CONGRATULATIONS to our high flyers this week!
Here is an impromptu experiment we conducted! After a class discussion talking about energy drinks Mr Gillies decided to show the children the effect they can have and the possible health implications of drinking them.
We placed five 1p coins into a glass container and poured enough ‘Relentless’ energy drink into it so that the coins were covered. After 24 hours the results are remarkably clear. One of these coins was 32 years old!
The children enjoyed this so much that we will be trying to conduct the same experiment using different liquids throughout the rest of the year :)
AFTER: (This is amazing!)
Hello SparrowBookers! A very busy week as always in the nest.
In Science we have been learning about the function of the roots in plants. To test our theories we are conducting an experiment (See image below).
What do you think will happen and more importantly...WHY?
We have also been looking into the history of Manston airport, with particular focus on World War 2 and the Battles over our very own skies in June 1940 - The Battle of Britain.
The children seem really really excited and keen to learnt about how our little corner of the world played such an important role.
Next week we will be continuing our studies about RAF Manston and the Battle of Britain and looking at plants in Science. We will be starting to look at some Geometry in Maths, in particular the properties of shapes. The children have been creating their own Graphic Novels this week in English in line with events in our current text. Study of the text will continue next week!
In Computing we have been looking into the news. This week after scripting and story-boarding our ideas; we are going to be shooting our news reports...STAY TUNED - Once edited, they will appear on SparrowBook!
I am absolutely delighted to announce the stars of the fractions test, scoring 100%...
Mr William and Mr Ehsan! AMAZING!!!
To continue the celebrations this week: Well done to Daniel who not only got a medal for the year 3/4 football tournament, but also won the outstanding player award!
Sparrow Sports Personality this term is.....RILEY! Amazing effort Riley, we are all proud of you, well done :)
Mr Gillies :)
HOMEWORK - SET 28.04.2017
Fractions homework has been set on MyMaths (a letter was sent home with every child on the last day of last term - any issues please see me or leave a note in your contact books)
UPDATE: If MyMaths will not load on your tablet, try downloading the free app 'Puffin' - This should hopefully allow flash to work on your device. Please see me if problems persist.
Spellings are below:
Below is the Statutory Year 3&4 Spelling list. Your children will be expected to know all of these by the end of year 4. We have been practising them all of this year so far, but any extra practise at home would be hugely beneficial.
It's Half Term!
Congratulations everyone! The Class have achieved some great stuff this term and we have had lots of fun and exciting lessons :)
I have sent the children home with a brown envelope; this contains their homework for half term. I have set up MyMaths homework for the children to complete. It is set at a Year 3 level, however if you are finding this is a little tricky, leave it and see me on Tuesday 18th April and I can set up an extra group. If you encounter any issues then please see me at the beginning of next term (I have never used MyMaths before and therefore want to iron out any problems we may encounter!)
Spellings are also enclosed in the envelope.
I have also included an optional homework. Next term we will be looking at Local History (Margate) and if the children wish, they can do some historical research on the local area. This can be presented in any way the children wish! (Posters, PowerPoint, Written, Drawn ect) There will be extra house points up for grabs!
Have a super half term. Be safe, have fun and I'll see on Tuesday 18th April 2017 :)
Jemmy Button was real???
Today the children learnt that Jemmy Button was in fact REAL! We learnt of the expedition made by Captain Robert Fitzroy to the island of Tierra Del Fuego, just off the South American coast, in the early 1800’s and how he took a boy called Orundellico back to London; renaming him Jemmy Button! WOW!
The children then looked at open and closed questioning and wrote their own questions to ask Robert Fitzroy…
ENGLISH: Jemmy Button.
Today Sparrow class left the comfort zones behind their desks and re-enacted pages from our book 'Jemmy Button'. We paid particular attention to how the characters may feel and the new experiences that they had encountered so far in the book.
Once they had some preparation time, some of them were VERY brave and performed their scene...and then sat down to answer the childrens questions whilst STILL IN CHARACTER!
The whole class were really fantastic. Here is a taster of some of their work :)
Our map of the UK is ever evolving. Today (21.03.2017) the children added The capital cities: London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh; AND THEN added the main rivers too! Great work Sparrows! Here you can see a picture of the also updated GIANT MAP!
Stay tuned for more updates...
Todays Experiment (06.03.2017): To understand that magnetic forces can work from a distance.
To test that magnetic forces can work over long distances, we conducted an experiment. We attempted to make a compass using a bowl of water, a paper clip, a straw and a magnet.
We stretched out the paper clip and rubbed it against a magnet for two minutes. Once we completed this, we put the paperclip inside the straw and then placed this into the water bath.
In theory...The straw should spin around until it points to magnetic North.
Here are our results:
E - SAFETY DAY!
E-Safety covers such a large spectrum of the computing curriculum and is a persistent problem and issue in todays society. Today we have tried to understand just how we can be safe online to protect ourselves. We have looked at how we should behave online and most importantly: How we should react in situations that can arise. From this information we have made E-Safety posters!
We hope you like them :)
On Monday (06.02.2017) Our class merged with groups of children from Robin class (Year 3) and the two year 6 classes Red Kites and Hawks. In these merged groups we had a mission to complete... But to understand our challenge, we had to understand AERODYNAMICS and PROPULSION!
Once the groups had a grasp of these concepts we went about creating our.....ROCKETS!
With a balloon as our vessel, and the CO2 from our lungs as the fuel we tried to create a rocket that balanced aerodynamics and propulsion but also considered the added weight on implementing these.
We had great fun making the rockets! Some were successful - Some were not; and for those that did not fly far...or at all(!) we discussed why and what we could have improved.
Here is what some of the children thought:
- I loved the Rockets because we got to build a rocket out of paper and a popping balloon! - Oliver. S
- I liked it when we was testing the balloon rockets with Mr Gillies and my groups balloon went the furthest! - Liliana. Z
- I thought it was awesome because we made a Spurs badge on our rocket! Making the balloon was great fun! - Jayden. S
Check out some of the footage and pictures below! :)
THE STONE AGE!
As you may have heard, we are looking at the Stone Age this term. In English we are studying the book 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi-Kitamura. In the book a young boy goes for a walk in the woods and falls down a hole...but when he awakes, he is in the Stone Age! The children have loved the book so far.
The theme of The Stone Age carries across our topics this term: In science we are looking at Rocks, Fossils and Soils and in History we are looking at... THE STONE AGE!
The children have been SO enthusiastic about our topic for the term, please support them to pursue and continue their imaginations and inquisitive minds :)
We have created our own corridor this year...and then drawn cave art on it! Take a look...