Biodiversity Talk in 3rd Class
As part of science week, David Fallon visited Ms Leonard's 3rd class and gave a talk to the children about biodiversity. Here is what the children had to say about his visit:
Etain's dad, David Fallon, came into our classroom today to talk to us about the bog. He taught us that a bog starts with a lake and that overtime sphagnum moss grows there and eventually forms peat. The bog is made up of water, grass and peat. The bog is so soft that things can sink in it. He showed us a picture of a crane that had sunk. The bog is 90% water. He said that people are destroying bogs in lots of ways such as by planting trees in the bog or by removing all of the peat.
Over thousands of years the sphagnum moss turns into peat/turf. He brought in some sphagnum moss. The moss had lots of clean water in it. The water started dripping when Ruth squeezed it. We all got a chance to squeeze the moss later in the day. It contained a lot of water! Sphagnum moss sucks in carbon dioxide during the day and lets out oxygen at night. That's one of the reasons why our bogs are so important. Our air wouldn't be as clean without the bogs.He also showed us lots of pictures. One of the pictures was of him holding a little lobster. There are lots of animals and plants living on the bog such as badgers and many types of insects. Some birds lay their eggs on the bog and the bog provides camouflage.
We learned a lot about bogs. It was very interesting. All thanks to Etain's Dad, David!
Recap by Merlin, AJ, Dean and Amy
Skeleton Talk in 3rd Class
A big thank you to Ashish's mother Padma, who came in to speak with our 3rd classes about the skeleton as part of science week. She is a physiotherapist and was able to tell the children a lot of interesting facts about our bones. Here are some of the facts the children learned:
- We have a sternum bone that looks like a tie and some of our ribs connect to it.
- We have 64 bones in our arm.
- There are 206 bones in our bodies.
- Babies have more bones than adults have.
- Our jaw bone is the only bone in our skull that moves.
- Some people are born with double joints.
- The smallest bone in our body is called the stirrup and it's in our ear.
- Our shoulder is a ball and socket joint, while our elbows have hinge joints.
- When we breathe, our ribs move.
It was very informative and interesting. Thank you Padma!
Maths Week in 3rd Class
The boys and girls in Ms. Leonard's 3rd class have been enjoying Maths Week activities. They had the chance to engage in different activities at various stations in the room.
One group attempted to solve tangram puzzles. This was trickier than it looked! Another group worked in pairs to answer questions based on the clock and show their answers on a large clock mat on the floor. We also had an iPad station where the children completed maths activities on Manga High. Finally, we had a data group, where children designed their own surveys for the class and showed the data they collected on a scaled bar chart.
The children in 3rd class went to the library on Tuesday, 2nd October to learn about upcycling. They had the opportunity to make origami animals and flowers out of pages from old books. They had a great time! Many of our 3rd class children are on the Green Team and are currently helping with litter and waste management in the school. They learned a lot about upcycling and recycling and have many ideas about how waste in our school can be reduced by upcycling it.