Quentin Blake

This term we have been learning about the famous illustrator Quentin Blake. Today, Year 3 have been inspired by his work. Everyone has had a go at drawing themselves as a character using his style.

The children spent some time observing examples of Quentin Blake’s illustrations and discussing what they noticed about his drawing style. Then, they observed Quentin drawing in his own studio by watching some video clips.

We learnt that Quentin draws spontaneously with a pencil and creates his characters from his own imagination rather than observation. At a later stage, Quentin will usually trace his drawing out to get a final drawing using a light box. Lastly, he adds ink outlines usually using a feather quil or a dip pen.

After learning all about that, the children were tasked with using what they had observed to draw a character of themselves. The children tried really hard to take on the style and technique of the famous author.

Native Americans

As part of our new topic based on ‘The Americas’, Year 3 and 4 were visited by a group of people called ‘The American West’ who came to teach us about the way of life of the Native Americans. We learnt about the significance of different types of clothing; why the Native Americans did not cut their hair; how they treated injuries and made medicines; sign language they used; games they played and songs and dances they performed. It was a very interesting lesson which taught us lots of new information about the Native Americans.

Take a look at some of the photographs from the session.

Measuring seconds ⏱

This week we have been learning more about telling the time. On Monday, we took part in a maths challenge to measure time in seconds. Out on the playground, we used IPads to time our partner as they took part in different races. After that, we compared results to measure who completed each race the quickest. ⌚️

Vicious Vikings!

On Tuesday 26th March, Year 3 and 4 took part in a special Viking day to conclude our topic work. In the morning, we were visited by Hobgoblin Theatre Company who performed the play ‘A Viking Tale’. Through watching this play, the children learnt about a Viking girl called Freya who set off on a journey to discover Sigurd’s treasure in order to save her village. Through watching the play, the children learnt lots of information about the Vikings, including: Viking village life, runes, life on a longship, traders, invasions, gods, slaves and religion.

After the performance, the children took part in a drama workshop. This involved children learning to work in partners to mould each other into characters from the play. They also created group tableaux of Viking village life and warriors on board longships. Finally, the children were asked to predict and create an ending of their choice based on the play they had watched.

In the afternoon, both classes visited the school woodland area to search for suitable stones to later paint with the symbols from the Viking alphabet to turn into rune stones.

👩‍🍳 Cooking club

This term a few children from Year 3 have been coming to cooking club every week. So far they have enjoyed making some cookies and some fairy cakes with chocolate inside. Thank you to Miss Kindon who teaches us the recipes and shows us what to do. I wonder what we will make next week 🤔

Yum!

Skating at school

What an exciting day it has been! Today, as a way of celebrating the half way mark of our whole school topic ‘ice worlds’ Year 3 were given the opportunity to go ice skating at school! All of the children said it was really fun as well as a bit slippy!

There was a surprise in stall as all of sudden it began to snow! We were transported into a winter wonderland. One of children described it as “magical.” What a super day!

TOGO NOGO A*Stars

Over the last few weeks in our PSHE lessons, we have been learning about Road Safety.   We have been using the A*Stars website to learn about the different aspects of Road Safety.

Before we went on our walk in the local area, we watched some videos, looked at pictures and had some discussions about the different hazards that we might come across while we are walking, or using the roads and pavements.

We had a visit from the A*Stars team yesterday who took us out with our teachers to help us learn more about Road Safety.  We walked out of school, over the bridge, across the pedestrian crossing and into Tame Road.

While we were walking, we had to look out for hazards such as:

  • drives
  • moving cars
  • bins on the pavement
  • holes on the ground
  • T-junctions
  • parked cars

We learned that we must always:

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN AND THINK!

Safer internet week

This week marks safer internet week. Today, Year 3 completed a session all about being safe when using the internet.

As a class we discussed what permission means and what it means to have permission. We shared ideas of what we need permission for when using the internet, when it is safe to give permission and even practised giving permission.

Year 3 wanted to say, they really liked playing the permission game and they enjoyed working as a group.

Be internet safe!

A visit from Mr Bennett

This week we had another visit from Mr Bennet the music teacher. We stomped and clapped to create a beat. It was so much fun! We also learnt how to read some music 🎼

Year 3 really enjoyed their music session.

Thank you Mr Bennett😁

Pupil leadership

This week we have joined together with Nursery for two sessions. On Monday we created some icy art work based on protecting the polar bears and on Tuesday we worked together to make some Chinese lanterns as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations. The children also enjoyed doing some research on how to protect the polar bears as well as learning all about Chinese New Year.

The children would like to say that they have really enjoyed working with Nursery this week. We love joining together to help the littler ones and can’t wait to meet again! Thank you to our Nursery friends for sharing these experiences with us 🙂