Last week of term
During our last week of the term we have taken a number of different tests to check our knowledge and understanding of the topics we have covered so far. Our last few English lesson within our flow topic have been based around the River Poem by Valerie Bloom. We have unpicked the poem, looking how the author has used personification to bring her poem to life, before been given the chance to create our own. In our maths lessons we have finished our first topic of fractions, whilst been given the chance to revisit some of our prior learning to look deeper at different questions really using our reasoning knowledge to justify our answers. We have concluded our topic of flow by creating and delivering a PowerPoint all about what we have learnt during the half –term to our fellow classmates.
Topic and English
We have had a very busy week in year 3 this week, beginning to draw our topic to a close gathering all of the knowledge that we have gained to create some great pieces of work. Our Topic and English lessons have been focused upon some of the world’s most famous rivers. We have looked at the different parts to rivers and how rivers differ all over the world. We have collated our knowledge of these and transferred it into our own river booklet, drawing upon key pieces of information that attract readers and display what makes our rivers special.
Our maths lessons this week have continued to focus on fractions. We have been looking at finding different fractions of amounts, using our prior knowledge of multiplication and division to help us. We have taken our learning to the next level by justifying our answers using our reasoning skills, to really show and develop our understanding of the topic.
Maths – Fractions
In our maths lessons this week we have moved onto our new topic of fractions. We have identified that fractions are made up of equal parts and have become familiar with the key terminology: Numerator, Denominator, Unit and Whole. We have also looked at the difference between unit and non-unit fractions, as well as fractions that are equivalent.
English – River Booklets
In our English lessons we have been performing some research all about the river Thames. We were then given the task to create our own river booklet set out in a specific order to draw our audience in, making sure our booklets are bold containing lots of key information.
Topic – Sand Experiment
In our topic lessons this week we have taken part in another science experiment investigating how sand is formed. We followed the instructions step by step writing up a method, predicting what we think would happen, carried out the experiment and wrote up our results and conclusions.
We have had a very busy week in year 3 this week, with lots of different things going on. We have had a visit from an author who came to tell us all about her book and how she gained her inspiration for writing. We have also taken our learning into our own hands planning and conducting our own science experiments based around water, which we really enjoyed. We have also read further into our class novel of Varjak Paw with our aim this week being to write a diary entry in the role of Varjak Paw himself.
Maths – Measurement
In our maths lessons this week we have moved onto our new topic of measurement. We have looked at measuring different things around the classroom in cm and how we can convert these measurements into mm. We have also taken our new topic to the next level by comparing different lengths, using our knowledge of converting between cm and mm.
English – Book Week
Our English lessons this week have been filled with lots of exciting things. We have had a trip to the Didcot library where we have learnt about the different types of books that there are, whilst being given the chance to borrow a book for ourselves. We have also visited Blackwell’s book shop in Oxford where we were given the opportunity to have a go at different activities to follow the week’s theme, as well as being given a tour of the shop that is 140 years old. Over the week we have also had the chance to write our own stories, having watched an inspirational video from the writer Alex T Smith giving us lots of different tips that he does to help gather ideas.
Topic – Flow
This week we have started our new topic of flow. We have been analysing rivers and the water cycle identifying some of their key features. We have begun to look at rivers in more depth having been introduced to key terminology such as: source, waterfall, valley, meander, current and mouth being given the opportunity to draw our own rivers including these sections.
English – Dialogue
Our English lessons over the next few weeks are focussed heavily on dialogue. We have been looking at the use of direct speech in different contexts such as play scripts and stories and how it gives the reader more clarification of what is happening. We were then given the opportunity to have a go at writing our own play scripts to show our understanding of using direct speech.
Maths – Statistics
In maths we have continued to focus our lessons on the topic of statistics, interpreting different sets of data that is displayed in different ways through bar charts, tally charts and pictograms. The children have been given the task to pick out key pieces of information, answering questions upon what the charts are showing using reasoning to justify their answers.