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Class 3

13th-17th November 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly, I apologise for the lack of weekly update in the last few weeks. We have been so busy with our learning in class 3.

We have been really enjoying our topic of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and have produced some wonderful writing. We are making such great progress with using different devices to excite our reader, this week focusing on adverbs to add to our powerful verbs. In our reading we have moved to studying the features of non-fiction texts and are continuing to work on giving evidence from the text to explain our thoughts.

In maths, we have been working on our written addition, working through using base 10, counters and partitioning to master formal column addition. Next, we’ll be moving on to subtraction. Year 4s have been practising the 6 times table and year 3s are gaining greater depth of understanding of the 3 times table and the related division facts.

In gymnastics we have been working together on balances using different body parts and this week we started to perform them on the apparatus.

In Science, we continued with our learning about adaptation from Science day and designed a bug that would be able to float on water. We made some great predictions about whether each other’s designs would float.

16th-20th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started learning about the Anglo-Saxons in class 3 this week and have been getting to know the story of Beowulf. Our writing based on it has been excellent, using adjectives and different sentence structures to describe different monsters and heroes. We have learned who the Anglo-Saxons were and where they came from.

In maths, we have continued to use different methods for mental addition, making great progress with our knowledge of number facts and techniques for adding.

In P.E. we focused on improving our fielding skills and started to play a striking and fielding game in groups of 4.

We finished our learning about healthy eating with designing a healthy meal for harvest festival and learning about harvest festivals around the world.

Well done everyone for a great half term, enjoy your week off and remember 30th October is an INSET day.

 

Some Autumn Colouring Poems and fun stuff.

 

6th-13th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have continued learning about healthy eating in class 3 this week. We are getting used to using the vocabulary protein, calcium and carbohydrate. This week we designed and made a sandwich which had to include some protein, fruit and vegetables, calcium and carbohydrate. Some of us were unsure about doing our own cutting with sharp knives, but we listened to how to keep safe and all had a go. We enjoyed eating our wonderful creations. We then went on to learn about the diet of other animals and constructed food chains, Mrs. Burton featured in one food chain, being eaten by a wolf! We talked about what effect there is on the food chain if any part of it is taken out.

In our writing we have been watching sections of ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and then using it to inspire our creative writing about characters, settings and food weather. We are making great progress with including adjectives.

In Maths, we have started to learn methods for mental addition and subtraction, using Cuisenaire to help us.

In P.E. we have continued to develop our co-ordination for striking and fielding games.

2nd-6th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are enjoying learning about teeth and eating in class 3. In our investigation this week we put eggs (representing teeth) into different drinks and we are observing the effect the liquids have on the teeth. In our predictions lots of us thought that coca cola would cause the most ‘decay’. We have had interesting discussions about the sugar content in different foods and have learned to look at the nutritional information on packaging. We made posters to educate people about looking after their teeth, including everything we learned. We then tasted different breads and considered what healthy fillings we could put in different sandwiches. We learned that we needed to include protein, carbohydrate, fruits, vegetables and calcium in every meal.

In our writing this week we learned to use conjunctions in BOYS sentences (but, or, yet and so.) Then we practised using these sentences in writing the funny story of ‘Stone Soup’. We are also making great progress with using adjectives for description and learned the 5 different uses of exclamation marks.

In maths we have been learning to count in sequences and to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. We also sorted numbers into Venn diagrams according to the properties we have learned about.

In P.E. we have been learning the skills needed for striking and fielding games.

A Venn diagram

25th - 29th Sept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 3, as always have had a wonderful week. We had so much fun this week on Poetry Day. They chose poems to read and here are a couple of poems written in class. click on them to open

  By Amy        By Ellie

18th-22nd September

 

Alliteration is a literary device that repeats a speech sound in a sequence of words that are close to each other. Alliteration typically   uses consonants at the beginning of a word to give stress to its syllable. Alliteration plays a very crucial role in poetry and literature: It provides a work with musical rhythms.

 

 

 

 

 

This has been a great week of learning in class 3. We have started our first topic of the digestive system and, in our Science lesson, used equipment to make a practical demonstration of the digestive system. This was very messy!

