Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

On this page you will find information about our learning and photographs of us at work. You will also find links to useful materials which give you more information about what we are learning in class and about special events. We will be updating this area regularly so keep looking.

Mr Genders/Mrs Cracknell/Ms Smith

Year 3 Egyptian Day

Year 3 Egyptian Day by Henry 3KH

On Tuesday, we went to Norwich Castle because we are learning about Egypt.

First, we went with Dr Derry and looked at some very, very interesting Egyptian things like shiny, blue scarab beetles.

Secondly, we smelt some oil called frankincense, saw an obsidian knife and looked at mummies with Professor Parry.

After a yummy lunch, we saw what people in Egypt had for breakfast and tried on some Egyptian clothes.

Last but not least, we made some reflecting, pretty Egyptian necklaces with all different colours like red, green, gold and silver.

Year 3 Egyptian Day by Noam 3KH

In the morning, we went to Norwich Castle to learn a bit more about ancient Egypt.

First, we went with Dr Derry to look at some incredibly ancient Egyptian artefacts. She told us a story about some Egyptian gods because it related to all the models and shabtis. We saw a replica of the Rosetta Stone  and a canopic jar.

Next, we went with Professor Parry. She showed us a fake mummy although we couldn’t touch it. She showed us a sharp, tough obsidian knife which the ancient Egyptians used to make a cut in the mummy and take out body parts.

After that, we met Amunet who told us all about life in ancient Egypt. They ate things like sweet, juicy pomegranate, crunchy, brown cinnamon and dry, black figs.

Finally, we went with Ahmut Muhn to make some shiny, golden (not real gold) necklaces. In one of the pictures there was one with a scarab beetle to give good luck to the wearer although it was blue and not real.

Mummifying Tomatoes by Ruby 3KH

Before mummification our tomato looked life a small, bright red apple or a weird football. It felt a bit like a rotted, squidgy apple which is bumped and bruised. It was nice and smooth. It smelt like  pumpkin and I did not like the smell.

What we did:

  1. First, we wet the tomato with water. The Egyptians washed the body with frankincense and cedar wood oil.
  2. Next, we cut a small bit out of the tomato. The Egyptians cut a small incision so they could take out the liver, intestines, stomach and lungs.
  3. Then, we took out the insides of the tomato and dried it. The Egyptians took out the liver, intestines stomach and lungs.
  4. Finally, we mixed 8 spoons of salt and 1 spoon of bicarbonate of soda. The Egyptians used natron salt instead to dry the body.

Mummifying Tomatoes by Jimmy 3KH

First, we washed the tomato with a special oil.

Next, we used a knife to cut the  tomato open and took the insides out.

Finally, we filled the tomato with salt to stop it rotting and put it in a plastic bag.

*Egyptian mummified were then left for 40 days to dry before being wrapped in linen bandages. We will leave our tomatoes until after half term and then observe how they have changed.

Telling The Time

In Year 3 we have been working hard on telling the time.  Why not try this game at home to keep practising?

Year 3 Ancient Egyptians

Year 3 have been busy in Topic lessons learning about the Ancient Egyptians; all the different Gods they believed in, understanding the hieroglyphs they wrote with and this week we even made our very own tomato mummies!

Here are some photos of us washing the tomatoes, cutting them open, scooping out their insides, making the natron mixture (salt and bicarbonate of soda) and filling and covering the tomato with the mixture.

We will now leave the tomatoes for 70 days to see what happens to them. (We even left one tomato un-mummified to see what happens to that too – we predict it will be pretty disgusting!)

We’ll let you know how we get on!

Year 3 Maths

In Year 3 we have been working  hard on our related addition facts. E.g. if we know 6+5=11 then we also know 60+50=110 and 600+500=1,100.

Here you can see us solving a Maths puzzle using our new skills.

Water Aid Assembly

On Monday 8th January, Geoff Moulton came into assembly, to share with us the amazing work Water Aid complete around the world. During the assembly, he make us aware that many people across the world do not benefit from clean water and decent toilets. With the help from donations, Water Aid have transform millions of lives every year in 28 countries with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

On Friday 12th January, we are having a Non-uniform day to raise money for Water Aid by bringing in a £1 and wearing blue and white.

INTO Students visit CJS to share their ideas around our assembly ‘Magic Maths’

Students from the A Level Newton Programme enjoyed the opportunity to pass on some of their experiences of maths and the importance of maths in their lives and intended future careers.  All the students are studying A Level Maths and they presented some of the methods and tricks they were taught as children in their respective countries – China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Turkey; Russia; Georgia; and Malaysia.  They were very impressed with both the maths ability of the children and their excellent behaviour. A big thank you to Ms Smith for this and all our Community Engagement activities at Colman Junior School.

written by Bob Parsons

Year 3 Science: Light

Year 3 have  been learning about light and shadows. We have used torches and mirrors to prove that light travels in a straight line. Play this online game to explore how mirrors reflect light.

Year 3 Books Galore

Year three had a fantastic book day today, browsing and buying books at the book fair and visiting our local library. Tom from Norfolk Children’s Book Centre read us some great stories, both funny and scary and then we headed to Earlham Library where Ben helped us all to find a book or two that we liked the look of. Happy reading!

Year 3 First Aid

Year 3 enjoyed working with St John’s Ambulance today to learn first aid. We are now experts on how to call 999 and how to put a casualty into the recovery position. If you would like to practise your new skills, you might like to play this game.

Year 3 Family Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 3 family afternoon before half term. As part of our Local Explorers topic we looked at artefacts, maps and photos showing the history of the school since it was built in 1927. We also used our problem solving skills to create tangram pictures and made some Autumn art by printing Autumn leaves. You can see our finished art work on display in the school hall. It was a fantastic end to the children’s first few weeks at Colman Junior School.

Keeping Safe is …

Our theme this week is ‘Keeping Safe is …’, so in assembly today, we had PC Barton and PCSO Meri come in to assembly to share how we can keep safe in our community.

They talked to us about ‘unfamiliar strangers’ and ‘safe strangers’, recognising and handling dangerous situations and when to use “No, Go, Yell, Tell”.