Elm C of E Primary School

Elm C of E Primary School

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Year 3 Blog 2019-2020


Year 3 have had a wonderful week that has been full of enriching learning opportunities.  Following in our theme of national recycling week, Magpies had a recycling workshop where they turned juice cartons into purses. Children were shown a range of up-cycled products including a pencil case made out of sweet wrappers and a newspaper basket.

We have also been doing lots of work on our Roman topic. Children thoroughly enjoyed spreading orange magma into the magma chamber of our volcano on Monday. We were learning about the different parts of Volcanoes. In particular, we talked about Mount Vesuvius which erupted in Pompeii in 79AD and destroyed several Roman settlements! It was messy work.


This week we have been emerging ourselves in all things Volcano! Before we embark on our new text ‘Escape in Pompeii’ we have been exploring what life was like in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted, and the devastation that was left afterwards. Year 3 appear to be a team of budding actors who have thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves in their roles! We had farmers working the land, market stall owners encouraging customers and the busy citizens rushing past. From this, the children have produced some wonderful work on character feeling and learnt some fantastic new vocabulary.  


This week we celebrated harvest festival at the church. Thank you to everybody for your generous donations. Year 3 put in lots of hard work and achieved a fantastic performance of their song. We have also been making paper Mache volcanoes – just like Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. The children are super excited to get these painted and ready for eruption!  


Year 3 have been working hard in English this week and have written some fantastic letters about being in Pompeii during the eruption. They have used a range of fronted adverbials, conjunctions and adjectives in their writing.  On Monday, the children carried out some independent research and found out lots of interesting facts about Julius Caesar. On Tuesday afternoon, it was all things science as we examined our experiment that has been stuck to our windows for the past few weeks (the yellow pieces of paper and black shapes you may have seen as you walk past!). We found out about the effects of UV light and then continued our investigation into light and shadow by using shadow puppets to examine the size of shadows. We explored the shadows size when the light source is closer or further away. The children have worked incredibly hard this half term and we wish them all a well-earned break and lovely half term.


What a fabulous first week back Year 3 has had. On Monday afternoon, we took to the field to erupt 29 mini-Mount Vesuvius’s! As you can see from the videos, Year 3 found this very amusing. On Tuesday, we carried on with our fascinating Roman’s topic by learning all about Hadrian’s Wall. The children went on a fact finding mission around the hall to find out all about Hadrian’s Wall – When it was built, why it was built and who it was built by. We even had a go at making our very own walls with natural resources. In English this week, we have been doing lots of role-play ahead of reading out new book ‘Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Egypt’. The book follows the journey of Dorkius, who has been asked by Julius Caesar to travel to Egypt by boat and help get the money back that is owed to Rome. We watched clips of stormy seas and imagined how we would feel for the first time getting onto a Roman boat and travelling to somewhere we had never been before. We were also lucky enough to have some visitors this week who led a morning of orienteering which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

It's been a busy week in Magpies this week! We've been learning all about Boudicca this week and Year 3 took to the field with Mrs Tierney on Wednesday to re-create the battle. In science this week we carried out an investigation into different materials to find out if they were opaque, translucent or transparent. We used the information we found to write a letter to Isaac, who's baby brother was being kept away by too much light coming into his room. Children thoroughly enjoyed being able to inform Isaac that he would need an opaque material such as wood to block out the light. Year 3 have also made a good start to drafting their Roman Mosaic designs in Art.


What a fabulous start to our day today. Year 3 have been working incredibly hard on their school assembly this week. They have been learning lines and practicing their song about the Romans! We are incredibly proud of all of our children. They spoke and sang beautifully in their assembly. We have continued designing our Roman mosaics this week. Children have spent time looking at Roman mosaics and thinking about what is important to them and represents their lives, to include in their own mosaics.