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Sirius (Year 3)

Welcome to Year 3 (Miss Bathe and Miss Johnson).

Well done to everyone in Year 3, we have completed our first term and worked so hard. I am so proud of your achievements so far this year, keep it up! Unfortunately, we have returned to online learning, however, I am sure we will continue to work hard and achieve great things.

We will be sending a link on Microsoft Teams to invite you to a meeting on a Wednesday (every week) so we can see how you are all doing! The first one will be on Wednesday 13th January 2021. You will also receive messages from Marvellous Me and may need to access Purple Mash, TT Rockstars, Lexia and Reading Plus. If you need password reminders or would like to set up Marvellous Me, please contact the school office. If you need password reminders for Purple Mash, TT Rockstars, Lexia or Reading Plus, please contact me on the class email- RSPSirius@southbankprimary.co.uk .

Please note– if you have received an email from the office regarding a log in and password for Lexia, you should use Lexia rather than Reading Plus.

Each day, I will upload your work on to this page so please check it daily to complete your tasks and continue with your learning. You will receive new SPaG, Reading, Writing, Maths, Cultural Capital and Creative Curriculum tasks every day. Look out for daily videos to help support you with your learning. Please remember to send pictures to the class email of the learning your child has been doing.

Love from,
Miss Bathe and Miss Johnson x

Home Learning- Week 2 (W/C 11.1.21)

Timetable for Learning-

Please find a suggested timetable below, this timetable mirrors the school day and would help with a routine at home. It is important to try and complete all the tasks set however, we understand home is a very different place to school.

Morning lessons-

SPaG

Reading

Writing

Maths

Afternoon lessons-

Cultural Capital

Creative Curriculum

Quiet Reading/Favourite Five

SPaG

Monday 11th January-

Can you remember what a paragraph is used for? Watch the video to remind yourselves of what a paragraph is and when we use them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zv4j7nb

A paragraph is a group of sentences within a piece of writing which is written about the same idea or topic. Paragraphs are used to show when a writer has changed time, place or argument. When they do this, they will start a new paragraph.

Look at the following sentences. Can you read them and group them into sentences which talk about the same idea or topic?

Tuesday 12th January-

The following text does not have paragraphs to sort the ideas. Can you identify where the topic changes? Show where the topic changes by drawing // or explain to your adult where you think it is.

How many paragraphs could we split this piece of text into?

Frogs are amphibians, which mean that they can live both on land and in the water. They are cold-blooded which means that their bodies are the same temperature as the air. When they get cold, they need to lie in the sun to warm up and when they get too warm, they need to go into the water or find a shady place to cool down. Frogs are found all over the world. They are found in every climate and on all continents except Antarctica. They are often found near any source of fresh water but they prefer water which does not move very quickly. Smaller frogs eat flies and insects, especially crickets. Larger frogs can eat mice! Frogs do not need to drink because they absorb water through their skin.

Challenge- As this is a non-fiction text, can you think of a good subheading to tell the reader what each paragraph is about?

Wednesday 13th January-

Here is a piece of text about different rivers of the world. Can you organise the text into paragraphs? Could you add subheadings to the paragraphs?

The Nile is longest river in the world. It is 4132 miles (6650 km) long – that’s nearly seven times the distance from John o’ Groats at the top of Scotland to Land’s End at the bottom of England! When most people think of The Nile they think of Egypt, but surprisingly, only 20% of the river is in Egypt, it also flows through countries including Uganda and Ethiopia before ending at the Mediterranean Sea. The Rhine flows through Germany and is 766 miles (1233km) long. It also travels through another five countries before reaching the North Sea in the Netherlands. Its source is a small stream coming from a glacier in the Swiss Alps (the mountains in Switzerland). The Danube is the second largest river in Europe. It is 1785 miles (2680 km) long and its source is in the Black Forest Mountains in Germany flowing to The Black Sea. This river flows through, or along the border of many different countries including Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania to name a few. It also flows through the capital cities of Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava.

Thursday 14th January-

Write down what the purpose of a paragraph. Why do we need to use them in our writing? How can paragraphs differ with fiction and non-fiction texts?

Read through the text ‘My Account of the School Trip to the Zoo’.

