We have also being learning about the different types and states of volcanoes; active, dormant and extinct. Next, we used different coloured play dough to build models of shield, cinder cone and composite volcanoes. We thought about how the volcanoes were formed of different layers and tried to build them up in the same way. We had a lot of fun displaying the lava shooting out of the top!
This week in literacy we were working hard in order to write our own adventure stories! We have been focusing on the structure of an adventure story and looked at examples from Doctor Who and the Wizard of Oz! We were resilient and great thinkers when we had to sequence an adventure story that had been mixed up and put into the wrong order. We have also been talking about how important it is to be descriptive in our writing so that the reader can see the picture in their mind of the setting and our characters.
On Friday we put all of our learning over the past three weeks into action when writing our own Adventure story. We used our literacy toolkit to remind us to include pronouns, plurals, expanded noun phrases and descriptive vocabulary to make them exciting and interesting for the reader.
In maths this week we have learnt how to use compasses with the help of Year 9. We practised drawing circles accurately and even challenged ourselves to make circles of different diameter and radii. Later in the week we went on to gain knowledge of 2D shapes, ensuring we knew the names of some of the more obscure shapes and groups of shapes such as polygons and quadrilaterals. We also practised describing shapes by the properties using the right vocabulary. This was fun when we got to play guess the shape with our partner!
Next we moved onto 3D shape. Again we focused on the vocabulary we needed to describe the shapes. We went on to sorting shapes into different groups based on their properties.
Year 3 have continued enjoying Adventure Stories. This week our focus has been The Gruffalo’s Child. The learners have used a ‘story mountain’ to break down the story into the different parts. In doing this they have looked at the beginning, the build up to the dilemma or problem, the resolution and the ending. We have also thought about what the character, the Gruffalo’s Child, had learnt from their adventure. They are now using the ‘story mountain’ to plan and write their own exciting adventure stories which we look forward to sharing.
Year 3 has continued practising solving addition and subtraction problems. This week after reading through the problem we went into groups and did a role play. This helped us to work out whether it would be an addition or subtraction problem. We are getting much faster at solving them and better at explaining to others how we got our answer. We also hunted for patterns. We picked any two digit number, reversed it and added them together. We then tried to find the pattern. Do you know what happens to the answer when you do this?
This week we talked about Pchum Ben on the lead up to our week holiday. We learnt a little bit about the festival and talked about what we might be doing next week. MP2 wish everybody a wonderful break!
In learning block 2 we will be talking about;
What’s wrong with eating lots of sugar?
Why do I need to eat fruits and vegetables? Have a think over the holiday...