On Monday 25th March, the Year 4s went on a trip to Tower Hill where we observed and sketched a section of the Roman Wall of London. We learnt that this wall was originally built in 200AD as a form of protection from invading tribes and armies. It stretches 3.2km around London from Tower Hill in the East to Blackfriars in the West. 85 000 tonnes of stone, from nearby Kent, were used to make this impressive 10 metre wall. Furthermore, it’s Roman history is visible by spotting the red tiles strategically placed amongst many other types of rock used. Originally, the wall was only 6m high, with a deep, damp ditch on the outside of the wall to trap any sneaky enemies who might be approaching. However, over the years, the wall has been maintained, improved and now, preserved for many to enjoy and the ditch has been filled in.
We all really enjoyed this trip as it was a new experience for us to appreciate the stories behind Roman life as well as a chance to work on our sketching skills.
Last week, Year 4 Amber and Saffron went on a trip to the Soanes Centre to learn all about insulators and conductors.
Here is some useful information before you read on any further:
- A material is what things are made of.
- An insulator is a material the does not allow heat to pass through it.
- A conductor is a material that does allow heat to pass through it.
We began by testing different materials using a thermal heat pad to identify which were insulators and which were conductors. Then, we realised which materials will be useful for insulating a home (cardboard, bubble wrap and fleece). Our classes were split into teams and then the games began!
We were given 20 minutes, all the insulation materials and a small, cardboard house to insulate and build. The team that built the house that was able to retain the most heat, won. After the time was up, our houses were tested. A light source (light bulb) was put inside the house and left (switched on) for 1 minute. A thermometer was also put in the house for the same amount of time and a line graph showed us the temperature of the house during that time. It was a close competition but the winning house reached a scorching 39 degrees Celsius! Great insulation!
This trip was a fantastic, practical workshop that helped us all understand what insulators and conductors are and how they are used efficiently in our world today.
Congratulations Year 3 Orange!
Year 3 Orange have been hard at work whilst competing in the Tower Hamlets Sumdog Challenge for the past 2 weeks. We have been consistent in our approach to the competition, ensuring that we keep trying every day and take on a challenge when we feel ready. Thankfully, all of our hard work paid off as we were crowned the Overall Winners (1st Place) last week Friday the 22nd June as well as being named the Daily Winners for Thursday 21st June.
Further congratulations to our Fabulous Five who also won individual Top 10 Player certificates for their incredible Cyber Mathematics. We are so proud of you all!
On Friday 8th December, the Year 3 classes found out where flour originates from and how it was milled during prehistoric times compared to today. We then followed recipes to bake two different types of bread. The children were in complete control and were rewarded with delicious, crusty bread.
On Tuesday 14th March, Year 3 Orange and Year 3 Gold went on local walks around the Brick Lane area. In our topic work, we have been learning about migration and the causes for migration. We found that our local area is a wonderful example of a community that has developed to accommodate migrants from many different countries around the world.
We have learnt about both negative and positive reasons that people migrate to new countries. Some of the causes include war, droughts, adventure, job opportunities and family ties.
On our trip, we took a close look at some of the graffiti in our area and how many of the messages are about migration. We took some time to design our own positive messages, inspired by the graffiti we saw. We are planning to spray paint some of our graffiti on to newspapers to display in our classrooms – how exciting! We were also keeping a close eye out for businesses, restaurants and shops that are from different countries, showing us how diverse our own area is.
Stay tuned for more updates of our spray painting adventures.
On Tuesday 28th February, Year 3 celebrated Pancake Day. We learnt about the special Christian holiday of Lent and why Shrove Tuesday is important.
With a selection and fruits and spreads, we work in groups to cut and share out the fruit equally. We felt that it was very important to share as it reflected the important values that many people who celebrate Lent follow.
Finally, there was the added bonus of devouring our lovely, sweet treats after all that hard work.
Year 3 Orange and Gold classes visited the British Museum on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
Year 3’s have been learning about Ancient Egypt this half term and were fortunate to visit the incredible exhibitions showcasing life in Ancient Egypt at the British Museum. We saw many sculptures dating between 2600 BC and 2nd century AD. These magnificent sculptures were of different Pharaoh’s and their burial tombs. Hieroglyphs covered the sculptures and we had lots of fun trying to find a number of specific symbols.
We also had a close look at Ancient Egyptian artefacts and mummies. We learnt about different materials that were used to make household goods as well as special jewellery that Pharaohs and Queens wore. In Literacy we have been working on writing explanation texts and this tied in really well with finding out about the mummification process.
We had a great trip to the British Museum and it really helped our learning and understanding of what life was like in Ancient Egypt.