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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wheels Day

Today is Wheels Day! In between the rain showers, we've had a chance to ride around the school on our wheels!
And at lunchtime, some of us bought lollies (which is a wheely special treat!)

Here are some photos ...




Making Invisibility Potion

Yesterday, Room 3ers made 'invisibility' potion. Miss Jeynes gave us the recipe which required some very hard-to-find ingredients (monkey snot, squashed wasp juice, etc).
We had to measure out the correct ingredients so that the TOTAL capacity was 500ml.

Hannah, Jade, Brooke and Shelby's group got it spot on!  It was fun mixing the colours - it ended up being a dark reddy/purple colour. 

We're getting better at estimating and measuring using mls and litres.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

How To Get Rid of Oil On Water

We've been learning about the terrible effects of oil spills on the ocean, and how it effects birds, sea creatures and the environment.

We did an experiment to test which product and process was the BEST at getting oil off water.
Oil doesn't mix with water. It tends to sit on the TOP.

Using 4 different cups, all with oil and water in them, we tried ...
1. skimming the water off with a spoon. It took ages, and it didn't get rid of all the oil.
2. absorbing oil with cotton balls. It was more effective than the spoon, but it soaked up a lot of clean water with it.
3. solidifying the oil with cornflour. What a disaster! This didn't work at all! The cornflour sunk to the bottom and made the water cloudy and murky. This would be TERRIBLE for fish!
4. Putting detergent in to disperse the oil. Wow! The oil moved right away from the dish washing liquid to the side of the cup. But it didn't get rid of the oil.

We tried stirring the detergent in. This just broke up the oil into smaller balls of oil, and made some sink into the water.  This wouldn't be useful in the ocean!

So in conclusion, the BEST process was ABSORBING with cotton balls.

We recorded what we observed, making notes of the problems we had.





Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Measuring Capacity

Today in Maths, Room 3 estimated and measured how many cups of water, various containers took up.  We compared our estimates to the actual measurments - some of us were very close with our estimates. Some of us we WAY OUT - but, the more we practiced, we started making more sensible estimates.

Tomorrow, we will be learning about millilitres and litres.


Friday, 11 May 2018

A Squishy Suare

We are learning about PERIMETER and AREA of shapes in Maths.
Yesterday we investigated what one 'square' metre looks like. We wanted to know how many of us could fit inside one square metre - and this is what we found out ....


Monday, 7 May 2018

Measuring

In Maths, we are learning to measure objects and distances using mm, cm and m - AND we're learning to make sensible estimates.

Today we estimated the length/width of distances and objects around the room - then we measured to see how close our estimates were. We are learning to choose appropriate units of measurement and to know how many mm in a cm, cm in a m, and m in a km.



Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Learning About Pollution

We are back into Term 2 with lots of energy and enthusiasm!
Today we started our topic on Pollution. We all shared our thoughts on what are examples of pollution in a class brainstorm.

Then Miss Jeynes split us into groups for our TUNING IN activity. We looked closely at two pictures each and wrote on comment cards - What we SAW in each picture, What we THOUGHT was happening and a question or WONDERING that we had.

Here are a couple of examples ...


We were quite 'grossed out' at some of these pictures. We will be gaining new knowledge and skills with our Science topic. Stay tuned for more updates on our learning ...