Class Teacher - Miss Fitzgerald
Our current work is based around ‘light.’ Our questions cover aspects such as; the colour of light, how it travels and why we have daylight and darkness. In class 7, we have conducted simple investigations and experimented with torches and mirrors.
In class 7, physical activity is crucial to our whole day. Throughout the morning, we have opportunities to complete the playground markings and our play times are always active. Within our P.E lessons, we are now applying attacking and defending tactics to both competitive sports and non-competitive activities. We recently held an inter-house sports competition for the whole of Year 3, where teams participated in both hockey and football matches. We always have fun in our lessons and many children are now enjoying leading the warm up activities.
Were the Romans rotten and what did we learn from them?
Our question has led to many great discussions this half term and the children have enjoyed becoming archaeologists for the day and attending ‘Ightenhill’s Roman Museum’ for an afternoon. We’ve looked at the Celtic tribe and the Romans, using vocabulary including; tribe, legion, invade and empire. Alongside this, we know lots of fun and interesting facts about the different Roman Emperors, including; Julius Caesar, Caligula, Emperor Claudius, Nero and Hadrian. One of our favourite figures during the Roman period was Boudicca, leader of the Celtic rebellion against the Roman Emperor Nero.
During this half term, we have thoroughly enjoyed our Literacy sessions; completing an author study and reading fantastic texts. We have been researching Dick King-Smith, a famous author of over a hundred much-loved children’s books. We have used the iPads to complete a biography, alongside reading some of his famous pieces including; ‘The Queen’s Nose’ and ‘The Guard Dog.’
If you need to know anything about Dick King-Smith, look no further than Year 3 – they’re the children who know.
As part of our science work this term, we have been focusing on the scientific skill of observing. Over the past few weeks, we have observed changes in shadows and the weather. We enjoyed playing shadow tag (once the sun came out), and we particularly liked using torches to create shadows for different objects. We used words including opaque and transparent to discuss our findings.
‘Rights, Rules and Responsibilities’
Over the past weeks, class seven have been studying Harriet Tubman and her role in the freedom of slaves. This research is part of Black History Month and the children have enjoyed both role play and enquiry based sessions. In their role as slaves, the children had to complete tasks such as transferring pasta from one tray to another without using their hands to pick them up. Whilst the aim was to introduce the children to the hardship of labour and work: many found the tasks enjoyable. The children have produced fantastic pieces of writing as a slave crossing the middle passage, and they have looked at the geography behind the 'triangular trade.'