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24th May

It's our last week before half term and we are as busy as ever! We have pretended to be Scientist like local hero Charles Darwin and created posters about a question we wanted to research. We watched some of Dina Asher-Smiths races and explored the differences between the Olympics started by the Ancient Greeks and the Olympics we have now! We continued to look at our topic 'Plants' in Science and conducted an experiment to find out what happens to water after it's absorbed by the roots. We can't wait to find out if our plant locked in a jar will survive! We continued to perfect using the bus stop method with Mr Greenwood, we are definitely Maths whizz kids now! We have started to explore the work by William Morris by creating our own patterns using some of his prints and had lots of messy fun using the screen printers to print our Matisse cut-outs! 

17th May

This week we finished our class story and wrote the beginning of our own Pied Piper story! We came up with lots of amazing ideas of what might plague our imaginary towns! We enjoyed becoming Internet Legends and building our own Internauts at home! We had a fantastic brass instrument demonstration for our first visit then were so excited to find out we had two more visitors coming! We loved watching the Pakiki Theatre put on a show about our local heroes and enjoyed being able to ask questions to author Charlotte Brown who wrote a book about local hero Dina Asher-Smith! Mr Greenwood amped up our Maths lessons by teaching us the bus stop method to help us divide numbers! We had lots of fun during our Art lessons this week - we created cut-outs in the style of Henri Matisse for our whole school Stamp of Positivity project and finally painting our Frida Kahlo portraits, exploring colour mixing and choosing the appropriate paint brushes. 

10th May

This week we continued to read 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' and discussed whether we think the Mayor should pay the Pied Piper. We wrote letters as the mayor's advisor using the conditional conjunction 'if'. We also wrote some fantastic adverts for a rat catcher! In Math we learnt how to add and subtract fractions with Miss Otieno and Mr Greenwood is helping us to use our knowledge of finding a fraction of an amount to also divide numbers! Mrs Cliffe has started to teach us te Spanish names for instruments in our new topic 'Los Instrumentos'. We also explored Mental Health week through a mindfulness story, going on a sensory scavenger hunt and reflecting on the people who support us in our lives. We ended the week with a fantastic Eid party where we played musical statues and created our own Islamic inspired polystyrene prints! 

3rd May

During this week we have looked at organising our writing into paragraphs in order to write a rat report! We linked single clause sentences together to create a multi-clause sentence then used this idea to come up with our own multi-clause sentences. Mr Greenwood has helped us further review fractions of amounts and finding easy ways to work these out when we don't have any physical objects around to help us. In Science we studied root structures of Salvia plants and created our own cotton wool root structures and conducted an experiment to work out what are the best type of roots to have to absorb the most water. We have also discussed family roles and responsibilities in the home and reflected on our own responsibilities at home. For Art we are looking at the artist Frida Kahlo and learnt all about her life and her style of self-portraits. We have started to draw our own self-portraits emulating hers and preparing to paint them.

26th April

Keeping the excitement going this week we created junk model instruments which we then used in a zoom Key Stage 2 junk model orchestra workshop! It was so fun and very loud! We have explored the illustrations of our new book 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. We really loved getting in role for our drama session where we pretended to be a rich family who discover a rat in their home! It was so much fun showing off our acting skills! We welcomed Mr Greenwood back who has taught us all about equivalent fractions! Mrs Cliffe came to teach us some Spanish and recapped counting to 10 in Spanish with us. For RE this term we are looking at what happens when people do wrong and started this off by looking at the Buddhist concept of Annica and discussed where we can see this concept in our life.

19th April 

We are back from Easter and this week is going to be out of this world! We are coming back to Science Week which is all about space! We loved learning about what is takes to be an astronaut and watching the first moon landing in 1969! We wrote interview questions for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, preparing for their return to Earth! We made our planet fact files, researching our chosen planets and answering questions about them. Our favourite parts of Science Week were creating moon mementos for the 1969 moon out of clay which we then painted and creating soundscapes of a planet using musical instruments! We have also kept our Maths skills sharp by continuing to work on fractions! 

