GRADE THREE NEWSLETTER
Easter Term - Week Five, 15-19 February 2016.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
25 February - Global Family Festival (Parade + Concert)
29 February - Maths Week
02 March - Specialist Optional Parent Teacher Conferences
08 March - Grade Two and Three Sports Day
18 March - Easter Term concludes
04 April - Summer Term commences
21-22 April - Grade Three Expedition (please note change of date)
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN GRADE THREE?
IPC - SAVING OUR LIVES: THE RAINFOREST
The children have been continuing to find out more about the tribes in the rainforest, with some classes moving on with their research about products and resources found in the rainforest.
The children are having discussions about the difference between needs and wants. These discussions include talking about scarcity, and products that come from the rainforest.
Did you know that we use products from the Rainforest every day?
Rainforest products hidden in numbered paper bags are being given to the children in class. Using touch, feel and smell, the children are trying to figure out what is in them.
The children will be guessing what is in each bag - the contents from the bags will be put on display for the children to ask questions and to check to see if they were correct.
- What was their favourite product and why?
- What products did you find surprising?
- If the rainforests become extinct and these products are no longer available, which would you be sad to see go?
The children are learning that the rainforests of our world are a tremendous resource for many of the world's people. Many of the things we buy at the store and use every day like fruits, vegetables, ingredients for medicines, and construction materials come from the rainforest. And scientists believe that's just the tip of the iceberg: there are many species of plants and animals in the rainforest that haven't even been discovered yet!
Each child is now choosing one rainforest product to do specific research on. They are researching and gathering facts about a rainforest resource they have chosen. What they learn about their product is being recorded in their IPC workbooks.
When researching facts, the children are attempting to answer the following questions:
- Where does their resource come from?
- How is the resource harvested?
- How is the resource turned into the product/s?
- What is the product used for?
- Who benefits from selling the product?
- Who benefits from using the product?
- How much does the product cost to buy in shops?
After completing and publishing their Pourquoi Tales, the children are going to be learning how to write their own play-scripts in the correct format. Over these next two week, the children are being introduced to a range of play scripts to immerse themselves into.
Explanations about plays are taking place including the fact that when there are plays with narrators, there are usually two types:
- First Person - a narrator that is also a character in the play who interacts with other characters as well as speaks directly to the audience.
- Third Person - this narrator is not a character in the story but an ‘observer’ who is outside of the action being performed by the actors. This narrator might tell the audience what the characters are thinking.
Discussions about the role of major and minor characters are also taking place as well as the external and internal conflicts that characters go through.
Our focus has shifted from 'money' to 'measurement'. This week we have been using meters and centimetres as the units of measurement of length.
Children are working on converting units of measurement between meters and centimetres as well as estimating and measuring different lengths.
This unit lends itself well to a range of practical activities and the children are enjoying challenges around the school the involve using meter rulers, tape measures and trundle wheels.
To reinforce learning of measurement at home, you might like to give your child access to the following websites.
In Maths next week, we will be learning more about measurement - including measuring volume and capacity. Please can you bring in at least 2 empty containers of different capacities including bottles, cans, detergent bottles (anything that holds liquid) to be used in practical measuring tasks.
GLOBAL FAMILY DAY
Remember to join us after the parade on Thursday 25th February at 9.30 am in the High School Hall for the annual Grade Two to Three Global Family Concert. A wonderful chance to see your child perform a cultural item onstage. Remember to bring your cameras.
Song lyrics for Global Family Day Concert
(Please put words of song to memory and practice the actions)
I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love,
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony,
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company.
I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand,
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land.
That’s the song I hear,
Let the world sing today
A song of peace that echoes on
And never goes away.
Put your hand in my hand.
Let’s begin today.
Put your hand in my hand,
Help me find the way.
Back to Verse 2 & 3 to end
WEEK SIX HOME LEARNING
Complete the 'Products from Rainforest' Home Checklist and 'These Foods come from the Rainfores't Colouring Sheet.
Children are to look around their home for rainforest related products on the checklist and tick off what they find.
The children can also look for and bring in empty jars/boxes from home that contain rainforest products or cut out pictures of these products from magazines. We will be making a display of the items collected in their classroom.
- Rainforest Diorama (optional)
- Beyond The Haze project (optional)
My Pals Workbook, pages 27 - 34 (measuring length in cm, m and km)
Reminder: In Maths next week, we will be learning more about measure, including measuring volume and capacity. Please can you bring in at least 2 empty containers of different capacities including bottles, cans, detergent bottles (anything that holds liquid) to be used in practical measuring tasks.
'wa' words, high frequency words, and Rainforest themed words.
Important Notice - PE Kit and School Uniform
On days that Grade Three students have their PE lessons, they come to school wearing their PE kit and can remain in their kit all day.
If your child is in a sports team, or in an CCA that requires them to wear their PE kit, on a non-PE lesson day, they wear their normal school uniform for the day and change into their PE kit at 3.00p.m.