Saturday, 24 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 22 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class:      Year 3              Week Ending: 22/3/2018
Literacy
This week in literacy we have revised expectations for the assessments. We proof read a piece of work correcting grammar errors such as capital letters, commas, full stops and spelling errors. We also completed a comprehension exercise. Children peer assessed each others work. They then studied the model answer provided and corrected their own answers.
Mathematics
 We consolidated our understanding of fractions. We started by looking at a video showing proportions of shapes shaded and explaining the concept of fractions. We then moved on to working out fractions of whole numbers, for example three quarters of 12, one third of six. We also started to look at word problems based on fractions. We finished the maths this week, by briefly looking at frequency tables and how to construct bar graphs. Please continue with the revision pack provided on Sunday.
Science
This week, we answered lots of revision questions on the topics for the test. These were written in last weeks learning review. The test will now be on Sunday. Please help children over the weekend to revise. They should try to learn the key vocabulary we have used throughout the units.
Humanities
Lesson time this week was used for assessments
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
As a reward for the fantastic assembly the children did on Monday, we watched the adventures of Odysseus. This is linked to the work we have been doing on Ancient Greece.
Contact
gmiles@ise.edu.eg


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review : Week Ending: 9th of March 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class:      Year 3                      Week Ending: 15/3/2018
Literacy
We have spent time this week looking again at answering comprehension questions. We looked at an information text about the festival of Diwali. We discussed features of the writing and how punctuation was used in the text. Children then answered some comprehension questions. The focus being, neat handwriting, correct spelling, correct punctuation and full complete sentences. I am still encouraging children to do their best in all aspects of written work. For homework this week, children are doing a piece of creative writing. I have provided a checklist to go with this writing. Please read the story with your child once it has been completed and fill in the checklist. I am hoping this will be a way to improve the quality and quantity of work written.  Spelling words this week are long a sounding words such as faint, shape, basic and weight. I am pleased that most children are spelling the words correctly. However some children are struggling with using the words correctly in sentences. We spent a lot of time this week studying the words. Please check the spelling pack with the children and go through the sheets again with them. Please also help the children write out twenty of their own sentences using the model answers that I have provided. In grammar this week, we have revised parts of speech in preparation for the assessments. Children are now fully confident with identifying nouns, adjectives and adverbs. We also looked at subjects and verbs in sentences. The homework sheet on commas should also help children improve their punctuation.
Mathematics
 This week, we revised our skills with addition and subtraction. We also learnt how to add and subtract using a decimal. We also revised 100s squares and how to complete missing sections, by counting in 1s across and 10s down. We finished the week by identifying different kinds of prisms e.g. cone, pyramid cube and counting the number of sides and faces for each prism. On Sunday, I will be providing the children with a revision pack. I will expect them to complete this at home. They must come to see me during snack or break times with any problems they have. I am really pleased to see the improvement with the times tables. Practice makes perfect! Please can I ask again that children keep up the good work at home with their times tables.
Science
In science this week, we have started some revision. They will be having an assessment next Thursday. Please can you make sure they revise all the work we have done this term.  Your Senses, Exercise, Eating the Right Food, Classifying Living Things, Parts of Plants and Plant and Animal Adaptations. I will send them home on Sunday with their copy books, student books and workbooks to help with their revision.
Humanities
We finished our work on Greek Gods. The children completed the cutting and sticking sheet. They now know about the twelve Olympian Gods. We finished by watching the Myth about Medusa.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
We have spent much time this week preparing for our assembly on Empathy. Some of the children have shown a really mature attitude to this. I am also pleased that all children wanted to participate. Reading, role playing or singing our song. I am looking forward to showing the rest of the school our hard work.
Contact
gmiles@ise.edu.eg


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review :Week Ending: 8 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 3                          Week Ending: 8/3/2018
Literacy
This week, we have been continuing our work on formal letter writing. Through this unit of work, we have studied suffixes such as ful and ness, singular and plural rules and, finally, we looked at apostrophes. We looked at a model formal letter and discussed key features. Children have begun to write their own formal letters. Spelling words this week were silent e after a consonant and a vowel such adore, blame and evaporate. I am really pleased that children are gaining high marks in the spelling part of the test. However, when students are writing their sentences using the spelling words, it is clear that some children are not sure of the meaning. Please spend time with children each week on this. The sheets that go with the spellings help the children to understand and practice the meaning. Please could I ask you that each week children at home write their own sentences using the words correctly. I am trying really hard to encourage children to take pride in their written work, could you also check that homework each week is presented to a good standard. Proof reading of work is really important.
Mathematics
Another fabulous week in maths. We had lots of fun learning how to tell the time to five minutes on an analogue clock face. Most children are now confident using the twelve hour clock format. Please ask them to tell you the time regularly at home so they can keep practising. Some children are also confident using the twenty four hour clock system. We finished the week revising some of the concepts we have been learning since January. Please also continue with multiplication practice at home. We have been consolidating our learning of the tables up to 12x9. Last weeks tests results from most children were very pleasing.
Science
In science this week, we had lots of really good discussions about what makes a healthy happy person. We watched a short video presentation about this. The children now understand the importance of regular exercise enough sleep and so on. Please ensure children continue to come to school with lots of healthy food, to help them get through the day.
Humanities
We are continuing our work on Ancient Greece. This week, we focused on the gods of ancient Greece. Children now know about the twelve main gods of Mount Olympus. What their role was and how Ancient Greeks worshipped their gods. We finished by watching an animation about the myth of how the seasons came to be.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week, we have focused on empathy and the importance of being able to put ourselves in the position of someone else.
Contact
gmiles@ise.edu.eg


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Learn to code!

