Class 3: The Penguins (2015-2016)

Class Teacher – Mrs Reevell

Learning Support Assistant (LSA) – Shaunagh Hart

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Summer term 2016
Our topic this term is "One More Step". We will be looking at the next step in prehistory, moving from the Neolithic period, through the Iron age, to the Bronze age. We will be trying to imagine what life would have been like, focusing on creation myths and storytelling in English and thinking about how Stonehenge was built, linking this to finding out about forces in science. In art we will be designing amd making pots from clay.
This term we will be going to forest school on alternate Tuesdays. Also on Tuesday we will be doing P.E so the children who are in class will need their P.E kit.
Our English and Maths targets are as follows:
English: I can read my work out to a group with confidence and make sure it sounds interesting, using the right volume and tone of voice.
Maths: I can recall multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times table.
You can continue to support your child at home by reading regularly with them. Also practising quick recall of multiplication tables would be really helpful.
3 Times Tables Songs 
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Times Tables Videos -January 2016
The children have been enjoying these songs along with lots of other learning opportunities for remembering their times tables. Please have a look at these at home to help you practice your 2,5 and 10 times tables. 
Welcome to Class 3 and KS2!
This term our topic title is Let the Journey Begin! We will be exploring the theme of journeys through adventure stories in English to journeying in time back to the Stone Age. We also have a production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to look forward to.Find out more about what we will be learning this term from the curriculum map below.
The children have settled in really well over the last two days. Yesterday we focused on getting to know each other and thought about the things that we like and that are important to us. We also worked as classroom detectives to find out what we can use in our classroom to help us with our learning.
Today we focussed on creating our Class rules. We agreed that these rules would make Class 3 a great place to learn.
We will ...
care for and co operate with eachother.
respect our classroom and everything in it.
listen to and respect each other.
Week ending 11th September
Well done Class 3 have finished their first full week! This week we have been collaborating together on lots of activities including designing our group table mats, using the atlases to locate our groups countries. We have worked together in our groups in guided reading, discussing how characters are feeling and how the author lets us know. This has helped us to focus on our English target about listening to and discussing our opinions with others. We have also collaborated on strategies for counting a larger number of objects in maths.
New activities this week included our first Spanish lesson with Fiona, she taught us how to say hello in Spanish and gave us all a Spanish name. We also met Mrs Adey who will be taking us for PE every Wednesday and for ICT.
At the end of the week we talked about the meaning of democracy, we found out that it means giving everyone the chance to have their say and give their opinion. Then we voted for our Class Councillors. 
Also this week we met our new class prefects,  Alfie and Shannon, who will be with us for the year. 
Friday 18th September
This week we have been focussing on Place Value in maths. We have use practical materials to help us make 3 digit numbers. We played a version of 3 in a row, taking it in turns to place counters on a hundreds, tens and units board to make the 3 digit number shown on a card. The game was won when we placed 3 counters in a row. 
In science we became seed detectives, investigating how many different types of seed we could spot in the school garden. Take a look at the photos to see some of the different seeds we found.
In English we have been talking about the adjectives and how they are used to paint a picture for the reader. We used the paint brush from our grammar tool kit as a reminder. 
We had another fun Spanish lesson with Fiona this week and  are all becoming more confident at trying out Spanish greetings.
Some of the children are already bringing in examples of different types of seeds. You can look around and see how many different types you can find. Can you explain to an adult at home how seeds are dispersed? Can you show the actions and remember some of the examples?
If you have dice at home you could make 3 digit numbers and talk about the value of each digit. 
Week 21st - 25th September
On Monday we really enjoyed working with our reading buddies in Class 5. The focus was on listening to the story and asking and answering questions. We enjoyed listening to some great story voices and we are looking forward to next week, when it will be our turn to read.
In science we continued to think about how and why seeds are dispersed. We made our own paper sycamore seeds  and had great fun trying them out. Next week we will be carrying out fair tests to try and find out: Do heavier seeds travel further? Do smaller seeds travel further? Does the height of the seed make a difference?
