Year 3 were very excited to visit the Oriental Museum to learn more about their Ancient Egypt topic. When we first arrived, we became archaeologists by handling artefacts from Ancient Egypt. We had to study them, by drawing, measuring and carefully handling them, in order to predict what they could be. Year 3 also took part in a Gallery Trail to find out more about life in Ancient Egypt; including what they wore, ate, how they wrote and how they worshipped. We even got to see a real life mummy! The final part of our day consisted of acting out the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony to see if the pharaoh was able to pass on into the afterlife.
Year 3 perform Mamma Mia
As part of their music lessons, Year 3 have been practising playing Mammia mia on the ukulele. Aren't they fabulous?
In Year 3, we investigated which biscuits would be best for dunking in cold milk. We discussed how we could measure if a biscuit was ‘good for dunking’ and decided that we would time to see how long a biscuit could stay half submerged in a glass of milk before it broke. We had 3 different biscuits to investigate – digestive, oat and chocolate digestive. Before we did the experiment, each group made a prediction to see which biscuit would last the longest and why. In our groups we each had a role: timer, dunker and recorder of results. After completing the experiment, we came to the conclusion that the chocolate digestive biscuit was the best biscuit for dunking, as it still hadn’t disintegrated after 5 minutes. We realised that the chocolate worked as a protective shield, helping to hold the biscuit crumbs together.
Year 3 have also set up an experiment to see what happens when you leave a damp piece of bread in a clear zip-lock bag. They have chosen to place bread by the window, in the book corner, in a drawer and by the sink. We will keep observing the bread over the next few days and weeks to see what happens.
Year 3 spent their enterprise day thinking about their neighbourhood. They learnt that you live, work and socialise in your neighbourhood. In the morning they had a £150,000 budget to build a house, before finding out about the huge number of jobs that are needed to build a house, from civil engineer to plasterer to kitchen fitters. In the afternoon, Year 3 had to create a brand new product for their local café. They had to design the product and design a poster and presentation to promote their product. There was lots of brilliant teamwork going on in Year 3 and Miss Wilkinson, Miss Timms and Ms Arnell were really impressed with their creativity and presentations.
Year 3 enjoyed a visit from Adam Bushnell. They spent the afternoon planning their own Ancient Egyptian story. They first designed and created a mythical temple guardian, before coming up with riddles for the guardian to say. Next they had to design a set of traps for them to get pass, before finally reaching the treasure at the centre of the pyramid. Year 3 wrote some clever and imaginative riddles and are excited to use their planning to write up their Egyptian story.
Year 3 part in an afternoon of invasion games as part of the inter-house sport competition. They had to work as a team to pass the ball into the opposite end zone. The children worked hard in their teams, playing fairly and ensuring that everyone was involved. They also enjoyed practising skills that they had been working on in their PE lessons.