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Y3 Weekly News
This week we have been describing the infamous Captain Hook, researching the amazing Mary Anning and have even borrowed George Ezra's Shotgun song to help us with our x3 tables!
In English this week our focus was all around the villainous character of Hook! On Monday we read a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). We discussed the language and word choice used and were able to spot loads of adjectives and even similes! We got busy highlighting adjectives we liked and we even magpied some to use for our own writing! On Tuesay we worked in teams to describe Captain Hook and his different features! We used a spinning wheel to pick different aspects of Hook like his outfit, sword, nose and of course his world famous hook! Horrifying, gleaming, immense, gruesome, crooked and diabolical were all adjectives thought of to describe the villian! Check out our video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kajpMQRFJY
We had a big SPaG focus on using the rule of 3 when writing adjectives and we also made sure to add in apostrophes for possession like in "Hook's sword".
We then displayed all of our ideas on our working wall so that we could use them in our writing the next day! On Wednesday and Thursday we were busy applying all of our build up work to create wonderful and scary pieces of description! It was awesome to see everybody applying amazing adjectives and even similes to their writing! My favourite line was "Hook's hair was thick, jet black and as curly as a pig's tail!
In Book Club we looked at the text Captain 'Flint'. We discussed words like "bequeath and will". Throughout the week we completed questions, played games, read quietly and practised our handwriting.
In Maths this week we started our new learning on multiplication and division. This week we looked at the 3s! We answered reasoning questions, talked about groups of, lots of, multiples and even created a George Ezra inspired song! (More about that in our music roundup!). We used the games 'hit the button' and TT Rockstars to boost our recall speed of the x3 table facts all week! We had plenty of competitions and our speed did increase! It is so important to keep practising times tables at home too! The more you do the speedier you get!
As mentioned earlier in Music this week we were inspired to learn our x3 by George Ezra. We love a bit of Ezra in Y3 and used his song 'Shotgun' to sing the x3 times tables! Take a listen:
We plan to record a music video too and are already excited to create our next pop song dedicated to the x4s! — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5tMNu2SpHM
Throughout this week we also took the time to remember the fallen heroes from all wars. We discussed how both brave men and women have sacrificed to ensure we are kept safe. It was lovely to hear the children's stories about family members who had been in wars. We spent time on Monday creating a beautiful poppy display made entirely out of painted rocks. We drew our poppies and wrote a message on our rocks to the "Unknown British Warrior". Check out or video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUwUinlHZYM
On Friday we had a visitor show us artefacts from the war, we had lots of questions! It was also on Friday where we had our 2 minutes silence and a wonderful worship from Miss Pennance to commemorate all the brave people throughout all wars.
We also used history time this week to explore the life of Mary Anning. We learnt that Mary Anning was a pioneer in fossil hunting and we loved using some computing time to research her life story! It was lovely to discuss the importance of women throughout history — we were able to name lots of important historical women and we can now include Mary Anning in that bracket!
In Science we recapped our knowledge on light and shadow and were able to start creating our study work page from this. Using our science word bank from the wall, we created light bulb wordles that are now full of scientific vocabulary we now know! We plan to record some of our shadow puppet theatres in action next week!
In R.E we started our new unit on incarnation. We were given a 5 sentence challenge! Using only 5 sentences, the children had to retell the nativity story. It was impressive how much the children could remember from their previous learning! Well done, Y3!
Have a fantastic weekend,