Year 3 - Polar Bear class
We are the polar bear class! The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–700 kg, while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Although it is the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. Their scientific name means "maritime bear" and derives from this fact. Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals.
IPC and STEM
This half term, year 3 are studying the IPC unit active Planet. This unit gives the children a chance to learn about earthquakes and volcanoes. They will find out about how the Earth is formed, about Pompeii, about hot and cold colours, what makes buildings strong, how to use different sequences of movement to show the story of volcanoes, about legends associated with volcanoes, what happens when a volcano erupts, about international organisations that work after natural disasters and how to use instruments to make sound pictures.