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Week ending Friday 17th January 2020 

Posted: 18/01/2020
Rebecca Horn

*Please return Matilda consent forms*

Thank you to those of you who have donated cardboard to us so far, we are still in need of some more for our Roman shields, so if you have any, we would welcome it.

In English this week we have been focusing on the features of playscripts along with making edits to stage directions and exploring action and dialogue through drama. On Friday we began to plan our own scene for a playscript where Matilda causes some mischief and plays a trick on her father, we shall continue with this next week along with watching the film, creating character descriptions and writing our scene.

During Maths this week, a range of learning objectives have been covered by different groups. Some of us have been focusing on recognising and finding a half, some exploring unit and non-unit fractions and tenths as fractions and decimals and another group looking at fractions greater than 1 and equivalent fractions.

In History this week we have been exploring the Roman Empire and how it spread using a map to code Celtic and Roman land. We ordered key events on a timeline and discussed key dates such as the first invasion led by Julius Caesar. We also considered why the invasions happened and came up with lots of further questions we wanted to answer!

Our Science learning this week saw us begin our new strand of learning based around light. We were exploring light and how we have natural and man-made sources along with how what we think is a light source is actually a reflection. We will continue to look at reflective materials next week.

Thank you to Mrs Goddard for coming in to give us a talk on handwashing, we all enjoyed using the glo germ to see our hands under the UV light!

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Monday afternoon

*P.E kits will be needed for Tuesday 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 10th January 2020 

Posted: 11/01/2020
Rebecca Horn


Happy New Year to you all.

It has been great to welcome everyone back to school this week after the Christmas break.

We started our new topic which has following overarching learning question: ‘What impact did the Romans have on Britain?’ We began the topic as we always do with completing our Wonder Wall. We listed things we already knew about the Romans and things we would like to learn about during the topic, keeping the learning question at the front of our minds.

Our class text is Matilda by Roald Dahl which is also the main text we are using on our current English learning journey. We will complete the journey by writing our own playscript. So far in English we have summarised the beginning of the story, explored characters thoughts and feelings and described and compared two characters. We are all enjoying Matilda so far!

In guided reading this week we were focusing on understanding different genres and worked in groups to sort a range of books into the correct genre. We also designed a library card, which will be used when children visit the library to know where they got their book from so it can be returned to the correct place. It will also be a record of books read and which genre they are in as there is a reading challenge to read a book from each genre!

In Maths we have been problem solving and at the end of the week we started our new strand of learning on fractions.

Our focus in RE for this half term is Sikhism and this week we have learnt about the history of Sikhism and how it is believed to have been founded by Guru Nanak. We learnt about the story of Nanak and from this, we generated some interesting questions about different religions, some of which we had intense debates about and concluded that there wasn’t necessarily one, straight forward answer.

In Geography we were locating European countries on a blank map as well as finding the capital cities. All children used the atlas/iPad accurately when labelling.

In History we created our own Roman glossary which contains subject specific vocabulary. The children are coming up with ideas for a Roman themed day- we shall keep you posted with dates and ideas once we have had a class discussion and made a decision!

***Request for cardboard- in DT we will hopefully be designing and making our own Roman shields so if you have any cardboard at home, we would be grateful for all donations. Many thanks***

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Monday morning

*P.E kits will be needed for Tuesday 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 20th December 2019 

Posted: 21/12/2019
Rebecca Horn

We had a great week in Class 3! We started the week off by sharing our poems and writing them up for the class poetry book which is now proudly on display. 

Then the Christmas festivities began with the Christmas lunch and class party- everyone enjoyed playing the games, dancing and eating the party food! Thank you to everyone who donated some food for the party. 

We then enjoyed different Christmas activities such as making Christmas cards, decorating baubles, making and decorating snowflakes and designing and decorating biscuits using icing and various sweet treats! The games from home were also a hit and it was nice to see the children all playing together with each other. We finished the week with a film which was requested by many children...Nativity 3!

Mrs Lee and I would like to say a very big thank you for all of our lovely cards and gifts. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a great time relaxing and enjoying the festivities and look forward to welcoming the children back with their recharged batteries on Tuesday 7th January! 

**Our PE afternoon will now be on a Tuesday, so will take place on the first day back so please can children ensure they have their kits in school. We will be having gym this half term with a representative from Arena. 


 


Week ending Friday 13th December 2019 

Posted: 15/12/2019
Rebecca Horn

*Forest school will take place on Monday morning from 10am due to the Nativity in the afternoon*

*After school clubs have now finished- they will resume w/c 13th January*


This week in our Maths lessons we were working on different objectives within the class. Some of the objectives included using the short formal written method of division, scaling and correspondence problems, using the inverse to problem solve and consolidating dividing by 2, 5 and 10.

In English this week we continued with our poetry learning journey which saw us write whole class and individual poems. To begin with we looked at the features of the poem we were writing that day and then mind mapped ideas linked to the theme, before then writing the poem. These are the poetry forms we learnt about and wrote our own of this week: haiku, acrostic, shape, cinquain and limerick. Next week, to complete our learning journey we will be editing and improving our poems, choosing one to perform and then writing them up for our Class 3 poetry book.

