Adding Fractions, Character Studies and Celery in Different Coloured Water…

28/04/2017 at 13:59

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Another busy and successful week in Year 3! Mr Sharp and Mrs Daniels have been delighted with the children’s attitude to learning this week.

In Maths, the children have learnt how to add and subtract fractions where the denominator (the number on the bottom) is the same. The simple rule is just add or subtract the numerator and keep the denominator the same. For example, 2/5 + 1/5 = 3/5. Children able to complete the following equation would be considered meeting the expectation for adding and subtracting fractions.

2/9 + 10/9 = ?

Children were also taught how to convert improper fractions (where the numerator is larger than the denominator) into a mixed number. If the numerator and the denominator are the same, it must mean a whole which is represented using the number 1. So:

  • 2 halves (2/2) = 1
  • 3 thirds (3/3) = 1
  • 4 quarters (4/4) = 1
  • 5/4 would equal 1 whole and 1/4
  • 10/7 would equal 1 and 3/7

These are called mixed numbers.

Children able to complete the following equation and answer it using a mixed number  would be considered exceeding the expectation for adding and subtracting fractions.

2/9 + 10/9 = ?

 

In Literacy, we have looked at the characters of Horrid Henry. The children have identified that most of the names in the stories are made up of two names with the first name being an adjective that helps describe the character and the second name being a name. The names are also written using alliteration (Moody Margaret, Tough Toby, Dizzy Dave). Children created their own character and produced a piece of writing to describe them whilst also looking at the similarities and differences between Horrid Henry and Perfect Peter. It turns out that the only similarity we could find was that they don’t like each other!

In Science, the children designed, planned and carried out their own investigation. The children were tasked with the following investigation title:

An investigation to see what happens when celery pieces are placed in different coloured waters.

The children had to consider what equipment they would need and how they were going to make it fair (by only changing one thing: the colour of the water). After this, the children carried out their investigation, placing pieces of celery in coloured water. The next day, children observed how the coloured water dyed the parts of the celery that transport water through the stem. These ‘tubes’ are called xylem. The children went on to predict what would happen to the leaves if they were still attached.

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Equivalent Fractions, Horrid Henry & Plants

21/04/2017 at 15:48

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A first week back and what a very busy week it has been!

In maths, we have continued our work on fractions. This week we have been learning how to find equivalent fractions. The children have found equivalent fractions of shapes as well as finding missing values to make fractions equivalent.

The children have understood that to find equivalent fractions, you must perform either multiply or divide by the numerator (number on top of a fraction) AND the denominator (number on ‘de-bottom’) by the same number. To find equivalent fractions to 1/3, for example, multiply the numerator (1) x 2 to get 2 and then multiply the denominator (3) x 2 as well to get 6. 1/3 = 2/6.

Children have also been taught to spot patterns in fractions to make finding equivalent fractions easier.

4/5, 8/10, 12/15, 16/20.

The numerators are going up in 4s and the denominators are going up in 5s. All the fractions are equivalent to 4/5.

Children’s homework allows them to reinforce the knowledge they have learnt this week. This is due in on Wednesday 26th April.

In literacy, we have begun our author study on Francesca Simon, the author of the Horrid Henry stories. The children researched Simon (as well as the illustrator Tony Ross) to create posters before reading a selection of Horrid Henry books. They then began to identify themes and features of the stories such as the use of alliteration for names with an adjective that describes the character’s personality (Moody Margaret, Horrid Henry, Perfect Peter) and how Henry never does as he is told at home.

Learning Log homework asks the children to think about their favourite author and why they like the stories that person has written. This is due in on Wednesday 6th May.

In science, we have begun learning about plants and leaves. All the staff have been really impressed with the children’s existing plant knowledge. Children have labelled parts of a leaf and learnt about the function of a leaf. I wonder how much they can remember!

In ICT, children have continued to produce a leaflet using the online resource Purple Mash. Purple Mash is accessible from home using the children’s Mathletics usernames (without the dash) and passwords and is a great resource for encouraging the use of computer literacy. Children have used Purple Mash regularly this year and are becoming much more confident in using it. I must stress that it’s vital to keep saving your work! If children produce any work on Purple Mash at home, it would be great to see it in school!

