We had a great time during Science Week. We had a visit from a mad scientist and even created our own volcano!
Year 3 have had a great start to our Alice in Wonderland Week. We learnt that Alice drank a shrinking potion. We wondered what it might be like to be really tiny. Year 3 really enjoyed using the iPads to take photos from different perspectives.
Year 3 had a fantastic time at Twycross Zoo last week! We saw lots of interesting animals.
Speaking And Listening All Day
Today was our first day back after half term and it was a SALAD day (Speaking And Listening All Day). Year 3 completed lots of activities designed to develop the children's speaking and listening skills.
The first game the children played was a memory game. Each group of children were a given a selection of different everyday objects such as a pair of scissors, a rubber and a peg. The children were also given a picture of a cartoon alien. The idea of the game was to look at the objects, close their eyes and when they opened their eyes they had to try and remember which object had been hidden by the other people in their group. When the person who was guessing had worked out which object had been hidden, they had to explain to the alien what the object was without saying the name of the object! This meant that the children had to be very clear and make sure that their explanations were detailed. Also, the words 'thing' and 'stuff' were banned!
Later on in the day, the activities were linked to an animal theme as our science topic this term is 'living things and their habitats'. The first task involved children looking at factfiles of different animals and discussing their appearance, diet and habitat.
The children imagined they were a zookeeper for one of the animals in the factfiles and thought about how they would need to look after the animals and what environment the animal would live in in a zoo. Some children were chosen to pretend to be a zookeeper whilst the rest of the class asked the zookeeper questions about the animals and their environments. The children used a range of who, where, what, why and when questions.
We ended the day with a philosophy lesson about looking after and caring for animals.
Our topic this term has been 'The Big Hoot' which is a mass participation art event being held in Birmingham this summer, organised by Wild In Art and Birmingham Children's Hospital. Many artists and schools are designing and decorating a large owl/owlet sculpture which will be on display on a trail around the city during the summer.
Year 3 are very excited to be taking part in this fantastic project! Find out more about the project by following this link: http://thebighoot.co.uk/
We had a visit from the Falconry Centre and met some real owls! We learnt lots about owls during our session and really enjoyed watching the owls fly. http://www.thefalconrycentre.co.uk/
The children made an owl out of clay. They then designed and made their own environment for their owl out of different materials.
SALAD 13th April 2015
Today year 3 had Speaking And Listening All Day (SALAD).
Year 3 had a carousel of activities in maths. The activities were designed for the children to develop and use mathematical vocabulary. The children had to work collaboratively and use their speaking and listening skills to complete the tasks.
We began our English lesson by using the 'Let's Talk!' cards which are cards containing prompts for discussion such as 'have you ever had a pet of which you were very fond?' or 'if you could meet any famous person, who would it be?'.
Next the children were provided with a range of words linked to our topic ‘The Big Hoot (owls)’. The children worked in pairs and took it in turns to choose a word and to explain what it was to the other person. The child who had chosen a word had to give a well-structured explanation of the word to their partner without telling them what the word was. The children got a point if their partner guessed the correct answer within 3 attempts and so points were awarded for clear, well-structured explanations.
Year 3 had an exciting afternoon! We linked our topic of 'Extreme Earth' to our science topic of 'rocks, soils and fossils' and learnt about volcanoes. We then did a science investigation using the volcano theme.
Luka (in year 3) has written the following explanation of our experiment:
"Today Miss Hegarty made a model volcano. We put in vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, soap powder and food colouring. Then it flowed out the container! I saw bubbles and fizz because there was a chemical reaction."
The children were fascinated by the investigation and thought of lots of questions they wanted to investigate further. For example, one child asked: "Can we use water instead of vinegar to create a reaction?" We found out that vinegar caused a bigger reaction than water.