Welcome to Year 3
On Friday, we participated in the 'Nations Billion Step Challenge', turning miles into all important steps during the school day. Could we, as a school, help to reach the nation's target of a billion steps in a day? One of the activities we completed to increase our total number of steps was a 'Tag Team Treadmill' event, where we set up a house relay, running the length of our school field in 10 minutes. We then returned to the classroom to work out how many steps we had made, using the measurement of approximately 200 steps per length. We managed to clock up a staggering 16,800 steps for this activity! We also completed two other events, 'Travel-a-course' and 'Mission Marathon' during the day, which resulted in a grand total of 43,706 steps. Wow!
Science Week 2018
Our science week began by exploring the famous aviation pioneers, 'The Wright Brothers', constructing our own paper aeroplanes to test and fly, discussing the importance of their invention on the world today. We then investigated the need for renewable energy as we researched proposed futuristic, aeroplanes designs. The children designed and created their own wind turbine capable of lifting up a cup off the floor. This really got the children thinking, using trial and error to design the most aerodynamic blade, encouraging them to make group decisions about shape, size, number and thickness. Materials were also considered, sharing how the turbine could be made as sustainable as possible. Have a look at the pictures to find out how we got on!
During the week, the children also researched the work of Louis Pasteur, a French scientist who proved germs were living things that can spread between objects and people, through touch or through the air. The children explored a particular germ, bacteria, and the importance of washing our hands. They set up an experiment, using agar plates, where they carefully touched the agar mixture with one dirty finger and one clear finger, transferring the bacteria from their skin to the dish. The petri dishes were left in a warm place for 3 days, allowing the bacteria to feed and absorb the nutrients from the agar mixture. The results were fascinating, with one child quoting 'there were millions or even billions of red, hairy and even yellow coloured bacteria on my side of the petri dish'- this definitely resulted in us questioning our hand washing technique!
International Women's Day
Amy Johnson was the first female pilot, who set off to beat the record of flying to Australia in 16 days.
She managed to buy herself a DH Gypsy Moth Plane, who she named Jason. In the end it took her 19 days to complete the journey, however, the true inspiration lies with her being the first ever woman to fly to Australia alone! As we further explored and researched the life of this pioneering English aviator, we discovered interesting links to one of our local airports in Kidlington. It was thought that Amy crashed into the River Thames on her way back from delivering a plane to Oxford Airport- she actually forgot the correct code for that day and was shot down as British troops thought she was the enemy!
We created our own replica of 'Jason', her trustworthy plane, and filled the cabin with information gathered about this inspiring lady!
Our Trip to the British Heritage Motor Museum!
On a snowy Wednesday morning, we gathered our hats, coats and gloves and travelled to Gaydon to spend a day exploring the motor museum as well as participating in two different workshops. Our first activity saw us using our imagination to create a Lego racing car, learning about the different forces which might have acted upon the car whilst travelling down different surfaces. We did lots of predicting and sharing of ideas, discussing how the size of the chassis and wheels may impact the car's speed, before racing them across three different surfaces.
Before lunch, we split into groups and walked round the museum, looking at the different cars, including a caravan with a bathtub in its floor; a replica of the first car ever made (from 1886) and a bus from 1923 that could go at most 20mph. We also explored the Land Rovers, including a Land Rover featured in the James Bond film 'Skyfall', an army Land Rover painted pink to camouflage in the desert and a concept car worth £1 million.
Our second workshop taught us about gears and how they work to propel a car forward. The children then explored different gear combinations before adding these to their own Lego cars. Luckily, the snow held off and we arrived back to school full of excitement and enthusiasm from the day.
Year 3 have been investigating friction as a force in their science lesson these last couple of weeks. We examined different surfaces and predicted which surface would cause the least amount of friction for our Bloodhound cars to race on. The results matched the predictions of our budding scientists after a busy afternoon of investigations.
Daily Mile Shenanigans
It’s time for your child to dig out their running socks, pull on their trainers and get going for ‘gold’, as we start the whole school fun initiative 'Daily Mile’.
Please ensure your child has a spare, dry pair of socks and trainers in school each day.
'The Bicycle' by Pie Corbett
For our poetry unit this term, we have taken inspiration from a collection of poems 'Click into Gear' written by Pie Corbett. In particular, we have focused on 'The Bicycle', where we imitated the poem as a class, orally rehearsing, performing and acting out the text before identifying the key features used. This led into a further discussion about how we could perhaps adapt and alter the poem to suit a new style of bicycle- one designed for future generations.
As we move onto the next stage in our poetry writing, we have decided to change the subject of the poem linking our idea to our work in humanities about past, present and future car inventions. Here are some pictures of us exploring different cars, taking note of key descriptions and of course important personality traits of each vehicle!
