Middle Department News
This week in Year 3
Year 3 have had a busy week, and, due to the Bank Holiday, spent their first Monday in School of this term. We are busy preparing for our first Wellyboot Camp in three years, which we are all extremely excited about. We have had lots of discussions in class about how it will work and what to do if we are worried about spending the night away from our families – particularly considering the unusually insular last few years. We definitely see this as an opportunity for growth for the Year 3s, a time for them to be with their friends and make new ones and a time to be away from their families and grow in resilience. We are all looking forward to spending time outside and can guarantee that we will all smell of wood smoke on our return!
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week was the perfect time to deepen our Wellyboot discussions and has given us an excellent opportunity to discuss the idea of loneliness. We talked about the difference between being alone and feeling lonely; we agreed that, sometimes, it is great to be alone: “It is sometimes nice to be alone when you are in the playground because you can have a break from running around.” Other times though, you do feel lonely: “Being lonely is when no one is there to comfort you when you feel sad or miss someone.” We talked about what you could do if you were feeling lonely and the children came up with some excellent strategies: “If I am lonely, I will distract myself and do something like drawing a picture, watch TV, play boardgames or play outside. Sometimes, I have a hug from my mum.” Or another suggestion: “I could do something to distract me and take my mind off it. If that doesn’t work, then I would speak to the person who made me feel lonely and see if that works.”
Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Romans in Britain, this term. We will even be incorporating this learning into Wellyboot Camp, with a Roman Escape Room Challenge! Later in the term we will be learning about the Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda. If you would like to brush up on your Roman numerals (which might come in handy when escaping from a ‘room’) then use the link to the Vindolanda website for some excellent games and challenges: https://www.vindolanda.com/home-learning
From the Pottery Cellar
Year 3 had so much fun in pottery making their own bowls this week….
The Year 3 Team