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Useful Class Information
We have indoor PE on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Friday - please ensure PE kits are in school for these days.
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This term we are doing a science enquiry, looking at what plants need in order to survive and be healthy. We will be looking at the different parts of a plant and their functions. This will involve us planting our own sunflowers and each class will collectively plant a vegetable and observe what happens as it grows.
Alongside this enquiry, in English, we will be reading the Spiderwick Chronicles and focusing on writing instructions, recounts and a narrative.
How are Shadows Formed?
At the end of Week 6, we had a one day enquiry looking at how shadows are formed. We came up with some shared explanations as a class and then made our own characters and scenes to create our own shadow puppet show. Below are some pictures of the shows.
In Week 6, we completed our challenge for our enquiry. We made concept cartoons in our learning partners. We had to think of a question, then write the correct answer and 3 other answers that are not true, but sound as if they could. This allowed us to show we knew how plants survived.
Spiderwick Chronicles Stories
During weeks 5 and 6 we produced our own versions of the Spiderwick Chronicles. We used the same story line and created our own characters, settings and mystery characters. We drew one of our settings and added descriptive phrases to it to help us with our writing. Check out some of our stories and settings below.
"I enjoyed writing about the Spiderwick Chronicles because I got to use my imagination to create a story," Yish
During the afternoons of Week 5, we were lucky enough to have two special visitors in to help us with our Art. Lynette and Emily are artists who taught us about Street Art and Land Art. We then had a go at making some of our own Street Art and Land Art. we created some flowers out of plastic bottles and decorated the playground and also had the opportunity to use natural materials to produce some Land Art.
"It was amazing because we got to use our imagination!" Troy
"It was really fun and I enjoyed making the plastic flowers!" Chloe
"I think it was really cool because Art is one of my many favourite subjects!" Seb
How do plants survive?
Throughout our enquiry we have been learning all about plants and how they survive. We have learnt lots about the different jobs of the plants and how they are all very important. To share our knowledge after all of our learning, we made a poster about how they survive. This was to help prepare us for our challenge of making a concept cartoon.
Science Bar Charts
As part of our science enquiry we looked at data based on the growth of sunflowers and raddishes. This helped us to link science and maths and combine all of our knowledge to answer questions based on the data before then creating our own bar charts about the raddish data. Some of our fantastic work is below!
During Weeks 3 and 4, we have been learning to tell the time and practising our skills within this strand of maths. We have learnt lots of facts to do with time as well. To help us remember these we made some posters sharing some of the key facts. We also learnt a rhyme to help us learn the amount of days in each month. Can you remember it from when you were at school?
Our Term's Value - Responsibility
As part of our School Value Responsibility, Miss Wilson gave use all a sunflower seed to plant and look after in our Houses. We also had to make a plan of the jobs that we needed to do in order to grow a healthy plant. We made a timetable to show which jobs we would do on each day of the week. Some of them have started to grow really well due to our high levels of care!
Year 4 Challenge
During Week 2, we were lucky to be part of Year 4's challenge. They had produced some games very similar to Operation, based on our preferences, which they asked at the end of Term 5. They bought their finished games down and we got to test them out and see if they worked. They were great! We thought 4JP did a fantastic job creating their games!
Wow! Planting Sunflowers
To kickstart our enquiry, we went out into the school grounds and studied some of the plants that were already being grown. We looked at their features and thought about which plants were similar. We then planted some of our own sunflowers which we are going to use throughout our enquiry to see how plants grow! We also planted some watermelon seeds as a class, we then sketched 3 stages that we predicted would happen during their growth.
Our enquiry: Where will your adventure take you?
This term our enquiry is based on the story 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.' This is a tale about a toy rabbit who goes on adventure with his owner, but soon becomes lost and he encounters a range of different changes and characters throughout the story. We will be immersing ourselves into this story and as our challenge will be writing our own adventure stories based on the structure of Edward Tulane.
RE Enquiry: How can Brahman be everywhere in everything?
In week 6, we learnt about how although we are one person, we have different roles in life. First of all we looked at the different roles we have in life such as, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, brownies, scouts, friends, cousins and students. We then applied this thinking to the Hindu religion where they believe their God, Brahman, is so powerful that it has many different roles and can be viewed in many different forms.
In order to answer our enquiry question, we have been working extremely hard in the lead up to write our own adventure stories. Finally, our hard work has paid off and we have all completed the challenge with some of the best work we have ever written!
Below are some snippets of the fantastic writing that has been happening in 3CJ.
