I hope you've all had a wonderful week! We were so happy to have sunshine and some warmth this week and made sure we took advantage of going outside as much as possible! We were able to have a brilliant eco-patrol in Shoto park as well the our Buddy Reading with the K3s!
With the end of term nearing, there are quite a few things that I would like to talk about today.
PTC is the first week back after Spring break. Please make sure you have signed up for this here.
Grade 3 Social Studies 'Budget' party
Thank you to all parents who have paid the 1000yen for the 'Class Party' in which the children will be organising as part of their Social Studies unit (budgeting)! If you have yet to do so, please may you send your child with the money at your earliest convenience.
Student council members have been busy discussing many upcoming events for UST! Here are some notes from them:
1. Carnival Games
Each class hosts a game as part of the carnival. We will be discussing what we can do as G3B next week.
2. Talent show
SC has decided to do the talent show at the carnival, after the Sports day. The sign-up sheets are placed on each floor.
In order to ensure performers are confident with their act and to see what kind of shows we can have please may talent show candidates be prepared with their acts by next Friday.
3. Spirit week
The Spirit week will be April 17,18,19. SC has decided on the themes:
April 17 (Wed) - crazy hair day and squad colors
April 18 (Th) - twin day
April 19 (Fri) - famous person day (also could be 80’s day, depending on interpretation :)
This week in class...
English - children began planning and writing their suspense stories! We looked into how we can develop a story without moving the story on for too quickly! We have been focusing on 'show not tell' sentences to help children think of abstract/alternative ways to develop this thought.
Instead of saying 'The lonely girl walked towards me. I was scared.' we can adapt this into 'show sentences';
'Something caught my attention, it was slowly approaching me. I could make out a silhouette but I knew I had to think fast - or it would be too late. My heart was pounding a hundred miles an hour...'
Maths - we have moved onto reading different types of graphs. This week we focused on pictographs and bar graphs in which the children used the information on the graph to answer questions to then move onto drawing graphs from data.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I would like to begin by congratulating all children for creating and performing their amazing poems this week! I was really proud of the beautiful work everyone produced!
Moreover, congratulations to Kosuke for winning 3rd place in the Upper Elementary Poetry Slam!
English - We have started out new unit; Creative Writing! We are looking at suspense in particular and the children have explored the story 'Shadow Cage' by Philippa Pearce. We have started identifying and using 'suspense toolkits' to help us create a piece of writing full of tension and mystery. Next week, we will be focusing on creating our own suspense story!
Maths - Children have taken pictures of the Unit 11 - Metric Measures Test paper on their iPads. If you have a moment please take a moment to go over the paper with them. This week, we continued looking at manipulating different measures in word problems. We finished this unit and on Monday they will be able to take pictures of this test paper to take home.
Social Studies - We have looked at what what an economy is in our society. Using key vocabulary such as; seller, buyer, free market, supply and demand. We will continue to explore these ideas to help us make choices in preparation for the budgeted class party we will be doing in the last week of school!
Thank you to all parents who have paid the 1,000yen towards this!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
This week, the children have worked incredibly hard to create their super Tanka in preparation for the Poetry Slam!
We first began our week thinking of our own Super Tanka on a specific theme/ topic. As a whole class we chose the topic 'Conserving Wildlife' which we then brainstormed on how we wanted to tell our story on this topic. We focused on what we wanted the audience feel and also the message we wanted to convey through our poem. We also looked at specific figurative language features for us to challenge ourselves with!
Have a look at our class Tanka!
Poetry Slam Week:
Themes for Poetry Slam. If children are able to recite a poem (to that theme) on the specified days, they will receive a raffle tickets. The lucky winner will be selected on Friday!
New Writing Unit:
This week, Grade 3 went on a spooooooky walk in preparation for their new Writing unit; Creative Writing.
We will be focusing on suspense mystery genre in link with our Mystery Reading unit. The children took photos from their walk as inspiration for their writing!
I asked the children to share some of their photos with me and I was impressed with some of the artistic perspective they had for this!
World Book Day:
On Thursday we celebrated World Book day! Thank you for sending the children into school with their wonderful costumes! We kick-started our day with a special visit from Ms Sonal who gave us some insightful advice on how the children came improve their Tanka poems. She also spent time giving 2 stars and a wish! We then moved onto a very dangerous subject... Maths! I say dangerous as the children were transported into the world of Roald Dahl and were helping George in creating Marvellous Medicines using a variety of potions!
I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend last week, and I hope all the children had a brilliant time in Yuzawa skiing down the snowy slopes. I had an incredible time with the children and I was truly lucky to see the look of excitement on the children's face! I'm sure you have heard many fantastic things and I hope to see them all again next year!
This week, we have hit the ground running and the children have really impressed me with their positive learning attitude! We have began prepping the children for their Poetry Slam.
We have looked at different Tanka Poems and focused on theme and emotion.
As a class, we came up with 11 different themes in which the children then picked 1. Then without telling their peers, the children brainstormed different ideas of their themes to then write their own Tanka Poem by using its specific features (we we explored earlier in the week). Upon writing their initial poem, we explored the use of figurative language in poetry to help develop their creative thinking. I am very impressed with some of the children's work so far and I am excited to see how this will grow into a wonderful piece in time for their Poetry Slam!
For next week, we will be expanding the essence of the traditional 'Tanka' to create a 'Super Tanka' in which the children can use the parameters of a Tanka Poem but to create multiple 'verses' on a common theme.
This week in class...
Maths- Children have started their unit on 'Metric length, mass and volume'. We have focused on converting cm to m (& vice versa), using our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 100. For children who found this challenging, they were encouraged to use the place value mats to help them remember this process. We will be moving onto mass and volume next week!
