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Term 2: Flow

Week 6 - 09/12/19

 

English

After finishing the Mousehole Cat this week, we started our final topic for this term. Focusing on the features of a non-chronological report, we examined how they contribute to the effectiveness of the overall text. We used an example text based on sharks to see where the features were, including titles, subheadings and captions. Later in the week, we used non-fiction books and texts to find facts about the River Thames. At the end of the week, we sorted the information we had found into different headings including 'The Historic River', 'Life in the River' and 'Bridges, tunnels and towns'.

 

Maths

After assessment week last week, we returned to our unit on multiplication and division. We worked on the 8 times table looking at how to multiply in different ways, reasoning and applying our understanding of other tables. We then looked at the inverse, thinking about how we can applying our knowledge of times tables to our division questions. 

 

Topic

Looking at rivers from around the world, we used atlases to note down facts about the rivers including the hemisphere, continent and country they were found in. We coloured a blank map to correspond to our table before comparing the information to our facts on the River Thames, searching for similarities and differences. We also looked at the history of hydro power as well as the reasons why people would settle near and use rivers. 

Week 5 - 2/12/19

 

English

This week in English we started to plan the legend of the Mousehole cat. Similarly to the previous week, we looked at re-telling the story from a different perspective, this time from the point of view of the villagers many years after the great storm hit Mousehole. 

 

Maths

We have continued looking at multiplication and division this week, noting down how our multiplication facts help us in a whole range of ways. We have investigated the patterns linked to the four and eight times tables, applying our understanding in a range of contexts. We have also consolidated our learning of multiplication and division so far and have taken two assessments to track our learning this year. 

 

Topic

This week in topic we have been looking at aquatic and non-aquatic plants. We have categorised different plants based on where they grow. As well as this, we have been looking at the rivers of the world, using atlases to collect geographical information about certain rivers, including the continent they are in, the country and finding the longitude and latitude which define their points on earth.

Week 4 - 25/11/19

 

English

Looking at different perspectives in the Mousehole Cat, this week we wrote Mowzer's siren song. Focusing on the different feelings of the Storm Cat, we crafted each verse around its emotions (i.e. pride / lonleliness). Moving to an alternate perspective, we wrote down everything we knew about Tom on a role on the wall. We then used what we had written to create Tom's recount, reminiscing with Mowzer by the fire. This presented a real challenge as not only did we have to write in first person, but we had to seriously consider the reader (Mowzer) in our retelling. 

 

Maths

We have continued looking at multiplication and division this week, noting down how our multiplication facts help us in a whole range of ways. We have investigated the patterns linked to the three and four times tables, applying our understanding in a range of contexts. This included pictures, arrays and word problems. 

 

Topic

We used our map reading skills this week to find the features of a river on OS maps. Looking along the Thames, we were able to spot meanders and confluences in Abingdon, as well as an estuary and the river mouth in London. We also practised our performance poetry before Green and Blue house took part in the finals of the poetry slam.  

Week 3 - 18/11/2019

 

English

In English this week we have been looking at the different features of our new class text, 'The Mousehole Cat', by Antonia Barber. We looked at the language used to convey the fierceness of the storm and how this has an impact on the reader. We recorded our personal likes and dislikes about the text as well as noted any puzzles and connections to other stories we have read. Towards the end of the week, we sequenced illustrations from the text and began to re-tell the story adding in our own description from what we could recall.

 

Maths

This week we started  our new block on multiplication and division and began looking at equal groups of numbers. For example, 4 equal groups of 3 written as a number sentence would be 4 x 3 = 12. We also worked on our reasoning and problem solving skills related to multiplication and tackled some complex word problems. Towards the end of the week we focused primarily on multiples of 3 and began to look at the commutative law (3 x 5 = 15 is the same as 5 x 3 = 15). We have started to show our answer using different representations, for example, number sentences, repeated addition and pictorial representations.

 

Topic

 

This week in Flow we learnt how rivers are formed and tracked their journey from the source to the mouth. We labelled all of the key features that a river has and made links to how their formation is related to the water cycle. We learnt new key terms, for example, estuary (where the river meets the ocean and the river and ocean mix), delta (a large muddy or sandy area where some rivers meet the sea) and confluence (the flowing together of two or more streams). 

Week 2 - 11/11/2019

 

English

In English this week we have been focusing on how rivers flow, listening to the sounds that they make and observing how the water moves and travels. We came up with lots of descriptive words based on what we observed and began to build up a bank of vivid and colourful language to use in our own poems. We also created descriptive sentences using our word banks and included similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. Towards the end of the week we started to produce our own stanzas based on the water cycle (collection, evaporation, condensation and precipitation). 

 

Maths

This week we have been consolidating our learning of addition and subtraction. We have been using the inverse to find missing digits in a number sentence and have recapped the part-whole model. We have also tackled some tricky addition and subtraction word problems and have used the column method to work these out. 

 

Topic

 

This week Year 3 had a fantastic trip to the Henley River and Rowing Museum. We went on a boat trip on the River Thames and learnt lots of interesting facts about rivers. We also took part in a practical workshop where we named features of the River Thames, discussed the history with artefacts and also saw how a river moves rocks and soil. 

 

Week 1 - 04/11/19

 

English

This week we started our new unit based on poetry. Starting with focusing on grammatical features, we matched up the poetic devices to their definitions and examples. We then used Valerie Bloom's 'The River' as a basis for our work. Starting with repetition, similes, personification and metaphor, we explored where these features appeared in the poem. We then discussed the themes of the poem and how the river possessed human features. After practicising the poems for performance, we then created our own stanzas on a similar structure. 

 

Maths

Continuing our work on addition and subtraction, we focused on patterns and how they can help us solve calculations. We looked at a range of number representations and how our understanding of patterns can help us mentally add or subtract. We then moved onto looking at adding and subtracting three digit numbers using the column method. 

 

Topic

Starting our new topic 'Flow', we first looked at the beginning and end features of a river. We also investigated how the river meanders by pouring water on both the playground and hills. Using our new google chromebooks, we also started looking at vocabulary associated with our topic, presenting them through powerpoint. 

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