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30th July 15
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Sycamore Class
Year 3/4

    Mrs Bowker

    Miss Metcalfe   

      Mrs Sharpe
      Mrs  Lamb
      Mrs Martin
      Miss Ashworth
      Miss Lamb 
       

    

 

 

Following our exciting visit to school by Robert Bullock, a children's author, we were inspired to write radio plays about adventures in the rainforest. We rehearsed them then went to the recording studio, click on the links below to listen to our work.

We have been enjoying learning how to play rounders...

Living as a Celt

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Ribchester Roman Fort and Museum

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Space Theme Day and Shadows

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The Last Day in Pompeii

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Y3 and 4 children have been learning about the Romans linked to their work on Vesuvius and Pompeii. They wrote a sentence each to set the scene on the last day before Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption. 
 
Olive groves grew in neat rows following the river down the slopes of the great mountain towards the glowing red tiles and tall white pillars of the forum.  A narrow white road rested in the middle of the town of Pompeii and a jostling, shoving crowd filled the uneven stone streets. A tall man called out, “Ripe, juicy lemons for sale!”  The large yellow lemons hung from the wooden market stalls whilst the chickens in their pens clucked around hurriedly hoping not to be chosen.  Baskets of peacock eggs were piled high and a sweet orange honey cake on the window sill was waiting to be bought.
 
The crowded market place was full of clay pots balanced on the uneven road with slaves pulling huge wooden carts full of wares.  They hung rabbits, peacocks, chickens and onions from the stalls and cut the cheeses with a big sharp knife.  There were lots of people wearing dark tunics and brown sandals made from leather straps.  A small boy fell over in a heap on the sharp stones and looked up at his mother in pain whilst his father tasted samples of a rich, creamy cheese. A cobbled path led from the market where the smells from the bakery were tantalising. Close by silvery, grey sardines from the shimmering sea were lying in an oval, blue pot on the warm, stone stall.
 
Brave, much-admired gladiators roamed around the stony roads wearing their heavy armour, reading signs from their heart throbs scratched on the stone pillars.
Inside a wealthy man’s villa, marble tables stood on colourful mosaic floors; paintings decorated the walls and food was laid out on the table: zesty yellow lemons, honey cakes, stuffed dates, pears, grapes, cheese and wine.
Meanwhile, in a dark room in the street opposite, three slaves did the washing stamping on the clothes whilst warm urine, bought from the streets outside, was poured into the fullerene.
 
Suddenly and without warning………
 

Ian Tully visited us to tell us all about the Romans

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The Water Cycle

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Janet from United Utilities visited our class to tell us all about the water cycle. We also learnt how water is collected and cleaned for our use and then what happens to our waste water.

Back Lane Quarry

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Our Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 children have all recently visited Back Lane Quarry on an exciting visit to find out all about limestone linked with our work on the Planet Earth. They wrote explanations about how the quarry works.

Then just before returning to school we were able to watch a blast, 40,000 tons of rock were blown off the rock face. We managed to get some photos...

An Explanation for What Happens at The Quarry
 
The Blast:
First there has to be a blast so the area must be clear for safety reasons. Then they count down from ten before 45,000 tons of rock explode! Excavators come in and start loading the dumper trucks. But what happens after that? Read on to find out!
The Crushers!
Next the dumper truck takes the rock to the primary crusher where it must be crushed into smaller pieces to be sold. They load the rock into the crusher from the huge tipper truck. Inside there are magnets which are metal detectors because if a tooth of the excavator gets in the machine it will be ruined.
After that a conveyor belt takes the smaller rock to the secondary crusher where it is crushed even smaller and sieved to sort it into different sizes.
Then a truck parks under a filter so that the correct crushed rock goes through and the rock that is too large is crushed again.
What Happens next?
Last of all it is taken to be sold. It is used for concrete, bridges, and roads. The trucks are weighed and drive out of the quarry to deliver to the buyer and the process starts again!
 
By Connie Y4
 

The Leprosy Mission

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Sycamore Class fundraising, click here for details.

Lancaster Castle and Museum Visit

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We began our day at Carnforth, we met at the railway station and after a look around the museum we travelled to Lancaster by train.

We had a short walk from the railway station to Lancaster Castle...

After a tour of the castle we made our way to Lancaster Museum where we were met by Mrs Riley, who told us all about the evacuees during the war and what happened during an air raid.

