Monthly Archives: January 2017

Being fair in everyday life

Today Year 3 heard the story of Jacob and Esau. The story helps Christians understand more about being fair and just. The children heard how the brothers, who were also twins both made bad choices and how the choices affected them. They were treated unfairly too and this was the reason they went on to be unfair when they were older. In the story, it is clear that God was not happy when the Jacob lied.

The children gave lots of examples of the need to be fair in everyday life.

“When you play games, including everyone.” – Rueben
“When you want to go on a device, it is only fair that your brother can go on too.” – Harley
“Sharing sweets equally.” – Khaltum

Well done Year 3, it is clear you understand fairness.

Creating and searching databases

During today’s Computing lesson, Year 3 Bluebirds continued learning about databases. They created a Year 3 database, adding their own information into each record. They added various fields within the database including, Name, Hair Colour, Eye Colour, Shoe Size etc.

After all the children added their records, they searched for information using different criteria.

The also grouped and arranged different children using the search criteria.

They finally produced some bar charts and pie charts to reflect their database entries.

Searching databases

During Computer this afternoon, Year 3 learned about databases and how they hold different pieces of information. They looked at different databases to see how the information is stored.

Bluebirds learned that databases all have:
A Field – this is a single piece of data such as name, date of birth or telephone number
A Record – this is one complete set of fields, for example one pupil’s school record

Today, they searched a database of countries in Purple Mash. They searched different criteria of information including population, area and capital city. They compared information using bar graphs and pie charts.

Tomorrow, Bluebirds will make their own database containing information of pupils in their class.

‘Motion’ and ‘Looks’ blocks in Scratch

During Computing, Year 3 looked further into the ‘Motion’ and ‘Looks’ blocks in Scratch. They were asked by Mr Baddhan to work out how to move their sprite right and left – they were told that adding a minus number will reverse the movement. The challenge was to ask see of the children could get their sprite to move and down the screen.

Once, they completed the above, they were asked to add the ‘Change Colour Effect by’ block from the ‘Looks’ container. They discovered it made made their sprite change colour.

It was wonderful to see the children learn about different motion block and using a new ‘Looks’ block after their previous lessons in Scratch.

Examples of work




Our finished Ancient Egypt eBooks

Year 3 Bluebirds have completed their Ancient Egypt eBooks. Once they completed their books, some of the children presented their books on the interactive board to the rest of the class.

Here are some examples of their work.

Miranda and Ruby-Lee


Joshua F



Creating our Ancient Egypt eBooks

During Computing this afternoon, Bluebirds spent the afternoon with Mr Baddhan creating their Ancient Egypt eBooks based on their research topic from yesterday’s lesson:

– Gods and goddesses
– Pyramids
– Temples
– Egyptian Life

The children learned more about eBooks and that an eBook is a book on the internet, readable on iPads, laptops, computers mobile phones etc.

Bluebirds used Purple Mash to make their eBooks including all the facts they researched in yesterday’s lesson.

We’ll have their finished work on the blog later in the week.

Comparing search engines

During Computing today, Bluebirds looked at different search engines and the differences between them. They looked at how search engines work including the use of the ‘and’ word, inverted commas and using a minus before keywords.

The task for today was to research on one of the following Ancient Egypt topics in order to create an eBook later this week:

– Gods and goddesses
– Pyramids
– Temples
– Egyptian Life

The children had to use two search engines from the list below to find their information:

– Google
– Bing
– Safe Search Kids
– Kids Click

The children were busy finding facts about their topic and will be producing eBooks later this week – we’ll post some of them on our blog.

Exploring Lego and Scratch

Bluebirds constructed a Lego aeroplane today and then programmed it to switch the motor on and off using Scratch.

They learned about the input and outputs of the Lego, the two types of sensors (motion and tilt sensors).

Once they constructed their aeroplanes, they then programmed in Scratch using the motor blocks.

Light topic

In Science we are beginning our topic on light.

These are some of the questions that we have been answering today:

• Can you name some things that give out light?
• How does light help us to see?
• What is dark?
• How do mirrors work?
• What is reflection?
• How are shadows made?