Stone age day

19/10/2018 at 15:50

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Year 3 had a superb day on Thursday, when we held our Stone Age Day.

The children all looked brilliant as cave men and women and got into the spirit of the event from the start. We had plenty of different activities designed to help them understand how stone age people lived and these experiences should help with their creative and descriptive writing next week as well as improving their history knowledge.

To emphasise the importance of team work, the classes were split into groups and they had to construct stonehenge using biscuits. Taking turns to build on previous work and not knocking the table in the process proved to be trickier than imagined and several times groups nearly finished the task, only to watch a spectacular domino topple. In the end, all the children were rewarded for their efforts, whether “biscuit-henge” was standing or in crumbs.

Although stone age people hunted mammoths and other such animals, a large part of their diet was plants, berries and nuts that they foraged for. We recreated a version of a dish they may have eaten using berries and honey to make a fruit stew. To accompany this, we used oats to make a not so authentic biscuit. Oats have been found to have been eaten as far back as 32000 year ago, however palaeolithic people probably ground them to flour and made a flat bread with the result. Their diet (and history) may have been different if Mrs Sloan had been around with some butter and sugar at the time.

 

 

Miss Micklethwaite led the children in creating their own tribal dance. Using a hunt as inspiration, they created their own moves telling the story of how they may have found and killed an animal and then had a feast. There were some great displays from some very talented dancers.

So as to understand what it was like to have to find food to survive, the children were sent on a forage for a variety of items: apples and hazelnuts to eat, flint and sticks for tools and deer, rabbit and lion tracks tracks were all on the list. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of life on the edge meant that there were only limited resources and so the children had to move quickly and search carefully in order for their tribe of four to survive. 45 minutes of running around the school grounds certainly showed who had the fitness and will to survive.

Pottery probably originated in the neolithic period, although there is some evidence that it may have come earlier. The children made a very good effort at recreating a bowl from clay that stone age people could have used to eat their fruit stew from. Hopefully, the bowls will survive the drying process and can be taken home next week.

Stone age people used various tools such as spears, axes and sickles in order to live and survive. So that the children have an idea of what they looked and felt like, they constructed them from paper. Holding even a paper axe will help their imagination and their work in future.

Many thanks again for your support with costumes for your children. The extra outfits provided by Haris’ mum were also very welcome.

Due to the harvest festival, there were no special mentions this week but all the children should feel proud of their efforts this week.

Next week is the cycling training by the BeCycling coaches. Your child should have brought a letter home saying which day their training is on.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Describe that character

12/10/2018 at 20:48

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This week, Year 3 have been describing the characters from the book The Stone Age Boy so that when they retell the story it helps to create a picture in the readers mind. When we have done this we have made sure that we have added adjectives and prepositions to give extra detail.  Some good examples are: –

The boy gripped a tall, black and grey spear tightly in his fist. On his head he had some crazy, spiky hair because he fell down a hole in the forest. On his feet he had some comfy, bright blue trainers. (Maddy)

The fluffy brown hair on top of the boy’s head is fluffy because he didn’t brush it. On his legs are dirty jean. They are dirty because he fell down the hole in the woods. (Matilda)

Why not have a go at home describing someone you know without giving their name and see if your family can guess who they are. Can you recognise these people from my description?

  1. This man usually wears a dark suit with shiny black shoes. If he teaches PE at Farsley Farfield, he wears a white polo shirt and blue tracksuit bottoms. He is tall and has short brown hair. He loves to cycle and always comes to school on his bike so on his head he wears a white and black cycle helmet.
  2. This person always wears a red felt hat and a blue duffle coat. In his brown furry hands, he carries an old leather suitcase. His suitcase contains his favourite snack of marmalade sandwiches.

In History, we have been looking at the stone age diet. In particular, we found out about the variety of plants and animals that they used to eat. We also discovered how prehistoric people hunted and killed the animals of the time and the weapons they used. What the children have learned this week will help with the Learning Log work. This is to imagine that they are a stone age person and write a diary extract about a day in their life. Hopefully, they will also be inspired by our stone age day on Thursday and can use what they have experienced to help their work.

 

Special mentions this week go to Rayhan, Komal, Rhys and Florence for some super work this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Stone Age English

05/10/2018 at 19:31

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This week, Year 3 started their new English topic of stories with familiar settings. The book we are using for this is Stone Age Boy.

