Year 3 were surprised when they were faced with an unexpected event, a satellite was seen on the school’s CCTV footage crashing behind the reception school playground! The children became detectives and examined the debris that was left behind, using investigative skills. They began to write down all their findings and predications to what might have caused the crash. Later in the week the children wrote their own newspaper report about what they had witness and finally they had an online Teams meeting with the other schools within the CAT about their sightings of the same satellite!
In science this week, year 3 were rock detectives and investigated the three types of rocks and how they are formed. Children discovered that the three classifications of rocks are metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous. To understand how the different rocks are formed they used starbursts to create edible rocks. They pushed layers of starburst together to make sedimentary rock, heated up and then pushed the starbursts together to create metamorphic rocks and finally completely heated the starbursts and left it to cool to create igneous rocks.
Year 3 have come to the end of their international topic, ‘Kenya’. Over the half-term, they have developed their understanding of the world by using atlases to find the location of Kenya with relevance to the countries they previously learned about, France (Y1) and Brazil (Y2). They have studied the landscape and how this is shaped by physical features such as the River Tana, Lake Victoria, and The Rift Valley. As well as finding out about the human and physical geography of Kenya, they have built on their previous discussions about comparative features in our home country. We have ended this topic with the children producing a double page spread about endangered animals in Kenya and the global issues that cause endangerment to these amazing animals. What a great job they have done!
Over Autumn 2, Year 3 have been learning about Kenya for their international studies. This week they celebrated Kenya on Kenyan day which was filled with a variety of activities surrounding Kenyan tradition and culture: learning how to name animals in Swahili; exploring the Savannah on a virtual field trip; learning dances; singing traditional songs. In addition, children represented the Kenyan flags by wearing the colours. Continuing their learning, they were able to take home a pack of Kenyan activities to share with their adults!
In science, year 3 have been exploring how objects move on a variety of different materials. Children carried out a detailed investigation to understand how different surfaces on a ramp effect the movement of an object travelling down it. Through the investigation, children discovered that when an object moves across a surface, friction acts as an opposite force. Friction is a force that holds back the motion of an object. Depending on the surface, some create more friction than others which means that objects move across them slower. Following this, children then discussed what careers would need this knowledge and the importance of it when doing their jobs.
The children had a fantastic time cooking a Greek dish. The chef form Roots to Food was extremely impressed by their cooking skills. First, children cut the vegetables and smelt all the different aromas from mint and cinnamon. Then they stir-fried the vegetables and mince, mixed them together and prepared a Greek salad and rice to accompany our delicious and nutritious meal. Kali oreksi!