As part of Sport Relief Week, Class 3 took part in activities all week including short hockey and tennis sessions organised by Sports Leaders from Class 4. We also had a daily mile run/walk and ended with a 'Fit Friday' dance session. It was a fun, in slightly tiring, week and our thanks to go to the Sports Leaders for organising the activities.
It is easy to take clean drinking water for granted, but for many people around the world access to clean water is difficult. We thought about whether it was possible to create a filter that would turn very dirty water into clean water. We thought about trying out layers of different materials including paper, cotton wool, washing up cloths and even pairs of old tights! As you can see from the photos, the results varied depending on the combination of materials, some looked cleaner than others. However, we know that there could also be pollutants and bacteria in the water still, so even if it looked clean it might not be good to drink.
What a super day we have had! Everyone looked great in their pyjamas and the children enjoyed sharing the books which they had brought to school today. As well as this, we wrote book reviews and worked on word puzzles. In particular, we thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Mrs Smith who shared a wonderful picture book with us which she illustrated. It was fascinating to hear how she went about creating the fabulous illustrations to go with the story.
This afternoon, Mrs Furness visited Class 3 and showed us her violin and explained how she looks after it. Her talk was really interesting and we learned lots of new facts. Did you know that resin helps to prevent the bow from slipping? Did you know that note A is tuned first? Did you know that violins become more expensive with age? Well done children for listening attentively and asking some very interesting questions too.
We invited our parents to work with us during a Family Learning Afternoon in February and set two tasks to explore why objects balance and why they fall over. The first challenge was to work out a way to balance a lollipop stick on a chopstick using a pipe cleaner. At first it seemed impossible and it took some trial and improvement attempts to crack it. There were many imaginative solutions but the best way involved using pegs as counter-balances. The second challenge was to balance a cardboard clown on your nose. Looking for the centre of balance in a shape and using weights for counter-balance were the most sucessful strategies. A fun afternoon where we did amazing things and learned a lot of science.
The last few weeks might have been snowy and cold but in Class 3 we have been looking at how temperature plays an important role in changing the state of matter. And what could be more important than finding out how to use low temperatures to make ice cream. We used salt to lower the temperature of ice to -10 degrees and then used this to change the liquid milk into solid ice cream. This was the most delicious science lesson we have had so far, apart from the group who unfortunately managed to mix a bit of the salty water in with their ice cream!
In preparation for our 'Brew Friday' fundraising event, we spent lots of time today baking delicious treats (flapjacks, crispie cakes, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and a banana loaf cake) to serve with teas and coffees tomorrow. Every member of the class helped brilliantly so well done children - what a team effort! Let's hope lots of money is raised for 'The Samaritans' in the morning.
As soon as we got to school yesterday morning we made the most of the fabulous snow. Although it was cold, we were all wrapped up and had great fun outside.
Class 3 worked very hard before and after Christmas to make rather special table decorations. They were challenged to design a decoration that would stand on the table, would feature a star and would light up. As you can see, they came up with many different and imaginative ideas. They all worked and we used them to decorate our tables during our class party buffet.
A wonderful time was had by everyone this afternoon as we had our Christmas party. There was lots of dancing to begin with and then we played some games. After some delicious food, we were highly entertained when playing 'Balloon Forfeits'. Can you spot some beautiful table decorations in the photographs below? We made these carefully in preparation for today.
Don't we all look amazing in our Christmas jumpers? Let the festivities begin!
On Wednesday 13th December, the Year 3 children, and one of our Year 4s, played their violins beautifully to the rest of the school during Collective Worship. Having practised all term, they performed brilliantly and we were very proud of them all.
We are doing a project about birds this term and Mrs Walker was kind enough to bring in her pet barn owls. One is a male and one is a female, and we learned how to tell the difference by looking for speckled feathers on their breasts. The owls are only 5 months old but were well behaved despite the fact that they had never been in a school before. After we looked at them in the classroom, Mrs Walker took them outside onto the school field where she made them fly from one roost to another. Barn Owls are famous for flying silently and it was great to be able to witness this first hand.
In October 2017 Class 3 visited the Wetlands Centre at Washington, Tyne and Wear, where they had a fabulous day finding out about birds. The day started with a chance to look closely at feathers, wings, eggs and bones, as well as skulls from other animals, reptile skins and even an elephant's tusk! It was fascinating.
After that we walked around the centre, stopping to look at the different birds and even had the chance to feed a few, before visiting the otter enclosure for feeding time.
The flamingoes were next and the talk was really interesting. Did you know that a flamingos' ankle is half way up its leg?
After lunch there was the chance to look at what the birds eat by doing some pond dipping and we found lots of interesting animals. Everyone had a turn with the nets and then we looked at the animals more closely using a camera and television screen. Highlights were a damselfly nymph and a see-through worm!
The day ended with a visit to the cranes, black swans and then through a spooky wood to the bird hide, where we saw familiar garden birds like robins, blue tits and chaffinches on the bird feeders. It was exciting to see a bullfinch and nuthatch as well.
It was a busy and highly educational day and we would like to thank the staff at the centre for making it such a rewarding place to visit and for looking after us so well.