Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Handa's Surprise

We have LOVED our art topic this term - learning about primary colours and mixing them to form new secondary colours. We have added white to make a tint or black to make a shade of our original colour.

Over the term we have produced some amazing artworks (shown on our previous blog posts) as well as stunning flowers used in a collaborative class artwork. This week has been no exception to the high standard of work created!

We read the story of Handa's Surprise - see the story here. We then looked at, smelled and tasted the fruit that featured and used this experience in our writing. Finally we chose one of the fruits to paint for our end of term Art Exhibition. We learned about the technique called 'pointillism' used by many French painters in the last century and used this when creating our fruit masterpieces.

Many thanks to all of you who were able to come and see our artwork in the hall. For those who didn't manage to see it, here are our individual artworks that we showed:


And here is our finished collaborative artwork:

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Mix it up...

Following on from our work on primary colours, we looked at which colours are created when we mix two primary colours together. We made colour wheels and found that when we mixed blue and yellow we got green, yellow and red created orange and blue and red made purple. As we have had lots of rain recently we cut the wheels into umbrella shapes and made rain pictures, using blue dye splatters to create the rain.


We then read the book, 'Mix it up!' by Hervē Tullet about secondary colours.

We loved this book and decided to make our own class versions which we now have in our reading corner. We feel very proud to be authors of real books!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

There are three primary colours.....

This week we have been learning about colour. We found out that red, yellow and blue and the three 'starter' colours, or 'primary colours'. We looked at some art produced by the American artist Jackson Pollock; he created 'action paintings' using splatters and drips of paint. We were inspired by him and created our own Jackson Pollock style splatter artworks using primary colours. It was a bit messy but great fun!

Here are the finished artworks:


We then looked at another painter who used primary colours - the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. We looked at the shapes he used in his paintings and then made our own versions:


Wednesday, 2 August 2017


This week we have been thinking about respect - what it looks like in the classroom, in the playground and how we show we respect ourselves. Here are some of the things we wrote:

In the classroom:
I will share my toys with my best friend. Sharing is caring.      Levi C

I will not push in the line.     Korell

I am doing a puzzle with Connor and we will take turns.      Levi G

In the playground:
I wait until my turn on the monkey bars and to go down the slide.     Chloe

Take turns at the pool to show respect coming in one at a time. We take turns at the drinking fountain to drink water.    Haze

Respect is when you take turns to kick the ball. You have to take turns to go in the pool.    Ansu

Respect is like taking turns on the slide and taking turns on the monkey bars. We take turns going down the steps into the pool.                   Mehek

Self Respect:
I do exercise because I do push ups  and then I can run fast. I drink water so I can write well.    Ember

I can run fast so I can get fit and get healthy. I drink water so my body gets better.     Shivali

I drink lots of water to keep me hydrated but if I don't drink water I will get dehydrated.     Zoe

I can brush my teeth after I have eaten lunch but I was my hands before I eat. I drink water every 3 minutes so I am hydrated.                 Alaynah

Friday, 28 July 2017

Term 3 ....where have the past 6 months gone?!

Apologies for the lack of blogs towards the end of last term....put it down to busy lives in class and not enough time to blog. I will try to do better this term!

The term has started well, with everyone returning refreshed and ready to go.
We started with a story about 'How to hide a lion'. We made lion masks then wrote about where we would hide it and why and what we would do to keep it quiet. The children came up with some great ideas!


On Friday we had buddy class and investigated how magnets work. We found out that magnets stick to metal objects. 


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Term 2 Week 6 - Hats!

This week we read a couple of stories about hats. One was 'The Magic Hat' by Mem Fox. (See here for a reading of the story).

We made our own magic hats that made us turn into different animals... zebras, cats, dogs, crocodiles, giraffes and made up stories about what we would get up to.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Term 2 Week 4 - Bird feeders, cross country races and 'Down in the forest'

We started the week by making  bird cakes to help our feathered friends now that the weather is colder.

We then wrote instructions on what we did:

We put the seed in the pot. Then we put fat in. The birds will like it.    Leeroy

We scooped bird seed into the pot. We poured fat on.      Neko

Having hung the cakes up in our gardens at home, we learned that next time we need to press the seeds more firmly around the string loop so that the cake does not fall off - oops!

Our practising hard for the cross country races paid off. I was SO impressed with how well the children managed and pushed themselves to do as well as they could. Special mentions go to Alaynah, Zoe, Levi G and Chloe who all got medals - congratulations!

This experience fuelled some awesome writing:

I went to run around the goal post. I won a gold medal.   Chloe

I was third and I nearly won. I ran to the tree then I ran to the goal post.     Haze

I ran around the tree and I ran round the goal post. I was being chased.     Ansu

I won the cross country race and someone nearly beat me but I was fast.   Levi G

Finally we used the story ‘Down in the forest’ (based on the rhyme ‘Down in the meadow’) to write our own versions. WOW! What amazing poets we have in Room 3!

“Wake”, said the mother.
“We wake”, said the two
And they got out of bed
To see the sky so blue.       Ember

“Hide”, said the mother.
“We hide”’ said the ten
Then we saw a nest hide in the tree
Belonging to a hen.      Shivali

“Sleep”, said the mother.
“We sleep”’ said the nine.
So they got in the nest
In a very straight line.     Alaynah

And possibly a teacher’s favourite….

“Run”, said the mother.
“We run”, said the nine.
So they ran to the shop
To get some wine.    Amelia  

(I promise I haven’t asked any of the children to do this for me!!!)