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Useful Class Information
We have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Wednesday - please ensure PE kits are in school for these days.
The Reading Challenge for this term is 18 reads. Please help your child to achieve this by reading with them regularly at home and filling in their reading challenge bookmarks.
We now have our own class e-mail! Please fill in the form below to send us your comments and feedback. We are really excited to see what you think of all of our hard work and we will be checking our e-mail regularly! Thanks, 3RC
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.
To end our enquiry based on plants, in small groups we made our concept cartoons to explain our knowledge and understanding. This meant that we had to come up with a statement that is true about plants and then a range of misunderstandings to match this.
Below are some of our designs.
We have had a whole weeks worth of afternoons filled with art! This has involved us having a go at lots of street art and land art.
We went outside and used different forms of nature to create pictures and patterns on the ground.
In writing this term, we are concentrating on The Spiderwick Chronicles. We have read the whole book and are now using it to help us plan our very own stories similar to this. Everyone has planned their story and we have now began to sketch some of the characters and places to help us with our descriptions.
Below are some examples of the secret rooms that our characters will discover in order to find their mystical creature...
As part of our enquiry, we have been learning how to read data, use it to produce a bar chart and then answer questions relating to this data.
Below we created our own bar charts that present how many radishes have grown in 3CL's pot! It was quite tricky to draw but we all got there in the end!
We have done a fantastic job at looking after our class sunflowers so far! Below are photos to show how much they have grown since we planted them for our WOW at the very beginning of this enquiry. We have repotted them once and have added some bamboo to help keep the upright.
We have only had one die but the others are looking super! We will have to look into planting them outside soon.
"I like golf because it helps us keep fit and I enjoy it." Harvey
"I liked learning how to play golf because it was the first time I have ever played it." Max
During maths in week 2, we have began to learn about capacity. To begin this short area of maths, we took part in a practical lesson where we all learned how to read a scale correctly and how to measure out water accurately using this.
Below are some photos of us having fun whilst doing this!
For our Wow, firstly we went on a hunt around the school grounds to see what plants we could find-we discovered that there is a huge range!
We then spent the afternoon planting seeds. In our Learning Partners, we planted a sunflower seed and then as a class, we planted some carrot seeds.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to observe what happens to them. We need to remember to keep them watered and to not let them dry out!
"I enjoyed planting our sunflowers because at the end we can see how much they have grown!" Tamara.
"I loved going outside to find lots of plants that I never knew about before." Daniel.
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 payed 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 3RC.
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!
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.
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. So far, Edward has been transformed into a girl and has ended up at the dump.
In order to help us write a setting description about the dump, we sketched our own image of the dump that Edward has come across on his journey.
Below are examples of our sketches, followed by Harris' fantastic setting description using alliteration.
In order to start this terms' enquiry, we began by inviting the children into school with their favourite teddy for an adventurous day!
To begin we all introduced our teddy and told everyone any interesting facts about them such as where they lived and why we love them.
Shortly after, we took our teddies on adventure around the school. Some of us imagined we were on a desert island and others thought about us being in a rainforest.
Our teddies had so much fun that we took them back to their favourite place around school and sketched them there!
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.
Here are some of our trees:
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.
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.
To end their science enquiry, Year 5 invited us down to participate in a carousel of activities that the children ran for us in small groups. This was a chance for them to show off all of the facts that they have learned in science this term.
We had fun learning about changes of states-watching ice melt, evaporation, making our own cheese, looking at what happens when a candle burns and even their own mini rocket launch!
"It was so cool being able to do so much science in such a short amount of time!" Harris.
"I loved learning from the Year 5 children-they were very good at teaching us." Georgia.
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. This involved us planning together and then producing any props/pictures or posters that we thought would be useful to explain what we have learned.
We worked extremely hard on these and were all able to answer the enquiry question. Below are two examples of 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.
World Book Day
We have started this term off by learning how to multiply using the grid method. So far we are really enjoying it and are making lots of mathematic connections.
Below are some photos of us working hard on our tables, practising the new method.
