Week beginning 11th June
This week we were overwhelmed with the level of support and interest from grandparents; the children loved sharing their learning and completing fun activities with them. We made paint rainbows using string, splat art using bubbles, rainbow eye pictures and a class rainbow collage!
In maths we have now completed our angles and turns unit, children have been learning about horizontal and vertical as well as perpendicular and parallel lines.
In English we have continued to look at poetry and the children have written their own poem about where a chosen vegetable comes from in the style of Michael Rosen's - Where Broccoli Comes From.
Week beginning 6th June
A short but busy week, we have been practising for sports day, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to weather. But during these practises we noticed lots of children with a real talent in the events, it was great to see the whole class support each other and cheering each other on!
In maths we started to look at angles and turns, spotting right angles around the school, and comparing angles that are bigger or smaller than a right angle. We introduced the language of 'acute' and 'obtuse', as well as touching on 'reflex' angles.
In English we began looking at a poem called 'Where Broccoli Comes From' by Michael Rosen. We talked about the way that poets use repetition for effect, as well as the use of intonation when reading a poem.
We look forward to another busy week with swimming on Tuesday, and grandparents' afternoon on Thursday.
Week beginning 21st May
What a wonderful way to end the week; we had some music on whilst making structures out of a variety of different materials. Meanwhile, other children chose to show their creative side through art, colouring different types of buildings from different perceptions.
It has been a busy week, with more work on time in maths as we moved on to calculating the duration of events, as well as working with seconds.
In English we annotated newspaper reports, using this knowledge to then plan our own newspaper reports and type them up in pairs. The newspaper reports were about the event in our text - Philippe walking between the Twin Towers on a tightrope.
In P.E. we sorted teams for sports day and practised both the relay race and the flat race. The teams are in colours, and the children should wear a coloured t-shirt to match their team. The children wrote a message in their reading diaries to remember their colour.
Week beginning 14th May
A super fun ending to the week! We ended this week with traditionally British games out on the field, such as hoopla, croquet, football and swing ball to name a few. It was great to be out on the field enjoying the lovely weather on a Friday afternoon. We also had an assembly in the afternoon to celebrate the royal wedding, this included guessing the staff members in wedding pictures, guessing the owner of wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and all children receiving a royal wedding themed cupcake!
In maths this week we have continued to look at telling the time to the nearest minute with both analogue and digital clocks, exploring both 12 and 24 hour times.
In English we started the week by retelling the story using pictures, and then we used these pictures to create a PowerPoint with audio of us telling the story over the top. After that, we used all of our knowledge of the story so far, and worked in pairs to write the story up in our own words.
In PE we learned how to successfully perform handstands, cartwheels and headstands. These are really tricky skills which take a lot of practise, I noticed lots of children persevering through this lesson!
Week beginning 7th May
Another busy week in Class 10 is done, we started the week with swimming, and the children are really progressing now, it is great to see them grow in confidence.
In maths we have been looking at our new unit - Time. Children have been reading and writing the time to the nearest 5 minutes, progressing onto the nearest minute. We have mainly been focusing on reading the time as minutes past the hour, e.g. 40 minutes past 7, rather than 20 minutes to 8 as this is something we will focus on next week.
In English we have been brushing up on hour ability to embed direct speech into narrative (story writing). The children started by doing practical activities such as sorting parts of a sentence into the correct order with inverted commas and punctuation. Moving on to role playing what characters may say in book and writing this in speech bubbles without inverted commas. Then we progressed to writing the speech in structured sentences using inverted commas. Some children even used split speech e.g. "Well done!" Miss Brown exclaimed, "You've got it!". Finally, we embedded these sentences into writing about what the crowd might say whilst watching Philippe walk along the tightrope in our book.
In Science the children investigated how water travels through a plant, and we showed this by using food colouring in water and putting a white flower in to see if the petals changed colour. We will be adding celery to this experiment next week.
In PE children have been developing their gymnastics skills by practising a variety of balances on mats and benches. They worked in pairs and groups to create aesthetic balances, some symmetrical and some asymmetric.
Week beginning 30th April
Last week the children had a refresher on internet safety, in particular, age restricted games, and online gaming where friends and non-friends can approach you. We talked about blocking people or leaving a game if you were worried or if someone made you feel uncomfortable or scared or if they were rude to you. The children were great at telling us what they should do - eg. tell an adult, show an adult, block the person, remove the person from their game however, they also admitted that there were times when they didn't follow these rules because they thought it wasn't serious enough or because they felt they were safe in an online gaming environment. If you would like any further information or advice on internet safety for your children there is a wide range of information online including https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers and the NSPCC website or feel free to have a chat with a member of staff.
