YEAR THREE: SUMMER TERM
OUR YEAR THREE DURING SUMMER TERM
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
SUMMER TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: SUPERB STRUCTURES
A 'When I Grow Up' Summer Summary
A Geography and DT driven 'When I Grow Up...' Superb Structures theme was the exciting focus for our learning during the summer months. The children were met by top CBS TV Executive: Tex Wannabee in our ABC Theatre. The Texan TV Producer had journeyed over to announce his latest project was to tell the story of Britain's tallest structures and he was starting on the Fylde Coast! The children were tasked with gathering as much knowledge as possible about Blackpool Tower, the rollercoasters of the Pleasure Beach and the four piers on the coastline before meeting Tex once more to hand over their new found knowledge.
The children started by looking at the Geography of the area. Asking: What is special about a coastline landscape and how this differs from inland areas of their features. We undertook an early field trip to nearby Blackpool to look at these structures first hand. Gathering knowledge and information through the tour from the Blackpool Heritage Team led by Joan Humble. This meant the children were able to understand more about how and why structures were created in particular ways depending upon the natural landscape and what this offers. The children then considered how these structures were created in much more detail and created their own miniature versions (during Towertastic) which had to consider strength as a key factor. This formed their Design & Technology work.
As a next step, the children looked into some of the major historical events to have hit the structures they were studying. The looked at natural disasters such as storms and more human made errors such as fire and vandalism. From here, the children moved their focus upon more ornate structures built in a previous time. This provided a major contrast in their studies as the steel framework dominated structures were compared with tiled columns and brickwork of the Tower's main building and the nearby Victorian theatres (which the children will delve in greater detail upon during Victorians-on-Sea in Year 5). The children re-created some of the ornate tiles as their Artwork for this term as part of the Great Mayfield Pottery Throwdown event.
Tex Wannabee had asked the children to create a locally inspired theme tune for the special documentary and to prepare this alongside their other work for his July return. The children listened to a range of different existing 'intro' songs and locally inspired seaside songs before evaluation their effectiveness and impact then finally deciding that 'I do like to be beside the seaside' with the background sounds of the Wurlitzer would be their chosen tune. This formed the children's Music studies.
Science was fabulous. Light and shadows formed the basis of the children's work this term but in the real context of how light is used on our local superb structures and how shadows are created in relation to their structures. The children then moved their studies into how knowledge of light, dark and shadows can be used for entertainment purposes - as learned through our initial structures work. This culminated in the children taking part in a huge Ultra-Violet Spectacular Show where they used their new found knowledge to design and create puppets for their own theatre show which they performed and filmed for families. Professional performers: Alan and Malcolm from the UV Puppet Team; came along for the day to provide their support and expertise. It was stunning!
The children used their Computing skills and knowledge to create a database of the key information for the local structures they studied. Information including height, weight, age, visitor numbers and cost were included in this.
During their PSHE studies, the children focused upon keeping healthy and in particular looked at the link between 'unhealthy' food promotion and how this often runs alongside these popular local structures - indeed forms a prominent aspect of them. It was interesting to see the children's knowledge develop around the link between 'popular, prominently advertised - yet unhealthy foods' in such environments.
During Physical Education, the children built upon their current athletics work with a particular focus upon throwing and jumping skills during track and field. Our Religious Education studies focused upon Hinduism and their belief that one God has many different aspects. The children focused upon 'Je Peux/I Can' when speaking in French to describe every day activities.