Class 3 - Mr Baird

Welcome to Class 3!

Hi there and thank you for visiting Class 3's page - let me introduce myself; I am Mr Baird and I am ably assisted by Miss Brooks. All I ask from your child is that they try their best as we become more responsible and independent learners.

Just a reminder - Our PE days this half-term are Monday and Thursday. It is vitally important that they have the correct PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE!

Please don't forget if you have any questions or any queries don't hesitate in contacting me either through the learning logs or at the beginning or end of school. Thank you so much for your support so far this year as we continue to help your child progress!

What are we learning? - Summer 2 Term

Urban Pioneers

As Scientists ... we will recap on what children already know about plants. Identify the basic parts of plants: roots, leaves, stems and flowers. Look closely at roots and their functions. Find out how they are useful for humans too. We will discuss 7 life processes. Learn how plants make their own food in leaves. Measure plants and start an enquiry to answer 'Do leaves help plants grow?' Plant further seedlings to observe the effect of water on growth and grow cress under different conditions.

As Geographers ... we will discover where exactly we are in the world and understand how the world is mapped into different countries and continents, longitude and latitude lines. We will delve deeper into the local area and discover what symbols is used for mapping and begin creating an aerial map of our school within West Melton. Furthermore we will look at the damage and effect of weather in the local area and how it has changed through history. We will particularly focus on the floods in 2007 and investigate that there is very little we can do to stop huge weather disasters!

As Artists and Designers ... we will look into detail some of the stunning work graffiti can be and concentrate on the works of Banksy and understand how he creates some of his pieces and begin to recreate some of our own. Also we will look at and discover how buildings in West Melton and Rotherham have changed through the ages and sketch and draw these changes.

As Responsible Citizens ... we will discover and investigate how we can make a difference to the local community by doing small things such as pick up litter and being proud of being a resident of West Melton and Rotherham. We will also be performing in Romeo and Juliet as part of the Rotherham Shakespeare festival!

What did we learn in the Summer 1 Term?


As Scientists ... we revised what humans and animals need to be healthy and grow. Learned the correct vocabulary for food groups. Discussed the main functions of skeletons: support, protection and movement. Found out that muscles are also needed for movement. Children felt their own bones, then drew and labelled a skeleton. Talked about broken bones and looked at some X-rays. Finally, let's get moving! It was red faces and huffing and puffing all around as the children felt the effects of exercise on their own bodies. During the exercises they recorded how they were feeling and measured changes.

As Geographers ... we discussed where is cocoa grown. We created our own maps and saved them in Google. Looked at the chocolate journey from bean to bar, used photos to find out what a place is like, wrote chronologically. How do food miles affect our planet? Children investigated how the trade in chocolate affects the environment. Had a variety of chocolate bar wrappers available (at least one for each child) and ideally 30 different types, including one free trade wrapper to discuss differences.

As Artists and Designers ... we created our own chocolate bar from start to finish thinking about the wrapper to the advertising campaign and created an advert!

As Historians ... we investigated how chocolate came to the UK and when. We created a chronological timeline of the main events of chocolate. We also looked into who brought chocolate to England and discussed how they did this and what people thought. Finally we looked into detail the history of the Cadbury family and how they changed chocolate forever in England.

What did we learn in the Spring 2 Term?

Nasty Normans

As Scientists ... we found out that light is needed to see things & that dark is the absence of light. Discovered sources of light and discussed temperature changes associated with darkness & how our eyes adjust to darkness. We studied how light is reflected from surfaces (including the moon!) and looked at reflective & fluorescent materials & their uses. Also we discussed nocturnal animals & their adaptations and discussed sunny facts: the importance of the Sun for life, its structure & its apparent movement across the sky. We emphasised danger of looking directly at the Sun (including blindness) & discussed ways of protecting ourselves from the Sun and found out about Braille.

As Historians ... we learned that 1066 is a famous year in British history. It was in this year that Britain was successfully invaded for the last time. After the death of Edward the Confessor, no one knew who would rule next. At this time the throne was given to the person who had the strength to maintain stability in Britain, it was not automatically inherited. A group of leaders decided to give the throne to Harold Godwinson who was a noble from Wessex. Another claim to the throne came from the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada. He wanted to be King of England as well, but he was defeated by Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire. Shortly afterwards, William, Duke of Normandy also invaded Britain with his sights set on the crown. We investigated this in detail leading up to the Battle of Hastings. Furthermore we looked into how the Normans changed Britain and the types of castles they built and how effective the Norman army and soldiers were. Finally, we discovered one of the main reasons why William of Normandy wanted to invade England was for it's wealth. Previous English Kings had established an efficient tax system that generated a large amount of money. William was curious to know exactly how much he was owed by the people of England, to do this he needed to establish exactly what everyone owned. He decided to create a list, detailing land and livestock ownership.

