On Thursday 10th June Year 3 had a Greek day. They took part in a number of different fun activities inspired by the work they had done on the Ancient Greeks. Children were able to come to school dressed as a character from Ancient Greece and they all put in lots of effort into their costumes! Ms Rebelo arrived as Medusa (frightening stuff!) and Ms Ana arrived as Aphrodite!
The first activity children took part in was wreath making. The children had to measure their heads with a strip of green card and cut and stick different types of leaves onto it. The children loved their homemade wreaths and some spent the rest of the day wearing theirs to make their Greek outfits even better.
The second activity of the day was based on the Greek alphabet. Children were able to use a copy of the Greek alphabet to write their full name. They enjoyed the challenge of finding the right upper or lowercase letters and copying them onto their strip of card. The children worked really hard at making their writing perfect so they could use it to teach the adults that came in how to write their name in Greek. The finished products looked great, and the children enjoyed decorating the borders using Greek patterns.
Throughout the day we watched a lot of Greek Myths as we had absolutely loved learning about them, some of which included: The Twelve Tasks of Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, and Athena and Poseidon. I must say that Pandora’s box was and is Ms Rebelo’s favourite (it was her Year 3 myth too!), but for us as a class, we can’t even pick one of the three myths because they were just as exciting to read (we definitely, certainly and surely brought to life every single one of them anyway)! Having listened to Greek music all day felt like we really were in Greece, in a traditional wedding celebration!
We were challenged with a Greek dance tutorial. Children were able to learn some authentic Greek dance moves and put them together into a short routine. The dance they learnt was called the Zorba. They all worked really well together, making sure their dance moves were perfect. Once all the activities were done, the children performed their dance routine in the classroom. They did a great job and we were really impressed (I definitely think we can get invited a Greek birthday Y3!)
The children then got stuck into some messy activities. They were able to experience a real Ancient Greek favourite – grape squashing! Children took their shoes and socks off, jumped into a paddling pool, and squashed down some grapes with their feet. At first, they were reluctant and found it a little too strange, but once they saw how refreshing it was, they couldn’t get enough of it!
Whilst some children were getting their feet dirty with some grape squashing, others were getting their tummies filled with Greek food like olives, bread sticks, feta cheese, Greek yoghurt and honey and much more! It was such a delight and the weather really made us feel like we were in Corfu sunbathing and relaxing!
Thank you to Ms Ana, the parents and my Greek children for all your effort for Greek Day. I had lots of fun and I know you all did too!
This has been one of our favourite weeks this half term. We have been inspired and fascinated learning about all the different scientists and mathematicians that exist in the world. We even want to become scientists and mathematicians when we are older, will you believe it?
Year 3 have turned into marvellous mathematicians this week to try it out! We have found real life Maths around our school grounds. We have been collecting data of the different plants around our school. I wonder if you can recognise any of them! We have been in teams trying to locate them, name them and then estimate how many there are in a square metre. Obviously, Ms Rebelo and Ms Ana asked us to count how many plants the square metre had! We also know now that there are 100cm in 1 metre thanks to our metre stick. It has been so much fun.
The sun is just so incredible and we know so much about this gigantic, natural source of light. It has been a rainy week but we have definitely been filled with brightness, warmth and happiness this week. We also created puppets in pairs of the characters that are in our Greek Myth called ‘Daedalus and Icarus’. We have been learning about light and shadow so we created a puppet show about what we have learnt using our special characters. We came up with prices for our theatre tickets and a train ticket so we could get give out tickets for our theatre. It was so much fun coming up with prices, and even learning about the times that we needed to leave in order to be on time for our show and our train! I hope you can see the variety of learning that we have done and how exciting this week has been for all of us through the pictures below.
Our overarching theme this term is ‘Let it Shine’ and we are shining in all aspects in Year 3 – in our growth, in our learning and with Jesus. In science we are looking at light and shadows. In topic we are looking at the history of lighting and how it all started. This week, have created our very own history of lighting timeline. We have found some really interesting facts about lighting. We have looked at the Thomas Edison lamp, the Kerosene lamp and even the LED lamp. What do you know about lighting? Did you know that the sun is our biggest source of light? We are so excited about our learning this term.
Year 3 have come back to school after the Easter holiday with Joy in their hearts. We are excited about all the new learning and growing we have to do. This week, we started our new R.E. topic which is ‘From Easter to Pentecost’ and our focus this week has been ‘He is Risen’. We created our own dye crosses to symbolise this. We used food colouring and tissue paper. It was very exciting that we celebrated in joyous harmony together as a family with Jesus. We want to continue to follow in Jesus’ footsteps with his love and kindness always in class, in the playground, at home and even in our community.
The last two weeks have been the busiest in Year 3! We have been writing some amazing book reviews for the Year 3 books we have been enjoying so much. We are so happy with our book corner. We have also been looking at the symbolic meaning of the advent wreathe. We know that we light a candle each week on the lead up to Jesus' birthday and each week we think about the purpose of the candles: peace, love, joy and hope. We have also been so busy pretending to write a diary as if we are grandma from George's Marvellous Medicine in English. We have thoroughly enjoyed studying this book in a lot of detail. In science, we have looked at the skeletons in animals and humans and we have even made our very own muscle. It was quite challenging but we followed the instructions really well. We love learning in Year 3!
Year 3 worked really hard during Road Safety Week! We even think that we should have road safety every week as it is so important to be safe out on the road, even when we are walking or cycling or on the bus, train or car... We thought about how we get to school and all the hazards that can come with being out on the road. It was helpful to be thinking of how we can be safe like using high-visibility gear, only crossing the road when the green man appears and what has helped us a lot this week was... ''stop, look, listen and think''! We even heard a song that we will have in our minds when crossing and being on the road. Stay safe everyone, from Year 3!
We have been really excited reading George's Marvellous Medicine by one of our favourite authors - Roald Dahl. Have you heard about him? He uses really exciting language such as alliteration, rhyme and even onomatopoeia. Do you know what they are? We know what they all are. We have written a character description for Grandma using some silly similes. We have even made some really gross, smelly and disgusting medicine recipes for our Grandma to take. We have used measurements, time connectives, imperative (bossy) verbs and even amazing adjectives to describe our ingredients. Little does Grandma know what we have been up to... Please don't tell her! We are so excited to be creating medicine shape poems that we look forward to share with you soon! Year 3 have worked so hard this week, Ms Rebelo and Ms Ana are definitely super proud!
Year 3 have been looking at E-safety this past term. We have looked at what it means to be kind and unkind online. We have also managed to have a very professional debate on what it means if and when things spread online. We mentioned that everything that is posted or shared online, stays online. We all have our own online footprint!