We cannot believe it's the penultimate week in Year 3! Hasn't the time flown by? We have had another busy week in Stirling. In literacy we have been looking at adding dialogue to the clip, 'For the Birds'. We have given the characters names, using our pink pens carefully to correctly punctuate directed speech. We have also used our descriptive language to describe a character and setting ready to write our innovated stories next week. In maths we have continued to use the bar method to help work out difficult fractions. In science we have been creating a soil cocktail to show the different soil types and in inquiry we have been writing up our newspaper articles about Hadrian's Wall. By Dante and Tianna
This week has been another busy week in Stirling. We have started our new unit on story writing this week. We have viewed the clip 'For the Birds', which you can find in the literacy shed online. We then role played the story, which was really funny. Today we have recalled the story by writing a comic. We used fronted adverbials to set the scene and then created speech and thought bubbles to add dialogue to the clip. In maths we have started to look at fractions of a number. We have been learning a new method to help us. In Inquiry we have written up the information we found out about Hadrian's Wall into a newspaper. By Maddie and Alexa
We have continued our literacy focus on newspapers this week. We have now planned what we want to include in our published newspaper and have started to write our article ready to be edited and published next week. In maths we are continuing with our focus on time and weight. This week we have used our maths problem skills to work out what items we can buy for exactly 1000g. This has been tricky as first we had to convert kg to g. In inquiry we have been looking at why the Romans built Hadrians Wall. We have researched using the IiPads and listed facts using the information we found out. In science we have continued to look at fossils, in particular fossils produced by animals.
This week has been performance poetry week! We have been learning a range of different poems. We especially liked the ‘School Kids Rap’ by John Foster. We looked at adding expression, actions and instruments to make our performance better. We also created another verse for the poem! In maths we have been converting g to kg and kg to g. This was pretty hard to start and much easier when we started to use our decimal place value chart. In inquiry we have been learning about Boudicca. She was a famous legend described in Roman mythology. Some of us thought she was a villain and some of us thought she was a hero. Research her and see what you think! By Keisha and Daniel
This week in literacy we have been focusing on details found in a newspaper. First we matched headlines to text and even thought of our own to match the text because some were too boring! Then we became reporters and interviewed characters from the story we are going to write about. We had to ask specific questions to gather the information we needed. Then we looked at speech that would be in a newspaper, called reported speech. This was a little tricky. In maths we have started to look at time and measure, some of this was pretty challenging. In our inquiry we have been learning about Roman Soldiers and about the equipment and training they would need to fight in Roman times. We then wrote a missing person poster with information we gathered earlier. In science we are continuing to work on rock erosion. By Jayden F and Tianna
Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful week's holiday. This week has been another busy week. In maths we have started a unit on Roman numerals. We have been using our knowledge of Roman numbers to match them to dates of certain events in our history. It has been good fun using letters rather than numbers in maths! In literacy we have also started a new topic looking at newspaper reports. First we looked and discuss the features found in a newspaper report, then we became news reporters ourselves. We thought of an activity we would like to report on, then took pictures and created a catchy headline. In science we are continuing our work on rocks and starting to look more closely at erosion and how certain rock types do not erode that easily and why. By Maddie and Alexa
This week has been sports activity week! On Monday we climbed the climbing wall, it was great fun. On Tuesday we did new age curling, this was very tricky to get it where you wanted without being beaten by the other team. On Wednesday we did circus skills which was great fun. We dressed up as clowns, we rode round on mini quad bikes. We jumped on pogo sticks and spun plates. On Thursday we did archery and rounders. We really enjoyed working as a team, it was great fun also. In literacy we have been writing up our innovated stories of Avocado Avenger. In inquiry we have been learning about the roman baths and creating our own mosaics. By Keisha and Sophie
In literacy this week we have been focusing on speech in 'The Avocado Avenger' story. We have started to look at how to use speech marks and punctuation in our writing correctly to lead up to a big write next week. In maths we have been looking at converting kilo grams to grams and then grams to kilo grams to help us do it in an easier way. We have also been looking at comparing 3d shapes and giving reasons as to why they are different using mathematical language. In science we have been learning about different rocks used to make houses in our environment. In inquiry we have been improving our writing to make it more persuasive. We have then used this to create a poster to encourage others to visit our country influenced by the Romans. By Liam and Oscar
