Beginning our Pole to Pole topic

posted 27 Nov 2017, 04:48 by Nicola Evans
As the weather turns colder, we have introduced our Pole to Pole topic in Y3. 

During the teaching sequence for writing this half term, the children will be writing diary entries for Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team as they race to the South Pole. During the immersion part of the teaching sequence, we have been finding out all about their adventure and the setbacks that they faced along the way.

A highlight of the week was definitely our visitor, Peter Kennett. Sharing his own personal adventures in Antarctica, Peter gave us a first hand account of what it is like to work and live as a Scientist near the South Pole. He answered all of our questions about life in Antarctica and it was a very informative afternoon.

Additionally, for the next few weeks, Y3 have scientists visiting from the University of Sheffield. They will be teaching us all about how animals adapt to the cold Arctic conditions. We had a fun afternoon using experiments to demonstrate how a polar bear's paw is adapted to the cold and how penguins huddle to keep warm. We also looked at different materials and which ones were the most effective insulators.

Finally, in maths we have been learning about doubling. We investigated the links between the 2, 4 and 8 times table and discovered that doubling can help us to multiply by these numbers.