In year 3 this week, the children have been busy with some new units just beginning.
In English we have continued our stories set in the jungle, and slowly but surely, they are coming along well.
In Maths we have been studying shape and angles this week. The class have found it interesting to identify different types of angles and some have even worked out the missing angles in a circle (which is a much higher-level challenge)
In Science, we have begun a new unit on magnets and forces, where children have developed their own higher-level questions and completed a simple investigation into magnetic materials.
In Topic, we have begun to look at the Olympic Games as a unit for research. The children have learned a little about the history of the Olympic Games and some of the sports through which athletes can represent their countries.
We began the week with Daniel’s short presentation on Taekwondo, the art of self- defence that originated in Korea. Daniel explained that students begin Taekwondo with a white belt that represents a clean (pure) slate. Although the order and colours used may vary between Taekwondo schools, a common order is white, yellow, green, blue, red and black. Daniel has achieved his half yellow and half green. Well done, Daniel!
This week, in English, we looked at how persuasive writing is used to convince or persuade a reader that your opinion about a topic is correct. We discovered that good persuasive writing requires careful word choice and the development of a logical argument. Our task was to convince people to take action to stop global warming.
In Maths, we practised plotting coordinates on a coordinate grid and drawing line graphs, using data.
In Topic lessons, we learnt about the history of the Olympic Games and Olympic flag includes five interlaced rings in the colours blue, yellow, black, green and red. In Art, we painted the five interlacing rings in their appropriate colours. In Science, we continued exploring space. We were surprised to discover that, although Earth has one moon, there are more than 200 moons in our solar system.
As we are going to play football against EIS South-West later this term, we spent time outdoors, practising football. We really enjoyed spending time outside in the sunshine!
The highlight for our year was certainly our excursion to Kidzania. This long-awaited event happened on Friday 28 May, and although it was my first time to this exciting place, there were a few students who were old hands at Kidzania! In the bus Max made Ms. Aida and I familiar with the lay-out of Kidzania with an up-to-date map. With great excitement we were shown the Kidzania Passport and Bank Card, and other interesting memorabilia. It thus came as quite a surprise that we would still be so much in awe of the place! All that Adar and I could utter during the first 10 minutes were: "oh my gosh, oh my gosh!"What I loved the most about Kidzania is the fact that hundreds of super excited children were able to freely explore real life situations in a safe and stimulating environment. When it was time for lunch, the children ordered pizza for which they paid with the money they earned on Kidzania credit cards. One thing is for sure - this will not be the last time that EIS will visit Kidzania!
During our English lessons we completed our discovery of "Ultimate Explorers". We ended our journey with a lively discussion about which of our female explorers were the most courageous (Ellen or Helen)? As I want our Year 5's to be ready for the challenges in Year 6, I started doing revision of all the Grammar we did during the year. It looks like the children understands the work, but they definitely do benefit with the revision to sharpen their knowledge. The Math we are revising is invaluable in eliminating any gaps that might have been created during the time I took over from Mr. Twaddle. The work is not difficult, but everyone definitely benefits from revising even the easiest Algebra.
Since the whole planet had a lock-down in 2020, it meant that the planned Olympic Games were postponed to this year. The Olympics will take place in Japan as scheduled, and we are eagerly awaiting the start of this huge event on 23 July 2021. Our theme in Topic is "Great Sporting Events", and we will surprise all the parents with interesting facts about the Olympics!