UCPS is part of a whole!

Another exciting week of learning is complete! English This week we have continued to read a selection of poems by Michael Rosen.  We are using his collection of...

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Another exciting week of learning is complete!

English

This week we have continued to read a selection of poems by Michael Rosen.  We are using his collection of poems called ‘Jelly Boots Smelly Boots’.  The children have started to create and perform their own poems, whilst exploring the effects of rhythmn, rhyme and repetition in poetry. We’ve had a blast creating imaginative and comedic poems.

Maths

We moved onto to learning about fractions using our current understanding of part/whole, related to bar models.  We have practiced the stem sentence ‘If [UCPS] is the whole, then [Oak] is part of the whole’ to rehearse this and looked a false statements to check our understanding of this concept.  We have also looked at fractions of shapes, learning that the parts must be equal.

STEM

This week we are continuing to learn about electricity.  We explored how electricity is generated and we discussed how we can keep ourselves safe from electrical hazards. We conducted some research in class and then presented our findings in the form of eye-catching information posters.

Guided Reading

We are becoming more and more familiar with our favourite fictional feline friend! We have explored Varjak’s perspective and delved into some fascinating class discussion about themes such as discrimination, loneliness, uniqueness as well what makes a sense of belonging and community.

Next week:

English: We are moving on from poetry into looking more deeply at “Varjak Paw”. We will be discussing and experiencing what makes a “Mesopotamian blue” different from other cats, and we will experience their first trip to the ‘Outside’! 

Maths: We are diving further into our understanding of fractions, moving from the relationship of ‘part/whole’ and ‘equal/unequal parts’ to represent fractions as part of a wholes. The week’s sheets are available here: Y3 Sum1 W3 MATHS session sheets

Science: In STEM we will apply our theoretical knowledge of Electricity to experiment with and design our own circuits! We will explore how electrical energy is created and then converted to make buzzers and bulb work. Have a peek at the bitesize page for an introduction to circuit building: How do you draw electrical symbols and diagrams? – BBC Bitesize

Guided Reading: We will discover some more adventures in Varjak Paw and see whether his new discovery can change his family’s mindset.  You can read ahead here: Chapter 6

Notices/ Reminders / Requests

DT – we are looking at pneumatic systems in DT over the coming weeks; if you have any used washing-up liquid bottles or ‘squeezy’ bottles, please do send them in next week – a form of recycling!  (We will recycle them once we’ve finished).

PE – all Year 3 classes have PE on a Tuesdays and Fridays.  It doesn’t feel *that* warm reliably yet outside, so adequate outside kit is still a sensible decision!

With best wishes and thanks

Year 3 Team