Dragonflies

Year 3

Anglo Saxon Day

As part of our History learning on Anglo Saxons we enjoyed finding out about what they did in their pastimes, such as jewellery making. 
We then designed and made a clay brooch in the style of Anglo Saxons.

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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 

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Moorlands took part in celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee. Dragonflies made flags, bunting to decorate the hall for our special lunch. The children made crown to wear too! 
During the afternoon we performed a song and dance and enjoyed watching all the other year groups perform a song from a decade of the Queen's reign. 
To finish our day we learnt about the British Values and participated in a fun jigsaw activity to share what we have learnt and find out more from others!

Ears Workshop

Dragonflies had an interesting workshop about the different parts of human ears and how they work.
We also learnt how to talk to someone who is deaf and how a cochlear implant works.
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Some children used every day objects that are similar to parts of the ear to demonstrate how sound travels in the pinna (ear) and along the ear canal, to the tympanic membrane, which makes the bones in the ear move, which can be seen through the fenestra ovalis which makes waves in the cochlea. 

Dragonflies try for World Record!

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Dragonflies took part in a World Record attempt with many schools across the country. During the attempt they participated in a dance, song and of course some Maths! 

Roman Day

To celebrate the end of our Roman topic we enjoyed the opportunity to dress up as a Roman and take part in different activities, such as making a laurel wreath headdress, creating a mosaic, learning Roman numerals, drawing a Roman soldier and eating some foods that Romans may have liked to - what a busy day! 

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World Book Day

Dragonflies had a fantastic day wearing their PJs, listening to the World Book Day song, visiting the Usborne Book Fair, writing a fact file about a children's author and listening to an illustrator speak about his first published book 'Game of Scones'.
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Visit from Christina Balit!
                              (author of Escape from Pompeii)

Dragonflies have been reading 'Escape From Pompeii' in their current English unit.  After enjoying the book and using our Guided Reading skills we have then retold the story and are about to use it to help write our own adventure story.
Today we were lucky to have a visit from the author, who described the process of writing and illustrating a story, shared top tips, let us see first drafts of some of her work and we even had the chance to ask questions! 
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Fishbourne Roman Palace Visit

Dragonflies have begun their Roman topic by visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace.
During our trip we were able to learn about the palace from the artefacts in the museum and complete the quiz to help us read the information carefully.
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We were all very impressed by the mosaics and enjoyed looking for animals in some of the designs.
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We all had great fun and learnt so much from the Roman Life workshop. The activities we could enjoy were role playing in a Roman kitchen, spinning lamb's wool, creating our own mosaics, playing Roman games, writing our names using Roman letters, puzzles and building a bridge.
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Eyes Workshop

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Dragonflies were very lucky to have a workshop led by the advisory teacher for children with visual impairments. We all learnt so much about the parts of our eyes, how they work, how some animals have different features because of where they live, how we can take care of our eyes and how some people are visually impaired and what difference that can make to what they see.

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      We also had a challenge! 
We had to wear 'Simulation Spectacles' that affected our sight in different ways, similar to some people who have visual impairments. We then had to complete a task to help us understand the challenge of being visually impaired! 

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                   Natural History Museum Workshop
                        on Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

We were very lucky to have a virtual workshop from the Natural History Museum teaching us about earthquakes and volcanoes.
We learnt where earthquakes are more likely to occur and why as well as the difference between effusive and explosive volcanoes.

We learnt so much we were all awarded a certificate too! 

 

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Walking with my Iguana

Dragonflies have loved learning the poem 'Walking with my Iguana' as part of our Performance Poetry unit.
We worked in groups to think which parts could have actions, emphasis, expression and intonation - all top tips from Michael Rosen and then practiced ready to perform! 

We enjoyed the poem so much that we still say the poem even though we have started writing our own now! 

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Christmas in Dragonflies! 

In Dragonflies the children have enjoyed making Christmas cards and calendars as well  as Christmas hats and placemats to have for Christmas lunch.

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We wish you a very Merry Christmas and see you in 2022! 

Instruction Writing

Dragonflies have been learning about instructional texts and have had the opportunity to write 2 sets of instructions themselves. Before writing each piece the children made a food so they would be secure in knowing the steps needed ready for writing.

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The first item they made was a cheese sandwich, which the children were very enthusiastic to make and eat! We were all really pleased with the instructions they wrote - everyone remembered an imperative verb! 
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We then all made a mince pie, the children enjoyed making the mince pie but were less keen on the testing! However, the instruction writing was amazing! 

Tree Awareness Week

Dragonflies have learnt about the importance of growing trees during Tree Awareness Week and enjoyed planting their own tree too! We are going to all help look after it and we can't wait to see how tall it grows! 

Tree Lined Park
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Superhero Day!
 

Dragonflies dressed up as superheroes for the day - look at their amazing costumes.

The superhero will be the character in the comic strip story they will be writing very soon.

The children had to think of what their character's personality and appearance was like and of course know all about their superpower! 

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Bitterne Library Visit
All of Dragonflies had a fun time at Bitterne Library as part of their Literary Heroes topic.
After an explanation by the librarian about how to find fiction and non fiction books and a fantastic story they had plenty of time to enjoy choosing their own book to bring back to school.
When we returned to school the children had a wonderful time reading their library books.
 
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Human Skeleton Sketch
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Split-pin Skeletons
Dragonflies enjoyed working as part of a team to create a split pin skeleton.
They had to work cooperatively to share the different bones in the skeleton as well as show a good understanding of where the different bones would go.
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Well done Dragonflies!  All the adults were so proud of how well you worked!  
Human Skeleton Sketch
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Literary Heroes
Dragonflies began their Literary Heroes topic by exploring different ways of writing. During our fun morning all the children could investigate using a quill with ink, stamps, clay, chalk and writing their name in different languages that have different letter shapes and even hieroglyphics. 
All the children were so engaged with what they were doing and it was a super start to their first Year 3 topic!