Social Studies -We have started our new Social Studies unit which continues to develop our knowledge of our diverse culture but looking at our local community. We have begun comparing how children live in different parts of the world, focusing on language, food, clothes etc... and of course the children themselves were able to share their wonderful ideas and thoughts!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Go Go Go! Ski trip next week!!
This week has been so incredible and there is much to share with you! Before I begin, please note that the ski trip is next Wednesday!
Here are a few reminders about ski trip:
- Please pack with your children, so they know is in their bag
- Please label everything!
- Please make sure you pack lunch, snack and a spoon!
- Please be at school at 7am on Wednesday as the bus will leave at 7:30am
Now onto our exciting week we just concluded!
G3B Weekly Fun Fact
Today, we sadly concluded our Weekly Fun Fact! I am so proud of ALL of our children and the different presentations they did over these last few months. Thank you to all parents for supporting the children through this!
Now for our winners...
Congratulations to Ayame and Jack for receiving the most golden stars with their wonderful presentation! Not only did they consistently do their presentations but they listened and applied their targets to better themselves as learners! Well done!
I would also like to say a huge congratulations to the following children; Sumika, Seion, Yuma and Kosuke. Well done and thank you for completing and presenting your Weekly Fun Facts consistently and putting in the effort to complete it in time!
On Tuesday, we had a wonderful morning! I was so impressed at how immersed the children were in making their own robots! Thank you to the Robot Workshop team for making this such a fun experience for our children!!
Chinese New Year/ Valentines Day
On Thursday, we celebrated Chinese New year in UST! Thank you to all parents who helped organise the wonderful event! I was especially proud of our very own Sumika showcasing her fantastic talent up there in front of the whole school!
Robot Workshop next week!
What an extraordinary week, we began the week with some brilliant sunshine! The children and myself made sure we made the most out of it by spending some quality time in the sun!
This week I have some notices regarding the 50-point challenge. I would like to add onto the point from last week, and highlight the following changes:
- useful links to some of the activities on the Science/Social studies grid.
G3B Weekly Fun Fact
Well done to ALL G3B members for presenting their weekly fun facts since we began this in October!
Every week, I would set 1 target to focus on for your next presentation and I have been amazed by the growth of their presenting skills, I can already see how the children have used their Weekly fun fact as an asset towards their Monthly Presentations.
I will be announcing the winners of the Weekly Fun Fact next week to celebrate the children with the most amounts of stars but also to celebrate children who continued to present their weekly fun fact every time without fail.
Monthly Presentations - Children have been assessed using their rubric and the points they were asked to include in their presentations. The children have taken photos of these and I have asked them to use the targets and the feedback to make their February Presentation even better!
English - The children have been using different sources to help them answer questions they had about the topic of their choice. They have planned their writing and have been exploring different methods of showcasing themselves as 'experts' on their topic. They are now writing their first draft which will next be edited and revised -ready for their publishing stage!
Maths - Children have began their 'Bar models with multiplication and division word problems' unit this week. They have taken photos of the their End-of-Unit test for division on their iPads so please have a look and go through it with them at home.
When looking at bar models, the children having be using diagrams like this to help visualise the question in their heads.
This then allows them to think more carefully about the questions and also allows them to calculate and solve the problems more accurately.
Science - Children have continued to shine as brilliant scientists this week. They had used magnets to get their carts doing tricks as it went down a ramp but also have began observing the effects of mixing 2 (or more) materials together.
Have a great weekend!
February.... = Ski Trip!!
Another fantastic week in G3B! I have been impressed with the some of the passion the children have been showcasing through their research writing.
As mentioned last week, our 50-point challenge homework is something that is new in our grade and hence through feedback and reflection, we are still improving it. Saying this, we have come to realise that some activities are quite long and hence taking longer than we had originally anticipated.
Therefore I would like to highlight the following changes.
Challenge 6 - only 10 questions instead of 16
Challenge 7 - taken 1 of the sheets away - now half of original size
Challenge 11 - reduced to have fewer questions
Challenge 12 and 16 - only do the first 10 questions for each section.
English- Children have begun brainstorming what they would like to write their research topic on. They have looked at what is a reliable source and how their non-fiction informative report is strengthened by using multiple sources.
Maths - Children have continued to focus on their written division method and although we will be moving onto bar models in multiplication and division next week, it would be most beneficial if children continued developing their confidence in using the written method to solve division calculations.
Science - We had a great week in science! The children worked together as a team to create a moving cart from limited resources. This was then moved forward with them using their inquisitive minds to adapt their design to create a cart which would travel the longest distance. We had a bit of competition which was incredibly fun!
Brrrrrrr... What a week!
I hope you are all doing well, the days seem to be getting a lot colder so I hope you are all keeping yourselves warm and cozy! Please be aware that a few students and teachers (myself included!) have had the flu so if your child is starting show symptoms of a cold/flu please may they wear a mask to avoid the risk of symptoms worsening.
Today, I wanted to write more about the 50-point challenge homework. I have had some emails from parents and would like to share some of the discussions I have had.
Q: Are there any tips on how the children should go about completing their 50-point challenges?
A: Tips/suggestions on how to go about completing the 50-point challenge:
All in all, there are different ways of completing the 50-point challenge but the idea is for the children to recognise which activity they can do by themselves. Thus they need to pick an activity which they thinks they can do, read through it first, then if he feels he can do most of it himself, to then try it. If he then has a few questions/points he doesn't understand he needs to make a note of it so I can go through it with them.
Q: How much parental support should the children be getting to complete their 50-point challenges?
A: We were hoping to include more project-based homework like 'making a Trebuchet' or 'build a shed like Shackleton' to make it fun. And these activities would require parental support so we were thinking these could be weekends/half term/Spring break projects that could be done at home.
With the other activities, I have said to the children that there are units/topics in there that we have not yet covered in class and so if they are unable to understand the activity then they should not do it. If they feel that they can do most of the activities but have a few questions that they found tricky, they should note that in their homework books (or on the sheet if they have printed it out) when doing the activity so I can set a time aside to help them during Homeroom time.
