Week 6 (WC 07.10.19)
A huge thank you for all your generous donations to our Harvest Assembly and for helping your child practise their poem and songs, it was a wonderful assembly!
This week in English we have begun a new genre of writing, a character description of Mrs Hogget. We looked at WAGOLL and found the features we need to include in our writing. We are going to publish our fourth piece of writing next week, we have worked incredibly hard this half term! Well done Turtles, Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh are really proud of you all!
Challenge: Can you remember the features that you need for a character description?
We have had an exciting week in Maths learning about estimating numbers on a number line and even finding the nearest number. Once again, we have impressed Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh by reaching the Gold challenges! Next week we are looking at time, can you start practising telling the time at home?
Challenge: What would the nearest number be to 476? 400 or 500?
This week in Encompass, we started to look into the Bronze Age. We used the iPads to research what jewellery they wore and then created our own pieces by using clay. We will bring these home next week so you can see our brilliant creations!
In Science this week, we have learnt about how magnets are used in everyday life such as a fridge and even a laptop! We then used our knowledge of what we have learnt so far about magnets and created our own magnetic maze game. We had so much fun creating and then playing our magnetic maze games!
Please practise the poem, Harvest Moon, ready for the Harvest Assembly on Friday 11th October, thank you!
We are also going to be singing these four songs so please keep practising these at home too, thank you!
It's Harvest Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-3JPZcLjVE
Autumn Leaves - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rhKeuIWGpg
Autumn Says Hello - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq3csWGbGaM
Harvest Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdIrlTlXks
Week 5 (WC 30.09.19)
Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh are super proud of all of Turtle class this week, we have had an awesome week!
We have extended our knowledge of letter writing to creating a persuasive letter. On Monday (07.10.19) we are going to publish our persuasive letter to Farmer Hogget, persuading him to allow us (Babe) to take part in the sheep-dog trials.
Challenge: Can you tell someone at home what other words are used for a sheep-dog trial?
We have worked extremely hard in Maths week, most of us even reaching Gold! We have continued our learning with addition and subtraction but including mental methods of working out as well as column method. We found out that when adding ones, sometimes the ones and tens column changes and when adding tens, sometimes the tens and hundreds column changes. We have blown Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh's mind with how marvellous we are in our Maths!
This week in Encompass we were really lucky and built Stonehenge out of biscuits! Take a look at our pictures to see our fantastic creations. We used the biscuits to represent megaliths to create our monument as if it were in the neolithic era.
Challenge: Can you remember the definitions of megalith, monument and neolithic?
We have experimented with different materials this week, seeing if magnetic forces work through them. We used materials within the classroom and predicted what we thought magnetic force would go through and then conducted our experiment. We were extremely shocked to find that magnetic forces worked through the glass window on our class door!
Week 4 (WC 23.09.19)
Yet another fantastic week full of learning in Turtle Class!
This week in English we have started a new genre, letter writing. We have looked at the features of what make a letter and included these when we published our own letter on Friday! We received a letter from Fly's puppies about how they are getting on living at Farmer Green's Farm. The letter was informal and we decided to write back to the puppies but as if we were Babe. We are getting very good at writing from other characters perspective now! Our editing skills are improving and we have started to edit and revise by using 'ARMS and CUPS'. Both Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh are so impressed with our ever improving writing skills!
Challenge: Can you remember what you need to look at if we are editing using CUPS?
In Maths this week, we have been working on addition and subtraction. We started the week at adding and subtracting multiples of 100 and ended the week at adding 3-digit and 1-digit numbers, with an exchange! We used the dienes to help us with our understanding of exchanging ten ones for one ten but could also understand how numbers can be represented in different ways. Next week we are continuing our super knowledge of addition to help us with subtraction.
This week we have been identifying the main features of a Stone Age settlement and identifying where in the UK Stone Age settlements have been found. We really enjoyed looking in Atlas' to see if we could find the areas, it was so much fun!
In Science we have enjoyed experimenting with two magnets to see whether different poles will attract or repel. We had a lot of fun trying our hardest to push north and north poles together and south and south poles together.
Week 3 (WC 16.09.19)
What another excellent week of learning we have had in Turtle Class!
This week we have worked exceptionally hard with our writing skills. We have drafted, edited and published our first piece of writing; 'A Day in The Life of Fly'. We all wrote from Fly's perspective and told of all the jobs Fly has to do whilst living on the farm with Farmer Hogget. Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh are super impressed with our writing skills and they can't wait for us to showcase some more of our wonderful writing!
Here are some tricky words from Chapter Four of The Sheep-Pig:
civil mournful confused lame dominate
Look them up in a dictionary (don't forget you can use an iPad/tablet/phone) and find out what they mean. Can you use them in a sentence?