In English we used adjectives to help us "paint" a  detailed description of the gorilla in the Antony Browne story "Gorilla" and painted fantastic gorilla portraits. 
5th - 9th October
In maths this week we have been comparing 3 digit numbers using greater than and less than. We investigated all the different number sentences we could write using three 3 digit numbers. Can you remember how the crocodile helped us to remember which symbol we needed to use?
In English we found out that when we add the suffix ed we need to follow different rules. We looked at the end of the root word to decide the rule we needed to follow; just add ed, double the last letter then add ed, drop the e then add ed and change the y to an i then add ed. Can you find examples of these in your reading book?
Lots of us have already become enthusiastic about the Stone Age and have been busy at home finding out information and creating some lovely artwork. In class we have been looking at the evidence that has been left behind and what it might tell us about how people lived in the Stone Age.
Today when we visited St Mary's church we found out about special objects that are used as part of Christian worship. We used our noticing muscles to spot some interesting things in and around the church including funny faces in the roof!
12th - 16th October
This week we enjoyed listening to our Class 5 reading buddies reading their own stories. Next week we are going to be planning our stories and we will be looking forward to sharing these with Class 5 after half term.
In Maths we have continued to deepen our understanding of number,  representing it in different ways. Working in our co-operative groups we were given an amount of money to represent in different ways. As well as money one member of the group used place value counters to show how the number could be represented in hundreds, tens and ones. When we had finished,  we also compared and ordered the amounts.
In science we found out about the importance of flowers in the plant life cycle. We used our noticing skills to look closely at the inside of a flower and made careful drawings of what we had found. Why is it 
important for pollen to be transfered from one flower to another and how does this happen?
We ended the week using role play and freeze framing to explore characters feelings in "The Tunnel". Lots of us could identify with the idea of having a brother or a sister who we were always arguing with! 

Welcome back to the final term of the year! Our topic this term is “One more step”. We will be looking at the next step in prehistory, moving from the Neolithic period through the Iron age to the Bronze Age. We will be trying to imagine what life would have been like, focusing on creation myths and storytelling in English and thinking about how Stonehenge was built linking this to finding out about forces in science. In art we will be designing and making pots from clay.

This term we will be going to forest school on alternate Tuesdays. Also on Tuesday we will be doing P.E so the children who are remaining in class each week will need their P.E kit.

Our English and Maths targets this term are as follows:

English: I can read my work out to a group with confidence and make sure it sounds interesting, using the right volume and tone of voice.

Maths: I can recall multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times table.

You can continue to support your child by reading daily and talking about the story to deepen their understanding. Also, regular practice of tables, multiplication and division facts.

Please find further details of our plans for this term on the curriculum overview.

27th June - 1st July
This week we have been focusing on designing and making games using magnets. Last week  each group was given a budget of £10. We had to choose the materials we wanted to use and work out how much money we had spent. On Friday we talked about our games and showed what we had done so far. When we have finished making them, we will be testing out the games and creating instructions and adverts.
In maths we revisited division, we divided our class into teams and recorded the division calculation. We all found it helpful to divide practically and were confident about writing the calculation even with remainders.
In English we completed our Amesbury Archer diary extracts, rereading and checking our work for spelling errors particularly ed and ing suffixes. 
Those of us who didn't go to Forest School this week had fun creating 3D shapes. We talked about the properties of the shapes we had created and found out the name of each shape.
13th - 17th June
Take a look at the photos below to see what we have been doing this week.
  • Science and ICT - investigating the strength of different magnets and using ICT to represent data.
  • Tasting fruit and using our Spanish skills to say whether we liked it or not.
  • Composting workshop - finding out about the minibeasts that help break down compost.
  • Healthy cooking challenge - having lots of fun finding out about how we can prepare and cook a healthy meal.
  • Bronze Age trading - trading wool, chickens, wood, land and jewellery.
