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December 7, 2014
by Mrs F
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Real life classification

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The Year 3 classes had the most exciting lesson ever! (Well there was lots of happy noise and intense concentration going on!) They conducted an investigation to find out what animals live in the leaf litter within the schoolyard. We collected leaf litter from three different areas and then went on an animal hunt searching through the leaves and dirt to see what we could find, draw it and classify it from it’s observable features. We discovered there are lots of insects in leaf litter as well as crustaceans (slaters), annelids (worms), myriapods (millipedes) and arachnids (spiders).

November 22, 2014
by Mrs F
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Classifying at last!

IMG_1649 IMG_1650 IMG_1654The Year 3 students were really excited to use a branching key to classify animals. We found out that an octopus is a mollusc, worms are annelids, spiders are arachnids and slaters are crustaceans. The Year 3s are all keen to be taxonomists when they leave school!

November 14, 2014
by Mrs F
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Animal features

Any legs?

Any legs?

Yes or No?

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The Year 3 students used a T Chart to identify different features to group animals. They discovered that using  more than one feature allows for better classification of animals.

November 6, 2014
by Mrs F
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Artists at work – all in the name of science!

Well the Year 3 students are turning into botanical scientists. As part of their biology unit they drew scientific drawings of plants, labelling and including measurements in their extremely detailed drawings. Have a look at some of their drawings and be amazed, these are done by 8 & 9 year old students.

October 26, 2014
by Mrs F
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Animal or Plant

 

Sorting the 'living cards'

Sorting the ‘living cards’

 

Working out "What features help us to classify a living thing as an animal?"

Working out “What features help us to classify a living thing as an animal?”

Animals and Plants are living things but what makes them different? The Year 3 classes sorted ‘living cards’ into animal and plant groups. Then we found what was common to each group. We decided a living thing was an animal if it needed food for energy and could independently move. We had lots of discussion about whether a Venus Fly Trap was a plant or an animal but finally decided it was a plant because it can’t independently move. 

October 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Living or Non-living

This week the Year 3s investigated the characteristics of living things and non-living things. We had lots of wonderful homework brought in with students taking pictures on their iPads to present to the class. Using a table to tick off the features of living things we came to the conclusion that for something to be classed as living it:

  • needed water
  • grew
  • moved
  • reproduced

August 5, 2014
by Mrs F
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Shadow Play

Year 3 students had fun with their shadows this week. Firstly they used a drawing to show where they thought their shadow would be against a wall. Then we went outside and the sun shone on command as we explored questions such as “Can you make your shadow smaller or larger?” Can you change the direction of your shadow?” Can you touch your shadow’s head?” We also thought about where our shadow would be when the class walked out to the buses at the end of the day. When we returned to class students redrew their shadow on the wall recognising the learning they had gained from ‘playing with shadows’.
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July 30, 2014
by Mrs F
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Why do the moon and sun look similar in size to us?

The Yr 3 classes conducted a demonstration to explain why the moon and sun look to be similar sizes in our sky, despite the fact that we know the sun is much larger. One student was the earth and stayed in one place, the second student held a tennis ball as the ‘moon’, the third student held a much larger ball as the ‘sun’. The third student moved away from the ‘earth’ and ‘moon’ until the ‘sun’ ball looked to be the same size as the ‘moon’ ball. After this demonstration students concluded that the further the distance something is from the observer the smaller it looks. So the sun is A LOT further away from the earth than the moon.

Size of moon and sun

July 20, 2014
by Mrs F
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Night and Day

We began the new topic in Year 3 by looking at photos from night and day and observing the differences. We then drew our beginning understandings of how night happened. There were lots of different understandings about what was happening to cause night time.

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June 18, 2014
by Mrs F
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Cooking time

The Year 3s finished off their science unit ‘Melting Moments’ by creating some yummy treats in the school kitchen. We melted, mixed and froze Mars Bars icypole s and Choc Top biscuits.

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