An Array of Learning

This week has been another busy week of learning for Year 3. In English, we have started a new book, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the...

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This week has been another busy week of learning for Year 3. In English, we have started a new book, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the story of Michael, who sets sail with his parents around the world but then falls into the ocean and ends up on a remote island. We have been enjoying drawing what we think the island looks like from the description in the book and thinking of powerful adjectives to describe it. We have also been focusing on the character of Kensuke, the man Michael encounters on the island, including identifying features of Kensuke and retrieving information about him from the text.

In maths, we have started looking at how arrays can be used in connection with multiplication. An array is an arrangement of objects in row and columns. We have had great fun exploring what makes something an array and not an array, and we have also been looking at the connection between multiples of 2, 4 and 8. We have been using many visuals, including apples, mince pie boxes, multilink and egg boxes to help us to understand how arrays are formed. If you have spare time at home, it would be great to do a treasure hunt around your house for any arrays you can find so your children can continue to connect their maths learning to day-to-day objects. The worksheets that we have been working on can be found here: Maths Aut 2 W5 sheets

During our STEM morning, we focused on explaining how the ear works. We examined the different parts inside the ear and created a huge model of the ear through role play. We then wrote songs to help us to remember the parts of the ear – Redwood used the Jingle Bells tune, changing the words to remember the parts of the ear, which was great fun. We then wrote a story for a Year 2 child, pretending to be a sounds molecule on a journey through the ear to explain how the ear works!

In RE, we have been looking at understanding what Christmas means to us as individuals, as well as exploring the Christmas story. We performed different parts of the Nativity story in groups to recreate the original Christmas story, as well as examining why Christmas is important to Christians.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Your Year 3 team

Reminders:

The school has found that many children still don’t have the correct PE kit. A reminder that children should wear a plain white t-shirt, black/navy shorts and tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Anything else is not considered school uniform.

A reminder that children should bring in their reading records on Tuesday (Maple) and Friday (Oak and Redwood) for their teacher to check and see what they have been reading. Please write which pages have been read and a comment every time you read with your child at home.

If you would like to go over spellings with your children at home, the common exception words can be found here: https://universityprimaryschool.org.uk/learning-and-curriculum/learning-strategy/writing/