22nd March

It's our last week before Easter and we are still going strong! We have finished off our story 'The First Drawing' by using fronted adverbials to summarise the story. In Maths we are continuing to look at fractions and have used paper folding in order to work out a half, quarter or third of an amount! For our Geography lesson this week we looked at the water cycle and learnt the keywords to describe each process. We loved reenacting the water cycle to make it come alive and making our own water cycle mobiles! As it was the end of term we also had lots of Easter fun: making Easter cards for Willick house, going on an Easter word scavenger hunt and also exploring our Now Press Play headphones pretending to be in the Stone Age!  

15th March

It's our second week back and we are working so hard in school! We have loved seeing Mr Duffin again for our weekly PE sessions outside but are making sure to wrap up warm! We are still looking at 'The First Drawing' and wrote some beautiful descriptions of seeing a woolly mammoth for the first time! In Maths we recapped telling the time to every five minutes and have moved on to our next topic - Fractions! We use multi-link cubes to help us to halve odd and even numbers. During our Spanish lessons we are now learning 'La Fruta' and have learnt over 6 different fruit names in Spanish and have also learnt to say whether we like or dislike a fruit!

8th March

We are finally back in school and so excited to see our friends again! We have really enjoyed coming back and returning to our usual schedule! We are starting to read 'The First Drawing' as our class story for Literacy and used subordinating clause to compare our life to the life of a stone age boy! In Maths we are becoming data handlers by using pictograms and bar graphs. We loved being able to ask class questions and record the results for our pictograms but really loved timing eachother writing our names out 4 times on a stop watch and creating a bargraph! We conducted an experiment outside in Geography to note down observations of how a river moves from its source. 

1st March

We are ending our home learning with English week! As a school we have all read the story 'The Last Wolf' by Mini Grey and worked on different activities based on the book. Year 3 loved creating their own wolf tree house from the materials they had in their home and using Busy Things to create our own wolf wanted poster! We also enjoyed our daily reading challenges: building reading dens, reading outside and our 'book face' challenge! We continued to work on telling the time to every five minutes and reading these times on an analogue clock! On our Google Meets we have had great fun guessing who the daily Masked Reader might be! We are all so excited to return to school next week!


22nd February

We are back and refreshed from our half-term! In Maths we are learning to tell the time to every five minutes! We started off learning all the times from o'clock to half past and how they are past the hour times and then learnt about the other half of the clock and how they are to the hour times! During our Literacy lessons we studied a wordless picture book called 'Flotsam' which shows the day of a young boy who finds an old camera at the beach! We researched the history of cameras and wrote descriptions for a few pictures from the book which showed the weird and wonderful things that live in the ocean! In RE we have looked at the different parts of a mosque and used a Jamboard to answer some questions as a class about them! We have also looked at our topic 'Light' in Science and what the word light means to us.


8th February

We have finished reading 'Cloud Tea Monkeys' and really loved the story! To continue improving with our spelling we looked into using the appropriate homophones and then used this in order to write a report about tea! To give us more of an insight into tea we tasted the tea in our homes to write about how they tasted and who might like to drink them. In Maths we recapped what we have learnt over the last couple of weeks by solving place value riddles and addition and subtraction word problems! We have worked so hard during our home learning and made sure to end our half-term with lots of fun activities! 

1st February

This week we have started a new book called 'Cloud Tea Monkeys' about a young girl who picks tea with her mother. We learnt about the 4 different types of sentences - questions, commands, statements and exclamations and when to use them. We also learnt how to differentiate between fact and opinion and used this to sort statements about what is happening in our book! In Maths we looked at different ways to subtract numbers just like we did with addition! We continued enjoying our Spanish and Music lessons and finally finished 'The Christmasaurus'! We are voting for our next class story 

25th January

In Literacy we have learnt how to use the determiners 'a' and 'an' depending on whether a vowel is at the start of the next work. This week in Maths we looked at different ways to add numbers together using either our number bonds, the expanded method or the column method! By the end of the week we were able to pick the method that best suited us to add! We ended the week on a fun Science lesson where we learnt about the three different types of rocks and made our own chocolate rock cycle! 

