2018 - 2019
For the knowledge harvest of our new topic, we were put in groups of 3 and we had to compete against our class mates! Firstly, we drew around the smallest person in our group, onto big white paper. Then, we had 15 minutes to write as many of the different bones, joints, organs and muscles that we knew were inside our bodies. At the end of the term, we are going to do this again to see how much we have learnt!
Entry Point - Why is Greece in the news?
When we arrived in class after dinner, our classroom was set up into little 'dens'. We were given instructions by the character's in our English class novel to solve the riddles and clues within our envelopes. We were put into teams of 4 and had 30 minutes to solve the clues. Once our time was up, we shared our findings and this helped us to solve the puzzle - our new topic is all about Greece!
We have been learning to edit our own writing in English, but sometimes we find correcting our own spellings tricky, so today we were given a letter which is similar to the one we had written. It was our job as spelling detectives to find the incorrect spellings. Then, we used to resources around the room to help correct these spellings.
To help us understand how sedimentary and igneous rocks are formed, we made our own! We used different foods to represent the different laters, such as sand, bones and clay.
As part of our Topic work, we worked together to make a volcano! We used plastic bottles and tissue paper to make the cone shape. Later on in the term, we will be making our volcanoes erupt!
In English, we had to discuss, and provide reasons for whether we thought it would be a good idea for scientists to bring back dinosaurs. Once we had decided if we were 'for' or 'against', we wrote our decision down using a persuasive sentence opener. Then we took part in conscience alley.
Today, in Maths, we made potions, by carefully measuring out different amounts of liquid. Each liquid was a different colour and we used measuring jugs to make sure we used the correct amount. One of the potions was an invisible spell - we were all really excited!
In our music lesson, we began to learn about the Djembe Drum, which is an African percussion instrument. We talked about how important rhythm is in music and we played the beat to a song which Mrs Walsh taught us.
We have been learning about different types of rocks, and how fossils are made. Today, we used salt dough to create fossils prints, which we will decorate later in the term. We pressed animals, shells, fish and leaves into the dough to create lots of different imprints.
Today, we drew a class story map detailing the life of early man, thinking about his needs, hobbies and different foods that he would eat. We are going to use this information in our English work later in the week!
In music, we have looked at a new instrument, called a Boomwhacker. To play a musical note, we had to bang it on the ground. Each whacker makes a different musical note. We worked together to play 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', it was so much trickier than we thought it would be since we were only playing part of the song each! We had to look through all of the musical notes and learn when it was our turn to bang our Boomwhacker, whilst listening to which notes our other team members were playing.
PE - Dance
In PE, we have been developing our dancing skills, using a variety of different movements to represent rainy, stormy weather. We worked in small groups to create a routine and also made suggestions for improving our dances!
As part of Science week, we have been learning about the scientist, Tu You You who discovered a cure for malaria. We carried out a range of experiments to understand what blood is made of, how surgeons stitch skin after operations, how germs spread and which part of our brain controls which functions. All of these experiments helped us to understand how much knowledge Tu You You must have!
World Book Day
On World Book Day, we came to school dressed as our favourite book characters! We also had the chance to share our favourite book with our classmates.
In Guided Reading, we read a variety of poems, looking at the different features. We particularly liked the Haiku and Cinquain poems and their use of syllables. We noticed that some poems rhyme whereas some don't! This was similar to our free-verse poem that we wrote in English earlier in the term.
Over the next few weeks, we will be designing and making a game using coding. In order to get a better understanding of successful games, we played existing games on laptops to help us decide which features we might choose to include in our own.
Maths – Shape
Within maths, we have been learning how to draw 2D shapes accurately using rulers to measure specific lengths. We also tried to draw circles using a compass -which was very tricky! To celebrate our learning, we created shape collages by cutting out different sized 2D shapes and using these to create a picture.
Entry Point – How is Earth formed?
To begin our new topic, we took part in lots of different activities to discover how the earth is formed. We used different coloured clay to recreate the different layers of the earth, from the inner and outer core, to the mantle and the crust. We discovered that the earth’s crust is broken into tectonic plants and we recreated these using a jigsaw. In addition, we recreated volcanoes using crackers to represent the tectonic plates, and we used jam to represent the molten rock, which is pushed to the surface of the earth!
Topic Exit Point – Coat of Arms
In our Topic work, we have looked at the Hopwood family and their ancestral home, Hopwood Hall. We also researched their coat of arms. This inspired us to recreate our own in our Art lesson. To do this, we printed out the design and then cut it in half, leaving the ‘missing’ half for us to sketch out.