This week has been another busy week in Stirling. In literacy we have been looking at the new story 'The Avocado Avenger'. On Friday we created our own comic strips to recount the fighting scene in the story. We have been leaning to use onomatopoeias to make our stories more exciting. In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and how to create nets for them. We have been using plasticine to help visualise how to make the nets. In Inquiry we have been creating posters to encourage people to visit the 'New Britain' after the Romans changed it so much. By Luca and Isaac
This week we have be learning about superhero stories and how to describe a villain and a hero. We have used words such as; courageous, villainous, magnificent and superb. We have also been comparing them to other things by using similes in our descriptive writing. We have continued to learn about pictograms in maths and have been producing our own scale. In inquiry, we have continued to research the history of the Romans and finding out what they have done for us like roads and introduction different types of building to our country. By Sophie and Tianna
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Easter holidays and didn't eat too much chocolate!. We have had a very busy first week back. On Thursday we went on an educational visit to the Roman Baths. We took part in a 'Meet the Romans' workshop, which allowed us to study and touch artefacts that were found at the Roman Baths buried for hundreds of years. We also had the chance to walk around the museum using an audio guide to provide more information about the Roman Baths. We had such a brilliant day and it has inspired us to learn more about the Romans over the next few terms.
In literacy this week we continued with our imagery poem and completed our own poem using or scenes to write about the world around us. In Maths we have been looking at pictograms and bar charts. We have been learning how to read and interrupt the data these produce and using items such as unifix cubes to create our own. In science we have been looking at different types of rock that can be found around the world, discovering why these are so unique.
We have had a few pieces of inquiry homework brought into school so far, which look amazing. We look forward to receiving more and proudly displaying them in the classroom. Remember, you don't need much, just a few recycled boxes and your ready to go!
Mrs Lake and Mrs Morrison
This week has been another busy week in Stirling! We have been continuing with our fractions work in maths. This week looking at equivalent fractions and justifying our answers by drawing perfect fractions. In literacy this week, we have started to look at imagery poems, especially 'The Magic Box' poem. We have identified the features of a poem and looked at the type of language used to create images in our mind. We have started to think about what we might want in our imagery poem by using all our senses and memory to explore the world around us. In inquiry this week we have been describing the functions of the bones in our body. We have had lots of PE this week, on Tuesday we had a tennis coach come and teach us some tennis skills and on Wednesday and Thursday we have been practising our ball skills in a football match. Please see your child's homework book for Term 5's inquiry homework. We hope you have a lovely Easter and look forward to seeing you all in two weeks! By Mrs Lake and Mrs Morrison
This week we have been doing a non-chronological report about our school. We have been writing these up neatly in our literacy books and hoping to use them to help new starters settle into life at Castle Primary School. In maths we have been learning about fractions and looking at shapes to work out what fraction of the shape is coloured in. We have be learning about numerators and denominators to help us work out how to a show fraction correctly. In ICT we have been learning how to debug an algorithm and make our own algorithm. In inquiry we have been designing an Easter box with healthy foods and a little bit of chocolate because you need some chocolate at Easter! By Liam and Emmie
This week we were transformed into entrepreneurs! We were told that we would be involved in an enterprise project week. First we had to understand what being an entrepreneur meant…. a lot of work! We decided that we would design and make decorative Easter eggs that would be displayed on sticks or could be hanged from a tree. Over the course of the week we designed, presented, advertised, created and sold our decorative eggs. We started by researching designs of eggs on the internet using the I-pads. We then had to create a presentation to sell the idea to Mrs Harris, so she would give us the money to create our product. Once we were given the money, we started to design our eggs and then used these designs to help create a poster to advertise our product. Before we created our eggs, we took part in some market research asking the children whether they liked our designs and what would they pay it. Finally, we created and sold our eggs on Friday. Thank you so much to all the adults and children who came along to buy our decorative eggs; we raised £52. 87!
