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.
We have been learning to do art and poetry at the same time but we really don't know if it is art or English! We stuff lots of adjectives into an out line of the animal that we are writing about. If you would like to see some professional examples click on the picture below.
Class 3 represented the school at this year's Community Carnival, parading through the town with the banners we made and wearing the masks and costumes of Australian animals. It was a fabulous day, and the sunshine and smiles made it a day to remember. Thank you for all the children, parents and friends who helped to make this such an enjoyable event.
The children have learned lots about the Queen this week. Other work carried out in class has been based around her 90th birthday.
In maths, we started the week off by using the four operations to make 90 in 90 ways! Well done children - you did it!
All of the children took part in a competition to design a birthday card for the Queen. Don't they look great?
In preparation for our party on Friday afternoon, we made some delicious scones.
To finish the week, we enjoyed a lovely party together with our own kings and queens.
On Monday 16th May some of the class attended a sporting event at Eastbourne Sports Complex, Darlington. The children had to compete in 4 disciplines, the 50m sprint, 400m long race, the standing long jump and hurler throw. Everyone enjoyed the events and tried their hardest, even though the long race took their breath away!
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Class 3 have been working this week to prepare art work for the Darlington Community Carnival which is on Saturday, June 25th, 2016. We will be joining a parade through the streets so we have been making banners and masks with help from Kings Performing Arts, Darlington. Our class has been making Australian animal masks and will be learning to move and dance like animals, which should make the parade colourful and exciting!
Here are a few pictures from early on in the week so you can see how we are getting on. More later when the masks are finished.