A BIG welcome to our 3E class page!
I am going to try my very best to update this page regularly to let you know what we have been doing each week!
Week Ending: 16th December 2016
I am sorry for not updating the class page for a couple of weeks! It has been a couple of very busy weeks!
I would just like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas! It has been a long term and the children are very tired! Try and let them relax over the holidays - I have told them that I would like them to read their books and complete the new year's resolution sheet but that is all! If they want to do extra that is up to them! Below is a copy of the letter I sent out as well as the resolution sheet in case you lose it or they need to start again!
Have a great Christmas and enjoy it! A sincere thank you for all of the gifts you have given me, it really does mean a lot, although I never expect anything!
See you in 2017 for another busy term!
Week Ending: 2nd December 2016
Christmas has started in 3E this week but we have also done loads of work!
English - We have been doing a lot of writing this week and have written more articles for a magazine. We have researched how the teddy got its name and written a recount about it. We then researched about different bears and wrote a non-chronological report. The homework for this week is about using capital letters for proper nouns i.e. place names, days of the week and people's names.
Maths - We have continued our work on fractions. This week we have looked at finding fractions of a shape and of an object. See below for the powerpoints we have used to help them with this understanding. The homework is based on this and should be quite self explanatory!
IPC - we have looked at airline logos and have designed our own for Peterbrook Airlines! The children created some fantastic logos! We then looked at sculptures and looked at ones that are found at airports. The children then created their own sculptures. As you can see below, they are really good!
Christmas is here!
Computing - this week we learned how to log on to our email account, receive an email and send one. We talked a lot about e-safety and explained that this was a safe email as it was a school one. They had an email from Paddington and he asked the children to send them a picture of how to make a marmalade and salad sandwich. The children had great fun doing this!
Week Ending: 25th November 2016
English – This week we have learned about the past and present tense and the perfect present tense. The children have got a much better understanding of the present perfect tense now. We have also made a sandwich for Paddington and have made notes on the steps. They have then used those notes to write a recipe on how to make a marmalade salad sandwich.
The English homework this week is based on the present perfect tense. Basically the present perfect tense needs to have a has or a have plus a past tense word. Therefore, that is the word they will need to add before the verb and sometimes the verb needs to change as well. For example, on the homework sheet with the sentence ‘I took the rubbish to the bin’, the present perfect would be ‘I have taken the rubbish to the bin’ and with the sentence ‘I am playing in the football team’, it would be ‘I have played in the football team.’ I hope this helps!
Maths – This week we have continued our work on time and the children have found this very difficult. We have looked at the difference between am and pm and read the time to the exact minute. This is an excellent video to demonstrate what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1AavpvRLvo. If you get any time at home, ask them periodically what the time is on an analogue clock as they need a lot of practise on this. We have also looked at tenths and have counted up and down in tenths, looked at what they mean and finally have identified what 2/10, 3/10 etc are. See the powerpoint below for more information. This will help you with their homework!
IPC – This week we have looked at 4 point grid references on the map and talked about why they are needed.
In PSHE – We have continues looking about what bullying is and have discussed what a bystander is. I then gave some scenarios out to the children and they had to role play how to solve the problems using the ‘Solve it Together’ technique.
A lot of the children are finding it very difficult to remember the times tables each week and are scoring quite low. This is mainly due to them using their fingers to work it out which means they run out of time. Please focus on them learning their times tables off by heart and being able to answer 10 in 1 minute.
A note for next week. We are testing the children on the 56 words next week. Therefore, there will be no spellings handed out this week and we will be testing the children on this week’s spellings in 2 weeks.
Computing -This week we have been looking at being safe on the internet. We have discussed not giving away personal information as the other person might be lying about who they are. We created our own avatars and discussed why it is safer not to put your own photo on the internet.
Week Ending: 18th November 2016
We have had a fantastic week this week and have also done a lot of good! We have had anti bullying week and children in need and we have also squeezed in quite a few lessons as well!
In English, we have been learning about prepositional phrases and fronted adverbials again and writing them in sentences, rather than simply identifying them.
