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Puffin Class Weekly News
We have enjoyed starting our new maths unit on length this week. The children have been enthusiastic to get measuring and learning equivalent lengths.
In Science, we planted potatoes from the national Grow Your Own Potatoes competition which we will use within our DT project next term. It was interesting to learn about how potato plants grow and how we could win the competition. The children will continue to look after the potatoes in the school garden.
Puffin have had such a jam packed, enjoyable week.
First, we had an incredible concert from The Music Man Project. We loved joining in with the performers and having a sing and dance made us really happy.
Then, we were lucky to have Ellie Irving join us for a writing workshop. It was inspiring to hear how she persevered to become an author and she even taught us some tips on how to start inventing some interesting characters and where to start.
Lastly, World Book Day. Albeit a very rainy day the children’s costumed brightened every part of the classroom and corridors around school. We began writing stories together to enter into the LNSPS Short Story Competition which closes on Friday 24th April. They made a fantastic start and I can’t wait to read the rest to see where Milo ends up!
This week we have been introduced to our new History topic, Trojan Horse: Historical Fact or Classical Myth?
We loved hearing the story and working together in groups to retell the Trojan Horse, using freeze frames to show the main points.
We have also started our new Design & Technology project. We are excited to design and make a pneumatic moving monster! We looked this week at objects that need air to function and discussed how the air is used within each or make it work correctly.
In maths, we have started learning all about money. We have learnt techniques to help us count amounts of money and visual models to help convert between pence and pounds and pence.
They are prepared for a visit to a shop where they can apply what they’ve learnt to real life situations and I’m sure they will love the challenge!
We are loving Fantastic Mr Fox and loved our challenge at the beach this week to dig holes and tunnels like The Fox family did to escape!
We had lots of time in Art to experiment with watercolours and explore the different shades we could then use to paint our illuminated letter.
This week in English, we have started reading Fantastic Mr Fox. We have enjoyed role play to create a performance which explained the beginning of the story and the first dilemma that Mr Fox faces. We have also been looking at the characters to understand their quirks and created Top Trump cards to compare their personalities!
This week we have been thinking about our personal goals and dreams that we would like to achieve in Year 3 and distant future. We used flower templates to share these, as they are always changing and growing just like us!
In science, we enjoyed investigating with magnets to see which objects were attracted to a magnet and which were not. This gave us lots of information and starting ideas for our Science Fair project later this term.
We really enjoyed using maps to discover the climate in different countries around the world.
Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 10th January 2020
Welcome back Puffins!
We had a great return to school by focusing on challenge and the obstacles and emotions that occur when facing something we haven’t done before.
We looked at key vocabulary and created our own personal ‘challenge mountains’. We then started an origami challenge. We were shown the sequence of folds to do and worked closely with our learning partner to support each other in mastery the folding techniques to create a butterfly.
At first we found it really difficult and had to persevere to reach the end and overcome the challenge. We were all very proud to show off our origami at the end!
The children have worked so hard to learn their poetry lines and song words to perform an amazing show to all who were lucky to come and watch. Thank you to parents at home for extra practise and a big WELL DONE to everyone in Puffin for their fantastic effort, loud voices, beautiful singing and big smiles!
Thank you for coming to watch our Poetry Spectacular - it really was spectacular!
Christmas Jumper Day has given a real festive buzz around school and the children look great dressed in their Christmas gear and sparkles!
This week, we have been looking at human skeletons. We start our lesson by drawing round one person in our group and then tried to add in bones that we knew by feeling our bodies. We then learnt more about the skeleton and the names for different bones throughout our body.
In PSHE, we discussed what bullying was and how bullying would make somebody feel. The class had great ideas to share on how to help someone who was being bullied and they then made kindness handprints to always have a reminder close to us of how to treat others.
This week, we were able to undo our moulds and see how our fossils had turned out. We enjoyed painting them and giving them a dusting of gold, to really highlight the texture.
We are loving doing our Laps to Lapland each day and getting some fresh air in between our learning. It’s making us fitter too, as during the 5 minutes we have noticed we’re stopping to walk less and speeding up our jogging. Next week, we’re able to wear Christmas headwear as we complete our laps so don’t forget to bring yours in!
What a week we’ve had! We’ve done so much, learnt lots of new things and are really enjoying our learning in Puffin, but here’s a pick of our favourite things from this week..
