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!
We had a special visit today from paramedics Steff and Tash, along with their ambulance. In PSE this term we have been learning about first aid and the DR ABC method and are so lucky to have had this opportunity this afternoon. The session was so informative and the children thoroughly enjoyed having their stats read and being able to explore inside the ambulance. The children had lots of questions to ask and each of them was answered in detail. A huge thank you, I’m sure the children will remember this session for a long time!
What an exciting and informative session the children have had this morning meeting the wonderful animals from A & S Encounters. They had the opportunity to meet a baby tortoise, Poppy the Azara Aguti, Honey the Ring Tailed Coatimundi, Biscuit the Bearcat and Pako the Parrot. The children throughly enjoyed touching the animals and they learned lots of new facts too. They particularly enjoyed when Biscuit walked over their laps! This session fitted in perfectly with our current topic ‘Rainforests’ and the children will use this experience to create a fact book next week. A huge thank you again to A & S Encounters.
Following on from our lesson about what makes us special to our families, today we looked at our friendships. Each child had their own plate which was passed around the classroom for everyone to write down one positive word about that person. They agreed that these friendship plates would be so good to read if they were having a sad day – to help bring their smile back. Definitely an afternoon full of love on such a sunny day.