Mrs Evans and Mr Matyus welcome you to the Year 3 page of our website! Here you will be able to find out all about what we are doing in Year 3 throughout the year. We've got loads of exciting things planned; for example this spring term we have a visit to Caerleon to link with our project about the Romans. Keep checking back regularly for updates both from the teachers but also from our wonderful pupils! Diolch yn fawr!
Our visit to Caerleon
Class 8 have written recounts of their visit to Roman Caerleon, including information about the baths, barracks and the amphitheatre. Below are some excerpts from their fantastic work. Well done everyone!
We went on the iPads to learn about school life and found out that if boys be naughty they'll get hit. We saw at the barrack room eight bunk beds for eight men. Next we put on some armour like chestplate and a helmet. Then we went to Roman baths we saw people in the water and different rooms such as hot, cold and warm. They all used to get clean, exercise and play sports. To clean themselves they got a sponge with olive oil.
We learnt about who the Romans were. When they fight the Romans wore iron that hurt our shoulders! They also had iron helmets, it had some flappy pieces to protect our cheeks. We saw where the Romans went to have a bath. The men and women would have to take turns coming in to the bath.
In the Medicus rich and poor people get different things. Rich people got whatever they wanted and poor people just got some bad advice. Like for a tooth worm they had to drink pee! And for rich people could have an operation or mustard seeds. When people got a headache the doctor would drill a hole in your head to get all the bad spirits out of your head.
Finally we went into a field which Romans fought in and all around the circle field it was 200 feet wide and there was 8 spaces to stay in when the Romans had a break from fighting.
People used to fight their animals and slaves. We measured the distance by counting steps - 56 across, 76 long and 200 around. It was an oval shape and made of stone at the bottom with wood on top. There used to be sand on the floor and there were 8 entrances.
Sometimes the gladiators fought bulls and pigs. It had rotten wood and it was covered in grass. Gladiators used to fight slaves and animals and maybe even their best friends. The sand on the ground helps the blood travel to the drain and there is a pipe that the Romans put there and it is still there. Then we went to the barracks. Mrs Gillard knew a lot about this.
Roman Immersion Day
To kick start our new project about the Romans, year 3 took part in an immersion day on Monday 7th January. They were greeted by transformed classrooms and two new teachers - Quintilian and Hypatia! The children were given 'togas' to wear all day and entered a typical Roman Forum (marketplace) and a Roman Classroom. They learnt all about a normal Roman day at the market and what kinds of items would be on sale, as well as some of the other functions of a Forum. During the morning the children had the opportunity to try some typical Roman foods that would have been available at the time - such as flat bread dipped in oil, vinegar and salt (or honey if they preferred!), figs, dates, olives, watermelon and grapes.
As part of their experience of a Roman classroom the year 3 children worked with chalk to practise their Roman numerals, then made some salt dough coins and inscribed Roman numerals on them. Hypatia taught the children some Roman words and explained how Roman children would have been expected to behave.
Later on, in the afternoon, the children took part in some traditional Roman dances before becoming soldiers of the Roman army! They practised marching in time, shouting 'Dex, Sin, Dex, Sin', before coming to attention at the call of 'Attente!'. They learnt about the formation of the Roman army and how important tactics such as the 'testudo' helped the Romans be successful on the battlefield.
Finally, the children investigated some Roman art and examined examples of mosaics. They looked at the different patterns and animals incorporated into Roman art and then had a go at creating their own!
Have a look at some of the photos below to see what amazing things the children experienced!
Human Body Quiz
We've updated the quiz to include questions about the skeleton and different food groups. Click on the link below. Enjoy!
Learning all about the human body
Year 3 are learning all about the human body throughout the autumn term. So far we've found out about the organs and we're starting to investigate the skeleton. The children have had fun trying to remember what they already know and sharing their knowledge with the class, and we've had so many brilliant inquisitive questions! To encourage this curiosity we've created a mini-quiz for our children (and parents!) to try out. Click the link below to go to the quiz! We'll add more questions throughout the term so keep coming back! Pob lwc!
Academic year 2017 - 2018 in Year 3