Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 Survival Day
On Saturday 1st July I was joined by six families to enjoy a day of survival challenges and activities. It turned out to be a great day and everybody had a really good time. We started the day with an obstacle course, followed by den building. The families were then asked to get creative by making a name plaque for their den and a natural art sculpture. I think you would agree they all look amazing! They were also challenged with producing a family band tune using natural materials and some instruments made from wood and metal. Their creativity then turned to parachute fun. It was a little on the large size, but the children enjoyed playing beneath it and trying to keep a ball moving on top of it. We ended by playing a game called 'Sharks', which had us all (well nearly all of us) laughing.
An energy fix came next with our big family picnic and an ice lolly. The children had a run around with the football, whilst the adults relaxed for a bit. The youngest girls decided the kit bag had another use as a hat and pretended to be monsters chasing each other around the field. The year 3 children decided to form their own band and put on a mini-performance for all the adults. They were very entertaining!
After our picnic, I sent the families out on a scavenger hunt to find the items on their hunt list. They searched the school grounds and strangely a spider and a snail were the hardest things to find. They did however find and hold a small butterfly, as you can see in the photographs. When we regrouped it was time for some target throwing. It turns out there are some javelin stars in the making in year 3! They were then tasked with finding small items to fill a matchbox, which represented things they would need to survive in the wild. Their creative thinking shone through with things like water carrying leaves, sticks for fires, seeds to plant and even a map! As the children shared the contents of their boxes we toasted marshmallows over candles.
Finally the time had come to hear the family band masterpieces and I have to say I think all the families did an excellent job. I have even found a new musical conductor for our music lessons.
This then marked the time to take down the shelters and prepare for a story. We laid the parachute out for all to sit on and then I read an interactive story to finish the day. The children performed the actions really well, but it was clear that the fresh air and busy day had finally got the better of them and energy levels had reduced dramatically. We ended with a certificate ceremony for each family and a gift for the children to take away with them.
A big thank you goes to all the families who participated and supported this event. I had a wonderful time and I know you did too from all your lovely comments and feedback.
Miss Cooper (Year 3 Class Teacher)
Spring Term Continued
Our Stone Age topic has been really interesting and we have been finding out about Stonehenge. In class we have worked on how the stones were moved and how Stonehenge was built. We recreated it by making model versions with classroom resources.
Our homework project was to make something relating to the Stone Age. The photographs show some of the projects created by the children in 3CC. They took great pride in sharing their creations
In Science we have created shadow puppets to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We explored how shadows change in size, when the distance of the puppet from the light is changed.
Spring Term Year 3
We began the term launching our Stone Age topic. The children got to step back in time on the first Friday back after Christmas by gathering their own fire wood on a very cold, icy morning (no coats allowed!). They then explored pieces of evidence for clues about the period we would be finding out about, before concluding the day by making cave pictures of their hand-prints using paint and charcoal.
Over the course of this term, we will be finding out about the period of history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will be linking our English work to our topic through story writing and report writing. In Science, we will be discovering how light helps us to see and how shadows are formed - including creating our own shadow puppet performances!
We hope you enjoy sharing our work with us. Here are some photos to get us started!