An exciting morning in Y3!18-03-2020 | 16:07:57 | Comments Off on An exciting morning in Y3!

On Wednesday, we were so lucky to be joined by the author Kathy Tallentire, the author of ‘Nana Duck’. Kathy asked Year 3 if we would like to be the very first children in the world to read her newest story and of course we agreed!!

On World Book Day, we had fun guessing the title of the book and creating our own front covers and blurbs for the story.

Kathy then joined us this week and we listened to her re-read the story to us and reveal the actual title. It was great to see that she loved some of the titles that we came up with – it even got her thinking about changing her chosen title as some of our were so exciting!

A great morning was had by all of Y3!

What’s under our feet? #WerringtonSTEM18-03-2020 | 16:01:09 | Comments Off on What’s under our feet? #WerringtonSTEM

This week in Science, we have been learning about the layers of rock and soil under our feet. We started our lesson by boarding the ‘Underground Explorer’ and ‘travelling’ through the layers of soil and rock until we reached the inner core of Earth.

After that, we looked closely at each of the different layers of soil and their properties. To reinforce our learning, we then had lots of fun replicating the layers using chocolate, biscuits and honey.

Who was Michael Faraday? #WerringtonSTEM14-03-2020 | 10:15:52 | Comments Off on Who was Michael Faraday? #WerringtonSTEM

Continuing our Science Week exploration, we attempted to follow in the footsteps of Faraday yesterday afternoon. We made voltaic piles (named after Alessandro Volta), the original design for batteries:

We used copper coins (hence all those two pence coins!) and aluminium foil for the two electrodes of our cells, sandwiching our electrolyte of salt water and vinegar soaked into tissue paper:

Ending up with some very presentable piles indeed!

The sad news? We couldn’t seem to get any juice out of our batteries… which goes to teach us one of the most valuable lessons in science: failures often tell us more than our successes when we investigate, producing more questions than the original experiment.

Why didn’t they work? What could we change? Could we link several together to increase the voltage?

Do you think you could make one that works at home? Or create one from other materials? Here’s a link to another blog with ideas:

Don’t forget to reply or Dojo with your experimental results!

What’s in that rock? #WerringtonSTEM14-03-2020 | 09:56:54 | Comments Off on What’s in that rock? #WerringtonSTEM

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As part of our Science Week of exploration, as well as continuing our geography learning, we’ve been making fossils this week!

How, you ask? Well, first we made salt dough for the mold…

And then we used plaster of Paris to create the cast…

Now that they’re dry, all we need to do is apply a little paint or chalk to make them more fossil-like. Watch this space to see the results!

If you want to have a go at home, here’s a link to show how it can be done:

For a mold fossil: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/presenters-making-a-fossil

For a cast fossil

Fossils rock! #WerringtonSTEM06-03-2020 | 16:28:33 | Comments Off on Fossils rock! #WerringtonSTEM

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This week, we have spent so much time learning about fossils. In Science, we discovered what a fossil is and how they are formed. We each created a comic strip to show the stages of fossilisation. We’re already looking forward to making relica fossils next week.

In English, we have been learning about biographies and what a good one should contain. This is in preparation for writing our own biographies based on Mary Anning. Mary Anning was an English fossil collector who became famous for all the amazing discoveries that she made in cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis.

We decided today to begin our research of Mary Anning so we spent some time searching for many interesting facts about her. We have also been getting to grips with the J2E software that we have in school. Watch this space to see some of our biographies next week!

In Computing, we are currently learning how to open and respond to an e-mail. We thought we’d use this opportunity to send e-mails to Mrs Little and Mr Linley-Simon, informing them of our most interesting fact about Mary Anning.

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