Learning about Charlie and the chocolate factory is great but I want to learn more about it. Watching the film was good I couldn’t believe my eyes. The film is about children winning golden tickets to go to Willy Wonka’s factory and doing something there not meant to do except for 1, Charlie and his Grandpa Joe their prize is Willy Wonka’s factory to keep. Year 3 went to the chocolate museum it was amazing because we got to have some chocolate! I learnt that in South America that’s were they grow coco beans. We have been making our own character that we will write about.
Year 3 were lucky enough to meet the author Käitlin Vainola and illustrator Ulla Saar of the Estonian book ‘Lift’
To begin with, the author read the book in Estonian while an actor translated it into English. Estonian is such a unique language don’t you agree? We were then given the opportunity to create our own characters that may feature in the book and write a brief description about each of them. I was extremely impressed with Year 3’s creativity and drawing skills.
Did you find this trip inspiring? Can you tell us about the characters you created? What animals were they? What were their names?
As we build up towards writing our own chapter of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, we have been super creative and generated our own characters.
Our Charlie and The Chocolate Factory characters need to be flawed – just like Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop and Mike Teevee. They need to have a terrible bad habit (or habits!) that the Factory then punishes them for.
We have had great fun creating our characters and I have to say – some of the ideas that the authors in Year 3 have are as good as Roald Dahl’s creations!
Can you describe your Charlie and The Chocolate Factory character?
Don’t forget to tell us about their name, personality, appearance and bad habits!
This week during Discovery Learning, we have been learning all about teeth in order to advice Augustus Gloop on how he can take better care of his health. We have also been making some lovely savoury couscous salads to recommend to him.
As we find Quentin Blake’s artwork so inspiring, we have also been developing our sketching skills and watercolour painting skills to create our own work inspired by Quentin Blake.
The research centre has also be full of children exploring Roald Dahl books, finding some of his best character descriptions to help give us ideas before we start writing next week.
As it is Parliament Week, we have also be using our enquiry skills in order to find out all about parliament by working in pairs to complete a quiz,
What a lot of amazing Discovery Learning this week!
Which activity did you find the most challenging? Why?
Annie Easley was a very inspirational woman who sadly died in 2011. She inspired other people to think to themselves ‘this is difficult, but I can do it!’.
Easley was the first black, female rocket scientist. She helped to create a Centaur rocket (a powerful rocket that helped astronauts get into space). She was inspired by people who used to work on some of the earliest computers – the people themselves were called computers back then! They were huge – one computer would take over a whole room.
When she was still in university in Cleveland, her sisters were working with NASA (but it wasn’t called NASA back then – that’s how long ago it was). She then joined NASA as a rocket scientist. Her first launch was in 1962 but it failed. She didn’t give up though! She kept trying until the rockets worked.
Annie Easley is one of the people who inspire me (just like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.
This week, Year 3 have become engineers! Veruka Salt has commissioned us to build some geodesic domes to protect her golden egg.
Geodesic domes were originally created by Buckminster Fuller. He discovered that creating a structure made up of lots of trianglular modules made the structure very strong and rigid.
With our engineer learning partner, we used cocktail sticks and gummy sweets to create our prototypes. We first had to measure out 35 60mm sticks and 30 54mm sticks so that we could be ready to build.
The next steps involved following Buckminster Fuller’s design to build up the dome. This was very fiddly and challenging. At so many stages we had to stop, check and redo things. Working with our engineer learning partner meant that we could support eachother, making sure that we stay positive when we get stuck and patiently persevere.
I think you’ll agree that the finished products look amazing!
Why are geodesic domes strong?
What did you find challenging when building your dome? How did you overcome that challenge?
Did you know that Annie Easley was born on April 23rd 1933 and died in 2011 (when she was 78)?
In Tower Class, we have been learning about Annie Easley. She was an amazing, clever rocket scientist!
Annie Easley grew up in a time when she could not be in the same school or restaurants as white people. How upsetting! Even though this was awful, she persevered and became a rocket scientist who designed and created a powerful rocket!
Annie Easley moved to Cleveland. Where is Cleveland and does anyone know why she moved there?
On Thursday, we opened the Phase 2 History Museum for the afternoon, showcasing lots of the wonderful learning from Year 3 and Year 4. In the Year 3 wing of the museum, children and parents could explore hieroglyphic wall art, information about Ancient Egyptian gods and goddess and see a real life Ancient Egyptian mummy! Canopic jars and artefacts were also on show, alongside scientists showcasing a Year 3 science experiment in which we mummified tomatoes to see if they would be preserved.
What was your favourite part of the museum?
What did you learn about the Romans in the Year 4 wing of the museum?