Term 3 2017-18
Our learning this term
We have been learning how to write a set of instructions this term by looking at how to mummify an orange. We started looking at why instructions are so important and then tried to follow instructions on how to mummify an orange. This was so much fun as we put the flesh into a jar and then bandaged the orange peel – we felt like real embalmers! We were able to use time adverbials, rhetorical questions (aren’t we clever?) and imperative verbs to help make our instructions interesting.
We looked at using strong adjectives and how to use all of our senses to describe a setting of an Egyptian tomb. It almost felt like we were actually there!
This term, we have been focusing on our multiplication and division skills as well as beginning to look at fractions. We learnt how to use a written method to help us with our challenging number sentences. We learnt how to multiply using the grid method and divide through chunking!
We compared fractions and began to order them; this was particularly tricky when the denominators were different. We were able to find a fraction of a number - our chunking really helped with this!
This term we have been looking at our inference skills and how to be detectives when it comes to digging deep into a writer’s story. We looked at the story ‘There’s a Pharaoh in our bath’ by Jeremy Strong which we enjoyed reading as a class. We looked at how the characters would be feeling at different points in the story and were able to see this both through the illustrations and the adjectives used.
Using our inference skills we were able to unpick the lyrics to the song ‘Unwritten’ by Natasha Beddingfield and discover that we could do and be anything we put our mind to.
This term was all about the Egyptians, which we have loved! We learnt about how the ancient Egyptians lived, the use of the Nile and all about Pharaohs and their pyramids. We enjoyed learning about the secret chambers in pyramids and the treasures that were kept in the tombs. We focused on Tutankhamun who was one of Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh. Did you know he came to the throne when he was only 9 years old?!
We had a fantastic time investigating different hypotheses. We predicted what we thought would happen before each experiment. Our favourite investigation was assessing which material was the best insulator to preserve our ice eggs. We found out that the best insulator was tin foil!
We also used different materials to investigate which would make the best boats. We found out that we would not like to travel in a boat made from cardboards as this sunk straight away!
We thoroughly enjoyed performing our class assemblies for everyone. Thank you so much for coming and seeing everything we have learnt so far in Year 3. We hope you enjoyed it!