March 31st, 2023
Spring term has come to an end, what a busy and exciting time we have had! We have explored ancient China, volcanoes, earthquakes and mountains as well as forces and sound!
Next term, we will be exploring ancient Greece! This unit will provide pupils with a knowledge and understanding of how Ancient Greece was organised and some of the key cultural achievements, including the work of some of the most prominent Greek philosophers of the time. Pupils will also learn about significant events including the Peloponnesian War and the differences between Athens and Sparta. The unit concludes with a focus on Alexander the Great, his conquests and the legacy he left behind.
Vocabulary: democracy, monarchy, tyranny, Olympia, Athens, Crete, Sparta, trade, empire, philosopher, invasion, myths, oligarchies, civilisation, vote
In Science, we will explore plants and how they grow. We will identify what they need to grow as well as how they adapt to their surroundings. We will investigate the parts of a plant and draw scientific diagrams to help us understand how they are structured.
In English, we will be focusing on non-fiction and exploring writing in the style of a newspaper article to inform the reader of an event. Perhaps explore some suitable newspaper articles and identify some key features, headings and the layout would be a great place to start.
We will continue to explore fractions in maths. Fractions can be quite difficult to grasp at first and so taking a look through here may help with any questions that pop up. Fractions in Year 3 (age 7–8) - Oxford Owl for Home
Thank you for your support this term, I look forward to seeing the children when we return after the holidays.
What a rainy week we have had!
It has been a busy one, here in Oak class. We have been learning to calculate the perimeter of a shape, this has allowed us to se lots of prior learning! We have used conversion of lengths, from cm to m and cm to mm as well as using our knowledge of column method for addition and subtraction. We have explored how perimeter may help us in everyday situations!
In English, we have focused on drafting our invention of the text 'Until I Met Dudley'. This has been incredible fun! Some of us have explored creative ways as to how a Nintendo Switch might work or how an iPad may work. Did you know that tiny people live in your phone and tap away in microscopic typewriters as you type your message to your friends? Amazing! We have used parenthesis to add extra detail, trying to use humour to entertain the reader as we go!
In Science, we have explored gravity and how gravity was discovered, we know that the force acting on an object can be measured in Newtons, named after Isaac Newton!
Our spellings this week are:
Have a lovely week!
March 17th, 2023
Although it has been a shorter week, we have been super busy with our writing! We have planned our text by following the model of ‘Inside a Toaster…’ from our class text ‘Until I met Dudley’. We have been writing about what we think happens inside a clock to make it work. Perhaps there are two, microscopic mice with tiny hammers tapping away to make the ticking sound, who knows?!
In maths we have been exploring adding and subtracting lengths which has tested us with our column method and place value knowledge. We have had to apply skills acquired from earlier in the year and apply them to our new learning!
We have also had a wonderful time in Art exploring water colours and how to use them. In Science, we have explored forces and what forces are. What is a Force | Forces for Kids | DK Find Out Take a look here to find out some more information!
Our spellings this week:
Have a lovely weekend.
March 03rd, 2023
What a week! It has been a wonderful week in Oak class. We have explored new maths units, investigated how toasters really work and had a dive into the world of books.
Can you dig through planet earth? We discovered why this is not possible by exploring the layers that build our planet. By making our own small earth, we found that there are four main layers that make up the inside of our blue planet. Next week we will investigate how fold mountains are made and create pop-up books in our Geography books, using paper to construct a working model of a fold mountain being created!
In guided reading we will be reading the text, The Pebble in my Pocket. This text will help us explore descriptive language and how the author really engages the reader with their vocabulary choices.
We will also continue our measurement unit, we are learning to measure in cm and mm and convert between the two. Our tables really help with this! The children are doing well with their tables, TTRS is a great tool so please continue with this at home!
On Wednesday, we dressed up as our favourite characters from our favourite books, what a wonderful day we had! The children looked incredible, thank you for your hard work with this. We enjoyed exploring our characters by writing character profiles and designing book covers for our favourite texts!
Today we had fun in Woodland school! We used nature to build our own portraits. Using twigs, moss, leaves and anything else we could find to create our faces!
This week’s spellings are:
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