Class 6 2017 – 18

Welcome to Autumn Term 2017!

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So the summer holidays have flown by and it’s time for a new, exciting term to begin. Mr Hempsall is the new Class 6 teacher this year.

Our key question will be “Is this myth or is this magic?” and we are starting with a Harry Potter themed day to get things off to a magical start!

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We started our first day back with a magical Harry Potter themed day!

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Well done to Keegan, our first star of the week, for an amazing positive attitude to his learning. 

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THE SCIENCE OF BROOMSTICKS

We decided to investigate forces by making our own broomsticks to fly. We had a contest in the hall and talked about air resistance, gravity, pushes and pulls, and how our wings sticks could have been changed and improved

 

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NASTY POTIONS

In our writing we are looking at instructions and what is needed to write them. We are creating ‘nasty potions’ and needed to work out how to create ingredients. This is how we got on …

 

ADDING SKILLS

In Class 6 this week we are improving our adding skills up to 3 digits (and 4 for a challenge!), also looking at how we use place value, columns and exchange. Some of us struggled a little to start with BUT Miss Wilkinson’s extra help has brought EXCELLENT improvements! Wow!

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MATHS NO PROBLEM!

To try to improve our maths skills even more we have started a new way of learning our maths, with the Maths No Problem programme. It’s early days yet but we are enjoying using loads of resources and working in groups / pairs / independently.

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WRITING NARRATIVE 

We have a challenge! We have been set the challenge of creating a narrative story with setting, character, plot and conclusion. After we’ve drafted, re-drafted and finished our story, using a rubric we’ve created, we are then going to create a diorama to show a scene from our story. THEN we are going to create animations on the ipads as a final showcase. We’ll let you know how we get on but at the moment we are trying to make our stories as interesting as possible by using lots of description, similes, different sentence openers and so on.

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Well done to Jayden and Paige, our Stars of the Week this week for great independent work

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A VISIT TO LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

Not to do with Class 6 but Mr Hempsall recently got the chance to take a group of year 5 and 6 children to Lincoln University as part of a science day. They got a guided tour around the science campus (including a virtual reality drive of a Mini!) and took part in loads of science activities. The favourite part of the day was a real life bacteria investigation in the labs!

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AWARD WINNING PUMPKIN!

Last spring and summer Class 9 grew pumpkins on the school field with Mr Hempsall as part of a competition run by Bells Nursery in Bennington. we are very proud to be able to announce that our school won the first prize, £250 plus a trophy PLUS a tub of sweets!! We can’t wait to see how we’re going to spend the prize money …!

If you are interested in visiting their garden centre you can find more information on www.bellbrothersnurseries.co.uk

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MAKING DIORAMAS!

As part of our narrative writing we have been making dioramas to show an image of our story.   Lots of children very kindly brought in shoe boxes to are with those who didn’t have one, which was a lovely and typical Class 6 act of kindness, and we used lots of natural materials, card, paper and LOTS of glue!!!

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ERMINE VOICES AND OUR SCHOOL CHOIR

Ermine Music needs your vote!
Ermine Music currently works with our school hosting our school choir as part of its outreach project. They have been nominated for the Aviva Community Fund grant and in order to carry on the great work they do, the project needs support from the local community. To register your 10-in-1 free votes, please visit www.erminemusic.co.uk and follow the instructions. Thank you!
Many thanks,
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MATHS OPEN MORNING
On Friday 10th November the school opened its doors to parents to come in and see how we enjoy our maths learning. Each class put on lots of activities to show the range of our learning but also to give ideas for what can be done at home. In Class 6 we showed iPad apps, online activities, lots of counting, problem solving, a game of Yahtzee and even card games!
https://twitter.com/stgac6/status/928943870578176000

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CHOCOLATE ROCKS!

As part of our science learning about rocks and soils we decided to try to create examples of the three types of rock (sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous) using chocolate!

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TAG RUGBY

Not exactly Class 6 related BUT Mr Hempsall and Mrs Dunbar took a group of ten KS2 pupils to Ermine Academy to take part in a Tag Rugby tournament, which had been organised by Synergy Sports team.

We played 8 games against teams from Reepham and Ermine and although we came third in the group our improvement was little short of sensational!

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LAST YEAR’S CLASS 6 (2016/2017)

Our final Summer term 2017 Y3 exhibition

We showcased all our work from this term at Bishop Grosseteste University! So many parents turned up to see some exciting experiments, how germs spread, PE activities mini-olympics style and of course all our work!

