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WOW DAY - Term 6
Hunter Gatherers Come Together!
Year 3 returned after half term rather strangely dresses and had a very non-typical day of learning. As Stone Age children, we retold a story called Boy by James Mayhew, understanding there would be no books to read from, or TV and internet to watch stories, much like we are used to today. We acted it out and made some rather loud and strange noises as required to bring the story to life. For maths, we came up with our own code to represent numbers and used chalk and pastels to mark make as we attempted calculations.
Our afternoon was spend understand more of what life would have been like and the limited communication methods available in the Stone Age. We looked at some first-hand pictures of real cave art from Miss Samson’s travels to Thailand and create our own scenes using simple colours, reflecting the nature of the coloured chalks and dyes available.
‘It was strange coming back to school in costume rather than in our uniforms’
‘It was exiting to learning differently and not use any pencils, computers or lights.’
‘It was exciting as we have to go scavenge and find things like cave men and women do.’
‘The day was very different and Mr Stafford sounded weird in the way he spoke like a caveman.’
‘Some of our learning felt like we were playing, especially when we acted out and retell the story of BOY.’
Push and Pull
This term in year 3 our science topic is forces and magnets. Last week, we designed an investigation that looked into friction and the differences between different surfaces.
We found that thick carpet created more friction for the wheels on our wooden car. We have also used magnets to sort objects into magnetic and non-magnetic, and have discussed the reasons for this.
A new arrival to Year 3!
One afternoon we had a knock at our class room door. When we opened the door to see who was there, we found a small bear propped against the wall. He had a note with him that said: ‘I have been looking on your school website and saw that you are all kind and happy children. Please would you let me join your class?’ Ever since, Paddington has become a member of Year 3, moving between our two classes, and joining in with our learning.
WOW Day - Term 5 - Relocation Relocation Relocation
This week Year 3 have finished their chocolate topic for this term by researching, designing, making and evaluating their own chocolate bars. Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we have researched and discussed what makes great packaging for a chocolate bar and have tried to implement this into our own work.
Jessica “I have really enjoyed decorating my chocolate bar as we have been using lots of bright colours”
Elouise “My favourite part was designing the chocolate bar and adding in diamonds to make my chocolate bar stand out”
Courtney “It was quite tricky to measure and make sure the sections were the same size”
Marita “My chocolate bar is called Toffee Stix and it stands out because it has lots of different designs on it and it has bright colours”
Dylan “I enjoyed making chocolate bars because I want to be like Mr Willy Wonka”
Migration Workshop - Term 4
In our migration workshop, we learnt about the reasons why some people move from one country to another to live. They can either move because they want to of their own free choice, or because they are forced to.
We learnt the terms: refugee and asylum seeker, and watched a clip from Paddington to understand that he came to our country seeking a better life after his home was destroyed because of a natural disaster.
We thought about the things he would need when he first arrived. This is what we have drawn in our suitcases.
World Book Day
We loved the opportunity on World Book day to dress up as some of our favourite characters. Can you spot where some our choices can from?
Being A Good Samaritan
In RE, we have been learning about the identity and behaviour of Jesus disciples, and the example set that Christian’s today follow. They didn’t have a uniform like we do in college; it was their words and actions which set them apart as being different. Here are some photos of our acting out of the story of the Good Samaritan, which shows Jesus new command in action: that we should love one another.
World of Pure Imagination
When Year 3 returned to college in Term 4, they discovered the college had been transformed into Wonka’s factory, and quickly found themselves being invited to take up work as resident Oompa Loompas, complete with their very own authorised ID badges. Together, we worked creatively to grow our ‘world of pure imagination’, setting the scene to embark on our discovery of how chocolate is made, and where is comes from.
Our Own Robot Stories
In English, we have used our reading of the Iron Man as the basis for creating our own robot-like creatures and creating our own a stories, as well as inventing our own robots to help us in real-life, describing their main features and appeal. Here is some of our writing.
The Junk Orchestra
On Monday 22nd January, Year 3 were visited by the Junk Orchestra. We were led by Alan, a professional drummer and percussionist, to create our own music, thinking how the instruments he had made from recycled materials made sounds from the jungle, telling the story of the changing weather and movement of animals. He had instruments made from cut up dustbins, fire extinguishers and gas bottles, he made shakers using metal bottle tops, chimes using the inner part of car wheels, and spinning bicycle wheels. He made a flip-flop-o-phone using different lengths of hosepipe and you played it using an old flip-flop.
Crash, Bang, Wallop!
Our topic this term is called Crash, Bang, Wallop and joins up our understanding of sound, light and performance through learning about the theatre. We have looked at the music of STOMP! and created our own music in this style using everyday objects in the classroom. We considered the different types of sound each object made and how the rhythms we used come together so we are working as a team in time with each other. After a while, we actually started to sound quite good, combing sounds to make a performance.
A Trip To The Castle
During Art Week, Year 3 were inspired by the Shakespeare play: A midsummer night’s dream. Having watched, read and rewritten our own versions of the story, we designed and created our own forest scenes in order to print using cardboard relief. Some of our designs turned out better than others depending on the detail and accuracy of our cutting.
Analysing Roald Dahl
In English, we have been learning about Roald Dahl and have read The Enormous Crocodile, George's Marvellous Medicine and The Twits. We have created our own story maps to retell a story, written our stories and dialogue between characters, and debated whether Mr Kranky's idea to go into business mass producing George's Marvellous Medicine was ingenious, crazy or greedy.
Lots of Maths!
In maths this term, as well as learning lots about number, place value and doing calculations, we have learnt about 3D shapes. We had to make 3D shapes using straws and plasticine, deciding how the number of edges and vertices needed and the faces to be created and put together.
Having learnt about famous inventions and achievements of the Ancient Egyptians (which include telling the time using shadows or water, creating paper using papyrus, creating a written number system and learning about the human body to name just a few), we set about making our own model Shadufs. These were a mechanism used to lift water from the River Nile to water or irrigate the land. Our design had to work properly so that when we pulled the bucket down, the weight at the other end caused it to rise again. Although it was a challenge, everyone succeeded!
In Term 1, Year 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians. We have used our learning about Gods and Goddesses to think about what type of character we are and what special abilities or superpowers we have or would like.