Taking a leaf out of our book!
This week has absolutely zipped past! The class has been so busy publishing their essays, learning new ways to tackle multiplication and making a (controlled) mess of the classroom with water, we have lost track of the days!
After completing our Shackleton essays on Monday, the children spent time reading each other’s work and giving feedback to help each other improve. Once this was taken on board the class thoroughly edited their work to improve conventions, word choices, ideas, organisation, voice and sentence fluency. Finally, they moved onto to publishing their finished pieces in their neatest handwriting.
Please check your children’s ipads to see how they did on their Shackleton essay – next week we will begin researching and planning our last piece of expository writing.
Having completed our first Bar Model unit of the year, the class began work on multiplication this week. We will be focusing on the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables, but this week we looked at different models to support with multiplication. For example children can use skip counting using a number line, build an array using dots or other shapes and also using an area model to represent a multiplication fact.
The class also learned that multiplication is the same regardless of which way around you do it (so 3 x 6 is the same as 6 x 3) and that it has an associative property which means even with longer multiplications, it does not matter which order you multiply the numbers (3 x 6 x 4 is the same as 4 x 6 x 3)!
All of these tools will help them tackle bigger numbers as we move towards multiplying 1 digit by 2 digit numbers, but it is absolutely essential that children are regularly practising their 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables and if they are still struggling with 3s and 4s, these need to be practised too!
Continuing with our water topic, the class have been investigating temperature and the effect that changing temperature has on water. We used thermometers to measure water temperature accurately, discovered that hot water is less dense than room temperature water and that cold water is more dense and even built our own thermometers! As ever the activities were very hands on and the children had great fun exploring and investigating to make lasting understanding about what is going on with water.
We have been reading through texts in class, but it would be wonderful if you could take some time to read through the documents that are posted on the homework page – it can really help the children embed their knowledge if they read and discuss with a grown up.
This week we began a new Unit of reading - Book Clubs! The class has split into groups where they can read and share in the same books one chapter at a time. This will promote lively conversations about the characters in the stories they are reading, predictions about what will happen next and hopefully some very positive discussions!
Talking about the books we read is such an important (yet often overlooked) step in a child’s reading development. At times children may miss things in books and as such not pick up on the implications and deeper themes present even in youth fiction. G3B are such avid readers, I know they will really love this Unit of work!
Also, the read-a-thon is going absolutely fantastically and we have added a leaf to our own floor 3 tree every time someone raises 100 Yen, as you can see it is gradually growing some thick foliage, but we hope it gets even thicker!
We can’t wait to go on our second field trip next week to Inokashira Koen. We will be setting off in the morning, so please make sure the children are in on time with 500 Yen on their PASMO/SUICA card, or 500 Yen on their person to purchase a ticket.
Finally, we were blessed to have two surprise guests on Friday! First of all, our new pupil Elijah, who is actually returning to UST and is already known by many of you. The class were thrilled to see him and gave him a warm applause when he arrived on Friday morning.
Also, to celebrate November birthdays, we had a visit from some of the class mums to deliver some delicious donuts to eat with our lunch (or take home as many chose to do!).
As another week comes to an end, I wish you all a relaxing and fun-filled weekend, good bye for now!
A Truly Action Packed Week!
Blessed with glorious, crisp blue skies, Grade 3B have ventured out of school in addition to their class based learning this week. We have encountered (in one way or another!) nature, the high seas, thinking problems and thought about how our actions affect the world around us!
What a great week we have had in Science! We went out into nature to find out what happens when raindrops fall on natural materials (leaves, branches, bark, stones) and also investigated the claim that a dry sponge can soak up more than its own mass in water! We rounded the week off with a brief assessment to check how much they have understood about what they have done so far.
The children are really enjoying the practical nature of our science lessons and have some fantastic insights and ideas whenever we discuss things as a group.
We watched a documentary all about Ernest Shackleton's expedition to South Pole and the children took notes (focusing on relevant dates and information) that they turned into a plan for their expository essay. We are now writing our full essays in chronological order.
One big focus area in our writing is starting sentences in different ways, using prepositional phrases "Underneath the waves,", "After three months of waiting," and adverbs "Frequently,", "Rapidly," "Bravely,". This makes your child's writing far more interesting and moves them on from starting every sentence with "The" or "She/He".
This week we worked on multi-step word problems and used bar models to help us visualise and then solve them. We also designed our own word problems so we could understand more deeply how they are constructed and how we pick the appropriate bar model to use.
The children completed their assessment for the Addition and Subtraction Bar Model Unit and next week we will be moving on to multiplication. This will focus on the 6s, 7s and 9s, so any chance you get to practice those particular tables would really help your child. Also if they are still struggling with the 3s, 4s and 8s, it is really important to try hard to catch up, as the 3s are very helpful for understanding the 6s and 9s.
We will be using the TopMarks website www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11years/times-tables to practice. This is full of great games to help children repeatedly test their multiplication knowledge and memorise it.
The class had their turn at cleaning up the area surrounding UST this week and did a fantastic job. Armed with tongs and collection bags, they went through the streets and bushes directly in front of the building and found an unbelievable amount of waste laying around. Their attitude to doing this was so positive it was wonderful to sea and we managed to fill three bags for of rubbish. Well done Grade 3 for doing your part in keeping the world clean and free of waste!
On Monday we held a talking museum to share all of Grade 3's amazing 3D landmarks to the school and visiting parents. The class did really well to stand and share facts with all the people that came to their tables and we had some incredibly tired children by the end of the day!
Our Charity Read-a-Thon begins today and you can start sponsoring your children the moment they get home! Yesterday, your child brought home a reading record sheet to make a note of how many minutes they are reading every day and how much they have raised as a result of this. For more information on the read-a-thon, please read below:
What is the Read-a-thon?
It is a reading marathon to raise money for charity. We will be asking our parents, relatives, or friends to sponsor our reading. Of course, we read every day anyway, but for the 18 days of the Read-a-thon, we will be reading even more and trying to raise money for charity.
We are asking for your help to sponsor our reading effort.
Kindergarten students will be raising money for every book/story they read. The elementary students will raise money for every minute they read. The classes that read the most stories in K and for the longest time in Elementary will get trophies.
The two children in each class who read the most will also receive a prize!!!
What have we supported in the past?
In previous years, the money we raised during read-a-thons sponsored the construction of a classroom and the purchase of new library books for our sister-school in Cambodia; new toys for an orphanage in Senegal; and learning supplies for a school at a Syrian refugee camp.
What are we supporting this year?