Another busy week this week.
In maths we completed our fractions unit, we can now add and subtract fractions, find fractions of objects, pictures and numbers, compare and order fractions.
In English we collected vocabulary for 3 different scenes in our book, and improved the vocabulary using a thesaurus. We then used this vocabulary to write descriptive sentences about the pictures. As well as this, we wrote our own fact file about the Twin Towers based on research we had conducted.
In Science, the children explored what a plant needs to grow and were full of scientific knowledge, next week, we will be carrying out an Investigation to see how water travels up the stem: exciting!
In PE we continued our gymnastics unit, this time practising different jumps off benches onto mats, including pike, straddle and tuck jumps. We also explored how to make symmetrical shapes in pairs.
In Art we learned how to draw from a different perspective, this time looking down a street, as the street fades away to a point.
Week beginning 23rd April
Although I unfortunately had to spend most of this week at home, I have heard that the children have worked so hard! We started this week off with a super Stone Age trip to Brackenhurst. Thank you to those who volunteered, we couldn't have done it without you! Photos will be up on the website soon.
During the trip we travelled back in time to the Stone Age where we practised weaving, cave painting, making jewellery, making shelters and making clay heads on sticks! It was great to apply all of our knowledge from our topic the Stone Age in Spring.
In maths we continued investigating fractions, we looked at fractions of amounts, for example 3/4 of 24, as well as comparing fractions by using practical equipment.
In English we had a debate about whether our main character Philippe Petit should walk on a tightrope between two towers or not. The children learnt the key features of a good debate, as well as the factors for and against walking on the tightrope. Putting all of this knowledge together, as well as writing their own point of view, we had a whole class debate and made a debate web using string!
In PE we practised balancing, leaps and jumps using mats as well as apparatus such as benches and horses of different heights.
Week beginning 16th April
We have had an interesting week this week, with swimming, a fitness session with an outside agency, and our first ever lesson of gymnastics in Year 3!
Due to the lovely weather, we have been able to spend more time learning outside, which we loved! We read a story outside as well as doing our gymnastics lesson on the field!
In maths we have continued our investigation into equivalent fractions, something which we have been great at! We also began to compare fractions, including those with different denominators - this proved to be a challenge! But great perseverance was shown by many.
In English we have been reading our new text 'The Man who Walked Between the Towers'. We have been talking about the main character, Philippe, and using ambitious vocabulary to plan and write a character description.
In science the children have started their investigation into plants. We have looked at what children already know about plants, which seems to be quite a bit! And I am sure this knowledge will grow even further over the next week as children go out and sketch the different types of plants for their homework!
Finally, in art we have had great fun learning how to draw from a bird's eye view. The children were brilliant at this, and so eager to teach people at home!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts! See you all again on Monday for the trip!
TRIP: Comfortable clothes suitable for walking around and completing outdoor activities are necessary. As is a packed lunch for children and any parent helpers! A slip has been sent out to parents to say thank you for volunteering. If a parent's name was written on the slip for the 23rd April letter, a slip will have been sent home either inviting them to join us, or explaining that they will not be required this time.
For those parents who are not helping out this time due to there not being enough seats on the coach, or changes in their work patterns, they will be at the top of the list to help out with the next event if they would like to!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Week beginning 26th March
This week has been really tough, with a multitude of assessments; writing, reading, spelling and maths, alongside usual lessons. We have all worked so hard and tried our very best, and are ready for a well earned break!
We were lucky enough this week to take a look at Year 5's Viking longboats, and wow they were incredible! The children asked some brilliant questions about the boats, and seemed super inspired by the hard work and creativity!
In maths we have been looking at fractions, exploring which fractions add up to make one whole, how we find fractions of objects, how to find fractions of a number as well as seeing fractions in a variety of different shapes and representations.
It was great to end the week with some downtime, where we listened to music, made Easter chicks and baskets and coloured in Easter designs for mindfulness.
Have a super, well-earned break, stay safe and have lots of fun!
Week beginning 19th March
Sports relief week has been a blast, as a class we beat our target of 150 miles for the week, and as a school we beat our target of reaching Russia! We racked up our miles by running, walking, swimming, rowing, dancing and HITT videos! I have never seen a more active class!
