This week Class 3 have enjoyed searching for familiar places on a range of maps dating from 1611 to the present day. We found that newer maps had much more detail on them and some of the older ones had interesting placements and estates that were much larger than they are today. In DT we began our bread project. We tasted different breads and thought about their texture, taste and appearance.
This week Class 3 have been enjoying the snow! We have had a few outdoor activities this week such as bird watching for forest school, so we have spent all week wrapped up in many layers trying to stay warm! We completed our DT project on shelters and the results have been incredible.
This week Class 3 have been doing lots of activities around mental health week. On Wednesday, we used our forest school session as an opportunity for relaxation, calm and quiet. We started by exploring the outdoors in silence for a favourite spot and we thought about what we could hear and sense in that area and why spots like this were good for our mental health. Afterwards we returned to our favourite spots and did a short meditation to give us time to reflect.
This week Class 3 have been enjoying their new English text Straw into Gold by Hilary Mckay, which is all about transition fairy tales but with an unexpected twist! We have read a non-traditional telling of Rumplestiltskin and have explored the typical character archetypes you would find in a fairy tale such as: a princess who needs rescuing, a prince who needs to marry to become king and a magical villain. We realised that many fairy tales follow the same themes, story pattern and have similar characters. The archetypes were so common in fairytales that we could demonstrate them using only actions in a game of character archetype charades!
This week Class 3 got stuck into a DT afternoon. After plenty of research, they constructed their own shelters out of paper and other materials to investigate how strong and sturdy they are. We tested their strength by dropping a paper clip on them and then a marble. We made sure it was a fair test by having the same person drop the marble each time and from the same height of 1 metre. Although the shelters were all constructed in different ways and looked very different from one another they all passed the strength test and were able to withstand these objects being dropped on them!
This week Class 3 have been getting to grips with their new text Earth Verse we have been exploring haikus and are looking forward to performing some next week. We have been practicing talking about things we like and dislike in French.
This week Class 3 have been learning about the order of operations in maths. The class was challenged to work in groups to solve as many questions as possible. They did an amazing job, especially when introduced to the function of brackets in number sentences.
During this half term Class 3 have been doing gymnastics in PE. They have been creating their own routine in groups, practising it and refining movements. This week they performed their routines to the rest of the class.
We have been exploring how Passover is celebrated in Judaism. The class had to do their best detective work to figure out what a mysterious object was and how it may be used. They identified the object as a plate used for serving different foods. Then, they found out that the plate is used during Passover and that it is used to serve a variety of foods that symbolises parts of the story Exodus. For example: meat symbolises offerings made to God while herbs and lettuce (dipped in salt water) symbolise the tears of the slaves who built the Pyramids for the Egyptian Pharaoh.
A Word in Your Ear by Tony Ross. We have explored some short horror stories by looking at: how the author builds suspense, trying to predict what could happen next, thinking about how the characters feel at certain points in their story and even hot seating the characters to find out a bit more about them.
Ancient Greek Day!
Happy Harvest from Class 3!
In Class 3 we thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as insects for Eco Day!
Class 3 had a fantastic afternoon at forest school. We have started making our Greek wax tablets for our Ancient Greek day. After sawing some wood, we went outside for a quiz about insects and to explore what we could create out of materials in the forest school area. We we very happy to see blue skies, as it always seems to rain for our forest school days!
Class 3 discussed the importance of warming up correctly before taking part in sports. They spent the rest of the PE lesson creating their own warm ups for our future games of netball.