This week was our first week of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) fortnight, and we have been doing some really exciting learning.
We spent a day focusing on Sally the Sunflower, a sunflower who is afraid of the dark. Because of her fear, we investigated whether transparent, translucent or opaque materials would be best to create a house for her. We found that transparent would be best because it lets all light through. Following this, we designed a house for Sally the Sunflower with all the things she would need to stay alive. We looked at the living processes, using MRS GREN to help us. The house designs were amazing, and they included rooms such as a gym and treadmill for movement, sauna for sensitivity and kitchen for nutrition! We also explored the living processes for flowers and learnt many facts about sunflowers.
For STEAM, we also focused on photosynthesis and learning more about this process. We created posters about photosynthesis, which you will also see on the classroom windows next Friday, as well as planting our own plants to sell during the carnival. We predicted whether plants can grow without water, soil or sunlight and will find out the results soon from the experiment.
In English, we wrote poetry about flowers and chose between haiku, callogram, rhyming and acrostic poems. They are fantastic and we can’t wait for you to see them on the classroom window next Friday!
In maths, we continued to look at multiplication and focused on the 6 and 8 x tables. We did some journaling and problem solving lessons, and we sang the songs to help us to remember these. The songs can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CGnFEp9k24 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dllKdAx8A4I. A reminder to continue to practice times tables with the use of Times Table Rockstars. You can have a closer look at what we did this week here: Maths Su2 W5.
In PSHE, we learnt about carnival and how it brings people together. We focused on the Notting Hill carnival and its Caribbean roots and discussed how important we think carnival is. We also learnt about carnival dance and how we can move our bodies like the patterns in carnival art. We can’t wait for our dance lessons next week with Ms Veronica!
In guided reading, we are continuing to race through The Wild Robot, reading all about the changes on the island for Roz and Brightbill and their interactions with some new creature.
It’s carnival next Friday! Please remember that your child should wear the coloured t-shirt they wore for sports day on Friday.
We’d love to have some parent volunteers to help us out during the carnival parade on Friday. 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!).
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In English, we will continue to learn about different types of poetry.
In maths, we will be learning about lines and symmetry.
Wishing you a restful, sunny weekend.
Year 3 Team