This is what Issy thought of the the cooking challenge...
"This morning was amazing because there was this man called Darren and he did a cooking challenge in the hall... It smelt really nice and I loved it!"
6th - 10th June
Our first week back after half term has been extremely busy and varied. Take a look at some of our photos of this week's group enjoying Forest School - activities included den building, fire lighting, making medalions from wood and hunting for mini beasts.
In science this week we have been investigating whether or not all metals are magnetic. We were suprised to find that they weren't! Can you find out which are the  magnetic metals?
In English we have been finding out about the features of a diary ready for when we write our own diary entries as Dr Fitzpatrick, the head archaeologist who discovered the Amesbury Archer. 
At the end of the week we had lots of fun celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday. We had a posh birthday lunch on Thursday and wore our crowns. Then on Friday we designed and made bunting using our maths skills and made sandwiches ready for the birthday tea with the rest of the  school on Friday afternoon. We had fun collaborating in our groups for our Queen quizz and even had a go at Pin the tail on the Corgi!
Times Tables with Mrs Adey
We have been busy learning our 8 times tables with Mrs Adey, have a look at what we did today (Wednesday 25th May 2016).
16th - 20th May
This week we welcomed student teachers Mr Chidler and Mr Hughes to Class 3. They will be joining us for the next 4 weeks. 
In maths we have been learning about lines, finding out about right angles, parallel, perpendicular, horizontal and vertical lines. We had fun identifying examples of these in the playground and used what we had learned to help us design flags using these types of lines.
After our final editing, we redrafted our stories in English and shared them with our Class 5 reading buddies.
In science we investigated magnets and found out what happens when 2 magnets are brought together. In Art this week we used pastels to colour geometric shapes based on what we saw in and around the school grounds. We will be using these shapes to create a collaborative picture with a Paul Klee influence!
9th - 13th May
This week we have been finishing the written version of our creation myth. We used our own characters and have worked hard to create sentences that will interest the reader using adjectives and powerful verbs.
In maths we are looking at the properties of shape. We made right angle testers to check right angles in shapes around the classroom.
In our topic work we worked collaboratively to produce a poster about the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and what the evidence tells us about how people lived. We also experimented with different techniques for making pots including thumb pots and coil pots and thought about what the pot we made might have been used for.
3rd - 6th May
This week we have been focusing on orally retelling a story. We took advantage of the sunshine and sat together in the roundhouse in the Japanese garden imagining how Neolithic people may have sat round in much the same way sharing their stories. We told the story of how the world was created, each adding our own ideas. Can you remember the story and tell it to everyone at home?
After finding out about Stonehenge and how it may have been constructed, in science we began to think about how we could measure the force needed to move a heavy object and how that force could be reduced. We collaborated in a group to decide what equipment we would need and what we were going to do.
In maths we rounded off our fraction topic by comparing and ordering different fractions. We have learned a lot about fractions including finding out that when you add or subtract fractions with the same denominator, the denominator doesn't change. We also found out that the larger the number in the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
We finished off the week exploring pattern making using natural objects and planned the designs for the pots we will be making.
Learning the 8 Times Tables
We have been busy learning the 8 times tables in a variety of different ways. Have a look at some videos the children have enjoyed. We have also practiced making the times table using resources, singing and many other ways of learning the times tables. 
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25th - 28th April
We began the week listening to our reading buddies tell us the legend of St George,  we noted down the descriptive vocabulary they used and talked about what we enjoyed. (Please see Class 5 blog photos)  Next week we will have the opportunity to share the story we are learning explaining how the world was created.
In maths we continued to work on fractions, learning how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
In topic work we looked the evidence left behind at Skara Brae and worked collaboratively to create posters explaining what we had learned. Why not take a look at the Skara Brae links and find out more about how Neolithic people lived in this community.
We ended the week with an important talk from the R.N.L.I about how to keep safe on the beach. We learned about the different flags to look out for when we go swimming and what to do if we were to be caught in a rip tide.
