Congratulations to this weeks stars! The key stage 2 children were all awarded stars of the week this week because of their fantastic effort in the school production! Ardderchog!!
We have had a fantastic day in Year 3 taking part in lots of different Pudsey activities. Thank you for your support and donations!!
The Year 3 and 4 children had a visit today from P.C Parry and P.C Hinds to learn all about internet safety. They now know how to be S.M.A.R.T online. Safety – never give out personal information and always make a strong password. Meeting – tell an adult if anyone ever asks to meet you. Accepting – don’t accept friend requests or messages from people you don’t know. Reliable – people online have the ability to lie about who they are. Tell – if something makes you sad you must tell an adult straight away. The children participated in activities and even sang a song at the end of the session. The children were also told about a safe website they could visit to learn and play games – Schoolbeat.org. Diolch P.C Parry and P.C Hinds!
Today we visited the Egypt Centre to learn about Ancient Egyptians and their way of life. The children were split into two groups for the day but all experienced the same activities. They explored the House of Life where they got to dress up in Egyptian costumes. They also had chance to visit the House of Death where they performed the mummification process. Everyone enjoyed!
After leaving the eggs soaking in the four different liquids over night the children made their observations this afternoon. The vinegar decayed the egg the most by entirely disintegrating the shell leaving us with a squishy egg, the orange juice left a slimy skin all over the shell and the coke and milk had little effect. This led to very interesting discussion and some good ideas for their conclusions. The children then used their tooth brushing skills to clean the eggs again. What an interesting and fun experiment, fantastic work Year 3!!
As part of our ‘Animals and Humans’ science topic, this week we are 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 then 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! We started an experiment this afternoon using hard boiled eggs to act as the teeth – each egg has been placed in a different liquid to see what effect it has (coke, orange juice, vinegar and milk). The eggs will be left in the liquid over night to see what happens to the shell. The children’s predictions were very interesting and tomorrow we will see if they are correct! They also made posters encouraging and promoting tooth brushing! What a busy afternoon!
The children in Year 3 had a fun filled afternoon exploring our outdoor environment today. Our Science topic this term is “Animals and Humans” so today we focussed on food chains. Each child had a clip board where they were able to record all of the different plants, bugs and creatures that they saw. We then came back to class and made food paper chains showing how each living thing was linked together – starting with the producer, then the primary consumer and then the secondary consumer. Gwaith da boys and girls!!
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 86g and this had dropped down to 36g 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!!
Our non fiction writing genre this half term is instructional writing so this morning the children have sequenced the steps needed to make a cup of tea. They then had the opportunity of carrying out the steps to make their own cup of tea. We finished the session by drinking the tea and enjoying a biscuit with it too! Tomorrow they will be writing their instructions thinking about time connectives and bossy verbs. What a fun morning!
We had a fantastic and messy afternoon 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. What a fun afternoon, diolch boys and girls!