Monthly Archives: June 2021

Character Study

On Monday morning, the Bluebirds in year 3 read two more chapters of our class reader, Diary of a Killer Cat. We thought about the character of Dad and created a role of the wall for him. The Bluebirds came up with some fantastic adjectives. We decided he was both courageous and cunning, and being sly and sneaky. He was acting was suspicious and being dishonest.

Branching Databases

For the last two weeks in Bluebirds class we have been doing Computing in our topic lesson. The children have been using J2E Branch to create a branching database. This software included asking lots of yes and no questions which we did at the beginning of every lesson.

Before we started using the branching software the children started with organising different things into groups. The children worked in pairs and organised things such as sweets into colours and patterns. They also cut out lots of different food types and grouped them accordingly. A lot of the children put them into healthy and unhealthy food groups.

Then it was time to get the laptops out and have a go for ourselves, the children had options of animals, food, dinosaurs and aliens. They have to drag all the objects across and then begin to organise them through asking yes or no questions.

Excellent English

On Wednesday morning, the Bluebirds in year 3 stared English by writing a role on the wall for the character of Ellie in our class reader.  Ellie is the daughter in the family and an owner of Tuffy, the Killer Cat.

Our task was to rewrite the events of the story so far from the perspective of Ellie, remembering  to use adjectives, expanded noun phrases and to write in the present perfect tense

The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

The Bluebirds in year 3 started a new class reader this week. We are now reading The Diary of a Killer Cat.

On Monday, we used the first day’s diary entry to explore the idea of sarcasm, as the main character, the cat, is quite sarcastic in the book and it can be funny. We decided that sometimes sarcasm can be funny, but sometimes it can come across at rude.

 

On Tuesday, we looked at past and present tense. Miss Hookes also introduced simple past and present perfect tenses. The simple past tells us something that has started and finished in the past and included the past tense form of the verb. The present perfect tells us something has started in the past, whether the action has finished or not and it still affects the present in some way. The present perfect tense uses have or has and a past participle verb that usually ends in -ed and -en. However, some past participle verbs are irregular, like flown.

 

We wrote sentences in the present perfect tense about the two diary entries we’ve read from our class reader so far.

Fact or opinion?

This week, the Bluebirds in year 3 are focussing on retrieval in their Guided Reading lessons. On Monday, we were looking at facts and opinions. We decided a fact is a thing that is known or can be proved to be true and an opinion is a someone’s view or judgement.
Miss Hookes put some statements on the board and we had to decide whether they were a fact or an opinion. This helped us with our independent written task afterwards.