This week in humanities, Year 3 mummified a tomato! Yes, a tomato! We first got rid of the guts by squeezing the tomato gently – they would normally place the inners in canopic jars. After, we washed the gutted tomato. The ancient Egyptians used a special embalming recipe to stop microbes growing. We used antibacterial liquid inside and out on our tomato. Then, added an equal amount of bicarbonate of soda a salt were placed in a pot ready for our mummified tomato. We filled the inners with the mixture and placed them in the pots and sealed it. We also placed another gutted tomato in another pot but without the mixture. We will now wait a couple of weeks to see if our mummification process has worked by comparing both pots.
This week, we made detailed observations of a variety of leaves identifying similarities and differences between them. We also labelled the individual parts of the leaves and explained their function. For example, midrib, veins and the petiole. They found out that the midrib rubs rights down the middle of the leaf, all the other veins are attached to it. The veins transport the nutrients through the leaf and to the plant.
This week in maths year 3 have been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and enjoyed the challenge of building their own 3D structures with Playdough and toothpicks. After lots of determination and perseverance we created, triangular prisms, cubes, cuboids, square based pyramids and triangular based pyramids.
The children have been learning all about pneumatic systems and what everyday objects use a pneumatic system to work. They have been spending time planning their moving monster and deciding how they will make certain parts of their monster to move. Then, this week year 3 have been busy adding the final touches to their pneumatic moving monster.
This week in year 3 the children continued to learn more about how different types of rocks are formed and we used Starburst (yes Starburst!) sweets to explore how these rocks are formed. First, for sedimentary rocks the children had to create layers and then step on them to compact those layers together. Then, to mimic how igneous rocks are formed these were heated up slightly to show how magma is a liquid and once cooled forms a solid. The last rock to learn about was the metamorphic rock which is formed under intense heat and pressure, and you can see from the image it turned completely into liquid.
This week we have had an exciting introduction to our new topic ‘Rocks and Soils’ where the children have used their investigation skills to explore the properties of different types of rocks. Then they transferred these skills into their virtual workshops on Friday held by GeoBus where they learnt more information about how rocks are formed and all about the rock cycle. After that they looked at how fossils are formed and learnt the names of some well-known fossils.
This term in Humanities, year 3 have been learning about The Windrush. How the Windrush generation helped to develop England after World War II and the richness of their culture that they bought with them from the Caribbean.
As part of The Windrush, and in light of it being Black History Month, we incorporated knowledge and understanding of the contributions that black people have made to society throughout the years. To celebrate this history, we created artwork that has been inspired by Black inventors.
Garrot Morgan- Invented the Traffic Lights
Judy W. Reed- Invented the Rolling Pin
Phillip Downing- Invented the Post box
George Speck- Creator of the Potato chips
Lewis Howard Latimer- Invented the light bulb filament