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Year 3 WOW day to the Wetlands 

As part of Year 3's Geography topic on locality, we took a trip to our local wetlands. Whilst at the Firs Farm wetlands we explored the area and used our Art and location knowledge to draw maps, in order to direct someone unfamiliar with the area, discuss the impact of pollution and even spot some mini-beast! We had so much fun exploring the woodlands for a variety of mini-beasts; we found woodlouse, spiders, worms and even frogs spawn! As part of this topic we will be comparing life in our local area to how it would be for someone living in Spain. We thoroughly enjoyed our WOW day and benefited from taking our collaborative learning outside! We hope you enjoy looking at our photos. Can you spot a mini-beast you know the name of?   

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We have had a really fun book week . Everyone is exciting about completing the reading challenge - who will the winner be? We saw a brilliant play by Image Theatre called The Reluctant Dragon. It was a story about a brave boy who tamed a dragon. It included lots of songs and humour. As a year group we are writing a book based on an animal in The Great Kapok Tree. We will be sharing these books with children in Year 5. Lastly we had a great day with everyone wearing a brilliant costume of a character from their favourite book. Year 3 you were brilliant!
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As part of Year 3's literacy work on Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer each class created their own mock courtroom so that they could decide if the Moon Man should be sent to jail for invading the Earth or released as he is a refugee. Each child took on a role; from Lawyers to Juror and Judge to Usher. As part of the preparation they looked at persuasive arguments for and against the issue - practising tone and pace to make our point!  During the trial each class was visited by the High Court Judge Miss Price , making sure we were all applying the Rule of Law. The children's arguments were very clear and the concentration in the court room was impressive. The teachers were very proud of the high level of enthusiasm shown by the children and the quality of their persuasive writing was excellent!

On Friday 24th January Year 3 traveled by public transport to The Postal Museum. In History we are exploring the History of Communication and as part of this topic our visit extended our learning. We explored the extensive interactive museum where we followed the history of the postal system , use of morse code and looked at telephones as they changed throughout time. We experienced a mail-train ride where we found out about how mail was transported under the streets of London. In addition took part in a drama activity looking at why the postal system is important for businesses and public alike. The children and adults enjoyed our fantastic trip. Thank you to all the adults that supported us - these trips would not be possible without you.

In Year 3 we have been learning about Healthy Eating. We have been discussing the different food groups including; Protein, Carbohydrates, Dairy, Fats/Sugars and Fruits/Vegetables. During the series of lessons we have been using our Design and Technology skills of planning, designing, creating and evaluating to make a healthy sandwich. We had a variety of different ingredients to choose from and discussed their healthy value. Whilst making our healthy sandwiches we were encouraged to pick something from the 'healthy challenge table' which consisted of some fruits/vegetables that we haven't tried before. We really enjoyed this interactive and educational project! Thank you to everyone who donated! 

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Christmas has begun! The Elf has arrived...

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Year 3 have been learning about volcanoes in Geography. Throughout the topic we have been using our English skills by writing a letter, experimenting with papier mache, using our computing skills to research information and collaborating with each other to make decisions. We have been leading up to making our own 3D volcanoes. We chose out of Composite, Shield, Cinder cone, Lava domes and discussed what materials we would need. Finally we erupted the volcanoes!

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We have been exploring the origin of food through our Black History Week

Thank you for all your kind donations of pumpkins and squashes. Most of the children enjoyed investigating the texture and smell of the pumpkins and some even enjoyed tasting them. They were surprised by how much they liked eating them, with some children consuming nearly an entire pumpkin! Look out for the requests for pumpkin soup.

 

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What a fantastic trip to Celtic Harmony for a Stone Age Experience! When we arrived at the encampment we divided into three tribes , Bears , Eagles and Boars agreeing to come in peace and learn from the tribe. Our day started in the roundhouse where we were shown how to make fire , thought creating friction by rubbing two sticks together and generating an ember. We were amazed when a few minutes later there was a great fire! We then went off to make our own shelters , hunt for food , gather, cook and make tools. The children were able to experience an authentic environment and were clearly enjoying the learning opportunities. We appreciate everyone's contribution to making this such an amazing trip.

Celtic Harmony trip

Celtic Harmony trip 1 Entrance to the Camp - we come in peace
Celtic Harmony trip 2 Making a fire!
Celtic Harmony trip 3 Building a shelter
Celtic Harmony trip 4 Hunting for a mammoth
Celtic Harmony trip 5 Making and learning about tools
Celtic Harmony trip 6 Making herb soup
In our Year 3 classes we have been immersing ourselves in our topic Rocks and Roll. Today we read The First Drawing by Caldecott Medallist, which is about a boy who was the first to create a drawing on a cave wall in his family. It beautifully describes his process and desire to communicate. Then we looked at some pictures of original cave paintings discovered by archaeologists across the world.To create our pictures we used authentic minerals from Lascaux Caves in the south of France to create the brown colour. This was contrasted with other pastels of a similar hue. Finally , in our tribes , we told our own stories through drawings.

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