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On Monday Owls had a school trip to Tewkesbury. In the morning, we got out on the river on Bell Boats. It was the first time for some of our year 3's andsome of us were a bit nervous but soon got the hang of it. We paddled downstream to start with and enjoyed going under the arched bridge. It was interesting to see the site of the great floods of 2007 we had learnt about in class. Once we had started to get used to the boats, we went through the lock and downstream a little further until we got to where the River Avon meets the River Severn (the confluence!). It was hard work paddling upstream to the Mythe Bridge but we got there eventually and then enjoyed a short race back downstream. 

Once we had finished, we made the long, hot walk up to Tewkesbury Abbey. We enjoyed a lovely picnic in the grounds before heading inside. It was huge! We located lots of the features of a church we have studied in class, such as the font, pulpit and lots of stained glass windows, where we found lots of scenes which we recognised. 

It was a very hot but really enjoyable day and we are now all looking forward to the Bell Boating Regatta in July. 

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Last week, Owls constructed their own Tudor houses by applying our Maths and DT skills. First, we talked through what a Tudor house may have looked like, noting that there are some examples right next to our school!  

We then looked at how 3D shapes are constructed through the drawing of a net and then the children had a go at drawing their own. We constructed the houses by making three 3D shapes; two cuboids and a triangular prism. The upper level of the house was larger than the lower level which historians believe may have been because ground space was limited and expensive!

The children finished off by decorating their houses, trying to recreate the traditional wattle and daub design. 

It was a tricky project and very fiddly at times but the end result was fantastic and they have all contributed to a fantastic looking display. 

Owls have been looking at states of matter this week and thinking about whether matter is a solid, liquid or gas. We also looked at how matter can change its state and were able to give examples from our own experiences of solids turning to liquid (melting) and liquids turning to solid (freezing). It was harder to think of liquids turning to gas and gas to liquid but this was demonstrated with a kettle where we saw the water turn to steam (liquid - to gas - evaporation) also noticed that when the steam hit a cold surface and turn back to water (gas to liquid - condensing). Next, we will be thinking about how this happens to give us rain!

Owls are really focussing on editing and improving our work at the moment. As part of this, we have set up marking partners within the class. The idea is that the children take a look at each others work and read through it together to try and look for any areas which need improving. We have talked about how all of us; teachers, pupils and even published authors, can make mistakes and so it is vital to really check through our writing. The children came up with some really good ideas to support each other and helped us all to improve.  

Owls have, once again, really enjoyed our recent forest school trips. During the past two sessions we have been busy wittling sticks, ready for using them to cook marshmallows on the fire this Friday. 

There has also been lots of other exciting outdoor learning going on, including looking for signs of spring and den building!

A huge thanks to all parents who have volunteered to help. 

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