This week has been a very busy and challenging week for Stirling. We have worked really hard and the Pupil of the Week certificate was given to the whole class! We have been writing our innovated Alice in Wonderland stories from World Book Day. We have been writing them in neat to go into the school library for everyone to see. If you get a chance, go and have a look. In gymnastics we have been learning our teddy rolls, eggs rolls, fun rolls, pencils and disc roll. We have been incorporating them in a free style sequence. In science we have been learning about our bones and how to continue to stay healthy. We have been particularly focusing on how the back bone is a very important bone in our body helping us to stand up straight. By Emmie and Cianna
This week we have continued to write a non-chronological report about our school for new starters. We have been focusing on behaviour and what we do at playtimes. We have been using lots of conjunctions and adjectives to write an interesting report. We even challenged ourselves to write similes in our work. In Maths we have been learning how to identify what similarities and differences there are in 2D shapes. We have used our knowledge about properties of shape to find these. In Inquiry we have been writing a recipe to make a Greek salad. The recipe needed lots of imperative verbs and a method to show others how to create this meal, step by step. By Alex and Tianna
This week we celebrated World Book Day! We have been innovating the story of Alice in Wonderland to make a range of short stories for a class book. We will then place this in the library for the whole school to read and enjoy our short stories. We have been learning about finding right angles in quadrilaterals and other 2D shapes for numeracy. In literacy we have been planning what to put in our non-chronological report about our school. In inquiry we have been trying to design and create a structure, made out of paper that would hold a bean bag because we were trying to understand how the human skeleton supports our bodies. By Liam and Dante
Welcome to Term 4!
This week we have begun learning about non-chronological reports. We are creating a report about Castle Primary School for new children. This will include information about the school. Today we went around the school asking questions, taking notes and photos to inform our reports. In Maths we have continued to work on angles, this week we have focused on horizontal, vertical and parallel lines. We have been recognising and find them in pictures. In Inquiry we created a lunch box to show what we should eat to make us healthy. In PE we have been discovering the different shapes we can create in our movements. In RE we learnt that Mother Teresa devoted her life to helping other people around the world. By Sophie and Charlotte.
World Book Day
We have voted to dress up as characters from ‘Alice and Wonderland’. If your child does not want to dress up as one of these characters then they may choose to dress up as any character from a fairy tale, eg Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood.
Please can the children bring in one book that they enjoy from home. We will be reviewing these in class.
In Maths we have continued learning about right angles. We looked at ones that are smaller and those that are bigger than right angles. These are called acute and obtuse. We looked for angles in Kandinsky’s art. In Literacy we have been learning about suffixes. We added suffixes like –ed and –less to root words. On Friday, for our ‘Big Write,’ we wrote a story about how teachers and adults transformed into animals. It was for the 500 words story writing competition. In Inquiry and Science we have been learning about what a ‘balanced diet’ means. Have a lovely week's holiday! by Oscar and Madison
In Maths we have been learning about right angles and we have been using a right angle checker that looks like Pacman, to work out if an angle on a shape or in a picture is a right angle. Learning about right angles has helped us to understand shapes more. In Literacy we have continued to work on play scripts. This week we have created a plan for an innovated play script. On Friday, for our big write we have been writing our innovated play scripts based on the story of ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’. In Inquiry we have also been writing a play script for a TV show explaining how a healthy diet is so important. In Science we have been learning about plants by looking at the life cycle of a sunflower. by Luca and Lily
We have been writing a play script for The Egyptian Cinderella in Literacy. At the beginning of the week we wrote a paragraph to set the scene for our playscript. Then we looked at the problem section of the story and we have been writing our own dialogue for the characters Rhodopis, Amasis, Charaox and the servant girls. In Maths this week we have been focusing on looking at division as the inverse of multiplication. In Science we have been looking at how plants grow, why they need roots, the stem and the flower at the top! In Inquiry we have been making a food plate by giving groups a different food type to research and then talking to each other to complete the plate. We looked at healthy and not so healthy foods and used the plate to work out how much of each food type we should be eating every day. We have also been learning about Jesus and wrote an acrostic poem using His name. by Keisha and Sadie
This week we have been looking at the play script of ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’. We started by looking at the features of a play script. Then we created some actions for the characters and have looked at character descriptions for how we speak the dialogue. In Numeracy we have started to look at division. We have been focusing on how to make the groups equal amounts. We have been using place value counters to help us work out the answers. In Science we have been trying to find out the best place to help cress grow. So we placed trays in different places around the classroom and have been checking throughout the week. by Harrison and Summer
This week we have had our WOW Day! We drew round one of our friends and we stuck bones where they should go on the body. As a challenge we had to label the bones using their scientific names which was very tricky! We also took part in some fruit tasting, most of us did not like the taste of passion fruit. However, the rest was yummy and a bit sour, like the orange. We also made some animal and human skeletons out of cotton buds. First we looked at photos of animal skeletons and x-rays of parts of the human body. We then used this knowledge to create our pictures.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic time over the Christmas holidays. What a great time we have had in our KS2 History Week and our focus was on Ancient Egypt. We have really enjoyed looking at every aspect of Ancient Egypt and lots of the children have brought in various books and artefacts on this topic. Firstly, we looked at where Egypt was and labelled where the Nile, various major cities and key landmarks were back in ancient Egypt times. We then focused on looking at the importance of the river Nile and researched various Egyptian artefacts using an iPad. We really enjoyed looking at Tutankhamen's death mask and creating a new one. Finally we wrote our names in hieroglyphics; that was really hard!
