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Week Beginning 6th February

 

Maths: We will be learning about perimeter. We will begin by finding perimeters by counting the number of squares around the outside of a shape, then by adding up the lengths of each side of a shape.

 

Writing: We will be writing our own portal story, making sure we include our toolkit skills: correctly punctuated speech, stage directions to give the reader more information about what the character is doing, and powerful speech verbs (not said!)

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. Now we have finished the book, we will be creating a book review. We will be thinking about our favourite parts of the text and who we may recommend the book to.

 

Art: We will be looking at The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai. We will then create our own versions of the print.

 

Reminders:

  • Friday 10th February - INSET day
  • PE days will return to Monday and Thursday after half term

Week Beginning 30th January

 

Maths: We will be continuing to learn about units of length (millimetres, centimetres and metres). We will be comparing lengths, learning to find equivalent lengths and adding lengths.

 

Writing: We will be learning to add stage directions to speech to give the reader additional information about what is happening. For example: "Grandma, you'll never believe where I just was!" Sammy exclaimed as he bounded out of the bookshop.

The children will then begin to innovate the model text, changing some elements of the story to make it their own. 

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will be using our skills of inference and retrieval to unpick the text. 

 

DT: We will be continuing our levers and linkages DT project. The children will be making prototype levers to refine this skill and will then go on to produce Volcano displays with moving parts, to demonstrate their knowledge of their chosen volcano.

 

Reminders:

-Next week the children will be learning about seasonality and where food comes from. We will be planting seeds in their food and nutrition lesson. Please could children bring in a (washed out) paper coffee cup as an eco alternative to plastic seed trays.

-Our PE days this half term are Monday and Wednesday.

 

Week Beginning 23rd January

 

Maths: We will be starting a new unit looking at units of lengths (millimetres and centimetres), thinking about the relationship between them. 

 

Writing: We will be starting our new Writing topic on Tuesday. This focus will be on portal stories and learning the toolkit for this type of writing. 

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will be using our skills of inference and retrieval to unpick the text. 

 

DT: We will be beginning our DT project for the next two weeks. This learning will involve levers and linkages, building up to their own creation of volcano with moving parts. 

 

Reminders: Our PE days this half term are Monday and Wednesday.

Week Beginning 16th January

 

Maths: We will be dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and learning to flexibly partition 2-digit number to find ways to solve calculations.

e.g.

96 ÷ 3 = ?

96 can be partitioned into 90 and 6

I know that 9 ÷ 3 = 3 so I also know that 90 ÷ 3 = 30

÷ 3 = 2

30 + 2 = 32

96 ÷ 3 = 32

 

Writing: Now that we have learnt the features of the toolkit for a newspaper report we are beginning to innovate the model text. The children will be changing the text to report on a School trip following the newspaper report structure to organise their ideas and using the toolkit skills to make their writing exciting for the reader.

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will be predicting what we think the story will be about. We will be looking at new vocabulary within the text and answering mixed comprehension questions.

 

Geography: Our topic this term is Geology Rocks! We will be learning about the structure of a volcano and what it is like to live near a volcano.

 

Reminders: Our PE days this half term are Monday and Wednesday.

Week Beginning 9th January

 

Maths: We will be multiplying a 2 digit number by a one digit number using partitioning.

e.g.

34 x 2 =

30 x 2 = 60

4 x 2 = 8

34 x 2 = 60 + 8 = 68

 

We will then be dividing using the same method.

e.g.

68 ÷ 2 =

60 ÷ 2 = 30

8 ÷ 2 = 4

68 ÷ 2 = 30 + 4 = 34

 

Writing: We will be delving deeper into our toolkit and thinking about the purpose these skills have in appealing to the reader when writing a newspaper report. Towards the end of the week, we will be starting our innovation phase, writing about a past school trip.

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will be predicting what we think the story will be about. We will be looking at new vocabulary within the text and answering mixed comprehension questions.

 

Geography: Our topic this term is Geology Rocks! We will be learning about the structure of a volcano and what it is like to live near a volcano.

 

Reminders: Our PE days this half term are Monday and Wednesday.

Week Beginning 2nd January

 

The children return to school on Tuesday 3rd January.

