Saturday, 28 March 2009

TBall photos

this link to get to Chai Ling's (Grace's mum) fabulous photos from yesterday's tball competition.  Look at the concentration, team spirit, energy and enjoyment on the face of the players!
Well done again!

 Here are a few of the photos from the album.

Please leave a comment about your favourite photo.

Let me know if you have any problems seeing the photos.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Earth Hour...will you be pressing the switch?

Saturday 28th March: Millions will be switching off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30 to show support for the environment.  Will you be joining them?

See for details.

400 Marble Reward, T ball competition, DT (sawing) and Assembly Practice!

It's been a busy day in 3W.

In the Tball competition, both teams did really well. The girls team came first and the boys team narrowly missed victory by 2 points, coming 2nd in the final. Well done to all players - great team spirit.
Some people were writing their plan while other people made their picture frames, using sawing and sticking. No-one was injured!

We then went straight to the hall for a practice of our Herculean assembly.

In our 400 marble reward,we played wink murder, Splat! and musical statues. We then decided what to play in small groups. People were playing UNO, speed stacks, Connect 4 and Glue.

I need a weekend for some rest!

Report written by Mr Ben and Prabhav.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Book Reviews for April

Follow this link to get the word document to record your book reviews for April.

I want you all to write at least 2 good book reviews and post them to the school library system.

Complete the sheet to show which books you have written about.

Start reading now and make notes as you read, if you like.
There are some links on the document which take you to helpful book review sites.

Twelve Tasks of Hercules

We have been learning about the twelve tasks of Hercules and have been learning about the parts of a quest myth. This link takes you to a great website which gives a more detailed version of the story. This link takes you to a shorter, easier to read version. It misses out some of the gruesome details.

3W will be performing the Odd myths...not the strange ones, but the odd numbered ones!

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Tushar's collective noun story

Follow this link to see Tushar's collective noun story. Fantastic work, Tushar. This was done as extra work and shows your ICT skills, perseverence as well as great communication skills.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Tumbling tigers

Well done to Kristine for her amazing gymnastics this weekend!

Follow the link.

Fractions - unit fractions and non unit fractions

In today's lesson we talked about unit fractions (fractions with the number 1 on top - the numerator is one) and fractions which aren't unit fractions.
Say the name of these fractions. Which of them is not a unit fraction?
1/2, 1/4, 1/6, 2/7, 1/9

Answer the quiz on the right.

Have a look at these practice sheets if you need to.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Daniel's review

Title: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrated By: Quentin Blake

This book continues the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The main settings in this book are the Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Outer Space! The Bucket family went into space in the Great Glass Elevator after it went out of control. The main characters in this book are Mr. Wonka, Charlie and Charlie’s Grandparents who apart from Grandpa Joe behaves just like the children in the first book. Whilst I did not like this book as much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I would recommend it for 8 to 10 year old girls and boys.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Red Nose Day

We had great fun today, especially in the afternoon assembly. Have a look at the costumes we were wearing.
Who is hiding in the bag?

Light and shadow vocabulary

Here are the words which we are going to investigate this lesson:
transparent, translucent, opaque, reflective, reflection, light source, block light, shadow, sun, light, bright, dull, mirror, rainbow, sunspot, convex, concave, lens, prism (not prison), eye, pupil, iris, sclera, cornea, retina, screen, colours

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Lei's shadow data

Lei checked the length of a shadow each hour today. Here is her data:


9am: 39cm

10am: 10cm

11am: 5cm

12pm: 3cm

1pm: 34cm

2pm: 42cm

3pm: 54cm


Why was her shadow the shortest at 12pm?

What length do you think the shadow was at 8am?

Lei has a question: 

If you want the shadow to grow longer, do you have to make light source closer to or further away from the object?

Is there another way to make the shadow shorter?

The Birth of the Rainbow

Great computer drawing Yuqing! I'm impressed with the colours and the mouse control...very tricky to draw without using a pencil.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Book review

Here's a book review by Rhea. Have you read Heidi?

Book Review


In this story, there is one girl whose name is Heidi.

Heidi lived with her Aunt Dete. One day Aunt Dete said we are going up the mountains to meet your grandfather. While they were climbing up the mountains they saw a boy whose name was Peter. When they reached the mountains Aunt Dete said you have to stay here with your grandfather. Heidi started to have fun with her new friend Peter and looking after goats. The most of all she liked trees and flowers in the mountains.

Then Aunt came back it was time for her to go to school. Heidi was enjoying with Peter and grandfather so she did not want to go back. But Aunt Dete took her to her friend’s house. She had a daughter whose name was Clara who could not walk. But still Heidi missed the mountains a lot. So Clara’s father took her back to her grandfather. Heidi was very thrilled. Then one day,Clara also visited them. When Clara could not find her wheelchair she tried to walk, and suddenly she could walk! All were amazed and happy.

I like this story because it is interesting and it tells us about good friendship.

Friday, 13 March 2009

First Chatroom session - 8am -9am Friday 13th

Well done to Jess, Tushar, Prabhav (and Maisie!) for "speaking" on the chatroom today.
It was a first for me and went very well.  We talked a little bit about problems with eclassroom, but mostly chatted.
Look out for emails early in the morning on Monday about the next chatroom session...We all thought that everyone else was either having problems with e-classroom, hadn't read their email this morning or were having a nice sleep in bed!