As well as all the sports, of course we have done lots of learning. This includes completing our maths unit - measurement, which the children have loved! We really are masters of measurement. We can now measure using cm, mm and m, add and subtract lengths, predict and measure perimeter and calculate perimeter from just one or two given lengths! Next week we will begin our new unit - fractions!
In English we have been reading our new class text, The Iron Man - Ted Hughes. We have noticed the number of adverbs in this book so far, and worked together to improve the overused adverb 'slowly'. We also noticed the uses of onomatopoeia, such as 'CRASH', and we came up with over 30 other onomatopoeia that could be used instead! Finally, we used the character description in chapter 2 to draw the Iron Man and write similes to describe his appearance.
In Science we have now completed our unit - rocks and soils. The children completed an assessment rather successfully, and brought home their own, hand made fossils!
It is the last week next week so one final push and we will then be ready to celebrate all of our achievements this term, and of course, Easter!
Week beginning 12th March
Science week was spectacular! We had an absolute blast making 'poo', rolling mystery cans, investigating and making our own fossils, as well as making artwork to represent our learning!
We especially enjoyed the parents afternoon on Thursday, where we were joined by many parents to create our fantastic pieces of art. We used a variety of mediums including oil pastels, collage, crayons, felt tips, charcoal, chalk and metallic wax crayons. Each group had a snippet from our book 'The Street Beneath My Feet', showing the layers that make up the Earth.
In maths we are becoming masters of measurement, adding, comparing and subtracting measurements of length. Next week we will finish our unit of measurement off by introducing how to measure and calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes.
In English we have started reading 'The Pebble in my Pocket', the story about the journey of a pebble from the beginning of time. We have predicted, found descriptive language and mapped out the story using a story board.
We have unfortunately lost Miss Watson for a few weeks due to an operation. She is doing great, resting and looking after herself. We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Hardy into Class 10 to help us out while Miss Watson is away. She is very much looking forward to working with, and getting to know the children better over the next few weeks!
Next week is our last full week of learning before the short final week before Easter! So let's go at it with 110%, especially as it is Sports Relief week!
Have a super weekend and see you all Monday!
Week beginning 5th March
Well done to everyone who dressed up on Monday for World Book Day, you all looked amazing and had a great day, it was great to see such a range of book characters! Our focus was Ted Hughes and Anne Fine and I know that you enjoyed reading in different classes and hearing Mr Fisher read to you too.
Tuesday was a super busy day, with class photos, swimming and Mother's Day cards - hope you all enjoy Sunday mums, the children have really enjoyed making your cards!
Wednesday, we continued with our measuring focus in maths and you all planned a recount of World Book Day for English. In the afternoon, we explored different types of soils in Science, testing their permeability and comparing how they looked and felt!
Thursday, you all started some new topic work on the Bronze Age, including making a historical timeline!
Friday, in Maths, we measured each other, and in English we wrote up the recount of World Book Day in our 'Posh books'. We started our sewing in the afternoon, thanks for all the helpers ! We had lots of success and have many potentially good seamstresses!
Thanks to all parents who attended our two parents evenings as well, it was great to see so many of you!
Next week is Science week and we look forward to seeing some of you on Thursday afternoon. We will be using two fabulous books: The Pebble in My Pocket and the Street beneath my feet as a focus in English!
Apologies for my absence Thursday afternoon and Friday, I unfortunately experienced tonsillitis for the first time - not great! However, I had some lovely feedback about all of the children and heard how hard working they had been.
Week beginning 26th February
Even though we only had 3 days in school this week, we still got an awful lot done! We had our very first week of swimming, a huge thank you to the volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you! We learned about the rules for swimming at Kimberley Leisure centre, including the non-negotiable health and safety rules! These include no jewellery, no bikinis, no baggy swim shorts and no running!
After learning all of this, the children all had the opportunity to show off their swimming talents, it was great to see what strong swimmers we have already!
As we had no World Book Day on Thursday due too poor weather conditions, we will be holding World Book Day on Monday 5th March - we cannot wait to see all of the super outfits!
Also due to poor weather conditions, unfortunately the Stone Age trip to Brackenhurst has had to be postponed, we are awaiting dates from Brackenhurst to rearrange and will let you know as soon as we know!
In maths this week we completed our Statistics unit, where we have been reading, interpretting and drawing pictograms, bar charts and tables. On Monday we will be completing a short assessment on what children have learnt in this unit. Next week we will begin our new unit, Measurement - looking at measuring length using mm, cm and m!
