Welcome to Elm Class!
On our page you will find lots of photographs which show the different things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy them!
World Book Day!
For World Book Day this year, we celebrated our love of reading! In the afternoon we got changed into our comfy pyjamas and wrapped ourselves up with blankets too! We read a chapter of our class book, watched an interesting video about authors and illustrators and then we read our own books whilst being super cosy! Everyone had a lovely, chilled afternoon and it inspired us to enjoy reading our books a little more!
This week in Literacy we have started looking at Greek myths. Today we read the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and acted out part of the myth. We used our reciprocal reading skills to read part of the myth and then watched a video that told the rest of the myth. Finally, we spoke about the different features of a myth and how they are different to the features of a story.
Outdoor PE Spring 1
This half term in Outdoor PE, Elm have learnt the skills required to play hockey. We have looked at passing the ball to individuals and within groups, stopping the ball correctly and aiming whilst shooting. In the final lesson we played small matches in teams to try and score goals, whilst thinking about creating space and opportunities to pass the ball. Everyone did a great job and we saw some excellent shots being made!
Indoor PE Spring 1
This half term in PE, Elm have started learning the various skills required to play volleyball and their first lesson involved looking at the technique for passing the ball. They will also be looking at the different passes that can be made in this sport and they will then apply all their learnt skills into a match scenario. They’ve made an excellent start so well done Elm class.
Science - Rock Investigation
This week in Science we have been investigating which type of rock would be best to use for a statue. We investigated sandstone, granite and slate as these were each from the different types of rock (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic) and looked at which one was the hardest, the heaviest and the most water repellent. We worked in groups and each chose one of the things to test. We thought carefully about how we would conduct our investigation, the equipment we would need and how we would make sure it was a fair test. After all of our investigations, we concluded that granite would be the best rock to use for a statue as it was the best combination of all of the results.
Continuing from our class poem earlier in the week, today we finished writing, editing and publishing our own poem comparing a volcano to a dragon. We then discussed what makes a good performance, such as a loud, clear voice and then took it in turns to perform our volcano poems to the rest of the class. Everyone did a fantastic job and used some amazing vocabulary in their poems. Well done Elm Class!
Volcano Class Poem
This week in Literacy, we have been looking at poetry. We looked at a poem that compared the sea to a dog, and thought it would be fun to try and compare the volcano to an animal too. We chose to compare a volcano to a dragon and we worked in groups to come up with a stanza each. Each group thought about a different similarity between the two things, and worked really hard to use ambitious vocabulary in their stanza. At the end of the lesson, each group performed their stanza to the rest of the class and then we put it altogether to create a class poem. The finished class poem is absolutely brilliant and it just had to be shared! Well done Elm Class, superb effort!
Making Saltdough Decorations
Today we made Christmas decorations from saltdough. To make the dough we added flour, salt and water to a bowl and then mixed it altogether. When the dough was mixed we were able to knead it and then roll in out with a rolling pin. We then used cutters to make our decoration. They then needed to dry out so we put them in the oven for 3 hours and when they came out they were a lot harder and were ready to be decorated!
Today in Science, we looked at the question 'Do you need to touch something to make it move?'. We discussed as a class whether we thought this to be true or not and then experimented to see if we were correct. First, we discussed that a magnetic force can make an object move without touching it depending on whether it is attracted or repelled by the magnet. We then learnt that we can also use air to move objects without touching them!
Today, the children became archaeologists and dug to find some Stone Age artefacts hidden in the sand! We found pieces of pottery, stone age tools such as knives and spear heads and a counting stick! We also conducted some research to learn a little bit more about how these items were used in the Stone Age and what other tools they might have had all those years ago.
Printing in Art
This week in Art we began looking at the printing technique. We explored different patterns that stamps used to create prints, and then we looked at what prints different materials made, such as lollipop sticks, string and feathers. Once we had explored the different prints we could create, we then had a go at making our own artistic picture using a variety of different materials and colours. Well done to everyone in Elm Class - they look wonderful!
Elm Class's Prehistoric Museum
This week Elm Class have been working incredibly hard in Literacy to write their own information plaques to support the Skara Brae houses they made last week. To showcase the amazing work they have done, we created our very own prehistoric museum! Today we opened our museum to our Year 6 reading buddies who came to have a look at our work. We read our buddies the information plaques and to check that we had successfully informed them of what a Skara Brae house would look like, we asked them questions to see if they could remember the information. We even had special guest visit from Mr Hord and even Mrs Broers! All of our guests were really impressed with the hard work Elm Class had put into both their houses and their information plaques, and walked away with lots of new information. Well done Elm Class!
Today, Year 3 received a visit from Sutton Schools Work. Our visitors performed a retelling of the nativity story and then worked with each class to discuss the meaning of Christmas a bit more and talk about what it means to us. It was great fun to be involved in!
Finished Skara Brae Houses!
Have a looked at our amazing finished Skara Brae houses! Everyone worked so hard to create the Stone Age house with the features they would have had inside in the Stone Age. Well done to everyone, they look fantastic!
Skara Brae Houses - Painting!
Today we painted our beautiful Skara Brae houses. We worked hard to paint carefully and we mixed colours to create the appropriate colours for the Stone Age.
