Welcome to Class 3A with Miss Aston
This month, we have been writing non-chronological reports. After practising saying non-chronological and understanding what this meant, we were ready to begin researching, planning and writing our report. We learnt some fascinating information about our chosen animals, for example did you know a lion can sleep for up to 20 hours a day? We then grouped our information and wrote an interesting non-chronological report using different organisational devices we have learnt, such as headings, subheadings and paragraphs.
Within our Science topic, we have been learning about ourselves and other animals. This topic will involve looking at our bones and muscles and understanding their uses and importance. We have learnt some new key words, such as endoskeleton and exoskeleton. Does a lobster have an endoskeleton or exoskeleton? How do you know?
Alongside all of this, we have also been practising our Christmas song ready for the school production!
This week we have been using a columnar method to subtract. We have been using diennes and pictorial representations to help show the exchanging of tens into ones and hundreds into tens. As a class, we enjoy using the mathematical resources because it helps us understand and visualise the mathematical processes and concepts. From this, we were then able to use a column method to subtract 3-digit and 2-digit numbers. Some children were then challenged to complete problems which involved missing numbers and also an even and odd number investigation!
In English, we are due to begin our unit of work on non-chronological reports. We have been studying non-fiction pieces of writing this week and have been looking at the contents page, the index page and the glossary. We answered questions such as: what is non fiction, where would I find a contents page and what does a glossary tell me.
Within the other curriculum areas, we have made some fantastic pop-up cards! These were very fiddly to make but we persevered when it was challenging and reached the intended outcome.
We are going to be looking more closely out our own country and exploring where we are in the world. This will help develop our map and atlas skills. We are beginning to use key words such as continent, country, county and town.
On Thursday 26th September, Year 3 were lucky to have their very own Stone Age day. The children (and the teachers) dressed up in their best Stone Age attire and we learnt even more about the Stone Age. We were very excited to continue our learning and to hear lots of interesting facts.
We held lots of ancient artefacts. We examined these artefacts closely to see if we could discover what they might have been used for. Later on in the morning, we discovered how the Stone Age people would have hunted animals and gathered food. We even tried this for ourselves! What kinds of food would people from the Stone Age eat?
In the afternoon, we learnt about the importance of the Stonehenge. Year 3 worked as a team to build the Stonehenge. Even though this was a challenge for us, we realised it was even more challenging for the Stone Age people to build the real Stonehenge. How did they carve the stones? Which river did they transport the stones along?
Welcome to Class 3A's class page. I hope you have all had a long and restful summer and are ready for a new year. On this web page you will find monthly updates showing you what we have been learning about in school. We have had a busy start to our year and have already begun learning about our topic the Stone Age. Class 3A are very excited to learn about this period of history!
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