Chestnut Class - 2022/23


Year 3 - Chestnut Class
Science morning at Witton Middle School
Year 3 had a fantastic morning learning all about light and dark at Witton Middle school. We carried out investigations with light monitors, torches and different materials to test if they were transparent, translucent or opaque. We also designed tee shirts that were reflective and would be easy to see in the dark. The children were all beautifully behaved and were a credit to us! 
Love Your Burial Ground
We were invited to visit Ombersley Church to study the graves in the graveyard. We found it fascinating looking at the shapes of the headstones and working out how old some of the graves were. We drew our favourite gravestones and copied out the inscriptions. Some of us found the graves of our loved ones and we also found some of the graves of soldiers who were killed during the First and Second World Wars. We rested with a drink and a biscuit in the lovely Remembrance Garden dedicated to the French girl Celine Figarde who sadly lost her life near Ombersley. Thank you to the lovely people from church who made this such a wonderful experience for us.
The BIG Sing
The Choir had a fantastic morning at Worcester University Arena performing in The BIG Sing. We sang the songs we had been rehearsing as well as learning some new songs. It was lovely to sing along with lots of other local school - we saw some familiar faces there too. The whole choir were a credit to our school, making their teachers very proud! 
Our village walk to the River.
Year 3 had a lovely morning out of the classroom, learning about our beautiful village. We walked through the village, past the church and cricket club then crossed the road. We walked through fields of buttercups and cowslips, woodland with bluebells and many different trees. After walking past the fishing lake at Turn Mill, we carried on through a magical woodland dell, across more fields and arrived at The River Severn. We had our break and a rest before walking back to school. The weather was perfect too!
Bell Boating
What a fantastic day year 3 and 4 had Bell Boating on the Droitwich canal. We rowed all day long, only stopping for a snack, toilet stop and lunch. It was an amazing team building experience as we all had to work together with our team to steer and row in the right direction. It was hard work, but we had so much fun and the sun even shone for us!
Severn Trent Water Day
Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous morning finding out all about our water - where it comes from, how to look after it, who takes care of water emergencies. We learnt how to  detect a leak, how to fix broken water pipes and what we should and shouldn't put down our toilets. We also found out about how other countries manage their water. We had great fun and also learnt a lot!
We are enjoying our cricket lessons with Mike this half term. We have learnt lots of new skills ready to play some team games.
Easter in Year 3.
We all enjoyed cuddles with a baby lamb, she was only two weeks old and being bottle fed; it was so lovely to see her frolicking around the playground. 
We grouted our mosaic coasters ready to take home for Easter. We also drew, made and painted clay story characters during our Art lessons - they were beautiful but very fragile!
On Friday, we wore our Easter bonnets to walk down to church for the Easter Service - it was a spectacular  sight - even in the rain, we put a smile on many faces as we walked past them. Our performance in Church was  wonderful and finished off the spring term beautifully!
One of our PE lessons this term has been football. Dan, from Kidderminster Harriers has taught us lots of football skills which we have used in our mini matches. It has been great fun!
Corinium Museum trip
We had an amazing day at The Corinium Museum in Cirencester. First we revisited The Stone Age, then we travelled through time to The Romans. We dressed up, played games, made mosaics, sorted Roman pottery and food and saw lots of fabulous Roman artefacts including some beautiful original mosaics. Have a look at our photographs..

Book Week
During Book Week, we read the story of Vlad and the Roman Triumph. This was a story about Vlad the Flea and his friend Felix the Cat. The story took them through lots of adventures in Rome. We learnt a lot of facts about Roman history while we enjoyed the story. The book inspired us to create some beautiful ; we drew and painted the characters in the story. We also designed and created our own mosaic coasters.
We had lots of fun during the week: on Tuesday we bought books into school to swap, on Wednesday we shared photographs of ourselves reading in extreme places. For World Book Day on Thursday, we came to school dressed as a word for our Vocabulary parade. Finally, on Friday we wore our pyjamas and enjoyed Hot Chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits and shared some of our favourite books. 
We had a really enjoyable week. 
Young Voices
The Choir had a fantastic day at The Resorts Arena in Birmingham for Young Voices. They joined nearly 6,000 children from other schools to sing and dance alongside famous people including Heather Small from M People and Urban Strides.  They spent the afternoon rehearsing, then performed in front of an audience including family and friends - what an amazing experience.
Mrs Hobbs and Mrs Stanley were so very proud of them all. 
Spring Term in Year 3
Our start to 2023 has been very busy in year 3. We have begun our new Roman topic by reading the Diary of Iliona, a Roman Slave. Through the story, we have learnt all about The Gladiator games, we made our own javelins and learnt how to be a Gladiator. In our dance lessons, we are learning a Roman dance with Lois, our Dance teacher.
In Science, we are learning about forces and magnets, so far, we have investigated friction by testing toy cars on different surfaces; next week we will start testing magnets and magnetic materials. 
Stone Age Day at Bishops Wood
What a fantastic day we had at Bishops Wood to finish off our Stone Age topic. We spent the morning building nomadic structures out of sticks and willow. After lunch, we became Hunter Gatherers - we used spears to hunt deer, wild boar and hares, went foraging in the woodland, used willow to weave houses. We learnt how to make fishing nets, grind wheat to make flour and even became fire starters! It was a wonderful way to end our topic.
This half term we have enjoyed learning how to play hockey with Mike. We have learnt lots of new skills.
What a very busy start we have had in year 3.
Our new topic is Stone Age; We have been finding out what life was like for people who were living in The Stone Age and how they Hunted and gathered food. We have been researching Cave Art and have been showing our own artistic talents with charcoal, pastels and paints.
In Science, we have been learning about Rocks and soils. We investigated different kinds of Rocks and their uses. We also investigated the properties of soil. Next, we will be finding out about fossils. 
In Science we have also learnt about the permeability of rocks; we dropped water on to different types of rock to see if the water would seep into the rock or if it would run off. We then decided which rock would be the best to build a fountain.
We have enjoyed our first few tennis lessons with Mike.

Stone Age Pebbles  
We designed our own images of Stone Age animals and people. Then we painted our designs on to pebbles using acrylic paints. - They turned out really well!
In R.E. with Mrs Mansfield, we have been learning about the Hindu religion. We have enjoyed acting out the stories and finding out about their beliefs and customs.
Halloween and Library 
Our first half term ended with a lovely Autumn Dress Up day. We enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and games and even managed to fit in a visit to the library.
Stone Age Homework
Year 3 have produced some fantastic pieces of homework, about The Stone Age, this half term. Here are a few of the things they have made and brought into school.
We have really enjoyed our PE lessons this half term with Mike, the coach from Ombersley Tennis Club. In the last lesson we played some matches and had a competition between our houses. 
Well done to Sapphire house!