In English this week we have been focusing on the language and techniques we can use in poetry. We finished the week by writing an Autumn acrostic poem. The children thought of lots of lovely descriptions about the leaves, weather and celebrations, as well as some great similes to describe the colours we see during Autumn.
We had another great music lesson this week! Mrs Davies challenged the class to play 8 songs before the end of the lesson; the children completed the challenge successfully and we really enjoyed playing a variety of different pieces!
In our Art lesson this week we finished off and evaluated our Stonehenge silhouettes. The class have worked hard on their preparations and practise for this final piece over the last few, learning how to use water colours and thinking about the shape and size of the silhouettes. The final pieces look brilliant!
Have a great half-term!
We have had lots of fun with our learning in Windrush Class this week!
In English, we have now finished writing our own traditional tales with a twist, based on The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The children have worked so hard on their independent writing and have thought of lots of fantastic ideas. Next week, we will be having a go at editing our writing.
We had our third music lesson on Thursday; the class are becoming experts in safely holding their instruments and preparing their bows. This week we focused on rhythm and pulse; we enjoyed learning about the different notes we can play and used the D and G strings to play three different songs. We also learnt that pizzicato means that we pluck the strings; in one song we had to really concentrate as had to swap between pizzicato and using a bow!
In Science we learned about the human skeleton and the names of different bones. The class really enjoyed taking on the roles of ‘the scientist’ and ‘the skeleton’ as we labelled the bones in our bodies. We also started to learn more about the scientific names for the bones, such as cranium and patella.
In our PE lessons this week we have taken part in our first Inter-House competition of the year. This competition was based around football skills; the children all tried their best and were also very encouraging of their teams!
I have been really impressed with how hard the class have been working this week!
We have come to the end of our sentence stacking lessons based on The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and we have now begun to plan our own traditional tales with a twist. The children have come up with lots of creative ideas and have worked very hard on planning their stories.
In Art this week, the class have carefully prepared their sunset backgrounds in preparation for finishing their Stonehenge silhouettes next week. We discussed the colours that we can see in a sunset and also thought about how we can blend these colours together.
In our History lesson, we learnt about cave paintings; we found out lots of information about how people in the Stone Age made their paints and what they used to paint with. We also learned about the typical things they used to paint, such as animals and hunting scenes. We are all looking forward to having a go at our own cave painting style pictures next week!
In Science, we have continued our topic on Animals and Humans. This week we learnt about different types of skeleton; endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydrostatic skeletons. During the lesson, we watched a short video showing how animals with exoskeletons shed their old skeleton to reveal the new one underneath – we were quite fascinated by this process! We also learnt about the difference between the types of skeletons and grouped animals according to which skeleton they have.
This week we have continued our writing based on The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. We have thought about how we can use questions in our writing to keep the reader interested and we have also been practising how to use inverted commas for dialogue.
We have been focusing on Place Value in our maths lessons so far this year and have learnt more about 3-digit numbers. This week, we have been adding and subtracting 1, 10 or 100 from 3-digit numbers and we have used the greater/less than symbols to compare numbers. On Friday we played a maths-version of the game ‘Connect 4’ to help us revise our learning so far.
In our History lesson, we learnt about how people in the Stone Age found their food. We learnt about hunting techniques, how they made weapons as well as the things that they were able to gather. We found out lots of interesting and surprising facts, such as the glue they used was made from resin, beeswax and charcoal. The children made fantastic fact files about Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers.
On Friday morning we celebrated the Harvest Festival. We talked about what Harvest means to us and how Christians celebrate Harvest. We then created some Harvest artwork, inspired by the fruit and vegetables that are gathered. We drew cross-sections of different fruits and then painted them using water colours.
Maths - 'Four in a Row' game
We have had another busy week in Windrush Class with lots of exciting learning and hard work happening!
In our English lessons we have started looking at The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. We have been thinking about how we can use similes in our writing and challenging ourselves to use interesting adjectives and adverbs. The children have put a lot of effort into their writing so far!
In this week’s Art lesson with Mrs Mills, the children have started learning about how silhouettes are made and have started to think about the colours and shapes that make silhouettes look more effective. This week the children used oil pastels to create a rainbow-coloured background, and then cut out a tree shape from black card to create the silhouette. I was really impressed with how carefully the children had worked on their art this week!
