This week’s learning in Year 3
TastED learning in STEM
This week, Year 3s had a scrummy STEM session, tasting a range of fruit and vegetables! As they chomped on carrots, broccoli, celery, radishes, and exotic pomegranate and tropical mangoes, we discussed (not with our mouths full, obviously!) the aroma, texture and taste of each sample. Those who didn’t want to taste used their senses of sight and smell to engage instead. We learned that some vegetables are roots, some are flowers, some are stems and some are leaves; all of which are edible! Two additional amazing facts we learned are that tomatoes are actually a fruit and that approximately 75% of our sense of taste is in fact down to our sense of smell! (Read more about this insight here)
Geography – World Biomes
The children are really enjoying this half-term’s focus on world biomes. We have learned to name the different main classifications (ice, tundra, coniferous forest (taiga), deciduous forest, rainforest, grassland, savanna and desert – hot and cold). Next, we will be looking at the different biomes in more detail, with a specific focus on the structure of the tropical rainforest (see links below). We have also considered why scientists and geographers may not all agree on how many biomes there actually are on Earth.
If any parents have a professional interest in such aspects of our planet’s environment and would be willing to offer Year 3 children a 20 minute Teams presentation with Q&A session for 10 minutes late this term, please do let us know!
This week’s Learning Links
English – online Boggle (which we regularly use at the start of the day!)
Guided Reading – we are reading Journey to the River Sea – Chapter 3 by Eva Ibbotson
Maths – a whole selection of puzzles to develop logic for mathematical problem solving
Geography – World Biomes for Kids
With thanks for your on-going partnership
Year 3 Team