Spring 2019

Stone Age Cave Paintings

 

We have been inspired by the 20,000 year old cave art that was found in caves in Lascaux, France. The Stone Age artists were inspired by the animals that lived in their regions. 

We used authentic methods of creating the paint, mixing umber, ochre, sienna and others with oil. We painted on to rock textured paper and used charcoal to draw the outlines. 

Stone Age Environments
 

As part of our learning about Stone Age geography and environments, we learned about the Ice Ages and the times between Ice Ages (Glacial & Inter-glacial periods) the impact that melting ice sheets have on the sea level and the land. First, using a cone, we modeled the sea level rising and marked on the cone where the old sea level and the new sea level once the sea level had risen, considering the land at the edges that had been submerged.

Following this we used a land  model to show how the new sea level would impact the land. We used some blue tac to symbolise Newcastle. We learned that the land would submerge and become the sea bed, and everything on the land would end up under the sea.

We learned that there has been many major Ice Ages in the Earth’s history, including in the Stone Age. So the Stone Age world would have looked very different to ours!

 

 

Outdoor Learning - Fractions
 
To begin our work on fractions, Year 3 have been exploring the outside area. We calculated the fraction of an amount, then found a way to represent it using anything we could find outdoors. We recorded this by photographing the representations using the iPads.
Liturgy - Journeys
 
The children planned and participated in a beautiful liturgy this afternoon, with a theme of 'Journeys'. On our way to the chapel we went on a journey around the school, this allowed us to think of some of the journeys that people undertake in real life. 'We sang Brother Sister Let Me Serve You', considering the lyrics pertinent to the theme: "We are pilgrims on a journey, and companions on the road; We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load". We discussed the Annunciation and read The Pilgrimage Psalm (Psalm 112: 1-9) and ended by saying a beautiful set of prayers about supporting people in our community. 
Stone Age Day!
 
Year 3 had a Stone Age Day today! We took part in lots of different activities to enhance our learning on our topic and had a day filled with fun, excitement and wonderful experiences. See some photos below...
 
We have learned all about Stone Age 'hunter-gatherers' and how they hunted for food. One of the weapons that Stone Age hunters used was a bow and arrow. To experience this, we hunted for Woolly Mammoth, Woolly Rhinos, Sabre Toothed Cats and Reindeer using the archery equipment. I wonder what they will taste like?
Here is us cooking the Woolly Mammoth that we hunted using bow and arrows in the morning.
We learned about the temporary shelters that the people in the Palaeolithic Era used and created our own. We also had a peep inside one of the school's tipis.
We learned about the Beaker people at the very beginning of the bronze age and created our own beakers. We decorated them using authentic,  natural tools, like sticks, leaves and bark.
Opacity Investigation
In order to investigate what material would be the most effective to use to make curtains, Year 3 conducted an opacity investigation. We used 7 different materials. Initially we made a prediction of which material would be more effective, explaining our reasoning. Following that, in groups of 3, we devised a fair method of testing the different materials, classified them as opaque, translucent or transparent, and made our own conclusions. 
 
Light & Shadows
As part of our learning about light, we discovered that light can only travel in straight lines. We concluded this by lining up 3 pieces of card with small holes in them and observing what happened when the holes lined up and when they didn't. We learned that darkness is the absence of light and experimented by making shadow puppets. 

Stone Age Boy

Year 3 read ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura as part of our topic about the Stone Age. We all thought of and recorded questions to ask the Stone Age character in the story ,‘Om’. We asked our questions to our partners, who pretended to be Om to answer them, then we swapped. We then hot-seated the character as a whole class.

 

Concrete Maths
In order to understand the concept of remainders from division, some children in Year 3 used counters. This concrete approach to new ideas in maths really helps to embed the concepts. We moved on from this to using our times table knowledge.