Electrical Kaleidoscopes Design and Technology Autumn 1 2017
For the first half of the Autumn term, Year 3 have been designing and making their own Electrical Kaleidoscopes! We started this Design and Technology topic by disassembling torches and investigating electrical circuits. Next, the children each made a switch and added these to their circuits. Then came the part everyone had been waiting for...making our own kaleidoscopes! Finally, we added everything together and - Hey Presto! - working Electrical Kaleidoscopes! Each group's model works and Miss Blake is extremely proud of our excellent designs!
Erupting Volcanoes! Design and Technology Autumn 2 2017
Initially, Year 3 researched the three different types of volcanoes (Composite, Cinder cone and Shield) using the Ipads. They then used mod-roc to sculpt their volcano models and painted them using realistic colours. The children also created diagrams to show a cross-section of the layers and parts of the volcano. Finally, the moment came that we had all been waiting for ... time to make some eruptions! By combining everyday household chemicals (such as vinegar, baking soda and washing-up-liquid) we were able to create bubbling lava, which poured out from the inside of our model volcanoes! It was great fun to watch our volcanoes erupt! We demonstrated our understanding of what we'd learned about different volcanoes to Year 1. These younger children were very impressed with our knowledge. You did a super job Year 3! Well done!
Egyptian Masks - Art and Design -Spring term 1 2018
Year 3 have been investigating Ancient Egyptian art and architecture, as part of their Geography topic. As well as making sketches of giant sculptures, such as the Great Sphinx and the pyramids, Year 3 have researched the symbolism and different styles of death masks. The children have made sketches and used different graded drawing pencils to experiment with shading and tones. We have also drawn self-portraits with head-dresses, using fractions for the proportions of the face, and gel pens for metallic colours.
When creating our own sculptures, we used mod-roc to create life-size death masks and had great fun getting messy! When the death masks were dry, Year 3 painted them with their chosen designs, mixing colours, choosing patterns as a group and adding metallic colours.
The finished death masks look really effective and I'm sure that any modern day Pharaohs would be proud to wear our masks! Take a look for yourselves...