Welcome to Year 3...
We are using Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories in Literacy. We have learnt 'How the Camel got his hump' by heart using the text map below. Please ask the children to tell you the story for homework this week. I would like them to be able to retell the story without needing the map!
This week, we have been learning to what prepositions are and how to use them. The children loved these songs, so I have added them to our class page for them to enjoy at home to.
We also made our own song using the free and easy to use Ditty app. Check out Emma's song as well...
The children have been exploring what it would be like to be an X-Wing pilot. We used the fabulous Doink green screen app to place them into an X-Wing cockpit. The children then wrote a monologue, expressing their thoughts and feelings about the mission ahead - to blow up the death star. Please take a look...
(Please note: I could not place all 34 videos online. My apologies!)
Over the last week, year 3 have been taking their first look at the amazing Book Creator app. This app is truly fabulous for creating eBooks and comics. It allows you to use a range of multimedia including: sounds, pictures, text, photos... We have given it a try by making a hilarious Joke Book (mostly from Mr Saunders' repertoire!). Take a look below...
Well. The Romans are invading our topic work this term as we go back nearly two thousand years to the Roman invasion of Britain. 'What have the Romans ever done for us?' Let's find out....
Today we were visited by Sublime Science (as seen on Dragon's Den). The children had an amazing time learning about air and gravity, blasting smoke rings across the room with an airzooka, making amazing smokey bubbles using a simple bubble blower that the children can make at home, floating balls over the children’s heads and most importantly creating Slime! The children were amazed by the magic tricks on display, but even more amazed when they were told it wasn't magic - it was Science! Take a look at the photos below...
(I would whole heartedly recommend Sublime Science to schools and for parties!)
We then did some more science this afternoon about Skeletons. We knew that our bodies have bones and skeletons inside them, but the question that was asked was: Why do we have skeletons and bones? Kimi said that "skeletons and bones give our body support, without them we would be floppy". We then discussed that they also gave us shape. Then Sophie said that "they give us protection" and help look after our heart and other organs in our bodies. During the lesson, we sang 'Dem Bones' and created our own skeletons. It was very interesting to see what the children thought our skeletons looked like!
Today we enjoyed our first BIG writing session of the term. The children have spent the last week learning about 'The Manchester Ridge-back dragon' and the task this morning was to write a report about it.
We had out text maps ready, lights were turned low and classical music was quietly played in the background. I (Mr Callow) gave all the children, regardless of their handwriting ability, a handwriting pen and let the children write. One hour was timetabled, but such was the enthusiasm and enjoyment of writing I allowed children to keep writing at their request! The results are amazing! Casey said 'I've never written so much!'
(Some examples to follow)
We have been learning a non-chronological report on the Manchester Ridge-back dragon. Below is our 'text map' which we are using to help us remember the text by heart. I really believe if the children can say it, they can write it. Therefore, you may have heard all about the dragon already as we have been practising every day, and writing about it in our BIG write. I have asked the children to learn it for homework, as we are going to be using this model to help structure our writing next week, about a new dragon!
Today we were learning about bones. We were thinking about why we have bones and labelling some.
.....what was in the sky as I arrived at school this morning! It must be the Ridge-Back Dragon.
Today the children became 'Dragon Hunters' and went outside the classroom looking for evidence of dragons around our school.
The children were excellent hunters and used their eyes and ears perfectly to find evidence. First we found scratch marks on the floor and on the side of the school building. These dragons must have very sharp talons.
Then we found some fruit, half eaten, and discarded by the dragons. It appears that the dragons are vegetarians, which pleased the children as they pose no threat to us!
Eagle-eyed Samuel found these footprints in the ground. The dragon cannot be much bigger than a cat or dog (so that's why we haven't seen it yet!).
Until finally, dragon hunter Michael spotted something, hidden behind the trees.
The are now hooked on dragons (my apologies!). I wonder what we will discover next?
Today was Roald Dahl day. Everybody came dressed in amazing costumes to celebrate what an amazing author he really was. It was also our first 'Treat and Target time'. So we made some Oompa Loompa biscuits, which looked and tasted scrumptious!
This was previously called Golden Time but it will now be called Treat and Target time in Year 3. This will take place for part of Friday. All children who have remembered school values and modelled the expected behaviour during the week will be able to have ‘Treat’ time where they can choose what they would like to do. Those children who have forgotten our school values or needed reminding about their behaviour will have ‘Target’ time with the class teacher when they will discuss the behaviour that needs changing. The children will bring home a ‘target’ sheet to share with you.