 

Maths: We will be multiplying numbers by 10 and looking at how we can do this with 2-digit numbers. We will then look at related calculations e.g. If I know that 2 x 8 = 16, I also know that 2 x 80 = 160.

 

Writing: We will be learning how to write a newspaper report. We will begin by learning our new text - a newspaper article about the wolf who visited Red Riding Hood's grandma. We will look at organising our writing into paragraphs and using conjunctions e.g. however, although.

 

Reading: Our text this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will be predicting what we think the story will be about. We will be looking at new vocabulary within the text and answering questions using the stem 'Why had' e.g. Why had Lanchard gone to the paper merchant's?

 

Geography: Our topic this term is Geology Rocks! We will begin by looking at the layers of the earth and tectonic plates. 

 

Week Beginning 5th December

 

Maths: We will be looking at the 4 and 8 times tables and looking at multiplying and dividing a range of numbers by 4 and 8. 

 

Writing: We will be writing our own set of instructions explaining how to build a minotaur labyrinth. We will make sure our instructions are in chonological order using imperative verbs (put, get, take) and time adverbials (first, then, after that). We will also hook the reader in by writing an interesting introduction.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will be looking at the skill of inference, specifically working on looking for and giving evidence for an answer. 

 

Reminders

  • Wednesday 7th December 9.05am - 3G & 3E Christmas sing along
  • Wednesday 7th December 2.45pm - 3A & 3EK Christmas sing along
  • Friday 2nd December - own clothes day in exchange for the following donation. Lucky bag - please decorate the bag and fill with little toys, sweets or party bag type treats (individual sweets/packets need to have use by date

  • Friday 9th December - normal school uniform but please bring a Christmas item for the tombola (e.g. box of crackers, napkins, candles, baubles).

  • Saturday 10th December 2 - 4pm - Christmas fair at the infant school

Week beginning 28th November

 

Maths: We will be looking at the three times table and looking at multiplying and dividing a range of numbers by 3. 

 

Writing: We will be looking further into the skills needed for an instruction text putting these into the context of some short burst writing. 

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will be looking at the skill of inference, specifically working on looking for and giving evidence for an answer. 

 

Art: We will be continuing our learning about Greek pottery. We will be looking more in depth at Greek artefacts and making our own pots out of clay. 

 

Spellings: We are now working on the Great Grimms list on Sir Linkalot. Please use these videos at home with your child and rewatch any from Christmas Carol that your child may still be struggling with.

Week beginning 21st November

 

Maths: We will begin to learn about multiplication and division. We will look at multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We will then learn how to group and share an amount.

 

Sharing:

 

Grouping:

 

 

Writing: We will be writing our own story using all our suspense skills. We will create tension by using short sentences, powerful verbs (e.g. pounced, lurked), empty words (e.g. it, something) and describing the weather to create the mood.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will be looking at vocabulary using the question stem 'What does ... mean in this sentence?'. We will also be summarising the main events within a section of the text.

 

Art: We will be learning about Greek pottery. We will design our own Greek pots and think about the skills and tools we will need to create the shapes we want.

 

Spellings: We are now working on the Great Grimms list on Sir Linkalot. Please use these videos at home with your child and rewatch any from Christmas Carol that your child may still be struggling with.

 

Week Beginning 14th November

 

 

Maths: We will be looking at inverse operations and using them to check that our answers are correct e.g. 36 + 59 = 95 then 95 - 36 = 59

 

Writing: We will begin to innovate our suspense story by writing our own story with a different setting. We will be thinking about how to include the skills we have learned for a suspense text e.g. describing the weather, using rhetorical questions, using powerful verbs (smashed, crept, grabbed) and speech.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will be inferring meaning from the text e.g. Explain what this suggests about how Demon feels towards the gods. We will also be answering a range of different comprehension questions presented in different styles.

 

History and Geography: We will be learning about Greek myths and legends.

 

Reminders:

Please make sure all jumpers and hoodies are named.

Children should only have fruits or vegetables for snacks, not cereal bars etc. 

Week Beginning 7th November

 

 

Maths: We will be using our rounding skills to estimate answers. e.g 322 + 567 is close to 320 + 570.

