Today we visited Warrington Museum for a workshop to learn all about Rocks and soils. We were able to recall information and share our knowledge with the Education officer - Amanda was very impressed! We observed and drew different types of rocks and then went on a rock and fossil hunt in the museum. We also took part in a dance workshop in the pyramid performing arts dance studio with Sam our dance instructor. We made up dances about the formation of rocks and soil.
Warrington Museum visit and Dance workshop about Rocks and Soils
Today in maths some children worked in a group to use trundle wheels to measure the perimeter of shapes. We marked out the blocks on the concrete with chalk and then realised we had to count the outside lines to find the perimeter. We worked as a team to draw the shapes and then compared the different shapes perimeters. It soon became apparent that they all had a perimeter of twelve metres even though the shapes were different.
In Science as part of our Rocks and Soils topic we have created our own mini compost bins. We went outside and dug up soil, looked for little stones and did a special 'worm dance' to find some worms. On returning to the classroom, we followed instructions carefully to make the compost bin. Now it's up to the worms to turn all of the fruit and vegetable waste and shredded paper into fabulous compost! Watch this space!
In English we have been reading 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We listened to an audio version of a poem by Brenda Williams 'The Coming of The Iron Man' and acted it out. We had already identified the verbs and explored the different actions. Look at the fabulous pictures of us acting the poem out.....
Next week we begin swimming lessons! It is very important that you remember your swimming kit each week. Swimming is a compulsory part of our curriculum and actually a skill which could save your life! You must bring your swimming costume and a towel with which to dry yourself, ideally in a separate bag and named clearly please.
In English this week we have been looking at the features of persuasive writing, by examining adverts for toys. We were given a picture of a toy and had to think up how we would 'sell' it to a friend in the class, using all our skills of persuasion. We used feel-good words, repetition, rhetorical questions and superlatives. Here are some pictures of us working on our adverts, and presenting them to our friends.
Ben reading his advert for Furby
Our topic in Science last term was Forces. Why don't you try this quiz and play this game to test your knowledge about magnets? Have fun!
On Tuesday March 1st we had a visit from Take a Hint theatre company. They performed part of the story of "Fantastic Mr Fox" for us. Both classes then took part in drama workshops and acted out scenes which could have been part of the story. We improvised the dialogue and thought about our body language and how to project our voices. We all had a lot of fun!
Extreme Earth - Earthquakes
A memorial to the Christchurch Earthquake
This is a story about the Christchurch Earthquake
We are learning about "What makes the Earth angry?" in geography. We have discussed how volcanoes are formed and when earthquakes occur. Ms J told us about her home town of Christchurch in New Zealand being destroyed in a large earthquake five years ago. We are going to skype her niece and nephew to speak to them about what it is like to live in a place that has lots of earthquakes .. we have lots of questions for them!
Forces experiments 24th February
Today we did some fun experiments for our science topic of "Forces". Dahl class worked on "friction" and Simon class on "How the air makes things move". Here are some pictures of us doing our testing.
Display photos - Science and History
Extreme Earth What is beneath our feet?
We used plastercine to recreate the layers beneath the earth's crust. We learned about the inner and outer core, the mantle, bedrock, subsoil, topsoil and humus. We had to work in teams to make our models accurate. We sliced them open to see if we had managed to show the layers. Then we labelled diagrams in our books.
We have been writing our own voyage and return stories. We will be publishing them soon by making our own books. The classes also wrote a collaborative story together to give us ideas. Here is the story Simon class wrote together - we hope you enjoy it!
Today we were working with a partner to order from a menu and pay for what we ordered at our cafe. One person was the shopkeeper and the other was the customer. The shop keeper had to total what we wanted and give the correct change from a pound or two pounds.
Our French afternoon!
This afternoon, we were lucky to have our french visitors take us on an imaginary journey to France! Flore and Alexandra helped us to make passports and we boarded our aircraft. We were told about our visitors home towns and Flore sang us a song in French. We learned all about a festival which takes place on the 2nd of February celebrating the presentation of Christ. Flore and Alexandra made us some crepes to eat and we made special little cards as well. We all had lots of fun!!!
Xplorer Orienteering with Louise!
We went to Sankey Valley park and did orienteering! It was a lot of fun and we all got tired running around looking for clues!
On Wednesday, Mr Whittaker, a Stone Age expert visited our school. He brought lots of artefacts for us to look at and handle. We learned so much from him, including how to make a Stone Age necklace, how Round Houses were constructed, how weapons were made and used and how to grind wheat into flour. We'd like to say a great big thank you to Mr Whittaker, we had lots of fun! Here are some photos of what we got up to during the day......
REMEMBER EVERYONE ON WEDNESDAYS UP TILL HALF TERM WE ARE DOING RUGBY WITH WARRINGTON WOLVES COACHES LEE AND WILL. We had our first session last week in the hall and we all enjoyed it enormously - we will post our thoughts and pictures as we continue with the sessions.
IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO BRING YOUR PE KIT TO SCHOOL but especially when our friends from Wolves are in - you don't want to miss the fun!!!!
We really want to get outside when we can, so warm winter PE KIT : tracksuit trousers or joggers and a sweatshirt or warm top as well as outdoor training type shoes are a must in the cold weather - even though it is invigorating (wow word) we don't want anyone too cold to enjoy the sessions.
