It has been such a beautiful, sunny week! This week we have really explored our class text, Nen and the Lonely Fisherman. We have been reading the text together and thinking about how to read with expression to engage the listener. We have also been explroing the feelings of the characters by writing diary entries from the view of the character at different parts of the story.
In maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract values of money. We can recognise different coins and notes and use partitioning and number lines to calculate.
We are learning about animals in our science lesson next week! Habitats and ecosystems! We will be exploring the behaviours of different species, their habitats, food chains and food webs. The children could do some research before our lessons if they wanted, perhaps looking at the habitats of their favourite, wild animal. Habitats of Animals | Ecosystems | DK Find Out
As summer seems to have arrived, the children are getting quite warm on the playground. Please send the children in with a bottle of water each day, this means we can ensure they drink enough to cope with the heat.
THE POOL IS OPEN! This means we should be swimming on Tuesday, please remember your swimmers and towels!
Have a lovely weekend!
What a wonderful start to the last half term of Year 3!
This week we have explored our new class text, Nen and the Lonely Fishermen. Using clues we made predictions about the text before reading the book. We were right in some cases! We will be learning this text to recite in our Rainbow Day assembly!
In maths, we have completed another unit on fractions and the children have shown such a good understanding of how to find fractions of amounts. Finding two thirds of 21 is quite tricky but...not for Oak class.
We began our new Geography unit by exploring the water cycle and how earth's water is used and where it is! We realised that some will be solid, some liquid and some in gas form.
Today,we had the most amazing trip to Meeth Quarry .We paddled in canoes and played canoe polo before jumping into the cool water! We then paddled our way across the water on one, GIANT paddleboard! I am beyond proud of each and every member of Year 3 (including our adult helpers, Chloe, Mr Dray and Mrs Armstrong!). It was a day I will never forget, thank you for being such brilliantly behaved, fun children.
Have a lovely weekend!
What a beautiful week we have had in Oak class! Our week started with finishing our newspaper articles focused on the events of 79AD. Mt Vesuvius spewed toxic ash over the city of Pompeii, burying it for centuries. We have also explored Greek philosophy, we shared our ideas as to what some interesting quotes may mean and thought about how they may relate to our own lives. We have also had Woodland School today! We used nature to create images of our favourite animals! We saw bats, cats, stick insects and more!
Next week we will finish our newspaper unit by writing an article on either the discovery of a new dinosaur in China or the current situation in Italy, regarding the tragic floods. We have researched information and details of what has happened and will use the skills we have gained over this unit to write our independent pieces!
Our Spellings this week are:
Have a lovely weekend!
It has been a fun week exploring Pompeii, the lost city and fractions!
We have been sequencing the story of Escape From Pompeii and thinking about how it must have felt for those people as they felt the rumble of Vesuvius across the city. We have used fronted adverbials to explore the setting, imagining ourselves at the scene. The sound of ash falling amongst the rushing footsteps of the citizens as they run for cover. Next week, we will begin to explore features of a newspaper and think about how we can report the the eruption of Vesuvius as a newspaper reporter.
In Maths, we are going to explore mass and capacity! Year 3 Mass and Capacity - YouTube This might help give you an idea of the styles of questions we may explore! Well done to those children using TTRS, I can really see a difference in your recall of tables!
Our spellings this week are:
Have a lovely, long weekend!
What a lovely week back at school! It was great to see the children after the holiday, they have grown so tall!
This week, we began exploring Ancient Greece and found that the land ruled back then is different to the land that we know as Greece today. We learnt that Greece was ruled differently in each city state and we thought about the benefits and the negative sides to this system.
We also planned our investigation into how plants grow, carefully thinking about our independent and control variables. We plan to see how light impacts the speed of growth in plants by growing some plants in a cupboard, some next to the window and some in a more shaded area of the classroom. We will predict and sow our seeds next week!
This week's spellings are:
It was great to see the reading records this week, so much reading is happening! Just a reminder that 3x a week, reading the school reading book is what we recommended and set as our class expectation.
I look forward to next week where we will continue with our English unit, exploring the text Escape From Pompeii! The children created brilliant collages of Mt Vesuvius this week. These have gone home, so please check their bags to see their volcano!
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!
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.
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:
What a half term it has been! It has been super busy and incredibly fun! We have explored ancient China, myths and multiples along with how sound is created. We have built guitars, written our own quest tales and learnt some Mandarin along the way!
Today we finished our Shang Dynasty projects and presented our learning to our peers, we created interactive posters and fact files to share!
Next half term we will begin our Geography unit of Mountains, Earthquakes and Volcanoes as well as our new science unit of Forces!
Use these links to explore either before or during our unit!
Mountain Facts | How Are Mountains Formed | DK Find Out
Volcano Facts | Volcanoes for Kids | DK Find Out
Earthquake Facts | Earthquakes for Kids | DK Find Out
What is a Force | Forces for Kids | DK Find Out
Some of the children have been working incredibly hard on their reading and TTRS home learning. It has made an incredible difference in their recall of tables and reading speed. Using TTRS at home a few times a week can really help the children learn those trickier tables. We have focused on 3, 4 and 8 this half term.
The children will continue to get spellings after half term, we check our learning on a Friday morning. This week the children have explored the ‘ch’ group of letters that makes the ‘sh’ sound, as in machine, chalet and chef.
Have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
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