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Year 3- Spring Term

Geography

Our Geography topic this term has been The Active Planet

During this topic we learnt about the names of all the continents, the countries of Europe and the capital cities.  We then located volcanoes around the world and discovered there is an area known as The Ring Of Fire where most of the volcanoes are situated.

Did you know that in 79AD there was a huge eruption from Mount Vesuvius, a volcano in Italy, and it completely destroyed the city of Pompeii?

 

We tried to create our own volcanic eruption using baking soda, vinegar and food colouring. Watch our video to see how exciting it was!

 

3Y recreated this in their class assembly which was all about The Active Planet.

 

We created some Volcano artwork using the technique known as Pointilism. You will see a display of Volcano art in school.

 

During our topic, the planet was being very active as there were many natural disaster happening across Europe.

There were many avalanches causing huge disruption and devastation. An avalanche occurs when there is a huge mass of snow, ice, and rocks falling rapidly down a mountainside.

 

We also learned about what happens in an Earthquake and how devastating Tsunamis can be.

Science

Next was our Science topic on Forces and Magnets. We started by describing forces using force arrows.

 

We used Newton meters to investigate how much force was needed to move an object. Newton meters were named after Sir Isaac Newton who discovered gravity.

 

On Earth you weigh more than you would on the moon this is because there is greater gravitational force on Earth than there is in space.

Our next topic in Science was all about Rocks.

 

We were lucky enough to have a visit to our school by a real life Scientist. We spent the day doing lots of investigations to find out about the properties of rocks.

We found out that many things in the world originate from rock – there is even rock in Toothpaste!

 

Did you know talc is the softest rock and diamond is the hardest?

RE

In RE we have been learning about the stories Jesus told. Some of these are called Parables.  One of the most famous is The Good Samaritan.

Class 3CA based their assembly around the moral from this story – always help those in need or in trouble.

In year 3 there is lots to remember so here is a brief overview of our week…

  • PE: Monday/Friday

Please remember school PE kit must be worn for indoor and outdoor. Earrings must be removed by child or parents before the session (teachers cannot do this nor can they be covered). Children will not be able to take part in PE if earrings are worn.

  • Homework is given on Friday and this will be both Literacy and Maths. This must be returned by Wednesday. Your children will be expected to attend homework club if it is not returned. Your child is more than welcome to attend homework club on a Monday or Tuesday if homework cannot be completed at home.
  • Spellings are given on a Monday and tested on the following Monday
  • Reading books are changed regularly. We ask that your child reads at home 5 x per week.

World War 1

We really enjoyed our WW1 topic. We know which countries took part in the war and some of the reasons for war.  We walked to the war memorials in Hetton and Easington Lane and remembered those who had lost their lives.  Some of us even saw names of people we were related to.

 

We took part in a workshop looking at the life of a WW1 solider.  We got to handle a shell, a rifle and some of the equipment they would have.  We also sang some songs from the war.  Our main area of study was the Christmas Day Truce.  We found out all about the football match between the German and British soldiers and reflected on how they may have felt at the time.  

Bones and Skeletons

Our favourite Science topic was all about bones and skeletons. We visited Sunderland Winter Gardens and Marie told us all about the scientific names for our bones and information on the joints where the bones connect. To help us remember the names we learned a song. Can you guess what it is?

Cranium, scaptula, patella, phalanges,patella, phalanges 

Cranium, scaptula, patella, phalanges,patella, phalanges 

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose

Cranium, scaptula, patella, phalanges,patella, phalanges

 

We also investigated animal bones and skeletons and had to identify which animal the skeletons belonged to.

 

Fun Facts:

Babies have more bones than adults

Did you know the smallest bone is in your ear?

Children don’t have knee caps.