We have been marvellous mathematicians this week in both our maths lessons and our arithmetic lessons. We have been learning how to find 10/100 more/less of a given number and have even started to use the inverse operation to find a missing number. We learnt that if we are finding 10 more/less, then only the tens column changes and if we are finding 100 more/less, then only the hundreds column changes. At the end of the week, we embedded our knowledge of place value to compare numbers by using objects. We were superstars! Miss Joinson and Miss Marsh are incredibly proud of how we are starting to become more independent learners, especially in maths.
Have a go at these challenges:
We have had a fun week as we continue to learn more about The Stone Age. On Tuesday, we started to learn about different structures that Stone Age people lived in. We used blocks to create our own megalithic structure, used iPads to research how Stone Age people lived and this to create freeze-frames as if we were in the Stone Age! On Thursday we had a real treat with a drama workshop which was led by Steve. We worked together as a team to create a short production about life in the Stone Age and then we performed to Miss Joinson, Miss Marsh and Mrs Edwards. All three teachers were incredibly proud of our confidence and amazing acting skills, well done!
This week in Science, we carried out an investigation to see whether a magnet has to touch a material for attraction to occur. We made predictions about the distance a magnet would be so it could attract a paperclip. After we carried out the investigation, our results showed that the magnet attracts a paperclip from 2cm! We spoke about the invisible force, called the magnetic field, and how the Earth even has its own magnetic field.
Challenge: What would happen to the distance if we used a bigger magnet?
Week 2 (WC 09.09.19)
We have had yet another busy week in Turtle Class, Miss Joinson is extremely proud of everyone!
We have started reading our class text (The Sheep-Pig) and have learnt about using adjectives to describe a character, writing in first person and some drama! We pretended to be Babe so we could get used to writing from a characters perspective. Next week we will be publishing our first piece of work as Year 3 authors. We cannot wait to show you what we have produced!
Challenge: Can you remember what the word 'perspective' means?
In Maths, we have completed lots of work to do with place value. We have learnt how to write numbers in digits and words, how to partition numbers in hundreds, tens and ones and even how to represent a number in different ways.
Challenge: Can you write the number 793 in words?
We have continued our learning about The Stone Age to Iron Age and learnt about some new vocabulary such as the paleolithic era, the neolithic era and the metal ages. We have also used iPads and prompt sheets to research what stone age people wore, what they ate and where they lived. We were surprised to find out that they wore animal skins that they had cleaned after hunting the animal for food!
We had a really exciting Science lesson this week as we managed to go outside on to the playground to find magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We made a prediction about what material we thought would be magnetic and then we tested the material when we were outside. Most of our predictions were correct so we were really happy!
Challenge: Can you remember at least three metals that have to be included in a material for it to be magnetic?
Week 1 (WC 02.09.19)
Wow! What a fantastic first week in Turtles class! We have been extremely busy this week creating lots of amazing art work, showcasing our brilliant writing skills and demonstrating marvellous maths.
In English this week, we have done a lot of work on presentation and how our work should look in our books. We have introduced a new rule when we are writing; write a line, miss a line. The children have been working really hard on getting used to this rule, keep it up Turtles! Our text for this half term is The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith. We have made predictions about what we think the text is going to be about and we are excited to get reading!
In Maths this week, we have continued to do a lot of work on our presentation so we are ready to produce beautiful work. We have completed some work on place value by recognising the place value of each digit in a three-digit number. How many hundreds, tens and ones are there in 846?
We have introduced our new unit of work, Stone Age to Iron Age, by writing what we already know and also questions about what we want to know. Thank you for all of the creative homework that you have brought in to school this week, I am overwhelmed with all of your wonderful creations! The children have enjoyed designing their own cave paintings by using chalk and crayons to portray a story (just like in the Stone Age!) Can you tell someone at home how cavemen used stone?
In Science this half term, we will be learning about Forces and Magnets. This week we have been able to write down what we already know and ask questions about what we want to find out. Do you know the names of any metals that are magnetic?
Week 36 24th June
This week we have published our WANTED poster to find the Giant on the loose. We then performed them in a News Report style scenario using a loud, clear voice with expression. We really enjoyed reading our work out to an audience. The audience spotted any Year 3 or 4 skills including expanded noun phrases, adjectives, adverbs and subordinating conjunctions.
In Maths, we applied our addition and subtraction skills to money and found totals using a price list. We then learned all about finding change and used the number line to find change from varied amounts. Some children went as far as from 20 pound, well done! We then applied all of our skills into problem solving and reasoning. We had to check the change we were given in the shop and say 'Excuse me!' if it wasn't correct. Keep practising using and understanding money, it is an extremely important skill.
