Monthly Archives: February 2019

Video: Telling Fables

Bluebirds are learning about fables. Yesterday they created a toolkit of what features fables usually include:

► The story has a moral/message.
► A lesson is learnt.
► They often include animals that can speak.
► A bad event happens.
► Includes a wise, clever character.
► Includes a foolish character.
► Often in an outdoor, countryside setting.
► Fables tend to be short.

We have some copies of the book Aesop’s Fables which Moharnab has previously read and borrowed from the local library. Today, the children got into small groups to retell some fables to each other.

Understanding electrical circuits

Today, Bluebirds took advantage of the sunshine and stood out on the playground to create a circuit together! Esmay was the battery, Jani was the buzzer and everyone else were electrons. We walked around holding hands to make a circuit (moving like electricity would). Jani had to look out for an adult letting go and making a break in the circuit which would stop the buzzer working.

Back in the classroom, the children consolidated their knowledge linking back to when they made circuits, to play at a buzzer game. It was great fun!

God is omniscient

Learning about the story of the forbidden fruit and that God is omniscient ( all knowing).

The children were asked if they had ever been in a situation where parent/carer asks them a question but already knows the answer:

Amelia – Ate George’s piece of cake from his birthday.
Brooke – Used to put a Kinder egg in her pocket when she went shopping with her mom, she then ate it in her bedroom and had chocolate all around her face so her mom knew!

The story was then read out to the children by Miss Timerick and she asked why Adam and Eve ran away from God?

Taya – They knew they weren’t meant to eat the fruit

Why was God sad?
Dayne – Because they ate the fruit
Nyeema– Because they didn’t listen to him

Creating bar charts!

Bluebirds have been finding bar charts very tricky so this morning, the children were shown these examples to spot the common mistakes! They were VERY critical about Mrs Parry’s attempts on the white board and had to give her lots advice about where she was going wrong! The class constructed a list of steps to success! These included:

► Labelling the scale accurately using the lines.
► Ensuring the scale is evenly spaced and of suitable jumps.
► Label the axis and include a title.
► Start at zero.
► Use a ruler and the blue lines in the maths book.
► Evenly space each bar.
► Shade the bar carefully and accurately.

Can you spot the mistakes ?!

All the class felt extremely proud after today’s lesson and could see great improvement in their work from yesterday.

Our finished Ancient Egypt eBooks

Year 3 Bluebirds have completed their eBooks based on Ancient Egypt. During the last few lessons, Bluebirds have researched, designed and created a book based on a specific topic.

The children have been exploring and creating their eBooks using a website called Book Creator. They typed their facts and also inserted related images. The children tried various font styles and backgrounds to add further design to the page.

Mrs Parry and Mr Baddhan were delighted with the children’s work and design of their eBooks.

Here are some examples of children’s work.
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Ke-Xin-Z’s eBook
Read Kai’s eBook
Read Nathan and Mason’s eBook

Asking for consent or permission

During Circle Time, Year 3 Bluebirds continued the Safer Internet Week theme – consent – Miss Timerick asked Bluebirds for examples of when they have to ask a parent or carer for permission. To do or have something.

After, we talked about when someone has to ask US permission to do something! Answers included:

Taya – my friends have to ask to use my glitter.
Dayne – my brother has to ask to go into my bedroom
Ryan – I asked Nathan if I could play at his house one day
Moharnab – My brother asks permission to borrow my book

We also had quite a few children say their Mums asked if they could have some of their chocolate!

In school, we thought about asking for permission in school such as asking for the toilet, whether you can have a drink, use a dictionary, go in the book corner, change a book, use coloured pens and if you can sharpen a pencil.

Finally, the children were asked when do they need permission to do something online.

Esmay – to go on the internet
Leo – ask if I can talk to someone else on line in a game
Lewis – ask to play on line games
Dayne – I ask to borrow my brother’s XBox
Alexi – at school we have to ask Mr Baddhan if we can go on the internet or download/ print photos from the internet.
Nyeema – children ask to go on social media or over age games

Some children ask parents if they can go on to a game with an age restrictions.

Drawing the internet!

It’s Safer Internet Week!

Bluebirds had a tricky challenge from Miss Timerick. To begin with, they had 30 seconds to draw an apple and then a further 30 seconds to draw a dog. Afterwards, the children were asked to draw THE INTERNET!

The children looked at all their groups of pictures and discussed their similarities and differences. They realised that it was much trickier to draw the internet as it is not a physical object. Children shared definitions of the internet and decided we don’t really know what the internet looks like! We also made links to our current Science lessons. It’s like electricity! We use it and know it’s there but we can’t actually see it!

The internet is all about connections and other things you can’t always see, but if we remember that it’s all about connecting with people and sharing information then this can help us make the most positive and respectful choices online.