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30th June 2016

 

We had an amazing trip today to Sarehole Mill!  It really was fantastic - we had fun and learned a lot too!  We did some cave paintings using paintbrushes we made ourselves, made a wall out of wattle and daub, performed an archaeological dig, held real artifacts and lots more!  Below are some photos and videos of our day.

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13th - 24th June 2016

 

During this time, we started our topic on the 'Scavengers and Settlers' where we will be looking at the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.  For our entry point, we went on a scavenger hunt for food and we built shelters.  We had a lot of fun and learnt a little bit of what life was like.  It definitely left the children wanting to learn more!

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As part of this unit, we have also looked at fossils - what they are and how they are formed. We then met our oldest ancestor called Lucy and looked at the differences between her and us.  They found this very interesting.  Tomorrow we will be looking at another one of our ancestors who was alive a long time ago and will be seeing how humans changed from the time Lucy was alive to the time Otiz was alive.

 

We will be going on our trip next Thursday.  Some of you have concerns that this is going to be a boring trip.  It is important to note, that we can't just go on a trip for no reason, it has to link with one of our topics and I have done A LOT of research on finding a good trip and a lot of work has gone into organising it.  Sarehole Mill lends itself perfectly to this topic and I have had this recommended by another teacher colleague who has taken her class there on a number of occasions because it is so good and the children love it.  As with a lot of places, it is often a lot more exciting going on a school trip than it is gong there alone.  It is the staff and the guides that bring the place alive.  We have paid extra to have guides and complete a variety of activities.  Please be positive with the children when talking about the trip.

 

In English we have continued our topic on The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  On Tuesday, they designed machines or traps to help get rid of the rats.  They had to present their ideas to the mayor (me) and I decided which one would be best.  They did really well with this! Tomorrow we will be writing a letter of complaint to the mayor!

 

In maths, we have been learning about time, in particular looking at times to the nearest minute and 5 minute interval.  They have found this very challenging and could do with a lot more support with this.  This is a great site you can use for some games to play on the computer: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/measures.htm 

 

Finally, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for supporting your children in the Race for Life event.  Cancer Research UK is a charity very close to my heart at the moment and it was so lovely to see you all there.  If you didn't manage to come, thank you for helping your child get sponsors.  Please return your sponsor forms as soon as you can.  If you would like to see photos of this event you can see them here

 

 

Week Ending: 10th June 2016

 

I apologise for the length of time it has taken me to update this page!  We are in report writing season so I have been busy writing lots of lovely things about your children!

 

We have had a great time this week celebrating international week.  I have been quite useless and forgot to take any photos - we were having too much fun!  Year 3 decided to go away from the 'Best of British' theme so that we could look at other countries and also, celebrate different nationalities in our class.  The activities we completed are:-

 

  • Making Anzac biscuits - I hope the children let you have a taste when you brought them home!
  • An international quiz
  • Dictionary work looking at vocabulary associated with the word international.
  • A word search.
  • Designing their own flag for a made up country.
  • Researching a country and creating a mini poster.

 

Next week, we will have a look at the Queen's birthday and celebrate the 'Best of British' through that!

 

We finished our week off with dancing our hearts away to some great songs - I like to think that it is the children's choices of best of British!  I have put the videos on the year 3 page.

 

In amongst all of this, we have started our unit of work on 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. We have looked at the difference between modern times and medieval times and have created art work based on two paintings.  We have also written about those differences and role-played our reactions to finding rats everywhere!

 

Just a reminder that our trip is on Thursday 30th June.  We have got enough helpers now but thank you to all of the offers we have had. Please make sure that you give consent and pay the contribution on 'parent pay' as soon as you can.

 

Also, the Father's Day sale is next Friday.  Please make sure the money is in a named envelope.

Week Ending: 29th April 2016

 

In English, we have been continuing our author study on Roald Dahl.  This week we have read The Twits and have had lots of fun reading about the tricks these horrible people play on each other.  On Wednesday, we created metaphors using a boiled egg and strawberry laces and we have written to the RSPCA complaining about their treatment of monkeys and birds!

 

In Maths, we have been learning about money.  I was really impressed with the children on Tuesday as they were able to find different ways to make given amounts.  They did really well with this.  We then moved on to finding the change and they found this very difficult.  We taught them how to do this by counting up, for example, if we spent 42p and we gave the shopkeeper £5, this is what we would do: -

 

Step 1: Draw a number line and add the numbers

Step 2: Count on to the nearest 10 - in this case we would draw a jump of 8p which would take us to 50p.

Step 3: Count on to the nearest 100 - in this case we would draw a jump of 50p which would take us to £1.00.

Step 4: Count in 100s until you reach the final number - in this case drawing 4 jumps which would take us to £5.

Step 5: Count the jumps - in this case we would add £4 + 50p + 8p to give the change £4.58

 

The children found this very hard so if you do have any spare time, this would be a useful thing for you to practise.

 

In IPC, we have continued our topic on Pictures, Paintings and Photographs and we have a fantastic little group of artists in 3E!  This week we have learnt about temp, pitch and dynamics in music, symbols on maps and have created paintings in the style of George Seurat.  See below for the stunning paintings they created, just using dots!

 

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smileyCelebration Assembly Shout Outs!smiley

Well done to the following children for getting an award in Celebration Assembly:-

 

Jack Horton - English

Jack Nelson - Maths

Millie Leung - Star

 

 

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Well done to Sanskriti for being the first child in year 3 to get a pen award .... EVER!!  If you want to write in pen, keep practising your handwriting!

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Week Ending: 15th April 2016

 

We have had a busy first week and this is what we have done:-

 

English – we have started our new topic which is an author study on Roald Dahl.  We started off finding out some facts about Roald Dahl, including how he got the cane for putting a dead rat in a sweet jar in a shop!  The children found this fascinating!  We then went on to reading the story: George’s marvellous medicine and exploring the characters and their traits.  The children thought of questions they would like to ask Grandma and George and April and Lauren took on the roles.  It was very funny – especially Lauren’s Grandma impression!  We then wrote a character profile on one of the characters.

 

Maths – this week, we have looked at adding and subtracting fractions and equivalent fractions.  See below for what they are. 

 

 

IPC – we have started our new topic: paintings, pictures and photographs.  This week the children worked in groups to put together the pieces of 3 famous paintings.  They then painted one of the puzzle pieces each and finally we put them all together.  The children did really well with this and you could really tell what painting they had painted as you can see from the photograph below. We then looked at the purpose of art work and researched paintings, deciding on what the purpose was.

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Week Ending: 19th May 2015

 

I am sorry that I haven’t updated the page for a while – it is report writing season so things are very busy at the moment!

 

In English, this week we have read Fantastic Mr Fox as part of our author study on Roald Dahl.  We have looked at inferred character traits and will be writing a sequel to this story.  We have also looked at direct and reported speech in English which is what the homework is this week. Hopefully there is enough guidance on the sheet for you to understand the difference between the two!

 

In maths, we have been looking at angles that are greater and smaller than a right angle.  The children have done really well with this and even know some of the names of these angles.  We have also looked at fractions and the children are finding this very difficult.

 

In IPC, we have been learning about music notes, what they are called and how many beats each note lasts for!  It has been very noisy in 3E this week as they have been composing their own 4 beat rhythms.

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smileyCelebration Assembly Shout Outs!smiley

Well done to the following children for getting an award in Celebration Assembly:-

 

Charlize Taroni - English

Jayden Wainwright - Maths

Lucy Jenkins- Star

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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