Doing Division

This morning, after recapping dividing with regrouping, Bluebirds learnt about dividing with remainders left over. They started with an activity of seeing how many squares they could make using 13 lollipops. They discovered they had one left over….one remainder! Next they had to investigate how many triangles could be made with 38 sticks. Ke Xin, Lola and Callum C ran on just of sticks but decided to write down the multiple of three to find the answer! Good thinking!

Afterwards, Bluebirds were successful in using a number line to calculate division with remainders accurately. Well done Bluebirds!

Dancing sprites using ‘If Then’ block

During the last few Computing lessons, Year 3 Bluebirds have been programming a sprite to dance using sound and different costumes.

The ‘If Then’ block is included in the program so if it touches the second sprite, then the first sprite will go back to the start.

The children have started to build their algorithms. They are using the control, motion, sound and looks blocks to have a dancing sprite with music in the background.

Video: An electrifying experience!

Bluebirds began their new topic of electricity today. Miss Timerick asked the class to think of as many things as they could they needed electricity. They thought of lots of household items and technology that needed it but forgot about things which needed batteries!

They watched a demonstration with a Van de Graaff generator. When the belt was wound up it made Mrs Johnson’s hair stand up! After, they saw metal tins blow off the top of the generator little foil balls jump around in a tube.

We talked about static electricity and energy. We learnt the metal rubbing against the belt created electricity in the metal dome. The force of the friction causes electrons transfer from one material to another. The material that has gained electrons becomes negatively charged whilst the other has become positively charged because it has lost electrons. The sparks occur when electrons move to balance the difference in charge on the atoms in the material and become neutrally charged once more.

If two objects with the same charge are brought close together they repel. This is the reason for hair standing up as the individual charged strands of hair are repelled away from the head and each other. Similarly, opposite charges attract each other and this can be seen when you rub a balloon on your hair and then bring the balloon close to your hair and the hair lifts towards the balloon.

Investigating Egyptians

Last week, Bluebirds composed some questions they would like to find out about the Egyptians. Today, Bluebirds have been practising the skills needed to locate the answers. They scanned the contents page for a key word to locate the chapter their question n was most likely to be found in. For example, Callum F explained that to answer the question, “What was a Pharoah?” it would be best to scan the contents page and look for the keyword of Pharoah.

Family Facts!

Bluebirds talked about different types of families and about who to go to for help and support.

he children were asked…

What makes a family?
Do families always live together?
Are people always born into families?
Do people always live with parents or other relatives?
Are people in families always married?
Do old and young people in families live together?

Write like an Egyptian!

This afternoon, Bluebirds have been learning all about hieroglyphs as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians. They found out there are over 700 different ones and sometimes there is more than one symbol or picture for the same letter. After decoding a message from Mrs Parry, the children wrote secret messages for their partner to solve!

Multiplying 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number

Bluebirds are enjoying mastering the skill of multiplying a two digit number by a one digit number. Today, Mrs Parry began by presenting the class with a problem to solve. The children got straight to work, using place value counters and jottings to calculate the answer together in pairs.

The class solved lots of multiplication calculations by partitioning the tens and ones of the two digit number to find their answer. Afterwards, they became the teacher and explained what mistakes had been made. Well done Bluebirds! Next we will be regrouping too so we need to make sure we line up our digits accurately to avoid making similar mistakes in our own work!