18th January

This week we combined everything we have learnt from our class story 'The Tin Forest' to write an informative leaflet about recycling! During our Maths meets we went over how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 and then recapped how to use the column method but this time linking it to adding and subtracting money amounts! For Art this week we studied the picture 'Surprise!' by Henri Rousseau and painted a picture of somewhere special from memory. To start off our Geography topic 'Rivers & Mountains' we explored how a  river is formed. For our Spanish classes we are looking at 'Los Animales' and loved playing Spanish animal 20 questions to practise reading and writing the Spanish animal names! 

11th January 

For our second week back we wrote a postcard to the main character in our class story to give him advice on what he should do with the rubbish that is surrounding his home. During our Maths sessions we have continued to look at 3-digit numbers and this time revised representing numbers using Dienes in order to compare their value. In Science we have started a new topic 'Rocks' and discovered what the difference is between a rock and a mineral! We have also started our BYMT sessions with Mr Collins who is exploring the classical piece 'The Hall of the Mountain King'. We loved drawing our own interpretations of the Mountain King! 

6th January 

We came back to school, in a more virtual sense! We are back to home learning and are excited to see all of our friends on Google Meet for our daily catch-ups and introductions to our lessons! We started off by coming up with some New Year's resolutions for our PSHE lesson thinking about our goals for the year. We continued to read our Christmasaurus book and worked hard in Maths plotting 3-digit numbers on a number line! In Literacy we have started reading the book 'The Tin Forest' and wrote persuasive letters to convince the public to throw away their rubbish and recycle what they can! 

14th December

In our last week we have gone back to learning at home! We have made sure to stay in contact over Google Meet and have started to read 'The Christmasaurus' together. We have done lots of fun Christmas activities such as Christmas joke code breakers in Maths, Writing letters to Father Christmas, making paper chains of kindness and watching the panto! We finished off the end of term with a fun Christmas quiz to get us in the festive spirit! We can't wait to return to school in January for a post Christmas party!

7th December

This week we have started to look at different types of sentences - questions, commands an statements. We use these types of questions to write a letter to the children of Poverest about crying good quality tears to help the Tear Thief restore the moon's glow. We have been continuing to work on division and multiplication with Mr Greenwood and have learnt to measure the weight of objects in our Maths lesson with Miss Otieno. We received a letter from the tribal queen Boudicca asking for us to join her in her war against the Romans and we had a class debate thinking about the reasons we should or shouldn't go to war! 


30th November

This week we found magic gems in our trays and discussed what emotions they might link to. These gems came from the Tear Thief, the star of our new class book. We learnt that she collects tears as they make the moon shine bright. We also learnt about similes and metaphors and used these to describe the Tear Thief in a poem. In Maths we are looking at factor families with Mr Greenwood and have learnt to measure the length of an object in metres, centimetres and millimetres! In Science we learnt what the two ends of a magnet are called and experimented with what happens when you put the opposite and same poles together. 


23rd November

On Wednesday it was 'No Pens Wednesday' so we couldn't use pens at all! We went outside to play golf with Mr Duffin which was lots of fun! Mr Greenwood showed us some amazing Maths games on the chromebooks. During our English lessons this week we have been writing newspaper reports about the explosion of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed the city of Pompeii. As we couldn't continue to write them we were given a different headline in pairs and prepared a verbal news report about what we think the headline is about! We had so much fun and it really made us laugh! On Friday during Maths we learnt to find the difference on a number line in order to help us find out the change from £1.


16th November

Birch class had a lot of fun this week participating in the Indian Dance Workshop to celebrate Diwali! We also re starting to review our 3 times table with Mr Greenwood and are learning to count in 3s with the help of tapping our hands on the table. During our literacy lessons we are trainee journalists who are preparing to write a newspaper report on the eruption of Pompeii. To start with we have dissected the features of a newspaper and have gathered quotes from eye witnesses of the eruption to use in our articles! In Science we have learnt about magnets and how they can attract certain materials, we did this by conducting an experiment to find out which classroom objects will be attracted to magnets through sand.

