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Welcome back everybody. I'm really excited for our final term of Year 3!.

 

This term, we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks. We will find out all the inventions they created that we still use now and how their way of life affected how we live ours today. There are so many interesting things to learn about, I hope you're ready!.

 

As we learn about the Ancient Greeks, you can share interesting facts by posting on this padlet

 

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Today the children explored and discussed changes in their lives that may happen to them, in particular, school. They looked at different scenarios and create 3 freeze frame images. One of what that scenario would look like, one about how the person involved would feel and one that showed how the situation could be resolved. They spoke about how sometimes, relationships change and that the best way to deal with this was to be responsible, calm and kind.

This week, Year 3 are learning about measure, in particular, length, capacity and weight. Today they were given a set of specific instructions to create a potion, ready for our Peter Pan production. Using the ingredients and the recipe, they had to pour the correct amount of each liquid into the bowl to see what they created!
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Today, Class 8 had to show determination and they found it very tricky! They were given tasks to complete that needed them to really think about what to do and work out ways to complete them. They ranged from logic puzzles to challenging mystery games. They all tried really hard and learnt the true meaning of determination.
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Science Week: Day 5

Today the children were able to put their predictions about the rocket balloons to the test. Working with some of the Year 6’s, they set up the investigation and then recorded each of the results. They used these results to calculate the average distance travelled. What a great end to Science Week!

Science Week: Day 4

Today was bottle flip investigation day. Year 3 were investigating whether the type of liquid inside the bottle affected how many attempts it took to make it land. Class 8 used water, oil and corn starch and worked in groups of 3 to test each liquid 3 times. Then they calculated their average, and this was used to create a class average that showed that water won with an average of 8 attempts. Even the teachers got involved, having a bottle off at the end!

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Science Week: Day 3

Today, Class 8 had a visit from Shane McKie, a real live scientist who works at the University of Manchester and uses MRI scanners to learn about the human body and how we can develop our technology to improve what we know. The children completed activities that are used in  the scanner to help map someone's brain and saw images of what a brain would look like on a scan. They learnt loads of interesting facts about science and the human body.

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Science Week: Day 2

Today, Class 8 carried out some WOW investigations. They were both looking at how different materials can affect the friction of objects. They carried out their investigation with the toy car and put their results into a table. For their 2nd investigation,  they looked at creating balloon rockets. They have written their plans, ready to carry out their investigation on Friday.

Science Week: Day 1

Today, the children had the opportunity t o visit a stardome! They went inside and travelled the stars, looking at he different planets in our solar system and whether they would support life. Class 8 had a great time and learnt loads of interesting facts.

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Today the children looked at forgiveness and how this can impact all the parties involved. They talked about times where they have forgiven and times when they have asked for forgiveness. They also discussed whether forgiveness should always be given, especially when very bad things such as stealing have been done. The children wrote something they wanted forgiveness for in the sand and something that they have already forgiven on a stone, the sand to be wiped away and the stone to remember forever.

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On Friday 5th, a group of Year 3 boys took place in a football tournament held at Rochdale Club Football Ground. They all tried incredibly hard and came 2nd out of 8 teams. Well done boys!!
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Today Class 8 became mini Monets and recreated a piece of his work. To create the texture and use of colour, they were only allowed to use their fingers to add the detail. They have started to blend their colours but next time they work on it, they will start to add the smaller details needed to finish it. Stay tuned for the finished pieces.
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Today the children started learning about Hinduism and how and where it was created. They learnt that it was believed to have been started in South East Asia along the River Indus (Ganges) and that this is thought because of evidence found by archaeologists. The traditions and cultures of people, tribe and villages along the River Indus have been combined to create Hinduism as we know it today but over time, these were changed from how they started originally. To demonstrate how easily this is done, the children passed a sentence along a line…they original sentence didn’t make it to the end correctly!

