This is the first ever Class 3 blog of 2017!! Hopefully there will be a lot more to come, to keep you updated with all of the amazing learning that is going on in our class. The plan is to upload photos along with information of what has been happening…
This half term has seen some excellent learning based around the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’.
The students have produced some impressive persuasive letters and have been learning about volcanoes in Geography, as well as different types of rocks in Science.
These rocks were made using chocolate and clearly show the different layers of sedimentary rock.
We also did a visual demonstration of a volcanic eruption. One volcano was borrowed from the resource centre at Thompson House. This involved mixing vinegar and red food colouring with sodium bicarbonate. The other was a homemade volcano from Laurence and involved mixing sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, flour and water.
Both volcanoes produced differing eruptions – the vinegar eruption was fast and furious and the citric acid one was slower but produced more bubbles. The children were thoroughly impressed!
To get as many links to the rain forest as possible, in Geography, the class had to produce their own weather forecasts from a topical location. They had to stand up in pairs and present the weather to the rest of the class. Linking to Literacy, they were asked to use adjectives and expanded noun phrases in their weather forecasts, in order to make them more interesting and descriptive.
In Science, plants have been the area of study. The class had to sow beans to see which germinated first – the root or shoot. They kept a bean diary on the speed of growth.
For the second experiment, they placed celery sticks into coloured water to see water transportation in action.
For the third experiment, they are currently testing to see if light makes a difference to germination. This is quite interesting, as on the forest floor, light is limited due to the canopy layer blocking out the majority of light. It will be interesting to compare the germination of the seeds allowed light, and those without light.
Cowell class has been transformed into a jungle!
The children helped to transform the classroom and are really enthused about the rain forest topic this half term.
There are lots of cross-curricular links…more to follow!
Just some info for all of you who are attending next Monday at Ventnor Winter Gardens…
Monday of this week saw Greg Chapman and his incredibly variety show visit the school to speak to the children about the Bronze and Iron age. It was entertaining and certainly he had the children hooked due to his delivery methods, involving magic and demonstrations. He spoke about how the Bronze and Iron ages varied depending on where in the world and the type of tools being used. Stonehenge was discussed, as well as Iron age settlements which were made from baked mud and clay, known as a ‘wattle and daub’. the Iron age ended in 43AD due to the influence of the Romans.
On Thursday, parents we invited in to see the artefact museum that the children had been preparing as part of their History lessons. It was a big success and lovely to see so many parents engaged in the children’s learning. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it into school to support.
In Literacy, the children have produced some excellent newspaper reports based on the class book, The Iron Man (Ted Hughes).
In Maths, we started the week continuing with finding fractions of numbers/amounts. The children were given problems to solve and they used concrete apparatus to help with this, which was especially useful when drawing pictorial representations.