Thursday, 21 May 2015

More Presentations!

Today we listened to Year 3 presentations; we first heard about meerkats. Some are watch guards for the rest of the group. They are omnivores and eat lots of things including bird's eggs and lizards. They have long tails for balance and look after each other 'like a proper family'.

Hamsters eat monkey nuts and also get treats! They are nocturnal but get a cuddle after school! Fluffy curls up in a ball to sleep at night.

We also heard about labrador retrievers which are hunting dogs but are also used as sniffer dogs for the police and make good pets. They eat almost everything and you have to watch in case they eat too much! 

Bald eagles live in North America. 70,000 live in Alaska alone! They eat fish and dead animals. They can fly at 35.43 mph whilst carrying their prey. They can swim and they are the national bird of the USA. 

Geckos are small lizards - they eat insects and make good pets. They lay eggs - but never grab their tails! They live in hot countries like Madagascar and America. 

There were lots of statistics about the albatross such as their wingspan (3.6m). They mate for life and their eggs are white with red spots. 

Well done everyone!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Malawi Day

Sue Eagle and Carol Champion came to speak to the school about Malawi. We will be sending some information about ourselves to our partner school, the Chisiri School in Malawi, and they will be returning information to us.

We started the day by being measured and while Mr Porter was doing this the children coloured in African designs for a display.

We then played an African game, Mancala...

... and then we had a go at making our own!

Here are the rules:

Carol and Sue came into Class 3 to share some of their experiences and knowledge about Africa, Malawi and Chisiri.

Checheywa is the language in Malawi and we learnt some new words...

Muli Bwanji - how are you?

Ndili Bwino - I'm fine!

Kaya Enu - how about you?

Zicomo - thank you

People in Malawi shake hands in a special way when they greet each other. They also sing a lot and use rhythm. We sang our greetings to each other.

Sue and Carol talked to us about what children in Malawi have to do before they go to school. Girls have to collect water, boys collect wood for the fire and mothers make porridge. Most places don't have electricity. A lot of trees have been cut down for fire wood. Children sit on the floor at primary school and children at secondary school have metal desks which can't be taken away and used for firewood. 

Children in Malawi look at the floor to show respect, not into their teacher's eyes. We had a go at sweeping the floor, Malawian style. 

Then we had a look at lots of Malawian objects.

What an interesting morning!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Animal Presentations

Today we started listening to everyone's presentations about animals. Everyone listened really well and asked interesting questions.

We learnt about pandas who are blind when they are born -  they eat bamboo and sometimes small animals and birds.

Leopards are the strongest of the big cats and they sometimes take their prey and young up into trees to keep them safe from other predators. They can run at speeds of up to 58 km per hour! 

Tigers are the largest big cat and can kill prey up to twice their size. They are carnivores and sometimes eat snakes! They live to 10-15 years of age and are endangered and several species are now extinct.

The blob fish is a deep sea fish that lives 2,000-3,900 feet deep in the ocean around Australia and New Zealand. It is gelatinous - 90% water - and shrivels up when exposed to the air. It was voted the ugliest animal in the world! It is nearly extinct and The Blues Brothers thought it came from outer space!

Guinea pigs come from South America and will eat any plants and vegetables they can find. They only sleep for around 4 hours a day and their eyes stay open when they do so they can watch out for danger. We learnt about how guinea pigs do pop-corning too!

Capybaras are the largest rodent species in the world. They can make lots of different noises and are quite big - the size of a big dog. They eat mainly grass and plants.

We were really impressed by the quality of the presentations and the range of animals that were chosen, well done. 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Election Results!

Mr King told us about the results of the General Election - it looks as though The Conservative Party has won.

Mr King showed us a bar chart with the results of the school election; interestingly, The Conservatives won in Bressingham as well and UKIP got the least number of votes.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Food Groups.

Last week Class 3 wrote about food groups and discussed nutrition and diet. The display shows some of their work and you can see which types of food fall into which category.

Can you see where the following foods fit on the diagram?