Maths – Addition and Subtraction
In our maths lessons this week we have continued to look at addition and subtraction. We have been looking at different multi-step word problems with questions set out in a variety of different ways to test our thinking. We have also been exploring all the different ways we can represent addition and subtraction questions through bar models, whole part wholes, counters, base 10 and counting beads.
English – Skellig
In English we have started our new class book of Skellig. We have read the first few chapters of the book, picking out key vocabulary that is vital for us as a reader to understand. We have had a focus on description, describing both the characters and settings, whilst looking at the book from different points of view leading us nicely onto our task for next week of writing a diary entry in the role of the main character.
Topic – The River Nile
In our topic lessons we have been extending our knowledge of the River Nile. The children first looked at the river during their time in year 3 analysing the environmental and human factors that rivers have. We have studied how important the River Nile was for the Egyptian culture from its floods, transport and even been used as a calendar.
Maths – Addition and Subtraction
In our maths lessons this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We have been using the column method to add and subtract numbers up to 1,000,000. We have also taken our learning to the next level by looking at multi-step addition and subtraction word problems.
English – Stories
Our English lessons have been solely focused on using our plans from the week before to write our own stories following a similar style to the ones we have read in 1001 Arabian nights. We have also looked at inverted commas and how these can be used within our stories for more effect, giving the reader more information about how each character is portrayed.
Topic – Hieroglyphics
In our topic lessons we have been looking at the Ancient Egyptian writing of Hieroglyphics. We have learnt about the use of Hieroglyphs looking at how Pharaohs would cover their tombs in them to send messages to the afterlife. We then had a go at doing our own short pieces of writing using hieroglyphs instead of letters.
Maths – Place Value and Negative Numbers
In our maths lessons this week we have been looking at rounding numbers to one million. The children have built up their confidence over the past few weeks rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and now 1 million. We have also been exploring negative numbers, looking at number lines and how these link to our everyday lives using the weather and thermometers as examples. We have then put our knowledge to the test having a go at different test questions applying what we have been learning in our lessons into wider contexts.
English - 1001 Arabian Nights
In our English lessons we have continued with our book of 1001 Arabian Nights. The children have been planning their own stories that follow a similar style to the ones that we have been reading in class. We have then talked through our plans with our partners and begun writing them following our success criteria’s to add in a variety of different sentence types.
Topic – Mummification Process
In our topic lessons this week we have been looking at the mummification process. On our transition days in July we mummified some apples and we have been exploring the outcome. We have talked through each stage step by step and have a good idea of the process that Pharaohs would go through in the afterlife.
Maths – Numbers to one million
In our maths lessons over the week we have been looking at numbers to a million. We have looked at the different value of each of the digits as well as comparing a range of different numbers converting them from words and numerals in order to make them easier to interpret. We have also deepened our answers through reasoning, justifying our steps of how we have obtained each answer.
English – 1001 Arabian nights
In English we have continued to read our book of 1001 Arabian nights. We have read a number of the different short stories that the book contains doing a comparison of the stories we have read as well as linking them to other traditional fairy tales that we know.
Topic – Timeline and Pharaohs
During our topic lessons we have been finding out about the key events that have taken place over thousands of years in Ancient Egypt. We have gained all of our information from our class topic books, developing our knowledge further by placing these events in chronological order on our class timeline. We have also looked at the duties of Pharaoh, seeing what skills and qualities are essential in order to become a ruler, before creating our own job description for an Egyptian Pharaoh.
During our first week back we have dived straight into our new topic. We have been looking at all the key features of Egypt and created our own topographical map placing these in their correct location. We have used laptops to design our own glossaries using key words from our Pharaohs topic as well as read the first few chapters of our new class books. Our maths lessons this week have been focussed upon Roman Numerals looking at all numbers from 1 -1000 as well as the rules and patterns that relate to them.