Year 3 were lucky enough to be invited to view the Cyril Diver exhibition at Studland Study Centre, and to undertake some fieldwork looking for plants that were recorded by him at Studland 80 years ago. There were fascinating photos and specimens of insects to look at, and microscopes, too, for close-ups of moss, moths’ wings and beetles’ legs.
Read more about the Cyril Diver Project at Studland.
After a whole year, Year 3 made it to Brownsea Island. It was good British Summer Weather – windy and damp – but we had a great day, including red squirrels, peacocks, hens and chicks, cricket, lots of walking.
perfect weather for a boat trip
The Minpins were here
peahen and chick
settling down for lunch
before the peacocks came!
We are year 3!
On Thursday 18 June we held a special celebration Mass in the school hall, with our first communion children dressed in their special outfits from their first communion at St Edward’s on the previous Sunday. We were joined by parents and other parishioners.
Year 3 had a super day at the National Trust Study Centre at Studland. We collected leaves from around the study centre and defined their shape and features using the scientific terms. Then we ranged farther from the centre, collecting even more leaves to add to our impressive posters. After lunch (in the shade – it was hot and sunny by now!) we walked through the dunes to the beach and made sand sculptures of Jurassic Coast creatures. Mr Mauro found a barrel jellyfish which had been blown onshore by the wind.
organising our collections
inside the discovery centre
hazel leaves are ovate
oak leaves in order of size
oak leaves and caption
after the first collection
adding leaves from further afield
Well done to the boys from year 3 who were runners up in this competition.
On Friday years 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed an afternoon of poetry. Year 4 performed versions of The Jabberwocky and year 5 performed poems they had written inspired by a picture of a magic bed!
Children from year 3 & 4 had a brilliant day at the Tank Museum on 21st May. There is a write-up and more pictures on the Purbeck School website. Thank you to the Purbeck School for arranging and funding this trip.
on the way in
in the Anderson shelter
Twenty children from years 3 & 4 had a brilliant morning at the Purbeck School taking part in a Tri-Golf competition. There were different games requiring putting or chipping skills. Our teams scored very respectable totals of 360 and 390, but sadly there were not enough to get us through to the Dorset Games finals.
Year 3 were very lucky to have a visit from palaeontologist Simon from Swanage Youth Hostel. They found out how fossils were formed, which fossils can be found on the Jurassic Coast, and enjoyed examining and drawing fossils, designing dinosaurs and making plaster casts of ammonites.
ammonite casts hardening
observation and drawing
Plasticene ammonite imprints ready for casting
examining Jurassic Coast fossils
How a fossil is formed
Last Wednesday Year 4 took part in the Swanage Primary Swimming Gala at the Swanage Bay View Pool. There were teams from the four primary schools competing. The children took it in turns to swim back stroke, breast stroke and free-style. There were also two relay races. Oliver and Thomas from year 3 helped make up the numbers to our year 4 team which consisted of;
Paris, Helena, Heidi, Maddie, Thomas and Sebastian.
The children worked very hard and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Overall we came 2nd place! Well done St. Mary’s!
Year 4 swimming team.