WK 19: To end the week we took part in a fabulous Number day. We read the book spaghetti and meatballs completed a maths investigation related to perimeter.
We really enjoyed the performance of "The case of the missing number" on number day. It was a really fun way to learn how to solve problems in maths.
During our English lesson we role played scenarios from the Iron man story when a strange being flew to earth. We used out role play to help write direct speech in a newspaper report.
WK 18: In our encompass lesson this week we explored different materials whilst making models of playground equipment ready for our final design.
WK 17: This week in our encompass lesson we visited Hanley park because our new topic is mighty metals. We have a challenge from the council to design and make a model of new equipment for the park. We explored the forces and the materials used to make it.
Maths: This week we have been exploring different methods to solve multiplication sums.
English: We have begun to learn about the features of a diary ready to write our own diary entry from the point of view of Hogarth, the young boy from the book The Iron Man
Week 16: Welcome back and Happy New Year! Thank you all so much for the time and effort put into your homework. The robots make an excellent addition to out classroom. Take a look at our classroom now!
English: We have started our new English topic by predicting what will happen in our new novel 'The Iron Man' After we made our prediction we used it to write our own blurb.
In PE This week we have been learning new skills in Gymnastics and we can't wait to learn even more with our new coach, Myles form Bee Active.
Week 15: To end our Predator topic we made masks of our ultimate predator and our parents were invited in to help us. We had a fantastic creative afternoon and it was an amazing way to end a brilliant topic.
Science: To end our topic on sound we made a short documentary with friends about how sound travels.
For our new topic our challenge area will have a robots workshop theme which will also reflect our new book in English, The Iron Man! Can you make a robot to go into this area?
You could use anything around the house to build a robot or use the robot template provided. Make it as big or as small as you want. When you have finished could you write a character description about your robot? Give it a name, describe its appearance then write about its behaviours and personality.
Have a fun day making your robot friends.
The Iron Man Robot Model activity
In maths this week we will be learning about time. Here are some challenges:
How many snowballs can you throw in a minute? Can you improve your score?
How long does it take you to build a snowman as tall as you? Record the time in minutes and seconds.
Finally how long do you spend playing outside today? Record the time at the start and then the end. How many minutes were you outside? How many hours and minutes? Have fun!
Whilst enjoying the snow think of figurative language to describe the snowy scene? Use your senses. What can you see, hear, feel, smell....and may be taste!?
can you write up a short description of your time outside? ❄️⛄️☃🌨
Whilst enjoying a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate research Christmas traditions around the world. If you don't celebrate Christmas are they similar to any traditions you have for your celebrations?
What traditions do you already have in your house ready for Christmas? Are they a family tradition or do others share this tradition?
Share what you have found out when you come to school tomorrow?
Have a fun-filled snowy day 😄
WK 12: We have had another memorable experience this week when Zoo2u came to visit us to she us a number of different predators. Some small and some large. We even managed to stroke them.
To end our week we went to the YMCA to sing Christmas songs for the local community. We even sang live on the radio on BBC Radio Stoke, it was a brilliant afternoon.
Maths: In maths this week we have been learning to identify and compare fractions. We used concrete apparatus to support our understanding, we even used each other to show fractions.
English: We have been gathering vocabulary together ready to write a letter to the RSPCA to complain about how The Twits are treating the animals in their garden.
WK 11: The turtles ar becoming experts at using concrete apparatus to solve maths problems. This week they have use place value counters to subtract numbers up to 3 digits and will then move onto pictorial and abstract.
This week the Turtles performed their assembly about all their learning from their topic ' Predator' they showcased their learning so brilliantly and they should all be proud that they achieved ' A play in a day' Great work Turtles!!
WK 10: We are really enjoying playing and competing in team games especially the game that Tom, from Bee active, has taught us.
To help us write the instructions of our Twit's tricks, we acted them out in order to see what order we would do things and to figure out what we would need for the trick.
In English this week we discussed disgusting a revolting ways we could play a trick n the Twits.
This week in maths we have been using a rounding mountain to help us rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.
WK 9: To introduce our new topic 'Aquatic Predators' Year 3 and 4 went on a trip to Blue Planet in Cheshire. We had an amazing time and seeing the different animals there was breathtaking!
WK 9: In our encompass lesson this week we finished our topic of 'Air predators' by dissecting owl pellets. It was amazing what you find in an owl pellet. We identified the different bones and then tried to assemble the skeleton back together, which was very tricky but we had fun doing it.
Wk 8: We were fortunate enough to have a serving soldier visit our school to talk about the differences in the current British army compared to the army in World War II. It was an amazing experience for the children and they learnt a lot as well as finding it thoroughly enjoyable.
This week we have begun to read 'The Twits'. We are just discovering what kind of characters Mr and Mrs Twit are and so far we are all under the same opinion that Mr Twit is an incredibly horrible man! Did you know? He is extremely hairy and he never ever has a wash....yuuuuuck! We have had the delightful challenge of exploring his beard and then describe what's in there. Believe us when we tell you, it's not a pleasant sight or smell!!
