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Welcome to Mars, Mercury & Jupiter's Blog

This area is where we share our class work and experiences with the wider community. We aim to publish a post on a regular basis showcasing our work and we welcome feedback. Please be aware that as our blog is accessed by people of all ages, comments left will need to be approved before being published so you may experience a slight delay before you see your comments on the blog.

Mars, Mercury & Jupiter

The Creation Story

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In RE the 'Creation Story' has been brought to life through the use of drama including Godly Play, hot seating and role play.  We have also created our own 'natures palette' to help us appreciate our wonderful world.  Thank you to Mrs Cole (Bransgore Community Church) for your inspiration.

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Hengistbury Head

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Today, Monday 5th November, the children visited Hengistbury Head as part of their local geography field study unit.  They began by looking at the land use in the area and surveying visitors.  Following this they used the information within the Visitors Centre to see how the area has evolved over time and how it has served different purposes for the community.  We then went on a nice hike up and over the top of the headland to the beach for a picnic lunch before returning to school. 

  

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Clay figures

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Year four have had a very practical learning experience in english whilst looking at the story of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  They wrote instructions and made their own interpretation of the Iron Man out of clay.

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Salisbury Museum

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This week the children have enjoyed an informative visit to Salisbury Museum as part of their Stone Age topic learning.  The children had two interactive sessions learning about some of the first human settlers.  They began by finding out what survived the Stone Age and what became extinct.  In this session they got to experience, hands on, artefacts from the era, including; axes, knives and a real mammoth tooth.  The next session allowed them to become archaeologists and explore the exhibits in the museum. It was a great day and a real enhancement to their topic learning.  A huge thanks to all the parents that offered their support.

   

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Georgia O@keeffe

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The children enjoyed learning about Georgia O'Keeffe and made this powerpoint to share their learning.   Georgia O'Keeffe

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Another great day at Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre...

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This time it was Jupiter's turn to have an amazing day at Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre where we learnt about how the Vikings lived! Many thanks to all of our parent helpers and staff at Cranborne ATC who helped to make this day possible. 

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Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre

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Mars and Mercury had a fantastic and exciting trip travelling back in time to the Viking era.  

Cranborne lesson

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Rwanadan Day

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Last Friday, all of our pupils supported our link school in Rwanda by dressing in the Rwandan flag colours.   We also had the chance to learn in Rwandan style, which was quite a challenge - writing on blank spaces on newspaper and sharing a pen with others,   There was also a great chance to become a 'friend' of Rwanda by buying a pom-pom, keyring or friendship bracelet.   All the donations will support Eia, the young boy who we are funding to go to the Excel School.   The founder of the Amakuru Trust, Mr Mike Hayes, told us more about Elia during our afternoon worship.

Rwandan Day

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Performing Poetry - Year 3

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In Year 3 we have been busy writing Haiku poems.   We performed them to Year 4 last week and were given some super 'Wows' and some very useful 'Tips'.

Poetry

Poetry

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R.E. in Years 3 and 4

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We have been exploring the question, "What is prayer?" by looking at a variety of artefacts from different faiths.   Many children oferred deep and thoughtful ideas to our class discussions.   We also had the chance of wearing or using some of the artefacts - our rooms were filled with the smell of incense.

     

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Food Technology in Years 3 and 4

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In our Food Technology topic we planned the making of a sandwich, bap or baguette.    We had great fun in 'The Bake Off' and presented our sandwiches before tucking in to eat them!

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World Book Day

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Year 3/4 had such an amazing World Book Day wearing their incredible character outfits and actively participating in story writing opportunities. Please read our whole school story (see, link on the school’s home page on the website)! Here’s a photo of all Year 3/4s taken during play time with a few ‘photo bombers’ from Year 5/6 (not to mention myself)!

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Hindu Visiting Speaker

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In Years 3 and 4 a Hindu visitor from the Vedic Society Temple came to tell us more about the celebration of Diwali and the Hindu faith.

We had many thoughtful questions to ask her.    We appreciated her giving up her time, voluntarily, to share her faith with us.

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Outdoor P.E in Years 3 and 4

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Our lovely SCITT students joined us for P.E this week - we had such fun!

We practised, in smaller groups, our tennis and dodgeball skills.

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Egyptian Art.

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Year 3 and 4 have been busy being creative as part of our topic on Ancient Egypt.  They have been exploring acrylic paint by creating egyptian gods, writing their names in hieroglyphics as well as creating pictures of what can be seen on an egyptian horizon.

  

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Our Egyptian Day!

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On Monday, 11th September Years 3 and 4 celebrated our entry point by coming to school in the most amazing Egyptian outfits.   They spent the day recreating artefacts such as authentic collars and mummies along with making camels.   Everyone joined in and had fun including our lovely SCITT teachers.

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A lovely surprise!

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So today I too was presented with a school report- a very touching moment... this is why I love my job!

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Year 3/4 Musical Raps

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Fabulous musical rapping used in poetry!

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Classifying mini-beasts

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In Years 3 and 4 we have been classifying mini-beasts using lots of different categories.

We used venn diagrams, carroll diagrams and classification keys to do this.

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Our Amazing Trip to Blashford Lakes

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This week, Year 3/4 children have had an amazing time learning about different types of vertebrates and invertebrates, and their habitats! They all enjoyed exciting pond and river dipping activities, going to great efforts to try and identify what they caught, using identification keys! Here are a few photographs to enjoy:

  

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The Water Cycle

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Years 3 and 4 have been having fun exploring 'The Water Cycle' by playing games and acting it out.    They have also carried out investigations to help them understand the scientific processes of evaporation and condensation.

                                            

         

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Hands on Science.

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During this half term Year 3 and 4 are exploring Solids, Liquids and Gases in their Science  learning. As part of this they have been making predictions about why raisins dance when added to fizzy water! Fun, hands on learning.               

          

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Virtual Reality comes to school!

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Year 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have a virtual reality experience last Thursday  thanks to Mr Mcginty or more importantly his daughter Eva for organising it. The children had time to explore volcanoes and the water cycle through virtual reality goggles, allowing a 3D experience. Along with the excitement created the children really were able to "get up close" to the topics they are studying in class.

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The Great Fossil Hunters

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We experienced being real palaeontologists!  We carefully excavated our fossils to try and keep them intact and whole.  We used tools to help us with this delicate process.  We were then able to study and share our findings.

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Great Fossil Creations

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In Year 3/4 we have enjoyed making our very own fossils and learning about how they are formed. We can't wait to become Great Fossil Hunters in our next Science lesson with an opportunity to excavate these creations!  

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Year 4s culinary skills development

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Adopt a School returning towards the end of the Summer term to show the children how to make bread... we can't wait!

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Volcanoes and Earthquakes!

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We have been teaching each other facts about volcanoes and earthquakes using Science experiments to help us.

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Investigating soils in science

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Last week the lovely SCITT teachers taught science in years 3 and 4.  We investigated permeability of soils. It was lots of fun!

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ICT Google slide creations about volcanoes

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In ICT this week, children have utilised their researched facts about volcanoes to create a Google Slideshow. They have used a range of fonts, slide designs and transitions, inserting photographs, captions and videos! Amazing ICT work- we are really proud of you!  

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Year 4 Fun learning about capacity

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This week in Year 4, the children have enjoyed learning how to make estimations and measure capacity!

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Welcome

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We have enjoyed an exciting start to the latter half of Spring term! On our School’s new website, the Year 3/4 team will be adding weekly blogs, encouraging children to write their contributions and create Pic Collages to share! All that remains is for us to say, ‘Watch this space!’ 

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