We left school at 7.30 in the morning on a big old coach to get to Paignton Zoo for 9am. Whilst we were on the coach the teachers told us to take our bags with us and gave us our instructions for the day. When we finally arrived at the Zoo we were allowed to go and see the animals straight away. The first stop was the tiger’s cage. The tigers were huge and ferocious looking, the teachers would not let us stay there for long. Next we went to see the snakes. The snakes were having a feed and were eating mice. The girls started screaming hysterically after watching the snake devour the mouse. Consequently teachers decided it was time to stop for lunch! A few hours later we went to see the elephants having a wash. This was the highlight of my day because the elephant shook water all over us- it was very funny. We got back to school late, we were all tired but happy. “This is my favourite school trip ever!” said my friend Jimmy. “Mine too’ I agreed. It really had been a fantastic day.  

Can you find where there is a change in time, place or talk?

Use the PowerPoint below to find the answers.

Friday 15th January-

When to start a new paragraph-

• Start a new paragraph when you move to a new period of time.

• Start a new paragraph when you move on to a new topic or subject.

• Start a new paragraph when you bring a new person into your writing (talk), or when you change from one person to another (especially when writing conversation.)

Choose your challenge: Choose to either write 3 paragraphs about your family and home or write a non-fiction piece of writing about food.

Support for challenge 1: Paragraph 1- the members of your family. Paragraph 2- your home and the area you live in. Paragraph 3- anything special about your family.

Support for challenge 2: Paragraph 1- about the fruits. Paragraph 2- about the vegetables. Paragraph 3- about the meat.

Spelling-

Monday 11th January-

Complete the Look, Look, Cover, Test for our new Orange Word focuses for this half term.

Orange WordsLook Copy carefullyLook Copy carefullyCover Hide the wordTest Ask a friend to test
continue    
decide    
island    
minute    
difficult    
earth    
consider    
enough    

Tuesday 12th January-

Recap the spelling rules from last term. Can you remember which words used the prefixes ‘dis’, ‘im’, ‘in’ and ‘un’ and the suffix ‘ly’.

Our new spelling rule this week is words ending with the sounds ‘ch’ and ‘zh’ but spelt ‘ture’ and ‘sure’. Can you think of any words? Watch the video of Miss Bathe introducing our new spelling rule.

Complete the spelling sheet below.

Below is a video link to remind yourselves of what a syllable is.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4pxxyc/articles/zk4wjhv

Wednesday 13th January-

Recap the new spelling rule. Complete the Dots and Dashes sheet below.

Can you use our new spelling words in sentences? If you are unsure of the meaning, you could look the word up using a dictionary.

Thursday 14th January-

Today’s task is to complete ‘Choose the Right Word’. Look at the words first, and then read the sentences. Which word fits into which sentence?

Using the words spare, can you write your own sentence.

Friday 15th January-

Use the video below to complete the four dictated sentences. Think about the new spelling rule, words that end in ‘ch’ but spelt ‘ture’.

Reading

Monday 11th January-

Who Let The Gods Out? Audiobook | Maz Evans | Audible.co.uk

We will be reading “Who Let the Gods Out” over the next few weeks.

Have a look at the front cover and think about the following-

  • Can you make a prediction about what this book will be about?
  • What can you see?
  • Who might enjoy this book?
  • What type of story will this be?
  • Do you think that you will enjoy this book?

The title ‘Who Let The Gods Out?’ is a pun based on a song. (Ask your parents to show you a clip on YouTube!) Or click this link-

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Qkuu0Lwb5E

Thinking of some songs you know, what pun-based book titles can you think of?

Tuesday 12th January –

Over the next couple of days, we will be having a look at Chapter 1 from “Who let the Gods Out”. You can either read this on your own, or you can read along with Miss Johnson. 

Using your reading skills, answer the questions below: 

  1. What did Elliot do to get into trouble? 
  1. Is Elliot often in trouble? How do you know? 
  1. What are your impressions of Elliot from this chapter of the book? 
  1. What do you think the author means when he describes Mr Boils’ body odour as “weapon grade”?  
  1. What do you think might be going on at home, in Eliotts life? 

Remember to write in full sentences and find sentences in the book to back up your answers. 

Wednesday 13th January-

Continuing on from yesterday, we are still looking at chapter 1 of the book. Have a go at answering these questions, you may need to skim over the book again.