This year, we are making connections globally. We are raising money as part of the global reforestation project through the One Tree Planted foundation. Planting trees is perhaps the easiest, cheapest and most efficient way of tackling climate change and helping to protect the environment and global biodiversity. This is our way of giving back not just to a single community, but our global community. The Earth is our home, let's protect it!
For every $1 or ¥100 we raise, a tree will be planted.
Last year, we raised a record ¥551,586 during our Read-a-thon. That would be the equivalent of 5551 trees planted by the UST community.
We would like to smash this record this year and plant even more!
For more information on this charity, please follow this link to the charity's website.
In other exciting news, the ski trip preparations are under way, Mr Brett and Ms Ray sent out an email to all G2-G6 parents last week titled “Ski Trip 2020”. In this email, they gave all relevant information and requested that you sign up for the ski trip. If you have not completed the sign-up form yet (even if you’re not going), please take the time to find the email and follow the directions given by Monday 11th November.
Well, that is the end to another splendid week, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget - it is the PTA social event tomorrow!
Beware the Moon!
Welcome back from mid-term break families of G3B!
A spooky week awaited us as we returned to class this week. Dodging dangling spiders and creepy Jack O’Lanterns we did our best to avoid a case of the chills as we got on with our work!
I can safely say I was blown away by the incredible 3 dimensional models of landmarks from around the world that awaited me when I welcomed your children on Monday. The effort and creativity that went into building these is truly fantastic and it’s great to see the children have a chance to express themselves in different ways. The choices that were made were varied and exciting and I could sense the children’s interest coming through every word. We traveled to France, England, America, Egypt and many locations in Japan on our tour of famous landmarks and once again the children gave detailed presentations with a truly impressive degree of confidence.
Onto my favourite festive season, Hallowe’en!! We had a fantastic time doing guidance and writing whilst dressed as our favourite scary characters before settling down to some creepy tales over lunch. I hope I didn't send any one home too scared! After this we ventured out on our Hallowe’en Trick or Treat parade and had the opportunity to show off our amazing costumes to the public of Shibuya! The children behaved fantastically and as a result had the chance to play in the park before coming together for an epic whole school photo-shoot!
I’ve already made a mark on my calendar for next Hallowe’en and I cannot wait!
As mentioned to most of you during PTCs, Social Studies has been replaced with Science this term and I had a class for of Scientists ready to go come Monday afternoon. We explored how water interacts with things in class this week, including different surfaces and what happens when you put water on a slope. The children are wonderfully inquisitive and come up with insightful theories and fantastic questions, I can tell they are going to do wonderfully with this topic! We learned a little about how to make predictions and write up our investigations using scientific language and I know they had lots of reading and questions to tackle in their own time.
Grade 3 got together to listen to Mrs D. read “Shackleton’s Journey” up in Grade 3A’s classroom this week and the children were truly gripped by her fantastic retelling of the famous expedition that saw Shackleton and his crew land in Antartica. The children will eventually be writing their own expository texts about this journey, so it would be great if you could talk to them about some of the events (there are some good documentaries online).
To deepen their understanding of the story, they learned a passage using signs, so that they can retell it all out loud without prompting. We used a Story Map of Shackleton’s Journey to do this and the class worked very hard to memorize the text. Ask them to give you a retelling over the weekend and see how they do!
The children have been having lots of fun using bar models to help them visualise addition and subtraction problems. The children had a lot of fun using the Thinking Blocks website to practice constructing bar models for word problems with a space theme. If you are unsure of what bar models are, or how to use them, ask your children to show you Thinking Blocks (just type this into google and it is the first hit) and it may help you understand.
Also, one reminder - school is ON this coming Monday, despite the national holiday, so please send in your children at the normal time!
That's it for another fun week - sayonara!
The decks are clear and the good ship G3B is off on a week's voyage!
The dust is now settling (soon to be swept away) and the quiet has once again returned to the stairwells and classrooms of UST as we all embark on a much deserved mid-term break.
This last week has been filled with a great deal of assessments for your children, so be gentle with them when they return home this evening and be sure to encourage them to get some sleep!
In maths we completed our subtraction unit and the class really impressed me, we had no less than 6 perfect scores! The children have done incredibly well with their maths this term which is very encouraging, especially as we are moving onto multiplication next half term. Myself and Mrs D. have put an email together to advise you of some exciting apps you can download with your children to help them practice their times tables and also their use of bar models. Next term we will be beginning with bar modelling (a very significant element of Singapore maths) which is a visual approach to tackling calculations. It doesn't replace a vertical or column method, but instead allows you to visualise a word problem. It would be wonderful if you could take a little time to have a tinker with your children - there is a fantastic website called Maths Playground which features a section on bar models called "Thinking Blocks" - follow this link to have a go: www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html.
Most of the class were assessed on RazKids this week which allows them to read a book into their ipads, summarise the main ideas and then take a quiz. One area I noticed the children need a bit of prompting on was summarising the main points from a story. It is a very important skill to be able to retell the key events, what they imply, who was involved and what order things happened in. You can help your children develop this skill by discussing books, comics, films even video games with your children to see how well they sum up the main points. If they are confused, you could always show them the blog on the back of a book or Bluray case (assuming people still use Blurays - I'm a bit old-fashioned!) to give them the idea.
The class finished publishing their play scripts this week and even had the opportunity to act some of the play out. This was a challenging task and they all worked really hard on it, so I applaud them (pun intended). Next term we will be moving on to expository writing and focusing on the journey of Shackleton, so history buffs should be very excited!
I know this was a hot topic during PTCs and we finally came to the end of our first wave of social studies this week. Again the children did incredibly well to complete no less than 3 tests relating to their recent lessons and reading. Many of the subjects are quite advanced for young learners, but their grasp of community and looking after the environment shines through and is very encouraging to see.
Next term we will be moving onto science and looking at Water and Climate. To support this, we will be sending home required reading to help consolidate the classroom learning (this can count as their nightly reading) and this will allow us to have more hands on experience in the classroom. I'm really excited to be moving onto this very relevant and important topic for a whole term!
Your children took pictures of their assessment results for Social Studies, Maths and Grammar this week, so please have a look to get an update on how they are doing. From now on, I will make sure to inform you when this is occurring so you can keep abreast of affairs.
Halloween takes place on the 31st of October (which is the first Thursday back). I know I am racking my brains for a costume and I know the children are already discussing it in the classroom, so I wanted to make sure everyone was aware just in case! There will be a parade around the block and lots of other fun on the day and I can't wait for another chance to dress up for the day!
So, for a week, that is it! Please make sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable week with your children and give them a well deserved pat on the back for a fantastic term. Even though it has only been 8 weeks, I feel like I know them all so well and I will miss their smiling faces and eager questions while I retire to my bed for most of my mid-term!
