Where are the germs in our school?
During Science week, we learned about bacteria and viruses and how they are spread. We knew quite a lot because of the pandemic! Acting as researchers, we planned an experiment to find out where there are high concentrations of bacteria around school.
Can you make it Float?
For our last activity in Science week, we learned about floating and sinking. We made predictions and tested certain objects to see which things could float. We had lots of suggestions for why or why not. Next, we tested a ball of plasticine and found that it doesn’t float. Our challenge was to make a boat from plasticine that will carry a plastic cube…a bit tricky using something that does not float?! But we DID have success! Ask someone how and why!
As part of Science week, we planned a fair test to try and understand the things that a plant needs to grow healthy and strong. We came up with a plan to only change one thing for each plant, testing whether they need water, air, warmth, soil and light. We decided that we’d let one of the plants have access to all of these things but remove one from each of the others. Can you see what happened?
We have been learning about botany – the area of Science involving the study of plants. We thought about how important it is to us that we understand as much about plants as possible, not only so that we can grow and choose safe food but also for medicine, materials and in tackling pollution. We used keys to prompt us to think about features of plants and to identify different types.
One of our activities in Year 3 on World Book Day was to create a bookmark to celebrate the event. Some of us made corner bookmarks out of folded paper on an ‘animals and monsters’ theme and some of us even honed our sewing skills to create a lovely embroidered page-saver! Some children produced ‘Reading Rivers’ illustrating the things they read in the course of a day and we received some great ‘Shelfies’ from home! Your bookshelves are bursting Year 3!
We are off to a flying start with our home learning in Year 3. We have been working on Multiplication and Division in maths and responding to the ‘Hetty’s Unicorn’ story in English. In Geography, we have been inspecting the labels on fruit and veg around the house and investigating how far it travelled to get to us! I’m sure you’ll agree there is some outstanding work here! Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in their work to show us – we are so proud of how well you have been doing!
Year 3’s art task on Monday was to create their name using only natural materials – definitely more of a challenge in the middle of winter. Some of the children in school used the forest area to create their work and we had lots of lovely examples sent in from home too!
We planned a fair test to see which surfaces around school had the most friction. We rolled toy cars down a slope and then measured to see how far they rolled on different surfaces. The surface that had the least friction was the hall floor and the surface with the most was the grass. How do you think we made our test fair?
Class 7 thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas dinner together on Wednesday – especially the dessert!
The children enjoyed showing off their spots and Pudsey ears in class today – don’t they look great? We raised lots of money in school for this great cause. Well done everyone!
Today we held an Earth Day at Huish. We began the morning by watching the David Attenborough film “A Life on Our Planet”. It was a very powerful film and gave us lots of cause for discussion! We talked about what humans have done to Earth and the ways in which this can be reversed. In Class 7, we focussed mainly on reducing waste. We came up with lots of ideas before writing our own pledges for looking after our Earth. After all, the world is in our hands!
As part of Maths Week England, we have been learning about tessellation. First, we were given a puzzle to do with shapes that fitted together perfectly – it was really challenging! Then we did an investigation in to 2D shapes would tesselate. We made a prediction and then tried them out. We were surprised to find that, although a hexagon does tesselate, a pentagon does not. We then looked at some tessellation in nature. We practised using some specially made tessellating shapes before making our very own shape using card. Have a look at the lovely patterns we made using our tessellating shapes.
This week in Science, we looked at the traffic light system found on food packaging in the UK. We talked about how it can help us to make informed choices about the foods we buy and eat. We learned about what was a healthy level of fat, sugar and salt but discussed how it was ok to have things high in these things occasionally and about how we need to make sure we balance our diets. We were surprised to find that some of our favourite foods were very high in sugar and salt!
This week, for Art Week, we have been focussing our attention on the work of Andy Warhol. We have learned about him as an artist and compared his work to that of other artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Leonardo da Vinci.
To create our own work in the style of Andy Warhol, first we traced over our photographs using permanent marker on acetate. We could then copy this several times on to paper to have several attempts at creating different colour effects – just like Warhol! We selected our favourite and mixed paints to create our final masterpieces.
