Intrepid Y3 Explorers discover new species!

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Unit of Inquiry

This week, we have launched into our third Unit of Inquiry of the year: ‘Where we are in place and time’.

The central idea of the unit is: Through exploration, people and discover and learn about themselves and the world around them. 

We will be inquiring into the characteristics of explorers, how people explore (and have explored) and what motivates people to explore. There will be a strong emphasis on developing research skills the students will be given the opportunity to find out about a particular explorer that they show an interest in. After the December break, they will be working towards producing an information report about their chosen explorer.

Our provocation to get the students ‘hooked’ on the idea of exploration was to hide some interesting and unusual creatures in Siena Park. Initially, we got them all fired up by saying something ‘strange’ had been spotted in the park and Y3 had been asked to go and investigate. We all went out and the students excitedly searched in the bushes and trees to locate the ‘animals’. When we came back inside, they quickly realised that they had no evidence of what they had seen and that, quite possibly, no-one would believe them, so we set about going out again and this time ready to gather some proof. They teamed up into small groups and went back, armed with iPads, note paper and clip boards.

This provocation prompted discussions about what are the character traits of explorers? Why DO people explore and what might they need in order to explore successfully? So much fun and some powerful thinking to start off our new unit.

Maths Learning – Patterning into Multiplication and Division

As we move from Pattern and Function into Multiplication and Division, we have be practising skip counting patterns used in the multiplication tables. The students will be learning the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables this year as a minimum, and we have noticed that the pattern unit has set them up really well so far for these early tables. “Skip counting is something you can do anywhere!”, I told my class today. “As you walk along the street, you can practise counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s with your steps”. If you practise at home with your child, bear in mind that they do not only need to be able to memorise and ‘recite’ 2,4,6,8 etc… They also need to know all related number facts, in any order.

For example: 8×2=16, 2×8=16, 16 divided by 8 is 2 and 16 divided by 2 is 8.

Y3 Talent Show

Students have been busily getting together during break and lunch times to prepare their acts for this year’s Y3 Talent Show. For those students who wish to participate (it is completely optional), the ‘heats’ will take place in our classes on Monday 11th December. From there, the children will vote on the top 2 acts from each of the 4 classes and those 8 acts will perform in the ‘Live Final’ in the Theatre on Thursday 14th December. As mentioned in the diary note already sent out, there will be no parents at this event, but it will be videoed and put on the Blog later for your viewing pleasure. For the ‘heat’ rounds, no need to provide costumes, but if your child’s act is chosen (they will be told on Monday 11th) then if they wish to wear special clothes on Thursday, they can.

The Year 3 Team