This week the children have worked hard in English writing explanation texts about Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions. We are getting ready to design our own contraption to help make life easier in some way and we will enter them into the Wallace and Gromit’s contraption competition. Stay tuned! We had another fantastic music lesson with our African drums. We continued to work on bass and slap beats and learnt a new routine for our African chat. We also visited a Lenten reflection set up by the Eco-council this week. the children worked together to create crosses using string and sticks. To end the week we have celebrated Sports Relief 2020 with our Teacher Colour Run! The whole school gathered on the yard to brighten up their teacher’s day with lots of bright Holi powder. We had an amazing time raising money on a sunny Friday afternoon 🙂
The children celebrated world book day with a fabulous breakfast. We enjoying reading stories with our families and a yummy breakfast together. We then enjoyed some activities around our picture books in class. We made predictions on the characters and their reasons for being in the places from the book. We then wrote a setting description about the forest the man in the book entered. We began our new music lesson on this day as well. the children had a great time marching to different African beats and learning how to play the African drums! We can’t wait for next Week’s lesson! This also links with our genre for our PE lessons as we are doing African Dance. We have ended the week celebrating fair trade fortnight with our fair trade stall selling chocolate and bananas to the school. The children enjoyed digging into some delicious chocolate to help cocoa farmers around the world.
This week in English we have looked at persuasive writing to respond to our letter from J.K Rowling. We are going to be writing our own letters next week persuading her to come and visit our school! We have have all continued our body stretches and different movements in gymnastics and have created a routine. In Computing, we have used Scratch to begin creating our animated poems we wrote last week. We have input backgrounds, sounds, speech and many other codes to make our characters move. Today we have enjoyed house time! We gathered to learn about Chinese new year and take part in some art and crafts. In my house St Oswald’s we created paper rats to celebrate the year of the rat. The children will present the crafts they made in assembly on Monday. We then had our music lesson and kindly, Elizabeth came in to help. We continued working on the C chord from last week and began to learn the F chord. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂
This week, to begin our new History topic we took a trip to Segedunum. We looked at artifacts, visited the remains of Hadrians wall and explored the excavated site that was once a roman fort. The children had a great trip, thank you to our parent helpers!
In music we are focusing on stringed instruments such as guitar and ukulele. Luckily for us, school has a class set of ukulele’s so this week we had a go. Some children brought in their own guitars from home so we could listen to the differences between the two instruments, as well as the appearance. We are currently learning ‘Three Little Birds’ so hopefully we will be great by the end of half term.
In PE we have continued to focus on dodging and defense in tag ruby and in gymnastics we moved our movement and balance routine on. We recapped the dish and different holds before trying the straddle sit and stretches.
In English we are focusing on a video stimulus, ‘Taking Flight’. The children have enjoyed exploring the video this week and writing their own descriptions of the settings and characters. In PE this term we have tag rugby and gymnastics. In tag rugby we focused firstly on the skills of dribbling and avoiding being tagged. In gymnastics we started with body movements, holding different positions to strength our core and stretch. In RE we have started our new topic ‘Journeys’ with spiritual art. The children completed some wonderful water coloured backgrounds and created a path which they wrote on names of people who have been with them on their journey so far. Our new History topic is ‘Frontier: Edge of an Empire’ and we will begin this with a trip to Segedunum next week.
What a week! In Math’s we have been focusing on Time. We used lots of practical activities and online games to help us learn how to tell the time from an analogue clock. We visit Walker Dome on Wednesday for a ‘Healthy Active Lifestyle’ session. The children had great fun taking part in all of the different activities that required many different skills. In DT we completed the tie dye of our material for our juggling balls. We are excited to see how the look next week. We have ended the week celebrating Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. Our £1 donations could change a child’s life. It could help them grow up healthy and safe, and get an education, so they can grow up to be who they want to be.
Our nativity performance is getting closer and we are all getting prepared with our costumes and learning our lines!
This week we explored different types magnets and the strength of them. The children investigated which magnets could lift up/hold the most paper clips. Some of the magnets were so strong that they gathered up in a pile instead of forming a line.
We also had a special visit from Fr Bill. He came in to talk to us about Advent and how we are preparing for Christmas.
We have had a fun filled week. We had a trip to Sacred Heart to take part in their Performing Arts day. The theme was ‘The Circus’, the children sang and danced to music from the Greatest Showman as well as making their own circus mime performances.
We carried out an investigation in Science on magnet materials in our classroom. We then looked at different magnets and their magnetic field using iron filings.
We ended our week with a visit from author and illustrator Liz Million. The children had a great workshop drawing different characters with her and listening to stories about the books she has completed.
This week the children have enjoyed the beginning of rehearsals for our Year 3 and 4 Nativity. We have been working hard learning our Nativity songs over the past few weeks, but now its time to knuckle down with the script!
This week we have also carried out our friction investigation. We used toy cars on different surfaces to look at how far they would travel. We discussed how some surfaces would make it harder for the car to move and how much friction would be caused by soft and uneven surfaces. The children found the car moved the furthest distance on the yard or on our classroom carpet. This is because these surfaces are a lot smoother and caused less friction with the car.
In computing we have been working with Microsoft Word, adding borders, tables, text effects and more. Next week we will be adding in images from google to add to our acrostic poems. In RE we also completed our spiritual art ready for our new topic, Advent. In English, we have been completing newspaper reports about a crash in school. A satellite fell from the sky and landed in our playground. Did you see it on the news?
What a week! Year 3 have enjoyed a trip to a local Synagogue for our Other Faiths topic in RE. The children recalled all the correct names for items in the synagogue and amazed the teacher with their knowledge-Well done! WE also had GEM Education in who spent the morning in class with us looking into online safety. We used green screen, iMovie and other apps to create a presentation for our parents. We celebrated Children in Need with a sponsored dance. All the classes were amazing but Year 3 were super! What a great week! Have a good weekend!