Today, we were delighted to welcome members of the St Patrick's Mission Team to the Divine Mercy in order to hear their news about the special mission taking place in our parish this week. The SPMT wish for us to come together in prayer to realise the magnificence of Christ and thank Jesus for caring for our every need. They wish for us to realise that Jesus loves us all with our faults and failings, as we are, brothers and sisters, children of God.
The SPMT are conducting prayer and worship ceremonies at St Kentigern's Church each evening this week at 7:30 p.m and we hope you are able to join us at one or more of these special events.
Today we braved the cold to begin working on developing our catching skills as part of our net and wall game unit of study. We used the steps we had learnt during the last session to throw the ball (overarm or underarm depending on success of session one) and our WILF guided us through the process of catching the ball at body level.. It was a joy to see some wonderful catches!
Why not go out in the yard/back garden/park with your child and see if they can follow the steps detailed below. Who knows perhaps we could see your child fielding at Lord's The Home of Cricket one day!
WILF (what i'm looking for)
1) Eyes focused upon the ball
2) Extend your arms towards the ball
3) Get your feet underneath the ball as soon as possible so you can focus from a still position
4) Create a large area with the hands to cup the ball
5) Soft hands
Every Friday in 3M we celebrate the hard work of the children within our class family as we announce a star of the day, star of the week and a star who has been chosen from the raffle ticket box (raffle tickets can be earned each day in class for good behaviour choices, showing acts of kindness and compassion or successful work).
This week Alarna was the name pulled from the raffle ticket box, well done Alarna!
Shaquiel was named star of the week for fantastic work in maths including great talk partner work with Samuel and showing a big improvement in his understanding of how to solve multiplication statements. Finally, Kedus was named star of the day for wonderful talk partner work with Michael in maths and producing a beautiful prayer for our 3M prayer box.
Who will be shining brightly next week?
This week in maths we have been learning to multiply two digit numbers by one digit numbers. Initially, we used base ten to support us in solving multiplication statements practically. Later in the week, we have started to separate two digit numbers into tens and ones before completing three steps to find answers to different multiplication statements.
Why not try solving the two digit by one digit multiplication calculations below with your child: Use the WILF detailed to support you:
1) 21 x 4 =
2) 33 x 3 =
3) 44 x 4 =
WILF (what i'm looking for)
1) Multiply the ones from the two digit number by the ones - record your answer
2) Multiply the tens from the two digit number by the ones - record your answer
3) Add the tens and the ones together using the column method of addition
4) Record your answer
5) Smile you are a math magician
It was a very cold morning today but that didn't stop the athletes in 3M being put through their paces! Excellent balance, movement and pace was shown by the children as they completed relay activities and a variety of different tasks designed to allow children to demonstrate their improving speed and coordination skills.
A fantastic effort 3M!
This morning in Spanish we enjoyed participating in fun activities which supported our learning of different verbs. Senor Antonio chose volunteers to perform different actions at the front of the class. Fortunately in 3M we are blessed with magnificent actors/actresses with lots of dramatic finesse and we were able to accurately identify the different verbs.
Why not ask your son/daughter to perform the different actions at home and see if you can guess the verbs accurately in Spanish. ?
nadar - to swim
saltar - to skip
correr - to run
volar - to fly
cantar - to sing
hablar - to talk
leer - to read
escalar - to climb
A wonderful entry to our Ancient Egypt project was brought to school today (ahead of schedule) it was designed by Malachi (3M). He has worked incredibly hard to design an Egyptian mask.
Did you know in ancient Egypt masks were used primarily for two purposes?
Identify the reasons that masks were used and correctly identify the answer in order to earn yourself a raffle ticket tomorrow morning.
I look forward to seeing you for some Egyptian dance in the morning :)
Today in science we explored how rocks and fossils change over time. We began the lesson by thinking about whether rocks change over time as we discussed a large granite rock that Mr Campbell had brought to show us. Next, we discovered how a rock could be made to change through weathering and erosion as we watched an animation of how rocks change over a period of time. We then conducted our own investigations with Samuel volunteering to be a rock and Mr Campbell using a hairdryer to adopt the role of the wind. This enabled us to see the process of weathering as the post it notes flew from Samuel's head and shoulders. Finally, we gathered stones from outside and brought them into the classroom to see how they would react when placed in water for a brief period of time. We discussed how over many years small fragments of the rock break away from the rock face before eventually turning to sediment and forming new layers of rock at the bottom of the sea.
This afternoon was lots of fun!
A wonderful entry to our Ancient Egypt project was brought to school today (ahead of schedule) it was designed by Eshaal (3M). She has clearly taken a lot of pride in her research project creating THREE artefacts detailing a mask, a mountain and an information sheet on the river Nile.
We look forward to receiving more entries on the 13th of February.
We hope you continue to enjoy your learning about Ancient Egypt during History lessons.
Miss Alldred and Mr Campbell
This week in science we are continuing to learn about rocks specifically exploring how and why rocks change over time. If you wish to support your children's learning at home why not try working on some of the activities listed below.
1) Visit the website http://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/change3.html and watch the animations detailing weathering and erosion and compacting and cementing. Discuss the animations with your child and see if they can explain how the fragmentation of rocks occurs and how sediment is pressed together to form sedimentary rock.
2) Visit your garden or the local park and find a small amount of stones (up to ten). Place the rocks in a container with a water-tight lid. Fill the container with water and put the lid on tightly. Shake the container whilst counting up to one hundred. When finished, sieve the contents of the container into a second container so the rocks are in the sieve and the water will be in another container. Discuss any changes that you notice to the rocks and to the water. Discuss with your child their understanding of the scientific term "erosion".
Attached to this blog post are some photographs of Geologist Noman who has been busy exploring and discovered an interesting variety of rocks which he discussed with 3M on Monday afternoon,
Keep enjoying being geologists children of year three!
Miss Alldred and Mr Campbell
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