Welcome to Class 8
Class Teacher: Miss Smith
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Year 3 have really enjoyed the last two weeks finding out all about life in India from our visitors from Mayo College. Some of the boys came to answer our questions and they enjoyed joining in activities with us at lunchtime. We learned about life in a busy boarding school as we compared our typical school day.
Last Friday was also very exciting because we learned how much money Year 5 have raised for Spirit Alive and some of us were lucky enough to win their competitions. A letter will be going home soon to explain the countries everyone has and the activities planned for that week.
Some of Year 3 had a very interesting day Tuesday, learning to perform on the radio at East Leeds FM near Seacroft Green. Matthew Bellwood came into school in the morning so that everyone involved in the story writing project could learn their part. We really enjoyed deciding how our sculptures would speak when they came to life.
In the afternoon we found out what it is like in a radio station as we went to record our play. Everyone had to be silent as each character spoke. This was because the microphones pick up any sounds in the background. We are all really interested to hear how we sound on the radio! Everyone did brilliantly.
In Year 3 we have spent a lot of time learning how to make beads out of clay to make our own jewellery inspired by our Ancient Egypt work. We practised making different shapes and designed our own patterns and amulets.
We have also been busy doing our own research to find out about why the River Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. Look at our finished work to find out the answer.
Class 8 had a fantastic time on the Nell Bank residential! We arrived at Nell Bank in time to have our lunch outside in the lovely sunshine and then we got stuck in with activities straight away. First, we went pond dipping which most of us said was our favourite activity of the day. We got to catch all sorts of creatures including lots of newts, snails and dragonfly larvae! Then we went minibeast hunting and found woodlice, beetles, millipedes, worms and even four toads! Before we had our tea, we got to have so much fun playing in the water play area and on the huge adventure playground. Then to finish off our very busy day we went to play loads of games on the field and had talent show!
On our second day at Nell Bank we got up bright and early to have our breakfast and play on the adventure playground again. Our first activity on the day was orienteering. We got to work in pairs to use a map of Nell Bank to try and find all of the control points - they were spread out over the site so it was hard to find all of them! After that we did den building which was so much fun! Finally we had a picnic for our lunch before getting on the bus to go back to school.
A group of Year 3 had great fun with Matthew Bellwood last week taking part in a writing project with a school in Dortmund, Germany. We went into Leeds to see the statue of the Dortmund Draymen and imagined what he might do at night when everyone is asleep. We looked around for other statues he could meet and then did drama work to build up our ideas. When we have written our stories, we will practise reading them so that they can be recorded and played to the school. They will be on the radio in September too.
Year 3 really enjoyed World Book Day. Thank you to everyone who dressed up. It was good fun hearing about each costume and looking at the stories connected to the different characters. Enjoy our photographs.
Year 3 had a brilliant visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Art Gallery on Monday. We loved exploring the sculptures outside and looking at how they related to the landscape. We especially enjoyed Barbara Hepworth's Family of Man series and we noticed that each one was a different person. There was a bride, a bridegroom and even a little girl. We found out that Barbara Hepworth liked holes through her work so you could look through them at the inside and the outside. Then we went to find Henry Moore's work and a lot of his figures looked like they were lying down. They were quite abstract so they reminded us of different things. One of them looked like a lady sunbathing.
In the Hepworth Gallery we drew different sculptures and we had great fun using different materials to create our own group sculptures using ideas from what we had already seen and the theme of 'inside and outside.' Back at school we are going to create our own sculptures to show you.
Year 3 had a brilliant visit to the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility this week. We couldn't believe how interesting it was or how much we found out about what happens to our waste. We watched the claw move the rubbish and we found out how machines sort it to take out plastics, glass and card that can be recycled. Metal can be reused and turned into other products and we even found out that plastic bottles can be reused and turned into fibres to make jumpers! The waste is burnt in a fire and the energy made by the fire is converted into electricity. We are planning to find out a lot more about recycling now so that we can recycle more in school to help our environment.
Thank you to everyone who has been taking photographs of where they live, making maps of their area and asking family about how Seacroft has changed over time. Some of the children have been researching what Seacroft was like in the past and they are really interested in this. We found out Seacroft was a village with lots of fields and farms in the past. When we visited St James' Church we found evidence of this.
If you have any memories of what Seacroft used to be like or family memories of how it has changed, please write them down for Year 3 to bring into school. Thank you.
This term we are finding out all about the communities we are part of in Year 3. Wednesday we walked around Seacroft Green, visited St James' Church and began to think about how old the buildings are. Lots of children have already began their research at home by drawing their house, making maps of their area and taking photographs of where they live. Think about what you are most interested in for your school project and look out for photographs here soon.
Year 3 have spent the last few weeks enjoying the Anglo-Saxon myth Beowulf. We have had drama sessions every week by Pavla where we have really enjoyed acting out different parts of the story while we think about the different characters. This week is our last session so we will be using our ideas in our writing and artwork. Look out for photos next week that show what we have been doing.
Year 3 had a brilliant time exploring Jorvik and The Dig to help us start researching the Vikings. First we became archaeologists so we used tools to hunt for different artefacts. We learned that thousands of Viking artefacts have been found under York and they tell historians all about the Viking way of life. Lots of pairs of shoes have been found, so have different weapons, pottery, jewellery and even the remains of a woolen sock. Then we went on a ride through the Viking village at Jorvik and it seemed so real. It was very smelly but most of us loved feeling that we were watching the daily life of real Vikings.
Year 3 had a brilliant time visiting Meanwood Valley Urban Farm last week to learn more about rocks and soils. We looked at different types of soil and explored what soil is made of. We collected leaves, small rocks and stones and different organic matter in a bag. Then we added water and mixed it together. It didn't change much though so we found out it takes a long time to make soil. We had great fun experimenting though and trying to make our own.
This week we have started to learn about rocks and soils as part of our science topic. Emily came in from the Museums Service to tell us all about the rock cycle. We found out that there are 3 main types of rocks called igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at different rocks and we tried to identify different fossils. We were amazed to find out that rocks can be millions of years old. Next week we will find out more when we visit Meanwood Valley Farm on Tuesday.
We had great fun last Monday taking part in drama with Matthew Bellwood. He got everyone dressed up in tunics so that we could pretend to be Romans in a Roman town in Britain. First we chose a council who would have run the town and that group of children got to wear togas. Their togas were white because only the Emperor could wear purple. Then we learned about the Roman Baths and what a visit to the market place would have been like. We pretended to buy things from the different sellers and some of us pretended to visit a bathhouse. Later we learned about the Roman Gods and Goddesses and gladiator fights. We had a brilliant day.
In Year 3 we had a brilliant time taking part in story telling drama sessions on 'No pens Wednesday' and learning about different creatures during our 'Animals Encounters' session. Thank you to all the parents who came to join in the fun too.
We are very impressed with how well the children have settled into Year 3 this week and we are looking forward to an interesting term learning all about different Invaders and Settlers. This starts on Monday with a Stone Age workshop in the hall. Look out for the photos here soon!
All the children are excited about their first swimming lesson next Wednesday. Please remember to bring back the permission slips next week. Thank you.