MAGNA

Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to MAGNA science adventure centre. The trip was part of both our Rocks and Soils topic and our Natural Disasters topic.

First, we had a workshop all about rocks and volcanoes. To start with we were given an empty film canister and had to fill it with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. This caused a chemical reaction that made the mixture spill out onto the table. We then had to place play dough around the canister where our mixture had spread to. We then repeated this two more times using different coloured playdough to form a volcano! Then we became geologists and excavated ‘rock’ from our volcanoes using a clear straw. In the straw we could see the different layers that helped to form our volcano!

After lunch, we had an opportunity to explore MAGNA. MAGNA is made up of four pavilions which include lots of exciting and interactive exhibits.

We even had chance to watch ‘The Big Melt’ a show that taught us all about MAGNA’s past as a steelworks.

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We we all loved our day at MAGNA…

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… although it left some of us rather tired!

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Fossils!

As part of our rocks and soils topic we have been looking at how fossils are formed. Today, we learnt that fossils are formed over millions of years. Animals, plants and even footprints can be fossilised.

After learning how fossils are formed, we made our own fossils. First, we made an impression with a creature in some clay. Then, we placed the clay into the bottom of a plastic cup. Then an adult poured plaster over our moulds and we left them to set. Finally, we peeled away the clay to reveal our amazing fossils.

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Rocks!

This half term, we have been learning all about rocks and soils in our science lessons. On Tuesday, we were learning about how rocks change over time by investigating the causes of erosion.

In our investigation, we had to first put our rock into a container, fill it with water and then seal the container tightly. Then, we had to shake our container non-stop for 100 seconds. Finally, we poured the contents of our container into a funnel lined with filter paper. When we examined our filter paper, we discovered that the rock had started to erode away. We repeated our investigation with igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

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Contraction Surgery

Today in Sapphire class we all became surgeons! We even wore special surgeons masks! We used our surgery skills to make contractions from two words using scalpels (scissors) to remove the letters we didn’t need. We then used plasters to ‘stitch’ our new contractions back together before adding an omissive apostrophe. We really enjoyed being contraction surgeons and have secured our understanding of contractions and omissive apostrophes!

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Equivalent Fractions

Recently in Sapphire Class we have been learning about equivalent fractions, a topic which can be really tricky. However we have all persevered and tried really hard. We used magnetic fraction shapes and bars as well as the fraction rods to find how many smaller fractions we could fit into the bigger fraction. We had to be careful because they needed to fit perfectly, with no gaps or overhangs.

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This investigating really helped us and gave us a strong foundation for the rest of our fractions learning.

Gladiators!

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This week Sapphire Class have been looking at Gladiators as part of our Romans topic. We have learnt lots of facts about gladiators and even dressed up as the different types of gladiators.

Did you know that he name gladiator comes from the name of their weapon the gladius or short sword.

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In Literacy we have been looking at the book Gladiator by Alan Gibbons. We have read the book and next week we are going to write our own gladiator time-travel story. Keep an eye on our blog to read some of our finished stories!

‘Have I Got News For You?’

Today some lucky children in Y3 had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Have I Got News for You?’ event at Sheffield Town Hall. The event was run by ESCAL and involved a day full of news and literacy based activities.

In the morning we completed some activities which involved; interviewing children from other schools; completing a news based quiz; deciding if A.T.Wolf is guilty of murdering the three little pigs.

In the afternoon we had a workshop with author and poet, Conrad Burdekin. Conrad performed some of his hilarious poems for us. Then he taught us how to write our own poems! We then had to perform our poems in front of an audience.

Here are the poems we created:

Tomatoes

As red as my mum when she’s angry,

Smell like old granny trumps,

Red evil devils,

I’d rather have the mumps,

They feel like alien bogies,

They slap me in the face,

The seeds are little ninjas,

They go all over the place.

 

We Love Jelly

Gooey, chewy,

Nice and sweet,

I would have it for a treat,

Raspberry red,

Strawberry pink,

It will stain your tongue like ink,

Wobbling, bobbling,

On a plate,

I will eat it with my mate,

Smarties Fractions!

This morning in Sapphire class we have taken a sweet approach to our learning.

In maths we have been continuing to look at fractions. This morning Mr Little set us the challenge of calculating the fraction of each coloured Smartie in a pack.

First, we had to start by counting how many smarties there were in our tube to find our denominator. Then we counted how many there were of each colour to find our numerators. Some of us even managed to simplify our fractions and draw bars to show them!

We all loved finding fractions using Smarties!

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