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Wk beginning 16/11/20

 

Another amazing week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In our English learning this week, we have continued our work relating to diary entries.  We have looked at the main elements of our story, before looking at ways that we can change it.  We have had great fun deciding on our own 'Killer' animal and its prey for our own versions of a diary entry.  We have also investigated how to correctly use prefixes to improve our writing.

In our maths learning, we have continued to investigate division and related it back to multiplication facts, using them to solve missing number problems.  We have also had great fun creating fact families with just three numbers. We performed a magic trick that Macavity would be proud of.  We have also investigated our four times tables in arithmetic, using a very catchy song to help us - to the tune of 'I'm still standing ' by Elton John.  This song has become very popular and we have now decided to adopt it as our official class song!

 

Our afternoons have seen us discuss hydrostatic skeletons in science.  This type of skeleton in in animals such as jellyfish and is a stable cylinder of liquid that protects their organs.

During these different times, we have also taken some time to discuss our own well-being and worries, before following this year's children in need recommendation of using 'five to thrive'.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Wk beginning 09/11/20

 

A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In English this week, we have continued our work relating to diary writing.  We have investigated how to correctly use inverted commas within our work.  We learnt that they go either side of direct speech that is actually said by a character.  We also leant that the punctuation of the speech also goes inside them, and that new speech must start on a new line.  We also had great fun when we discovered that 'said' is dead, creating a synonym word bank to use in our work.  We have finished this week with an amazing published write based on all our work over the past two weeks.  

In maths this week, we have moved onto investigating division.  We learnt that it is the inverse partner of division and that we can use our knowledge of times tables to help us with division problems.  We have investigated using number lines and bar models, using our mental recall to help us check our working. Fantastic!

 

Our afternoons this week have seen us take part in remembrance week at School.  We have learnt all about the evacuated children of WWII, including their suitcase allowances, rations for clothes and letters home.  We felt very humbled by this investigation and realised how our lives are very different to those of people during the war.  We also completed remembrance poppies and poppy art on the 11th, as well as observing the two minutes silence.

 

We are eternally grateful to those who gave their lives for us.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Wk beginning 02/11/20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In our English learning this week, we have investigated a new genre, diary writing.  We have learnt about the different features by magpieing a diary entry written bt the Gruffalo.  We learnt that they are written in past tense, use first person pro-nouns such as 'I' and 'we', discusses feelings and emotions and includes time adverbials.  We have really enjoyed sharing the first chapter of our new text: 'The diary of a killer cat', and basing our writing on this.  We have particularly found the use of made words such as 'flutter-balls' and 'eensy-weensy'!

Our maths learning has seen us investigate multiplication through the use of arrays and grids.  We have used lots of different methods to represent multiplication sums, even moving on the multiplication of a two digit number by a one digit number using our place value knowledge!

Our afternoon learning has seen us learn about hill forts during the Iron Age in encompass lessons and exoskeletons during our science lessons.  We found this learning very interesting - particularly the video we saw of a crab shedding its shell!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Lots of love from Seahorse Class!

Wk beginning 19/10/20

 

A fabulous week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have investigated riddles in our English learning this week.  We learnt that this is a type of poetry, which is similar to inference.  We learnt that they are short, just 5 or 6 sentences long, are written in present tense and can contain similes.  We had great fun investigating and creating similes for the characters in our class text, 'The Magic Finger'. We decided that Mr Gregg was as mean as a horrible bully and the Little Girl was as magical as a wizard!

We have really enjoyed this type of writing and can't wait to revisit it later this year.

We have secured our understanding of column method in Maths this week, using it for both addition and subtraction with bridging and exchanging.  I am very proud of the Seahorses in their mastery of this tricky skill - a skill I'm sure they will use throughout their lives, I know I have!

We have celebrated Black History Month in our afternoon learning this week.  We investigated the amazing Mart Seacole, a lady that did not allow prejudice stop her from helping others in need.  We also discussed other inspirational role models such as Marcus Rashford, Nicola Adams and Barack Obama.  

