Welcome to Spain class. We are in Year 3 and our teacher is Mr Bamford. Ms Wilson and Mrs Long are our Teaching Assistants.
Year 3 Blog
Another busy few weeks in Spain class in which the children have shown brilliant stamina in the run up to the end of a very unusual term.
Maths has seen us sharing objects, grouping objects and building arrays to strengthen their understanding of our new times tables (3, 4 and 8).
In English the children have been creating their own woolly mammoth cleaning kits and selling them to the class! They are now using their kits to write an instruction text on ‘How to wash a Woolly Mammoth’.
Topic has seen them researching the Iron Age and presenting their findings using Keynote on the iPad. They have shown some great knowledge and enjoyed showing off their animation skills too.
And of course, Christmas has started to rear its head, last week in the form of a Santa Dash where they all earned their certificate for giving their all by doing 5 golden laps of our running track.
Spain Class have done a great job getting stuck into Year 3 Maths, adding and subtracting numbers with 3-digits and sometimes rolling into the thousands. To help us explore these bigger numbers, the children are learning new methods to help them solve calculations in the most efficient way possible. In the lesson photo’d below, the children worked with a partner and went big on the sugar paper to help them present their methods with confidence.
In PE, we have been practising hockey skills in some cool weather. They have been doing lots of dribbling exercises, passing, shooting and some teamwork games. They have all worked hard and show plenty of athletic ability.
Finally, our art for St Martins. There were some magical creations from the children, using their imagination to bring their first names to life to help bring some cheer to those in need.
Year 3 children have been working hard imagine and build a story plan for a new ending to Stone Age Boy. There is plenty to think about when approaching a story so this method of planning will have helped them to see the flows of a narrative and build up each part with lots of details. They are coming up to the end of their write-up and we can’t wait to read their finished pieces.
Attached below is a Year 3 writer poster which helps show all the skills Spain Class children can work hard on to help them flourish as writers.
In our topic the children explored different clay techniques to make Stone Age pots. Although not many pots have been discovered from the Stone Ages, we did look at photos of a few that had, and tried to replicate one of the methods they used to make our own replicas. They chose either:The coil technique, the slab technique, or moulded the pot shape with their thumbs. Then they added a typical pattern for that era and added a rim or some handles (sadly no photos).
We have journeyed back in time these past few weeks, delving into the past to discover how the earliest humans learnt new tricks to survive. Having completed our Stone Age cave paintings before half term, last week was the turn of the Bronze Age. We learned all about the process for making Bronze and created flow charts to explain the steps. We then used potatoes and chocolate/jelly to replicate the mould and liquid metal so the children could see what difficulties might arise from the process. We think they had fun exploring the process.
In English, the children have been reading the ‘Stone Age Boy’, working up to writing their own diary extract and some descriptive writing.
In Science, we explored how shadows change through the day. We finally had the perfect day of sunshine (after 3 weeks of waiting) to investigate whether they change size and direction. They learnt how it appears that the sun moves but that we are actually spinning on Earth so it appears that the sun is moving. We also spotted that the shadows were much longer in the morning when the sun was lower in the sky, and shortest closer to the middle of the day.
Around 2.5 million years ago, the earliest ape-like humans began to do things a little differently. They started using caves for shelter. They started gathering and storing nuts and berries for food. And most importantly, they started carving and using stone tools for hunting. This is why it’s called the ‘Stone Age’.
During this time, the early humans started exploring their artistic capabilities too. In Spain class, we have been imagining what they would have used to make their art. Without handy access to a Hobbycraft, what is there in nature to create art? What would it have been like to draw or paint in a cave? With explorations outside and classroom experiments inside and under the tables, the children began to empathise with and think like real stone age humans.
We have also been prepping our cave wall paper for creating some truly authentic cave paintings of our own.
Thanks to Mr Turner who came into the class one afternoon and captured some incredible photos of the children.
We have had a very productive few weeks back in school and are beginning to feel right at home now in Spain class.
I have provided you with a digital copy of our Stone Age Knowledge Organiser. This will be used in class to help the children remember key vocabulary, and visualise the changing events over time. There is a link at the bottom of the sheet for the children to delve deeper into the topic if they want to know more… When we first stepped back in time, the children asked some brilliant, probing questions of things they wanted to find out. These questions now keep us warm as you can see on our Stone Age display.
In Science, we have been exploring light. Where does it come from? How do we see? How are shadows made? The children explored shadows using owl puppets and torches, measuring the shadows at different distances from the light source to see how they change.
In the spirit of light and dark, we have also started reading The Owl Who Is Afraid Of The Dark in our English lessons. In preparation for the story, the children wrote some Dark is poems which we will be able to share with you shortly.
Finally, the weird and wonderful portraits in the style of Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, are now looking over us all day long. The array of styles and colours shows the uniqueness in all their artistic eyes. They’re really great!
As part of the study of our class country, ‘Spain’, the children created their own Pablo Picasso inspired cubist portraits. The style was influenced by Picasso’s interest in capturing faces from all different angles and blending it into one portrait with bold colours. We kept it simple with just the front and side profiles, but it is a fun one to experiment with at home. In all the excitement, the teachers missed the opportunity to take many photos – but here are some we did get!