Year 3 have been learning to use Scratch to make a game. The children made and debugged their algorithms to create a game where one character could chase and capture an object.
Ivan, the main character in our class book, has a very difficult decision to make. His little brother has been taken by Starjik, the evil child-taker. Should Ivan run away to try and rescue him, or stay at home with his mum and dad? Year 3 have thought about the reasons Ivan might have for going or staying. They looked at both sides of the argument and threw opinion snowballs to each other to explain their points of view.
World Outdoor Classroom Day
As part of World Outdoor Classroom Day, we were lucky enough to have an extra session in Forest School. The children created art inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. The children used the natural materials in the environment around them to create beautiful patterns and pictures.
Outdoor learning improves children's health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with and understanding of nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity but is central to children's enjoyment of childhood. Being outdoors helps children to focus in different ways, boosts creativity and imagination and sometimes, can simply be more fun!
In Year 3, we have started to look at our new class book - Ice Palace, by Robert Swindells. We read the opening of the book and learned that the people in the village were afraid of someone who visited them each winter. We used drama to help us understand how the characters might be feeling and consider what they might have done. We acted out mini scenes involving some of the characters and took freeze-frames to show how what actions they might have taken.