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CLASS THREE

Welcome to Year 3/4

 

This year we have participated in lots of new and exciting activities! We have been building upon previous skills and advancing them across the curriculum in all subjects to help us progress further! We love to be challenged in Class 3 and show off our skills to visitors! Take a look at what we've been doing...

 

Meet the Teacher Presentation

Thank you to everyone who joined us to find out about their child’s new class including timetables, homework, their routines and teacher expectations. We would also like to thank you for your very positive feedback.

 

For those of you who were unable to join us please find above the powerpoint from the evening; we hope that you find it helpful.

BINGO! Using Place Value Reasoning

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Class 3 have worked hard throughout the week identifying the place value of three and four digit numbers and understanding why place value is important. On Friday class 3 played place value bingo in pairs and had to asked questions like:

  • Is there a 1 in the ones column?
  • Is there a 9 in the hundreds column?

Their partner could only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

Playing place value bingo has consolidated our learning of place value in a fun and exciting way.

Using Place Value Grids

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Year 4 used money to represent place value using pennies in the ones column, ten pence's in the tens column and pound coins in the hundreds column. This showed the children the importance of place value and how this is represented with money.

Extending our Sentences using Conjunctions

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Class 3 worked in threes to extend their sentences using various conjunctions relating to our work on castles. They shared their ideas and learned how to add more detail to their sentences.

Learning about our Ears

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Continuing our science learning about sound, class 3 discussed how sound travels through air and through our ears. We learned that sound is created by a vibration and travels through the air in sound waves. We then ordered the parts of the ear and learned about the different parts.

Exploring Place Value in Maths

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Class 3 explored place value through using measurements and base ten resources. Children measured  how tall each other were and placed their measurements in a chart to work out the order of each others heights. To check this we then lined up in the order on the chart to check our measurements were correct.

Art

 

This term we have been busy preparing for the pop-up art gallery. We researched different artists to find one that we liked and wanted to work in the style of. We decided to make our own Mexican Eye's using garden cane and wool. Our canes were glued together in the shape of a cross to make is easier for us to get started. We then wove the wool around the canes to build a pattern. We also changed colours to make our own unique pattern. 

 

Once we had made our Mexican Eyes, we wrote instructions for others to follow. We discussed every step of making a Mexican Eye.

 

 

 

Rapping

 

This term in English we have been focusing on poems and rhyming patterns. We have unpicked different types of poems and raps which follow different rhyming structures, explored different language features and why they have been used and picked out different word classes.  From this we were able to write our own poems and raps based upon our Rainforest theme. We have also covered: 

 

  • reading our own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear
  • plan our writing by:
    • discussing writing similar to that which we were planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
    • discussing and recording ideas
  • draft and write by:
    • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structure

Geometry 

 

This term we have been learning about shapes and their properties; through this we have learnt and understood:

 

  • how to measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes
  • draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials
  • recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
  • recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn
  • identify right angles, recognise that 2 right angles make a half-turn, 3 make three-quarters of a turn and 4 a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle
  • identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines

 

 

 

Once we made our shapes we discussed how we could group these shapes together based on their properties. 

  • compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes

We used Venn diagrams to help us sort shapes into types of angles and number of sides/vertices.

 

 

York's Chocolate Story Trip!

 

On the last day of term we visited York's Chocolate Story! We loved finding out about the origin of chocolate from the Aztecs and learning about how chocolate has evolved into what how we know today.  We found out about chocolate in the UK and how York has produced some of our favourite chocolates. 

 

As our topic was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we were able to create our own lickable wallpaper! To complete this process it was necessary to wear some fashionable attire which included an apron, hairnet and rubber gloves! 

Then in a democratic vote, we chose a flavouring for Alex to mix in with the batch of melted chocolate. We took it in turns to mix the flavouring to ensure it was thoroughly incorporated. Alex then came round and squirted chocolate onto our plastic sheets which we  had to shake gently to spread it evenly. Finally were able to decorate the wallpaper to our own individual taste!

 

After this we were encouraged to imagine we owned our own chocolate factory. In groups we designed our own rooms within the imaginary factory.We thought of marshmallow ceilings, strawberry lace swings and white chocolate swimming pools, just to name a few! 

 

We then went around York's Chocolate Story to learn about how York is a centre for the chocolate industry. We were lucky enough to try lots of chocolate on our way around! You can see us making our delicious lollies!

Maths

 

As part of our Mastery of Maths curriculum, we have been practising our reasoning and arithmetic skills to help us become even more amazing mathematicians. We worked in pairs to answer questions on the back of golden tickets. We were tested on everything we have covered this year so far; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and time. 

 

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Pupils can now:

  • solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two-digit numbers by 1 digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems 
  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places

Geography

 

In geography we have been learning all about volcanoes. We have researched different volcanoes around the world and plotted these onto world maps studying the different types of volcano and how they are formed. We were lucky enough to make our own salt dough volcanoes and then erupt them. 

 

We can now:

- describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes

 

As we were erupting them, we discussed how the pressure would build up and why volcanoes can have secondary vents. We are now busy reporting about these volcanic eruptions, finding eye witness statements, gathering evidence about how the volcanoes came to erupt and comparing these with our predictions.

Geography 

 

This term we have been looking at describing and understanding key aspects of economic activity including trade links through visiting the local Tesco. 

 

We explored how fair trade is important to farmers in other countries and how the farmers can benefit from fair trade. We plotted these countries on a map; using our maths skills to convert distances, used globes to understand how far away they were from the UK and looked at different pictures and street views to compare the differences and similarities with where we live. 

 

Children can;

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, and a region in North or South America
  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

Literacy

 

This term we have been looking at Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We chose scenes from the book, which we wrote a play script for. The children then used stage directions to show the characters actions, voice and movement. We had to plan the scene, act out parts of the scene to help us decide which stage directions to use and draw what the scene would look like to help us with the scene descriptions.  

 

From this children can:

  • discuss writing based on other play scripts to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discuss and record ideas
  • assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggest improvements
  • read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

Maths

 

This term we have been focusing on fractions and decimals. We used a variety of ways to solve fraction and decimal problems such as cutting up cakes, bars, pie charts and squares.  

 

Children can now:

  • count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole
  • compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundreds
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4 , 1/2 , 3/4

 

 

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