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How to make a Mummy!

The children learned the process the Ancient Egyptians created to make a mummy. Did you know the whole process lasted 70 days! As a class we recreated the part where the body is wrapped in a linen fabric and a Death Mask is placed over the face. The children worked in groups to find the quickest and most effective way to wrap a mummy!

An Interview with an Egyptian Pharaoh!

The children became reporters on Friday as they interviewed a special 'guest' to our school. The Ancient Egyptian, Pharaoh Imhotep, visited Year 3 and spoke to the children about his life as a King.

The children learned lots of new information:

-Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs and their families.


-Both Egyptian men and women wore make-up. The eye-paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed make-up had magical healing powers, too!


-Unwrapped, the bandages of an Ancient Egyptian mummy could stretch for 1.6km.


-Cats were considered to be a sacred animal by the Ancient Egyptians. It’s thought that most families kept a cat as a pet, which they believed would bring the household good luck!



Health Bus

On Friday 19th May the children had the opportunity to visit the Health Bus. Here the children learned many of the ways to keep their bodies healthy. Some of the less obvious ways include keeping yourself clean, walking to school (if possible) getting plenty of sleep and washing your face. Can you think of any other ways?

We learned the most effective way to brush our teeth. Did you know it's more effective to brush your teeth using a circular motion rather than just moving your toothbrush backwards and forwards or up and down?


We are very lucky to have great equipment in school. The children used the Romo Rover and an iPod to create their very own personal robot as part of their Computing learning. The children learned basic computer programming skills to give Romo simple instructions. The class quickly became experts as they completed a variety of challenges such as moving in different directions and at different speeds.


Healthy Fun Day

What a day! Even though the weather was terrible, 3C had a brilliant day taking part in a variety of healthy activities! The children learned about the importance of staying active and the benefits of eating good foods. Here are a selection of the activities the children completed:



To build confidence and team-working skills the children took part in a Night line obstacle course. Blindfolded, they had to rely on communication with their partner and the use of the ropes to navigate their way around the woodland area. There were a few surprises for the children a long the way! 



To end the day the children learned about and tasted a variety of fruit and vegetables. For many, this was the first time they had tried certain foods.

Well done 3C for being brave and trying new things! 

Reflection Investigation

Please take a minute to have a look at the images of our reflection investigation. We wanted to find out how light reflects off a mirror and how we can manipulate the direction that light travels in by changing the angle that we hold the mirror. You can see the pure concentration on the children's faces! 

Reflection Investigation

Egyptian Death Mask

As part of our Ancient Egypt Topic we have been learning about the famous Egyptian Death Mask. 

Ancient Egyptians believed in the concept of life after death. The death mask was a part of the preserving the dead and funeral rites. After the body of the deceased was carefully mummified, a sculpted mask was put on the face of the dead.


The ancient Egyptians believed that this mask would strengthen the spirit of the dead person and also protect its soul from the evil spirits.


In groups we are making a cast of the Death Masks and we are going to design and then paint them ourselves. 

Write like an Egyptian!

To begin our Topic work on the Ancient Egyptians the children were asked to use Egyptian Hieroglyphs to write a secret message to a partner and then decode it and translate it into English. Have you noticed that some of the symbols are the same for different letters? (Look at u and w). This made it very tricky when we had to decode a message. 

Can you write your own secret message?


Performance Poetry

The children have been using their voices as creative tools in English this week. They have been performing poems such as On the Ning Nang Nong and Little Boy Blue. It is very important to use expression in our voices when reading aloud, otherwise we sound like robots! The children worked in groups and decided the best way to perform poems, making decisions such regarding the speed, volume and tone of their voices. 


When they performed their poems in front of an audience, they showed off all of the skills they had learned! 

Mirror, mirror

As part of our new Science topic, 'Mirror, mirror' we will be working scientifically on a variety of challenges to learn about the wonders of light, including reflections and shadows.


To begin with, we have learned about man-made and natural light sources. We also discussed which materials reflect light and why others do not.

Did you know? 

  • Daylight turns to darkness because the moon blocks the sun and creates a giant shadow on the Earth.
  • Supermarket security teams set up curved mirrors to see around corners.
  • Telescopes use curved and flat mirrors to collect light from distant objects and reflect it into the eye of the observer.


Easter Egg Hunt


The class had so much fun completing an Easter Egg Hunt. They split themselves into two teams and hid an egg for each other to find. I also specially hid 5 golden eggs with goodies hidden inside. The children were so competitive, but had an amazing time!

Close your eyes while the others hide your egg!

The children ran at the speed of light to find their eggs!

We found them!


Where's Wally?

3C are a bunch of Wally's!


To celebrate World Book Day the children have all dressed up as 'Where's Wally'. We have had a very fun day completing Where's Wally activities. In English we have written a postcard describing what Wally can see and in Maths we worked in groups to give directions to help Wally find his lost property!

Can you spot Wally?