"It was fantastic to write our own story because other people will get to read it!" Ethan
"It was great fun to get to use our imagination to create our story!" Chloe
"Edward Tulane was really exciting because we didn't know what was coming next!" Evie-Rose
"It was really cool as we were creating our own story and the thinking helped make our brains to grow!" Troy
As this term's value is honesty, we have been thinking about what it means to be honest and how to treat others when we are following this.
In collective worship, we played some card games that involved us having to tell the truth to our friends. The games were called 'Go Fish' and 'Happy Families.' We had so much fun playing them!
In week 4, we had our second class assembly of the year. We weren't as nervous as the first time as we knew we could do it! We really enjoyed sharing our poetry and Edward Tulane work with our parents, carers and the rest of the school.
We spent one morning in Week 4 comparing unit fractions. We did this practically and used 2l bottles (the whole) and water (the parts) to show which fractions were bigger or smaller. It gave us a really clear picture of the size of each of the fractions - it was great fun!
In part of the story, Edward Tulane has a dream that he comes alive and meets all the people that he has loved throughout his journey. During the dream, he grows wings and tries to fly up into the night sky to be with Sarah-Ruth. We used chalk and black paper to create an image of the dream.
PE - Gym
During Week 3, we were lucky enough to have a lady from a local gymnastics club come in and teach us a gymnastics lesson focused on rolling. It was a really fun lesson and we got to explore the equipment before looking at different types of rolls using the equipment.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
As part of our enquiry, we have done lots of work around the book that we are reading. In the book, Edward, a china rabbit, ends up getting separated from his owner and going on an adventure. We thought about what we may pack into a suitcase if we were going to go on an adventure and why it would be important. Can you spot the complex sentences we used to explain why we would take certain items?
We also sketched our own image of the dump that Edward came across on his journey. This was to help us write a setting description about the dump. You can see some of them below.
WOW - Teddy Bears Picnic
As an opening to our enquiry, we had a teddy bears picnic. We spent the morning introducing our teddies to each other before taking our own teddies on an adventure around the school grounds. To begin with, we made up a story as if we were on the adventure with our teddies and then we sketched our teddy in one of the scenes.
Spring Poetry Enquiry
During our first week back after Easter, in English we are concentrating on learning a range of poetic devices, which will lead up to writing our own spring time poems. This will also carry through into our afternoons, where we will produce a range of spring time art work using a variety of different mediums.
To link in with our spring poetry, we thought of lots of onomatopoeia words. We wrote them onto leaves and them stuck blossom onto our trees.
"This is a fun writing lesson!" Liam
Spring Time Sketching
As part of our Spring Poetry Week,we undertook some Spring time sketching. We looked closely at different things that reminded us of Spring and tried to create detailed sketches.
We spent the first day back after Easter learning all about bullying. We came up with a class definition of bullying which will feed into the whole school definition. Through discussions, we also looked at the different types of bullying and what to do if we, or our friends, are being bullied. It was a great day and we learnt a lot...it surprised most of us what the term 'bullying' actually means!
Our enquiry: Where does food come from?
This term we will be looking at where food comes from. This will involve us exploring all of the different ways food is produced or grown and how the food gets to the tables we eat from! Throughout the enquiry, we will also be looking at different countries in the world and where these are in relation to where we live, whilst looking at what foods are grown in those countries.
5CG's Science Show!
We were thrilled to take part in 5CG's Science Show as part of their enquiry question, 'Can change always be reversed?' They delivered a carousel of six interactive activities, including thrilling us with an explosive film canister rocket launch! We were very impressed with their superb scientific knowledge. Thank you 5CG!
In order to end our enquiry and to answer the enquiry question, our challenge was to make a video presentation to present the information that we have learned this term. We had to do this independently within groups. Have a look at some of our posters below which we made to help with our presentations.
During collective worship in week 4, we learned about 'The Golden Rule.' This is something that lots of different religions believe and it is to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.
In class we discussed what we thought this means and why it is important. We then took part in some role plays-firstly showing how we might not treat others how we would want to be treated ourselves and then we edited these to show the Golden Rule.
Below is an example of us following the Golden Rule.
Red Nose Day 2015
We had a great day dressing up as secret agents, superheroes or making our faces 'funny for money'! During the day we had a joke telling assembly which was great, we thought Seb's joke was brilliant!
Below are some of our costumes.
As part of our enquiry, we looked at a variety of different foods and as a group came up with different categories to sort them into. We had great ideas such as, healthy and unhealthy, before being cooked and after and also meat and not meat.
We then learnt about four of the different ways we get our food and sorted them into these categories. They were; reared food, caught food, grown food and processed food. Below are some photos of us sorting the food into our own categories - can you work out what the categories are?