Science – Plants and Flowers
In science, we have been learning about plants and flowers. We did an experiment using straws to discover how water travels through plants. We also dissected flowers to find the different parts of them. Once we had found the parts of a flower, we worked with a partner to label them with the correct heading.
We went to Castleshaw to learn all about the Romans. We learnt that they came from Italy and eventually came across to England, which is why Roman artefacts can be found here! We discovered Roman soldiers made bread to eat on their travels, so we had a try at grinding the grain into flour and then using it to make our own Roman bread. In the afternoon, we got our wellies on and went outside to practise marching like the Romans soldiers did. We also used our shields to protect ourselves from any enemies we encountered.
English - Sequencing a narrative
In English, we looked at different styles of narratives, including poems, fiction books and biographies. We then looked at a story mountain and discussed what a narrative should contain. After this, we looked at the story of Cinderella, and matched key events to the correct heading on the story mountain. This helped us learn more about the plot within a narrative.
Maths - Measurement Carousel
For the past two weeks in Maths, we have been learning all about measure! We have learnt how to compare between the units of measure for capacity, length and mass. As a celebration of our learning, we took part in a carousel of activities whereby we had different challenges on each table. These ranged from measuring the length of everyday items to weighing them using scales. On one of the tables, we had problem solving activities where we had to apply our newly learnt skills at a higher level.
Shared Learning with Year 4
On Friday, Year 4 came into our class to share a piece of persuasive writing that they had been writing in their English lessons. Our job was to read their work and identify any errors that they may have made. In addition, we had to use dictionaries and thesauruses to correct spellings and up level any words. When Year 4 left our class, they felt more confident to write their final drafts!
In our music lessons this half term, we are learning to play the cornet. We have to practise making the vibrating sounds with our lips in order for our cornets to make a sound. This is very tricky but we are really enjoying the challenge! In more recent weeks, we have been learning how to read music by looking at the musical notes on a scale and practising how long to hold the notes for.
Family Coat of Arms
As part of our new Topic, we looked at the Hopwood Family and their family's coat of arms. We then looked at our surnames to see where they originated from and what the symbols may have represented. This was really exciting to find out about and it got us interested in the topic of 'Why do some families become famous?'
Within our Topic, we have been learning about the first inhabitants of Australia. After learning lots of interesting information about their art work, we produced our own aborginal art. Firstly, we used a template of the animal that we wanted to design. Then, we used brightly coloured paint to create a replica dot painting.
Sharing Work with Y4
This term, Year 4 have been writing a TED Talk all about plastic. Once they had finished, they came to share it with us! We listened to a range of different arguments and then we had the opportunity to work alongside a partner from Year 4 to ask them questions about their learning.
Within our Science topic of 'Forces and Magnets', we learnt about friction and how it acts against a force. After this, we carried out an investigation where we tested different surfaces in order to understand how friction affects the speed of an object. We discovered that the carpet created more friction than the smooth surface.
Within our English lesson, we used freeze frame to develop a better understanding of a character's emotions and behaviours.
Window to the World
Our focus country this time was India. We used a style of art called Pointillism which used the tip of the brush and little dots to paint. In addition, we painted Rangoli patterns and used these to cover the outline of an elephant. We had a fantastic day!
Year 3 had to search the playground to find hidden scraps of metal using clues. These clues helped us locate jigsaw pieces of our main character.
To consolidate our learning on place value this term, we completed a coded 100 square challenge. It was important that we could recognise patterns within the number square and justify how the symbols matched the numbers.
Our Science topic for this half term was ‘Light and Dark’ and we needed to recognise factors which might affect our shadow size. As the weather was perfect for this, we went outside and drew around our shadows. It was really helpful for us to see the shadows and discuss why they might change size.
After producing a character description of UG, we went into Year 4 and read these aloud to a partner. The Year 4 children had to draw what they thought our character looked like. After this, we went back to our classroom and improved our work based upon their feedback.
We were lucky enough to have Freddy Fit visit our school again. Team work was a big focus this time and Freddy Fit taught us how to be resilient. We really enjoyed keeping fit and also having a go at the limbo!
Using a spray bottle and paint, Year 3 went outside and created a replica cave painting. We sprayed the paint over our hands and looked at the design it left underneath. After this, we discussed how cave art would have been produced in a similar way during the Stone Age.
For our entry point, we looked at archaeologists and how they help us to learn about the past. We looked at different materials from the inside of a bin and discussed what the items might tell people about us in the future.