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22nd September 2017

English

This week in English, we began our topic on recounts. The children began by recapping what an adjective is and investigating new adjectives. Then they looked at the features of a recount and identified these in an example. Finally, the children planned and wrote a personal recount about an important event to them.

Maths

This week, we have been exploring fractions in maths. The children now understand that fractions are equal parts and can find unit fractions of numbers. They can use practical apparatus to look at the link between unit and non-unit fractions and name different non-unit fractions. The children can also add fractions to make one whole using practical models and understand why the denominator stays the same while the numerator changes. This link gives a simple explanation of unit and non-unit fractions. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths/ma17frac/factsheet/ma17frac-e3-f-different-types-of-fractions.pdf

Project Work

This week, children have been investigating states of materials. They have been looking at the difference between solids, liquids and gasses. This has been linked to the changing state of materials in a volcano and how materials can change from solid to liquid and then to gas. Children also considered reversible and irreversible changes.

Mandarin

This week, the students learnt to write short sentences to introduce themselves. Role play activities were carried out in lessons to allow students to practise and apply the learnt words and sentences in their daily conversations. The new words for this week included “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, “sorry”, “never mind” and “goodbye”.

Computing

This is the final week in which children will use the problem solving game called Wheely. Pupils have been navigating their way through the levels by moving the car from the start point to the end of each level. Some pupils may have completed all the levels and moved onto Wheely 2 which increases in difficulty.

Physical Education

This was the penultimate week for cross - country. In the lesson this week, the pupils have been learning the important muscle groups used in running. They have been working on running uphill and, or, up steps in a relay with their partner. Finally, the Year 3 pupils have again been timed, but on this occasion only for one lap.

Year 3 swimming lessons have continued to focus on the breaststroke technique as well as the development of every pupils stamina in the water.

Music

This week, Year 3 students began learning about Blues music, its origins and especially its way of expressing difficult emotions in a safe way. Students sang along to a 12-bar Blues pattern, using actions to follow the chord progression.

Homework

We have received some feedback that there is some confusion around spelling and homework. This was communicated at the curriculum evening but to clarify and save any further uncertainty please refer to the following guidelines.

Spelling : Children have a spelling test on Monday. They will be provided with a list of spellings on Thursday to practice over the weekend. If your child is participating in a spelling group that is accessing the spelling log books, they will also bring this home on a Thursday. This book has activities linked to their classroom activities and, over the next few weeks as we build their independent learning, pages filled in with words that they have found tricky in their own work, which they should also be practising at home. [Date for your diary : 10th October - Parent workshop, Spelling and Phonics]

Homework : This is issued on a Friday and is expected to be returned on a Wednesday. This is to allow the class teacher to review the child’s effort and to allow for any late submissions before new homework is issued on Friday.

Class Library and Library books : These books are provided for your children to enjoy and to develop their love of reading. They will be books that they have chosen independently, in most cases, or with some guidance from Mrs Rama or their class teacher. They have sparked your child’s interest, and while they may not be able to read them independently, this is a great opportunity for you to read to or with them and enjoy discovering the book together.

Leveled reading books : As stated in the parent handbook, one levelled reading book is provided to Y3 children once a week. Contrary to the handbook, due to timetable restrictions, your child’s class teacher may not be able to issue them on a Monday but they will endeavour to maintain a consistent day each week. These books are levelled at your child’s independent reading ability. They may need some assistance with new vocabulary but they should be reading these books aloud independently. These books are intended to build confidence, fluidity and speed. To get the most out of these books please refer to the section at the back. There are questions and suggested activities to help aid comprehension you can also use the guided reading guidance provided from school. The book should be read two or three times and questions asked/ activities attempted at least once. Your child will be accessing a guided reading level one level above their independent reading ability at school within guided reading sessions.

This week, children have an English task to complete in their homework book, a Myimaths task linked to this weeks learning, their spelling and reading to complete as usual. In addition, children have this half term’s project homework to begin planning and working on.

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