O'Keeffe Class

Week commencing 10th December 2018

Monday, 10th December, 4:59 PM

On Friday this week, we will be having a Christmas bazaar in the hall. In Year 3, we will be designing games and activities that we can run as stalls at the event.

Our first Sing-along-a-Christmas show is this Thursday afternoon then our first evening performance is on Thursday at 6pm. Please ensure all costumes are in school no later than Tuesday morning as we are planning to have our dress rehearsal that morning. Our final performance is on Monday 17th at 6pm. All children need to be in school by 5:30pm for each of the evening performances.

Reading:

We will finish reading Ug by Raymond Briggs and practise asking open questions to develop our understanding of the text. We will then continue to practise asking questions using non-fiction texts.   

Writing:

This week, we will edit and up-level our form letter of apology. Once we have made improvements to our letters, we will then publish them by writing them up in neat.

Maths:

We will revise finding missing numbers using the inverse operation. We will solve missing number problems which require us to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will then work systematically to find all possibilities to a problem.

Science:

This week, we will find out how shadows are formed and will investigate what happens to shadows when a light source is moved closer to an object.

Home-learning suggested activities:

Think of open questions you could ask to find out more information about the text you are reading. Use the openers: who, what, when, where, why and how.

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction

 


w.c Monday 3rd December 2018

Sunday, 2nd December, 5:54 PM

Reading:

We will continue reading ‘Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers’. We will be using our reading stems to clarify what certain words or phrases might mean and to demonstrate our understanding of what is happening and what has happened in the story.  

Writing:

This week, we will learn about the features of a letter of apology which are very similar to the features of letters of complaint. These features include: formal language, past tense, paragraphs and higher-level connectives (for example, ‘however’ and ‘therefore’). Once we have looked at a letter of apology, we will write our own letter to Lady Isabella.

Maths:

We will begin the week by recalling and using multiplication and division facts to answer reasoning questions. Then, on Tuesday, we will use this knowledge to carry out a practical investigation. The children will also do assessments this week to show what they have learnt this term.

Science:

This week, we will find out how shadows are formed and will investigate what happens to shadows when a light source is moved closer to an object.

Spanish:

We will learn how Christmas is celebrated in Spain.

Home-learning suggested activities:

Write a letter to complain about a horrific experience you have had. For example, an awful holiday, a boring party or poor service at a restaurant. Don’t forget to use paragraphs, higher-level connectives and formal, polite language.

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction


wc 26th November

Monday, 26th November, 7:36 PM

Reading:

We will finish reading our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ and will begin a new text, ‘Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers’. We will be using our reading stems to predict what might happen based on events that have already happened.

Writing:

This week, we will learn about the features of a letter of complaint, including formal language and higher-level connectives (for example, ‘however’ and ‘therefore’). Once we have a clear understanding of what makes a good complaint, we will write our own letter to complain about a horrendous experience at a party.

Maths:

We will continue to practise using our knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables to multiply and divide.

Science:

This week, we will learn about the benefits and the dangers of the sun. Our task will involve designing a hat or sunglasses that will protect our eyes from UV rays.

GPS:

We will identify vowels in words and refresh our memories from last week on when to use ‘an’ and when to use ‘a’ before a word.

R.E:

We will continue to learn about places of worship and, this week, we will focus on mosques and why they are important to Muslims and others in the community.

Topic:

 

 

 

Home-learning suggested activities:

Write a complaint letter about a bad experience, such as an awful holiday, rubbish service at a restaurant, or a horrendous party. Don't forget to use higher-level connectives, formal language and paragraphs. 

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise singing our Christmas show songs.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction


wc 19th November 2018

Monday, 19th November, 5:05 PM

Reading:

We will continue reading our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ and will practise using the different strategies that we have learnt, with a particular focus on clarifying.

Writing:

Last week, we planned and informal wrote invitations to our friends. This week, we will continue to learn which features are important when giving directions. We will end the week by writing directions to Anastasia and Archibald’s Dad’s 200th birthday party which is being held at the Castle in the Clouds.

Maths:

We will carry on learning how to find equal groups using our knowledge of the 2s, 5s and 3 times tables. Then we will develop our knowledge and understanding of the 3 times table by answering fluency and reasoning questions. There will also be a short assessment to check what we have learnt so far this year.

GPS:

We will learn how and when to use 'a' and 'an. For example: an apple, a cat. 

Spanish:

We will learn how to count from 0-20 in Spanish. We will also learn how to ask someone how old they are and how to say how old we are.

Topic/DT:

We will make and decorate the clay pots that we designed last week.

 

Home-learning suggested activities:

Write a set of directions to a place you know well. For example, you may wish to write directions to direct a friend how to get from your bedroom to your back garden, or how to get from our school to the local shops. Remember to use imperative verbs (bossy verbs), prepositions, adverbs and adjectives in your directions to give as much detail as possible.

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction


Week commencing 12th November 2018

Monday, 12th November, 5:28 PM

Reading:

We will continue reading our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ and will practise evaluating the text, paying attention to the language the author has used and the organisation of the writing. We will use our sentence stems to have discussions about the text.

Writing:

Our new missions is called ‘A Giant’s Birthday’. Last week, we planned and wrote invitations to the Giant’s 200th birthday party. This week we will be learning how to use imperative verbs, adjectives and prepositions to write directions as a set of instructions so the guests can find the party venue. We will practise varying our sentence openers using adverbs, connectives and prepositions.

