Class 3 Learning
What have Class 3 been up to recently?
Class 3 really enjoyed art week at the end of half term. We studied the work of local artist Lucy Pittaway, who for the second year running has been the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire. We noticed many of her paintings included sheep and local points of interest. After looking at examples of her work we went on to create our own versions using a range of different media.
We even created large scale versions out on the school playground.
Lucy Pittaway also has a ceramic range so we also designed our own teapots and mugs just like her.
Since returning to school after the Easter holidays Class 3 have headed to Egypt for their new topic.
We have been learning about the process of Mummification as part of our topic work and had great fun during our Literacy sessions following a set of instructions for How To Mummify An Orange. Pulling the insides out was far more messy than Class 3 had expected and some decided they wouldn’t have liked the role of embalmer in Ancient Egypt. We also wrote our own set of instructions for the mummification process before following them as a class to see if they were correct. Can you guess which member of Class 3 we chose to mummify?
Canopic Jar Home Challenge
We set Class 3 another creative home challenge this term and once again the results were incredible. The children were asked to research canopic jars as part of our Ancient Egyptians topic and then make their own versions to share with the class. We had all sorts creations including cake versions, clay models and some had also modelled the contents inside!
We have been looking at diary writing and British archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutenkahmen’s tomb. Class 3 travelled into their own passageway and took a glimpse through a hole at the magnificent treasures hidden behind before writing their own diary entries expressing their thoughts and feelings.
We finished our Egytpian topic with some design and technology work. This term our focus was on moving parts and we learnt how to make pneumatic systems with tubing, syringes and balloons. After exploring how the different systems worked we used our knowledge and understanding to make our own Egyptian sarcophagus. Some had rising lids and others had pop up mummies inside.
Here are some more highlights from this school year.
Six children from Class 3 represented the school on Wednesday 7th March at the quick sticks hockey tournament in Easingwold. They played against teams of Year 3 and Year 4 children and were amazing. The team finished as runners up and were only pipped to first place by 1 point. Well done Team Alne we are very proud of you!
We celebrated World Book Day with a whole range of book characters in class and some absolutely fabulous costumes. Can you spot Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie?
Our new topic ‘Circle of Life’ is well under way.
We had a visit to Forest Hall farm to learn about caring for animals and what happens during the lambing season. As well has being able to pet and bottle feed the lambs, we also got the chance to cuddle some piglets that were only 2 days old. Mrs McCarthy wanted to take one home to keep as a pet.
We have been developing our painting and drawing skills in art and studied the work of Scottish artist Steven Brown. His paintings inspired us to create our own animal pictures. The results were fantastic and the children were even more excited to receive a comment from Steven Brown Art telling them he ” loved it. Awesome work.”
Class 3 headed back in time for the first half of the spring term with their “Ages Ago” topic. We have been learning about what was like in the Stoneage, and have compared this with changes in the Bronze Age and Iron Age.
The children had great fun creating their own models of Stone Age houses after learning that the style of home progressed through three different periods of time. They selected their own resources and materials to recreate the different homes, and the results were fantastic.
In Literacy we have been learning about the Stone Age village of Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands. After carrying out some research on the settlement the children made notes on what they had found out with their Talking Partners. They used their notes to plan a piece of writing about the National Heritage site.
After writing their non-chronological reports Class 3 used marking feedback to edit a section of their report before writing up a final draft.
During an art lesson we watched a video clip about the discovery of the caves of Lascaux in France, before using chalks and pastels to produce our own cave paintings.
Some of Class 3 also had a brilliant time at the Young Voices concert in Sheffield this term. They sang and danced their hearts out and enjoyed watching Urban Strides perform some street dancing. All our wake and shake morning moves came in very handy!
As part of a home challenge Class 3 have been researching the historical site of Stonehenge and were asked to produce a short presentation to the class. Some chose to create powerpoint presentations and others created fantastic information posters.
They were also asked to make a model version of Stonehenge using any form of media. The results were incredible, as you can see below. Well done Class 3, a tremendous effort!