In the afternoon, we looked at how society helps victims of natural disasters. We learned about charities that help, including the British Red Cross, Unicef and Oxfam. We discussed what could be done and decided whether we thought it was enough. Miss Smith was very impressed with the children's maturity during a sensitive subject, well done!
Week 35 17th June
This week we have started a new genre of writing - a WANTED poster. A brutal giant has escaped the Queen's arrest and we need to find him before he causes any more harm. We described our giants and thought of effective words to use. Next week, we will be writing our first draft including subordinating conjunctions and a variety of openers.
In Maths, we have been focusing on time. Miss Smith thinks that Turtles should be practising time at home, preferably with an analogue clock as this is what we were struggling with. In Year 3, we need to be able to tell the time in 5 minute intervals.
In Science this week, we learned all about how a plug works and looked at how we are kept safe when using them. This linked back to our previous learning on insulators and conductors. Can you tell someone in your family how a plug works?
Week 34 10th June 2019
This week, we had a terrible earthquake at Waterside. When we came in from lunchtime, the classroom was such a mess and we had to find out what had happened. We discovered there had been an earthquake so we found out how they happen and wrote our own newspaper report. Take a look at the photographs of our destroyed classroom below:
In English this week, we have continued with our Non-Chronological report about The Bloodbottler. We have written and edited our first draft using Year 3 skills. Some of us used Year 4 skills including fronted adverbials and a topic vocabulary. We are looking forward to publishing on Monday and beginning a new genre.
This week, we have worked hard to embed our Fractions skills in Maths. We had a recap on how to find equivalent fractions, order and compare fractions and find fractions of amounts. We then challenged ourselves even further by looking at adding and subtracting fractions when the denominators are different and solving tricky fraction word problems. We all showed great determination this week, Miss Smith is very pleased with our efforts. To end the week, we showcased our learning of fractions in our own Fraction Museum. We created our own exhibits explaining and showing different concepts and then observed each-other's work.
Week 33 4th June 2019
Welcome back Turtles. I hope you've had a lovely week off and enjoyed time with your families. This week has been exciting as some of our children have been celebrating Eid. We also took part in lots of activities in school including creating our own Mehndi, mindfulness colouring, Eid related maths problems and an acrostic poem. We learned about why Muslims celebrate Eid and lots of children were able to share their own experiences or even relate it to their own religion, well done! Take a look at the photographs below...
In English, we have started our new genre of 'Non-chronological Reports'. We magpied the features of a good report and researched all about The Bloodbottler, the mean giant we are using as our topic. Can you remember any of our topic language?
Towards the end of the week we used our knowledge of place value to solve reasoning problems which some of us found really tricky. After some modelling, we showed determination and everyone managed to move onto even trickier problems. We ended the week by playing a place value game. Some children had 100s, 10s or 1s and our challenge was to make the smallest 3 digit number possible, or the biggest even number. We had to use our knowledge of place value to win the game and we enjoyed it lots. Take a look at some photographs below...
Week 32 20th May 2019
The last week of term has been a busy one as usual. We started the week with a brilliant drama workshop relating to our Tremors topic. We acted out the process of a volcano and thought about the effects of natural disasters on residents and families. Take a look at the photographs below:
As well as our workshop, we also continued our work on the BFG and published our first-person retell about Sophie's journey to Giant Country. We created our own dialogue, looking at the way the BFG speaks, adding action to build interest for the reader.
In Maths, we moved onto an exciting 3D shape topic where we learned about all the key words (face, vertices, edge, surface, curved, straight) and looked at the properties of specific shapes. Look at the photographs below of our learning:
Week 31 - 13th May 2019
This week we have started to write our setting descriptions of Sophie's journey. We planned our writing and described how she travelled through villages, forests, the sky and finally entered a desolate wasteland. Next week, we will look at the BFG's dialogue, if you've watched the film, how does the BFG speak differently to us?
In Maths, we went back to Multiplication and challenged ourselves with worded problems and reasoning questions. Both myself and Miss Marsh were amazed with the progress the children made, especially showcasing their learning by creating their own problems.
In the afternoons, we have been looking at Kandinsky's work. As his work is so colourful, we looked at the primary and secondary colours and had a go at colour mixing. We also looked at a variety of his work and made opinions based on what we thought it meant to us or represented. Take a look at the photographs below:
Week 30 - 6th May 2019
This week we have published our re-tell of the first chapter 'The Snatch' from the BFG. We used lots of Year 3 skills including adverbs of time, place and manner. Can you remember what these are and give any examples?
In Maths we have spent the week multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, in particular discussing why we move the digits and answering missing number/reasoning problems. Miss Smith and Miss Marsh were very impressed with the progress we made, some of us moving onto diamond in every lesson this week! Keep up the good work!
