Welcome back to a new school year!
This term we our topic will be Tribal Tales
Let’s travel back to prehistoric times!
This half term we’re going to prepare for our visit to the prehistoric site of Flag Fen by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight?
Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build monuments and investigate their shadows. In science, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and the properties of iron. We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery.
During an exploratory dig, we’ll find all sorts of objects and creatures. What will we uncover?
At the end of the ILP, we’ll write performance poetry to insult our enemies! We’ll use the internet to research the beliefs of ancient Britons, and hold a ‘Ancient British Gods and Goddesses day’.
Help your child prepare for their project!
It’s amazing to think that Stone Age people were alive 2.5 million years ago! As they used to paint on walls, why not create a painting on an old roll of wallpaper or a smooth stone from the garden? You could also visit your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Alternatively, visit a site from one of these time periods and imagine what it would have been like to live there.
Home Learning Ideas
What will you do?
- Write your own prehistoric adventure story. Will you set it in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age? Make sure your story reflects the time in which it is set.
- Find out more about rock art – human-made markings placed on natural stone. Draw your own or a friend’s pet in the style of a prehistoric cave painting.
- We know about prehistoric life from artefacts that have been found, such as food, coins, tools and jewellery. What might historians of the future find out about you from your everyday belongings? Write a newspaper report about a find 1000 years in the future
- Use your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Are there any sites to visit, or can you find any relevant online images or news stories?
- Iron Age people started growing crops such as spelt wheat, barley, rye and oats. Can you find these foods in your local shops? Can you find out where these crops are grown now? List your findings in a table.
- Make a photo montage of prehistoric monuments. You can search for the best images online and download them to a PowerPoint slide or Word document
- Make a 3-D model of a Bronze Age settlement, making sure it is historically accurate.
- Make a list of all the skills a historian might need to do their job. Can you write a letter of application for the post of historian at your local museum? Make sure you outline all the skills you have and give examples of how you have used them in this project.
- Find out about the indigenous people of North Sentinel Island in Asia. How does their lifestyle compare to that of prehistoric humans? Make an information collage
Useful Website: Tribal Tales
Background information on Stonehenge, Britain’s tribes, death, burial, archaeological sites and artefacts.
The Stone Age
A useful range of images of Stone Age artefacts.
Details of early Stone Age sites discovered on England’s Norfolk coast.
Background information on the Middle Stone Age and New Stone Age with information about finds from Ireland.
A two-minute video about life in the Late Stone Age – useful for showing children.
A good resource aimed at older children and adults that provides lots of information, images and descriptions of homes, clothing and family life.
Gives an overview of Skara Brae and information on how and when you can visit the site
The Bronze Age
Background information and downloadable resources.
A useful bank of images of artefacts suitable for showing in class.
Background information on Bronze Age tools, weapons, gold jewellery, pottery, beads and flint arrowheads.
Useful overview of the Bronze Age, aimed at older children and adults. Includes information about the Beaker People.
Shows facts about the Bronze Age
The Iron Age
Covers the period between 800 BC and AD 43 and includes a section about ‘bog bodies’. Aimed at more able readers and adults, but can be easily adapted.
Includes important facts about the Iron Age, including land use and farming, burial practice, use of iron, structures and sites plus images of artefacts.
Background information on Iron Age metalwork and art.
Detailed information, useful for teachers to adapt to suit children’s reading abilities.
Information about how Iron Age people lived during daily life.
A child-friendly site with interactive elements. Children can ‘dig up the past’ and look inside a round house.
Our Roman WOW Day
Our year 3 pupils had an incredible time making candleholders, mosaics, and frescos!
Our Citizen of the Week is...Jodi
Our Learner of the Week is...Mason
This term we our topic will be 'Tremors'
Tremors. Overwhelming and mighty, Mother Natures's awesome energies hiss and roar deep within the earth. Plates collide, spewing lava. Rocks rain down and mud slides in torrents. Towns and cities vanish under ashen clouds.
Explore the amazing and dangerous world of natural disasters and glimpse their savage and deadly effects. In HISTORY we will be learning about the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii, a place frozen in time. In ART and DESIGN we will be creating our own model volcanoes, while in SCIENCE we will be learning about the properties of rocks that are shaped by the Earth's breathtaking power.
Children are permitted to bring in a named water bottle which they will be allowed to access during learning time. There will also be cups available for those children who do not have water bottles.
Please note, only water can be drank during the school day. Fruit juice or flavoured squash are only allowed at dinner time. Water bottles should be taken home and washed each night.
- Black or grey trousers (No jeans please)
- White polo shirt
- Green jumper
- Grey or black shoes (No trainers please)
- Grey or green dress.
- Black or grey trousers (No jeans please)
- Black or grey skirt.
- White blouse or polo shirt.
- Green jumper or cardigan.
- Flat grey or black shoes (No trainers please)
- Plain green or black head bands and bobbles.
Children should not be wearing jewellery at school.
Inside - Plain t-shirt, dark shorts and plimsolls.
Outside - Plain track suit or trainers.
If your child wears earrings please ensure they can either remove them independently or that they do not wear them to school on PE days. This term our PE is on a Tuesday.
We would encourage children to read to an adult at home every night for a minimum of 10 minutes.
The children will have a reading diary, which adults can comment in when they hear their child read.
Children themselves, or older siblings, can also record the pages that they have read to in this diary.
Please also record any other books that your child reads, including books not sent home by school.
Literacy and Numeracy Homework
Homework this year will be sent home in a 'Homework Notebook' and children can choose which order they complete the challenges in.
The homework will be a series of Topic related tasks that the children can research and complete based on their interests.
Children will receive house points for each piece of homework they complete.
1 task per week = 2 house points and 2 tasks per week = 5 house points.
Copies of the homework challenges are also published online for parents to view.
You are encouraged to work with the children on these activities, which support the term's learning in class. It is important to let the children produce their own answers, but you can talk to them about how they should get there.
Please could children hand in at least one piece of homework each week.
What are my child next steps? How can I help my child?
If you find you have 5 minutes spare and you and your child would like to practise their Math, English, Reading, Science, Topic or Handwriting, here are a few activities for you to try...
- Arts and crafts, building models, play dough creations, baking, Lego, making head jewelry all help to develop fine motor skills and are fun! Although sometimes can be messy!
- Joined up handwriting on lined paper. Can they write a joke or a funny story to make you laugh? Challenge them to use their joined up writing to make you laugh, make you smile, tell you a story, describe their favourite place etc
- Maths problems. When you go shopping ask them to work out how many buns you will need. Can they prove their workings out? Ask them how more houses you have to walk past before you get to number 34. Can they explain how they found the answer? If I've got 16 marbles and we share them how much would we get each? What operation did they use? Lots of little 2 minutes questions can help your child's problem solving!
- Challenge each other. If your child gives you a problem e.g. 56 + 25 = ? and you give your child a problem, who can get their answer correct first?
- Games! There are lots of free math and English games that you can play on the computer and the iPad. Try a few out and see who wins...
- GPS ... grammar, punctuation and spelling ... Can your child explain how to use a full stop, a question mark, an exclamation mark? Can you you give them a challenge to write a question in under 1 minute?
- English. Seen something disgusting? Funny? Beautiful? Can you and your child think of the best adjectives and adverbs to describe it? Who can come up with the best? Now can they put them in a sentence?