This week in English, we began focusing on ‘Umbrella’ by Elena Arevalo Melville, a beautiful picture book about a magical umbrella that helps people. We used role play and drama to analyse the actions of characters and learnt about how to use possessive apostrophes. Information about possessive apostrophes can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs
We began our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. We learnt about adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, followed by understanding the inverse of adding and subtracting fractions. To consolidate learning, the worksheets from this week can be found here: Y3 SUM2 W4 Maths Worksheets
We continued to enjoy the adventures of Varjak Paw from chapter 21 until the end of chapter 26. We predicted what might happen next after Varjak decided to fight Razor back and created role plays about times in the story when Varjak was feeling different emotions.
This week in STEM, we built on our knowledge of conductors and insulators and explored why different materials conduct electricity, as well as exploring the idea of resistance. We also learnt how to draw a table to present and sort our findings accurately and clearly.
In PRE (philosophy, religion and ethics), we compared Hindu and Christian beliefs in the afterlife. We learnt about reincarnation and its connection to Karma, as well as discussing the Christian belief in heaven. We then had great discussions about the differences and similarities between these two beliefs.
In art, we have been learning about different drawing skills. We have learnt about perspective and continuous line drawing, which have been great fun!
Guided Reading: We will continue to enjoy the adventures of Varjak Paw from chapter 27 until the end of chapter 29. You can read ahead here: Varjak Paw Chapters 27-29
English: We will continue focusing on ‘Umbrella’ by Elena Arevalo Melville. We will be generating similar story ideas by thinking about what else the umbrella could do, as well as comparing the themes, plots and characters in ‘Umbrella’ and ‘The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend’.
Maths: We will learn about converting the whole into a fraction to subtract. We will then focus on skills needed for arithmetic questions.
Notices/ Reminders / Requests:
Strike days – Next week, there are strike days on Wednesday and Friday.
Sports day – Sports day is on Thursday 13th July. Every child has been assigned a colour team and these colour allocations can be found on the classroom windows.
PE – All Year 3 classes have PE on a Tuesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has the correct summer PE kit and trainers.
Sun Protection – please can children remember to bring a sun hat and sun protection cream to school with them or apply before the school day, as well as their water bottles.
Hand Hygiene – please can you reinforce good bathroom/hand hygiene message with children at home. We have had some sickness related to this recently. We are reminding children in school. Thank you for your support.
With best wishes and thanks
Year 3 team