World Book Day
On World Book Day we all came to school dressed as our favourite book character-we had lots of fun guessing who each other were! During the morning we took part in a whole school read, where we paired with another year group and found a partner to share our books with. Taking it in turns, we loved having someone else to read to and discuss the different stories.
We were paired with 5ST and really enjoyed meeting some new children as well as seeing some familiar faces!
WOW! Food Tasting
To kick start our new enquiry we had the chance to taste lots of different foods. Some of them were everyday food items but others were a bit different, such as pomegranate seeds! We discussed with our learning partners where we thought each piece of food came from and how they were made. Have a look at some of our photos below!
Chinese Culture Day
We began Term 4 with Chinese culture day. This was to introduce the new language we would be learning throughout the school. We had a great day and enjoyed our first taste at speaking Mandarin Chinese, the most commonly used language on the planet!
Back to basics!
To kickstart our learning of the Manadrin language we went back to basics and learnt how to count from 1-10. We watched some different videos, sang some counting songs and worked with our learning partners to practise. It was very difficult but we persevered and made lots of progress! Below are some poster we made, they contain the English number, Mandarin symbol and how the number sounds in Mandarin.
We also spent the afternoon making Chinese dragons. They use these a lot during their festivals, especially the Chinese New Year festival, which took place recently. This year it is the year of the sheep.
Our enquiry: What did the Ancient Egyptians believe?
Throughout this exciting enquiry we will be studying the Ancient Egyptians and learning about how they lived their lives and what they believed. We will research different parts of Ancient Egypt and create a variety of artefacts that will be displayed in our class museum at the end of the enquiry.
Challenge - class museum
For our challenge, we collected all of our fantastic work that we did throughout our enquiry and organised them onto a big poster. In addition, we wrote some labels to explain what each it was.
After school on Thursday, we invited our parents and carers in to view our museum and books as part of the schools open day. It was great to get to show our work to our parents and carers, we were super proud!
As part of our Egyptian topic we learnt about the mummification process and why it was so important to the Egyptians. We also did lots of work on how to write a great set of instructions. So to show off all of our new learning we wrote a set of instructions about the mummification process. Here are some examples.
In week 3, we looked at the language the Egyptians used. It is called hieroglyphics and it is made up of lots of pictures. We then wrote our own names in Cartouches, as the pharaohs would have done in Ancient Egyptian times.
Can you work out who's names they are?
Throughout the term we have been learning a new approach to our Maths. In week 3 we used Diennes for the first time. To begin with we used the practical resources and got to write the calculations onto the tables! Have a look below at some of our calculations.
"Doing it practically helps me see what I am doing when I need to carry the tens" Jayden
Sand Art Pictures
We looked at some images of different Egyptian Landscapes and then planned and made our own sand pictures. It was really exciting and they look great - they feel good too because we covered them in sand before painting our designs onto them.
To start our new enquiry we went to the Bristol Museum to look at their Ancient Egyptian display and also take part in a workshop. In the workshop we got the opportunity to handle some Ancient Egyptian artefacts. During this workshop, we asked questions to try and investigate what the artefacts were and how they may have been used. There was even one artefact that was actually over 2500 years old! We had a great time on the trip and it helped us to learn some new facts that we can add to over the course of our enquiry.
Our enquiry: What do the decorations on a Christmas tree represent?
For our special Christmas enquiry we learnt about the true meaning of the decorations on the Christmas tree. We designed our own Christmas trees and created decorations for them. For each decoration we wrote an explanation explaining what it represents with relation to the true Christmas story.
Our enquiry: How do magnets work?
In week 6 Year 3 will be doing a short enquiry investigating magnets. We will look at the properties of magnets and end up creating our own magnetic puppet show with moving characters.
Magnetic puppet show
After we had learned all about how magnets work and why something might be magnetic, we had to complete our challenge. The challenge to end our enquiry was to create our own puppet shows using magnets. Firstly we had to plan this with our learning partners, and then we created our own scene and then two characters.
Below you can see a range of our puppet show scenes and characters.
Raising money for the 'Save the children' charity
In 3CJ we wore our christmas jumpers to raise money for the 'Save the Children' charity.
Computing enquiry - Hopscotch game
We had a short two day enquiry during weeks 5 and 6 using the iPads to have a first look at some coding. We used an app called hopscotch which was great fun. We were set with the challenge of making our own games, something we all looked forward too.
To begin with, we learnt some of the basic skills such as moving our characters and using different commands. Then we had time to produce our own games. Look at some of the videos of us playing our games below.
During week 5 we had our class assembly. We really enjoyed getting the chance to show off some of our amazing work to our parents, grandparents, carers and the rest of the school. Some of us were really nervous before but Mr. Jelf said we did a great job. Below are some of the pictures from the assembly.
