We had a brilliant time with Matthew Bellwood when he came into school to teach us all about Ancient Egyptian mummification. He pretended he was an embalmer and he let us help him mummify his model Ani. We found out the Ancient Egyptians didn't think the brain was important but they took good care of the stomach, lungs, liver, intestines and heart. A body took 40 days to dry out and then it was wrapped in linen bandages. Rich pharaohs were often put into a pyramid that had been built especially for them.
We would like to introduce you to our class ….. Restorative Ambassadors.
These pupils have been trained to help others by using Restorative Practice. Encouraging everyone to have a voice, learning to understand ourselves and each other by listening, sharing feelings and working together to solve disagreements.
We are very proud of these pupils and how they are actively working to building a harmonious and inclusive community here at Beechwood and in the wider community.
Year 3 had a brilliant day out Tuesday 4th May at Nell Bank. Everyone was extremely excited about being able to go on a trip again. We spent the whole day learning more about plants and animals from different habitats. We explored the woods and we learned that a bluebell needs 2 litres of water a day. Then we found out that a large oak tree needs 1400 litres of water everyday! After that, we went minibeast hunting with our own minibeast precision collecting tools. There were a lot of woodlice, millipedes, centipedes, worms and beetles hiding under logs and in the ground. We collected a few spiders too and a very tame robin came to watch us at work. After lunch, we had great fun pond dipping. Hiding in the cold, slimy weed were so many different creatures. We collected different types of snails, newts and water insects and it was most people's favourite part of the day.
In Year 3 we have started to learn about Ancient Egypt. We launched our topic by looking at different artefacts and using information books and websites to help us think about what we wanted to learn. Everyone is interested in finding out more about mummification, the pyramids and what children did in Ancient Egypt.
In Year 3 we have been busy doing lots of science. We have investigated light and dark using torches and we have learned how to make different shadows. If an object is transparent all the light goes through it so there is no shadow. However, an opaque object blocks the light and creates a strong shadow. We enjoyed observing our own shadows and we learned that their size changes depending on where the sun is. We have just begun learning more about plants so Mrs Dunderdale helped us plant onions outside. Over the next few weeks, we will be planting all kinds of different seeds and investigating how they grow.
We learned to take our own photographs of the area around school. Then we used them for our art work. We used the iPads to make computer based art of our photographs like David Hockney and we used watercolours to make our own paintings too. Can you recognise any of the buildings?
In our Community topic we have been thinking about what we can do to make a difference. We have been learning about the problems of too much plastic in our world and the effect this can have on the environment. This led us to make our own posters to explain the problems and show how important it is to re-use or recycle plastic items.
In Year 3 we had great fun celebrating World Book Day at home and in school. We dressed up, read parts of our favourite stories and designed our own book worlds.
I am very impressed with how hard everyone is working to learn times table facts off by heart and out of order. We got a certificate and won a prize for this last week in school as part of our Maths competitions. Well done Class 7. Keep practising at home 🙂.
Class 7 have created some fantastic art work this week using ideas from the Beowulf story. They thought carefully about the mood they wanted to create and used different types of paint and different sized brushes to create their work. Some paintings show the monster Grendel as well as the hall. The backgrounds might be darker to make it feel more spooky or more brightly coloured to show the monster has been beaten. What do you think of our brilliant work?
Certificate Winners - for past 3 weeks and Birthdays too!
This half term in Year 3 our English work is connected to the Anglo-Saxon myth Beowulf. We haven't found out who Beowulf is yet but we think he might be the hero of the story. On Friday we enjoyed drama work to help us think about how the warriors felt in the great hall when they knew their laughter had woken the monster Grendel. We are going to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons next week. Can you find out anything about them at home?
We have had great fun in Year 3 learning about the history of Britain. First, we found out about the Stone Age and we learned that Stone Age people created their own art. They made cave paintings using ground up rocks to make their own paint and they painted on walls. We used chalk and charcoal to find out what it was like to draw outside.