Baking volcano cakes

This week we have been very lucky and had Mrs Barnes with us for baking. We made volcano cakes by baking cupcakes and tipping them  upside down and cutting out a piece of the cake. We then used orange and red icing to create the effect of lava flowing out of the volcano.

 

To celebrate our last day with Mrs Barnes as it’s been our week of baking we made ‘cake pops’ to link with the chocolate from Cadbury’s world and decorated them with red icing to give the effect of volcanoes to link to our topic. We had great fun and they tasted delicious.

 

Testing the effect different materials have on how far cars travel.

In Year 3 we have been very busy looking at forces. We wanted to test whether different materials affected how far cars would travel.

We used 7 different materials; tinfoil, bubble wrap, wood, foam, corrugated card, sand paper and felt. We talked about how to ensure it was a fair test we would use the same height of ramp, the same car and the same person doing each job. Before we carried out the investigation we made a prediction about which material we thought the car would travel furthest on.

We had 6 groups and each group tested the ramp once. We combined these results to find out the overall result.

We had great fun and used lots of scientific language.

Volcanic eruption

On the last day of baking with Mrs Barnes instead of making biscuits we used our skills to create a 3D volcano, we used a coke bottle, tin foil, various colours of fondant and mentos.

We created two volcanoes and took them outside, we added the mentos and saw the reaction that was created.

Why does the explosion happen?

Although there are a few different theories around about how this experiment works, the most favoured reason is because of the combination of carbon dioxide in the Diet Coke and the little dimples found on Mentos candy pieces.

The thing that makes soda drinks bubbly is the carbon dioxide that is pumped in when they bottle the drink at the factory. It doesn’t get released from the liquid until you pour it into a glass and drink it, some also gets released when you open the lid. This means that there is a whole lot of carbon dioxide gas just waiting to escape the liquid in the form of bubbles.

Unfortunately our explosion didn’t beat the record of 9 metres but we still had fun.

Edible rocks – Science

In Science to understand the formation of rocks we put our culinary skills to the test.

To show sedimentary rock we needed to show that they are formed from deposits settling at the bottom of the seas, lakes and rivers. We showed the water bed by using blue fondant icing, coloured sprinkles to represent fossilized bones and other layers of icing and chocolate to show the layers and sediment that build up over the years.

To show metamorphic rock we needed to show that these rocks have been changed by heat and pressure. For this we used three different colours of icing, layered the different coloured icing and folded them together. Once the rocks had been made we cut them in half to see the different swirls and layers.

To show igneous rocks we needed to show that they are formed when melted rock or magma is cooled. The children mixed up mini marshmallows, broken up biscuits and chocolate drops. We did this until the chocolate had melted and then we left the mixture until it had solidified again.

The children had great fun and ate their rocks at the end of the lesson.

Volcano biscuits

This half term to link with our topic ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ we made volcano shaped biscuits with Mrs Barnes. We made chocolate cookies first and then decorated them with fondant. This was good fun and we practiced lots of skills too including; reading, weighing, mixing, rolling and of course all important team work.

Number line to 1,000

In Class 3 we have been super busy learning about 3 digit numbers. We know how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers and can place them on a number line. This week we did a physical number line and talked about where the numbers would fit into the number line. We also looked at estimating to help support us with our addition and subtraction.

For example the number 138 is closer to 100 than 200.

Times tables

In Year 3 we are working hard to learn our times tables.

We use TT Rockstars regularly but also we have been getting fit by using supermovers to move and sing along to them. We are determined to know the 3 x tables off by heart very soon.

Barclays

On Wednesday 27th November Year 3 were very lucky and had the opportunity to go to Barclays Bank in Northwich.

We completed lots of different activities, to start we had to work as a team to see who could build the tallest structure with lego, Isaac, Thomas, Oliver and Alfie’s team won – well done boys!

We looked at how to stay safe on the internet and made sure we knew the correct ages to access different social media platforms.

We watched a video of children using a very old computer – it was like a box. Mrs Davies, Mrs Wood and Mrs Daley all remembered the olden days where these were the only computers that existed!

We had a tour of the offices and saw people doing their jobs and we also had the added bonus of seeing the Premier League Trophy!

 

Baking

This week we have been very lucky and have had Mrs Barnes for baking. We decided to go with the theme of Christmas and baked gingerbread biscuits in the shape of gingerbread men and snowmen. We made the biscuits first and when they’d cooled we decorated them with icing and Christmas 🎄 bits and bobs.

They look amazing and tasted delicious too.

 

Change starts with us ……..

last week we celebrated anti-bullying week with a theme of ‘change starts with us’ we though about how we could make our school community a happier place for everyone.

It was lovely to see the children focusing on being kind, paying each other compliments, offering support, praising effort and SMILING! The children have made a pledge to make a small change to their behaviour in school that could make a huge difference to someones day.

The children also wore odd socks to celebrate diversity and to highlight that we are all  unique and special. 

 

Mini teachers!

On Wednesday morning in Class 3, instead of Mrs Daley being the teacher for the whole Maths lesson, Vayun, Isaac and Thomas stepped in. They each worked with a group for a short period of time to support with their Maths learning, they did a fantastic job and the rest of the class enjoyed it too.

Well done boys, it was excellent to see you showing the other children in the class the strategies you use.