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Summer Fair

The Summer Fair took place yesterday and was lots of fun as usual!

STC_5737STC_5729This year, all our stalls were themed: in Year 3, we chose to have a Minecraft stall.

We made Minecraft keyrings to sell,

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we played Pin the Tail on the Pig,

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our mums and grandmas made some awesome Minecraft-themed cookies and treats!  THANK YOU!

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And our stall raised a total of 263€ for our school charity Ayuda a Siria, an organisation which helps the Syrian refugees.

There was singing and dancing and the Year 3 Rock Band was awesome! Check them out here.

Click here for the Year 3 Rock Band

 

Our Digestive System Models

We worked in groups to design and make our digestive system models, which are now on display in the library.  Can you see what materials we used to make them with?

Our success criteria was:

  • have a colourful and neat title
  • include five parts (oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum)
  • have easy-to-read labels which explained the function of each part
  • use the whole display board

How do you think we did?

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Terrific El Torcal

Our Science Topic this term is Rocks.  Did you know that wherever we are in the world, there is always rock underneath us?

We have learnt that rocks fall into three types – sedimentary, metamorphic and ignaeous.

Sedimentary rocks are formed when sediments (sand, mud, small rocks) settle in layers.  Over time, the layers are squashed together under more and more layers, which eventually become rock. An example of a sedimentary rock is limestone which we have a lot of in the south of Spain.

Metamorphic rocks are rocks which have been changed into a different type of rock by heating up or squashing the earth’s crust.  Marble, which we use a lot in buildings in Spain,  is just one example.

The word Ignaeous comes from the Latin word ignis, which means fire.  Ignaeous rocks are formed when magma or lava cools and solidifies.  They often sparkle.  Granite is one example. 

As part of our learning, we went on a trip to El Torcal de Antequera, a beautiful mountainous area, a two hour journey from our school.  Click on the link below for some pictures of our day.

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What type of rock is El Torcal made up of?
What was your favourite part of the trip?

 

 

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?

Investigating Shadows

Today, Year 3 investigated how a shadow changes throughout the day.  We drew our shadows and carefully measured them at 9:20, 11:10 and 3:10 in the plaza across from the school.

Click on the photo below to see some more of us at work.

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And here’s a little of what we found out.

Here are two famous shadows.  Can you guess whose they are?

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What did you find out about shadows today?

 

 

Delicious Descriptions

Easter eggsIn Year 3, we have lots of different plans for our Easter holiday.  One of our classmates will spend it visiting Cambodia with her mum; another is already on her way to Miami to visit family there; many of us will stay in Spain.  However, one thing which we all seem to have in common is that we hope to enjoy some Easter treats like the eggs in the photo!

Write a descriptive sentence with the eggs in the photo as the theme.  Think about describing how they look but think about using your other senses, too!

Yum yum!