Welcome to Beech Class
Welcome to Year 3 - Beech Class. This term our topic is 'The Stone Age.' We are looking forward to finding out all about the lives of Stone Age people and how they survived in a world before... well anything really. We will be exploring how they hunted and gathered food, how they made clothes and how they lit fires to keep themselves warm. We will be researching all the evidence discovered on fascinating and spectacular cave paintings and even have a go at recreating our own in Art. This all links nicely with our Rocks and Fossils topic in science and also English, where we will be writing about life in the stone age and writing our own set of survival instructions - just in case.
PE this term will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This term we will be focusing on the skills needed to successfully play a range of invasion games as well as orienteering skills.
Homework will be sent out on Fridays, to be completed by the following Thursday and there will be an opportunity to change reading books on Mondays and Fridays.
This year we will be focusing on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 multiplication tables. We will be having lots of practice in school, but please continue to practice at home too.
We are really looking forward to beginning our learning this term and exploring the Year 3 curriculum. Please check the website for regular updates, information about our curriculum and photos showing all of Beech Classes amazing work.
Mr Hickerton, Mrs Thornton and Mrs Connelly
In English this term we have read 'The Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. We used drama to express how the Stone Age Boy would have felt when he first entered the magnificent cave, full of wondrous cave paintings. We used these pictures to help inspire us as we wrote our own diary entries. (Pictures coming soon!)
SCIENCE - PLANTS
In science we investigated the best conditions for growing plants. Some of them did pretty well. Some of them... didn't. We found out - as predicted - that plants need water, soil and roots to grow healthily. Although the ones in the dark did well too!
Stone Age Caves
For homework Beech class were tasked with making their own Stone Age home. What came back was quite incredible. It is clear that a lot of time and effort went in to making them. Some were incredibly heavy and some were even edible! Brilliant work Year 3s!
In PE this term we have been getting to grips with invasion games by playing games of robbing the nest and Aztecs. We have also introduced the year 3s to orienteering, combining both maths as well as map reading. (Pictures on their way!)
This week we have been thinking about our Christian Value of Thankfulness. We decorated our own 'Thankfulness Flowers' with words and images showing things that we are thankful for. They have really brightened up our class reflection area!
Year 3 had the opportunity to experience the Stone Age for the first of their six visits to Wild Woodcraft. We worked as a class to build a shelter, had a go at tanning a goat skin and handled lots of Stone Age tools, spears, clothes, animal skins, bones, bags and bowls etc. We can't wait to go back next week and see what Maria and Matthew have planned for us!
This week in English we have been planning our own Stone Age adventure stories. We started the week by acting out Stone Age scenes in groups before drawing story maps of our stories. The final part of the planning stage was talking our stories through with our classmates. Next week will begin to write them. We can’t wait to share them with you.
This week we combined maths and orienteering. Not only did we have to answer sums, we had to find the numbers first!
PE and Sport
This week we braved the rain to fine tune our passing skills in football, as part of our invasion games topic. Miss Ward also joined us as we took part in our first Carre’s Outreach event - tennis. It was windy, but a lot of fun.
In art this week we have made our own papyrus better and chosen an Egyptian theme to design it with. Check out the finished results below. They look great!