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Monday - Science - WALT: conduct an experiment to discover what a plant needs for growth


This week we are going to be continuing our work learning about plants. Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about the different features of plants and what their functions are.


This week we are going to be thinking about what a plant needs in order for it to grow.


All plants need these seven things to grow: room to grow, the right temperature, light, water, air, nutrients, and time.


Room to grow. 


All plants like to have room to grow. The above ground portions of the plant need space so leaves can expand and carry out the job of making food. Roots also need room to grow. Plants growing in small spaces will have their roots crowded, and that results in smaller amounts of growth.




Most plants like temperatures that most humans like. Some may like warmer temperatures while others may prefer cooler temperatures for best growth. It is always good to know where plants come from so you can make them feel at home. Most plants like to have cooler temperatures at night and don't like to be in a drafty spot.




Plants grown indoors like bright light. Windows facing the south or west have the best light. Try to place the plants close to the window to take advantage of all the light. The further away from the window, the darker it becomes. A plant will tell you when it isn't getting enough light, because its stems will be thin and it will lean toward the light. If you don't have a bright window, try using grow lights. Remember to have the light about six inches above the plants and leave it on for 14-16 hours each day.




Water is important in the plant's ability to make and move nutrients. Without water or with too much water, a plant dies. For this reason, watering is an important part of plant care. Most plants like to be watered when the soil is slightly dry to the touch. When watering, moisten the soil by using enough water so that it starts to come out of the hole in the bottom of the container. (This is why it is important to use containers with drainage holes.) How often you water depends on a lot of things. Plant size, time of the year, and type of plant are a few. Your best guide, though, is to feel the soil. If you stick your finger one inch into the soil and it is dry, then water your plant.




Plants use carbon dioxide in the air and return oxygen. Smoke, gases, and other air pollutants can damage plants.




Most of the nutrients that a plant needs are dissolved in water and then taken up by the plant through its roots. Fertilizers will help to keep the soil supplied with nutrients a plant needs. Don't apply too much too often. Fertilizer won't solve all of your plant problems, so make sure your plants have good light, good soil, and good drainage. The three most important nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.


Nitrogen is used for above ground growth. This is what gives plants a dark green color. Phosphorous helps plant cell division. It aids in flower and seed production and in the development of a strong root system. Potassium helps fight off disease and provides for strong stems.




It takes time to grow and care for plants. Some plants require more time to grow than others. Getting plants to flower or fruit at a certain time can be challenging. Plants that normally grow outdoors need a certain number of days to flower or fruit. You can time plants to flower or fruit on a certain date. This is a good lesson in both plant science and math.


During todays lesson we are going to be conducting an experiment to see if a plant really does need the above 7 things in order to grow.


If you would like to follow along with the experiment too you will need the following:


  1. Cress Seeds
  2. Kitchen Roll / Cotton Wool / Soil
  3. Plant Pots / Petri Dishes
  4. Water


We are going to put our cress seeds into the kitchen roll in our plant pots and we are going to put our seeds in a variety of different environments in order to see how they grow.


We are going to put our cress seeds in the following locations:


  1. Year 3's classroom cupboard
  2. Year 3's windowsill
  3. The tables outside of Year 3's classroom
  4. The Year 3 Playground
  5. The School Field


We are going to put water in our cress seeds and over the week we will be checking to see how our seeds have grown.


What do you think will happen? Where do you think our seeds will grow best?


If you are unable to carry out the experiment, I would like you to copy the information above in order to understand the different things that a plant needs in order to grow.

Tuesday - Music - Dudley Performing Arts


Hello Year 3, 


You might remember that at school we were having a Vocal music lesson once a week. To keep them going our vocal teacher Miss Ashman has created some short films that you can watch and join in with. 


All you need to do is click on the links below in the order you see them, and the lesson will appear.


Before you start watching get yourselves ready, ask your parents or siblings to sing a few notes and you are ready to go!  There will be another set of films next week and you can use the films more than once – in fact, the more the better.


Introduction - Miss Ashman




Vocal Warm Up - Matt




Funky Warm Up - Mrs Watson



Body Warm up - Rubber Chicken - Mrs Watson




Vocal Warm Up - The Witch Doctor (Oo, Ee, Oo, A, A) - Miss Ashman




Bella Mama - Miss Ashman


Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kw228oIUBM


Part Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGjEckSPL-s


Part Three A (Upper Harmony): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvbjj-af4Cw

Part Three B (Middle Harmony): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxbvFnjCToQ

Part Three C (Lower Harmony): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KqEGvZYF1Y


Part Four (Fully Harmony): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-9JDCiicLQ


Part Five (Full Run Through): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_W1D5i1uY 


Chim Chiminey - Miss Ashman


Full Song (From Disney's Mary Poppins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG6O4N3wxf8


Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHTlk4LQ71s&t=136s


Part Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HWg7UmGGSo


Part Three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToGAXvsdfms


Part Four: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygyq7BiU4K4&list=PL3eTyY68iYYjNjBcNJEYemhzuBa6axsx-&index=104

Wednesday - Art - WALT: explore the style of Vincent Van Gogh by sketching an item we have observed


During this weeks Art lesson we are going to be continuing our work learning about the art style of Vincent Van Gogh.


So far we have looked at different facts about Van Gogh as well as looking at his art style. During todays lesson we are going to be exploring Van Gogh's drawing style.


Although Van Gogh is mainly recognized for his vibrant use of color, his drawings are exceptional because his representation of figures, light and landscape can be appreciated in their own right without the color to distract the eye. 


Your task for today is to pick an object in your house and sketch it in the style of Van Gogh.


Look at the different images below to be able to get a look at Van Gogh's drawing style and see if you can see anything around you that you would be able to sketch.

Thursday - Computing - WALT: understand how we can ensure our safety online by creating an E-Safety poster


This week we are having a focus on E Safety and what we need to consider in order to keep ourselves safe whilst online. Watch the video clip and think how you would react in that situation, what actions would you take and how you can prevent events like this from happening. Once you have considered these questions I would like you to design your own E Safety poster, video, PowerPoint that could be used in school

Online Gaming Dangers

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