In Thursday’s PE lesson we completed a netball-themed circuit of activities. We focused on accurate passing with a partner, aiming our bounce-pass into the centre of a hoop, and moving with the netball before passing. We all had lots of fun and there were lots of Must-do Moles trying their best in each round of the circuit!
Today in our RE lesson we finished adding actions to the story of Noah's Ark. We created a story map of symbols to remind us of the words and as a class we chose different actions to link with them. We all told the story together, using actions and words. The final piece was very effective!
We also thought more about Noah's qualities and his actions in the story. The class thought of questions that they would like to ask Noah based on the events in the story and the type of person we think he was. We then spent the final part of the lesson with some children in character as Noah, answering the questions that we had prepared.
It has been another great week in Windrush Class! I have been really impressed with the children’s perseverance as we have been getting back into the swing of the school routines.
We had a very exciting day on Thursday as Mrs Davies joined us in the afternoon to teach the first strings lesson of the year. Our first lesson involved a lot of organising; the children were each given their instrument (either a violin or a cello) and we learnt how to safely take the instrument out of its case; I was so impressed with how patient the children were and how carefully they handled the instruments. We also learnt how to hold the instruments and had our first got at plucking the strings.
In our RE lesson this week we introduced our big question, ‘What is it like to follow God?’ and over the next half-term, we will be using the story of Noah to help us think about this question. This week we reminded ourselves of what happens to Noah and we then began to bring the story to life using actions and drama.
We have also started our History topic for the Autumn Term, ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’. This week we thought about what we might already know about this period of history and we used some photos and drawings as clues to find out about what life might have been like.
The class have also really enjoyed their first French lessons with Madame Richards. On Wednesday, the children started to learn how to count in French and had lots of fun playing bingo to help them remember the numbers!
Homework will be set on Google Classroom each week and will consist of the weekly spelling list (also on Spelling Shed), reading regularly at home, and practicing the times tables. The spelling list is set each Friday and we will have a test on the following Friday morning in school.
It has been a brilliant first week back in Year 3! I have really enjoyed getting to know the class and they have settled really well into the school routines.
Over the past week and a half our work has been focused on ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have explored lots of brilliant topics form the wonderful world around us to the people and places that are special to us. The children have particularly enjoyed using the water colours to paint the skyline; they did a fantastic job of this and I was really pleased with how carefully they thought about the colours and details they needed to include. We also had fun writing new verses to the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong; I was really impressed with the thoughtful ideas that the children shared!
In our Jigsaw PSHE lesson this week we focused on how we are all unique. We shared the things that interest us, such as our hobbies, favourite animals and favourite foods and then we also thought about the things that we had in common with each other. Finally, we thought about some of the things that we would like to achieve in Year 3.
In our PE lessons this term we are focusing on developing our balance, coordination and agility as well as trying to improve our fitness in circuits activities. We had lots of fun creating balances linked to our favourite sports and the children tried really hard in our relay races!
As we were unable to take part in our annual Sports Evening this year due to Lockdown, we continued with our physical activity at home. We took part in National School Sports Week where there were lots of different challenges to try which were organised by the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports. Children and families across the country took part and it was great to see so many of our school community getting involved. Well done to each and every one of you for showing excellent commitment to being physically active and supporting our work as an Active School. Take a look at some of the photos from the challenges:
In English this week we have just about finished sentence stacking our disaster stories based on a flood. Next week we will start to plan our own disaster stories.
This week in maths we have started a new topic of measurement. We began by looking at how we can use a ruler to measure accurately in centimetres and millimetres. Later in the week we learnt how to convert between metres and centimetres, and then centimetres and millimetres.
In Science this week we have started to think about our diets and which groups the food we eat fits into, this is part of our topic, Animals, Including Humans. Next week we will begin to think more about the nutrition that we get from food and the effect that it has on our bodies.
In our Health and Fitness PE lesson this week we focused on raising our heart rates in some fast paced games and fitness activities!
This week’s spellings have been set on Spelling Shed; we will have a short test next Tuesday.
Spelling Rule: Adding the suffix ‘–ly’ when the root word ends in ‘-le’ then the ‘-le’ is changed to ‘-ly.’
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