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Term 5

American Eagles have been learning lots about the Romans! We have been studying their of way of life and the structure of their society, together with looking at some of the famous Roman emperors.  At the end of the term, we had a really interesting immersion day when we got to make our own Roman togas and Roman style brooches.  We had a full day and some parents came to see us dressed up!

As part of our writing work, we learnt how to write a biography and we used our studies about the Roman emperors to give us a focus. We learnt how to include the right headings and subheadings, quotations and used the past tense as the correct type of writing for a biography.

In Maths, we have learnt more about measuring in metres, centimetres and millimetres. We also started to learn about fractions, numerators and denominators and we’ve learnt that 5/10 is the equivalent of ½. As we learnt the importance of converting all the measurements to the same unit of length when doing calculations, we have also learnt how to calculate the total of fractions by working out which denominator could be used as an equivalent. For example, we learnt that we could change 2/8 to 1/4.

For Science, we have been studying plant nutrition and reproduction. We have studied the parts of a plant and how plants obtain water and nutrients from the soil. Here are a few of our sunflowers that we have been growing in the classroom!

In Art, we have been working as botanical artists, studying and drawing real foods and plants.

Term 4

American Eagles presented their first Class assembly and it was a huge success! We had a full audience with most parents attending. We presented a wide cross section of our work starting with topic work and the writing that we’ve done surrounding the topic.  Some children spoke about the layers of the Earth and showed their writing about that. Then some others presented their carefully written Volcano poems.

After our newspaper report writing, we have been writing a diary entry about living through a volcanic eruption. We used fronted adverbials, personal pronouns and writing in the past tense.

In our topic, Rocks, Relics and Rumbles, we have continued to build on our existing knowledge and moved on to looking at earthquakes, tsunamis and the rocks beneath our feet (including fossils). We studied a variety of earthquakes, but we mainly focused on the 2016 earthquake of Amitrice. Since the assembly, we have also been learning more about why earthquakes and tsunamis occur and why volcanos erupt.

In Maths, we have been learning about the links between multiplication and division and more recently measuring using metres, centimetres and millimetres. We have learnt the equivalent amounts like 100cms = 1m. We learnt how to calculate 4cm and 3mm.  We looked at different ways to use measuring devices in the form of rulers, meter sticks and tape measures.  We also discussed which unit of measure would be the most appropriate to use and why this is important. We then compared and order lengths using comparison language and inequality symbols.   We learnt the importance of converting all the measurements to the same unit of length before comparing.

For science this term, we have been learning more about forces and magnets. We have experimented with magnets to see which objects are magnetic. As well as magnets, we have also been studying rocks and fossils and our visit from Kent Wildlife Trust helped us in identifying these. We have also looked at how fossils are formed and the types of rock produced over time.

We recently visited Maidstone museum and had some fun activities searching for fossils and investigating.  

In Art this term, we have looked at the artist LS Lowry and learnt how to emulate his style a little bit.

Term 3

English:

In English this term, American Eagles have been learning more about apostrophes, contractions, homophones, word classes and modal verbs in Grammar lessons. In writing, they have been writing a non-chronological report on the layers of the Earth linking in with the topic of Rocks, Fossils and Volcanoes. The children learnt lots of new information about the Earth to help them understand the topic and write a report on the four layers of our planet. The children were able to recall these facts using the Talk for Writing strategy.

Using the information, the children also have written poems about volcanoes using a range of grammatical devices such as rhyming words, similes, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration and expanded noun phrases. They then enjoyed reading and performing their poetry to the class.

In Maths this term, American Eagles have been working on multiplication and division. They’ve been learning a range of different strategies to calculate problems including multiplying using the formal written method. They have learnt that sometimes there is a remainder in division problems and they have been working on some one-step word and two-step word problems. The children have been seeing some of the relevance of learning these mathematical methods to solve real-life problems.

In Science, American Eagles have been studying forces and magnets. The class discussed pulling and pushing and the force involved to complete these tasks.  The children have also looked at contact forces and friction.

In Topic, American Eagles have been studying about Rocks, Fossils and Volcanoes. They have been really interested in this topic and have studying the rocks lent to us by the Maidstone Museum. The children have written about the layers of the Earth and volcanoes. They have studied about the Earths layers, tectonic plates, the ring of fire, volcanoes and latitude and longitude lines around the Earth.

In assemblies, the children have been learning more about how to be a good friend and behave well while playing in the playground.

Term 2

Our class have continued the topic ‘Through the Ages’ alongside Canadian Bears. We have compared aspects of the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, and have also looked at the Iron Age. We visited Chislehurst caves to see more of how it was to live in the Stone age. We have enjoyed drawing some Beaker pots, copying the special patterns and designs of the age.

In English and grammar, we have been working on writing an historical narrative and looking at past tense verbs. In our reading groups, the children have continued to read from our class reader ‘Stig in the dump’ and they have made overall good progress this term with reading.

In Spanish, we have been learning how to pronounce some names of animals.

In Maths, the children have consolidated what they have learnt in addition and subtraction, and they have learnt about exchanging 10 ones for a 10, before progressing to exchanging 10 tens for a 100. There has been plenty of problem solving this term and the children have used a range of strategies from column subtraction and addition to the bar method, to solve problems. We’ve now moved on to multiplication and division, focussing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. By practising times tables in class, the children are better equipped to recall multiplication facts to answer division problems.

In science this term, we have continued to learn about our joints, bones, muscles and skeleton.  The children watched a video on nutrition, skeletons and muscles and where encouraged to work together to generate a scientific question which they could investigate further.

 

Examples included:

  • Do all vertebrates have the same number of bones?
  • Why do babies have more bones than adults?
  • How do bones repair after a break?
  • Do all mammals have the same bone types as humans?
  • How many joints do we have in our fingers/thumbs/arms/legs/body?

Term 1

Term 1 has been a busy term for American Eagles as they’ve adjusted to classroom life in Key stage 2 and all the differences that comes with being in year 3 now!

In Maths, we have been learning more about place value and building on our knowledge from year 1 and 2. We’ve been learning about three-digit number and how they’re represented using hundreds, tens and ones. More work has included comparing a range of three-digit numbers and ordering. Now we’re working on addition and subtraction and learning how to exchange 10 tens for a hundred and writing our sums in columns.

In English, we’ve been working on writing a set of instructions and also writing our own cinquains, a five line poem, based on Stone age jobs. Our reading has been centred on our topic work, looking at the Stone age and we’ve really enjoyed reading through the book ‘Stig in the Dump’ which is an interesting story about a boy who meets a character called Stig.

As part of our topic work ‘Through the Ages’, we’ve looked at how Stone Age man lived and how he survived in those times. We’re looking forward to our class visit to Chislehurst caves to get and idea of how it could have been to live in the Stone age. We’ve investigated the five time periods between the Stone Age and the Iron age and how life changed during the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic times.

We’ve had some interesting discussions about the tools used then and how things were done.

In Science, we’ve investigated the food groups and which nutrition the foods give us, our skeletal systems, joints and muscles.

The children especially enjoyed the “knee bone is connected to the thigh bone” song!

In R.E. we have been looking at Diwali and the children especially enjoyed drawing their own impressions of Diwali.

As part of homework, children have been designing their perfect playground.

 

In our assemblies, we’ve been learning more about the importance of following the High five rules in school and in our class assemblies, we’ve been discussing what makes a good friend.

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