Bluebirds have began their new topic, learning about the rivers and seas in the UK and worldwide.
Some children knew some facts already. They realised they had already learnt lots about the River Nile whilst studying their topic on Ancient Egyptians. Some children could name a few UK rivers and many knew where the River Thames was. Kerris knew a river runs through Cannon Hill Park. Mrs Parry explained this was the River Rea and its source is at the Waseley Hills. Mrs Parry told Bluebirds about another local river that the class had crossed over on their trip to Sarehole Mill, when they studied The Stone Age. This is the River Cole!
The children used atlases to locate the seas surrounding the UK and some of the main rivers in the UK. Carefully, the children used the maps to find out which sea the river flowed into.
Bluebirds found out what a county was today and then used a UK map to find some counties, making a key for each one. They learned that a county is the top level of local government who controls the local area and services within it, such as education, transport, policing, fire safety, social care, libraries and waste management. We also found the UK on our globe and found out which countries make up the United Kingdom and their respective capital cities.
Taya – The capital of England is London. I’ve been to Cardiff before. Moharnab – I’ve visited Edinburgh and the castle when I lived in Scotland. Nyeema – Birmingham is in the West Midlands
Today we have learnt that the source of a river is where the river starts and the mouth of a river is where the river ends. We made a river by pouring water down a steep slope and watching the streams join together to make a larger stream of water.
We used maps to find 10 rivers in the UK. We worked out where they start and where they end.
Today we looked at contour lines to show heights of mountains. Contour lines are drawn on maps that join places of the same height. If contour lines are close together the slope is steep, if they are far apart the slope is gentle.
We used potatoes to represent a mountain and cut the potato up into 1cm lines to show the height of the potato. Take a look!
Year 3 were extremely lucky to have had a fantastic time travelling experience with Professor McGinty, time traveller and detective extraordinaire who visited Bells Farm again this week. The amazing and extravagant Professor was taking us back in time to Ancient Egypt.
A massive thank you Professor McGinty, the children had an amazing experience that I am sure they will never forget!
The Bluebirds have been looking at different geographical locations for their topic lesson today. The teacher asked all the children to colour the seven continents, using different colours. Once they completed that, they would then label them with the correct spellings. Finally, sir had asked them to find different countries on the globe.
Josh T was very excited when he found Cyprus, the country his family was from. Aisha couldn’t believe how small England looked on the map also.
We enjoyed our second Forest School lesson today. We are getting very good at our compass points and know our directions very well. Today we learned about clockwise and anti-clockwise turns and right angles. Joshua B was very good at demonstrating these to the class.
After that we worked with a partner to read and follow directions.
We finished the session with a great game of Stuck in the Mud.
This morning we went on our walk around Druids Heath. Our task was to find examples of good things and bad things about the area so that we can put together a persuasive letter for Mrs Knipe. We worked in groups and used ipads to take photos of some of the things we saw. For each photo we took we had to be able to describe why it was good or bad for Mrs Knipe.
When we got back to school we worked in our groups and sorted out our photos. We came up with our top five arguments for and against living in Druids Heath.
Here are some of the photos that Hazel, Joshua T, Elizabeth and Leo took showing some good and bad things about living in Druids Heath.
This afternoon we combined our knowledge of Egypt with our Maths and Computing skills to create some graphs on Purple Mash. Our graphs show the average temperature in Egypt and the amount of rainfall in each month in Egypt.