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Puffin Class Weekly News
This week, we discussed and trialled which filling would be suitable for the inside of our juggling balls. We used a sock to make a quick juggling ball to test this out with the four different fillings: beans, lentils, rice and sand.
We really enjoyed starting to stitch our juggling balls! Perseverance was a key skill we all needed as it is a skill not a lot of us were confident with. The results so far are great and we can’t wait to carry on with our textiles!
We had a great time during our outdoor learning session this week! Working nicely with a partner, we used drills to make holes in logs and saws to cut bamboo to the right length for our honeybee home. It was great to see the dedication and teamwork skills from all Puffins to get a step closer to completing ‘Bug-ingham Palace’
This week, we have enjoyed practising our underarm throwing skills with a friend before having a game of who could hit the target and using our map work skills to identify counties in the UK with different average temperatures in July!
Summer term has started in Puffin with excitement, enthusiasm and some lovely sunshine!
We have enjoyed immersing ourselves straight into our new writing topic all about bees. We showed off our teamwork skills in a group quiz where we learnt many interesting facts about honeybees before beginning to build a gigantic honeybee home (other insects are welcome)!
We also started to learn about how the bees make the honey and attempted to draw a realistic bee from a tutorial, straight in felt tip which we found quite nerve wracking at first! The drawings look great and just need some colour added before becoming part of our class gallery!
Friday 1st April 2022
Year 3 had a great time at the sleepover! We enjoyed some messy play, football and construction building and even a play in the snow before a nice warm dinner. Later into the evening, we got our bedroom areas set up all cosy and then went out for s’mores, hot chocolate and a sing song round the campfire!
We really enjoyed being creative when using a different number of body parts to form a balance and practising our balancing skills on the beam holding an arabesque pose along the way.
We also used our jumping and landing skills when using the vault this week!
This week, we have enjoyed making prototypes in DT ahead of creating our final posters to advertise a myth. In English, we read the myth, Perseus, and then did some sentences writing using time and place conjunctions.
This week in gymnastics, we practised our tuck jump with a perfect landing position and a variety of rolls.
The children were good coaches to their learning partner and persevered to ensure they were performing barrel, straight and forward rolls safely and accurately!
What a wonderful day we had celebrating World Book Day! It was so lovely to see such a mixture of costumes and characters from different children’s books. We had great fun learning a dance for a very famous fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood!
What an excellent week we have had being immersed in to our new topic, Ancient Greek myths and The Trojan Horse story. The children really enjoyed an architectural workshop where they used sticks and elastic bands to create a ginormous Trojan horse!
They have also enjoyed creating miniature models in small groups, sketching the Trojan horse and reading a selection of Greek myth comics.
After being inspired by the picture book Window and understanding how landscapes can change, we created our own before and after window view using water colours. They started with a beautiful nature area and transitioned to a seasonal, polluted or landscape change.
This week, we started designing a garden for a particular person or group who are facing a challenge. The children worked really well together to think of suitable ideas that they could include in their gardens to allow visually impaired, wheelchair users or the elderly to enjoy the garden spaces.
Next week, we will finish our designs before presenting our designs and ideas to the rest of the class!
This week has been all about team work in Puffin!
Firstly, we started our new class text, The Hodgeheg, and in groups created a story map to help us remember a conversation and begin to apply the rules and correct punctuation to dialogue.
In PSHE, we have a lovely project that we will be working on over the coming weeks and this week started by creating gardens from puzzle pieces that were all muddled up and discussing what features the different gardens had.
This week in dance we started to put our machine-like movements created with our partner over the last two weeks into group routines. We had to think about how we could show the machines breaking down with a movement.
It was lovely to see the children using their creativity and working well in small groups before performing to the rest of the class!
This week, we thoroughly enjoyed sharinge our magnetic games with the rest of year 3!
We learnt lots more about how magnets work through materials and from challenging quiz questions through playing such different games that had been made!
Welcome back Puffins!
We have had a really enjoyable start to the spring term thinking about our personal challenges and the goals that we wish to achieve this year. We discussed how following ASPIRE can help us to succeed! We then immersed ourselves into the play script of Fantastic Mr Fox and relished the opportunity to become a character before acting out a scene!
This week, we concluded our geography unit of work all about megacities. The children have learnt so much over the last 6 weeks and were able to sort the advantages and disadvantages between city and countryside living. It was interesting to hear where they would rather live and why!
We also loved having a Christmas run and dance during Elf Dash!
What a crafty week we have had from start to finish!
On Monday, we started creating our mega city sculptures. Each group worked collaboratively to produce some important buildings.
Then on Friday, we got into the Christmas spirit during our decoration morning. We made 3 different designs each, with Miss Nash, Miss Ford and Mr Bond! They have definitely made our classrooms brighter!
This week, we have enjoyed using base 10 and place value counters in our maths lessons to really help us to understand additions and subtractions that require an exchange!
Wow, what a week!
Making sculptures from mini marshmallows, visiting the book fair, showing off our dribbling skills and investigating friction using toy cars!
It is lovely to see Puffins enjoying their learning so much!
This week in art, we were inspired by the artist, Brendan Jamison, to build sculptures using sugar cubes!
The children were really creative and worked so well with their partner to create fantastic buildings!
The children have loved starting their new topics this week!
In geography, we used atlases to locate the countries of the top 10 megacities.
In art, we looked at ‘What is Sculpture?’ and had a go at using Lego, Clixi, multi-link cubes or paper to create our own sculptures linked to the human body.
What a brilliant end to our very first half term as Year 3! The children had the best day when Rockman came to visit, bringing along real fossils for us to look at and hold, and realistic models of dinosaurs too. The children conducted a fact hunt, working in groups to investigate the models, rocks and fossils at each station, and reading information about each. Mary Anning even came to visit!
This week, the children really enjoyed creating their final print in our art lesson. They used a polystyrene block to engrave a Stone Age or fossil themed image before using a roller to ink their tile and transfer onto paper.
They noticed that using this technique allowed them to add more details than previous weeks and there were lots of smiling faces when they peeled the tile up to reveal the print they had created!
Friday 8th October 2021
Despite the disappointing news of Rock Man being poorly on Tuesday, we were able to have our own year 3 Rock Man experience day instead. We first completed a Now Press Play activity linked to Rocks. This was then followed by a fossil sketching lesson and finally our day concluded with making our very own fossils.
We are looking forward to painting and finishing our fossils over the next few weeks. We are also pleased that Rock Man has rescheduled and we look forward to his visit on Friday 22nd October.
Friday 1st October 2021
We had great fun exploring mud during our outdoor learning time. We worked together to make some muddy concoctions and then tried to filter the water from the mud. It was great to see the children work together to solve problems!
This week, we have really enjoyed experimenting the different prints we could make using our hands. After experimenting, the children had a go at printing a stick person, cave person or woolly mammoth using only the shapes with their hands!
In science this week, we have been investigating the hardness of rocks by scratching them with screws. The children were so excited to conduct an experiment and they recorded their results very well!
Welcome to Year 3!
What an exciting (yet tiring) first full week we have had! The children have been settling into new routines well and having lots of fun with their learning. They especially enjoyed cleaning toys to practise using imperative verbs and prepare for their instructional writing using the story, How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.
In science, we have started our Rocks and Fossils topic and observed 6 rock samples to identify the different properties that rocks can have!