Mrs O'Reilly and Mrs Stockall

Term 6

We had an amazing time on Stone Age Day. We made shelters, made bread and cooked it on a fire. We learnt about primitive tools then used them to start and make a fire. In the afternoon we made our own Stone age pots out of clay.

On Tuesday, 25th June, we were lucky to have some special visitors making smoothies with us. We learned all about a balanced diet and how it is important to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. We worked in groups to choose the ingredients for our smoothies, then we helped make them. We enjoyed tasting them afterwards!

Year 3 had an exciting day of thinking about “What would happen if…?” We predicted what would happen if we heated gallium, if we put a flame in a vase with a hard boiled egg, if we added washing up liquid to a bowl full of water and pepper, if we put our fingers in our ears with our ear gongs and mostly excitedly if we added mentos to coke, diet coke and lemonade.

 

We made sensible predictions based on our previous knowledge, carried out the investigation and recorded careful observations. We then enjoyed finding out the science behind what happened.

After looking at some school CCTV footage, we found out that some intruders had broken into school! They looked like Stone Age people!

Luckily, they hadn’t taken anything or broken any equipment but they had left us some presents. Stone age poo! Yuk!

 

As we were learning about Stone Age diets we decided to investigate, Carefully, ( and with gloves) we dissected the ‘coprolites’ (fossilised poo) to find out what they ate.

As part of Science Week we are looking at the topic “What will happen if…?” We discussed what will happen if the polar ice caps melt and how this will affect the planet globally. We set up an experiment where we built small world models of a landscape. We will then add ice cubes around the edges of our landscapes to represent the polar ice caps and we will see what happens to the land when the ice melts!

This term we are going to be creating clay pots as part of our Stone Age Day experience. In order to practise for this we experimented with different clay techniques. We tried rolling the clay into a ball, creating sausage shapes, squeezing and pinching the clay and we learned how to stick clay together to build up different layers and effects.

We have explored how soil is made and what it is made from. We discovered that soil is made from tiny particles of rocks and humus, which is decaying plant and animals matter broken down by microorganisms.

 

Worms eat all the organic matter and 'stir' everything together, adding air at the same time to help create soil.

 

We made our own compost bins- using food waste, newspaper and a bit of soil then added worms to see if the worms would help break down the food and make compost.

 
Year 3 had a wildlife photographer visit them, to help them take photos of the wildlife around school. and here are their results.
 
Please see Mrs. Falconer's page for the wildlife photos.
Term 5

We had a geologist come and visit us. He developed our understanding of how rocks are made and explained what the rock cycle is. He also explained what jobs involve geology and how he uses geology in his job.

3OS are really enjoying our Stone Age topic. We learnt about the amazing cave paintings found in places like the Lascaux caves in France, made over 18,000 years ago.

 

We learnt about how these paintings were made and what tools and materials they used.

We hunted the playground for tools that we could use as our ‘paintbrushes’ and used natural pigments to create our cave paintings.

We used clay, mud, berries, beetroot, charcoal and turmeric to create our natural pigments.

3OS have had great fun reading, performing and understanding a range of weather poems.

We learnt about different types of figurative language that can bring the poems to life.

We wrote our poems about storms, rainy wet plays, sun and trees using alliteration, rhyme, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia and personification.

As part of our art this term we are going to be learning how to weave. We learned today that there are two threads – the warp and the weft. We then practised our weaving technique by weaving strips of coloured paper (the weft) onto some white card (the warp). We persevered and we were really successful!

Term 4

We loved dressing up as part of our World Book day activities.

We have enjoyed having lots of visitors as part of our Going Green topic.

After our unit on writing letters and looking at the book ‘Dear Greenpeace’ we had a visit from a local member of Greenpeace.

He spoke to us about the work they do and what we can do to protect our environment.

We learnt a lot about plastic and how it damages our earth. We learnt about lots of littles changes that we can make to reduce our carbon footprint and be more green!

This term in DT we have been learning about sustainability, seasonality and how to eat healthily. We designed and made some savoury cheese and herb scones. They were delicious!

On Monday 25th March, we had a visit from a wildlife photographer who taught us how to take pictures of wildlife. Over his career, he had spent ten years photographing tigers in India and then more locally, peregrine falcons in Downing Street, and the wildlife on the Somerset levels and Bristol. He showed us how to take photos considering the light, angle, shapes and colours of the objects we were photographing. We had great fun exploring the school grounds. We even found an abandoned nest, ladybirds, spiders and beautiful Spring flowers.

