We also connected our knowledge of states or matter and their changes to another experiment, linked to the lava of a volcano. We used the wax of a candle to signify the lava changing from a solid to a liquid when it grows hotter, when the lava is poured into water (cooling it down), it then solidifies. What a super science week!
Year 3 literacy learning has been linked to the history in the Active Planet unit. The learners have been learning about life in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. They have watched very interesting videos reenacting the catastrophic eruption. This event has been linked to learning about diary writing and the learners have been imagining themselves as different characters such as children, builders, shop keepers, farmers etc. who lived and worked in Pompeii. They have been recording the events in diary format using adventurous vocabulary to describe their thoughts and feelings as the days of the eruption unfolded.
In Maths, Year 3 have been working on the addition and subtraction number bonds to 20 and continuing to master the 4 times table. Quick recall of these facts is what the learners are working at and this is being done using a variety of strategies. The addition and subtraction bonds are initially learnt by counting on and back in ones and then progress by using bridging and partitioning. Once the learners understand the process they begin to become very fast at recalling the answers and begin to be confident to work with larger numbers.
In literacy, Year 4 have been continuing their history learning about the Romans. We have watched videos and read texts to gather research about the famous Pompeii eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. We practsied taking notes about our findings. These were later used to help us write a short, descriptive text about the eruption. We had created a word bank of antonyms and synonyms for a variety of words which we then applied to our writing. We also practised using imaginative verbs and adverbs to add extra detail and create a mental image. At the end of the week, Year 4 turned their learning about Pompeii into a verbal news report, interviewing eyewitnesses and using expressive language to describe the event.
In maths this week we have applied our learning about weight, to word problems. We practised converting amounts such as grams to kilograms and back. We even went on to use matching decimal numbers. This set us up nicely to begin our fraction learning. To begin we revisited our learning from last year, naming fractions of shape and number with visual clues. Next we used our knowledge to answer fraction questions when playing Snakes and Ladders. This was a lot of fun! At the end of the week, we practised matching and finding equivalent fractions with lego.
Next week we will be talking about...thanksgiving.