In our English lessons this week, we have continued to use Stone Age Boy as a stimulus for our writing. We imagined what it would be like to be a hunter-gather and dramatised what we thought it would be like. We than used our ideas to write a paragraph describing a hunting scene. We finished reading the story and wrote about how it would have felt to be going into a cave and seeing cave-paintings for the first time. Finally, at the end of the week, we story-mapped the Stone Age Boy story. This involves picking out the main events in the story and drawing pictures to represent each part.
Next week we will be creating a story map, modelled on the Stone Age Boy one, in preparation for writing an adventure story of our own.
In Maths we have been working on formal written subtraction (column method). Most of us found it really tricky and it took a while to grasp it. We used Dienes to model the calculations, drew it in our books and then recorded it formally. All these strategies helped and most of us now feel more confident. We then went on to use what we had learned, in both addition and subtraction, to solve worded problems. This was also a bit tricky as we needed to work out whether the problem was an addition or subtraction one. We needed to think about the vocabulary used within the problem.
Next week, we are starting a unit on reading and interpreting pictograms and bar charts.
At the end of the week Christmas arrived in Year 3! It is a tradition at Bushey Manor to decorate the school dining hall. Each class makes decorations to hang from a horizontal hoop and then these are hung from the ceiling, along with balloons and streamers.
Year 3 started on their decorations and will complete them next week. It's a surprise so you'll have to wait and see what we are making!