Earlier in the week, Year 3 were having lots of fun experimenting with different types of rocks. We observed the rocks carefully and tested them in several ways to to compare the rocks properties. We used lots of new, tricky scientific language including permeable, impermeable and density. Before the experiment, we made predictions about which rocks would float (low density) and which would sink (high density.)
In science, Year 3 have been learning about the pollination process. To model this, we used cheese puffs to act as a our “pollen.” Our busy “bees” went from one white flower to the next to try and get the juicy nectar. The “bees” put their hands in cups of cheese puffs each time, covering their fingers with the fake pollen. When they went to the next flower, the orange “pollen” was transferred, staining our paper flowers. This was to show how insects/bees transport pollen from plant to plant, resulting in fertilisation.
As part of our plants topic, Year 3 have been learning about the different parts of a flower. Flowers are very complex and we had to learn lots of new, scientific vocabulary including: stamen (anther and filament); carpel (stigma, style and ovary) and the sepal. To understand this better, we dissected our own flowers, carefully categorising each of the different parts.
After months of waiting due to lockdown, Year 3 have finally started creating their final product for their textiles D.T project. Our task was to design and create our own money container/purse. First we looked at existing products, evaluating the products while considering who their target audiences might be. Then we designed our own purses. To do this, we had to decide what fastening we would use and how we would make our products appealing to the target market. Next we made paper templates for our purses before finally starting to create our final pieces using sewing techniques to join materials. Y3 have made an excellent start to their purses and will finish these off over the next couple of weeks.
In science, we have been learning about the water transportation process in plants. When it rains/someone waters a plant, the roots absorb the water. This is then sucked up through the stem and transported to the leaves where it finally evaporates. Y3 have decided to test this process with an experiment! We added food colouring to some water before adding white flowers/celery. In theory, the coloured water should be transported to the flower, altering the colour of the petals. Results to follow!
On entering school this morning, children in Year 3 were shocked and amazed by what they found in the Y3 classroom. Tables were overturned, books were scattered on the floor and most surprising of all, a mysterious, mythical creature had decided to make its nest in the classroom. Using our inference skills, we deduced that the gigantic, golden egg might belong to a dragon. Newspaper reports to follow- watch this space!
Children in Y3 (both at home and in school) have been investigating the effect that different liquids have on our teeth. To do this, we used egg shells to represent the teeth and placed these in plastic cups filled with a variety of different liquids. We left the eggs to soak for a week before closely observing and comparing the egg shells! It’s safe to say we will all be thinking twice before drinking sugary drinks and will make sure that we clean our teeth regularly to protect them. Before carrying out our experiment, we considered how we could ensure that it would be a fair test and also made our own predictions about what would happen.
The Masked Reader
To celebrate World Book Day, we want our children to film themselves reading an extract from their favourite book in disguise. On Monday 8th March, when all of our children return to school- yeah! We will show the recordings in class. Can children guess the person behind the mask? What are they reading? We hope that this activity will be lots of fun for everyone.
Mrs Teale and Mr Frelich (our English Leaders), are delivering collective worship on Monday 1st March. In this assembly, they will tell you all about World Book Day and answer any questions that you may have.
-On Thursday 4th March, key worker children can come to school dressed in their disguise and record their masked read with the support of their teaching assistant.
-All masked readings need to be sent to the class teacher through Class Dojo – before Monday 8th March.
-Recordings to be no longer than 30 seconds.
World Book Tokens
Click on this link to open your World Book Token:
• The £1 book token can be exchanged for an exclusive, new £1 books (see the full line-up below) OR for getting £1 off any book or audiobook costing £2.99 or more in participating bookshops and supermarkets.
• The book token is valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. Participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last. Please contact your local bookseller to check if they are able to offer £1 off other titles.
• The book token can be printed out and taken to your local bookseller. Booksellers such as Sainsbury’s and Asda are unable to accept the voucher on a phone or tablet screen. For all other booksellers, please check before you visit.
• The book token can ONLY be used in participating bookshops (find your nearest at booksellers.org.uk/wbd)
• The digital £1 book token cannot be redeemed online.
• The digital £1 book token is intended for SINGLE-USE ONLY
£1 Books: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/