Mini Olympics with Year 1

We finally got the chance to teach the Year 1 children how to complete our mini olympics challenge! We loved sharing our knowledge and helping the younger children to perfect their skills!

Smoothie making for our exhibition

We have researched the best smoothies recipes and then written our own, ready for our exhibition. Of course we had to try them out first to make sure they tasted good! We did all the chopping and peeling ourselves!

Spelling strategies in phonics

We have been learning a spelling strategy called mnemonics – it helps us remember the spellings of tricky words by thinking of a little rhyme to go with the word.

Mini Olympics

We have designed our own sports activities ready for the mini olympics we are holding for class 1 and class 2 in the last week of term!

We really hope that the Year 1 children enjoy our mini olympics! We’ve had to practise our team work and negotiation skills to make our activities successful!

Sports day practice! 

Are we ready for sports day this week? Yes we are!

Finding the features of a magazine article

Today we have researched what makes a good magazine article, so we can create our rubric. This will help us when we write our own on healthy lifestyles.

Drumming Performance

We have been practising how to play the drums all term ! We dedited to hold a special assembly for parents and other children in the school.

R.E sole lesson

The children arrived in the class to find a crime scene and a range of clues left behind. The challenge – find out who the skeleton belonged to! Can you work it out?

Finding the properties of 3D shapes

The children got messy today, trying to investigate the properties of 3D shapes! They counted the edges, faces and vertices!

Home Learning

The children have been completing wonderful pieces of learning at home!

Skeletons

The children continued with their own learning about our bodies – they looked at the major organs and their positions within the body. Again the children used their research skills to find out their own information.

What is a story mountain?

We have been using story mountains to help us to plan a story.

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The story plan includes notes about a setting and character, with a huge problem at the top of the mountain! The writer then plans a resolution and the ending. These plans will help when the children write the actual story, and lots of details will be added to make the story inter sting and lively.

SOLE lesson

We have been thinking about how to let the children be more independent in their learning, so we set them a task to do without any support from us as teachers. We gave the children a skeleton that we in pieces, and they had to find out how to put it together. We didn’t tell the children how to do this, but they knew we had books and ipads in the classroom they could use.

The children worked in groups of three and  put together their skeleton. They had great fun doing it!

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Science launch day!

We took part in a crazy science day, full of exploding experiments! The children all dressed up as crazy scientists and had a wonderful time!

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Our end of term exhibition

We displayed our work at the front entrance of Tesco Lincoln and loved every minute of it!  Many of our parents came but also a lot of the public tried our food we made too!

Pin the final week leading up to the exhibition, we researched the best recipes for cake, bread and sou, then copied them out in our best handwriting so we could hand them out to the public. I wonder how many people have tried our recipes already?!

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We also showed people how we made butter using double cream – we shook the cream in a pot until it turned into butter!

The ingredients that we used to make our products were laid out on the table so people could see how easy it was to make our food!

Exhibition preparation!

Here we are busy baking our products the day before our big day!

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Our chicks!

Look at how much our chicks have grown! We loved holding them and watching them hop onto the floor and explore our classroom!

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Mystery ransom note

Today a letter arrived asking for our help!

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Some words were given to us all muddled up and we had to put the words together to make a ransom note. It was quite hard to start with!

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Thankfully we ordered the words so we could help Farmer Giles, phew!

Cotehill Farm

We went to visit Cotehill Farm to see how they made cheese! It was very interesting! We saw how the curds and whey were mixed around in large containers and then the whey was tipped out to leave the curds.

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We also fed the chickens and collected their eggs! one of the children took these photos for me!l

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We saw where th Dow were milked twice a day.

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Fractions

The children chose which strategies they wanted to use to work out fractions of numbers.

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Outstanding homework

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Naughty Pig!

The children came back from assembly to find their classroom had been trashed! They wee challenged to look at the evidence and work out who did it!

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Looking at the evidence, who do you think was the culprit???

Chick update!

On hatch day, our little chicks started to emerge!

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Chicks!

Our class have been waiting very patiently for our little eggs to hatch! Last week we had a visit from Joe at Rand Farm to check if our eggs had chicks growing inside! The lights were turned off so the photos are not very good!

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We had 7 eggs that were growing, and 2 that were not!

What makes a good story?

The children searched through a range of different books to find out all the features a good story should have!

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Improving Instructions

We have been doing a lot of work on instructions recently. Today we searched for a recipe for making either bread, jam, soup or cake. We compared it against our rubric to see if it was a good example or not. We then improved the recipe by putting it into our own words and adding all those important features we identified on the rubric.

