What another exciting week we have had with only four more school days to go before we break up for Easter.
We started the week looking at our new class novel ‘A small tall tale from the far, far north’ and discovered some interesting observations from the front cover. In reading we looked at the prologue, and found the book written by Peter Sis is about an explorer called Jan Welzl.
In DT we made our very own mittens using felt as it was the best insulator in an experiment we carried out. This was in preparation for our very own Arctic expedition in school. We really impressed our teachers with our sewing skills!
On Wednesday we had another visit from Matthew Bellwood who brought his friend Mr Fotheringham along with him for our expedition. A meteorite had landed in the school playground and we had to pack a sledge with essential items including rations, a rope and weapons before we set off. The journey was long and tiring as we crossed cravasses and ice but we finally made it to the meteorite (with the help of a friendly polar bear) where the Inuits had left us a very important message. I wonder if your child can remember what they warned us of?
We used this expedition to drive our writing towards the end of the week, writing a poem about packing a sledge. We will also continue using our Arctic expedition learning to write an innovative story next week.
There was a lot of excitement on Tuesday after the delivery of our new tables. Some of them are standing and include whiteboard tables tops. We love them and they make us feel so grown up!
My learner of the week this week is Elinoy for not only settling so well into our class but also for showing our learning behaviour and adhering to our school rules. You have been a supportive partner and class member helping others, even on your first day when you didn’t know anyone. You have shown enthusiasm to all of our learning and you have been a lovely addition to our class.
TT Rockstars – Umar , Fahad, Shang and Andrew
Sumdog – Bilal, Aysel and Alfie
Lexia – Andrew, Emily, Isaac and Umar
Also a well done to Andrew and Ayesha our Spelling Bee winners who are through to the next round. It was a close call and everyone who took part did incredibly well!
We started the week finding angles outdoors as part of our forest school learning. This helped us understand that angles can be found anywhere and in different objects! For the rest of the week we looked at three types of angles; right, acute and obtuse. By the end of the week we were really confident at recognising these in different scenarios.
In our writing sessions we continued looking at the story of Lemminkainen, after working with Matthew Bellwood last week. We used Talk 4 Writing to draw out the story and took a section each in groups. In our groups we practiced orally rehearsing it. This helped us when it came to writing the section in our books. We looked at different synonyms and adjectives which we applied to add description and detail to the characters. After lots of practice we were ready to write. We will be editing these and publishing them next week. We look forward to sharing these with you! Here is our writing journey so far.
In Geography we looked at how volcanoes are formed. We discovered the different layers of the Earth and learnt a new vocabulary such as tectonic plates. To illustrate our new learning we drew diagrams of volcanoes and labelled these.
Lastly, in Art we worked in small groups to tie – dye with Ms Hirst. These were done on sheets of fabric that will represent the Aurora Borealis. We are going to continue to add to these next week and can’t wait to see the finished outcome.
My learner of the week this week is Lilly Hinchcliffe for really impressing me this week with her resourcefulness. In lessons she has applied knowledge that she already knew and asked the correct questions to gain new learning. Really impressed – keep up the good work!
It was so lovely to see all the children back in the classroom this week and what a week it has been! We have been so busy it is hard to believe that it has only been a week.
We started the week continuing our learning about Iceland and recapping our geographical knowledge on the country with a line drawing. In Art we came up with a colour pallet to represent the land of fire and ice and thought about why we would associate the colours with hot and cold. We shown this using different media including paint, oil pastel and pencil crayons.
In English, we reflected on our experiences of lockdown and came up with some positives and negatives of the time. We then worked in pairs having a go at putting these into a poem starting with a negative but backing it up with a positive to remind us it was also a time to celebrate. We presented these on Word and submitted them onto Google Classroom.
In Maths we started our topic of angles and made some of our own using classroom resources.
Lastly, we ended the week with a visit from Matthew Bellwood who carried out a workshop based around the Nordic Folk Tale of Lemminkainen. The day was filled with singing, drama and storytelling. The children even had the chance to create their very own shadow puppet show to re-enact the story using puppets they made themselves. What a lovely way to end our first week back, the children thoroughly enjoyed it!
