We had a fantastic discussion this afternoon which was initially based on the question “what does the word ‘family’ mean to you?”. It was so interesting to hear the children’s responses and how mature and open minded their thinking was. We touched on every kind of different family… marriage, separation, divorce, fostering, adoption, brothers, sisters, step families. We then read two beautiful stories which encouraged even more discussion. We realised that all of our families are different but the one thing all the children have in common is how very loved they all are. They then completed a task “I am special to my family because…” and they were encouraged to finish the sentence. We had responses such as “I am loved”, “I am wonderful”, “I am beautiful”. I literally had tears in my eyes teaching this lesson, I am so proud of them.
We have had a very relaxing afternoon in Year 3 creating chameleon zentangles. After discussing the art of using repetitive patterns the children have created some fantastic pieces of work. Da iawn!!
This morning the children were transformed into explorers. They were put into teams of four, given a magnifying glass and told to hunt for the rainforest word problems that had been placed around the classroom and in the corridor. Some of the problems were very tricky but they shows excellent team work and managed to work out the answers. Ardderchog boy and girls!!
This afternoon the Year 3 children have been very creative producing fantastic animal masks. We first discussed the variety of animals found in the rainforest, which ones were our favourite and why. Some of the children’s responses included the sloth, monkey, jaguar and snake! We then put on some calming rainforest music as the children completed their masks with tissue paper. Can you guess who is hiding behind each mask??
This afternoon the children have studied the french artist Henri Rousseau and looked at some of his jungle inspired paintings. We focused on Tiger in a Tropical Storm and talked about the colours and shapes used. The children then had the opportunity to create their own tiger pictures. Grrrrrrreat job boys and girls!
Year 3/4 had a great day today at the Swansea Tennis Centre. They were taking part in a local tournament with nine other primary schools in Swansea. They won many of their matches showing great skill and determination. Well done boys and girls, you certainly are a credit to our school and we are all very proud of what you achieved today.
Tonight our Criw Cymraeg presented to our Governors regarding our progress to date for our Siarter Iaith. Diolch, Gaithersburg Gwych. Continue reading
This afternoon the children transformed themselves into tribal members living in the Rainforest. Using materials that were available to them in our outdoor area they made their own musical instruments. Some of the children found stones to bang together, others used sticks and leaves. Working together in small groups they used their natural instruments to compose a piece of music which they then performed to their friends.
This week in science the children have been studying how flowers drink water. They learnt about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this we set up a rainbow experiment. With adult help the children cut the stem in half and put each half in a coloured beaker of water. We have been observing the roses over the past few days and even though the experiment didn’t quite go to plan, as only a few drops of colour were observed on the petals, the children thoroughly enjoyed the process. This is one we will definitely have to try again!
Diolch to P.C Parry who came in to do a ‘friend or foe’ session with the year 3 children today. It really made the children think about whether we can tell if someone is friendly just by looking at them. The children listened very well and had lots of good ideas during the discussion.