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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

 

Our teachers:

Emerald Class:  Diogo

Juniper Class:   Rodney

 

 

 

Our Class:

Year 3 is a challenging and exciting year as we are now in Key Stage 2. We are continuing our journey to become confident and independent learners.

 

 

 

04th June 2018

 

English: This week we have read the story of Ulysses and his fellow soldiers. Children have acted out the Story of the Trojan Horse and later used descriptive language to describe it. On Wednesday, children read the story of the Cyclops and children focused on different ways in which to vary our sentence openers. On Thursday, children have made their own story map of the story so far.

 

Maths: This week the children have consolidated their knowledge on fractions. The children have found equivalent fractions using a fraction wall and fractions of a unit and non-unit fractions of a number or quantity. By the end of the week we have solved different word problems involving fractions.

21st May 2018

 

English: This week, we have read about the Battle of Marathon that involved the Persians and the Greeks. Children researched on this topic and by the end of the week, they have created their own newspaper report, using all the features they have previously identified in other newspaper reports.

 

Maths: This week the children have consolidated their knowledge on formal written methods of multiplication and division. Children started the week multiplying two-digit number and ones using the expanded short method of multiplication, moving on the next day into multiplying two-digit numbers and ones and tens using the short formal written method. By the end of the week, the children have consolidated using the formal layout for division, including remainders and solved word problems using the skills learned throughout the week.

 

14th May 2018

 

English: This week we have planned our own explanation, we have started by drawing our own sequence of the Archimedes' experiment and written an introductory paragraph. Children have taken in consideration the features of explanation texts in their own writing.

 

Maths: This week the children have consolidated their knowledge on 2-D shapes. They have identified the properties of 2-D shapes; right, obtuse and acute angles and have been introduced to protractors. We have looked at perpendicular, parallel and intersecting lines, as well as lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes. Children have solved different word problems involving shapes and symmetry.

 

07th May 2018

 

English: This week we have looked at explanation texts and their features. Children have written complex sentences using causal conjunctions and conducted an experiment based on Archimedes' principle. Children have sequenced the different steps of the experiment and written a brief description for each step.

 

Maths: This week the children have been introduced to the formal written method of subtraction. They have used and applied the skill they learned in the previous week which enabled them to correctly place the digits in their respective place value columns. The children solved one and two-step word problems using the formal written method of subtraction.

 

30th April 2018

 

English: This week we have finished reading the adventure book 'The tunnel', and the children have mapped their own version of the story in a story mountain and  retold the story in freeze frames which allowed the to use descriptive vocabulary and time conjunctions to link the different sections of the story. Children worked independently to write their own ‘Tunnel’ stories, using their story mountain/ maps.

 

Maths: This week the children have been introduced to the formal written method of addition. They have used and applied the skill they learned in the previous week which enabled them to correctly place the digits in their respective place value columns. The children solved one and two-step word problems using the formal written method of addition.

 

23rd April 2018

 

English: This week we have continued to read the adventure book 'The tunnel', and the children have made a story map of the story  and wrote the respective captions for them. The children acted the whole story, first to their peers and afterwards, to the class. By the end of the week, the children have retold the story verbally and identified an alternative setting for the story.

 

Maths: This week the  children recognised the place value of each digit in a 2 and 3-digit number by partitioning into hundreds, tens and ones in different ways. Children have also been introduced to the concept of rounding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to the nearest ten and , late in the week, have estimated answers to calculations using rounding.

 

 

17th April 2018

 

English: This term we have started to read an adventure book 'The tunnel', the children have predicted what the story might be and described the main character’s looks and personality using adequate and powerful adjectives. The students have also described the characters feelings in thought bubbles and the by the end of the week they described the settings using expanded noun phrases and figurative language, such as, similes and metaphors.

 

Maths: This week the children have recalled and used multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables in daily mental and oral starters. We have looked at multiplication and how we multiply/divide a one digit number and two-digit number by 10.Childfen have also consolidated the use of the partitioning method and/ or the grid method of multiplication to multiply a teen number by a one-digit numberChildren have been introduced to the expanded written method of short multiplication.

 

 

12th March 2018

 

English: This week we have continued to look at aspects of non-fiction text, creating fact files on key areas around London and on Mexico.  Children have used the features of information leaflets in their own work and discussed this and new vocabulary at great length. They have also used Ipad to find additional facts to support their writing.

 

Maths: This week the children have looked at aspects of time, such as telling and writing the time to the nearest 5 minutes using an analogue clock (including clocks with Roman numerals) and 12 hour digital clocks. They have also looked at when to use a.m and p.m when telling the time. 

 

05th March, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have continued to explore fractions. We have continued to find non-unit fractions of small numbers or quantities using practical resources, pictures and/or diagrams to support. Children found pairs of fractions with the same denominator that total 1 and added and subtracted fractions with the same denominator within one whole.

Children solved one and two- step word problems involving fractions using concrete resources.

 

 

English: This week we have carried out a research and made notes about three specific landmarks in London. This research helped the children to find answers to many questions they first came up with when we started to discuss this topic. Children have used different conjunctions to expand and connect sentences they have generated in previous lessons.

