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We are always very busy in Buzzard Class and really love our learning! We are a welcoming Year 3 class who are engaged with our learning and love finding out about new things. We are kind, helpful and love working together.
Keep up to date with what we are doing by checking our website. We will include pictures of what we have been doing and updates so keep checking!
Miss Williams - Class teacher
Mrs Brimming - Class TA - Mrs Brimming works with us every morning
What we think...
"The best thing about Buzzard Class is that we get to share our ideas and investigate our learning together."
"I love Buzzard Class because we always work as a team."
"I really enjoy finding out about new things and exploring them further. we do this lots in Buzzard Class."
"We have beautiful books in Buzzard class. They are inspiring!"
"We love a good challenge in Buzzard Class!"
"The best thing about Buzzard class is knowing that we can always count on our friends."
We have been spending some time dancing! Not only is this great fun, we have also found that it makes us awake, energised and ready for our learning.
We have also been doing some mindfulness activities which have helped us to be focused, engaged and considerate. Each of the mindfulness activities has a different theme and it is amazing to see the difference after we have done these! We are all calm and ready for learning.
Stone Age Boy
We have been looking at the story 'Stone Age Boy'. We have been debating whether we think it would be good to be a child in the Stone Age or not, editing and improving the story by writing character and setting descriptions and writing descriptions and we have written dialogue from the point of view of different characters. We will now use what we have learnt to write our own stories with the theme of 'a day in the life of a Stone Age child'. There will be lots of historical clues throughout our stories. How many can you spot?
We acted out the initial meeting between Om and the boy from 'Stone Age Boy'. How would you feel meeting someone for the first time?
We debated whether it would be good or not so good to be a child in the Stone Age. We used these sentence openers to make sure we were debating in a fair and respectful way. Here are some of our arguments:
" I argued that it would be good to live in the Stone Age because playing and exploring nature is much more fun than just sitting and watching TV which is what some people do now!" Jack
" I argued that I wouldn't like to live in the Stone Age because it would be harder to find food whereas now you can just pop to the shops!" Katie
" I think it would be good to live in the Stone Age because you wouldn't need any money to get food, you could just go hunting." Tamsin
" I wouldn't like to live in the Stone Age because I would like to eat pizza and they didn't have pizza in the Stone Age!" Amelia J
" I argued that I would like to be a child in the Stone Age because it would be much easier to invent things because not many things were invented then." Ethan
" I argued that it wouldn't be very good to live in the Stone Age because they didn't receive an education like us so they wouldn't know which animals and berries were poisonous." Emily
" It would be hard to live in the Stone Age because if you got poorly, you wouldn't have medicines and hospitals like we have now so you were more likely to die." Aaron
Greek Myths and Legends
We are investigating Greek myths and legends and have looked at a variety of these. They are very interesting! We have picked out lots of fantastic vocabulary and identified the themes in each of the myths or legends that we have read.
Next, we have been looking at play scripts and how these are different to narratives. We are using the Greek myths and legends and are having a go at writing one of these into a play script.
We have made our own puppets of the characters from the Daedalus and Icarus story. We are going to use these to act out the story so that we can see how it will be different using dialogue.
Look at some of our Daedalus and Icarus puppets.
In our maths learning, we have learnt about right angles and have been recognising angles that are larger than right angles and angles that are smaller than right angle. We had the challenge of making some of these angles with out bodies in PE. Can you recognise if these are right angles, smaller than right angles or larger than right angles?
We have been learning to use our times tables to answer multiplication questions as well as developing our understanding of written methods such as the grid method. We started off multiplying 1-digit numbers by smaller 2-digit numbers and then moved on to applying this understanding to multiplying 1-digit numbers by larger 2-digit numbers.
When we felt more confident with this, we used a super Minecraft poster to help us break down and solve multiplication word problems. Take a look!
After multiplication, we looked at the relationship between multiplication and division and how we can use these to check our work using the inverse. We noticed that we can solve some division questions using the times tables that we know - great! We have moved on to using written methods for division such as chunking on a blank number line.
We have been exploring using natural materials to create Art. We explored the woods and collected different materials that caught out eye then found a space to create our own mythical creatures. Look at how creative we have all been!
