WELCOME TO YEAR 3
As we come into the New Year, we have been thinking about how the first term went and what we achieved. As a class we read our Autumn leaves that we wrote at the end of Autumn 1 and reflected on how we had grown as individuals since then. We were asked to write a new leaf, stating something that we had been persevering with or that we had achieved.
This week Andy Tooze, an author and poet, came into St Anne's to create some poetry with us. Our theme in year 3 was friendship, Andy tasked us to write a poem about friendship whether it was a friend in our class, a friend from home, a family member or a pet. As we only had a short amount of time to create our poems as soon as we knew our theme we were off writing. This proved to be a challenge to write without much prompt, but once the first few words were down on the page we found that the words started to spill out. Two of us were able to share our poems to the rest of the school and we all got to perform one of Andy's poem as a class.
In our art lesson we began to look at using different materials and movements to create landscapes. We used Van Gogh's Starry Night to inspire and influence the movements that we made with our pastels. Some of us choose to do long hard strokes, while others decided to use short and lighter strokes. Then, we used our fingers to smudge and blend our strokes together which had lots of different effects on our drawings. Look at our excellent drawings below.
Miss Meredith was completely blown away by the fantastic learning that everyone did over the weekend! Thank you to all of the adults and siblings that helped to investigate and create earthquake proof buildings. It was great to see them all in school next to each other and Miss Meredith also enjoyed looking at the pictures in home learning books.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Our topic this term is Disasters! We have been exploring natural disasters and the effect that they have on our planet. This week in D&T we investigated earthquakes and how architects can help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes. After some research on different buildings, we planned what we thought would be an effective earthquake proof building, looking at the materials we would use, equipment and the features that our buildings would need. Next week we will be evaluating our buildings and what features enabled them to stand tall during an earthqauake! Look at some of our successful and unsuccessful models below!
This week in science we have been looking at the formation of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. To get a visual understanding of this we used chocolate to create the three different types of rocks.
We put clingfilm into a cup, being careful to make sure that the edges of the clingfilm stayed on the cup, and sprinkled a small amount of milk chocolate into our cup. Next, we layered some white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate and continued this for another two steps. Then we very careful (so we didn't spill our chocolate on the floor!) pulled the clingfilm up and tied it to create a small sphere. As a result of this, we could see all of the different layers which represented the sedimentary rocks that are created on the ocean floor such as chalk and limestone.
Next, we created metamorphic rocks. To do this we got our sedimentary rock in between the palms of our hands and pressed it into a smaller sphere. The heat and pressure of our hands is similar to the heat and pressure that rocks experience underground. This made our rocks really hard and we lost some of the layers that had formed in our sedimentary rocks. We know that marble and slate are examples of metamorphic rocks.
Finally, we made igneous rocks. Unfortunately, as boiling water was required for this transformation Miss Meredith had to demonstrate this for us. We took a sedimentary rock and dipped it into a bowl of boiling water and left it there for 30 seconds. The rock was left to cool and when we came back to it we could see that it was extremely hard. This represents the same process that magma or lava experiences underground. This rock is forced up through the ground through places such as volcanoes.