Year 3

Hello and welcome to Year 3!

 

We are very excited to explore the world of Ancient Egypt this Autumn term, before delving into 'The Stone Age' in the Spring and finishing with a geographical focus on 'Rivers'. 

 

The Year 3 team, this year, consists of Mrs Bulman and Miss Smith. Mrs Bulman is really looking forward to encouraging a love of reading within Year 3 and increasing children's familiarity with a wide range of books, while Miss Smith is especially excited to promote our school values within the curriculum and celebrate the many achievements and kindnesses of the children every day. 

 

We would like to thank you in advance for your support and encouragement as the children navigate their learning journey this year. 

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Following on from all the skills they have learned this term, Year 3 took part in a friendly game of football in PE. Both classes mixed together and had a great time playing short matches in small teams. We were very impressed with how well children worked in their teams, showing each other respect and kindness, as well as having a great time! Lots of fun was had and lots of goals were scored. Well done year 3!

To enhance and consolidate our understanding of the Ancient Egyptians and their customs, we created our own canopic jars out of bottles, modroc and clay. We spent the morning carefully moulding modroc around our bottles, making sure it was smooth and without any gaps. In the afternoon we sculpted a head from clay in the form of one of the Egyptian sons of Horus (jackal, baboon, human or falcon). Once everything had dried, the following day we painted the canopic jars, decorating them with hieroglyphics and colourful Egyptian patterns. However, we thankfully didn't use them as they were originally intended! 

This week Year 3 had the exciting opportunity to practise the skills of mummification, thankfully not on a person but on an orange instead! Using their knowledge of how the Ancient Egyptians used to mummify people, the children applied this process to create a mummified orange. Children worked respectfully and kindly in small groups to carefully cut open their orange before scooping out its insides (like the internal organs of a person). Once completed, the orange had to be dried thoroughly before a combination of spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt could be added inside. Just like the Ancient Egyptians buried their mummies with amulets and other jewels to aid them in the afterlife, children added their own amulets and cloves to their oranges. Finally they wrapped their oranges tightly with bandages before they were placed in a warm, dark cupboard where they shall rest for the next few months! Why not give it a go at home?!  

Last week we celebrated Egyptian Day! We had such creative costumes!

We learnt about the hieroglyphics Ancient Egyptians used and we wrote our names to see how they would look in the ancient symbols!

We created our own Egyptian necklaces, carefully copying the patterns we saw in the Egyptian pictures we have studied.

We took part in an Egyptian escape room- we had to solve all of the puzzles in order to save the Pharaoh and escape Ancient Egypt! We needed a lot of our Topic knowledge of Ancient Egypt, reasoning skills, problem solving and Mathematical skills to succeed!

We completed an Egyptian Maths challenge- each level got harder and harder and we had to see how far we could get! Some of us completed the entire game!!

This Tuesday, Year 3 took part in an exciting day of fun-filled African Activities. Each class had the chance to learn important symbols and their meaning in African culture, before selecting the ones that best represented them and showing them in an Adinkra printing pattern, which they took home as a souvenir. Everyone shared and experienced tales from other cultures including Romanian, Mexican, Portuguese stories, as well as stories from other religions, e.g. Jewish, Hindu and Islamic stories. They also experienced a storytelling workshop, where they learned the importance of rhythm, call and response and other features of engaging storytelling. Finally, children experienced a wide variety of African instruments, before learning to play the djembe as part of a team performance. Each class accompanied the other's traditional African dance. 

We finished off with a performance to showcase all we had learned. We hope you enjoyed it!

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