It’s been a short first week back but we have still been busy in Year 3!
A highlight of the week has been our RE day on Wednesday, led my Matt from Southampton City Mission. The children explored the topic of ‘Temptation and Making Choices’ through stories, games and even blog writing!
In maths we have been consolidating our addition and subtraction skills, using the expanded column method.
In English we have started reading a new text: ‘The Whisperer’ by Nick Butterworth. We’ve been developing our use of adverbs, prepositions and direct speech as we have been re-telling parts of this story.
In English we have started to read our new class book, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo. After making some predictions about what this book might be about, we met the main character, a vain, selfish china rabbit called Edward. Will he continue to be so interested in his own appearance? Or will he learn to love others? We will be exploring his feelings and characteristics more as his journey continues…
Year 3 have been learning a new method for adding 3-digit numbers together: The Expanded Column Method! To save any confusion over numbers, we expand the 3-digit numbers into the hundreds, ten and ones (like a stretched out elastic band!), before adding them back together again (pinging the elastic band back to its original shape!) The squares in our maths book have been very useful for keeping our place value columns neat.
Take a look at the example of how this works below.
In maths we have been doing lots of measuring! Last week we were measuring using money, and have asked the children to review their learning in this week’s homework task. This week we were measuring mass in grams and kilograms. So any baking going on this weekend, the children should be able to accurately assist in weighing ingredients!
The children have been enjoying our new project: Swords, Dragons and Heroes. They have been working hard on creating characters, settings and a plot for their own version of ‘George and the Dragon’. They are looking forward to finishing their drafts next week and then publishing their legends, ready to share with fun partners.
As this is the first blog of the year, we’d like to remind the children to practice their spellings and times tables regularly, and continue to read as often as possible, including reading aloud. We look forward to seeing you again at our ‘Let’s Learn Together’ meeting on Wednesday 6th February. This is an opportunity to discuss ways to support and enjoy reading with your child.
These past two weeks have been very busy. The Bikeability course ran for both classes, and in between, we were finding out more about the Ancient Greeks, creating our own Greek monster face masks and finishing our moving mouth hand puppets.
Whilst all this was going on in one class, the other class were writing a recount from a flying toad’s perspective!
(ask your child about the picture book ‘Tuesday’).
In maths, we have been completing our unit on fractions, concentrating on percentages – converting fractions into percentages, and finding percentages of amounts in a variety of contexts.
We will be enjoying the Christmas traditions of Carols around the Tree next Friday, and on Thursday we have our Christmas party. Your child has brought home their invitation. I am sure it will be a fun filled afternoon.
Merry Christmas from all the Year 6 team.
This week in maths we have been collecting and presenting data in a variety of ways. This work extends to the children’s homework challenge, to survey friends and family about their favourite Christmas carol! We look forward to analysing the data next week.
The festivities have reached our English learning, as we read ‘Dear Father Christmas’ only to find an informative guide about magical sleigh-pulling, ice-cream eating reindeer. We are now working on producing our own information leaflet all about the other reindeer in the world (the non-magical kind!) using headings, subheadings and other non-fiction features.
We want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for your support this term.
Year 3 have been continuing to use our Titanic project to inspire some brilliant writing recently! Last week we were writing persuasive letters. Although we all agreed we wouldn’t want a ticket for the luxurious Titanic (knowing the tragic ending), we did try persuading our grownups to let us go on a modern day equivalent – a trip to space on the Virgin Galactic! This week we were inspired by real life Titanic survivor, Harold Bride, to write a diary as a surviving character. The children did very well, using technical and vivid vocabulary to express their character’s feelings and emotions.
In our maths lessons we have been developing our geometry skills, including our understanding of types of lines (horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular). We also developed our knowledge of the properties of 3D shapes by building some 3D models to count the number of edges, faces and vertices! This week we began our time unit, learning to tell the time using Roman numerals. The children enjoyed spotting the patterns that the Roman numerals follow and pairing the numbers to our Arabic numbers.
Our last 2 weeks have been spent exploring fractions with a focus on pictorial representations to demonstrate our understanding. We started with fraction families and equivalent fractions, moving on to decimal equivalents of tenths and hundredths. Our final area for this visit to the fraction topic is mixed numbers and improper fractions.
We are all enjoying reading The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. Our linked writing this week explored an escape across the rooftops, based upon events in chapter 6 . The children wrote some fantastic descriptive pieces in the first person, working hard to include prepositional phrases, expanded noun phrases and tier 2 vocabulary.
Continuing to take inspiration from James and the Giant Peach, we have been working hard to improve our writing by beginning sentences in different ways by using adverbs, -ing words, -ed words etc (we call this ADDSPICE). In addition, we have engaged well with Roald Dahl’s detailed description in order to infer thoughts and feelings to show our understanding of character.
We have been working hard to develop our multiplication and division skills, using repeated addition and known multiplication facts, grouping and sharing. We have then applied our understanding in order to solve problems.
We have also enjoyed the opportunity to lead the KS2 Harvest Service in church – we hope that you enjoyed it too.
Hi joyous families,
The year 4 children had a glorious time at Minstead. Everyone was amazing and a real credit to you. One member of Minstead staff said his group was the best he’d had for many years (he was a head and still did supply at a school in Southampton). We were all very proud of them. I hope they have been hassling you to buy free range eggs, tidying their rooms and not leaving any food on their plate.
In class we have completed our work on addition and subtraction which has been focusing on mental strategies. In English they have finished their ‘Just So’ stories that we mentioned in the last blog.
Wow – can’t believe it is half term already. Have a lovely time with your delightful children and we look forward to starting a new project with them. THE IRON MAN by Ted Hughes who was a third cousin of Mr Hughes (we used to call him Tin Ted which he found hilarious).
Year 4 team
Year six have been learning more about the Ancient Greeks and Odysseus’ adventures. Using the story as inspiration, we have been writing our own descriptions of gruesome monsters and improving our descriptive writing with SAS sentences – see if your child can give you an example!
In Maths we have been exploring prime numbers, square and cubed numbers with a variety of mind expanding tasks!
In the last two weeks year 6 have performed to the school and parents in no less than three assemblies! We hope you enjoyed them. We are particularly proud of our pastel art depicting Icarus falling from the too-hot sun.
If that wasn’t enough, we also enjoyed two unseasonally warm days in Captain Phillimore’s Woods.
Have a restful weekend ready for another busy week ahead!
Year 6 Team