This week, we have continued to read “The Adventures of Beekle, an Unimaginary Friend”. We focused on justifying opinions with evidence from the text, particularly looking at exploring the values such as courage and patience and how Beekle shows these in the story.
We continued learning about geometry. We focused on how to describe shapes accurately, followed by drawing these shapes. We played a great game, where someone had to guess their group’s shape by only asking yes/no questions focused on angles, sides and lines. We then consolidated our knowledge of lines of symmetry and explored how to describe different 3D shapes. The independent tasks this week were not on sheets, as the children wrote directly in their books, but please find 2D and 3D shape mats here: 2d and 3d shape mats
This week in STEM, we continued our topic of electricity and learnt about how to conduct a fair test. We tested whether different statements about circuits working were true and presented our findings to the class.
In PRE (philosophy, religion and ethics), we continued learning about the connection between choices and consequences. We played Snakes and Ladders to explore this theme and discussed the connection between this and the Hindu belief in Karma. We had some fantastic class discussions about Karma, including why Karma could lead Hindus to want to lead good lives. We also discussed the dates we thought different religions might have started and sorted them onto a timeline.
Guided Reading: We will continue to enjoy the adventures of Varjak Paw from chapter 21 until the end of chapter 26. You can read ahead here: Varjak Paw Chapters 21-26
English: We will begin focusing on ‘Umbrella’ by Elena Arevalo Melville. We will be using drama to analyse the actions of characters and learning about how to use possessive apostrophes. Information about possessive apostrophes can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs
Maths: We will begin our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. We will begin by learning about adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, followed by understanding the inverse of adding and subtracting fractions and converting the whole into a fraction to subtract.
STEM: We will build on our knowledge of conductors and insulators and will explore why different materials conduct electricity, as well as exploring the idea of resistance. We will also be practicing how to present and sort data.
Notices/ Reminders / Requests:
PE – All Year 3 classes have PE on a Tuesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has the correct summer PE kit and trainers.
Sun Protection – please can children remember to bring a sun hat and sun protection cream to school with them or apply before the school day, as well as their water bottles.
Hand Hygiene – please can you reinforce good bathroom/hand hygiene message with children at home. We have had some sickness related to this recently. We are reminding children in school. Thank you for your support.
With best wishes and thanks
Year 3 team