18th - 22nd April
This week we have been finding out more about creation myths. We heard the story of How Night Came and used role play to explore different parts of the story. 
In history we looked at the evidence uncovered at Skara Brae in Scotland that gave us clues to how people lived in Neolithic times. We found out that they had furniture in their homes made of stone, doors that could be locked from the inside and that they played dice games.
On Tuesday the first group to go to Forest School enjoyed a busy day with lots of opportunities to develop team work, collaboration and problem solving. 
On Thursday class 3 took part in a Tri golf tornament at the college. We had a go at lots of different activities to develop our golf skills. For each activity we scored points and we will find out this week whether or not we have made it through to the next round.
11th - 15th April
In a busy first week, we began by researching and presenting our new co-operative table group names. We wrote definitions and gave examples of these types of words in a sentence. Our new groups are; Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositions.
In topic work we took one more step along the the path of human history . We found out how important the discovery of farming was to Neolithic people. We used role play to compare the life of hunters who hunted wild animals, and farmers who had a ready supply of food.
In science we found out that forces are pushes and pulls and that they change the shape of objects, make objects move or stop moving, or change direction. We carried out different activities and talked about the forces involved. 
We found out that the more force we used, the faster and further the object travelled.
"The further you pulled the elastic band, the higher it went." Noel.
In maths we have been focusing on learning the number of days in each month and the number of days in a year. We found a really helpful way to remember using our knuckles!
21st - 23rd March
During the last three days we have enjoyed a variety of Easter linked activities including: Easter egg cards, Easter baskets and chocolate nests. We also wrote about Mary's visit to the tomb on Easter and the good news she was given by the angel that Jesus was alive. We used adjectives and powerful verbs to paint a picture for the reader.
In Maths we have been telling the time on digital and analogue clocks, have a look at the time games on the links below.
Hope you all have a lovely Easter and look forward to seeing you in the Summer term.
Indian Cooking with Chef Chris and Mrs Adey - Wednesday 16th March
The children have enjoyed learning about Hindiusm in our RE lessons, have learnt and researched about India and sent letters to our friends in Silver Bells School in India. Following on from the children's interest in India and their healthy eating learning in Science I suggested that Chef Chris came in to share his passion and knowledge for Indian cooking. Have a look at the photos from Chef Chris' visit.
14th - 18th March
As well as cooking this week we also enjoyed the three lessons we had from the CAP trainers, they taught as that we all have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free. Through role play and discussion we learned about how to deal with different situations including bullying and staying safe on the internet.
In maths we reflected on all that we have learned so far about fractions. We worked collaboratively with our partner to create a  poster to show what we have learned. 
In English this week we have developed our descriptive writing, using lots of detail and considering our word choices to create a picture for the reader. We based our writing on an extract from "The Wind in the Willows" when Mole abandons his spring cleaning and discovers the river. We look forward to sharing our writing with our reading buddies on Monday.
7th - 11th March
This week we have been focussing on a question we wanted to investigate in science linked to our learning on muscles and bones. We decided to investigate the question "Do people with the longest arms throw the furthest?"  We planned our test, gathered, recorded and talked about our results. Although some groups found it was true, overall as a class we found it wasn't true, so we talked about what we would do next to improve our investigation. In class we worked collaboratively with our groups to present our investigation to the rest of the class.
In maths we have been learning about tenths and how they can be written as decimals. We created our own number line to help us order and count in tenths in decimals and fractions. Some of us spotted that 0.5 was the same as one half.
In spanish we enjoyed working with Fiona to try and learn spanish names for parts of our body and finished by singing the spanish version of "Heads, shoulders, knees and toes."
Growing with Mrs Adey
The children enjoyed starting to grow some seeds today with Mrs Adey and are planning on watching their growth. We are planning to grow both vegetables and flowers starting with sweet peas and french beans. 