Life is a stage!
As we near the end of our first half term, the children are continuing to show energy and hard work. This week was our first with a Monday for over four weeks! We had a great chance to spend more time on our spelling and also had time to discuss our homework for the week. Sadly, next week we will be missing Monday once more!
This week in writing we have been working on adapting a narrative piece of writing into a play-script. We started by looking at children’s favourite, The Gruffalo and worked together to adapt a small section into a script, before moving on to adapting one of our favourite chapters from Fantastic Mr Fox. The differences between the two forms are many and at first the children struggled a little to understand what they needed to keep and what they needed to remove from the original story. As the week progressed though, they grasped the concept and it is great for them to think about the same story being told in a different way. We have now experienced Fantastic Mr Fox as a book, an audiobook, a film and a playscript!
This week the children completed their addition to 10’000 tests and moved on to addition’s evil twin…..subtraction! No, I’m only joking – we love subtraction – he is very much a nice twin – the kind that bakes you muffins when you’re sad. Subtraction can be a little more tricky to understand than addition at times though, so it is really important the children were paying attention and understanding why they were regrouping numbers and where they need to place their numbers when finding the difference. We are using the vertical subtraction (or column subtraction) to do this, like in this image.
If the digit on the top row is smaller than the digit on the bottom row, we regroup the digits with the next column. In the image, the ones column has regrouped ten ones from the tens column so we can subtract 6 from 13 and get 7. The tens column requires us to regroup again, as 5 tens are greater than 4 tens, so we have regrouped with the hundreds column, regrouping 1 hundred for 10 tens and now we can subtract 5 from 13 to get 8. It is certainly the method I learned at school and I'm sure many of you learned the same!
In reading we talked about the concept of making a mental movie in our heads as we read a story. For example, when I am reading one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes novellas, I am absolutely transported to the blackened streets of Victorian London (I can practically smell the smoke!) and imagine what is going to happen next as Holmes and Watson navigate another conundrum. Sometimes we have to change the movie in our head, when we realise that a character has surprised us, or done something unexpected. Human’s naturally visualise stories when they are reading them and it is wonderful for the children to harness this ability to help them understand stories even more.
Social Studies is as busy as ever and this week we managed to take in the concepts of immigration and cultural diversity and also different types of land mass. I really take my hat off to the children’s ability to discuss and absorb all the new ideas they are learning about! If you have ever been (or like me currently are) an immigrant, it would be great to discuss why you moved to a different country with your child. We had a wonderful conversation about “Push factors” (reasons you might leave a country) and “Pull factors” (reasons you might choose to come to another) and I’m sure the children would love to hear your own stories about your push and pull factors too!
Parent Teacher Conference
This will be taking place on Monday, so please take a moment to remind yourself of your appointment and feel free to start pondering any questions you have about your child. The conference will be in two parts, with a section for your child to discuss their goals for this term followed by a section without your child present where we have the opportunity to talk.
Each session lasts for twenty minutes which should give us plenty of time to talk, but as there are sessions either side of yours, I must ask that we keep to our time slot, as the next parent(s) will be ready to go immediately afterwards.
Once again it has been a joyful week with your children and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Please remember to stay safe over the weekend as what I believe is a quite large Typhoon (Hagibis) is heading our way.
The Englishman who walked up a Mount and came down a hill...
We finally had a full week this week and the class made it through 5 days with flying colours – even after a very exciting, but very exhausting field trip!
This week we have been writing our final descriptive essays, being absolutely amazing at adding up 4 digit numbers, had a great giggle putting on the voices and actions of the characters we are reading and learned about landmarks and traditions from the US and Japan.
We began the week in very exciting fashion with a trip out of the city of Tokyo. The children all looked after their teacher on his maiden voyage into the wilds of Japan! I was very impressed by the maturity they showed in getting the train from Komaba Todaimae station, changing at Meidaimae and riding the train for around 40 minutes to get to the foothills of Mt Takao. Despite going half way up on the steepest cable car in Japan, we still had a good few hours of walking ahead of us and the children did fantastically in the heat and humidity. We were treated to some amazing views, but sadly the air was not clear enough for us to see Mt Fuji. Nonetheless, the children were full of excitement about their day and even reserved enough energy to hike all the way back down and get the train back into Tokyo in time for ECAs and pick up! What a day!
I have started having conversations with the children around their academic and behavioural goals. We sit down and have a discussion about what their two main goals are and the steps they need to follow to achieve them. The class are very aware of what they are good at and what they need to improve so this has been a very productive time. We will discuss these targets at the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences and hopefully will start to see rapid progress!
This week the children have been working on their final piece of descriptive writing which has involved them writing a paragraph every day and then editing the following day. They are writing from the point of view of a character from Fantastic Mr Fox and describing themselves in the first person. When I mark the work, I use a simple code to help them understand what they need to change – it looks like this:
This week we have been regrouping in numbers up to ten thousand using the column method (also known as vertical addition). The children have all been fantastic at it, so I know they will be up to the challenge of column subtraction next week!
Today, I sent home a letter regarding the children's next presentation - it is not until the end of October, so don't panic - but we wanted give as much notice as possible. The presentation will focus on a famous man-made landmark of your child's choosing and will also give them the opportunity to get creative and make their own version of the landmark at home!
Next week we will be back to standard operating procedure (after having 4 Mondays in a row that were in some way compromised!), so spelling will resume in it's correct session and homework should fall in to place and make a lot more sense.
Until next week, then! Have a lovely weekend families of Grade 3B!!
Grade 3 gets even more international!
(Top Row from left to right: Alfred Hitchcock, Amelia Earhart, Qin Shi Huang, Katherine Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Hideki Yukawa, Florence Nightingale, Margaret Thatcher
Bottom Row from left to right: Soichiro Honda, Steve Jobs, Murasaki Shikibu, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks)
Good evening families of Grade 3B! (I'm aware it isn't the afternoon anymore and I sincerely apologise to any dedicated fans out there who have been waiting for this update!)
It may have only been a 4 day week, but we packed a LOT into it. We have been so busy, I expect the children to all be asleep by the time you read this blog!
In English we learned about empathising with a character to help us write from their perspective. We used drama to help us get in the head of the characters from Fantastic Mr Fox and the children showed themselves to be excellent performers.
First we used pictures and signs to memorize a paragraph of text with something called a Story-Map. The children had never done this before, but were so good at it I was blown away!
After memorizing our text the children used hot-seating to think from the point of view of their characters. The children got into role (as Mr Fox, Farmer Bean and many more) and then the rest of the class asked them Higher Order Questions (ones you can't answer with "Yes", "No" etc.) that helped us try to understand the character.
