Ancient Greek Day!
To finish our Ancient Greek topic we all spent the day being Ancient Greeks. We were transported back to 776BC - the year of the first Olympic Games. In the morning we had to prepare for the Games so we: made wreaths for the athletes, produced wine (using our feet!), wrote our names in Greek lettering and prepared some Greek theatre. The afternoon saw the opening ceremony of the Games where we had a feast, watched a performance of Theseus and the Minotaur, and completed the Ancient Greek pentathlon. We all had so much fun and it's sure to be a day that we will never forget!
NASA Astronaut Training
As part of our pupil voice project, we took part in some official NASA Astronaut Training. For a whole week we covered everything you need to know about being an astronaut. We learnt: all about our solar system, how to physically train like an astronaut, how the first men landed on the moon, what spacesuits are like, how astronaut food tastes, how a rocket takes off and most importantly...how fun it is to be an astronaut!
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
This term we have been looking at the topic of light. We have completed experiments to investigate how light travels and how the size of shadows change. To finish the topic we made some shadow puppets and performed them to the rest of the class. Recordings of the shows are below.
STONE AGE TO IRON AGE
Our second topic of the year has seen us transport back in time to the very beginnings of mankind. It's hard for us to imagine how long ago it was but we do know it was a very, VERY long time ago!!
We spent some time exploring the Lascaux Caves in France which were discovered by 2 men walking their dog in the early 20th century. We were blown away by the fact that the cave paintings, which were created thousands of years ago, are still there today. As a result of our research we decided to have a go ourselves. See the results below:
Stone Age Caves
We had great fun building and painting our very own stone age caves. We all worked really well as a team and we were very proud of the final results.
🌿 TROPICAL RAINFORESTS 🌿
Our first topic for Year 3 is tropical rainforests. During the topic we will get to learn about the incredible wildlife within the rainforests, how plants grow and why it is important to preserve them.
To get an idea of what it is like within the rainforest, year 3 took part in a senses journey where we: felt the pouring rain, smelt the forest floor, tasted the exotic fruit, listened to the sounds of the rainforest and looked at a range of rainforest animals. With all the amazing sound effects it was almost as if we had been transported!
To link in with our topic, we were inspired by the rainforest paintings of Henri Rousseau. We looked at the different shades of green he used and experimented with our own. To create our background, we used these different shades and printed them using leaves. Next, we added flowers, fruit and wildlife to liven up our paintings.
Following on from our work about layers of the rainforest, we designed an experiment to test the effect of light on plant growth. Each group placed one plant by the window and one in the closed cupboard. We watered the plants and after 2 weeks we looked at the results. We were quite surprised by the growth of the cupboard plants but agreed this must be down to the heat in the cupboard. Our results are shown below:
Life Cycle of a Plant
The next part of our topic saw us learning about the life cycle of a plant. Once we were confident about each stage, we used iMovie to make an informational video. Please enjoy!