WELCOME TO CLASS 3!
Happy New Term to you all. Let's get busy!
If there is anything you want to share that is related to our learning areas this term, please bring it in to class e.g. newspaper articles, objects, numbers in the news and connected to science, things you have made or written (poetry, drawings etc.). We will do our best to find time for you to share these with the class and to put them in our S.M.A.R.T. Lab learning zone if you wish.
Our S.M.A.R.T. Lab learning zone will be dedicated to this term's science topic and the season of spring.
|English||Stories based in a plot structure; persuasive adverts|
|Maths||Multiplication, division, fractions|
|RE||Local church - community|
|Creative Curriculum||Animals - teeth and digestion|
What has Wandering Wondering Wilbur been up to?
Wilbur has been welcomed into the homes of lots of the children in Class 3. He has been a very busy bear wandering all over and has been horse riding, taking part in gymnastics, reading and making pictures, visiting a local Brownies group, playing games and writing lots of very interesting questions.
We will put his scrap book on display in our S.M.A.R.T. Lab zone when it has been completed.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to take care of Wilbur. If there are any photos of your adventures with Wilbur that you would like to share on our website please email them to school.
St. Mary's Amazing Research & Teaching Lab
Calling all S.M.A.R.T. Lab Scientists!
In Class 3 we are always exploring, investigating and asking questions about the world around us, to help us understand more about real life and build our STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and maths). We have STEM challenge sessions where we attempt to solve a problem with trial and error and use the knowledge we gain from things that fail, to improve our attempts at finding a solution. We understand that failure is not the end but actually the starting point for our next endeavour!
If you have any questions you would like to add to our Burning Questions board, bring them in. They could be about what we are learning or about something in God's wonderful world.
Are you up for a challenge?
Then have a go at the questions and activities below; you can use text, pictures, poems, photos etc to present your answers and experiment results. Bring your findings in to class whenever you have completed them.
The BBC reported on 5th January that iguanas have been falling out of trees. Why has this been happening? What has happened to these animals?
Some drivers have managed to capture film on their dashcams of a weird object high up. What was it? Where was it seen?
Big Bird Watch 2018
Why not take part in this year's Big Bird Watch. Go to the RSPB website to apply for your free pack which includes a calendar, instructions on how to take part and even a recipe for biscuits which you can make to eat whilst you are observing the birds in your garden. Yummy!
It takes place from 27 to 29 January and you only need to spend one hour watching and counting the birds that visit your garden. Join hundreds of thousands of people all over the country who will be taking part. If you decide to join in, bring your data in to school and we will compare findings in class. Wilbur wonders who will spot the most robins?
The Sea Dragon!
On BBC iPlayer there is a great television programme called 'Attenborough and the Sea Dragon'. It tells the story of a huge 200-million-year-old fossil found on the Dorset coast, the same area where Mary Anning hunted for fossils. There is a small section of the programme that talks about her work and shows her first big fossil find.
STEM in action!
Watch the television programme 'Inside The Factory' on BBC2 to see STEM in the real world and some fascinating food manufacturing processes including sauces, fish fingers, biscuits, pasta, tea bags and Christmas cakes. The programme covers the manufacture of the food as well as how the packaging is made. The next programme covers soft drinks and will be broadcast on 16 January at 8.00pm on BBC2.
There are some brilliant examples of science, technology, engineering and maths and maybe even some ideas for your future careers!
Have you got terrific teeth?
The BBC have been reporting on the startling rise in the number of children who need to have some of their teeth extracted, due to tooth decay. Check the story out on their news website under the health section.
Here are some of the numbers the BBC have reported, which we can add to our 'Numbers in our Topic' section of the maths board:
There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 - up from 40,800 the
previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show.
Don't forget to check out the activities on the Kids' Zone webpage. This term the 'Teeth and Eating' section will help you with our topic work.
You have listened in class to the story of Zacchaeus - the man Jesus believed in. Think about the story and discuss this with your family, as well as how you would answer the questions below.
In what way did Zaccheus change?
Why did he decide to be generous to his neighbours?