 

Writing: We will be learning how to add suspense to our writing by using short sentences and the five senses e.g. They could see the dog's ghastly teeth, smell its drenched fur and feel its humid breath.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will be summarising what we have read and be putting events from the story in the correct order. We will be looking at inference questions using the phrase 'explain what this suggests' e.g. Explain what this suggests about the relationship between the griffin and Demon.

 

History and Geography: We will be locating Greece on a map and looking at the states that Ancient Greece was split up into. We will be comparing how the different states were run.

 

Thursday 10th November is Greek Day. Please come dressed in a Greek outfit. If you are having difficulty getting an outfit, please speak to your child's class teacher.

Week Beginning 31st October

 

Maths: We will recap what we have learned so far about adding crossing tens and hundreds and subtracting using exchange. We will then learn to add and subtract a 3 digit and a 2 digit number, making sure we write the numbers in the correct columns.

 

 

Writing: We will be learning a suspense text called 'Adventure at Sandy Cove', using actions so that we can remember it. We will then learn how to punctuate speech using speech marks.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-speech-marks 

 

Reading: Our book this half term is Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats. We will make predictions about the story by looking at the front cover and reading the blurb. We will be looking at the vocabulary within the book and finding words with similar meanings.

 

Art: This week is sculpture week. We will be looking at artwork by Barbara Hepworth. We will be creating our own sculptures in the style of her work.

Please can each child bring in a bar of soap that we can use to create our sculptures.

Week Beginning 17th October

 

Maths: We will continue learning to add and subtract two numbers and recording our answers using the column method. We will be looking at numbers where we have to exchange the tens and the hundreds

 

Click here for a demonstration of how to use practical resources for addition and how to convert this to a written method.

 

Are you using Times Tables Rockstars at home? This is great for improving times table knowledge! You can log in using the wonde login (this should be in the reading record book). Please let your child's teacher know if you are having difficulty logging in.

 

Writing: We will be writing our own warning tale using the structure of The Canal to help us. We will use the skills we have been practising over the last few weeks: adverbials, conjunctions and prepositions.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

We will be answering retrieval questions, where the answer can be found in the text. We will then be reviewing the stories, thinking about what we have liked about each one.

 

RE: Our topic is 'Why do Christians call God 'Father?'.

Week Beginning 10th October

 

Maths: We will be learning to add and subtract two numbers and recording our answers using the column method, which is a new skill in Year 3. We will begin with numbers that don't involve exchange before moving on to numbers that require us to cross the tens and hundreds. We will be using practical resources then move on to recording written calculations.

 

Click here for a demonstration of how to use practical resources for addition and how to convert this to a written method.

 

Are you using Times Tables Rockstars at home? This is great for improving times table knowledge! You can log in using the wonde login (this should be in the reading record book). Please let your child's teacher know if you are having difficulty logging in.

 

Writing: We will be adapting The Canal to write our own warning tale set in a different place. We will be applying what we have learned about conjunctions, prepositions and adverbials to our writing.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

We will be reading the third story within the book - Akimbo and the Crocodile Man. 

 

DT: We will be designing and making our own aprons to use in art and DT lessons.

 

Pupil Parliament - thank you to all the children who nominated themselves for Pupil Parliament. We will announce the winners on Monday. 

Week Beginning 3rd October

 

Maths: We will be using the skills of addition and subtraction with calculations crossing 10 and 100,

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-bridging-through-10

 

Are you using Times Tables Rockstars at home? This is great for improving times table knowledge! You can log in using the wonde login (this should be in the reading record book). Please let your child's teacher know if you are having difficulty logging in.

 

Writing: We will be starting to learn a fiction story. This is a warning tale called The Canal. We will be learning the text and the actions throughout the week. We will be learning about conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs so that we can use these in our writing.

 

 

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

Tick one box to show whether each statement is true or false.

Circle the correct option

This tells us that (e.g. This sentence tells us that Akimbo is feeling...)

 

DT: We will be designing and making our own aprons to use in art and DT lessons.

Pupil Parliament

We are setting up a Pupil Parliament. The Pupil Parliament will be made up of 1 person from each class Year 1-5 and 2 people in each class from Year 6. These children will be called Ministers. The Ministers will meet once a fortnight to discuss important issues and help make improvements in the school. Children who want to nominate themselves have been given an application form. This needs to be returned by Monday 3rd October so we can vote for our class Ministers. We look forward to hearing the children talk about why they want to represent their class.