Finally, the class worked in groups to make "freeze frames" from a certain part of the story. We took pictures of the freeze frames and then the children wrote captions for what each character was thinking. All of these tasks helped them write a diary entry for the character of their choice.
In maths we did our final Mental Maths test and the results showed real improvement. After this we moved onto our new Unit "Addition to 10,000" using the vertical/column method. The children have already shown themselves to be very adept at this, but next week they are going to try it with regrouping to make things a bit more challenging!
Elsewhere this week we had an assembly to discuss the successful candidates of the student elections, learned about American landmarks in Geography, practiced our speeches for International Children's day and even managed to fit in a trip to the park.
Onto the main event....
International Children's Day 2019
Frankly, my head is still spinning from what has been a fantastic day! The children's costumes were inventive and wonderful, the food that was brought in was diverse and even more delicious, the music and dancing that we experienced was informative and exciting and best of all the children's presentations on their chosen historical figure were out of this world!
Needless to say it has been non-stop for the children today - moving from one activity to the next and filling their brains (and their tummies!). We started the day with presentations before the whole elementary school (two from each class - well done to Harlow and Hitomi) and then had some classroom presentations before heading up to learn some Polynesian Dance and songs. After this we learned about Indonesian language through song and then had the chance to cook and taste some exquisite Russian delicacies. Finally we learned some Persian folk songs and then sang a song that the whole grade had been learning (Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World").
After this we had a delectable buffet lunch and ate so much food many of us wanted to nap! Then, we sat down for the rest of the class presentations. I have learned so much this week, I may quite likely be babbling tomorrow at the family picnic!
It's on days like this that I truly love this profession. It's such a highlight to see how much work the children put into preparing their costumes and presentations and to see them showing such bravery and hard work in front of their peers is a total joy. I only feel bad that you can't all be here to share in that, because they have all been absolute superstars today!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos. I look forward to talking to you tomorrow (with my parent hat on!) at the Family Picnic in Yoyogi park - until then, sayonara to another fantastic week!
Ask not what UST can do for you, ask what you can do for UST!
Good afternoon families of Grade 3B!
Once again we missed out on Monday this week, but at least we were prepared for it this time! I think the big highlight of the week was the student council (which I will go into shortly), but the class have also been implementing all the amazing new grammar they have learned into descriptions of Fantastic Mr Fox (which have been a joy to read); trying so hard to improve their mental maths using estimation and rounding and also had a wonderful visit that involved a special talk about the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics.
We got a taste of real democracy in 3B this week as we held speeches and elections for Student Council members! Our candidates were Emma, Yuta, Cocona, Taito, Hitomi and Mischa and they all delivered fantastic campaign speeches in front of the whole class.
After this the class did a silent ballot to decide which two people would become student councillors for 3B and in the end nominated......
Yuta and Cocona!
Well done to all the children who took part and for the rest of the class for being an excellent audience.
The children have worked really hard to embed all the excellent adverbs and similies they generated last work to write a description of Fantastic Mr Fox. After completing the piece of writing we had a really productive session of peer assessment, where the children gave each other feedback on how to improve each other's work and also what they enjoyed about it.
We (including Mr. Morris) learned about our local community this week, focusing on the wards of Tokyo and where Tokyo is on planet Earth. We also took a test on all the geographical knowledge we have been learning about for the last few weeks.
In maths we have learned to round and estimate to help us make good approximations in order to help us with sums and differences. It was confusing("Why can't we just work out the correct answer, Mr Morris?"), but the children are really beginning to see the value of quick mental maths.
At the end of the week the children completed an assessment for this unit of work and it was very challenging. One of the biggest issues is children "letting go" and using mental methods (instead of trying to use a written method) and for this reason it was a struggle. It is really important that children learn to pick themselves up after a fall (whether from a bike or from a difficult test!) and I took the time to go through the test with the class so we could see where we made mistakes. I will send home some consolidating worksheets next week to help the children get the knack of these methods as if they keep on trying they will get it in time!
Paralympic Picture Story
We were very lucky to have a visit from some experts on the paralympics on Thursday. They put on quite a show telling us a traditional picture story about the genesis of the paralympics and how we can enjoy it next summer. It was very amusing and the children loved it.
First of all let me the thank the people that have brought in their ticket money for the Mount Takao trip. Just a gentle reminder to those that are yet to bring it in, that the trip is scheduled for Monday the 30th of September.
Thank you also to those of you who have volunteered to bring in a dish for International Children's day. There are still slots to fill so if you follow this link and have an idea for an international dish you could make and send to school that would be wonderful (Hint - I like meat and spicy food!)
My last point is about mechanical pencils. While these wonderful contraptions do help children with their handwriting and general neatness they are unfortunately leading to quite a lot of mess on the wooden carpet in the classroom. It seems that when children are replacing their lead they are sometimes dropping small pieces onto the floor which then get squashed and dragged leaving a mark.
The class floor was very messy on Wednesday, however the children all mucked in on Thursday and Friday afternoon and scrubbed the floor around their desks to make sure they were clean and have done fantastically well, showing really good teamwork.
Going forward it would be great if the kids can be careful when swapping leads in their pencils, as we can spend all that cleaning time reading our class novel instead!
Once again, we will not be in next Monday, so please enjoy some relaxing time with your family if you have the chance and I look forward to writing about next week!
Even Typhoons cannot stop G3B!!
Families of Grade 3B!
A short week this week, but nonetheless one we managed to pack lots of learning into. We have really tested our skills of description, racked our brains with addition and multiplication, learned how to start reading really challenging texts and even managed to brave the elements once!
In English this week we continued to learn new classes of words to supplement last week's introduction to adjectives and adverbs. We have been enjoying learning how to make splendid similies! Amongst my favourites were magnificent Taito's "Rain falling like caterpillars dancing on the roof" and the amazing Maya's "Rain like thunder in a blender"!
We used this knowledge to start planning our descriptions of Fantastic Mr Fox for next week's big piece of writing and it would be really helpful if you could take a moment this weekend to help your child think of some great words to describe a fantastic fox!
After completing our unit on place value and counting to 10'000, we have delved straight into mental maths and learned some great techniques to add up quickly in our head. Whether it was quickly adding the hundreds, tens and the ones in a sum like 154 + 332 (ten brownie points for any parents who can give me the answer!) or adding to make the nearest hundred then subtracting the extra, we have all learned to add and subtract much faster.
Next week we will continue with mental maths and start looking in real depth at estimation and rounding, so we can work things out even more quickly!
