Y3 Design Technology 3-D models
We have enjoyed creating 3-D models of Liverpool buildings. Some of the buildings we viewed from the school mini bus. We designed our models on paper, thinking about what materials we would need, and then we carefully built our models. We ensured our models were structurally sound then we painted them and added the finishing touches.
Creative outdoor play
We have had lots of fun in year 3 creating a hotel for bugs. We enjoyed watching a wide variety of mini beasts join and enjoy our hotel.
Science - The Atmosphere
We have had lots of fun this half term learning about the Atmosphere. We have learnt that God has provided an atmosphere around the earth for a specific purpose and that He has made all living things in such a way that they are able to absorb the air they need. We especially loved learning and signing the ‘Atmosphere Song,’ which taught us what happens in the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere. We conducted an experiment which shows what happens to air when it warms up. We placed blue ice cubes in a bowl of water followed by very hot red water. We noticed that the blue ice cubes sunk to the bottom, then just like warm air, the red hot water rose.
We also did an experiment in which we measured our lung capacity. We predicted if we thought everybody would have the same lung capacity or not and why we thought that. We ensured our test was fair and we recorded our results on a bar chart and discussed what we noticed.
In Year 3 we have had lots of fun finding out about how our wonderful city, Liverpool, has changed over time. We have used lots of different sources of information, for example photographs, maps, books, old film footage, quotes from newspapers and magazines and census reports. We have thought about the Bible verses Hebrews 13:8, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’ and Jeremiah 29:7 which tells us to pray for the city we are living in.
We learnt that Liverpool was established in 1207 by King John and it was initially a fishing and agricultural village. We found it funny that it was first spelt, ‘Liuerpul,’ which means ‘a muddy pool.’ We looked at a map of Medieval Liverpool which showed just seven streets existed, two of which are modern day Water Street and High street. We looked at pictures of those streets today and thought about what would have surprised the residents of Medieval Liverpool.
We then looked at eighteenth century Liverpool and we thought about how the new wet-dock system caused Liverpool to change. We loved learning about how Liverpool became the most important city after London and how lots of people moved here. We considered a quote by a French Philosopher who said that, ’The spectacle of the Liverpool docks is, I think, one of the greatest in the whole world’. We compared what the Docks were like then, to what they are like now.
We had fun looking at the 1911 Census. We learnt what a Census is and what information it can give us about the past and the present. We conducted our own Lower School Census and created a bar chart to show our results. We noticed that family size is much smaller now!
We enjoyed looking at pictures of Victorian Liverpool and learning about how Kitty Wilkinson saved lots of lives by creating Liverpool's first ever washhouse. This not only meant that people could clean themselves and their clothes, but it also meant they could learn about good hygiene practices. We found it interesting that although most of us have washing machines in our houses today, Launderettes still exist and they are still important.
We enjoyed watching old video footage of 1930’s Liverpool. We were surprised to see cars on the streets and that Marks and Spencer existed that long ago! We particularly enjoyed seeing the policeman directing traffic as there were no traffic lights yet. We were shocked to see the lack of health and safety considerations for the men who were constructing the India Buildings, there was no scaffolding, and no hard hats!
We had lots of fun creating a class poster about 1950’s Liverpool. We had research packs which were full of information and photographs from books. Some of the topics we researched were toys, traffic, playtime, the Queens coronation, transport, housing, shopping and washhouses. When we found information we wrote it in our own words, on coloured paper, then we stuck our facts and pictures onto our class poster. We especially liked the picture of ‘play streets’ where children could play outside more safely as cars became more common in 1950’s Liverpool. We also loved discovering that Meccano was created in Liverpool! We found lots of similarities and differences between 1950’s Liverpool and Liverpool today.
We tracked the population from Medieval Liverpool to modern day Liverpool and the biggest surprise we had was that the population of Liverpool today is almost half of what it was in the 1930’s!
We have enjoyed creating Self Portraits in Year 3. We began by thinking about the Bible verse Psalm 139 v 14 which tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Then, we learnt about Frida Kahlo who spent a lot of time painting self portraits of herself. We looked at her artwork, then just like she did, we spent some time looking in mirrors. We considered that shapes can be geometric or natural and then we thought about the shape of our own faces and the shapes and positions of our different features. We also thought about which colour hair, eyes and skin God has given us and whether our hair is straight, curly or wavy. When we thought about our hair we were amazed that in Matthew 10 verse 26-31 the Bible tells us that God knows how many hairs there are on our head!
We used a pencil to sketch our faces and then we began to think about the colour wheel and how we could create the exact shades we needed to paint our faces and hair. We mixed colours to make secondary and tertiary colours, using white to lighten our shades and black to darken them. We also thought about whether the colours we needed were warm colours, cold colours or neutral colours. We thought about how different colours look when they are placed together and how colours can complement each other.
We completed self-evaluations after we finished our work and although we had a few things we would change next time, we were all very pleased with our finished pieces of Artwork. As we looked at the pictures of ourselves we thought about Genesis 1 vs 27 which tells us that God created us in his own image. We love the fact that we are all created in the image of God!
The Owl who is afraid of the dark - Literacy and Art work
In English we have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, ‘The Owl who is afraid of the dark,’ which is about an adorable baby barn owl called Plop. We liked the beautiful poetic language the author uses to create pictures in our minds and we enjoyed predicting what might happen next. We have found and used adjectives and similes to describe Plop and his parents, onomatopoeia words to describe the fireworks in the night sky and we have used our inference skills to identify what Plop’s character is like. We have used coordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials in our sentences and we have created our own characters, just like those in the book. We identified the structure of each chapter then we used all of the above skills to write our own chapter. We used pastels to create our own pictures of Plop in Golden Time.
We love making Origami during Golden Time!