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To kick off Term 3, we will be learning all about teeth and digestion! We will find out about all our different types of teeth, what they do and why they are so important to the digestion process. We will then look at how our bodies digest food and absorbs the nutrients we need. We will also be learning about food chains, we will learn how producers get food and the difference between predators and prey.

We started our learning experience by finding out about our teeth! We learnt the names of our teeth and what they used are for. Did you know, you don’t need your wisdom teeth? Humans developed wisdom teeth to help them chew more coarse food such as raw meat, nuts, berries and more but we no longer need them as we have evolved over time and now have smaller jaws as well as access to tools such as knives and forks. 

We carried out an experiment to find out the affects of different types of drinks have on our teeth. We tested Pepsi, milk, water and cranberry juice on 4 eggs to see how the shell would react, similar to the enamel on our teeth. We discuss repeating this experiment with different drinks and predicted what we thought the results would be. 

After our experiment we wrote a scientific report explaining how we carried out the experiment and reported our findings. We made conclusions and thought about what we would do differently if we were to repeat the experiment. 

After learning all about our teeth we found out about the digestive system! Did you know that our teeth are the first part of our digestive system? We carried out an experiment to show how the different parts of the digestive system work. It was really messy and lots of us didn’t want to get our hands dirty! 

During our new Leaning Experience we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will learn about the 7 life processes, what makes a living organism, looking at habitats and how they change naturally as well as the effects caused by human impact. We will also be learning about classification and how organisms can be grouped differently, we will create a classification key as our final outcome that can be used by other children in school. 

This week we have learnt about palm oil and the devastating affects this has on Orangutan’s homes. We wrote a persuasive text to try and stop people using products that contain palm oil. Did you know that we lose 25 orangutans each day as a result of deforestation? Read our work to find out more and see what you can do to help! 

We have been learning about biomes! Did you know there are 6 biomes on planet Earth? Each biome has its own climate, the animals and plants have adapted to these climates in order to survive in hot deserts, cold wintery forests or luscious rainforests with plenty of rainfall. Interestingly, Antarctica is the only continent in the world that does not contain a biome. 

We have been learning about different parts of the world, we learnt where the equator is as well as the Tropic of Caprion and Cancer. We labelled the, on a map where we also labelled the 7 continents and 5 oceans. 

Did you know there are 4 layers in a rainforest? The ground is called the forest floor, where there is very little sunlight. Above this is the understory where you would find animals such as tree frogs and birds. Then we have the canopy, the trees and leaves here form a roof over the plants below, here you will find monkeys and birds such as toucans. Lastly, is the emergent layer, here you will find the tallest and oldest trees in the rainforest. 
 

During our new Learning Experience we will be learning all about Rainforests! We will be exploring South America and focusing on the largest tropical rainforest in the world; the Amazon! We will be finding out about biomes, deforestation and the effects they have on and climate change and the Earth's atmosphere.

For our next Learning Experience we will be learning about the three states of matter. We will be looking at how the particles of each state behave and compare them. We will be carrying out experiments to explore the properties of  solids, liquids and gases to find what will happen when we change their temperatures. 

To finish off our learning experience we carried out an experiment to compare the melting points of 3 different solids. We made predictions about which solid we thought would melt the quickest and what temperatures they would melt at. We melted chocolate, butter and ice over boiling water then measured their temperatures once they had completely melted. 
 

Then we wrote up our experiment and included a method so other people could try this experiment for themselves! 

We experimented with different solids to see what would melt. We made predictions about each substance and thought about why some solids do melt and some don’t. 

We experimented with different ways to blow up a balloon! We placed a plastic bottle into a bowl of ice water and a bowl of boiling water, we thought about how the temperature changed the behaviour of the gas particles inside the water bottle. 
 

We then filled a bottle with baking soda and vinegar, the mixture released a gas that inflated the balloon. 
 

Finally, we tested to see what would happen by mixing water, yeast and sugar. We felt the mixture warm up inside the bottle, it also released a gas which inflated the balloon. 

We explored some different materials and discussed if they were a solid, liquid or a gas. Some of them were a bit tricky and we couldn't agree! For example, flour can be poured like a liquid, it can be held like a solid but can also be blown into the air like a gas. 

We have been experimenting with different states of matter to see how we can change a solid, liquid or gas to a different state. We experimented with ooblek, it looked like a liquid to start with but when we applied pressure we could feel a solid that we could pick up and move around the bowl. 

To kick off our first learning experience of the year, the children will discover when the Anglo-Saxon era happened and what happened in England before and after this era.  We will have an exciting workshop that will enable the children to explore real Anglo-Saxon artefacts and reenact significant events that made the Anglo-Saxon era so savage!  The children will find out where Anglo-Saxon settlements were and what they would have looked like, as well as having the opportunity to research what daily life was like during this period. We will even get find out all about brutal punishments inflicted on those who broke laws and how the Anglo-Saxons developed their warfare strategies throughout their reign! To end our experience, the children will create a short news broadcast, reporting on events they have learned so much about.

We took part in a workshop day! We dressed up as Anglo- Saxons, learnt about artefacts, runes and key events of the era. We learnt that the Romans fled England and returned to Rome shortly before the Picts and Scots began to attack. The Anglo- Saxons lived in England for hundreds of years before the Vikings eventually took over. 

We looked at where the Anglo- Saxons came from and where they settled. 

We learnt about Anglo- Saxon weapons and how they used them to fight. 

We learnt about how the Anglo- Saxons lived, how they built their houses and what livestock they kept for food and resources. 

After learning about Anglo- Saxon villages we created our own using natural resources!

To finish off our learning experience we presented what we learnt about in groups. 

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