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Class 8 were lucky enough to work with Izzy McNeil on Wednesday, the artist who will be responsible for decorating our Hopwood ape. Today they researched apes and the countries they come from, drew the outline of these countries and then decorated them with that countries flag. Izzy will take these drawings and turn them into larger versions, ready to use on our ape. We're all very excited to see how it will turn out!
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On Wednesday, Year 3 had their Spelling Bee Competition. From the beginning it was a tough competition with some really tricky words to spell but after 7 rounds we had crowned a winner....Alec! Well done Alec.
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On World Book Day, there was a very special delivery waiting for Class 8...letters from Hogwarts. There was one for each child and excitement was high as they all opened them to see if they had been accepted. I'm glad to announce that everyone was accepted so soon we will have a class full of witches and wizards! Everyone's costumes were amazing and a great time was had by all.
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Following on from their taste testing, Class 8 made their stir fry using ingredients of their choice. They had the chance to cook their creations and then took them home to try them out.
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In preparation for making stir fry, the children tasted mange tout, peppers and radishes. They thought about how they felt, smelt and tasted before writing down then words that they could use to describe it. There were mixed reviews about whether they liked them but everyone joined in so well done!
Today Class 8 learnt some spelling games to help them learn the correct way to use -sure or -ture at the end of words. They played battleships and what's your word worth. They loved playing these and it really made them think about the letters that they need to include and the importance of checking your spelling.
Continuing to look at rocks, this week Class 8 moved onto learning about how fossils are created and how they can only be found in sedimentary rocks. To investigate this further, the children made their own chocolate rocks. By layering up white and milk chocolate and then applying pressure onto it, they recreated the process that happens for sedimentary rock to form. To create a fossil, they put a coin into the layers. As you can see, the rocks created by different groups looked very different from each other, showing how differences in pressure and formation produces different types of rocks. They even managed to create a fossil imprint of the coin.
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In this weeks science  lesson, Class 8 became rock investigators. They wanted to find out whether igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks had the same properties as each other. They looked at durability, how hard or soft the rock is, it's permeability, whether water can get through it and it's density, whether it can float on water. They had the opportunity to look at lots of different rocks and see that even though they may be classified in a particular group, none of the rocks are the same. Good work Class 8!

 

Today the children started to look at volcanoes and what better way to do this that to make our own eruptions. By mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar, the children were able to create a reaction that looks similar to that of a volcano explosion. They talked about how the build up of pressure caused the bubbles to move upwards towards an opening, much like  the magma inside a volcano. The class loved it and are eager to explore some more.
The children began to look at what makes the Earth angry and started by drawing a cross section of the Earth. They learnt about the 4 layers it is made up of and how each layer plays a different part in making the Earth as it is today. Here are a selection of the children's drawings.
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Today the children were set the task of writing a set of instructions about how to make a cheese sandwich. This may sound very simple but Class 8 found out, you need to be precise and exact when telling others what to do. The wrote a first draft, which Miss Hessey followed, with disastrous results! Their 2nd attempt was done as they were making a sandwich, which led to some much clearer, precise instructions.
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This Monday the class looked at reflection and how this can affect light. They started by creating periscopes and then writing each other messages while they hid under the table, to see if they could read them. They were amazed to find that they could! We looked at how this is possible and how light is reflected off a mirror at a 90 degree angle to where it hits. The position of the mirrors meant that the light was passed down the tube, allowing the children to se what was above them.
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This week the children are going to be kindness ninjas in support of Anti-bullying week. Their role is to do acts of kindness to one person in their class whose name they drew out of a hat. This can be anything from opening a door, to drawing a lovely picture of them. Their goal is to fill that person’s week with smiles and laughter in order to defeat the bullies. They designed an envelope to keep all their kindness deeds in to present to the recipient next Monday.

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Today (11.11.16) we looked at making mistakes and how everybody makes them. The important thing is that we learn from them and improve. We read a book called 'The Girl who never made mistakes' and discussed how it must feel to be that girl. Following on from this, we worked in groups to create a series of freeze frames, 1 showing the main character never making a mistake and the other showing her when she finally did.
In ICT we have started using LEGO WeDo. We have been constructing and programming a spinning top and handle. This week we have been evaluating and modifying our spinning tops to see which top would spin for longest. We have been collecting the data from this so that we can compare it later in the half term.
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This week we had our class assembly. It was a fantastic success with singing, dancing and acting that told the parents all about co-operation and how we can work together to help stop pollution. The whole class did wonderfully well and we are all very proud of ourselves.
During Poetry week, Class 8 looked at 'The Alligator' by Grace Nichols. They spent the week looking at how to use metaphors, how structure of the poem is important and the turned it into performance poetry by adding actions. They performed their poems in their group and it was filmed for all to see. They did fantastically well, video to follow.
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Today we started out topic by thinking of times that we may have seen pollution in our area or when we have heard about it on the news. The we went into the ICT suite to use Google to research different websites using key words linked to pollution.
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Tuesday 13th September was Roald Dahl day so to celebrate, Class 8 made their own Wonka bars! They melted the chocolate and then using baking equipment, they spread the chocolate into the correct shape and then decorated them. After a night in the fridge the children got to take them home and taste them...delicious!
On Monday 19th, Class 8 had the chance to work with Freddie Fit. They took part in lots of activities and showed us how fit and healthy they are! Afterwards, Freddie spoke about the Olympics and Paralympics and the qualities that we see in their athletes and how we could we show those qualities every day.
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