Send comments please.

Well done to Jess (1 marble!) for noticing a mistake in one of the maths questions about Bill Bob and Ben...I've changed the wording on the quiz now so it should be right.

Please also check e-classroom for the new units on shape and space and shadows.

E-Classroom - get clicking - tutor based classes

I know that at least 4 of you have used the e-classroom. Are you having problems logging on or has it been easy?  

Send me a comment (use the anonymous option in the comment section).

Sophie spent her time well yesterday.  Here's her book review.  

Thursday, 12 March 2009

E-Classroom - get clicking - tutor based classes

I hope you all had a good day at home.  I'll set up a new survey to find out how you are getting on.  The teachers were all really busy in Year 3 today, designing work to help you learn.  We've got a great mix of reading, doing, watching, making, cutting, adding, multiplying....
Well done to Tahn, Jess, Oliver and Prabhav who have completed the addition and subtraction quiz already!
Tomorrow there will be more activities which will appear like magic.
What do you think of the new cloud tag...the words which float about? Click a word and see which blog post or posts it is about.

Please send comments to this blog, using the anonymous commenter description.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

School Closed!

As you will have heard, Year 3 will be closed for the next few days.
Please keep looking at this blog and at your emails.  I'll send you some things to keep you busy tomorrow.
Reading for at least 30 minutes each day is an excellent start.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Myths - how can you tell if it is a myth?

We think Myths have some made up parts, sometimes take place in heaven, happened a long time ago, are about famous people, places and things, often have animals like horses, have big problems, have lots of beasts, have heroes and heroines, can be written in cartoon form with speech bubbles, narrative myths use speech marks, have complicated names and have exciting, violent events.
We think Myths don't have modern settings like factories, they have bullet points, contents, have modern objects, like UFOs, cars or planes, have addresses and numbered bullet points.
We think Myths might have time connectives, be set near toilets or in schools, talk about mummies, be funny, have animals and have narrators.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Science - light and shadows

How can we find out answers to our questions? We thought of these ways:
Internet search and research
Reading books (non fiction) - e.g. encyclopedias, dictionaries,
TV(National Geographic, Discovery Science, Discovery) or DVD
Asking experts (scientists)
Test our ideas ourselves
Read a newspaper

We have a lot of questions!

If you find the answer, send it in!
Who invented candles?
Who invented the light bulb?
What is light?
What are sunspots?
What is dark?
What makes the biggest shadow in the world/universe?
Where do shadows come from?
Where does light come from?
Where is the darkest place in the world/the universe?
When was the light bulb/candle invented?
Why does light happen?
Why do we have shadows?
Why do we have rainbows?
Why are rainbows made of different colours?
Why can light be so bright and powerful?
Why don't the flames from the sun go out?
How do you make electric light?
How can we measure light?
How is light made?
How hot (many degrees) is the sun?

Myths and legends in class

Here are some freeze frames from our Literacy today. We acted out Heracles (Hercules), King Arthur and The Wooden Horse of Troy. Can you remember
which characters were being played? Where were the stories set?

Myths and Legends

Here is a fabulous site which has examples of myths and legends. The great thing is that they are read to you and there are lots of lovely pictures too!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

3W Footballers Triumph!

Well done to our footballers who played so well at the tournament yesterday.
Here's a photo of our 3W representatives from the girls tournament.

Can you think of a good caption?

Friday, 6 March 2009

Maths Games

Yes I know we've just had World Maths Day and we've had Tutpups before that...but here's another great site for helping make maths practice more fun 

For other maths links, follow the 3W Maths link on the website.  The list will get bigger and bigger.

Light and shadow

We started our topic on light and shadow today.

We went into the dark room (the guided reading book area) and took lots of shiny (reflective) things like mirrors, reflective gold paper, tinsel. We then turned off the lights (light sources). There were some lights that we could still see, like the computer screen, the LED lights on the A/C . We turned the computer off. We could not see the reflective materials because there was very little light to reflect.

We need a light source to see things.

We also talked about the pupil (a hole in your eye) and how light shines.

In the classroom we discovered that you can make a really short shadow but shining a torch (a light source) from directly above the pencil. This happens in our world at about midday when our biggest light source (the sun) is directly above us. In the late afternoon the sun is nearer the horizon and it casts a longer shadow.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Science Site

Do you want to do some science at home? Follow the link to the Exploratorium. BUT make sure that you get help from an adult first. Have a go at making the bee hummer and send me a picture of what it looks like.

International Day

How was international day?

What was your favourite part?

Did you prefer the parade?

Was the assembly astounding?

Did World Maths Day make your day? Did you race Mr Ben?

Did the food hall make your belly the ground?

Did you find an expo stand that was really grand!
Send a message ...

Hope you like these photos.
Don't forget to have a go on World Maths Day and try to beat your score. Remember what Jonah and Mark did? They phoned each other and pressed enter the game at the same time so that they could compete against each other!

Monday, 2 March 2009

Editing our writing

We were reading some of our publisher reports today to try to make them persuasive and informative. Here were some of the things we were looking for:

Here is an example of our work...what do you like? What could be improved?

Sunday, 1 March 2009


Found this site today and it links well with our Materials science unit which we are just finishing.
What happens to things when we have finished using them?  Hopefully we recycle them and use the materials for making other useful objects.
This one is about how paper is recycled and this is the home page.