We sadly missed one of our Reading lessons this week, but we made up for it with some engrossing discussions about what we do when we don't understand what it says on the page (read and read again!) and how to read with wonderful expression. G3B are a wonderful class of readers and it is a pleasure to listen to them read.
We are continuing with "Danny Champion of the World" too and the children are really keen to hear the next chapter!
In case you haven't been informed yet, we have some special events coming up this month.
First of all will be our student council election speeches on the 20th of September. If your child has shown an interest in this, they will have had a speech sheet given to them which they can use to write a short speech explaining why they should be elected. These speeches will take place in class on the aforementioned date.
Then we have international children's day, when we are asking children to come in dressed as a historical figure from a country that they have a link to (it could be the country of their or their parent's birth, or a country they have spent some time living in) and give a presentation about this person. I attached a rubric to the children's homework books to help them and you know what kind of things we are expecting to see from a presentation.
Finally we have our first field trip to Mount Takao. I personally cannot wait to see my first real taste of more rural Japan and I am delighted that we have had so many volunteers to help G3B!
Weather permitting, the trip will take place on the 30th of September, so let's keep our fingers crossed!
I must apologise for the lack of photographs this week, but we have been so focused on making up for our unexpected lost time on Monday that we have barely lifted our heads from the desk!
Please enjoy the long weekend and be sure to give your thoughts to elderly folk in Japan and all over the world on Monday's national holiday.
It takes two! (weeks to really get to know a class!)
Families of Grade 3B!
It is Friday again and we are well and truly due a rest after a week of working super hard! The work really began in earnest this week, alongside ECAs beginning after school, so it has been an incredibly busy 5 days. The children are totally settled into their routines now, they laugh at my jokes and are a joy to come in to every morning - so thanks!
First a bit of housekeeping:
I have attached a copy of this year’s G3B schedule to the Weebly post so you have a handy reference going forward – apologies this took me another week to get round to.
Can I please request that children bring in a ruler with their pencil cases everyday. I know they are quite large so it is fine if they stay at school, but it is a requirement in Grade 3 that our dates and titles are underlined neatly and we have had issues with there not being enough rulers to go around. For my part, I will try to get some rulers to add to our minimal supplies at the weekend too!
Can I request that homework folders come into school everyday. Although we only set new homework on a Monday, it is possible that your child may need to take home one of their class text books for the evening if they have not completed work during the lesson.
Also it is helpful for us to be able to check their reading records and for them to be able to take home new books. I will also make sure to upload a copy of any homework I send on the Weebly page from now on.
Onto what we have been up to this week...
We have begun our descriptive writing unit and have spent the week focusing on the different classes of word that will really enhance our writing.
First of all we looked at how adjectives bring a piece of writing to life by describing a nerve-jangling boat ride on a stormy sea. Then we looked at how choosing sophisticated verbs really improves our writing (why walk when you can dash, saunter or perambulate?!). Finally we spent time with adverbs so we can not only write an action, but describe how that action is being performed. The class were truly, madly, deeply amazing at it!
The class raced through their first maths (or is that math? Sorry – I’m English!) unit with confidence and guile.
We have been looking at how place value can help us order and compare numbers and we counted all the way up to 10’000! The class have shown me that they are able to use deep reasoning when answering and have embedded lots of new vocabulary. If you want to test them this weekend ask them about the following: value, digit, expanded form, word form and standard form.
We ended the week with a test and I was very impressed with everyone's progress! It is important for the children to remember to use their whole time in a test however. Some of our class finished very quickly and found that they had made a few mistakes.
It has been wonderful getting the chance to learn more about the class’s reading habits and tastes throughout this week. We have been discussing how to choose the right book to read and sharing tips with each other.
Another important task we completed this week was setting our reading goals and thinking about how we can achieve them. I can tell from counting up all the books that were read in the summer that I have inherited a class of bookworms which has made be delighted!
Also thanks to all the parents that have been helping log all of our lovely new books onto Book Retriever. The work that they do will give G3B access to a host of delightful new books that they can read and borrow, so we are incredibly grateful!
Another note on reading, we began our new class novel “Danny Champion of the World”. This is one of my all-time favourite children’s books and another Roald Dahl to follow on from "Fantastic Mr Fox". It is a little more mature than the previous book and I’m sure the children will love it (it even has a small cameo from the BFG!) and I know that I always enjoy reading it aloud.
The children are also well under way with a new year’s art, music, guidance and P.E and had their first dip of the year this afternoon at swimming!
Another week has flown past, but we have learned so much already! Have a great week families of Grade 3B!
The new season begins!!
Welcome to Grade 3B!
Welcome back! My name is Mr. Morris and I am absolutely thrilled to be the new teacher of Grade 3B! I hope you had the chance to relax and enjoy yourselves as a family during the summer months. For my part, I am very excited to be embarking upon a productive and magical journey through Grade 3 and at UST.
I would like to take the chance to introduce myself properly and explain a bit more about my background. Until very recently, I had lived in England for my whole life! My adventure to becoming an international teacher was a long path that gave me the chance of teaching and nurturing in a great many fields. 6 years ago, I was lucky enough to have my first son and he immediately helped me realise that I wanted to work with children. Ever since I have been fulfilling that dream in primary schools in Manchester, but when the opportunity to develop my skills in Tokyo arose, I jumped at the chance.
My hobbies include reading, writing, football and anything to do with film, but above all I love to hike. I would love to find some great hiking spots around Japan, so any avid walkers please feel free to share your expertise!
As the new year begins, I am eagerly anticipating meeting my new class and I know we will have an absolutely fantastic learning adventure together. So, it is with great pleasure that I introduce Class 3B:
In terms of organisation, if I could request that when preparing for the year, all of you children’s uniform, PE kit, swimming kit, snack and lunch boxes, water bottles and hand towels are clearly labelled with their names.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any concerns or questions, I am always available to contact via email or you can organise a meeting at school.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to the chance to meet in person,
UST SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Dear UST Parents,
During summer break UST will be encouraging reading with a Summer Reading Challenge! This is a fun way to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, 77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.
All grade 3-6 students are required to read at least two chapter books during the summer break. Students will celebrate their reading efforts by participating in a raffle for a chance to win some great prizes! The raffle will take place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
G3-G6 Required Summer Reading: 2 chapter books
Reading more than 2 chapter books is optional.
+1 Raffle Ticket for reading 2 chapter books
+1 Raffle Ticket for each additional chapter book read beyond 2
(Example: 6 chapter books = 5 raffle tickets)
The reading log and reading goal sheet will be sent home in your child's backpack on Monday, June 24th. All G3-6 students need to fill out the reading goal sheet and return it to their teacher by Thursday, June 27th.
