# 3E Autumn

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!

Mrs Edwards
Mrs Hussain (CSSA Support)
Miss Perrins (Teaching Assistant)

Week Ending: 18th December 2015

This week we have been having fun completing Christmas activities!  However, before that we were learning about time.  The children really struggled when trying to find out how much time has past between one time and another.  For example, it is 4.20.  What time would it be in half an hour, 43 minutes etc?  If you have any time over Christmas (!), this is something you could work on with your children.

Apologies for the lack of spelling tests for the last two weeks!  The next spelling test we will have will be on Monday 11th january 2016.

For the past three weeks, we have been taking part in a anti-racism workshop.  This has been an amazing opportunity for the children and they have learned a lot about themselves as a person as well as recognising the similarities and differences between each other.  I hope you liked the canvases they brought home.

## Pass the Parcel

Week Ending: 4th December 2015

I am very sorry this is so late and that it is so short but here are a few photos of our week!

## Christmas has arrived!

Week Ending: 27th November 2015

We have had a very complicated week in our learning this week:

In English we have been learning about the past and present tense and also about the present perfect tense.  It has been rather confusing but the children are beginning to learn the difference between all three.  If you are not sure what the perfect present tense is, there is a lot of information online about it!

We also decided that we wanted to make a sandwich for Paddington as we know that is what he likes but we decided to make a sandwich with a difference: a marmalade and salad sandwich! Yum!  Mrs Edwards made the sandwich while the children wrote notes on each step.  They are going to write a recipe for this tomorrow.

In Maths we have been learning how to multiply and have done it in stages: arrays, partitioning and finally the written method.  See below for details!

Arrays

Multiplication Through Partitioning

Multiplication using the Written Column Method

## Maths Photos

In IPC we started our Art part of the topic and designed our own airline logos and airport sculptures.  The children did a fantastic job - maybe they will be famous artists when they are older!

Week Ending: 20th November

This week has been a relatively normal week - phew!!  However, we have still learned a lot!!

In English, we have looked at prepositional phrases and fronted adverbials.  We have then begun to retell one of our favourite bear stories.  I think it is amazing what the children are expected to learn these days but I am pleased to say they are coping with it fabulously!! If you are wondering what these are, here is a fabulous PowerPoint explaining each:-

In maths, we have been learning about right angles, parallel lines and perpendicular lines.  Here is the difference in case you are not sure!

We also looked at money:  finding the total and finding the change.  We find the change by finding the difference - mainly using the calculation of subtraction unless the numbers are close together.

In IPC, we have continued our topic on Gateways to the World and have finished our posters on our researched topic and have learned about maps and grid references.  We will be continuing on this theme next week.

It has also been anti-bullying week which is an enormously important issue.  Year 3's job was to write a poem from the victim's point of view.  They did a great job!  Well done to Lauren who got to read hers out during celebration assembly!

Celebration Assembly Shout Outs!

Well done to the following children for receiving an award during celebration assembly this week:

Keon for Maths

Ashton for English

Lauren for Star

## The Anti Bullying Winning Poems!

Week Ending: 13th November 2015

Wow what an exciting week we have had!

In maths, we have been learning about capacity, shapes and a bit of work on right angles.  With capacity we have been looking at how much more liquid we could add to a 500ml/100ml container.  We have taught the children how to do this by counting up.  For example:

There is 450ml in a 1 litre container.  How much more liquid could we fit in?  Therefore we make it easier for ourselves by adding the number to make the nearest hundred, in this case 50 to make 500.  We can then count up to 1000 in hundreds - 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000.  So the answer would be 500+ 50 which would make 550ml.

In English, we have been looking at prepositional phrases and fronted adverbials.  The children found this quite challenging so we will be practising this again next week.

In IPC we have been researching countries that we would like to visit and are in the process of creating persuasive posters to try and persuade me to go there too!!  We have also established, through the questionnaires sent in from home, that we have many connections to the world!

However, although this has all been fun, I think the main event this week has been our 'Children in Need' fundraising day.  I have to say that words can't express how unbelievably proud I am of my class - they raised a massive £105.50 which is an incredible achievement and really made me looking ridiculous worth while!  They are a credit to you all.  Thank you so much for your support and for donating the money for this - the children had a great day and I just hope that they have created some happy memories from their time in year 3.  See below for some photos!

## Pudsey Letter - IMPORTANT!

Week Ending: 6th November 2015

We have had such a busy week this week and have learned so much!

In Maths, we have been learning about pictograms and bar charts and looking at appropriate scales to use instead of going up in ones!

In English, we have started our new topic on 'Journalistic Writing' and have looked at articles found in magazines.  We have then gone on to look at articles that we would like to include in our magazine on 'Bears'. Our first task was to write a label for our own teddy bears in the style of Paddington's 'Look after my bear' and the children had to expand noun phrases using the word 'with'.

We also started our new topic: Gateways to the World in IPC.  Thank you so much for all of the questionnaires that have been returned.  This week we looked at airports.  We created flow charts on what happens at an airport and then designed our own airport maps!

Week Ending: 23rd October 2015

Happy half term to everyone!  I really hope your children are enjoying their well earned break this week.  It has been a long half term and the children have worked so hard and have settled into the juniors brilliantly!

Thank you so much to all of you for attending parents evening, it was lovely to meet you all and discuss your child's successes!  I can only apologise for over running - I will try harder next time!

Anyway back to our final week: -

In English, we completed our final week on our topic: fractured stories and the children wrote their own fractured stories and they were fantastic!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading them all!  The children are still needing work on punctuation, in terms of inverted commas, capital letters, full stops and exclamation marks.  We will continue our work on punctuation after half term.

In Maths, we looked at tally charts, converting the data into graphs and finally interpreting them.  The children worked on the computers to make their own graphs.

