What on earth!

This week we concluded our Rocks and Soils Topic with an investigation.

We found out which type of soil was the most permeable.

Mrs Clark provided three different types of soil and some beakers, funnels, measuring jugs and a timer. We set up an experiment to see which soil allowed water to flow through easily. In order for the test to be fair we needed to make sure that the same amount of soil was put into the funnels and the same amount of water was poured through at the same time. We then timed the water for 5 minutes and discovered that the most permeable soil was the compost soil which was largely grass cuttings, leaves and dirt. The most absorbent soil proved to be the sandy soil. Several of us linked this to the difficulty we experience when trying to fill the moat around a sandcastle because the seawater continually soaks away! Ted told us to ‘Line the moat with pebbles and stones,’ I wonder why?

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Pass The Pebble!!

Class 3 have begun to study the book ‘Pebble In My Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper. They started by passing a pebble around and each child had to use their senses to describe it, coming up with their own adjectives, phrases and similes.

The children then illustrated their pebble with pastels and wrote their descriptive words and phrases around it:

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We all then gathered together as a class and created our own amazing class poem where the children selected their favourite and most powerful descriptive words and phrases:

My Pebble

My pebble is round and glittery like a beautiful star in the inky sky,

Quietly, it moves under the shiny, sparkly and shimmering sea,

Crystals sparkle like a diamond necklace,

As round as the colossal Earth,

As cold as slate,

Creamy grey like a pom pom on a hat,

The sea crashing against the pebble on a beach like horses’ hooves,

A white round pebble lays lazily on the beach,

Soft and peachy like a hyena’s skin in the hot desert,

The sandy, rough and spotted pebble is like a 3 coloured rainbow,

Like a thunderstorm cloud in the gloomy sky,

The sea rocks the pebble to and fro like a see saw,

Rough, bumpy and sandy like concrete.

By Class 3.

Year 3 were rightly proud of their poem and enjoyed reading it as a class performance! Excellent work Class 3!!

Welcome to Term 2!!

On behalf of the staff and children of Year 3, a very warm welcome back to everyone after the Half Term break! We hope that you all enjoyed a restful week and managed to enjoy the wonderfully sunny autumnal days!

Class 3 have returned to school fighting fit and have definitely shown that they are ready to work very hard again this term! They have written their ‘hot task’ quest stories this week based on the book ‘The Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells and have included in them many of the writing techniques that they learnt last term such as adding adjectives, similes and adverbs. As well as setting the scene in their stories, introducing their characters, creating a problem and resolving it, the children have also learnt how to vary their sentence length to add tension or to write description. Brilliant- very well done Class 3- you are all super writers!

Next week we are excited to start studying our new book for the term, ‘Pebble In My Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper, in which the history of a simple pebble is explained. This is a beautiful book to stimulate interest in the natural world. It also fits in really well alongside our Science project on Rocks and Fossils and this term’s topic on Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

So we are all looking forward to another busy, productive and fun term of learning in Year 3!

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Yabba Dabba Dooo….!!!!!

What an absolutely fantastic ‘Flintstone Day’ Class 3 had on Thursday!! The children arrived at school looking like mini Stone Age men and women- their costumes were all brilliant and everyone had made such an effort to get into role!!

The day began with a visit from The School History Workshop. This was led by Steve and Vicky who had brought in with them some actual Stone Age artefacts that the children were allowed to handle, find out what they were used for and how they were used. Steve and Vicky were so informative and we all learnt so much about the changes that happened in daily life in the Stone Age through to the Iron Age.

Class 3 also learnt how to bury their dead as if they were living in the Stone Age. Lenny was our ‘guinea pig’ as we pretended to bury him in the ‘crouch position’ and send him into the afterlife with offerings of food, drink, toys and anything else that we felt he may find useful!!

During the afternoon, the children enjoyed a carousel of three different activities: they decorated Stone Henge cakes, made little Stone Age people that they then made up plays with and they also coloured a Stone Age scene. We ended then day by reading the story ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura  which tells the tale of a little boy who ends up living in the Stone Age for a while and learns many of the facts that Class 3 have discovered over the last few weeks.

The children showed themselves to be really careful listeners during the day and participated in all the activities seriously and sensibly so that they could make the most of their special day of learning. Very well done Class 3!! You were all amazing! Thank you also to all of the parents and carers who provided their children with such wonderful and authentic costumes!

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Let it snow…!! Let it snow…!!

Class 3 have been very busy planning and producing their own information leaflets. We all became slightly concerned after reading ‘The Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells, that the villagers of Ivan’s land may get stuck in the snow and would not know how to survive!

