Saturday, 31 October 2009

Healthy Smoothies

Think you could make a delicious but healthy smoothie? Do you want it to be tasted by your whole school? Read on...

Y3 will be starting to design some smoothies. We will start off by thinking about different kinds of food, the various food groups and what we need to eat to be healthy.

Have a look at this website, coolfood kidz. Can you find out 7 ways to be safe with food?

Send answers as comments and a marble might be coming your way.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Design a swim suit!

Imagine if we had to design a new BPS swim suit!

Which materials would we choose?

What would we want the material to be like?

Would we want to have a transparent material or an opaque one?

Look at how we sorted the materials using a venn diagram made from sorting hoops.  Try to look at the scientific words we used to describe the properties of the materials.

The Sunflower group were fantastic because they said "We are not sure about whether these materials are waterproof".  The best scientists ask questions and then try to find the answers.  The worst scientists think they know it all.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Write your own story and publish it!

Have a look at this storybird site. There are loads of stories which you can read and comment on but you can also write your own books too!

Have a might need to download some Adobe software so ask for help from your parents.

The artwork in the pictures is amazing and you can use really professional pictures to make your book look great.

This Picture Book maker is another site which allows you to make a simple short book.  It doesn't let you save your story, but you can print out your own book.

Please email me if you publish a story of your own and I will put a link to it on the class blog.

Good luck.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Maths Problems with Katie

Have fun exploring these word problems with baseball graphics.

Follow this link for multiplication and division word problems.

This link takes you to addition and subtraction problems.

Here are some logic puzzles. They look quite tricky though!  Good luck.

Post your scores as a comment.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Silly materials

Why do we use wood for making chairs? Why not mud?

Why do we use plastic for making pens? Why not diamond?

Why do we use glass for making windows? Why not thin slices of ham?

Why do we use cotton for making shirts? Why not metal?

We used the sheet below to help us investigate why we use materials for different objects. Use the properties sheet for help.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Andy Warhol - pattern, palette, contrasting colours

We looked at Andy Warhol's pictures of soup tins, strangely coloured cows and Marolyn Monroe.

Using our own patterns which we photocopied,  we chose a simple palette of contrasting colours and used these to decorate.

We used different media: paint, pencil and pastel.

We hope you like them.

Which is your favourite?

Guilli liked Tinn's design so much that he used it with his own colour scheme.  Which design was Tinn's?

Swimming gala rules and events

Here's some information about the swimming gala.

Try to make sure that you know the rules for the races you are in...remember the list of your events is in the classroom.

2009 Swimming Galas – explanation of the events

·         Starts and Finishes
25m Pool:        All individual races start at deep end. All relays start at shallow end.
50m Pool:        All races finish on far side of pool (under the Grandstand).
·          Year 3 and 4 Ball Kicking relay:   Must start in the water - must hold the ball in 2 hands – ball must touch the wall before next person leaves – no pushing the ball in front.
·         Breaststroke:  Two hand touch.
·         Sky Ball relay – first team member at shallow end of pool side with all others behind in a straight line – pass ball over top and last person swims to front – when first person reaches the front again the team has finished. They will be wearing a water polo hat.
·         Backstroke: Don’t turn before reaching wall
·         Chariot relay: Teacher sits on top of tyre –  3 push to other end – tyre must be touching wall between groups and no use of hands by the teachers please.
·         Doggy Paddle:  Arms must stay under water – no freestyle action allowed – no feet down in shallow end.
·         Titanic relay:  Lifejacket must be clipped up – pupils must get out of water before taking off lifejacket – pupils may jump in.
·         Butterfly: 2 handed touch
·         Teacher Bay watch: Pupils must line up with first pupil at the flags – teacher must throw container – pupils may kick but not put feet on the bottom – they must be sat in a line away from teacher to finish.
·         Freestyle relay:  One handed touch before next team mate goes.
·         Treasure hunt: 1 minute to collect as many objects in basket as possible – only one object at a time – pupils can collect objects from any part of pool – don’t stay in lanes
·         Golf ball word game: 2 team members on poolside making the word – 7 to 9 letters to be collected.  CLUE EXAMPLE: What swimming stroke must you touch the wall with two hands?  
Don’t shout out the answer – if you don’t need a ball throw it back in –limited time to complete it – only one ball at a time.
·         IM: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle.
·         Medley Relay: Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle.
·         Double Doggy Noodle Race: In pairs with one child holding a noodle each between their legs one behind each other swim to the opposite side of the pool where they touch and hand over the noodles to the next pair who are waiting on pool side.
·         Centipede Race: 3 children hold each other by the hips and swim, each with a noodle under their chest without letting go to the opposite side of the pool where they hand over the noodles to the next group of 3.
·         Water Polo Relay: Must start in the water. Ball must be pushed (not thrown) ahead in a water polo style.
·         Under water fin swim: Children will start in the water, swim along the bottom of the pool as fast as they can wearing fins. Year 5 is an individual event but Year 6 is a relay.
·         Survival Swim Relay: (Year 3 and 4) Relay race where children must use a swim rescue technique keeping their head above the water. Children will start at the deep end and enter the water by straddle jump then swim head up rescue swim to a rope across the water which they will touch before returning to the deep end to touch the wall for the next swimmer to start with their straddle jump entry.
·         Straddle Jump Entry Relay: (Year 5 and 6) Relay race where each competitor must enter the water with a straddle jump entry trying to keep their head above the surface, they then swim with a head up rescue swim technique to the middle of the pool where there is a submerged hoop that they must swim through before resurfacing and continuing their head up swim to the opposite side for their team mate to begin.
·         Surfs Up Body Board Relay: (Year 5 and 6) Relay race where each swimmer must swim their width using a body board to help them.  How they use it is up to team tactics but the swimmer must touch the side before the next swimmer can begin!