As this terms' enquiry is based on where does food come from, we had an exciting food tasting session as our 'WOW' to introduce the topic. We got to try a range of different foods and had a big discussion about where we thought each food may have come from. Lots of us even tried some foods that we had never had before!
Check out our feast below and some photos of us enjoying (or not enjoying) the food!
"The food that I tasted was very juicy and when I tried it I liked it all!" Colby.
"Some people didn't like all of the food but some people did. I enjoyed it very much and it was fun." Felicia.
"I didn't like the tuna or the tomato, but I liked the rest." Isla.
"I used to think that mangoes grew underground but now I know that they don't." Florence.
It kick start Mandarin as a language to 3RC, we had a go at learning their numbers 1-10. It is very different from our language, so it was quite tricky at first to pronounce them correctly. Below are some videos of us practicing our numbers in Mandarin.
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.
In order to answer our enquiry question "What do Ancient Egyptians believe?" ; we had to independently produce a presentation to show what we have learned throughout this term. We each collected all of our work together, arranged it and presented it on large pieces of card.
Below you can see the outcome of our hard work on this enquiry!
Once the clay had dried we carefully painted our artefacts, using colours similar to those that the Ancient Egyptian's would have use.
Here are some examples of our finished work.
We have learned that Egyptians wrote using hieroglyphics that consisted of lots of different symbols to represent letters. It was interesting to learn that they wrote vertically rather than horizontally like we do across the page. We had a go at writing our names using hieroglyphics and then some of us moved on to creating sentences using these symbols.
This term we are learning how to write instructions. We have written some together and then have learned these orally to help use remember needs to be included.
Below is a video of us using our Talk For Writing actions to rehearse and learn a set on instructions.
In maths we have all been learning in a slightly new way, using lots of maths equipment to help our understanding of number. It had been really helpful and so much fun. We even get to use Numicon and Diennes and write on the tables!
"I think doing maths in this way (writing on the tables) is much easier to do and it's really fun!" Georgia.
We have been looking at different landscapes from Ancient Egypt and comparing their features. We then produced our own versions of these, using sand to create a texture and paints to add colour and detail.
"I enjoyed making my sand picture because it was really tricky at first but I am really pleased with mine now I have finished." Daniel.
"My favourite part about the school trip was seeing bones in the Egyptian part because I didn’t know what real bones looked like before." Jasmine.
"The trip was amazing because it had shown lots of interesting facts about Ancient Egypt." Lewis
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.
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.
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 and also some videos of how they worked.
Following the paperclip explosion across the classroom, we then had a carousel of activities to experiment with forces and to gage where our understanding was within this area. We played with magnets-looking at what happens to each of the poles when they are put together, looked at different materials and differentiated which materials were magnetic, and had discussions about what does magnetic mean.
In week 6 we all wore Christmas jumpers to school in order to raise money as a school for the charity Save The Children .
We all looked very festive!
In week 5 we finished writing our own imaginary world stories, very similar to Leon and the place between. We designed a front cover to go with our story and published them in our very best handwriting.
Below are some of our books that we have produced.
We have been continuing the focus of creating our own outdoor games. In week 5 we had to create one that involved shooting at a target or goal using a ball and had to also involve a form of dribbling.
Throughout weeks 3 and 4, we have been developing our own take on 'Leon and the place between.' We have created our own character to replace Leon and will be designing a imaginary world for them to enter. Below you can see some of our hard work leading up to the story-setting descriptions and also some examples of our beginning of the story.
In P.E. this term we are learning how to create our own short games. Each week we have a set of rules to follow and some equipment and then we are left to use our skills and imagination. When doing this, we have to think about how we are going to earn points and how we can alter the difficulty of it within our groups.
In week 3 we had to make up a game that involved an obstacle course, a ball and a way of shooting at a target-check out our ideas below!
To begin our new enquiry with a 'Wow', we had our very own circus day. This resulted in us coming to school dressed as all different characters and taking part in lots of circus themed activties throughout the day. Below you can see a range of what we have been up to on our fun filled day!
"I liked circus day because we got to do lots of circus activities." Daniel.