Q: Are you still doing the Weekly fun fact as the children have their monthly presentations now?
A: Yes. The children are still doing their weekly Fun facts as this had started last term. But I am aware this is not an assessed presentation like the monthly presentation thus, have asked the children to use it as a practice round.
We also had a class discussion on whether they would like to terminate it as we have the monthly presentation but because some children still want to gain 'stars' from these Weekly Fun facts they had voted to keep going (there will be a winner at the end of it all... in Feb)
Q: How should I keep track of my child's homework?
A: I will be collecting
1. Spelling (with activity)
2. Blue homework book
every week. So I will be able to verbally feedback to the children what points their on etc.
I have also seen a brilliant method in which the children (& parents) can keep track of their points. Thank you to Mr Ikeda-Steinnes for sharing this with us! He has created a spreadsheet in which you put in the challenge# and the points, it will add up the value of it at the top.
This is something the children can do easily to keep track of their points on their iPads.
I would also suggest ticking off the activity on the actual grid with the date so children can see which activity they have already completed.
Q: If the activity is labelled 'Due March 11th' is it compulsory?
A: Nope! These activities are not compulsory however, if your child would like to do these challenges please complete it by March 11th so we can use that week to test their creations with their peers.
Again, thank you to all parents for your feedback! This is something new we are doing in class so there are still some adjustments we will need to tweak for next term.
This week in class...
English - Children began their week publishing their final comparative book review (non-fiction and fiction) on their iPads. They have impressed me with some of their typing skills and formatting techniques as they will be using more of this in our new English unit. Speaking of, we have also started our new English unit which is 'Research Writing'. The children have started off reading and analysing short newspaper articles looking for specific features and languages. Then they used their knowledge of 'what makes it sound formal' to help them write a summary of the newspaper article.
Maths- Children have started using short written method of division. Please continue to practice their times table as it is crucial for their division. We will be looking at division further next week. When asked how to approach division at home, I have found Math Antics on Youtube a great resource. If you have a moment to spare, please have a look!
Science -Children are absolutely loving their new topic; Motion and Matter! This week they had created, adapted and tested different twirly birds and Tops! Please ask your children about which forces are in play and how they adapted their design to make theirs the 'best'
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy new year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday and have had a great start to 2019. We have been busy from day 1, getting back into the school routine feeling afresh.
One of the main changes we have started in Grade 3 is homework. Mrs D and myself have had a long chat discussing how homework can be done more effectively whilst keeping in line with the school's homework policy.
From next week, the children will be given 50 point challenges for Maths, English and Science/ Social Studies for the whole term. They will be expected to complete one activity from each subject, each week in addition to spelling and the monthly assessed presentation.
The aim of these homework grids are for the children to choose activities from each subject sheet and complete enough activities to try and accumulate at 50points each (150points total) by the end of the term. I feel that this will allow for some leniency with families that may have an overly busy week here and there. Nevertheless I encourage children to complete 1 activity from each sheet per week and will be checking homework weekly to ensure the children aren’t left with any horrible surprises towards the end of the term.
The activities will cover all learning that is to take place over the next 15 weeks so there will be some activities and topics that the children will find difficult now that we have not yet covered in class - it is advisable to leave these until later in the term when they will have the knowledge to complete them.
Every Monday morning I will be checking for:
1 Science/Social Studies
Presentations are to be submitted once per month according to the set date.
Then see how many points each child has tallied up towards their 50points.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.
G3B Weekly Fun Facts for next week (Friday 18th January):
Ivan – Vehicles
Sumika – Books
Milena – Famous person
Jack – Countries
Angelo – Technology
This week in class...
English - Children have been planning and writing their draft for a non-fiction of their choice for a book review. This has linked in well with our new Reading Unit: non-fiction and thus children have been using their knowledge of non-fiction books to help infuse their thoughts.
Maths- Children have started using the formal long, short written method for multiplication and have explained the use of boxing up method. We will continue this next week in order to truly secure their knowledge of the written method with regrouping.
Science -We have begun our new unit with a SWOOOSH! Our topic this year will be Motion and Matter. This week we have explored how forces work in push and pull. The children used their observational skills to learn about the effect of magnetic fields and forces using a ruler for accurate measure along with magnets and paper clips.
Have a great weekend!
What do you call an elf that can sing? ....A wrapper.
First of all, I'd like to begin by thanking you for the the fantastic support you have given your children this term!! I hope you are all able to have some time to rest and enjoy the company of family this Winter holiday.
This week has been full of excitement as well as tying loose ends with regards to ending our units for all subjects. Nevertheless the children remained focused when need be and we were able to have a blast today to truly celebrate their achievements! I am so proud of them!
This morning Grade 3 were visited by Santa (St. Nicholas) and each received a book. These books were chosen carefully according to the child's reading level but Mrs Clancy and I also thought about books the children will enjoy! So I hope they enjoy it :)
Thank you Mrs Clancy for organising the Christmas gifts and the G3B End of year party!!!
UST Winter Concert:
The first half the week, the children were buzzing with excitement as they finalised their dance/muscial performances for Wednesday's show. Although I was cooped up in the back most of the time with the children off-stage, I was able to see most of the children during Tuesday's rehearsal and I'm sure you would agree, they all performed beautifully!
Social Studies Presentation:
To finish off our unit, I was astonished by the quality of some of our children's presentation! Well done!
The children have also taken pictures of their assessments they have finished off this week. They have taken pictures of their Socials Studies quiz, spelling test and the Presentation rubric scores.
Finally, I hope you all have a brilliant holiday and I will see you in January!
It's beginning to feel a lot like.... winter!
