Volcanic Eruptions in Year 3

This afternoon we took our volcanoes outside and simulated an eruption.

First of all we tried 2 tbs or bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbs of washing up liquid and 30ml of vinegar. This wasn’t very successful and Miss Booth’s Volcano didn’t erupt. We then thought about how we could cause a bigger reaction and came up with out own quantities.








Here are some of the results.


We then had a go using coke and mentos. The reaction wasn’t quite as fierce as we had expected. I wonder what we could have differently?



Welly Walk Wednesday!

This week we went out and about in the very cold frosty weather.

We went to find a bridge to act out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff going over a bridge.

Whilst we were out and about we practiced our number recognition skills from our Maths work.

We looked for numbers on the houses and number plates.

Bridge Building Skills

This week we have improved our bridge building skills following on from our STEM activity last week.

Our next step to develop our construction skills was to understand what a bridge is and how a bridge works.

We looked at pictures of bridges and understood that water can go under the bridge and people or transport over the bridge.

We made a large river across the classroom floor and the children had to make a bridge that went over the water using lego.

Art Collages

As the children are learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Literacy and in Science they are looking at the similarities and differences of different materials.  We thought we would transfer our skills about materials into our Art work by experimenting to create different textures with different materials to produce a collage piece of work.

The children had a piece of card divided into three sections representing the different scenes in the story…

…the children had to decide which material they could use to represent the texture of soil…

…then they had to think about different textures for the river…

…and finally the texture of the ‘fresh green grass’.

Can You Make a Bridge?

On Monday afternoon, Miss Barber set the Reception children a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) challenge.  I asked the children if they could make a bridge to help The Three Billy Goats Gruff cross the river.

To begin the challenge we all looked at lots of different pictures of bridges and then the children were presented with a selection of building materials…tape, card, paper, wooden sticks, straws, cardboard tubes, string, and ribbon.

The children really enjoyed the activity; it really made the children think about what a bridge is and what it has to look like.

Wednesday Welly Walk

In our Science work this week we having been learning about different types of weather and the different clothing we wear for different weathers.

On Wednesday it was a very rainy morning – we decided to go and experience the rainy weather in our waterproofs and wellington boots.

Before we went outside we discussed the question: ‘What is rain?’ and ‘What do we use water for?’

When we got outside we had lots of fun…jumping in the puddles, making bubbles with washing up liquid, making puddles change colour with paint, and mixing colours with chalk in the puddles.

Then at lunchtime a rainbow came out in the sky, so we extended our learning about what happens when rain and sun mix in the sky.

Reception Wednesday Welly Walk Number 1

We walked into town on our first Welly Walk today.

We went to the shops in Congleton to buy a calendar as the children have talked about the start of a new year.

The children decided they would like to have a calendar in the classroom to write important dates and events that are coming up.

When we got back to school we wrote all of the children’s birthdays on the calendar.


First Week Back in Reception!

The children in Reception have had a very busy first week back after Christmas.

The children started the week, sharing all their Christmas holiday news and telling each other what Father Christmas had brought them.

The children wrote about their favourite Christmas present in their Literacy work and then using ICT skills they drew a picture of it on the I pads and laptops.

Also, we have introduced our new topic to the children….TROLLS AND GIANTS!

The children have started the topic thinking about Trolls and what they look like.  The children all painted a picture of a Troll.

We then thought about which Traditional Tales do we know that has a Troll in……the children thought about The Three Billy Goats Gruff and that is going to be our next story focus in Reception.

The First of December

Reception celebrated the first day of December on Friday.

The children came into the classroom and Christmas had arrived; with a Christmas Tree, Santa’s Workshop, and Christmas decorations.  It had even snowed!

The children enjoyed exploring the weather of snow and ice:

We came inside to warm up and enjoyed a drink of hot chocolate.

We then learnt about the birds; Robins with this story:

The children then made Robins using a series of circle shapes:

To finish our day we decorated our Christmas trees; inside and outside.