Our enquiry: Where is your place between?
This term our enquiry will be based around the story of Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. In the story the main character, Leon, goes on an imaginary adventure full of mystery and wonder! For their challenge, the children will be writing their own adventure story set in an imaginary world.
Imaginary stories and worlds
As our challenge, we produced our own imaginary stories based on Leon and the place between. We changed the main character and also the imaginary world which Leon goes into. We also got to design and make our own front cover and imaginary worlds. Have a look at some of the pictures below which show how hard we have worked!
'I thought making our imaginary worlds was great because we got to create the world we had written about," Rosie
Developing our own story
Throughout weeks 3 and 4 we have been developing our take on 'Leon and the place between'. We have created our own characters and substituted them for Leon. We are going to be making our own imaginary worlds soon too! Below is some of our story openings.
During week 3 we spent one lesson exploring 3D shape properties. To get a really good understanding of 3D shape we went outside to try and find some real life examples! Have a look at some of our findings below. Some of them were hard to find!
'Look I've found a hexagonal prism!' Seb
We spent part of one afternoon in week 2 bringing the text to life with readers theatre. We each had a different section of the text and had to use our voices and a few actions to perform it. We also used repetition to improve our performance.
At the end of week 1 we had our circus day to introduce our new enquiry. We did lots of exciting activities and learnt lots about the circus. During the morning we all made our own juggling balls and then attempted juggling, some more successfully than others!
We then designed and decorated our own clown egg faces as this was how the clowns used to do it many years ago.
'Circus day was great because there was lots of exciting things to do!' Mason
'My favourite part was making the juggling balls but it was really hard to actually juggle!' Chloe
First World War week
In Week 1 we learnt all about The First World War. The Year 6 children, who carried out an enquiry on this last term, taught us lots of interesting things through playing games and having quizzes
We looked at different propaganda posters that were used to persuade people that the war was a good thing and to encourage men to enlist. We then designed our own posters.
We also helped dig the school trench. It was quite wet but we still had a great time!
During our 'What is Theco?' enquiry, we will be exploring different types of rocks, their texture and appearance, and how they have been formed and changed over millions of years, from the time that dinosaurs walked the planet. We will also be looking at how history has been preserved in the form of fossils.
Along side our enquiry, we will be reading the Power of Reading text 'The Pebble in my Pocket' which explains the processes involved and the changes over time.
Weeks 5 - 8
Our enquiry: What is important to me?
During our 'What is Important to me?' enquiry we researched different communities and what is important to each of these communities. We explored what is important to a Christain and used this to reflect upon what is important to ourselves.
Our enquiry: How do we move and grow?
Throughout this enquiry we have been investigating how we move and grow. We have learnt about the three main functions of the skeleton and how muscles help us to move. We also looked at how food helps us to grow and what types of food we need to eat to be healthy.
We have been working on different aspects of our gym routine throughout the term. We have focused on jumping, turning, balancing and moving. We put allow our skills together to make our own routines. "I liked the 3CJ gym-factor because I won! I had to work really hard on my balance." Olivia.
During week 7 we continued to practise our column addition and subtraction. We even got to do our maths on the table which was really fun!
"I liked drawing on the tables because it was exciting and it helped us learn." Eden
3CJ class exhibition
At the start of Week 7 we invited our parents to come in and see all of the fantastic work that we have done in our 'What is Theco?' enquiry. As our challenge we had to create our own display of all of our work. We really enjoyed sharing our work with them.
"I have enjoyed our 'What is Theco' enquiry because it was interesting and we went on a school trip!" Yish
Making sedimentary rock
We have been learning about how fossils are formed after we discovered that Theco's fossil was found in Bristol. We have learned that fossils are found in sedimentary rock that is made up of layers of crushed stones, mud, dirt and sand. We had a go at creating a model of sedimentary rock, using different textures to represent each layer. We used salt dough and a mixture of stones, mud, dirt and sand.
The first time we practised making the salt dough we found that if we added too much water it went very runny and wouldn't set. This meant that when we did it the second time for our final piece of sedimentary rock we were careful to only add little bits of water at a time!
In week 5 we created some freeze frames based upon the dinosaur scenes from our book, Pebble in my Pocket. We thought about what the dinosaurs may have seen and heard before using this to help us with our writing.
To kick start our enquiry "What is Theco?", we went on a school trip to a local beach in Aust. We were greeted by a man called Ed who told us some amazing facts about dinosaurs that once lived in Bristol! We scoured the beach for fossils (once Ed had told us what to look for) and we were lucky enough to bring our own fossil home!