  1. Why do you think Mr Boil has no respect for Call Me Graham? 
  1. How old is Eliott? 
  1. What is Call Me Graham’s job? 
  1. What does Mr Boil teach? 
  1. Explain whether you think Call Me Graham is a good head teacher or not. Try to present an argument for both sides. 

Thursday 14th January-

Before we move onto the next chapter of the book, I want you to picture Eliott, Call Me Graham and Mr Boil. Thinking about what we have learnt about them in chapter 1, draw a picture of each of them and how you imagine them to look like. Label your drawing and tell me why you think that they look that way.

Here is an example for you:

If I was going to draw Mr Boil, I would draw him with an angry face. This is because in chapter 1, he was shouting at Eliott for falling asleep in his assembly.
Remember to send your work over to Miss Bathe and Miss Johnson so we can have a look at what you think the characters will look like!

Friday 15th January –

Lights, camera, ACTION! Your task for today is to act out the scene in Call Me Grahams office with Eliott. Maybe you could get your family involved in acting or use teddies, action figures or make some puppets? Imagine how the characters are feeling, how they would be acting and how you may feel if you where one of the characters.

See if someone can record you acting out the scene and send it across to us!

Writing

Monday 11th January –

In Literacy we are going to look at a Myth called ‘Pandora’s Box’. Use the PowerPoint below to read through the story and complete the activity conscience alley.

Think about what could be the positives and negatives of opening the box?

Tuesday 12th January-

Recap what happened in the story ‘Pandora’s Box’. You can listen to the story here-

://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/story562-pandoras-box.html

Answer the following questions below-

  1. How did Pandora change the world forever?
  2. When is the story set?
  3. Who was in charge of the Ancient Greeks?
  4. What kind of character was Pandora?
  5. Who was Prometheus?
  6. What is the evil that comes out of the box compared to?
  7. Why do you think hope is a butterfly in the story?

Wednesday 13h January

Today we are going to look at the poem ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. I have attached a link of Kit Wright performing his poem for you to read along with him.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zkpmhyc

I would like you to think about the different features of writing we have learnt so far. Things like-

  • adjectives – describing word
  • verbs- doing word
  • expanded noun phrases- when the adjective comes before the noun
  • repetition- repeated word or phrase in a text
  • alliteration- words beginning with the same letter

Can you find examples of each writing feature?

Thursday 14th January-

In the poem ‘The Magic Box’ Kit Wright helped us to use our imagination to create images of different objects which you may not necessarily be able to catch or see, for example, wind, anger, hate, love. These words are called abstract nouns, things that you can’t see or touch.

Think about what things came out of Pandora’s box when she opened it. Are any of those things abstract nouns?

Can you create a mind map of what came out of Pandora’s box. I want you to think about what would come alongside anger etc.

Friday 15th January-

Today we are going to look at building sentences. This is where we begin with a simple sentence and follow the steps to improve it. Watch the video below to help you begin building sentences.

Step 1- Write the sentence.

Step 2- Write the sentence and add an adjective.

Step 3- Write the sentence and add an adverb.

Step 4- Write the sentence and add why.

Here is an example following those steps.

1.Sally hid the bear.
2. Sally hid the ancient bear.
3. Sally carefully hid the ancient bear.
4. Sally carefully hid the ancient bear as her little cousin was coming to her house later that day.

Can you have a go at building these sentences using the steps above-

  • The cats played in the basket.
  • The boy began to play the piano.
  • The ball hit Lucy.
  • Dad cleaned the car.
  • Henry walked to the shop.

Maths

Monday 11th January-

For number knowledge we will be adding 2 digit numbers. Can you draw 10’s and 1’s sticks to work these out? You could challenge yourself to use column method to work them out.

1. 45 + 23 =
2. 73 + 11 =
3 .33 + 42 =
4. 56 + 21 =
5. 23 + 64 =

In Maths we are going to be looking at subtraction using our number bonds

1. Complete the subtractions

  15 – 5 =                    16 – 6 =   

2. Complete the subtractions

    10 – 2 =      10 – 7 =

3. Partition 6 in two different ways.

Using our knowledge of number bonds we can solve subtraction sentences. 9 can be split into 6 and 3.

16 – 6 = 10 and 10 – 3 = 7.

Using the PowerPoint below, answer the questions and then complete the task.

