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Sports Week

We have had an excellent week full of sports!

We have had tasters in; rounders, cricket, basketball, street dance, kick boxing, football and gymnastics - PHEW! 

In Circle Time we talked about what qualities a sportsperson needed to become an Olympic athlete. Our top 6 qualities are: determination, perseverance,  passion, sportsmanship, daily training and confidence.

We used tin foil to create sculptures of athletes in action and set them against a pencil crayon back ground. 

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Eco-Arts Week

 

This week we have been exploring riverscapes and recycling.

We have looked at a variety of painting based in, on and beside rivers, such as Monet's The White Water Lillies and Riverside Morning Park by Ella Yang. 

We have sketched river scenes from photographs and have designed and painted our own riverscapes using watercolours.

We worked with David, who is an artist, to created some woven riverscapes. These were extra special because we used recycled products to make them. Our riverscapes are made up from old shirts, duvet covers, used envelopes and newspapers, plus many more scraps and unwanted fabric. 

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The Oscars

We've all dressed up in our best frocks and shirts for today's Oscars.

A massive CONGRATULATIONS to Iris, Maggie and Joe who won awards for writing, maths and reading.

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Fabulous Fruit

 

Here are our finished 3D fruits! We used acrylic paint to decorate them. We are very proud of our work. Miss Thomas thinks they are so good she is going to sell them on ebay and make millions of pounds! 

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United Utilities - Learning about the water cycle

 

Today. we were visited by a lady called Janet who works for United Utilities. 

She taught us all about the water cycle, how water is collected and cleaned by United Utilities and where the water goes after we have used it. She also helped us understand why it is important to not waste water and how to keep safe when we are near water. 

 

Did you know that by allowing the tap to run while you brush you teeth, you are actually wasting 9 litres of water? 

 

 

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Following her visit, we developed our understanding of the natural water cycle with Miss Thomas by using a special 'spell' and rehearsing our explanations with our partners. We then wrote our own detailed explanations of the water cycle in our own words. We also conducted a mini investigation about evaporation on the playground by drawing around a puddle and then monitoring how quickly the water 'disappeared'.  
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Freeze Frames - A Day in the life of an apprentice

 

As a follow up to our trip to Quarry Bank Mill, we have been thinking about what a typical day of an apprentice would have been like. We created freeze-frames to show the different events through the day. Next week, we will add captions and speech and thought bubbles to them.

Can you work out what each freeze-frame is showing? 

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Quarry Bank Mill

We visited Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire with the rest of Year 3/4 last week. The first part of the day was spent in the apprentice house; here we learned all about what life was like for the children who were employed by Mr Greg at the mill. They had to get up and be ready for work at 6 am - they worked for 12 hours every day, apart from Sunday. They were all taught to read, and some were also taught to write. Girls were also taught to sew and knit. On a Sunday they got clean clothes to wear and went to church. After this, they went on an 8 mile walk to help keep them fit and healthy for their work in the mill. They didn't get paid, but were given free lodgings and meals (which mainly consisted of porridge and stew). The apprentices at the mill were given work that was too easy for the adults to do. These jobs included collecting bits of cotton from the floor (scavenger) and re-joining pieces of cotton (piece-er). We found out that Mr Greg didn't believe in beating children, if a child didn't work hard enough they would have to do overtime. 

After that, we went into the actual mill - lucky for us, there were plenty of National Trust staff there to tell us how the cotton industry began with a simple hand turned spinning wheel and evolved into an amazing building powered by water wheels and then steam. Some of us got to try out the apprentice jobs - it was hard work and very noisy!

Finally, we had our lunch and took part on a science workshop which was all about 'forces' and how these forces in motion helped the mill run. We learnt about cogs turning, pulley systems and gravity.  

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Library Visit 

 

Today we finally made it to the library (after the trip being cancelled when the boiler broke, and then when there was very bad weather).

When the rain poured down this morning, we thought it might be cancelled again, alas, the sun won and broke through the clouds.

