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After a week of working hard it was lovely to take a break and have some fun raising money for Children in Need on Friday. Pupils came in dressed in spotty clothes or their Pyjamas. We also had a fantastic turnout for the cake sale at break time with so many delicious cakes to choose from. Pupils enjoyed playing with their toys from home and completing their entries for the Pudsey drawing competition. Then in the afternoon we relaxed with a film and popcorn in our 3A cinema. Thank you for all of your generous donations, we had a fantastic day knowing all the money we were raising would go to such an important cause.
In PSHE, we have looked at conflicts and have talked about how we can resolve a conflict. We have looked at conflicts in families and how they can be resolved. We also used our conflict solution sheet to look at how role play scenarios could have been solved! We completed a team building exercise where we had to work in groups to make a letter. Below is the result! They did a great job!
This week we began our new 'Gateways to the World' Geography topic. Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire with their children! This was one of the first things we shared and allowed us to discuss the similarities and differences between children’s experiences.
In our first session, we worked together in groups to label a large map of the world. In particular, we looked at continents, countries and oceans. We researched using atlases and various maps to help us complete our own.
This week we took a closer look at fossils. We started by looking at some real life fossils including some dinosaur poo! We then looked at how fossils are made and finished by looking at the remains of dinosaurs and matching them to illustrations of the dinosaurs when they were alive. It was so interesting to learn all about their diets, sizes and where they would have lived.
This week as part of our Jigsaw unit we completed the 'Carrot Car Challenge'. We found that it was really important to work cooperatively as a group in order to complete the task. We were given ten minutes to work together, to design and make our cars. We needed to decide whether our cars would be push or pull along. The one rule was that the car need to move along the floor on its own. It was great fun and the results were fantastic! Take a look:
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated items for the Harvest Festival our class box was overflowing and your generosity is truly appreciated. All proceeds will be delivered to the people and places nominated by children across the school.
We had a fantastic Green day and enjoyed learning more about the Rainforests and why it is important that we look after them. We made some lovely posters to display what we had learnt.
In Science, we have been looking at soil and have set up an experiment to see what will happen when we add water to the soil, shake up the contents and let it settle again. Check back to see our findings next week.
Week ending 29th September 2017
This week we have concluded our Light topic in Science with a final investigation looking at shadows. We wanted to find out whether moving a light source closer to an object would change the size of the shadow. In fact, we found that with each 10cm that we inched closer to the object the shadow grew by 1cm.
With the conclusion to our Light topic we have now begun our new Science topic based on rocks. We have begun by expanding our vocabulary when describing rocks and even sorted the rocks into groups according to their properties.
We have continued to explore the concept of light, this week looking more closely at how we see. We discussed what an optician was and even carried out a simple eye test on each other. We then planned and carried out our second investigation looking at which material would be best to make a curtain. We discussed the vocabulary; transparent, translucent and opaque and graded each of our materials according to these. We found the felt was the best material as it kept the most light out and concluded this was due to the dark colour and thickness of the material.
This week we have started to explore our first Science topic 'Light'. We began by identifying light sources and discussed the difference between these and light reflectors. These discussions formed the basis for our first investigation using the black boxes. We used torches to investigate which material could be seen best in low light. From this we were able to design an outfit using the most suitable materials to keep us safe at night.
We have had a lovely first few days in our new class! In particular, we have been taking the opportunity to learn more about the Year 3 rules and routines and are feeling settled already. Our first PSHE lesson encouraged us to share our past achievements and start to set new goals to work towards.
Meet Jino our Year 3 puzzle friend
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