Tuesday 12th January-

For number knowledge we will be adding 3 digit numbers. Can you draw 100s, 10’s and 1’s sticks to work these out? You could challenge yourself to use column method to work them out.

1. 245 + 523 =
2. 573 + 211 =
3. 633 + 342 =
4. 256 + 621 =
5. 723 + 364 =

We are now going to look at subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number where we need to exchange. Watch the video on BBC Bitesize for support.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy2mn39/articles/zc78srd

For the first job I would like you to use practical equipment for your tens and ones. You could use pasta, coins or anything you can find from around the house! Together we are going to solve the problems below. Watch the video of Miss Bathe to help with your new learning.

Using the PowerPoint below, answer the questions and then complete the task.

Wednesday 13th January-

Look at the ‘True or False’ statement below. Using your knowledge from the previous lessons, answer this statement with true or false and explain your reasoning.

We are now going to look at subtracting a 1-digit number from a 3-digit number where we need to exchange. Remember we can exchange 1 ten for 10 ones or 1 hundred for 10 tens.

For example:

334 – 6 =

We can’t take away 6 ones as we don’t have enough. We can exchange 1 ten for 10 ones.

I can now subtract 6 ones.

So our answer is 334 – 6 = 328

Watch the video below of Miss Bathe completing more examples with you. Have a practice with her and then complete the subtraction sentences below. Remember to use concrete resources from around your house or use a pictorial method (drawing your 100s, 10s and 1s).

1.223 – 7 =

2. 315 – 9 =

3. 362 – 5 =

4. 607 – 9 =

5. 444 – 7 =

6. 135 – 8 =

7. 808 – 9 =

8. 273 – 7 =

Thursday 14th January-

For number knowledge we will be adding 3 digit numbers. Can you draw 100s, 10’s and 1’s sticks to work these out? You could challenge yourself to use column method to work them out.

1. 454 + 232 =
2. 437 + 311 =
3. 633 + 124 =
4. 765 + 312 =
5. 632 + 446 =

Refresh your memory of subtracting a 1-digit number from a 3-digit by watching the video of Miss Bathe yesterday.

Another method we could use is the number line. When we subtract, we count backwards. We always start with the first number in our head, and jump backwards the amount we are subtracting. Look at the examples below.

Use either the number line method, or pictorial method to complete the worksheet below.

Choose your level of challenge on the sheet.
Challenge 1: Questions 1-8
Challenge 2: Questions 9-16
Challenge 3: Questions 17-24 and Challenge

Friday 15th January-

Look at the ‘True or False’ statement below. Using your knowledge from the previous lessons, answer this statement with true or false and explain your reasoning.

Watch the PowerPoint video of Miss Bathe introducing our new learning, subtracting a multiple of 10 from a 3-digit number (no exchange). Complete the tasks set on the video.

Creative Curriculum

We will be learning all about light this week. Use this PowerPoint to learn about how shadows are formed and complete the activities. Have fun exploring!! You could even choose your own way to display your findings, you could sort them into groups of opaque, translucent or transparent, you could draw them and label it or you could create a table of results.

Monday 11th January and Tuesday 12th January-

Wednesday 13th January and Thursday 14th January –

Using what we have learnt on making shadows, we are now going too look at reflective surfaces. Take a look at the PowerPoint and complete the tasks. Why not make a poster to show how important reflective materials are and some of their uses? Some materials in your own home may be classed as reflective and you may not even know it!

Friday 15th January –

Todays lesson is all about Sun Safety and why it is so important not to look directly at the sun. After you have made your way through the PowerPoint design a pair of sunglasses using everything that you have learnt this week about light.

Cultural Capital

This week, we will be looking at Marie Curie. Please make your way through the presentation and complete the tasks.

Favourite Five

Every week I will upload a video of our ‘Favourite Five’ text for the week. This week the text is called ‘The Colour Monster’. Listen to Miss Bathe reading the story and complete the activity below.

The Colour Monster | Teaching Ideas
  • At the start of the story, the Colour Monster is feeling confused. When have you felt confused? What did you do in this situation? What can we do when we feel confused in the future?
  • In this story, yellow refers to happiness, red is for anger and blue is linked to sadness. Do you agree with those colour choices? Why?
  • Think of other emotions and choose colours that might represent them (e.g. frustration, disgust, envy).
  • Use the monster template (or draw your own) to look at each colour and feeling. Think about what things make you feel that way. For example: Happiness- I feel happy when I am surrounded by my friends and family.