 

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Eggs, eggs, eggs! KS2 cooking curriculum this half term

17/04/2017 at 19:34

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This half term, we are learning how to make scrambled eggs and poached eggs.

Jamie Oliver shows us how:

We intend to use some Farfield Farm eggs (let us know if you would rather use shop bought free range eggs) and chives. If we are lucky enough to get any home grown asparagus in May, we might prepare that too.

Scrambled eggs recipe

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Fractions, Pancakes and Magnets

24/02/2017 at 16:08

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What a first week back! It has been full of experiments, practical learning and performances in Year 3 this week.

In maths, children have begun 4 weeks of learning about fractions. This week, children have learnt that fractions represent equal parts of a shape or number and are written using a numerator on top and denominator on bottom. The children have found fractions of shapes, straws and begun to look at fractions of numbers.

Maths homework: Shading in fractions.

In literacy, children have rehearsed and performed the poem Peace and Pancakes written by Adrian Mitchell. The poem talks of different pancakes from all around the world and the children’s learning ended with the cooking of pancakes and chapatis!

In science, we have continued our work on forces by looking at the power of magnets. The children have investigated how strong different magnets are and tested whether different materials are magnetic or not. 3D used their magnets to make objects move by designing a racetrack for their ‘cars’ to travel around! A magnet was then placed under the racetrack and metal objects were then timed whizzing around the tracks.

Learning Log:

In our PSHE sessions, we have been looking at our mental health and wellbeing and celebrating our achievements. For your homework this week we would like you to think about your own skills, strengths and attributes. Think about what you can do and what you are good at – tell us about your talents!

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Time and Pyramids

13/02/2017 at 15:49

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We are now halfway through the school year and Year 3 have had an extremely unusual week to finish it off!

Monday was a training and Tuesday saw the whole year group visit the Leeds City Museum. Wednesday morning was a chance to see how the children are progressing in reading, spelling and grammar. Year 3 staff have been particularly impressed with the progress of children’s spellings. Look out for some blog posts on prepositions, plurals and writing questions in the near future as these are areas that Year 3 shall be looking at in the new half term.

On Thursday morning, children were challenged to use their time knowledge practically. In small groups, children took it in turns to complete a course whilst the others timed how long it took and recorded the time. Once all children had completed the course, the next challenge was to see if the children could order the times and see who was the quickest. Being able to do this with multiple times is an expectation for the end of Year 3 and staff were pleased with how confident children were in timing, recording and comparing times.

On Friday, children completed their learning about the Ancient Egyptians by looking at pyramids and artefacts relating to Tutankhamun’s death. Fancy yourself a pyramid builder? Play this interactive game which is not as easy as it looks!!!

Year 3 hope you have a very restful half term.

 

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First aid in year 3

12/02/2017 at 10:52

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First aid is an important life skill that everyone can learn.  Over the last two half terms, children in year 3 have had the opportunity to learn some basic first aid skills.

In small groups, children have learnt how to check a conscious casualty and make an emergency call if necessary, how to check for breathing in an unconscious casualty and place someone in the recovery position.

These are known as the Dr’s ABC –

D – Danger

Always check for danger first.  Make sure it is safe for you to approach the casualty.

R – Response

Check for a response by talking to the casualty.  Ask if they can hear you or can respond.

S – Shout

If you get no response from the casualty, shout loudly to attract help.

A – Airway

Open the airway by gently placing one hand on the forehead, 2 fingers under the chin and lifting the chin up

B – Breathing

Listen, look and feel for breathing for at least 10 seconds.  If a casualty is breathing normally you can place them into the recovery position.  (Ask your child about ‘Hello cheeky, need a lift’ – our easy way to remember the position)

C – Call

Call 999 or 112 for help, giving details of where you are and what has happened.

 

Children also learnt how to deal with a serious bleed and had great fun bandaging each other up.

 

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