In Design and Technology we have been learning about Roman catapults. We learnt about the different types of Roman catapult before designing and making our own model 'onager catapults' from lolly sticks. The children showed great teamwork and communication skills to support each other while they made their catapults.
Working in groups, the children used the materials in their Wonder Boxes to make a model that would explain the function of the different parts of a plant. We had some great teamwork which resulted in some wonderful creations!
Can Magnetism Be Blocked?
We worked as a whole class to try and find out whether magnetism can be blocked by materials. We worked out which things would need to be kept the same to keep the investigation fair and produced a results table as a class.
As part of their Romans topic the children visited the Verulamium Museum in St Albans. They took part in a Market Day session during which they found out the purposes of a range of Roman artefacts and even got to dress up like Romans! They were also able to explore the museum and found out many interesting facts about Roman’s daily lives.
St Thomas Aquinas Feast Day
On St Thomas Aquinas Feast day we learnt about the life of St Thomas Aquinas and created one of his symbols – a monstrance – using gold paper. We also celebrated our school’s patron saint by taking part in Mass.
This half term our art focus will be pattern. We began our topic by investigating how patterns can be created and considered repetition, symmetry and rotation. The children used different shapes to create patterns and then created their own pictures by putting the shapes together.
Spanish Festive Period
We took a break from our Christmas preparations to learn about the festive period in Spain. The children were shocked to find out the children in Spain don’t receive their Christmas presents until the 6th January! The children then enjoyed participating in the Spanish New Year tradition of trying to eat a grape on each gong of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve – it was more difficult than they expected!
Cooking – Pitta Pizzas
As part of our topic this half term the children have been learning about Florence in Italy. Today the children made their own version of a traditional Italian food: pitta pizzas! They used cheese graters, knives and other equipment to make margherita pizzas.
During Judaism week Year 3 have been learning about Shabbat (Sabbath). We were fortunate to have a visit from Mrs Elijah on Monday who showed us what happens during Shabbat, some of us got to dress up in a Kippah or Tallit and we were all able to try the Challah bread.
Tea Bag - Fair Testing
The children worked in small groups to plan and run an investigation testing which material is the best for a tea bag. They decided what they needed to keep the same to keep the test fair and also what criteria made a good cup of tea. During this investigation the children showed a good awareness of how to keep a test fair and also some excellent teamwork and cooperation!
Our art lessons this half term will link to our topic work. In this lesson, the children were given free choice of a variety of materials to create a representation of the Santa Maria Fiore Cathedral which is in Florence. Using a mixture of: charcoal, collage, wax crayons, chalks and pencils the children created a wide range of artwork.
Today we did outdoor maths! We used leaves to show our understanding of multiplication. We counted the number of points on leaves and then showed calculations using our repeated addition.
Mighty Zulu Nation
We had a fantastic day on UN Day, when we welcomed the Mighty Zulu Nation theatre group to the school. Their dancing and singing was amazing and we learnt a song with Year 2, which we performed in front of the whole school at the end of the day.
No Pens Day
On No Pens Day, we followed instructions to make a natural paint from red cabbages and lemon juice. We then painted the war paint onto their Celtic warriors. In the afternoon, we got to watch Key Stage 2 children debate, which was really interesting and fun to see!
October – The Month of the Rosary
To help us celebrate the month of the Rosary, Mrs Simmons came and taught us about the history of the Rosary. We then prayed a decade of the Rosary together.
We have been preparing for No Pens Day by learning about balanced arguments and debates. Today we have been practising our speaking skills by debating in class.
Transparent, Opaque and Translucent
As part of our science topic, we have been learning about transparent, opaque and translucent materials. We explored a range of materials and tried to decide which category they fell into.
Neolithic Carved Balls
Year 3M have been investigating Neolithic carved balls. We had a lovely (messy) afternoon making our own carved balls, with clay, ready to experiment and find out what they may have been used for.
Year 3M have been working extremely hard practising for their class assembly, teaching everyone about Harvest! We finally got to present it today, it was very exciting! Thank you parents for all your support.
Year 3M had a fantastic afternoon working with Bob to build a model Stonehenge using only sticks and elastic bands. It took problem solving skills and lots of good teamwork to make these massive structures from sticks. The children behaved excellently and as a result their final products were extremely impressive!
This week 3M have been learning about adding two numbers together. The children used games on the LearnPads to help them practise adding two numbers mentally and were also able to practise their times tables.
European Day of Languages
3M learned about Scotland on European Day of Languages. We learned lots of exciting facts about Scotland and made our own thistles, which are the national flower of Scotland. We were able to try lots of tasty foods from around the world. It was a fun day!
The Big Dig
As part of their topic work, 3M took part in the Big Dig, where they acted as archaeologists by discovering lots of artefacts from prehistoric times. They then tried to work out what the objects may have been used for. It was great fun, if a little muddy!