In English we have been learning how to write in past tense, and we put this into practise by writing a recount of our day at swimming.
In Science we began our new topic - Rocks and Soils, where the children investigated the properties of different rocks, and looked at how rocks are formed. Next week we will be investigating different types of soil, looking at how soil is made, and discussing soil permeability.
Stay safe and have fun in the snow, we will see you all on Monday!
Week beginning 12th
We made it to the end of half term!
We made it to the end of half term!
This week, we have almost finished the Stone Age books (non-fiction) and after the finishing touches, we will be sharing them with Year 2, during the first two weeks back.
In Maths, we have been using data to create pictograms and tally charts. We have also been reading and interpreting information from pictograms.
In computing, we did Stop Motion animation, making a 3D fire, which everyone enjoyed again!
In Science, we completed our assessment on Magnets and Forces and we will be starting our new topic which is Rocks and Soils.
We also completed some Independent writing on the Stone Age as part of our assessments.
Swimming will start on the first week back, we will then be doing indoor PE on a Thursday afternoon.
We will be continuing with the Stone Age and then moving onto the Bronze Age and Iron Age for the rest of the half term.
Have a good break !
Week beginning 5th February
In maths this week we have looked at money, all children blew us away with their super money knowledge! Surprisingly, addition and subtraction proved easier done with money than with plain old numbers! Children could all recognise every coin, as well as know the value of that coin compared to others. We looked at adding and taking away different amounts of money, as well as using this knowledge to work out change at our own pretend gift shop!
In English this week we have applied our knowledge of paragraphs and subordinate clauses to write paragraphs full of subordinate clauses! We used subordinating conjunctions such as although, meanwhile, whilst, after that, rather than and until.
In computing we began to look at Stop Motion Animation - this is something which all children loved! We made our own short animations of a variety of scenes. Some children chose to make their scene based on the Stone Age - impressive cross-curricular links guys!
In PE we are fine tuning our Stone Age dance so far, and in PE children played well as a team, showing off their football skills with Mr Smith.
We look forward to one final week working hard this half term in Class 10!
Week beginning 29th January
This week we have applied our science knowledge of magnets, alongside our super Stone Age knowledge to make our own mini Stone Age settings! The children used shoe boxes to make dioramas, using natural materials from the school grounds such as twigs, stones, moss, leaves and grass. They also used tissue paper, coloured paper and paint to create a Stone Age style setting. The children then made people/objects out of paper, and attached a paperclip to these pieces. Theses were the chosen pieces of the setting to be moved, and we used magnets to move them around the setting!
We also finished our Stone Age jewellery this week by painting the clay pieces with neutral colours. A special thank you to Emma Birkin for helping me to create these neutral colours by mixing together brown, yellow, white and black paints, you were a huge help!
In maths we have been looking at scaling, this appeared to be a tricky topic, but children showed great perseverance and as a class we tackled it head on! We started with 2 cubes, and investigated what size our cube tower would be if it was 3 times bigger. Then we started with one cube and investigated what 4 times larger would look like, and so on. The children also wrote this as multiplication statements, e.g. 2 x 3 = 6.
Next week in maths we will be introducing our new topic 'Money'. In this topic we will look at different coins and their value, converting pence into pounds and pence, as well as adding and subtracting money.
In English children have been working towards writing their own non-fiction book about the Stone Age. Children have been using ambitious vocabulary, including Stone Age vocabulary, such as: knapping, hide, flint and grindstone. We have also been exploring different ways to start our sentences, especially focusing on subordinating conjunctions such as: although, even though, whilst and since.
In PE we have begun our new Stone Age Stomp dance, where we are exploring ways to move around like Neanderthals, as well as making noises with the music like a typical stomp dance! On Friday the children also played football with Mr Smith, who reported back very positively.
Week beginning 22nd January
What a fabulous week again! Science was a blast! We really loved learning about magnets, and what items are attracted to them! We found out that some metals are not attracted to magnets - how interesting! Our buzz phrase in science has been 'magnetic field' and lots of children have been able to explain what this is with confident.
The children also got the opportunity to show off their writing powers this week in their independent writing books. We had lots of beautiful letters written from the perspective of the main character of our class text - The Stone Age Boy.
In topic we designed and made our own Stone Age jewellery using clay. The children used their knowledge of the Stone Age to decide what shapes and decorations to make out of the clay.
