Thursday, 4 May 2017

A wonderful day

Good morning.
This week in English we have continued to look at persuasive writing. We are now at the innovation stage of our writing where we are creating a leaflet to persuade people that Crabtree would make an excellent weekend attraction. Why not ask your child what activities they said you could do during the weekend? In Cedar we had laser tag, Jacuzzis, flight simulation and pitch and putt. In Rowan we had a wedding venue, dazzling dance studios and glitter tattoo parlour! We will be writing our leaflets next week and hoping the children incorporate all the grammar skills we have taught them. These include - rhetorical questions, personal pronouns, bossy verbs, alliteration, exaggeration and emotive words. Maybe your child could tell you what they remember about these specific skills for persuasive writing?

In Maths Mr Clifford's set has been working on consolidating written methods for multiplication and division. The children have really enjoyed some investigative approaches too. In Mrs Mercer's and Mrs Gaines' set we have been looking at addition and subtraction and techniques to apply to our work to help us spot patterns and use what we know. For example if we know that 7 + 8 = 15, we also can also workout that 27 + 8 = 35. We have moved onto more efficient written methods now which the children have enjoyed and been tackling some word problems. Our next unit will be to revisit multiplication and division so please keep working on the times tables as it really helps the childrens' fluency.

If you would like to support your child in their maths fluency this game called hit the button is highly recommended.

In science we are enjoying the practical side to testing magnets and this week the children devised their own question to investigate. Some questions include-
1. Are small magnets as powerful as big magnets?
2. How far does the magnetic field extend?
3. Are horse shoe magnets as effective as bar magnets?

Please continue to support your child with their reading and recording this in their reading records. It is beneficial that they are encouraged to read a variety of different authors and a mix of fiction and non fiction.

Last Tuesday, the 25th April, year 3 had a wonderful day at St.Albans Abbey. We had the opportunity to dress up as Anglo Saxons; learnt about how they invade after the Romans and enjoyed learning about the food they ate. Please see below for some lovely photos of the children so you can see what activities we did.

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