Science – Plants

Year 3 have been learning lots about Plants in Science. They started the term by observing our school environment for different plants and trees. Together the children discussed and developed the key language to describe the key parts of both plants and trees. The children learnt that a flowering plant has roots, a stem, leaves and a flower and a tree has roots, a trunk, branches and leaves. While observing the children also learnt that some trees also have fruit on the branches.

The children have developed their knowledge further by thinking about the lifecycle of plants. They sowed their own cress seeds. Year 3 carefully followed the instructions provided to ensure their cress grew, considering the best place to leave their seeds and how much water they might need.

Together the children discussed whether they think cress seeds actually need light, warmth and air to successfully grow. They decided to set up their own investigation to look into whether these factors have an impact. The children placed cress seeds in the fridge, on the radiator to see the impact of the temperature, on the windowsill and under the sink to see the impact of light and being covered and not being covered to see the impact of air. They agreed that to make sure it was a fair test, the cress would be given the same amount of water and would be planted in the same containers.

Thinking about what they know, the children made predictions on which cress they think will grow the most or not grow at all. Below are some of their predictions.

Aaron: “I do not think the cress in the fridge will grow because it is too cold.”

Angela: “I think the cress on the radiator will grow the most because it is the warmest place.”

Fletcher: “I think the cress on the windowsill will grow the most because it gets light during the day and it is dark at night.”

Kai: “I think the cress under the sink will not grow because it will not much light or air.”

Each day the children closely observed the cress to see what affect the different conditions were having on their growth. Here is the cress three days later. Surprisingly the cress in the fridge did not grow at all! It was interesting to see how the colour had changed on the cress that did not have any light.

It’s Another Harvest Festival…

This year, our Harvest performance was much different to the previous years. Year 3, rehearsed and performed two songs beautifully. They were – ‘For the Harvest’ and ‘Down to the Allotment’. Use the password that has been posted on Google Classroom/ Class Dojo and been sent out today to access our virtual Harvest performance. Both me and Mrs Watts were so proud of how the children practised, performed and coped with the new situation.

Throwing and Catching

So far in P.E., Year 3 have been developing their throwing and catching skills, By developing their skills, the children will become better at different throwing and catching sports like netball and basketball.

The children have learnt that to be more accuarate when catching, they should have their hands ready in a ‘W’ position. Once the ball reaches their hands they then need to bring it into their bodies, to secure the catch. #

Year 3 then improved their accuracy through a range of target throwing activities. They have practised and developed their accuracy by aiming both towards a peer and towards a specific target.

Finally, the children have been thinking about ways they can move with the ball. We talked about throwing and catching balls and how players move with the ball in those. In netball, players cannot move with the ball. However, in basketball, the children are able to dribble with the ball. We have developed our dribbling skills by thinking about the dribbling teaching points. These are, push the ball with your fingers, keep the ball slightly infront of your body and keep the ball at waist level.