26th February, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have continued to recognise fractions in the context of parts of a whole, of numbers, measurements, shapes and of quantities; introduce the terms numerator and denominator. Children recognised and showed simple equivalent fractions of a half and found simple non-unit fractions of small numbers or quantities using practical resources, diagrams and/or fraction walls to support.

 

English: This week we have started to interpret sources to say how Southwark has changed through the ages. Children have identified the features of information texts about some of the most famous landmarks in London and carried an online research to create a fact-file about Tower Bridge.

 

19th February, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have continued to recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables up to the 12th multiple. Children  have solved missing number problems using known division facts and the inverse operation. We have continued to use an empty number line to divide numbers of known tables including the 4 and 8 times tables and to determine remainders.

 

English: This week children looked at  several non-fiction texts, such as biographies, bibliographies and comprehension texts. Children have retrieved and recorded information from non-fiction texts and asked pertinent questions to  understand the texts better.

 

 

05th February, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have continued to recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables up to the 12th multiple. Children  have solved problems involving doubling and used partitioning and/ or the grid method to multiply a teen number by a one-digit number to solve word problems involving multiplication.

 

English: This week children finished their own fiction story in which they have adopted different techniques to capture the reader's interest, such as the use of figurative language, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and appropriate adjectives to best describe the opening paragraph, the build-up, the problem, the resolution and the ending.

29th January, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have consolidated names and properties of common 3-D shapes and described them using correct vocabulary, such as number of faces, vertices and edges. We have Identified 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes and made 3D shapes using modelling materials.  By the end of the week we used simple scales e.g. 2 or 5 units per square, in bar charts with increasing accuracy and we have also interpreted information presented in scaled bar charts, in tallies and in tables to solve one and two- step questions.

 

English: This week we have started to plan and write our own fiction story. We have continued to look at different techniques to capture the reader's interest, such as the use of figurative language, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and appropriate adjectives to best describe the opening paragraph, the build-up, the problem, the resolution and the ending. Children have edited and improved their work with the help of their peers. 

 

22nd January, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have used the knowledge of place value to subtract a three-digit number and tens and a three digit number and hundreds. We have also introduced the expanded written method for subtraction which children used to solve word problems.

 

English: This week children continued to explore the non-fiction book 'The Tear Thief', we have described the characters and the setting where the story takes place and we also wrote a diary entry, in which children had to write as they were the Tear Thief.

 

 

15th January, 2018

 

Maths: This week we have used the knowledge of place value to add a three-digit number and tens and a three digit number and hundreds. We have also introduced the expanded written method for addition which children used to solve word problems.

 

English: This week children continued to explore the fiction book 'The Tear Thief', we have created our own 'WANTED' poster using persuasive language; children have also investigated word meaning with the help of the dictionary. By the end of the week, children punctuated direct speech correctly following the steps for success in the success criteria.

 

08th January, 2018

 

Maths: This first week back, we have recognised the place value of each digit in a three-digit number and we also have partitioned

 three- digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We have  solved missing number problems using the knowledge of place value.

 

English: This week we have started to read the book 'The Tear Thief'. The children have explored the text and discussed the author's strategies to capture the reader's interest. We continued to use fronted adverbials and connect these to relevant sentences. The children made predictions of what might happen next in the story.

 

 

04th December, 2017

 

Maths: This week we have learned how to find the double and the quadruple of a number using partitioning as our main method.

We have also looked at multiplication and division facts and how to find missing numbers using the inverse operation.

 

English: This week we have started to plan and write our own fiction story. We have continued to look at different techniques to capture the reader's interest, such as the use of figurative language, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and appropriate adjectives to best describe an opening paragraph.

 

27th November, 2017

 

Maths:   This week we have looked at data and how to interpret it, using pictograms and predetermined tally charts to create bar charts. This has incorporated looking at weather charts and additional data, such as the frequency of recorded information. We then collected our own data, establishing a common question across the class and in groups. These were used to collect data on tally charts and then the children recorded their findings using bar charts and line graphs. We have also revisited our understanding of fractions and ordered these along a number line from smallest to biggest. For example, 3/10, 2/10 and 6/10.

 

English: This week we have continued reading the book 'Leon and the place Between'. Many of the lessons required looking at aspects of the text, for example correcting text by adding capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks. We continued by beginning to write paragraphs around a theme such as the opening to a story. The children continued to use fronted adverbials and connect these to relevant sentences. We also used music as a stimulus for our creative writing, the children were tasked with writing a description for the piece music. Towards the end of the week, we revisited the story again and began to use images from the book and drawings to a story board.

20th November, 2017

 

Maths: This week we have been recognising the value of all coins and notes. We begun to use the decimal notation related to money and added and subtracted amounts of money in practical contexts and in word problems, including giving money. We also solved missing number problems, using number facts and place value. On Friday, we mentally added a three-digit number and ones and a three-digit number and tens within and beginning to bridge to 200.

 

English: This week we have continued to read the book 'Leon and the place between'. We have edited our work, adding the noun phrases and adverbs studied in the previous week. We have also looked at clauses within sentences and the importance of commas with these clauses and in a list. We have also explored the use of speech bubbles and speech marks when developing a conversation between two characters.