As Artists and Designers ... we designed lifelike shields and swords from Norman times, thinking about the importance of the design and how effective it might have been in the Battle of Hastings. We looked at the Bayeux Tapestry and attempted to stitch a cross-section ourselves. Furthermore, we sketched and labelled the different types of Norman castles and discussed the shape, purpose and where the best place for a castle might be. Finally, we designed a Norman knight out of clay thinking about the emotion and stature of a soldier.

What did we learn in the Spring 1 Term?

Rotten Romans

As Scientists ... we recapped on what children already know about plants. Identified the basic parts of plants: roots, leaves, stems and flowers. Looked closely at roots and their functions. Found out how they are useful for humans too. We discussed 7 life processes. Learned how plants make their own food in leaves. Measured plants and started an enquiry to answer 'Do leaves help plants grow?' Planted further seedlings to observe the effect of water on growth and grew cress under different conditions.

As Responsible Citizens ... we discovered and investigated how the Romans created the rule of law and that this still exists in some shape or form today. We looked at how they created democracy and discussed how important it is today, we looked at our class rules to see if we could adapt them and make them fairer or better. We also looked at our laws and investigated whether they are good enough for our society today.

As Historians ... we were introduced to the Romans. Learned a bit about the history of Rome - legend and fact - and understood where in Europe Rome is, and how the Romans came to extend their influence and create such a large and influential empire. Learned about life in Britain before the Romans arrived and how the arrival of the Roman armies affected the Celtic tribes. Took different jobs and roles in a Celtic village and debated whether to resist or collaborate and created Celtic shields. We also looked at The Romans invading and we took the position of Celtic tribes. Furthermore we understood the power and organisation of the Roman army and asked and answered historically relevant questions about why it was so successful. Decided whether it was better for the Celts to collaborate or resist the Romans - what advantages were there to collaboration. Finally, we discovered the legacy of the Romans and what we still have today including the language, numerals and buildings.

As Artists and Designers ... we sketched and drew a Celtic round house. We looked at how Roman soldiers go into battle and created our own shields for battle! Additionally, we created our own Roman mosiacs using proper tiles and discovered patterns thousands of years ago. Finally, we made a model of a Roman aqueduct.

What did we learn in the Autumn Term?

Mighty Metals - Why do metals rust?

As Scientists ... we investigated the role of forces on earth such as gravity, pressure and friction. We compared how things move on different surfaces and discovered magnetic force. Through that we learned what materials are magnetic and observed how magnets attract or repel each other. Finally we compared and grouped together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet.

As Responsible Citizens ... we reminded ourselves of the rights of the child, created a class charter and based our class rules around this. Whilst looking at our rights, we found out if early settlers were really the bloodthirsty, basic people they are often portrayed and through this looked at how we stereotype people.

As Historians ... we learned how to be an archaeologist and worked towards presenting what we have learned for another class. We learned about the Stone Age to Iron Age timeline, the different sources of evidence used by archaeologists, the vocabulary used by archaeologists and how to carry out a dig. We learned about the course of events that might have led Stone-Age people to move from hunting and gathering to farming. Finally, we investigated life as an Iron Age villager and researched daily tasks.

As Designers ... we made our own collection of edible prehistoric tools from sugar paste, chocolate and pastry, speculated about why these changes came about and then had a prehistoric technology feast. We recreated a round house; wove with wool; cooked oatcakes, made cheese; made a game (dice/knucklebones) and shared tour learning with others using whole-class role-play.

As Artists ... we learned about Ice Age art by researching a range of artworks from different sites. We experimented with different techniques and styles as we created a coffee table book all about Ice Age art, our own decorated cave, and engraved pieces of portable art - all inspired by original Ice Age art!

As Enterprising Learners ... we looked at how successful the Stone Age and Iron Age people were at trading, what was valuable to them and what they used for money?

What did Class 3 learn in 2014/15?

If you'd like to see what last year's Class 3 got up to, you can view their page here.