Spring 1, Week 2
The second week of this term has absolutely flown by! We finished reading Ice Palace and loved listening to how Ivan saved his little brother. The description of Starjik was incredible to read and unpick, he is definitely an evil character. On Friday, we created our own hero, helper and villain just like the structure of Ice Palace. In maths, we've been learning about the inverse and how we can use multiplication to help with our division facts and vise versa. We've been sorting transparent, opaque and translucent objects in Science (see our photos) by deciding whether light passes through them or not. During RE we discussed the ten commandments and translated them so we could understand them in simple terms. We've also loved playing LightBot in Computing! Finally, Metro Bank visited us this week! It was the first week out of three visits and we learnt all about saving. We learnt the advantages of saving money, where to save it and what other valuable items people keep in a safety deposit box.
Spring 1, Week 1
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to school in 2019!
We've had a full on first week back, even though it was only 4 days long! We have been reading our new class book by David Walliams called Ice Monster. It's absolutely amazing, we're on Chapter 12 already! In Literacy, we've been reading Ice Palace and we have been exploring Ivan's character along with the village he lives in. There is a character called Starjik who takes children in the night and Ivan is going to rescue his little brother! In maths, we've been placing numbers on number lines and learning how to order numbers. In Science, we began our new topic of light and dark and sorted natural and artificial light sources. We enjoyed writing our New Year Resolutions for our PSHE goals topic and learnt about how Christianity began in RE.
Autumn Term 2, Week 8
The last week of Autumn term!! We've had such a fun filled week, I cant' belive we're a third of the way through the year already. On Monday, the Life Bus visited us. We learnt all about the brain and how it is important for our bodies. We learnt about what can harm and help our bodies and had a great discussion about how medicine can do both. We also helped Geff the Giraffe with his homework about what we need to stay healthy. On Wednesday, we went to the Church for a Carol service which was wonderful. We all felt very festive and enjoyed hearing the children sing. On Thursday, we had our class Christmas party which consisted of a Christmas quiz and musical games. We also watched Gangsta Granny after reading the book and it was great to follow the storyline and see how David Walliams portrayed the book in the film. Finally on Friday, we watched a Christmas film and had our Christmas dinner - delicious!
Mrs Banks and I have had an amazing first term and have loved getting to know all the children. We're extremely proud of their progress and can't wait to see what else they can do! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Autumn Term 2, Week 7
What a busy week we've had!! We've been busy creating leaflets about what the Romans brought to Britain. Such as cats, roads, glass, libraries, Latin, Christianity and lots more! We enjoyed discussing which was the most important item they brought to Britain and why. In maths, we've been learning all about bar graphs! We also creating a Christmas themed bar graph about Reindeer food and wrapping presents. We visited the Pantomime on Wednesday and saw Cinderella! It was absolutely amazing, very funny and a wonderful experience to share together. We watched the Key Stage 1 Nativity on Tuesday which was brilliant and have been rehearsing for our Christmas Carol Service.
Autumn Term 2, Week 6
This week has completely flown by and we can't believe we're in December already! We decorated the classroom with a Christmas tree, tinsel and advent calendars. This week we learnt how to write Kenning poems about Roman gladiators. They are poems which usually only have 2 words per line and they give you clues to guess what the poem is about. We had great fun writing them and even wrote a Kenning poem about ourselves then we guessed who belonged to who in class. In maths, we've been learning about grams and kilograms. We sorted how to weigh different objects and how to convert between grams and kilograms. We used Minecraft to code in Computing which the children absolutely loved! They were all so engaged and the time flew by. In Science, we learnt about the human body and we stuck a skeleton back together. We began to learn about Advent in RE and what each coloured candle means. Finally, we had Celebration of Learning on Friday where we showed off how amazing we all are!
Autumn Term 2, Week 5
It's been assessment week and both Mrs Banks and myself are so proud of every single one of you! Everyone worked so hard in every assessment and tried their best throughout, we're really pleased. In our 'down time' we have been created mosaics for Silent Art Week! We loved creating patterns with lots of different colours, the end result is great! We also learnt about Puja trays in RE and how to find a 'win win' situation in PSHE.