We have read food poems and looked at rhyme and alliteration. Then had fun writing our own poems. We have learned to use dictionaries to check our spellings.

In maths we have continued to develop our understanding of number and place value. Look out for some videos coming on this page to show you what we have been learning in maths.

In circle time we talked about respect and role played different situations where we can show respect.

In music we started looking at notation for different notes and rhythms and started using them to create a composition about food. In art, we looked at the amazing art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and used lots of different fruits and vegetables to create our own art in the same style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cc

Clever Kid

I can’t catch a crocodile,

I can’t climb a cliff,

I can’t cook a cake,

Or drive a car.

But there are lots of things,

A clever kid like me can do.

 

I can colour in with crayons,

I can catch a cat,

I can come and cuddle

You if you cry.

Cause there are lots of things,

A clever kid like me can do.

11th-15th September

We’ve had a fantastic week of learning in class 3 this week. In our writing lessons we have been learning about common and proper nouns and using adjectives to describe them in sentences. Our writing is based on our class text ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’.

In Maths we have been looking at different models and images and using base 10 and counters to learn about place value and deepen our understanding of numbers. We have been learning to use mathematical vocabulary to explain our reasoning when solving problems.

We have set up a science investigation to find out whether birds mind which colour their food is. We all dyed bird seed and put it in feeders in our wild area. We have made predictions and are monitoring what happens.

Class 3 and 4 had a great day at Plymouth aquarium. We learned about giant squid and started thinking about how to design a tank for one, working with architects and surveyors. We even dissected a squid and learned about its body parts!

 

Click on picture to enlarge.

6th-8th September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had a brilliant week of settling in and learning in class 3 this week. I am impressed with how confidently the children have started the year and in particular the way they have worked together and made new friends.

We have been focusing this week on working together on our learning and have worked in different pairs and groups on: making jelly, orienteering, planning a route for another pair to follow, making patterns with skittles and talking about ourselves. Please ask your child to show you our working together display board, it’s beautiful!

We have also talked about rights and responsibilities; the children have learned that they all have rights in the classroom but responsibilities too. They have designed their own superheroes which will soon be on the classroom walls.

In class, we have talked about our favourite books and characters and have drawn them to be displayed in our reading area.

A great start to class 3, well done everyone.

  • (If you didn’t get a copy of my letter explaining about reading, home learning and P.E. please see me for another copy.)
  • (Remember our trip to Plymouth aquarium next Thursday.)

 

New Term September 6th - December 20th 

19th-23rd June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In class 3 this week we have started learning about light and shadows (see topic letter attached.)

So far we have read poems about the sun and written a haiku. We read poems about the summer solstice and performed them, adding our own musical accompaniments over the top.

We learned how we see, also thinking about how nocturnal animals are adapted to the dark. We then learned about reflection and experimented with mirrors. In art, we looked at the reflection of 3D shapes from different angles and sketched what we saw using charcoal and pastels.

In Walk Tall we have continued to talk about including people in different groups and thinking about how it feels to be rejected.

In maths, we have moved from fractions to decimals, but focused on looking at how we can convert from fractions to decimals and vice versa with tenths and hundredths.

On Wednesday Evan’s mum came in to talk to us about the work of The Cornwall Wildlife Trust in reintroducing beavers to Cornwall. We have been carrying out some lovely 30 days wild activities; please keep sending in your photos from home and remember to check the website.

 

 

 

30-days-wild page

 

Shadow Dancers Letter.

 

 

 

 

22nd-26th May

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve really enjoyed writing our river stories in class 3 this week. They are all really brilliant and we are getting really good at showing we can use a range of different sentence structures and powerful vocabulary to interest our reader.

In maths we have continued to learn about fractions. Finding fractions of numbers and shapes and solving problems involving fractions.

We had a great time at hit the surf on Fistral beach. All of us had a go and some have been bitten by the surfing bug!

We have made a 30 days wild diary which we are bringing home along with a letter with lots of ideas of wild activities to start at home.

15th-19th May

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In class 3 this week we have started learning about rivers. We are loving writing a story about a journey down a river as we are practising using lots of the sentence structures we have learned to write to interest our reader. We’ll continue to write our story next week.  Extracts below from some amazing  work produced during our lesson. 

