Awful Egyptians theatre trip

What an amazing end to our Ancient Egyptians topic! we all enjoyed an afternoon at Shrewsbury theatre watching A Horrible Histories performance of Awful Egyptians. It was a long journey; but well worth it!

There was lots of funny bits, disgusting bits and plenty of scary bits, especially in the second half when we wore 3D glasses, which made it all come to life.

We all had a fantastic afternoon and as always made our teachers very proud with our beautiful behaviour!

Ancient Egyptian Museum

Keystage Two welcomed visitors in to share all the wonderful work they have produced during their Ancient Egyptian topic.
The afternoon began with the children singing their Egyptian song and performing their Egyptian dances the parents Grandparents and other visitors.
They then took their guests into the classrooms, which were set out like a real museum. Amongst their artifacts were: Ancient Egyptian Death masks, canopic jars, mummified tomatoes and amulets all made by the children.
They also served refreshments they had made, year 4 had made humus with salad and pitta bread and year 3 had baked honey cake.
The children were very proud of their achievements; it has been a wonderful topic, they have shown great enthusiasm and this was obvious in their museum. Well done All of Key stage Two!
We are now looking forward to our trip to Shrewsbury Theatre to see ‘Awful Egyptians next week!

Book week

We had a wonderful week learning traditional poetry. In year 3, we studied the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson. We enjoyed learning his poems off by heart. On Monday afternoon our parents came in to share stories with us. On Tuesday we brought books to swap at lunchtime. Then on Thursday, World Book Day, we came to school in our pj’s. We went to different classes throughout the day to share a book with other children, then in the afternoon we had hot chocolate and marshmallows.  On Friday we brought our poetry chair designs to school: Ellie and Harry were the Keystage 2 winners: their chair designs looked amazing when the chairs were painted!

The following Friday, Red Nose Day, we shared our Book Week assembly with our parents. We read our poetry in groups and shared some of our own poems. We recited ‘From a Railway Carriage’ as a whole class. We did a brilliant Job.

 

 

 

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

What a fantastic day we had finding out more about the Ancient Egyptians at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

First, we learnt about Ancient Egyptian artwork; we drew and painted our own pictures on papyrus using ink. After that, we acted out a mummification and a funeral ceremony; it wasn’t a real pharaoh, but we had fun taking part in a pretend mummification and dressing up.

In the afternoon, we visited the Egyptian gallery where we saw some real 3000 year old mummies, sarcophagus  and other artifacts. 

Finally we got to have a look at The Stafford shire Hoard, which is a collection of Saxon treasures that were found in a farmers field in Stafford shire.

First half term of 2019 in Year 3

The first few weeks of 2019 have been very busy in Year 3. 

We have created some amazing Ancient Egyptian Death masks in our Art and DT lessons:

You will be able to see all of the finished masks in our Ancient Egyptian Museum at the end of the term.

We have been learning symmetrical and asymmetrical balances in gymnastics. We have mastered these and can show our skills on the benches and the wall bars.

As part of our English lessons we have worked in groups to create instructions to mummify a Pharaoh; each member of the group had an important Egyptian role to play. We have also carried out our own mummification… of a Tomato! we will let you know how they turn out!

Our Ancient Egyptian dance is now complete; it is very complicated, but we have worked really hard to put it all together. Our dance teacher, Clare, was really impressed with us.

ICT at Westacre Middle School

Mr Barber showed us some programmes we could use at school or at home, we really like Hour of Code – especially the Minecraft game. We were able to programme our own algorithms and debug if the programme had to be changed. Some of us also got to use the ipads.
Thankyou to Matthew Howard and Rosie Bell for helping us all afternoon. We had a great time and we will have some ideas to take back to school.
Thank you Mr Barber.

Birdwatch

Despite the chilly weather, we have tried to spend some time outside over the last couple of weeks as we have been working so hard in the classroom!

This week we have been doing the RSPB Birdwatch. We looked for birds around the school grounds and made them some bird feeders to hang up around our forest. We are going back in next week to see if they have eaten them! The previous week we went on a welly walk with our own sticky leaf and collected lots of different colours and textures that we found around school. They are now on display outside our classroom.

Next week we are finishing our ‘Under the Sea’ topic and are learning about Chinese New Year. Hopefully it’ll be a little bit warmer soon too!

 

 

Pyramids and Death masks.

As part of out Ancient Egyptian topic we are looking at pyramids. We learnt about Zozer’s Step pyramid and were challenged to build our own step pyramid out of Lego. Some of our pyramids turned out brilliantly; just like a step pyramid, others were a bit more ‘unusual’. We had great fun building them though!

We have also started work on out Egyptian Death masks. We followed our design to build up the base of the mask using cardboard and masking tape, then we started to cover it in ‘mod rock’; it was quite tricky and very messy. We will be working on them over the next couple of weeks. They will be beautiful when they are finished!

STEM visit to Westacre

We had a great time at Westacre learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We started with a maths trail, then had a challenge to produce a trampoline fun park from recycled materials.The best bit was looking inside our bodies and at ‘lungs’through the Virtual Reality headsets. After we measured our heartbeat before and after we got to use the amazing sports equipment in the hall. Thank you Mr Barber and the other staff for the experience


Young Voices

What an amazing day and night we had at Young Voices.

The coach took us to The Resorts World in Birmingham. After eating our lunch and finding our seats in the huge arena, we spent the afternoon practicing our songs and dances with nearly 7000 other school children.

We performed with some big stars including Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and Charlene Hector from Basement Jaxx.

On the evening we performed in front of a big audience including our parents and families. It was a fantastic experience; we all enjoyed every minute of it!

Our teachers were so very proud of us!

Ancient Egyptians

We have started the new year with a fantastic new topic –  Ancient Egyptians.

We have already found out about the Ancient Egyptian Gods;  we researched our own God as a group and presented the information to the rest of the class.

A box of Ancient Egyptian artifacts arrived from the museum for us to study; we sketched them and discussed what they were and who they might have belonged to.

In our dance lessons, we are learning an Ancient Egyptian dance. 

We are all really enthusiastic about our topic and looking forward to finding out more.