The next two weeks of school are going to look a little different to normal. They are called the STEAM weeks (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) and they are completely brand new! That meant we had to do something special to get ready, so we headed over to the art room twice this week to see Mrs Smith for some help creating big colourful costumes and decorations to wear at the parade that will take place on Friday 15th July, the last day of the second STEAM week.
Speaking of the parade, we’d love to have some parent volunteers to help us out. If you are free that day and willing to lend a helping hand, please speak to your child’s class teacher to sign up. If you volunteer, you’ll help us stay safe on the parade walk by acting as a steward and an extra pair of hands (and eyes!).
This week’s English saw us developing our persuasive writing skills and creating our own charity dedicated to the protection of bees. We pulled together our ideas and notes on the importance of bees, how to help bees and finally, how to persuade the general public to contribute to the charity’s efforts. We created beautiful double-page spreads in our English books, filled with detail and care.
In maths, we returned to multiplication and times tables to do a recap on the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables – all the ones we would hopefully be confident in by the end of the year 3. This should hopefully stand us in good stead for our multiplication check in year 4. In class, we did some journalling and representation of the different times tables and also did some extra practice on Times Tables Rockstars as a challenge – this is something we’d love for everyone to keep going at home whenever they have a spare 5 minutes!!! You can have a closer look at what we did this week here.
In guided reading, we pressed on with The Wild Robot, reading all about Roz’s adventures with Brightbill and discussing her motivations during the different events of the story.
In topic, we learnt about Charles Henry Turner, a scientist and academic instrumental in what we know about bees today, even though he didn’t get the credit he deserved during his lifetime. In science, we looked closely again at Levon Biss’s insect photography and challenged ourselves to classify insects based on their features.
In English, we will be producing some science-inspired work for STEAM week with cross-curricular learning based on different types of poems like rhyming poems, haikus, calligrams and acrostic.
In maths, we continue to practice multiplication with explicit focus on the 6 and 8 times tables. We’ll also do some extra maths learning through our science lessons.
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And a huge thank you:
We massively appreciate all the resources that have been brought in and donated for STEAM week. Resourcing for over 90 children is never an easy task and your support is very much valued. Thank you.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
Year 3 Team