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!