Dear Parents,
This term we started to learn to code in a funny way,
We start to use one of the most famous websites to teach coding for kids, which will help the kids to know more about technology and programming which will add to their knowledge to think in a more logic and smart way.
So if the kid has a device that could access Internet please let him have some time to practice on the following website: www.Code.org
Best regards

Friday, 2 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review 1st of March 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class:      Year 3                      Week Ending: 29/2/2018
Literacy
This week, we have started a unit of work on non-fiction writing. The end result will be children writing their own formal letters. So far we have studied key vocabulary for formal writing. We have also completed our comprehension work, by comparing and answering questions from two different styles of letter writing. For our grammar this week, we have looked at suffixes and practised using them correctly in sentences. We have started to plan our own formal letter, using an example to help us. We are always trying to focus on presentation, cursive handwriting, and correct spelling during our literacy lessons. Spellings this week are ‘long o’ and ‘long u’ vowel sound. Please continue to help children with these at home. It is very important to know how to use the word correctly, not only the correct spelling.
Mathematics
We have had a fantastic week in maths. We started by looking at two digits by one digit multiplications and moved on to three digits by one digit calculations. We also looked at word problems using multiplication. During the last part of the week, we started to look at division. We started with basic division facts and then moved onto finding missing dividends, finally we tried some two digit and three digit dividends. Please keep practising times tables at home.
Science
In science, we looked at plant adaptations. We had good class discussions about how animals and plants have adapted to their environments. We looked at two sources of information. A poem and an article about Venus fly traps. We compared the styles of writing and information from both sources. Finally we watched a video explaining how important plants are for the planet and humans.
Humanities
We have started our history work and will be studying the ancient Greeks for a few weeks. Today, we looked at some aspects of daily life and watched a horrible histories film about some things the Ancient Greeks are famous for.  We also had interesting discussions about democracy and some of the more recent events in the history of Egypt.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week we are continuing a unit of work called ‘Animals’. We shall be discussing the needs of animals and the work of charities.
Contact

Please look out for details of the upcoming Year 3 Wellspring residential trip- 22-23 April, 2018!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Weekly Learning Review Week Ending: 15th February 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class:      Year 3                      Week Ending: 15/2/2018
Literacy
This week, we have studied our literacy through our chosen story for book week. We watched a short animation of George and the Dragon. We then arranged sentences in order to make the story complete. We also spent time searching for and correcting errors to make the story correct. The children spent time reading the story searching for nouns, adjectives and verbs. We also looked at the use of commas in the story. After the midterm break, we will be having a big focus on the use of punctuation. Finally, children illustrated and labelled a scene from the story for our class display to mark Book Week. Spellings this week were short and long o vowel sound.
Mathematics
We have spent the week doing lots of work with basic multiplication. We have worked out missing factors for calculations, multiplication wheels and fact family triangles. I would like children to practice their times tables over the holiday, specifically 3x, 4x and 8x facts up to 12x3, 12x4, 12x8. After the break, we will be doing more complicated calculations. This will be much easier for the children if they know their tables.
Science
We completed our worksheets to consolidate all the learning we have done about plants. Children now know how plants grow and the functions of each part of a plant.
Humanities
We completed work on parts of a volcano and children drew and labelled their own diagrams. We watched a short video to show how important volcanoes are in shaping our landscape.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week, we are starting a unit of work called Animals. We shall be discussing the needs of animals and the work of charities.
Contact
gmiles@ise.edu.eg


Friday, 9 February 2018

Week Ending: 8th of February 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class:      Year 3                      Week Ending: 8/2/2018
Literacy
This week, we have started to look at instructional writing. We have investigated the language used when writing instructions and what makes instructions clear and easy to follow. Children answered comprehension questions based on instructions about making a mask and a grass potato head. At the end of the week, we creative writing that will be based on children writing their own instructions on how to make something; adding numbers and diagrams for clarity. Spelling words this week were short I and long I sounding words. Again, worksheets accompanied the spellings to help reinforce meaning. Please continue to help children at home with this. In grammar, we looked at the difference between sentences and phrases. Children then constructed their own sentences using phrases.
Mathematics
This week, we had a big focus on subtraction. Children now understand how to subtract, borrowing and carrying the number one. We did calculations from two digit numbers all the way up to five digit numbers. Some fun worksheets were used to solve mysteries based on the answers to the calculations.  This weeks homework will reinforce the learning of the week. Please ensure children can complete these calculations. Please could I also encourage you to practice the times tables at home on a regular basis; particularly 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x facts during this term.
Science
We have been continuing our work on plants. I was pleased that the children could recall some of the difficult vocabulary from last week. This week we watched a scientific video about parts of a plant. Children completed diagrams and worksheets to clarify the learning from the video.
Humanities
We completed work on parts of a volcano and children drew and labelled their own diagrams. We watched  the eruption of Mt St Helens and completed our story board.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week, we are continuing our work on outcomes of making decisions. We are looking at scenarios and discussing possible outcomes based on personal decisions made.
Contact
gmiles@ise.edu.eg