Extra Activities

Each day, your child will be expected to use Reading Plus or Lexia and Times Tables Rock Stars.  Sometimes they will need to access Purple Mash for learning tasks.  If you need password reminders, please contact the school office or myself.

Home Learning- Week 3 (W/C 18.1.21)

SPaG

Monday 18th January-

We have worked hard before on writing speech sentences using inverted commas. Watch this video to give you a recap on what inverted commas are and when we use them.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwxnb/articles/ztcp97h

When we write inverted commas, the opening set of inverted commas curl around the speech and the closing inverted commas curl towards the end of the speech. For example:

I am hungry, moaned Ben.

Use the sheet below, to rewrite the sentences correcting the punctuation. If you say the sentence out loud, it will help you hear where the speech is.

Tuesday 19th January

Recap inverted commas using the Super Movers video below-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-english-inverted-commas-with-mr-smith/z62rhbk

We are going to look at the punctuation rules when using inverted commas. Watch the PowerPoint video of Miss Bathe to support you with the new learning and then complete the sheet below.

Wednesday 20th January-

Rewatch the PowerPoint video from yesterday and recap punctuation rules when writing directed speech.

Today we are going to look at what happens when we have more than one speaker. Watch the PowerPoint video of Miss Bathe to support you with the new learning and complete the tasks throughout the video.

Spelling

Monday 18th January-

Recap the 8 Orange Words we started last week-

continue, decide, island, minute, difficult, earth, consider, enough

Complete the Look, Look, Cover, Test sheet with your adult.

Tuesday 19th January-

Recap the spelling rule from last week- words that end with the sound ‘ch’ but spelt ‘ture’. Can you remember any of the words and use these in sentences?

Oure new spelling rule this week is suffix ‘ion’ that sounds like ‘zhun’. Can you think of any words? Watch the video of Miss Bathe introducing the new rule spelling rule.

Complete the spelling sheet below.

Wednesday 20th January-

Recap the new spelling rule. Complete the Dots and Dashes sheet below.

Can you use our new spelling words in a sentence? If you are unsure of the meaning, you could look the word up using a dictionary.

Reading

Monday 18th January-

Writing

Monday 18th January-

Recap the story of Pandora’s Box by watching the video:

://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/story562-pandoras-box.html

This week we are going to start writing our own version of Kit Wright’s ‘The Magic Box’, using the story Pandora’s Box.

Our new poem is going to be called ‘Pandora’s Magic Box‘. Watch the video of Miss Bathe above to help you begin your poem. We are going to focus on the three things: pain, poverty and jealousy. You can start your poem with:

I opened the box and let out

Tuesday 19th January-

We are going to continue writing the next stanza for our poem ‘Pandora’s Magic Box’. Reread your writing from yesterday and watch the video of Pandora’s Box if you want to refresh your memory of the myth.

So far my poem reads-

I opened the box and let out…
The shrieking cry of a girl hurt and upset.
The cruelness of being cold and hungry.
The anger and envy of others around.

Today we are going to focus on the three things: hate, old age and anger. Watch the video of Miss Bathe below to help you with your ideas and begin building your sentences.

Remember to start with the phrase-

I opened the box and let out…

Wednesday 20th January-

We are going to continue writing the next stanza for our poem ‘Pandora’s Magic Box’. Reread your writing from previously and watch the video of Pandora’s Box if you want to refresh your memory of the myth.

So far my poem reads-

I opened the box and let out…
The shrieking cry of a girl hurt and upset.
The cruelness of being cold and hungry.
The anger and envy of others around.

I opened the box and let out…
The sound of screaming from hateful people.
The weakness and frailness of people aging.
Growling, snarling and shouting.

Today we are going to focus on the three things: cruelty, sickness and death. Watch the video of Miss Bathe below to help you with your ideas and begin building your sentences.

Remember to start with the phrase-

I opened the box and let out…

Maths

Monday 18th January-

In Number Knowledge this week, we are going to be practicing out Times Tables. Monday’s focus is the 2 times tables. Use this link to practice them first and then complete the times table booklet.

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

We are going to continue with subtracting a multiple of 10 from a 3-digit number, but this time we are going to look at exchanging. Watch the video of Miss Bathe and then choose your challenge on the worksheet.