The afternoon curriculum has been really exciting again! We continued learning about the Geography of the Earth and looked at the different layers it's made up of. To do this, we used a Mars Bar. Take a look at the picture below and try and label the chocolate to show what each layer represents.
Week 29 - 29th April
Welcome back! We hope you've had a lovely and well rested Spring half term.
It was lovely to see all of the homework the children bought it, scroll down to see some examples.
In English we have started writing using the BFG as our stimulus. After reading the first chapter we summarised, magpied and drafted the first section. This included a setting description and build up of tension when Sophie sees the dark, mysterious figure.
In Maths we have focused on Division. We divided 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number including working with remainders and presented this in a variety of different ways including a number line, partitioning and with counters. Some of us moved onto applying this with 3 digit numbers, well done!
The most exciting part of the week was making our Greek flat breads, thank you to those who donated money for the purchase of the ingredients, it is always appreciated. Take a look at some photographs below:
Just a quick update about our new topics for the term. We can't believe it's the Summer term already!
Encompass: Tremors (extreme weather)
English: The BFG by Roald Dahl
Maths: Focus on reasoning, multiplication, division and fractions
A HUGE well done to children (and parents) for their amazing creative homework. Below are some examples of the standard we have received. Keep up the great work!
Week 28 - 6th April
I think we're all ready for a break after the busy week we've had.
Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the children for their AMAZING performance in Going for Gold on Friday. The effort and confidence you showed was unbelievable for Year 3!
In English we focused on Dialogue. We created our own success criteria with everything we needed to include. Some of us included action in our conversations, making our writing more detailed and interesting for the reader, well done! Our dialogue was between poor Dorothy and the Munchkins. Find someone to act it out with over the holidays, using action and speech verbs.
In Maths, we explored 'Length', we used the Maths dictionaries to find the meaning of key words such as unit, standard, non-standard, long, short, measure.
We then thought about how length can be measured and answered some reasoning questions. See the pictures below:
Week 27 - 1st April
This week we published our character description of the Wicked Witch of the West. We used lots of features to build a picture in the reader's mind. Can you write a list of all the features we need for a description? Take a look at the example below to help...
In Maths, we applied our knowledge of fractions to solve problems using equivalent fractions.
We compared fractions with different denominators and added and subtracted fractions after converting them! It was a tricky objective but we did really well!
The afternoons have been really exciting this week. In Encompass we have written, filmed or designed a poster to persuade people to visit the country Greece. We used our geographical knowledge of its physical and human features to do so. Try and persuade a family member to go using all of our persuasive features (power of 3, alliteration, exaggeration, positive adjectives and rhetorical questions)
Lastly, we observed shadows and experimented how shadows changed when the light source got closer or further away. Take a look at the pic collage below...
Week 26 - 25th March
This week has been SO busy! We can't believe how many great experiences we squeezed into one week! As well as continuing with our usual English and Maths we had a local visit to the Victoria Hall to watch 4 of our Turtles perform in the Recorder Festival. It was lovely to see such support for our classmates and they did Waterside proud. Well done!
We also had a visit from a pottery workshop where we made our own Greek pots. Some of us struggled but it was the first time we'd tried and every adult said we were very eager and determined to learn.
On Wednesday, we also had a visit from Jenny, a nutritionist who came to discuss how to be healthy and introduced us to the different food groups. We impressed her with our knowledge of fruits and vegetables, some of them were very unusual.
This week in English we have started to write a character description about the Wicked Witch of the West. We learned all about show-not-tell and we found lots of descriptive language to use in our first drafts next week.
In Maths we have revisited subtraction and all of us were fluent with formal subtraction including borrowing. Some of us moved onto problem solving - well done!
Week 25 - 18th March
This week we wrote our class blog together. Next week, Miss Smith will choose 2 monitors to write it.
This week in Turtles Class we have been focusing on scaling in Maths. We learned that when you scale something up, you multiply and when something is scaled down, you divide. We found this tricky at first but we showed determination and will get there in the end!
In English we have been continuing to write our informal letters using subordinating conjunctions, informal language and using a chatty style. Miss Smith was very impressed with our writing, especially our up-levelled pieces of work.
In Encompass we learned about the Battle of Marathon and the two states, Athens and Sparta. Can you remember why didn’t get along?
Challenge: Think about how this links to our world today. Why do we have marathons?
Week 24 - 11th March
This week we have celebrated British Science Week! We received a letter to say we had to create our own special packages to protect a fragile object. We worked in groups to plan and resource then tested our inventions using an egg. Almost everyone's survived, well done! Take a look at some of the photographs below:
As well as the egg protecting experiment, we also took part in a light investigation answering the question: Which materials are reflective?