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Solving problems involving money

Today we were using a range of strategies to add together 2 totals. Some children added together the tens then the units, while others used the column addition method.

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We’ve then worked in a pair to decide whether our answers were correct or not by comparing answers! Great teamwork!

Writing Instructions

Today we watched a video about how to make an animal mask. We copied the video step by step, so we got the mask correct. Later on in the week we wrote the instructions for someone else to follow.

Here is the link to show how we made our animal masks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdIVxaBPFS4

Using WOW words

We thought about words that we could se to describe scrambled egg! We then Tried to use our exciting vocabulary in our instruction writing.

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Maths challenge

Today we were challenged to make some new animal pens for a local farmer who had pens that were too small.

The children had to work out how to draw an animal pen using the perimeter they were given!

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Science Challenge

Today we were challenged to make butter! no-one knew how to do this, so firstly we researched how to make it on the ipads. We then had a go ourselves in the classroom, following the instructions we researched. The link below shows some children making butter by shaking the ingredients in a jar, which is what we did!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt_RG42N3GM

However, we took our challenge further by investigating which ingredient made the best butter out of whole milk, soya milk and double cream.

Do you know which was the best one?????

It was……. the double cream!

Internet safety week

This week is internet safety week. Please have a look at the following link for lots of information on how to keep safe when using the internet. The children have already been watching some of the videos featuring Hector in class.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Here is a very important one about not giving out your personal details online!

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/Episode1/

 

Country Dancing

We have been getting ready to show some special dancing at our exhibition, called country dancing. We have been busy practising all the different dance moves this term, then next term we will be learning our showcase dance! See a little preview of what we have been doing below!

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Our outdoor area

Heres an update of our outdoor area since our launch day – our seeds have been sitting on our window sill growing steadily! They will soon need to be planted outside!

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IMG_0391IMG_0392 These scary scarecrows are getting ready for their special role of protecting our seeds!

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Celery Experiment

The children were given some celery, a plastic cup, water and food colouring. They had to think of a question that they could find the answer to using the equipment.

Once their questions were presented to the rest of the class, the children set up their experiment.

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What is going to happen? We made a prediction and next week we shall see if your predictions were correct!

Alliteration

What is alliteration? It’s where the wordsmith in a sentence all begin with the same initial letter. We worked in small groups to come up with some alliterative sentences.

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Once we had a good idea of alliteration, we had to think of sentences to match a picture. This was very hard!!!

Follow up work from our trip to Tescos

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Following our trip to behind the scenes of Tescos bakery, we practised writing clear and detailed instructions for baking bread. To help us make them perfect we acted them out first to make sure they were bossy enough! We had to use clear bossy words at the beginning of our sentences.

Trip to Tesco Lincoln

On our second day of term, we had our first trip out! We went to Tescos for a tour round the store. We were very luck to be able to go into the bakery and also to where all the stock is stored.

Our first task was to look at th packaging on the fruit and veg to see where they came from. We were surprised at how many different countries provide dour food. There were very few types of food that came from the UK!

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We asked the fishmonger where the fish on the counter came from.

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Standing at the fish counter asking questions!

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We felt some dough and tried to describe it!

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We watched some freshly baked rolls being put into their packaging.

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The baker was placing dough balls onto stray ready to be baked.

We then came back to school and found some of the countries on a world map and began to show where each type of fruit and veg came from.

Spring Term Launch Day

We had an amazing launch day today!

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Our essential question …..

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Nicky from Uncle Henrys came to give us some fabulous information on farming.

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Did you know there are 2 types of farms – livestock and arable.

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We talked about animals that can be found in the farm and what food we get from them.

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We dug the planters to make sure all the weeds had gone.

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We have made scarecrows to scare the birds Away!

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We have made bird feeders to keep them fed over the winter months. We won’t be putting them near our seeds!

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Y3 Exhibition

We’ve had our exhibition and it was amazing! We had 20 families turn up from class 6 to see their child’s work! Thank you so much for coming, it really made the children’s day! Here are some photos of the work that was on show and the games that they children made up.

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Egyptian Death Masks

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Our stories that we critiqued in order to make better.

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Outstanding homework

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Egyptian Death Masks

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Egyptian jewellery

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Trying to scare the adults!

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Exhibition preparation

Our exhibition has been booked – Wednesday 30th November, 10-12pm in the heart!

We have begun the preparation work all ready to show our work from this term.

