A new term, a new class, a new key stage and an exciting year ahead of us. Mrs Watson and I are looking forward to sharing your child's learning journey with them and supporting them in all areas of the curriculum
During the year we will be sharing our learning on the Giraffe Class page and hope that you enjoy reading all about it. Watch this space......!
Giraffe of the Week
In Geography this term we are learning about Oceans & Continents and have linked this with our Art, exploring different styles and techniques from around the world.
This week we have been researching facts about Africa and used colour mixing to create African Silhouette pictures. Here are some examples of our artwork.
In History we are coming close to the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age. To secure the knowledge we have learnt we have made our own stone age caves with real cave art and recreated a very famous monument..............Stone Henge. We thought it would be a bit tricky to get 10 foot high stones in to the classroom so instead we used chocolate bourbon biscuits. It was a real challenge not to nibble them while we were constructing our monument!
In Literacy we have used the text 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' to help us learn the features of instructional writing. We have learnt about imperative verbs, time conjunctions and propositions and used these to write a set of instructions that any stone age man could follow!
To properly understand how to use these different grammatical terms we had a go at washing our own woolly mammoths (well teddy bears!) who were very dirty.
We also followed instructions to make our own Woolly Mammoths!
We have now moved form the Stone Age in to the Bronze Age when peoples knowledge of house building, providing food and clothes became more sophisticated as a result of people travelling from country to country.
In History and Art we have been learning about different Bronze Age techniques and today we made our own beaker pots. We are going to let them dry naturally as they had to heat the fire to 1000 degrees in the Bronze Age and we don't think Mr Cook will let us do that!
We have been making the most of the season and the watching the world around us change colour. Using our senses and the knowledge we have about Autumn we have written some amazing Autumn Poems. This writing helped us to bring together lots of the grammar we have learnt since the beginning of Year 3, for example we used alliteration, verbs, adverbs and expanded noun phrases.
An Wednesday 11th December Year 3 were invited by the members of St Peter's Church in Whitfield to make Christingles. As part of this learning activity the children found out what each part of the Christingle represented and why. The children all worked together to make their Christingle and were very proud of what they achieved. All of the adults that attended were also very proud of the children's behaviour and respect that they exhibited when at the church. Then, after a brisk walk back in the winter sunshine the children enjoyed a delicious Christmas Lunch served by members of the school staff, adorned with a variety of Christmas hats!
We started our learning this year with Environmental Week. During this week children explored what it meant to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In Maths the children sorted different materials based on whether they could be reduced, reused or recycled and in Literacy explained our choices using conjunctions. Over the Summer holiday the children collected plastic bottles and we reused and recycled these to make hanging planters, colourful flowers and bottle top mosaics. All of this learning has helped the children gain an understanding of how they can be more environmentally friendly. We've also had a lot of fun!
We also recycled our plastic bottle tops to create collage interpretations of the recycling symbol and the earth.
Our learning topic this term is 'The Stone Age' and we will be exploring this era in our history in all areas of the curriculum.
Our learning started with some research in to Stone Age Cave Art and its meaning and resulted in the children creating their own unique pieces of cave art.
I think you will agree they are very impressive.
Today we learnt that Stone Age people did not have shampoo or hairbrushes to tidy their hair each day. They had to use sticks, branches and sharp stones. As you can see from our Stone Age family they were a pretty scruffy bunch!
'Time' is a very tricky concept for children to master. In the digital age we live in children see time in the digital 12 hour and 24 hour format more than they do analogue. 'Time' is part of of the continuous provision we provide in class and we try everyday to look and tell the time in the different formats. To support your child's learning out of school any opportunity to read both analogue and digital time will really support this. Thank you.