We then thought about how prepare an investigation with only one variable. Each class decided to test which objects or materials were conductors of electricity and which are insulators. We concluded that metal was a conductor and could pass electricity through it to complete a circuit. To conduct this experiment, we needed to ensure it was a fair test and as principled learners, we wrote it up step by step.
In literacy this week, we have progressed onto writing our own persuasive text. We used our knowledge from the debate last week to persuade the reader for or against this question;
Should children be allowed to use electronic devices before the age of 16 years old?
We particularly focused on emotive and exaggerated language, amongst other techniques such as rhetorical questions and alliteration or repetition. We then practised giving useful peer feedback to improve our texts further and try to include all of the features within our persuasion toolkit.
This week in Maths we have been consolidating our knowledge of equivalent fractions of shape and amounts, whilst also practising new skills! We can now write equations and inequations using the greater than, less than and equals (<, >, =) symbols involving fractions. This has been challenging as we need to use lots of knowledge and understanding in order to do this. We have been great cooperators when working in groups to match equivalent fractions and great thinkers when writing our equations.
After doing our exciting freeze frame activities last week, Year 3 have used the same photos to learn about using inverted commas or speech marks to show what their characters would have been thinking or saying. They learnt the rules of using the correct punctuation and practised including this in sentences before working with their freeze frame partner to write a short dialogue between their characters.
In maths this week we have been looking at addition. We have been learning to use the expanded column addition method. This method helps us understand the value of each digit. Everyone has done really well and our learning has been really successful. It has been difficult learning a new method but the new method has really started to click and we feel confident using it. It makes it possible to add big integers together!