In maths we have tackled division head on. Using our thinking caps we have looked at division using arrays, division using partitioning, as well as dividing with remainders! We really worked our maths brains hard this week - have a well earned rest and we will see you on Monday!
Week beginning 15th January
This week we built shelters that were waterproof for our Stone Aged topic project, and they looked super! The children brought foil, cling film, bubble wrap and bin liners to make their shelter waterproof. Thank you for all your items from home to make this fun session possible!
In maths we investigated different methods used to multiply one-digit numbers by two-digit numbers, and we used this to work out how big our shelter would need to be!
In English we have been using inverted commas to punctuate speech, as well as using ambitious vocabulary to make our work more interesting. The work children are producing now is superb, so many writing techniques and beautiful handwriting.
In science we have been investigating magnets, this session we looked at the poles of a magnet, and how different magnets repel and attract! Next session we will be finding out what materials are magnetic and which aren't. I wonder how many magnetic objects are around in every day life?
Thank you for your continued support, Miss Brown and Miss Watson.
Week beginning 8th January
What a great first week back, Class 10 is definitely the best class ever. Even after a Christmas break they come back with great enthusiasm and energy!
This week the children have been given their Spring Term Target sheet, this can be found inside their Home School Reading Diaries, along with a message about changes to the spelling routine.
For the new term spellings will go out on a Friday, and the children will then be tested on them the following Friday.
This decision was made to hopefully simplify the spellings routine, as now they will go out at the same time as homework, and on the same day for every child.
If your child forgets their sheet but would like to practise their spellings, the spellings are always available on the website along with the 50 word spellings that children are expected to know by the end of Year 3.
We have begun looking at our new book, 'The Stone Age Boy' in English, which fits perfectly with our new topic, The Stone Age.
So far we have only read two pages of the book as children are being asked to predict what the main character may see in the Stone Age. All children have used some great adjectives to describe what they may see, along with super conjunctions to extend their sentences.
In maths we have looked at equal groups in multiplication. For example 3 x 6 is just 3 equal groups of 6, so 6 + 6 + 6. We have then applied this to multiplying 2-digit numbers, for example 3 x 21 would be 21 + 21 + 21. The children have been so creative in the ways they represent this through numbers, pictures and using tens and ones!
In topic we have had a history and D&T based focus this week, looking at the Stone Age and using our research to inform the designing of sturdy, waterproof shelters. The children have also used research to inform cave paintings which they painted with sticks and twigs!
In science we are exploring forces, and this week children tested how much force was needed to pull a car along different surfaces. The children have been so good at naming different types of push and pull in every day life. Next week we will be looking at magnets and how the attract and repel. I wonder if they can find any magnets in every day life...?
Have a great weekend and Miss Watson and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
Week beginning 18th December
Merry Christmas everybody! What a busy but brilliant end to our first full term in Class 10!
As you can imagine, this week has been all Santa's, Rudolph's and Christmas songs! Take a look at our photographs to see more!
We have still managed to squeeze in some multiplication and division, work on the Christmas Story, writing about The Magic Paintbrush, and much more!
But now it is time for a well earned rest, stay safe, have fun, and see you next year!
Week beginning 11th December
Hi everyone, another great week. We have been rehearsing hard and can't wait to share A Christmas Carol with you next week. If your son / daughter is a dancer, please send in some party clothes in a named carrier bag on Monday. All other children have been asked to wear a Christmas jumper with their uniform.
This week we have been carrying out assessments in Maths, English and Science and you will receive information on your son / daughter's individual targets at the end of the first week back, in the New Year.
We have not set any homework today and we won't be next week either, the children will need a rest over the holidays, ready for the Spring Term.
Well, enjoy a chilled weekend everyone, next week is going to be a busy one. On Friday, we will be having our Christmas parties, so party clothes please!
Week beginning 4th December
Following this week I would like to thank all children in Class 10. It has been a hectic week full of rehearsals and other activities and all children have dealt so well with this change to the timetable!
In maths we have been looking at multiplication and division. We have learnt that multiplication is commutative (3 x 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 = 12), but that division is not. We have also learnt about the relationship between multiplication and division statements (if we know 3 x 4 = 12, we know 12 ÷ 4 = 3). I am impressed that children are beginning to notice the relationship between the 2, 4 and 8 times tables too (double 2x table = 4x table, double 4x table = 8x table!).
