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On behalf of all the staff at GEMS Didcot Primary, have a lovey summer holiday.

Tribal Tales

This week in our topic lessons we have been learning all about shadow formations and have had the opportunity to explore this in a variety of ways!

Week 7

We have had another busy week in year 3 this week with our play performances to the school and parents. The children have done themselves extremely proud and have really showcased the hard work that they have put in during the term. Well done to all those involved and thank you all for your support with costumes and coming to watch our production.

 

Maths – Geometry

In our maths this week we have continued to focus our lessons around shape. We have moved onto looking at the different 2D and 3D shapes and have begun to explore our school to see what shapes we can identify. The children have been using their reasoning skills, highlighting which shapes are the odd ones out using the correct mathematical terminology including: faces, sides and vertices.

 

English – Arthur and the Golden Rope

In English this week we have moved onto looking at comic strips. We have looked at a few examples giving us an idea of what comic strips are. Then we have used are growing knowledge to create our own comic strips that link to our topic of tribal tales.

Week 6

We have had a very busy week in year 3 his week, with our school sports day on Wednesday and with our build up to the play. Lots of our afternoons have been filled with play practice in preparation for next week. In our topic lessons we have been looking at different cave paintings and how natural resources would have been used to create the designs. We have had a go at producing some of our own paintings using our fingers which will be shown in next weeks play.

 

Maths – Geometry

In our maths lessons this week we have been continuing to look at our new topic of shape. We have been identifying different angles in shapes and are now able to highlight if an angle is acute, obtuse or a right angle. Throughout the week we have also been looking at horizontal and vertical lines, whilst identifying if there are any lines of symmetry in different shapes.

 

English – Arthur and the Golden Rope

In English this week we have finished reading our class book of Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have performed a lot of book talk over the week discussing the storyline and identifying some of our favourite parts. Our week’s task was to create a story board to summarise the books main parts, and we have engaged in this through the use of freeze frames taking on the role of different characters.

Today we had a visitor in to talk to us all about Sikh weddings

Tribal Tales

Week 5

 

We have had a very busy week in year 3 this week, with Monday and Tuesday meeting our new teacher for September doing lots of exciting things to prepare us year 4. We have also had the chance to take part in our field event leading up to sports day, with all of our scores being counted going towards the final results on the day next Wednesday.

 

Maths – Time

In maths this week we have moved onto our new topic of geometry. We have begun by looking at different turns, taking our learning outside of the classroom working in pairs to give different directions seeing if our partner could understand different mathematical terminology from given instructions. We have also been looking at different angles with a specific focus being right angles and being able to identify these in different shapes and objects around the classroom.

 

English – Arthur and the golden rope

In our English lessons this week we have continued to write our diary entries in the role of Arthur from our book Arthur and the golden rope. We have looked at specific grammar and sentence types and have used these within our writing to give our work more emphasis. We have also been given the opportunity to edit our work with a partner, identifying things that we like and any areas for improvement that will help us with our future pieces of writing.

Here are a selection of photos from our maths lessons over the past few weeks exploring times and angles.

Week 4

Topic – Different Ages

In our topic lessons this week we have been learning all about the Stone Age cave paintings and how they are still being discovered today. The children have had a go at sketching out some of their own designs before transferring them onto their own rocks using pastels to give them a more prehistoric look.

 

Maths – Time

In maths this week we have continued to look at time, moving onto comparing different durations of time using both the 12 hour and the 24-hour clock. The pupils have worked really hard over the week and have been able to extend their knowledge by reasoning, justifying their answers to certain questions. We have also explored time in a practical way, using stop watches to time ourselves performing different exercises that we have been able to compare across the class.

 

English – Arthur and the golden rope

In our English lessons this week we have read deeper into our class book of Arthur and the golden rope. Our goal this week was to build towards writing a diary entry in the role of young Arthur himself on the night before his challenging quest to find the God of fire to save his village. We have been rehearsing sentences orally using different types of punctuation before noting them down in our plans ready to incorporate within our diary entries next week.

Here are some photos of us carrying out our own archaeological investigation!

Week 3

Topic – Different Ages

In our topic lessons this week we have been learning all about archelogy. We have looked at the process in detail identifying the different steps that archaeologist have to take in order to carry out an investigation. During the week we have also planned and carried out our own investigation on the school field, seeing if there were any hidden artefacts buried on school grounds.

 

Maths – Time

In maths this week we have continued to focus upon our new topic of time. We have moved onto looking at 24 hour clocks and their uses, as well as understanding how we can determine the time of day from the suns position. We have really begun to extend our knowledge this week by converting times between the 12 hour and 24-hour clock, whilst being able to work out the duration of different events.

 

English – Arthur and the golden rope

In our English lessons this week we have continued to follow our book of Arthur and the golden rope. We were given the opportunity to put all of our ideas together to write our persuasive letters to Professor Brownstone. During the week we have also been given some time to edit our work using dictionary’s and thesauruses, looking at how we can take our work to the next level.

This week we had a visit from a scientist who taught us all about Space!

Tribal Tales

Week 2

Topic – Different Ages

In our topic lessons this week we have been learning all about the transition between the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, through to the Iron Age. We have been identifying the key changes that have occurred over time and the impact that these changes have had upon us today. We have created our own timelines that have allowed us to see the visual journey of history.

 

Maths – Time

In our maths lessons this week we have started our new topic of time. We have explored the different ways that we can use time representing months and days of the week, as well as identifying different times of year that we celebrate specific occasions. We have also been learning all about clocks and are now able to tell the time to the nearest minute.

 

English – Arthur and the golden rope

In our English lessons we have now begun to look at our new book of Arthur and the golden rope. Our end goal for the week was to produce a letter, writing to Professor Brownstone to persuade him to let us into his family vault to see all of his amazing Artifacts. We have had some build up lessons using adjectives to describe the rare objects as well as planning our letters using thesauruses to give our writing more emphasis, increasing our vocabulary.

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