On Tuesday 13th March, Year 3 had a very informative visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace. They learnt about the history of the palace and were surprised to find out that it was discovered purely by chance. The local water company were digging a trench to lay pipes when they came across a mosaic. It turned out to be the beginning of one of the most influential discoveries in England with regards to Roman times.
We began by looking around the museum which showed a number of artefacts gathered from the excavation. Here we looked at old coins and in particular, a number of pieces of jewellery which were found intact.
“I can’t believe this is what they actually wore in the Roman times,” one excited voice was heard to say.
This practical workshop gave the children a chance to experiment with a variety of different hands-on activities, including mosaic-making, writing on wax tablets, spinning wool, arch and roof building, and role play in the Roman kitchen. During the workshop each child had the opportunity to dress as a slave and selected children were dressed in full Roman costume.
We also toured the mosaics which has been discovered and carefully restored. The children were very impressed to see the hypocaust which was what the Romans used for underfloor heating and was the beginning of the central heating system which we now use today.
The children were fascinated by all that they saw and it really brought their learning to life.
Cassie Patten, an Olympic Bronze medal winner, came to visit Springwood last week! The children were challenged to complete a circuit of exercises, raising money for the athletes and the school. Year 3 were resilient and did not give up until the very end. They encouraged year 2 and 1 by cheering and chanting!
World Book Day and our Storyteller Visit!
Wow! What an exciting week we have had this week! Year 3 have had a visit from a Storyteller who told us two different stories about the Romans.
"One was about a Roman Emperor and his son and the Emperor needed a wife. So the Emperor got married to a women who sold jugs of water in the market. But unfortunately she turned out to be a really mean lady!" Joshua said.
Year 3 also had lots of fun on Thursday 1st March dressing up as their favourite book character. We designed our own book covers and had a scavenger hunt around our school library finding books with different characters, settings and genres.
Day two started with a huge breakfast to prepare us for another busy day of activities.
There was a variety of activities today...
The group had to do teamwork challenges in order to earn coins, these coins were used to build a capsule to protect the eggs. These eggs were catapulted off a Trebuchet. Unfortunately, one egg did not survive.
'Orienteering/ Stubbington fox'
Using pictures of the grounds, the groups had to find tags hidden around the conservation areas. During Stubbington fox, the children had to find tags hidden in the trees whilst staying away from the farmers.
After an earthquake had hit Stubbington, the mountain rescue team had to transport their equipment through and over obstacles to save babies. The favourite part was the lava leap which most of us made it over.
Stubbington Study Centre
After unpacking our belongings and settling into life (for the next few days at Stubbington) we were straight onto the activities.
The children had to use an ordinance style map of the Stubbington grounds to locate different clues around the grounds. Working in small teams, they had to negotiate a complex map, out of bounds areas as well as compete with other groups. The children were excited about being able to explore the whole of the grounds.
After taking off on an aeroplane to an exotic beach holiday to Australia, we unfortunately crashed into the ocean but found safety on a desert island. Our task was to build a shelter that would protect us from wind, rain, predators but would also fit in all our team members. Once the shelters were built we were able to get inside them and see if they would survive after 'Storm Curry' (a few of the children got wet!).
Year 3 Reading Morning,
Thank you so much for joining us on our reading morning. The children illustrated so many skills that they have been learning throughout the term. We unpicked why the author used a simile to describe a characters feet being 'as light as Mercury' and how that made the reader feel. We used our 'select and retrieve' skills to find out information about a character and then drew the image we had in our head using the descriptions. Well done year 3!
Year 3 have had so much fun this afternoon role playing the Roman army invading Britain and their battle with the Celts. We have been discussing the different reasons why the Romans invaded Britain...
"We are more civilised than the Celts!" Archie said. "The world will be peaceful and everyone will obey the Roman law."
"We want POWER! REVENGE!" Annabel declared.
"We need the farm lands to grow corn, wool, leather, silver, gold and tin." Jack argued.
Please see the pictures below of Year 3 perfecting the 'Tortoise' formation. They had to be very organised and work well as a team.
Our Class Creatures
Welcome to both our new Year 3 classes, Woodlice and Centipedes. We have had a very exciting first two weeks back in school continuing science and art work that we started back in July as part of our transition days.
Over this academic year we will be conducting a longitudinal study (a study that takes place over a long period of time). We will be investigating and measuring the popularity of our class creature as the seasons and temperatures change and which environments they prefer as their habitats.
Please take a look below at some of the exciting work that has already taken place.
Photos show risk assessments and questions that children used at the start of the science investigation to samples of the children's work including labelled diagrams and even giant papier mache Woodlice and Centipedes.
Art- Linking to the Olympics!
Drawing the human body is quite tricky, especially when drawing how it moves, throws, catches and sprints. In our art sessions we have been focusing on how our bodies move and using wooden armatures to position into moving body movements.
Watch this space for our sketches ...