One week to go!! This week we continued to rehearse for our production, ‘That’s what I call the ‘ages’’. The children have been busy learning their lines and songs. Please continue to help your children learn their lines ready for the 27th March.
In our English lessons, the children wrote letters to Paul Holmes, our local MP, about making Wallace Avenue safer for the children. We introduced the topic of road safety and discussed the dangers of speeding cars and careless driving. The pupils then came up with ideas for making the avenue safer, such as adding speed bumps, crosswalks, and more signage. Using these ideas, the students drafted their letters to Paul Holmes, explaining their concerns and possible solutions for a safer road. We look forward to seeing if we receive a reply from him.
In a week-long Maths lesson, year 3 were introduced to the concept of fractions and learned the difference between non-unit and unit fractions. The children learned that a non-unit fraction has a numerator greater than one, such as 3/4, which represents three out of four equal parts. In contrast, a unit fraction has a numerator of one, such as 1/2, which represents one out of two equal parts.
In guided reading this week, we read and analysed the poem "Jabberwocky." We looked at the poem and discussed its use of nonsense words and imaginative language. The class read the poem aloud and then worked in small groups to identify the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases. The teacher guided the students in making inferences about the poem, such as the identity and appearance of the Jabberwocky creature. Using evidence from the text, the students described the creature as fierce and fearsome, with scaly skin and sharp claws. The teacher encouraged the students to use their imagination and creativity to visualise the creature based on the poem's description.
Our enquiry question for this term is ‘Can anywhere be home?’
In Science this week the students learnt about the basic structure of a flower and its different parts. They learnt that a flower has four main parts: petals, sepals, pistil, and stamen. The pupils learnt how these different parts work together to help the flower reproduce and create new seeds. They also learnt about the different types of pollinators that help flowers reproduce, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They then labelled the different parts of the plant.
In Art this week, we used printing blocks to replicate the works of Pablo Picasso. We looked at Picasso's art style and discussed his use of geometric shapes and bright colours. The students then created their own printing blocks using foam sheets. Once the printing blocks were complete, the students used ink and rollers to print their designs onto paper, replicating Picasso's famous works. The lesson aimed to introduce students to a famous artist and his unique style of art while also teaching them about printmaking techniques.
Our History lessons this week taught the students about the advantages of hill forts in the Iron Age. We learnt that during the Iron Age, people built hill forts for defence purposes and to protect themselves from invaders. As part of the lesson, students used junk modelling to create a model hill fort. This activity allowed the students to apply their knowledge of the advantages of hill forts. They used materials such as cardboard, paper, and sticks to construct their models, and were encouraged to include features such as walls, gates, and lookout towers.
● Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
● Your child has come home with a list of spellings, which we will practise on Fridays. Please can you support your child with learning these during the week.
● We are recapping all the rules from this half term. This week’s spelling; night, father, confusion, television, musician, magician, redo, reappear, subheading, telephone
● Now we have TimesTables Rockstars, please support your child to access it online. It is recommended that children play TTRS for 5 minutes a day for maximum impact.
● PE days for Year 3 are Wednesday (Outdoors) and Friday (Indoors).
● On Tuesday lunchtimes, the children have the opportunity to take part in lunchtime sports clubs. They can bring spare kit to change into for the club. Next week is Athletics.
● Our library days are on Thursdays, please can you make sure your child has their library book to return or renew. We have a few overdue books, please could you look for these at home, so your child can take home a new book.