Friday 17th June
In art this half term, the children of Northern Europe will be learning about Yvonne Marie Arnsdorf, an artist from the UK, who won the Royal Horticultural Society Gold medal for her botanical artwork. The children looked carefully at some of her detailed sketches and paintings of plants and talked about the fine detail she had shown in her sketches. Afterwards, the children explored the plants in our schools grounds and were amazed by the range of beautiful flowers, bushes and trees that we could find. Some of the children were very excited by the little rosebuds they saw growing outside our main entrance. The children took real care and precision with their sketches of the plants. Next week, we are going to look at the natural colours of the plants and mix watercolours to paint our botanical drawings.
Friday 10th June
Over the next half term, our focus in Computing is ‘Multimedia’ and looking at different styles of art. In our lesson this week, we explored the artistic styles of famous pop artists. We used a website which displayed effects similar to those of popular artists. Whilst exploring this website, we considered the effects of changing colours and contrasts. We used a photo of ourselves to preview the effects of changing styles and to see how different effects could be applied. We then chose our favourite effect and applied it to our photo, which can be seen below. We also learnt how to do a screenshot of our photos, whereby you press down the Power and Home keys and a screenshot will save to the camera roll. Furthermore, we also discovered how to ‘screen grab’ using the iPad. For this we needed to open the screengrab from the camera roll and crop the image so it only showed the image that we created on the website. We thoroughly enjoyed this computing lesson, and think our pop art inspired photos look great!
A fantastic start to this half term Northern Europe!
(photos to follow)
Friday 27th May
Another half term completed and what a way to end it! We have had a wonderful day celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We have had bouncy castles, mindfulness, a picnic lunch and an ice cream treat! Our wonderful Northern Europe's singers also performed their Platinum Jubilee song to our lovely reception children, then in the afternoon to the whole school. They were fantastic and all sung with such clarity and expression; everyone was very impressed!
I hope you all have a lovely half term and enjoy the jubilee celebrations this weekend!
Wednesday 25th May
We absolutely loved working with Adam Bushnell today. Adam is a children’s author and story teller, and we always love it when he comes to visit Emmaville! To fit in with the Queen's Jubilee, Adam linked the work we did with monarchy and history.
During the afternoon, we each designed our own coat of arms, thinking carefully about the colours we chose and what they represented. We also discussed battles and what a knight would wear or what weapons they may use. With this in mind, we each designed our own knight, ready for battle! We then had some fun trying on some armour and holding some of the weapons! Finally, we thought of six rules we would make if we were King or Queen, we thought carefully about these rules and tried to think of ways we could make the world a better place to live.
At the end of the session, we were all knighted. This was lots of fun and very amusing, as we were each given our own unique knight name - some of them were very funny!
Look at some of the photos below which show what a great time we had, a wonderful Wednesday!
Friday 20th May
Year 3 Educational Visit to Gibside National Trust - Health & Wellbeing Week
We had a wonderful day on Monday at Gibside National Trust in their beautiful heritage landscape. It was part of their Health and Wellbeing Week for children and young people.
The day combined the benefits of spending time outside in nature with skills to help us look after our physical and mental health. It gave the children some simple strategies to use to help navigate the twists and turns in their lives.
In the morning, we took part in SOUND IT OUT. It was a musical exploration, working with sound as a way of expressing ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings. We also learnt how the connection of community can increase our sense of wellbeing.
Round a campfire under the trees, we learnt more about meditation in MEDITATE, IT’S GREAT! We practised new ways to take a breather, calm our minds and explored ways to reconnect with nature, each other and ourselves.
After our packed lunch, we had a little bit of free time before our afternoon activities.
Under a canopy in the walled garden, we learnt how to break down goals into achievable steps in GOAL SETTING. Then we created a talisman out of wood to remind us that we can try new things and do things we never thought we could.
We all enjoyed MEET A TREE! This showed us the importance of good communication and collaboration for our sense of safety and wellbeing. Blindfolds were used to deprive one of the senses so we had to rely on our partners and other senses to help us to solve a puzzle.
All in all, it was a fantastic day! The activities were fun, contemplative, energising and engaging. The children behaved beautifully and really enjoyed themselves.
Oh, and we forgot to mention, it rained all day; apart from when it rained torrentially! But with true Emmaville spirit, the children didn’t complain, but just zipped up their coats and made the best of it.
Well done Year 3. You are all superstars!
The Year 3 Team
Friday 13th May
Well done Northern Europe on another fantastic week! In Science, we have been continuing our learning on the growth and support of plants. We have been exploring the different parts of a plant and their functions, and comparing the different structures in plants. We discovered that plants can be divided into two groups: flowering plants and non-flowering plants. Over the last few weeks, we have been closely observing a bean which we planted and we have been recording our observations in a diary to describe the changes of this bean over time. What is more, we have also set up an investigation to find out what plants need to grow well. We have placed three different plants in darker (cupboard), drier (window) and colder (fridge) conditions. We have predicted what we think may happen to the plants and over the upcoming weeks, we are going to observe and compare the data we collect.
Great work Northern Europe!
Friday 6th May
We’ve had a lovely week in Northern Europe. In history, we have been learning out the Iron Age. The Iron Age came after the Stone Age, and took place directly after the Bronze Age, when it was discovered that iron was a much harder material than stone or bronze, which made it a better material to use when constructing objects, including weapons. In our lesson this week, we learnt that there were many different weapons used during this time. We did some research on these different weapons and tools and discovered some interesting facts such as, Iron Age shields were usually oval or round. We also found out that the Iron Age shield was used for protecting the body during battles, which were frequent in Britain at this time! For our task, we then designed our own shield, taking inspiration from different images of Iron Age shields. We thoroughly enjoyed this activity!
Every Thursday, we take part in our Pedestrian Training. This week was our first session, where we learnt the Green Cross Code- ‘stop, look, listen, check!’. We then we went out on our local roads to practice this code. We learnt that you have to stop before the curb, so your feet aren’t near the edge. You have to look right, left, right and look for your closest danger, taking a step back if there is a car, taking as many steps back as possible if there is an emergency vehicle. Then when it is safe to cross, walk across the road in a straight line, making sure we don’t have our hands in our pockets or run. We can’t wait to learn more over the next three weeks! Below are some photos of us learning and practising the Green Cross Code.
Well done on another fantastic week Northern Europe!
Friday 29th April
It has been a lovely week back after the holidays – with plenty of well-earned buttons in our jar! It's been so lovely to catch up with our friends and hear what they did over Easter!
We have had a busy week learning lots across the curriculum. However, we really enjoyed our geography lesson this week, where we were learning about the ‘water cycle’. The water cycle is a physical process that happens on the surface of the Earth and in the Earth's atmosphere. We learnt about the four stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. We then used this knowledge to create our own ‘water wheels’, to show the different stages of this cycle.
We have been learning about static electricity in our Design and Technology lesson this week. We discovered that all objects contain charges (positive and negative) and these charges can pass between objects when you rub them together. After rubbing, there will be a charge imbalance. When charged objects encounter each other, they will move because: two negative or two positive objects put near each other will repel. Opposite charges (one positive and one negative) put near each other will attract. This movement is called static electricity. Within the lesson, we explored this notion and took part in a carousel of experiments: drinks can race, water and balloon experiment, balloon picking up glitter and the butterfly experiment. We had lots of fun in this lesson experiencing static magic, take a look at the photos below!
A brilliant first week back Northern Europe!