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!!
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!
The Year 3’s have enjoyed taking part in a variety of Pudsey themed activities today. They learned about how money raised goes to help children across the UK in lots of different ways – they also came up with some fantastic ideas of their own of how they could raise money for children in need! Da iawn boys and girls.
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!
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!
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!
This afternoon, the children had the opportunity to use the Lego WeDo kits. It’s a fantastic tool which enables children to learn by constructing their own models and bringing them to life. WeDo also helps teach the children how technology can play an active and informative role in their learning. What a fun and exciting way to develop the children’s communication, collaboration and team-building skills. Well done Year 3!
Today, we read the story “Have you filled a bucket today?” by Carol McCloud. It is a beautiful book which encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love. The idea is that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel GREAT but when our bucket is empty we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own at the same time!
After reading the book, we came up with some of our own ideas of how we could be bucket fillers. The children suggested lots of lovely ideas such as telling someone they look nice today, giving someone a smile and telling someone you like their work. We have all decided that we will try to fill a bucket everyday and we have even signed a pledge in class to promise to do our best every day at home, in school and everywhere we go.
I think we are going to love being bucket fillers in Year 3!
The Year 3 children have had a wonderful first day in juniors. We have all enjoyed getting to know each other and are looking forward to finding out more about the Year 3 classroom and routine. It was lovely to see how happy and confident the children were throughout the day. Well done boys and girls, you have all been awesome!
For Design and Technology this term the children have been busy creating Poison Dart Frog beanbags! They have all thoroughly enjoyed this project from start to finish! They designed their frogs, wrote detailed instructions about how they were going to make them, made them and then evaluated them. I have been amazed at the children’s sewing skills and the care and attention to detail they all had when making them. Ardderchog boys and girls!