The class has been divided into 4 teams – each has been given a different focus to research and gather all our learning, then write a script ready to present to family and visitors during our exhibition.

Each group has also designed an Egyptian game and made it by themselves ready for our visitors too.

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Trying the skittles into mummies, then testing the bowling game out.

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Using our designs to make Egyptian jewellery from clay. Lots more work to do on them before they are ready!

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Cutting out mummies ready to hide around the heart for visitors to find and then crack the code!

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Creating a parent challenge – match the word to the picture of the artefact!

Time

Today we played some time games to reinforce our knowledge about o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We worked in small groups as we played our games, but most importantly we challenged each other to explain how we knew a time we said was correct.

We enjoyed being teachers for the session!

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The aim of the game was to move your counter around the board as you roll the dice, reading the times as you land on them.

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Matching analogue time with written times using half past

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Matching quarter past written times with analogue times

Leaflets

The children looked at a range of leaflets and created a list of features that they could see. We then used these features to create our rubric for our work for the next 2 weeks.

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What is gravity?

The children were given this question today and had to think of a definition!

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And here is the official definition!

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  2. We also watched a fab video all about gravity – watch it here now!!!
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zhmqxnb
  4. Keep watching this space for the investigation we did all about gravity!

Bullying

We have discussed in small groups what we think bullying is and compared it to a dictionary definition.

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We then looked at some scenario cards and discussed how we could help if these situations were to happen in our school.

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What makes a healthy body?

We have been looking at what makes a healthy and unhealthy body and the reasons why. We worked in groups to create a list of examples and the shared our ideas with the rest of the class.

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We we also looked at our teeth and what we se them for. We created a list of foods that are good & bad for our teeth.

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Next week we shall be learning about the different types of teeth and what specific job they do!

Freeze Frames

We have used the story of Moses as our focus in English this week. We decided to do some freeze frames in order to focus on character thoughts and feelings to help us with our understanding of the story.

There were some great facial expressions being shown and lots of comments relevant to what the characters were doing.

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Egyptian Necklaces

Today we googled what Egyptian necklaces looked like and discussed how easy orchard it would be to recreate a piece of jewellery using clay. We then went away and designed a first draft of a piece of jewellery – either a necklace or bracelet.

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We then critiqued each other’s work in order to make our work even better. Guess what – we did another design using the advice given us! We are now ready to make our piece of jewellery next week. Watch this space!

Death Masks

Today the children were using their designs to make an Egyptian death mask!

Before the children could copy their design, they had to create a first draft and then critique their ideas. Most realised that they hadn’t labelled their equipment and so they couldn’t remember what they had used a week later. So the second draft was improved and labelled with equipment like pom moms, feathers, jewels etc.

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We love maths challenges!

Today there was a jar left in our classroom with a note saying that we need to work out what what code was in order to open the jar and find the treat! In order to find the code, they had to find the smallest and largest numbers using only set numbers and  equipment of their choice. We then tried the largest and smallest numbers to see if they opened the lock on the jar – and it did!

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Challenge based Maths

The children were given a problem to solve. They had to use trial and error to find out the answers, making sure they had followed each clue given to them. They also chose their own equipment to support their learning.

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Similes

What is a simile? The children were asked this today. They were shown examples on a PowerPoint and then had a go at practising their own within the context of our topic of the Egyptians.

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The children were then challenged to use a simile in the next piece of writing!

Challenged based Maths

The children were given a range of number sentences with 10 more or less. They first had to find the answers, then were challenged to find a link between the answers in order to build a pyramid. If the children couldn’t see the link, they were encouraged to try again until the problem was solved! There were many people who persevered until the end!!!

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The children loved being challenged to solve a problem and they asked for more at the end!

Extending sentences in English

We were given a very boring sentence and critiqued what was wrong with it. We then wrote the sentence again, this time adding a conjunction. We critiqued again, and then added adjectives to make the sentence more amazing.

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Fossils

In science we have been learning about fossils and the order of how they are formed.

You can watch the following link that the children saw in class about how fossils were formed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRwNzsY_A4U

The children were then challenged to investigate which classroom objects would be a good example of a fossil and which would be a bad example.

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Do you think these are good or bad examples of a fossil? Let us know!

Welcome back Year 3 children!

Our new topic this term is the Egyptians! 

Our essential question is: What makes a successful museum?

Between now and christmas, we will be learning about:

Where Egypt is on a map

Mummification

Pharaohs 

Pyramids

Gods

and all things Egyptian!

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