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We've been exploring figurative language as a tool for making our descriptions more vivid. After learning how to use alliteration and similes, we wrote and illustrated a creepy collection of magnificent monster poems. Read them if you dare!
What makes the journey more important than the destination?
Year 3 enjoyed a special day with their favourite soft toys and dolls, posing for portraits, telling their toys' life stories and having fun in the sun at a picnic. Our wonderful wow day launched our new enquiry, 'What makes the journey more important than the destination?', in which we will follow Edward Tulane, a toy rabbit, on his miraculous journey.
Term 4 reflections
'I found it interesting trying all the different foods.' - Keiron
'Unit fractions of a number was the best part of Maths.' - Sam
'When we touched the deer heart in Science it was squishy.' - Emalene
'Science week was my favourite because it was fun and I learnt new things.' - George
'Finding out which foods I liked and disliked was interesting.' - Emily-Rose
'I enjoyed learning about Gregory Cool and how to use complex sentences.' - Sophie
An Easter garden reminds Christians of the Easter story so we worked collaboratively to create our own version of the Easter garden. First we identified all the features it would need and then using all natural materials we began to create our own. We used grass, stones, sticks, soil and more. We added flowers to represent new life.
Another sensational showcase
Inspired by Caroline Binch’s stunning watercolours, we used chalk pastels to recreate her seascape. By carefully blending the pastels, we were able to produce a vibrant colour palette and create the illusion of movement. We also used our descriptive writing skills to write vivid descriptions of the scene at dusk when Gregory reflects on his time in Tobago so far.
Miss Nie taught us how to play the Chinese national sport of jianzi. We had to keep the weighted shuttlecock from hitting the floor by using any part of our body except our hands. It was challenging but we had great fun!
We ate hot cross buns and considered the significance of the cross on top. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, we decided that the cross symbolised the crucifix and reminded Christians of Jesus' crucifixion
Gregory's emotional journey
In preparation to create vlogs as Gregory, we got into character by freeze-framing key events from his first few days in Tobago. Next, we practised using a thesaurus to find synonyms for some of the emotions experienced by Gregory.
We had a great day practising our coding skills, using two clever apps - Lightbot and Kodable. We wrote algorithms, debugged, repeated commands, created procedures and debugged some more! The programs became progressively more complex so we really had to put our heads together!
How do we move and grow?
This week in year 3 it has been science week. We have been looking at our bodies and how we move and grow. We had an amazing WOW where we got to explore a real heart, some bones and even watch how muscles move! We have learnt all about our bones and what the function of the skeleton is. We created paper skeletons to help us see how the skeleton moves. We also looked at our muscles and the importance they have to our body. Without our muscles our bones wouldn’t be able to move. To help us understand how muscles work in pairs, we did some outdoor learning on activities that would only work when two people worked together. We even created moving cardboard hands! Eating healthy was also an important part and we created our own ‘eat well plates’ to show what foods we should eat to help us be healthy and grow. Our challenge was to create, in groups, a recipe for a body. We had to list all the ‘ingredients’ (parts) that we would need to create a human body. It was a fantastic week and we all had such fun learning about our bodies.
Where is home?
This term, we will be reading the beautifully illustrated Gregory Cool, by Caroline Binch. It tells the story of a boy who travels to the Caribbean island of Tobago to stay with his grandparents. During our enquiry, we will consider the question 'Where is home?', as well as developing our geographical knowledge and practising our painting skills.
This week we were challenged to push ourselves to complete a variation of activites to test our skills. We looked at our core movement skills which included co-ordination, balance and agility.
To launch our new enquiry, we sampled a selection of tasty Caribbean treats. Yum! At first, some of us were a little uncertain about trying the food on offer, but we're glad we did! We'll be learning more about Caribbean culture as we follow Gregory's adventure on the island of Tobago.
Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?
Lots of information found on the Internet isn't as reliable as we think so we looked at ways In which we could be sure that the information we found was accurate. We did this by comparing the information we had with other websites, books or experts. We then created net nasties to remind us not to trust all information that we find online.
Once experts on the mummification process, we were ready to undertake our enquiry challenge - to mummify an organic item. Each group was presented with a tomato and a mixture of salt and baking powder which would act as natron - the salt mixture that ancient Egyptians used to preserve dead bodies. We worked collaboratively to carefully remove the inside of the tomatoes and completely cover them in the salt mixture. Whilst we wait for all the water to be absorbed, we'll be exploring the journey to the afterlife and the weighing of the heart ceremony.
What is the place between?
What is the true meaning of Christmas?
'My gift to the world would be to give everyone shelter.' - Eva
'My gift to the world would be that all people can have water.' - Maciej
'My gift to the world is kindness so people are happy and kind.' - Chloe
'My gift to the world is friendship so that no one is lonely.' - Evan
'My gift to the world would be kindness so that the world would be kinder to animals and people.' - Emily-Rose
'My gift to the world would be respect so that people will be respected.' - Leyton
We experimented with magnets to decide whether we believed they were magic. After we completed our experiment we decided that magnets aren't magic but they work due to the fact that they all have a North Pole and a South Pole. We discovered that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. The magnets would attract anything that was made from iron, nickel and cobalt. Magnets can help with magic and illusions but do not work because of Magic.
The Jolly Pocket Postman
During our comprehension sessions this week we have been looking at the poem The Jolly Postman.
Our focus was inference and as a class created our own short poem that contains inference. See if
you can guess who we are writing about…
Today 3NC delivered,
An eye patch for a yellow bear,
A saw for a construction worker,
A letter for a very kind fox,
A looking glass for a blonde girl,
A parcel for a vampire,
And a peach for a young boy.
What is a place of worship?
What makes a hero?
Krindlekrax Kenning Poem
This week we have been learning how to develop our writing further by using compound sentences. We have learnt that you join two simple sentences together using a coordinating conjunction such as and, but, or, so. We wrote a diary entry as Ruskin describing Corky's story. Have a look at some of our writing below.
Character Descriptions: Ruskin
As part of our enquiry, we have been reading Krindlekrax and learning all about the main character Ruskin! We wanted to write amazing character descriptions to tell everyone else about him so we practised writing noun phrases and then we added these into our writing - have a look at some examples!