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Science WC 4 January

Happy New Year Class 3, I hope that you all had a super Christmas and that Father Christmas managed to steer his sleigh to your house.

Now that many of you are learning at home, I didn't want you to miss out on super science so I'll upload a range of science each week, it will include an investigation or practical of some sort a piece of written work and of course we must never forget your favourite - Reach Out Reporter. 


This week we are all going to do a whole school practical linked to design technology, we are going to make a bird feeder. Why ? Well towards the end of January I had planned that the classes would take part in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) garden bird survey. Now that most of you are learning at home, we are going to do that survey in our gardens, we must try to keep the birds fed during this cold, wet, miserable winter weather. If you were really enthusiastic, you could do a survey now and then do one at the end of the month when the birds have got used to you feeding them and see if there is a difference in the numbers or types of birds which you see in your garden.


Here is the link to a simple bird feeder which you can easily make with resources from home or you can use your own design if you would like. 


If you want to encourage a certain type of bird you may need to do some research about what that bird eats and put that in the feeder.


I look forward to seeing your creations and the birds which appear in your gardens.


Mrs Banham

Year 3 and Year 4 Reading comprehension

Science WC 11th January

Thank you all so much for your fantastic work on creating your bird feeders and finding somewhere suitable to hang them. I have seen photographs of some of you watching for the birds with  binoculars which is a great idea. We will continue with the bird theme later in the month when we have hopefully encouraged more birds to our gardens.


This week we are going to look at how to create strong structures such as bridges. Firstly you need to watch this video of Iggy Peck the Architect many of you will recognise the author, David Roberts, from reading Dirtie Bertie when you were in my class in previous years.


When you have watched it think about these questions:

  • What was the best thing Iggy Peck built? Why did you like this one?
  • What did Iggy Peck create to save his teacher and the other children?
  • What did Iggy Peck use to build this?


You will need:

  • A toy car or other toy to cross your bridge
  • Materials to build your bridge:
    • building blocks or other construction toys you could use.
    •  scrap paper, empty cardboard boxes, toilet or kitchen roll tubes or food containers.
  • Clothes pegs,  Sellotape or masking tape hold and stick things together.
  • Scissors (if using paper or cardboard)
  • A gap to build your bridge across – between two chairs is a good place


Put two chairs, or something similar, back to back to create a gap of about 20 cm to build your bridge across. 


Decide what you want your bridge to look like.

  • How will you make it long enough to cross the gap?
  • Will it have sides to stop your car/toy from falling off?
  • Will it have pillars or arches to hold it up?
  • Will it be a suspension bridge like the one Iggy built?

You could draw a few ideas before you choose one and then start to build it.


Test your bridge.

Can you drive your toy car across it?

Can you balance your toy on it?


Things to discuss with your brothers/ sisters or carers:

  • Was your bridge strong enough to hold your  toy car or toy?
  • What do you think you could do to improve it?
  • Which were the best materials for building your bridge?
  • Why were they the best materials?
  • Did your bridge bend in the middle? How could you stop this happening?


How it works:

When you placed the car on your bridge, the weight of the car might have caused your bridge to start to bend. If you put too many cars on, your bridge would collapse.

Real bridges are designed and built to hold the weight of the vehicles and people that travel over them. Bridges spread the effect of the downward forces (weight) across the whole bridge, especially the bits that are on land. Some bridges do this by using arches, others use long chains or metal ropes to spread the weight out to the edges which are firmly secured on land.


Have you ever wondered how a real suspension bridge is built? Watch this video to find out how the Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland was constructed. 


If you wanted to make a bridge using just paper try this.

You will need:

  • a sheet of A4 paper
  • a gap to build your bridge across (about 15 cm)
  • about 10 coins (of the same coin)


  1. Create your gap of about 15 cm to put your bridge across.  You don’t need to use a ruler, just make the gap wide enough so that your paper stays up when put across it.
  2. Lay your paper across the gap.
  3. Put your coins on the centre of the paper bridge, one at a time.  How many coins can the paper hold?
  4. Fold the paper in half length ways.
  5. Put it across the gap. Put your coins on the paper again, one at a time. How many coins can the paper hold this time?

  6. Make a concertina. Fold about 2cm of the long edge over.

    7.Fold the next 2cm over in the opposite direction.

    8.Continue folding in this zig-zag pattern.

    9.Put the concertina across your gap. Put your coins on the paper again, one at a time. How many coins can the paper hold this time?


Things to discuss

Which paper bridge held the most coins?

Why do you think this bridge design was stronger?


How it works?

The concertina is made up of a series of triangles. Triangles are one of the best shapes for spreading out weight. They take force from a single point and spread it across a wide base. Bridges made of triangle sections are called truss bridges.


Please add any photographs to your class Facebook page or send them to your teacher or myself , Mrs Banham, so that we can see how fantastic your architect skills are.

Additional science 

Last term you were looking at sound and how it is created in your science lessons. I would like you to watch CBBC on Wednesday 13th January at 9.20 -9.40 to watch the programme Science and how sounds are made. If you can't watch it then you can watch it later on iplayer. 

Science WC 18th January

Your  science for this week is a mixture of watching science related programmes on CBBC, watching your weekly input of Reach Out Reporter and carrying out an exciting investigation using bottles.


Science for this week:

1.The CBBC programmes which I would like you to watch are:

                          Wednesday at 9.20am Science and the water cycle– this will link in well with the science which you will be                                     looking at  next term.

                            CBBC Operation ouch Wednesday at 11.35, Thursday at  11.30 and Friday at 11.30am

2.Your investigation for this week is linked to forces and you can find the instructions uploaded below.

Morning everyone!

I hope you've made a great start to your home learning today.

We've set 4 activities for you to complete today so please give them your best attempts. You can find them all on this page labeled with 26th November.

If your adult would like to email me any completed work, that would be lovely. I'd love to see how you are getting on throughout the day.

Thank you

Mrs Carter-Hill


26th November PE challenge

26th November 2020 JIGSAW (PSHE)

Pugs of the Frozen North Chapter 8

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Pugs from the Frozen North chapter 8 part 2

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Pugs of the Frozen North chapter 8 part 3

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Pugs of the Frozen North chapter 8 part 4

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WELCOME TO CLASS 3, 2020-2021! We are a mix of year 3 and year 4 pupils. We are keen, motivated, inspired and enthusiastic learners!  Mrs Carter-Hill and Miss Ross are our teachers and we’re supported by a bunch of lovely classroom assistants who help us to reach our full potential and achieve our goals.


Now you are all in key stage two, there is lots of work to complete as well as lots of fun to be had! We are inspirations to key stage one and we aim to be the best role models we can be! 




Welcome back Class 3! 

A new year means new teachers, new classroom, new classmates, new learning and new excitement! We will work together as a team to get used to all of these new things. You are going to have the best year in Class 3. 








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Reminders for the start of a new year! 

Due to the pandemic and to keep everyone as safe as possible we ask you to bring as little as possible to school with you. 

Ensure you bring your water bottle and coat with you everyday- ask someone to label them with your full name! Information about PE kit will come in your first week so you don’t need to bring it the first week. 





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