P3 blog 2/2/18

Hello from P3!
Literacy comes in many shapes and forms; this week we went outside to look at the natural world and wrote down words linked to nature and what we saw. We used this vocabulary to write a Tanka poem about nature around us because Rabbie Burns wrote a lot of poems about nature. Tanka poems originate from Japan and are thirty-one-syllable poems, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7syllable count form. We had great fun writing these and counting syllables!
We remembered our ‘ould’ spelling sounds by watching a funny clip with the mnemonic ‘Oh U Lucky Ducky!’ Because the film was so funny, it stuck in our heads and we remember how to spell words like ‘would’.
We also collaborated to make PowerPoints on a charity of our choice and some of our parents came to see us in action. This involved reading, note taking, summarising and writing a well as ICT skills!
We are continuing our work with fractions as we are finding this tricky. We know that finding a half is the same as dividing by two, that finding a quarter is the same as dividing by four and so on. If we are finding, for example, 3/5 of a number, we find one fifth of the number first, then multiply by the top number of the fraction, which in this case is 3. We are finding it tricky because some of us are not confident with our tables so please keep practising at home! Rote learning and songs help with this…
We had a real treat on Wednesday, a Chinese visitor called Mrs Fan came to our class to get to know us. She will be working with us weekly for a short time, teaching us about the culture and language of China! We thought of questions we could ask her about her country.