Year 3 Rocks and the Stone Age

We have been identifying and sorting rocks all week. We have found out that there are 3 types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We have tested their properties and have have found rocks that are porous (allows water to pass through) and even found rocks that float. We have sketched them and written about them in our descriptive writing. We will be writing about fossils next.

We enjoyed our Stone Age Workshop and found out lots of things about how people lived. We looked at artefacts, foods and clothing. We are looking forward to investigating and writing our own stories.

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Ancient Greek Warfare Workshop

Year 6 had a visit from Tony from Time Trips today. He taught us all about Ancient Greek warfare. We learned about the different formations that were used by hoplites and found out more about the Battle of Marathon. We then made shields and helmets and used these to reenact the strategies used by the soldiers. We’ve had lots of fun and learned lots. Please see our pictures below.

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London’s Burning!

Owls have been  ‘on fire’ this week! They’ve learnt more about the Great Fire of London and written recounts. The children have also made Tudor houses and used drama and role play to help them imagine what it would’ve been like. Some singing for our assembly finished the week! We hope they’ve had as much fun as us!

Mrs Whiting 😊😊

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Changing the State of Matter!

In Science this week. We have been learning about how you can change a solid into a liquid, a liquid into a gas, a gas into a solid and liquid into a solid. This is called changing the state of matter!

The first experiment we did involved observing how a candle, which is a solid made of  wax, changes once you light the wick. The heat from the flame (a gas) causes the wax to melt, causing the state of matter to change to liquid. The liquid forms at the bottom of the wick. We also learned that the heat from the flame causes the melted wax to evaporate into the air, turning it into a gas. This is how we could smell the candle in the air.

Our second experiment involved chocolate and jelly! We poured boiling how water onto solid cubes of jelly. This of course melted the solid cubes into a liquid state. We then poured the boiling how water onto set jelly, stirring it as the boiling water reverts the solid jelly back into a liquid form. The final part of this experiment involved putting a bowl of chocolate on top of the jug filled with boiling water. We discovered that the hot steam (gas) melts the chocolate (solid) into liquid! We loved learning about changing states of matter and we can’t wait to find out more!

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The River Thames

In Year 4, we have loved learning all about the River Themas as part of our Rivers module in our Topic! The Themas starts its life as a small trickle of water in the Cotswold District, which is to the west of London. It travels for 210 miles, making it the longest river in England, all the way to London. Passing through some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the whole of England.

We learned that it is the longest river in the whole of England. It has over 45 docks and it is home to a whooping 25 species of fish. Another fantastic fact about the Thames include that it is the only river in Europe that has a national trail running through its entire length.

That was not all we learned about the River Thames! We also learned about the main tourist attractions that run alongside the Thames through the centre of London. These include Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and Tower Bridge. Take a look at our fantastic display, showcasing our fantastic pictures and wonderful writing! Continue reading “The River Thames”