Welcome to Class 3!
Welcome back to school after the Summer holidays. We hope that you all had a lovely break and are now ready to get stuck straight back in, in KS2.
Myself (Miss Fraser) and Miss Mac are very excited about this year and about all the learning that will be taking place in and out of our classroom. We are looking forward to learning about the children and watching them learn through our new exciting curriculum.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information on what is going on in Class 3 and for important dates that may be coming up during each half term.
A Roman Invasion!
We began this half term back with the detective from our last crime. He was so impressed with us he wanted to send us somewhere to celebrate! He said he was sending us to Italy...little did we know he meant to Ancient Rome!
We began our adventure travelling back in time to Ancient Rome. We arrived in a dusty, old village in AD43. The village was crumbling and dirty, with only a small art shop in the middle. We were greeted by a teenage boy called Remus. He invited us to have a look around the village and his family art shop.
His family run and own the village Art shop, which makes and sells mosaic and paintings to the highest Roman officials. It is renowned for its high quality pieces, meaning Roman Emperors often buy from here. There has been an order placed whilst we are there and we are asked to help his family make the painting mosaics.
Once he is equipped with his armour, Remus invites us to join him as he joins the Army to march forward towards Britain where the army has already invaded. As we are walking (we are walking for a very long time) he starts to tell us about the History of the Roman Empire. We learnt all about Boudicca on the walk over to Britain and learnt about her rule as the Queen of the Iceni tribe.
As we have been marching with Remus, we have also learnt about Hadrian's Wall. We learnt lots of exciting facts about this. We also learnt about the relaxing Roman Baths!
Sadly lots of soldiers died during this time which meant we got to learn about Life and Death as part of our RE topic.
We continue on marching and once we come into Britain we see an aqueduct – we have never seen one before and from this we began to look and learn about States of Matter for Science. We learnt all about solid, liquid and gas particles and what these look like.
Crime of the Century...
In that crime scene there were 5 clues, left by suspects.
The children were eager to investigate these further so took some pictures to help with our investigation.
We were asked by the Detective to help him lead this case. Our first clue took us to meet Benjamin Franklin. He was to teach us all about electricity in Science.
He taught us all about circuits, electrical currents, where electricity comes from and how we use it. We even got to make our own electrical circuits, sometimes using a buzzer or a switch!
We completed some excellent work for Benjamin Franklin and he gave us a clue...
The suspect was MALE!
From there we next went to investigate Rabbi Sacks. We learnt that he is a very famous Rabbi in the Jewish community. We were to learn about the Jewish Faith with him.
He taught us all about Jewish celebrations - such as Bar and Bat Mitzvah's, what Jewish people can and cannot eat and all about Jewish pilgrimages.
We even went on a Jewish pilgrimage ourselves to the famous Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Rabbi Sacks said that because we had done such amazing work for him, he would give us another clue!
He told us that the suspect is 1.8m tall.
After Rabbi Sacks we went to meet with Vivienne Westwood. She had left a perfume bottle at the scene of the crime and we wanted to know more.
We found out that she is a world renowned designer and was going to teach us all about Textiles for DT.
With Vivienne we learn all about product designs and specifications, logos and sewing.
We each practised sewing before designing and then making our own functioning purses. We were all very proud of these as sewing is very tricky!
She then told us that the suspect has a popularity of 8.
We were getting closer to revealing the thief's true identity! Next we met Ed Sheeran - who we all know and love!
He was going to teach us all about how to make your own music on the computer, tying ICT and music all into one.
We learnt how to create tunes on isleoftune and we all made some fantastic beats! We also enjoyed learning Ed Sheeran's songs to then perform and sing to the parents.
We even wrote him some fan mail and sent it in the post!
He then told us that the suspect was actually deceased.
All of those clues pointed the finger directly to Andy Warhol - the artist who had left the paint roller at the crime scene!
He told us that he had simply wanted to borrow our golden flower for some new Pop Art he was working on. He taught us all about screen printing and the Pop Art movement which was exciting and colourful.
We wrote a leaflet about Andy Warhol before creating our own repeated screen print!
The Great Greek Mystery!
As the children were still tidying away from our last adventure we came across a broken pot. The piece of broken pot that we stumbled across, transported us back in time and once we stopped spinning, we found ourselves in Ancient Greece. We were greeted by Zeus, the king of the gods! He then tells us that his most important possession - his Olympic crystal, is missing. In order to find it, we must find and collect the remaining pieces of the broken pot. Once the pot has been restored, he would be able to find out what happened to his all powerful Olympic crystal.
We hot seated Zeus to find out a few things!
Once we had found a few key facts about what the crystal looked like, where it was last seen and who he thinks took it, we were challenged to help Zeus, otherwise we would not return from Ancient Greece!
We decided to help Zeus and agreed to meet the other Gods in order for us to collect the broken pieces of the pot.
The first God we met was Athena. She was the God of Wisdom. She had beaten Poseidon in a battle and won the city of Athens which was named after her. She told us that in order to collect the piece of the pot from her, we had to learn about the story of Medusa, as Athena’s shield bore a picture of Medusa’s head.
We enjoyed learning about Medusa and why she was cursed with snakes and a stone stare. We did some fantastic pieces of writing for Athena and she was very pleased with us.
