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Puffin Class Weekly News
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.
At the end of last week, Puffin class enjoyed discussing the role of architects, engineers and builders before we drew Stonehenge. We also drew how the mighty bluestones and Sarson stones may have been moved to their current location. Finally, we built Stonehenge using Lego, plasticine and giant bricks! This was in preparation for our Instruction write on how to successfully build Stonehenge.
This week we also had our Year 3 Swimming Gala as well as our Sports Day! Thank you to Mrs Crabb and Mr Bond for organising and over-seeing a successful day! Well done to all our competitors, especially our young Puffins!
Puffin class have been applying multiplication and division to scaling up and scaling down shapes. Well done Puffins!
This week Puffin class have started reading The Secrets of Stonehenge. We acted out how the mighty bluestones and sarsen stones might have been moved by our ancestors from the Welsh mountains and the Marlborough Downs and over land and sea to Wiltshire. We’re going to write instructions on how to build Stonehenge next week and built our own mini-Stonehenge on Thursday.
Puffin class has lots of reasons to be proud. This week, were especially proud of the children who competed and tried their best at recent swimming galas and Borough sports! Well done!
This term in English and History, we are learning about the Bronze Age and Stonehenge. We’ll be writing a newspaper report about Stonehenge next week! In science, we start a wonderful unit on plants. Ask your young Puffin what they have any questions about plants that they want to research at home. Have a lovely weekend!
On Monday, we conducted an environmental survey of the streets around LNSP! We discovered that some of the roads closest to the Broadway were the noisiest and dirtiest! We’ll use the data scores we collected to create graphs to observe any links between distance to the Broadway and high/ low environmental scores.
Our new year 3 book this term is The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith. To reinforce their knowledge of punctuation, the students are reciting and excerpt from the story and adding in punctuation out-loud with actions. Well done!
This week in Geography we learned about Leigh - and the impact of WWII and Operation Dynamo on the town.
The exciting launch of Times Table Rockstar this week! We can’t wait to launch into the fun!
An eventful first week back. Year 3 went on a walk to find local landmarks. What a wonderfully historic town Leigh is! We looked for dates on bricks, buildings and stones around town - and found so many! We observed how houses have changed over time - with additions of sky lights and solar panels. Enjoy exploring Leigh with your children yourself!
Puffin class have had a very busy week. We notably ended the week with a London marathon-inspired set of activities run by Mr Bond to raise money for his and Mrs Knight’s marathon charities! Well done all the children who participated! Finally, we sat in awe and wonder at all those children who competed in the school talent show! What an extraordinary bunch of truly talented young people Leigh North Street has! Outstanding!
On a sad note, we said goodbye to one of our young Puffins who moved away this week! We wish him and his family all the best in their new home!
Remember your permission slips for the landmark walk need to be back on Tuesday, 23rd April at the latest!
Have a wonderful Easter holiday all!
This week Puffin class have added the 8 times table to their maths arsenal. We’re beginning to understand how knowing our times table is critical to doing more interesting multiplication and division word problems. Well done to those five Puffins who got their bronze and silver badges. Let’s try to double that number next week. (Remember to dance along to BBC super movers 8x clip!)
In English we’ve been writing a different part of our Perseus Quest featuring Medusa over four days this week. We’ll be using this to help us with our own myth quest write next week.
Enjoy your weekend!
What a performance! Year 3 and Mrs Lawrence have worked tirelessly to learn their dance routine for the Southend Dance Festival. Year 3’s performance last Friday was excellent! We enjoyed dancing so much that we performed the dance again to our parents on the Astro this week. Well done everyone!
Puffin class have been reading different poems to help understand how poetry is a fantastic medium for expressing emotion! On our first day back after half term, we practiced and then recited Arundel Swimming Pool by Robert Hull.
We’ll update the webpage with any dance festival photos as and when we can!
Thank you for attending the parent-teacher meetings this week.
Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 15th February 2019
Puffin class learned about one of the driest places on earth: the Atacama desert in northern Chile located between both cool and warm ocean currants and two mountain chains. One young puffin was able to guess at which piece of important scientific equipment is located there! Well done! https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/very-large-telescope
Our trip to the historic Leigh library went well. The librarian read to us The Everywhere Bear. The children were entranced! The children were all keen to check out books. The process of getting a library card is very straightforward if you need to get one over half term for your young puffin!
Finally, a special goodbye and big hugs to Mrs Buckley. She has been at Leigh North Street for many years and the children were very lucky to have her help out in puffin 3 this year. She will be missed and we wish her well in her future journeys!
Have a lovely half-term.
Big thanks to our parent helpers on our library trip. Remember to study your times tables during holidays - 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 8x - using BBC super-movers songs to help you learn. Also, Squeebles spelling app is a useful tool to help motivate children to practice spellings.
Monday 4th February 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019
Puffin class had beautiful weather for their Fantastic Mr Fox inspired beach trip. Armed with shovels, enthusiasm and brave words from Roald Dahl, the children worked in teams to dig the biggest hole on the beach! They experienced some of what the fox family felt as they dug for their lives away from farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean: fatigue, hunger, thirst, aching muscles but ultimately victory! We inspected all the holes at the end and applauded everyone’s fantastic efforts! When we arrived back at school, we wrote about the experience! Big thanks to our parent helpers! Have a lovely weekend!
Puffins have been reading and acting out scenes from Fantastic Mr Fox and comparing similarities and differences between characters. We’ve also been studying biomes in geography and have really enjoyed learning about the animals living in different biomes. On BBC’s Winterwatch programme this week there was a ptarmigan profiled. Can you find out kind of animal it is, what makes it special, and what biome it lives in? We’ve also been looking at 2d and 3D shapes - and listening to a song about nonagons. Do you remember how many sides a nonagon has? Have a lovely weekend.
Year 3 puffins have enjoyed making their own ‘illuminated’ letters this week. (Some even used the purple dye made from our red cabbage dye!) We also enjoyed the snow flurries at break time on Thursday and brought in tiny ice treasures from the garden to share with class. Well done everyone! Have a lovely weekend!
Puffin class have been reading ‘The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane’ to help understand the difference between explanation vs. instructional text. We’ve also been using it as an opportunity to understand how natural dyes are made and used to create ‘illuminated’ text. (We’ve made our own dye from red cabbage.) On the grammar side of things, we’ve found objects in our classroom labelled with names to help us understand how to write the singular and plural possessive.
Please also note, for the next two weeks puffin class will have the same spelling list (but on different weeks) than the other year 3 classes.
Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
Puffin class have been learning about how we learn something new - and how we feel when we can’t do something at the first attempt. Sometimes we might feel frustrated but we are learning that we must keep going! We have discussed the different things that help us get better at a new skill such as perseverance, practice and trying new strategies.
To experience the feeling of not being able to do something ‘yet,’ we tried to make an origami hat and then an origami ‘dancing giraffe’ to complement our story, Giraffes Can’t Dance. We learnt that it didn’t matter if it wasn’t perfect we didn’t give up – we were all successful in the end. We also wrote about something we couldn’t do ‘yet’ and the steps we’re going to take to achieve these goals!
We spent Tuesday writing a play-script for The Gingerbread Man and performing it as a shadow puppet play. This cross curricular project required that the children apply a range of skills in a new way! Well done young puffins!
Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018
We hope you enjoyed Year 3’s Christmas Extravaganza! Puffin class poems were chosen for their lovely Christmas imagery and sense of fun. The poets are a combination of American and British with Wendy Cope OBE being the only living poet of the three. (Mums, we especially hope that you enjoyed Roald Dahl’s homage to Mother Claus!)
Puffin class enjoying netball and an amazing Christmas lunch! (That’s our puffin class snowflake ornament hoop photographed in the hall!) Have a lovely weekend!
Puffin class have had an exciting week of beginning to rehearse for the upcoming year 3 Christmas song and poem extravaganza. We’ve also had an ornament making morning which included making snowflakes, reindeer, and Christmas trees. The ornaments may look similar but each one is unique - just like the children! Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018
This week in Puffin class we’ve been learning about how to tell time and the difference between a.m. and p.m. We’ve also continued to enjoy gymnastics. (Well done Tom who was praised by Mrs Laurence for how he was able to fly over the vault!) We’ve also made bread in class! Yum!
