Monthly Archives: January 2019

Feeling Happy

Today, Bluebirds shared with each other what makes them happy. They tried to explain the meaning of happy to create a definition for the dictionary!

We talked about the the key to being happy such as getting active, doing something for someone else, enjoying time with friends, taking up a hobby, valuing family, counting our blessings, looking for positives, enjoying our hopes and dreams but living in the present, valuing our faith and learning to let go of resentment and regrets. We also discussed opinions about the statement “Money can buy you happiness.”

Whilst the children drew their “happy place”, Mrs Parry played two songs in the background (Happy by Pharrell Williams and Happiness by Ken Dodd!). Before long, some of the children couldn’t resist some happy dancing!

Creating Databases

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

In the next lesson, the children will complete these databases and will then be able to search and find information quickly for each record.

Egyptian Research

Today, Bluebirds chose an area of Egyptian life to research for themselves. Once they have gather information from both websites and books, they will be able to create some fantastic e-books with Mr Baddhan in Computing. They chose categories such as mummies and the afterlife, food and drink, homes, daily life, the River Nile and Pharaohs and pyramids.

Video: Charging Balloons!

Today, Bluebirds learnt about positive and negative charges with electrons. It was very exciting as the class used balloons to collect confetti. Afterwards, the children used the balloons to make plastic rings levitate and float in the air. We felt like we were doing a magic trick!

We considered how we could collect data such as timing how long do we rub balloon with hair/wool cloth for or how m at times do we rub, how long we could keep the ring floating for, how many rings can you levitate at once and how much confetti pieces could be collected.

Video: Egyptian Day

Bluebirds have thoroughly enjoyed a full Egyptian day today with “The History Man.” This morning, they learnt all about River Nile, mummification, weapons, daily life, clothes, food, pyramids and games. The children had the opportunity to handle replicas and artefacts which was very exciting!

After lunch, the children experienced a hands on practical workshop experience and had the chance to use/play with all the equipment. It was very noisy but great fun! In addition, the children all made clay scarab beetle seals and cartouches with hieroglyphics, made sketches of some of the items and wrote in hieroglyphics on papyrus paper.

Doing Division

This morning, after recapping dividing with regrouping, Bluebirds learnt about dividing with remainders left over. They started with an activity of seeing how many squares they could make using 13 lollipops. They discovered they had one left over….one remainder! Next they had to investigate how many triangles could be made with 38 sticks. Ke Xin, Lola and Callum C ran on just of sticks but decided to write down the multiple of three to find the answer! Good thinking!

Afterwards, Bluebirds were successful in using a number line to calculate division with remainders accurately. Well done Bluebirds!

Dancing sprites using ‘If Then’ block

During the last few Computing lessons, Year 3 Bluebirds have been programming a sprite to dance using sound and different costumes.

The ‘If Then’ block is included in the program so if it touches the second sprite, then the first sprite will go back to the start.

The children have started to build their algorithms. They are using the control, motion, sound and looks blocks to have a dancing sprite with music in the background.

Video: An electrifying experience!

Bluebirds began their new topic of electricity today. Miss Timerick asked the class to think of as many things as they could they needed electricity. They thought of lots of household items and technology that needed it but forgot about things which needed batteries!

They watched a demonstration with a Van de Graaff generator. When the belt was wound up it made Mrs Johnson’s hair stand up! After, they saw metal tins blow off the top of the generator little foil balls jump around in a tube.

We talked about static electricity and energy. We learnt the metal rubbing against the belt created electricity in the metal dome. The force of the friction causes electrons transfer from one material to another. The material that has gained electrons becomes negatively charged whilst the other has become positively charged because it has lost electrons. The sparks occur when electrons move to balance the difference in charge on the atoms in the material and become neutrally charged once more.

If two objects with the same charge are brought close together they repel. This is the reason for hair standing up as the individual charged strands of hair are repelled away from the head and each other. Similarly, opposite charges attract each other and this can be seen when you rub a balloon on your hair and then bring the balloon close to your hair and the hair lifts towards the balloon.