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Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 is a huge year for the children as they take the first steps outside KS1 and into the vast world of KS2!

In Year 3 the children will be beginning in the Autumn to discover the history of Ancient Greece and it's impact on the world today.  The children learn about Athens and Sparta - their differences, their wars and how they treated each other!  They learn about the 'hero' Hercules and his labors, tales and adventures: The Nine Headed Hydra! Cerberus - the dog that guards the gates of the Underworld!..and cleaning poo out of stables! Pottery was important in these times, and the children learn how to make their own pot out of clay.  As well as other things, the children also learn to become script writers, writing their own Comedy or Tragedy play.  Finally, the Olympics come around, and the children must work together in groups to bid for the honour to host the Olympic Games in their favourite city!

In the Spring the major topic is about the Vicious Vikings, and we learn about why the Vikings decided to invade Britain and why they were so successful doing so.  We look at their homelife, and how many of the things they introduced changed the way we live our lives today.  We compare the fighting of Greeks and Vikings, and we look at weaponary and war, but also defensive tactics..!  The children look at artwork from Scandinavia, and study the designer Erja Hirva and her amazing patterns and pieces of work.  Finally, trade was a hugely important aspect of Viking life, so the children become traders, working together to gain the best possible price of their materials...learning about bartering and the value of objects.

As the sun arrives (!), we welcome the Summer Term and we start looking at Britain in the 1960s.  Here we start to look at how music and artwork influenced society as a whole.  The children learn about famous bands such as The Beatles and famous artists such as Andy Warhol.  We start to look at famous figures during this time (Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon), and how their thoughts and actions changed the way some people thought and acted.  Colour was bright and bold, so we make our own amazing artworks using different media such as poster paint, tye-die and collage.  During this term, the children get to visit one of the greatest cities throughout this era, Liverpool!  The children visit the Beatles Story, The Museum of Liverpool and they get to walk around the famous Albert Dock.  It's a fantastic end to the Swinging Sixties!

Throughout the year the children will learn about Electricity, Materials, Light, Plants, Teeth & Digestion, and Rocks & Fossils in Science.  As well as all this, the children get to learn (!) how to play the Ukulele through weekly lessons!  Also, Year 3 is the first year where PE is taught through specific sport, playing sports such as Rugby, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Rounders and Cricket.

 

Lots of other fun and amazing things happen in Year 3! Just see for yourself below!

Mr B

 

These pictures are from our Inspire Workshop, where the children had to make a structure to hold an egg...only using marshmallows and spaghetti.  It was a cracking morning, the children were egg-cellent and I think everyone's brains were scrambled by the end of it. 

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