Thursday, 28 May 2009

Want to build a pyramid?

Have a look at this BBC game.
I tried it and so far have only got as far as navigating my boat full of sandstone along the Nile. I took 55 days!

See if you can do better and let me know.

Look here for the game.

Past, present future?

Get confused with tenses? Not sure if you should use the past, present or future?
Look here for practice questions.

For a wider range of verb activities, go here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Time games

I was quite shocked when I asked about the months of the year and many 3W children didn't know!!!
On 15th June I'm going to set a challenge which uses time facts including...
  • how many seconds are there in a minute
  • how many minutes there are in an hour
  • how many hours there are in a day
  • how many days there are in a week
  • how many days there are in a year
  • how many days there are in EACH month (remember the knuckle trick?)
  • how many days there are in a leap year

So if you don't know them, get learning.

Like dressing up in different clothes...or painting and racing cars?

The more questions you answer correctly, the more clothes and accessories you earn!
Try it!

Like painting cars then racing them? Try it!

Both these games can be used to practice your multiplication facts.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009


Go to Reading Zone for book news and competitions.

Also here you can publish your reviews to a really wide audience. Please let me know if you manage to get your review published and I will add a hyperlink to your review on this blog. (You could send in a review you have already written)

Like short stories? Think you could write a story using only 247 words? Look here for further information. Again, let me know what you think of the stories and the website.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Project Homework - Pharaoh Facts and Gymnastic success.

Homework – Learning Logs in Term 3

What an amazing set of Project homeworks (Learning Logs)!

I am so impressed with the effort which has obviously been put into these. Please let me know a parents' view on these pieces of homework or a view from a student.

The third project this term is Humanities based, exploring the events in a Pharaoh's life. Further details have been sent home with the children this afternoon.

This homework project is due on or before Friday 12th June.

It remains incredibly important that the children continue reading everyday and the activities on Link and Learn can still be used to reinforce their number skills etc.

Spellings will still be given each week (not this week because of NCT testing) followed by a test the following week (so our next spelling test will be on Thursday 4th June).

Gymnastic Success

Well done to Lei for competing in her first Gymnastic competition this weekend. Also big congratulations go to Kristine for her medal winning performances. We are proud of your hard work and persistence.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Their, they're, there

Their, they're and their are sometimes tricky to learn.

Use these sheets and sites to get better:

Printable worksheet with answers to check.
Interactive self checking activity.
Meanings of the words.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Athena's illuminating light and shadow facts

Follow this link to see Athena's light and shadow facts.

There are some great safety tips here. This powerpoint was edited by Tushar.

I tried to show it in the same way as Tushar's and Luc's powerpoint, using scribd, but there was a technical problem. Oh well.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Equivalent fractions and decimals

We all know that 0.5 = 1/2,
hopefully know that 0.25 = 1/4,
but how much more do you know?

Play some fraction games to improve your knowledge.

Unfortunately the games are quite small on this free version.

To play fraction painter 1 click here. This helps with halves and quarters.


My first is in tiger but never in man,
My second is in some but never in leaf
My next is in main but never in windows ,
My last is in build but never in did,
I am the place where the ancient Egyptians kept mummies.

By: Jessica

My first is in elephant but never in dog,
My second is in grapes but never in race,
My next is in yo yo but never in dough,
My next is in palace but not in Alice,
My last is in ten never in a chicken pen.
I am a hot country sandwiched between Israel and Libya.

By Grace

Monday, 18 May 2009

3D shape

We reviewed what we know about 3D shapes today...faces, corners and edges...for the common shapes, including the cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere and pyramids.
Have a look at the great polydron shapes we made.
Can you spot the triangular prism, the tetrahedron (triangle base pyramid), the dodecahedron (twelve pentagonal sides) and even the truncated octahedron (what a mouthful that shape is)? This shape has two different kinds of faces:square and hexagonal.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Ancient Egyptian jobs

Did the Ancient Egyptians spend all of their time building pyramids?
Did the pharaohs help their slaves build the pyramids?
Did the Egyptians use tractors?
Who knew how to write?
Did children go to school?
What kinds of birds the Ancient Egyptians keep for food?
Were priests allowed to marry?
How do we know all this about the Ancient Egyptians? (clue:look at the pictures which go along with the writing on the webpages)

For help, go here (simpler) or to these places for information about these jobs:
farmers and landowners
For information about other parts of daily life, go here (simpler) or go to these places:
daily life - an introduction
leisure and childs play
hunting and fishing
food and drink

Friday, 15 May 2009


Where do we get our energy from?
How do you measure energy?
How do we use up energy?
Do we use up energy when we are sleeping?