Our DT lesson this week put the theory we learnt about last week of how to work safely and hygienically into action! We worked in groups to create a selection of Indian style savoury dishes. We all helped and had to follow the recipe carefully, we then cooked the dishes and enjoyed tasting them and giving feedback!

In Art we continued to explore colour where we were creating our own abstract pieces of art. We sketched an Indian style landscape before deciding how we would add colour using fine brushes to make it abstract, some of us even decided to mix our own colours. We then gave feedback to peers about their piece of art. There are some really great pieces with close attention to detail.

Don’t forget… we will be performing our Nativity on Monday 16th December at 2pm and 6pm. As this is a whole school performance, we would like all children to return to school for the evening performance between 5.30 and 5.40pm.

**Christmas dinner on Wednesday. We will be having a Christmas mufti day too, so children can wear Christmas clothes, Christmas jumpers etc to school all day, please remember to bring in your £1 donation.

We shall be having our class party in the afternoon and would be grateful if a food contribution could be made. A small plate of party food would be fantastic such as biscuits, crisps, cakes etc. Any questions, please feel free to speak to myself or Mrs Lee.

***Thursday- children can bring in games on this day for the afternoon if they wish to do so. Please do not bring in any electronics such as iPads, phones, consoles etc.

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Monday 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

*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates


 


Week ending Friday 6th December 2019 

Posted: 06/12/2019
Rebecca Horn

This week in our Maths lessons we have continued to learn different methods we can use to help us when we divide. We have been using number lines, place value grids and part whole models as well as solving calculations mentally.

In English this week we started our new learning journey which will see us focusing on different forms of poetry. To start the journey, we immersed ourselves in different poetry forms where we read and listened to a range of poems and discussed the format and language features we could see. We then worked in groups to match poems to their definition/description. Some of the poems we looked at on this day included: cinquain, haiku, shape, narrative, limerick and nonsense. After that, we highlighted language features in a range of poems and shared our thoughts about how the poet used language and phrases to capture the readers interest. We ended the week by looking at the nonsense poem, ‘Jabberwocky’ where we were understanding word play and how it is used in poetry. We then tried to interpret some of the nonsense words and see which real words we could use instead!

Our DT lesson this week focused on us learning about how we can work safely and hygienically with food/when in the kitchen in preparation for our cooking session next week. We also researched Indian style savoury dishes and identified the techniques used and discussed these so we know how to use them and what they will look like in reality when we have a go ourselves!

During RE this week we were focusing on Hinduism and learnt about Diwali, where Hinduism was founded, the beliefs and the story of Rama and Sita. We also found out about some of the gods and created our own Hindu god stating the characteristics, special powers and their transport.

In Art we were designing Mehndi patterns- we began by discussing why henna is significant to Indian culture and how it is used to decorate the body. We then designed our own pattern focusing on symmetry and fine detail.

Don’t forget… we will be performing our Nativity on Monday 16th December at 2pm and 6pm. As this is a whole school performance, we would like all children to return to school for the evening performance between 5.30 and 5.40pm.

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for 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

*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

**Show and Share…Thursday 12th December between 3:15 and 3:45pm- we look forward to welcoming you to share your child’s learning with them**


 


Week ending Friday 29th November 2019 

Posted: 30/11/2019
Rebecca Horn

This week in our Maths lessons we continued with our multiplication and division strand where we were all focusing on the different methods used for multiplication. We were then problem solving both word and number problems using a range of methods to demonstrate our understanding.

In English this week we finished writing up our own Indian tales based around the tale of ‘The brahmin and the goat’. Once we had written our tales we began to edit, evaluate and improve before sharing it with a peer and completing a peer and self-assessment sheet. We also used the toolkit we co-constructed as a class last week to check off the skills as we read through our own tales. From this, we were able to see which elements we had missed out and know that when we complete our final write up next week that we need to try and include them.

In our music lesson we listened to some Indian music and discussed and identified the instruments we could hear. We also considered how the music made us feel and how these instruments were being played. In groups we then went on to create our own piece of Indian style music- we decided we needed to think about the tempo, pitch and volume as we described the music as ‘relaxing, dreamy, alternative, calming and soothing’ (to name a few!). We selected instruments we thought would be a good match to those used in the Indian music and set aside those we thought were unsuitable. We all had great fun experimenting and I did see some excellent conductors amongst the different groups.

Our combined science and geography lesson this week saw us researching, investigating and comparing the different habitats in India. We used the internet and books to conduct our research and created a mini fact file containing key information. We also considered why the animals lived in these habitats and some of us even considered how the animals had adapted to their environment.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the theatre on Thursday afternoon to see ‘Nativity! The Musical’- it has got us even more into the Christmas spirit! We completed some follow up and comparison work on Friday where we explained our favourite scene, the funniest moment etc and also compared it to the film which we had watched earlier in the week. A huge thank you to FOPS for their organisation and to the parents who also came along to help- we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Thank you to everyone who visited the book fair- we have been able to select nearly £300 of books for our library as a result. 

