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Class 3 Spring Term 2024

Week Beginning 19th February 2024
 
In maths this week we have been measuring and calculating angles. When measuring angles, we decided if the angles were obtuse, acute or right angles and then checked when measuring that the sizes of the angles matched our initial thoughts. We also used facts about a right angle being 90 degrees, a straight line 180 and a circle 360 degrees to help calculate unknown angles without measuring. 
 
In English we have been looking at using speech to convey character. We thought about what the personality and mood of the character was and then thought carefully about the speech we used and the said verbs and adverbs we selected. 
 
In topic, we looked at the Victorians and who we thought a man called Anthony was. We looked at some different sources that told he was an extremely influential and important person in the Victorian period. 
 
In science we used mirrors to reflect light from a torch to a target. We thought about how the angle the light shines into the mirror is the same as the angle is is reflected out of the mirror. 
Week Beginning 5th February 2024
 
In maths this week we have found the area of compound shapes. We thought about how we could split the shapes into rectangles that were easy to find the area of and then calculated the missing lengths. Year 6s have also been finding the areas of right angle triangles. 
 
In English, we created our final versions of our information text about the different layers of the Earth's atmosphere. We included objects such as satellites, spy jets and the International Space Station and using an informative yet informal tone. 
 
In science this week we created a split pin model of the Sun, Earth and Moon and could use this to explain how these celestial bodies move. We also thought about the different phases of the moon and could identify waxing, waning, crescent, gibbous, first quarter, last quarter, full and new moons. 
Week Beginning 29th January
 
In English this week, we have been practising writing in an informal yet informative tone. We wrote some sentences to in this tone to teach Class 1 some tricky information in an easy-to-understand way. 
 
In maths, we have been finding the perimeter of shapes and calculating missing lengths. 
 
In science we learnt a lot about space when Tom came to visit us. Tom is an astrophysicist from Exeter University and he shared lots interesting facts about space including how a satellite managed to change the path of an asteroid. 
Week beginning Monday 22nd January 
 
In English this week we have started looking at our new book - The Skies Above Our Eyes. We have identified and researched new vocabulary as well as learning how to write sentences in the passive voice to make them sound more informative. 

In maths we have been working out the whole using given fractions. We have been continuing to use bar models to help our understanding as well as solving word problems related to fractions. 

In geography this week we have researched about The Andes, thought about what continent this mountain range is in, which countries it spans and the human and physical features that can be found here. 

In science we created a pocket solar system and this helped us understand the distances between each of the planets in our solar system. We also came up with our own mnemonic for remembering the order of the planets. 
 
Week Beginning 7th January 2024
 
In maths this week, we have been continuing with the bus stop method for division. The children picked the level they thought was a challenge for them and either: divided by 1-digit numbers without resources; divided by 2-digit numbers; or represented remainders as decimals. 
 
In English, we have been practising skills to help us write our recount of the jump from the edge of space next week. This week we practised writing complex sentences, thought about how we could show rather than tell the reader how a character is feeling and finally practised using sentence length for effect. 
 
In geography we looked at the Alps and the human and physical characteristics of this mountain range. We also named the 8 countries that they span and recapped the continent and hemisphere these countries are in. 
Week beginning 2nd January 2024
 
What a brilliant start to the year Class 3 have had! 

I could not have been prouder of them during our trip to the museum of the moon in Barnstaple on Thursday. They were incredibly polite, friendly and sensible throughout the entire day. They all: bought their own bus tickets both to and from Barnstaple; learnt about the dark side of the moon, how the moon was created and why it has so many craters at the museum of the moon; had a great time playing in Rock Park; and found out about the secret stack of books at Barnstaple library! We had a great day and the children were a delight! 

Back at school, we’ve been learning the bus stop method for division. For some of us, it was the first time we’ve ever seen this method before and the children should be incredibly proud of their resilience. We will continue with this learning for the next few weeks to ensure it is fully embedded. 

In English we are learning all about Felix Baumgartner’s jump from the edge of space. We’ve learnt lots of information about the jump as well as watching a video of him free falling for over 4 minutes towards Earth. We’ve also thought about when we have all been daredevils! 

In geography, we have started looking at mountain ranges around the world, identified specific mountains and thought about the latitude and longitude of these points.