This week the Larch class headed to the sunshine state of Florida for their Maths lesson. They had food choices to make from the Big Thunder Mountain Bites Take Away and souvenirs to buy from the Magic Kingdom Gift Shop. They only had £10 to spend so they had to work out the amount spent and the change that they would be given. They used frog method for counting on as well as their mental maths to solve each calculation. Can they use Talk Maths to explain these methods to you?
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This week, Year 3 have been learning about the Florida sea turtles, as part of their Geography topic ‘What is beyond the Magic Kingdom?’
‘Why are sea turtles endangered and what is the Florida Turtle Conservation Society doing to protect them?’
To answer this, the children have learned about the life cycle of a Turtle, the human and natural hazards faced by hatchlings and adult turtles and they have thought of ways to help conserve the turtle population. They used this information to design their own bumper sticker which could be used to raise awareness of turtle habitats for the tourists visiting Florida.
Can you ask your child to explain what they have learned, what facts surprised them and how they think the sea turtles could be best protected?
Which types of Pop Art do you like?
We have been busy researching the artist Andy Warhol as part of our Pop Art unit. We enjoyed looking at lots of different examples of this type of Art and wrote our own success ladder for creating a piece of pop art:
Larch class' Success ladder:
1. Use bright, primary colours.
2. Be inspired by everyday objects or famous people in your composition.
3. Repeat images and vary the colours for impact.
4. Outline your image to create a 3d effect.
In our next session we learned how to sketch objects and use shading to create light and shadow. We used popular culture objects like soup cans and Dr Martin boots; which inspired Warhol in his work, to practise this skill. Well done to the Larch class for super, still life sketching, shading and attention to detail!
Thank you to all the parents who supported our event today. All the children came to school wearing bright clothes to celebrate Elmer's 30th birthday. Today's event supported the fantastic charity, St Lukes Hospice. They are creating an Elmer trail across Plymouth so look out for the bright colourful elephants!
Thank you for an amazing term of learning and fun. Thank you too for all our lovely gifts, messages and cards at the end of term, we were very spoilt! We hope you have a very happy Christmas and a relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Mrs Beresford and Mrs Chivers.
Barclays Bank Christmas window display
This week, Year 3 were invited by Barclays Bank to decorate a Christmas window in the Armada Way branch. We have been learning about the Victorians this term so we decided that we would make Victorian themed decorations for the tree and coloured illuminated letters for our window title. We also created silhouette carol singers to stand by our beautifully decorated tree. Well done to Year 3 for their creative design and artwork! Thanks too, to Mrs Walmsley who helped Mrs Beresford to set up the display.
Perhaps whilst you are in the city centre over the next couple of weeks you could go along to the bank and see the Woodford display?
Mayflower 400 competition
We have been writing poems about the sea using similes and descriptive language. Some of our super poetry has been chosen to be entered into the citywide Mayflower 400 writing competition. Our class entries are from Erin G, Jack D and Samuel W. Fingers crossed their work is chosen to be published. Watch this space!
As a school, each class chose a winner from their three entries and we held a whole school assembly to celebrate and share each winner's work. Our class overall winner was Erin G with her fantastic 'Beyond the Horizon' poem.
The calm ocean's waves gently fall like a swish of a curtain
Silver streaks of light dance across the water
Waves move like a graceful dolphin
The breeze is invisible and sleeps above the ocean
by Erin G
Our Visit to Morwellham Quay
We had a wonderful, living History day at Morwellham Quay. It was just like being able to step back in time to see what life was like in Victorian times. Set by the Tamar River, Morwellham Quay was a Victorian Mining village. Copper Miners and their families lived and worked there. The copper ore that was mined in the George and Charlotte Mine was transported and sold to all our Britain, mainly by boat. The quay would have been a very noisy, busy place to live and work. The mining community built their own school for the children to attend to the age of 8 and we were able to visit it and take part in Victorian lessons.
Copper was mined in the George and Charlotte mine. Men worked for up to 12 hours a day deep inside the mine. It was cold and very wet and the only source of light was a candle on the miner's felt hat. The miners worked in groups of about 6 - often Father, Son and family groups. Miners used candles to light up the rock to see where to hammer and drill but also to tell the time, as they didn't have or could see a watch. At the age of 8 boys started working at the mine too, collecting the rocks in wheelbarrows and carts and taking it up to the surface. Girls and ladies did not work in the mine but did work on the dressing floor - smashing the rocks to find the copper ore with lump hammers for up 8 hours a day.
Welcome to Larch class!
The children have settled into life in Year 3 really well. We are so pleased with the mature way they have come into class and been engaged in their learning. This first term's topic is Rocks and Soils. The children have fully immersed themselves in the learning and have been doing lots of exciting activities.
We have been looking at the rock cycle and used Starburst sweets to represent this.
We have been looking at fossils and how they are formed. Then we had a go at making our own fossils.