In maths, we have continued our work on time and learned how to convert minutes into seconds and read and write the correct time to the hour, half hour, quarter to and quarter past the hour.
In IPC, we designed our own airport with a key so you can identify what all the symbols mean. This formed part of our Geography work.
We have done a lot of work on this during this week. We have focussed on what bullying actually is and what it is not. I have attached the powerpoint we used so that you can see what we taught them. They completed a piece of work in groups where they looked at the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. This is very important for the children to understand!
Children in Need
Thank you so much to all of you who kindly brought in £3 to support our children in need day. I know it seemed like a lot of money, however, we did provide a lot of activities for it and most importantly it is for a brilliant cause. Our children are so unbelievably lucky and it is nice to be able to help children less fortunate then us so thank you again for your wonderful generosity! We had great day decorating biscuits, painting faces (they were very nice to me this year!). Tomorrow is spotty day but there will be no additional charge for this.
Note from a tired teacher!
I am soooooooooo sorry I completely forgot to hand out homework today! So we will give the little cherubs a week off! Please concentrate on times tables and spellings!
Thank you for understanding - I am sure you are all heartbroken!
Week Ending: 11th November 2016
We have had another fantastic week!
In English, we have continued our Journalistic Writing unit of work and have looked at three stories - one about Paddington, another about Rupert and the final one about Winnie the Pooh. We have used these stories to identify prepositional phrases, fronted adverbials and examples of reported and direct speech. Below are some of the powerpoints I have used to explain each of them! Prepositional phrases is what the homework is based on this week.
In Maths, we have started work on time. We have investigated different units of time and have looked at activities that can be done in 1 second, 1 minute and 1 hour. Then we looked at a timetable and worked out how much time had passed between each part.
In PSHE, we have looked at conflicts and have talked about how we can resolve a conflict. We have looked at conflicts in families and how they can be resolved. Below is a copy of the conflict solution sheet in case you might like to use it at home when dealing with sibling conflicts! (In case you are super eager and looking at the class page on Thursday evening, we are doing this lesson tomorrow!)
We completed a team building exercise where we had to work in groups to make a letter. Below is the result! They did a great job!
Finally, in IPC, the children have written all written an amazing piece of writing on their chosen holiday destination. We have also begun looking at airport maps and what maps them easy to read and useful. The children will be using this information to design their own airport map next week!
Week Ending: 3/11/16
Welcome back after half term! I hope you all had a wonderful break!
There will be an important letter going out next week about our Children in Need day. Please note that each year group is doing their day on a different day and are all doing different things! Only take notice of what is on our letter! Mr Rowe’s class will be doing different things to our class also but on the same day! The letter will come out tomorrow with their homework folder and a copy will be put on the website at the weekend in case you lose it!
Anyway, back to this week!
In English, we have started our new topic which is about journalistic writing with a particular focus on bears! We have written labels for our bear using expanded noun phrases and we have written about what might be in their suitcase and why using the conjunctions: and, because and so.
In maths, we have been dividing using arrays. Very similar to multiplication but this time looking at how many are in each group. We have also looked at how to work them out using a numberline.
In IPC, we have started our new topic: Gateways to the World. Thank you so much to the parents who sent in souvenirs – we had a lovely discussion about them! They then used their questionnaire to map out their connections to the world. They were very surprised at the amount they had!
In PSHE, we are beginning to look at celebrating differences. I think this will be a very important topic and will keep you updated on their progress.
In computing, we are learning all about the internet. I know this might frighten the lives out of you all but I can guarantee we are teaching them how to be safe and responsible with it. This week, we looked at networks, drives, packets, routers and other complicated things! Hopefully the children will have a basic understanding of this!! We then looked at a video of children looking at an old computer that was made in 1982 and made me feel very old! It was very funny! I did get a comment ‘wow that’s a computer from the old days!’ Erm, no it’s not – parents are you with me?!
This week they are dividing using a numberline Please look carefully at the top of the sheet which gives you an example. I have put in a multiplication square as well to help you. The children were very good at this!
In the English homework, you don't have to put a number in all of the boxes!
