During assessment week, we researched existing bridges and types of bridges. We then designed our own bridges following existing styles we had already researched and built these using wood. We had to measure the wood accurately, use saws carefully and
In science, our class target is, ‘To know how rocks and fossils are formed’. We watched various videos and researched how fossils were formed in the first half-term. We used Haribo and bread to represent animals and layers of sediment, and placed weights on top of these to represent pressure placed upon the layers above it. We were then able to recognise and understand how the fossils were formed and why sedimentary rock is formed the way it is.
During investigative science week, we learnt more about forces. We made paper aeroplanes and helicopter rotors. We decided as a class we wanted to investigate the difference in distance flown between the two. We then decided we also wanted to compare how long each type of model stayed airborne for. We had to measure and time each in order to calculate the difference in distance and time how long each stayed airborne. In class, we then discussed reasons for the results we saw and whether there were any limitations or things that could be improved if we were to do our tests again.
Class 3 had their annual Bible study week this term. We did a variety of activities throughout the week. We investigated how many books the Bible was split into, as well as the types of texts contained within these. We learnt how to read and use references for various parts of the Bible, and how to write our own references. In groups, we then decided which stories within the parable were the most important and then created a piece of art based around this. Some of us chose to create pictures with pastels, some chose to use paints whilst others wanted to create concertina images that represent the creation story.
This half-term, we have been very busy!! We started the half term by writing manifestos for the school-council elections, and some of us wrote extra manifestos for ‘Mini-Vinnies’. Our democratically-elected school councillors for ‘Class 3’ are Oliver Bird and Isaac Sowden. Our newly elected Mini-Vinnies are: India, Isla, Millie and Oliver.
Our literacy this half-term has been focussed on informative writing. We researched volcanoes around the world and made notes on how they’re formed, any famous volcanoes and the eruptions throughout the years. We had lots of fun with this. We wrote instructions to teach KS1 how to play a maths game our groups invented. This was especially useful when trying to make sure our instructions were short, concise and understandable. We then discovered new species of animals which we described in detail for David Attenborough! We had to think about describing the animals, their diet and habitat really accurately.
We began to think about forces in nature and all around us. We did lots of experiments to investigate the effect of friction, and pushing and pulling with magnets and magnetic forces. We then completed tables with our results and an explanation of the results we got.
For history, we have been learning about the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages. We began by dissecting ‘poo’. We had to use this and research to identify which ages our poos were from.
We have been investigating the properties of some 2-D shapes. We had to work out what the properties could have been to either sort the shapes into a Venn or Carroll diagram or to try and work out what the headings of each diagram could have been based on the shapes that were already in the diagrams.