Welcome Back, The adults that work in this class are Mrs Hinton and Mrs Whittaker.
Hook - Thursday 5th July:
In the morning, the children will be able to take part in an Ancient Olympic style event at Yeovil’s athletics track. After lunch, dressing as Greeks, the children will set up a Greek banquet and perform dancing to celebrate their successes.
Parents will be invited to join us on our hook afternoon, to watch our closing ceremony, sample some Greek food from the menu and partake in some traditional dancing. Please bring comfy shoes as you will be asked to join in!
Take home task:
To create a fact file or presentation on a Greek God or Goddess.
This can include a drawing/picture; what they were worshipped for; how they treated their enemies etc.
Bring to school by: Wednesday 11th July.
Week 1: The children will be introduced to the Ancient Greeks, understanding when in history they were at their most prominent and through geography where they resided. Following on from this, they will begin to learn the mythological story Theseus and the Minotaur, focussing on dramatisation to understand the feelings behind the story, and will identify the setting and the villain in the story by building up the vocabulary and understanding of what a myth is about. The children will start this week on their final scientific topic of the year; magnets, which were supposedly discovered by a Greek shepherd called Magnes!
Week 2: Continuing with Theseus and the Minotaur, the children will start to understand the heroic character in the story. Then they will write the story from the Labyrinth scene, exploring vocabulary choices, sentence structure and grammar which will allow them to take ownership, develop and edit this important part of the story for themselves. This week will also see the children designing their own Greek pots before creating them using pottery techniques in clay and firing them in our kiln.
Week 3: As innovators, this week the children will be immersed into a new myth; Perseus and Medusa. From this they will analyse three different versions of the text, becoming detectives to work out who the real heroes and villains are, plan and write their own action scene using the techniques they learnt in the first two weeks. Within history, the origins of the Olympic Games will be introduced, with the children designing the first ever Olympics advertising poster, team flags, and creating the important Olympic flame and wreaths for our opening and closing ceremonies.
Week 4: Hook Week! To celebrate Year 3’s work on Ancient Greece, we will be holding an Ancient Olympic Games at Yeovil’s Bill Whistlecroft Athletics Arena! The children will take part in an opening ceremony, classic track and field events, finishing with a closing ceremony using the props that we have made in class. The day will finish with a Greek banquet and traditional dancing which parents will be asked to come along to and take part in! Poetry will be the children’s focus for English, and using modern twists to Greek mythology and characters, the children will get to grips with understanding how to set out various types of poem, focusing on research and understanding.
Week 5: Using the skills they have developed so far, the children will start to plan, write and edit their own dramatic monologues using the Greek references they have worked on throughout this topic. As the children’s pots will be completely dry, they will now be able to paint their finished pieces in the Greek style.
Week 6: In our final week, the children will be editing, publishing and illustrating their finished mythological action scenes and poems, as well as completing their portfolios with examples of their best work across the year.
Our PE days this year will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Times tables should be practiced at home up to 12 x 12 - particularly x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8
Reading is expected to be done daily and spelling practice is appreciated from the tricky words in the Read Write Inc log books, if applicable.
If you have any queries please ask a member of year 3 team.