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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term A

Week 7

This week in History, year 3 learned all about what archaeologists know about Roman towns, and identified some famous ruins. They also learned why the Romans organised gladiatorial games and designed a poster for their own gladiator school. We linked this to our Big Write this week, and the children had to write a sensory recount as if they were a spectator in an amphitheatre, watching a gladiator fight. In Art, the children learned about tone and experimented with different graded pencils. They used what they had learned to create some fantastic drawings of famous Romans such as Boudicca, Julius Caesar and Emperors Claudius and Hadrian. We were amazed by the level of detail and how well they managed to capture expressions!

Week 6

The children have worked very hard on completing their assessments in reading, writing and maths this week. In History, we continued learning about the Romans, and found out why Emperor Hadrian ordered the wall to be built. In Spanish, the children have been practising numbers 0-10 and they used this knowledge to complete a crossword in Spanish! 

Week 5

This week the children took part in some drama, as they acted out ‘Escape from Pompeii’ in small groups. One person in the group was the narrator, while the others acted and had to think about the warning signs that something was wrong. We have worked very hard in English this week, writing a description of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius using some fantastic figurative language. We started our History topic of The Romans, learning about why Emperor Claudius wanted to invade Britain. We also discovered who Boudicca was and learned all about her rebellion.

Week 4

This week, we read more of Escape from Pompeii. The city wasn’t so calm and peaceful anymore when the earthquake hit! The children worked in groups to write their own performance poems about an earthquake and used thesauruses to improve their writing. In Science, we learned all about food chains, discussing producers and consumers. The children worked in pairs to create their own food chains and I was really impressed with the scientific vocabulary they remembered and used. Well done everyone!

Week 3

The children enjoyed their second ukulele lesson this week, although they have discovered it is quite a tricky instrument to learn to play! We continued Science this week, learning all about the different types of teeth and their functions. We also began our tooth decay enquiry. We placed hard boiled eggs in different liquids to see what the effect would be on the enamel on our teeth. We’ll be checking in on Monday to see what has happened to the eggs! 

Week 2

We started our class text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ this week, and the children wrote some fantastic descriptive words using their senses to describe peaceful Pompeii from the start of the story. In maths, we have been working hard on Place Value, partitioning numbers and placing numbers on a number line to 100 or 1,000. The children had lots of fun in Science this week during our experiment about digestion. They created their own model of the digestive system using biscuits, a ziplock bag, water, vinegar and a pair of tights. Some children enjoyed this one more than others!

Week 1

It was lovely to welcome the children back and to see how quickly they settled into KS2! We focused a lot on times tables in maths and recapped different types of nouns and pronouns in English. The children started practising their joined up handwriting, which they found quite tricky to begin with! We enjoyed exploring the Bushcraft area again and building habitats for the wildlife.