Week Ending: 21st October 2016
This week has been a funny week as we have been doing all kinds of different things!
In English we have been looking at the difference between the past and present and we have written a set of instructions on how to make a big hotel for the writing wall in the corridor.
In maths we have been learning how to multiply two numbers and we have done this in 2 ways. The first way is using arrays – see powerpoint below to show you how to do this. This will be what the homework is based on so hopefully this will help you!
The second way is through partitioning – these are the steps we use:-
36 x 4 = 144
Step 1. 30 x 4 = 120
Step 2. 6 x 4 = 24
Step 3. 120 + 24 = 144
In science, we have learned about the life cycle of a plant and have now finished this unit of work. They have enjoyed this topic and are now looking forward to the next topic! Please complete the questionnaire with them over the holidays and return it on Monday 31st October.
In computing, the children have edited their DVD and have done fantastically well! They have also designed the front cover and the picture that will go on the disc. The movie will be made over the half term and given out when we come back, along with an evaluation form to fill in!
In PSHE we have been learning about working together as a team which involved negotiating and listening to each other. They were given the challenge of making a vehicle out of 3 carrots! Yes you did read that correctly! Haha!
Well done to Evie, Joshua and Lucas for getting a ‘Well Done’ Certificate this week.
Well done to Mylee who was our class star of the week this week!
Finally, well done to the following children for receiving a certificate in celebration assembly this week:-
Joshua – English
Tia – Maths
Lexie – Star
Have a great half term! Make sure you give your children a good rest – only do the homework that they have bought home, unless of course, they desperately want to do more! They have had a fantastic first half term and will need lots of energy for the second!
Week Ending: 14th October 2016
Thank you all so much for coming to parents evening this week. Although it was two very late nights for me, I really enjoyed being able to celebrate your child's successes! They are doing so well and I can't believe we are already coming to the end of the half term!
In English we have been learning about pronouns and the difference between plural and possessive-s. Here are two examples if you are unsure:-
In maths we have been learning about capacity and money. Money is an excellent skill that they can practise at home. Give them a random set of coins and see if they can count how much they have got. Ask them reasoning questions, for example, would you rather have 108p or £1.18? Why?
The most exciting part of our week though, has been the filming of our movie! They are done brilliantly! They have designed backgrounds, logos and have filmed infront of a real green screen! You will definitely be in for a treat when you get your DVD. If you havent already brought in the £2 contribution, please bring it in as soon as possible
Week Ending: 7th September 2016
We have had another busy week this week!
In English, we have looked at the perfect present tense. I can imagine you are now wondering what an earth it is! I have attached a powerpoint so you can see – although you might still be none the wiser! We have also looked at another fractured story called ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and wrote their own stories based on it.
In maths, we have been looking at data handling and have discussed the best scales to use for pictograms and bar charts. For example, it is not always best to use 1s as your scale, especially if there are a lot of people to collect data from. The children have done well at this and have been able to interpret the data as well.
In PSHE, we have looked at what our dream school looks like and how that helps us to learn. We have discussed whether our school is a nightmare school, a dream school or somewhere in between. Finally, we discussed our rights and responsibilities in school and have put forward ideas for a whole school learning charter.
On Thursday, the children sang their hearts out in our harvest festival. See the year 3 page to hear their practice performance! Thank you so much to you all for your wonderful contributions!
Well done to Tia, Jake, Jahaan and Bethany for getting a well done certificate this week and also to Oliver for getting our star of the week award!
Just a reminder to make sure that their books are in their book bags every day and that homework is handed in on a Wednesday. The children will be asked to stay in at playtime on Friday if it is not in. On Monday, the children should have their spelling folders and times table books – this seems to be the day where things are forgotten!
I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening next week. Please be mindful that appointments are only 10 minutes long. If by the end of the 10 minutes you still have things you wish to discuss, please arrange a further appointment with me!
Week Ending: 30th September 2016
Here is a copy of the letter that I sent home today (Wednesday) regarding the library books.