We planned our experiment together and took part in a carousel testing a high-visibility jacket, mirror, fabric, wood, plastic and foil. We found out that the foil, high-visibility jacket and mirror were reflective. Look at the pictures below:
Week 23 - 4th March
What an exciting week we've had! This week we celebrated World Book Day and dressed up as characters from our class story 'The Wizard of Oz'. Miss Smith and Miss Marsh were extremely impressed and proud that everyone made such a wonderful effort.
We took place in lots of different activities.
In the morning we created our own book cover for the story and wrote our own short blurb to try and persuade people to read the book. The winner with the best book cover was Sophia Well done!
Then, we created our own word yellow brick road using words to describe Emerald City. We chose positive adjectives such as majestic, pure, vibrant, enchanting, magical. There were lots of lovely choices and the yellow brick road looked great when we'd finished.
We also created our own artwork showing the contrast between Kansas and Emerald City - one being dark, dull and dreary, and the other being a colourful world of wonder. Take a look at the examples below:
Week 22 - 25th February
Welcome back, I hope you had a lovely, well rested half term! We have had a busy week this week, straight back into our learning.
In English we introduced our new story 'The Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum which we are enjoying thoroughly so far. We used the week to learn about the main plot and the characters involved in the story. Our first piece of writing will be a Chapter 1 re-tell where Dorothy finds herself in Emerald City. We worked hard to think of descriptive language to describe the setting which we will use in our writing next week! Please see the pictures below...
In Maths, we have revisited division. This is still a focus area and could be an area to focus on at home if you wish to do some extra home learning. We looked at dividing 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number with remainders.
e.g. 13 divided by 3 (you can fit 4 lots of 3 (12) and there is 1 left over so the answer is 4r1)
Week 21 - 11th February
This week we went on our Science trip to Chester Zoo! It was a great way to end a busy term and we enjoyed looking at all of the different animals in their habitats.
We saw mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds on our visit and some of us were able to identify them as we walked round, well done!
Take a look at some photographs from our trip below:
This week we have published our diary entry and started a new genre of writing - a setting description. Our aim this week is to describe Theseus' journey from Athens to Crete on his boat. We discussed the different senses and made a writing checklist. Can you remember any of the features for description?
In Maths we continued with our fractions work - solving problems using all of our skills. Again, another reminder to practise your basic multiplication and division, these help in LOTS of other areas in the Maths curriculum.
Encompass was interesting this week, we researched the daily life of an Ancient Greek - what did they wear? What did they eat? What did they do for a job? If you would like some extra homework, write a diary entry from an Ancient Greek's point of view using all of our research.
Well done to those children who received their Travel Tracker badge for walking to school. It is the children's responsibility to record this in the morning so please remember to do so in order to get your badges.
Don't forget it's Chester Zoo on Wednesday 13th February. Children need to be in school at 8:15. We are really looking forward to it!
We have had another fabulous week in Turtles Class, well done for all of your hard work!
This week in English we have written and edited our diary entry of Theseus. We included Year 3 features like exclamation marks, question marks, openers and time conjunctions. Miss Smith was particularly impressed with our style, it sounded like Theseus had written some of them himself, well done for getting into character.
In Maths we have continued with our work on Fractions. Equivalent fractions was something we found difficult at first but our steps to success meant we were able to do it quickly by the end of the lesson:
We did notice that our class were struggling with basic multiplication and division facts, remember to practise your times tables at home. How many 2s are in 2? How many 1s are in 4? These may sound basic but it needs to be embedded to aid with other areas of learning.
The most exciting part of the week was Number Day where we read the story '365 Penguins' and carried out some Maths activities relating to it. Using our knowledge of the calendar we were able to solve tricky problems! Take a look at some photographs below...
What a busy week we've had! We showcased our learning of Ancient Greece in our Class Assembly which was sensational, the children were so confident considering it was their first assembly in KS2, Miss Smith was very proud. Thank you to all parents who turned up to watch and joined in our learning. Photographs will follow shortly, keep an eye out!
As well as our assembly, we continued learning about Theseus and the Minotaur, our Greek Myth in English. We are aiming to write a diary entry so we spent the week looking for the features and thinking about Theseus' thoughts and feelings.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about Fractions, adding and subtracting them and learning all about where they would go on a number line. Some of us found this difficult but we persevered and got there in the end.
Science was interesting this week as we learned all about the different animal kingdoms. Can you remember the name of them all? We chose one area to complete a poster on and shared our learning with the rest of the class.
In English, we have moved onto the myth Theseus and the Minotaur. We spent a lesson reading different versions and thought about the main ingredients for a good myth. We found out we needed a fantastical beast, an interesting setting, a problem and a good ending.
In the afternoon, we have focused on the physical features of Geography and learned about the mountains, dry climate and many islands.
