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
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!