This week in Science we conducted an investigation to find out whether different objects were attracted to magnets or not. First of all, we looked at the different objects and predicted whether they would be attracted to the magnet and gave reasons to why we thought this would be the case. We then used the magnet to see whether our predictions were correct or not. We found out that not all metals are magnetic as we predicted and in particular some coins were attracted to the magnetic but some were not. Great findings everyone!
Autumn 2 - P.E 23/11/18
This half term in P.E, Elm have been looking at Dance, in their lesson they have looked at counting to 8 beats, they have also discussed different ways to travel around the hall. Elm class have now started to create a routine. Well done to Elm class for their excellent start.
Skara Brae Houses - Creating
Today we started creating our Skara Brae model houses. We used a variety of different materials to make the different features of the houses and stuck them down inside our boxes. Tomorrow we will be finishing them by painting them!
Skara Brae Posters
Over the last couple of weeks, in Topic we have been looking at a stone age settlement called Skara Brae. We researched what the inside of a house in Skara Brae would look like, what life would be like living there in the Stone Age and the advantages and disadvantages of Skara Brae. We then put all of our information together as a group and created a poster to share with the rest of the class!
Indoor PE - Dance
This week in Dance we looked at jumps. We discussed the different types of jumps that we already knew and thought of some new ones with partners. We then had a go at including some jumps in our routines from last week. We then shared our routines with a different group and taught them some of the moves!
Indoor PE - Dance
Today in Dance, we looked at travelling. We discussed the different ways our bodies can travel, the different directions we can travel and the different lines we can create when we travel. We then combined these 3 elements to create a sequence of 4 different movements with a partner in time to the music. Everyone worked really hard to listen carefully for the beat and travel in creative ways!
Stone Age Workshop
Year 3 were lucky enough to participate in a Stone Age workshop. They learnt all about prehistory and were able to participate in a range of different activities such as weaving, grinding grain, trying on Stone Age clothing, looking at Stone Age housing artefacts and drilling wood. Everyone had a fantastic time and learnt a great deal of new information all about the Stone Age!
Art Day - Mixed Media Picture
In the afternoon of Art Day we looked at the artwork again, but this time we created a whole class version of the picture using lots of different materials. We split into 5 different groups and each group worked on a particular part of the picture. The groups were: the background, the long grass, the tiger, the branches and the leaves. Each group came over one at a time to add their creations to our class picture. Everyone worked incredibly hard in their groups to think what materials would be best for each of the sections. Well done Elm Class, your creation looks amazing!
Art Day - Colour Palette
Today we had a whole school Art Day and each year group focussed on a particular piece of artwork and participated in various arty activities based on the famous piece. Year 3 looked at the artwork 'Surprised' by Henri Rousseau. After discussing what we could see in the piece of art, we then created a colour palette in the shape of a paw print of all the different colours we could see. To do this, we had to mix different colours together to get the right shades that matched the picture!
Today we made our very own smoothies! We discussed how to ensure that we were being safe and hygienic with the fruit. Everyone worked well in the groups and produced some delicious smoothies!
"First we went into the kitchen and washed our hands and washed the fruit. We chopped the apple, peeled the banana and pulled the grapes off of the branches. Then we put it all in the blender" - Megan, Elm Class
In DT, our topic this half term is Scrumptious Smoothies! Today we analysed existing smoothie products by tasting them and looking at their packaging. We used this tasting lesson to help us decide what fruits we liked the flavour of and wanted to include in our very own smoothies!
Decorating Diya Lamps
Our diya lamps had the weekend to dry and were ready for us to paint today! We looked at exising diya lamps and the colourful patterns they were decorated with and tried to use these as inspiration for our own diya lamps. Don't you think they look beautiful?
Making Diya Lamps
In half term in RE, we have been learning about Hinduism. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and the connection to the Hindu celebration of Diwali. Today we made our very own diya lamps using clay and created rangoli inspired patterns on the outside of the lamps. Next week, once they are dry, we will be painting them to make them even more eye-catching!
Today in Art, we had a go at sketching and used the skill of shading for effect. As our topic this half term is Scrumdiddlyumptious, we used fruit and vegetables as still life to sketch. Everyone did a brilliant job of looking carefully where the lighter and darker parts of the fruit were to effectively shade the fruit!
Asda Fruit Tasting!
Year 3 had a brilliant day in partnership with ASDA. All 3 classes took a trip to ASDA to go on a fruit and vegetable hunt, to find the country origins of various fruit and veg. We found it very interesting to learn that lots of the fruit and veg that we have in our shops actually come from countries thousands of miles away from the UK! The classes also participated in a food tasting workshop, where we tried a selection of the fruit and veg we found in the shop, including pineapple, pomegranate and even Brussels sprouts! Everyone had a fantastic day learning more about where our food comes from and trying some new foods too!
Autumn1 - P.E 17-9-18
This half term in P.E, Elm class have been learning about gymnastics and the different levels of movements and different tempos. The class have used different animals to help them remember the levels and tempos for example, for a high tempo, they would think of a giraffe and for a slow tempo they would think of a snail. Elm class have created a sequence using high, medium and low animals and slow and fast animals. The next target for Elm class is to add turns, jumps and different ways of travel to their routines. Well done Elm class for a fantastic start to this topic!