Canadian Bears welcomed Kim, a Stone Age traveller, into their class this term, to enhance their topic learning on the Stone Age. Children were given the chance to make fire using a variety of Stone Age methods, including lighting a piece of cotton using flint. Kim taught Year 3 how to make paint using rock and vegetable fat, creating a class cave painting. It was a wonderful experience that really helped to bring the children’s learning to life.
This term, our topic work moved from the Stone Age era into the Iron Age era. Understanding a time line of events, and how life evolved between these periods, has been great fun. We used the text, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, as the basis for our English work and completed some wonderful writing in the form of a diary entry by the main character, Hogarth.
The Iron Man also appeared in our class one day. The visual aid helped to capture the children’s imagination and enhance their involvement in the story.
As part of our topic, art and D&T, we explored Celtic Warriors and the story of Boudicca. We designed our own warrior shield based on our personality, then transferred the design onto cardboard. We used cardboard saws to cut out our shape and carefully sketched and painted the design onto our shield. The whole class made authentic shields that most warriors would have been proud of.
As part of our curricular learning, we took part in a STEM ‘Make and Do’ challenge with Year 2. The challenge was to design and build a house from cardboard, using cardboard saws, screws, bolts and a screwdriver. The design criteria stated that the house must be:
- have a roof
- have walls
- be as close to the design as possible
Teams were mixed with Year 2 and Year 3 children working together. The winners of the challenge were asked to attend a final against winners from other schools. The winners from our school were Grace, Frarney and Lilja. Well done!
FRANKIE IS BACK!
One very chilly Monday afternoon, Frankie the Elf mysteriously reappeared at JPS! He belongs to Canadian Bears, but Miss Liddicoat never knows when he will arrive and what he will do. During his Christmas visit he hid all of the sweets from our class advent calendar, escaped from a locked cupboard, moved all of the children’s trays and chairs and repeated one of his favourite tricks - covering our class Christmas tree in toilet roll! The children were very keen to think of ways to try to stop Frankie, but none of their ideas were successful! Frankie naturally received consequences for his choices and actions, as decided by the children.
What an exciting first term we have had in Canadian Bears! The class have settled in to year 3 and are eager to show off their learning!
As part of our ASPIRE homework, children were asked to create their ideal playground. This could be presented in any form they wanted. Children were very creative and their ideas were awesome!
Take a look at a few of their prototypes…
They were also asked to create a time capsule that would help people in the future learn about them and the way we lived in 2019. Again, children were very creative and we had information presented in the form of posters, buried time capsules and video evidence.
Stig of the Dump and The Stone Age
As part of our English and topic learning this year, we have been learning about The Stone Age and have read Stig of the Dump as our class text. Children have created handprint cave paintings, written alternative chapters for Stig of the Dump and learnt about life as a cave man!
We also entered a local poetry competition and wrote our own poems on Fant and the Community. We loved exploring words and discussing how we could use them to create an image. We looked at poems that rhymed and poems that made us smile and drew upon these features to create our own.
Our first theme for this year was Healthy Eating / Health. During the week we focussed on our values of independence, enjoyment and motivation.
The aims for our learning during the week were:
To understand that every food that we put into our bodies affects us.
To understand how different nutrients help us.
To understand a balanced diet.
Throughout the week we participated in personal challenges that ranged from eating a minimum of 5 fruit and vegetable portions a day, drank at least 2 water bottles during the school day, took part in physical activity after school, and improved personal best scores linked to the bleep test! It was an action packed week, with lots of learning taking place!