This afternoon in Topic, Bluebirds were having a Stone Age experience! We made Stone Age style jewellery out of salt dough.
First, we looked at images of Stone Age jewellery on the interactive white board.
Then Mrs Moore showed us how to roll and manipulate the salt dough into bead and tooth shapes. We use a plastic needle to make the hole so we could thread them into a necklace. We will leave leave our beads over night to dry out and then thread them tomorrow!
Our learning objective in English this morning was to use the conjunctions so and because. The Bluebirds in Year 3 were given sentences about the Stone Age and had to extend the sentences and give more information by adding the conjunctions so and because.
Year 3 had a wonderful discussion in RE today. They looked at Unity in religion. They discussed where they find unity (togetherness) and came up with some fantastic responses. They noted school, home, friends, church and Mosque. All these places are so important, for so manty reasons. Some of the reasons people choose to be together are:
• when they are lonely
• when they want to learn
• when they celebrate marriages, christenings and festivals like Christmas, Easter, Eid
• when they are sad
• when they attend funerals or celebrate someone’s life
Today, the children also learnt that people come together and unite when they go on pilgrimages. Pilgrimages are when people visit holy sites that are important to them in their faith.
They tend to go in groups as they are usually a trip abroad and will last at least a few days. This makes the visit much more memorable.
The class then watched a video of an 11-year-old, girl who was preparing for a pilgrimage to Mecca with her family. The children really enjoyed watching how many thousands of people, from all over the world, unite to perform the Hajj. They all wear white, resulting in everyone looking identical. Everyone becomes equal, no differences, no divisions because of money, status (job), clothes, race or background- everyone looks and is treated the same. Everyone has the same aim- to complete the difficult pilgrimage, so they all work as one. They unite.
A lot of very good questions were asked and it showed the level of active listening and critical thinking that the children have.
Today in English, the Bluebirds in Year 3 edited their letters to Om. We looked carefully at our punctuation, making sure if we had asked a question, we put a question mark. Making sure we had paragraphs and co-ordinating conjunctions. We edited using our purple polishing pens.
When we had finished, we started writing up our letters to go on our Stone Age display in the hall.
This morning, the Bluebirds in a year 3 started writing their letters to Om. They were writing as the boy from the Stone Age Boy, writing a letter to their new friend.
We had our toolkit to remind us that we needed to include co-ordinating conjunctions, to ask Om questions about how she is, her family and what she’s been doing. We needed to describe our feelings since we had left the Stone Age and we also needed to remember to write in paragraphs.