29th February - 4th March
This week we have been focusing on fractions in maths. We discovered that numbers can be divided into fractions including tenths and we all enjoyed finding and eating the fractions of each colour in a group of skittles!
In science we made a model arm to help us investigate how muscles work in pairs. We discovered that when the arm was bent the muscle on the top contracted and the muscle underneth relaxed. As the arm was straightened the top muscle lengthened and the bottom muscle contracted.
Thank you for all of the books that were donated as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We reflected on the question "Why read?"  here are some of our responses....
"To read happy stories" - Frayer
"To make a good adventure in your mind" - Evie
"For the fun of it" - George
"To find out facts" - John
"Reading manuals so you can fix things" - Noel
"To paint a picture and create a world in your mind" - Millie
22nd - 26th February
This week we have been focussing on learning about the human skeleton. In science we began by going out into the playground to draw round each other. Then as a group we had to draw in what we imagined our skeleton might look like. Back in the classroom we worked together  piece together a skeleton puzzle to learn about what was really under our skin. In guided reading we learned lots of interesting information about how our bones grow with us and the main functions of a skeleton. Today we have begun to draft and write our own information about the skeleton, organising our ideas into paragraphs with subheadings.
In maths we have been learning about fractions. We have learned that fractions are shapes or numbers that are divided equally. We used a number line to find fractions between 0 and 1 and discovered that some fractions were the same. We found that two quarters was the same as one half.
8th - 12th February
We finished off looking at instructions in English and healthy eating in Science by making our own healthy mango and banana smoothie. After we had made the smoothie we talked through the instructions with our Year 5 reading buddies before writing our smoothie recipes. We made sure we included imperative verbs to make our instructions clear. We all thought the smoothie was delicious and gave it a big thumbs up!
In maths we had fun learning about different types of measurement through a range ofpractical carousel activities. We also used the data we had collected about fruit and vegetables to ask and answer questions. 
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1st - 5th February
On Monday we began to explore multiplying bigger numbers using money. Then we used place value counters to help us learn how we could multiply two digit numbers by a one digit numbers using column multiplication. We noticed that when we made more than 10 we needed to put the 10 we had made on the doorstep of the 10s column.
In science we continued to look at healthy eating. We all enjoyed trying different fruit and vegetables, then collecting data about our favourites to help us create a bar chart in maths.
In English we have continued to look at instructions. We used our perseverance to try and follow written instructions for making a paper boat!
Also this week Mrs Adey helped us write letters to the children in Silver Bells school in India. First we shared information about ourselves and our hobbies, then we thought about what we would like to find out about the children and their school. 
25th - 29th January
This week we have been looking at and following instructions. We have given verbal instructions for moving around the playground, have talked about all the different types of instructions we meet in everyday life, and have drawn up a check list of what good instructions need.
In maths we have continued to explore multiplication and division. We have been learning our times table facts in different ways. We made a matching game and working in pairs challenged ourselves to beat the 3 minute timer. Some of us even managed to match our 3x tables in less than 1 minute! We used cubes to explore scaling and discovered the link to multiplication. 
We really enjoyed Spanish this week, the photos show us carrying out different activities as part of a colour carousel. We are all becoming really confident in saying the spanish colour names.
In science we have been finding out about the eatwell plate and what we need for a healthy balanced diet. Take a look at the website and plan a healthy lunchbox and plan a healthy menu for a day.
18th - 22nd January
Take a look at the videos below to see Class 3 reading aloud four different poems written by A.A. Milne. We collaborated together to plan and perform the poems and after lots of practising we had a go in front of the camera.
Cottleston Pie
Pooh always used to sing this song when his brain felt fluffy and he didn't know what else to say. 
This is a poem about Christopher Robin and is taken from "Now we are Six"
The Island
This poem is from "When we were very Young."  Listen out for the beutiful description of the sea. 
Lines written by a bear of very little brain.
We shall never know what happened on Friday because Kanga said "Yes it is, isn't it?" just as the fifth verse was beginning.
