It has been lovely to see the children back from their Christmas break refreshed and eager to learn this week. On Monday we spent the day focusing on good behaviours for learning but not the typical “behaviour” that might spring to mind (Pelican class are already beautifully behaved!). Rather, we discussed the importance of perseverance and having a growth mindset, becoming comfortable with the feeling of challenge and the qualities necessary to overcome barriers in learning. We drew our own “challenge mountains” to represent how we might feel when climbing metaphorical mountains in our learning, exploring both positive and negative feelings.
Later that afternoon we took on a real challenge! We created our own multicoloured origami butterflies and am I proud to say that despite its difficulty, every child persevered and every child made at least one beautiful butterfly. We will be displaying these on a display board in the corridor outside of the Year 3 classrooms, celebrating our positive and determined attitude to learning.
We have also enjoyed starting our new topics: Forces and Magnets in Science, and Climates in Geography. We especially liked taking toy cars outside to experiment with the forces of push, pull and different types of resistance (particularly focusing on friction created by varying surface types).
A wonderful final week in the run up to Christmas!
In Pelican class we have continued with our multiplication and division topic, in which the children have shown such progress already. We have also finished our Stone Age topic, looking at the Red Lady of Paviland this week, as well as created our final letter to Santa (confessing something “cheeky” we could have done in the year, then “redeeming ourselves” by suggesting a list of good things!).
Of course, in addition to our usual lessons, we have very much enjoyed our Christmas party which was open across all of year 3, with Seagull class turning into a disco, Puffin a games room and Pelican a film room. We really enjoyed our party food and everybody was so generous (thank you!) that we ended up having a second mini party in the afternoon of the last day too! The remaining unopened food will be given to a local food bank.
On the morning of our final day we enjoyed cracking a Christmas code, where we used our addition and subtraction skills to work out the punchline to a Christmas joke. We also created and decorated our Christmas folders before we filled them with the decorations we made. The children really loved the Staff sing-a-long at the end of the day too, where the teachers all took part in singing Christmas carols and playing instruments with the children watching and singing along.
I wish to say a huge thank you to all of my lovely children and parents for the gifts I was given in this last week of term.
Have a fantastic Christmas break and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!
Monday 9th December 2019 – Friday 13th December 2019
A busy and exciting penultimate week of our first full term as Pelican class. We have been enjoying lots of Christmas craft again this week, making Christmas cards using cotton and a sewing technique to create our design. We have also been making fingerprint Christmas tree cards for some of our very important staff at Leigh North Street: our site team, governors and cleaning/kitchen staff.
This week we have started our new English topic of letter writing, reading Dear Father Christmas and sequencing the events, as well as identifying key features within letters. In Maths, the children have been working on their multiplication knowledge (3s, 4s and 8s) and applying this to help solve division problems.
The children have also been very busy performing their poetry recital and singing to the whole of the school. They did so brilliantly well today in their final performance. I hope all of our lovely parents enjoyed it! The children have truly loved practising their poem, actions and the Christmas songs and we are so proud of them.
We are all looking forward to our Christmas party on Wednesday and a fun packed final four days!
A lovely Christmassy week in Pelican class! Our tree is up and we have had a little magical elf come to visit, getting up to mischief in our room every day! This week we have been learning about the bones in the human body, and even learning some of the scientific names too. We have been practising our Christmas poem for our poetry recital, which the children have absolutely loved. The whole class even voted for their choice of poem and have had complete autonomy in their groups over their actions and how to present their stanza. They are really excited about it! We have been learning some British Sign Language to complement lines from our additional Christmas acrostic poem, learning words such as “reindeer”, “Christmas day”, “mince pie” and “snowflakes”. We have also had some lovely Christmas themed arts and craft lessons this week, including making our mini Christmas wreaths to go on our class hoop in the hall. Our Christmas dinner on Tuesday was absolutely delicious too!
The children have been working so hard this week in school. We have really been enjoying our Stone Age topic, and this week explored the three sections within the Stone Age Era: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic period. We have been learning about the change in the people as time progressed during the Stone Age. In particular, development in terms of hunting versus farming and the creation of settlements. The children really enjoyed looking at photos of different artefacts to consider how life changed during this period. We saw how pottery was used in the Neolithic period, and even saw a photo of a flute made of bone, amazing evidence of Stone Age people enjoying music. We have also now painted the amazing fossils we made last week and have also used clay to model our own spear heads!
