Egyptian Explorers

We had a really exciting day yesterday when we explored the inside of an ‘Egyptian pyramid’  with ‘Howard Carter’.  I have started reading your diary entries about the experience and I am really pleased with the language you have used to describe what you saw and how you felt.  Amazed, curious, magnificent, enchanted, incredible and astonished are all words that I have come across so far.  I am so glad that you enjoyed the afternoon and learnt so much from the activity.  Here are some photos of the explorers in action.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Howard Carter!

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Roman Day

Today you all worked really well in teams, demonstrating good team work stills, listening to one another, taking turns and suggesting a way forward.  In groups you used map skills to follow clues around the school until you found a Dig Site where you were archaeologists and found the remains of pottery beneath the soil in the school grounds, just as real archaeologists find artefacts from historical periods such as Ancient Rome.

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IMG_1305 Then you imagined what it would be like to be a Roman Soldier in a battle.  Using the shields and  swords you made you made the formation of The Roman Tortoise. In this formation the soldiers in front and sides interlocked their shields. The soldiers in the back lines placed their shields over their heads to form a protective “shell” over top of the men.  You were great at working as a team to move in this formation and had fun showing off your shields and swords to me, I hope you enjoy the photos!IMG_1308 IMG_1309 IMG_1311 IMG_1312 IMG_1313 IMG_1314 IMG_1315

Next term we will be learning about another historical period, the Ancient Egyptians. Your key skills work for the holiday is to find out some information about this time.  If you would like to, you could record the information you find to share at school in a method you prefer such as a poster, leaflet, power point presentation or get crafty and make a model of something you find out about.  We have not sent home spellings to learn but please practice those that you have been working on and please keep enjoying reading too (please remember to record your reading events in your reading diary, Dojos will be given to those who read at least 3 times a week).

Thank you for another great term.  I hope you have a lovely holiday, whatever you end up doing, have fun, laugh lots and be safe.

Mrs Egan

p.s. Thank you so much for my birthday wishes.

Roman Soldiers

We have been learning all about the Romans and why they invaded Britain.  This week we have looked at what life was like as a Roman Soldier and imagined what we might write in a letter if we were a Roman Solider in the barracks writing home to our family.  You came up with some great ideas about describing where the soldiers lived, what they wore and what weapons they used as well as describing what life was like in the battles.

On Monday we will be continuing to plan our letters written as Roman Soldiers.  Can you think of what your address might have been? What year might it be?  Can you write it in roman numerals? Have a think about what sentences you could use to describe the barracks, the clothing, weapons and the battles, maybe you can think of some fronted adverbials (words at the start of a sentence to describe the action that follows) you could use too.  I am looking forward to helping you write the letters next week.

Here is a link to a website we have looked at in class in case you would like to look at the information again:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwmpfg8

Have a great weekend

Mrs Egan

World Book Day

It was lovely to see so many different characters arriving in Dahl Class this morning to celebrate World Book Day, you looked great! As part of our activities this afternoon Year 3 were visited by the year 1 children to share books.  You were all kind and caring towards the younger children and it was great to see you all enjoying various books.  Here are a few photos that the teachers took as you read. What was the book you read about? Use your summarisng skills to retell the main events.

I hope you enjoyed your day in character.

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Swimming

Just a quick note to say a big well done to you all on your first swimming lesson with school.  You all behaved perfectly on the journeys between the swimming pool and school, listened carefully to and followed instructions for this new activity.  Although some of you were nervous about going in the pool, especially without your goggles, you all did brilliantly and it was so lovely to hear many of you talking about what great fun you had at swimming throughout the rest of the day.  I am so proud of you all, well done!

Next Tuesday you will all go swimming again, this time it will be in ability groups across year 3, based on what you demonstrated to the swimming teacher today.  Please remember your swimming costume or trunks, swimming hat and towel every Tuesday until the Easter Holiday.

Mrs Egan

Well done!

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You performed your extract from Tempest  brilliantly!  From Prospero and  Ariel to my photographers, you all did your very best and I am proud of you all.  You spoke clearly, with expression and used your bodies and facial expressions to show how the characters might act and feel effectively too.   Using pauses, you were able to deliver the lines in time as a group which was impressive, well done! Here are a few photos taken from our work this week and one from the final performance.  If I am able to get a video clip I will of course add this too, so you can share it at home.