Maths:

We will begin our new unit of work on multiplication and division. We will learn how to find equal groups using our knowledge of the 2s, 5s and 3 times tables. Then we will develop our knowledge and understanding of the 3 times table by answering fluency and reasoning questions. We will end the week practising our division facts for the 3 times table.

Science:

We will continue our topic on light and will learn how mirrors wok. We will learn that light is reflected from surfaces.

PSHE:

We will be learning about the value of money and discuss how money is spent. We will learn about budgets and how to stick to them. We will begin a school project designing a new playground by choosing different playground activities from a catalogue and calculating the costings while sticking to a set budget.

Spanish:

We will learn revise how to ask someone their name, and how to tell someone our name. We will then have simple conversations where we greet people and ask them their names.

Topic/DT:

We will learn about Stone Age clay pots and how these were designed. We will look at a range of pots and focus on the intricate details of their design. Then we will design our own clay pot which we will make next week.

 

Home-learning suggested activities:

Write a set of directions to a place you know well. For example, you may wish to write directions to direct a friend how to get from your bedroom to your back garden, or how to get from our school to the local shops. Remember to use imperative verbs (bossy verbs), prepositions, adverbs and adjectives in your directions to give as much detail as possible.

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction

 

 

 

 


Week Commencing 5th November 2018

Monday, 5th November, 5:26 PM

Reading:

We will continue reading our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ and will practise summarising the main parts of the text.

Writing:

We will be writing descriptive sentences using different word types. We will also be focusing on editing and improving our work. On Tuesday we will start our new writing mission, we will find out what our new mission involves and will give you more of an update next week.

Maths:

We will continue our work on subtraction using the column method, as well as estimating answers to calculations, and using the inverse operation to check answers to questions.

Science:

We will continue our topic on light and will be investigating which materials are the best at reflecting light.

PSHE:

We will be exploring ‘lost and found’ stories, and discussing what to do to keep safe if we get lost as well as what to do if we have lost something.

Spanish:

We will learn how to ask someone their name, and how to tell someone our name. We will then have simple conversations where we greet people and ask them their names.

Music:

We will continue our work from last week using the rhythm patterns from Stone Age topic words to create simple rhythmic compositions. We will then notate these using crotchet and quaver stick notation.

Home-learning suggested activities:

Practise writing sentences including a preposition, power opener, connective and adjectives to describe the nouns. Read your sentences out loud to check they make sense. Edit them carefully to make sure they have a capital letter and the correct punctuation. Can you write a question or use an exclamation mark?

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction

 

 

 

 


Week Commencing 29th October 2018

Monday, 29th October, 5:12 PM

Reading:

We will continue reading our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ and will practise making inferences about what the characters might be thinking or feeling using their actions or speech to help us to understand.

 

Writing:

We will not begin our new mission until next week so will be using this week to build on our writing skills to prepare us for our next mission. We will work towards the following objectives: Using prepositions appropriately in sentences, using connectives appropriately in sentences, using power openers appropriately in sentences and using effective vocabulary in sentences.

 

Maths:

We will learn how to add and subtract 2-digit from 3-digit numbers, how to add 2-digit and 3-digit numbers, how to add two 3 digit numbers and how to use the column method to subtract.

 

Topic:

We will be learning how life changed between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.

 

Science:

We will be introduced to our new topic of ‘Light’. We will learn about different light sources and discuss what dark is.

 

Spanish:

We will revise greeting in Spanish and will play games to practise saying the greetings out loud to our partners and to the rest of the class.

 

Home-learning suggested activities:

Practise writing sentences including a preposition, power opener, connective and adjectives to describe the nouns. Read your sentences out loud to check they make sense. Edit them carefully to make sure they have a capital letter and the correct punctuation. Can you write a question or use an exclamation mark?

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction

 


Monday 15th October 2018

Tuesday, 16th October, 4:19 PM

Reading:

Our main focus this week is to use poems to make inferences about what the characters might be like or what the poet’s intentions were. For example, what mood were they trying to create? We will continue to use our sentence stems to have discussions with partners and in small groups.

 

Writing:

This week we will be up-levelling a story by improving vocabulary choices, sentence openers, vocabulary and connectives. We will the play some VCOP games to verbally think of sentences which begin with a range of sentence openers as well as play spot the difference between a simple story opening and a more detailed opening. We will use this learning to write another adventure story about the children being taken to an alien planet on a spaceship.   

  

Maths:

We will learn how to spot patterns when adding numbers, how to use the column method to add two numbers and how to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers.

 

Science:

This week we complete an assessment to see how much we have remembered about our learning this term about rocks and fossils.  

 

Topic:

We will think about what life was like in the Stone Age and compare it with life today.

 

PSHE:

We will continue our discussions about internet safety and will produce a poster advising children what personal information they should never put online.

 

 

Home-learning suggested activities:

Write an exciting story about a topic of your choice. Can you include an opening, build up, peak and concluding section in your story? Can you use lots of different sentence openers such as: adverbs (words ending in –ly), -ing verbs or connectives?

Practise the weekly spellings; ask someone to quiz you to see if you can remember how to spell the words.

Please read daily and discuss the books with family and friends. You could try to use your new hand signals when having conversations to agree, build on or challenge thoughts or opinions.

Regularly practise your times tables in order and out of order. You could challenge yourself to learn the division facts too.

Practise your maths by playing number games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction