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Ancient Egyptians- Summer 1
This half-term, the Rabbits have taken a huge step back in time to look at the awesome and exciting ancient Egyptian civilisation.
On our WOW day, the Squirrels dressed up in some incredible Egyptian outfits (thank you to those who made sure they looked the part) and stepped back to 1343 BC, the 8th Year of Akhenaten’s reign into the role as an ancient Egyptian apprentice. We invited ‘History off the Page’ who brought some extremely exciting and authentic Egyptian activities for the children to take their hand to. The workshops included: tomb painting; making perfume cones: mixing ink and scribing in hieroglyphics; pressing olive oil to burn in an oil lamp; scarab carving; mummification; baking bread and making canopic jars. During the afternoon the children took part in an Egyptian feast, entertaining Akhenaten and Nefertiti with their performances, and sharing in simple food that would have been available in ancient Egypt.
Over the half term, we will be continuing to discover more about the Egyptians and Ancient Egypt throughout the curriculum. In geography, we will be locating Egypt within the world using atlases and thinking about why the Nile is so important to the land of Egypt. History will take us on a journey through the fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt which will help us write a non-chronological page report about the pyramids in English. We will also begin our science unit about digestion by looking at the organs the ancient Egyptians removed during the mummification process and stored in canopic jars.
Squirrels Class have been busy learning the words and actions to the song Ancient Egyptians. If you want to practise at home, the lyrics are attached below. There is also a link to an audio file.
English: Non-chronological reports
In English we have been writing non-chronological reports about pyramids. we needed to think very carefully about the layout of our writing and to include factual language and features. Here are some of our finished reports.
Under the Sea- Spring 2
Squirrels have dived ‘Under the Sea’ and have already transformed our classroom into an incredible, fish filled underwater scene, ready for our half term of exploring and learning!
On our WOW day Squirrels classroom became an artistic fish making factory, where all of our wonderful art resources were used to create a variety of beautiful fish. We made: clay fish, inky fish, junk modelled fish, shiny fish and even pillow fish! We finished off the day exploring some real sea life with the expert David Attenborough, by watching Blue Planet.
The Squirrels were extremely lucky to even squeeze a school trip into the first week back, to the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. There we were able to watch a huge variety of fish of all shapes and sizes and even see some penguins being fed and baby seals in the sanctuary’s Seal Hospital. In the Rockpool Experience led by an expert at the centre, we met Patrick the starfish and were even able to stroke and describe his bumpy skin. After that, we avoided being snipped by his pincers, but were able to stroke the hard and smooth shell of a velvet crab. An excellent day was had by all and the staff at the centre commented on how well behaved the children were - well done Squirrels!
The Squirrels will be continuing to discover more about Under the Sea, throughout the curriculum over the short half term. We will be learning about oceans and the water cycle in topic lessons and in English where we will be writing a letter to the BBC to persuade them to make a program about an endangered animal.
In maths lessons, we have been practising telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes as well as converting time between a 12-hour and 24-hour digital clock. We have used lots of material to help us practise including hand-held clocks, dominoes and even playdough!
The Titanic - Spring 1
Squirrels class had an amazing WOW day to begin their topic for this half term, stepping back in time and walking up the gangplank to begin their voyage on the magnificent Titanic.
As well as exploring the ship's cabins, suites, engine room and deck games, the passengers tasted what was on offer in the tea rooms. First Class passengers enjoyed some cake, tea and champagne, whilst over on the 3rd Class benches, just water and bread was on offer.
After a good exploration of the ship, everyone moved back to the upper deck to discuss what they had seen. Suddenly, Captain Smith rang the bell and notified the passengers that the Titanic had hit an iceberg. It soon became apparent that there was not enough room in the lifeboats and that many passengers would not survive. The passengers tried to imagine what it would have really felt like and realised what a tragedy the Titanic disaster was.
The Squirrels will be continuing to discover more about the Titanic, throughout the curriculum, and in English they will soon be writing a diary entry from the point of view of one of the passengers that travelled on the Titanic.
Maths- Place Value
We have begun this term by revisiting our learning on place value. The children are becoming increasingly comfortable with reading, writing and ordering numbers with up to 4- and 5-digits and sometimes beyond. We have challenged ourselves by looking at decimal numbers, particularly in the context of money and have been doing lots of adding, subtracting, and multiplying with amounts.
As part of National Storytelling week, we visited Cambourne Library. We took part in an illustration workshop run by the illustrator, Marion Lindsey. She taught us how to draw her character Maisie Hitchins. We then created a character of our own using collage.
Ever wondered why lifeboats are always orange? Ask a member of Squirrels class and they will be able to tell you the answer.
The children have been hard at work completing their Titanic project homework and finally brought in their creations to display today. We had some amazing pieces of writing, posters, pictures and models of the Titanic that just kept getting bigger and bigger!
Take a look at some of the work below. A massive thank you to all parents and children for working so hard.
Meet the Ancestors - Autumn 2
Squirrels Class have had an exciting start to Year 3. Our topic this half term is 'Chocolate'. So far, we have enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and have taken part in our very own Cocoa Jeavons restaurant which we all felt was a resounding success. The children have been busy writing their own Charlie and the Chocolate factory stories where they practised using interesting adjectives and powerful verbs. Our next task is to design our own chocolate bar and we will be presenting our ideas to a Dragon's Den panel at the end of the half term. In preparation, we are honing our persuasive skills by learning about adverts and the importance of including catchy slogans and an appealing logo. We hope to be able to showcase some of ideas on our webpage in the next couple of weeks.