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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, the Polar Bear class will be following the IPC unit of Paintings, Pictures and Photographs. This unit gives the children a chance to learn about visual representation. They will find out about how artists use different materials and techniques for their work, how symbols are used to represent sounds, how light, dark and shadows can be created, how symbols are used on maps and plans, how visual images are used to help influence out thinking, about the materials and techniques used in the past, about natural landscapes across the world and the issues that threaten them.

In Art, we will be finding out about:

  • How artists use different materials and techniques for their work
  • The reasons why different artwork is produced
  • How photographers select, use and display their work
  • How to appreciate and interpret the work of others.

 In Geography,

we will be finding out about:

  • How symbols are used on maps and plans
  • How maps, plans and globes can be used
  • How the world can be recorded in aerial photos and satellite images

 In History, we will be finding out about:

  • Some materials and techniques used by people in the past
  • How photographs and portraits help us find out about the past