Today was Take Over day in school. This is where children in school take over the adults jobs for one day. We were so lucky to have Nafisa form Year 4 working with us today and she did such a great job. She planned and led amazing RE and maths lessons as well as teaching us the days of the week in Spanish. Well done Nafisa!
Here are some of the our thoughts about the day:
Mrs Lunt : You did such a good job I might go on holiday next week and you can be the teacher (only joking.)
Abdul: Nafisa was very helpful and kind because she helped me when I made a mistake.
Ellias: Nafisa did a great job because she tried her best!
Thomas: She created a calm atmosphere in our classroom.
I his week we have been on the most amazing trip to Murton Park. When we arrived we were greeted off the coach by a Stone Age man.
Once we had me Oak, we went into a room and got ourselves in to our own Stone Age costumes. While in here, Oak told us lots and lots of interesting information about the Stone Age and even began to introduce us to the Bronze Age. There were so many amazing artefacts we could look at too.
Once we had found out all of the amazing information about the Stone Age and we had shared all the things that we have learnt we went outside where we We found our selves in a Stone Age settlement with houses, animals and land to farm and a real fire. We created a name for our tribe and got our tribal tattoos.
When we had established our tribe we learned about the different jobs that people in a Stone Age settlement woiuld have done.
There were 4 jobs:
We all had the opportunity to make beaker pots. We did this by using our hands to manipulate the clay into a sausage shape and then used our thumbs to shape a hole in the middle. When we were happy with the shape we smoothed the surfaces out and then used wooden sticks which had been sharpened to a point to add decoration ad detail.
We also looked at and handled many ancient artefacts. These included tools made from bones, musical instruments and even a ancient hand axe from millions of years ago. We drew and labelled pictures of these artefacts and then wrote descriptions of them. We put them to together to make an Urgos catalog.
We learned how to use rocks to grind wheat in to bread as well as having a go at weaving wool to make fabric. We were so shocked at how hard with was to grind the wheat in to flour but were really proud of how well we did it.
The final activity we had a go at was our favourite. We went hunting with spears (they were pretend.) We all took it in turns to be the leader and use silent signals to communicate with our tribe when to move and throw their spears.
At the end of the day we all went into one of the houses and heard a story all about a Stone Age man called Otzi who was found by hikers in the Alps in 1991. We found out that he had been murdered but they archaeologists didn’t know why. When we get back to school we will be writing the story of Otzi and innovating our own reasons for why he was murdered.
This week it has been anti bullying week. Our theme this year has been we are unique, we are worthy #changestartswithus. We thought about what the word unique and worthy meant and then made linked between this and our self esteem. We thought about filling up our self esteem banks by saying kind things to ourself.
We then made posters to take outside on our picket. We chanted we are worthy, we are unique and marched for change- to stop bullying and to ensure that all children in our school and across the world feel safe and not worry.
We travelled back in time and imagined that we were people living during the Stone Age. We thought about the toll we would need to be able to hunt our food and how we would make them.
We worked in groups to design our tools and thought carefully about the materials we would need before going outside to gather these. We then use sticks, stones and plants to make our tools this took some rethinking and adapting but the finished products were amazing and we cannot wait to show you how to make them at our workshop next week.
This week in science we looked at what soils are made up from. We found out that making soils was just like making a cake. We found it had 10 different ingredients and needed time to ‘bake’ or decompose.
Soil is made up of water, clay, seeds, sand, rocks, dead plants and animals, faces, worms and air. These are all mixed together and then take a long time to decompose. In fact it can take 500years to make one inch of soil.
We are so lucky to be working with Mr Mercer this half term learning how to play the chime bars and we love it, So far, we have learned some different songs and tunes using the chime bars. We have been think all about the pitch and identifying how it can go up and down.Mr Mercer has been so impressed with our musical skills.
When we were reading our book Stone Age Boy, the boy in our story met a Stone Age girl called Om. She had never seen a person like him before and started smelling and poking him and then entering his personal space.
We thought about appropriate ways to greet new people and acted this out. We decided these ways included smiling, saying hello, shaking hands and introducing them to other people. We then put these to good use to welcome new members of Year 3.