This week Pelican class have been using plaster of Paris to create our own fossils! We used plasticine to carefully create the base of our mould, and pressed various shells into the plasticine to create an imprint in which we would pour the plaster of Paris. We will be carefully removing these from our moulds next week in Art, where will be painting each one to bring them to life!
In English we have been creating and writing about the adventures we would have with Stig if we were Barney. The children have been so engaged and shared amazing ideas of building a treehouse with Stig, digging their own swimming pool, or even creating a “sleepover pack” from which they would share soft pillows, hot chocolate and board games with Stig! It really helped inspire our final diary entries this week.
We also had a lovely time last Friday for Children in Need. I didn’t get a chance to post about it so I’ve attached a picture of our class bear! We decided to go for a Stone Age bear and we decorated our bear’s cave using the cave painting style symbols and drawings we’d learnt about in Art that week.
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
We have had a lovely week here in Pelican class. I think the whole class would certainly agree the highlight of the week has to be our trip to Southend Museum. We had the opportunity to look around the exhibits, sketch some artefacts and even had a talk with one of the Museum educators about the Stone Age. We were able to hold real pieces of flint, hand-axes, as well as a mammoth tusk and tooth! We all got to look at a replica of a spear and harpoon, weapons which hunter-gatherers would utilise in the Stone Age period.
In addition to this we have created our very own “cave paintings” using crayons and pastels. We studied famous examples of cave paintings and symbols to create our own. We have moved onto an amazing topic in Science: Animals (including humans) and looked at the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. Of course, we have continued with Power Maths and the children are making so much progress with column addition and subtraction, it is incredible! In English, we have been looking at diary entries in preparation for planning and eventually writing our own diary entry in the eyes of Barney from Stig of the Dump.
As some of you are already aware, this term we do not having Swimming on a Monday morning. Instead, we have a gymnastics session on a Friday afternoon. We had a short introductory lesson to this last Friday, which the children really enjoyed.
It was great to see all the children excited to be back this week and what a lovely week we have had. We have started our New Stone Age topic in History which the children have been so enthusiastic about. In addition to this we have been reading Stig of the Dump in English and writing our own character descriptions. We have also looked at diary entries which has inspired some children to even write their own diary entries at home! We are so excited about our trip to Southend Museum next week too.
Miss Bruley, our lovely class LSA, has also taken some photos of the children enjoying their busy Thursday afternoon of music, PE and ICT. These lessons are taught by subject teachers. The children enjoyed using the bricks to help compose their own music and perform it to their peers. In ASSA, the children learnt about the rules and skills needed in netball, such as pivoting on the spot with the ball only. They then applied these skills in fun a game of hoop ball! In ICT, the children navigated Microsoft Word and started to type up their amazing wind poems from our beach trip last term.
A lovely end to a brilliant first half term. The children have worked so hard and settled into the routines and expectations of Year 3 amazingly well, I am so proud of each and every one of them! In this final week we have been writing our own non-chronological reports on a country of our choice, using the research we have conducted using the books taken from Leigh Library and also our ICT lesson using the internet to read BBC fact files. In Science we have been investigating the properties of different soils and what makes a good soaker and what makes a good drainer.
We have also enjoyed lots of cutting and sticking this week, starting to create beautiful Autumnal wreaths using coloured paper cut into leaf shapes. We carefully added detail by folding and snipping different parts of the leaves. You’ll have to excuse our last minute photos, we were having so much fun during the activity we completely forgot to take photos mid-cutting and sticking! We enjoyed discussion about Hinduism and the supreme God Brahman, as well as interesting discussion around rural vs urban areas and the advantages vs disadvantages of living in the city and the countryside.
I would also like to say a big thank you to the children and parents who helped raise money for Harp through sponsoring the children to take part in our year group sleepover. The children had a fantastic time.