As we enter the month of December, I have started to see that the children are beginning to show signs of a well-deserved rest! They have worked incredibly hard and I am excited to see how the children use all their knowledge from Social Studies and the Weekly Fun Fact to create their presentations next week!
Weekly Fun fact:
There will be no weekly Fun Fact next Friday as it is the last day of term! And to celebrate the fact that the children have not only met, but surpassed their target dojo points, Mrs Clancy and myself were discussing our class party. We would love for the children to bring treats to finish out term along with the Pizza lunch the PTA have kindly organised for us. Please refer to Mrs Clancy's email for further details.
Please ensure that the treats are nut-free!
Writing - The children began their week in the pre-writing stage of their books review for a fiction. We have looked at how we could structure the main body of our writing by using P.E.E (Point, Evidence and Explanation). They have written their first draft and so will be moving onto revise, edit and publishing next week!
The children also took a quick grammar test this week and I have asked the children to take photos of this, so if you have a moment, please have a look through with your children.
Maths - We used this opportunity to really target the children with their understanding of balancing an equation, using their knowledge of multiplication and it's inverse -division.
Through this, the children then took the end of chapter test for the chapter 'Multiplication for 6,7,8 and 9' and have taken a picture of this to take home on their iPads. Please may I ask parents to have a look through the questions with your child at home to go over any misunderstanding they may have.
Social Studies - The children finished off the first Unit of their Social Studies programme and hence had a summative assessment to finish this off as well.
Have a wonderful weekend!
What a fantastic week! I’m sure the children must be absolutely exhausted after a week of learning, hiking, buddy reading and some serious origami folding!
This week the Students Councils informed us of a project we would be participating in as UST to support our community. They have asked us to fold origami pieces to with messages so we can put it all together to create a huge Christmas tree in a hospital which look after ill children. I was really proud to see how passionate the children were about this project, even giving up some parts of their recess to create another piece with a heartfelt message. I know their efforts will be fully appreciated and it really does bring us with joy as we start to enjoy the Christmas/winter spirit.
G3B Weekly Fun Facts for next week (Friday 7th December):
Sumika – Vehicles
Milena – Books
Jack – Famous person
Angelo – Countries
Claire – Technology
May I also take this moment to say a big Thank you and Congratulations to all students who have not yet missed their presentation. I truly appreciate the time you have put into it to help enlighten our class with facts and stories.
On Wednesday, the Grade 3 went on an incredible field trip to Mount Takao! The train journey there was full of excitement and we were very lucky to see a faint outline of Mount Fuji when we reached the top of Takaosan. Many of the children who had already been to Mount Takao were able to share their stories and we all were blown away by the beautiful trees and the colours of Autumn the were there for us to see. The children have taken many pictures on their iPads to help record the picturesque landmarks and features we have in our local community and we will be using that to showcase this in our Art-related Social Studies project for the last week of term.
Grade 3 also had their first ‘Buddy Reading’ this year. We partnered up with the K3 class and our children became reading coaches for the little ones. The K3’s focus has been on ‘reading with expression’ so as role models/coaches, the Grade 3 children listened to their reading and gave points on how to help them become even better readers! We will be doing this on a monthly basis and it really shows how nurturing our children can be as they develop to become better role models at UST.
We also had a fire drill this week! G3B acted swiftly and calmly, forming a straight line, in register order, down to the evacuation point.
In Writing: We have looked at responding to a fiction of our choice. As part of our Writing program, the children have discussed and shared their story to their peers and have inference skills to help deepen their understanding. To help organize their ideas, we have focused on linking the main idea of the story to something they may have experienced in real life. They then planned their response and wrote their first draft. To finish the week, the children used their ‘Polishing Purple’ pens to revise and edit their work.
Next week we will be looking at writing a book review for fictional book.
In Maths: This week the children have focused on multiplying by 10,100, and 1000. The common belief (and sometimes deemed as the ‘easier’ option) is to “just add 0’s at the end”, however, this method of learning how to multiply by 10,100, 1000 is not only inaccurate but also will become problematic when we look into developing and deepening children’s understanding of numbers on the long term. Therefore we have focused on what it means for numbers to become 10 times more; 100 times more; 1000 times more through place value movements.
In Social Studies: This week the children have looked at different types of land what these can look like as symbols on a map. We have also explored what the word ‘immigration’ means and various reasons why people move from one country to another. Next week, we will look at how we can do our part in our community by comparing different cultures and diversity.
Have a great weekend!
Have a PURRRfect Weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving to all families that celebrate it!
It has been a short but sweet week and I hope you're all going to have a blissful long weekend!
Unfortunately I'd completely lost the plot this week and forgot about the fact that Bank Holiday Friday, means that we are unable to do our weekly fun facts... So I will be getting the children to present it next Monday!
Thank you to all parents who have paid the ¥1100 for the Takao School Trip next Wednesday. The children are excited to go on our epic journey and I cannot wait for us to celebrate the beautiful natural landscape we have within our community!
G3B Weekly Fun Facts for next week (Friday 30th November):
Ayame – Books
Yuma – Famous person
Alia – Countries
Seion – Technology
In Writing: Children have focused on publishing their final draft of their explorer's journey. I have stressed the the children the importance of presentation and how they need to feel proud of their work as it would be going into their 'Record of Achievements'; in which they will have a collection of their finest pieces to take home in June next year.
For children who have finished publishing, I have asked them to take photos of their final piece to show to their parents, so please take a look this weekend! They have worked really hard explaining the incredible journey their explorer had endured.
Maths- This week we had really got the children to work on their mental recall of multiplication. The children challenged themselves by trying to beat their scores on a daily basis.
Social Studies - We have looked at how different traditions and famous landmarks can help form a bond within our community. We discussed how Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) alone, can put a smile on many people's face if we're able to spot on a beautiful clear day! And that's just a mountain! It forms a sense of pride when we are able to relate but also respect other cultures and the children have now started thinking about how we can explain this concept to an alien!