Autumn Term 2, Week 4
This week we have been writing newspaper reports about a Gladiator fight! We identified features of a newspaper and looked at the structure of a newspaper too! In maths, we have been learning about cm and mm. We have been measuring with a ruler and converting cm into mm then mm into cm. We have enjoyed learning how to measure correctly! We took part in a Purple Mash competition where we had to design a festive card! In RE, we learnt the story of the God Ganesh and why he has an elephant head. Finally, in Science, we continued to learn about animal skeletons and drew some amazing pictures of them. We also took part in a Kahoot quiz to test our knowledge.
Autumn Term 2, Week 3
This week we wrote our diaries in the role of a Roman gladiator! The diary entries written were fantastic and I felt like I was there whilst reading them. We also read our diaries to other people and edited them with a purple polishing pen. This is a great skill to learn because it means the children are reading their learning again and deciding where it could be improved. In maths, we have been adding to 100 and subtracting from 100, we have learnt about different types of animal skeleton in Science and Diwali in RE. Finally, we made stress balls as we discussed how to calm down if we get angry.
Autumn Term 2, Week 2
It was our class assembly this week so we spent lots of time rehearsing to show how amazing we are! We hope you enjoyed it. Please find photos of us with the T-Rex in 'Photos of Birch Class'. To create the photos we stood in front of a green blanket and used green screen to put a t-rex behind us!
Other than rehearsing, we have planned our diary as a Roman gladiator. We have learnt about Diwali as we celebrated it on 7th November and learnt about Remembrance as it's on Friday.
Autumn Term 2, Week 1
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term.
We began our Roman topic this week and learnt all about gladiators. We found out about the Colosseum and visited it on a virtual reality school trip. We learnt that gladiators didn't always want to fight but they weren't allowed to show fear. We also learnt that the Colosseum could hold 50,000 and it was free to enter!
We learnt how to find remainders in maths, along with doubling and halving. In RE, we continued to learn about Hinduism, specifically a Mandir. We played on Purple Mash in computing as it was Halloween! We created pumpkins on Purple Mash and wrote poems about witches.
Finally, we learnt about what makes us angry and how we can calm ourselves down. We also recapped Spanish colours
Autumn Term 1, Week 7
Wow! The last week of school has flown by.
This week we learnt all about Clerihew poems. We learnt that it has 4 lines, it rhymes and is usually funny. After learning about them, we wrote our own Clerihews about dinosaurs and they were fantastic!! We loved learning about all the crazy (& serious) theories which discuss how dinosaurs became extinct - we still aren't sure if aliens visited or not! We learnt how to say colours in Spanish and rehearsed as a class & in pairs. Finally, we learnt our poem for the tea party which was so funny!
Autumn Term 1, Week 6
This week we visited the Natural History Museum and we LOVED it!
When we arrived, the children couldn't believe the size of the building. As we walked in, their faces lit up at the sight of the blue whale (dippy). It was lovely to see them all so amazed. We walked around the dinosaur section of the museum and looked at fossils. We were shocked by how big some of the dinosaur legs were. We also learnt interesting facts along the way. We were so pleased to see Mary Anning's "fish lizard" as we have been learning about her life. We also took part in a Dino Workshop and we pretended to be palaeontologists. It was so much fun!
Autumn Term 1, Week 5
We've had a wonderful week this week and we began writing our balanced arguments! We learnt that balanced arguments have points for and against the argument with your own opinion at the end. In maths, we've been learning about money. We've learnt how to add money and how to give change, we've also solved money word problems. During topic, we learnt how to tell the difference between a carnivore and a herbivore. In science, we learnt about Mary Anning and how she became famous! Finally, we've learnt about Harvest in RE.
Autumn 1, Week 4
How have we completed week 4 already?! Time is flying in Birch class and we're having so much fun!
This week we wrote our own stories based on 'Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish' and they are AMAZING! We can't wait to show you our stories at parents' evening because the language used and ideas imagined are wonderful. Mrs Banks and I are so proud of all the stories which have been written. In maths, we've been learning about money by using fake money to calculate total amounts and how to give change. We have been learning about all the different dinosaurs which existed in Topic and have loved watching videos of David Attenbourough describing the dinosaurs, how they lived and survived. We created a timeline with the 4 different periods with a variety of dinosaurs. In our RE lessons, we've continued to learn about Hinduism and their main beliefs, we got the chance to handle different types of rock in science and described their properties. Finally, in computing, we manipulated two turtles to move around the screen.
