Year 3 Goings On
As part of our Rocks, Soils & Fossils topic, Year 3 made mini-compost bins. We were amazed to observe how the tiger worms turned food scraps like banana peelings, lettuce and carrot peelings into a rich nutritous compost. We also noticed how the worms burrowed deep below the food scraps into the layers of sand and soil mixing them up.
Rocks and Soil
We have also been investigating the permeability of soils by comparing how quickly 100ml of water can pass through a measure of soil. After observing the soil samples closely by looking at their particle size and the spaces between them, the children predicted which sample would be the most and the least permeable. In each group everyone had a job: timer, measurer, pourer, scribe. It was great fun working together as a team!
Stones and Bones
Year Three are exploring how life changed during the Stone Age. We read ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. We tried to imagine what it would be like to travel back to the Stone Age just like the boy in our story.
We went scavenging to collect items that would help us survive in Stone Age times. Our Forest Schools Leader showed us how to light a fire and we learned how important fire would have been in Stone Age times.
We were glad to go back to all the electrical devices in our classroom!
We are reading five books that have been short-listed for the Surrey Library Book Award 2018.
We were thrilled to be visited by Sylvia Bishop, author of ‘The Bookshop Girl.’
It was fascinating learning about how she writes stories and the process of getting a book published. She gave us lots of ideas for generating original story ideas. We are going to try some of them out in the next few weeks.
We are a Champion School for the Surrey Library 2018 Book Awards.
We were invited to visit Woking Library.
We enjoyed a leisurely walk along the canal into the centre of Woking. We were lucky enough to see a canal boat going through one of the many locks. It was a good job we were passing because we needed to help the boat owners push the lock gates!
We learned lots about the Woking Library, completed a quiz and practised borrowing and renewing books.
As it was such nice day we enjoyed an ice lolly and still made it back for lunch.
We visited Wisley Gardens as part of our science topic on plants.
We enjoyed exploring the gardens and our favourite parts were the bonsai trees and the glass house.
We enjoyed a wonderful workshop lead by the team at Wisley. We found about the different ways plants disperse their seed. We even made recycled pots out of newspaper and planted our very own seed to take home.
During Book Week 2018, children listened to stories read by adults who work in our School.
Mrs Bowry read a different Paddington Bear story each day. We had a different take home activity to complete each day. On Friday we made and enjoyed marmalade sandwiches – Paddington’s favourite!
Stones and Bones
Year 3 celebrated the end of their ‘Stones and Bones’ topic by teaching parents Stone Age survival skills.
Parents sampled food that people would have eaten in the Stone Age. They marvelled at our creative art work inspired by this fascinating period of history.
We also displayed the woolly mammoth models we made in teams, alongside the instructions we had written (inspired by the book – How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth).
World Book Day
Year Three welcomed an unusual visitor to the classroom on Tuesday in ‘Book Week’ – a tortoise! As you can see, we all got a really close look. What an interesting animal! We were fascinated… what a beautiful, calming influence on the room she was!
We agreed that the Tuesday of Book Week was ‘farmtastic’! Our school field became a small farm and we became the farmers! Grooming the Shetland Pony, feeding (and being chased by) the hungry lambs were highlights of our year! We love animals!