Science Week and Parent Drop In - 16.03.18
Well, we knew it would be a busy week. This week we've been learning about Archimedes and his discoveries. Today, our parents and carers came in to learn about his principle, which was his 'Eureka!' moment, and how it can be used to calculate the volume of an object.
We also learnt about how he created catapults and other defences using levers. Mr Cooper came in to help us drill holes in lengths of wood and this would be the fulcrum for our catapult levers. The children designed and made their own buckets to hold a missile (a mega-marshmallow) and fired them across the playground.
We had a fantastic morning and gave an award to Alex, who was our selected class scientist, for his hard work, careful testing and inquisitive nature. Well done, Alex and well done Year 3.
This week in year 3 - 13.03.18
Maths - We've spent lots of time working on fractions now and have now come back to measures and looking at how we can use metric measures in mixed units, add them or subtract them to solve problems.
Over the next two weeks we will be re-visiting a number of different areas to recap and consolidate on what we already know or need to further build confidence in.
English - We've been looking at determiners, pronouns, contractions and apostrophes in our writing to try to understand why and how we use them. Over the following week will be writing and performing a play from Icarus.
Science - It's science week and we are looking at the science of the ancient Greeks. We simple columns yesterday and tested the strength of different materials by balancing books on them. We also stood Jakob on top of four cardboard columns to see if it could take his weight. It did!
Oh and we also went on a Roman's trip to Chester. Busy, busy, busy.
13.03.18 - ROMAN CHESTER
Sin! Sin! Sin, dex sin!
We've been out on patrol around the streets of Chester today. We began (after a small drive through a big puddle!) with a roman Soldier patrol around the streets of Chester to the Roman Gardens and the Roman Amphitheatre. The children carried shields, acted out some Roman formations and watched Mrs Williams and Mrs Jordan in a real live gladiator battle.
We then headed back for a spot of lunch and a guided tour of the DEWA Roman Experience centre, where we looked artefacts, model streets of the fortress and went down to an archaeological dig.
Such a fantastic day and the children behaved like true soldiers.
Huge thanks to Mrs Gidman, Miss Edwardson, Mrs Jordan, Mrs Platt and, although the children showed her no mercy, Mrs Williams.
Well done year 3 - slide show below!
8th March 2018
What a busy week! Last week we had Art Attack Week where the children were making and doing in the afternoons in year 3. We chose to link all of our art to our literacy work on Greek Myths.
The children made beautiful Icarus silhouettes against a red and yellow sun. They have added their own description of Icarus's first flight to the outside. We also made Greek theatre masks using by building up layers of paper and glue, painting them white and adding additional details to emulate the characters from the story.
Our mornings were spent writing about Icarus recapping on some of the grammar we've learned so far, and in maths we continued to work on fractions.
All in all. A super busy week.
This week we've continued to work on Greek myths and are about to plan our play scripts for the tail. Hopefully, we'll be able to put on some plays for the children around the school to come and watch before the end of term.
Our fractions quest continues as the children continue to find fractions of numbers, dividing by the bottom and multiplying by the top.
On a personal note: I would just like to thank those parents that sent in a gift for me before Christmas. I saved them until Christmas day and diligently wrote down a list of families to thank on my own children’s thank you list, however, Mrs Sykes (in her own ultra-efficient way) threw the list away just after New Year and so I’m afraid I can’t write individual notes of thanks.
I can’t begin to tell you how thoughtful it was so…thank you!
Science: This week we’ve been learning how to measure the strength of a magnet using careful measurement. Once again, we’ve really focused on how to work scientifically to make sure we get the most reliable results. The children have been brilliant with this and have come up with some great findings.
English: This is it! Our final piece of writing for the Romans on the Rampage book. The children are currently planning their own mini story about Perilus and the Chariot race. Last week the children produced some smashing setting descriptions so I’m really looking forward to seeing how our five paragraph stories turn out. We’ll be hoping to include as many features in these as possible, along with some beautiful handwriting and the careful (non-negotiable) use of capital letters and full stops.
Maths: We’ve been looking at fractions for the last few days. Exploring how to express tenths as fractions and as decimals. Over the next few weeks we will largely be focusing on fractions including equivalents and how to add fractions. I’ve been really pleased with our understanding so far!