Welcome to Year 3
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A Trip To The Castle
Year 3 went to view Deal and Walmer castles, applying all they had learnt about the physical geography of our local area and considering the reasons why the castles were built in their locations. We were fortunate to speak to an Archaeologist who was working at Deal Castle who told us about some additional trenches which used to exist between the castle and sea, adding another layer of defence protecting the castle from attack. We also passed the famous ‘teddy in the window’ as we walked along the seafront between the
castles. It was a clear day so we were able to see the windfarm out at sea by Broadstairs, and we could even see across the channel to see France.
Here is what the children have to say…
I learnt about the secret tunnels around Deal castle and the spy holes used to shoot through. – Angel
Our trip was so good. I learnt people would have tried to attack at night, otherwise it would have been easy to see them coming ashore. – Colby
I learnt from the Archaeologist that there used to be trench which ran all the way from Deal castle to Walmer Castle. – Archie
I was able to see how Walmer castle is protected by the trees and woodland which surrounds it. – Keita
Our trip was amazing – we got to see the murder holes above the entrance to Deal castle where the enemy would be attacked from above, even pouring boiling water on them. – Travis
I liked being able to feel how difficult it would have been to attack by climbing the up the beach because walking on stones is hard work. – Jake
I learnt that they kept all of their weapons and ammunition in the centre of the basement where it would be safest. – Ksawery
I liked seeing the teddy in the window which Mr Stafford has told us about, and seeing the letters and postcards sent to him. ‘Jozef
I liked see the people walking their dogs along the path by the seafront. – Pati
I liked learning where Walmer Paddling Pool was so I might visit it with my family. – Jamie-Leigh
As part of Anti-Bullying week, we carried out two main activities: one designed to make a difference to an individual, and the other designed to make a difference to our whole school community. We wrote anonymous notes of kindness and encouragement to others within our class. Here is what some of us thought when we read the note written to us.
Shannon – It made me feel cheerful because it was nice of someone to have written to me.
Skye T – I felt a little embarrassed because this person likes me and wants to play with me, and I don’t know who it is.
Lloyd – It made me happy because the note was so kind.
Jake – My note told me that this person thinks I’m really nice and I help people – this makes me feel a little proud of myself.
Simo – I was surprised at my comment – I wasn’t expecting it to say what it did.
Angel – I feel encouraged because of the words in my note.
Charlie – It gave me courage to follow their advice.
We also created posters to put up around the college with famous quotes to encourage others to think positively and help each other out.
During Art Week, Year 3 were inspired by the Shakespeare play: A midsummer night’s dream. Having watched, read and rewritten our own versions of the story, we designed and created our own forest scenes in order to print using cardboard relief. Some of our designs turned out better than others depending on the detail and accuracy of our cutting.
Analysing Roald Dahl
In English, we have been learning about Roald Dahl and have read The Enormous Crocodile, George's Marvellous Medicine and The Twits. We have created our own story maps to retell a story, written our stories and dialogue between characters, and debated whether Mr Kranky's idea to go into business mass producing George's Marvellous Medicine was ingenious, crazy or greedy.
Lots of Maths!
In maths this term, as well as learning lots about number, place value and doing calculations, we have learnt about 3D shapes. We had to make 3D shapes using straws and plasticine, deciding how the number of edges and vertices needed and the faces to be created and put together.
Having learnt about famous inventions and achievements of the Ancient Egyptians (which include telling the time using shadows or water, creating paper using papyrus, creating a written number system and learning about the human body to name just a few), we set about making our own model Shadufs. These were a mechanism used to lift water from the River Nile to water or irrigate the land. Our design had to work properly so that when we pulled the bucket down, the weight at the other end caused it to rise again. Although it was a challenge, everyone succeeded!
In Term 1, Year 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians. We have used our learning about Gods and Goddesses to think about what type of character we are and what special abilities or superpowers we have or would like.