Athena also taught us about Greek Pottery. We made some amazing Ancient Greek clay pots
We even made replicas of her shield for our homework!
The next God and Goddess we met, we’re Aphrodite and Apollo. They were the Goddess of Love and the God of Music. We learnt all about these Gods and they said in return for some fanatics poetry work, they would give us the next piece of the pot.
We spend some time looking at different styles of poems, picking out key features and then eventually, wrote our own limericks! We based these on love, as we were trying to please the Goddess of Love.
They must have thought our poems were amazing, as we quickly got another piece of the broken pot.
Once we had collected the piece of pot from Apollo and Aphrodite, we met Ares. He was the God of War.
With Ares, we learnt all about the Battle of Marathon. This was a battle that happened between the Athenians and the Persians. We acted out the battle, as if we were there!!
Next, Ares taught us about the Trojan War. We learnt all about how the Spartans fought with the Trojans and how the infamous Trojan Horse was used to win the War.
We made some fantastic Trojan horses!
Ares allowed us to have his piece of the broken pot, which led us to the final God on our journey, Hestia.
Hestia was the Goddess of Family and she taught us all about a very tricky matter. Democracy. We learnt about how Ancient Greece was ruled and who ruled it, as well as how our country today is ruled. We had a class debate about issues surrounding fairness and justice.
We finally had all of the pieces of the pot!
Right from the beginning of our journey with Zeus, we (and the Gods) pointes their fingers at Hades, Zeus’s brother who was banished to the underworld. Hades got blamed for stealing Zeus’s Olympic crystal and we were about to find out the truth!
As we pieced the pot together, the truth was finally revealed....Zeus had found his Olympic crystal....under his bed, where he had last seen it!!!
Our final challenge was to write an apology letter to Hades for blaming him, when silly King of the Gods, Zeus hadn’t looked in his room properly!
This half term in Class 3, we will be going on our first adventure of the year.
We will be going on a journey to Greece and have already got stuck straight in with researching and learning all about the Geography of Greece and the Islands.
Our Big Fat Greek Adventure!
Now that our adventure has come to an end we can fill you in on all of the exciting things we have done this half term!
First we made our passports so that we were allowed to travel to Greece. Before we arrived we had to research the geography of Greece and the islands in order for us to decide which island was best for us to arrive.
We located Greece on a map and used the computers to conduct our research. We learnt what currency is used and how many people live in various different cities.
We then got to work as a group to research a separate Greek island. We collected all of our ideas and pitched our island to the class Dragon's Den style! We were all hoping that our island would be the one to get chosen.
Once we had pitched our ideas, we voted. As a class we decided to go to... KARPATHOS!
Once we arrived in Greece we took a trip to the beach.
We couldn't believe what we were seeing - it was amazing. We closed our eyes and as if we were there, felt the sand in our toes and the sea breeze in our hair.
At the beach we met a little boy called Nikos. He was very friendly and he was 7, but he was feeling down because his family were poor and could no longer afford the upkeep of their house. He took us there and it was a sad sight. An amazing, old, family house that was crumbling around them.
We did artwork based on an artist called Anselm Kiefer who sketches broken buildings.
He really needed our help and we decided we would be the ones to help him! His family were in a predicament - do they stay on the island in their crumbling family home, or do they move to the crowded city of Athens?
One of our favourite things was having a class debate! We were spilt into teams and we formed arguments for and against staying on the island. We were very professional and we even voted at the end.
We voted to ... STAY! We decided that the arguments for staying on the island and helping Nikos and his family restore their family house back to it's former glory was far better than moving to the crowded, polluted, city far away from friends and family.
We brainstormed and came up with lots of amazing ideas for how we were going to help Nikos and we eventually decided that we were going to open a fantastic, gleaming, brand new hotel. The house would be transformed and the grounds would be olive trees once more!
We listed all of the things we would need to prepare, including food, music and art.
We also enjoyed learning all about sound in Science. We went on a sound hunt around the school and found some excited sound sources. We even found things that made sound that we would never have thought of! We did this in preparation for designing and creating our very own Greek musical instruments.
Once we had created our Greek instruments, we moved on to Greek food!!
We made fresh, juicy green salad, delicious meaty lamb stew, and for pudding we had Koulourakia which were traditional Greek cookies!
We invited all of our family in to come to the Grand Hotel opening! It was a roaring success and every morsel of food got devoured. We make posters, leaflets, table mats and food menus ready for the opening.
The hotel was open and Nikos and his family were over the moon at how much we had managed to turn their lives around.
The following day, we wrote a diary entry so that in years to come, we will always be able to remember our big fat Greek adventure!
Homework, Spellings, Reading and Times Tables
Each week there will be 2 pieces of homework sent home. 1 will be maths based and the other will be related to our adventure for that half term.
Spellings will be completed on a Thursday morning and will be changed every two weeks. The spellings that the children get correct will be highlighted to clearly show the children which ones may need more practice for the second test.
Times tables will be completed on a Thursday morning. If your child completes each question correctly they will be moved onto the next level on their times tables mountain and will receive a star sticker to show what they have achieved.
Each child will read their reading book to an adult at school during the week.
Spellings, reading books, times tables books and homework will all be sent home on a Friday. We ask that this is returned by the following Thursday as this gives us chance to change everything necessary.
Class 3 have P.E on a Tuesday and Friday.