Friday 24th September 2021
We have been very lucky with the weather for our outdoor learning sessions so far this half term. The children have loved helping weed the vegetable patches in our garden, filling the compost bins and finding hidden minibeasts!
This week Pelican class enjoyed their PE lesson with Mr Bond. The children are learning about tennis and practising their tennis skills, improving their reaction time and control of the racket.
The children have settled into Year 3 so well this week and last. We had such great fun creating woolly mammoths, painting Stone Henge and enjoying a Stone Age themed Now Press Play story. In Science, the children loved looking at different types of rocks and making detailed sketches and observations of them. Well done Pelicans!
The children have really enjoyed playing rounders in the sun over the last few weeks with Mr Bond. It has been a fun and exciting last full week in Year 3, we are looking forward to even more fun on our last three days together next week!
Pelican class had the absolute best time this week creating their own bean burgers and finally assembling, cooking and tasting them. Thanks so much to the lovely Pelican parents who supplied lots of tasty chopped vegetables for our burgers!
The children really liked looking closely at photos of various temples and monuments found in the Ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza and learning the purpose behind each building.
This week the children enjoyed using mirrors to write secret messages to their learning partner, observing how the mirror reverses the letters.
This week Pelican class were so excited to try three different bean burgers as part of a taste test and evaluation prior to designing their own bean burger recipe. The children did really well and everyone had a taste of each burger, even the super spicy one!
The children have returned from the half term break eager and ready to learn. We have been introduced to our new topic of Ancient Maya with a Now Press Play story which we carried out in the sunny outdoor area this week.
Pelican class really enjoyed taking part in the Science fair with the whole of Year 3 on Wednesday afternoon. They were able to play each other’s games as well as show off their own creations. Well done Year 3!
The children loved having the opportunity to take a look and read some books from our book fair this week!
The children have started to create their magnetic games ready for our mini Science fair this week. They have been focusing on creating their characters, obstacles and smaller components of the game, as well as considering how each part will move by using magnets.
This week the children completed their 3D Trojan Horses. They were quite tricky to make and the children really persevered and were so proud of what they’d created! Next week we will start working on our magnetic games in Science too.
This week Pelican class enjoyed D&T where we started to create our own 3D Trojan Horse. The children have shown great interest and a brilliant understanding of various Greek Myths we have read together this week and last, in particular the Perseus and Medusa story and of course Odysseus and the Trojan Horse.
This week Pelicans had so much fun designing their own fair investigation using paper clips to test the strength of various magnets. The children were quite surprised to conclude that the size of the magnet did not always correlate with its magnetic strength!
Week Beginning 12th April 2021
This week Pelican class got to grips with their new topics of Ancient Greece in History and Forces and Magnets in Science. We especially enjoyed going outside and investigating friction by running toy cars over varying surfaces, learning how a rough surface produces more friction and hence more push force is required to move the car a certain distance. This week Pelican class got to grips with their new topics of Ancient Greece in History and Forces and Magnets in Science. We especially enjoyed going outside and investigating friction by running toy cars over varying surfaces, learning how a rough surface produces more friction and hence more push force is required to move the car a certain distance.
Week Beginning 22nd March 2021
We’ve enjoyed a very creative week here at Pelican class. In art we created a number of sketches in the style of Quentin Blake and in science we made our own X-ray images using art straws and black card, inspired by our Marie Curie lesson this week.
This week the children enjoyed doing lots of research in both Science and Geography by going on “fact hunts” around the classroom and the school hall. We learnt about the Dunkirk evacuation and the sacrifice Leslie Osborne and his crew (from Leigh-on-Sea) made to evacuate soldiers on the Renown. We also learnt about Inge Lehmann and how she discovered the centre of the earth has a solid core.
The children have been amazing this first week back. Whilst I am sure there were some nerves on Monday, everybody fell back into routine very quickly and we had an enjoyable week. We continued with our measurement topic in Maths and used tape measures to measure one another’s arm spans. In Art, we looked at our school building and enjoyed sketching it in the sun on Tuesday afternoon.
We have had a beautiful and happy final week together this term. Despite this year being far from normal, the children have really enjoyed making the most out of Christmas as a class together. Their poetry performances were fabulous and they had so much fun creating a Christingle, especially when we lit them all! Thank you to all my lovely children and parents for your gifts and cards. Please do enjoy your Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all fresh-faced in January 2021!
