Year 3 Science Week 2018

On 12th March 2018, Dr Francis launched science week at Toftwood Junior school! We were ready for a jam packed fun week of science!

We began our year 3 science topic ‘Rocks and Fossils’ this week and have looked at the three different types of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We also discussed natural and man-made rocks and in groups decided what category the rocks went in! We then looked at some rock samples and using a key, worked out what they were! We had a lovely time doing this even if gneiss and granite looked really similar. To finish our week off we started looking at fossils! We learnt about the difference between bones and fossils and that there are 3 different types of fossils (trace, body and chemical fossils), what there are and how they are made! We then learnt about and ordered the way in which a body fossil is made!

On Wednesday we had some visitors from Neatherd High School to complete an experiment with us. We learnt about chromatography and looked at how to separate colours in ink. We used different felt tip pens to see which colour had the most colours inside it! We first put a dot of our chosen felt tip pen on chromatography paper, we then dipped the paper in some water, making sure not to dip the ink in! We watched as the water travelled up the paper and separated out all the colours! We enjoyed comparing our results and discussing them with each other – we were amazed at the pinks, yellows and blues which came out of the black ink!

On Friday we had another visitor come in to teach us all about oral health. We learnt about how much hidden sugar was in drinks (13 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ strawberry yoghurt drink!). We also found out how bacteria can build up in our mouths between brushing and how to look after our teeth – we were all left desperate to clean our teeth after the session!

Year 3 Geography Visitor

Thursday 15th March 2018

On Thursday 15th March 2018, Year 3 had a visitor from the Norfolk Record Office come talk to us about maps, land use and the local area.

We first looked at maps of the local area. We saw how Dereham and Toftwood had changed over the years and explored the changes to the school site! It was interesting to see Toftwood Infant and Junior schools suddenly appear on the maps!

We then spoke about land use in the local area. We built on our previous learning of rural and urban land use and learnt about arable land (land used for growing crops) and pasture land (land used for grazing animals). We then explored a tithe map of East Dereham from 1838. The tithe map was a record of who owned land and told us about people used the land too! Using data given to us from our visitor, we then compared the data with the map and colour coded what land was used for what use! We learnt that East Dereham was mostly arable crop land in 1838!

Year 3 Stone Age Day

On Wednesday 7th March, Year 3 have spent the day learning about the Stone Age period as part of our topic ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’. We spent the day wearing different Stone Age costumes and had lots of exciting activities to help us learn more about Stone Age life!

We have been looking at cave paintings from different caves found all over Europe, such as the Cave of Altermira, Lascaux Cave and the Magura Cave. We noticed many of the paintings were of animals and hunters. We talked about how this would have been important to the people who painted them, for food and clothes. We learnt about how people in the Stone Age made paint from natural resources such as minerals and plants.  We really enjoyed using different materials, such as charcoal and soft pastels, to create our own cave paintings.

We had an exciting visit from Cambridge Archaeology Learning Foundation who brought us different artefacts to look at and explore. We looked at a chest of drawers with different objects in each drawer, to help us understand what could be found in different layers of soil. We were then given a box per table of different items from the past for us to look through and decide what they were used for. These items included: human bones, seeds, flints, wool and jewellery.

We also enjoyed cooking ‘rock cakes’ in our classes. We all tried one and shared our opinion. Whilst the opinion was divided for some children, the majority of us found them yummy!

STEM Day 02.02.2018

We have had a lovely day today exploring many new things about plants. We have been using different ways to record how a plant is pollinated, creating our own models of a leaf cell up close and recording and interpreting data from information given to us!

To make a model of a leaf cell, we looked at lots of different pictures of leaves up close. To begin with, we could not work out what they were! Some of us thought they looked like a donut, a cactus or even a wormhole in space! We were all surprised when we found out what they were! To make our models we used a range of materials, including art straws, masking tape, tissue and crepe paper as well as lots of other things we found and thought of along the way! They all look amazing!

Using data given to us about the growth of a bean, we also drew bar charts to show the how much the bean grew over 9 weeks. We explored how plot our data on a graph and then used this to answer questions.

We used technology to create a video to explain the process of pollination. We created different props for this video and used different plant vocabulary. Some of us used these props to become parts of a plant for this video whilst others directed it! Some of us even began to type this up as well.

Year 3 Autumn 1 2017 – Egyptians

This half term Year 3 have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. We have written some brilliant adventure stories about our character exploring the tombs in Egypt and decided what problem they would face whilst there. Thankfully, we all thought of some really creative ways to resolve the problem!

As part of our science work this half term we looked at mummifying a tomato.

We looked at the instructions for how to mummify a tomato and spoke about each step. They all made a prediction about what would happen to their tomato once it had been left for a week. Most of us thought that the tomato would go mouldy after a week.

We chopped the top of the tomato and spooned the ‘brains’ out. After that, we washed the inside and outside of the tomato before covering it in natron.

A week later, we uncovered the tomato and discovered that they had gone wrinkly and hard… but not mouldy! This was because the salt, in the natron, had absorbed the water.

We all enjoyed finishing off the half term wearing our Egyptian costumes!

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