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.
What a good way to end the school year! On Tuesday the whole school was given the opportunity of having fun on a very large inflatable obstactle course, as a reward for their excellent behaviour through the term. Our class had to wait until the last hour of the day but that didn't stop us enjoying it. We had lots of turns and there were several races through the obstacles and as it was a hot and sunny day, it was quite tiring!
Class 3 are learning about the Romans and we went to visit the remains of the Roman fort at South Shields, near Newcastle. It was a very interesting day and we were able to learn about what life was like for a Roman soldier in the fort. The reconstructions of the barracks and gatehouse were fascinating. Don't think we would like to sleep in the barracks though!
We also had the opportunity to have a go at being an archaeologist and discover Roman remains for ourselves. We examined lots of pottery and bone that had originally been found during excavations in the fort.
There were many activities to do to learn more about Roman life. Dressing like a Roman was a highlight!
We would like to thank the staff of the museum for all their help in making this such an enjoyable and educational day.
What an exciting day we've had!
It was lovely to see so many children arriving at school dressed up as inventors or inventions. The effort that was put into the posters and presentations was brilliant too. Well done everyone!
Lots of experiments about 'change' have been carried out today, making this a very memorable occasion.
The chicks came to visit Class 3 during Science Week and we had a chance to see them up close. It's amazing to think they are just a few days old and already they were able to walk around the carpet confidently and feed themselves. They enjoyed the warmth of our hands and a few of them nearly dropped off to sleep as we cuddled them! This will certainly be a Science Week to remember.
Day two of Science Week and in Class 3 it was a chance to see what magnets could do. The theme of Science Week is 'change' and we wanted to find out how a magnetic field could change the movements of other magnets. We experimented with paper clips first to find out how strong the magnetic field was and then built a pyramid to suspend a ring magnet. We used other magnets to try to change the ring magnet's movement, including making it spin around! The more magnets you used, the more interesting the effects. It was quite fun to make 'hovering' paper clip too!
This week is Science Week and throughout the school interesting and intriguing experiments and activities are taking place.
The theme for Science Week is 'change' and in class 3 we began with a colour change. We tested different materials to see if they were an acid or an alkali using an indicator solution made from red cabbage. It was easy to see if the material was an acid as the solution turned red and if it was an alkali, it turned blue. We ended up with a range of colours, including pink and green as we tried to find out what would happen when you mixed an acid and an alkali. We also tested our materials using indicator paper strips.
Class 3 had a fun and messy afternoon when they took part in the Fun Run around school on February 28th. The course was challenging but it was fun because there was a liberal sprinkling of powder paint on every obstacle! As the children went round each lap, they became more and more colourful!
Mrs Nicholson kindly visited Class 3 today to tell us about her job as a chiropractor. She brought a skeleton and some other interesting resources to help us learn more about our science topic, 'Our Body and How We Move'. Our children asked some good questions and thoroughly enjoyed this part of our afternoon.
During the Autumn term, the pupils of Year 3 have been having music lessons and are learning to play the violin, supported by the Durham Music Service. You can see from the faces that it requires quite a lot of concentration and practice. They are busy rehearsing for a short performance in Collective Worship at Christmas, and we've been hearing some familiar carols being played. Keep practicing everyone, as we are looking forward to this.
We had a great visit to the Locomotion Museum in Shildon to find out more about the history of the railways in our area. We saw lots of interesting engines and found out about Timothy Hackworth and his engine, the 'Sans Pareil'. One of our favourite engines was the 'Black 5' because we could go in the cab to see how it worked.