A lovely Christmassy week here in Pelican class. The children really enjoyed their delicious Christmas lunch and had so much fun making their Christmas wreath decoration!
This week we have really enjoyed starting to design our own Stone Age pop up book page and considering which part will be moving in our scene. We have also started to look at letter writing and read Dear Father Christmas which the children loved!
This week the children have absolutely loved practising their Christmas poem and songs ready to film for our Year 3 Christmas Extravaganza video! They have done so well to remember their lines and even come up with actions too in such a short space of time. We will be continuing our filming next week.
Pelican class have really enjoyed creating their own mechanisms in our DT lessons. Last week we looked at various pop up books to understand how they work, carefully inspecting their design. This week we started to create simple mechanisms using pieces of card and split pins to see how we could transfer movement from one area to another. We will eventually be creating our own scene/page for a book with a moving part.
The children have absolutely loved starting our new Stone Age topic this half term. We have been looking at what an “anachronism” is and reading lots of Stone Age themed fiction texts in our English lessons. We particularly enjoyed drawing our own Mandel Forest from The Wild Way Home this week.
This half term we have started gymnastics on a Wednesday and the children really enjoyed practising different rolls and balancing skills. We have launched our new hot dinner menu which has had great feedback, they especially enjoyed the pizza on Tuesday!
We have had a lovely last week in Pelican class. We had so much fun carefully peeling back the plasticine from the plaster and unveiling our fossils. This week we have started to paint them and we will be adding some gold metallic paint brushed lightly over the raised “fossil” section so they really stand out.
Pelicans- thank you for being so enthusiastic about your learning and return to school. Have a wonderful, well earned half term break. See you very soon!
This week we have been using plasticine and shells to create moulds and pouring plaster of paris into them to cast our very own fossils. Tune in next week to see how they come out and how they look painted! In PE we have been improving our athletic stamina and ability by coaching and encouraging our learning partners in the standing long jump. The children were incredibly determined to beat their own scores!
Hello from Pelican class! This week we had lots of fun continuing with our leaf printing and also creating some beautiful autumnal wreaths using sugar paper to cut out leaf shapes and carefully layering them in a circle. We have also started our new Power Maths topic of addition and subtraction.
We have been so busy this week in Pelican class! We have continued sketching leaves and have now moved on to creating our own beautiful leaf prints by engraving our leaf design onto polystyrene tiles and using paints and rollers to print with. Tune in next week for the next layer of printing adding the extra detail to the leaves! In PE we have been timing ourselves doing 10x 10m shuttle runs and seeing if we can improve our times.
A super busy and fun week in Pelican class. We were lucky enough to enjoy the lovely sunny weather each day taking part in the daily mile and some skipping on Tuesday too! We enjoyed learning about number lines by ordering famous buildings according to their height on a number line up to 1000m. We also took part in a Now Press Play all about rocks, where we went on a mission to source the most appropriate rock to create a beautiful, strong and waterproof palace. In Art, we sketched some fabulous observational drawings of leaves.
This week the children have been writing some amazing descriptive pieces in English based on the book “I’ll take you to Mrs Cole”. Instead, the children created their own version of “I’ll take you to Mr Hautler” and we have been imagining and then describing the amazing paradise Mr Hautler’s office turns out to be! We have continued with our Rocks topic and this week we conducted various experiments using water to see which rocks are permeable and also chose different equipment/tools to see how hard each rock was.
What an amazing first two days back into school! The children have impressed me with their resilience, determination and enthusiasm this week, showing how keen they are to resume their education at school. We have spoken lots this week about the power of the word “yet”, how we can maintain a growth mindset and how it is OK to sometimes make mistakes. It is how we learn! We applied our school value of perseverance when it came to skipping, and we all made progress between our first skipping session in the morning versus our second in the afternoon. We are really looking forward to spending this year together in Year 3!
What an amazing first full week as Pelican class, packed full of exciting activities! We have been using atlases and world maps to locate different megacities, discussing the countries and continents they belong to. A highlight of our week was our science experiment, making careful observations of various rocks in the form of sketches and written descriptions. Well done everybody, you have all worked so hard this week.