This week we have started our learning on Fractions! We discussed what the different vocabulary meant including: denominator, numerator, unit, non-unit and equivalent. Can you remember the definitions of these key words? This week we focused on finding fractions of amounts, take a look at the prompts below to support with your child's learning.
First of all Miss Smith would like to say a HUGE thank you to all parents for the effort made with the Greek costumes for our WOW day. It makes our day even more exciting when we're dressed up! I think it's safe to say we had a wonderful day with lots of amazing experiences.
We learned the Zorba dance, tasted traditional Greek foods, used Greek mythology to sing music, found Greece on a world map and even made our own leaf headdress.
We had a vote at the end of the day and we decided that as a class, our favourite part of the day was the food tasting, even if we didn't enjoy all of it (as you can tell from some of our faces on the photographs below)
Take a look at the photographs below...
What an exciting and busy week we've had! We performed in our Winter Production and Miss Smith was so proud. Well done to everyone for such a beautiful performance of 'Do you wanna build a snowman?'
We also visited the Church to sing Winter songs as a whole school, we were very loud and the Vicar was extremely impressed with our singing and reading of Winter poems.
This week, our English has also been Winter related and we wrote descriptive sentences about a Winter setting. Some of us even used personification and metaphors!
I hope you all enjoy a lovely Winter Break, keep safe and enjoy Christmas if you celebrate it. Happy New Year to All! :)
This week we have published our last piece of writing in 2018! It was a super persuasive piece of writing using all of the features we've magpied all week. Mr Wonka will be pleased with our work and I'm sure he'll get lots more visitors to the Chocolate Factory.
In Maths we have used and explored money, adding amounts and working out different ways to pay for objects with the coins we were given. We enjoyed using the practical resources and remember to practise your money skills when you go to the shop with parents or family members.
Encompass was exciting this week, we carried out our own Viking Trade Fair! We created our own trade, designed an ID badge and made a speech to sell our product. We really enjoyed using all of our knowledge for this task!
This week we have started a brand new genre, persuasion. It was important we knew what persuasion was so we have spent all week looking at different features to use and written examples of these to use in our own writing. Mr Wonka sent us an email asking us to help him to persuade people to visit his factory before he has to close it down! We agreed of course and we aim to write our first draft next week.
In Maths we have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 by moving the digits to the left or right. Can you write a steps to success on how to do it?
In the afternoon we continued learning about Viking Gods and Goddesses and even created our very own God. We had lots of creative ideas including God of Beauty, Goddess of Weather and God of Fire.
We have had another busy week in Turtles Class. In English we began our second piece of writing where we are describing the Chocolate Room in the Willy Wonka's factory. We use lots of our skills including prepositions, adverbs, adjectives and similes to describe the setting and worked on when and how to use them so our writing sounds effective. This is a focus in Turtles class from now on to ensure we can reach Greater Depth.
In Maths we moved onto Division and we used the number line method alongside basic bus stop using counters. We discussed the different methods of division including sharing into equal groups and counting in our times tables. We explored what remainders were before moving onto written methods for more tricky questions. See examples of the methods used below:
Multiplication has been our focus this week and we have been learning how to use the Grid Method and the Expanded Method (see below) to multiply 2 digit by 1 digit numbers. Some of us found this tricky at first but it's important we understand the steps to multiplication below moving onto the shortened column method.
We also published our first piece of writing for this Half Term, a third person retell of Charlie Bucket finding the last golden ticket. I have to say, the writing was amazing with such a lovely style so well done to everyone!
This week we had a fabulous time at Tatton Park attending our Viking experience day. We had a great time taking part in a shield war, making bread, weaving ropes and learning all about Viking weapons. It was a VERY cold but VERY exciting day and we all enjoyed it! See photographs from our trip below...
What an emotional start to the week! We showed our respects for Remembrance Day which was a special one this year, marking 100 years since WW1 ended. We all took part in an art exhibition where we created a piece of artwork to sell in honour of the soldiers. Take a look at some examples of our artwork below:
It was also Anti-Bullying week this week and so we celebrated by discussing the different types of bullying and how to prevent it in our school. In Turtles class we have a THINK motto where we always THINK before we speak (can you remember what the 5 letters stand for?)
We particularly enjoyed Science this week where we observed and described different rocks, finding out about the 3 different types there are. This week, we chose how to sort the rocks and next week we will sort them scientifically using our knowledge of the different types. Look at the photos below to see how we chose to sort them:
Welcome Back Turtles! We hope that you are well rested and ready for a busy Autumn 2 Term!
This week we have had lots of exciting learning. On Monday, we found a Golden Ticket in our English books! This was to launch our new English book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We then looked at Charlie's thoughts and feelings to prepare for a re-tell of the moment he found the last Golden Ticket.
