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On Wednesday we went to Seaham as part of our new topic, At the Seaside!
We had four activities on the morning; beach art, beach games, sketching and learning about coastal erosion and rock-pooling.
There were some very realistic sketches of the cliffs produced by the children and beautiful pieces of art made using natural materials from the beach. The children found the games tough going on the beach but had fun and we found crabs, winkles and small fish in the rock-pools
We had lunch at the marina whilst looking out to the lighthouse. After this, we went to another beach where we had some free time for the children to explore. The children were fascinated with a gate they found underneath a pier which had danger written on it and had some really interesting theories for it!
In 3F we have been writing a letter to the Ocean maker after watching an inspiring video to generate ideas. Because this writing was so good, we have typed it up.
In 3A we had the case of the missing pupil with a 'Frankie Jones' not appearing in school. There were messages left, voicemails and suspicious clues. During the week, we created missing posters and police statements. We eventually found out that it was Mr Storey working as a mole to delete our dojos!
Last week we had a fantastic visitor in the form of local author and storyteller, Adam Bushnell. Adam worked with both classes and was able to inspire amazing ideas and generate great work from the children based on pirates.
Adam brought pirate weapons, clothes, flags and a load of other inspiring objects that children were fascinated by and were able to hold. We even had one one of our children turn in to a monster!
The children then used this to create amazing sentences using descriptive language, adverbs and prepositions.
On Friday, the children took all of their amazing work and produced excellent stories about their Captain on an adventure!
This week in Year 3 we have designed and made our own Stone Age homes.
We have also been busy in maths learning about bar charts. We made our own using cubes and string.
We have enjoyed our rewards day on the bouncy castle.
Today Years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to take part in a workshop involving experiments that explored different states of matter.
One of the first things we looked at was dry ice. This was interesting because instead of melting like ice usually does, the dry ice changes quickly into a gas.
We even used the dry ice to make ice cream and got to have a taste, which was definitely our favourite bit!
Finally, we are very proud of Charlie for winning the Crook Primary #ScienceSelfie competition, where he showed us all about his experiment where he investigated how an egg can float in the water. Great job, Charlie!
Well done to our Year 3 classes who have shown great enthusiasm when taking part in our Science Week.
In 3A we had to make birds nests from the natural materials we could find outside. The children first discussed their ideas in groups before designing and presenting back to the class. There was some excellent ideas and curiosity shown. When building their nests there were some difficulties but the children showed great resilience, teamwork and intuition to change from their plans to make excellent birds nests. Well done 3Awesome!
3F were given the challenge 'The Polar Expedition'. We had to research and investigate different types of food that would give the most amount of calories for someone who was going to the Antarctic. Within our challenge we were only allowed to take a backpack, so we had to make sure the food didn't weigh much but had lots of calories. This is what we found out;
Dried fruit is light enough to carry but it is packed with calories.
Sweets, chocolate and biscuits are only small but they have loads of calories.
Powdered milk is a good way to make sure we get lots of calories.
Did you know that when sledging we can burn up to 6000 calories?
We have been super busy in Year 3 over the past few weeks.
In maths we have been dividing using lots of different methods! Also we have been working really hard to learn our 4 timestables!
In literacy we have started a new book called Stone Age Boy, which links with our new Topic - STONE AGE!
We started off our new topic by looking at cave paintings. We loved them so much we decide to make our own. We recreated a cave outside of our classroom and we LOVE it! Our next project is to make a cave within the classroom, this will become a great den to sit inside and read our books!
Just a little reminder that books must be brought to school everyday!
Year 3 have been invited to be part of a project based around sculptures created by Louise Plant. The 'Ps' sculptures are currently on display in Bishop Market Place; with a further exhibition in the Town Hall.
Once we had viewed the sculptures outside, we went inside to view smaller versions of the 'Ps' in all shapes, colours, textures and sizes. We discovered that each one seemed to have a personality of it's own! We then had the opportunity to draw some life-form pictures to use in order to form our own sculptures back at school.
Back at school we used wire to create our own sculptures, then covered them with foil, we finally purposefully bent our sculptures to make them more abstract in form. This project will also involve our children in three workshops; including dance, music and drama. The drama workshop will be led by a former Crook Primary School pupil!
We have been busy this week in Year 3 planning, drafting, writing, publishing and finally reading our stories.
We have been focusing on the book 'The Lost Happy Endings'. This inspired us to write our own version of the story. Year 3 used the pictures from the book to write their own story. We planned using notes and key words, which will help to write our final story.
Once we planned we started writing. It was fine to make mistakes or change our ideas as we went. When we were happy with our story we produced a final version.
Finally we were lucky enough to use the ICT suite to type up our stories and we made books, with a front cover and a blurb. After that we took our books down to Year 1 and read to the children.
This has inspired 3F to open their own library within class. Hopefully we will have it up and running after half term where children from KS1 can come and take books out to read!
We're all very excited that The Royal Shakespeare Company are visiting us again to give us a community performance of 'Julius Caesar,' by William Shakespeare. Following their huge success when they brought us, 'The Famous Victories of Henry V,' they've chosen the bloodthirsty tale of Caesar who was assassinated by his friends, starting a war between the generals of Rome. It promises to be even better than their last performance and is 90 minutes of pure entertainment.
This performance is packed with action, lots of sword fighting and daggers drawn. It's especially adapted for families and is suitable for children over the age of 7 years. If your children are not old enough to attend, come by yourselves and bring your friends.There'll be plenty of audience participation as you cheer for Caesar and Brutus. Which side will you be on?
Tickets are available from Mrs. Gentles or from the office at Crook Primary School, priced at £5 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are a small number of tickets left so don't delay. Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 28th February in our main hall and meet the actors before the play starts. We guarantee you will be more entertained by than anything on TV that night!