Journey tales

Today, Bluebirds worked really hard trying to edit and improve the journey tales they wrote last week. In partners, children read each other’s work and up levelled their work together using purple polishing pens. Lots of learning behaviours were being used including active listening, concentration, perseverance and working with others. Well done!

Examining leaves under microscopes

Bluebirds shared what they already knew about plants today, before beginning their science topic of photosynthesis.

They watched an exciting video of a Venus Fly Trap in action and examined leaves under microscopes. Later they made observational drawings of a variety of leaves.

Please take a look at our amazing photos of the magnified.

Microscopic images

Being archaeologists

Bluebirds got the chance to be archaeologists this week when they had to carefully excavate and find evidence from the Stone Age. It was very exciting with gasps of amazement as different artefacts were unearthed!

Bluebirds then helped Mrs Parry to match some labels to different types of tools used by Stone Age people. Children noticed lots of adjectives were used which linked back to our earlier English lesson!

Discussing our value word – Responsibility

Bluebirds have been considering the environment and taking responsibility for it which links nicely to our value word for this month! This led on to thinking what the world would be like if no one cared for the world or one another.

First the children thought about what other people did for them:

Sophia – My Mummy cleans my room and gets my school clothes ready.
Amber – Phoebe plays with you and cheers me up when I’m sad.
Brooke – Teachers help us learn.
Niah – My brother takes me to the shop for ice cream.
Kezi – My Mum takes me to my favourite places at the weekend.
Brooke – My Mum cooks my tea.

The Stone Age

Today, Bluebirds were introduced to their new topic of The Stone Age. Some pupils already knew facts which they shared with the rest of the class. Mrs Parry explained the meaning of AD and BC and discussed chronology so the children gained a batter understanding of how long ago this period was and how long it lasted. Afterwards, the children created a human timeline and rearranged themselves into chronological order.

Melissa – Stone Age people had no clothes and had to kill animals to use their fur…I think?!
Phoebe – They drew pictures in caves.
Kennie – They got stones and sharpened them to make tools.

SMART rules

This afternoon, Bluebirds discussed the SMART acronym (Safe, Meet, Accepting, Reliable and Tell).

The children wrote a whole class definition for each of the terms and each person designed a poster.

Additionally, children discussed reliability of knowing whether an on-line friend is really who they say they are, along with checking whether information is always “true or real.”

Katerina – You should never tell anyone where you live
Phoebe – Do not give your email to people
Kezi – Just click the cross to delete unwanted messages and requests
Chandler – I never use the chats within games online

Repetition using stamp tool in Digital Media

As part of Art week, Year 3 Bluebirds have been learning about the artist William Morris.

Today as part of their Digital Media lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 3 Bluebirds looked at one of his drawings and they used the stamp tool in a photo editing program to repeat his style.

The lesson looked at how repetition is used in William Morris’ drawings and how easily this can be integrated using photo editing software.

Here are some of the children’s work.

William Morris’s original drawing

Miranda’s work

Paris’ work

Shakeel’s work

Dalila’s work