Juniper Class Year 3

Welcome to Juniper Class from Miss Griffiths.
Our theme this term is...
The Romans
During the Summer Term, Juniper Class will be immersed into their new theme 'The Romans', with history as our driver. As a class, we will discover new, exciting information about the Romans including food, jobs, clothes and entertainment. The children will use their new 'sticky' knowledge about the Romans to create a Roman mosaic inspired by Ancient Rome tiles and ceilings, as well as their own Roman chariot from wood in DT. To spark engagement in the classroom, mysterious objects or sounds will regularly appear in our 'Curiosity Corner' to help us to unveil new interesting facts and objects. What will we discover in the coming weeks?
Our classroom environment:
To support our theme, we will be reading ‘The Romans' by Marcia Williams. This book features a gladiator dormouse called Dormeo who tells all about his guide to Ancient Rome. He'll take you on a tour of Rome's most famous moments and most colourful characters - from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome’s best-known emperors (good and not so good). We will be unpicking this text in our reading sessions, where we will complete written tasks using our VIPERS skills.
Later in the term, we will be reading 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. This story is about Join Tranio, the son of an actor, and his friend Livia, the baker's daughter, in witnessing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbor, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.
Things to remember:
  • Juniper Class PE days are Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor). The children are welcome to bring some warmer clothes for outdoor PE for those colder days. Likewise, children should bring a sunhat on sunnier days to protect them from the heat during outdoor PE. 
  • Children need to read with an adult at least 3x a week and record this on 'Boomhub', which will be checked every Thursday. If your child has finished their reading book, they need to tell the class teacher who will allow them to go to the library to select a new one.
  • Children should access Times Table Rock Stars at least 1x a week on the following link: Times Tables Rock Stars: Play (