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Creative Curriculum

In Creative Curriculum, we have been learning about some of the Wonders of the World. We enjoyed working in groups and using the iPads to research facts about these Wonders. We created some fantastic posters using the facts we discovered. These are some of the facts we learnt!
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This half term, we have been learning about the Romans. We have enjoyed linking our Maths learning to our Creative Curriculum work. We learnt all about Roman numerals; where they came from, where we can find them and what they look like. We carried out several activities based on recognising, reading and writing Roman numerals. We also practised telling the time using Roman numerals on analogue clocks. We had lots of fun!
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We also enjoyed creating some Roman mosaic artwork, which has been displayed in our classroom. We looked at different examples of Roman mosaics and used designs, colours and patterns from these to inspire us when creating our own mosaic designs.  First we drew our designs on black card using pencil, then we cut some squares of coloured paper which we stuck onto the card to help us make the patterns and shapes in our designs. Here are some examples of our work. We hope you like them! 
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One of our favourite lessons from this topic was creating a cross-section diagram of a Roman road. We enjoyed learning about how Roman roads were created and invented and the materials used for building these. We took lots of care drawing our diagrams and using collage to show the different stones and building materials used. We then labelled our diagrams so that each layer of the road was clearly identified. We think they look really effective! What do you think? 
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The class had a visit from Boudicca (Queen of the Celts). We had so many questions to ask her! We put Boudicca in the 'hot-seat' and asked her questions about her life, her feelings towards the Romans, and the Roman invasion. We also had to follow her orders and act out different words she called out. All these words were linked to her life, the invasion and her thoughts and feelings. Finally, any questions we had left for Boudicca to answer, were answered through our drama activity called 'Emotions Alley.' Here, Boudicca asked us to stand smartly in lines, facing one another like brave warriors and, as she walked between our two lines, we whispered our questions to her.  As Boudicca walked up and down the lines, she had many questions to think over in her head. We enjoyed our visit from Boudicca (however, we were also a little bit frightened of her at the same time!). 

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Charge!

Year 3 Poplar and Year 3 Rowan spent an afternoon using the Roman helmets and shields that they made and the Celtic brooches they created to help re-enact the Roman invasion. The girls were Boudicca's brave, powerful warriors and the boys were strong, young Roman soldiers. They listened well to their orders and on the order 'charge' the Romans and Celts charged towards one another to attack. When they heard the order 'freeze', each soldier/warrior had to pause in their fiercest battle pose ready to fight. We had lots of fun pretending to be soldiers and warriors, and whilst we did well in our roles, it is important to note no actual fighting took place!

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This half term our topic has been 'Exploring England.' We began our topic by recognising and discussing the differences between the town and the countryside. We used the story 'The Town and the Country Mouse' to help us recognise features of the town and countryside. We then created a map of our local area, Burton. We drew a picture of our town and the county it is found in and wrote facts about what the town is famous for,  recorded features of the town and named famous people from Burton.

 

We also learnt about different British landmarks and wrote postcards from these sites. We learnt about famous English people, their names, their lives and reasons as to why they are famous. Here is some of the work we have produced this half term. 

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This half term we have been learning all about Natural Creations. We named and sorted man-made and natural objects and features and carried out some research into natural creations such as volcanoes, icebergs, caves and waterfalls. We then made our own models of volcanoes using plastic bottles, paper, masking tape and papier-mâché. We used tissue paper for the last layer of our volcano and added magma using strips of red, orange and yellow tissue paper. After that, we carried out an experiment with our models to create our own volcanic eruptions. We used baking soda, warm water (containing red food colouring) and vinegar which reacted with one another to cause some impressive eruptions as you can see below!
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