Category Archives: Year 3

Y3’s Archimedes Investigation

Y3’s Archimedes Investigation

As part of our Ancient Greece Creative Curriculum topic, Y3 have been learning about that great inventor, scientist, mathematician, philosopher and astronomer, Archimedes.  And how taking a bath led to Archimedes’ great idea – Eureka! For the story of how he used this idea to help the King of Sicily solve the problem of his crown, watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijj58xD5fDI

Y3 were more than happy to help Archimedes solve his next problem…  The King of Sicily had 3 daughters.  These princesses of Syracuse were always arguing about who was the greatest!

 

Ancient Greeks really valued strength and volume.  But which sister had the biggest volume and, therefore, was the greatest?  Balance measures weren’t very precise in those days, so they turned to the amazing Archimedes for help.

Archimedes worked with his team ‘Apollo’ and together they took each princess, submerged (or immersed – oh yes, we learned plenty of scientific vocabulary!) them into a full bath of water:

 

Then, they carefully measured the amount of DISPLACED water in order to calculate the volume of each princess:

   

They then recorded their results:

 

The princess with the greatest volume was declared the most beautiful of all!!!

What fun we had on Archimedes’ team!

   

Y3 Pythagorean Maths Investigation

Y3 Pythagorean Maths Investigation

Last week, we all took part in some Pythagorean challenges and investigated square numbers, then triangle numbers later on in the week, just like the ancient Greek, Pythagoras.  Following these investigations, we looked at a variety of statements by ancient Greek thinkers and had to prove whether they were correct or incorrect.  Come and take…Read More

Y3 Computing Blog 21st January

Y3 Computing Blog 21st January

Year 3 have been using Lego Wedo to program and control a variety of mechanisms.  Take a a look and we’ll explain what we’ve been doing along the way…    First, we created algorithms (that is a series of instructions that tell the computer what to do) and built different gearing systems to observe the…Read More

Youth Friday – Y3’s Liturgy

Youth Friday – Y3’s Liturgy

Year 3 led us all in a beautiful Liturgy on Friday 24th November to celebrate ‘Youth Friday’. The theme was based on the message of Pope Francis for 2017 – ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’, say Yes! On Youth Friday we celebrate the gift of young people in our schools, parishes,…Read More

Y3 Blog 18th October:  Stone Age Drama

Y3 Blog 18th October: Stone Age Drama

Look at the fun we have had creating Stone Age scenarios!  Thank you to Bart’s mam for the help with making some stunning resources like Shaun the mammoth, the stone axe and the bone necklace!               And take a look at the stone henges some of Year 3 have made at home after using the…Read More

Y3 Blog 29th Sept Prehistoric Pottery

Y3 Blog 29th Sept Prehistoric Pottery

This week we had a visit from Sarah Lord, an iron age woman who taught us all about the history of pottery from the Paleolithic era to the Iron Age.  We made our own Prehistoric pots using natural objects and tools that Prehistoric people would have used.  You can see it all here!  What a…Read More

Our First Week in Y3

Our First Week in Y3

On Friday 7th September, Marc Barkman-Astles (archaeologist, historian, film maker, lecturer, owner and manager of http://archaeosoup.com …and oh a man of so many other roles…) held a morning workshop for Y3 on prehistorical eras.   First he took us to the Palaeolithic era – ‘Old Stone Age’ – 20,000 BC. It was very cold then – colder…Read More