This week in English, after writing two further information paragraphs, we carried out the final edit of our dinosaur non-chronological reports. We agreed on a list of 'non-negotiables' (punctuation, interesting verbs and adverbs, expanded noun phrases and interesting openers) that had to be included in our work. We than carried out the publishing process where we planned and and wrote up our information in the form of a leaflet/poster.
On Friday it was FOSSIL DAY!
We started the day by sorting a set of picture cards into two groups; fossils or not fossils. After that, we watched a video clip about how fossils are formed and had to use the information to create a storyboard explaining the process.
A really enjoyable part of the day was the fossil dig. In groups, we went outside and used trowels and brushes to search for fossils and rocks at our own archaeological dig site. With guidance from Mrs Sherwood and Mrs Wardell, we found a variety of items including small rocks, bones and fossils. It was all very exciting!
Finally, after lunch, we had another clay session. This time, we used red terracotta clay which was messier than the buff clay (see Joe's face in the picture below!). We used our new skills to make an ammonite and then our very own dinosaurs. All of our clay work will need time to air-dry and then it will be fired (to a temperature of 1,200°C) in our kiln. A huge thank you to all our parent helpers over both days. We couldn't have done it without you .
We can hardly believe that we have reached the end of another half term and are halfway thorough Year 3; where has the time gone?! We are looking forward to next half term with plenty of exciting work, activities and events to look forward to.