When we got to the library, we were welcomed by Julie, who is one of the librarians. She talked to us about fiction and non-fiction books and how they are organised in the library. She also told us that our library cards aren't just for books: they allow you to access the computers in the library and online books at home.

We then has time to look at all of the books and shared some reading with our friends.

Miss Thomas felt very proud because Julie told her we were the most polite, enthusiastic and engaged group she had met. 

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We have made a start with our 3-D art!

 

We are very excited to be designing and making our own 3D fruit this term. Following on from our amazing sketching and chalk pastel drawings, we will now be working together to make a class fruit-bowl.

The first stage is layering a balloon with news paper and wall-paper paste to create a shell for us to paint. It is quite a slow process as we have to let each layer dry before we apply the next. We will need to do 4 layers for the shell to be just right...

 

 

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The Digestive System 

This week we have been learning all about the digestive system. The digestive system is all about the journey food and drink make once they have entered your mouth and how they get processed by our bodies. At first we giggled a bit when we had to talk about 'poo', but Miss Thomas explained that as scientists we should used the scientific vocabulary and that made it a bit easier for us. 

Once we had learned about what all the parts of the digestive system do, Miss Thomas challenged us to make a life sized information poster to explain what we had found out. 

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Here's the journey of food through the digestive system in our own words! 

Funky Fruits

 

After all our cooking and tasting of food, this week we have been drawing it!

We started by making observational drawings in pencil and pens of oranges and kiwis. We tried out lots of different types of paper too. Next we cut three of these drawings out and created a overlapping composition. We used a view finder to focus in on one area and then used chalk pastels to draw the new composition. After a few trials, we created bigger chalk pastel pictures. We were only allowed to use two colours and were told it didn't have to be the actual colour of the fruit. Some of our work isn't quite finished yet, but Miss Thomas was desperate to share them with the world!

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Masterchef 2017

 

A massive congratulations to all of the children in the class - today was simply amazing to watch (and taste).

 

The children have spent 2 weeks in their 8 groups planning, plotting and shopping in preparation for today's events, and boy, was it worth all the hard work!

 

The children created some amazing treats for the school chef to judge. Helen had her work cut out deciding on the best group. She took preparation skills, technical cooking and presentation into consideration before deciding on the overall winners of the class.

 

Well done to Joe, James C, James T and Tom B who were crowned the 'Kings of the Kitchen' with their pizza, salad and shortbread creations.

 

Once again, a HUGE thank you to all the adults who came in to help today  - we couldn't have done it without you!   

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Eggciting Eggsperiment!

Last week we set up an ‘eggsperiment’ to see what would happen to egg shells if we left them in different liquids for a week. Scientists say egg shells behave in the same way as teeth.

To make the test fair we ensured each egg was the same size, ‘eggsactly’ the same amount of liquid was used and the eggs in liquid were left in the same place all week.

 

We found out that water and milk didn’t affect the eggs at all.

Cola and diet cola made the egg shell go rough because it dissolved.

Tea and coffee made the shell change to a darker colour.

Squash dissolved the shell and made it change colour.

Orange juice and apple juice dissolved the shells – they also changed colour.

All of the shell had dissolved in the vinegar, so it was squidgy.

 

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We were very shocked by the egg left in vinegar, it felt like a squash-ball. We could tell if we squeezed too hard it would ‘eggsplode’!

The most shocking result to us was the orange and apple juice because we are always told to eat lots of fruit to keep healthy. We found out that fruit is full of natural sugars and acids, if your teeth (or egg shells) are ‘eggposed’ to this for too long, it attacks the enamel and starts to break down the structure of the tooth – this is why it’s really important to brush your teeth twice a day. Miss Thomas told us that in Germany they have a drink called apfelschorle– this is apple juice mixed with fizzy water. She says it tastes very refreshing and does less harm to your teeth.

World Book Day 2017

Today we all dressed up as our favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day.

We made a decoration to hang in the forest, wrote book reviews, created character selfies, cartoon strips and character reviews - phew - what a day!

We also visited Year 2 and read to them. 

 

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Taking Team Responsibility - Learning through Circle Time

During Circle Time we were given a group challenge - to make a self standing tower using one roll of tin foil. The aim was to make the tallest tower in the class.

