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30th August 2017

English

This week, we continued to look at the story of Hansel and Gretel as part of our four week block on Traditional Tales. We started the week by working as a class to write a setting description of the Gingerbread House. To do this, the children explored how to use a range of adjectives, adverbs and similes. The children then continued to apply these skills independently by writing a description of the evil, old witch!

Maths

This week, the children having been exploring addition and subtraction. Children have been learning strategies to help them add and subtract a range of different numbers in their heads. With the use of a number line children have been working on using partitioning larger numbers into tens and ones to support their mental calculations.

Project Work

This week, we conducted our entry point for our project Active Planet. The children were asked to build a structure or a little village and we tested how it would cope with the effects of an earthquake, a hurricane and a flood or tsunami. After this we conducted our knowledge harvest where we found out more about each other’s prior knowledge on the subject of natural disasters.

Mandarin

This week, the students continued to revise words and sentence structures learnt previously. They were engaged in discussions, language games and cooperative learning to enhance their understanding in listening, speaking and reading skills.

Computing

This week, pupils continued their typing work from last lesson. Children continued learning to improve their accuracy when typing instead of focusing on speed as this does not show much improvement. Once they slowed down and started being more accurate, instead of learning to type faster we started to see an increase in typing speed.

Physical Education

This week in PE, each Year 3 pupil has ran 2 or 3 laps of the cross-country course. Their run has been timed and recorded. In Year 3 swimming lessons, the pupils have been assessed on their breaststroke technique.

Music

This week, Year 3 students explored how timbre (also known as tone colour) helps to distinguish different instruments in one rendition of Gershwin's 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'. Students then experimented with different ways to vary the timbre of their own voices, as well as how to describe those differences using adjectives.

Homework

As it’s bank holiday, there will be no homework this long weekend. Please continue to practice spelling with your child and complete 20 minutes supervised or shared reading every day.

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