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26th May 2017


This week, we have continued looking at explanation text. The children have tried hard to structure their writing logically and sensibly, always referring to the opening paragraph, writing complex sentences and including the features of explanation.


We turned our attention to division this week. The children have been reviewing their understanding of division and the methods they use to successfully achieve the correct answer. Everyone tried hard to move towards the formal written method of chunking (expanded division/long division) and in some cases progressed onto the bus stop method (short division). Please continue to support your child using whichever versions of division they can use most successfully, especially if they find it tricky. While it takes a bit more time, their success using the method will build their confidence and understanding.

Project Work

This week, we delved deeper into volcanoes and discovered more about the way they form and how the movement of tectonic plates affect this. The children also spent some time thinking about why someone would choose to live on or near a volcano, even when they know it is a dangerous and unpredictable structure. As historians, children investigated the Vesuvius disaster of AD79 which led to the destruction of Pompeii.


This week has been the final week of learning words and sentences about school subjects. During the week, students were asked to design a school timetable of their own preference. They then participated in a show and tell activity where they talked about the timetable they had designed. Students have also learnt some basic adjectives to describe school subjects, such as: hard, easy, interesting and not interesting.


In this week’s computing lesson, children used code.org to help them understand the difference between an algorithm and a program. They began course 2 on the code.org website to continue learning about computational thinking. Previously taught concepts and skills are revisited in each course to enable effective mastery of new skills.

Physical Education

During Tennis, pupils have been looking at their backhand and how they would win a game against their opponent. In swimming pupils have been looking at backstroke, breaking down the stroke into sections.


This week, Year 3 students experimented with single syllables to create musical conversation. Mozart uses the same approach in the comic duet from ‘The Magic Flute’. Each student used the first syllable of their name to 'speak' with others while changing tone and rhythm for effect. All of this was tied back to important characters from Mozart's opera - Papageno and Papagena.


In line with the school homework policy, there will be no homework this week.

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