We do like to be beside the seaside.....
We were very lucky with the weather on our trip to Llandudno, making the trip much more fun for all. This trip was part of our geography topic and so we had a look at land uses, human and physical. The human features we saw were the ski slope, the pier, tram, cable car, shops, hotels, churches, toilets and gardens. The physical features we saw we the sea, the beach, cliffs, animal like seagulls, The Orm (hill).
Party in 3D
3D earned their class reward - an afternoon party! Take a look at us having fun.
Learning about Islam
We had a week topic learning about Islam and what Muslims believe including Ramadan and Eid.
Making New Moston Bloom
The children have planned, costed, bought and planted lots of lovely plants to make our school look more beautiful. The planning of the garden was a competition between our table teams and voted for by the children last week. There were lots of fabulous options and the winner was ... Green Table! As a class we walked to the garden centre at Morrison’s to buy our plants including ivy, pansies and alpine pots. We then got planting, working as a team to do the job. Come and take a look at our handwork when you are in the playground.
Experiment time: What do plants need to survive?
We have designed and set up an experiment to test some of the things which plants need to survive. We have one plant we are treating normally to compare to the others and one which we are not going to water, one we have put in sand instead of compost, one we are keeping in a jar and one we are keeping in the cupboard so that it does not get any light. We have thought carefully about making the experiment fair and so we are using a jug to water the plants (except the one without water) so that they get the same amount of water, we have kept all the plants in the same place in the classroom (except the one in the cupboard) so that they get the same amount of light and warmth, we have used the same type and size of plants and we are keeping them in the same sized pots. We have all made predictions and we think that the ones without water or light will die and the one we are keeping normally will do the best. Keep checking the blog to find out how the experiment goes.
Family Fun Farm Experiance
We have designed an attraction to help farmer John make some money out of his field and woods so that we can save the ancient and special trees. (We have even used alliteration in the name!) At our attraction you could have a tour of the trees including the Star Tree, the RainbowTree, the Juice tree and the Thorny Devil. You might even want to take photos and do some bird watching in the woods. If you camp or caravan in the field you can enjoy the hot tub in the evening. We also have a petting zoo, pick-your-own fruit, trampolining and horse rides. Take a look at the photos of us enjoying the experiences at the farm. Over the next two weeks we will be writing information leaflets to advertise the Family Fun Farm Experience.
So many fantastic Easter gardens were brought in to 3D, I think Mrs Mitchell must have found it very hard to judge! Thank you to everyone who brought in their fab gardens.
Well done to Amy, who won the class prize. A fantastic garden with lots of different detailed features.
This week we learnt about Christianity and why Christians celebrate Easter. We enjoyed learning about the Easter story and finding out about Christian symbology relating to Easter.
We also did some art and crafts relating to Easter which was a lovely end to the term. Take a look at what we have been up to:
We have been conducting experiments again! We used our skills and knowledge from last week about conduction a fair experiments: we designed our experiment in detail, thinking of all the control variables we must keep the same and carefully conducted our experiment, measuring accurately.
We were testing the different distances that a marble would travel on different surfaces. We thought about the smoothness of the different surfaces and how this would affect the friction when interpreting our results.
It was fab to see how much we have developed as scientists since starting year 3 - out of learning and lots of fun!
We have conducted our own science experiment to test the force of magnets. We have been learning about how to conduct fair tests and what to measure in an experiment.
Another exciting science workshop in 3D this week. We watched lots of super circus tricks while learning about the forces involved. We then practiced our own balancing and spinning circus skills. We learnt that you need to watch the top of the object to make sure you keep directly beneath it and so be able to push up against gravity. We have some very impressive balancing skills in 3D - some of us were able to balance peacock feathers on our chins!
To start our new topic about ‘Do opposites attract?’, we had a special visitor come in to teach us some tricks with magnets. We had lots of fun trying out different ways of using magnets as well as learning about how they work. We learnt about the poles of magnets, how to make materials magnetic and even about the Earth’s magnetic field!
We enjoyed some 'story time' by reading a few fun short books together for World Book day this afternoon in our pjs. Lots of children also shared books they love from home or school with the class. Titles included:
- Gangster Granny and Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. These are enjoyable and funny reads - chapter books with amusing pictures to illustrate.
- The Minecraft Annuals. Lots of interesting information about Minecraft.
- Dinosaurs. An information book about dinosaurs.
- The long way home by Michael Morpurgo. The long way home is a heartfelt tale of an orphaned boy in search of family. Michael Morpurgo writes gripping emotional books about characters from a variety of settings.
- Alberto the Dancing Alligator by Richard Waring. A light hearted picture book about a girl with a pet alligator.
- - and Nobody Noticed the Mouse by Enid Richmont . A delightful story picture book about a mouse at a wedding. Can you spot the mouse in every picture?
Thank you very much to all of you who brought in books from home to share with us.
