Welcome to Beech Class
This term in Year 3, we are learning all about life in the Stone Age. We will be learning all about how Stone Age people lived, how they hunted, how they cooked, essentially - how they survived. In English will be writing stories based on Stone Age boy, writing instructions for making fires, writing reports on how to survive the Stone Age, wrting poems about Stone Age animals as well as researching and writing about Skara Brae - the most well preserved Stone Age settlement in the Britain. It doesn't stop there. In Science we will take this even further by learning about Rocks and Soils, and handling rocks useful during the time period. Photos and work will be posted throughout the year, so please check for regular updates.
Mr Hickerton, Mrs Bennett and Miss Hanson
Meet the stars of Year 3
At Navenby we see the benefits of active learning. Here are some pictures of the children enjoying our recent active maths lessons.
PE - Gymnastics
With the help of Miss Ward from Carre's Outreach, the children have been practicing and improving their gymnastics skills. Over the term they have been practicing their rolls, balances and jumps. I have been really impressed with the talent the children have displayed. There have certainly been some adventurous balances.
Stone Age Caves
For homework the children were set, what I thought, would be a relatively simple challenge. The challenge being to draw or design their own Stone Age caves. The class truly went above and beyond with their efforts. Some caves had real rocks, some caves had real mud, a couple of caves were far too heavy to lift and one was even edible. Year 3s and your parents, I commend you. Well done!
Stone Age Fires
To help with our instruction writing in English, Year 3s were set the task of making their own fires. We decided to leave the actual lighting of fires until our trip to Wild Wood Craft, but the children did a great job.
PE - House competitions
To celebrate all the hard work we have put in during our PE lessons this term, the children took part in gymnastics and handball house competitions. Ultimately it's a great opportunity for the children to display all the new skills they have learnt, but the standard in both events was particularly impressive. Well done everyone.
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This year each year group will be taking three school trips to Wildwood Craft. It is truly a fantastic opportunity for the children, made even more appropriate for the year 3s as the organisers - Maria and Matthew - planned our day out all around the Stone Age. The children got to handle a range of authentically made Stone Age tools and items, make and light real fires, build shelters and even gut and cook fish! It was a fantastic day and really gave us an insight in to what life might have been like all those thousands of years ago.
PE - New Age Kurling and Boccia
This term in PE we have been playing games of Boccia and Kurling. They are certainly not sports you see everyday but the Year 3s really enjoyed playing them, especially when they started thinking more tactically.
We have begun learning the Tortoise Song as part of our music lessons. We have begun by singing the song and have begun practicing musical accompaniment on the xylophone as well as by using garage band. Watch this space.
English - Poetry
In English we are preparing to write our own Stone Age animal poems. In this lesson we read and discussed lots of poems about cats. In groups we decided which was our favourite poem and had to write an explanation justifying our reason. We found lots of good examples of rhyme, adjectives, adverbs and similes that we will look to include when we write our own poems.
Science - What is soil made of?
In science this term we are learning all about plants and how they grow. We asked ourselves the question 'What is soil made of?', and to demonstrate this we made our own compost bins. We including some pebbles, soil, organic material, water, shredded paper and even some worms to get the process going. We look forward to seeing the results over the next couple of weeks.