11th - 15th January
This week we have been reading and performing the song that Pooh sings when his brain feels fluffy and he can't think of anything else to say! It's called "Cottleston Pie"  We looked at the way the poem was written and found that the second and third line rhymed with pie. We used this as a starting point to create our own extra verse. On Monday we will be performing this poem to our reading buddies in Class 5 so wathch this space to see how we get on!
In maths we have been working on a tricky problem linked to the work we have been doing on multiplication. We found out that Winnie the Pooh had been counting animals. He tells Christopher Robin he counted sheep and chickens. He knows he counted 8 animals and 22 legs but can't remember how many of each there were. To solve this problem we worked with a partner initially making sheep and chickens with plasticine or cubes and then we had a go at using pictures. We noticed that we were counting in groups of 4 or groups of 2. The tricky part was trying to record and talk about our thinking.
Some of us started with all chickens and got the right number of legs but realised we had too many animals, so we swapped some of the chickens for sheep. We really used our perseverance to arrive at the solution. Can you try it at home?
Also this week take a look at our curriculum plan for this term, you will find it in the column on the left.
4th - 8th January
Happy new year and welcome to Mr Fegan who has joined us as a student teacher until half term. We have had a busy first week focusing on the christian celebration of Epiphany. In spanish Fiona taught us about how Epiphany is celebrated in Spain and we all tried some of the special cake called rosca de reyes (kings' ring) which she had made for us. We listened to the story of the three kings in "Casper and the star" and created stars using multiplicatioin tables. In maths we worked with our new co-operative partners to create posters to explain multiplication. We drew groups of objects, used repeated addition and jumps on a number line as well as showing the multiplication calculation.
We have also been talking about our new topic called "Let it Flow" and worked together to create a river display taking inspiration from the illustrations of E. H. Shepard in "Winnie the Pooh" and "The Wind in the Willows".
7th - 18th December
Happy Christmas to all! 
We finished the term with lots of fun Christmas activities. In R.E with Mrs Adey we thought about the real meaning of Christmas and designed nativity Christmas cards. We had lots of fun designing candles to sell at the Christmas fair and were really proud of the results.
We designed Christmas jumpers and shared our ideas with Class 5. 
To help us understand the process of fossilisation, we made chocolate fossils using jelly sweets to represent the animals and white chocolate to show how a fossil is formed.
 We used toys and money to help us understand what to do when we don't have enough units to subtract. We visited the bank of ten to change a £10 note for 10 one pound coins.
22nd - 26th November
This week we have become facinated by rocks! On Monday, Dr Watters came to talk to us about his work as a geologist and show us lots of interesting rocks. After school John went straight down to the beach and came in on Tuesday with what he had found. Then during the week lots of us have shared our rock and fossil collections. In science, we sorted rocks and thought about a question we would like to investigate. We decided to try and find out "Which rocks are the hardest?" 
In English, we read our Tunnel stories to our Class 5 reading buddies. They were really impressed with our stories and worked with us to edit and improve our writing.
In maths we have been talking through the steps for column addition, can you explain why we need to add the units first?
We ended the week exploring how music can create different moods and emotions. We listened to three different pieces and talked about what part of the story we thought they represented.
16th - 20th November
This week we have enjoyed writing our own "Tunnel" story in English. We have been focussing particularly on using adjectives and powerful verbs to interest the reader and the use of inverted commas to show when people are speaking. We are looking forward to sharing our stories next week with our Year 5 reading buddies.
In maths we used place value counters to show which digits changed when we added or subtracted 100s, 10s and 1s. 
In Spanish this week we all enjoyed using atlases to find Spanish speaking countries around the world. We were suprised to find there were twenty one and that most of those countries were in South America. We used our BLP skills of collaboration and noticing. We also used these skills on Wednesday afternoon in Science, when we became rock detectives, looking out for examples of rocks in and around school. We discovered that rock is really useful as it can be made into different materials like cement, concrete and glass. What examples can you find at home?