This week we have been preparing for our trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium and we cannot wait to go and discover and learn about our next part of our topic 'Aquatic Predators'. We have written our itinerary and though of questions that we'd like to find out whilst we are there. During our trip we are having a class workshop called 'Jawsome Sharks!' It's going to be an amazing adventure!
WK 7: In maths this week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We learnt about their properties and during the week we made 3D shapes from magnetix and nets.
In English this week we used a short clip called marshmallows for a stimulus for our writing. We used descriptive language to describe the setting and we had fun trying to figure out what the monster in the film wanted.
We completed a virtual dissection of owl pellets during our encompass lesson, then identified the animal bones found inside. We also completed a diagram to show how owl pellets are formed.
WK 6: This week in maths we have been learning to subtract multiples of 10 and 100 from 3 digit numbers. We have used concrete apparatus and diagrams to help us and we also know a poem to remember when to exchange.
In English this week we have finished our book 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark'. We completed our novel and wrote a diary entry from the point of view of Plop, the baby owl who is afraid of the dark. We included lots of descriptive language, prepositions and a variety of openers.
WK 5: In maths this week in class we have been learning to add numbers up to 3 digits. We have used place value counters and diagrams to support our learning. We have learnt a poem to help with our understanding.
Science: In science this week we have learnt what a magnet is and then explored what objects are magnetic and which are not.
English: in English this week we have used DADWAVERS to help structure our writing. We have used the skills learnt to write a brilliantly descriptive description of a eerie, dark forest.
WK 3: We have been learning about democracy in PSHCE. We had candidates for our own class president, who gave speeches in order to convince us to choose them. We then voted for the person we wanted in a secret ballot.
PE: This term we are learning about working as a team. We are playing team games in order to lean skills that help us work better in a team.
We are reading the Owl who was afraid of the dark, which is about a young barn owl called Plop who is scared to leave his nest at night. This week we are learning to write a setting description of a dark, gloomy forest. One that we imagine Plop would be scared to go into. The turtles have used fantastic imagery in their writing whic really does make a terrifying read!
Maths: This week we have been using concrete apparatus and pictorial representations to help us work out adding on multiples of 10 and 100 to 3 digit numbers.
WK 2: This week we have been exploring the concrete apparatus to show place value in 3 digit numbers. We then used pictorial representations of numbers and finally we were able to partition numbers. Great work Turtles.
SCIENCE: In science this week we have learnt what a force is and that there are either push or pull forces. To show our understanding we then performed a freeze frame to demonstrate a type of force
Wow!! What a way to start a topic. We were lucky enough to have 6 birds of prey visit our class. We saw some fly, some walk and we even saw some fly then at the very end we were lucky enough to stroke Walter, the European Eagle Owl
Welcome back Turtles. We can't wait for you to return to get back to our wonderful journey of learning together. Take a sneak peek of your class ready to explore this term.
What a busy and exciting week we have had this week. Children have been finishing work in their encompass and finished our topic with a very creative week making native American head dresses.
We have written a descriptive piece of writing about a clip from a chilling short animation which they thoroughly enjoyed.
They have started to make their transition to their new class ready for next year. They have completed display work in preparation for their new classroom and met their fabulous new teachers. I think they are all very excited and ready to make that move up to the next class.
WK 37: In our Road Trip USA topic we learnt about the moment the native Americans met Christopher Columbus. We role-played the moment in order to understand how both might feel when seeing and meeting them.
We have been learning about sound and to begin with we went on a sound hunt to identify different sources of sounds and what sounds they made.
WK 35: For our Encompass topic: Road Trip USA, we were fortunate enough to have Liv come to our school and teach us some moves for cheerleading and then sequence them together to create a small dance. It was a fantastic day.
On Monday we went outside to take part in some outdoor drama for English. We role played our own chapter that we had planned for the story: The Wizard of Oz.
WK 34: To end the week the whole of the school really enjoyed their sports day. They all but their best effort into all the activities and achieved great results. Well done Turtles!
The Turtles have had a great week back with lots of hands on learning. Their first challenge in maths was to work out the best angle to launch an angry bird from in order to get their target. After investigating they decided that the best angle was an acute angle. It was impossible to launch from a right angle and with an obtuse angle the angry bird just rolled on the ground. They also had to follow directions in order to understand which way to launch their angry bird. They could follow directions using a right angle as a direction for a turn.
English: The Turtles are continuing their journey to the Emerald city in search for the Great Wizard of Oz. This week they have written a diary entry, writing from the point of view of Dorothy herself. They have produced amazing personal recounts, it's as if Dorothy wrote it herself.
Maths: we have been using our knowledge of times tables to solve multiplication and division problems. The turtles are becoming more confident when applying these skills to solve more difficult problems. They are multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit and using the bus stop method to solve division problems with bigger numbers. Great work Turtles.
WK 30: This week children have been predicting whether circuits would work and then test their theory by investigating with electrical equipment. The Turtles really enjoyed this hands on learning and were able to explain what a complete or incomplete circuit was by the end of the lesson.