Have a lovely, well-earned break! See you in a week. J
What an exciting week! Leigh North Street have been so privileged to have some top secret moon rocks (lunar samples) delivered this week and Pelican class were the first ones to get their hands on them! We have been looking at both rocks and soil taken from the moon (some samples millions of years old!), along with real meteorites. We investigated their properties, looking at magnetism, density and using magnifiers to carefully observe the texture of each sample. Using our scientific observations we could then use a classification chart to identify each sample correctly.
On Tuesday we visited Leigh Library to collect some non-fiction texts to further support our research into various countries, linked to our megacity topic in Geography. We discussed how to use information texts and select the most relevant facts for our own non-chronological reports we are planning. We have also really enjoyed RE this half term. All the children have been very engaged in their learning, especially when discussing different religions, including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
This week we have moved onto our new unit in maths: addition and subtraction. In particular we have been focussing on calculations such as “157+6” in which we are required to exchange some of our “ones” for an additional “ten”. The use of physical apparatus like our dienes blocks and place value counters have been useful for this. We have continued our work around rocks in science, experiencing an exciting now press play story in the hall about different types of rocks and their properties. We even created our own raps about rocks and spent some time presenting them to each other! Another fantastic week, well done.
This week we have been looking at poetry. After reading Christina Rosetti's wind poems we started to think about writing our own version. We are ever so lucky to have the beach on our doorstep so on Tuesday off we went to find some inspiration for our poems. We carefully considered our five senses when selecting adjectives and adverbs to describe our surroundings. The work we did at the beach built an excellent foundation onto which we constructed our own wind poems. The children should be very proud of themselves as the work they have created is excellent! Thanks again to our wonderful parent helpers that accompanied us on the trip and helped facilitate the children's fantastic ideas.
In addition to this we have been working hard in Maths as we come to the end of our unit on place value. We have enjoyed using watercolours in Art, completed our beautiful leaf prints, learnt all about fossil formation and we are further developing our French. We have now covered the basic greetings, introduction, and this week introduced "how are you?" alongside the appropriate responses. The children love French and were so excited at the realisation they can now have an actual (albeit short) conversation in French!
Below I have also attached some photos of the children reciting The Bug Chant by Tony Mitten to the rest of Year 3. This was technically the week before (on the afternoon of Friday 27th) but it was so fun that I had to include it. The children had selected lines within the poem and were able to perform each section alongside the rest of the class, focusing on the importance of rhythm and rhyme. We went into the hall to show our work to the rest of the year group. That Friday was also a great day because we won the gold attendance award for the week! Keep it up Pelicans!
We have been very hands on this week in Pelican class. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic work, particularly our Science where we conducted an investigation using acid (vinegar!), water and various tools to test rock hardness. We were amazed to see how the chalk fizzed when the acid was applied, indicating the presence of shells of dead sea creatures! We discussed the differences between sedimentary and igneous rock and how each test allowed us to make predictions under which category each rock would fall. We also have had so much fun in Art, where we used polystyrene tiles, rollers and paint to create beautiful effective leaf prints. We will be adding a final layer to these next week too. We are also looking forward to our beach trip next Tuesday! Thank you to all the parents that have volunteered to help.
What an amazing week Pelicans have had. I think all the children will agree the highlight of the week has to be our Rockman visit. We were able to look at and touch lots of different fossils, from ammonites right through to dinosaur teeth, crocodile skin and a real dinosaur egg! We couldn’t believe a real baby dinosaur lay fossilised inside it. We were amazed by beautiful crystals/minerals and even took part in a giant human timeline, looking at the evolution of creatures on earth over millions of years. We also created some fantastic observational sketches of a variety of fossils. We even got to meet the famous scientist Mary Anning and ask her some questions about her discoveries. What a brilliant
What a brilliant first full week we have had! All the children have thrown themselves into our busy timetable, starting work on exciting new topics such as megacities and rocks. We have really enjoyed our new maths scheme (Power Maths) and have used dienes blocks to physically represent 3 digit numbers as we explore place value. We’ve created some excellent observational sketches of leaves in Art, used atlases to locate the top ten megacities in the world, and made scientific observations of various rock types using magnifiers. We are super excited for the Rockman to visit us next week!