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Children in Beech Class have a fantastic learning space and are lucky to be in the skilled and experienced care of Mrs Legg and Mrs Lewis this year, with TA Mrs Wey in assistance.

 The end of the Spring term is upon us already and Beech class have had another busy term.

The topic this term was ‘Castles’ and ‘Oceans and Continents’. 

Beech class has been lucky enough to go on a trip to Corfe Castle,where they looked at the features of a castle and were told about the fascinating history by a tour guide. The children re-enacted a job role from the castle and the skills needed; they learnt that there were more people needed than just Kings and Knights for the castle to function. The children were lucky enough to take a walk through Corfe’s nature trail and explore the base of the castle, in order to see the effects time has taken upon it. 

When studying ‘Oceans and Continents’, the children looked at the different marine life in the Great Barrier Reef. They used oil pastels and drew a creature to add to our wonderful and vibrant display. They then used clay to make their chosen creature into a 3D design, trying to add lots of finer details.

Science Day was brilliant fun! The children explored our local area, using ‘foot frames’ to look at life under our feet. They managed to find lots of mini-beasts in the nature trail and used a magnifying glass to take a closer look. We also went and had a look at the new lambs in the field nearby, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Back in the classroom, we used the story of Matilda to create static electricity with a balloon to move a tissue paper newt. This was the favourite activity by all the children, creating magic through science!

This term, Year 3 children have been lucky enough to take part in swimming sessions in line with the National Curriculum. The children’s confidence and ability have significantly improved and they have loved every minute!

This term in Science we have been learning about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We have completed a range of activities individually, in pairs and in larger groups. Here are some quotes from the children about what they have learnt and how they feel about Science.

"Don’t destroy habitats because animals live there. Leave animals alone in their habitats.

These are some of the world habitats; desert, rainforest, ocean and arctic. Pond, urban, woodland and coastal are smaller habitats.

I love science because it’s fun and there’s so many cool things to learn. We found out that octopus have three hearts and blue blood.

Polar bears cannot survive in a desert because they would not be able to swim and catch fish.

We had fun making food chains in small groups, and we played a food chain game on an ipad. 

We used ‘Mrs Gren’ to learn he seven life processes- movements, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutrition.

We learnt about food chains. In food chains there are producers, consumers and predators.

Plants get their food from the sunlight. They are producers.

Urban habitats are in built up areas like cities.

A microhabitat is a very small area found in larger habitat like a woodland or coastal habitat.

Camels can’t survive in the Artic because it’s too cold!"

We are looking forward to next term, the children will enjoy topics such as the Stone Age/Iron Age and Maps. Keep checking this page to read about the exciting activities lined up!