Our class reader
As the Iron Man begins his adventure in a rural, unnamed town, where, unwittingly, he steps from the cliff only to fall into several pieces on the rocks and sand below, it is predicated that this novel might have a rather short plot, however if you did think this was the end of the tale you’d be very much mistaken...
Marvellous Mechanics. Spring Term Information
Viking Longboat Workshop
As part of our creative curriculum topic The Vikings, Year 3 and 4 had an incredibly exciting day long workshop to delve deeper into the history of Viking Longboats and learn more about how these carefully carved boats contributed to the success of many of the Viking Invasions along the Northumbrian Coast. During the day, we transformed ourselves into Viking shipwrights, designing and building a quarter scale, 6m long Viking Longship. From weaving and sewing the boat sails, drawing the designs for the oar blades and prow head, to piecing together a wooden Viking shield using only our bare hands and metal screws, the children were completely immersed in this fascinating design and technology challenge. The day was finished with one final surprise… to test whether our creation could hold all 62 excited Viking shipwrights. Have a look at the photos to find out!
What caused that damage? Who made those giant footprints? Where has the dragon egg gone? These were just some of our initial questions as we carefully walked into our feather covered, police taped classroom... After much discussion, we came to the conclusion that perhaps our golden dragon egg had hatched and tried to escape. The children then received a piece of crucial information found in the local Kingham newsletter, which read:
WARNING! A large golden dragon has been sighted and spotted throughout the village over the weekend. Do not approach this mysterious creature, instead call 111 for emergency support. We have informed the RSPCA who will be coming to the village today to try and trap the animal. You can help by sending in any information about this type of dragon or instructions on how we might be able to catch it.
Again, please do not try to trap the dragon yourself.
This provided a perfect catalyst to begin our instruction writing. Here are just some of the pictures taken of us creating our dragon traps before then picking up a pen to write down our ideas.
Viking Food Research Project
Due in Wednesday 15th November
'Did the Vikings eat similar foods to us and were they able to find sources of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fibre and if yes in what food source did they find these different nutrients?’.
See information below about the research project.
Maths Dragon Scavenger Hunt
We took to the great outdoors to solve a range of addition, subtraction and times table number problems, using the language of: more than, less than, difference, multiple... Once the children had calculated the answer, they then had to find that number of objects, such as different shaped/coloured leaves, sticks or stones. Using their collected resources, they were then set the task of creating their own dragon, however being a maths dragon, the body had to be made up of a specific number of triangles, squares, rhombuses and circles.
...of Viking Artefacts!
From comparisons of length to adding/subtracting the measurements of the Viking objects, we enjoyed using our knowledge of number to even convert our measurements from cm to mm and vice versa.
Viking Research Project
Due in: Tuesday 31st October
We have learnt a lot about the Vikings in the last 6 weeks, so over the next two weeks, why not have a bit of fun, choose any activity below to complete and enjoy sharing your work to the rest of the class after half term!
The Great Fossil Hunters!
Ever wondered what it might be like to be a fossil hunter? How would you excavate a fossil without damaging it and how would you identify the fossil? How is a fossil formed? Why is a fossil important? What even is a fossil? Over the next couple of weeks, we will be answering the questions above through researching and creating our own fossils encased within a sedimentary rock, in order to then carefully excavate and identify each other's work.
There will be more pictures to follow...
Viking Knot Dragons
We have been developing and practising our observational skills by drawing Viking Knot Dragons. We also discussed and explored shading, using pencil. Can you read the Viking Runes on them?
We had a wonderful day with Hrothgar. The children learned about the weapons used at the time, acted out the Viking myth about Freya the goddess of love, played an ancient Viking game, lit a fire and then participated in the funeral ritual for Jarl Borg. It was such a busy, fun and exciting day- the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kingham Village Rock Survey
What is the local rock in Kingham? What different types of rock are used in the area and what jobs do they do? Are there any man-made rocks in the area and what jobs do they do? Are there any rocks that are wearing away? These are all questions we created and thought of before stepping outside to identify the local rock type and why some rocks are selected for purpose.
Year 3’s first taste of Italian, enjoying delizioso pizza, pasta and gelato! In fact, we were enjoying ourselves so much we forget to pick up the camera and take some photos, so here are two of Danny and Lola tasting the last of their spaghetti and ice cream!
Durable, permeable or rocks of high mineral content?
In Science this week, we have been investigating different types of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. We completed predictions about which rock would be most or least durable and permeable, before grabbing our magnifying glasses, sandpaper and vinegar to test our ideas. Chalk, limestone, marble, granite or slate? Which type of rock do you think would be most suited to use on our school roof based on its durability and permeability? Have a look at the pictures below to find out what we thought!
Information for the Autumn Term
Here is an overview of what we will be studying this term in Year 3, however as the term progresses and the children's interests broaden, this may very well change!