What an exciting start to the year. Term 1 has been full of new discoveries as the children have worked so hard to consolidate their new learning. I am so proud of them! Well done on a super start to Year 3.
In History, the children learnt that some archaeologists and historians have ordered the Stone Age into three parts; the Palaeolithic (800,000BC to 10,500BC). Several ice ages occurred in Britain during this time and early Homo Sapiens lived alongside their Neanderthal neighbours. They lived as nomadic hunters and gatherers, moving around to find food and living in caves for shelter. They used fire for warmth, protection and cooking and wore clothes made from animal skins to keep warm. The next phase is called the Mesolithic (10,500BC – 4,000BC). At this time, rising sea levels cut Britain off from mainland Europe and woodland began to increase. Humans were still hunter-gatherers, living in tents when travelling, but there is some evidence of seasonal and permanent settlements. The final part of the Stone Age is known as the Neolithic (4000BC-2200BC). Farming began and this meant they needed to build settlements to stay close to their crops and animals. This is one of the greatest legacies of the Stone Age as we still rely on farming today and it has shaped the human world.
The children had great fun as Stone Age people during our afternoon Stone Age time. We made dens and hunted food, sharing what we had round the ‘fire’ pit area and celebrating each tribe members contribution, whether it be the creation of wooden bowls, the hunting of a Woolly Mammoth or the building of a shelter. Children used their imaginations and knowledge to explore the Stone Age and the way of life led by our Stone Age ancestors.
The class made Stone Age jewelry from clay ‘animal teeth’ and have also made Stone Age pots which will be fired in our school’s kiln next term once they have dried.
In Literacy, the children studied the book The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Using a Talk4Writing approach the children learnt the story and then planned, drafted, edited and then published their own Voyage and Return stories based on The Stone Age Boy. The children are beginning to use inverted commas for speech, adjectives, noun phrases, verbs and adverbs (including fronted adverbials) to add in extra details. I an very proud of the effort the children have made in ensuring they are using capital letters for the start of a sentence and full stops at the end, all the while keeping an eye on their spelling and handwriting standards. Well done Class 3.
In Maths, the children have been learning all about place value. They can now arrange counters, Base 10 and digits in a place value grid to make three digit numbers. This has helped the children to then move on to addition and subtractions using the visual and concrete models to see the maths involved in these operations.
In Science, this children have been learning all about Rocks, soil and fossils. They investigated the properties of different rocks and assessed them as either metamorphic, igneous or sedimentary. They learnt where each of these rocks are formed and how different soil types create different types of rock. We managed to think of most of the things that make up soil but it was a surprise to all of us that soil is actually made up of a large proportion of air and water. We also studied Mary Anning and learnt about her contribution to the subject of Paleontology.
In Religious Studies, the children have been learning about Hinduism and the Diwali festival celebrations. They have been considering the question ‘Would celebrating Diwali at home and in the community being a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?’ After considering the idea or ‘belonging’ we made Diwali lanterns and drew Rangoli patterns together and considered how this shared activity made us feel as a class community. The children made comparisons with Christmas and we thought about how saying prayers together also creates a sense of belonging in our classroom.
In PSHE we considered the importance of diversity and compared our monster creations to find out what was the same and what was different. We all agreed that if we were all the same life would be very boring indeed and that it was important to celebrate our similarities and differences. Here are some of the wonderfully unique characters Class 3 created:
We have also been continuing with our Well-being activities. So whether its dancing to GoNoodle, trying some yoga moves or lying on the floor doing some breathing exercises, we are learning that it’s important to look after our mental health and well-being. It has also been super to see some of the children doing some of the breathing exercises independently. Keep it up Class 3, you are superstar learners and I am super impressed!
This Term we will be learning all about the Iron Age and Bronze Age. The Iron and Bronze Age Knowledge Organiser can be downloaded here. In Science we will be learning about Forces and Magnets and the Knowledge Organiser can be downloaded here.