How does Usain Bolt run so fast?
First we investigated if we could run as fast as Usain Bolt and why he runs so quickly. We looked at how exercising and eating a balanced diet are important in keeping fit and healthy. We found out about the human body and how our muscles help us move.
Who first lived in Britain?
We looked at a book called 'The Stone Age Boy' which helped to transport us back to life in the Stone Age. We enjoyed finding out from Om about how she gathered food, about her home and her family. We wrote letters to Om to thank her for our visit to the Stone Age. We created some super cave paintings and even signed them with a hand print!
How did that blossom become an apple?
We made an exciting start to our learning challenge by tasting and describing a range of fruits to help us design and make our own fruit salad. They were delicious! We were fascinated to find out about the lifecycle of an apple tree and what the different parts of a plant do. We were full of excitement and curiosity leading up to our residential visit to Rand Farm. We were not disappointed! There were lots of farm jobs for us to help with, such as milking the cows, bottle feeding the lambs and cleaning out the pigs. We also found out about how important bees are and how ice cream is made. On our return to school we had a visit from 'Living Eggs' and enjoyed watching the eggs hatch into chicks, helping us learn about the lifecycle of a chicken.
In Year 3 we explored Myths and Legends as part of our English curriculum during the Autumn term. We enjoyed a visit to Sherwood Forest to learn about Robin Hood.
Autumn Term 2015
We have been very busy during the Autumn term, in Year 3. We have answered four questions throughout our learning Challenge Curriculum.
How attractive are you?
the children explored different poles of a magnet. They found out that two of the poles of the same colour repel, but opposite colours attract. We investigated materials which are magnetic and non-magnetic around school. We explored how to put together two of the same poles to create a push. We also carried out investigations to identify which magnet was strongest. In design and Technology we created our own magnetic game.
Why has Greece always been in the news?
We found out where Greece is in the world and drew the Greek flag. We compared and contrasted Greece with the United Kingdom. We discovered that it is warm and dry in Greece and that hummus and feta cheese are foods sometimes eaten in Greece. We read Greek myths and legends, finding out about Greek history, including the Olympics and Greek gods and goddesses. We designed a Greek pot which we made from clay and decorated with Hebrew writing.
What do rocks tell us about the way the earth was formed?
We carried out a range of experiments to test the durability of rocks. We talked about the importance of a fair test. We investigated other properties such as permeability and whether a rock floats. We compared different types of rocks to see if they were man-made or natural. We explored different processes; such as how a rock is made into soil, how fossils are formed and how igneous and sedimentary rocks are formed. We related properties of rocks to their uses. For example; slate is used for roof tiles because it splits easily and is impermeable.
In Art we studied the work of Diane Wright, and artist of rocks, and we created our own rock drawings. We also explored rock sculptures and created our own, it was great fun!
What makes the earth angry?
As a continuation of our work on rocks, we focused on volcanoes. We had lots of questions that we were eager to find out the answers to!
We investigated volcanoes using different books and websites. We found out why a volcanoes erupts and what the different parts of a volcano are called. We wrote non-chronological reports about volcanoes, which included a labelled diagram. we explored locations of volcanoes using a world map. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano, surprisingly there were lots of advantages! finally we built our own volcano, and using a bottle and paper mache we discovered how to make it erupt!