Find some of the answers at the grain chain

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

GT artwork

Look at these great works of art by Sophie and Jessica! I love the expressions.
Did you know that there was a Golden Time activity that does this?
We have Golden Time at school every week which we earn for following the Golden Rules.

Cute video - poisonous mammal - Slow Loris

Tickling small mammals? Here is the video!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


Which animals eat meat and plants?

According to wikipedia:

"Various mammals are omnivorous by nature such as bears; coatis; hedgehogs; opossums; pigs; some primates including chimpanzees and humans; raccoons; some rodents including chipmunks[5], mice[6], rats[7], and squirrels[8]; skunks; sloths.

Various birds whose diet varies from berries and nectar to insects, worms, fish, small rodents, and snakescassowarys; chickens; corvids including crows, magpies, ravens, and rooks; keas; rallidae; rheas.

Some lizards; some turtles.

Some fish such as piranhas.

Some insects and other invertebrates are also omnivores."

Monday, 11 May 2009

Project Homework

Here are some of the projects which we picked to show you. We read each other's facts about the number 31 and then peer reviewed (we placed post-its with our comments). There were some very creative, informative, colourful and original pieces of work. Well done to everyone who completed the homework on time! The next project homework was set today and is to investigate animal teeth and their diet.You may find out about real animals, their diet and their teeth...or you may want to invent an animal of your choice with its own specialised teeth and diet.


Want to know more about teeth?
or here
or here
What do elephant teeth look like?BW
Why do sharks have so many teeth?BW
What's the outside layer of the tooth made of?BW...investigate here
What happens to food after we have eaten it?BW
What are the different food groups called?BW...look here for some ideas
Should adults have the same diet as children?BW
What can we eat to help our bones grow stronger?BW
Which birds are herbivores? BW
Follow this link to find how many teeth a 1 year old (usually) has.

Finding out about healthy eating? Look no further.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Egyptian questions

What are the important events from Ancient Egypt?
When did they build the Great Pyramid?
When did the ancient Egyptians start to mummify?
When was Tutankhamun mummified?
When was the first Egyptian pyramid build?

Here are some other questions we are interested in answering?
What kind of traps were there in the pyramids?
Who was the first person to be mummified?
Who was the first Egyptian king?
How long is the River Nile?
How old is the oldest ancient Egyptian artefact?
Who was the first woman Pharaoh? When did she reign?
How are rivers formed? Where is the source of the river Nile?
How many mummies are there in Egypt?
What was the first pyramid called?
Were the Egyptians the first people to build pyramids?
Are there any famous Thai Egyptologists?

Friday, 1 May 2009

Smoothies - the language of taste and smell.

Designing the tastiest, healthiest smoothie is our current DT challenge.

We set off on our thirst quenching quest today with a tantalising taste test.

After listing words for appearance, taste and smell, we tried eight different drinks.

On Wednesday next week, we will vote for our favourite drink and for the drink which we think is the most healthy.

THE LATEST: 3W's favourite drink was Coke Zero! However, none of the class thought it was the healthiest drink. We decided that healthy foods and drinks:
  • Help us to grow,
  • Keep us healthy


Two 3w guided reading (GR) groups have been reading the challenging Robert Louis Stevenson book, Kidnapped. This story was written in 1886 and is set in Scotland. We read the version which was adapted by Margaret McAllister.

It has old fashioned Scottish words and is a very challenging book for 7 and 8 year olds.

Have a look outside the classroom at their story pathway.

A great piece of collaboration.