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.
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.
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.
Over the past few weeks we have explored an alternative traditional tale and have read and performed some of Aesop’s fables. We enjoyed writing our own story ending to Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip and have developed our use of inverted commas to mark speech in our writing and have extended our sentences using coordinating conjunctions.
We have been hard working to develop our understanding of place value in numbers up to 1000, have ordered and compared 3-digit numbers and counted in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 50 and 100. We are now using this understanding to add and subtract 3-digit numbers.
This week in maths we have been learning how to draw and interpret pictograms. Our homework this week is to gather data by asking our family and friends to choose which is their favourite Christmas carol and then using this data to create our own pictogram.
In English we have been finding out all about reindeer and then using our notes to create an informative leaflet.
We have also welcomed Mrs V Hughes to Y3DH and have been enjoying getting to know one another.
Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations. The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.
This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths. We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular. The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.
We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed. When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters. A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words. The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!
The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!
During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’ We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’ The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story. They came up with many interesting ideas!
This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value. We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column. Our homework this week reflects this work. We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit. In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.
Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!
We have enjoyed a number of different activities over the past two weeks. Our Enterprise project on sports day was an enormous success, raising an amazing £164.00. The children had fun cooking and decorating shortbread biscuits as well as making fruit kebabs. The whole year group took part in advertising our products during the Infant Sports Day, resulting in a complete sell out. We would like to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who helped us achieve such a brilliant result.
Other English activities have be led by our class book, The Abominables. We have read on to find the Yetis travelling to England and have taken the opportunity to link their adventures to written work on newspaper reports, as the journey of five Yetis inevitably brings adventure!
In maths the children have been busy revising the written methods we have learnt this year and have been completing our end of year assessments. It has been interesting to look back through their books to see the journey they have made through the year, and the different methods they now feel confident to use when solving problems.
Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks.
We’ve been busy looking at our new book study ‘The Abominables’ in English and revising our number and place value work in maths.
However, the Year 3 Pirate Camp has to be one of the highlights, with the children taking part in a range of pirate tasks. The evening activities included flag designing, boat floating, clay coin making and treasure collecting. Mrs Woodman and Mrs Smith kindly led us through a campfire singing session, with some very catchy tunes that the children are still singing in class today! After the children had some sleep, they cleared out their tents and enjoyed a sausage sandwich or three for breakfast.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and then pack down all of the tents, meaning the year 3’s could carry on with more pirate activities in the morning.
If a pirate sleepover wasn’t enough excitement, we were very lucky to have Mr Watson join us the following Friday morning for a special science experiment. Take a look at this video to see the end result:
Lolly stick explosion!
If you have some lollypop sticks and a lot of patience, then do try it at home!