Our learner of the week this week is Jasdeep for a fantastic first week at school. I have been so impressed with how well she has settled and the relationships she has made with others. Jasdeep worked so well during our Lemminkainen workshop and listened well to the story. It is so lovely seeing you grow in confidence Jasdeep. Well done!
Lexia – Andrew, Joshua and Seb Sumdog – Shang, Ario and Joseph TT Rockstars – Seb, Aysel and Joseph
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I am sure the children will be tired! Wishing all the mummy’s, aunties, nans and granny’s a Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday. Hopefully your card will make it to you!
On Thursday 4th March it was World Book Day and although it was slightly different with us all not being in school to celebrate, we still made it a special day by sharing our favourite books at home and school in our pyjamas. Seeing these videos uploaded onto Google Classroom really made me smile, I hope they make you smile too!
Well done to our home learner of the week Fahad. You were the home learner of the week last week for working so hard consistently and not giving up. The quality and quantity of the work you are producing across the curriculum is fantastic. Thank you for your dedication, well done!
Top 3 for…
TT Rockstars- Ario, Zaina and Alfie!
Lexia Legends- Andrew, Alfie and Fahad!
Sumdog Superstars- Umar, Joseph and Isaac!
Other WOW moments in 3HL last week…
I look forward to seeing more WOW moments to share with you this week. Keep up the good work Year 3!
Well done once again to our home learner of the week last week, Bilal. You always take time to review your learning from the day before and take on board the feedback that has been given to you. You have been working so hard in making these improvements and the content and quality of your work has increased significantly from the start. Well done Bilal!
Well done also to…
Lexia Legends – Ario, Alfie, Soma and Fahad
TT Rockstars – Andrew, Ario, Alfie and Umar
Sumdog Superstar – Isaac, Michelle, Joshua and Seb
I wonder who will be our home learner of the week this week and make it to the Lexia, TT Rockstars and Sumdog hall of fame! You are already of to a great start Year 3!
Firstly, well done to our first home learner of the week Alfie last week. Alfie was my home learner of the week for making a great effort and start to his online learning. Myself and Ms Slater were very impressed! He had a real good go at all of the tasks set and showed evidence for these. Well done Alfie!🙂
I wonder who our home learner of the week will be this week!
Secondly, well done to those who completed all of their TT Rockstar sessions last week.
Andrew, Germanas, Alfie and Umar – Keep up the good work!
Since launching EPIC readers again we read 25 books between us all in 1 day!! WOW, well done!
Oak Academy are also now offering a free virtual library. Every week a popular children’s author or illustrator will provide free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This week is Jacqueline Wilson (one of my favourite authors as a child). You can access this from here.
Lastly, tomorrow we will be starting our Google Meets. I know you have been looking forward to these, (as have I) so please make sure you have had permission so that you can join. A permissions form was sent via Parent Mail for these.
Happy New Year! I hope this blog finds you well. How was your Christmas break? Leave a comment below to tell me all about it! I can’t wait to hear. Myself and Ms Slater are missing all of you in school!
Thank you to those who have sent in their home learning this week. From next week it will be more interactive on Google Classroom online. There is information your adults will need to read before you are allowed on because we need their permission. This was sent through Parent Mail. I have also attached some useful information on how it is used. I look forward to us all learning together next week remotely!
I can’t quite believe we have now finished school for the year! What a term it has been!
I am so proud and amazed with how the children have adapted to the changes and settled so well into Year 3.
The children were thrilled to hear we were having another math’s morning this week but not only that, it was also linked to Christmas!
We recapped our learning of clocks by telling the times Santa landed in different cities around the world. Some of us then discovered where he visited first and last! We also went Christmas shopping, finding the total of different items and seeing what we could buy for different amounts.
Due to CONVID restrictions this year we were unable to sing for our Christmas service so we learnt Silent Night in Makaton. Take a look below.
We ended the week making ‘Happy Holiday’ cards for our loved ones.
Well done to those who received a behaviour certificate this half term and achieved 100% attendance.
Zaina is my learner of the week this week because she has formed some lovely relationships with others this half term. You are always willing to help both children and adults in the classroom and at playtimes. What a lovely member of our class you are!
Germanas also recieved his TT rockstars certificate for completing all of his sessions. Well done to you!
Thank you for your continued support this term, I hope you have a lovely Christmas break and will see you in the New Year. School is back open on Wednesday 6th January 2021.