In English we have introduced our story 'The Magic Paintbrush', which children have been reading and improving. The children have been adding their own ambitious vocabulary, as well as using commas in a list, adverbs, headings and subheadings (where necessary)!
We are looking forward to another week full of rehearsals and challenging tasks, see you next week!
Week beginning 27th November
We have been busy this week! The main event of this week was our very special art gallery. The children have worked very hard over the past term on pieces of art in relation to our topic- creative colour. We wanted to show off the works of art, and we thought what better way to do this than an art gallery! So thank you very much to the children for working super hard on all the artwork and design and technology, as without this, there would be no art gallery!
We also had a professional photographer come to work with the children in Year 3. This was in relation to the topic Creative Colour, as well as our science topic, Light. The children worked with light and dark to produce fascinating photographs which we displayed at our art gallery.
My favourite piece of art at the gallery was the 'The Starry Night' oil pastel picture. This is because the children all worked together to create 32 beautiful pieces of art which worked perfectly together to make a huge replica of the original Van Gogh artwork. This artwork has received many complements across the school community.
We have been busy again this week with Christmas play rehearsals, and we are almost there with the song lyrics too! The narrators are doing brilliantly, remembering their lines for the play, we are now practising how to read them loudly and with expression.
Have a relaxing weekend, ready for another busy but fun week in Class 10!
Week beginning 20th November
Yet again another super week in class 10. We have tackled the tricky task of learning how to subtract using the column method, even with exchanging! We remembered to do this by saying 'borrow from next door' as when you cannot take a large number away from a smaller one, you have to borrow from then next column along!
In English we have still been focusing on writing to inform. We have written our own gallery guides for parents to use as they walk around our fantastic art gallery on Wednesday 29th November!
We have spent lots of time this week making finishing touches to our artwork. Next week we will be making frames for some of these brilliant pieces!
As well as all of the curriculum subjects we have covered, we have also spent lots of time this week practising for the Christmas play! The children are brilliant at singing our Christmas songs!
Have a well rested weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
What a spotacular week we have had this week!
We have finished looking at mental methods to add and subtract numbers up to 1000. The children have done some super reasoning and problem solving!
In RE the children created their own fact files about churches from the information they gathered last lesson - these turned out amazing!
In science the children worked hard to complete the tricky assessment booklet, as well as reading the graphs they made the week before and answering questions about them.
In English the children have written a letter to parents about the Gallery event, independently using headings and subheadings where necessary, as well as practising the use of prepositions, determiners and adverbs - what a busy week!
Finally, of course it was 'Children in Need' on Friday, and we were blown away with the efforts put in at home to make some fantastic spotty outfits!
Take a look at our silly class photograph on the 'photographs' page - we had a brilliant day raising money for a great cause!
Another fabulous week Class 10. We have been writing letters to parents about a forthcoming Gallery visit, we will let you know more soon. We have been practising using prepositions to explain where things are (above, in, on, under ) We have been practising finding information in the Index of a book.
In Maths, we have all been adding in different ways: column addition, partitioning, number facts to 10 and 100 and using near multiples of 10 (19 and 11).
In Science, we had a revision session about Light, the children did really well.
In PE, we did Dance and Football. In Music, we started learning a new song about Clowns and then we did some artwork to go with it.
We have also started talking about Children in Need, more to come next week.
The children loved a session we had on the church and who attends, what is in a church and what happens there: baptism, Christmas, marriage and funerals. We will write this up next week as a Factfile.
Week beginning 31st October
Wow - what a busy but brilliant week! The highlight of the week has got to be the news reports! All children worked in their teams to plan and act out their very own Newsround! They were so engaged and presented their knowledge on the light unit so well - I was very impressed! They used so many scientific words such as: reflections, retro-reflective and knowing that dark is the absence of light.
In English the children have been learning about how to use adverbs in instructions, such as 'carefully, gently, quickly and slowly'. As well as this, we have looked at how to set out instructions using headings and sub-headings.
In maths, there has been a lot of mental arithmetic going on! We have practiced how to add 1 digit numbers to 3 digit numbers, how to add multiples of 10 to 3 digit numbers, and how to use partitioning to help us with bigger sums! Hopefully the abacus homework will consolidate the learning that has taken place this week!
In topic we are now focusing on Ancient China, and we will be looking at Chinese brush strokes for painting, we have already painted some super back grounds for these, using our knowledge of colour mixing! We have also started to learn the Ancient Chinese dance, I have choreographed the first part of the song, the rest will be left to the children to choreograph their own routines! If you want to have a listen to the song on YouTube, it is 'Mido Mountain by YoYo Ma', and it is quite a funky Chinese style piece of music!
Hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to hearing about it on Monday!
Week beginning 16th October
A huge well done to all of you on the assessments we have been doing this week, we know how hard you have worked and will be keen to share the successes with your parents during Parents Evening on the 1st November.
It has been a busy week even with just four days, we completed our work on the Day the Crayons Quit and also read the Day the Crayons Came Home today, which both classes loved.
In the afternoons, we have been completing some Art activities which have been kept safely in our Gallery box until next half term.
We had a great basketball match and then talked about the Diwali festival which is being celebrated today.
We decided not to send any homework home as you all deserve a rest. A great first half term everyone, enjoy the break.
Week beginning 9th October
Well done Class 10 for making it through a tricky week of maths! We were learning how to add near multiples of 10, such as 9, 11, 21, 29 and so on. The children are already brilliant at partitioning (e.g. adding 20 then 9 if they need to add 29), so we tried something new. So, if children wanted to add 29, they would add 30, then take one away. This is a tricky skill but everyone showed great perseverance!
In English the children have planned, written and edited their own letter in the style of 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We have been using capital letters to show emotion and rhetorical questions to get the reader thinking.
We also began to look at what growth mindset looks like. We discussed the need to challenge your brain to make you more clever! And that it does get tricky and sometimes we want to give up, but there are many ways to get through this! We decided on the 6 B's, Brain, Buddy, Board, Bits, Book and Boss.
Brain = have you tried all the methods you know? Can you think of a different thing to try?
Buddy= Could you ask a friend for help/advise?
Board= Can you see anything on the board that might help you/ on displays?
Bits= Is there any resources in the classroom to help you?
Book= Have we covered this before in your books somewhere?
Boss= If all else fails - you can always ask an adult!
The aim is that now we are Year 3, we show more independence and responsibility for our learning, we can do it!
Week beginning 2nd October
Another brilliant week in Class 10 - lots of class dojos were given out!
In maths we looked at comparing numbers and estimating. We worked with both horizontal and vertical number lines (e.g. rulers or measuring jugs), and children estimated where certain numbers would be on the number line. They also then challenged themselves to find 10 and 100 more or less than the number. Children have been so excited about maths recently, asking for challenges and buzzing from their achievements!
In English, we have begun to plan our own books in the style of 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. The children have been working in 3's to come up with an area of focus (e.g. bathroom), then the items they will write about (e.g. toothbrush), and then they have thought about what these items may feel like, what they enjoy about their job, and what they hate! It has been fun to hear all of the imaginative ideas from the children when they put themselves in the shoes of these items!
We have re-allocated job roles within the classroom, so that other children can have a turn at being responsible for part of the classroom. So please bare with us whilst these children get used to their roles, e.g. fetching lunch box trolley, handing out reading diaries and so on. So far though, they have done a great job!
Week beginning 25th September
Wow - what a brilliant week it has been in Class 10! We have continued with our focus text, 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which is still a great hit with the children! All children have planned, drafted, and written up in their best handwriting, a letter of their own based around the way the author structures their writing! Each child chose a crayon to be, and they had to argue that their crayon was the true colour of the sky! We even got to write these letters in the crayon we chose! We had some super rhetorical questions, use of '...' for suspense, and great use of capital letters for effect (e.g. for shouting and showing emotion, like 'I NEED you to tell blue crayon that I am the TRUE colour of the sky!' Great work Class 10, your writing has made for a beautiful display at the back of our classroom!
I have been so impressed with the maths work this week from all children in Class 10. We have been learning the rules for finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number, up to 1000. And no matter how hard I tried I could not catch the children out! They are so brilliant at this! We even tried it with larger numbers, and solved problems by applying our knowledge!
In science we have made foil people, and used them to show how the position of the light source effect the shape, size and position of the shadow! Why not try this at home! You can make shadows anywhere, and the children are amazing at knowing what things are light sources!
This week we were lucky to have a visitor from the Nottinghamshire County Council to tell us all about the importance of recycling. The children were so engaged, working in teams to sort rubbish into the correct bins!
Finally, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support at home. I am overwhelmed with the amount of superb quality homework that the children are bringing in! The effort, presentation and content of all are brilliant! Also, I know it is difficult to find time to read at home and practise spellings, so I would like to thank you for your engagement at home in this area too!