In PE, we worked with our learning partner and became coaches to help each other improve. In our warm up we created mirror image shapes and then practised our jumping and landing skills, whilst maintaining balance throughout. After a while, we put our skills into practise by playing ‘Jump the River’.
We were really supportive and encouraging to everyone in the class!
In art, we have started to create our own fossils. We had to warm and mould plasticine into a disc shape as this was to became our base and fossil mould. It gave our hands such a workout! Once we had the right shape, we used shells to create a textured imprint. Watch his space to see the finished fossils next week.
Following our visit to Southend Museum last week, we were lucky to have some artefacts delivered from them. It was really exciting to pass animal skins, arrowheads and hand axes around the class and look at them in more detail.
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
We really enjoyed visiting Southend Museum this week. We learned a lot about the Stone Age period and we were able to handle a range of artefacts, both real and replicas.
Art was lots of fun and we produced some fantastic ‘Cave Paintings’. We liked walking around the classroom gallery and seeing what everyone else had created. We even loved scrunching our artwork up to get an authentic cave wall effect.
Welcome back Puffin!
It has been lovely to see everyone again this week and share what we did over our half term.
We were full of questions about our new history topic, Stone Age, and shared lots of what we already know.
We also loved taking part in an classroom fitness session run by Joe Wicks, it got our heart pumping and helped us to burn off energy ready to calm our minds ready for our PSHE discussion.
This week Puffin have enjoyed practising their cutting skills by creating autumn leaf wreaths. They had a variety of autumnal colours to choose from and used their artistic eye to each create a beautiful and individual wreath.
We have learned a lot about megacities over the last 7 weeks and finished our topic by comparing the advantages and disadvantages of living in a city or countryside. We all agreed that Leigh on Sea was the place for us and that visiting the bigger cities is lots of fun for a day out! We also used lots of our knowledge to each produce a fantastic non fiction report about a country. We loved researching on the computer and with library books to find out more information and put so much effort in to create a well presented factual piece of writing.
Well done Puffins! We have done a lot this half term and I wish you a safe and restful break.
This week we visited Leigh Library to find a selection of non-fiction books that would help us to find information which we could include in our information reports that we will be writing next week.
In Science, we became meteorite hunters as the Moon Rocks landed at LNSPS. We were examining different rocks samples and identifying their properties using magnets and magnifying lenses to see which were rocks or meteorites!
We're loving rocks!
This week we listened to a story using Now Press play. The characters were on the hunt for 3 rocks which would be suitable to build a palace for the Emperor.
The children really loved becoming part of the story and knew which rocks were being described from the properties that were being highlighted in the story.
Well done Puffins!
We spent Tuesday morning at the beach collecting words that described and captured the setting in front of us, before writing wind and beach inspired poetry. The children worked really well to gather a range of ideas which focused their descriptive poetry and enjoyed sharing their poems at the end of the morning.
This week in PE, we have been practising our footwork skills. Working with a partner we perfected moving in a side step, gallop and single legged hop. The children persevered when finding it tricky to improve their footwork skills and carry them out with fluency and control. They worked well to ‘coach’ each other by giving comments on what went well and tips on how to improve.
Year 3 were very eager to welcome Rockman this week.
In the morning, we were lucky to have the chance to explore and investigate a ‘rock museum’. There were lots of models and exhibition boards showing different rocks, fossils, minerals and even dinosaurs! We learnt a lot of new information and asked lots of questions to find out more about what we were looking at.
In the afternoon, we had the chance to look closer at fossils and learn how they are formed. We saw lots of real fossils and life size models to really gain a deep understanding of rocks and what they are. The children were so enthusiastic and produced some fantastic sketches of the fossils really focusing on adding detail and shading. Finally, we were joined by the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning, who told us all about her life and interest in fossil finding.
Puffins are looking forward to what the rest of our ‘Rocks’ topic brings!
It’s been an exciting and busy week in Puffin this week. We have started our new geography topic, Megacities, and thrown ourselves in by asking lots of questions and sharing facts we already know. We found it fascinating to look at pictures of the top ten megacities, learn which countries these cites are in by finding them in an atlas and learning about population density by scaling land area down and squishing into a metre square!
We welcomed autumn by beginning our autumnal art project sketching fallen leaves and learning how pencil grip can help us to add detail and light and dark areas to our drawings.
We’ve been enjoying our new maths scheme learning all about place value in 3 digit numbers and exploring how we can represent numbers using different equipment and pictorial methods.