So the children studied information leaflets and decided what features made them eye catching and easy to read. They decided that they needed a title, pictures with captions, sub headings and labelled diagrams. With this knowledge they then set to work making their own leaflets. Class 3 learnt how to keep warm by layering clothes, drinking and eating warm food and insulating their homes. They learnt how to build a fire in the snow and make a snow cave. Using this information the children designed and arranged their information leaflets. The results are absolutely fantastic as they all worked so hard and took a great deal of care producing them to a high standard.

As the weather gets colder, if you are at all worried about how you may survive in the cold or in a snow blizzard, please feel free to pop into Class 3 and pick up one of our super information leaflets!!

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Toot Toot!

Year 3 have begun learning the recorder.

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Miss Marsh has taught us how to hold the recorder correctly ensuring our fingers cover the holes.We then gently blow and the music flows. We have discovered it can be quite tricky to make a beautiful sound,  further practice is to be recommended! In time, we will be learning to read the music and play the corresponding notes.This is a wonderful introduction to musical notation. It is advisable for each child to own a recorder and these can be bought at a very reasonable price from the school office. Please make sure it is named. We look forward to playing for you later in the year.

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Please watch the video below to practise playing note E

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Back to the Stone Age!!!

Our Stone Age topic in Class 3 has really got under way in the past couple of weeks! As well as finding out how we know about the Stone Age through the work of archaeologists, the children have studied some Stone Age artefacts, finding out what they were made from and what they were used for. They have also made pinch pots out of clay which they have carved decoration in to and will paint them when they are fully dry.

The children’s’ artistic talents came to the fore when they created abstract Stone Henge pictures using tissue paper and black sugar paper. This made a silhouette effect of the giant stones! Class 3 enjoyed making their own colours using things from nature to create cave art. They used blackberries, charcoal and earth and mixed these with vegetable oil that could be brushed on to their cave drawings to add colour. The results were fantastic!

We are now all really looking forward to our ‘Flintstone Day’ on Thursday 20th October when we will be dressing up as cave people and have the School History Workshop visiting us!!

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A rocking good time!

An exciting week for Year 3 with a trip to Sevenoaks Wildlife Centre where we learnt more about rocks and fossils. We began by discussing different types of rocks and then had the opportunity of making a fossil out of plaster. First we moulded a piece of clay, made an imprint, poured plaster into the mould, waited for it to set and then carefully removed the mould to discover a fossil! (You may like to try this at home). Next we embarked upon a rock hunt discovering many fragments in the vicinity which we then sorted into the correct category of igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary rock.

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Feeling The Chill In Class 3…!!!

Despite the hot weather outside this week, Class 3 have been cooling off in the classroom as we have started to study our Power of Reading book for this half term: ‘The Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells! This week the children have been using adjectives and similes to describe snowy landscapes and have written their own version of the beginning of the book, setting the scene and creating tension! They have also written this fantastic class poem describing a chilly scene:

‘Winter long and cold as an icicle,

Frost glittered like a diamond necklace on a spider’s web,

The snow lay white and shimmering on the distant hills,

The everlasting winding path glistened in the snowy distance,

The icy blanket surrounded the frosty tree,

Breathing in clouds around me,

Disappearing rabbits in the sinking snow,

Lonely snow laying on the icy mountains,

Frosty sparkling pavements,

Icicles hanging like a wizard’s beard from the trees.

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Class 3 are also looking forward to their trip next week to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to study rocks and fossils in detail for the day! Fingers crossed that the weather won’t be too hot or that it doesn’t rain as most of the activities are outside! We are sure however, that everyone will have a fun day out and the children will really extend their learning in their new science topic!

Welcome Back From Class 3!!

Mrs Clark, Mrs Turner, Mrs Inns and Class 3 would like to warmly welcome back everyone at St. John’s after the Summer break. We hope that you all had a fun and restful holiday with plenty of time to re charge the batteries before another action packed year!

Class 3 have already had a busy week settling in to new routines and beginning new and exciting learning opportunities. In Maths lessons, we have started off the year practising our place value skills and realising the value of each digit in a number. The children have also shown us this week that they are experts at recognising and writing nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences! We have even managed to become geologists for the afternoon, starting our Rocks and Fossils topic in Science, whilst in History, we have started our Stone Age topic! Watch this space for more detail on these topics as the weeks pass!

A very big well done for all the fabulous holiday homework! There has been so much hard work and creativity that has gone in to them! The winners of the 3 best ones will be announced in assembly next week!! Homework has also been sent out for the first time this week- this includes just spellings and grammar for the first week. The grammar books need to be given in by next Tuesday and the spellings will be tested next Friday.

So,  we have had a very busy first week and the children have had a lot to take in and remember, but they have all managed extremely well and worked very hard! A fantastic start to the new academic year! Well done Class 3!! Keep up the good work!!

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