Tuesday 19th January-

In Number Knowledge this week, we are going to be practicing out Times Tables. Tuesday’s focus is the 3 times tables. Use this link to practice them first and then complete the times table booklet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-maths-the-3-times-table/z6sw382

Today we are going to look at using our previous knowledge of subtraction, to subtract a 2-digit number from a 3-digit number (no exchange). Watch the video of Miss Bathe modelling how to do this using a pictorial method, alongside column method.

Complete the number sentences-

1. 434 – 12 =
2. 675 – 53 =
3. 834 – 13 =
4. 587 – 44
5. 784 – 32 =
6. 845 – 45 =
7. 643 – 23 =
8. 789 – 54 =

Wednesday 20th January-

In Number Knowledge this week, we are going to be practicing out Times Tables. Wednesday’s focus is the 4 times tables. Use this link to practice them first and then complete the times table booklet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-the-4-times-table-with-cyril-the-swan/zmsw382

We are going to continue with subtracting a 2-digit number from a 3-digit number, but we are going to look at exchanging. Remember if we don’t have enough to subtract, we can exchange 1 ten for 10 ones or 1 hundred for 10 tens.

Watch the video or look at the PowerPoint to support with subtracting when exchanging 10s and 100s.

Complete the subtraction sheet below. Try to complete at least the first page, if you want to challenge yourself do the second page as well!

Cultural Capital

Creative Curriculum

Monday 18th January-

Our new learning focus for this half term is ‘Gods and Mortals’. Your first task is to find Greece and the United Kingdom on a map.

If you have a printer, you can print out the map of Europe below and colour Greece and the United Kingdom in different colours.

Once you have found those 2 countries on the map, I would like you to research the meaning behind these 4 geographical words. You can either write the meaning or draw a picture to show what they are.

  1. valley
  2. climate
  3. Peninsula
  4. region

Tuesday 19th January-

Today I would like you to investigate maps of Ancient Greece. Look at how the country was once divided into a collection of smaller city-states.

Can you make a simple sketch map to show the states of Ancient Greece (Athens, Troy, Sparta and Olympia) including important geographical features, such as islands, seas and mountains (Mount Olympus).

Use this link to support your sketch map-

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/ancient-greece/

Wednesday 20th January-

Locate Greece on a globe or map, identifying the continent on which it lies and 5 surrounding countries.

Use Google Maps if you do not have access to an Atlas-

https://www.google.com/search?q=europe+map&rlz=1C1GCEB_enGB883GB883&oq=europe+map&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.3912j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Look at pictures and photographs of the Greek landscape, think about the physical aspects of its geography, including weather, land and houses. You can use the PowerPoint for some ideas.

Once you have looked at some of the geographical features of Greece, I would like you to create a poster showing what Greece is like or go on Purple Mash and complete the ‘To Do’ fact file on Greece.

Celebration of Work

W/C 11.01.21

Jake, Mahiya and Chloe have showed excellent attitude and motivation towards their learning this week. They have shown real grit towards their work, especially Maths, and worked hard to ensure any corrections they may have, they have learnt from them. I am so proud of you! Keep up your excellent hard work.

Things to Note

– We have a new member of staff within our class. Meet our new teaching assistant, Miss Johnson.

– Children are expected to read at least four times a week at home and will be awarded monthly and individual prizes for reaching milestone reads.

Newsletters

AUTUMN 1

Core Subject Learning

Spelling- The focus was adding the prefixes ‘dis’, ‘in’, ‘im’ and ‘un’ to root words.

Reading- The focus was on the text ‘Wolves in the Walls’ and the non-fiction texts ‘Meet the Tiger’ and ‘Surprising Sharks’. We focused on the reading skills prediction and retrieval.

Literacy- The focus was on writing in narratives, ensuring they are adding description. One day, the wolves came into the classroom and caused chaos. We used this stimulus to write our own version of ‘The Wolves came into School!’

We also focused on non-chronological reports on predators. We included a range of sentence types, such as, subordinating conjunctions, question sentences, prepositional and expanded noun phrases. We worked hard to research our chosen animals and find out as many facts as we could. I am so impressed with the information we have all remembered.

Maths- The focus was on number and place value so that children can partition 3-digit numbers in different ways and compare these using more than and less than.

