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Summer Term 2 Investigation Time


This half term, Turtles’ Class have planned out lots of really exciting Investigation Time tasks to help us learn even more about the Titanic. In Star task time, we will be learning about green plants and how they grow well and how to make Titanic pop up cards using different mechanisms and levers.

Our child-initiated tasks are:


  1. Building a mini Lego model of the Titanic and labelling it with the different parts of the ship and their purpose.
  2. Mapping out the journey of the Titanic – from where it set sail, to where it sank and even to where it should’ve sailed to.
  3. Using 3D shapes to build a model of the Titanic – naming the shapes and describing/listing their properties.
  4. Creating a timeline of the events of the Titanic tragedy, using dates and times accurately to make sure it is in chronological order.



We also introduced ‘The Wild Card’ during this topic. This means the children in Turtles’ Class get to choose to write anything they like about the Titanic – a story, a poem, a diary, a letter, a non-chronological report, etc… It’s completely up to them!

Summer Term 2 Topic Learning


Our topic this half term has linked in beautifully with our previous topic of Water, as we are now learning about the Titanic.


We hooked into our topic by investigating floating and sinking of different materials. We worked in teams to make predictions about which materials would float or sink. We looked at: sponge, tin foil, corrugated card, play dough, plastic, metal and wood. Once we had made predictions, we gathered our materials and tested them to see if we were right. Have a look at the photos of us testing out our ideas below.


After we found out which materials floated the best, we used our new knowledge to design our own boats. Can you guess which materials were the best and which materials we chose to make our boats from?

Summer Term 1 Topic Learning


Our topic this half term has been called ‘On Tap’ and we have been learning all about water, where it comes from, how it moves and how we can look after it.


We started our topic with the Wacky Waterworks task where we asked the children to move some water from one bucket to another, spilling as little as possible. The children had to choose from everyday objects that we gave them, plan out their idea and then test it. Have a look at the pictures and videos below to see which ideas worked the best.

On Tap Hook - Wacky Waterworks

We have also been learning about water pollution in our world. We have learned about what water pollution is, what causes it and how we can help to reduce it or make it better. We also found out that water pollution is hard to undo - the class polluted their own water and had to try and reverse it! It was impossible to get rid of all of the pollution!


To help teach other people about this issue, we decided to create posters to put up around the school. If you click the links below, you will be able to read through some of them. 

Water Pollution Investigation

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Water Pollution Investigation 2
Water Pollution Investigation 3
Water Pollution Investigation 4

Have a read of our Water Pollution posters...

Summer Term 1 Art Learning


As part of our water topic, we have also been learning about Monet and his famous painting ‘Water Lilies’. We have been learning how to create different shades of one colour using watercolours to create our own versions of this famous painting. Keep your eyes peeled for pictures of our finished artwork – coming very soon!

A Classroom Full of Water Lilies

Summer Term 1 Music Learning


Year 3 have also been learning about how to compose our own short songs using different instruments. We used a picture of different types of water to inspire our music. We worked in small groups, chose our instruments (including our voices and our bodies) and put together our own songs. Watch the videos below and see if you can work out what type of water we are trying to show in each song.

The types of water were: stormy sea, tributary, water droplets and a waterfall

Group 1 Water Song

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Group 2 Water Song

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Group 3 Water Song

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Summer Term 1 Music Learning (continued)


Turtles Class have learned the ‘Water Cycle Song’ as part of this half term’s topic too. We learned to sing it to the tune of ‘Coming Round the Mountain’. It helped us to learn really tricky words like: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. If you want to hear the song, ask your child to sing it for you at home.


Here are the lyrics:

Water travels in a cycle, yes it does!
Water travels in a cycle, yes it does!
It goes up as evaporation,
Forms clouds as condensation,
And falls as precipitation, yes it does! YEE-HAW!

Spring Term Art Learning


This half term, we have been learning about portraits and how to draw them effectively using pencil. We learned that there are seven main steps that help to draw a portrait of a person. Once we had learned these, we followed the steps to sketch portraits of famous inventors throughout history. All of the inventors that we chose to sketch are famous for inventing something that is run by electricity. 


