On Monday 18th October, as part of our Geography topic, Year 3 had the chance to conduct fieldwork of their own to answer the enquiry question 'What mode of transport is most popular on the roads of our local community?' Prior to going out into our local community, we discussed how we would stay safe when out of school and how we could present our data in a suitable format.
On Monday 4th October, as a way of fulfilling CAFODs mission of doing something good for each other or the earth, we put together festive food parcels to give to our local food bank. We donated all of the treats ourselves and then put them into treat parcels. It made us think about how lucky we are and how the positive choices that we make can bring happiness to the lives of others.
On Tuesday 7th September, as part of our DT topic of bread, Year 3 were tasting different types and flavours of bread. They had to discuss what they thought of each type of bread and record their opinion on its smell, texture and appearance.
Our vehicle this term is all about our local area, where we will be learning all about Stoke-on-Trent. For our end outcome, we are going to be creating bread in the shape of a Staffordshire knot and this will be judged by a professional baker.
In history, we are investigating significant individuals who are from Stoke-on-Trent, comparing what local schools were like then and now and understanding why children were sent to work during the industrial revolution in Stoke-on-Trent. We will also be investigating why the canal and railway networks were so crucial to our local area and the impact that they had on certain industries e.g. pottery, steel, coal, but also how Stoke-on-Trent's landscape has changed over time.
This term, our geography is split into two parts: fieldwork and geography of the UK. As part of our learning related to fieldwork, we are understanding what fieldwork is and the different types of fieldwork that we can do. We are going to identify the human geography fieldwork that can take place in our local area, use grid references to locate key places and objects on OS maps, create sketch maps and field sketches, and conduct a transport survey. Then we are studying the geography of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
For the first half term, we are studying Animals including Humans where we are learning about balanced diets, the importance of our skeletons, how muscles work, how the lungs work in our bodies and creating investigations around these.
During the second half term, we are studying Light and Shadows where we are learning what light and dark is, what colours reflect in the dark, how light is reflected by different surfaces, how objects cast shadows, how shadows are formed and how colours can be mixed to make light.
Design & Technology
Our focus this term is 'Bread'. We will be investigating what bread products already exist, practise techniques that we may need when making our bread, how we can work safely and hygienically with food, design a range of bread products and then choose the best one, follow a recipe to create our bread and evaluate our bread once it has been made. Once we have made our bread, it will be judged by a professional baker.
This term the art focus is sculpture where the children will be creating a body form sculpture of their own. They will be studying the sculptor Antony Gormley, using lines, tone and shade to represent objects, creating observational drawings of themselves, exploring lines through different media and creating texture through continuous line drawings. They will then be developing their own ideas for sculptures out of clay and evaluating these.
As the children are now in Key Stage 2, they learn a Modern Foreign Language. The children will learn how to pronounce basic greetings, say their name, write a short dialogue in Spanish, ask about other people's feelings, count to 20, tell their age and learn about Christmas celebrations in Spanish speaking countries.