I hope you have a brilliant weekend,
So the Journey Continues... (Dramatic pause!)
Busy week but never too busy to have fun and enjoy our learning in Grade 3! With our new Social Studies topic, the children have not only learned how to use map but also to recognize what makes our community. They have and will be exploring famous landmarks; reasons why people move; comparing different types of land and how we can give back to our community as ‘global citizens’. Thus, I’m excited to announce that we are hoping to go to Mount Takao on Wednesday 28th November to celebrate what a beautiful community we live in. I am currently seeking for 1 parent helper to support the children on this day so if you are available to help please email me! It’s going to be a fantastic day! & hopefully we’ll be able to overlook the beautiful Japanese landscape.
G3B Weekly Fun Facts for next week:
Milena – Vehicles
Jack – Books
Angelo – Famous person
Claire – Countries
Ivan – Technology
In Writing: Children are now at the final stages of this unit in which they planned their own journey for an explorer of their choice. They have planned their chronological report which explains how their explorer escaped the tough conditions of Siberia all the way to the excruciating humidity of the Amazon Rainforest. They have shared their ideas with their peers as well to make sure their series of events has an appropriate flow. They are now writing their first draft of their final piece, so please ask your children what incredible journey their explorers had gone on! (*Although the explorers are real, the content of their journey is fictional as the focus of this writing is for children to showcase their non-fiction writing technique).
As part of their English writing, the children have also looked at how you have to be concise and precise when writing a non-fiction text. We identified the importance of commas to ensure we are getting the main point across.
Just like this image! Ask your children where the comma should go!
Moreover, the folders arrived this week in which we will store the children’s published work from now on like a ‘Record of Achievement’ and by the end of the year the children will have a portfolio of their best work!
In Maths: This week the children have now moved onto their multiplication of knowledge. We have recapped and explored how we can use different methods to help us work out or check multiplication sums. They have shown strengths in how multiplication can be shown through array and repeated addition. We have also defined what commutation law is as well as how this can be applied for addition as well as multiplication. The children are currently challenging themselves to identify how they can use other multiplication facts to help them solve a problem.
7 x 9 =?
7 x 10 = 70 (All children are confident with their 10x tables)
70 – 7 = 63
Or using their knowledge of number bonds to help them break down a question;
7 x 9 =?
7 can be broken down into 5 and 2 which are easier to deal with
5 x 9 = 45
2 x 9 = 18
45+18 = 63
Although we encourage children to be fluent with their timestable up to 12 x5 by grade 3, we also stress the importance of understanding how problems can be broken down and manipulated to be solved in multiple ways.
Next week, we will be looking further in multiplication and focus on brushing up the children’s quick recall of multiplication up to 12 x 5.
In Social Studies: This week the children have used scales on a map to estimate distances between locations as well as using the compass rose to give specific geographical directions. We have also explored what different landscapes make our community.
Have a great weekend!
What a wondrous week! Thank you to all parents for sending in your children in pink (or with a pink item) and for all your kind donations for Cancer Awareness. The children have shown maturity when discussing this serious topic and I am proud to watch them grow as an individual.
As the weather gets colder, we are taking advantage of any moments of sunshine as we can to take our lunch recess outside. Here, we have been having a wonderful time and have even started the Grade 3 ‘Bonker’s Olympics’!
Today we had another round of G3B Weekly Fun Facts and unfortunately we were unable to finish all the presentations but I will make sure we finish it off on Monday.
Next week the following children will be presenting:
Ayame – vehicles
Yuma – books
Alia – famous person
Seion – countries
Kosuke - Technology
In Writing: The children have been innovating their own version of ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ this week through the form of a chronological report. In G3B our writing was based upon Shirase Nobu, a famous Japanese explorer. The children then picked out what journey Shirase challenged himself into and what problem he encountered as he tried to accomplish this. Please ask your children all about it! Next week, we will be moving onto inventing their own report.
(*Note: Shirase Nobu is a real explorer, however the writing the children produced this week is fictional!)
In Maths: This week the children were showcasing how they can apply their knowledge of dissecting addition and subtraction multi-step word problems independently. We had a few focus groups to ensure children were able to identify the key points of the problem and to understand what the question was asking them to do through the form of bar models. We have also started looking into our next chapter for Maths in which we will be moving onto multiplication and division.
In Social Studies: Since the half-term, we have moved onto our first unit of Social Studies! Our Social Studies Unit this year ‘Our Community and Beyond’. This week we have been focusing on how we use an atlas to find out more about the world. The children have identified the 7 continents; 5 oceans; latitudes and longitudes of the world. Next week we will be moving onto understanding how we are part of our community in terms of traditions and landmarks
Have a great weekend!
I hope you've all had a wonderful half-term. It's been really lovely listening to all the exciting things the children have been up to and I've been making a mental note of all these places I must go as well!
This week has been challenging as we got right back into the rhythm of school life and routines. Nevertheless there is yet a challenge our children have not been able to conquer so far! I was most impressed with the costumes this year for Halloween. Having grown up not really celebrating Halloween, I was so at awe of the different costumes the children came in! The children were delighted and proud of themselves and of each other so thank you so much parents, for putting in the time and effort to celebrate this day! You are the real-heroes of Halloween.
We had our second round of G3B Weekly Fun Facts! Which was really great and it is so exciting to have the children learning facts from each other!
I look forward to next week's round of fun facts on Friday 9th November. The following children will be presenting:
Milena – animals
Jack – vehicles
Angelo – books
Claire – famous person
A few reminders for the upcoming term:
1. For Children
Friday, Nov 9th - Pink Day fundraiser.
