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Timelines 03.05.19

We are learning about Saltaire and Sir Titus Salt.  To help us understand more about when things happened we used a timeline to order events in history, including the Victorian Era and The Stone Age (our class book is about Ug the Cave Boy).  We went into the playground to try to space ourselves out so we could see how long ago these things happened.  We stretched our Making Links Muscle to see that The Stone Age happened a long, long time ago but The Victorian Era was not actually very far away from today.


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One Plastic Bag 28.02.19


In class we have been reading the book 'One Plastic Bag'.  We conducted a science experiment to investigate the properties of plastic and stretched our Reasoning Muscle to decide whether it was the best material for a bag.


Chinese New Year Cooking 07.02.19


We stretched our planning  muscle to design and cook our own chinese food to celebrate Chinese New Year.  We made vegetable stir fry and Chinese rice paper rolls. We all had a try of the food... some of us enjoyed it and some of us were not sure!  It was great fun.



We had a very exciting day in Year 3 (29.01.19) learning all about compass points and navigating our way around The Den. In one activity we had to direct someone to a coloured marker on the field while they were blindfolded using only compass points to guide them. Then we had to use a compass in conjunction with a map to plot a route around The Den to find a clue which gave us the direction to go in order to find out next clue.


The Tin Forest


Today (27.11.18) Year 3 worked with Mr Green to create a model Tin Forest. The Tin Forest is the text that we are studying in literacy and it is about an old man that lives on a junk yard and dreams of one day living in a forest; he creates his own using the metal and rubbish that surround his house. Year 3 then stretched their Imagination and Imitation learning muscles to create their own Tin Forests by Making Links to their knowledge of the property of materials. 


Dream Believe Achieve 


Yesterday (26.11.18) Year 3 took part in the Dream Believe Achieve day. They worked with civil engineers, Karen Wright - a contestant from The Great British Bake Off and a clinical scientist. 




In year 3, we have been learning about different types of volcanoes and how they erupt. We then stretched our Imagining and Collaboration muscles to build our own volcanoes. We used mints and fizzy drink to make them erupt.

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William Morris


In Year 3 we have been looking at the work of William Morris.  We have learnt how he is famous for printing and designing patterns based on nature.  We tried to imitate his work by making our own printing plates based on flowers and leaves.  We then rolled the paint and printed our patterns repeatedly to create wallpaper in the style of William Morris.  We hope you like them!


What is soil?


Year 3 worked over at The Den with Mr Green in order to investigate what make up soil, linking to our topic of Angry Earth. Our first job was to collect a range of soil using trowels and fill a bucket with it. Then we used a soil sieve to see what was in our soil and wrote a recipe based on what we found. We found lots of different things that included roots, small stones, bits of wood and even wiggly worms. After that we tried to make our own based on what we had found. We flexed our noticing learning muscle to spot what was similar and different between the soil that we had dug up and the soil that we had created. The main difference was the colour and we learnt that soil can't be made quickly but takes a long time for the organic matter to rot down and be ingested and passed out by worms before it is real soil.


How are rocks made?


We used Starburst sweets in an experiment to help us understand how sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks were made.  We used our Reasoning Muscle to explain how sediment is squashed to make sedimentary rock and then how it is put under even greater pressure and heat to turn it into metamorphic rock.  Look at our pictures.  Can you see the difference between the sedimentary 'Starburst rock' and the metamorphic 'Starburst rock'?


A Day in Pompeii


As part of our topic Angry Earth Year 3 are learning all about Mount Vesuvius and it's devastating effects on the city of Pompeii. The children took part in a game mimicking the pyroclastic flow from the volcano by using tarpaulin to imitate the poisonous gas and how it moved. They also compared different types of rock by creating rubbings of a range of different rocks and comparing the textures and patterns that they produced. We used clay and carved out either an image of a human or an animal and then filled our casts with a mixture of talcum powder and PVA glue to recreate a scene from Pompeii after the volcanic eruption in 79AD.



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