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Welcome to class 3A at Allerton CE Primary School in Leeds. Here, under the careful guidance of Miss Allison, we will blog to the Big Wide World.

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Shadows…

This morning, 3A had a great time conducting shadow experiments, to see how the distance that an object is away from a light source effects the size of a shadow. We used a torch and our hands and experimented with different distances and then drew around the hand size on the board. To test how the distance effected the size, we measured the hands that we drew on the board. We discovered that the closer the object was to the torch, the bigger the shadow.

Our Arctic Expedition…

This week, 3A have had a very exciting week indeed. We started the week, by conducting a scientific experiment, testing different materials, to see which ones would be the warmest to make a pair of mittens for an Arctic Expedition. After careful planning and testing, we came to the conclusion, that felt would be the best material to use, so we designed a pair of mittens fit for the snow! The following day, we set about making our mittens, carefully sewing and stitching them together with a needle and thread. By the end of the lesson, we all had a pair of mittens and were so proud of what we had created. On Wednesday, we had an amazing visit from Matthew Bellwood and his colleague Mr Fotheringham, who told us that we were going on an Arctic expedition, because a Meteorite had landed on the playground! We packed our sled with all the essentials that we needed to survive, put on our mittens and set off! We crossed crevasses, tip toes across thin ice, discovered an Inuit camp and even met a friendly Polar Bear! Well done 3A, what a fantastic week we have had!

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Angles outdoors…

Yesterday, 3A had so much fun doing a Forest School Maths lesson. We put our coats on and went outside to find angles that are naturally occurring in the wilderness and in a real life context. This really helped us to bring our angles topic to life, and showed us how many angles there are out there and not just in our Maths books!

Northern Lights Artwork…

This week in 3A, we also looked more closely at our Iceland topic through art. We explored different synonyms for Iceland, and we came up with the Land of Fire and Ice. This is because, it has around 200 volcanoes and 11% of the country is covered in glacial ice. We came up with two different colour pallets to represent these and looked into the different colours that we associate with hot and cold. We used pastels, pencil crayons and water colour paints to create contrasting pieces of art showing the different colours. Here is what we came up with…

End of week reflection…

Well, we have reached the end of our first week back, and what a week it has been! I have been absolutely blown away with how 3A have come back as a full class and settled back into school life. We have had a fully- packed week, consisting off drama and singing with Matthew Bellwood, shadow puppets, learning about Iceland, creating Northern Light art, and much, much more. We also had time for reflection, in the form of poetry, about our experiences of lockdown. We looked at all the negative things we experienced due to lockdown, and backed them up with positives, teaching us to always look on the bright side of life. This is what we came up with… Well done 3A, it is amazing to have you all back!

Lemminkainen Workshop…

This week, 3A were lucky enough to be joined by the amazing Matthew Bellwood for a workshop based around the Nordic Folk Tale of Lemminkainen. The story follows a young man named Lemminkainen, who embarks on a dangerous journey on his quest to find a wife from the far, far North. He encounters many challenges along the way and meets a plethora of unique and mysterious characters, including the Devil’s Elk, the Devil’s Horse and the Black Swan. The children had a fantastic morning, filled with singing, drama and storytelling, and in the afternoon, they had the chance to create their very own shadow puppet shows and re-enact the story using puppets they had created themselves. These were projected onto canvases using OHP’s, and the children had a great time using their oracy skills. What a fantastic day Year 3, I cannot wait to see the writing that you produce based on this over the coming weeks!

Mars landing!

Last week, 3A received some very exciting news, that Neave in our class had entered her name to be put onto the Mars rover that landed on Mars. Neave’s name was accepted and put onto a microchip that was then put into the Mars rover! It is amazing to think that a member of our class has her name on Mars! Well done Neave and thank you for sharing.