In IPC, we completed our topic on 'Land, Sea and Sky' and designed our own aquarium and looked at the difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.  The children have really enjoyed this topic and I am sure they will enjoy our next topic: Gateways to the World just as much!

Celebration Assembly Shout Outs!

Well done to the following children for receiving a certificate in our celebration assembly:

English - Sanskriti

Maths - Tanvi

Star - Brooke

It was a great day for Brooke who also got her name picked out of the raffle ticket box and won a prize!

Week Ending: 9th October 2015

This week has been an unusual week!  We have had an Olympic champion working with the children on Monday and have had a great harvest festival and green day today!

In between all of this excitement, this is what we have been learning about: -

In English we looked at a story about Kevin and Kevin's birthday party.  Kevin was 8 years old and Kevin invited Kevin's friends to Kevin's party.  Kevin's mum gave Kevin's friends some party food and Kevin's friend's gave Kevin some nice presents.  Hmmmm ... I wonder what we have been learning about?  Yes, you are right .. pronouns!  This story clearly had far too many nouns and desperately needed some pronouns!

We have also looked at the difference between sentences like these:-

The cats were playing.

They found it quite difficult to identify the difference between the plural and possessive noun.

In Maths, we have had a tough week learning how to add a 3 digit number to a 1 digit number mentally which means no paper or objects to use.  We taught the children how to work it out using these steps: -

If you have any time at home, please practice this at home.  They found it very difficult to answer the sums at speed and accurately.  A good website to practice this skill at speed is: http://www.snappymaths.com/addition/add1dto2d/interactive/add1dto3dint/add1dto3dint.htm

In IPC, we have started looking at habitats and what creatures live in salt water and which live in fresh water.  We have also begun looking at how sea creatures have adapted to their environment.  We have done our research on the internet and have learned how to copy and paste a picture into a document and have almost finished our writing.  Check out http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals.html to find out about these wonderful creatures.

Week Ending: 2nd October 2015

We have had a fun filled week this week!

In English, we have continued  our unit on fractured fairy tales.  We have read a story called 'Jim and the Beanstalk' where Jim helps the giant by getting him new glasses, new teeth and a wig.  This has inspired the children to write their own stories.  I haven't marked them all yet but we have had some wonderful ideas, including a ghost who was afraid of the dark and couldn't find their way and even Simon Cowell who wanted to be a judge on the x factor!

In maths, we have looked at subtraction and how to exchange using the dienes equipment.  The children have found it quite difficult but most of them now understand it and have started using the written method.  Here is a step by step guide on how to subtract using the dienes equipment: -

## Step 6

Tip of the day from Mrs Edwards:  Do not record things vertically on the ipad - it makes the videos have 2 black bars either side!

## The children practising subtraction!

I think the highlight of the week, however, was our science investigation!  I know you have all been desperate to find out the results for the question:  What shaped fish would make the best predator? Here is a video and some pictures of our investigation!

## Our Science Investigation!

We found out that the rectangle would be the best shaped fish for a predator because it was the fastest.  We talked about what this meant in terms of real fish and decided that it was long and thin and that's what made it the best shape.

Week Ending: 25th September 2015

We have had a busy week this week and have used our brains ALOT!  This is what we have been doing: -

In English we have looked at the story: The Three Wolves and the Big Bad Pig as part of our unit on fractured stories.  We have looked at different sentence starters, conjunctions to join two sentences together and have written our own versions of the story in our first 'Big Write' lesson on Friday.  The children were so excited to write their stories but didn't quite finish so we are going to do some more tomorrow!  They are fantastic so far and they have all promised to dedicate their first book to me!

In maths, we have been doing lots of work on adding numbers together using the dienes equipment.  We have been particularly focussing on regrouping which has been been a challenge for the children but they are starting to get it! Here is a step by step guide as to how we regroup:-

Step 1

Write down the sum in the correct boxes on the grid .  Then put the corresponding tens and units dienes in the correct columns.  In this case the sum is 46 + 7, so we have put 4 tens in the top tens column and 6 units in the top units column.  Finally we have added 7 units underneath the 7.

Step 2

Add the units together, physically pushing them together.  The answer in this case is 13 (7+6)

Step 3

We can't put 13 in the units column so we have to regroup it into 1 ten and 3 units.

Step 4

Finally we bring the tens together and count them - not forgetting the ten we regrouped. This makes the final answer of 53

Here are some photos of the children regrouping

Finally, in IPC, we have been continuing our topic on Land, Sea and Sky.  We have had great fun learning about different fish and have started our investigation on what shape a fish should be to be a good predator.

Celebration Assembly Shout Outs!

Well done to Harrison, George and Leah for getting an award in celebration assembly and Pheobe for winning the raffle ticket prize!

Week Ending: 18th September 2015

It has been a full on week and the children are doing really well in year 3!  They are slowly getting used to the later lunch and no afternoon break, however, it is taking me a little longer!

• In English we have bee learning about expanding a noun phrase, for example, instead of saying 'The girl' we could expand it by saying 'The pretty girl with the curly hair'.  We have also been continuing our topic on fractured stories and looked at the story:  'The Three Wolves and the Big Bad Pig'.  The children are really enjoying reading about these versions of traditional tales and compared them using a venn diagram.

• In maths, we have been looking at counting in 50s and 100s, in particular looking at what happens to each digit as the pattern increases or decreases.

• In IPC we are looking at the topic: Land, Sea and Sky.  We have already looked at the water cycle, seed dispersal and this week we have looked at the difference between aquatic plants and terrestrial plants and Mrs Nerg!  If you are not sure about what any of this mans, ask your children (they should know!!)

• We were also given the task of designing a poster about perseverance.  This is one of the school's new main values.

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 office@peterbrook.solihull.sch.uk

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