It was also a busy week with TLCs.  I enjoyed sharing your work with your parents and carers.  It was lovely to see how proud you are of the work you have completed in class.

When we return to school, we will be starting our topic on the Romans which I am really looking forward to.  We will of course be doing lots of research in school but if you are in the library over the holidays, why not have a look to see what information you can find on this topic.

Please remember that Tuesday 21st February will be our first visit to the swimming pool.  This session is to allow the swimming teachers to assess everyone’s ability, so you may not have much time in the pool, but it is important to make sure everyone is safe and able to learn in the following weeks.  On swimming days (every Tuesday) you will need a swimsuit or trunks (no loose fitting ones), a towel and swimming hat.

I hope you have a fantastic week off and enjoy doing things you love with your friends and family.  Your key skills is to recount what you have done in a format you would like to use, which could be by talking about it, writing descriptive sentences or drawing a sketch or diagram.  Please do remember to do some practicing the times tables you are working on, by the end of year 3 our aim is for you all to know your 3, 4 and 8 times tables (and related divisions) as well as the 2, 5, and 10.  We have been working on using different methods for multiplication and division, maybe you could show them to a friend or family member.

Have an excellent week off, laugh, have fun and rest, you deserve it!

Mrs Egan

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IMG_0955 IMG_0952 IMG_0951 IMG_0948We have had a great week  in Year 3 continuing our work on The Tempest.  You all worked really hard to write a diary in the character of Ariel, I am really impressed with your ideas and the descriptive language you have used.  I am looking forward to seeing you perfect these pieces of writing as you put together your art and writing skills for our final pieces just in time for the TLCs (parents, if you have not booked an appointment yet please do so, we would love to take this opportunity to share your child’s successes with you).

Towards the end of the week Dahl and Rowling class began to put together our performances of a scene from the play.  We worked on the way the characters would say the words as well as actions they might use that will help us remember the words.  In these pictures you are working on the actions as Prospero and Ariel.  Next week we will perfect our performances making sure the audience will hear every word!

I have also been impressed with how well you are learning your times tables, which has been really helped by working on these at home too, well done and thank you for all your hard work.  Have a great weekend.

Mrs Egan

Let It Snow!

IMG_0756[1]What an exciting end to a busy week! We had great fun in the snow this morning.  You worked really hard on your descriptive writing about the snow, I have really enjoyed reading them all, can you remember what the success criteria was? I hope you will be able to include them all when we describe Prospero’s Island on Monday.

I hope you have a great weekend. Remember to have a go at recalling your times tables!

Mrs Egan

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The Tempest

img_06871We have had an exciting start to 2017 at school.  Everyone enjoyed sharing their knowledge of William Shakespeare and I was impressed at what you already knew about him and the Key Skills work you produced was very impressive, well done!

You were very busy today, starting to get an understanding of the play The Tempest.  We unpacked a chest of objects and discussed what they could represent in the play.  Know you know a little more about some of the characters, who do you think the objects belonged to?  Can you name some of the characters and what their relationship is to the main character?

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You worked brilliantly in our drama sessions responding to some of Shakespeare’s language and becoming the characters. Can you remember who says “Thou liest malignant thing” or “My daughter, my dear”?

Have a great weekend, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday when we will be building on our knowledge of The Tempest and working towards writing a setting description for the play.

Mrs Egan

Christmas is coming!

Wow 7 more school days of the first term, time has flown by!

Last week Dahl class were a pleasure to take to the church for the keys stage 2 concert, all children sang brilliantly and worked hard to write a recount of their visit when back in class.  We also wrote some excellent poems using similes, adjective, adverbs and even personification, can you define any of these terms?  In maths we have been learning to use the columnar method for subtraction including when we need to do some exchanging.  I saw a lot of evidence of growth mindsets in these lessons and we will continue to work on it this week to make sure we all understand this method, we can do it!

As Christmas is nearly here we will be having a party on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th December.  Please sign up on the sheet outside the classroom to volunteer to provide a food item to share at the party.

I look forward to our busy few days left in school before our Christmas break begins.

Ho ho ho!

Mrs Egan 🙂

P.s. Please do comment so I know you have read this, each comment earns you a dojo!

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