GRADE THREE NEWSLETTER

Week 8 Monday 23 - Friday 27 May

ON WEDNESDAY 08 JUNE YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE GREAT GRADE THREE FASHION SHOW AT 6.00P.M. JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF POETRY, MUSIC AND FASHION! COME BE AMAZED BY YOUR CHILD'S CREATIVITY! MORE DETAILS TO COME.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

01 June - EPSG Meeting

08 June - Grade 3 COL and Fashion show (6pm)

09 June Grade 2 Chocolate sale Exit Point

17 June - Summer Term Concludes

IPC - FASHION

This week our classrooms looked like something out of the television series Project Runway as the children became fashion designers and successfully revamped old clothing into new, exciting and fabulous outfits. Using their creativity and purposefulness, the children worked on creating their own original 'street fashion' styles by cutting, shaping, tearing, adding decorations and combining clothes in new and interesting ways. You will be able to see for yourselves the outfits created by your children at our upcoming Fashion Show Exit Point on 08 June.


We were also very fortunate this week to have Mary Summerbell give up her time to talk to the grade about her hobby of jewellery making. She shared with us how jewellery making is one of the oldest forms of craft in our world. Mary went on to explain about wax casting, computer aided designs, silversmithing, powder metallurgy, and the types of tools that are used to make jewellery. Mary even gave a demonstration of annealing (softening) silver using heat from a torch. The children and teachers found this presentation extremely interesting and inspiring. We would like to thank Mary for her time and the passing on of her knowledge on jewellery making. It was most definitely a highlight of our week.


Friday was our Trashion Day with the children bringing in their two week home learning project creations made from second hand items. The outfits and accessories brought in were truly amazing and the children thoroughly enjoyed showing off their efforts to each other. All trashion outfits and adornments will be on display at the Fashion Show Exit Point next month.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The children are continuing to learn about the art of persuasion. They are exploring writing techniques that help them to construct arguments that influence others to see their way of thinking.


Some classes started writing persuasive texts about the minimum wage and started to understand how clear use of description and tone can convince readers. One activity the children participated in was an unfair factory game where they had to colour and cut out three caps in six minutes. The quality of their work was inspected and for each cap that passed inspection the children would receive payment. However, any rejections would equal less pay. The children then were given a list of items that they needed to buy for that day to survive and take care of their families on. How many items bought depended on how much money was made from the cap making exercise.


This exercise created a lot of discussion about what is a fair living wage and how newspaper reports, diaries and recounts can play a vital role in helping inform readers about issues and persuade them to see other peoples' points of view. The children are working on writing arguments persuading readers that workers need to be paid a fair and proper wage.


Some classes continued to focus on persuasive magazine adverts, noting the persuasive features of such articles and designing their own persuasive posters for various products.

MATHEMATICS

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The children got an 'angle on angles' this week as we moved away from our time focus and concentrated on the different types of angles we find around our world. Exercises included making right angles, finding angles in plane shapes and real world objects, comparing angles to right angles, identifying right, acute and obtuse angles in plane shapes and real-world objects, comparing the number of sides and the number of angles of plane shapes, and experimenting with tangrams.


Some angle related websites you might like to share with your child at home are below.


http://www.mathplayground.com/alienangles.html


http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/shapes/angles.html


http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/geometry/angles.html

Grade 2 Chocolate Sale

On Thursday 9th June Grade 2 will be running a chocolate sale as part of their IPC 'Chocolate' unit. Over the course of the day students from Grades 2-6 will have the opportunity to purchase some hand made chocolate treats with the money collected going towards a charitable sustainability project (more details to follow). Grade 2 have requested that students bring in money to buy chocolates on the day. The cost of each pack is $4. Exact change would be greatly appreciated.


On the VLE

Remember to regularly check out your child's VLE page.

Newly added to the Projects tab they will find:

Creative Writing Ideas and Recommended Reading Books.

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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 ECA 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.