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W/C 5th March 2018
Year Group Events
Summer Term 2018 'Round Up'
Our topic for the first half of Summer term was the Stone Age. We found this very interesting and to complete our topic we went on a visit to the Chiltern Open Air Museum to see for ourselves how people believe Stone Age people lived.
As you can see, we enjoyed this very much. We took part in multiple workshops including an archaeological dig. We also learnt how to make a fire, create cave paintings out of animal fat and charcoal and cover shelters with animal skin. (We made sure to check out the park too of course).
The second half of our term got off to a fantastic start. We are lucky enough to be taking part in a carnival workshop and creating our own carnival costumes. Each class in the year group has been given their own country to design and create a costume for. We have Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and Mexico! Not only this, we got to present our costumes in our own mini carnival parade at the end of the year! Here are some pictures of the fun we have had so far.
We have also been working very hard this term on our reading skills with our current book ‘The Firework Maker’s daughter’ by Phillip Pullman. We are using all of our reading skills to answer questions about the plot and characters.
Other things we have been doing this term include; mask making, experimenting with sound in science as well as writing our own carnival poems and information texts. We have also enjoyed looking at properties of 3D shapes and even building our own.
Spring Term 2018 'Round Up'
E-Safety Assembly March 2018
Year 3 and 4 had a visit from an e Safety specialist who asked them about the things they are doing online and also the dangers that there can be from using the internet. The children took part in votes to figure out if a website was real or fake to try and get them to think about what makes a website trustworthy. They were also informed that if something doesn’t seem right that they should inform a trusted adult or press the CEOP button which is available on websites to report things.
Tudor Topic Work
Tudor description – By Noor Ul Ain Zulfiqar (King Class)
At the end of the small, narrow path, there was an ancient cottage as small as a chair. It had a wooden door and walls made from dirt and clay. At the top of the house, there was a thatched roof with gaping holes, so the rain dropped down. In the corner of the dark room, there was a tiny staircase and next to the small staircase there was a wooden table which was the proper furniture in the room. Next to the door, there was a fireplace as hot as the burning sun. Next to the fire, there were four windows, but they were not made out of glass, they were just big holes.
In the coldness of the small, cold room, a penniless old woman stood behind the rough wooden table. She was baking carefully a yummy fruit loaf as delicious as a yummy fruit bar. She had a white dress as white as soft snow. She wore a dirty, white headscarf, as dirty as the bud. She was feeling tired because she had done all the cooking.
Click HERE to see some examples of our Tudor Portraits
W/C 25th February 2018
Welcome back! We hope everyone has had a fantastic half term break.
This term the children will be studying a book called Varjak Paw by S.F Said. Our Literacy, Topic and Reading lessons will be linked around this book, and children will take part in many exciting activities to help deepen their understanding of the text.
In numeracy, children will be learning how to measure length in millimetres, centimetres and metres as well as working out the perimeter of regular and irregular 2D and 3D shapes. Towards the end of the term children will learn how to find unit and non-unit fractions of shapes and amounts and learn how tenths are linked to decimals.
This term, the children will also be introduced to a new mindfulness concept called Mind Up. This will allow children to understand more about how their brains work, how we store memories, and what happens to our brains when we experience human emotions. As part of Mind Up, the children will also take part in daily Brain Breaks, which are chances for children to switch their brains off from their busy days and focus on breathing and relaxing for short periods of time.
W/C 8th January 2018
This week was our first full week back at school and we did lots of exciting things whilst working hard. On Tuesday we had a special visit from a local police officer, teaching us all about the importance of road safety.
We have been learning all about Luton because our topic this term is ‘The Hatters’. By the end of this unit we will be writing our own information text all about Luton so we needed to do lots of research! We presented information we found to the rest of the class, improving our knowledge and confidence.
This week, our focus has been multiplication and division. We learnt how to do the formal method for multiplication and have been exploring different ways to divide numbers; such as using place value counters, partitioning and using number lines. This is all in preparation for next week, when we will be using the formal method of division.
This week, we have been looking at an information text all about parrots. We were learning efficient ways to answer questions quickly and accurately from the text, such as being able to skim and scan the text for key words or symbols.
Since our topic is ‘Luton’, we have been exploring Luton on the map within Geography lessons and discovering the meaning of symbols on Ordnance Survey maps. We were even able to find the school as well as our own roads. We have also been keeping active, during our PE lessons we have been practising our basketball skills in preparation to compete in teams against each other.
In literacy this week, we have been learning about the features of information texts, so we understand how we can write our own information text about the Tudors. We wrote sentences using year 3 conjunctions (when, while, before and after) and fronted adverbials that we can include in our information text. Below is an example of an introduction:
This information text will tell you all there is about the Tudors. The Tudors reigned England for 118 years from 1485 – 1603. There were 5 Tudor kings and queens. The most famous Tudor King was Henry VIII because he had six wives.
