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  • Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School
‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Year 3

In September we spent time settling into Key Stage 2 and got used to all of our new routines. In the first week we paid a visit to the Salvation Army in Jarrow where we learnt all about who they help, and the services they provide to people in need.  We took part in some colouring activities, and got to dress up in their uniform. 
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In October, we were learning all about the Stone Age and how they lived. We Visited West Boldon Lodge where we went back in time and got stuck in making real life Stone Age shelters out of sticks and things we could find in the forest. We also made bread round a camp fire and made spears from stones and sticks. Back in the classroom, we used our ICT skills to research Stone Age food, then followed a simple recipe to make bread and stewed fruit, it was delicious!

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In November we started learning about Ancient Egypt. We joined Howard Carter on his mission to locate the last tomb to be found in The Valley of the Kings- Tutankhamun's tomb! We learnt all about features of a newspaper article, and wrote our own telling the shocking story of Howard Carter's find.

In December we had a great time at the Great North Museum as part of our Ancient Egyptian topic and Science topic- rocks and soils. We first explored the museum and came across lots of interesting artefacts- even a real life mummy! We spotted canopic jars which were used to store organs in to keep them safe in the after life.  We then took part in lots of fun activities like pyramid building, dressing up, map work and we were able to translate some writing from 'The Book of the Dead' using our knowledge of hieroglyphics. We then explored downstairs in the museum which was all about fossils of animals and plants.  We spoke about the types we had learnt about in class, and spotted real examples of each.  
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In January we took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We used the data we collected in our maths lessons to create tally and bar charts. After setting up our feeding stations, we watched patiently for 1 hour and recorded all of the different species we spotted. Did you know that the House Sparrow is a ‘red status’ bird? This means that their numbers are declining rapidly!

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In February we have been learning all about the Romans. Today we have all been given different characters from the Roman times. Some of us are new soldiers, slaves, traders and Queen Boudicca. We have written, in role, a typical day in the life of… This was so exciting and great to see all of the children taking on their new characters, experiencing life over 2000 years ago.

We have also just carried out an investigation to find out which material will keep a Roman soldier warmest on the fort. After testing lots of different materials we concluded that fur would be the most suitable.

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March

This month we visited Arbeia Roman Fort.  We learned about the different roles of women during Roman times as well as how the Fort itself was used.  Our favourite part of the day was looking out to see from the Fort where we imagined invaders sailing across to attack us.  Also we learned about the many jobs carried out by soldiers on the fort and looked at typical rooms where the men would live.

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April

This month we took part in the Great British Spring Clean.  As we are an Eco School, we removed twelve bags full of rubbish from around the River Don.  Most of the rubbish was plastic which we all know is a huge concern for our planet.  In year 3 we work together to help protect our local environment.

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May

This month we have been collecting data of all the flora and fauna living in our school grounds.  We counted many different species of birds, minibeasts, trees and plants.  We were lucky enough to spot a sparrow hawk overhead!  With the data collected, we produced tally charts, pictograms and bar charts in out maths lessons.  This information is also being used to go towards our next Eco School award.

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