Week Beginning 26th September

 

Maths: We will be revisiting number bonds to 10 and learning to apply these to different mathematical contexts. We will then add and subtract 1s, 10s and 100s making links to our knowledge of place value.

 

We will also be learning to look for patterns and making links between the two times table and the four times table. We have been using lots of times table songs in school which you may wish to use at home.

 

2 x table

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-the-2-times-table-with-bridget-the-lioness/zrrx92p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C4EN7mFHCk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uav8id2JXD4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ

 

4 x table

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z36tyrd/articles/zfsqkty

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/numberblocks-four-times-table-song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT3t-uLB9qs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QU_E0u-tP4

 

English: We will be writing our own non-chronological reports about a predator of our choice. We will be including generalisers, conjunctions and adjectives. We will then begin our fiction writing and will write a description of a setting based on a video.

          Conjunctions: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-conjunctio

          Adjectives: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-adjective

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

Mixed comprehension questions

  • Put a tick in the correct box to show whether each statement is true or false.
  • What were the two jobs Akimbo had in building the fence?
  • Do you think Akimbo will see the lion in the trap? Use evidence to back your answer up.

 

Geography: We will be looking at world maps so that we can identify the equator, tropics, hemispheres and poles.

Week Beginning 19th September

 

Maths: The children will continue to develop their understanding of place value using numbers up to 1000. They will learn to estimate a number's position on a number line, looking at number lines with different starting and finishing points and by considering the intervals. They will then compare and order 3 digit numbers by considering how many hundreds, tens and ones. Lastly, the children will learn to count in 50s, a skill which will help them to solve maths problems in a range of different mathematical contexts,

 

English: We will be writing our own non-chronological reports about a polar bear. We will be including generalisers, conjunctions and adjectives.

          Conjunctions: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-conjunctio

          Adjectives: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-adjective

 

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

Retrieval questions - Give one (e.g. Give one piece of evidence that shows Akimbo is scared.)

Summarise questions - Put the events of the story in the correct order.

Vocabulary - Which word closely matches the meaning of the word (e.g. Which word closely matches the meaning of the word 'shocked'.)

 

Art: We will be looking at African art and creating our own versions using a range of different drawing materials including pencil, pastel and graphite sticks.

Week Beginning 12th September

 

Maths: This week the children will continue to develop their understanding of place value by using familiar models including part-whole models to partition, dienes to represent, number lines and place value counters. They will be broadening their understanding by working with 3-digit numbers and learning different ways to partition them by considering the hundreds, tens and ones. They will then learn to find 1, 10 and 100 more and less working with numbers up to 1000.

Part-whole ModelDiensPlace Value Counters

 

English: We will continue to learn our non-chronological text about lions. We will then be using adjectives to describe the lion e.g. the long, sharp claws. We will also be looking at the features of a non-chronological text e.g. headings and sub-headings.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith.

Retrieval questions - Name two... (e.g. Name two of the things Akimbo does to help his dad.)

Vocabulary questions - Which word is closest in meaning to... (e.g. Which word is closest in meaning to crouched)

Inference questions - Give two impressions this give you... (e.g. The glassy surface of the lake. Give two impressions this gives you of the water.)

 

PSHE: We will continue to learn about our new Zones of Regulation as a way to manage our emotions within the classroom. You can find out more information here.

 

Art: We will be looking at African art and creating our own versions using a range of different drawing materials including pencil, pastel and graphite sticks 

Week Beginning 5th September

 

Maths: We will be learning about hundreds, tens and ones. We will be looking at numbers that have been represented in different way. We will also be writing numbers using both numerals and words.

 

English: We will start the half term looking at a non-chronological report about lions. We will be learning our new text using actions. We will be using dictionaries to look up new words we are unsure about and learning to use new conjunctions e.g. when, while, so.

 

Reading: Our book this half term is The Akimbo Adventures by Alexander McCall Smith. We will be making predictions about what we think will happen in the story. We will then be retrieving information from the text and using clues from the text to infer what it means.

 

PSHE: We will be learning about our new Zones of Regulation as a way to manage our emotions within the classroom.

 

Art: We will be using our observation skills to sketch a picture of a predator's skull.

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