Roman Day!

The children have had an exciting day in Year 3 today! They had fun looking at all the wonderful artefacts that our Roman visitor Mr Hammond brought in for us. There were lots of real pieces of Roman pottery, animal bones  and teeth, coins, jewellery and so much more! We got to see what a real Roman helmet would feel like to wear and also got hold a Roman sword and dagger!

We used our art skills and spent time sketching our favourite items.

In the afternoon, we got ready for our battle and learnt about different battle formations and ways to hold our shields to keep us protected, it was great fun!

What an action packed day we had!

Comment below and tell me what your favourite part of the day was.

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Our Roman tunics

The children have been hard at work designing their Roman tunics using repeating patterns. They have used fabric pens and have carefully drawn on their designs which were copied from their sketch books.

We are all excited about the Roman day in Tuesday when they will get to wear their tunics!

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Cool coding 

The children have had great fun in our computing lessons over the past few weeks learning to code on the computer programme Scratch. They have learnt about the objects called ‘sprites’ and how to programme the sprites to perform different actions using coding blocks. The blocks are colour coded to make it easier. We will be using our skills to make a game over the next few weeks. 

  

Dahl Class become archaeologists! 

Today Dahl class were sent a mysterious letter from someone called Julius who told the class that he used to live on the very site the school was built on over a thousand years ago…

He left us some clues which we had to follow using our map reading skills. We followed them carefully and they took us to different dig sites outside in the playground.

We used our special archaeologist’s kit to dig for pieces of pottery. We used the magnifying glasses to look carefully at the pieces and the special brushes to dust off all the mud.

Back inside we tried to piece our pots back together but found that some of the pieces were missing. This is what happens to real archaeologists and they don’t always find all the pieces of each ancient pot they uncover.

Later on, we all wrote about what we would like to find out about the Romans and used the devices and some information books to find out some facts about them.

In the afternoon, we got to make our own Roman style pots by using the clay. We learnt the techniques involved in making a coil pot and used the tools to make patterns on them.

What a fun day!

What did you enjoy most about today?

To infinity and beyond…

  
Year 3 had a special treat today and got to watch astronaut Tim Peake blast off into space! 

He is the first British astronaut to journey to the International Space Station and it was great to witness a bit of history live in the classroom!

It reminded me of all that fun learning on space that we did in Year One!

Can you find out a fact about Tim Peake or space travel and leave a comment below?

Mrs Holland :) 

  

  
  

Super Subtraction! 

Dahl class have been practising their subtraction skills over the last few weeks. 

They have really enjoyed playing the ‘Exchange Game’ with the dice and Diennes. Swapping ten single cubes for a ten stick whenever they reached a multiple of ten.

We have also been focusing on ‘finding the difference’ by using empty number lines and counting on in tens and then units to help us solve subtraction sentences.

Can you explain to someone at home how to find the difference between two numbers using an empty number line? 

  

Kinetic letters

Today Dahl class were lucky enough to be taught by the creator of Kinetic Letters herself Margaret Williamson! 

The children spent time perfecting their optimal lying positions and pencil holds and Margaret taught us a great new song to help us remember this. 

Then we learnt how to join letters from the Window Cleaner family by putting two boards together to help us see where the letters need to snuggle before we can join them. 

We will be practising our joining this Year in Dahl class and we hope to be really good at it very soon!

Can you remember which are the ‘break letters’ the ones which we do not join? 

Try teaching someone at home how to join the letters that we practised today. :) 

  

Maths magic 

The children have been working on number pairs to make 100. They have enjoyed using a range of resources to help them including numicon, diennes, 100 squares and art straws. 

The children had fun using this game to practise their skills.

Number bonds to 100 game
To deepen their knowledge they then had to make their own game using ideas from the online version. This was a great way for them to use their number bond knowledge and problem solving and collaboration skills.

Can you explain to someone at home how you have used the resources to make 100?

Can you remember some of the rules we learnt to help solve number pairs to 100 problems? 

   
   

Sensational Cinema! 

Year 3 were all very excited to receive exclusive tickets to a showing of Kung Foo Panda today! They lined up outside to have their tickets checked, chose their popcorn snack and were lead into the darkened cinema by torchlight! 

All part of the cinema experience!