Sadly, Mrs Nicholls was poorly although we were very grateful to Mrs Morrison for agreeing to work every day instead of just part-time, using the planning that was already in place to ensure everything carried on 'as normal'. However, as a consequence, everyone was concentrating on getting used to the new routine and ensuring the children were settled and happy. Thank you for your patience.
This week we have been learning to use speech marks in our writing. Our speech was inspired by an animation about a moon creature and a little girl. This was really tricky and we will be continuing with this skill next week. In Maths we have been adding three digit numbers using the expanded method. We really enjoyed sharing our Inquiry homework with the rest of the class. Well done to everyone who put in so much effort. This afternoon we have been thinking about the importance of being a good friend. It felt nice to receive a handmade friendship coin from someone else in our class. Have a lovely weekend!
This week we have started to use a column addition method. We have to be really careful to set out the numbers carefully in our maths books. In Literacy we have written a story based on ‘The Light House’ animation. To challenge ourselves, some of us changed the ending. During Inquiry, we learnt about the artist Eric Joyner. He painted pictures using perspective and included robots and doughnuts! We created some absolutely amazing drawings inspired by this. Have a lovely weekend!
This week we have started to write a story based on an Animation called ‘The Lighthouse’. We have been writing an opening for it using prepositions and similes.
"Above the navy, choppy and thrashing ocean, the devouring rocks pierced the waves like a knife. On top of the cliff there was a light house that produced blinding electric yellow light that lit up the sapphire sky. At the bottom of the lighthouse there was a snaking path. Beside the path was a village that made a cacophony of noise. The sky was pitch black with a moon that glowed ivory white." (LC)
During our Inquiry we have been asking if Jim Dine is a great artist. We decided he was because he uses texture and objects that remind him of his childhood in his art. We created our own Sculptures using clay. Some of us were able to make them stand up straight! Have a lovely weekend.
We can’t believe it is the end of week 3 already! Today the children have written an amazing information text about Wassily Kandinsky. They have used interesting sentence openers and creative vocabulary. During Inquiry we painted ‘Concentric Circles’ in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. In Maths we have started to order and compare numbers and we will continue this next week. Have a great weekend.
What a fantastic second week. We have been working on place value in Maths and are getting better at trying tricky work. We know that it’s not about getting it all right and that it is far more important to be resilient. In Literacy we have been exploring the alphabet, learning to order words alphabetically and find definitions using our new dictionaries. During our Inquiry we had an amazing time creating work inspired by the great artist Kandinsky. Next week we will be learning more about his work in our writing. We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Welcome to Stirling! The children have all come back to school refreshed and ready to work! We have already done our WOW Day. Our Inquiry title this term is ‘Who is the greatest artist?'. We looked at sculptures by the artist, Giacometti. The children firstly did sketches of Mrs Nicholls using sticks and ink. The children then used this work to create wire models. In the afternoon they covered them with Modroc. You are very welcome to come and see them one day after school, hopefully, at Back to School Night on Wednesday 14 September at 6.45 pm.