Birds Birds Birds: Investigating Living Things in Year 3

The Wilson Year 3 class have gone

We spent Term 2 learning about and pondering God’s marvellous creations. During Term 2 in Science, we learnt that living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. We discovered how animals are classified into different groups. We learnt the differences between invertebrates and vertebrates. We then looked at the five main groups of vertebrates: mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

As a class we were interested to find out more about birds. We had so many questions:

‘What makes a bird, a bird?’

‘How do birds fly?’

‘Why do birds make nests?’

‘Why do bird beaks look different?’

We made birds out of plasticine; we designed and tested our own bird beaks; we collaged Australian bird pictures; we looked at feathers and learnt to draw our own. The Kindy class were hatching chicks from U Can Hatch Us and we were able to go and visit and see a chick hatch out of an egg – check out the time lapse video of one of the chicks hatching:

One afternoon we tried out some beaks for ourselves! We visited seven different stations, each with a different type of beak and food. We discovered that the different beaks served different purposes. The long, thin skinny beak of a hummingbird was more suited to the sweet nectar from a flower. The deep, scoop-like bill of a pelican was designed by our amazing Heavenly Father so that it could scoop up water and fish as the pelican flew down. The water can then drain away leaving the fish ready to be gobbled up.

Our task was to then create our own bird beak that could pick up three different types of ‘worms’, which were, in fact, three different types of noodles. We had lots of fun designing, creating and testing out our bird beaks.

‘Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow and reap and store in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than the birds?’ Matthew 6:26

We are truly amazed at how indescribable God is! He has created all that we can see and all that we cannot see. He created each and every one of us unique and He cares and provides for us. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about His creation and in particular birds, we wish to continue to learn more, to delight in His handiworks and to bring him glory in all that we do.


  1. ann crittenden, High School art teacher

    Hello Year 3 Class and your teachers,
    I just wanted to say how impressed I was with your bird collages as displayed at the Arts Exhibition for the Arts Festival week.
    Collage is a very difficult medium and you achieved amazing results! I could see how much you have learned about birds from all your activities. Keep up the good work!
    All the best,
    Mrs Crittenden, Art Teacher

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