Welcome to Year 3!
This year your child will be taught by...
Teacher - Mrs Garrard
Teaching assistant - Mrs Carroll and Mrs Pettigrew
We are looking forward to teaching your children this year!
Our topics this year are:
Autumn - Romans
Spring - Extreme Earth
Summer - Vikings
We have had a great day celebrating Norfolk Welcomes Day. We had a visit from a canary who brought a letter with it asking us to care for it and we learned why Norwich City Football Club have a canary on their logo.
We found out that refugees are people that leave their country because it is too dangerous for them to stay.
The children had fun creating welcoming crests and colourful canarys.
Our class text for this term is Julius Zebra, entangled with the Egyptians written by Gary Northfield.
After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can't believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods.
This ridiculous adventure continues as Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realise that he is not quite what they thought he was...
We began our new science topic by understanding that sound travels as a vibration which enters your ear and you hear it as sound. To demonstrate the vibration, children spoke into a balloon. The balloon allowed them to feel the vibrations when they were speaking into the balloon and hearing the sound.
We also showed vibrations by making a model of the ear drum using cling film over a bowl. Rice was placed in top and a loud banging sound was made nearby. The rice 'jumped' about when the sound was made, this demonstrated the sound vibrations.
Our summer topic is Pharaohs.
We are carrying out research on Ancient Egypt and Tutankhamun during this term so we can publish a non-chronological report.
We have also made ourselves into Pharaohs by selecting our own Egyptian crowns and headdresses. Crowns and headdresses were used to show that someone was powerful, a God or ruler and for religious ceremonies.
We created three different types of headwear:
The Deshrat (red crown) - These would have been worn by the ruler of Lower Egypt
The Hedjet (white crown) - This would have been worn by rulers in Upper Egypt
The Kepresh (blue crown) - This type of crown was worn by Pharaohs when they were going to war.
Year 3 found that Ancient Egyptian used to write using symbols known as hieroglyphics.
We used a hieroglyphic alphabet to write our own names - can you decode them?
In year 3 we have been observing the life cycle of a butterfly. We began with 5 tiny caterpillars which soon grew. As they grew the children found their exoskeletons left in the container. This occurs as the caterpillar has an external skeleton which supports and protects their body, however as the exoskeleton does not grow, the caterpillar sheds it during this growing stage.
After about 14 days, the caterpillars formed their own protective chrysalis in which the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly happens.
Again, about 2 weeks later, the metamorphosis (change form) stage was complete and the butterflies emerged from the chrysalis.
We fed the butterflies fruit and sugary water until we set them free on the school field.
Spring term 2021
Happy New Year
This term we have lots of exciting learning planned: we will be gaining an understanding of life under the sea with our Blue Abyss topic in which we will be researching sea creatures to write a non-chronological report as well as writing under the sea themes poetry.
We will be learning multiplication and division during our maths lessons as well as recapping addition and subtraction.
In RE we will be learning about creation and identifying what Christians learn from the creations story and in science our topic this term in electricity.
In class we are currently reading The Ice Monster, written by David Walliams
The children are really showing a great interest in this text. They have used the storyline to create their own adventure story set in Victorian London basing their own characters on Elsie.
Year 3 are enjoying this story so much that we are using this as a focus for writing a diary entry. The children are writing as though they are a child in Victorian London.
As part of our science topic, Animals including humans, year 3 have looked at how drinks can effect our tooth enamel. To do this we placed eggs in water, cola, orange juice, apple juice and milk. The shell of an egg is similar to our enamel so will show an accurate result.
The children made a prediction of what would happen before we began our observations. Most thought that the water would be the best and cola the most harmful for our teeth.
See below for the before, during and after photos - it was egg-cellent!!