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22nd January

This week we have used Narnia as an inspiration to create our own class story about a boy walking through a waterfall to find Pet Land- a magical land full of animals. In Maths we have been looking at using protractors to measure angles and the degrees of turns. We also had a fun maths lesson with our maths specialist Mr. Greenwood using visual ways to help us consolidate our understanding of doubling numbers. We have also been reading DigiDucks Big Decision, a story on the iPads, during guided reading and the children have created their own animal characters with an alliteration. My personal favourite was snappy shark and George the gentle giraffe!

Well done to Rosie for achieving star of the week.

15th January

The highlight of the week was no doubt our trip to the Tower of London.  Despite the cold weather, all of the children and adults had an enjoyable day out learning a lot about this most famous landmark. In Maths we created our own tally charts and bar graphs to show how we enjoyed the various events on our school trip to the Tower of London. In Literacy we have been writing about walking through a portal to find a secret world, just like Lucy in Narnia, concentrating on fronted adverbials, adjectives and speech.  

Well done to Oliver for achieving star of the week.

8th January

This week in computing we continued to learn about Microsoft Word, looking at how we can change the font, colour and size. The children particularly enjoyed this and they are continuing to develop their typing and computing skills. In Maths we looked at different types of lines (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, parallel and perpendicular) along with how to find the perimeter of 2D shapes.  English has seen us learn about adverbs and learning to memorise our Narnia extract by adding actions. In Science we looked at the four main parts of a plant (flower, stem, leaf and roots) and the jobs they have. A reminder that next Wednesday we have our trip to the Tower of London.

Well done to Frazer for achieving star of the week.

3rd January

Happy new year! Despite it only being a short week, Birch class have been very busy. In literacy, we wrote about our Christmas holiday and are in the process of typing these up using Microsoft Word.  We started our new topic in Science as well - plants - by listing the things that we know about plants and what we want to find out.  We also completed our plant title page in our Science book.  In RE this term we will be studying Sikhism.  This week we looked at the story of Guru Nanak (the founder of Sikhism) and sequenced a story about his life.  In Maths we learned about Roman Numerals (I, V, X, L, and C) and also did more work on telling the time.

Well done to Jay Jay for achieving star of the week.

11th December

We have been learning about the brain in the life bus and we have looked at different parts of the body and their functions. We also had fun listening to Harold the giraffe singing songs about friendships! We have been practising for our Christmas carol concert at the church next week. In literacy, we have been focusing on using fronted adverbials in our writing and discussing whether children should be allowed to eat food in class. We will be writing our own balanced arguments on Monday.

Well done to Maggie for achieving star of the week.

4th December

This week we have been busy in maths learning about measurement- we measured our own height and feet! In Literacy, we have been looking at a balanced argument about whether dogs should be kept on leads in parks. The children have come up with some great arguments for and against this question! We have been really lucky to have taken part in a K'Nex workshop to help us develop our science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. We have also been doing some Christmas art making!

Well done to Sophia for achieving star of the week.

27th November

This week we have started our Christmas activities by looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In topic we have been learning about earthquake safety and we have been practising earthquake drills. We designed posters in groups to show how to stay safe and designed our own safety tool kit. These are on display in our classroom which look fantastic! We have also been looking at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator which the children have particularly enjoyed and even asked for extra learning to do at home.

Well done to Emily for achieving star of the week.

20th November

This week we have been doing some fantastic writing our class story about an explorer in a rainforest, we have used our five senses to write a detailed setting description. In science we have been investigating light and we carried out an experiment using straws and bubbles to find out what colours make up white light. We have also started practising chritmas songs in music with violins and have made a christmas wreath at the PTA craft fair. 

Well done to Olion for achieving star of the week.

