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Putting our understanding of muscles to the test!

Before their science lessons, Y3 made predictions based on the muscles they thought they would use in their PE lesson. They then completed various activities and recorded their results on the diagram. 

'Would you believe the heart is not a voluntary muscle? This means it beats on it and I can't control it's movement. But, when I exercise I can make my heart beat faster.' - Amy J

Rocks and Soil in the Local Environment


C3 applied their knowledge and understanding of rocks by  identifying the different types of rocks and soils in their local environment. We found statues made out of clay, a roof made out of slate and counters made out of granite.

'Did you know a brick is not a rock because it is man-made and not natural?' - Thomas


'We discovered SFDS's church is made out of two rocks called Slate and Red Sandstone. Red Sandstone is used for the external walls because its very durable and it is impermeable. Slate is used on our school roof and this helps keep out the rain when we are in lessons because it is also impermeable!' - Ayomide

Parts of a plant


After learning about the different parts of a plant, our children have shown their understanding by describing how the male and female parts of a plant work together to accomplish fertilisation.

"We learnt that pollination is when pollen is transferred from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma." Elizabeth, Class 3 



Year 3 have been learning about why animals including humans need to eat food. After learning about the different types of diets, they showed their understanding by sorting a variety of animals based on their diets using a Venn diagram. They then created a fact file about their own chosen animal and researched their diets using secondary research.

"We need to eat food because, unlike plants, we don't make our own and so food is where we get nutrients from to grow strong and healthy." George, Class 1 

Balanced Diet


Using their understanding of the food groups and the food pyramid, Year 3 created a healthy meal that included a variety of foods and then used their knowledge to give reasons why they chose the food for their meals. 



"I made sure that I used healthy foods that are colourful and nutritious. The foods I chose will provide me with the most nutrients to help me grow strong and healthy." Brooke, Class 1