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Getting Excited About Learning

21 January 2015

It has been a busy start to the term for Year 3 and they wanted to share some of the exciting things they’ve been doing in mathematics, science and ICT. Year 3 Leader, Emma Wakelin tells us all about it…

  • Year 3 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi making Batman signs in science
  • Year 3 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi getting active with angles
  • Year 3 students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi getting active with angles
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ICT and connecting with other schools around the world

Year 3 kick started their new topic, ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’ by making a movie. They were challenged to create a video that introduced our school and their class to other school children around the world. We have sent these off to their new class pals at Collège Champittet in Switzerland and Trident Prep School, Solwezi, Zambia. They had a really exciting week putting their ICT skills and creativity skills to the test! It was a great way for the children to develop ideas in response to a challenge and be aware that sometimes there can be different solutions to a problem and that originality is a good thing! Take a look at some of their work in the videos above.

Mathematics – getting active with angles

Year 3 got active with their learning of angles this week.  Children were challenged to work on their own and then in co-operative teams to create different types of angles using their bodies. From acute angles to obtuse angles, right angles to straight lines, the children directed and supported each other to consolidate their learning in a practical way. The children were engaged and this kinaesthetic approach to learning Maths was definitely a winner!

Science – Batman came to visit!

In Year 3 we are investigating ‘How to change the size of a shadow?’ and guess what…. BATMAN came to BISS PUXI to ask the advice of 3U!

On his swift and very secretive visit, Batman told us he needed to make bigger and smaller bat signals in the sky. He challenged us to predict how he could do this and decide what equipment we would need to help him complete his mission.

Mikel had some great advice for Batman: “I think that if I put a light source near the bat sign the shadow will get bigger because it blocks more light. If you put the bat sign far away from the light source it will be smaller because it blocks less light.”

Sun Min didn’t agree and thought the opposite, so Olivia decided we needed to investigate by measuring the size of the shadow to see who was right!

The children loved making bat signals with the torches and despite coming up with some issues, found ways to help each other out. Aayushe noticed her photography wasn’t working to record her observations, so Eduardo suggested turning off the flash so it didn’t create light that hid the shadow.

Holding the torch still like a shadow and measuring was tricky, but Dana suggested making marks with a pen or two people using their fingers to quickly mark the spot so another team member could make a more accurate measurement.

3U will soon be ready to explain their conclusions to Batman, after graphing their results on the computer. Batman certainly made our science exciting, challenging and made us work as a team.

- Emma Wakelin, Year 3 Leader

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