This week we have undertaken a variety of activities and lessons to explore LGBT history, issues and community.
We have focused on Ellen DeGeneres (the voice of Dory), looking at her life, work and personality as well as the work she has done for LGBT equality. Have a look at our posters about her to see what we have learnt:
We watched some clips from the Ellen Show and had a go at being talk show hosts ourselves. We acted out imaginary scenes of interviewing Ellen herself on our show. We had lots of fun and used our creative licences in our answers as Ellen!
We though we would also try out our talents at another of Ellen’s famous skills - voice over acting.
We looked at ‘choose love and hope not fear and hate’. We explored what love, hope, hate and fear were through class discussion. Here are some of our ideas:
Hate is the opposite of love and fear is the opposite of hope.
You should keep love in your heart.
You won’t have friends if you choose hate because you would be nasty and a bully.
You can have some hate and fear as well as some love and hope - you are not just one or the other.
If you choose the path of love and hope you will have a happy life.
We created our own choose love posters:
Celebrating our Angry Earth
To celebrate completing our topic ‘Why does the Earth get angry?’, we invited parents to watch our model volcanoes erupt and help us build structures to withstand an earthquake. We all had a great time and have learnt about building strong structures.
Take a look at the photos of us building and painting our model volcanoes ready for the end of the topic celebration.
Stone Age Adventures
In literacy, we have been preparing for our new topic about the Stone Age. Looking at the resources, tools, food and animals from the Stone Age, we have been imagining what it would have been like to live at that time. Through acting, we have developed our stories about defeating a dangerous animal. Take a look at the photos of us in the role of Stone Age people:
Take a look inside the Earth
We have been learning about the ground beneath our feet and the structure of the Earth this week.
We have learnt that soil is made up of different layers and beneath that is the bedrock which can be made of any of the rock types we have already learnt about. All of this is the solid Crust of the Earth, a relatively thin (10-50km) layer, which is covered by the sea, cities, forests and everything else we find of the surface of the Earth.
If we go deeper into the Earth, the next layer we come across is called the Mantle. This is a thick layer made of hot rock which is partially melted. (It is a bit like treacle or slime made out of rock.) Beneath the Mantle is the Core, which is the middle part of the Earth (like an apple core). The Core is split into two layers - Inner Core and Outer Core - and contains lots of iron, which creates the Earth’s magnetic field.
In order to understand the structure of the layers inside the earth, we made plasticine models. Take a look at our photos and see if you can spot the layers:
Take a look at this video to help you understand the layers of the Earth:
Fossil Formation & Fossil Finding
This week we have been learning all about how fossils are made. We learnt that the remains of animals fall to the bottom of lakes or the ocean, where they get covered by mud and sand. The soft parts of the body will decay but the bones and shells can be preserved as the sand and mud turns to rock. As the bones are dissolved and decay, new minerals fill the space they leave behind.
Find out more by watching this video: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/z2ym2p3
Take a look at the photos of us making a pretend fossil:
We have also been learning about Mary Anning, a famous palaeontologist (a person who finds and studies fossils), who made a discovery of an Itheosaur when she was just 10 years old!
Take a look at this video to find out more: https://www.bbc.com/teach/class-clips-video/ks1-ks2-mary-anning/zn7gd6f
We have had a theft in 3D and so in literacy lessons this week we have been putting our detective hats on to solve the mystery. Take a look at the photos of us looking for clues and working out which suspects they point to.....
In order to learn about how the 3 different types of rocks are made, we made ‘chocolate rocks’. Igneous rocks are volcanic rocks, formed when liquid rock from a volcano cools. We made this by pouring out melted chocolate and leaving it to cool. Sedimentary rocks are made out of sand, silt and gravel which get squashed together beneath the ocean. We made this by smashing together chocolate drops. Metamorphic rocks are made when another type of rock is changed by heat and or pressure. We made this by rolling the sedimentary rock in our hands.
We had a special visitor this week: Steve (the geologist) brought in rocks, videos of volcanoes, and models of volcanoes. We looked at the different rock types (even turning Sandstone back into sand!) and learnt about why some rocks have holes. We also had a great time creating eruptions with the model volcanoes and saw some videos of Icelandic eruptions. We all had a fantastic time - thank you Steve.
Some more crafting......
Carrying on with our crafts, we have finished our hand print wreaths and made Christmas cards.
We have been doing a lot of making and creating for Christmas in 3D. Take a look at our photos to see what we have been up to.
Measuring in Maths
In 3D we have been getting practical with our measuring this week.
3D have been putting their DT skills to the test by designing and making their own musical instruments.
There was lots of ‘trial and error’, tweaking and perfecting needed to get our instruments working before we decorated them. We learnt a lot along the way and the results are fab.
Making our instruments:
Our finished instruments:
3D filled their popcorn jar last week and so we had our class reward on Tuesday afternoon.
Take a look at the photos of us enjoying our reward afternoon....