Monthly Archives: September 2018

Video: Experimenting with solutions

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.

Video: Talk for writing

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!

Stone Age period

Today, Bluebirds learnt about when the Stone Age period happened and what events occurred. We began by making a “human timeline” and the rest of the children helped to put the dates in chronological order. We also talked about the meaning of BC and AD on our timeline dates. The children were very interested to discover when events first happened including humans making cave paintings, the use of pottery and the idea of farming. Nashe knew Stone Age people knew they hunted for food and Callum F knew there has been an Iron Age too. Bluebirds had lots of questions and thoughts such as:

  • Did they have money?
  • What did they eat?
  • Did they have stone pillows to sleep on?
  • Where did they live?
  • Sharing and being generous

    On Wednesday Bluebirds discussed their favourite presents.

    Examples included:

  • A batman costume
  • A pink “ride-in” toy car
  • iPad
  • An iPhone
  • American girl doll
  • Teddy
  • Squishy toys
  • Pokémon
  • Bluebirds then considered what gifts could be given to others that didn’t cost anything such as sing a song, read a story to someone, bake a cake, make a birthday card, smile and a hug. Mrs Parry asked the class if any of them had ever given someone else a present and if so, how did it make them feel. The children agreed it make them have a “nice feeling inside” to give someone else a present and it made them feel happy to make someone else happy!

    Super Spelling

    Bluebirds have been taking a closer look at their new list of spelling words now they are in Lower Key Stage Two.

    This morning, we used some of these words to practise our neat, joined handwriting. Later on in the day, we read through the list and Mrs Parry clarified how to pronounce any new words and demonstrated using a dictionary to check the meaning of unknown words. For example, the word “reign” caused some confusion, particularly when we realised it was a homophone! We knew what “rain” was and we had also heard of reins used with horses, toddlers and Santa’s reindeer! Moharnab and Taya knew this “reign” was something to do with the Queen! Well done!

    In partners, we practised testing each other on the spellings in the style of the Bells Farm Spelling Bee. Then we played a spelling chain game with the words, where each table had to spell a word, with each child saying a letter each. We had to concentrate and persevere, listening carefully to ensure we knew which was our letter. Eventually, the tables raced to see which group could spell the word fastest and correctly! We had a lot of fun. Mrs Parry asked the children where they could find these words around the classroom. The children discovered the words in five different places! They are randomly displayed as a brick wall by Mrs Parry’s desk, on an alphabetical list on our working wall, on word mats in our English boxes, in our individual dictionaries and also attached on small cards to our English books! We talked about pride in wanting our work to be the best that it can be by being both neat and spelt correctly.

    We have been revising the rules about adding the suffixes “ing” and “ed” to verbs over the last two weeks. During Guided Reading, English and whilst reading our story at the end of the day, we have been looking out for these type pf words including the irregular ones. Some observant children noticed we had seen the word “crept” in three different lessons today!

    Saving money

    Today, Sandra from HSBC came to visit Bluebirds to talk about saving money. She asked theW class what they would like to save up for. There were lots of suggestions such as…

    Sandra explained that once children are 7 they can have their own account to save their money in. She showed the class the special money box which is like a real bank safe and has a secret combination code to unlock the door. She advised them how to complete the application form and advised the children to open the account with £10 to start the account off. She clarified this wasn’t a charge! Then she told them about how to pay in using a special book.

    Journey Tales

    This week the children have been learning about journey tales. The class came up with a great list of stories that included journeys:

    Jack and the Beanstalk
    The Three Little PIgs
    Little Red Riding Hood
    Where the Wild Things Are
    The Little Polar Bear
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    We’re Going On a Bear Hunt
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Gruffalo
    The Wizard of Oz
    Hansel and Gretel

    Bluebirds discussed the parts needs to create a journey tale and also the skills needed for their toolkit checklist such as neat/joined handwriting, punctuation and capital letters, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs and conjunctions.

    Introducing Place Value counters

    On Thursday, Bluebirds made three digit numbers using place value counters and charts. In partners, one child wrote a three digit number out in numerals and words, whilst their partner made the number using the equipment. We discussed numbers that contained a zero. For example, Mrs Parry asked the children if 704 had no tens. After partner talk, the children realised there were tens in the number and even calculated how many (70!), using their knowledge of ten times tables. Similarly, children realised there were ones in the number 740! Well done Bluebids, you completed great investigation work practically using new equipment!

    Roald Dahl Day


    Children produced fact files. Copies by Shona/Nashe and Moharnab

    On Thursday 13th September, it was Roald Dahl day, which would of been his 102nd birthday. As he is one of the significant authors we look at in Year 3, we found out lots of information about him and had a competition to see who could name the most books written by him! The highest was 7 but we later discovered that in fact, he wrote 20 children’s books and 28 adult books. Some of his children’s stories.

    Besides being a phenomenal author, Roald Dahl was an RAF pilot, a chocolate historian, a medical inventor and gave intelligence to MI6!

    Read our fact files to find out more!


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