13th November

We have had a very busy and fun week! This week in Literacy we have been boxing up our class story and we have decided to write about an explorer in a rainforest. Following this, in art we created our own rainforest pictures and we are going to add colour next week with pastels. This week has been anti-bullying week so we have had an assembly, visitors in to discuss what bullying is, workshops run in class and we have also been making our own promises and looking at how to be kind to others in our PSHE lessons. In computing, we have been creating our own animations on purple mash. On Friday it was children in need so we discussed what children in need is for and we had many activities throughout the day including making our own Pudsey bears and icing our own children in need biscuits!

Well done to Reggie for achieving star of the week.

6th November

This week in maths we have been learning how to subtract and add three-digit numbers mentally and using a hundred square. In Literacy, we have been writing our own setting description by describing the five senses we experience when at the beach. Our target this week has been to include adverbs in our descriptions. We have also been creating our own mnemonics to help us learn our common spelling. For example, as a class we used Elegant Nan's Octopus Uses Giant Helicopters to help us remember how to spell enough. We have been researching the 2011 earthquake at Christ Church using books, iPads, QR codes, fact sheets and we created our own fact files.

Well done to Macy for achieving star of the week.

30th October

We have had a great first week back after half term! We have started our topic on earthquakes; learning about why earthquakes happen and tectonic plate boundaries. We have also started reading our new class book (The Ice Cat) and we have been creating our own story maps while acting out the story. We explored the front cover and the blurb of our book to predict what the story might be about. In maths, we have been looking at number patterns and how number bonds can help us to work out addition and subtraction number problems. We had a great lesson with Mr. Greenwood this week playing class bingo with number bonds up to 50! Also, in Art we have made our own colour wheels and experimenting how to mix primary colours to create new colours.

Well done to Kaiden H for achieving star of the week.

16th October

The last week before the half term has been quite busy. This week was Maths Week and as a result, Birch class have been involved in a variety of maths related activities.  On Monday we combined PE and Maths.  In groups of 6, children had to run out and get a tennis ball that had a particular number on it which matched a certain number fact. The children really enjoyed these games.  In Literacy, we also completed our unit on instructional writing and had to write a set of instructions that included headings, 'bossy' verbs and time connectives. 

There is no star of the week as it is half term, so Rexy the dinosaur will be coming home with Miss Mansfield for the week.

9th October

This week we have been researching famous black people for Black History Month. We have created our own silhouette artwork to display facts about our researched people. Take a look at these on the wall when you enter our school! We have been making jam sandwiches in our Literacy lesson to focus on instruction writing and we are going to be writing our own instructions next week!

Well done to Amber for achieving star of the week.

2nd October

This week we have boxed up and written our own stories in Literacy and have been looking at 3D shapes in maths. We had a fantastic day learning about dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and we also had some spare time to look at earthquakes and volcanoes for our topic after half term!

Well done to Dylan for achieving star of the week.

25th September

This week we have been writing our own class story about an evil Queen who accuses a child of stealing her doughnuts. We have also had the opportunity to taste doughnuts in class to help us use descriptive language! In maths, we have started looking at properties of 2D shapes. 

Well done to Edley for achieving star of the week.

18th September

This week we have been looking at synonyms and antonyms to improve our character description in Literacy. We have been looking at the time again in maths this week and playing lots of fun games to recap our times tables. In science, we have become personal trainers and have analysed what teachers at our school eat on a weekly basis. We have also looked at when dinosaurs were existed and created our own historical timelines.

Well done to Emma for achieving star of the week.

11th September

This week we have been learning an extract from Matilda and are focusing on character description using adjectives and similes. In maths, we have been learning about telling the time and also place value. We have started our topic on Hinduism in RE and have had some fun PE lessons playing invasion games. We have also started our Science topic about animals where we looked at herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores!

Well done to Liam for achieving star of the week.

6th September

Welcome to year 3! We have had a great and busy first week in Birch class. In literacy, we have been writing letters to our Pen Pals in Hong Kong and we have also been thinking about what it might be like to live in Hong Kong. In maths, we have been recapping our times tables and learning to tell the time. We have also been using the iPads to research Australian animals!

Well done to Kaiden K for achieving star of the week.