In maths we have been continuing to learn to recognise fractions. We have used the bar model to visualise adding fractions to make one whole; also using our times tables knowledge to find fractions of numbers.

We have enjoyed using google Earth to follow the path of a river from mouth to source and we have started to learn the names of some of the rivers of the U.K. We drew a bar graph of the length of rivers in the U.K. and learned that the River Severn is the longest.

In Walk Tall, we continued to think about changes; that some changes are positive and some are negative. We are learned strategies for dealing with difficult changes. In French, we have been practising the vocabulary for months of the year and the seasons.

Thursday 18th May

There was weeping from the crowd for their loss. To show their appreciation they placed a rose in the River Seine, but this rose wasn’t at all a normal rose. Its appearance was amazing silky, ruby red petals with a slim, sap filled stalk. A rush of fear went through her stalk. Could this be the end? Timidly, she let the river take its path. This was scary but even at the scariest times the rose could think. A memory came back. There was an enchanter, these words that he spoke were “if this rose gets finished, if every petal comes off then let the world go down and end!”

Remarks made: *Your story ideas and language are beautifully chosen and create a powerful effect on your reader. *You use a range of sentence structures - their loss, their appreciation.

Thursday 18th May

This story all starts on a very misty night. I was snuggled up with my family. A mysterious object approached me. The next thing I heard was a BANG! And we were moving faster and faster and then BOOM! and me and my family instantly split apart and that’s when my adventure began. Yes, my family escaped. I started singing the song that my mum would sing me when I was sad or alone. Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you,

Sweet dreams to leave your worries behind you,

Whatever you may dream,

Dream a little dream of me,

Stars fading I linger on,

Still craving your kiss,

Just saying ayayay.

Remarks made: *Your story opening totally hooks the reader. *You use show not tell to suggest what happens at the beginning. *What are you? A human or something else?

This link will take you to an interactive Fraction Chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st-5th May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies for the lack of weekly update in the last few weeks; we have been very busy learning about the Romans!

In our reading we have been finding out about Romulus and Remus, gladiators, the Roman army, Julius Caesar and life in Roman times.

We have written newspaper articles about a missing gladiator and a poster persuading Romans to join the army.

We have made shields, bracelets and laurel wreaths as well as bread and soup using foods the Romans brought to Britain.

In maths we have been learning to use written methods for multiplication, increasing our speed of recall with the times tables and relating multiplication to area.

 

 

 

 

20th-24th March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been continuing to learn about the countries of the world this week. We have all chosen a country and have been finding out about the human and physical features there. We have started writing a persuasive holiday brochure for our country.

It was World Poetry Day on Tuesday and we celebrated by reading and discussing poetry. We watched Michael Rosen reading some of his poetry and then wrote funny poems in the same style.

In Maths we are making good progress with learning times tables facts and using them in our mental workings out. This week we learned about factors and multiples and how we can use them to understand the relationship between multiplication and division.

In Walk Tall this week we revised all we have learned this term on our relationships with others and put in to practise some of the techniques we have learned to deal with difficult situations in the playground.

In French we are building up our conversations. We are now able to greet each other, introduce ourselves, say where we live and ask questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Michael Rosen reading

Chocolate Cake... below

 

 6th-10th March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In class 3 this week we have started learning about the world; its  countries, oceans and continents. We are excited about this topic and have enjoyed sharing our knowledge and experiences of different parts of the world. We have enjoyed looking at atlases and finding out more about the countries of the world.

We have read several different fables from around the world. We now have a great understanding of what a fable is and have some great ideas ready to write our own fables next week.

In maths we have been continuing to develop our understanding of how multiplication and division are related. We have been solving problems using multiplication and division and using the times tables we know to work out solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fox and the Crow 

                an Aesop Fable                             (Beware of Flattery.)

        A fox was walking through the forest when he saw a crow sitting on a tree branch with a fine piece of cheese in her beak. The fox wanted the cheese and decided he would be clever enough to outwit the bird.

