Author Archives: Amy Bennett

Year 3 Tooth Decay Investigation

As part of our science topic this half term, we have been learning about our teeth. The children are now teeth experts and know the names of each type of tooth as well as what their “job” is. We also spent some time talking about how important it is to brush our teeth and why we need to do it every day. We found out what happens to our teeth if they don’t get cleaned – the build-up of plaque reacts with the sugars in food to create an acid that attacks the teeth!

Last week, we conducted an experiment using hard boiled eggs to act as the teeth – each egg was placed in a different liquid (coke, orange juice, vinegar, black current squash, milk and water) and left for a week to see if it had any effect on the shell.

This week we have started our observations of the eggs. We were all quite shocked at the results! The vinegar decayed the egg the most by entirely disintegrating the shell leaving us with a squishy egg, the coke cracked and discoloured the egg quite badly,  the orange juice left a slimy skin all over the shell, the squash stained and cracked the shell and the milk and water had little effect. This led to very interesting discussion and some good ideas for their conclusions. What an interesting and fun experiment, fantastic work Year 3!!

Year 3 Stadium Visit

What a fantastic time the Year 3’s had visiting the Liberty Stadium today.  In the morning, the children took part in a healthy eating workshop where they found out lots of important information about different food groups and what types of food professional rugby players eat to keep themselves fit and healthy. After listening carefully to the information,  they were challenged to make their own healthy sandwich. They had lots of different ingredients to chose from but they had to pick really carefully to ensure their sandwich had the correct proportion of carbohydrate, protein, dairy and fat as outlined on the ‘Eat Well’ plate. What a brilliant effort boys and girls, your sandwiches looked amazing! I hope you enjoyed eating them.

In the afternoon, the children were given a tour of the stadium. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience and loved having the opportunity to see what it was like to be in the shoes of a professional rugby player, even if it was just for a day!

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We Are The Healthy Heroes!

Hi, I’m Holly Meyrick and I’m in Year 6. I’m part of the Health and well-being pupil voice group. Today, we voted on a new name for our group. We had lots of great suggestions. We all voted on our favourite and the winning name was ‘Healthy Heroes!’ We love our new team name. This morning, we had three tasks to discuss – they were anti bullying week, UNCRC Day and Red Caps. We came up with lots of great ideas which we will share with you soon.

The Mummified Tomatoes!

What an interesting afternoon we’ve had in Year 3! After being covered in salt for the last two weeks, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 93g and this had dropped down to 42g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!

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Team Health & Well-Being and Rights Respecting

This morning, our pupil voice group for Health & Well-Being and Rights Respecting had their first meeting. We talked about the aims of our group and how we could go about creating a happy, safe and caring environment in our school. The children couldn’t wait to share their ideas and suggestions and are looking forward to beginning work on these when we meet next week. Well done boys and girls – what a fantastic an enthusiastic start to this pupil voice group.

Yummy Mummy Biscuits in Year 3

This half term, our non-fiction writing genre is instructional writing, so this week I thought it would be a great idea to see how well the children could follow instructions in order to make an Egyptian Mummy biscuit. They all did an awesome job and they looked fantastic! After making the biscuits, the children wrote their own instructions explaining the steps needed to make and decorate an Egyptian Mummy biscuit. They made sure they included all of the features we have been learning about, such as bossy verbs and time connectives. What a fantastic effort by all of the children – I hope your biscuits tasted as good as they looked! Well done boys and girls!

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Year 3 Egyptian Embalmers!

What a fantastic, messy afternoon we’ve had in Year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian Embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. The children then had lots of fun stuffing their tomatoes with a salt and bicarbonate of soda mixture. The tomatoes were then placed in a container where they were again covered in the salt mixture. The tomatoes will stay in this state for 2 weeks where we will then compare the weight and make further observations. Da iawn boys and girls!

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