Today we met some lovely people! Alexandria and Flore from France. They are visiting England to improve their English and will be working with us to see life in an English school. We would like to welcome them to Year Three and Old Hall ... Bonjour!
Science - Investigating Forces!
Thinking about what we observed move ...
Was it a push, pull or twist?
We worked together as a team
How can I make this ball move?
How can we make it change direction?
Can I move the cotton ball with a rubber band?
Making the sponge ball move with just a whiteboard
I can shift the balance
Using a straw to make the ball move
How can we make it stop without touching it?
Can I make this toy T-Rex move by twisting?
Let's make the cars move by pushing
Perfecting our slingshots
We drew diagrams to show the forces
We made sure they had captions and labels
We explained the direction of the force
We wrote sentences describing what we saw
We all had lots of imaginative ideas
Some of us drew very detailed diagrams
We had a lot of fun experimenting!
Don't forget that on Wednesday this week we have our Stone Age expert, Tony Whittaker, coming into school to talk to us and help us to do lots of fabulous Stone Age activities! We can't wait! Watch this space for photos from the day......
Playscripts - The Twits by Roald Dahl
Our focus in Maths this week is time. We have been working on reading times on an analogue clock to five minute intervals and to the nearest minute too.
Why don't you have a go at some of these online time games to allow you to practise your skills? Have fun!
What would you call an elf who has just won the lottery?
Ms J's Christmas joke of the day! (10th Dec)
What happens if you eat Christmas decorations?
Answer: You get Tinsellitis!
Ms J's Christmas Joke of the day!
What do elves learn at school?
Answer: The Elf abet!
Ms J's Christmas Joke of the day!
Here is one for the English fans amongst you:
If Santa Claus and Mrs Claus had a child, what would it be called?
Eight Times Table Song (Cover of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor)
Mr. DeMaio and friends cover All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your eight times table! Have fun learning the 8's while singing along to your favorite song! Music Composed by Mike DeMaio, Mike Vadas, and Aaron Santoro with additional vocals provided by Corey Markowitz.
In Maths this week we have been finding right angles in shapes. We've also been looking at objects after they've been rotated a quarter turn or a half turn. Today, we used Bee-Bots to follow a route that we had designed. Our routes had to involve right angles and the Bee-Bot had to follow the algorithm that we wrote for it. We had lots of fun testing our algorithms out! The Bee-Bots were exhausted afterwards!
For our homework project we had to research information about an Italian landmark and produce a short presentation to share with a small group. We had a wonderful time and produced some brilliant work! We shared our information with our friends and then they told us what they liked about our presentations and how they thought they could be improved. Super effort everyone, we had a lovely time sharing all of your work! Thanks to the parents too, for helping out with our brilliant projects! Have a look at some of the photos of the brilliant things we produced........ Bellissimo!
Some of our class displays which link to our topics - we love seeing our work on the wall we hope you do too!
To link with our Geography topic on countries in the Mediterranean and our English work on instructions we made our own pizzas!! Don't they look just good enough to eat......?
Today we designed pizzas ready for our pizza-making session tomorrow. Look at some of our fabulous designs below:
Watch this space to see some photos of the fantastic pizzas we are going to create tomorrow ......
Today we performed our fabulous Harvest Assembly, based on Julia Donaldson's 'The Scarecrows' Wedding'. The singing, acting and narration was absolutely brilliant. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy ....
Our friends in Year 5 wrote letters to tell us how much they had enjoyed our show. Here are a few of their letters ....
Speed Challenge gameDuring half term, why don't you practise those times table facts by playing this fantastic game?
Our homework, linking to our Science topic, was to design and make a pair of sunglasses. We had so much fun trying them on and showing our friends. Have a look at some of them.......
In Maths we have been practising our 3 times table using a game of pelmanism, or pairs. We had lots of fun!
In English we wrote our own 'Perfect Playground' poems using repetition, alliteration, wow words and adverbs. We think they sound super - see what you think.....
Ben B Perfect Playground poem
Jack Perfect Playground poem
Mia Perfect Playground poem
Ben H Perfect Playground poem
Anoushka Perfect Playground poem
Today we held our elections for School Councillors to represent our classes on the School Council. The candidates gave speeches then each of us voted at the polling station. We even had 'Returning Officers' who ensured everybody got a vote. This all links to our work on Democracy. Have a look at the fantastic photos from our election.
Today we had so much fun in our Maths lessons, using sweets and cocktail sticks to construct 3-D shapes! Yummy!
Today we used straws to construct different 3-D shapes, then counted their edges and vertices. We had lots of fun!
In Maths this week we are looking at the properties of 3-D shapes. Here are some pictures of us making our own 3-D shapes. Was your shape a prism?
Why don't you challenge yourself and have a go at beating the clock in this fun Maths game? It's a great way to practise your number bond and times tables skills too!
Our two Year 3 classes are named after two of our favourite authors; Dahl & Simon. We will be sharing lots of books by these authors during the year. We can't wait!
In English we've been reading books by one of our chosen authors, Francesca Simon. They're all about our favourite anti-hero Horrid Henry.
In Science lessons our key question is 'Can you see me?' We'll be exploring how we see things, whether we really can see anything when it's dark and investigating how shiny different objects are. We'll also be learning all about shadows too!
In Geography this term our focus will be 'Why do so many people visit The Mediterranean?' We will be looking at countries, continents and different maps. We'll learn the names and locations of many capital cities too!