Following our journey theme,  we took a look at the work of abstract artist Paul Klee who said" a line is a dot that went for a walk." Take a look at some of the examples we created using the technique of taking a line for a walk.
Week 9th - 13th November
This week we have begun writing our own stories based on "The Tunnel" by Antony Browne. We began by creating character profiles of two contrasting characters - a brother and sister who were "not at all alike."  We used our fast writing to help us focus on how inverted commas are used to show when different characters are speaking.
In maths we are using our knowledge of number bonds to help us add and subtract mentally.
In science we have shared what we know about rocks. We talked about how people in the Stone Age used rock to make tools and how we use rock for all sorts of different things like walls, floors and even jewellery.
2nd - 6th November
This week in english, we had our first experience of Fast Writing. We were given ten minutes to copy accurately two sentences (twenty two words in total). After that we swapped with a partner so that we could peer assess. We found it really useful for reading, thinking about accurate spelling and using the correct punctuation. We all managed to stay really focused for the ten minutes and all earned points for our neat handwriting. We will continue to try this out for the rest of this term to see the progression in handwriting, spelling and punctuation.
We also identified powerful verbs in "The Tunnel" and used these to add to our working wall so that we can use them in our own writing.
In maths this week we have been focusing on mental strategies for addition.  We used our knowledge of number bonds of numbers to 10 to help us add in just 2 steps. We looked for patterns and tried to explain our thinking on a number line. 
In science we reviewed what we knew about how plants make seeds. Some of us were flowers covered in pollen,  as Louis (our bee) visited each flower we stuck some of our pollen onto him. Then Louis visited the next flower and left behind some of the pollen he had picked up and collected more.  This is the process of pollination.
(Apologies no photos this week due to lost camera lead!)
19th - 23rd October
We ended the first half term with an exciting and informative visit to Kents Cavern to find out more about life in the Stone Age. We discovered that prehistoric animals such as woolly mammoths, hyenas and cave lions had once roamed the Torbay area and had made their home in the caves. During the tour we found out how the caves were formed and saw lots of facinating features. We also had the chance to go digging for gems and fossils and found out about every day life in the Stone Age trail. We all enjoyed the visit and impressed Elliot, our guide for the day, he sent an e mail to say the class were "great fun, enthusiastic and well behaved." Well done Class 3!
Back at school we worked in groups to measure out and sketch some of the prehistoric animals we had found out about, those like the Irish Elk and the Woolly Mammoth were huge. We also drew animals and people from the Stone Age for our classroom display.
28th - 2nd October
This week we got off to a great start with M and M theatre production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We used the play to help us write descriptions of settings using adjectives to paint a picture. In science we carried out our seed investigations, collaborating together to take careful measurements in cm to see how far our paper seeds had travelled. We also took  measurements in our topic activity, creating individual timelines of 500 years, then sticking them all together to go back in time to the Stone Age. We discovered that the Stone Age was a very long time ago and found out that time is measured from when Jesus was born. We also learned that time before Jesus is called BC and time after Jesus is AD.
30th November - 4th December
This week in English we have begun to look at the features and language used in non-fiction texts. We will be focusing on texts connected with our science topic of rocks, identifying features and writing our own non-fiction information.
In maths we used dice to investigate adding 3 digit numbers we had generated from rolling the dice. We also used the dice to play the beetle game in Spanish to help us learn our Spanish numbers. We couldn't begin drawing our beetles until we had rolled a seis (six).
In science we worked with some year 6 children to carry out our rock investigation. We had talked about how we could find out which rock was the hardest in a sample of five different rocks.  We then planned and carried out our tests and talked about our results. We all discovered that chalk was the softest rock because it was easy to scatch it, and that granite was the hardest.
On Friday we completed our designs for our Christmas candles. They turned out really well, Shaunagh used a special tool to heat the wax so that the design became part of the candle, then we put them in bags tied with ribbon ready to sell at the PTFA Christmas Fair. We are certain they will be very popular as they are so good.