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Enriching experiences

Light Workshop with Mr B

 

This week, the year 3 children have had an exciting visit from Mr B and were able to get involved in a workshop all about light. The children discussed key vocabulary such as light, dark and light sources. Then they observed the different uses of light and how they have changed time.

 

The children even got to make their own thaumatropes, which are optical toys, that were popular in the 19th century!

Rocks and Fossil Workshop with Mr B

 

Year 3 were overjoyed to get involved with an online zoom workshop with Mr B. Pupils were fortunate enough to explore a variety of rocks, fossils and minerals which were part of Mr B's own exclusive collection.

 

We observed Mr B use a range of scientific equipment including using scientific glasses to zoom in and explore a range of minerals and also use a microscope which allowed us to take a closer look at the different parts of a rock and look inside different fossils.

 

 

“I can't believe Mr B had his own collection of fossils and minerals in his home! Next time I go to the beach, I'm going to go fossil hunting and try to find my own fossils - just like Mary Anning”  Isla, Class 3 

 

"Would you believe there are fossils of dinosaur poop on planet Earth? Well, there are and they are called Coprolites and Mr B even held it in his hand. I could not believe my eyes." Luis, Class 3

Working Scientifically: observing over time

 

With much excitement, Year 3 have embarked on their journey as botanists and begun their study of plants. The children have all now applied their knowledge of the differing parts of a flowering plant and have experienced planting their own tomato seeds. These seeds were observed over a period of time and the children witnessed the process of a germinating seed!

 

'I predicted the tomato seed which was planted in soil and received light and water would grow much better when compared to the tomato seed which was planted in sand! We worked scientifically by observing and investigating the growth of each seed, every day. My prediction was correct! The tomato plant that received light, water and was planted in soil was actually the first to shoot up.' - Harley

Rocks Workshop with Mr B

 

This week, Year 3 enjoyed participating in an exciting ‘rocks’ workshop with Mr. B to start our new science topic. We were lucky enough to explore a range of rocks, including different fossils and minerals which Mr B had brought in to share with us.

 

In groups, we explored a range of boxes which contained different rocks, fossils and minerals. We were able to weigh a range of fossils and count the number of sharks’ teeth in a box of sand. We were also able to use a range of scientific equipment including using scientific glasses to zoom in and explore a range of minerals and also use a microscope which allowed us to take a closer look at the different parts of a rock and look inside different fossils. We also grouped a range of fossils depending on their type. A very exciting start to our new science topic!

 

“It was fascinating to learn about how fossils are formed and actually touching fossils that were over 100 million years old!”  Ava, Class 3 

Birds of Prey Workshop

 

Wow! What a day! Our children took part in a fascinating, informative science workshop all about Birds of Prey. The workshop was delivered by the Welsh Birds of Prey centre. During the session, the children learnt lots of information about the habitats, diets and features of the different birds. This linked with many of our Science topics including classification. As our children were so enthralled and well behaved, some children were actually chosen to hold the Eurasian Eagle owl! 

 

 

"To be able to see the birds of prey up close was very interesting. I learnt some amazing facts about these wonderful animals. Did you know that the Eurasian Eagle owl can have a wing span of up to 6 feet?" Eva, Class 1 

 

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