Maths: children have been using place value counters and bar modelling to answer missing number problems for addition and subtraction. Then to finish the week they have been rounding to nearest 10, 100 and even 1000 to estimate answers to an addition or subtraction sum.
English: Children have really enjoyed writing a character description about the Wicked Witch of the West. They have included fantastic descriptive writing that enables you to paint a picture in your mind of what she really looks like and the type of person she really is. They have used powerful vets and adverbs to describe her actions and behaviour, beautifully descriptive expanded noun phrases and some have been able to use similes to describe her appearance. Great work Turtles!!
WK 29: The Turtles have thoroughly enjoyed starting to learn new skills for the team game, football. They have been which part of the foot is the best place to kick the ball and dribble the ball.
English: The Turtles have produced beautiful descriptive writing about when Dorothy first stepped through her door and entered Munchkin land. They have used wonderful imagery and are becoming confident in applying the year 3 skills that they have learnt thought the year.
Maths: The Turtles this week have been continuing to learn about measuring time. They have been applying their skills of reading an anologue clock to develop their skills in reading Roman numerals. They have also used their knowledge of digital clocks to work out worded problems using a timetable.
WK 28: In English this week The Turtles have begun to read their new text: The a Wizard of Oz. Children really enjoyed role playing the moment the cyclone hit Dorothy's home and taking her to a far away, magical land.
In maths this week all children have been learning to tell the time accurately on an analogue clock and then progressing onto converting the time onto a digital clock. This has been quite a difficult task for some but they have loved the challenge.
Welcome back! To introduce our new topic:Road Trip USA we had a day dedicated to all things American. Everyone made a great effort dressing up with an American theme and all children took part in lots of activities such as locating The USA on a world map and finding all the 50 states in America. A great dy
WK 27: This week in maths we have been learning about fractions. Our first lesson was to share what we already know by using concrete apparatus to represent a fraction.
WK 25: We had a fabulous day at Chester zoo this week. We were able too experience seeing the animals we had learned about during our science lessons on living things and their habitats.
WK 25: The Turtles walked to the Potteries museum to look at the Stafford Haud of gold and treasures found which belonged to the Saxons. They then made their own Saxon helmet.
WK 24-25: Over the past few weeks we have been solving measurement problems in our maths.
Week 25: We were lucky to have some beautiful chicks come into our classroom this week. We watched them hatch and grow into cute, fluffy little chicks.
We had a fabulous day on World book day. We brought in our favourite books and shared them with our friends. We also read with the ducklings class. We had a brilliant day.
W/C: 13th February. The Turtles loved going on the hunt for invertebrates as part of their science lesson.
W/C: 6th February 2017. We have enjoyed taking part in joint research teams to find out information about Anglo-Saxon life and the 5 different groups of vertebrates.
Tuesday 7th February. Positive messages from the Turtles on E-safety day
Maths day with the Turtles
W/C: 30th February
To end the week we have taken part in number day to help raise money for the charity NCPCC.
We took part in different maths challenges throughout the day which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
We read the book by Marilyn Burns Called Spaghetti and meatballs for all. Children were then set challenges from this to make sure all of Mr and Mrs Comfort's guests could fit around the tables, then work out the perimeter of the table arrangements.
During the afternoon Turtles completed some maths art, They used shapes to draw beautiful patterns called curves of pursuit.
W/C: 23rd January 2017
This week children have really enjoyed describing settings so that the reader can really imagine being at the museum where they have been with Stanley. They have used amazing descriptive language and set the scene ready to write their own chapter next week from the point of view of Stanley himself.
Turtles have really challenged themselves this week and applied their knowledge of the times tables to solve division problems. They have begun to use the bus stop method to solve problems with larger numbers. Practicing the times tables at home and at school daily really is having an impact on their learning which is so brilliant to see. Well done Turtles!
This week children have been researching information about the Anglo-Saxons ready for their assembly next week. They have found out who they were, where they came from and why they invaded. After researching they wrote their own information page about the Anglo-Saxons.
Friday 13th January. Snow day with the Turtles.
W/C: 9th January 2017
This term has seen a new character enter the Turtles class, Flat Stanley. We are beginning to go on many an adventure with him but this week it was our turn to write to Stanley to tell him all about our own adventures from this week. Children have learnt about the features of an informal letter and applied this knowledge into a letter that they have written to Stanley themselves. Great writing from Turtles this week, well done!
This week children have had to write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods. Being able to recall times tables quickly is a real focus in year 3 at the moment and any opportunity you have to practice times tables with your child would be of great value to them. Children are expected to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables by the end of year 3, along with 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Children ended the Tremors topic by reporting on a natural disaster that they have learnt about though this topic. All children made fantastic roving reporters and were able to report on the latest natural disaster, a tsunami. It was as if they were there when the tsunami struck Japan on Friday 11th March 2011 after an earthquake occurred off the pacific coast of Tohoku. Great work guys!