Year 3 Food for Thought

Year 3 have been learning about the digestive system in Science. We have been discussing and understanding what happens to the food we eat – from mouth to large intestines (mouth, tongue, various types of teeth, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, liver, small intestines and larges intestines). Our learning led to lengthy discussions about what is healthy and what is not, as well as designing a well-balanced dietary plan for the week. The meaning of you are what you eat was beginning to dawn on their 7/8 year old minds.

The topic also lent itself to learning how we can best look after our teeth – a topical subject for a Year 3 boy whose milk teeth are beginning to fall out (cue tooth fairy). We discussed the benefits of good dental hygiene: toothbrush, mouthwash, dental floss and regular visits to the much loved dentist! Convincing a Year 3 boy to voluntarily lower his sugar intake is not trivial but after learning about the detrimental effects of a poor diet on our teeth all were agreed that a healthy diet was a must.

Here, 3S can be seen drawing around each other in order to draw and label the digestive system. As you can see, some of the boys got carried away labelling the skeletal and muscular systems in anticipation for the upcoming topic. Well done Year 3, let the learning continue!