This term we have been learning all about the story Mary Poppins. We have looked at several issues which can be identified in the film for example; fox hunting, women's right to vote and how different people live.
At the start of term a mysterious fireplace appeared in our reading corner and there was also a basket full of Mary Poppins related goodies! There was a 'Votes for Women' sash, a bottle of magical looking medicine with a spoon, a picture of a chimney sweep and a copy of the book Mary Poppins by P.L Travers. After a lot of researching we discovered that the sash was to do with a group of women called the Suffragettes. We explored this group further and found that it was extremely close to the 100 year anniversary of women having the vote. We decided to learn more about these inspirational women. We researched all about Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison and create our own Suffragette posters.
Alongside our learning about the Suffragettes, we also learnt about fox hunting and the debate surrounding this issue. We held a debate in class and learnt about both sides of the argument. We learnt how to respect someone else's opinion, even if we didn't agree with it and how to make a point in an argument and support it with a reason. Year three wrote the most amazing balanced arguments about fox hunting and learnt lots of information about foxes too!
In DT we had lots of fun designing and making our own kites out of Dowling wood, string and a bin bag. We made colourful tails out of material and were able to fly them on the last day of term. They were (mostly!) successful and we had lots of fun chasing the wind to help them fly!
To top of our learning from this topic we had a special visit on the 8th February by none other than Mary Poppins herself! The children we able to make their own chalk drawings, fly kites and sing songs as well as taking part in their own horse race! We had the best day and a fabulous half term!