The Battle of Marathon
We have been finding out about the Battle of Marathon and thinking carefully about how the different sides felt at different points. We acted out the messenger, Pheidippides, running to Sparta to ask the Spartans to ask the Athenians battle the Persians. We thought about how we might feel if someone wouldn't help us because they were too busy having fun at a festival!
February - Greek Day
On Tuesday 20th February we had our Greek Day! It was fantastic to see so many amazing costumes that involved lots of effort. The children were buzzing as they came in to school and saw everybody else's costumes and discussed who they were dressed as.
To start the day, we got to smell and taste some different Greek foods. There were lots to choose from - some we had tried before but also some we had never heard of! We talked about them, smelled them and then played a game where we had to choose an adjective to describe one of the foods and everyone had to guess which food we were thinking of using the adjective as a clue. Everyone was really brave at trying different things, even if they didn't like them. The children persuaded Miss Williams to try an olive - "we will if you will!" We then wrote similes about the different foods that we had tasted.
Next, we investigated the Greek alphabet, wrote our names and tried to crack the code to see what some different words said.
After break we had a very special visitor. Archimedes came in to visit us and we were fascinated to find out about his life and some of his ideas and inventions. We also found out and shared our knowledge about the Olympics, Greek architecture, theatre, and the impact the Ancient Greeks had upon science and democracy today.
Later we held a costume parade around the school, showing our fantastic outfits, we designed our clay pots ready to make over the next week and we heard some Ancient Greek stories.
We had a really interesting day we had!
Within our work on money, we have been comparing different amounts, saying which is greater and which is less. We had to help Miss Williams to prepare for our Greek day by finding out which shops were the cheapest for some Greek foods. We had price lists from the different shops and worked together to discover which shop had we could get each item from for the lowest price. We had a challenge to see which shop would have the lowest price for all of the items!
Stones and Bones
Throughout the term we will be learning about the changes to life throughout the prehistoric era. We will focus on learning about settlements, hunter gatherers and tools used in food preparation.
We have been fascinated to learn about the Stone Age and how different life was.
We have looked at a Stone Age settlement that was discovered in Scotland called Skara Brae, which taught us lots about how Stone Age homes used to look. We thought it was amazing that all of the details in the homes have survived this long and this settlement was only discovered because a bad storm blew the sand away that was covering it!
We have looked at how gathering and cooking foods, making clothes, using tools and weapons and how art is created were all very different but incredibly creative in the Stone Age times.
Within our Science learning, we are investigating rocks, their properties and how fossils and soil are made.
We have learnt about the three different types of rock, which are called sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We used some different rocks to look at their properties and used language such as density, permeable and durability to describe their properties. We have a great time investigating this, using lots of water to test the rocks. We were fascinated by the air bubbles that we spotted - at first we thought the rocks were breathing! Miss Williams told us that this was where the water was passing through he rocks and pushed the air bubbles out.
We found a great website that helped us learn about how fossils are made. Take a look:
Our current topics are 'Mythical Monsters' and 'Ancient Greeks'. We are really enjoying these topics and have learnt some really interesting information! If you see us around school, ask us what we know about the Ancient Greeks!
"Ancient Greek temples were used to hold statues of the gods and goddesses." Scarlet
"The Ancient Greeks used columns in their buildings. These are still used today." Amelia B
"Parthenon is one of the most famous Ancient Greek buildings. It holds the statue of Athena." Jack
Gods and Goddesses
"Artemis has a crater named after her on the moon." Tilly
"Hercules became a god after completing 12 tasks. This story is called the 'The Story of the Lion'." Ethan
"The legend states that 12 gods lived at the top of Mount Olympus." Aaron
"Zeus was the God of all Gods". Angel
"The Aegean Sea is named after King Aegeus." Amelia J
"Greece is in Europe. It is between Italy and Turkey." Eddie
"The capital city is Athens." Jack
"One of the most famous events in the Ancient Greek Olympics was wrestling." Katie
"The Ancient Greeks really enjoyed theatre." Jayden
"In Ancient Greece, pots were decorated with different patterns and they had a picture in the middle." Rhianna
"Some of the designs were repeated patterns of different shapes." Jessica
"Greek pots tell us about Ancient Greece because the pictures show things that happened in the Ancient Greek times." Talisha
"There are lots of mythical monsters in Ancient Greek stories. One of them was the Minotaur." Tamsin
"Another mythical monster from their stories is Medusa." Tristan