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As a This afternoon we went for a walk around our local area, we were set a mission by Leading Petrologist
Dr Sarah Stone from the British Rock Society, she had an urgent problem. All of the data about rocks around Kirton and Trimley had been lost when the database crashed. She asked us to do a rock survey in our local area and knew we had been learning about rocks so thought we would know lots of information. We looked at and took pictures of old buildings, houses and had a go at describing them and tried naming the rocks. Well done for being super sensible Year 3. As a treat at the end of our walk we had 10 minutes playing on rec!
In Art this half term we have been learning about drawing and shading. We had a go at taking our pencil for a walk on a piece of paper then used different shading techniques like cross hatching and free styling and had a go at making dark and light shading tones. We even got to use different pencils which help give different colour tones.
In science this week we have continued our learning on rocks and we have made our own sedimentary sandwiches to resemble the formation of sedimentary rocks. Sedimentary rocks are formed when layers of sand, plants, soil, animal remains etc. are squashed together under pressure. We started with a paper plate as the sea bed. Our sedimentary sandwiches helped us to understand the layering process.
Our next experiment was to make our own crystals using the crystallisation process. We have mixed our crystal compound with water and a rock and we will watch carefully over the next week to see what happens! Watch this space!
This morning in our SPaG lesson we turned into surgeons. We were given some poorly sentences with lots of problems like verb-itis, run on disease, full stop phobia and punctuation paralysis. Our job was to un-muddle the poorly sentences and make them better by giving them the correct punctuation. We had to make sure we were dressed properly for the operation and had to be super sensible to undertake this important job.
Our first science topic this term is all about 'rocks'. Last week we thought about what we would like to know about rocks, a few of our questions are below-
Do some rocks have crystals in? (Thomas Barnard)
What are rocks are made of? (Violet)
Can rocks break? (Matthew)
This week we learnt about the 3 different types of rocks
Igneous:Igneous rock forms when molten rock cools and solidifies.
Sedimentary: Sand, mud and even the remains of living animal can turn into rocks. These sediments settle on the sea floor, building up in layers. Over time the layers are compressed and as a result the sediment becomes a rock.
Metamorphic:Deep underground, rock can be subjected to heat and pressure. These forces, while not melting the rock completely can cause minerals to recrystallise and results in a hard, crystalline rock called metamorphic rock.
Today we carried out an investigation to find out if the rocks floated, were waterproof and reacted to vinegar. We watched the chalk fizz in the vinegar and saw lots of the rocks sink.
We have used a song to help us remember, have a practice at home!
Myself and Mrs Thompson have been so pleased with how the children have settled into the class and key stage 2. Thank you to those who were able to attend the Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, if you were unable to make it we have attached the PowerPoint which was discussed. Your child should have brought home a plastic wallet containing the forms which were handed out. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy term. We will be starting the term learning about the Stone Age and rocks in topic. We will be posting pictures and blogs so keep checking out the website.