This afternoon we were really lucky to have Amy Wilson visit us to talk about her books and how to be a fantastic writer. We spent some time thinking about our super Self! We had flying, bending time and running super fast. She then talked about magic in nature and what we think is magic in real life. We then talked about magic creatures in books and how we can make them special characters. After that she talked about her new book Snowglobe and what magical world is in that book. We were very lucky that she read some of Snowglobe to us. She finished by talking about how you have to believe in your stories and how important it is to edit your stories.
This week we have moved on to looking at Roman Soldiers. Mr Moore kindly edited a battle scene, so we could watch what it was like to be in a Roman battle, but it wasn’t too scary! After watching the clip we created a word bank of adjectives to describe it and then wrote some 2A sentences. After that we wrote a descriptive piece either from the perspective of Maximus or from the perspective of his dog! Here are some fantastic examples –
Rory – From the perspective of the dog:
Scared and worried I was ready for battle. I listened to my master. Suddenly I saw the signal.That meant it was time for battle. I was ready but I didn’t want to die.
Now it was time to charge at the Celts. I lead everybody through the forest. I scratched and bit them. Luckily I was alive still. Gruesome and intense,we had a grim fight.
Impressive and undefeated, we won. “Roma Victor!” we said. I’m so lucky to be alive right now. I’m glad it’s over. There was me, Maximus and a few other soldiers were alive.
Jayden – From the perspective of Maximus:
Brave and courageous I reacted my troops. i gave them a bit of motivation and we were off to claim our new land. Stay with me.”i shout”. We had by then killed half of their army. I ‘m proud of all the Romans who risked their live. I saw my helpful dog kill many he’s very loyal dog. The Emperor looked relieved. Although I knew we would win anyway.
This week a very exciting thing happened. We were asked to help Mrs Stott with identifying a mysterious box the builders found. We went out to see Dave and he gave us a very old looking muddy box. Once back in the classroom we looked carefully at the box and found an old map in it. Looking closely at the map we thought it came from the Roman era. We were shocked that the builders didn’t know much about the Romans so we decided to set up a museum to share what we are going to learn with everyone. We then came up with an action plan on how to create a museum, we decided in the end to email the British Museum to ask for advice. Here is an example of an email:
To the British museum,
Today the man in the digger (Mr Collins) was digging the surface of the new classroom until he came across something hard. It was this muddy old box that looked like it was from the Roman times. We came in the classroom and investigated a map from the box. We then thought that we should make our own museum. Please could you help us think of ideas and tell us what roles there are in a museum? We would really appreciate it.
This week we have used drama to tell the next parts of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Yesterday we read about Augustus Gloop and his greedy ways! We then hot seated different characters. The children thought carefully about their questions and how they should be punctuated. Today we created our own boats to go down the chocolate river to the inventing room!
We started of the week on our team building day at Lineham Farm. We were split into two team to complete the activities. We did an obstacle course and bush craft skills. In the obstacle course we had to work together in pairs to begin with to keep our partner safe around the course, then we swapped. After the obstacle course we had a team challenge on the rope swing. In teams of 6 the children had to work together to get from one platform to another. Each time the teams went the platform became smaller! By the last platform it was very tricky. In bush craft skills we had to work as a group to build and tend to a fire. The children listened very carefully to the instructions and were really sensible. After we had made the fire we cooked marshmallows on the fire and ate them! It was such a lovely day to spend with my old and new class! We really worked well together as a team.
After finding the clues last week and discovering a grid reference we decided to go and investigate. After plotting our route on a map we set off. Once we made it to the woods we found lot of pieces of old crumpled document in the trees and in bottles in the long grass. After collecting the documents up we headed back to school. This morning we have been looking at the documents trying to discover what they are! We discovered that they are all bits of information about Alwoodley in the past. Next week we will look at them further to see how they are different to Alwoodley today.
This week Year 3 received a very important letter it said –
Dear Mrs Stott,
I am writing to inform you that, unfortunately, all past information on your surrounding local area, Alwoodley, has gone missing. You may have seen this in the news – you can check this on the BBC news page.
After investigation, we believe that there are clues which will lead us to this information. These have been hidden on your school grounds. As Lord Mayor of Leeds, I am advising you that it is imperative you deal with this as a matter of urgency. Please find enclosed some information that may help you.
I would be grateful if you could use all your resources in school to find the information we need and respond to me by Friday 15th June.
After receiving the letter we checked on BBC news and found it was on there as well! We then met up with the other Year 3 class and looked for these clues on the playground. We found lots of ripped up maps, we sorted them into things we felt were important and things that weren’t. Once the children looked more closely at the map they saw they had codes on the back. After placing the maps back together we discovered a grid reference for a place in Adel woods! The children have them been writing emails to Mrs Stott to ask if we can go on a local visit to investigate this area. We all want to know what will be there!
I don’t seem to be able to access my parent mail this week so here it is!
We started the week with an exciting trip to Harlow Carr. While at Harlow Carr we went on a sculpture hunt, played in the adventure play parks and did a workshop on pollination. The children behaved beautifully and we had a great time. Have a look at the blog for some pictures of our day. From this we wrote recounts in our science lesson, the children put in so much effort.
In English this week we have been working on comparing Leeds and Milan. We started by looking at facts about Leeds, such as the population and geographical features. We then found out facts for Milan. From this we created a Venn diagram, thinking about the similarities and differences. We then wrote a comparison piece explaining everything we had found out.
In maths we have moved onto graphs. We started by looking at pictograms and working out the amount of something depending on what the symbols stood for. We then moved onto Bar charts and looked out how to read them. Using the Bar charts we were able to ask questions about the information presented on the chart.
This afternoon we went to watch the amazing Allerton’s Got Talent. It was so good to watch all the acts, they should all be very proud of themselves. Well done to Michael from our class who took part. We will find out the result on Tuesday!
I have handed new spellings and homework out. The homework is English, p20-21 Conjunctions with main clauses and Maths is, p52 Tables. The spellings are –natural, naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally, often, opposite, ordinary, particular, position.
Have a lovely weekend