Today Year 3 have been to visit Sugley Church to learn about Advent and Christmas.
Advent is the start of the Christian year. It is a time for Christians to prepare for the celebrations of the birth of Jesus. Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time for Christians to celebrate with their friends and family. Churches display an Advent crown or Advent wreath during Advent.The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreen branches.There are four candles standing in the circle. In the centre there is a fifth candle.Purple is the colour of Advent
This week in science we have learnt how fossils are formed over millions of years. We made our own fossils using plastercine and plaster of paris.
How fossils are formed!
The plasticine represents the sediment (thick mud and sand) that lies at the bottom of the sea. Imagine your shell is a creature that lived millions of years ago. It has died and sunk to the bottom of the sea where it becomes buried in the sediment. The soft parts of the creature would rot away or be eaten by other creatures so only the hard parts like your shell or a skeleton would be left. More sediment would settle on top of it until it would be completely buried. We didn’t completely bury our fossils though! Over millions of years the sediment turns to rock. Water seeps down through the shell or skeleton and gradually dissolves it away leaving a mould (a hole that is exactly the same shape). Water seeps into the mould and minerals from it build up inside. After millions of years a fossil is formed that is exactly the same shape as the shell or skeleton that once made the mould. One day the rock may come to the surface of the earth, perhaps because of a rock fall or because wind and rain have eroded the rock around it. Humans may then find the fossil just as Mary Anning did!
Today the children came to school in their painted Pudsey t-shirts and paid £1 to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you for all your donations.
As part of parliament week the children in Year 3/4 took part in an assembly and debating workshop. We answered the following questions.
During the assembly we found out all about the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Monarch and how new laws are passed. We found out how members of parliament are elected in each constituency. We took part in a drama workshop and debated a new law as they would in the House of Commons. One half of the class acted as the government, the other half as the opposition and we elected a speaker to control the debate.