We have also been asked to make a few banners so that we can carry them in during a parade.  We will be coming from the Hardcourt to the 25m pool.  We have one left over from the basketball which one of the class brought in. 

Monday, 12 October 2009

300 marbles! Extra ICT time

Well done!  We had the extra time today.

Most popular...most common.

We have been answering questions using surveys and recording our data using tally charts and frequency diagrams.  We have then drawn our own charts using 2simple software.  We have also drawn graphs on paper.  Here are some of our findings:

The least popular fish in 3W is Gold fish, Glow in the dark, Sardine, Black neon tetra and Guppy.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Making a graph?

We have been making graphs from our surveys this week.  We entered the data from our tally charts and frequency diagrams into 2simple software.  The problem came when we tried to print them out.  The teacher menus were difficult for us to we improvised and learnt how to use the print screen button!

Pressing control-shift-PrtScrn takes a picture (a screenshot)  of the screen at that moment.  You can then paste it into another document.  We pasted into Word.

Here's an online site which allows you to make your own graphs.

Try to make a graph of something at home...maybe the ages of your family, the sizes of your shoes, the number of power points in each room.

Let me know how the graph making goes.  You could send me a screenshot of the graph you make.

This BBC site is amazing.  You ask the different people questions and enter the data in a tally.  Have a go.  Please comment. 

Good luck!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Speak another language? Find the blog hard to read?

If English is not your first language, try copying the writing from the blog into the google translate winget at the side of the blog. I hope it translates accurately. Please comment if it does not!

Si l'anglais n'est pas votre langue maternelle, essayez de copier l'écriture du blog dans le Google Translate Winget sur le côté du blog. J'espère qu'il traduit avec précision. S'il vous plaît commentaire si elle ne fait pas!


만일 영어가 모국어가 아닌 Google에 블로그의 측면에서 winget 번역 블로그에서 서면으로 복사하십시오. 나는 그것을 정확하게 해석 바랍니다. 의견을 보내주십시오면 그건 상관 없어!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Mrs May's class blog - materials and states of matter

Have a look at the blog post here. It is about solids, liquids and gases. There is a great slideshow. Just click on the corner of each page in the book.

Were there any surprising facts?

Please comment.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Want to know if a material (the stuff the thing is made of) which is used to make an object (a thing) is:
hard, soft, solid, liquid, shiny, dull, transparent, opaque,floats, sinks, mixes, flammable, non flammable, magnetic, non magnetic, a conductor, an insulator or is natural or man made?

You could look at this picture for some help with words (they are usually near their opposite).

Look no further. Go here for the Active Science GlaxoSmithKline materials database.

Go here when you are confident you can handle...mission material. Be careful, you have to move quickly and know your properties of materials.

If you want a complete view of the Glaxo ActiveScience materials, go impressive collection ofresources.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Data gathering

We are asking and answering questions in our maths lessons.

Which day of the week is your favourite?
What is your prediction?
Why do you think that?

We found out the most popular day in 3W.

We used a tally to collect the information. We used a class register to make sure the data was complete. We turned the tally into a frequency diagram by adding it up.

Click here for a great maths dictionary to help you understand any technical maths words.

...and the class favourite was...Friday...must be because we have chips in the canteen!

Artists Alert: Swimming Gala Programme competition

The Year 3 Swimming Gala is coming up, just after the half term break. It will be held in the 25m pool from 7:50 - 9:50 on Friday 30th October.

The P.E. department needs a poster.

The winning entry will be used as the front cover of the Programme. There are also other prizes available. The deadline for designs to be handed in (to Khun Pacharee please) is Friday 9th only have 4 days to get it done.

Marbles will be given for participating in this competition.

The best part of my weekend was...

We started off the week with a very simple circle time listening activity. Taking turns to listen is really important. It's also really interesting to know what other people do at the weekend.

Here is a snapshot of the highlights of the 3W weekend:

Watching rugby
sleeping later
Melyssa's party and meditation
my birthday party
going to Sophie's house for party
getting a Wii
water fight
watching live tennis, birthday
new website and game
playing spies with my friends
having a take away (take out)
3D Gforce
very big party with more than 20 people, doing some washing up
party, funarium, going to sleep late, waking up early
playing with friends
watching "Wacked out sports"
playing at my friends
going to a restaurant with bed chairs

Can you remember who said what?

Friday, 2 October 2009

Visitors from America

I love blogs. You might just have guessed.

Yesterday, 15 thoughtful students from Mr C's class, somewhere out there in the real world, read our post about how tall we are in hand heights. They then commented on our blog...see here.

Their class activity was to read our blog (see here for their activity) and comment. What great interaction and international learning.

I want to know more about these students. How old are they? What are their interests? Have they ever been to Thailand?

Please take the time to read their comments, and maybe you could have a look at MrC's blog.

Santi's it stopping?

Santi's bean has been growing really well...for a plant whose roots are only in water.

Look at the pictures below.

Do you think it has stopped growing? Why?

What do you think will happen next?

Basketball Heroes

Great team effort from 3W today in the interclass basketball.

Can you see any sporty kids who are:
risk takers?
well balanced?