Autumn 1, Week 3
We've had such a wonderful week, full of learning!
We began the week with our first violin lesson which was amazing! We can't wait to show off our skills soon. We have been creating a new character and paradise for story writing in literacy and have been focusing on place value in maths. In topic, we sorted fossils and matched them to their dinosaurs. We learnt about Hinduism and RE and located where it is celebrated around the world on an iPad and map. We had our first golf lesson with Miss Bowley (see photos), finally we enjoyed coding, learning about types of rocks and how to introduce ourselves in Spanish! A fun packed week!
Autumn 1, Week 2
Our first full week back and it's been a busy one!
We began the week with Computing Champions visiting us to talk to us about how to stay safe online. Mr Rickers came to our class and we watched some great videos which promoted discussions about what to do in different online scenarios. It was health week so we took part in a Joe Wicks workout. We watched him live on the Internet and followed his every move - we loved it! To celebrate health week, we sketched our favourite healthy meals and played online quizzes to support our learning. In literacy, we began reading our story "Dinosaurs and all that rubbish" which is about enjoying the paradise you have. Finally, in maths, we've focused on place value.
Autumn 1, Week 1
Welcome to Year 3!
We've had a wonderful first few days back to school, full of fun activities to get to know each other and settle in. To begin the week, we drew pictures in our sketchbooks of objects or people we love. We also took an interactive quiz about dinosaurs to find out what we know already. We have created book marks for our new (& bigger!) books and made a front cover for our dinosaur topic. We have already been coding in Computing and Birch class picked it up very quickly. We also sorted true and false facts about dinosaurs and had a competition for who could make the longest paper chain with 1 piece of paper.
Summer 2 Week 5
We completed our milk art activity in art while we have also been quite busy practising for our class assembly. This will take place on Thursday 28th June at 2:30pm. It looks like it will be quite a warm week this week so please ensure your child has their water bottle and a hat if possible.
Summer 2 Week 4
The week concluded with our annual KS2 Sports Day. All children performed extremely well and displayed great sportmanship and support to their team mates. It was assessment week this week and as such we were busy with a variety of tests.
Summer 2 Week 3
In topic, we looked at the various parts of the Earth (inner core, outer core, mantle and crust) and the features of these. Maths saw us work on time - problems related to time and telling the time to the nearest five minutes. A reminder that our second swimming session will take place next Wednesday 20th June.
Summer 2 Week 2
This week we completed our persuasive letter writing unit in English, writing a letter to Mrs Weeks trying to persuade her that ALL KS2 students should be allowed mobile phones at school. We also wrote Fathers Day poems to go in our Fathers Day cards. We learnt how to pronounce various fruits in Spanish while in PE we continued to practice our sprints in readiness for our sports day next Friday morning.
Summer 2 Week 1
The first week back after half term saw Beech class start their new unit in English - to write a persuasive letter. We looked at the features of this type of text including hyperboles (I'll die if I don't eat some food soon). In maths we have been doing work on pictograms, tables and bar graphs and answering questions related to these. We also started swimming! We took the bus to the Walnut Centre in Orpington. This weeks lesson was all about getting ourselves in groups. Our topic for this half term is Volcanoes and Rocks. We looked at where most volcanoes are located (the Ring of Fire) and used an atlas to help us with this task. Finally, in our reading sessions we read about the upcoming Football World Cup and the history behind this event.
We have had Art and Science week in year 3! We have been looking at magnetic forces and have been doing lots of fun experiments. We learned that only metals containing iron, cobalt and nickel are magnetic which was very surprising. Also, we discovered that a magnetic force can act at a distance by conducting our own experiments. We have also been designing and painting our own Roman shields and have been looking at how powerful the Roman army was.
This week we have been revising the grid method to multiply large numbers and have been using Live Mathletics to practise our times tables with other children in the class. In Literacy we have been writing our own suspense stories using fronted adverbials, adverbs, paragraphs and other key features of suspense writing such as short sentences and things that are hidden from the reader!
