Today, Bluebirds looked at photos of real paintings from Stone Age Caves in Spain, France and Bulgaria. The children wondered whether the people used berries, animal blood or charcoal from their fires. Most of the paintings were of animals and in some cases, people.
Mrs Parry demonstrated how to draw and shade the pictures using different Art pencils. The children were keen to get started on their own pictures.
This week, Bluebirds have been looking at homophones. These are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. Before looking at new homophones, the children recalled those they already know and could remember from Year 2. We had a matching game of matching up some new homophones with their definition and some of us extended this to a game of pairs too!
We thought of some ways to remember some of the homophones to remember how to spell them such as:
The word “ear” within hear
A male lion has a mane (ma_e) they are both spelt the same so the other spelling of these are spelt mai_)
Imagine the looo of the k is a knot for the word knot.
The children they applied their new spellings to write sentences with the correctly spelt homophone, used in the correct context.
What would it be like if no one cared for us or the world?
Mrs Parry asked Bluebirds to consider and talk about these questions together:
What do you do for others? Esmay – I help cook Ryan – I make the sandwiches Jani – I tidy up for my Mum Scarlette – I feed our snake Oliver – I help Nanny with the cleaning
What do you do for the environment? Kerris – School councillors help to keep playground litter free Moharnab – Throw rubbish away in a bin Nathan – We recycle rubbish Callum – Walk instead of using the car Taya – Don’t leave the tap running and waste water when you clean your teeth Amelia – Don’t pollute the sea which kills and damages wildlife Shona – Close the fridge/freezer when the alarm goes off Esmay – People should not chop trees down Oliver – We should turn off lights when we leave the room
Today, Bluebirds were shown a picture of a Rainbow Dragon which they were eager to find out about! Together, the class were able to think of the five W words needed to start a question with. In talk partners they thought of questions to pose about this amazing creature.
What food does it eat? Who Is he friends with? When does he sleep? Where does he live? Why does he have horns?
Afterwards, the class were given a non-chronological report to read which was all about this dragon. They found the answers to lots of their questions and decided they could use some of these questions for subheadings in their report.
Next, the children all made their own story map for the report and practising orally reciting the poem to different partners. Bravely, Esmay and Taya recited theirs to the whole class.
Today, Bluebirds enjoyed an exciting trip to Sarehole Mill to learn more about the Stone Age.
To begin with, the children learned what types of food the Stone Age people ate and why they had to move around and stay in their family groups. Next they played a hunters and gatherers game on the field! After that, children created shelters using critical thinking, perserverance and team work! They learned that the animal skins were made waterproof by using wee! Interestingly, the children saw and held some real artefacts including a spear head, a hand axe and a scraper tool. The children had to handle these with care as the items were so old.
Afterwards, there was a short walk to Moseley Bog to examine a “burnt mound” where Bronze Age people had once lived. Archaeologists discovered lots of information about prehistoric life. Bluebirds played a tree identification game (to identify the pollen found in the mound) and also matched beetles to work out what people had eaten. They also discovered steam (from heated stones and water), was used to clean the skin. The dirt would rise to the skin surface which could then be scraped off. This was the first time a steam room was thought of!
Finally, the children heard about the Bronze Age and Iron Age and examined some Bronze Age tools.
The children really enjoyed their outdoor trip and were lucky with the sunshine too!
Bluebirds have been learning facts about Nelson Mandela who is a significant person in black history because he was the first black South African President. He spent 27 years in prison for campaigning for racial equality so that people could live together and all be treated the same, regardless of their colour. He was respected around the world and lived until 2013.
After creating some interesting fact files, the children enjoyed listening to “Free Nelson Mandela” the famous song written about him when he was in prison.
In Circle Time, Bluebirds discussed their understanding of the meaning of tolerance. During the discussion, we decided it was putting up with differences. These could include, opinions, religion, race, gender and age.
Bluebirds discussed the meaning of mixtures (solutions) today and found out how they will move and fill any spaces. We talked about filling a jar with marbles, sand and water. Kai explained Why cornflakes don’t disappear in milk and neither does the sugar… but it dissolves.
Outside, Bluebirds were really excited to watch the coke and mentos experiment!
When Mrs Johnson released the Mentos mints into the bottle, the sugar free Coke erupted out of the bottle and shot high into the air. The Mentos contain gelatine and gum Arabic which reacted with the Coke, separating the carbon dioxide gas from it.
Bluebirds have been busy learning our class text called ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’. Reciting the story with actions and using our story maps helps us to learn the pattern of the story, language and vocabulary to use when we write our own journey tale. We have created a toolkit of what we want to include in our story such as adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials, conjunctions and a simile. We will have to persevere and concentrate to ensure all these are in our writing!