Check out some photos of us on our fantastic day out.
Weeks 1 - 4
Leon and Bob
In Week 3 we have been reading the Power of Reading text 'Leon and Bob' by Simon James. The main character, Leon, is a young boy, who has recently moved to a new town with his mum. His dad is away with the army and Leon feels very lonely so he invents an imaginary friend called Bob. Bob goes everywhere with Leon until, one day, a new family move in next door.
Our bedroom story
Before we had even read the story, we looked for clues about Leon from his bedroom. We then thought about what our bedroom tells people about us. Here are some of our drawings of our bedroom.
Sketches of a friend
We thought about and described what makes a good friend. From these descriptions we sketched a good friend in our class.
Writing in role
We explored the book and wrote in role as Leon. We wrote a letter and a postcard to Leon’s dad who is in the army. Check out some of our amazing writing below!
Paintings of our imaginary scene
Finally, we used water colours to create a scene for us to play with our new friend. We really enjoyed doing lots of activities about friendship and it has helped us understand how we can become better friends.
The whole school took part in a science week to kick off the new school year with a bang! During Science week we have seen and taken part in lots of exciting science activities that have taught us a range of new skills and scientific concepts. One of our highlights was the assemblies that Mr G did. They were really exciting!
During the first two days of Science week we saw two Mr G assemblies and also had the chance to do some activities during a workshop with him. We got to make screaming cups, our own hovercrafts and also make musical straws! It was amazing how much science we could learn about using items that can easily be found around our own houses.
"I thought the science shows were amazing!" - Yish
One of the experiments we conducted during science week was 'Dancing Food'. We had to use our observation skills and watch what happened when we put different food items into a glass of lemonade. We made some predictions before we dropped each piece in and then observed to see if our predictions were correct. We had to persevere as it took a while for the experiment to get going.
Eventually the carbon dioxide bubbles attached themselves to the raisen which then gradually carried it to the surface. At the surface the bubbles burst which caused the raisen to sink again. We then tested this idea with chick peas and pasta, both of which were not as good!
Hunting for Mini-beasts
During one afternoon we went out into the school grounds to see what mini-beasts we could find. We found out that we are very lucky in this school to have such a variety of different habitats to be able to search in! We found lots of different types and took them back to the classroom for a better look. We then made some play-doh models of our mini-beasts out of play-doh that we had made ourselves in the morning. Finally we took the mini-beasts back to their own habitats to make sure they were safe.
We thought about different animals that had big ears and the reasons for this. To begin the experiment we went outside to see how far away we could hear Mr. Jelf speaking. Once we had tested this we then made our own 'big ears' out of card and tape. We took them outside and tried them out, comparing how far away we could hear Mr. Jelf with 'big ears' to when we were hearing Mr. Jelf without our 'big ears'. We found out that the bigger the ear the more sound vibrations they can catch which allowed us to hear Mr. Jelf from further away!
We designed and made a marble track to see which one would carry a marble for the longest time. We thought about how the gradient of the track affected the speed that the marble travelled. We came up with lots of different ways in which we could get the marble to travel. The longest marble run we had lasted for about 13 seconds!
The Marshmallow Challenge!
With the help of some of our parents, we (and the rest of the school) were challenged by Mr. Walters to build the tallest tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows! We really enjoyed having some of our parents in to help us throughout the morning, we had lots of fun and got very sticky! We came up with some very inventive strategies to make our towers taller and stronger. One group even produced one of the tallest towers in the whole school! It was 105cm!
Celebrating Science Week
We wanted to share some of our work from Science Week, so we got together with the other Year 3 classes to produce this amazing display!
On the Ning Nang Nong!
As part of the school poetry days we have been looking at 'On the Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan. We explored performing the poem, imagined and created our own interpretations of the 'Ning Nang Nong' and also described our own pictures using thoughtful adjectives.
Look below at our amazing art work and descriptions.
On the Ning Nang Nong descriptive writing by 3CJ
On the Ning Nang Nong I can see a small brown mouse with a shiny bell swinging from its neck. I can smell the nice fresh tea from the pink and black teapots. On the Ning Nang Nong I can see the fluffy red monkey swinging from the purple and green tree. On the Ning Nang Nong you can hear the blue cow mooing while it is banging it's drum. On the Ning Nang Nong I can taste the bright red bubblegum grass.
On the Ning Nang Nong I can see a cow banging on a drum. I hear some mice clanging with instruments! I can feel the bark on the big brown tree. I can hear some bells ringing in the distance. I can see the teapots talking to each other and fury monkeys swinging from vine to vine.