It is a story of a boy who unexpectedly travels back in time to the stone age. Whilst there, he meets a girl called Om and for a short time lives the life of a stone age person. The story is an excellent link to our history work and helps the children understand how prehistoric people lived. It is written in the style of a dairy in the first person but the children will be retelling the story in their own words in the third person and, when the children complete their work, they will have to include a range of grammar and punctuation, including speech. So that the children remember the events in the story in the correct sequence, they first created a story board. 3B used computers and the app 2Publish on Purple Mash to achieve this, doing an amazing job.

In Maths, we have completed our work on addition, including solving real life problems. Practice makes perfect and with this in mind, any opportunity for your child to use their skills would be useful and counts towards their extreme learning if recorded in their Reading Record book.

Stone Age day has been confirmed for Thursday 18th October and the children are encouraged to come to school in their best cave man or woman costume. We are looking forward to plenty of Fred and Wilma Flintstones,

Special mentions this week go to Sumayyah, Alexis, Veerpal and Yahya, all who have had a great week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Conkers

28/09/2018 at 20:51

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Plenty of brilliant learning has taken place in Year 3 this week. In Maths, the children have been introduced to column addition. Although relatively simple to perform, this rapid calculation method needs an understanding of the value of each column so the classes started the week with expanded column addition. This requires the two numbers to be partitioned and then the resulting tens and ones are added separately. These results are then added together to find the answer.  An important part of this method is neat presentation, making sure numbers are in the correct column. As all the children worked hard in this area, they were able to move to formal column addition, even carrying tens and hundreds. Homework this week is to practice this method, although we will continue to work on it next week.

In English, we started the week playing the traditional autumn game of conkers.  After first learning the rules, all the children were given a conker and had great fun trying to smash their opponents nut to win the game. They then had to write an explanation text, describing the steps needed to play.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Tilli, Maddy and Todd. Well done.

The whole of 3M must also be commended for continuing to work well without Miss Micklethwaite.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers

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Stone Age Investigations

21/09/2018 at 19:29

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The children have settled well into the weekly routine and are well underway to complete the English topic of explanation texts next week. Our Maths focus on place value has now finished and next week will be starting to practise addition and subtraction, initially using equipment then move on to written methods to find the answer.

Our history work this week has focused on the differences in artefacts found during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.  We first looked at and described a flint hand tool and axe head from the earliest times. These were then compared in complexity of construction to a bone needle, birch bark bowl and clay pot from the middle period. Finally, a pair of leather shoes were examined, showing the crafting skills that the later stone age people possessed. The children also looked at and discussed different types of stone age houses, including the ones found at Skara Brae, and decided which time period they belonged to.

During our Stone Age Day, in a few weeks’ time, the children will have the chance to build a house in the dens area, make a clay pot and recreate a cave painting. We will also learn how to forage for food in the school grounds and hopefully try to recreate some prehistoric foods. (No woolly mammoths will be hurt in this exercise!)

We must also mention and thank the efforts made on the extreme learning at home. Both classes improved their percentage of daily activities undertaken. 3M went from 61% last week to 80% and 3B improved their 75% to 85%. Well done.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Vaughn, Hamzah and Amrit.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Inventions

14/09/2018 at 19:43

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Our first full week has seen the start of the English topic of writing an explanation text. The children were given the task of creating an invention and describing what it does and how it works. There were some very creative machines such as a robot that makes pizzas, a cleaning robot and a machine that does just about anything a seven-year-old would want including tidying bedrooms, cleaning teeth and bringing food from the fridge!

The children started their P.E. modules this week and seemed to enjoy the opportunities they have been given. The group attending Gym Magic learned the basic positions and jumps then practised balancing on a beam and vaulting on to a low foam platform. The footballers started with passing, dribbling and control skills, which they hope to develop and improve further over the next few weeks. Athletics involved short, fast running drills and strengthening exercises. Along with the daily run, this should help to produce some talented athletes who may be able to represent the school this year.

Homework has been sent out today. The Maths is due back next Wednesday (19th September) and the learning log work should be back the following week (Wednesday 26th September).

This week’s well deserved special mentions go to Bilal, Alfie, Jeevan and Tyler. Well done for a superb week.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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