What’s happening this half term?
In English we are looking at the wordless picture book “The Journey” by Aaron Becker:
Aaron Becker’s stunning, wordless picture book debut about self-determination and unexpected friendship follows a little girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall. Through it she escapes into a world where wonder, adventure and danger abound. Red marker pen in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon and a flying carpet which carry her on a spectacular journey … who knows where? When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also guide her home and to happiness? In this exquisitely illustrated book, an ordinary child is launched on an extraordinary, magical journey towards her greatest and most rewarding adventure of all…
We’ll be writing setting descriptions, explanation texts and our own version of the story. Through this we will be exploring how to use conjunctions, prepositional phrases, expanded noun phrases, the past tense and how to choose vocabulary carefully so that it has a specific effect on the reader.
Watch a trailer of the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxUs41jB4Ts
In Maths this half term we are focusing on multiplication & division, money and statistics. The objectives we will be looking at are:
– Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
– Writing and calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods.
– Solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objectives
– Adding and subtracting amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts
– Interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.
– Solving one-step and two-step questions [for example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’] using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables
Our topic this half term is ‘Why is the Earth Angry?’ In this topic we will be looking at how the Earth is made up and the layers of the Earth. We will then look at tectonic plates, fault lines and how they can cause earthquakes and volcanoes. We will also be looking at where volcanoes occur and the Pacific Ring of Fire. Finally we will be looking at the human impact these can have and why people may want to live near a volcano or in an area where earthquakes are common.
Our Science links nicely to our Topic work as we are exploring the ground beneath our feet and becoming petrologists – ROCK experts! We will be conducting lots of different experiments to test the durability, permeability and use of certain rocks, classifying them, sorting them, carefully observing them and finally creating our own rock museum at the end of this half term.
This is a really busy half term! On the lead up to Christmas, we will be working hard as usual and also practising our Christmas show - The Puzzled Penguin. You can help us by helping your child practise their words for the show and encourage them to add expression...
Today Cooking Kay has been into Year 3 and we made delicious Valentine’s treats. We used squares of puff pastry and turned them into envelopes stuffed with toffee and apples. We added a love heart for decoration engraved with the initials of someone we love. We then...