Monthly Archives: April 2016

Year 3 Poets

In Year 3 over the last couple of weeks, we have been reading lots of poems from one of my all-time favourite children’s poetry collections, Michael Rosen’s A-ZMy Dad’s Book by David Harmer was one of those we were really inspired by.  We used it as a frame for our own poems.  I hope you’ll agree that they’re fantastic! (And look how carefully we are trying with our handwriting!)

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By Felicity and Niko

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By Sasha L and Charlie

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By Mary and Max

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By Jason and India

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By Dasha and Baran

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By Jasmine, Sophie and German

What has been your favourite poem we’ve read so far?  Why?
What do you most enjoy about reading and writing poetry?
Why not bring in a poem from home next week and read it to the class?

Shadow Art

As part of our topic, Healthy Me, we have been thinking about how to keep our bodies healthy through eating a balanced diet and by doing exercise. In Art, we took photos of our shadows in exercise poses and then very carefully cut them out.

We coloured four panels of white paper with oil pastels, taking care not to let any white show through, and then mounted them ourselves on black paper.  Don’t they look fantastic?

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Digestion, Digestion, Digestion

In Year 3, we have been learning about digestion (what happens to the food we eat).  We did a role play outside in the playground, with 2 of us playing the part of the molars, breaking up the ‘food particle’ while someone else sprayed it with ‘saliva’.

The food then went down the ‘oesophagus’ by peristalsis (pushed by ‘muscles’) into the ‘stomach’ where 2 more children sprayed it with ‘acidic digestive juices’. The food was then churned up (torn apart) by the children, with sweets cunningly disguised as nutrients removed as the ‘food’ journeyed through the ‘small instestine’.  The ‘nutrients’ were later delivered by the ‘blood stream’ (three more children) to the various parts of the body where they were required.  Two of the children played at being the large intestine, sponging up any excess moisture from the ‘food’ before the waste ended its journey in the ‘loo’ (a handily placed bowl).

Next week, we will be designing and making our own working model of the digestive system, so would be grateful for donations of any old tubing, rubber gloves, tights, funnels, clothes pegs or anything else which we could use.

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What did you learn today in our digestion lesson?
What would you still like to find out about the digestive system?

Spreading the Joy of Art

Year Three enjoyed a colourful and super interesting Show & Tell by one of our classmates today.  She visited the Small Art School in Cambodia this Easter and took an art class there.  She brought in the paintings she and her mum had done, a painting of Angkor Wat – the most famous temple in all of Cambodia – and a beautiful book full of art produced by the children and teachers of the school.

Founded in 2008, by Tomoko, a retired Japanese art teacher, this amazing school provides free art education for the local Khmer children, with all the money raised from the sale of artwork, books and classes for paying tourists being ploughed back into the school.   What a fabulous place and what an inspiring woman Tomoko is!  Click on any of the photos to go to the Small Art School’s website to find out more.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr FoxWe have been reading Fantastic Mr Fox by the brilliant Roald Dahl in class this week.  The children are loving the story of the clever fox who outwits the nasty farmers.  Final chapters on Monday!

Here are some of the short character descriptions they wrote.

Mr Fox is the best dad you can imagine.  Mr Fox is brave.  He thinks more about his children than himself and he never gives up.  By David

Mr Fox is the best dad in the whole world and the nicest fox you can ever imagine.  His children think he’s the bravest dad ever. He’s lovely.  By Olympia

Mr Fox is one of the most kind and caring foxes you have probably ever met in your entire life.  He is also clever and smart when he thinks of bright ideas to save his family.  He cares more about his family than he cares about himself.  His children think he is the best daddy in the world.  By Sophie

Mr Fox was one of the kindest and most clever foxes you could ever imagine!  He was so fantastic and caring that everyone wanted to be his friend, except the farmers.  Mr Fox encouraged everyone.  That’s why they called him…  Fantastic Mr Fox.  Mr Fox always has fantastic ideas.  That was another reason why they called him Fantastic.  By Charlie.

We also practised writing correctly punctuated direct speech by imagining short dialogues between two of the characters in Fantastic Mr Fox.  The four main rules we need to remember are:

  • Speech marks around what is said
  • New speaker, new line
  • Speech always begins with a capital letter
  • Piece of punctuation before the final speech marks

Here’s Zac’s dialogue:

“Badger,” said Mr Fox, “can you imagine eating all this food!”

“No,” replied Badger, “but do you feel sorry in any way?”

“No,” said Mr Fox. “Well do you think anyone in the world wouldn’t steal some food if their family were starving to death?” replied Mr Fox.

“I didn’t really think that through,” answered Badger.

From Uzala:

“Hello Mrs Fox. What do you want for dinner?” said Mr Fox.

“Three fat chickens and two thick geese!” exclaimed Mrs Fox.

“Of course, my dear,” replied Mr Fox.

“Thank you,” said Mrs Fox.

“Well, let’s celebrate!” shouted Mr Fox.

And from Baran:

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What is the hardest thing to remember about writing direct speech? Why?
Why is it a good idea to include some dialogue in our story writing?
Which word clues tell you how a character is talking?