This week we visited Crofton Roman Villa to learn about the Romans and how they lived. We designed our own mosaics, learnt about Roman life and we even got to dress up as Romans! We also looked at a Roman soldier and what armour and clothing they wore. In maths we have been looking at fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions. We used the new computing room for the first time for mathematics with Mr Greenwood.
This week Beech class looked at the written method when doing multiplication - the grid method. We also continued to work on column addition with crossing over the ones, tens and hundreds. We have been using short sentences, fronted adverbials and adverbs to create suspense in our writing in Literacy. We have also been learning about the Celts and we have been writing diary entries in role of Celts to describe our daily life. We looked at Boudicca's rebellion against the Romans and discussed if she was wrong or right to create all the suffering.
This week saw Birch class go on their rescheduled school trip to Kew Gardens on Thursday. On arrival, we all looked through the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is home to a variety of plants from around the world. We also had an education session about pollination and went on the tree top high walk to experience plants and trees from high above! In maths we have been learning the column method when adding numbers and trying to solve a variety of word problems involving addition and subtraction. We started learning about Kwik Cricket with Mr Duffin in PE, while in English we looked at how to add suspense into our stories through using short sentences and sound words. We also discussed what prepositions are ie words that tell us where things are eg in, under, on etc.
The weather this week has been stunning - a great way to start back at for for Summer Term. We started our new topic - the Romans. We created a poster about what the children knew about the Romans and what they wanted to know. In Maths we looked at the grid method in multiplication and also doubling and halving 2 and 3 digit numbers. Our new topic in Science is Forces and Magnets. We conducted an investigation into how different materials effect the movement of an object.
It's the last week of Spring term! This week, amongst Easter activities, Birch class wrote their own story that had to include speech while in Maths we revised a variety of concepts that we have been learning throughout the term.
Please don't forget we break up at 1.30pm on Thursday and return to school on Tuesday 17th April.
This week in English we have looked at using inverted commas in our writing. We have practised turning conversations between people and animals into a written format and also wrote our own story that included lots of speech. In maths we spent the week measuring and weighing a variety of objects while in Spanish we have been practising the days of the week.
This week was assessment week, completing tests in Maths, Science and Literacy. In RE we continued to look at Sikhism and studied one of the festivals in this religion. We researched where particular foods come from and created a flow chart in Topic while we completed our Matchbox art project - come and take a look at our creations displayed in the school entrance. English saw us start to put actions to our new extract from Sheep-Pig while in Maths we revised a variety of topics in readiness for our Maths test.
After the disruption caused by the 'Beast from the East' in week 8 where the school was closed for 3 days due to snow and lack of power and heating, things got back on track in week 9. On Friday we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as a character of a book. We wrote about this character and also had a whole school parade in the morning. We also celebrated Holi by looking at what this religious occasion is all about and completing a comprehension activity.
In English we started to look at non-chronological reports about animals. We looked at the features of this type of non-fiction writing and started to research facts about our own animal. In PE we began practising skills to play dodgeball with Mr Duffin while in science we set up a plant growth experiment as we want to observe and record how the environment affects plant growth. Maths saw us look at division and how we get remainders. We also worked on 2 step word problems whereby we had to find what change we would get after buying 2 things from a shop.
The final week of Spring Term 1 saw Beech class go on their third school trip - this time to Wagamama restaurant in Bromley. The class were taken on a behind the scenes tour of what goes on in a restaurant. They were split into groups of ten and looked at food and drink preparation along with how orders are placed. We then enjoyed a delicious lunch, using our child friendly chopsticks instead of the usual cutlery. In maths we looked at pictograms and how to interpret these while in English we made up our own poems based on one that we looked at called 'The Door'. We looked at the continents of the world and had to name each one of these while in Topic we created an advertisement for our made up restaurant.
This week has been Multicultural week. Each afternoon the class went to another class to learn about the various continents. They learnt about Australia in Fir class and created a koala; Asia and Chinese New Year with Mrs Gayle in Year 5 and Europe in Birch Class. On Tuesday we had lots of fun learning two Bollywood dances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.