Birds of Prey Visit
Today we had an amazing visit from the UK Owl and Raptor Display team. For 90 minutes we were treated to Liam and Daniel telling us all about the owls. To our delight, throughout the whole demonstration, they had the various owls constantly flying over our heads.
We learned that…
All birds of prey catch food with their feet unlike other birds which hunt/eat with their beaks.
Owls are silent in flight.
As the birds flew over our heads, we could feel the air currents.
When they flew they swooped down then up.
All owls have one ear on the top of their head, one to side of their cheek.
Owls aren’t just nocturnal; they are diurnal and crepuscular too.
They made a lot of squawking sounds.
They had really large eyes, beaks and talons.
Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees but they can see 360 degrees because their eyes stick out a bit.
Birds of prey have no sense of smell, apart from vultures.
Female owls are usually 1/3 larger than males as they need to defend their nests while dad hunts.
Only 1 owl species makes a twit-twoo sound.
Smaller owls grow faster and bigger owls grow more slowly.
Owls in the order we saw them:
The boobook owl we saw is called Bindy and she is 2 years old. Boobook owls live in the woods in Australia. They eat lots of different animals: mice, worms, insects, particularly flying insects. We saw it catch one in the air with its feet. They perch on lampposts and eat the moths attracted to the light. To show her flying skills, Bindy flew between two trees (Eva and Isabella).
The barn owl we saw is called Sky and she is 4 years old. Barn owls live in the wild in the UK and nest in barns. Barn owls have a heart-shaped head. They catch mice using their keen hearing. In fact, barn owls can hear a mouse’s heartbeat a long way off (at the other end of the hall). They can probably fly 30 miles an hour but really use the sense of surprise to attack, rather than speed. Barn Owls are found on every continent apart from the arctic regions.
Owlfee/Owlfina is an Indian Rock Owl. They are native to India and nest on the ground. He, Owlfee, turned out to be a she when she laid an egg. She is 4 years old and in the wild would live up to 15 years. They have huge eyes which take up 70% of the space in their skull. Therefore, they have small pea brains. They come out at dawn and dusk to hunt.
The biggest owl we saw was huge. It is a Verreaux owl. It is the 3rd largest owl in the world! Coffee, the name of the owl, weighs about 3.5 pounds, is 3 years old and comes from Africa. He has a wing span of 6 ft, which was very impressive flying over our heads! Verreaux owls are unusual in that they have eyelids. Their eyelids are milky coloured which is why they are often called the Milky Owl. The males' eyelids turn a milky pink when trying to attract a mate. In Africa, they are also known as the Giant Owl or Vicious Owl. They catch their prey with huge talons. Believe it or not, their prey is as large as eagles, rabbits, small antelope and baboons! They have very strong huge feet and giant eyes to see at night. They are nocturnal.
We were treated to seeing two baby owls on their first outing. Bam and Boo are baby Asian Brown Wood Owls, just 5 weeks old. They will be fully grown by 10 weeks. In the wild they leave the nest at 12-13 weeks to fend for themselves. They have large eyes, but poor eyesight. They can’t see up close, but can a long way away. Their eyes are like a pair of binoculars. They live in the woods. We saw them bobbing their heads (as they learn to identify where sound is coming from) and moving their feet (to learn how to balance on the glove). They are not yet flying. As fledglings they are learning to balance, climb, jump around and try out their wings on very short flights. For their first year they will keep bushy feathers on their heads. They nest in bamboo, hence their names.
Lastly, we saw Dizzy Rascal and Tiny Temper, two burrowing owls. They were tiny (just 133 grams), but are now full grown. By 7 weeks they were full grown. They live underground in disused prairie dog burrows in the Americas. What clever birds they are! Often they will hide in a prairie dog burrow and make a hissing sound like a rattle snake to scare away the resident prairie dogs. Upon taking up occupation, they collect dung and leave it just outside of their burrows to attract insects which they then eat. They have long legs and can run fast to catch insects. We thought they looked like salsa dancers when they ran. Lucky for us, Dizzy Rascal coughed up an owl pellet filled with undigested bones, nails, fur and grass.
Ancient Greek Day
The Missing Chapter
While reading Robert Swindells' book Ice Palace, we realised it was missing a chapter telling about what happened to Jack after he was taken by Starjik. To develop our vocabulary, sentence structure, use of punctuation and 5 part story structure (opening, build up, problem, resolution and closing), we have used Talk For Writing to verbalise the missing chapter.
Have a go. Can you tell the missing chapter using Talk For Writing? What can you add to it to make it your own story of Jack's perils. Possibly some direct speech?
Would you live next to a volcano?
Take the Year 3 challenge. Can you read this persuasive text using Talk For Writing?
Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing
Amazing Year 3 Authors!
In Year 3 we use a lot of Talk for Writing to give the children a scaffold upon which to construct their own writing. Can you retell the story using our Talk for Writing story map?
Stone Age Artisans at Work
(with what else but stone!)
3RH took to the walls of the school today to create our cave paintings-using pigment from stones of course! Then there was our tool and weapon making so they we could hunt/eat and fell trees. Can you spot the difference between the spearheads and axes? Guess what they were made of? Yep. Stone! Adding a bit of pizzazz to stone, our necklaces are being made from stone and teeth. Can you spot the difference? Watch this space for all finished products.
Talk for Writing
Have a go at retelling this story using our story map.
"The Best Day" -- So Far!
I can't count how many times today the children announced that this was 'THE BEST DAY EVER!'. Funny enough, the parent helpers felt the same way. Scroll through the photos to see why. ;)
Year 3 are incredibly grateful to Pizza Express for the opportunity to make pizzas in their restaurant, learn about the ingredients and take a tour of the facilities. We even got to go in the walk-in freezer! Brrr!
Looking at the photos, can you tell an adult all of the instructions to make the perfect pizza?
Here are our very enthusiastic Year 3 investigators learning about where different foods come from and whether they are fresh or processed. We decided that since we didn't see any chickens or pigs in the aisles that the cooked chicken breasts and sausages must be processed, never mind the tuna!
The children in Year 3 are working to make a very large character from our book this term. Can you guess who it is?
Mud Pie Mess!
What better way to learn about following instructions than to read a mud pie recipe. Here are our expert chefs in action in the Forest School. One child had the foresight to add a Top Tip to the instructions. Do NOT eat!
After learning about foods from round the world (fancy deep fried tarantula or raw blood soup?) and learning about the health benefits of a balanced diet, we decided to make our own crazy fruit clay models combining 2-4 of our favourite fruits. Can you tell what our fruit combinations might be by looking at the shapes and textures?
Forest School - We are Builders!
3RH built bug hotels today and will be building fencing for our new eco-zones and permanent dens.
Last term, we looked at the topic of Light in Science. This included creating and exploring shadows;exploring where light comes from and experiencing light and sound in the Science dome.
Welcome to Year 3!
We met a real life archaeologist today!
Andrew from the Kent archaeological society shared with us all of his exciting archaeological finds.
Using the objects we had brought in from home we made a timeline.
The children had some exciting questions to ask Andrew sharing their new understanding and knowledge of our Stone Age topic with him!
Here we are exploring and digging in our forest school just like archaeologists!
This term we are exploring the Stone Age and following the tribal tales of Ug,the Stone Age genius.
Come back soon to see what we will be up to.
Coming soon ....
Here is a snapshot of our terrific topic last term. We thoroughly enjoyed getting our hands messy and our taste buds tingling!