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Electrical Kaleidoscopes

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 at least 2 different switches 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.frown

Putting all the components together to make Electrical Kaleidoscopes!

Erupting Volcanoes! Design and Technology Autumn 2 2014

For this topic, Year 3 will be making and painting models of 3 different types of volcanoes: Composite, Cinder Cone and Shield. In later weeks, we will be using everyday household substances to make our volcanoes erupt!  

Our mod-roc volcano models!

After we had made our volcano models, we painted them using realistic colours. The groups of children who made the composite volcano models also added diagrams to show cross-sections of the layers and parts of the volcano. I'm sure you'll agree that our finished models are very impressive!

Volcanoes just waiting to erupt!

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Finally, the moment came that we had all been waiting for ... time to make some eruptions! By combining everyday chemicals, 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 a group of Reception children.  These children were very impressed with our knowledge, and were in turn, able to answer questions on what they'd learned about volcanoes! Well done Year 3!

Danger! Erupting volcanoes!

Spring term - Art and Design - Egyptian Masks

Year 3 have been investigating Ancient Egyptian Death Masks, as well as sculptures like The Great Sphinx and the architecture of the pyramids. 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.

Last week, we used mod-roc to create life-size death masks and had great fun getting messy!

Mod-roc masks means messy magic!

We have now painted our chosen designs on our Death Mask models, and they look really effective! I'm sure that any modern day Pharaohs would be proud to wear our masks! Take a look for yourselves...
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Spring 2 term, Art and Design, Ancient Egyptian Pattern 7.3.15

This half term, we are continuing our Egyptian theme and experimenting with printing techniques.

Initially, Year 4 investigated what pattern is - a repeated motif - and then researched the elements used in Egyptian patterns, such as plants, animals and gods. The children used these elements to inspire their own designs, and carved these patterns on to polystyrene tiles.

The next step involved rolling printing ink on to these tiles, with brayers, and pressing them down on to paper and calico cotton, to create block prints. 

Next week, we shall be re-carving our original tiles, to add more details and then printing with them again, to create 2 colour block prints. 

It's a tricky process, but it's worth the effort, as the children are finding out!

 

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Carving into polystyrene tiles

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All our prints are proudly displayed in Art gallery! Take a look...

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Summer 1 term  Design and Technology: Cooking Mediterranean Savoury Food - Pizza

This topic is linked to Geography.

Initially, Year 3 investigated the Mediterranean food pyramid to discover why it is healthier than the typical British diet. After making comparisons with traditional British ingredients, the children then designed their own Mediterranean meals.  We then researched good hygiene practice and food safety.

On "Topping tasting day", Year 3 tried a selection of ingredients based on the Mediterranean diet, such as mozzarella cheese, olives, tomatoes and basil. It was great fun and some children even discovered new favourite tastes! 

Taste buds at the ready for topping tasting day!

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Then it was COOKING DAY! After practising good food hygiene, Year 3 weighed and then mixed the ingredients together to make the dough base. We then split the dough into portions and rolled it out to form a flat surface. When slicing the toppings with sharp knives, the children practised their safety skills, using the bridge and claw holds. The toppings were arranged carefully on the bases to make them look appetising, and finally cooked in the oven. 

As you can see from the photos below, our pizza slices looked and tasted delicious. 

"Masterchef" here we come! 

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