Welcome to Year 3!
The inspiring staff in Year 3 are Mrs Evans, Mrs Golby, Mrs Cameron, Mrs Davis and Mrs Payne.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our amazing Isles of Wonder topic. It was so interesting to learn more about the country we live in and its geographical features. When we focused in on our local area of Evesham, we discovered it has a wealth of history and loved retelling some local stories such as the story of Eof and Lady Godiva. On the way back from our Harvest Festival, we were fortunate enough to be invited to look at the well in the garden of the house once owned by King Canute, which according to legend, Lady Godiva frequented.
On a walk around Evesham we sketched the beautiful park and incredible Bell Tower. We later turned these sketches in to 'Hockney' inspired landscapes, which are proudly displayed in our classrooms. As a result of this work, we have become experts at mapping the local town and using a compass to find our way around.
We went on a beautiful Autumn Walk around school to inspire our poetry writing. We loved looking at the vibrant colours Autumn brings and built our vocabulary using similes. The children decided that some of the trees 'glowed like a fire', while 'the wind howled like a wolf'.
Black History Day
At the end of term we celebrated Black History Month by having a Black History Day, during which year 3 focused on Black British Athletes. 3GC looked at Kelly Holmes, while 3SE looked at Denise Lewis and found out more about their achievements and what inspiring role models they are. Some of our children took up the challenge of trying to run as fast as they could for 1 minute 56 seconds - the Gold winning 800 metres time at the Athens Olympics 2008. They were completely exhausted!
In November, James Tolkien (a local vet) came to visit us here at St Richard's to tell us all about his job. The children had lots of questions and found out about his daily responsibilities and what he had to do to become a vet. They even discovered how to care for animals and some lucky children had the opportunity to try out some of James' equipment.
Not only this, but James is related to the great J.R.R. Tolkien and the children were given the chance to discuss the fantastic 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' stories. James even brought in Aragon's sword that was used in the movie. What an exciting visit!
Bishop's Wood Stone Age Trip
Year 3 went on a fantastic trip at Bishop's Wood, where we were transported back in time to the Stone Age. During our time there, we learned how to live like Stone Age Nomads. We foraged and hunted for food, built shelters and even captured a Woolly Mammoth. We had so much fun, but were glad to get back to 2019 and the comforts of central heating.
Ancient Egyptians Museum Trip
On Monday 10th February 2020 year 3 visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. We were able to handle authentic Egytpian Artefacts and look around their vast collection of historical relics. We saw a real mummy, sarcophagus, hieroglyphics and canopic jars. It was fascinating to be inside a museum and look at how they represent the different periods of time and preserve the past.
In maths with have been making up our own word problems linked to our Ancient Egyptian Topic.
We now have our own problem solving box in the classroom. The question is on the front of the card and the calculation with answer is on the back.
In maths we used sugar cubes to investigate how the Egyptians may have constructed the pyramids. By calculating the bottom layer we were able to predict the number of blocks needed to build pyramids of different sizes.
In science, we have been learning about light. We have been classifying light sources, and thinking about the dangers of the sun. We also investigated reflection. We found out that reflection is when light bounces back off an object. We were trying to design a t-shirt that would be highly reflective. We discovered that shiny and glossy materials reflect light well. We went on to discover that shadows are formed when light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. We were also able to find patterns in the way that the size of shadows changes.