The girls and boys will have to learn their multiplication tables each night for homework starting this week with x2. The children are told to focus on accuracy over speed- worry about being able to answer them correctly first and then we can focus being able to answer them fast.

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Ray Byrne brought in a virtual reality head set for the class to try out. The boys and girls enjoyed archery, squirting water guns and popping water balloons in a virtual reality.

Last week Paul Cullen came into the classroom to tell us about working as a scientist. We learned about the different jobs a scientist may have from making super glue for race cars to investigating plane crashes.

Third class thoroughly enjoyed both visits and we really appreciate Ray and Paul’s effort in providing such fun and interesting experiences for us.

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Firstly, the children are testing their estimating skills with the estimation jar. The children have to estimate how much of a certain object is in the jar. The child with the closest estimate then fills the jar for the next day.

Next the children engaged with a science experiment which involved them trying to solve the mystery of Humpty Dumpty’s fall. They had to eliminate themselves as suspects by taking their finger prints and by measuring their footprint.

Then we found a note in the bin. Chromatography was used on the ink on the note and after the children had to complete chromatography using water and coffee filter paper on different brands of markers to see which brand was used to write the note.

We then compared the chromatography of the markers to the chromatography of the marker used to write the note to see who pushed Humpty Dumpty. We concluded that it was suspect C.

Also the class completed a variety of mini experiments:

Gummy Bear Osmosis

Mixing an acid with an alkali

Making a paper clip float.

Finally, we learned different facts about hyperdontia and cats.

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First of all in science the groups were set a challenge to build a tall tower using only raw spaghetti and marshmallows. Some groups tried a wide base, others tried to use a triangular base while another groups tried to mash the marshmallows to make cement. The girls and boys worked very well together and made five different towers.

In maths on Fridays the class will practice their problem solving skills at different stations. They will spend two stations working with different teachers trying to solve word problems, two stations playing with games that include a variety of brain teasers and one station playing maths games on the iPad. Last Friday was our first day of problem solving stations and the children really enjoyed it and solved some very difficult problems.

Finally, the class will have a problem of the week to work on every single week – this week’s one is yet to be solved.

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