Welcome to Emerald Class 3J! 

Spring 1 Term 2023

Our class read this term is The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

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The first in a new children’s fantasy adventure series, full of imagination, humour and heart, and with echoes of Peter PanThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Neverending Story and Jumanji.

The Land of Roar is perfect for children aged 8 to 12, and can sit on their bookshelf next to NevermoorWizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon. Readers can bring their fantasy world to life and meet dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more in this beautifully illustrated children’s book.

Believing is just the beginning …

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow…)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar … real?

 🏠 DT: Structure Building 🏠 

This term we are doing a DT unit all about building structures. To start, we learnt all about Stone Age homes and we started wondering what they were made out of. We learned that they used natural materials like stones, clay, wood, hide and material to create them. We then designed our own doll-sized Stone Age house and went foraging for our own materials, finding lots of leaves, sticks, rocks and even clay (although that was found in the cupboard)! We then started building our designs using these materials. We started to realise structure building is more technical than we though! 

 

We then moved on and thought about how we might build a shelter using modern materials. Again, we designed, drew and built a mini model of our structures in teams. We then went to Mill Park and built them full size! We were slightly worried when Miss Bree tested the waterproofness of our shelters by pouring water over them but luckily they were all (fairly) waterproof. One of our favourite parts of the experience was enjoying a hot squash in our newly built homes. 

🖊 English: Ning Nang Nong Performance Poetry 🖊

We spent the first English lessons of this term learning all about performance poetry. We really enjoyed finding out about nonsense poetry too! We decided to create our own performance of Spike Milligan's nonsense poem: The Ning Nang Nong. Well done Emeralds! 

 🌟 Stunning Stoneage Start! 🌟

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This term's stunning start introduced us to our fantastic new topic: Stone Age to Iron Age! We spent the first day investigating this prehistoric time was like. 

 

The first thing we did was examine Atone Age 'poo' to see what they ate in 7000 BC! We excavated our specimens to discover they ate grasses, berries and seeds. 

 

We then started to think about where they may have got these from- surely there wasn't a Tescos in the Stone Age?! We soon learned that they were 'hunter-gatherers', a term that means they foraged and hunted for their food. 

 

Knowing this, we made our own Stone Age stewed fruit. First, we had to forage for the ingredients (finding food in the playground that Miss James had 'gathered' from the Stone Age supermarket!) We then chopped our fruit, combined it with honey and seeds and stewed it. IT TASTED DELICIOUS... although some of us might disagree! 

 

To finish the morning, we learned all about the mysterious Stonehenge and even tried building our own mini versions. Even with tiny Jenga bricks it was difficult!!

 

In the afternoon, we discovered Stone Age humans started off by living in caves and that historians had discovered art they'd drawn in them. We decided to make our own inside our own classroom caves: the tables! 

 

We then timetraveled into the Iron Age and made tools. Unable to melt iron, we used tin foil instead! 

 

We can't wait to learn more about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age this term! 

🎨 Design Technology: We've Made Board Games! 

This term in DT we made board games inspired by our topic: Frozen Worlds! 

 

We started off the unit by doing some market research. We spent the lesson playing board games and evaluating their effectiveness! We thought about what we might like to include in our own. 

 

We then spent the following lessons designing, constructing and creating our board games. Miss Bree and Miss James were amazed by all of the brilliant ideas! One of our favourite things to do was create counters out of shrinking plastic.

 

We then finished off the unit by playing each others board games and evalutating them!

Welcome to Emerald Class 3J! 

Spring 1 Term 2023

Our class read this term is The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

image

The first in a new children’s fantasy adventure series, full of imagination, humour and heart, and with echoes of Peter PanThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Neverending Story and Jumanji.

The Land of Roar is perfect for children aged 8 to 12, and can sit on their bookshelf next to NevermoorWizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon. Readers can bring their fantasy world to life and meet dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more in this beautifully illustrated children’s book.

Believing is just the beginning …

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow…)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar … real?

 🏠 DT: Structure Building 🏠 

This term we are doing a DT unit all about building structures. To start, we learnt all about Stone Age homes and we started wondering what they were made out of. We learned that they used natural materials like stones, clay, wood, hide and material to create them. We then designed our own doll-sized Stone Age house and went foraging for our own materials, finding lots of leaves, sticks, rocks and even clay (although that was found in the cupboard)! We then started building our designs using these materials. We started to realise structure building is more technical than we though! 

 

We then moved on and thought about how we might build a shelter using modern materials. Again, we designed, drew and built a mini model of our structures in teams. We then went to Mill Park and built them full size! We were slightly worried when Miss Bree tested the waterproofness of our shelters by pouring water over them but luckily they were all (fairly) waterproof. One of our favourite parts of the experience was enjoying a hot squash in our newly built homes. 

🖊 English: Ning Nang Nong Performance Poetry 🖊

We spent the first English lessons of this term learning all about performance poetry. We really enjoyed finding out about nonsense poetry too! We decided to create our own performance of Spike Milligan's nonsense poem: The Ning Nang Nong. Well done Emeralds! 

 🌟 Stunning Stoneage Start! 🌟

image

This term's stunning start introduced us to our fantastic new topic: Stone Age to Iron Age! We spent the first day investigating this prehistoric time was like. 

 

The first thing we did was examine Atone Age 'poo' to see what they ate in 7000 BC! We excavated our specimens to discover they ate grasses, berries and seeds. 

 

We then started to think about where they may have got these from- surely there wasn't a Tescos in the Stone Age?! We soon learned that they were 'hunter-gatherers', a term that means they foraged and hunted for their food. 

 

Knowing this, we made our own Stone Age stewed fruit. First, we had to forage for the ingredients (finding food in the playground that Miss James had 'gathered' from the Stone Age supermarket!) We then chopped our fruit, combined it with honey and seeds and stewed it. IT TASTED DELICIOUS... although some of us might disagree! 

 

To finish the morning, we learned all about the mysterious Stonehenge and even tried building our own mini versions. Even with tiny Jenga bricks it was difficult!!

 

In the afternoon, we discovered Stone Age humans started off by living in caves and that historians had discovered art they'd drawn in them. We decided to make our own inside our own classroom caves: the tables! 

 

We then timetraveled into the Iron Age and made tools. Unable to melt iron, we used tin foil instead! 

 

We can't wait to learn more about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age this term! 

🎨 Design Technology: We've Made Board Games! 

This term in DT we made board games inspired by our topic: Frozen Worlds! 

 

We started off the unit by doing some market research. We spent the lesson playing board games and evaluating their effectiveness! We thought about what we might like to include in our own. 

 

We then spent the following lessons designing, constructing and creating our board games. Miss Bree and Miss James were amazed by all of the brilliant ideas! One of our favourite things to do was create counters out of shrinking plastic.

 

We then finished off the unit by playing each others board games and evalutating them!