6 x 6 =36!

In Dahl class we have started to think about which times tables we know. We have been practicing multiplications of 2s, 5s and 10s.  Can you answer them in a random order? Can you remember the trick we talked about to help you learn and remember the 11s and 9 times tables?

What is your favourite multiplication equation? (A dojo will be awarded to those who respond to this post!)  Mine is 6×6= 36 because it is one my grandparents taught me, every time I saw them they would ask “What is 6×6 ?” 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Egan

 

Autumn

The classroom was very busy this week as we worked to further our knowledge of place values (ones, tens, hundreds and thousands) in 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers.  We used objects to represent the numbers and recorded our work in pictuires and equations.  This work will continue next to secure our understanding.

Exciting stories have been started based on the book A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy.  Many children have made interesting story plans suggesting different ways that an imaginary family of animals could lead a healthier lifestyle.  These stories will be continued next week. I am looking forward to finding out what happens as the families in the stories make lifestyle changes and seeing the descriptive language the authors will use.

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As autumn arrives we now move on from our Animals topic to complete some work based on Autumn and Harvest.  We have started working on our colour mixing skills which will help us in future work painting seasonal fruits, vegetables and objects in nature.  For this we are starting a collection in the classroom of signs of autumn such as conkers, pine cone and acrons.  If you spot any that have fallen as you take a walk please do bring them in to add to our collection.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Mrs Egan

 

Roald Dahl Week


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We have had an exciting week celebrating the birth of Roald Dahl.  As a class we have looked at many of his texts, written descriptions of the BFG and read information about Roald Dahl’s life. The classroom was full of excitement and wonder as we mixed oil, water, food colouring and glitter to create our dream jars.  Then we challenged ourselves to think of a way to send a message up to the height of a giant.  At first we tried using paper aeroplanes, after a suggestion from a member if the class.  Although we did have some excellent attempts, none of the planes made reached as far as we hoped.  Finally we found some equipment and instructions about how to use chemistry to make a rocket that would reach the height of a giant.  Squeals of excitement at the results had could be heard in Giant Country! Can you remember what was happening in the rockets to make them take off?  What type of materials did we use? What happened when we added them together?

I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to next week when we will be busy with more exciting activities including: learning about the skeletons of different animals, writing our own versions of a fun text and looking at partitioning numbers.

What a great week!

 

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Our first week in year 3 has been great!  I have been very impressed with how you have all settled in Dahl class and have helped each other in your learning as well as on the playground and around school.  You have been doing your best in all areas, well done!

We have started looking at the skeleton of a human as part of our Science lessons.  I am impressed with the team work skills you demonstrated when creating a life size diagram of a person, including adding the skeleton.  You worked hard learning the names of some of the bones, can you still remember them?

I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week when we will be doing some exciting activities to celebrate 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth.

Mrs Egan

 

Welcome to Dahl Class

20160830_125217 (2)I am really  looking forward to Monday when the new Dahl Class will start their first day in year 3.  I hope that everyone has had a great summer and that you will be able to spot some things in our classroom that you made during Transfer Week.

Next week Year 3 will be looking at the story of the BFG and Horrid Henry and the Haunted House as we look at Stories in Fantasy Settings.  We will also be investigating and solving some practical mathematical problems.  Our topic will be Animals including humans so we will start to think about our bodies, how they work and how to keep them healthy.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday and starting an interesting, exciting and fun year together.  Have a great weekend.

Mrs Egan

P.S. Our P.E lessons are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Please make sure that long hair is tied up on these days and earrings are not worn.

P.P.S. You will have a reading book to take home on Monday which will then be changed on a weekly basis. The day your book is changed may be different from your friends but after the first change will be on the same day each week.  The Key Skills work will be sent home on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday.

 

Space Centre Immersion Day

Dahl Class had an amazing time at the Space Centre in Leicester today learning all about space travel, the planets and what it takes to become an astronaut.

The Astronaut Show in the planetarium was sensational! I never knew being in space could have those effects on your body or that they trained underwater to get them ready for the conditions in space.

What was you favourite part of the visit?

What is the most interesting fact you learnt whilst there?

Mrs Holland

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UFO Alert!

This morning we had rather a big surprise… on the field there was a strange object which had seemingly crash landed!

This giant UFO (Unidentified Fallen Object) appeared just before break, smoke was pouring out of the back and there was a bottle of a strange green goey liquid inamongst the scattered debris.

The fire service were quick on the scene after tracking the unusual aircraft with special monitors.

In the afternoon we got a chance to explore the fallen craft and talk with the scientists on site who were investigating what had happened.

Where has this strange object come from?

Why do you think it fell?

Where was it heading?

Do you think anything (or anyone) was on board?

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Frontier Fun!

 

Year 3 had an amazing time last week on their first school residential at the Frontier Centre, challenging themselves and learning to love adventure. What a great time we had on the high ropes, the leap of faith, raft building, blind folded walk the plank (ssh don’t mention Mrs Holland falling in!), games in the sunshine and lots of other exciting activities!

What was your favourite activity and why? Write a comment below to let us know.

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Salcey Forest Trip

Whilst many of our Year 3 friends were at the Frontier Centre, we were also having fun back at Simon de Senlis.  On Thursday we composed a musical score for a Tutankhamun story that will be shared in our next music session.  After break we spent time planning and costing a picnic to eat on our trip the following day.  A visit to Tescos followed lunch when we, and a large bear called Justin, purchased all the ingredients needed for our feast.

Friday arrived, a little less sunny than the previous day but dry nevertheless, and after preparing our picnic we set off in the school minibus to Salcey.  Tree climbing, puddle jumping, forest exploring, den building, team work and a bit of singing was followed by an amazing picnic lunch!  Everyone then played together on the adventure playground before conquering our fears to ascend the treetop walk and being rewarded by an ice-cream before returning to school, tired and muddy but very happy.

It was an utter pleasure spending two days with this merry band of explorers.  All of the adults were particularly impressed by the teamwork and inclusion of a group of children who do not usually play together.  New friendships and great memories have been created.

Mrs de B.