 

 

 

13th November, 2017

 

Maths: This week we have learned about angles as properties of shapes. We have compared angles (bigger than a right angle; right angle and smaller than ) using a right angle checker. Throughout the week, we have estimated and compared measurements of classroom objects using different units of measurement ( m; cm; mm ). By the end of the week, we have learned to measure the perimeter of 2-D shapes.

 

English: As we continue to read the book "Leon and the Place Between" by Angela McAllister, children have written brilliant descriptions of the settings and characters by using fronted adverbials, powerful adjectives, adequate adverbs and expanded noun phrases.

 

06th November, 2017

 

STEM week: This week was dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

On Monday, we had Cyril Molony (STEM Ambassador) coming to our school to show us how brilliant our brain is, and on Thursday, Dr. Giles Camplin (Chairman of the Airship Association) presented us with a complete and concise overview of the history of air ballooning. 

Throughout the week, we have conducted a few scientific experiments (bone in vinegar experiment and the egg in soda experiment) and we have also looked at simple mathematical reasoning problems. During the week, we have written diary entries and newspaper reports to support our investigations.

 

 

30th October, 2017

 

Maths: This week we have looked at time. We have introduced Roman numerals from I to XII and consolidated telling the time using an analogue clock: , (including clocks with Roman numerals).

We have introduced telling the time to the nearest five minutes on an analogue clock and began to convert between analogue and digital time. By the end of the week we have looked at solving problems set in the context of time.

 

English: This week we wrote a diary as a recount following a visit to either the funfair or circus. This relates to the new book we have started called 'Leon and the place between'. As we continue to look at this book we will work on aspects of grammar, such as improving simple sentences and using fronted adverbials. 

 

 

 

 

16th October 2017

 

Maths:  This week we have looked at fractions, eg. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4. Following on from division last week the children are able to use the array and number line method. As well as their times tables to solve fraction questions. We have investigated unit fractions and non unit fractions (Eg. 1/3 & 2/3) in simple fraction questions and in word problems.

 

English: The children have looked at acrostic poems linked to festivals, such as Harvest, Christmas, Diwali etc. Initially working in pairs to create poems and then individually. 

 

Swimming: Year 3 will beginning swimming lessons on the first Tuesday back. Decathlon store are currently selling swimming outfit, cap and goggles in a bag for approximately £10. We are unsure as to how long this deal may last.

 

We have asked the children to practise the times tables and continue to read for 20 minutes a day. We want to encourage a reading for pleasure attitude, so we expect feedback from a variety of sources.

9th October 2017

 

Maths: This week we have look at division, the inverse of multiplication. We have used the array method when solving number problems. The children have also looked at and used a number line, counting forward and backwards in order to solve number problems. We have continued to look at word problems, which contain both words and numbers. The children have used the same methods, number line and array, to work and and solve these problems.

 

Each morning we have also practised our times tables using, songs, games and written questions. We have encouraged the children to practise their times tables at home, using the number sheet we have provided.

 

English: This week we have been looking at the key features of instructional texts, such ranging from recipes to how to make a sandwich. The children have begun to identify these features and rate them in terms of the features they do or do not possess, such as bullet points, pictures, bossy vebs (imperative verbs) and numbers.

 

We have also continued with our look at the stone age and have designed miniture caves, along with cave drawings.

This week we have been working on:

 

2nd October, 2017

 

Maths: This week we have looked at different methods for multiplication. We have used arrays and number lines first, then, we have started to use the partitioning and the grid method. By the end of the week, we looked at word problems.

 

English: This week we started to write our own version of the 'The black dog'. We have used several techniques to get the reader's attention, such as, the use of fronted adverbials, different sentence starters, powerful adjectives and direct speech.

 

 

29th September 2017

 

Maths: This week we have looked at 2- D shapes and their properties. Children have identified the properties of shapes, lines of symmetry and sorted shapes by their properties.

 

English: This week we have started to plan our own version of the book 'The Black Dog'. We all had a book talk, used a mountain story planner and started to write own version.

 

22nd September 2017

Maths: This week we have looked at subtrating three-digit and one digit, along with three-digits and tens. Reforcing the understanding of place value (hundreds, tens and ones). We have also looked at subtracting two two digit numbers, using the partitioning method and empty number line. We have also looked at solving one step word problems using subtraction and addition.

 

English: We have continued reading our class book, looking at the use of apostrophes for contraction and possession. We have also improved sentences using fronted adverbials, adjectives and verbs.

 

 

15th September 2017

Maths: We looked at addition of two two digit numbers, using the partitioning and number line method. Where the children worked on questions similar to 86 + 43 =. These methods are illusrated in the school's calculation policy.  We also explored the vocabulary used within this area. We also looked at expanding the children's reasoning by posing open ended questions.

 

English: We started reading our class book 'The Black Dog', using this as the bases for describing characters, predicting what may occurs next. We also looked at the importance of grammar and punctuation, ensuring that we use capitals and full stops.

 

Every morning our focus is handwriting and the use of cursive script.

 

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