2nd march 2017

2nd march 2017

Dear Families

It’s hard to believe half term was only a couple of weeks ago, as we have been so busy in Year 3!

We have begun our new topic, Wisdom Begins in Wonder, which has a strong science focus. Our learners are already showing great enthusiasm for this topic and we can see some budding scientists amongst them.

For the outcome of our topic, Mrs Stone has set us the exciting challenge, of enriching our outdoor learning environment at school by creating a ‘science shed’. Over the coming weeks, we will be considering ways in which we can develop this concept so that it can become an exploratory and investigational zone for all of our learners at BFS, to benefit both our outdoor space and our science curriculum. Early ideas include having some sort of shed or shelter which is attractive and inviting, in which scientific skills and understanding can be developed. The ‘shed’ will be full of scientific questions, concepts and equipment and will hopefully spark the awe and wonder of science that we want to foster in all of our learners The children have embraced this task, suggesting many original and creative ideas. We feel very lucky to have been given such an exciting challenge! Watch this space!

(If you know of anyone with an unwanted shed or summerhouse in good condition, please let us know as we are hoping to source one as cheaply as possible!)

We had a fantastic time at the Science Zone on Monday, which sparked awe and wonder in so many of our young learners. They loved feeling the fossils, and guessing which parts of which dinosaurs they came from and showed great teamwork when exploring how to create a circuit to light a bulb and make a propeller spin. Our learners all carefully made a fossil, using plaster of Paris and learnt about the process of fossilisation.

The children were amazed by the science dome, which gave us a glimpse into many scientific wonders, including the solar system, the ‘northern lights’, inside earth and the patterns within a crystal.

To finish, the professors showed us what happens when you mix Coca Cola and Mentos mints!

We left with heads full of fascinating facts and questions about the world around us, ready to begin exploring some of these questions in greater depth, particularly focussing on rocks and soils and forces and magnetism.

In the coming weeks….

Our focus for English is to research and write a fact file about a famous scientist, their findings and the influence they have had on the world today. Our particular focus for this is organising our non-fiction writing using headings and sub-headings, whilst also identifying other features of an information text and using theses features when reading non-fiction texts. We will also be learning about writing scientific investigations. Learners will look in detail at the process of scientific enquiry and write different aspects of scientific investigations they have carried out in detail.

Our focus for maths is to develop our understanding of reading and telling the time. We will learn about roman numerals, digital and analogue clocks and 24 hour clock time and use stopwatches to measure and estimate time. Learners will develop their understanding of telling the time to the nearest minute and solve word problems involving time. We will then begin to look at fractions, recapping our previous knowledge and developing that looking at unit and non-unit fractions with a variety of denominators. We will identify sequences of fractions and look at fractions of shapes and numbers. Learners will apply these skills by solving word problems involving fractions.

Our focus for character development is: integrity. We will be reminding all of our learners of the importance of integrity, especially as scientists. We have talked about the meaning of the word integrity and discussed the importance of behaving with integrity. We talked about qualities such as honesty, reliability and self-belief as examples of integrity.

How you can help at home this fortnight:

In maths, we would like our learners to practice telling the time! Use a variety of clocks, analogue, digital and 24 hour to read the time. Please ask your children as many questions as you can about the time and challenge them with questions such as, ‘If it is 7.15 now and we need to leave at 7.55, how long is it until we leave?’ etc. Please ask if you have any queries. We will be moving onto looking at fractions soon.

Here are some fun websites for your children to have a look at

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessonLauncher.html?lesson=lessons/10/m3_10_00_x.swf http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/ngfl/ngfl-flash/fractions/fractions.html http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=Fractionsv7

In English, it would be great if you could find out more about anything that interests your child in science, ranging from space, to the human body, to plants, to electricity. Or alternatively, you could ake a visit to Lyme Regis or Charmouth and find out more about the Jurassic coast and the fossils that can be found there.

Things happening this fortnight:

Parent consultations on Wednesday 8th March 2017 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Year 3 team