Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March 2020
On the morning of Wednesday March 4th, Year 3 went out for a practice road safety walk where they had the challenge of walking safely on the paths near to school. They had to check that there were no cars coming and make sure they had no toes standing on the curb before they could cross the roads safely. The next day, Thursday March 5th, they had to independently cross the road safely using what they had learnt during the previous day. It was very cold outside but everyone managed to pass the challenge successfully. Well done Year 3!
On Tuesday 21st January 2020, Year 3 went to the Museum of Liverpool to learn how the Geography of the area had affected its history. We had learnt before we went that the River Mersey ran through Liverpool but did you know it has been there for over 12,000 years? It was great fun but very cold!
On Tuesday 17th September, Year 3 travelled to Betley Forest to see how the Early Britons would have lived. We foraged for foods such as blackberries and acorns; made our own fire; practised throwing a spear; made our own den out of sticks and leaves and made our own arrows. At the end of the day, we toasted marshmallows on the fire. It was a great experience and we had lots of fun!
On Tuesday 9th July, Year 3 took part in a Maths Roadshow. This involved completing as many correct maths challenges as possible, in a given time. We had to apply a range of skills that we have learnt throughout the year and work as a team to complete the activities. The team with the highest number of correct answers won a prize! We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed developing our maths skills in the workshop.
On Thursday 9th May, Doctor Robins, who works at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, came to talk to Year 3 about the bones and muscles inside our bodies. We found out the different activities that we can do to exercise specific muscles.
Afterwards, Doctor Robins talked to the children about her daily routine on the ward and she showed us what was inside her doctor’s bag. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot!
On Thursday 14th March, Year 3 went to the World Museum in Liverpool to help them learn about the Ancient Egyptians. The museum displayed an array of artefacts for us to explore and we felt like real archaeologists when wearing the special white gloves! It was fascinating seeing the mummified animals and looking at the x-rays which were taken of the inside.
Later came the experience of mummifying a body (not on a real person of course). Some children acted in the role of the embalmers and a high priest. The children took out the internal organs and finally wrapped the body in lots of bandages.
We all had a great day and enjoyed going on the coach, which was being blown about by the wind, and made many memories for us to look back on in the future!
On Tuesday 5th February, Year 3 took a visit to the Sixth Form College in Stoke. We all had a fantastic afternoon experimenting to see which solid and liquid reacted to make the best volcanic eruption! After testing all of the different combinations, we found that the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar reacted the most. The mixture fizzed and bubbled, which helped us to make our very own erupting volcanoes. I think all the children definitely would like to become scientists in the future!
Year 3 visited Gladstone Pottery Museum this term to help them to answer their topical question, ‘Why is Stoke-on-Trent called ‘The Potteries’?’ We had a tour around the old factory and even went inside a real bottle kiln! During the afternoon, the children painted a plate in the style of Clarice Cliff and moulded their own clay pots. We all had a fantastic day!
On Tuesday 25th September, Year 3 went to the Museum of Liverpool. Firstly, we had a talk about the history of Liverpool from our guide, who was called Steven, and then got to look at some artefacts from throughout history. Next, we had lunch. After lunch, we went up to the top of the museum and were amazed at the view! Finally, here was just enough time for a walk along the River Mersey where we had our photo taken with The Beatles! We had a great day but we were exhausted by the end of it!
On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 3 travelled to Shropshire where they spent the day pretending they lived in the Stone Age. During the day, the children had the opportunity to bake bread, build a den, try on Stone Age clothes and look at all their different weapons. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was certainly a day to remember!
On Wednesday 6th December, Year 3 visited Gladstone Pottery Museum to learn about the Potteries. During the visit, we had a guided tour of the museum and each of us painted a plate in the style of Clarice Cliff. We enjoyed our trip as we got to go inside a real bottle kiln!
This Autumn term our learning challenge topic is geography based where the children have opportunities to research and compare the landmarks and layout of Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool. On Thursday 21st September we visited, ‘The Museum of Liverpool’ to find out why this city is such a tourist attraction. We learnt about the River Mersey being used to develop Liverpool’s shipping and trading industry. We discovered different famous people who helped to shape the City of Liverpool like Captain Walker and the Beatles and took pictures of famous works of art and statues. The children enjoyed the visit to Liverpool and have written a recount to report on the different things that they found out during the day.
Adopt a school – Chef John. This week made delicious bread. We were taught how to mix the ingredients, knead the dough and how to bake the bread at home. Everybody had a great time!
Year 3 had a great time during their ‘Stone Age’ morning. We discovered how hunters and gatherers collected food to survive and utilised the animal skins for clothing. We were able to order the stone age tools in chronological order using the evidence researched.
This week we followed instructions in order to make a chicken salad with Chef John. We were taught how to use the kitchen utensils correctly when cutting the vegetables in the crab and bridge position so that we were all safe. The chicken wraps were delicious!
This week we met Chef John for the first time and worked together to explore our taste buds. We all tried many different flavours, described them and located them on the position of the tongue. In the end, we were able to distinguish between sour, sweet, salty and bitter tastes with the different foods that we were given.
This term our learning challenge was based around the question, ‘Liverpool or Stoke-on-Trent, which city would you choose?
To support our learning we organised a visit to the Museum of Liverpool on Thursday 13th October, so that we could learn more about the local area, the docks and explore historical artefacts. Whilst on the visit, the children took part in the ‘Liverpool, History of a city,’ workshop.
Towards the end of the visit the children observed the geographical features of the city and produced line drawings from the viewing platform in the museum.
This term our learning challenge was based around the question, ‘How did the pottery industry shape Stoke-on-Trent?’
During our educational visit to Gladstone Pottery Museum, on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd November, the children had a tour of the historical factory and learned many facts about how Stoke-on-Trent became known as ‘The Potteries’.
The children were also shown many techniques of how pottery was made and had the opportunity to paint a plate in the style of Clarice Cliff.
In Year 3 our learning challenge was based around the question ‘Why is Liverpool a cool place?’ To support our learning we organised a visit to the Liverpool Merseyside Maritime Museum, so that we could learn more about the local area, the docks and explore the artefacts. The children took part in the ‘Old dock experience’ and collected many facts about the imports and exports which took place in Liverpool at that time.