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
Over the next half term, year 3 will be following the IPC unit of Chocolate! This unit gives the children a chance to learn lots about chocolate. They will find out where cacao trees are found, how to make their own chocolate, how to design a wrapper for a chocolate bar, who first discovered chocolate, what fair trade chocolate is, about the ingredients used in chocolate plus much more. To end this unit, year 3 will be visiting The Chocolate Museum to consolidate their learning. On this trip, the children will be tasting a variety of chocolate as well as making their own chocolate from scratch to bring home.