At first, we thought this was going to be easy, but, as we soon found out, a self standing tower needs a secure base or it will tip over. 

Within our teams we worked together to create the tower - there was plenty of problem solving along the way: how to rip the foil properly, how to make a solid base, how to join separate pieces together .... the list goes on! 

Miss Thomas only gave us 8 minutes to complete the task, so the pressure was on. 

At the end of the 8 minutes, we compared our towers: as you can see, only 3 were really self standing towers: congratulations to Emily M, Joe, Elena, Ismay, Sophie, Emily B and Jack who made the tallest tower!

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Afterwards, we discussed the skills needed to work as a group and what having 'group responsibility' actually means. We decided it meant everyone is equal, should take part as much as each other and can take the glory (or blame) together. 

We shared ideas about what made an effective team, here's what we came up with:

* listening

* not shouting over/at people

* trying new things

* accepting you don't always get your own way

* being aware of what is going on

* everyone needs a job and should help each other when needed

* you have to be able to debate but also be able to agree in the end

* always be encouraging- no matter what

Curry Feast

This week we have been learning about Indian food and culture.

We have found out that India is in Asia. The currency in India is rupee and the population is 1.2 billion (we had to double-check this as it seemed a lot, but it IS correct). New Delhi is the capital city of India, but the largest city in the country is Mumbai. 

Today we made our own vegetable curries and raita dip (which we needed as the curry was rather spicy). Our chopping and slicing skills have really developed over the last few weeks. We are very excited about the upcoming 'Master Chef' task, where we will design and make our own meal using the skills we have learnt over the unit. 

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Digital Leaders give us a helping hand with 'Scratch'.

 

Today, our school's Digital Leaders came to the ICT suite with us to train us on how to use Scratch.

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where we can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As we create with Scratch, we learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

The Digital Leaders really knew their stuff and  taught us as a whole class and then acted as trouble shooters as we worked on the challenges that they set us. 

So far, we have learnt how to program an animated object to move and respond to other animations, we have changed the appearance of the animations and have also added sound effects. 

One day, we hope to be Digital Leaders for Ludworth. 

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Mexican Dip Week 

This week, we made not one, not two, but three dips to taste! We made salsa, Mexican bean mix and guacamole.

For some of us, it was the first time we had tasted avocado!

The dips we delicious.

Mexican food is typically got chillies in and are full of vegetables!

We also learnt about the Day of the Dead Festival and even made our own Day of the Dead decorative skulls.  

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Italian Pizzas

This week we made our own pizzas from scratch.

We learnt the Italian words for all of the ingredients too. 

They look, smelt and tasted delicious!

We might just open up our own pizza shop!

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Cooking up a Storm - Stir Fry Week

This week we have learnt all about Chinese New Year and how to make stir fry.

We have learnt that China is a very large country which has a population of 1.2 million people!

We learnt how to use sharp knives safely to chop up the tofu and vegetables for our stir fry. We made our own marinade using honey, soy sauce and sesame seed oil.

Some of us tried using chop-sticks to eat the food - it was tricky! 

We made paper dragons as part of our learning about Chinese New Year Celebrations - the dragons are normally very big and people hold fabric on sticks to make them dance. 

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Our Class Assembly

A massive WELL DONE to the children for presenting such a fabulous and informative assembly to the whole school and their parents.

The assembly explained what Circle Time is and how it is very important to us. 

Afterwards, the children showed their parents around the classroom, shared their books with them and even made them take part in a tasting experiment we had done this week in Science. 

A big thank-you to all the parents for coming to watch (and taking part in the tasting), we all enjoyed sharing our learning with you.

 

Miss Thomas's Class Assembly 20/1/17

Friendship Friday! Why we are introducing Circle-time throughout the school.

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Script from our assembly

Funky Sandwiches

We designed and made our own 'Funky Sandwiches'.

We looked at funkylunch.com to get ideas for our sandwiches designs.

We thought about which ingredients we would need to create our designs and the utensils that we would need.

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