We sketched the following inventors: William Cullen (the refrigerator), Alfred J. Gross and Donald L. Hings (the walkie-talkie), Charles Babbage (the first computer), Philippe Guy Woog (the electric toothbrush) and Guglielmo Marconi (the radio). Take a look at our fantastic art work below. 

Inventor Portraits

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Inventor Portraits 2
Inventor Portraits 3
Inventor Portraits 4
Inventor Portraits 5

Spring Term 2 Investigation Time


After our brilliant hook session, we worked together to come up with some new child-initiated tasks for Investigation Time, which are:


1. Design your own superhero who has the power of electricity - write a diary of their day (it would be when they got their power or a day that they saved the world)

2. Take a trip to the hardware store to buy components for your Steady Hand Game - work out how much it would cost, in total, to build your own Steady Hand Game.

3. Writing a set of instructions to teach someone else how to make a Steady Hand Game like we did.

4. Creating a 3D papier mache light bulb and making 3D labels to show how it works. 

Spring Term 2 Topic Learning


This half term we will be learning all about electricity, inventors and inventions. To start our topic, Mrs Sutcliffe gave us the following components: batteries, wires, crocodile clips, buzzers, tin foil, masking tape and blu-tac. Our job was to create our own working versions of the Steady Hand Game. We had to create an electrical circuit that could be completed when the hook and the game touched. It was really tricky but we learned lots about electricity and circuits!


Take a look at the slideshow below to see our amazing learning. 

Bright Sparks Steady Hand Game Hook

Spring Term 1 Investigation Time


This term, we are learning about a wonderful topic called ‘They Made a Difference’. As a class, we came up with 4 child-initiated tasks to help us learn more and Mrs Sutcliffe came up with some Star Tasks for us to complete too.


Our child-initiated tasks are:

  1. Building a famous Roman building from Easiform and creating a fact sheet about it;
  2. Creating a Roman menu, using research to find out what types of foods the Romans would have eaten;
  3. Draw a Roman gladiator or soldier and paint it with water colours - writing a descriptive paragraph about your picture. 
  4. Drawing and measuring lengths of different Roman weapons. 

English Learning So Far in Spring Term...


In guided reading, we have been learning about Paul Perro. He is an author who has written lots of poems about the Romans. Our favourite poem is one about a woman called Boudicca. You can read it here: 


We read through the poem and drew pictures of what we thought she might have looked like, using what we found out about her in the poem. Some of us even wrote a very detailed descriptive paragraph about her which you can read below, if you want to find out more about her.


Description 1

Many years ago there was a warrior Queen called Boudicca. She was loud, strong and fierce. Her target was the Romans. She had a long mane of red hair and she had colourful clothes. She had a happy life until the King died and the Romans stole the King's riches. Boudicca was disappointed and outraged because the Romans kidnapped her. 


We have also been learning to write in the style of Paul Perro in our English lessons. We have learned about rhyming couplets and about using adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs to build up a picture in our reader's head. Here are a couple of amazing examples of our outstanding writing:


Poem 1 by Harry

In the arena the spectacular gladiator carefully glides,

The enemy quickly hides.

Striking and stabbing with a menacing sword,

The gladiator's enemy loudly roared.

His enemy fought back and he screamed in pain,

He fell to the stoney ground when it started to rain. 

When the clouds grew darker he whispered, "I do not wish to die!"

His blood soon spread and he floated to heaven in the sky. 

Poem 2 by Ella

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Boudicca Drawings

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Boudicca Drawings 2

They Made a Difference - Spring Term 1 Hook Session


On Wednesday 4th January, we took part in the Hook for our latest topic – They Made a Difference. Both Turtles’ and Piranhas’ class made their way to the hall and came face to face with a mountain of cardboard and plastic. Mr Vickery and Mrs Sutcliffe gave each group a picture of something and the children had to re-create a replica of the picture using what we had in front of us. Take a look at us creating our masterpieces:

The pictures were of well-known Roman weapons. Have a look at the photos of our finished weapons below. Can you recognise what they are? Keep an eye out for our fantastic fact sheets coming soon!

Autumn Term Investigation Time


Throughout Autumn Term, we have been learning about an amazing topic called ‘Footprints to the Past’. We have been learning lots of fantastic things about dinosaurs and prehistoric times in Investigation Time. As a class, we came up with 6 child-initiated tasks to help us learn more and Mrs Sutcliffe came up with some Star Tasks for us to complete too.