Wear Pink and donate 100 yen (or more) to raise awareness about breast cancer and show our support to formal UST teacher, Ms. Libby, who is undergoing cancer treatment at the moment. We also want to demonstrate our support to Bennie Manurung (G2B) and her dad who lost their beloved mother and wife Anna to cancer this September.
2. For Mothers
Saturday, Nov. 10th - Charity clothing sale.
The clothes are kindly provided by Mirai Kobayashi’s parents, who always run a very successful clothing sale booth at our school carnival every year. If you are looking for some new clothing items at incredibly discounted prices - this is your lucky day!
Please see the attached flyer for details. The advance ticket sale starts this coming Monday, Nov. 5th (please send a money envelope to school to be given to the homeroom teachers).
3. For the whole Family
Sunday, Nov. 11th - Charity walk “Steps for the Future”
A charity run/walk to support “Shine On! Kids” - a wonderful charity that supports pediatric cancer patients in Japan.
UST has done this walk before and everyone involved had a wonderful day interacting with the service dogs, making courage bracelets, and walking together as a family to help brighten up the day for children fighting cancer in Japan.
The walk is at Kiba Park which would be a great place for a family outing and a picnic afterwards.
A week of river awesomeness!
I cannot believe how quickly this half term has gone, the children have worked their socks off so I hope they can have a restful and enjoyable half term! Thank you for all the support you have given the children and myself through this journey so far as well, and I look forward to our ongoing journey!
Yesterday we had a fantastic school trip to Futakotama River, we were very lucky with the weather and the children blew me away with their creative thinking. Thank you to all parents who provided their child with bug boxes and nets on such short notice!
At the river, we divided the morning into 3 different activities comparing three water samples; the smaller Tama River, the larger Tama river and the pond. The children worked in small groups to complete these activities. In one, they compared the pH level of the water to determine whether the waters were acidic or alkaline using a pH indicator strip. Then they went on to compare the ‘freshness’ of the water using a 6-in-one water testing kit (commonly used to test fish tanks etc.) The test showed the nitrite and nitrate level as well as the potassium and calcium levels, however the children used the colour change of the scale to determine whether the kit indicated whether each water sample was within the ‘safe’ zone for freshwater animals (all 3 water types passed)! In the final activity, we tested the temperature of each water sample. After lunch, the children did their monthly Eco-Patrol and we picked up lots and lots of litter to support our community but also to keep our environment clean, we were surprised the how much litter there was considering how clean Tama river is in general! Later on, the children worked collaboratively to create a dam out of rocks to keep water in the one section of the river. They used their imagination to recreate scenarios and it was delightful to watch the children having fun whilst learning!
Today we commenced our ‘G3B Weekly Fun Fact’ and I want to congratulate all the children who presented today!
I look forward to our next one on Friday 2nd November. The following children will be presenting:
Ayame – animals
Yuma – vehicles
Alia – books
Seion – famous person
Kosuke - countries
In Writing: Children have not only been writers this week but has also been an Editor-in chief by using their critical eye to look over their peers work and supporting them on any extra polishing they could do. Then the children have had a personal session with myself in which I supported the children in doing a final edit on their work. Finally, the children were ready to publish their work!
In Maths: We have worked hard on identifying what word questions are asking us to find out. The children have explored different ways of representing the question using bar models and discussed which one would be the ‘best fit’ to help us answer the question. It is essential for children to have a visualisation of the word problem as this help clarify the question to the children but also allow them to think logically of what procedures they would need to do to solve the question.
In Science: This was the last week for our ‘Water and Climate’ unit for science, and I couldn’t have asked for a better to way to end our unit by going on a field trip to the river! I hope the Science Investigation the children have as part of their homework will also be exciting! I have had a discussion with the children on what they could use as an equivalent to help them proceed with their experiment, so I hope they enjoy filtering/separating materials!
Have a brilliant half term!
Weekly Fun Times! Fun Life!
What a week! Some of the children today have been buzzing about the football (soccer) tournament tomorrow, goodluck guys!! I will unfortunately be busy building my furniture…slowly but surely starting to feel like home!
Yesterday, the children brought home a timetable for ‘G3B Weekly Fun Facts’, this is something we are going to begin in class every Friday to really develop their presenting skills as well as their passion as independent learners. We came up with the general themes together as a class and voted on the top 6. Children are expected to present within their theme once every two weeks. I have encouraged the children to create their Weekly Fun Facts independently and have parents look over it after they have created their presentation. I have also informed the children that I understand that many parents lead a very busy work life thus if their parents are unable to look over their presentation, I will be happy to look over it with them as long as they have their presentation prior to the day. I have attached a copy of the Weekly Fun Fact timetable here which will provide more details.
So without further ado… The following children will be presenting their ‘Fun Fact’ next Friday 19th October:
In Writing: Children are now using their own ideas but also applying their understanding of descriptive features to write a descriptive essay on another character from Fantastic Mr Fox. The children have planned and written their first draft and next week they will be polishing up their work with their purple pens to then move onto the publishing stage!
In Maths: We are working on skills to identify key words and phrases in word questions that tell us whether we add or subtract. We are also using bar models to show us how to showour understanding of the question pictorially.
In Science: This week science there’s been a bit of a wait…..and we’re still waiting to collect our data! Nevertheless the children are already seeing
results in the various investigation we have started…Have a look at the pictures! Can the children explain what is happening?
These tissues have been soaked with the same amount of water... one has been been sealed with the lid whereas the other has been left open. This is a picture after a couple of days... Can you explain what's happened?
The container that has been sealed has small water drops forming inside... Can you explain what has happened and why its formed on the plastic lids?
These containers all have different surface areas but each one started off with 50ml of water. By the end of next week, what would you predict would happen?
Have a lovely weekend!
First School Trip of the Year......WAS A SUCCESS!!
It’s been really lovely having the whole class back together for a full week! After such a wonderful Friday in which we celebrated our diversity, I felt even more inspired to bring out the best in our children. I hope they too have been inspired to work hard to their fullest potential and celebrate themselves with how much they have already accomplished this year so far.
