Children investigated using percussion instruments to create a mood and begin to tell a story. They considered how to play the instruments to tell the story of the Romans invading Britain and create a feeling of panic, anger and sadness. They used the terms temp, dynamics, pulse, pitch and rhythm.
Dover Museum Trip - Romans
Children looked at the Roman artefacts in the museum to learn about how the Romans invade Kent, and examine some of the artefacts that have been found in the local area.
The children learnt about the character Medusa, why she had snake for hair, what powers she had and how she was defeated. They then learnt different techniques for working with clay. All the children sculpted their own Medusa clay head with lots of rolling, squishing, shaping and marking of the clay. More pictures to come of the finished heads.
At Dover Museum the class went into an actual theatre to complete some acting tasks. First they learnt about using space and thinking about speed and how characters interact. Then working in pairs they had to create mythical Roman beasts like the Minotaur, Cyclops, Chimera, Centaur. Can you identify any of these beasts in the photos? Then in groups of four children (and adults) created images to represent different Roman gods such as Jupiter, Venus and Diana. Can you work out what some of the shapes are and which god they represent. Finally they listened to a Roman myth about Androclus and a lion, they acted it out freeze framing the key events.
As part of our topic we had a Mediterranean day to be able to get a feel of the different cultures in Spain, Italy and Greece. We got to try foods from the different countries, tried speaking the language, had a go at a traditional dance and looked at some of the famous landmarks in the countries. These pictures show us trying a Spanish Tortilla and flamenco dancing.
Linked to the book we have been working on in English Leon and the Place Between we designed and made a magicians cape for a teddy bear. We learnt how to sew running and blanket stitch. We used the stitches to sew two pieces of fabric together, add decorations and sew on a button. Once finished we tested them on our teddies.
Our Class Worship on Forgiveness
We came dressed up as different characters for World Book Day. We visited different classrooms and listened to teachers reading their favorite picture book. Then we looked at Mrs Bennett's favorite picture books which was Slam by Adam Stower, it was just pictures and no words! We picked our favorite picture and wrote what writing for that picture might have been.
In art children have been working hard to create a sculpture of a canopic jar. They first shaped materials (newspaper, foil and masking tape) to make the armature of the head for the jar. Using Modroc they covered the whole armature to create a hard sculpture. Finally they painted the jars, using suitable colours, and added detail using pens. The final jars look amazing they have done so well. Can you work out which Egyptian god the jar represents?
Our Completed Canopic Jars
Ancient Egyptian Workshop
Year 3 had such an amazing time during the Ancient Egyptian workshop as the start to our topic this term. In the morning, the children dressed up and put on eye make-up. Once dressed up they completed a range of activities, in mixed groups, such as grinding corn into flour using a mill stone, weaving on a loom to make cloth, rubbing chalk together to make a fine powder to make paint and constructing a reed mat. They examined a range of artefacts from Ancient Egypt and tried to work out what they were. Using clay they worked really hard to mould an amulet of Osiris spine, wrote spells on papyrus to include in the book of the dead and made up rules for games that were discovered in the Ancient Egyptian tombs so they could play them. They all had the chance to make an amulet with hieroglyphics of their name in a cartouche to protect them and bring them luck. In the afternoon they acted out an Egyptian myth about the Gods Osiris and Isis to understand what the Egyptians believed about the afterlife. Then Pharaoh Skye was mummified with some children taking on the jobs of removing her internal organs, hooking out the brain, wrapping her up in bandages and finally putting on the death mask. Luckily they all completed the jobs well as Skye then came back to life to be able to live in the afterlife. Finally to finish the workshop the children completed a archaeology game to discover tombs in the valley of the kings, each tomb that was discovered earnt points or gave the class a curse, 3 Coventry were victorious gaining 1000 points in total after discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb.
During theme week the children used Scratch to create their own animations of a snowman. They drew the snowman character and then added coding to make the character move and change.
As part of their DT unit the children investigated different types of moving parts such as sliders, pull levers, flaps and pop-ups. They then used these ideas to design and create their own Christmas card with moving parts. These are some of the final designs from the class.
After introducing the story Stone Age Boy to the class they then turned the desks into caves. Once inside their caves they drew pictures to tell the main events of the story int he style of cave paintings.
To imagine what some of the activities Stone Age Boy completed in the story the children threw javelins at a target to imagine they were hunting reindeer, they tried chipping stones to make tools, sewing and rubbing sticks to create a fire or clicking stone together (not that we managed to make one). Through these activities the children gathered a range of verbs and adverbs to describe the actions.
After discussing what love and care can mean, what it means to them and how they can show love and care children worked independently or collaboratively to produce a piece of art work. The art work inspired by the school Christian value Love and care will be used to create an exhibition in our local church for the community to come and view.
On reading day children came in dressed as their favorite reading characters and looked fantastic. As part of the day children shared picture books with each. They read the stories to each other discussed what the pictures can tell us about the characters, settings and provide more information. They identified rhyming books and shared which books they liked and why. Mrs Bennett even got into the spirit of things and shared a book about the crocodile, while dressed as the Enormous Crocodile.