Lisa's Class

Welcome to Lisa’s class page.  We are a year three class and the adults in class are: Lisa (teacher), Ann (pastoral learning support manager) and Veronica (pastoral learning support).  More importantly, the children are: Amie, Bryan, Callum, Devine, Isaac, Lewis, Louie and Xander.

Last half term we started a new topic: Amazing Spaces and Places.  So far we have built and eaten a biscuit Stonehenge and then the children designed and made their own sand dough stone circles which look amazing!

We have visited an amazing space – the Malvern Hills and climbed up to the summit of British Camp, which is an Iron Age hill fort, standing at over 1,000 feet!  The children enjoyed the panoramic views from the top and although some of them found the steep climb challenging, they all managed to reach the summit and we were very proud of them all.

We have also been examining maps of the school’s local area and comparing this with the areas where each of the children live.  It has been fascinating to see the different amounts of green spaces in each of their neighbourhoods, none of which is quite as rural as the school setting.

We held a Four Countries’ Day where we made dishes from each of the UK’s four countries: potato and leek soup from Wales, potato pancakes from Scotland, soda bread from Northern Ireland and Victoria sponge cake from England.  We then sat down and ate our meal together – there were mixed feelings about the soup and bread but everyone enjoyed the pancakes and the cake! 

We will be continuing the topic for the first few weeks of the Summer term and will be learning about different bridges in the UK such as the Severn, the Millennium and the Clifton Suspension bridges.  The children will be challenged to make the strongest possible bridge out of paper which can support the weight of a toy car.  We will also be finding out about amazing British sculptures such as The Angel of the North and Birmingham’s Iron Man before creating our own junk material sculptures.

In English we have been practising our story writing skills, incorporating exciting verbs and adverbs into stories based on the Gingerbread Man, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Little Red Riding Hood.  We will now start to write non fiction texts such as information leaflets and posters.

In maths we continued to practise our times tables and learnt written methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  We have made tally charts, frequency tables and bar charts and have learnt how to identify and extend patterns.

We enjoyed British Science Week and constructed mechanisms to transport tomatoes from the top of a table to the floor and out of the door.  We also foraged for natural materials to build birds’ nests, some of which were still intact a fortnight later!

Later on in the Summer term we will be starting our last topic on From Field To Fork.  We will learn where our food comes from, how it is processed and how to eat healthily.  We will be growing our own vegetables in the school allotment and aim to have some harvested vegetables to sell at the Summer Fayre.  In June we hope to take a trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens to explore their hothouses and gardens and to learn about their food producing plants.

As usual we have a busy time ahead of us.  We hope you like the photos showing what we have been up to so far this year.