In Writing: Children have used their understanding of particular features used in descriptive writing to write about Farmer Bean. There have been incredible ideas which really showcased their ability to infer perspectives from different characters. We are also reading Charlotte’s Web as part of our reading and children have used this to help them deepen their understanding of characters.
In Maths: We have moved onto adding and subtracting numbers up to 10,000 using column method. As a class, we are still working on recognizing key information in word problems to help us understand what the question is asking us to do.
In Science: As always, children were able to use their scientific thinking to understand how temperatures are affected when there is a change in the environment. They have investigated density of materials in water and how density changes when materials change its state of matter.
On top of all this, it has been an amazingly awesome week as we were able to go on a successful trip to the Science museum. Here we were able to use this opportunity to really expand the children’s understanding of our current topic of Water and Climate. We made links to energy sources, by exploring how we can be more environmentally friendly by using renewable energy with particular link to hydro power. Moreover, we also experimented with how we can use different filtration system to separate solutions into solute. We were also lucky to be able explore how different forces can be used to move items which we won’t normally be able to move which would become useful in our next Science topic; Forces and Motion.
Have a great weekend!
Inspiring International Children's Day!
I’d like to start off this week’s blog by saying a massive THANK YOU for all the parents who have provided us with brilliant food and all the parents for helping their children with their presentations and costumes! We have had a wonderfully packed day hence we will continue with the rest of the presentations next week.
I would also like to take this opportunity to also say a big thank you to Mrs Kaleczyc for coming in today do teach Grade 3 all about American Football! The children were able to take Jack’s football put for recess to try out their new throwing skills!
As part of International Children’s Day, we were very lucky to have Mr Mamadou, who had the whole school in stunned silence as he immersed us with his humble tunes from his Kora. We were also amazed by Mrs Erin who brought out her trumpet to do an impromptu jam with him!
I hope you all enjoyed browsing through the pictures of last week! I would also like to take this opportunity to give you an update on School Council Election & homework.
Thank you to all the children who ran for School council, and thank you to all the parents for supporting your child through this journey. I am incredibly proud of how each candidate presented themselves and I was inspired by their positivity and passion!
As I was counting the votes, I must say it was a very close call this year and I cannot stress enough that the results should in no way dishearten any children from running next year.
Thus, without further ado the School Council representatives for G3B are:
Ayame & Kosuke
It had come to my attention that for those children attending homework club on earlier days of the week, they are unable to do their homework efficiently as there are only a couple of homework tasks available for them.
Hence from this week, I will start giving ALL the week's worth of homework on Monday for those children who would like to get these done earlier in the week. I understand that many of the children are busy with out-of-school activities and would probably not want homework piling up on a Sunday night. Moreover please feel free to email me if there are extreme circumstances which may affect your child completing their homework.
Short but Sweeet!
I hope you had a wonderful long-weekend! Although this week may have been slightly shorter, Grade 3 have been working their socks off! This week, I’d like to start off by highlighting events that will be happening this term.
- Cancel any Luca Deli orders and provide a packed lunch for your child.
- Children to wear the orange PE UST t-shirts
UST International Children’s Day
International Children's day is Next Friday! Here is a little check list for you to make sure you and your children are ready for the big day:
1. Pick a country costume
2. Choose a wonder from your country
3. Sign up to present or share some food with your class
4. Pack an empty tupperwear with a lid and cutlery set for TUES, Sept 25th
5. Cancel Lucadeli Lunch for FRI, Sept 28th
If you have not done 1 or more of the tasks above, please do that over the weekend!
Here are some Q&As from some parents that we would like to share with you:
Q. Will the kids have PE that day?
A. Classes will be back to normal in the PM so if your class has PE on Friday PM, please pack their PE clothes
Q. When can I drop off the food and where?
A. Please have your child bring it to school Friday morning on the day, and leave it in the classroom. You can use a cooler bag and icepacks for things that need refrigerating. No need to bring it in person!
Q. For the dress up, can kids wear it from home or change at school, and my daughter (G1) will wear/bring school uniform?
A. All grades to wear from home, no uniform (unless it needs to be put on at school). However if your child has PE in the PM, please pack PE clothes.
Q. Is this students only event or parents will attend? If parents will attend, what time is it start and finish? If not and sign up for bringing food, kids will bring the food when they go to school in the morning?
A. It is a student only event, except for parents who are volunteering to present in class.
Food can be dropped off in the AM or have the children bring it in with them.
Q. How do I sign up as a presenter?
A. If you would like to participate as a presenter, you can do that on the sign up sheet as well and you will be exempt from bringing food + you will get to enjoy dishes from around the world! And you only need to bring food for one of your children. Please do bring a tupperware and cutlery for yourself.
This week in G3B…
English - The children have been using story maps to aid their understanding of a character description of Fantastic Mr Fox. They have used specific drama techniques such as ‘freeze frames’ and ‘hot seating’ to deepen their understanding of characters from the story.
Maths – We have been learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 10s and 100s to aid us in estimating a calculation. The children have been using number lines to show whether a number would round up or down and have also used the ‘Rounding Rap’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3afU6JQG15I) as a strategy to help them round numbers.
Science – As part of our Water and Climate topic, the children have been learning about how to accurately use a thermometer, but also used household equipment to make their own thermometer. The children learnt how water expands or contracts in volume when it is heated or cooled. Some children were able to showcase their work beautifully into their books, using scientific vocabulary to explain their thinking.
Have a fantastic long weekend!
Woohoo! Another Wicked Week!
