Welcome to The Good Plant Guide… where Oak have been learning all about… PLANTS!
We started our investigation four weeks ago into what a plant needs to grow. We had a control, one with no light, one with no air and one with no water. After four weeks, we found that the one with no water didn’t grow at all but the one with no air grew the most! We had a discussion about this and discovered that the glass cover the cress with no air acted as a green house, keeping all the warm air and moisture inside.
We then presented our Good Plant Guides in our groups; a programme about how to look after plants, using our experiment to inform us.
We’ve been learning all about the life cycle of plants, focussing on how new plants are made through pollination and fertalisation.
We got to learn about all the different parts of a flower and what each part does!
We have also been practicing our running skills this half term in PE and showed excellent resilience when we had to keep running and running, even though we were exhausted. We all showed reciprocity by working with our team and cheering everybody else on.
Similarly, we’ve been showing lots of resilience in our English by showing off all of our incredible knowledge that we’ve been learning so far. We wrote a fantastic story about a dragon which Emily has described in her blog of the week. Here is Faith’s story, using past tense, 1st person, adverbs and fronted adverbials, exciting language and speech.
On Monday we were all very excited to make our Christmas cards.We have stated to write a short story using pictures. The fist picture was of thunder and lightening and rain pouring down. We have been learning how to say the days of the week in French.In maths we have continued to practice our time tables and division. We are all looking forward to the half term break with our families.
We went to Buster Ancient farm and it was really fun. We got to make jewellery form copper which was a bracelet or a ring. After we got to make a wooden fence in partners of two with thin flexible wood. We also got to go into a round house that had a wooden box bed and a deer skin rug on the floor. It had a fire pit in the middle with a cooking pot above it. The house was made from wattle and daub and a straw roof. We also did an archaeological dig and found flint, cow jaws and animal bones. We did chalk carving with flint and dyed it with different types of leaves so it turned green but with my leaf it went a shaded green. We carved patterns in to it with flint and I made a cross pattern. I learnt that little boxes in the houses that we saw in a picture in class was actually their beds and they liked to sleep sitting up! We got to see what a stone age toilet looked like and they had to dig a hole for the toilet in the ground. I had a really good day and my favourite part was probably making the jewellery.
Last week, a magnificent baby dragon hatched in Oak’s class
cupboard. Mr Haycock had found the eggs on the roof and he gave them to year 3.
It hatched in the middle of English and we got to ask questions about the
dragon. I asked questions like, “where is his family?” and “do you have
brothers and sisters?” Everyone in Oak took a picture with the dragon but we
couldn’t stand too close otherwise it might bite us! We got to write a
newspaper report about it for everyone in Liss! We also got to write it up on
This week, we have been extremely busy in Oak.We have had a fantastic trip to Butser Ancient Farm, transferred our cave painting design onto clay and even written a newspaper report about a dragon we found last week!
Keep reading to find out all about our amazing week...
Back in Time at Butser
Yesterday, Oak travelled back in time when they enjoyed a fantastic day out at Butser Ancient Farm. The day started with a visit to a replica Stone age building and we then had the chance to visit buildings from the Bronze and Iron ages. All of the buildings have been built using the materials and tools that would have been available to people thousands of years ago, including animal poo in the mud wall coverings! Oak class tried their hands at archaeology, chalk carving, wattle fence making and Bronze Age jewellery making.
Bonnie-May had such a fantastic day that she went home and wrote all about it:
“Yesterday we went to Butser Ancient Farm. We looked at a long house. On the walls there was animal poo, mud, clay and very bendy sticks in the middle with a straw top roof. Then we went to a house with wooden beds and for the cover, it has animal skin. There was meat hanging down from the roof and there was a little table and sofa. Last of all a metal pot on top of the fire. Then we did chalk carving and we used leaves and flint and it was very fun. We also did jewellery making with copper metal. You could make great big ones if you had enough metal.”
Faith also had her very own home learning Butser experience, creating art with outside resources, soap carving and even wattling with sticks and leaves.
We have been learning all about the wonderful cave paintings in Lascaux in art and have designed our own using different resources that were available to the Stone Age people. Today, we used tracing paper to trace our design, then we had to pat down the clay and transfer our final design using a sharp pencil to trace over it onto our own clay. They will be going into the kiln on Monday after they have dried, ready for us to paint next week.
Did you know that year 3 found a baby dragon! Well, we thought this was so incredible that we had to write an article about it. Louie has also written a blog about it for last weeks blog (posted today), so don’t forget to check that out. Have a look at the list below and have a look at how fantastic Oak’s work is!
Well done to this week’s rockstar, Maya, who has made the most progress in her times tables and also to Maya for being this week’s Star of the Week. Oak class has voted for Maya as their star of the week for always being kind and caring and always being inclusive.
This week we have started a new book in English and our blog author of the week, Amelie, has been excited to write about it.
In English we are learning about a book called ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Crassida Cowell.The characters are Hiccup, Toothless, Hookfang, Fishlegs and Gobber .We’ve had some pictures about ‘How to Train your Dragon’ story and we have been describing what’s in the picture. We then wrote it up in our books in best and used better words. We have also been reading the book. We’ve started to watch a bit of the film today!