Book Check Out Contract If your child wants to check out UST books from his/her classroom library, you and your child will need to read and sign a Book Check Out Contract sent home from your child's homeroom teacher. Once the contract is signed, your child will be able to bring home classroom book(s) for the summer holiday.
Please keep reading logs at home to complete during the break. Reading logs will be due the first week back to school (week of August 26th).
Reading Log + Reading Goal Sheet
This week in class...
Writing - The children used the Writing process independently to write their own persuasive letter! They first had to think of their own topic they wanted to write about and who they wanted to write to. Next they planned their letter and wrote their drafts. They are now publishing their final ever Writing piece in Grade 3!!
Children were also given time this week to look over the Write Source Post-test. They have all taken pictures of the test.
Maths - We continued out Area and Perimeter Unit. We challenged the children even further by, not only looking at area and perimeter with different units of measure, but also compound shapes!
Children were also given time this week to look over the End-of-year Maths test. They have all taken pictures of the test.
Social Studies - We have been exploring more about helping our community, specially
1. Protecting the Environment
2. Helping Wildlife
3. Helping other People
In groups, children have started to create a project proposal on how they can help issue! Say hello to the leaders from each group :)
Students have also taken pictures of their last two End of chapter Quiz for Social studies.
What a week!
What a week! I would just like to take this moment to truly express how proud I am of the children! Even with the summer holidays looming closer, the children have continued to work exceptionally hard and I am so happy with their attitude and progress! As my first year at UST, I am overwhelmed but very excited with the yearbooks, end-of-year tests, finalising the Summer concert...the list seems to continue and I'm sure there are many more things going on, but I find it incredible what divine opportunities we have!
As part of our preparations for the summer concert, we are collecting some essential costume pieces in advance to have in the classrooms. That way, there is less for you to remember to bring on the concertday.
As indicated in a previous email from Ms. Erin, the costume requirements for our class are as follows: black bottoms (leggings or pants; no skirts) with plain t-shirt on top; red, blue or green (Star Trek colors).
We would like you to send your child's coloured t-shirt, labelled with your child's name.
Writing - children have started publishing their letters and have begun looking at the features of an informal letter. Next week, the children will plan and draft their informal letter independently.
Maths - We started our week doing our end of Year Maths test. Then we promptly continued with our final unit of the year - Area and Perimeter.
Heiwa no Mori
What another wonderful week! First and foremost, I wanted to thank all parents for coming to the Science Fair last week! The children did an incredible job and I was so proud to see what wonderful job they did. I hope you all enjoyed the art auction as well.
We began this week with our very exciting field trip to Heiwa no Mori. I was slightly anxious about taking the local trains to the location, but I was so impressed by how beautifully all the children behaved and we were able to have such a brilliant day! Upon arrival, the children were given time to explore the different obstacles and then think of strategies on how to go about completing it as a team. Many children were able to conquer some of the 'scarier' obstacles and it was a delight seeing them enjoying some quality time outside! Thank you to Yuki, for helping us out on this trip!
Writing - Children finished off their formal letter draft and have started to revise and edit their work using the success criteria.
Maths - continuing on with our unit, the children have looked at lines of symmetry as well as drawing a shape on its mirror line We ended this week with an end of unit test. Children have taken pictures of the test so please may you take a moment to go through it at home.
Science/Social Studies - We have now finished our Science Unit and have begun our Social Studies unit which continues with the focus of our local community. We will also be looking at a basic structure of a government (based on the American system and discussing how it is similar in Japan).
It has been an excitable week with juggling Science Fair project alongside their school learning! I've seen some incredible projects so far and children have been busy revising and editing each others whenever there have been any moment to spare. I'm sure they will all do an awesome job this evening. I also wanted to say a huge thank you to all parents for supporting your child with their projects! I can only appreciate the amount of hard work and time you have put aside so you child could have the best opportunity. I hope that over the last 7 weeks, there have been more smiles and laughter than tears!!
- We have our field trip next Tuesday! Thank you to all parents for sending your child in with 200yen!
- Have your child's Pasmo/Suica charged with at least 1000yen
- Cancel Luca Deli
- Orange UST t-shirt & Pe kit to be worn on the day
- Full set of clothes (PE kit) to change in
Writing - We have moved on from our persuasive poster to shift our focus towards persuasive letters. We started our week looking at features of what makes a letter, then concentrated on what extra features (adding on from our poster lessons) make a persuasive letter. We looked at several model letters to not only identify the different features but also discuss why these features had an impact. From there, children were told that their letter will be written to Ms Natasha so we began brainstorming what we could persuade Ms Natasha about! There were very many ideas and the children chose their own topics. From there they broke down their topic onto convincing points they could use to persuade Ms Natasha. Children then planned their letter and have begun writing their first draft!
Maths - We have started Unit 18: Two-Dimensional Shapes. We started our week finding out what gaps may be missing from our students. Then we had a fun-filled week identifying, comparing and problem solving 2D shapes. (using tangrams) Children recapped and learned new vocabulary for this unit, please ask them about it!
- parallel lines
- opposite Sides
- open/closed plane figure
- regular/irregular polygons
Science - Children have been exploring joints and muscles! We used wooden rods, paper clips and rubber bands to recreate a 'human leg'! It was really cool to see how the movement of our foot extended or contracted different muscles in our leg! We also had a look at fingerprints using pencil markings on a paper. We identified how we all have a very unique print and how these are used.
Have a great weekend!
Just around the corner!
Thank you for all your kind thoughts, I'm truly blessed to be part of such a loving community!
Moving on, I am excited to let you know about our next upcoming field trip on Tuesday 4th June! We will be going to Heiwa no Mori as part of our Social Studies (also a bit of Science) unit! There are a few important points I would like to make regarding this trip:
- The cost of the trip will be 200yen per student
- Children will need to have at least 1000yen charged on their Pasmo/Suica as we will be taking the train there (or 1000yen to buy train tickets)
- Change of clothes as parts of the course will be wet!
We are also looking for a chaperone per class, if you are available please email me!
Science & Art Fair
The Science & Art fair is just around the corner. I am looking forward to seeing all the children's work. Please make sure that the children are rehearsing their presentations so they feel confident for Friday! I will also be collecting their Presentations (notes, keynote, clear photos of their posters) on Monday so I can have a short conference with each student and edit any bits.
If you have any concerns about the presentation please refer back to the emails or my Weebly page.
Writing - This week the children began their unit of Persuasive writing! As a hook towards this, we looked at persuasive posters! The children explored features that posters use and they applied these features to create their own about the Science & Art fair!
