Being Open, Honest and Truthful

In RE. today, Bluebirds learnt about what Sikhism and Jainsism teach about honesty. We noticed that all religions believe people should be truthful and linked it to our own school value words.

Besides earning an honest living, Sikhs take this is taken further to include:

Not taking way what rightfully belongs to others
To be involved in work that is not financially rewarding
Not working purely for financial gain

The class were given a scenario about Baljinder who is looking for a job. As a Sikh she wants to follow the teachings and guidance of her faith. The class decided which of the following roles or jobs would be suitable for her:

Cleaning windows – Yes
Volunteer work (not being paid) – helping out in an old people’s home – Yes
Being a stay at home parent – Yes
Owning her own business and employing young people to develop their skills – Yes
Owning her own business company because she wants to be a millionaire – No
Working in a supermarket –  Yes
Selling stolen mobile phones – No

The class gave suggestions of jobs that could be done not for financial gain:

Freya and Autumn are going to Brownie camp and their leaders are volunteers which means they don’t get paid.
Ethan – Cub leaders
Ava and Elena – Doing chores for free; cleaning
Jonah – Gardening to help someone else
We also talked about volunteers who work at charity shops or help in care homes.

Bluebirds learnt there is a similar teaching in Jainism called ‘asteya’ which involves not stealing – through thought, words or action. This is not as easy as just not taking something that is not yours – tricking someone or deceiving someone would be considered stealing by Jains. The class all voted and unanimously agreed these were all wrong and not acceptable.

Harijs K commented that these were all examples of fraud:

Buying something or being given something which is stolen
Buying precious things very cheaply
Deceiving or tricking others using false money
Using false measurements on weighted items, so that customers are paying for the weight of something but getting less for the price (for example selling 50g of sweets but the weight of the bag of sweets is only 40g).

Improvising and Composing

Today, Bluebirds had to listen very carefully to the instrumental backing version of Bringing Us Together and find the pulse.   After that, they listened and copied using notes A and C before composing bars of notes which they thought sounded best, to fit with the tune.

Making Material Waves!

This afternoon, Bluebirds selected their materials to create textile pictures of the sea.  They discussed ways to make texture and sea effects and planned out layers of waves, ensuring they overlapped.  They used small amounts of glue to position the material ready for sewing over the next few weeks.

Observing Plants

In Science, Year 3 have started their unit on plants. We started by recapping our knowledge of the parts of a plant from Year 2. We remembered so much!
In our lesson today, we made scientific observations of roots and drew them, paying close attention to the root hairs. We also used a microscope linked to the computer to observe what roots look like close up.

Wonderful Water

This half term, Bluebirds are using the theme of water in their Art lessons.  Before moving on to working with textiles, Bluebirds looked at some artwork by Margarethe Pandergas.  They studied how she showed light reflections on the water besides choosing which colours to use to create a pastel oil picture in the same style as the artist.

Moving Hands

In Science we have been learning about the human body and how it moves.
We have worked hard to make a moving model of the hand. The straws represent the bones, and the string represents the tendons and ligaments holding the bones and muscles together.

Freeze Frames

Our class reader, Journey by Aaron Becker doesn’t have any words… so the Bluebirds made freeze frames of some of the beautiful illustrations to help with our writing this week. We are starting to look at different pages of the book to write conversations, setting descriptions and character descriptions.