Stone Age Day at Samphire Hoe
Year 3 have had a fabulous start to the term with a trip to Samphire Hoe to support their learning about Stone Age. They examined the environment to find all the essential things needed to survive in the Stone Age and discovered shelters in the cliffs, fresh water ponds, edible plants, animals and even uses for their poo! They foraged for plants, learnt how to bend and twist hazel branches to make a hoop and practiced lighting a fire by rubbing sticks into wood. They looked at some weapons that would have been used in Stone Age times, to understand how they were made and used. Then they used a flint as a hand tool to remove the outer bark from a hazel twig to stop the wood rotting to make their own arrow or short spear. Also the children learnt about Stone Age people and carried out a short ritual similar to those they would have had in a cave, then created a class tribe ‘cave’ painting of their hands by blowing paint over a template of their hands.
After reading Stone Age Boy together as a class, the children turned the desks into caves using cardboard boxes. Then inside their caves they drew 'cave paintings' to retell the main events in the story. They shared ideas about the story, what they learnt about the Stone Age people from it and what they liked or didn't like.
Theme Week - Garden of Kent
Children researched the features of leaflets by looking at different existing leaflets. They named the different features and explained why they were important for the leaflet. Then the children researched information about Dover to write their own facts to be able to write their own leaflets for people visiting the area.
The class looked at different crops that are harvested in Kent in particular apples, pears, plums, cherries, hops and cop nuts. Children choose a picture to sketch and then used watercolors to create a painting of the fruit. They mixed colours to create different shades, blended them and built up colours to make the picture look as real as they could.
Children have been learning about the paintings Georgia O'Keefe created. She was famous for painting flowers in bold bright colours, they are often close up of just a section of the flower. Using view finders children used photos of flowers to sketch a section of the flower. They learnt about the different sketching pencils and practiced using them before sketching their part of a flower and shading it.
In PE this term the children have learnt skills for invasion games. they have practiced skills of passing balls, blocking and dodging. They have also had cricket coaching.
Children have completed e-safety lessons where they have thought about what they use the internet for. What information they can give out and what information they shouldn't give out online. They discussed the importance of setting a strong password and keeping passwords to themselves. Using Purplemash the children used a blog to communicate with each other and discuss being safe online.
Setting up our science investigation to find out how water is transported (moved) around the plants. We put the celery in coloured water to find out where the water will go.
Children looked at the 'Big Picture' which uses illustrations to tell events in the Bible. They discussed what the pictures showed and which part of the Bible it could link to. They shared ideas about the use of colour and certain images.
Year 3 Long Term Plan 2019-2020