Class Blog for Class 3

Week ending Friday 8th November 2019 

Posted: 08/11/2019
Rebecca Horn

This week we launched our new topic and learning question, ‘How can we explore India through our senses?’

On Tuesday we enjoyed a day of activities to engage us in our new topic. Some of the activities included a whole class collaboration to create a collage of the Taj Mahal, designing elephants and Rangoli patterns, watching clips about India whilst making notes and looking at a range of images. We also used a mind map to note down what we already knew about India and considered what we would like to learn and how we may achieve this using our senses. We came up with some questions for our ‘Wonder Wall’ which will guide our learning during this topic. We all had great fun on Tuesday and were excited to see the new classroom décor!

During English this week we have been reading and exploring a range of traditional Indian tales. We worked in groups to unpick the tales and used our VIPERS reading skills to identify vocabulary, clarify definitions and summarise the key parts. We then discussed the meaning and the moral behind the tales, which took some justifying by using evidence to back up our opinions and suggestions. Towards the end of the week we began to draw a text/story map to help us learn the tale of ‘The brahmin and the goat’ off by heart. This is going to be the tale we focus on and explore key features and aspects of on our learning journey.

In maths we have started our block of learning which will focus on multiplication and division. To begin with we considered what we already knew and completed some activities based around times tables. Some of us then went on to looking at equal groups whilst others focused on multiples and doubling.

Things to remember for next week:
*Don’t forget to make an appointment for our parent consultations- you will find the sign-up sheets opposite Mrs Trevaskis at the office
*PE will be every Thursday afternoon from this week so please ensure kits are in school
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Monday afternoon. Please note that this is our new Forest School afternoon
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning- please initial and comment in your child’s reading record so we can sign off their karate bands
*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates


 


Week ending Friday 1st November 2019 

Posted: 01/11/2019
Rebecca Horn


Welcome to the first blog for Autumn 2.

Our learning in Class 3 this week in English has been based around different aspects of grammar and comprehension. We have focused on main and subordinate clauses and how we can use conjunctions to join them, expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and using different verb forms accurately e.g. simple past and present perfect. We then explored the key features of a spooky story and planned our own ensuring we created tension and suspense as well as including the grammar aspects we had been focusing on earlier in the week. We ended the week by writing our spooky stories and those of us who wanted to share them, read them to the rest of the class.

In maths we finished off our addition and subtraction block where we were further developing our confidence and understanding of the formal written method and solving a range of multi-step word problems. We are looking forward to moving onto our multiplication and division block next week.

In our P.E lessons this half term we will be focusing on tennis. We have begun by looking at the grip we need to use when holding the racket and some simple skills-based activities to develop our control of the racket and ball. We shall continue to develop the different elements and skills over the coming weeks, working towards playing a competitive game whilst applying the basic principles.

In French we were focusing on learning the vocabulary for animals. We played team games to help familiarise ourselves with whether it was ‘le’ or ‘la’ and looked at the spelling of the words to see if we could identify patterns to help us remember them. We then played a game of battleships/noughts and crosses where we had to say a number from the grid in French and then the name of an animal and if we guessed correctly, we got a nought or cross for our team. We played two rounds and the result was a draw!

***Please note: I explained to the children earlier that I am keeping their homework books until next week. The reason for this is that our new topic will begin on Tuesday and there will be a new grid for this topic and half term in their books. I didn’t want to put the new grid in and spoil the reveal of the topic! I did say that if they wanted to complete any homework then they could practise their spellings, times tables and reading. I know they are keen to find out what the new topic will be! In addition, if I have not received your child's pink homework book, please remind them to hand it in on Monday. Many thanks. 

Things to remember for next week:

*PE kits need to be in school for our lesson on Friday

*Forest school clothes need to be in school on Thursday afternoon for this week but PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM THE WEEK BEGINNING 11TH NOVEMBER, FOREST SCHOOL WILL TAKE PLACE FOR OUR CLASS EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning- please initial and comment in your child’s reading record so we can sign off their karate bands. Just a little reminder that we have started the karate bands again so initially everyone will be working towards achieving their white band. Well done to those who have achieved this already 

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


Week ending Friday 18th October 2019 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Rebecca Horn

Welcome to the last Class 3 blog of this half term.

I feel that everybody has worked well this half term, whether it be with making transitions, settling into their new peer group or the day to day enthusiasm and effort they put into their learning. It has been great to see everyone developing an understanding of each other’s needs and supporting them where they have felt necessary.

This week we completed our learning journey in English where we wrote our adventure stories, edited and improved and then shared them with peers and wrote up our final drafts. It was a delight to read the different stories and see some of the excellent vocabulary choices that had been made.

