Year Three – Blog
What do you use when you are eating? 2nd February 2017
This week we have been learning about how we use our teeth when eating …
First we had a good look at our teeth, then we created a diagram to show the positions of our molars, canines and our incisors.
We had great fun biting into an apple to see how each type of tooth allows us to eat efficiently, and the role it plays when we eat.
Our classroom environment 30th January 2017
Here are some pictures of our learning walls to give you a snapshot of our current learning in year 3 …
I am a big believer in ‘working walls’ which enable the children to see models and clues which may help to support them in their learning. The walls are continually changing by the week, based on our class learning.
Photos of our learning… 26th January 2017
See how we learn …
Bar Modelling 26th January 2017
Today 3A have been adopting a bar model approach to help us support our understanding of maths (in particular, multiplication problems) …
The bar model was developed in Singapore and is a great way for children to pictorially experiment with maths. We had great fun using post-it notes to help us build up a story of our problem, and used individual post it-notes to build the bars to represent the values in our problem.
This practical way of numeracy helped the children ‘see’ the problem, rather than learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. The Bar model is also easily accessible by ALL children and prevents the children from becoming put off maths because it’s ‘boring’ and they find it hard to remember rules.
The bar model approach helps children to develop confidence and their mathematical ability without having to memorize rules and procedures. Hence, making mathematics more engaging and interesting.
Here are some pictures of us using the bar model today. We hope to continue to build on this approach to numeracy, and I hope the children are able to come home to you with more knowledge are we develop our skills.
Happy Bar Modelling!
A busy week for Year 3 22nd January 2017
I must start this blog post by expressing how PROUD I am of every single member of Year 3 …
This week has not only been packed full of wonderful learning, but Year 3 have also had to cope with lots of changes. Each child has acted maturely, showing what fantastic students they really are.
This week we said Goodbye to Miss Minks, who has been 3B’s teacher since September. We wish Miss Minks lots of luck for tgdbyehe future, and thank her for all she has done for Year 3.
As well as goodbyes, we have also said a big HELLO, and have welcomed Ms Skeggs to the Year 3 team. Ms Skeggs has had a wonderful start to Year 3, and has repeatedly commented on the fantastic behavior and attitudes displayed by our Year 3s. I know how excited Ms Skeggs is for her journey ahead with Year 3! She would be also be delighted to meet some of our lovely parents, so please feel free to catch her and say hello at the end of the school day.
Currently, Year 3 are delving into Adventure stories, and are reading the book ‘The Croods’. We have had lots of fun with creating dialogue between the characters in the text, which has helped us to develop our understanding of punctuation, in particular, the use of inverted commas.
In Numeracy, we have been thinking about decimal numbers & whole numbers. We looked at what a decimal is (using cakes!) to show how a decimal is a fraction of a whole number. The children have been able to use their understanding of decimals to order numbers, and multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100.
Finally, we have been exploring our topic ‘The Stone age’ by looking at the types of homes in the different periods, and even had a go at cave drawings under tables in our classrooms.