Have a look at what we’ve been learning…
Year 3 Class Assembly
This week, Year 3 performed their class assembly all about the Ancient Egyptians. The class discussed hieroglyphics, the River Nile and the story of Nut, before performing a live mummification! The audience were then quizzed by the class to make sure they were listening carefully. Well done Year 3!
On Tuesday, Year 3 recreated volcanic eruptions with varying success. The children attempted to make their eruptions as violent as possible however the majority seemed to be shield or dome volcanoes.
Oriental Museum Trip
Year 3 visited the Oriental Museum in Durham on Thursday to consolidate their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. The children firstly looked at artefacts that were over 200 years old and discussed what they were and where they may have been found. After this, they visited a real-life mummy and got a chance to have all their wonderful questions answered by our fantastic guide Sam. In the afternoon, the class acted out a real-life mummification as the children followed a step by step guide of how to mummify a Pharoah. All this happened before they decided whether one of the pupils from the class should be allowed into the afterlife. Fortunately, the children voted that they were. A big thank you to the Oriental Museum and our guide Sam for a great day out!
School of Rocks
On Tuesday, this week we had a visit from School of Rocks, who delivered a school assembly and told all about the geology of Weardale.
Year 3 were lucky enough to then take part in a Geology workshop after the assembly, where they were able to become geologists. In the workshop, they were given a pet rock to look after and investigate as they took part in a stratigraphy game. Here they had to study the layers of rock, their environments and how changes in climate can affect rocks. After this, they took part in an experiment where they used sugar cubes to see how much water would pass through clay.
Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. Thank you School of Rocks!
Egyptian News Reports
We have been busy working on news reports this week. We wrote a news report on the discovery of an Egyptian Death Mask and performed it using the green screen! Have a look at our videos by click here.
Egyptian Death Mask Discovery
On Monday, Year 3 found an ancient Egyptian death mask on our school yard! The class were out searching for something to write a news report on but never expected to find something like this! They will be reporting on their discovery by writing their own news report scripts before performing them live from the scene.
Bronze Age and Iron Age tools
We have been making tools, similar to how they did so in the Bronze and Iron Age. Firstly, the children carved a shape in a potato to create a mould. After this, they poured melted chocolate (Bronze) into the mould. To make iron tools the children heated up lasagne sheets. When they had cooled down, they then folded, bent and tore them to create the shape of tools and weapons.
We have been writing humorous poems in English and had a go at recording them using iMovie. Click here to watch them.
Same But Different Week
We have done lots of activities to celebrate diversity this week including writing a whole class poem to celebrate our own unique characteristics which you can read by clicking here.
This week, we had a visit from British Judo. All the children from Reception – Y6 took part in taster sessions on Monday and Tuesday morning. The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and it gave the children a chance to try a different sport. Keep an eye out for photographs of the sessions appearing on the website.
If your child would like to take part in more Judo sessions, there is a new Judo club opening in Willington and all the information is on the flyers that were given to the children after their taster session.
A big thank you to Ian from British Judo for running the sessions.
Year 3 are studying the Stone Age this half term and on Tuesday they created their own Stone Age cave paintings using coal and charcoal. They did these on crumpled up paper and sandpaper to create the effect of a rough cave face. The children drew cave people and animals that were around at the time.
This week, Year 3 have been writing their own fables after studying Aesop’s fables. On Thursday, they read them to our Nursery children who thoroughly enjoyed listening to their tales. There was even time for the Year 3s to act a few of them out.
Year 3 had a fantastic time at Harehope Quarry. The class were tasked with a number of challenges throughout the day and completed them excellently. Firstly, they had to place dates on a line between today’s date and when the world came into existence. The children placed cards such as when humans, insects, mammals and amphibians came into existence. The class then had to step into the role of geologists hunting for fossils and they were able to find plenty of fossils! After this, they were able to create their own fossils using plaster. At the end of the trip the children built dens for their cavemen using limited resources and cooked marshmallows on the fire.
In Science, we discussed the processes of soil formation. We then made our own mini compost heaps. Firstly, we added stones and compost to the bottom of our bottles. Next, we added some wriggly worms! After this, we added food scraps for the worms before topping our compost heaps with soggy scrap paper. We covered our compost heaps with cardboard and material to keep them dark as worms prefer darker spaces.
George’s Marvellous Medicine
This week, Year 3 have become news presenters and have reported the strange happenings at Mr. Kranky’s farm, where a grandma grew to the size of a house! Click here to watch the videos to find out why.