Excellent editors and immense improving

In Aspen, we pride ourselves in celebrating our mistakes and improving our work. In literacy, we have started to use our editing rulers within our editing station sessions. It’s helped give children a focus to their editing, especially in their writing. We’re hoping this enthusiasm for editing and improving will help us to make our writing even more fantastic!

Stone Age tools

This half term’s topic is ‘Tribal Tales’. We will be looking at life in prehistoric Britain, focusing on the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

We started our exciting topic by making tools that you would have found in a Stone Age cave. The children showed excellent resilience to follow some difficult instructions. I wonder if anyone knows what the name of the tools are?

The children had great fun making their tools and will continue to use them and learn about them further in their History and Literacy lessons this half term.

 

Magnificent, Marvelous, Mucky…Muddy Adventures

Brrrrrrrrrr!!! It was our last session of Muddy Adv with Miss Lindsey in Ash class, and have we had fun over the last half term!

The children have had a fantastic time building dens, playing hide and seek, splashing in the mud puddle, climbing trees, walkways and other new obstacles Miss Lindsey has created, exploring the music tree, creating awesome things, making mini rivers and playing Masterchef in the mud kitchen.

A big thank you to Miss Lindsey for making the sessions so enjoyable, toasting marshmallows, bread and setting up sweet hunts!!!

 

Can we talk to you about the River Can?

Year 3 used map reading skills to walk from the school to Admirals park to complete activities based on the River Can, a tributary to the River Chelmer. We sketched a view of the river, attempted to measure the velocity and also analysed a cross section of the river. We discussed that parts of the river do not go at the same speed and that it depends on where the river meanders and how much sediment and rocks are in the water.

 

The children had a great time viewing the river and observing what they have learnt in their Geography lessons.

 

Chasing Chelmer and tracking tributaries

In Geography, Aspen were using Digimaps to find all of the tributaries that flow into the River Chelmer from it’s source all the way through to it’s mouth. Tributaries are streams that flow into a larger stream or river.

‘Digimap was helpful to find all of the tribuataries of the River Chelmer.’

‘Digimap was clear with it’s colours, as we knew we had to follow a blue line to follow the river.’

‘I found it complicated with all of the grid lines on the map.’

Digimaps is a great resource and Year 3 are excited to get better at reading maps and following directions.

 

 

River basin building

Year 3 gathered in the hall on Monday to the surprise of boxes, tissue paper and glue. Children were challenged to create a river basin that shows the source and mouth and other features in between. The children demonstrated terrific teamwork, sublime sculpting and great geography knowledge.

Can you identify the river features from their basin models? 

Year 3 enjoyed performing their assembly for Key Stage 2 and their families on Wednesday. They have learned so much in the short space of 2 weeks and there is still so much more to learn and enjoy. The children are very passionate about their learning and it was clear to see this when they were reading their brilliant writing and performing their version of the Trojan War. They had practiced so well on being loud and clear when reading, that their voices maybe a little ‘horse’ by the end of the week! Well done year 3!

Trip to Morrisons

On Tuesday, year 3 walked to Morrisons to discover where our food comes from. We were amazed to find that our fruit and vegetables have travelled from all over the world!

                          

When we returned to school, we used Atlases to find out which food had travelled the furthest.

     

Many of our fruits had come from the UK and Europe. However, we found that the avacodos had come from Peru, one variety of apple had come from South Africa and watermelons came from Brazil!

I wonder who can tell me where the grapes came from?

Egg Box Monsters

In our D and T topic, we have been looking at pneumatics. As part of our unit, we made egg box monsters using an empty egg box, plastic tubing and a balloon. We learnt that when we blew air through the tube, it blew the balloon up inside the box and amazingly pushed then lid open. We had lots of fun making our own designs and testing them out!

 

Art Day!

For Art Day Year 3 studied the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. In the morning we created biographical posters about his life.

In the afternoon we looked at one of his most famous paintings and used pastels to recreate a section. We then put each piece back together to make the whole painting.