We have been learning how to add and subtract ones, tens and hundreds mentally this week. We started off by using a number line, but as we became more confident, we were able to visualise the number line in our heads. Here are some examples of the questions we have been working with this week.
374 + 7 =
273 – 8 =
352 + 40 =
723 – 50 =
135 + 300 =
643 – 200 =
We found adding and subtracting tens the most difficult because sometimes the answer went over to the next hundred, or the hundred before.
In topic, we have been learning about Henry VIII’s six wives. Henry VIII wanted a male heir to be king after him. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon didn’t give him a son. Instead they had a daughter, so Henry divorced Catherine. Henry’s next wife, Anne Boleyn, was executed for plotting to kill the king. Jane Seymour was Henry’s third wife and gave him a son, Edward VI, who became king at the age of 9, when Henry died in 1547.
We have learnt in science that it is very important to eat a balanced diet. Foods are split into food groups:
Carbohydrates – potatoes, pasta, rice
Proteins – Meat, fish
Fat – Chocolate, sweets
Vitamins and minerals – Fruit and vegetables
Fibre – grains
We are still continuing with our reading lessons on The Enchanted Wood. We are focusing on vocabulary and using dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words. Please help us apply this at home, by asking us what words mean and helping us either work out what words mean or by using a dictionary.
Encourage us to think about how different characters would feel in the story, asking us to use evidence from the text.
This week has been so busy! In literacy we learnt how to use similes by comparing one object to a similar object, using the words ‘like’ or as’. We then learnt how to add extra detail to our sentences using fronted adverbials. A fronted adverbial has 3 rules.
- They come at the beginning of a sentence (at the front)
- They always have a comma after them.
- They answer 3 questions – When? Where? How?
Now that we can use similes and fronted adverbials, we had to write a setting and character description based on a Tudor setting. I am so glad I did not live in the Tudor times! They didn’t have anything fun (like televisions or and Xbox!) Take a look at one of our descriptions!
In numeracy, we have been ordering 3 digit numbers. It is very similar to year 2 when we ordered 2 digit numbers, but a little more tricky. When ordering 3 digit numbers, you look at the hundreds digit first. If there is more than one number with the same hundreds digit, you then look at the tens column.
475, 868, 135, 845, 162, 646
Can you put these digits in order smallest to largest?
Did you know that in the Tudor days, they didn’t have mobile phones or cameras, so they couldn’t take pictures? Instead, they had artists to draw portraits of the Tudor kings and queens. We decided it would be really fun to have a go at drawing a portrait of our friend. It was so tricky to draw the features of the face accurately, but we tried our best. Have a look at some of our portraits.
In our reading lessons, we have been focusing on unfamiliar vocabulary. We have learnt how to work out what a word means before looking it up in a dictionary. We read around the word by reading the sentence before and after to help us understand the word in the correct context. One word we have looked at is the word ‘beat’
He beat time with his finger.
Beat has so many different meanings, but we worked out it couldn’t be beating as in winning, or fighting. Therefore, it must mean beat time, as in a rhythm.
We are so excited to be back at school and to have started year 3.
In numeracy, we have been learning about the place value of 3 digit numbers and what numbers look like. To help with our understanding, we have been using visual resources to help us. What number is this?
We have also looked at ordering numbers from smallest to largest, by looking at the hundreds digit first and then moving onto the tens digit if the hundreds are the same. To help us, we used dienes (see above) to first make the numbers to help us identify which was the biggest number. We have since learnt how to find 10 more/less and 100 more/less than a number. When you find 10 more/less, the tens column changes (sometimes the hundreds) and the ones column always stays the same. When you find 100 more/less, the hundreds column changes and the tens and ones always stay the same. Our teacher has told us that our times tables are really important. By the end of year 3, we need to know our 3’s, 4’s and 8’s. Please help us learn our times tables by helping us practise.
In literacy, we have created our own description of a fantasy creature. It was really fun to create our own character with body parts of different animals. We could be really creative. Next, we moved onto historical narrative, focusing on setting and character description. We are now in the middle of creating our own setting and character description using similes to describe and fronted adverbials to add extra detail. Fronted adverbials answer three questions: when? Where? And how? They are found at the beginning of a sentence and are followed by a comma.
In science, we have been learning about teeth and how to keep them healthy. Last week we carried out an investigation about tooth decay and looked at the results this week. We found that Coca Cola was the drink that caused the most tooth decay. So we need to stop drinking so much of it. It’s unhealthy. We are going to start drinking more drinks that are good for our teeth, like water.
This term, our topic is the Tudors. We have learnt that the Tudors reigned from 1485 – 1603. This is a reign of 118 years! Henry VIII was the most famous Tudor king. He had 6 wives!
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