Later we had a go at work more in the style of Lichtenstein and coloured another portrait only using dots! It took a long time and we worked very carefully! I’m sure you’ll agree our work looks fantastic. Who can you recognise?
We have been working extremely hard in Maths for the last couple of weeks learning and practising ways that we can add ‘ones’ and ‘tens’ to numbers. We have been using base ten and place value counters to help us understand when we need to ‘exchange’. Ask your child to explain what needs to happen when we calculate 46 + 5 or 532 + 40!
Class 7 have made an excellent start to the year – what fantastic learners they all are! They have shown great enthusiasm and are already making great progress with their English and Maths. Over the summer holiday, many children worked hard on their Ancient Egyptians pick’n’mix homework and we’re sure you will be impressed with what they have made and found out! Lots of work is up on a display in the corridor already. In English, we have been reviewing lots of spelling rules, learning about adjectives and synonyms and revisiting punctuation and grammar rules. Last week they each wrote an “All about me” report which were lovely to read. In Maths, we have been learning about place value and been exploring numbers in lots of different ways. Have a look through the photos to see some of what the children have been up to.
We have had our sketchbooks out this afternoon and have been learning how to draw a robin. We used basic 2d shapes to construct a rough outline and then added detail using different pencil strokes. We have very talented artists in Class 7! Special mention to those children showing a great growth mindset – persevering and showing great resilience. Hasn’t it paid off?
Look at all the things our clever Class 7 children have been up to over the last couple of weeks! Can you believe how tall that bean plant is? Look at all those fabulous wings! Some lovely ‘The Truth about Trolls’ writing too! Well done everyone!
Class 7 have gotten off to a fantastic start to their home learning in the first week after Easter! Just look how well some people have been caring for their bean plants that we started off in school in February! They were so tiny and now they’re really taking off! This week we have written some (quite silly) explanations for how different appliances in our homes work. Did you know it’s fireworks that help to cook your dinner when it’s in the oven? Or that an army of hamsters and baby elephants are really responsible for washing your school uniform once it’s in the machine? I think you’ll agree that our writing is looking fantastic – well done everyone! One of our tasks this week was to help an adult in the kitchen to prepare some food. This class have prepared everything from scotch eggs to crispy cakes, pizza breads to omelette and smoothies to gourmet pasta dishes and curries! We have started to learn about rainforests too. In Geography we have been locating rainforests on a map. Do you notice a pattern? The children were also getting creative last week, making pictures to enter into a wildlife art competition. Some beautiful work everybody – well done. Huish is very proud of you!
In year 3, we did our annual Victorian day and we were so impressed with the costumes that the children came in with! They looked the part so thank you to the parents! The children were taught by a Victorian teacher (Miss Jones), they did some sewing and then they learnt about the mines, shops and living conditions for the rich and poor. They also learnt a few new games such as Pickup Sticks.
Class 7 have been so busy with their home learning this week and we couldn’t be more proud of our Huish children! Look at the fantastic work they have been producing! They have kept standards high in the English and Maths work and have really risen to the challenge of learning about fractions remotely (well done parents)!!!
On Monday, the children were asked to plant their little broad bean plants that we have been growing in class and find out about how best to care for them at home. Some children got stuck in and started planting some other seeds alongside them to watch grow.
On Tuesday, the ‘other’ task was to help an adult at home with some meal preparations. Well I think we have some budding chefs in our midst - toasties, cottage pies and macaroni cheese were all on the menu.
Wednesday was art and the children studied plants in their home, producing some beautiful pictures.
Lastly was a project on Queen Victoria to support our work on the victorians. This was researched and presented very well - I’m sure you’ll agree!
We had a great day celebrating World Book Day yesterday. The children arrived in some fantastic costumes and looked really great! During our Maths lesson we collected data about the characters people had come dressed as and organised them in a Carroll Diagram.
