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!