Outside we completed a Wally treasure hunt. We walked around the school grounds to find letters to make a Wally-related word. These are the letters we found: NITRAMDROFDNAH. Can you unscramble the letters and make the correct words? 

Shrove Tuesday

Today the children learned that Shrove Tuesday (also commonly known as Pancake Day) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. They learned how it is     traditional on this day to eat pancakes.

They learned that Lent is a time of giving things up. Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

Across the United Kingdom pancake races have often been part of the celebrations.

People run whilst tossing a cooked pancake in a frying pan at the same time. The first    person to cross the finish line is the winner. Today the children took part in their own version of pancake races to celebrate pancake day.

The children also sampled pancakes with a variety of traditional toppings in the UK and across Europe.

Safer Internet Day Top Tips

Safer Internet Day 

The children in class 3C learned all about staying safe using different forms of technology, particularly the internet. The children know that computers can be used for lots of fun things and how to use them in a safe way. 


We watched videos of 'Hector's World' which demonstrated the dangers associated with using our personal information online and how to safely use technology. 


If you would like to find out more information about using computers safely, then please visit the website 



Cheerleading in 3C.


As part of our Dance Topic we decided to try something a little bit different. We decided to give cheerleading a go in order to test our skills! The children have loved creating their own performances using pom poms. Using the equipment has added a lot of flair to their routines!

Our Visit to Woodhorn Mining Museum

The children had a fantastic time exploring the museum and finding out what it was like to be a coal miner. We were able to understand just how difficult it would have been to work down the mines.

The children observed Pitman painters; art created by the miners themselves.


By visiting the museum we were able to experience first hand the equipment the miners' used. It was great that the children could see the machines and tools rather than just looking at a picture in the classroom!

One of the shafts that the miners had to travel down to reach the mine. We could not believe how small it was.

Unfortunately, death was a far too common occurrence down the mines. This monument commemorates the deaths of many miners just after the First World War.


As part of our experience, the children had the opportunity to dress in the clothing that boys wore to work in the mine.

Remembrance Day

Friday 11th November

Armistice Day


Today the children travelled to the local war memorial in Shotton where they took part in a Remembrance Service. They observed a One Minutes Silence where they thought about all of the people who have died and sacrificed their lives during wars for our freedom today. We listened to the Last Post after the silence in respect to the soldiers who died in war. We read the poem In Flanders Fields and the children also made their own poppy crosses which they lay in the memorial garden. To finish the ceremony, our class Councillors lay a Wreath on behalf of all the children and staff at Shotton Primary School.

Class 3C show their support for Macmillan Cancer

On Friday 30th September the whole school got involved in raising money to support Macmillan.


We wore green or our own clothes to show our support. There was even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle who wanted to get involved and raise money for Macmillan cancer support.


The whole class had a great day supporting the charity. Fundraising gave us such a good energy! We look forward to our next opportunity to raise awareness and get involved for a good cause.


Black Gold

In Topic we have been learning about coal mining in our local area. This week we had a very special visitor. The children prepared questions to interview our Mr Emery about his experience working in the mines. The children learned all about the equipment that was used, and how difficult and dangerous mining was.


We found out lots of information on the Davey lamp and discovered how it was crucial for miner's survival.













We looked at the list of men and boys that died at Shotton Colliery. Are there any names that you recognise?

We are learning how to play the violin

The children are so enthused by the opportunity to play the violin. It is such a privilege that we have access to these amazing instruments.


Whilst it is a difficult instrument to master, 3C have risen to the challenge and have learned how to:

  • correctly hold a violin.
  • stand in the '3 o'clock' position.
  • read and play the G note.
  • read and play the D note.


As each week passes, we are learning new skills which brings us a step closer to mastering the instrument.


Important information about routines and expectations

Class 3C's Mascot

The children in class 3C have their very own class mascot who represents all of Shotton Primary

School's key values. Together the class discussed possible names for our Mascot and we voted to come to a democratic decision.


Say hello to Sir William the Mighty!

In 3C the children work towards being chosen as Star of the Day. This entitles the children to look after Sir William during the following day. The children work very hard to become a Star; they have to try their best in all subjects, treat others with respect and learn!


By the end of the week the class has 5 Stars to choose from and one Star of the Week is chosen! The Star of the Week gets to take Sir William and his diary home with them over the weekend and record their adventures together! So far Sir William has been to a Judo class, had a weekend visit to Redworth Hall, met some Alpacas and even been to the Forbidden Corner!


So if you see Sir William the Mighty around, you know that the owner is a true Star!



We have been learning about Harvest Festival

Year 3 visited St. Saviours to learn more about how Harvest is celebrated in the local area.


The children learned that it is the time of year when all the crops have been harvested and that it is a celebration of the food grown. In St. Saviours we learned that local crops are donated each year. We couldn't believe how big some of the vegetables had grown, especially the leeks!


We were able to ask lots of questions. We now know that Harvest is a time that makes people want to share with others who are not so fortunate.



We were very impressed with the variety and the amount of vegetables that had been donated!