In Maths, we looked at Estimation. We discussed when we might estimate and how it would help us in our daily lives. Can you remember any examples? We then used rounding to find the best estimate to questions. e.g. 16 + 72 = 20 + 70 = 90
In the afternoons we introduced our new topic of Rocks and Soils looking at what we already knew and discussing any questions we might have.
We can't believe it is the final week before half term! We've had a fabulous start to Year 3 and we are all ready for a well-deserved break.
This week we have finished our Peter Pan topic and moved onto Spooky Stories ready for Halloween! We thought of spooky vocabulary to use to describe a scary setting. As a class we learned lots of new vocabulary such as desolate, abandoned, meandering and sinister. Our writing was very scary and Miss Smith was very impressed (and scared)!
In Maths we enjoyed learning about Measure, we measured objects using rulers, tape measures and trundle wheels before learning all about perimeter. On Thursday, we had an e-mail from a Professor asking us to help him find enclosures for his new dinosaurs. To do this, we had to complete lots of maths challenges! See the e-mail and some photographs of our learning below...
This week we have published our Non-Chronological report about pirates using all of the features we magpied last week. We looked at how to avoid repetition by using different nouns and pronouns in our reports as well as using technical language to make it sound professional.
In Maths we applied our skill of addition and subtraction by answering worded problems. Some of us continued securing our knowledge of the skill whilst others moved onto tricky 2-step problems which is a Year 4 skill, well done!
In Encompass, we learned all about King Alfred the Great and discussed why he was considered to be a 'Great' king. We went through the timeline of events and how he became to be such a good leader.
Science was an interesting lesson this week, looking at 'What is wonderful about water?'. We discovered that water exists naturally in all 3 states and looked at how this happened by evaporation, condensation, freezing and melting.
This week we have started to write our third published piece of the year. We are focusing on writing a Non-Chronological Report about Pirates. We have looked at the features, completed our research and planned our report ready to write our first draft next week. We were very interested with some of the facts we found.
In Maths, we have used a formal method for Subtraction which we are becoming secure in. We struggled with the exchanging of tens and hundreds but using the counters helped us understand better.
On Monday this week, we had the pleasure of going to All Saints Church to talk to a real life soldier. We compared the War in the past to today's army and looked at the different uniforms and weapons they would have used. Then, we were all lucky enough to make a poppy and dedicate it to a fallen soldier.
This week we have completed our setting description pieces of writing. Miss Smith was unbelievably impressed with our editing skills and is so proud of the end results. We used lots of adjectives, adverbs and prepositions to describe Wendy's flight and some of us used a variety of openers which is a year 4 skill! Well done to everyone in Turtles Class.
In Maths, we have moved onto subtraction, learning how to exchange and use the counters to help us with our learning. Next week, we are moving onto the expanded method of subtraction:
In Encompass, we learned all about the life of an Anglo-Saxon including their diet, jobs, houses and clothing. We learned lots about their daily life which we will write about next week.
Week 4 has been another busy week but we have learned so much!
In Maths we have moved onto Addition, adding ones, tens and hundreds onto 3 digit number using dienes. Next week, we will move onto expanded column method to add more complex numbers together.
We have moved onto a new genre in English and will be writing a setting description this week about Wendy's flight to Neverland. We have thought about her senses and what she may see from above the city. Miss Smith can't wait to read them next week.
In Science we took part in an experiment to find out which liquid was the most viscous, using gravy, custard, honey and water. We found out that the most viscous liquid was gravy because it took the longest time to travel.
In Encompass we have learned about the Anglo-Saxon timeline and used maps to find out where they invaded from and to. Take a look at our pictures below:
This week we have continued with our topic of Place Value and moved onto ordering and comparing numbers and writing 3 digit numbers in words and numerals.
In English, we have edited Miss Smith's writing before editing our own, which was the first time we'd done this. Miss Smith was extremely proud of our final published pieces, well done!
In Science we have discussed what a solid, liquid and gas are, thinking about their properties and particles. Next week, we are excited to carry out our experiment.
Encompass was a lesson we enjoyed this week, pretending to be a Monk in Anglo-Saxon times when the first Anglo-Saxon invaders raided their Monastery. We included all of English skills to make it an effective piece of writing.
This week we have had a great week of learning. In Maths we have been representing and identifying numbers with concrete materials including cheerios and marsh-mellows which we voted as our favourite method. This helped us to partition numbers to understand what 3 digit numbers are worth.
In English we have started to write our diary entry, thinking about Wendy's thoughts and feelings during the night Peter Pan came to visit the nursery. We have learned all about time adverbials and will be using these in our final draft next week.
Our most exciting part of this week was our visit from a real life Anglo-Saxon Beornwulf who taught us all about what life was life as an Anglo-Saxon including their diet, jobs, objects they used and weapons. Take a look at the pictures below - thank you to all the parents for your hard work on our outfits.
