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.
In our recent topic, Amazing Spaces and Places, we built and ate a biscuit Stonehenge and then the children designed and made their own sand dough stone circles which looked amazing!
We 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 also examined maps of the school’s local area and compared this with the areas where each of the children live. It was 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 also researched and learnt about different bridges in the UK such as the Severn, the Millennium and the Clifton Suspension bridges. The children were challenged to make the strongest possible bridge out of paper which could support the weight of a toy car and then designed and built their own bridges out of junk materials. We also found out about amazing British sculptures such as The Angel of the North and Birmingham’s Iron Man before writing a story on the computer about a statue that comes to life!
In English, we wrote nonfiction texts such as information leaflets and posters about bridges and statues before writing our exciting stories in pairs.
In maths, we focused on measuring weight, length and capacity before moving on to learn about fractions and to find fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions.
We carried out lots of science investigations testing the absorbency, elasticity and flexibility of materials before finding out what happens to cress seeds if left in the dark, the fridge or without air.
We have recently started our last topic of the year: From Field To Fork. We are learning where our food comes from, how it is processed and how to eat healthily. We have already marked on a world map where some of Ann and Lisa’s food comes from and countries ranged from Thailand, China and Bangladesh to Scotland, USA, Mexico and Canada.
We have planted our own vegetables in the school allotment and aim to have some harvested vegetables to sell at the Summer Fayre. In June we will be taking a trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens to explore their hothouses and gardens and to learn about their food producing plants.
We have written riddles about mini-beasts, fruit and vegetables and have designed seed packets for amazing vegetables which can make you run faster or give you other super powers! Later on in the term we will write persuasive leaflets about the Botanical Gardens and will plan and write an exciting adventure story about animals escaping from a farm.
We recently enjoyed Outdoor Learning Day when we erected Lisa’s bell tent, recreated The Gruffalo story using the school grounds as our setting, made fractions walls from foraged sticks and played team building games. We cheated a bit and had an extra Outdoor Learning Day on the following day when we went for a lovely countryside walk with Hannah’s class along fields and lanes just outside school.
We will be thinking of money making schemes in maths and PSHE lessons and will be making products to sell at a profit at the school fayre.
We will also be practising our athletics skills in readiness for Sports Day and will be spending lots of time outdoors while the weather is so nice.
We will be working hard to prepare ourselves for the transition to Year Four. We hope you like the photos showing what we have been up to so far this year.