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Year 3 Science
Using reflections in the mirrors to follow a wavy line on the ground. Do you think this was easy to do ?
In Science this term, Year 3 have done lots of investigating and observing. We have thought about our skeletons and what they look like and how they are different from other living things. We tested different types of rocks and found out which are absorbent or not. When we were investigating light we discovered that some of our coats are reflective and discussed why this is important. We really enjoyed investigating forces using our playground equipment and thought about pulls, pushes and twists. We also thought about how gravity works and tested this by all jumping at the same time. We tested friction on different surfaces and noticed a car rolled further on a smooth surface.
Mechanical Systems – Levers and Linkages
Year 3’s Autumn Term Design and Technology unit has been about levers and linkages. Initially the children looked at pop-up books and the types of mechanisms that are used in them. They also looked at playground equipment, including see-saws, to see how they moved. Next we made a prototype of a ‘Waving Flags’ mechanism that used levers to work. It was quite tricky and we had to be careful to follow the instructions. We also had to take notice of when the split pin joined two levers together and when it needed to be attached to the backing card. Our parent activity involved making one of three levers and linkages designs. We had to use a ruler to measure in centimetres and cut carefully. We reviewed our finished pieces and said what we thought went well and what we would improve.
We have had three science lessons since being back and have started some new topics.
We first looked at magnets, we collected ideas of what we knew already and then we had some time to explore and experiment with a number of different types of magnets. We came up with some great observations. We noticed that sometimes magnets push and sometimes they pull something towards itself, some parts of the magnets attract and others repel and you can feel the force of the magnet when you push two ends together. We then tested different materials and checked to see if they were magnetic or not, we found out that not all materials are magnetic.
We have also been learning about the nutrition of humans and animals. We looked at the Eat Well Plate which sets out how much of each food group is best for humans. We then looked at what nutrients humans need. We talked about whether a human could live a healthy life on the diet of a parrot. We decided it couldn’t because they have a very different diet to a humans’ and do not eat enough of a number of important food groups.
The Tin Forest, Litter Pick and School Survey
Over the last three weeks we have been looking at the story The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. We spent time making predictions about how the story will progress and what the man might be dreaming of. We used our inferencing skills to describe the character of the old man and used thesauruses to develop our vocabulary in order to accurately describe how his feelings change through-out the story.
The old man in the story is surrounded by other people’s rubbish, we asked if this happens in real life. We watched news clips about the problem of littering and fly tipping and how it has continued to be a local, national and global issue. We wanted to make a difference so organised a litter pick around our local area. Some of us wrote poems and made posters to try and make people put their rubbish in the bin.
World Book Day Potatoes
Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.
We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.
William Turner Inspired Painting
This term we looked at William Turner’s paintings and had a gallery experience in the school hall. We then found out about him and his style and made a knowledge page all about him and his artwork.
We have built on our colour mixing skills, we recapped some of the things we did last year and went even further by trying to create tertiary colours.
We practised making different strokes and textures using sponges and paint brushes ready to create our final pieces.
This term we have been looking at some new areas of science. We have practised identifying different types of rocks and having a go at describing them. We have also tested the hardness of different rocks samples. We tested the hardness by scratching the samples using different tools and seeing what happened.
We have also been recapping what we know about animals, sorting them into groups and then creating a knowledge map to show what we know and how we can build on our current knowledge.
We then began to learn about animal skeletons. We have looked at the three different types of animal skeletons and then we had a go at debating the pros and cons of each skeleton type.
Where the Wild Things Are
This term we had used the book Where the Wild Things Are to inspire some of our work. In Year 3 we used this to inspire some writing. When reading the book, we came up with the question: where are the wild things? After work in literacy, geography and science we planned a setting description.
Our trip to Hatfield House park helped us feel inspired too as we sat by the river and brain stormed some descriptive phrases to use in our writing. After this we wrote our own setting description imagining we were Max were sailing though Amazonia.
We also created Wild Thing headdresses or hats using paper and card. We learnt lots of skills over the term including joining and cutting skills and then tried to apply them to our final pieces.
In Literacy we looked at a range of fairy tales and what they contain. We discussed that they usually contain good and evil characters. There is often some magic involved in them and they often contain a moral. We acted out some well-known fairy tales with our groups before writing our own fairy tales.
Can you guess what some of these ones are?