Eliza and Jude are our School Council representatives
In Elms Class we are committed to helping one another be successful and happy learners. We are respectful to everyone in our class, and we recognise how valuable each and every person is. Our Zones of Regulation board is an important part of taking care of ourselves and our friends. It shows how we are feeling, and we try to think of strategies to overcome any feelings, which make it hard for us to enjoy our day.
In Elms, we value our roles of responsibility, which help us to take care of the classroom and remain organised.
We enjoy our challenging curriculum, where we build upon what we have learned from last year. Our maths lessons allow everyone the opportunity to access the same learning, and we enjoy talk tasks, which help us to think deeply about our mathematics. Elms Class is encouraged to explore different ways of explaining our mathematical thinking, and to show our understanding through pictures as well as words or numerals.
Our English lessons cover the teaching of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Performance poetry is particularly interesting, and we enjoy being creative with language. Elms covers many different genres and text types to allow us to explore the world around us.
History allows us to investigate diverse cultures like the Shang Dynasty, as well as travelling all the way back to the Stone Age. Our history and geography curriculum is challenging and encourages us to ask questions and explore evidence.
All subjects are valued in Elms, none more so than science, which covers exciting topics such as magnetism through the study of forces. We build upon our early knowledge of animals including humans as well as how to stay healthy. In the summer, we study rocks and soil formation – a topic, which helps us describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
We love to dance in our class, particularly 1950s dances like the hand jive.
Year 3 Elms
Ancient Greece Day
Today we got to experience what it was like to be a Greek citizen and attend a new restaurant – The Ancient Greek Olive Taverna. We were served by some Greek looking teachers and shared some authentic Greek food and drink with our friends. We thought about the pros and cons of our restaurant experience and then wrote a restaurant review. As part of our Greek project we made ancient style vases from recyclable materials. To start, we collected materials from around our homes and brought them to school. Using the authentic style and design of ancient Greek vases, we formed the shape of our vase using cardboard, a balloon and masking tape. The following day we got our hands sticky as we covered our vase shape in several layers of papier-mâché. To make our vases look authentic, we then added paint and decorated them in ancient Greek patterns and motifs. We also leant about the Olympic games and when they began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia. We learnt that the ancient games were also a religious festival, held in the honour of Zeus, the king of Gods. However, back then, there were no gold, silver, or bronze medals. In groups we then designed our own Olympic sport, we explained how to play our sport and considered the sports kit, rules, and the design of the medals.
Elm’s trip to ZSL London Zoo
We became zoologists for the day, explored all the animals at ZSL London Zoo and learnt facts about different species and their habitats. We saw so many different animals, from African Wild Dogs, Macaw parrots, camels, Galapagos tortoises, penguins, zebras, gorillas, to the lions, tigers and Komodo dragons; there was so much to see and do!
Brilliant Baked Bread
As a class we discussed different food groups. We learnt that for our bodies to release energy from food slowly, we need to eat carbohydrates and that bread, pasta, rice and potatoes are all included in the carbohydrate food group. The school chef also told us that fibre is very important for our digestive system and that we consume fibre when we eat fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals, which helps our bodies maintain a good immune system. Another important food group is dairy, we learnt that diary gives us calcium which is good for our bones and that foods such as milk and cheese are also a good source of calcium for our teeth. The protein food group supports muscle development and muscle growth in our bodies and the Omega 3 found in nuts, fish and eggs can help our brain cells regenerate, as well as help maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. We learnt that our bodies need minimal amounts of fats and sugars and therefore, we should limit this food group in our diet.
We found the process of making bread very interesting and gained knowledge on adding yeast to help make our bread rise, as well as how to proof the dough to release the air from the mixture before cooking. We added our favourite healthy toppings/fillings to our loaves and popped the dough inside the loaf tin ready for baking. The warm bread smelt delicious!
As part of our maths topic on 3D shapes, we thoroughly enjoyed making 3D shapes with a partner. We used different size straws and salt dough to build our 3D shapes. We described the different characteristics of the shapes and could tell our partner how many vertices, edges and faces our three-dimensional shape had.
Let’s Have a Jamboree for the Queen’s Jubilee
On this very special day, we celebrated our queen’s 70 year on the throne as the world’s longest serving monarch. To remember this important event, we created a unique piece of artwork. We each had a small section of a very large (A1 size) picture and when all the sections were placed next to each other, they formed a famous image of a photograph taken of Queen Elizabeth 70 years ago at her coronation. We used vibrant felt tip pens to create a swirly background making sure we carefully went around the white part of the image, so the queen could be proudly seen. As part of this artwork, we discussed tone, value, line and how using white against the colourful backdrop would add contrast. Our collaborative piece of artwork is now hung in the Year 3 corridor for the whole school to see. God save the queen!