This week year 3 have had the opportunity to get involved in the Trailblazer Project. Each class had a focused workshop which ran across a whole day to guide them with their creation of their own ‘Wild Thing’. Using a variety of different materials, each child had a finished project with which they then incorporated into a storytelling session.
In 3SH, we have enjoyed creating our own non-chronological extreme weather reports. Once we had extended our writing skills, we then became lighting and sound technicians, camera crew and presenters in order to record our work using our new green screen equipment. We had lots of fun understanding and using the equipment and we are looking forward to editing our recordings!
In year 3 this term we have been focusing on our number skills. This week, we have been focusing on our multiplication and division. We had an interhouse multiplication hunt competition where the children had to work as a team to solve multiplication problems. A big congratulations to Bath team who solved their problems in the fastest time.
On Friday 22nd May, the last day of the half term, the entire community of East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery celebrated an Alice in Wonderland Equity Action in the glorious sunshine! Children had been enquiring into a number of ideas, using Lewis Carroll's famous story as a vehicle, as well as looking into local heritage through the Bata estates. Friday's event was a Hatter's Tea Party, with performances from children across the school, party food, games and work from the half term on display for parents, carers and other visitors to enjoy. Guests at the event included the Mayor Cllr Liddiard and his Deputy Mayor, MP Stephen Metcalfe, some of our Governors past and present, and representatives from local community groups. Children raised hundreds of pounds through this event to support the work of the Bata Reminiscence Resource Centre, making another positive contribution to the local community as active young citizens. Staff rallied round as usual to support the event and make all of our visitors feel welcome. Well done everybody!
Some people are calling for there to be a prize for the best displays on the day, so watch this space, if they can get us some more evidence, there might just be another prize giving coming up…
In Year 3 the children have been learning about the life cycles of plants. They conducted an experiment using food dye and celery to investigate how plants absorb water. The children are excited to see whether the celery changes colour as a result of absorbing the food dye!
In preparation for the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the children created mood boards as they considered the process of designing, loosely linking this to their enquiry into the work at the Bata factory. The children also created some masks for their Alice in Wonderland performance for the tea party!
“It’s really fun here because you get to do loads of projects, like the baby chicks in 2HM. At lunchtime, we came and were allowed to hold and stroke them. We watched some of the eggs hatching and noticed that one of the chicks was rolling another egg around, maybe trying to help it hatch. We have learnt that yellow chicks are boys and the orangey-brown ones are girls.
Before we went to the National Gallery, we didn’t think it would be fun, but it was and we learnt lots about the pictures.
It’s good here because even when we have had news that has made us upset, our teachers and friends have helped us.”
We have been working in teams to build the strongest and tallest structures to support a chocolate egg. Sounds easy huh, but our building materials were marshmallows and spaghetti - exactly! This was our Science Week investigation and we had to think about the different forces, such as mass and gravity, as well as the strength and texture of the materials that we were using. Some people have asked whether we got to eat any of the materials afterwards...well what do you think? We are responsible scientists in 3HS!
It has been a fantastic week in Year 3. We have been busy learning about play scripts in English. In maths we were division detectives. This week we also celebrated Commonwealth Day. In 3SO the children got to work researching information about St. Lucia. They found lots of interesting facts and were able to make leaflets and information sheets for other classes to look at. We had a lovely end to our week; the children celebrated Red Nose Day and got to dress up as their favourite characters from a book.
This half term we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have learnt about how the signs were chosen for the New Year. We made kites and we got to fly the kites! It was great fun! Then we got to watch a dragon dance, it was very scary and loud!