This half term we would be learning about the lives and discoveries of Famous Scientists and I think it is also a good opportunity to review what we have learnt in Year 3. I will add the links to the Scientist or a new Famous Scientist each week. I will also set a quiz on a topic we have done this year and provide some sample answers a week later.
George Washington Carver was extremely important in the development of agriculture. There is more information and there are activities about him and his work on the link below:
Mary Anning was a collector of fossils on the Dorset close which she sold to make money for her family after her father had died. The work on Year 3 on rocks, soils and fossils has brought her name and achievements to a much wider audience. Find out all about her by clicking the link below.
This week we are thinking about light and in particular the inventors of the incandescent light bulb. The English inventor we are focussing on is Sir Joseph Swan who publicly demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb and created the first house in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs. There are also activities about Thomas Edison who is more generally thought to be the inventor of the electric light bulb. Their stories show how patenting your novel invention is important and also how teamwork can lead to greater success.
This week we are thinking about magnets and how they work. Our Scientist of the Week is William Gilbert who studied magnets back in 1600.
Week 5 - Nutrition
I have broken this last Year 3 topic down into 3 parts because it combined Nutrition, Skeletons and Muscles. This week I would like us to think about Nutrition and instead of a Famous Scientist I will suggest some cooking activities for you.
Week 6 - Skeletons
This week we are thinking about skeletons and bones. They are important parts of our body and there are lots of names to know. We have familiar names that we use such as the skull and more scientific names like cranium. This week there are different fun activities to explore.
Week 7 - Muscles
In this final week we are remembering the work we did on muscles. They are important to help us move and also to help us push and pull things. There are 3 types of muscles - smooth, cardiac and skeletal.
Skeletal muscles that can be contracted to make parts of our body move. One of the pair of muscles most people know are the biceps and the triceps. As one contracts and the muscle gets shorter the other extends and gets longer. If you put your hands on your arm above your elbow you can feel your muscles move. We can control how our skeletal muscles work using our brains.
Smooth muscles are found around our arteries to help with blood flow and in our digestive system to help food and faeces pass through. Although controlled by the brain, we cannot make these muscles work by thinking about it.
Cardiac muscle is part of the heart and contracts and relaxes without us being aware of it.