What are we up to in Year 3 - Dahl Class?
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Measure of success
Year 3 were delighted to help each other measure and compare the circumference of their heads, chest and waist. They were able to compare them to the length of their hand, foot, legs and back. It was quite amazing to see that the circumference of your head could measure more in cm than the length of your back!
In Science this week, we carried out a rock investigation. We decided how to make our tests fair. We tested the hardness of rocks, how they reacted to acid and tried to find out which rocks are permeable to water. We also had a chance to have a really good look at all our rocks with a magnifying glass.
We worked together in groups to follow instructions and make some yummy treats for people coming to our assembly.
Stone Age Day
Year 3 were lucky enough to have visitors in on Thursday from the Poole Museum Service . Ian and Gillian were fabulous at helping make history come alive. We all dressed up to help us get into the mood. Here is a photo of us all sat round the classroom "campfire" at the start of the day. Our exciting activities included making fire, weaving, slingshots and coin striking.
A big thank you to everyone who was able to come to our assembly to share our poetry, dance, art and stone age topic work.
Following on from our work on how mountains are formed and how the Earth is made up, we have started looking at The Jurrasic Coast. This week we have been learning how fossils are made and the work of Mary Anning.
We made our own "pretend" fossils using a plasticine seabed and plaster sediment. Luckily they didn't take millions of years to make!
Year 3 have also been delighted to bring in their many precious finds from home to display in our classroom.
Leonie was thrilled to identify one of the fossils that her friend brought in using a guidebook.
Alexander even had a piece of real lava rock at home! It even smelled smoky!
Harrison brought in a whole pot of fossilised sharks teeth.
Year 3 have most definately been in a fossil frenzy this week!
Share the success
Please do share any fantastic learning your child has dome at home. We do love to see an art masterpiece or some creative maths or something you spotted out and about that supports our topic. You can email attachments to email@example.com and mark them FAO Year3
How are mountains formed and why do they all look different?
We loved learning about how mountains are formed. Did you know there are 5 different ways in which mountains can be made?
1. Fold mountains
2. Fault block mountains
3. Dome mountains
4. Volcanic mountains
5. Plateau mountains
Miss Moscrop showed us how the tectonic plates of the earth work using hard boiled eggs!
We took notes and made jottings about how mountains are made. We then created our own reports with diagrams and technical vocabulary.
We used our fantastic finished reports to begin to learn how to put together a powerpoint page. We learned how change the layout of a slide, how to add text, change fonts and text size.
Our New Topic - Spring 2017
Our new topic is called
As geographers, we will looking at the formation of rocks, fossils, mountains and volcanoes.
We will also be using this "rock" theme to look in depth at early civilisations and as historians we will be investigating how life was in the stone age, bronze age and iron age.
Have a peek at our class cave below. I wonder who lives there? We will be finding out about this particular cave and who lives there in English.
As musicians, we will also be learning about rock music.
Christmas Party Day
Thank you to everyone for donations of food for our party lunch. We loved sharing a meal with our friends before Christmas.
Yesterday we looked at how to sketch some of the characters from Peter and the wolf. We learned how artists use different kinds of pencils and different kinds of lines to draw realistic pictures.
Have a look at the display in our class for more awesome art.
Dem Bones, dem bones.
In Science, we have been learning about the bones and muscles in our bodies and how they give us support and strength. We loved having our school skeleton in class. We even named him Billy Bones!
We found out about how our ribs protect our vital organs.
Here are the video links to learn more about our bodies.
Click the link below for information on how muscles and bones work..........
Click the link below for the skeletons video
In English, we have been learning the story of Peter and the wolf. We created our own story maps and have been writing our own musical scores too.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
In Science this week, we have been investigating light and reflection. We tried to make our way around a mirror maze. This was very tricky as we were only allowed to look at the reflection in the mirror.
We learned how to use a mirror to write a secret code. The reflected image was very hard to read and copy!! We will also be looking out for the front of an ambulance. Did you know that the word AMBULANCE on the front of the vehicle is written in mirror writing too?
We made a right angle mirror by taping 2 mirrors together. We found out we could alter the reflections by changing the angles of the mirrors.
Life Education Visit
On Friday we had a visit to the Life Education van and got the meet TAM. We learned all about the human brain and how important it is for sending messages around your body.
In Science we are learning about light and shadows. We carried out a light investigation using a cardboard box and a torch. We learned that:
Light travels in a straight line.
Darkness is the absence of light.
We need light to be able to see.
Writing a playscript
In English, we have been writing our own playscripts. We have learned how the actors will need to know when each person should speak, how to punctuate a playscript and how to write stage directions. We have combined our English work with our work on light and shadows in science.
You can see how we have been performing our playscripts using shadow puppets.
For the past few weeks in computing we have been learning how to use computer code blocks to make our own animations. We have spent time debugging our code to make sure things happen exactly as we want them to. We can even make suggestions to other people's code to help them improve their work.
Here, you can see how we set up a sequence where the sun sets and then the sky turns dark and the moon rises.
We are now able to set up a sequence of actions and even estimate accurately how far our sprites should move accross the screen using a grid.
We are able to edit the standard background options to obtain our desired results.
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