Creative Learning

It’s time to take a walk on the wild side! We have been learning about perfect predators. From eagled-eyed bird of prey to voracious Venus Flytrap! We used oil crayons to create predator eyes. Can you see which predators we have drawn?

We used what we have learnt about the best of the beasts to create our own set of Top Trumps. We researched our chosen animals weight, speed, weapons, deadly rating and strength and added these to our cards. Who will have the ultimate predator and win the game?!

AUTUMN 2

Core Subject Learning

Spelling- The focus was to add the prefix ‘pre’ and suffix ‘ly’. We also looked at common homophones and their meanings.

Reading- The focus was on the text ‘Stone Age Boy’, ’The Secrets of Stonehenge’ and ’The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age’.  We focused on the reading skills vocabulary and summarising.

We also read ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ and ‘Leon and the Place Between’ as part of Our Favourite Five.

Literacy- The focus was on writing poetry based around ‘Picture Books in Wonderland’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, narratives based around ‘Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Stig of the Dump’ and information texts on homes in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

Below are some of our writing based on the opening of ‘Stig of the Dump’. We edited and improved our work to include a range of sentence types and adventurous vocabulary.

We used the structure of ‘Stone Age Boy’ to create our own version. Some of us ventured to the Ice Age, Egypt and even a tranquil waterfall. Below are some of our independent piece.

Through watching documentaries, reading information books and researching using the internet, we have created a non-chronological report on Homes from the Past. We hope you learn some interesting facts…

Maths- The focus was on mental and written addition of numbers up to 3 digits. We have be learning our 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10s times tables. We have been using TTRockstars, Hit the Button and Times Tables Bingo. Can you beat your high scores?

Creative Learning

Take a moment to step outside and stand quietly and still. Turn off all your technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine what the world would be like 5000 years ago… What would you have seen?

We have been on a journey back in time taking us through from ‘The Stone Age’ to ‘The Iron Age’. The children have been learning all about the changes that happened in Britain.

In Art and Design the children created some amazing ‘Stone Age’ cave paintings.

We also looked at Art produced by the artists John Piper, Henry Moore and Mark Spitz of the famous Stonehenge and used charcoal and silhouette art to produce our own vison.

We have been looking at Hunter-gathers and how people from the Stone Age survived. We looked at the weapons and tools they used in order to hunt and gather and we made Stone Age fruit stew. We used blueberries, blackberries, rich tea biscuits and honey.

We made salt dough and researched the jewellery Stone Age people wore. We then shaped the dough into rocks, bones and teeth and thread them onto string to create our own necklace.

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Core Subject Learning

Spelling- The focus will be to spell words with endings sounding like ‘zh’, ‘ch’, ‘zhun’, ‘k’ spelt ‘sure’, ‘ture’, ‘sion’, ‘ch’. We will also be using the dictionary to check our spelling.

Reading- The focus will be on the text ‘Who Let the Gods Out’. We will be focusing on the reading skills inference and explain. We will also be reading ‘The Iron Man’ and ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ as part of Our Favourite Five.

Literacy- The focus will be on writing poetry based on ‘Pandora’s Box’ and the Kit Wright’s poem ‘The Magic Box’. We will also be looking at writing short stories, including speech and paragraphs using the text ‘Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse’.

Maths- The focus will be on mental and written subtraction of numbers up to 3 digits. We will also be learning our 3s, 4s and 8s times tables, practicing our rapid recall.

Creative Learning

Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

We are going to explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. We will be interpreting maps, globes and atlases to locate countries and key features, recognising their similarities and differences.

In History, we will be studying Ancient Greek life and achievements, looking at their influence on the western world.

Celebrations

For Children in Need this year, we all dressed up in our silliest clothes! We had children in their pajamas, clown costumes and clothes back to front!

Some of our children have been working with Redcar & Eston School Sport Partnership completing the ‘Learn 2 Ride’ training. They have been learning the skills of breaking before getting on/off the bike, looking for hazards ahead before setting off, setting off with balance, controlling the bike to go the speed they want and to the destination they want.

We have had so much fun this festive period. We have created Christmas cards, calendars, gingerbread men and had a mischievous elf in our classroom called Buddy. He got stuck in the shark’s mouth so we spent all afternoon making ladders to help him down!!

Here are some pictures from our Christmas Party!!!! We even had a phone call from the North Pole.

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