**Show and Share will be on Thursday 12th December between 3:15 and 3:45pm- we look forward to welcoming you to share your child’s learning with them** 

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for 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

*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates



 

 


Week ending Friday 22nd November 2019 

Posted: 23/11/2019
Rebecca Horn

*Please note...THEATRE TRIP THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER…forms and contributions need to be handed in asap, thank you*

This week in our Maths lessons we continued with our multiplication and division strand where groups of children have been focusing on different objectives. Some of us have continued to develop our fluency of our 2, 5- and 10-times tables to ensure we are secure with them- we have been using concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us. Each group has begun to explore some of the methods we can use when multiplying and have looked at problem solving- we will continue with this next week. We also completed some times table fluency activities using iPads and laptops to put into practise what we have been learning so far.

In English this week we were boxing up the tale of ‘The brahmin and the goat’. We worked in groups to use our VIPERS to identify key points in each section and summarise them. We also identified different language features within the text and recorded this using evidence. Some of the features we found were: similes, fronted adverbials, prepositional phrases and expanded noun phrases. We then co-constructed a toolkit (list of skills) which we will use to help us when we write our own version of the tale. We considered what we thought we needed to include in our tales to make them great! We came up with ideas in groups and then shared them- we have all agreed that we will refer to the toolkit when we write our own tales to ensure we include all of the skills we felt were important. Towards the end of the week we made edits to the original version of the tale and began to write our own, we shall continue with this next week.

Our learning linked to our topic this week included an afternoon of food tasting! We tried a range of Indian foods and recorded our thoughts in a sensory tasting table where we had to describe the appearance, aroma, taste and texture and then record comments and rank the items in order of our most to least favourite. The onion bhajis and poppadums were very popular! The Assam tea was not the most favoured item! Well done to everyone who challenged themselves to try something new ????

In art we have been experimenting with colour this week and have learnt about the colour wheel and have made our own colour blocks from light to dark using warm and cool colours. We also made predictions about what would happen when we were mixing different colours- some of us made very accurate predictions!

Things to remember for next week:

*DON'T FORGET TO VISIT OUR BOOK FAIR IN THE HALL AFTER SCHOOL EVERY DAY UNTIL THURSDAY 28th. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO BROWSE FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS WITHOUT THE CHILDREN, PLEASE CALL IN FIRST THING ON MONDAY, WHEN THERE WILL BE COFFEES AVAILABLE UNTIL 9.30. ANY BOOKS YOU PURCHASE WILL BE MATCHED BY SCHOLASTIC FOR OUR SCHOOL SO YOUR SUPPORT IS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. THANK YOU.

*THEATRE TRIP on Thursday 28th November- thank you to everybody who has returned their consent form and paid for the trip so far. There are still some outstanding, so please hand these in to Mrs Trevaskis asap, many thanks.

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for 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

*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates


 


Week ending Friday 15th November 2019 

Posted: 16/11/2019
Rebecca Horn


*Please note that this half term, P.E will take place on a Thursday afternoon and Forest School on a Monday afternoon*

This week in our Maths lessons we have had groups of children focusing on different strands of multiplication and division. Some of us have been recapping our 2- and 5-times tables to ensure we are secure with them- we have been using concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us understand how we can use the inverse operation to group equally and solve both multiplication and division problems. Another group were focusing on the 3- and 4-times tables where we were practising not only the fluency but also completing reasoning and problem-solving tasks. Finally, another group were using place value charts to divide by 10 and 100 alongside multiplying and dividing by 6.

For Remembrance Day we created our own blackout poetry. We learnt about the importance of the day and why people wear poppies. We then read a range of poems and decided that we would use the poem ‘For the Fallen’ to create our blackout poetry.

In English this week we have been learning how to empathise with a character’s feelings and from this we have written our own emotion, comma sentences. We focused on ensuring that we had the correct punctuation and that our sentences began with capital letters as well as re-reading them to ensure they made sense.

Our Geography learning this week consisted of using globes, atlases and google earth to locate India and some of the major cities within it. We then moved on to looking at human and physical features and researched some of these features in India and grouped them accordingly. We then had a whole class discussion where we considered some of the human and physical features within Pelynt and the rest of the UK.

On Friday we had a mufti day where we made a donation to raise money for BBC Children in Need. To begin the day, we took part in the ‘Big Morning Move’ which was a ten-minute workout led by the body coach, Joe Wicks. We then completed a reading and writing task where we retrieved and explained information from a text and then wrote our own Children in Need acrostic poems.

It has been great to see some of the homework tasks that children have completed linked to the India topic grid. Some of the children have made an Indian dish at home, we even got to sample some chocolate ladoos… we all thought they were yummy! There were some other children who have created fact files about India and also some children who have been persevering with their spellings and times tables and practising them in many different, creative ways- well done to everyone.

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 so please ensure kits are in school
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for 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
*Homework books to be handed in on Thursday morning
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


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

 


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