Sheeran and had a go at playing on his bass guitar.
DT- Moving Monsters December 2017
In our Literacy lessons we have been writing non chronological reports about mythical creatures, we then looked at creating monsters in our DT lessons which linked to our writing. We created different moving monsters using a pneumatic system (air pressure which causes movement). We were creative with making Krakens, Werewolves, Yetis and Unicorns.
Creative Writing Day – December 2017
We spent a whole day planning our writing our own stories. In the morning it was strange because the whole school had a red theme, there were red doors and red hot air balloons as well as red kites that we spotted around the school and our classrooms. The theme for our writing day was a ‘Journey’. We were given the opportunity to be creative and choose what we wanted to produce.
Zap Space Trampoline Park
Mr Roach organised for us to visit a trampoline park in Stratford. We really enjoyed this fun trip where we jumped, flipped and somersaulted in a safe environment.
In RE we are looking at how light is symbolic in different religions, we created our own Christingles. In Christianity the different parts of a Christingle have different symbolic meanings. The candle represents Jesus and how he is seen as the light in Christianity. The orange represents the earth, the red ribbon represents the blood Jesus sacrificed for his followers. The four different cocktail sticks represent the four different seasons; each season has got dried fruit attached.
Natural History Museum
Year 3 went to the Natural History Museum where we discovered facts about Earthquakes. We took part in the earthquake simulation where it actually felt like we were in a real earthquake. The ground beneath our feet was shaking and the walls around us were rumbling. We had a sense of what it would feel like of we lived in a country that was at risk of an earthquake. We are lucky that the England does not lie on the edge of a tectonic plate anywhere near a fault line.
In class we looked at what the earth’s surface was made of, by using peeling an orange and imaging that the skin represented the tectonic plates. Earthquakes happen when two of the earths plates slide, bump or collide into each other. This happens on a fault line where two tectonic plates meet.
We also looked at Earthquake proof buildings, in some countries they have built buildings which don’t collapse during an earthquake. We designed, built and tested our own earthquake proof buildings.
Year 3 were visited by Dogs Trust. They taught us how to be safe around dogs when we may encounter them in the park using our hands to make the ‘X’ sign and remaining still. If we run away or wave our hands in the air the dog may think we want to play with it.
Art – Wire sculptures
After looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso (cubism) and Alexander Calder (sculptures), we created our own wire faces.
Year 3 – Literacy Talk for Writing
We have been reading the story of ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne, as a hook we traveled through our own tunnel, thinking about descriptive words using our senses. We wrote our own tunnel shape poems. We used a story map to draw out parts of the story and used actions to learn the story off by heart. We also innovate the story and wrote our own versions.
RE Holi Workshop
Year three thoroughly enjoyed their workshop on Holi. We enjoyed learning how to blow the conch to welcome visitors. Dressing up in the traditional costumes and holding a real flower garland that was presented to Krishna in the Temple.
Tate Modern Visit – Sculptures
Year 3 went to the Tate Modern as part of our Art topic and learned about the Famous Artists Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. We used the artists’ techniques to help us create a sculpture of a face using wire.
We have Created fantastic models for our curiosity project, we researched famous landmarks in European cities. We wold like to say a huge thank you t all the parents who got involved ad helped their children to make such wonderful landmarks. In class we looked at Italy as a holiday destination for tourists.
Science – Rocks
Year 3 investigated all different types of rocks – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We grouped them using or own criteria. We also looked at fossils and came up with some questions that we wanted to find out about fossils. We worked in groups and created posters of the information we found out.
Our Trip to Greenwich Navel College
Year 3 went on an exciting trip during Maths Week. We came to learn about pattern and symmetry at Greenwich Naval College. We visited the chapel to spot some symmetrical patterns before creating our own! We even finished the day off with a game of Victorian skittle bowling.
Our focus for Citizenship Week this year was ‘challenging stereotypes’. In particular we looked at what it means to be British and our own Hallsville values. We also had a very exciting competition to bake or make something which represents British culture. Here are some of our entries and winners.
History Off the Page: Romans
For our History off the Page day in January we became creative, victorious and brutal Romans for the day. We learnt how the Romans prepared for battle, had extravagant feasts, enjoyed the theatre and created beautiful decorative mosaics. It was amazing learning about Roman life in such a practical and fun way!
Shalom! Year 3 visited a local Synagogue this term as part of their RE curriculum. They learnt about the different aspects of Judaism and compared them to other religions. The day was really fun and Rabbi David was very impressed with the knowledge that the children already had. They even got to sing a traditional song in Hebrew and look at a Torah made out of parchment!
We have Created fantastic models about the Stone Age
WE have made Mr Twits dirty beard as part of our Love of Reading
Natural History Museum
Year 3 went to the Natural History Museum where we discovered facts about Earthquakes and found the tooth of a mammoth that lived during the Stone Age.
Tate Modern Visit
Year 3 went to the Tate Modern as part of our Art topic and learned about the Famous Artists Pablo Picasso and Alexander Cadler. We used the artists’ techniques to help us create a sculpture of a face using wire.
Black History Week
Year 3 Celebrated Black History Week and enjoyed learning to play African Drums and learned an African Dance.
Year three thoroughly enjoying their workshop on Holi. We enjoyed learning how to blow the conch to welcome visitors.
Dressing up in the traditional costumes and holding a real flower garland that was presented to Krishna in the Temple.
As a reward for their hard work throughout the year, Year 3 had the amazing opportunity of visiting London Zoo. They also used this trip to research specific features of animals for their final Design and Technology topic where they will design and create 3D photo frames of their favourite animal. Although the weather was not great, we had a fantastic day seeing animals from all around the world just look at the smiles on their faces!
We loved having an artist in to work with us during art work – she taught us lots of excellent skills which we could then use to create our own animal artwork.
Year 3 are learning all about animals this term, so it was an ideal opportunity for us to hold and touch some creatures when the bug man came in. Lots of us were brave and faced our fears (just like our stories we have written this term) by holding snakes, tarantulas and stick insects.
Blowing up balloons
During Science week, we experimented different ways of blowing up a balloon. Who knew you could use a mixture of household products ( i.e. vinegar and bicarbonate soda) to inflate a balloon? We did make a little bit of a mess, but it was worth it – we had so much fun!
Royal Naval College Visit
As part of Maths week, Year 3 visited the Royal Naval College in Greenwich to investigate maths in real-life! We explored 2D and 3D shapes and patterns in the magnificent Chapel which was used by the ex-naval officers, and we found some amazing symmetrical designs and tessellations. We then created our own colourful and detailed patterns and have brought them back to school with us to make a display to show off our amazing mathematical skills.
History off the Page: Roman Day
As part of Year 3’s current topic on the Romans, they participated in a fantastic History off the Page ‘Roman Day’. The children had the opportunity to make Roman crafts such as mosaic tiling, writing their name in Roman letters using ink and a quill pen, and creating their own perfumes and medicines. In the afternoon, Year 3 conducted their own Roman banquet featuring slaves, soldiers, gladiators and dancers, in celebration of Boudicca’s defeat.
Dogs Trust 2015
Year 3 were visited by Ruth and her very special friend, Fudge the dog, from Dogs Trust. Ruth taught us how to be safe around dogs when we may encounter them in the park. We enjoyed our visit from Fudge.
LGBT Anti-Bullying Competition
These are the class winners from Year 3 for the LGBT Anti Bullying Competition. The categories were for best cake, t-shirt and poster or poem.