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Year 3 visit to the Ashmolean Museum

On Thursday the Year 3 children visited the Ashmolean Musuem in Oxford. The pupils were able to explore the museum and learn more about our history topic, Ancient Egypt. The Ashmolean’s collections from ancient Egypt and Sudan are among the most extensive in Britain, with approximately 50,000 objects representing every period of human occupation in the Nile Valley from prehistory to the 7th century AD.

The children enjoyed sharing facts about what they had already learnt about ancient Egypt, whilst also learning new pieces of information from the artefacts they held and studied.





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Terracotta Army Trip

The Year 3 children enjoyed an impromptu trip to visit the late John Nike’s collection of Terracotta Warriors which have rarely been seen by anyone outside the family.

The children were excited to see the statues which they have been learning about in Geography.

A huge thank you to Mrs Nike for invited us and sharing her experiences with us all.


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History Day

For History Day in Year 3, the children got to experience what life was like as a WW1 soldier. It was both exciting and informative to learn about soldiers uniform, weapons, food and way of life.

Have a look at the photos below to see what they got up to!


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Roman Workshop

Year 3 have started the year with all of the excitement of a Roman visitor in school. The children explored Roman life whilst being able to interact with the many artefacts that were part of the experience. Children tried writing with a quill and wax tablet, spinning wool and creating a pattern rubbing. They also acted out a battle in costume and visited a mint to create their own souvenir Roman coin.

What did you enjoy about the Roman workshop? Comment below…


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Upon returning from our history trip last Thursday, we took some time to reflect on our learning. We chose our own ways to respond to the trip. Some people made posters, some made booklets, others word searches. Below are some examples of our creations.

“amazing and full of history” Seth

“very interesting, it feels like you’ve gone back in time” Jack

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Our trip to watch ‘Incredible Invadors’ at the Hexagon theatre was truly memorable. Here are some of our best bits…

Jack- When the woman got her tongue cut off and went mmm mmm mmm.

Emily- When the tongue was wiggling in the Saxon man’s hand.

Will- When the Saxons got panicked because the Vikings were coming.

Chloe and Scarlett – Mavis kept saying the names of places in England ending in ‘by’ like Derby and Mavis kept saying Slough.

Max- When the Saxon’s head fell off.

Jo Jo- When the Celts tried to sacrifice Mavis in the wicker man.

Seth- The 3D animations in the background.

Freya and Keira- When Boudicca came on and danced and was crazy.

James- When the Roman General kept attacking different villagers with his hammer.

Olivia- When Mavis kept running from country to country to see where she could be safe.

Phoenix- When the terrifying dog kept scaring the audience.

Annabel- When King Arthur (pretend) came on and explained that he wasn’t real.

Can you add to the list of best bits from the show?

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Living History

This week the new Year 3 classes had a special visit from the Living History Workshop. The children got to experience what it was like to be a Roman, examine artifacts, play games, make things and learn lots about the Romans. They all had a wonderful time.

Have a look at the video to see what they got up to. Please leave a comment below.

What did you learn? What was the best part?

Living History Workshop 2015 from Mr Cluett on Vimeo.

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BREAKING NEWS- Egyptian Special

Year 3 have been collecting facts about the Ancient Egyptians and we’ve made a special news broadcast to show them.

Enjoy the show and comment below…


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Egyptian Gamis

In their recent ICT lesson, Chestnut class have been having some fun learning about a new ipad app called Telligami,

After researching an Egyptian topic and each writing their own speech, the children used the app to make an information report – also known as a GAMI.  Have a look at a selection of their creations in the video below. Each Gami has been researched, written and produced completely by the children.

Leave some comments please… Do you like the app? Have they done a good job? Did you learn anything new?

Egyptian Gamis from Mr Cluett on Vimeo.

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