Some of the features we looked at in particular were; eye-catching layout; catchy slogan; attention-grabbing pictures; rhetorical questions; crafty language; flattery and statistics.
Can you find some of these features in their posters?
Maths - This week we started our unit on Lines and Angles. The children learnt the difference between lines and line segments. We also identified the features of perpendicular and parallel lines.
Have a good weekend!
What a SoFISHticated Week!
Again, another brilliant week! I hope the children came home yesterday, buzzing from the excitement of our school adventure! Additionally, please may I ask parents to start packing mosquito repellent and a hat into your child's bag as we would love to go outside as often as possible!
I would just like to take this moment to let you know that I have had a sudden grievance in my family and will be taking a couple of personal days next week and will be back on Wednesday. Mr Ivan and Mr Kish will be covering the class for these days and please be assured the children will be moving on with their learning with no delays!
There have been a few changes to the science fair (May 31st evening). Please may you take some time this weekend to go over your child's project with them.
Many thanks for all your support with the science fair preparations so far. As we are now moving into the final stages of preparation, we would like to give the children options of how to present their investigations:
1) The children can either prepare their presentations on a traditional presentation board (boards will be provided by the school and some classes already have these materials) OR they can produce a digital Keynote presentation.
2) For experiment demonstration, students can either bring their experiments to school and do a live demonstration at the fair OR they can digitally record their experiment at home and show the video at the fair.
Students who are doing a live demonstration need to bring in all the materials to school the day before the fair. We can provide hot water but the children will not have access to a stove or microwave for heating purposes.
I also discussed how the presentation boards can be made, many of the children were familiar with this but a few have asked to have the sample boards to be put onto Weebly.
Today, children who have requested Poster Paper for their presentations were given 3 pieces. If your child changes their mind and would like to use the poster paper to present their work please let me know and I will provide them with it!
Field Trip to the Aquarium!
We had a wonderful day yesterday. Thank you Mr Fraternali for joining us on our trip! Upon arrival, we had a quick snack and meandered through the depth of the aquarium. We saw many aquatic animals and the children were able to use information from the aquarium as well as their own prior knowledge to answer questions which were given to them for this trip.
We were really lucky to have gotten tickets to an hands-on activity area in which we were able to learn about the features and structures of Rays and Cat sharks! Some daring children even stroked them and were surprised by the texture of their skin.
As part of our budgeting lesson, the children also thought carefully about how to use their 'pocket money'! Some chose to treat themselves with souvenirs, some brought gifts for their friends and family.
Writing - This week the children revised and edited their Narrative essay. Their Narrative essay was based on someone who had been helpful to them and the children began publishing their essays today! Next week, we will move onto our new unit - Persuasive Writing!
Maths - This week we continued with our unit of Time and temperature. We began the week looking at subtracting times. Within in this, we specifically focused on how we can exchange an hour to minutes to help us subtract. So for instance if the question was
2h15mins - 1h40minutes
We can exchange an hour (1h = 60mins) from 2h15mins so it becomes 1h75minutes (2h-1h= 1h....15mins+60mins=75mins)
So the question is now ...
1h75mins - 1h40mins
Then the children can subtract the hours and minutes = 0h30mins = 30minutes
We also used this knowledge to help us work out time related word problems. We also used timelines to find out elapsed times.
Next week we will move onto Lines and Angles.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Last week wasn't the only week that was GOLDEN!
I hope you all had a wonderful Golden Week! It has been a great week seeing all the children back in school. We have many exciting events coming up this term and it is going to be brilliant!
Thank you to all parents for your payment for our field trip next year! I hope the children are excited, I definitely am!
In preparation for this trip please do not forget the following:
Additionally, please may you ensure the following in preparation for the trips.
- Cancel Luca deli lunches for Thursday 16th May
- Ensure your child has a water bottle and packed lunch on the day
- Please may all children wear their ORANGE UST t-shirts, navy school trousers/shorts, plain navy socks (UST PE kit)
- Children may bring up to 2,000yen as 'pocket money' if they would like to buy a small gift or treat on the trip!
Writing- children continued writing their Narrative writing. They had planned carefully about who had been helpful in their life (from before the holidays)and have now finished their first draft!
Maths - We began our unit on Time and Temperature. We have not only discussed the importance of being able to tell the time in real-life but started to add units of time as well as converting it. Please take a moment to go over it and talk about this with your children this weekend.
Science - children have started to explore the.... Human body!
Have a wonderful weekend!
What an EMUsing week!
It was less than a week ago when we were all gathered in Yoyogi, cheering on the different squads! Thank you for all your support, it was truly a wonderful experience for me as it was my first time experiencing a UST sports day and I was humbled with the positive vibes that resonated that day!
Congratulations to Angelo, Sumika, Jack and Milena for their brilliant work at the Cross-Country race on Tuesday! I am so proud of them for training and representing the UST community with their work! Well-done team! I'd also like to congratulate Milena for coming first in her race!!
Tama zoo field trip
Thank you to Lyon's dad and Anika's mother for their help on Thursday! We all had a wonderful day at Tama zoo where we were able to observe many animal behaviours. Even though it was a hot, sweaty day, the children powered on and were able to enjoy some ice-cream before we left!
Writing - The children began planning and writing their own narrative essay. We are focusing on the theme 'people who have helped/inspired us' which also links in very well with our current Reading Unit.
Maths - we looked into comparing unlike fractions (what do you do when you have two fractions with different denominators?), moving onto fraction of sets (looking at bars or pictures and being able to recognise fraction statements such as 'two-thirds of the cars are yellow... so 16 out of 24 cars are yellow...'). We finished the week of with the end of unit test in which the children will be taking pictures of their results next week. Please may you take some time to go over it with your child then!
Science - We explored why and how animals behaviour changes. This may be when they are foraging or hunting for food; finding a mate; fighting for a territory... Can they remember any other reasons why an animal may change their behaviour?
We also looked into how animals have adapted to their environment, for example, a polar bear has a thick layer of blubber to keep them warm in harsh, cold climates.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
UST! UST! UST..... SPORTS DAY!
Another brilliant week! We commenced the first half of our week with our art trip to the Hokusai exhibition in Omotesando. The children were fantastic in the exhibition and the staff there were very impressed with their behaviour! Well done!
Sports day is tomorrow! Here are some notices from the PTA:
The UST Sports day/Carnival ( Saturday, April 20) is right around the corner, and we need to start the tickets sales!
The Sports Day/School Carnival will be held on April 20th at Fukamachi Park, 9 am to 3 pm.
Like every year, this event is not only a chance for the UST family to come together but an opportunity for us to raise awareness and money for our organization of choice. We chose “Wakakusa," an orphanage in Shibuya ward this year, and our donation will help those who are no longer able to stay in the orphanage to gain their independence.
