This week we have started our new maths unit of work on measuring and have been busy measuring lots of objects and people. We also planted our potato seedlings for the national competition Grow Your Own and discussed how we can care for these over the coming months.
This week we have had some fabulous visitors, staring with the Music Man which was so much fun with singing and dancing. Then Ellie Irving visited, an author, who explained how she writes her books and inspired us all to write and draw. Finishing off with World Book Day and some great costumes from everyone. The pupils used the skills they had learnt from Ellie to start to plan their stories for the short story competition and have now bought them home to finish off before the deadline next month.
This week we started to investigate pneumatics and how they work, we are going to be designing and building a pneumatic Greek monster in the coming weeks. We also continued our work on money in maths, we need to keep practising at home using the coins and maybe taking a trip to the shop to use coins instead of a tap with the card. We have been using the dictionaries more to help us with our understanding of new words.
This week the pupils enjoyed presenting their magnetic exhibits at the Year 3 Science Fair. The pupils all worked really hard during the previous week and demonstrated a great understanding about their science topic. Thank you to everyone that came along and supported the pupils by asking them lots of scientific questions.
In Science this week, the children were challenged to work out how they could rescue a toy figure who was frozen in ice. They had to predict what factor would melt the ice quickest: hot water, cold water, salt or room temperature. We then tested their predictions and eventually rescued the figure!
This week we have created our final design for our illuminated letters. We then experimented with watercolours and how to make different colours and shades. In geography we learnt what a biome is the different types around the world.
This week we have continued our science investigations into magnets, gaining more knowledge to prepare us for next week to begin our plans for the science fair. In geography we have been looking at climates and how to interpret a climate chart and why we need to be able to do this. In maths we have been tackling the tricky situation of multiplication and reminding ourselves how we partition numbers, then trying column multiplication. It has been a tough week in maths but everyone has persevered and we will continue to strive to understand how to complete these calculations.
This week we have been learning about illuminated letters and we created project boards about how and why they were first created, drawing on our knowledge from our English lessons as well. This week we have also being creating our own natural dye as the monks did in Medieval times.
This week we have been starting our new topics including climates. In between all of this we got to read our letters from our pen friends which was very exciting. We all enjoyed finding out about them and we are now busy writing our replies.
Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas Holiday and hoping everyone returns with 100% health and no coughs, including myself. The children have worked so hard this term and always come to school willing to learn and ask lots of questions, we are so proud of the progress they have made so far.
A big thank you from myself and Mrs Bennion for your very kind and generous gifts.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year
This week has seen lots of practising for our Poetry Spectacular on Christmas jumper day which was a big success. The children supported each other so well and performed brilliantly and all looked the part.
This week we really tried hard in our gymnastics lesson to aspire to our school values, especially perseverance and to use our social skills we have been learning in Real PE to help others. We worked so hard that Mrs Lawrence awarded us the elusive 10 for our hard work and good behaviour. Super proud of you Seagulls.
This week we have been starting to think about what our skeletons may be like and the names of some of our bones. It was the big reveal for our fossils and they looked so good, we painted them and brushed them with some bronze, to bring out the details. We have been continuing to read Stig of the Dump and starting to think about writing our own chapters for the book.
The children have also been given their verses to learn at home for our Christmas concert.
This week we have been really applying our new knowledge about column addition and column subtraction to solve problems. We have worked hard to develop a secure understanding of how they relate to each other and how to use them in problem solving.
We have started our laps to Lapland with great enthusiasm and even just in five days there has been so much progress already, with many of the class now able to run for 5 minutes without stopping.
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
This week we have embraced our new topic, highlighted with our trip to the museum to listen to a talk about prehistory and hold lots of artefacts. We have also been enjoying the story Stig of the Dump and writing diaries as if we are one of the characters. Our cave drawings were really detailed and then we screwed them up to make them look like a piece of rock.
We ended the week with Children in Need fun especially with the Joe Wicks live work out.
The pupils returned to school ready to start our new topic all about the Stone Age. We have started to read Stig of the Dump and look at how to write a diary. They really enjoyed learning about what an anachronism is and how to identify one. Also this week has seen the launch of our new reading scheme and the children have enjoyed looking at and reading the new books.
In science this week we have investigated soils and the properties that are needed to make a good soil. We enjoyed looking closely at the soli and discussing why they felt the way they did. The children have really enjoyed their rocks and soil topic over the last 7 weeks and all their hands on experiences has really engaged them in their learning, including the visit from the Rock Man and the NASA rock loan.
This week has been a very busy week and the children have been really engaged in some wonderful learning. This has included a visit to the Library to help with their research work about their country they are going to write a report about. Also they have been lucky enough to have hands on experience with a rock collection from NASA, they have been able to hold pieces of the moon and a meteorite, which has really ignited their science topic on rocks.
This week we have been active learning through lots of different activities. We have celebrated how wonderful we all are and discussed how to be good friends for each other. We have set a challenge for anyone to try and memorise all the countries in South America for next week, if anyone is up for the challenge.
Monday 30th September 2019 – Friday 4th October 2019
This week we have completed our leaf prints and experimented with watercolours creating autumn colours. We had a lovely, dry morning at the beach and wrote some wonderful imagery poetry which we have bought back to the classroom to further edit and complete for a poetry drop next month.
This week has seen us move on to printing within our autumn art topic. The children really enjoyed creating their first prints and next week they will build these up with another layer to show more detail in their leaves. We have also started to look at poetry and how it can create images in the reader’s mind. Next week we hope to use our local environment to inspire us in writing our own poem.
A fun day was had with Graham and Sue learning about rocks and fossils. The children asked some great questions and were able to identify many rocks, given that they had only had one lesson so far on this subject. They listened attentively and learnt so many interesting facts from Graham, who is a palaeontologist and even has his own fossil in the Natural History Museum. In the afternoon we learnt about how the earth started and made a big human timeline of creatures on earth. Then the pupils were shown how to draw a fossil and had some time to try it for themselves. Finally they got the opportunity to meet Mary Anning, hear her story and ask questions about her discoveries.
This week we have started our art topic of looking at autumn, we started with looking at leaves and as the weeks progress we expect they will change colour. We carefully observed some of the leaves we collected from the school garden and sketched them in pencil. We also started looking at rocks and thought about some of the questions we might ask the Rock Man next week when he visits. We carefully observed a selection of rocks and decided in groups what each rock was and recorded this in our books with a drawing.