      "What a noble and gracious bird I see in the tree!" proclaimed the fox, "What exquisite beauty! What fair plumage! If her voice is as lovely as her beauty, she would no doubt be the jewel of all birds."

       The crow was so flattered by all this talk that she opened her beak and gave a cry to show the fox her voice.

     "Caw! Caw!" she cried, as the cheese dropped to the ground for the fox to grab.

20th-24th February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back after a lovely half term.

We have had a great week of learning in class 3 this week. We are continuing to learn about rocks and have focused on earthquakes and volcanoes this week. Lots of the children are very enthusiastic about this topic and have been bringing in interesting rocks and extra research from home to share with the class.

In writing we have concentrated on defining clauses. We have written simple sentences containing one clause (with 1 verb), then added on another clause to create a compound sentence with more than one clause. This has also given us the opportunity to practise using the correct punctuation and proofreading to improve our sentences. In our writing we also learned about the eruption of Vesuvius and wrote letters in the style of Pliny.

In Maths we have been learning to use the column method for subtraction and to increase our recall of the 9 times table.

Next Thursday is World Book Day. We are going to be celebrating the books of Roald Dahl so children may come dressed as a Roald Dahl character on that day.

 

Epistles concerning the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Pliny wrote  two letters describing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius approximately 25 years after the event, and both were sent in response to the request of his friend, the historian Tacitus, who wanted to know more about Pliny the Elder's death. The two letters have great historical value due to their accurate description of Vesuvius' eruption; Pliny's attention to detail in the letters about Vesuvius is so keen that modern volcanologists describe those types of eruptions as "Plinian eruptions".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th-20th January

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have worked hard in class 3 this week, with some great learning happening. In our writing we have been learning to proofread our work and look for ways to improve it. We all have great ideas about ways in which we can make our writing more exciting for our reader and understand the need to redraft. We are learning to use a range of different sentence structures to effect the reader.

In Maths, we have been further cementing our understanding of place value (the value of the digits depending on where they are in the number) and using it to solve problems. We have also been practising rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

In R.E. we learned about the story of Joseph and imagined what we would do if we were the characters in the story.

We dissected daffodils to help us learn more about pollination and fertilisation, then sketched the cross section. We are learning to make more careful observations in our scientific drawing.

We had fun making animations, showing the stages in the life cycle of a plant. You can see some of them attached below.

In Art, we looked at the painting of Robert Jones  (a local artist) then used watercolors to create a sea scene. Our techniques in art are showing great improvement.

Please remember to send in plastic bottles and tubes next week.

 

 

 

 

  

  

Animation in video below

 9th-13th January

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have continued to enjoy studying legends this week. We have watched sections of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ to help us develop our understanding of the aspects of legends and have focused on characters, settings and plots, ready for writing next week.

In maths we have been learning and practising strategies for finding 10 and 100 more and less than any number. Some of us have learned to find 1000 more and less and to count back into negative numbers.

We looked at the latest exhibition from Kurt Jackson, ‘Obsession, Following the Surfer’ and learned techniques using pastels to produce our own work inspired by Kurt. We used found objects in nature to create artwork showing the structure of flowering plants. In circle time we discussed what makes a good friend and what to do if we have a different point of view to our friends. Using laptops, we found out about artists from around the world and looked at their artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

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Class 3  4th-6th January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back and happy new year!

It has been great to hear the children’s news of exciting Christmas holidays and to have a brilliant week of learning with them. The children have come back positively and enthusiastically.

We have been listening to Cornish legends this week, reading legends and coming up with ideas for legends. Next week we are going to start creating our own legends based on those we have heard. We have been writing compound sentences using the BOYS co-ordinating conjunctions (but, or, yet,so.)

In Maths, we have been learning to count in different intervals. Year 4s 1000, 25, 6, 7 and 9; and year 3s 50, 100, 4 and 8.

We have started an Science experiment into what seeds need to germinate and have started learning about two local Cornish artists, Robert Jones and Kurt Jackson.

Please see the topic letter which came home this week for more information on our new topic. Also please start collecting plastic bottles and tubes for our DT project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Surf - Kurt Jackson.

Winter Tree - Robert Jones.