Horus Birds of Prey

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Paul from Horus Birds of Prey visited us in school with four of his owls, we learnt lots of interesting facts about owls and all enjoyed the opportunity to hold the smallest one called Flint.

Harvest Celebration

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We have been learning about plants.
They are amazing!
Willow
 
We harvested some different plants from our school garden.
Karla
We looked at plants from other countries too.
Yasmin
 
We thought about different parts of a plant and realised that we eat: 
roots
stems
leaves
flowers
fruits
seeds
 
We described some of them.
Lucy
Green, spotty, cylindrical courgette
Lurking behind the hairy leaf.
Holly
 
Long, smooth stalk with hairy roots ready to be dug up.
Chloe
 
Juicy, round, smooth sphere,
Reddening slowly.
Daisy
 
Sweet, yellow melon with your rough skin waiting to be peeled.
Olivia
 
Tough, brown, hairy coconut shell
dangling impatiently ready to fall off.
Madi
 
Juicy, bumpy, red pepper
Shiny freshly in its polythene pack.
Mia
 
Massive, juicy blackberries
Dangling patiently waiting for a feast!
Sophie
 
Juicy blackberries red, purple, blue and black
waiting on the thorny bush to be picked by a worthy hand!
Maddison
 
Crunchy, juicy, freckled apple
Hanging on the tree just waiting for me
Imogen
 
Delicious, orange nasturtiums
Dazzling my eyes in the black, rubber tyre.
Connie
 
Long, orange carrot fattening quietly in the dark underground
Ben
 
Orangy-pink sweet potato
Unusual, curving skin that hides a peachy inside.
Jack
 
Orange, hard and sometimes green
Just waiting there for Hallowe’en
Lizzie
 
Squashy, hairy kiwi fruit
Dazzling green and juicy just inside!
Lottie
 
Creamy, green avocado hiding in your rough, dimpled skin.
Oliver
 
Bright-green, spiral cauliflower
Sitting comfortably inside stripy leaves.
Connor 
 
Round, sunset-pink pomegranate
filled with juicy crunchy seeds.
Karla
 
Green, crunchy courgette
Lying on top of the warm, damp soil
Jamie
 
Red, rough, curly leaf
Growing quickly ready to be snapped.
George
 
Squeezy, juicy oranges
Ripening in the hot sun.
Madison
 
Huge, orange, wrinkly pumpkin 
Waiting on the ground for a scary face.
Jake
 

 

Church Visit

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Our Victorian Museum

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Artist Phil Hobbs

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Sycamore class and The Art Club enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of watercolour tuition from professional artist, Mr Phil Hobbs. They enjoyed looking at his amazing paintings and applying the techniques taught to their own work. It really was a 'WOW' afternoon!
 

 

Colne Valley Museum

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We enjoyed writing our fables whilst listening to Brahms Violin Concerto and using our Big Write pencils...

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Maths - fractions with pizzas

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Maps of Africa made with natural materials during a Forest School activity

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Classroom displays

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In our Journeys theme we learned all about the swallow’s journey to Africa through reading “Dear Olly”.  We learned all about Africa in detail: the countries, landscapes and flags.  
We studied African art and painted pictures based on landscapes in Kenya and Tanzania and we have made African masks after studying lots of original masks.
 

Our African Sunsets

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Farm visit

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Science - Plants

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Volcanoes

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Our Art

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Spring flowers

Fruit pastels and watercolours


Egyptian god masks


Ancient Egyptian clay cartouches


Brusho abstracts inspired by flowers

Ancient Egypt Assembly

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Light and Shadows

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Ancient Egypt day with Mr Tully...

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Mr Tully transported the year 3 and 4 children to Ancient Egypt where they mummified a king and dressed up.  They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learned an enormous amount!

We made paperchains to decorate our classroom.

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Making Christmas Pudding

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Our Class Assembly

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Our pictures in the style of Arcimboldo

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We enjoyed making fruit smoothies...

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Sycamore Class had fun in their capacity lesson.

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The Ruskin Library

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Sycamore Class visited The Ruskin Library at Lancaster University on 27th February. John Ruskin was an artist and a writer who lived in the Victorian era.
We learned how to make books and draw carefully just like John Ruskin.

Our Spring Term Rainforest Photograghs

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