We’ve had a rather messy morning making chocolate. Everyone has designed their own chocolate, and a box to put it in, so today we made them. We used melted chocolate and added ingredients like coconut, marshmallows, silver balls, caramel and even gummy bears! All the chocolates went in the fridge to harden and the children can’t wait to taste them.
What a fantastic day! All the children took part in different sporting activities to earn points for their team in the morning. These included hula hooping, skipping, football shots, long jump and many more. The weather held for our afternoon races! Year 3 showed great team spirit and sportsmanship by cheering and supporting all the children. They all tried their hardest and I was so proud of them. At the end, there could be only one winner - congratulations to Dafydd, our green team!
We had a very busy day investigating whether the type of chocolate affects how long it takes to melt. The children planned the investigation themselves before carrying it out safely. Next, we need to look at our findings and draw some conclusions. We also enjoyed a chemistry demonstration from Dr Andrew Fogg, who made chemistry look like magic!
The children in Year 3 have planned a lot of activities they want to do to learn about chocolate. Today they decided to collect data about favourite chocolate bars and designed their own data table. They plan on using this data to draw a graph.
Following an interesting email, we have decided to learn about chocolate this term. We spent the morning blind tasting different types of chocolate to collect data about taste texture, aroma, sweetness and other properties. This afternoon we looked at what we already knew about chocolate and thought about what we’d like to learn. The children have worked together brilliantly all day and are full of excitement and great ideas!
We spent time observing minibeasts in different habitats - field and woodland. We observed more minibeasts, and a greater variety, in the woodland habitat. When we got back to class we discussed why minibeasts might prefer this habitat, collated our data and used it to make a bar graph.
Greenfield Valley Trip
We had a great time exploring pond habitats through our pond dipping activity and found lots of different creatures. We also learned about the history of Basingwerk Abbey by exploring the ruins and finding a variety of architectural features using our map skills and by close observation. We had time to play in the outdoor playground too! What a fun and busy day!
Design and Technology
We have started our design and technology project today - we’re going to be designing rugby shirts. Our first step is to research rugby shirts to come up with a design specification. We are also diamond or pyramid ranking rugby shirts to start thinking about what we like personally in a design.
Famous Welsh People Project
We’re putting our Learning Log work to good use this week in a project with Year 4. We’re making a Power point presentation about famous Welsh people which parents will be invited to see themselves!
Year 3 have been on a verb hunt! They found 15 different verbs to use to complete sentences and then had to sort them into past tense verbs or present tense verbs.
Today, we’ve had a Welsh focus in our activities: we’ve practised the national anthem, played “mae Simon yn dweud and made a Welsh art attack style picture using fabric. Roedden hwyl iawn!
Walk Around Northop Hall Village
Today, all of Key Stage 2 went for a walk around the village to get to know our local area. The children were in groups and had to look for different buildings and other human geography. They also conducted a litter and bin survey. Lots of children went to places they had never been before, even those children who live in the village!
To finish off our War and Peace topic, Years 3, 4 and 5 have written letters to bury in a time capsule for future pupils of Northop Hall to discover, just like the one we found back in September. All the children took turns to either dig the hole or cover up the time capsule. I wonder when it will be found!
Today we’ve been practising estimating and measuring skills. The children have had to choose suitable measuring equipment too.
Monday 26th November - Making Gingerbread
We have started to make gingerbread this week to sell at the Christmas Fayre! All of the children are involved and are learning about following instructions, measuring and the importance of hygiene! We will be cutting out the shapes and baking this afternoon. The gingerbread should be ready to decorate on Tuesday and Wednesday before finishing touches on Thursday morning. Please come and support the Year 3 stall.
Toy Shop Maths
Today the children made their own toy shops to practise mental strategies. Our focus was working out change from £2. We had lots of role play buying and selling in the shops. The children all worked hard but we had a few forget to pay!
Techniquest Light Dome
We have had a fascinating experience in the light dome this morning! We learned about how light travels, colours of light, light sources and wore special glasses that let us see how light is split into colours by different gases.
This week we have been focusing on Welsh activities. We have designed our own dragons, dramatically retold the tale of the ‘afanc’, and played games in Welsh. As always, we have been improving our teamwork skills with Year 4!
Year 3 and 4 Project
While some children are away at Pentre, the rest of Year 3 and 4 are finding out about “learning powers”. We’re planning our own movies using iMovie to explain to everyone what these are. Watch out Steven Spielberg!
We’re starting a unit on story poems this week using ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. We’ve started to learn the text and are doing really well! Ask your child to tell you what they’ve learned so far. Today the children worked with their learning partner to map out the text using pictures.
Welcome to Year 3!
The children are starting to settle in well and have been working hard. We've done some team building activities, pictures below.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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