Tuesday 26th November - Our science investigations
Today the Badgers were testing to see whether objects were opaque, transparent, reflective or translucent.
Transparent - An object that allows light to pass through it. For example, a window.
Opaque - An object that absorbs the light. The light cannot pass through it but it creates a shadow. For example, a cereal box.
Reflective - The light bounces off the object. For example, a mirror.
Translucent - An object that lets some light pass through it. For example, tracing paper.
Wednesday 20th November - Has Christmas lost its true meaning?
In Religious Studies today the children explored and discussed mystery items from the Christmas gift box. The children had to decide whether the items were religious or not religious. Many children felt Christmas cards were religious but many disagreed stating non-religious people also send Christmas cards. As a result of the children's discussion they introduced a 'both' section because many items were used by both religious and non-religious people. Several children in Badgers asked me to upload the photos as they wanted to share their experiences today with parents and carers.
Tuesday 19th November - Today we enjoyed a visit from East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation who taught us some amazing facts about bats, including their use of echo location to protect themselves, find food and find their way around in the dark. We also got to look at many different types of bats. We learned about the importance of bats as a protected wildlife, the need to protect them for future generations, their importance for a sustainable future and what to do if you find one. Ask your child what part they enjoyed most!
Did you know?
A baby bat is called a pup
A pup is blind at birth
It takes a pup only six weeks to grow into an adult
A pup learns to shout for his mum
A bat uses echo location to find food in the dark
A pup is usually born in June or July
Fruit bats see in colour to enable them to know which piece of fruit is ripe enough for them to eat
Some bats see in monochrome
Pups leave their mum at the end of July or the beginning of August and must eat a lot to enable them to build up their fat reserves to support them during hibernation in the winter months.
Bats can live up to 42 years
A bat eats 2-3 thousands mosquitos per night
You must never touch a bat because they carried disease. If you find one, put a towel over it and scoop it inside a cardboard box still inside the towel. Find a bottle top lid and fill with water and put inside the cardboard box. Tape the lid down and phone a bat rescue centre.
Friday 15th November - Our Science Workshop with 'Kinetic Kate' on our topic 'Can you see in the Dark?' The Badgers had a great time this afternoon becoming 'Scientists' to investigate light with our visitor 'Kinetic Kate' through a range of exciting experiments! 'Kinetic Kate' taught the children some super new scientific vocabulary. Electroluminescence means the emission of light through electricity, namely a light switch. Bioluminescence is the emission of light from a living organism, namely fire flies, jelly fish, glow worms or the scary-looking anglerfish! Incandescence is emitting light as a result of being heated, namely candles or fires. Incandescence can be easily remembered because it has 'cand' in its name, which reminds us of candles! Chemiluminescence is the emission of light from a chemical reaction, for example the glow sticks the children brought home with them yesterday. 'Kinetic Kate' explained that inside a glow stick there is a chemical which surrounds a thin glass tube that contains the same ink used in highlighter pens. When you snap/bend the glow stick the thin glass tube breaks inside and the two chemicals mix together emitting light from a glow stick! Wow! An interesting fact is the light emitted from your glow stick lasts longer if you slow the chemical reaction down by putting it in the fridge! Luminescence is the emission of light not created by heat. We all had a great time! Ask you child about what they learned as a result of their light experiments!
Fin and George: "When an opaque object gets further away from the light source the shadow gets larger."
Josh and Alison: "The dark patch behind an opaque object when light is shone on it is called a shadow."
Noah and Ethan: "The further away the gnome (opaque object) was from the light source the larger the shadow became."
Woody and Aston: "Whatever the opaque object the shadow get larger the further away from the light source."
Cassie: "When I put my light source (torch) over my yellow lid on my water bottle the water inside turned yellow."
Quinn: "I think this is because the light shines through the yellow lid and reflects on the inside of the bottle making the water turn yellow."
Alison: "When our opaque object was a gnome the shadow became larger the further away from the light source and the shadow grew to be actually larger than the gnome itself."
Max: "Bobby Badger's shadow looked like a wolf and got bigger the further away from the light source."
Jessica: "If you put your hand in front of a light source it makes a shadow which looks bigger the further away from the light source."
We are the fabulous Badgers class!
Our teacher is Mrs Castro and our higher level teaching assistant is Miss Daniels.
Mrs Castro's planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) is on Thursday afternoons. During this time Badgers will be taught by Mrs Slater for games and Miss Daniels for Spanish.
We are very excited to start our new topic, 'Can you see in the dark?' after the November half term where we will be reading, 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket, 'The Black Book of Colours' by Merena Cottin and Rosana Faria, 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman, 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers and 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Oliver Jeffers.
We will be investigating natural and man-made light sources, shadows, reflections and learning new topic vocabulary including opaque, translucent and transparent. We are very excited about our visit from Kinetic Kate (15th November) who will teach us the definitions of bioluminescence, chemiluminescence, electroluminescence and incandescent through hands on experiments!
We will also be learning about and writing our own explanation texts on how to catch a falling star and writing our own poetry!
Our games lesson will take place on Thursday afternoons. Please make sure you have suitable school shorts, t-shirt and trainers. As the weather becomes cooler please ensure you have a warm tracksuit. PE will be on Tuesday afternoons and we will need shorts and a school P.E. t-shirt. It is important that we have the correct, named kit in school at all times.
We would like to promote the love of reading so please encourage an adult to hear you read or ask an adult to read to you! We will continue to regularly check reading books and help you to change them when necessary. Please ask your adult to use the reading records to comment on your reading and for any feedback about your books, reading habits etc.! We do collect the reading diaries in daily to keep a check on your reading. Remember when you have read at least four times in a week and it has been signed by your adult you will be awarded a 'Super Reader' badge via Marvellous Me!
We will be learning to spell the words on the 3 and 4 spellings list and will regularly quiz you to see how many you can spell. Travelling to and from school is always a good time for oral practise!
Try and practise telling the time. Any time spent looking at analogue and digital clocks will be time well spent!
Bobby Badger Out And About
Bobby Badger, our class badger will be having an adventure every weekend when he is taken home by one of our class members. Bobby Badger has his own diary where you can write about the adventures you have had with him during the weekend. The children have been asked to look after Bobby really well! Please remember to write a few sentences about where you have been with Bobby Badger with a drawing of you and Bobby.
If you want to share any positive thoughts about your child's learning and progress then please do! Write it in their reading records and we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible. The same goes for any difficulties that your child may be experiencing. Don't leave it, let us know as we all want the very best for your child.
Look on our Year 3 and 4 page to find some cool websites that we will be using in school and you can use for practise at home.
Keep viewing our class webpage to see all the amazing learning as it happens!