In G3B this week, I have been encouraging the children to take pride in their work and how an excellent piece of work is never pristine. I have introduced ‘Polishing Purple’ pens in class which the children are encouraged to edit their work by noticing trivial errors. They will also use these pens to reflect on their work and answer any feedback I may have given them from my green markings. I am also trying to reduce the amount of erasers (rubbers) used in everyday work as I want the children to identify their errors and be able to show this by editing and not rubbing it out. I will be using erasers more when they are at the ‘publishing’ stage of their work.
In Maths this week the children showed perseverance when using their understanding of place value to work on their end of chapter review. We are now moving onto mental strategies when adding and subtracting numbers. In class we have begun our ‘Target Timestable Challenge’ - aiming for all children to be confident with their timestable by the end of the year.
This week in our writing, we discussed how authors don’t write their novels in one night, they would follow the writing process and be critical of their work. We have tried really hard at ‘up-levelling’ our work, to always think of the best words or phrases for the piece they are creating. Next week we will be moving onto writing our descriptive piece on a character from Fantastic Mr Fox. I am excited to see how the children will implement grammatical features they have learnt into their writing.
One of the highlights of this week was in Science when we took the children to the park to test how rain effects natural materials. The children collected all sorts of materials from the park and first, predicted whether each material would absorb or repel water. Then they tested their hypothesis by using a pipet to mimic the drops of rain on these materials. Please ask the children what they found out! I was especially impressed with some of the great Scientific reasoning the children were able to come up with.
Finally, I also wanted to let you know that the Grade 3 team are currently sorting out school trips for this term. We are hoping to have a couple of school trips at the beginning of October. I will be sending out an email when this is finalized.
Have a great long-weekend!
Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC)
Parent teacher conferences are coming up on Monday 8th October 2018.
Can I please ask all parents who wish to attend to please take a moment to sign up in one of the time slots offered using the Google form below.
Click here to sign up!
Your child will need attend the session with you.
The first part of the conference is an opportunity for your child to share their learning with you as well as share their learning goals and targets.
Week of Wonderful Work!
Another week of brilliant learning! The students have hit the ground running and I’d just like to say thank you to you all for supporting your children’s learning at home by reading; supporting their homework and by getting them into school promptly. My focus with the children at the moment is to increase their writing stamina as there is a lot to cover in a lesson, especially as the children are a year older.
This week we have explored descriptive writing with a specific grammar focus in adjectives, verbs, adverbs and adverbial phrases. As a class, we discussed how these tools will enhance their writing as it provides vivid details to their writing. The children have blown me away with some great ideas and I am excited to see how this will develop the quality of their writing. We have also discussed the importance of reading and strategies to help us become better readers. Each child has set themselves a reading goal to support their reading – perhaps the children can help you try out these reading techniques too at home!
In Maths, we have focused on numbers up to 10,000. We have explored place values and explaining how the number changes when there are 10,100,1000 more/less. We have used our knowledge of place value when explaining out thought process but also used Base Ten resources to show our understanding using concrete materials. Children have also worked on recognizing number patters and comparing values of a number.
The children have been busy with Science this week, our theme this term is ‘Water and Climate’, and the children have had many hands-on investigations. On Monday, I am very excited to read about the mini-science activity the children are having a go with as part of their Homework! I have also attached a letter on the other side of the homework which explains more about what we are covering in Science.
Additionally, I have attached the G3B weekly schedule. Please note that children should only be wearing PE kits to school on Wednesday and Friday. They should be wearing school uniforms on other days.
Have a lovely weekend!
What a week!
Thank you for a brilliant week and thank you for taking your time today to come to the Parent Orientation meeting today, it has been wonderful being able to meeting you! For all the busy parents who I haven't been able to meet yet, I look forward to seeing you as the term goes on. :)
G3B have already started working incredibly hard this week; showing me sparkles of inspiration and the passion to learn. They have amazed me with their understanding of respect and expectations, both in and out of the classroom! We have had fantastic discussions on what kind of learning attitude they are going to showcase this year, and started to think about things from a growth mindset perspective. They have shown their creative capabilities when exploring themselves as a unique individual, and representing themselves in a form of cubism; through the influence of Pablo Picasso. They are currently in the final stages of their project! Moreover, the students are showcasing perseverance in their learning, whether it be a Maths investigation, or a Word Work. Next week we will be delving more into the world of Fantastic Mr Fox and I'm looking forward to all their ideas!
I'm excited to see how the students are going to develop this year and through our support.
I have also attached the Powerpoint I used today in the meeting as there were a few important points which were addressed.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Welcome to ... Grade 3B!
Welcome to Third Grade! My name is Miss Ray and I will the Grade 3B teacher this year which I am very excited about. I hope you are having a wonderful summer holiday and looking forward to the new academic year, I know I definitely am!
I would like to take this chance to tell you a little bit more about myself. I am Japanese but was brought up abroad and for the last 7 years I have been in the UK. Prior to my move here, I was a Class Teacher in a state school in London. When I was given the opportunity to move to Tokyo, words cannot express how thrilled I was. I am an avid reader and love to get immersed into a good book, so if you have any recommendations, please share! Additionally, I love to go travelling and exploring different landscapes in my free time. I also enjoy watching and playing sports (rugby and football in particular), hence I’m very excited for the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.
I know we are going to have a great year getting to know each other and developing as independent learners. Thus allow me to welcome the brilliant Grade 3B:
As we prepare for the school year, please ensure your children arrive on time and to label all items from your homes, such as your child’s water bottle, lunch box, snack box, and hand towel. We will also be taking trips to the park, so please send mosquito spray and sunscreen to school as well. Moreover, you will be notified with your child’s schedule in an email this Friday.
I look forward to meeting you and your children as they continue their learning. I believe this will be one of many emails I send informing and updating you on all the fantastic events that happen in and out of our class. In addition, the specialty teachers are also excited for the new year, please make sure you check out their Weebly pages!
My door is always open so please feel free to contact me with any concerns or feedback.
Welcome to G3B