This week we have had an incredible time showing off our creative skills. Year 3 have focused on the continent of Africa and produced some stunning pieces of artwork.
Today we had a Fair Trade picnic. We enjoyed ice-cream, bananas, pineapple, melon and some chocolate – all Fair Trade certified!
Look out for the logo in shops and join us for our class assembly on Thursday 19th May at 9:15am, when we’ll be telling our family and friends all about what we have learnt.
This week we took inspiration from ‘El Drac’ – the multi-coloured mosaic salamander created by Gaudi at the entrance to Parc Guell.
What do you think of our creations?
This half-term our theme topic is focusing on Barcelona. In Art, we have started looking at the work of Antoni Gaudi. He created many famous works of art and architecture in Barcelona including the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and Casa Mila.
Click here to watch a video which introduces some of his work.
We learnt that Gaudi took lots of inspiration from the natural world.
Image credit. Nature inspiring the Sagrada Familia.
Image credit. More nature inspired Gaudi architecture
Today, we started to look for our own inspiration and sketched a range of natural materials, thinking about shading technique and perspective. Here are some of our sketches:
Can you find out any more facts about Gaudi?
Yesterday in science, we learnt about how water is transported through a stem. Evaporation of water from the leaves causes the stems to suck up more water.
We wanted to find out if temperature changes how quickly water is sucked up by a stem. So we set up an experiment.
We used food colouring in water so we could tell if the water had traveled up the stems. Then, we put one flower in a hot temperature (above a radiator), one at room temperature and one in the fridge. We plan to observe our experiment to see what happens and then use our findings to write a conclusion!
This week we have been looking at a poem by Robert McGough called ‘The Sound Collector’. We read through it, discussed the rhyme scheme used (ABCB) and spoke about the types of sounds mentioned in the poem.
You can listen to the poem here:
We used this poem as inspiration to write our own versions.
Once upon a time it was my special,great grans birthday.Rapidly,I was baking her tasty chocolate cake. Eventually, I ran out of flour so I checked on my neighbour to borrow some.
So, I went to the first pig’s house but for some reason he started to be mean and not let me have any flour. All of a sudden, my throat was tickly. “BING BANG”. I had a mighty, big cough. Unexpectedly, the pig was fried in the centre of the poor, crumbled house.
Rapidly, I knocked on the second pig’s house. “Please could I have some flour?” The pig replied, “get lost,” the second nasty pig yelled. Nervously, my throat tickled again. “BONG BANG”. I coughed the house down. Hungrily, my stomach rumbled, I licked my lips and ate the pig.
So, I went to the tarmac house. Suddenly, I told the pig to let me in. “No you bad wolf!” snarled the third pig ungratefully. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel good. “BOOM!” I coughed but thankfully it did not knock the house down.
However, the animal doctors knew I had a bad cough so I went to the hospital and they made me better. And they gave me flour for my dear old granny’s cake.
Yesterday we used geoboards to investigate 2D shapes. We discovered that shapes can have the same names but look very different!
Key vocabulary we were using in our discussions:
Can you write a sentence to describe something you learnt today, Class 7?
Last half term in Geography, we looked at tsunamis. The word ‘tsunami’ is Japanese and means ‘harbour wave’. We watched some videos about tsunamis before focusing on the one which happened in Japan in 2011.
Here is a good video explaining about it.
We then had to write our own news reports about the Tsunami to inform other classes about what happened. Here are some of them:
One of our scripts:
These instructions will tell you how to get to Neverland. Neverland is a island that children visit in their dreams and where anything can happen. To visit it, you have to be able to fly.
You will need:
- Pixie Dust
- Happy thoughts
- A fairy
- Good imagination
1.Firstly, sprinkle some pixie dust all over you.
2.Next, think of happy thoughts like playing in the snow.
3.After that, jump and try to fly around the room.
4.Then, go and fly around London and stand on the clock.
5.A little while later, go to the second star to the right and straight on till morning.
6.Then, fly through the star to get to Neverland.
7. Finally, you are in Neverland.
This week we started our new DT project – making a patchwork quilt! After researching materials, we started to design our own patch. The background will be made out of cotton and will have a repeated pattern printed onto it. Here are some of our designs and our experimental printing:
What do you like about our designs? Which print do you think is the most effective and why?