As part of our ‘Going Green’ topic we had some visitors from Bristol University who were teaching us how to be eco warriors. We found out all about how climate change is caused and how we can help prevent climate change by recycling and reusing. We played some games all about recycling and we made piggy banks and photo frames from recycled objects. It was great fun!

Term 3

We have been exploring the history of Whitchurch and learning about how it has changed over the last 100 years. We have looked at census’, old maps and pictures of some of the houses and buildings.

Did you know that Bridge Farm Primary School used to be a farm and that the Folk House ,behind the KS2 playground, used to be the old farm house?

This term we have been learning about the human body. We’ve learned about the skeleton, what it does and can name most of the main bones in the human body. 3OS performed an exciting and informative assembly all about the human body.

 

They particularly enjoyed learning and performing enthusiastically a fantastic song called ‘Name those bones’.

We have been learning about the bones and muscles in our Science lessons. Today we looked at the relationship between the bones and muscles; and how muscles help us to move. We made a hand using straws and wool to show how the muscles in our hand help to move the fingers! We showed great teamwork and resilience!

This term we have been looking at different printing techniques in our Art lessons. We tried using different objects to create patterns, such as potatoes, apples, lego bricks and holly cutters. We then tried to create an x-ray image of our hand by printing the bones using straws of different lengths.

This term in Literacy we have explored explanation texts. First, we learnt about the different features and practiced using time adverbs to help order and causal conjunctions to explain how and why.

 

We invented our own time machines and wrote technical, detailed and inventive explanation texts explaining how our amazing time machines work.

Term 2

 

In Music we have been looking at different European composers. This week we looked at Vivaldi and listened to his ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons. We talked about the music; discussed what we liked about it; and how Vivaldi had created the feeling of winter. We then worked in small groups and composed our own soundscape for winter. We considered the pitch and dynamics of the music as well as how we would start and finish our piece. We then performed the pieces in front of the class!

On Wednesday, 14th November we met some medical students from the University of Bristol. They told us lots of interesting facts about the body and they showed us how to find our pulse. We learned how to use some medical equipment including a stethoscope and learned how to test our reflex actions! It was great fun!

As part of our Literacy topic we looked at the picture book, The Umbrella and investigated a poem called The Curious Dog which had been written based on the book. We explored the different vocabulary that had been used in the poem and then we had a go at writing our own poems.

Term 1
 

In Geography, we are exploring maps and atlases. We learned about the World’s continent and oceans by playing the game ‘Where in World?’

In teams, we raced across to collect a label before returning to our group to decide where it should go.

We have learned that there are 7 continents and 6 oceans in the world.

In science this term we are learning about forces. We explored the force friction. We carried out an investigation to find out which surface causes the most friction between table top, carpet, cling film, silver foil and sandpaper. To find out, we rolled a car down a ramp onto the different surfaces and measured how far it went. The further it went, the less friction the surface causes.

Over the summer, in preparation for the start of Year 3, 3OS carried out some very interesting and thorough research on a famous French person.

 

We hope you enjoy finding out some fascinating facts about these famous French faces.

To end our France topic we had a French café. We learnt how to ask for something, say thank you and please and express our opinion in French.

 

We loved trying traditional French foods although none of us were particularly keen on the French onion soup!

 

In Geography we have been exploring Europe and in particular France. After learning about the physical and human geographical features we created our own 3D maps of France.

 

We made our own salt dough out of flour, salt, water and cream of tartare and gradually built up our maps of France.

 

We looked at the shape of the country, where the capital city is, where the main rivers are and where the mountain ranges are.

 

We will then paint them when they are dry.

 

In Art we have been exploring different painting techniques. We enjoyed using these in our perspective sketches and paintings of Provence.

 

In Science we have been learning about forces and investigating magnetic forces. We used our knowledge of attracting and repelling poles to devise and create our own magnetic games. We had lots of fun making them and even more fun playing them!.

We had an amazing time on Stone Age Day. We made shelters, made bread and cooked it on a fire. We learnt about primitive tools then used them to start and make a fire. In the afternoon we made our own Stone age pots out of clay.