9th November

This week was our Artsmark celebration week which is based around wellbeing, we took part by designing our own wellbeing bubbles and had a free writing session about being creative. Birch class continue to focus on our wellbeing and having a positive outlook on life through our weekly affirmations and Mindfulness Mondays where we have a chance to unwind through relaxation stories.This week in Literacy we have looked at using the apostrophe for possession and writing descriptive sentences. In Maths we have just finished column subtraction and did a little quiz with Mr Greenwood to see how well we remember the rule for when you swap down.

2nd November

To celebrate Fireworks Night we spent 3 afternoons preparing to create a firework picture. This took a long time because we had to create our own scratch paper! We used crayons to colour in a piece of paper then painted over it with acrylic paint. When it dried we carefully scratched the paint off using needles to make our own fireworks! During Science we learnt about friction and set up an experiment on how different surfaces have different amounts of friction by pushing toy trains down ramps onto different materials and measuring how far they travelled before they stopped. We also learnt about gladiators from Roman times and how archeologists are able to find this information out through digs. We looked at different pictures of Roman artefacts and made inferences  on what we think they would be used for and why.

19th October

This week we started a new story 'Escape from Pompeii', we wrote descriptive sentences using noun phrases and prepositions. In Maths with Mr Greenwood we have started to look at using the column method to subtract and what to do when you don't have enough. In History we looked at how the Romans managed to invade so many places with their armies and designed our own Roman shields which we then painted onto large card! To finish off our first half term in year 3 we painted portraits of ourselves as halloween monsters! 

12th October 

Birch class became authors this week and wrote their own Heart in the Bottle stories! We tried to remember to use everything we have learnt over the last few weeks and worked incredibly hard! In Maths we are becoming superstars at using column addition to add 2 and 3-digit numbers! To celebrate Black History Month we learnt about the incredible ophthalmologist Patricia Bath who created a laser that would cure people's cataracts, helping those who had lost their vision many years prior to see again. We also learnt about Ruby Bridges who was one of the first African American children to go to an all-white school and the hardship she faced. We wrote letters to a 6-year old Ruby and invited her to be our friend.

5th October

During this week Birch class have continues to enjoy the story 'The Heart in the Bottle'. We learnt about how to turn adjectives into an abstract nouns by using the -ness suffix and created titles for our own Heart in the Bottle story.  Mr Greenwood has continued to teach us 'Mathemagics' and we have explored using interactive resources. In our Science lesson we learnt about the skeletal structure of other animals and got to explore animal skulls! We measured them and compared their size and shape.  Also, a magical fairy came to visit us and took us on an adventure through the fairy tale forest to find the happy ever after book!

28th September 

This week Birch class have been learning all about emotions and finding different synonyms for frequently used words such as 'happy', 'sad' or 'angry'. Also, a chair mysteriously appeared in our classroom and we made inferences on whose chair it could be! We have started adding 2-digit numbers with Mr Greenwood and in Science we have learnt to identify some of the bones in our body! 

21st September

Birch class have had a very busy week with our assessment week! We worked really hard on all of our assessments and made sure to do the best we could! Whilst it was a full on week we always made sure to have a bit of fun during play time, story time and even had some golden time!

14th September

This week we continued with our Lost Words book, readying ourselves for writing a poem by researching a bird on our Chromebooks and writing a fact file. We then used these fact files to create our own poems about our chosen birds! To go with our poems we explored the different types of shading we could used and spent a long time drawing out our own birds to go along with our poem. In Maths with Mr Greenwood we worked on placing numbers on a number line to 100 and ordering 2-digit numbers. 

7th September

This week we started our whole class book, The Lost Words, a book all about nature which describes different animals and plants through poetry and art. As a class we focussed on the birds in the book. We discussed how to use adjectives to describe to help with writing our own poems. We then went out to our forest school area and went bird watching! It was lots of fun! We also enjoyed working with Mr Greenwood in Maths this week. 

2nd September

Today we started our first week in year 3! We had lots of fun seeing our friends again, getting to know each other and having a new classroom! We had fun outside playing socially distanced games and learning to log into our very own Chromebooks!