24th November 2023
We have had a very successful (and mathematical) month this November as we moved away from addition and subtraction. In this new block, pupils have been exploring multiplication and division in greater depth. We have been using arrays, number tracks and number lines to improve our understanding of multiplication and utilising many resources to experiment with division through sharing and grouping. Helpful supporting materials can be found on your child’s MyMaths account as we regularly update tasks based around the activities we encounter throughout the week.
17th October 2023
Welcome back to our class blog.
We have had such an exciting month and have so much to share with you!
In Maths we have moved from Place Value to Addition and Subtraction. The children have been adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. We have explored crossing into the 10s and the 100s columns using both place value counters and column method.
In Science we have been learning all about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. To show our understanding of how these rocks are formed, we used chocolate to create chocolate rocks.
For igneous rock, we placed chunks of chocolate into a bag, sealed the bag and then placed it into hot water. This melted the chocolate and it then hardened into one piece of ‘rock’.
Sedimentary Rock required us to layer gratings of white, milk and dark chocolate and then press down to push it together, just like the sediments dropping to the floor of the ocean and pushing down on each other to form rocks.
To make metamorphic rock, we had to use our sedimentary and igneous rock. We placed the rocks together and applied heat from our hands to merge them and shape into a ball.
Here are our sedimentary rocks.
Here are our metamorphic rocks.
History and Science School Trip
On Wednesday 11th October, we visited the Natural History Museum to support our learning about the Stone Age and Rocks. We thoroughly explored the red zone, examining and touching lots of different rocks, learning more about how rocks are formed and how they are shaped by the elements. The children also experienced an earthquake and viewed precious gemstones. For history, we explored the human evolution section, seeing a range of skulls and models of humans, from Neanderthals to Homo-sapiens.
Pictures of our school trip will be presented at our class assembly.
On Wednesday 18th October we will be presenting our class assembly on rocks. More information will be posted about this in the future.
19th September 2023
Welcome to our monthly class blog update.
The children in 3 ELM have had a wonderful first few weeks in Key Stage 2 and we would like to share with you some of our highlights.
The children have writing a narrative about The Boy's adventure in 'Stone Age Boy'. The class have excellently described the actions and feelings of the main character as he goes on his journey, writing in past tense and using personification. Ask your child to explain The Boy's journey to you using our plot point map below!
Next week, the class will begin to write their own narrative, inspired by this story!
In Science, the class have learnt that there are three types of rock - Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. Within our lessons, the children have been holding rocks, identifying what type of rock they are and grouping them into categories.
Exploring cave paintings has been our focus so far in art. Looking at the texture, content and colour within them. This week, the class created their very own paints, following the techniques that stone age people would have used. With a range of natural resources, the class squeezed and crushed pigment out of berries, leaves and vegetables, mixing with water and flour to create a paste. These paints were then tested in art books and you can see an example of this below.
Thank you for reading our class blog for this month. I look forward to updating you next month on our highlights, which will include pictures from our upcoming school trip to the natural history museum - more information will be revealed next week.
5th September 2023
Welcome to the first blog post for 3 ELM!
With the first day of school approaching, the video attached below will give you all the information that you need regarding your child’s curriculum in Autumn 1, PE Dates, Homework and more.
I am looking forward to teaching Elm class tomorrow and the fabulous year that we are going to have!
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