Friday, 23 February 2018

WB 19.2.18

This week we have been learning about riddles in English. The children have had great fun trying to work out the different puzzles and clues and have performed and written their own riddles. We will continue to look at poems that play with words and language next week. In maths we have been continuing to work on the formal column method for 2-digit and 3-digit subtraction and have practised using these skills in some problem solving activities.

Yesterday the children had a lovely morning creating their sandwiches that they had designed in DT. It was a great opportunity for them to practise their spreading, grating and chopping skills. There were many clean plates by the end of the lesson which is confirmation of how tasty they were!

This week we have also started to learn the songs for our summer production 'Dragon Days'. We have given the children the words to the songs and this week their homework is to learn the first two songs. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

French Day

What an amazing day we have had!  A French assembly followed by croissants and a whole afternoon of French activities.

In 3W we got to design and try to build the Eiffel Tower using spaghetti, marshmallows and jelly tots.  It was great fun but incredibly difficult.  Just when you thought your design was finished, it started to lean to one side. 

We ended up with quite a few "Leaning Tower of Pisa" models but it was tremendous fun.

Then we got to learn some new French vocabulary and design French posters.

Thanks Mrs Luckhurst, we have a lovely time.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Animal Encounters

Today we were visited by Ashley from Ventura Zoo who brought to our classroom many animals from the rainforests.  We all got to touch the animals and learn about their food habits and behaviour.  The animals were very well behaved apart from the owl who decided to relieve himself on our carpet!

The Albino Burmese snake was enormous and extremely heavy.  It decided to coil itself around Ashley's leg and didn't want to let go.  This snake kills by constricting its prey so it was scary!

The hissing cockroach performed perfectly and showed us that it really can HISSSSS.  It makes other animals believe that it is a snake and it deters them from gobbling it up!  The beautiful rainforest owl was gorgeous and we marvelled at the softness of its feathers.  It was quite small so that it can swoop through the rainforest trees easily, without a sound.  As the bird is so silent, the small rodents don't hear it coming, before it is too late!!!

My personal favourite was the Armadillo,  underneath that hard suit of armour was a very cute little animal, similar to a hedgehog.  This rainforest Armadillo can turn itself into a complete hard cased ball and protect itself from being eaten by larger animals.  It is actually a very gentle natured, timid creature.

The visit was a very valuable, educational event. It was a fascinating afternoon and next week we will use this wonderful experience to write Animal Reports in our Topic Books, having learned all about report writing in our English lessons.

Climate, Problems and Reports!!!

This term in our topic we have been looking at climatic zones allover the world and identifying the different features to be seen.  We will ultimately answer the question as to why jungles are so wet and deserts are so dry. The children have enjoyed being detectives, looking at specific photos of landscapes and finding clues that will identify the climatic zone, for example Temperate, Equatorial etc.  They know that in England we live in a Temperate Zone which means that our climate is generally mild and rather wet.........the last few days have been freezing.  Needless to say, there are always exceptions!

The rainfall and temperature affect the climate and next week we will look at temperature and rainfall graphs and match them to climatic zones.

In Maths we are continuing to look at formal methods of addition and apply these skills to problem solving.  The children are becoming more adept at extracting the information from a word problem and applying the correct skill to solve the problem.

Our English lessons have been focussing on "Report Writing" which requires several elements and requires the children to write in both general and specific terms, using specialised vocabulary, headings and sub-headings....not to mention using adverbial phrases, paragraphs and conjunctions.  You would be surprised at the complexity of the writing skills required of our Year 3 pupils but they are meeting the challenge and we are very pleased with their endeavours.