3I Class Blog 2017/18

12-16th March
This week we are doing lots of extra STEM activities in school.
Today our challenge was to build the tallest possible tower in 20 minutes using wooden lollipop sticks and wooden spring clip clothes pegs.  You can see how we got on below.
These were our biggest towers!

43cm, 19cm, 14cm and 12cm

We also created lots of useful or just whacky inventions.  Some of them are also shown below.
On Tuesday we made gliders using plastic drinking straws and paper rings.  We carried out test flights on Wednesday.  The furthest glider went a massive 4m!
It might be fun to extend this investigation at home.  You could try using different sized rings or attaching the rings in different positions.  Can anyone beat our record?
On Thursday we went to the Discovery museum and had a really fab time.  We started off in the Play + Invent gallery.  There was lots of Knex and Lego for construction with ideas on cards for things to do.  There were also lots of amazing activities such as the shadow freeze gallery and the sound tubes.  Next we went up to the beautiful Great Hall and made LED torches which fitted in really well with our curent topic (excuse the pun!)  After that we looked at how colours are transported by looking at carnations that had been in water containing dye, and by doing a bit of paper chromatography using felt pens and coffee filter paper.
Finally.... lunch.
We then travelled back in time to Ancient Rome to find out about medical practice at that time.  Would you rub lettuce on a bruise?
Our last activity was located by the Turbinia and was all about energy and power.  So much to take in, in one day!
World Book Day
We all had fun dressing up as our favourite book characters and rediscovering picture books.  You can see us reading in our own cosy spots.
KS2 have a specialist gymnastics teacher for this half term and we have had lots of fun with her in 3I.
This lesson was about balancing on points and patches on the floor and on apparatus. We also improved our balancing by using the coloured hands and feet to play "Twister" and balancing hoops on our partner!
Today we have been making switches to go into a simple electrical circuit.  it was a bit fiddly but we all got there in the end!  We will be using a similar circuit to illuminate models of lighthouses we are making.
Inside Owlt
This Spring term, we have all been involved in a whole school community art project to brighten up the gym.  The theme has been owls.  Mr Woodley kindly drew and cut out templates for every class.  
Continuing with 3I's scientific theme, we have made 3D models of the major organs inside an owl.  We then all used pastels and charcoal to create feathers.  When all the bits were made, Mrs Ingram stuck it all together.
We decided to add labels because birds are not exactly the same as mammals on the inside.
Now we can't wait to see them all up on the wall! 
Live Tales Writing Workshop
Today (23.02.18) we went to Live Theatre for a really fantastic creative writing workshop.  By the efforts of their imaginations and pens, they managed to convince the editor that children really can write!  Here you can see them in action.
Super Scooters!
On Wednesday 22nd February, the Road Safety Team came in to give Y3 tips on safer scooting, including how to fasten helmets and control turning scooters.  The children also practised safe manoeuvres and being polite to other pavement users.  
Today, as part of our geography topic about locations and jobs around the world, we were role-playing a Job Centre. We took turns to be employees, trying to find someone to fit a job description and job seekers with specific skills and qualifications.  We all had fun and had a taste of what it is like to be looking for a job, and what it is like if you don't succeed.
Sorry, no photos but thought you might like to know our class ran 27 miles today between us. (I managed 1/8th of a mile!)  Such fit children!
Mrs ingram
Autumn 2
We had an "Old Testament Stories" afternoon.
We worked in teams to 
  • write a retell
  • make a fact file
  • create illustrations
  • and present our work to the rest of the class
It was hard to do this in a time frame, but it helped once we had a plan and all knew what our roles were.
Autumn 2
This half term, Lee Sterry and his team are doing Circuit Training with KS2.  As the children progress they are developing agility, balance, coordination and stamina.  They work really hard in these sessions.  It's exhausting just watching them!
Today was Greek Day!
We did a quiz in the playground
Made islands of Crete using modroc
Made Trojan horses
  ... and hummus
At the end of the day we had a Greek feast.
Educational visit to The Great North Museum, Greek Gallery.
We learnt a lot and also had fun exploring the gallery and in the workshop, as you can see!
Making 3D shapes
We made models of 3D shapes using Geomag, straws and plasticine and card nets.
We found the Geomag was easiest to use and it was easy to count the numbers of edges and vertices when we were investigating the properties of the shapes.
At the start of this year, we worked together in small groups to answer some tricky comprehension questions about Greek Myths.  It was useful to discuss the answers in our groups and as a whole class.