Describe that character

12/10/2018 at 20:48

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This week, Year 3 have been describing the characters from the book The Stone Age Boy so that when they retell the story it helps to create a picture in the readers mind. When we have done this we have made sure that we have added adjectives and prepositions to give extra detail.  Some good examples are: –

The boy gripped a tall, black and grey spear tightly in his fist. On his head he had some crazy, spiky hair because he fell down a hole in the forest. On his feet he had some comfy, bright blue trainers. (Maddy)

The fluffy brown hair on top of the boy’s head is fluffy because he didn’t brush it. On his legs are dirty jean. They are dirty because he fell down the hole in the woods. (Matilda)

Why not have a go at home describing someone you know without giving their name and see if your family can guess who they are. Can you recognise these people from my description?

  1. This man usually wears a dark suit with shiny black shoes. If he teaches PE at Farsley Farfield, he wears a white polo shirt and blue tracksuit bottoms. He is tall and has short brown hair. He loves to cycle and always comes to school on his bike so on his head he wears a white and black cycle helmet.
  2. This person always wears a red felt hat and a blue duffle coat. In his brown furry hands, he carries an old leather suitcase. His suitcase contains his favourite snack of marmalade sandwiches.

In History, we have been looking at the stone age diet. In particular, we found out about the variety of plants and animals that they used to eat. We also discovered how prehistoric people hunted and killed the animals of the time and the weapons they used. What the children have learned this week will help with the Learning Log work. This is to imagine that they are a stone age person and write a diary extract about a day in their life. Hopefully, they will also be inspired by our stone age day on Thursday and can use what they have experienced to help their work.

 

Special mentions this week go to Rayhan, Komal, Rhys and Florence for some super work this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Stone Age English

05/10/2018 at 19:31

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This week, Year 3 started their new English topic of stories with familiar settings. The book we are using for this is Stone Age Boy.

It is a story of a boy who unexpectedly travels back in time to the stone age. Whilst there, he meets a girl called Om and for a short time lives the life of a stone age person. The story is an excellent link to our history work and helps the children understand how prehistoric people lived. It is written in the style of a dairy in the first person but the children will be retelling the story in their own words in the third person and, when the children complete their work, they will have to include a range of grammar and punctuation, including speech. So that the children remember the events in the story in the correct sequence, they first created a story board. 3B used computers and the app 2Publish on Purple Mash to achieve this, doing an amazing job.

In Maths, we have completed our work on addition, including solving real life problems. Practice makes perfect and with this in mind, any opportunity for your child to use their skills would be useful and counts towards their extreme learning if recorded in their Reading Record book.

Stone Age day has been confirmed for Thursday 18th October and the children are encouraged to come to school in their best cave man or woman costume. We are looking forward to plenty of Fred and Wilma Flintstones,

Special mentions this week go to Sumayyah, Alexis, Veerpal and Yahya, all who have had a great week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Conkers

28/09/2018 at 20:51

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Plenty of brilliant learning has taken place in Year 3 this week. In Maths, the children have been introduced to column addition. Although relatively simple to perform, this rapid calculation method needs an understanding of the value of each column so the classes started the week with expanded column addition. This requires the two numbers to be partitioned and then the resulting tens and ones are added separately. These results are then added together to find the answer.  An important part of this method is neat presentation, making sure numbers are in the correct column. As all the children worked hard in this area, they were able to move to formal column addition, even carrying tens and hundreds. Homework this week is to practice this method, although we will continue to work on it next week.

In English, we started the week playing the traditional autumn game of conkers.  After first learning the rules, all the children were given a conker and had great fun trying to smash their opponents nut to win the game. They then had to write an explanation text, describing the steps needed to play.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Tilli, Maddy and Todd. Well done.

The whole of 3M must also be commended for continuing to work well without Miss Micklethwaite.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers

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Stone Age Investigations

21/09/2018 at 19:29

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The children have settled well into the weekly routine and are well underway to complete the English topic of explanation texts next week. Our Maths focus on place value has now finished and next week will be starting to practise addition and subtraction, initially using equipment then move on to written methods to find the answer.

Our history work this week has focused on the differences in artefacts found during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.  We first looked at and described a flint hand tool and axe head from the earliest times. These were then compared in complexity of construction to a bone needle, birch bark bowl and clay pot from the middle period. Finally, a pair of leather shoes were examined, showing the crafting skills that the later stone age people possessed. The children also looked at and discussed different types of stone age houses, including the ones found at Skara Brae, and decided which time period they belonged to.

During our Stone Age Day, in a few weeks’ time, the children will have the chance to build a house in the dens area, make a clay pot and recreate a cave painting. We will also learn how to forage for food in the school grounds and hopefully try to recreate some prehistoric foods. (No woolly mammoths will be hurt in this exercise!)

We must also mention and thank the efforts made on the extreme learning at home. Both classes improved their percentage of daily activities undertaken. 3M went from 61% last week to 80% and 3B improved their 75% to 85%. Well done.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Vaughn, Hamzah and Amrit.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Inventions

14/09/2018 at 19:43

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Our first full week has seen the start of the English topic of writing an explanation text. The children were given the task of creating an invention and describing what it does and how it works. There were some very creative machines such as a robot that makes pizzas, a cleaning robot and a machine that does just about anything a seven-year-old would want including tidying bedrooms, cleaning teeth and bringing food from the fridge!

The children started their P.E. modules this week and seemed to enjoy the opportunities they have been given. The group attending Gym Magic learned the basic positions and jumps then practised balancing on a beam and vaulting on to a low foam platform. The footballers started with passing, dribbling and control skills, which they hope to develop and improve further over the next few weeks. Athletics involved short, fast running drills and strengthening exercises. Along with the daily run, this should help to produce some talented athletes who may be able to represent the school this year.

Homework has been sent out today. The Maths is due back next Wednesday (19th September) and the learning log work should be back the following week (Wednesday 26th September).

This week’s well deserved special mentions go to Bilal, Alfie, Jeevan and Tyler. Well done for a superb week.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Welcome to Year 3

07/09/2018 at 19:44

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We have had a wonderful start to the year in Year 3. All the children have come back to school eager to learn and show us what they can do. They also seem to be enjoying the larger, junior playing fields and have made good use of the dens, tennis courts and cricket nets this week.

As this is the first week back, we have not had our normal timetable but we have started to introduce the classes to the Maths and English that will be coming over then next few months. We have also begun our history and science topics in the afternoons.

History this half term focuses on the stone age. The children will learn how some of the first humans survived and look at the evidence they left behind. We will also be holding a stone age day when the children can come dressed as cave men and women and take part in a range of hunter/gatherer activities.

The science topic looks at rocks, soils and fossils. This week the children have been discovering the types of stones (natural and man made) that occur around the school. Much to everyone’s surprise, a small fossil was also unearthed near to the playground. Great spotting!

If your child has something of interest related to any of our topics and they would like to bring them in to show, then please encourage them to do so as they will always be well received.

Please remember that the extreme reading starts next week. When your child reads, writes or completes some maths, signing their book will show their learning and help the class’s percentage at the end of the week.

Special mentions this week go to Joe, Lottie Isaac and Erin. They have all had a fantastic start to Year 3.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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