Our child-initiated tasks are:

  1. Gathering data about favourite dinosaurs and creating a bar chart to show the information
  2. Writing an acrostic poem about a dinosaur of our choice
  3. Creating our own fossil and writing a story to explain where it came from
  4. Make a dinosaur mask and write instructions to tell someone else how to do it
  5. Create a dinosaur skeleton out of cotton buds
  6. Build Lego dinosaurs and label their parts


Below are some examples of our fantastic learning. We hope you enjoy looking through them!

Story 1:

One dark, gloomy day in the sea there was an ammonite which was massive, long and round and was lying on the ground because it hadn’t eaten for months so it turned into a fossil.

Suddenly… a big Ichyosaurus was trying to eat it and the daddy ammonite was trying to move it but… the Ichyosaurus started chasing the daddy ammonite. Unusually it kept chasing ammonites and then it went back to eat it. Unfortunately it was too hard to eat so the Ichysosaurus’ teeth came out! The Ichyosaurus couldn’t eat for years so it turned into a fossil too. 


Story 2:

There once lived a girl. It was bedtime and she heard a noise from the garden so she went outside. The girl dug up the dirt. She didn’t know what it was so she touched it… Suddenly the girl was in a big and dark forest and there was a T-Rex. It came closer and closer. It ran up to her and it grabbed her and took her to its burrow. An Ankylosaurus came by and heard the girl screaming. It came and saved the girl by using its special tail. It took her to the fossil and she touched it and went home. 

Our phenomenal fossils...

Our phenomenal fossils... 1
Our phenomenal fossils... 2


Spikes are huge
Tail waggles slowly
Eats very badly
Growls loudly
Out on a sunny day
Strange legs walk slow and run fast
Actually very dangerous
Ugly with its looks
Runs fast to plants
Unsafe with its spikes
Sits on the smelly ground



Amazing tall legs
Noisy bang when it hits its enemies
Knocks the trees for its food
Yellow leaves it chomps
Long tail
Outgoing spikes
Sharp spikes on its back
A shell on its back for protection
Unbreakable back
Roars loudly at predators
Under the trees it hides
Snaps and chomps leaves slowly

How to Make a Triceratops Mask

A triceratops was an herbivore. A triceratops had some horns and a neck frill to protect itself from predators.

  1. First draw a kind of carrot shaped mask.
  2. Next put some eyes and a mouth to go with the task.
  3. Then create a neck frill and some horns.
  4. After that draw some circles for the skin and then you can colour the circles in but you cannot colour over the circles.
  5. Eventually you can show your mask to your teacher and they will help you put the string on the mask.




How to Make a Dinosaur Mask

  1. First I needed to get a book to find a picture of a dinosaur.
  2. Next I needed to draw a dinosaur face on some paper.
  3. After that I needed to colour it in neatly.
  4. Next I needed to put some string on it so that I could wear it.
  5. Finally Mrs Johnson needed to take a photo of it. 

Magnificent Mask Making

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Magnificent Mask Making 2

Some more of our fantastic Investigation Time Learning

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Some more of our fantastic Investigation Time Learning 6

Star Task Learning


The first Star Task that we completed was our Science task – making dinosaur food chains and using really grown-up scientific vocabulary. Have a look at some of our learning below. Can you spot the science vocabulary we have learned? 

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Terrific Turtle Poetry!


I am so excited to be sharing our first pieces of amazing learning in Year 3. We have been working really hard to learn about exciting verbs and adjectives in English. We've used this super learning to write our own acrostic poems about Turtles.


Have a look at some of the great writing that we have already done:


Tough, brown shell

Uses flippers to swim fast

Rock hard shell

Terrific at burying

Lovely flippers

Enormous body

Swift swimmers

    - N.E. 


True swimmers

Under the sea

Rock hard shell

Tough flippers

Lovely eyes

Excellent intelligence 

Super speed in water

    - H.R. 


Tough shell

Underground nests

Really fast swimmers

Tiny babies running to the sea

Look for yummy fish

Ever so calm

      - M.C. 


Turtles' Class can't wait to share even more of their fantastic learning with you soon!