"I enjoyed circus day because we got to dress up as anything in the circus and it was amazing." Lewis
In the morning we had a go at making our own juggling balls. We carefully made them using balloons and rice (which was very tricky not to spill everywhere). After we had finished, we then learned how to juggle with them-which was very hard from some of us!
"I loved making juggling balls because we were able to learn to juggle." Harvey
"On circus day we got to make juggling balls out of rice and balloons, it was quite tricky." Tamara
After break we designed some different clown faces on paper. We tried to make each one look different by giving them big eyes, funny shaped mouths and crazy hair.
We then transferred our designs onto hard boiled eggs. We used lots of different colours, fabrics, pens, string and feathers to make them look quirky and colourful. This is exactly what used to happen many years ago so that each clown face would be different and could not be copied by anyone else.
"On circus day I enjoyed making our clown faces on eggs because we got to use different materials." Georgia.
In the afternoon all three classes joined together in the hall to practise a range of different circus skills. We all had a chance to do some balancing, juggling, hoola-hooping, throwing and catching, playing with diablos and much more fun skills!
"My favourite part of circus day was when we were learning how to juggle because it was really hard to juggle at first but eventually I learned how to do it." Mohamad
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 quizes.
"I loved the lessons that we did with year 6 becuase I loved them and learned a lot about World War One." Harris
"I loved the activities, especially the bomb task because whenever you got a question right we had to hit it." Jasmine
We had great fun learning all about the trenches and how many men got trench foot from the horrendous conditions. We were lucky enough to all take part in digging our own trench on the school feild! It took a lot of energy and strength and lots of us ended up very muddy and sticky, but we loved it!
"I loved digging the trenches because we got very muddy!" Kairi
"Digging the trenches was exciting because I had never done anything like that before!" Isla.
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.
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.
"I really liked showing our exhibition because we got to show all of our work about 'What is Theco?' Marcell.
"I have really really enjoyed our learning about 'What is Theco?' because we got to make sedimentary rock and go on a school trip." Tamara.
"Theco was very interesting to learn about because he was the Bristol dinosaur." Harris.
Making sedimentary rock
We have been learning about how fossils are formed after we discovered that Theko's fossil was dug up 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 have 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.
"I liked making our sedimentary layers because it was fun and we got our hands very sticky." Mohamad
"I have really enjoyed making our fossils because we got to add bits and bobs into them to make them into fossils." Jasmine.
"I like our PE sessions because I wasn't very good at dribbling and now I am." Max
"I like football because it is very fun to play." Rene.
"When we made our volcano pictures, some of us smudged the chalks to make it look 3D." Sam.
"I liked doing this because we got to come up with our own ideas of what the volcano looked like." Kairi.
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!
"I really liked the trip because I found a rock on the beach that had lots of fossils in it!" Harvey.
"I really enjoyed the school trip because I found a fossil that had a sea shell in it." Sophie.
Check out some photos of us on our fantastic day out.
Weeks 1 - 4
After looking at friendship in detail, we have made some wanted posters in order to find a perfect friend. Here we had to think about all of the good qualities we would like in a friend. Have a look at what we thought would be important and perhaps you might qualify…
We also had a go at drawing a portrait of some of our best friends in our class. It was quite tricky to get their faces symmetrical and neat!
We have been writing in role as Leon from different parts of the story. Below is a piece of work where we were writing as Leon to Dad informing him about how they are feeling about him being away and what they have been up to.
In addition to this, we then wrote post cards to Dad from Leon informing him about the new friend he has made.
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.
The whole school have been taking part in a science week, where we have been conducting lots of different experiments that have been teaching us a whole range of science.
On our first day we carried out some experiments on creating sound through using straws and a blowing technique and also through using plastic cups, string and some special rosin.
Watch and listen to Isla and Tamara's straw creations below along with some photos of us all in action!
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 I can see a buttery golden door and a butter block. I can see a lovely sparkling river. There is a crazy cow swinging from high monkey bars. I can hear a magic key glowing in the distance.
On The Ning Nang Nong I can see brown stinky money looking forwards ready to climb a tall tree. There is a looking cow that has bumped into another one and two cheeky mice trotting along whilst whispering.