We continued with subtraction in maths where we were using different resources and methods to solve problems. We decided which methods were most suitable for which problems and gave verbal reasoning to explain our choice and answer.

In our P.E lessons, we improved our understanding of tag rugby and worked on tactics as a team. We also practised the different skills that are required in order to play effectively, this has been helpful towards developing our mindset and understanding of how to work together as a team.

In PSHE we continued to explore feelings and how we can work together more effectively. We considered the question ‘Who can solve my problem?’. We then worked in groups to list scenarios/problems into three categories according to who should solve that problem. The categories were ‘you’, ‘friend’ and ‘adult’. We decided that some problems such as ‘I need a rubber’ is a ‘you’ problem which can be easily solved whereas a ‘first aid’ scenario would need to be resolved by an ‘adult’. We made a poster of our scenarios which can be seen in our classroom.

On Wednesday we created some super Christmas cards for the FOPs card sale- watch out for your child’s creations for you to purchase once they have been printed!

Things to remember for the first week back:

*PE kits need to be in school for our lesson on Friday
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon *
Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning- please initial and comment in your child’s reading record so we can sign off their karate bands
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

**Monday 28th October is an INSET day. Children return to school on Tuesday 29th October

**Individual and sibling photographs on the day we return: Tuesday 28th October

**Clubs will begin again on week commencing 4th November


 


Week ending Friday 11th October 2019 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Rebecca Horn


Our learning in English this week has been based around the story of ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ by Jules Verne. We began the week by creating our own story maps to familiarise ourselves with the text. We then wrote a diary entry from Fogg’s perspective, ensuring we included events in chronological order as well as feelings and fronted adverbials for time. We ended the week by boxing up the text and making edits to form part of our adventure story plan.

In science this week we continued with our learning about electricity. We were focusing on conductors and insulators and made a circuit where we had to test different materials to see if they were conductors or insulators. To begin with, we made predictions and then tested these. We recorded our results in a table and discussed these as a class.

We have been focusing on subtraction in maths where we have been using concrete and pictorial resources to familiarise ourselves with what the numbers look like in different representations. We completed physical exchanges which really supported our understanding and allowed us to begin to solve problems and develop our mathematical reasoning.

In PSHE we have been exploring feelings and how we can work together as a team. We considered what it means to be ‘friendly’ and what qualities we would expect to see in a Class 3 ‘role model’. We worked in groups to draw around a member of Class 3 and each had a go at writing our ideas onto the life-sized poster. We then thought it would be a great idea for everyone to make a pledge of what quality they are going to really work on and how they may achieve this.

We are looking forward to Harvest Festival on Monday, see you there!

Things to remember for next week:

*PE kits need to be in school for our lesson on Tuesday
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon
*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning
*We break up on Friday 18th October for half term

 


Week ending Friday 4th October 2019 

Posted: 04/10/2019
Rebecca Horn

How quickly has this week gone? We are finding the days are just whizzing by! Another week of learning challenges and investigations has kept us all busy and engaged in our learning.

In science this week we developed our understanding of circuits, in particular complete and incomplete circuits. We made predictions and then tested these by building our own circuit, we had to follow instructions and use the symbol cards to support us.

We have been focusing on addition in maths, we considered known methods and explored the numbers visually using concrete resources such as base 10, cubes and place value counters. This helped us to see when we needed to exchange and by completing the physical manoeuvre, when it came to using the pictorial and written methods, we were more confident to experiment and have a go.

In English we shared our reports with our peers and completed a self-assessment and peer assessment where we reflected on the report we had written. We have begun a new learning journey but before we were introduced to our new text, we were given pictures and items which we had to use to write a prediction as a group about what the new text might be about. We came up with some creative and imaginative ideas and enjoyed sharing them with the rest of the class, it was interesting to see how different each prediction was! Our new text is: Around the World in Eighty Days.

**Please note times tables club and ukulele club will not be running on Tuesday 8th October due to staff training**

Things to remember for next week:

*PE kits need to be in school for our lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon
*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning

 

 


Week ending Friday 27th September 2019 

Posted: 26/09/2019
Rebecca Horn

Welcome to Class 3's first blog! 

This week we have continued with our transport topic and have been looking at the history of different modes of transport. We placed these on a timeline and researched some facts using the internet and non fiction texts. 

In science we grouped appliances based on whether they were mains electricity or battery powered. We then explored electrical dangers in the home and considered how we can keep ourselves and others safe. We created posters and shared these in sharing assembly with the rest of the school.

We carried on with our place value learning in maths where we solved a range of problems and considered how we could explain our answer with reasoning. 

In English we finished writing our non-chronological reports, we are going to be editing and sharing them with Class 2 which will complete our learning journey.   

Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits need to be in school for our lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon
*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning
*Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 4th October



 


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