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Love from Seahorse class. xxxx

Wk beginning 11/10/20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We havwe concluded our work relating to non-chronological reports in English this week.  We used our learnt skills so far in our draft work on Monday and Tuesday, before editing and improving our work on Wednesday.  We became authors on Thursday, completing a published write, which was our non-chronological reports.  The writing was to an amazing standard, it is hard to believe that we are only seven weeks into year three!

Our maths learning this week has related to subtraction using the column method.  We secured oir skills using practical and pictorial methods, befor moving onto formal written methods.  We have even learnt the very tricky skill of exchanging.  We learnt to ask the tens, or hundreds column if we could borrow a ten or hundred to exchange.  Miss Gaskell popped into our lesson relating to this on Thursday and she was blown away by how amazing the work was!

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate how out country changed when it moved from the Stone Age to the Bronze age.  We learnt that metal became a valuable bargining tool when trading, which lead to huge changes in the way people lived.

Our Science learning has seen us investigate the differences between Male and Female skulls.  We discussed these differences using antonyms - a word that is the opposite to another word.

 

Now here is a secret message for the Seahorses - if you have read this Blog, well done! Remember to come and ask for your secret message dojo!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class xx

Wk beginning 5th October 2020

 

A fabulous week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have begun investigating non-chronological reports in English this week.  We learnt that they are factual writing pieces that are about a specific thing or area of information.  We learnt that they have features, such as headings, sub-heading and technical words - words that are used when writing about something specifically.  We looked at a report about ducks, just like the ducks in our class text, 'The magic finger'.

We have investigated how to use different sorts of adverbs to improve our writing and we learnt that an adverb can describe manner (how it's done), time, (when it happens) and place (where it happens).

Our maths learning this week has seen us tackle the tricky skill of column method for addition.  We have even learnt how to correctly exchange and carry over into the next column.  The Seahorses have worked really hard on this method this week and I am very proud of them.

Our afternoon learning about the Stone Age has continued this week, and we have learnt about the different job roles that exsisted then.  We talked about the different sdkills each different role would need, such as strength if you were a hunter.  In Science, we have investigated how the amount of bones within a human body decreases as we grow older.  We had a great discussion about how bones fuse over time, which leads to the decrease.

I have to finish with the brilliant work we have done today relating to world mental health day.  The children looked brilliant in their yellow and colourful clothes as part of our #helloyellow celebrations.  Thank you foy your kind donations this morning. The money will be given to the charity Young Minds, who support the mental health needs of children.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Lots of love from Seahorse Class xxx

Wk beginning 28-09-20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

We have continued our work relating to 'The magic finger' in English this week.  We have built on last week's writing about the farm by using our drafting and editing skills, before completing a published write on Thursday.  Mrs Knowles popped in during this lesson and she was blown away by the standard of the work she saw!

In Maths, we have been investigating lots of different addition skills this week.  We have learnt about creating number bonds to 100 using our bonds to 10 and 9, how to scale by 10, and how to bridge through 10.  We finished the week by beginning to use column method for addition, by using practical equipment.

Our afternoons have seen us investigating Stone Henge.  We enjoyed practically building our own versions of the monument, as well as investigating its history.  We learnt that it has had many uses through history, including a religious site, a place for executions and also a calendar.  We have also learnt about the human skeleton this week.  We learnt the names of many of the bones, and had great fun labelling our friends!

 

Have a lovely week, 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

 

Wk beginning 21/09/20

 

A great week in Seahorse Class!

 

We have been investigating how to correctly use prepositions in our writing in English this week.  We learnt that they are vocabulary that is used to describe position, such as next to, over by and opposite.  We have also looked at how to improve our sentences by using adverbs and up levelled openers.  We are looking forward to applying these skills in our writing next week.  

In maths we have been investigating how to use number lines when applying our place value knowledge.  We learnt to 'read' the number line by counting the steps between the two given numbers.  This then allowed us to work out what each step is worth.

Our afternoons have seen us investigate Skara Brae, a stone age settlement found on the Orkney Islands in Scotland.  We enjoyed discovering lots of interesting facts, such as the fact that they were connected by tunnels.  We have also investigated the importance of rules this week, and discussed the kind of rules our Executive Head, local MP and Prime Minster have to make and their reasons why.  We really enjoyed the similarities and differences.

 

Have a great week,

 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

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