Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
Year 3 had a visit from Graham, the `Rock Man' this week. The day was a combination of mini-lectures, children's investigative work on unique fossils, rocks, crystals and dinosaur models, as well as a `visit' from the 200-year old fossil hunter, Mary Anning! One of the fossil highlights included a dinosaur egg with an embryo inside. (We saw an x-ray of it.)
Puffin class also listened to a song, "I am a Palaeontologist" from the "Here Comes Science" CD. We also made "flint" tools out of clay which will be baked and painted by the students. Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
On Wednesday, Puffin class spent the morning at Southend Museum learning about the Stone Age. Every object tells a story: who knew that there were so many artefacts from Paleolithic and Neolithic people found in this area!! The children were able to hold the items made from flint, obsidian, and bone, including an arrow-head dating back more than 100,000 years. Interestingly, we learned that Stone Age man was largely like us and that mammoths used to live in this area! We’ll definitely have to investigate that! Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
This week Puffin class made autumn lanterns from wax paper, cheese containers, leaves and lots of glue. (Thank you to those parents who brought in cheese containers to help with the build of these!) We’ve also started a new history topic this term, The Stone Age. Linked to this, we’ve started reading the classic story, Stig of the Dump! Finally, we had a visit from Keira at Kalmer Kids to help teach us about breathing techniques to help us calm down. Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
It was all systems go in Puffin class this week! After a half-term learning about forces, the children worked in teams to build games based around magnets. These games included fishing, racing, football, and a money pyramid game! We then had a discussion and a write-up about what we most enjoyed about our projects and what we would do differently next time! The consensus was to make our games more challenging! Well done children and have a lovely half-term!
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
A big well done to all the pupils and staff who spent the night at school. The pupils had lots of fun throughout the evening and all pupils slept well and were up early for school on the Friday. They managed to pack up their belongings and we only have a few items of lost property which we will bring out to the playground on Monday after school.
Have a good weekend.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
This week we had a beach trip with the other year 3 classes! With the help of our learning teams and wonderful parent helpers, we wrote and performed poetry about the wind. Later, we went to the ICT suite and typed them up! In addition, we have been working on developing our fine motor skills by timing the number of paper clips or dried beans we can link or pick up in 30 seconds. Finally, we have been working hard at coming into puffin classroom quietly after break and lunch so we can promptly begin our work and leave time for class conversation and extra getting up and moving time! Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
This week we have been practicing subtraction of 2-digit numbers using our own number lines – drawn on white boards, pencil and chalk – by hopping along to the nearest 10. The students also set up fair tests of four different magnets to test their strength. The inquiry raised a lot more questions for us to answer! We are slowly working our way through our end of day class story, Charlotte’s Web.
Please check out the year 3 homework page for details of what’s due in when.
PE, children need to have their PE kit in school every day, as the days change for PE each half term.
They must come into school with their hair tied back and no jewellery is to be worn during PE lessons.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
This week we have been writing our own stories, based on the text I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole. We used conjunctions and powerful verbs to write and edit our own creative pieces. The children worked hard and all did a wonderful job! We have also been discussing the importance of observing and asking questions about the natural world around us. This has included the children’s ‘finds’ from the school garden as well as some odd looking acorns transformed by gall wasps.