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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 Ezra Class.  We hope you enjoy exploring the exciting things we have been learning!

'Across The Sky' Cheltenham Music Festival

We loved making bread today with Julie from the Warburton's factory!

On 1st June, Year 3 and Year 4 went to Pates’ Grammar School for their Language Festival.  At the start, we learnt how to do Flamenco dancing—it was amazing!  We then split into groups A, B,  C and D.  We learnt two languages before the first break.  We learnt a range of languages including Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, British Sign Language and Urdu.  Before we left, we then learnt some Russian dancing.  It was magnificent!  Finally, we ending our adventure with lunch at the park!  What a day! Written by Leon, Gabriel and Jacob, Y3.

We are all so proud of Leon, Klaudia and Filip for receiving their First Holy Communion in school today!

Year 3 had a great morning learning Italian! We started the morning finding Italy on the world map and looking at the capital City - Rome.  We then found out some interesting facts and recorded these inside then Italian flag.  Next, we learnt to count to 10 in Italian and learnt the name of some animals.  We used our new words to play an Italian game - 'Regina, Regina, Bella'.  We ended the morning by making some authentic Roman pottery.

Roman Archaeological Dig

We received a letter from the Roman Excavation Association asking us to find some Roman artefacts in our school sand pit.  They had set up an excavation site and left brushes for us to search for artefacts.  We had so much fun looking and even managed to find a Roman game (knuckle bones), a sandal, a bangle and lots of Roman coins!  We had to look carefully and delicately as the artefacts are very old and hold lots of historical information! 

We had a great day at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.  We started the day with a 'Life in Roman Britain' workshop where we learnt about Roman forts and trading.  We then had a chance to dress up as a Roman, look at Roman foods and pottery, make our own mosaic and play some Roman games.


We then explored the museum - we loved looking at the real Mosaics and artefacts!

Our Easter Liturgy

Year 3 beautifully and thoughtfully retold the Easter story in a 'Tenebrae’.  This is a Latin word that means ‘Shadows’ or ‘Darkness’. As we told each part of the story, one of the candles was blown out to show how sad we are. We then switched the lights on again to show how happy Easter Sunday is.
To kick off our new topic, we had a Roman Day! We learnt lots of new things about the time period including what life was like before the Romans invaded, why they invaded and the formation of the Roman Army.  We loved dressing up and learning all about the Romans - we can't wait to learn more!

Visit to Monskcroft Care Centre

We walked to Monkscroft Care Centre to perform our dance 'Walk Like An Egyptian'. The residents and staff loved it!  We then spent time talking to and dancing with the residents. We shared all of the Egyptian facts we had learnt in our lessons.  We had a lovely morning. 

We had a great day performing in the 2019 Feet First Dance Festival at Cheltenham Town Hall.  We started the day playing in Montpellier Gardens before our rehearsal slot.  We then went in to practise our dance inside the Town Hall - we couldn't believe how big it was!  We performed alongside 10 other schools but we were so excited (and very nervous!) to open the show.  We started by parading around the stage so that everybody could see our fantastic costumes.  Finally, it was our time to perform our dance.  We were amazing, all of our hard work paid off!  Miss Copson and Mrs Tippen were very proud of us!

Our first dress rehearsal of 'Walk Like an Egyptian'!

We cannot wait to perform at the Town Hall now!

World Book Day 2019

We have made our own Egyptian Mummies!  First, we made salt dough, formed a body shape and cooked it in the microwave to harden it.  We then wrapped the mummies in kitchen roll strips with watery glue - we got SO messy!! Once this had dried, we painted them and added detail.  We are so proud of the finished project.  Ask us about the real mummification process - we have loved learning all of the gruesome facts!

'Across The Stars' Community Opera Project

Year 3 have been working with writer Miranda Walker to create the characters and storyline for a brand new opera.  They are now working with composer Michael Betteridge to create the music and songs for the opera!  The opera is called Across The Sky, and the children will be performing it on the main stage in Cheltenham Town Hall as part of Cheltenham Music Festival on 14 July at 2pm and 5pm.  Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.


Across the Sky will be performed twice, at 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 14 April, on the main stage in Cheltenham Town Hall. The performance is suitable for all ages, and will last 50 minutes. Tickets are free and you can also book free seats on a coach from Coronation Square to the Town Hall and back, subject to availability.


Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 3 April. You can book tickets from the Cheltenham Festivals website ( or by calling the Cheltenham Festivals Box Office on 01242 850270 (Tues – Fri, 10am-5pm). The event numbers are M43 (2pm performance), and M44 (5pm performance); the coach booking numbers are M43C (coach departing Coronation Square at 1pm and returning from Town Hall at 3.30pm), and M44C (coach departing Coronation Square at 4pm and returning from Town Hall at 5.30pm).


We The Curious

We really enjoyed our visit to We The Curious!  We started the day with a 'light and shadow' workshop.  We completed lots of experiments including splitting up white light, looking at how light travels to allow us to see and using prisms to make a rainbow.

We then spent time looking around the museum.  Our favourite parts were the bubble area where we made ENORMOUS bubbles that we could step inside, magnetic sand, the 'leaning lounge' and the hypnotizing wheels.

We ended the day in the Planetarium! We watched an incredible show where we traveled through space!  It was an awesome day, we would all love to go back!

Year 3 History Day - Prehistoric Britain

We learnt about the Stone Age.  We started with the Paleolithic period, then moved on to Mesolithic period and finally the Neolithic period!  We looked at the lives of cave people from the Paleolithic period, we made ceremony mask and Stone Age tools from the Mesolithic period and went on a Stone Henge fact hunt for the Neolithic period.

We had so much fun in the snow!