On a personal note, thank you to all the children, parents, and staff who helped me last week! What an amazing community Leigh North Street has! Thank you!
This week in Puffin class we’ve finished reading ‘Stig of the Dump’. Please ask your children which Stig and Barney adventure was their favourite. Was it when Barney fell down into the chalk pit and discovered Stig and his cave? Or was it when the children were at a dress-up party and Stig and Barney chased off a jaguar that had escaped from the zoo? Or when Barney helped Stig and his family build a Stonehenge type structure on a moonlit South Downs? In history, we’ve discussed the role of archaeologists in understanding Neolithic people and their lives. We’ve also had a look at the natural and man-made rocks used to help build North Street school. (See pictures below). Have a lovely weekend.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
Year 3 had a visit from Graham, the `Rock Man' this week. The day was a combination of mini-lectures, children's investigative work on unique fossils, rocks, crystals and dinosaur models, as well as a `visit' from the 200-year old fossil hunter, Mary Anning! One of the fossil highlights included a dinosaur egg with an embryo inside. (We saw an x-ray of it.)
Puffin class also listened to a song, "I am a Palaeontologist" from the "Here Comes Science" CD. We also made "flint" tools out of clay which will be baked and painted by the students. Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
On Wednesday, Puffin class spent the morning at Southend Museum learning about the Stone Age. Every object tells a story: who knew that there were so many artefacts from Paleolithic and Neolithic people found in this area!! The children were able to hold the items made from flint, obsidian, and bone, including an arrow-head dating back more than 100,000 years. Interestingly, we learned that Stone Age man was largely like us and that mammoths used to live in this area! We’ll definitely have to investigate that! Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
This week Puffin class made autumn lanterns from wax paper, cheese containers, leaves and lots of glue. (Thank you to those parents who brought in cheese containers to help with the build of these!) We’ve also started a new history topic this term, The Stone Age. Linked to this, we’ve started reading the classic story, Stig of the Dump! Finally, we had a visit from Keira at Kalmer Kids to help teach us about breathing techniques to help us calm down. Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
It was all systems go in Puffin class this week! After a half-term learning about forces, the children worked in teams to build games based around magnets. These games included fishing, racing, football, and a money pyramid game! We then had a discussion and a write-up about what we most enjoyed about our projects and what we would do differently next time! The consensus was to make our games more challenging! Well done children and have a lovely half-term!
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
A big well done to all the pupils and staff who spent the night at school. The pupils had lots of fun throughout the evening and all pupils slept well and were up early for school on the Friday. They managed to pack up their belongings and we only have a few items of lost property which we will bring out to the playground on Monday after school.
Have a good weekend.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
This week we had a beach trip with the other year 3 classes! With the help of our learning teams and wonderful parent helpers, we wrote and performed poetry about the wind. Later, we went to the ICT suite and typed them up! In addition, we have been working on developing our fine motor skills by timing the number of paper clips or dried beans we can link or pick up in 30 seconds. Finally, we have been working hard at coming into puffin classroom quietly after break and lunch so we can promptly begin our work and leave time for class conversation and extra getting up and moving time! Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
This week we have been practicing subtraction of 2-digit numbers using our own number lines – drawn on white boards, pencil and chalk – by hopping along to the nearest 10. The students also set up fair tests of four different magnets to test their strength. The inquiry raised a lot more questions for us to answer! We are slowly working our way through our end of day class story, Charlotte’s Web.
Please check out the year 3 homework page for details of what’s due in when.
PE, children need to have their PE kit in school every day, as the days change for PE each half term.
They must come into school with their hair tied back and no jewellery is to be worn during PE lessons.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
This week we have been writing our own stories, based on the text I’ll Take you to Mrs Cole. We used conjunctions and powerful verbs to write and edit our own creative pieces. The children worked hard and all did a wonderful job! We have also been discussing the importance of observing and asking questions about the natural world around us. This has included the children’s ‘finds’ from the school garden as well as some odd looking acorns transformed by gall wasps.