We were so lucky to have the Parents' Association come in and organise for Third Class to have a smoothie making session in school today. There was great excitement at the prospect of creating their own signature smoothie concoctions! There was even many children who thought they disliked spinach and found that it was actually very nice after all. Many thanks to all the parents for giving up their free time to help us!
This week is Resilience Week at St. Mary's. We have been doing lots of lovely activities to build resilience, wellness and self-confidence in everyone. We are learning about the importance of having a Growth Mindset, and how it impacts on our wellness.
Here are a few photos of us enjoying a yoga session with Mr. Joynt yesterday. We did a lot of work on breathing, calming and mindfulness.
We have covered a lot of Maths topics this term to date. If you are looking for some ways to support your son/daughter at home with their mental maths, here are some sample questions based on topics you might ask:
- What is the biggest possible number you could make with 2, 4 and 7? What is the smallest number you could make?
- What is the value of the 4 in 347? (40) What is the value of the 8 in 862? (800)
What is 10 more/less than x? What is 100 more/less than x?
- Round 94 to the nearest 10. Round 345 to the nearest 100.
-What is double 14? What number is double 6?
-What is a quarter / half of 12?
-What is three sets of 4? What is five groups of 5?
- What is €15 split evenly between 5 people? (Encourage counting in 5's to 15)
- Can you find an angle that is greater than/less than/equal to a right angle?
- Can you find a set of parallel lines?
- What is a 2D shape with 4 equal angles? What 2D shape has six sides?
- Count in 3s/4s/5s to x.
...And plenty of practice with time and mental addition and subtraction!
We are working hard on our counting in 4s at the moment in Third Class. Knowing skip counting is a great stepping stone for when we begin multiplication later on this term. We have been using this video in class, and noticing how the units are always 4, 8, 2, 6, 0.
We've been answering questions such as "What is 4 sets of 4?" "How many wheels on 6 cars?" "If I clap my hands 5 times and each clap represents 4, what number will I land on?"
We are trialling a new website called IXL. We have signed up to a 30-day trial before we consider purchasing. It is a fantastic website with practice in every area of the Maths curriculum. The students have their own personalised account which gives feedback to the class teacher about each student's progress and what areas they need additional support in.
Each student has been given their individualised login which is stapled inside their homework journal. Practise makes perfect! Here are the activity numbers I would recommend to reinforce areas covered in school to date:
A.1 Even or Odd
B.1 Place value models up to thousands
B.2 Place value names up to hundreds
B.3 Place value names up to thousands
We will be starting into Addition this week and 2D shapes next week. Many others are equally useful for regular practise, e.g. time/money/pattern. Hopefully you find it useful.
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Welcome to our Third Class blog page! We are a wonderful group of 29 boys and girls. Our teacher is Ms. Moran.