WELCOME TO YEAR 3
Autumn - Curriculum Overview
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.