There will be MANY ways to participate in the fun and contribute towards the cause. We will have food vendors selling pizzas, mini burgers, fried chicken, wraps (vegetarian options available), etc., as well as beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and various apparel (including popular clothes from the Kobayashi family!), not to mention all the fun games and entertainment organized by each class.
Starting from this year, Shibuya ward office prohibited us from exchanging money at the field. PTA and the school have brainstormed and came up with some creative ways of going around this issue and making sure that this new rule will not stop us from enjoying the day! Here is the plan:
1. To ensure that each family has enough tickets for food, drinks, games, entertainment, and shopping, we are asking each family to pre-buy tickets. To give you a general idea of the pricing, we have listed some of the items:
- game booths will charge ¥100 to play one game (we have 11 game booths, as well as face painting, nail art and much more)
- non-alcoholic drinks will sell for ¥100-¥200
- alcoholic beverages for ¥300-¥500
- individual food items will cost ¥300-¥400
- baked goods ¥100-¥200
- individual vendors will price items at their discretion, but with attractive deals, as always
We have estimated that each family would spend about 2,000 yen per child plus additional amount for parents. Please note that the minimum spend per family with one child is ¥3,000, for family with two children - 5,000 yen etc. Any unused pre-paid tickets over the stated minimum could be refunded after the event.
2. All items at the carnival will be purchased with the pre-paid tickets. There will be no cash exchanges allowed.
Please send in ticket money in the amount of ¥5,000 or more (If you have a bigger family) to your child’s homeroom teacher or give it to the bus monitor in a sealed envelope no later than Thursday, 18 April! On the envelope, please list your last name, first names and grades of all your children and the amount of money enclosed.
Upon receiving your money, the PTA will prepare your ticket envelops for you. Tickets will come in 2 colors: pink nonrefundable tickets (equivalent of the required minimum spend and orange refundable tickets. Please make sure to spend pink tickets first.
And finally, we are asking you to sign-up for the general volunteer duties (prizes booth, first aid tent, PTA food&drinks sales, etc.). Please make sure to sign up on the Games Volunteers and General Volunteers pages of the document. Thank you!
To kick-start the event, the children all dressed up in some amazing costumes!! Thank you to all parents for sending your children in with such creative costumes!
This week in class...
Maths - We have continued our topic of fractions and developed our understanding comparing fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions! We also deepened our understanding by using our knowledge of equivalent fractions using x and ÷ to help us find common denominators to help us with unlike fractions (2/3+1/4 .. for examples)!
Writing - We have started our narrative writing! In particular this week, we focused on how paragraphs have a clear structure and used this to help us write about a specific topic.
Science - We have continued our focus on plants and its life cycle. The children have observed, dissected and participated in growing different plants! We finished the week with an i-check test and this will be sent on as images next week!
See you all tomorrow!
I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break! It has been so lovely being back in the classroom with everyone! With that, I am also excited that our class have grown in size! Welcome to G3B Lyon and Olivia!
I wanted to write to you today with notices about our upcoming week.
Thank you to all parents for paying the 120yen for our upcoming Art trip on Tuesday! Please may you ensure that children wear their orange UST on the day and that they will still have swimming as we will be returning before lunch.
x-country Running training:
Training will happen on Thursday lunchtime next week!
UST sports day is on Saturday 20th (next Saturday)! I hope you all received and read the email sent by the office earlier this week, if not, I have copied it onto the end of this email. Each student has been placed into squads, if you are unsure of which squad your child is in please have a look here.
The talent show will also be happening on Saturday. From G3B the following children have signed up to perform: Angelo, Alia, Milena, Sumika and Ayame – I can not wait to see what incredible act you perform! Ms Natasha will be holding a rehearsal on Monday or Tuesday for these students so please make sure you practice, practice and practice!
G3B Carnival Games:
G3B have decided to host ‘Beyblade bowling’ as their game for the carnival on Saturday. In order to ensure this game is a success please may the following children bring in the equipment for this game:
Jack – Toy bowling pins
Kosuke – Beyblade
Angelo – Beyblade
If these items are not something that could be brought in on Monday, please let me know and as a class, we will have to think about an alternative game for the class for the carnival.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Tis the season, hanami season!
What a week! It has been a great term and the children have continued to impress me week by week! We have covered so many fantastic units of work and also had a brilliant week on the slopes!
This week we completed the 50-point challenge and children who were able to accumulate 50-points (or more!) in any of the topics were given a certificate the celebrate this!
Earlier on in the week, the children began planning their budget party for the class. We discussed how budgeting requires children to think carefully about how much they have and how much they can spend in a given time frame. Although the children were put into groups (food, drinks, decorations, cutleries) they all worked together to decide on what they would like to have in the party! Thank you again to all parents for contributing towards the class party, we would have loved to have all children there for the day so I am truly thankful for the generosity and support you have provided G3B!
On Wednesday we went to Daiso and children were able to think carefully about prioritising what they would need for the class party. They were mostly successful in calculating beforehand how much they had to spend and how much they had put into their basket. Children had to calculate the price of each product after tax which turned out to be quite easy for them in Daiso as a 100yen item would be 108yen. Despite this, we went slightly over our budget when the children miscalculated a bag of key rings as 100yen for the bag when in fact it was 100yen per keyring! When we got back to class we took into account how much we had gone over budget by (1,048yen) and modified our budget for the food and drinks for the next day.
Following on, on Thursday we went for another shopping trip to Hanamasa in which the children found more challenging especially when calculating their total amount in their basket as the items did not have the prices after tax labelled. Yet, both groups were able to stay under their budget! Well done!
After lunch, the children got busy setting up their party; some were making floral decorations; some were setting up the bingo game for the class (everyone in the class would win something! - Ayame & Angelo, it is waiting for you next term)!; and some were busy setting up food and drinks for the party. It was a brilliant way of ending the term, and we were able to save some money - which the class decided to save for the next party!
On Friday, it was Japanese Culture Day, thank you to all parents for sending your children in wearing some awesome outfits! We had some amazing performances - Taiko drums, Rakugo (Japanese comedy), and Aikido. Children have been working hard in both Emiko-sensei and Mistue-sensei's class preparing for their presentations and I am very proud of them all! Well done team!
I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break!
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
Hi and welcome!
My name is Mr Morris and I am the homeroom teacher for class 3B this year.
I look forward to a wonderful learning adventure this year and know that 3B will be a delight to teach and will be a fantastic class!
You will find all the class updates here as well as regular pictures, information, homework and any helpful sites.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.