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Puffin Class Weekly News
The children have worked so very hard this week to produce fantastic diary entries describing their day in the life of a Stone Age child.
In science, they have learnt about the skeleton and bones in the human body. They thoroughly enjoyed meeting our special guest and investigating all his bones!
This week, we have showed our skills off in gymnastics! The children enjoyed our warm up based on the rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York before having time to practise a stretch jump and egg roll. They then put them together into a short routine and demonstrated great confidence when performing.
Wow, what a fun week it has been!
In English, we have enjoyed using our Stone Age class texts to create a forest setting with some specific landmarks that we can use in our upcoming writing. In maths, we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and had a go at making our own quadrilaterals using lolly sticks. In science, we continue to learn all about animals including humans and this week looked at a balanced diet. The children were amazed to see how many cups of water they should be drinking each day!
It has been lovely to have Puffins back in school, smiling and enjoying their learning!
This week, they have enjoyed starting gymnastics lessons, investigating paper engineering in pop up books for our DT project and having hot school dinners delivered for lunch!
We really enjoyed the big reveal of our fossils this week. First, we painted them all black and then used a dry brush and dusted them to allow the texture of the fossil to show.
What an exciting end to our science topic and our first half term. The children have worked so hard over the last 7 weeks and we wish all Puffins a safe, fun and restful week off.
See you all on Monday 2nd November!
In English, it was finally time to start researching our chosen countries for our non-fiction reports. We used books, fact files and the computer suite to find out lots of interesting facts.
We started to make fossils in science. It was hard to shape the plasticine but we all persevered to get a mould filled for next week!
Puffin Class really care about the environment and produced some amazing, eye-catching posters giving ways on how we can reduce the air pollution around us.
We have enjoyed learning about non-fiction reports in English this week and used what we had learnt to identify key features in a fact file all about London.
In art, we finished our leaf printing, adding a second colour to show the finer details. They look great hanging in the classroom!
This week, we have been improving our athletic stamina and endurance. In PE, everyone showed a really supportive coaching side as they encouraged their learning partner to keep going whilst sprinting 10x10m shuttle runs.
We also enjoyed supporting Gold Geese on Wednesday by wearing gold, yellow and orange clothing!
Puffin have enjoyed using Now Press Play following the story of an alien searching for strong rocks samples to build a palace for their emperor. They learnt lots more about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.
In English we have started to look at poetry and they have enjoyed practising The Bug Chant with their learning partner ready to perform to the rest of Year 3!
This week in science, the children had the chance to carry out ‘The Hardness Test’ to investigate the hardness of different rocks.
We discussed how to conduct a fair experiment and then used screws and sandpaper to explore what happened when different rocks samples were rubbed or scratched.
We also had the opportunity to investigate further and were wowed by the results of ‘The Water Test’ and ‘The Acid Test’.
Puffin have worked hard this week to settle into classroom routines.
We have enjoyed starting all our new topics, investigating and observing rocks, locating megacities around the world, making music with boomwhackers and revising place value in Power Maths.
It has been lovely to welcome Puffin Class back into school this week.
Focusing on ASPIRE, we had lots of lovely activities to settle the children back into school and ensure they were feeling positive about the year ahead.
We read The Colour Monster to talk about our emotions and how it’s healthy to feel different emotions and talk about them. The children shared how they were feeling about returning to school by creating their own monster. Luckily, we had lots of yellow ‘happy monsters’ working away in the classroom!
Later, we learnt some facts about puffins and how they aren’t born with the ability to fly, they have to learn and practise just like us. We chatted about aspirations for the future and year 3 and created some wonderful aspirational puffin pictures.
After listening to Giraffes Can’t Dance, the children had a challenge to test their perseverance skills - they had to learn how to skip. With lots of time to practise and some top tips shared, it was a success for all! The whole class showed us their ability to not give up, but to keep, keep, keep on trying when things are tricky.
We have been incredibly impressed and would like to say well done to all Puffins for the resilience they have shown this week. We’re even more excited for the rest of the year now!