In English, we have learned about conjunctions to make our writing better. We have also written our own fractured stories. The children have done really well and look forward to you seeing them on parents evening.
In Maths, we have been learning the formal written method for addition and subtraction. We have done this practically and the children are starting to understand it. The homework is based on this - see further down for help on how we teach it! They might find it tricky - if they do don't worry! Just let them have a go!
In PSHE we looked at what a nightmare school would be like and how we would feel. We also looked at our worries and fears and how we can overcome them. This is a very important skill and the children had some great ideas! We also learned a song called choices and looked at the words.
In science, we looked at the difference between fibrous and taproots, looked at the functions of plants and also how water is transported.
Well done to the following children who got a certificate in assembly today:-
Mylee for Maths
Amelia for English
Denis for Star
Well done to Alonzo, Bella, Muna and Lexie for getting a well done certificate for a great week.
Well done to Bethany for being our star of the week.
The English homework should be self explanatory. For maths, see the posters below to tell you how we teach it. The children may not understand this fully but they can have a go!
Week Ending: 23rd September 2016
I am so sorry for messing up the times tables so badly this week! 1. I sent the wrong set home and 2. I got one wrong! I have sent the new one home but have put it below in case of any confusion!
We have had a great week again this week!
In English, we have learned about expanded noun phrases to try and make our writing better. This means that instead of saying: The bear, you might write: The brown grizzly bear. We then looked at the similarities and differences between the traditional tale: The Three Little Pigs and the fractured story: The Three Little Wolves. The children enjoyed doing this!
In maths, we have been adding ones, tens and hundreds to a 3 digit number. They have found this quite difficult. We have used the dienes equipment to try and demonstrate what happens to each number, especially when crossing the boundaries. For example, when working out 357 + 4, we not only have to change the units but also the tens to. We will be continuing work on this during our mental starters as it is a very important skill.
In science, we have planned our first scientific investigation on ‘Growing Plants’. Each group is testing a different variable to see what makes plants grow well. Ask your child to tell you what they are investigating!
In computing, we have written our story board for our movie. We are going to be creating a news report. Thank you to all of you who have given in your £2. Remember not to be disappointed if your child is not on the screen, they have all had an important role in the making of the movie!
On Tuesday, we had a lady called Jules Mitchell come in to do a work shop on happiness. I was so proud of the children who were telling her all about the smart brain and the alarm brain and how to use the chime bar! They really were fantastic!
Finally, we ended our week with our PSHE lesson where we were looking at our similarities and differences and they set their goal for year 3 which you might have seen them wearing around their neck!
Week Ending: 16th September 2016
We have had an action packed week this week and the children have done fantastically!
In English, we have started our topic on ‘Fractured Stories’ which basically means that a familiar story has been changed. We have read ‘Cinderboy’ who had an evil step dad and step brothers and he wanted to go to a football match. They have looked at alternative words to said, inverted commas, using commas in a list and finally they have written a character profile.
In Maths, we have been looking a lot at place value, for example, in 458 we have focussed on what each number represents, in this case 400, 50 and 8. We have used this knowledge to add and take away 10 and 100 from a number, write numbers in words and numerals and we have partitioned numbers. They are getting there but can find it difficult to reason using these skills.
In Science, we have had a great time learning about ‘Animal Homes’. On Wednesday we went outside and looked at micro habitats. We found so many and the children were super excited! On Thursday we then created our own micro habitat in the form of a bug hotel. See the pictures below! They loved this and would love to show you the real thing so feel free to go and see it when you drop them off or pick them up!
In PSHE we have started looking at the similarities and differences between us. They have learned about what each other enjoy doing and have worked out that they have a lot in common. They have also begun to look at their goals for year 3 and what they hope to achieve.
In computing, we started our topic on 'At the Movies' and we learned about what a Chroma Key is and when we use it!
The homework has gone out today and needs to be returned on Wednesday.
In English, you might want to use an online thesaurus to help them with alternative words to said.
In Maths, the sheet is pretty self-explanatory. Please note that when writing the numbers in words, they do not have to be spelt correctly!
Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR
Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 firstname.lastname@example.org