Welcome back Turtles! I hope you have had a fabulous Summer and made lots of memories.
We have had a busy first week back settling into our new classroom and introducing our new topics for the term.
English: Peter Pan
Maths: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction
Encompass: Traders and Raiders (Vikings and Anglo-Saxons)
Science: States of Matter
Welcome to the class blog for Turtles Class this year. Please find last year's blogs directly below. We look forward to telling you all about our learning and showing you what we have been up to in our class. Thanks, Miss Smith
This week in English we wrote spooky setting descriptions and impressed Miss French! It was all about an abandoned church in the middle of the night!
in Maths this week we secured our knowledge of both multiplication and rounding and estimating! Miss French was very pleased with how much we could remember
What another marvellous week we've had in Turtles this week! In maths we started to learn about money, we have really impressed Miss French this week! We worked really hard through our challenges to try and get to platinum!!
In English we we carried on looking st different features ready to help us write spooky stories next week! This week we focused in short sentences and repetition to build suspense! We have had some fantastic ideas!
This week in English we began to look at spooky stories. We all sat round and listened to Miss French read some to us and then we were able to magpie some of the ideas! We really enjoyed this and can't wait to continue next week!
In in maths we recapped some multiplication and division. We confirmed that we are becoming maths superstars when it comes to remembering how to use formal methods!
we celebrated Eid on Friday and enjoyed planning our own Eid party and drawing and creating our very own mehndi patterns!
This week in Turtles we tackled the task of learning Roman numerals. We really really impressed Miss French at how well we grasped them! We can now confidently read numbers 1-12 in Roman numerals and even complete addition and subtraction problems using the!
We are on our last task with the book Wizard Of Oz. We are writing a letter as if we are Dorothy to her Aunt Em and Uncle Harry to tell them all about the things she has been getting up to on her adventure to meet the Wizard!
What a busy week we had! Some of our class went away to Preston Montford and had an amazing time! The rest of us stayed at school with Miss French and Miss Smith and took part in some fantastic activities.
We we did lots of shape investigations in maths and learnt lots of new things as well as consolidating all of our previous knowledge. In English we learnt how to write our own river poetry! The poems we produced were absolutely brilliant
. We enjoyed performing these to our friends too!
We took our maths learning outside this week! It was so much fun! We looked for different angles on the playground to help consolidate our learning.
On Friday in maths we completed lots of royal wedding challenges about time and 'what if' problems! This was lots of fun too! This was then followed by a Royal Street party on the playground with parents and lots of delicious food! What a great celebration we had!
In English, we wrote a diary entry as if we were Dorothy, talking about the events in the first few chapters of the book!
Hope you have a lovely weekend Turtles! x
What another brilliant week had by all Turtles! We spent our English lessons finishing our character descriptions of the Tin Man and by Friday when we published, they were amazing!! We can't wait to read on in the story of the Wizard Of Oz!
In maths we started to look at angles and the different names they have. We found this a bit tricky so we will carry on next week!
For our encompass lessons we started researching rivers of the world and found out some amazing facts about different rivers. We also spent some time labelling a world map so we knew where all the countries were to help us locate the different rivers!
Our new science display is up too! We are enjoying our plants topic!
We've got an action packed week next week!
This week we carried on looking at the setting of Munchkin Land in the Wizard Of Oz and produced some amazing writing! We really enjoyed imagining what it would be like to walk through such a colourful place! We used DADWAVERS to help structure our writing too! This really helped!
In Maths, we looked at using all 4 operations and solving them in word problems! We enjoyed the challenge of reading the problem and working out what we had to do!
We have planned an investigation in Science where we are going to look at what a plant needs to grow and what happens if we take one of those things away.
(Pictures to follow!!)
Have a lovely weekend Turtles!
What a hot week we had for our first week back!! We had a lovely trip to want to stop see the River Trent to launch our new topic 'Flow'.
In English we began reading our new text 'The Wizard of Oz' and we are absolutely loving it!!
In Maths we continued some fraction work. We were comparing fractions to find which was the greater fraction out of a selection.
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!?
Write up a short description of your time outside? ❄️⛄️☃🌨
World book Day!
Whilst enjoying a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate research sit back with your favourite book to celebrate world book day.
Write a character description of your favourite character. Include lots of descriptive language so that we can really picture what they look like.
Can you write an alternative story? What different aspects could you change to make it your own?
Make a piece of artwork which represents our favourite story and have fun.
Share what you have enjoyed doing when you come to school tomorrow?
Have a fun-filled snowy day 😄
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.
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 😄
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!
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!
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.
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: 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!!
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.
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.
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!