In Arts Week, Class 7 enjoyed learning how to make a variety of marks with drawing pencils, mix colours and more accurately draw a face, producing some lovely self portraits in their sketch books. Ahead of Shakespeare Week they have also produced some truly amazing portraits of William Shakespeare!
For internet safety week, we created our very own E-books based around the story of Tek. Children were asked to draw and write their own stories. We also learnt a song about internet safety using the theme of the song ‘Dance Monkey’.
For Africa day in Year 3, we tried 3 different activities in the morning. One of the activities was weaving Kente cloth out of paper. We decorated strips of paper carefully using bold colours and then wove them into a template.
Having just started a maths topic on money, we spent our maths lesson this morning counting bowls of change and recording in both pence and in pounds using decimal notation. There were 16 stations around the room and some were quite challenging! We talked about the value of coins and used our number and times table facts to help us to calculate quickly.
Year 3 have been learning about fair trade as part of our topic about ‘Where our lunch comes from’. We learnt about the work that goes in to getting a banana to our supermarket shelves. We were quite shocked when we learned how the 30p spent on a banana by a consumer is shared between those involved in the process.
We had a lovely day on Christmas jumper day and everyone looked very festive and raised money for Save the Children! We also had our Year 3 Christmas party, playing some games and enjoying a party tea together.
Class 7 enjoyed tasting lots of different fruit from around the world this week, some of which we’d never tried before. We looked at the countries in which the fruit was grown and then found those places on a world map. We were surprised that some of the fruit we tried had travelled a very long way indeed to get to our supermarket! We decided our favourite - can you guess which it was?
In Year 3 we have been learning all about different types of skeletons and their roles in living things in our Science lessons this term.
We had a visit from Nick the Bug Man with his travelling show – Bugfest. He brought in lots of strange and exotic creatures for us to have a look at and we even got to touch and examine some of them closely although some of them were far too delicate or deadly! We saw tarantulas, millipedes, African land snails and stick insects amongst many others. Some of the creatures had interesting talents: don’t ask what a whip scorpion can do!
We had fun guessing whether each creature had an endo-, exo- or hydrostatic skeleton and found out that actually some creatures have more than one type!
On Friday 10th May, Class 7 visited The Earth Science Centre in Stoke St. Michael to support their learning and understanding of Rocks and Fossils. The children got to test the properties of rocks in order to classify and identify a number of rocks. As well as finding out about their uses in the world. The children also got to study a range of fossils and learn about how they were formed.
The highlight of the day was visiting a working quarry, which extracts limestone, mainly used in road building. It was exciting to watch the huge dumper trucks off load huge boulders into the crushing machines right in front of us! One group were also lucky in witnessing an explosion at the site.
In our Science topic, ‘Forces and Magnets’ we have been carrying out lots of experiments and investigations, including:
This term, year 3 have been learning about the Victorians and they were fortunate enough to get a guest into the school to help make their topic come alive! During their Victorian day, the children took part in a 20 minute live Victorian lesson with their guest acting as a Victorian teacher. Straight backs, polite manners and being presentable were on the agenda as our children tried to please the teacher. The children also learnt about the dreaded mines, school life and living conditions for the rich and poor children and the shops that were around during this interesting time. The children really enjoyed the experience and learnt many things.
This visit was to support our learning about where our food comes from, supporting our Geography topic on ‘Where does our lunch come from?’
The children worked in groups to decide how they should group animals according to what they eat. By the end of the session they had all learnt about the terms: herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
The children worked in pairs to locate European countries with the help an atlas. They first used the Contents page to find the most suitable map.
Nick came with a collection of his wonderful creatures, so we could test out our knowledge of endo-, exo- and hydrostatic skeletons. Some of the animals originate in rainforest habitats, which will be our topic in the Summer term.
We took part in our own archaeological dig. With the treasures we found, we thought about what evidence this might tell us about the people that once lived there. We found bones, fur, beads, pottery, shells, coins and other items
We placed a chicken bone in vinegar – What happened and why?
Can we name the bones in our body?