Week 3 (w/c 16th November)
We have been really busy this week! We started the week with a visitor from the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Naomi brought with her some huge boxes of different rocks and fossils for us to explore, which we had to do with gloves on, to stop the oils from our hands damaging the specimens. We impressed her with the things that we had already learned, and gained lots of new information about William "Strata" Smith (an undergroundologist) and enjoyed the opportunity to handle the different rocks and fossils.
In English this week, we looked some more at the journey of the pebble through time and have been amazed at how much the climate and the environment have changed. We paused at the end of the last ice age (a mere 12,000 years ago) to consider what happened to glaciers then, and what is happening to glaciers now. We were alarmed by how rapidly glaciers are retreating, and the wider effect that this will have on our climate. We decided to write to our MP to express our concerns, and everyone has worked hard to offer solutions in their letters as well.
We have started our Multiplication and Division block by recapping our Year 2 learning, reminding ourselves about arrays, and the 2 and 5 times tables. Next week, we will be thinking about dividing within these tables, before we start to learn new times tables!
We have explored sand and soil this week, finding out how sand is made and what it looks like close up. We have also found out what soil is made from, investigated different types of soils and discovered what kind of soil we have at school.
Week 2 (w/c 9th November)
In maths this week, we have been finishing off our addition and subtraction unit of work with estimating and checking our answers. To do this we have rounded numbers up or down to the nearest hundred or ten to give an estimated answer to a calculation, and we have been using the inverse to check as well:
176 - 35 = 141 so using the inverse to check would be 35 + 141 = 176
We have been continuing to follow the pebble's journey through time, writing a summary of the first 140 million years from the birth of the rock in a volcano, to the creation of conglomerate or "puddingstone" rock at the bottom of the ocean. We've created timelines and storyboards to help us to produce some amazing writing!
We have been looking in detail at fossils in art lessons this week. We have looked carefully at ammonites, and used our observations to draw a motif. We then used this to make a print of our drawing, and finally we have created an imprint on clay.
Week 1 (w/c 2nd November)
We have started looking at our new book this week, Pebble In My Pocket by Meredith Hooper. This is a non-fiction book about the history of the Earth. So far we have travelled through more than 100 million years as we begin to examine the journey a pebble took to reach it's current state. We have been fascinated by the changes the pebble has seen, and have learnt lots of new, technical language to describe the geological processes. We also made a timeline to illustrate just how long ago the story started (480 million years ago)!
In maths, we have been continuing to think about addition and subtraction, completing calculations with two 3-digit numbers. We have also been using our knowledge of regrouping in column addition and subtraction to complete missing number problems:
Our topic this term is Rocks, Relics and Rumbles, and we have been really excited to start learning all about rocks, soil, earthquakes and volcanoes! We started by learning about the layers of the earth, and moved on to investigating rocks and fossils. We have learnt how to classify rocks in to the three man groups - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous - by looking carefully at them, and considering their properties. Finally, we have reminded ourselves about the achievements of Mary Anning and learnt more about the process of fossilisation.
Welcome to Term 2!
This term we will be learning about how the Earth works, including different types of rock and soil, volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as refreshing and extending our knowledge of fossils and Mary Anning.
In maths, we will be continuing with addition and subtraction for 2 weeks. We will then be looking at multiplication and division, consolidating our 2s, 5s and 10s times tables, and learning our 3s, 4s and 8 times tables.
Finally in English, we will be performing poetry as part of the inter-house poetry slam competition and basing our work on the book "The Pebble In My Pocket" by Meredith Hooper.