The book of focus this week has been a huge hit with Class 10! We have been reading, and basing our work around the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which the children have loved! We are working towards writing our own letters in the style of the letters written in this book. The children have been encouraged to use ambitions vocabulary, especially for emotions, (e.g. instead of saying happy - children have been using words such as cheerful, pleasant and joyful).
In maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000, using the greater than and less than signs ( > or < ), putting numbers on a number line, and looking at the hundreds, tens and ones in each number. Some children have even challenged themselves to work with 4 digit numbers! We have also been practising our 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables, with some children having a go at 8 times tables! Lots of children have been practising their times tables at home too - how fantastic!
In computing the children have been learning how to edit and manipulate images, for example edit brightness, colour, contrast, size and position. It's great to see the children unleash their creative side on the laptops!
I am super impressed with the quality of the homework Class 10 have been handing in. I have never before seen such beautifully presented work from home, it is clear that the children take real pride in their work. Again, we thank you for your continued support in this area as well as other aspects of your child's education!
Week beginning 11th September
This week we have continued to focus on the story The Colour of Home, and children have each used the structure of this story to plan and write about their journey from Year 2 to Year 3. Class 10 were brilliant at finding synonyms for emotions, for example instead of writing 'sad' or 'happy', we used a thesaurus to find more ambitious words such as 'upset, heartbroken, worried' and 'joyful, ecstatic, cheerful'. Many children used ambitious vocabulary in their writing too!
In maths we have focused on place value, and have done lots of work on hundreds, tens and ones. The children have been super at partitioning numbers into hundreds + tens + ones, e.g. 645 = 600 + 40 + 5. Lots of children managed to challenge themselves by using 4 digit numbers - how fantastic!
Class 10 have been super in P.E. with our basketball and tag rugby lessons. They really work well as a team, and have great throwing and catching skills! Next week we can move on to more tricky passes and techniques, as well as putting these to use in team games!
The artwork created by the children in Class 10 has been superb! Lots of this can be seen on displays in the classroom and corridor. We have based our artwork on The Colour of Home, focusing specifically on the use of colours to show emotions, and investigating which colours mix together to make a new colour!
There have been lots of new routines and practices to get used to as we move into full swing of Year 3 now. All children have dealt with these changes extremely well. This class is full of helpful, kind and caring children, therefore many children have been allocated a job role, and those who haven't this week, will have a turn another week! Since all children in class 10 are super kind and helpful, we are never short of a helping hand, and I would like to say a big thank you to the children for this.
I look forward to next week, thank you for your continued support.
Welcome to Class 10
Welcome to Class 10 parents/carers and children.
Class 10 have made a really positive start to year 3 already. We have spent the last 3 days exploring the story The Colour of Home and creating some fabulous artwork for the classroom and corridor.
The children are already very settled and many have been reading at home already. There is a green box in the classroom for the children to put their home/school diaries and reading books in each morning. They will earn Class Dojo points if they read at home. Please make sure you record it in their diaries. They can also record that they have read independently too.
The timetable will begin week beginning Monday 11th September, and the children will be bringing home a spelling folder (yellow) so please practise their spellings with them. They will be tested weekly.
PE will be on a Monday and Thursday, please ensure your child has their kit in school. If your child wears earrings, please try and take them out on these days. Thanks.
Thank you for your continued support.
Times tables - Who wants to be a times tables whizz?
Across school, children will be taking part in 'What wants to be a times tables whizz?' This involves children choosing a times table that they aren't yet confident with (from those that they are expected to know in their current year group), then learning this times table in school and at home in order to earn rewards.
Bronze Award: children are able to say the times table in steps (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...)
Silver Award: children are able to recite the times table form 1x to 12x (e.g. 1x2 is 2, 2x2 is 4, 3x2)
Gold Award: children can answer multiplication and division facts linked to their times tables (e.g. what is four lots of two? How many twos make twenty four?)
Children must achieve all three awards in their chosen times table before moving on to a new times table.
Reminders and Notices
P.E. days are Monday and Thursday.
Mr Smith teaches the children on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning.
Getting in Contact
The class email address is: email@example.com
Please feel free to send any photos / attachments or use it as a way of communicating with me if you can't catch me at the door. Please be aware that I do only check it once a week.
Just a reminder that all homework is attached at the top of the page and there is an expectation that the homework be completed and returned into school by Thursday.
Red Group 1 : Tested and given new spellings on Mondays
Yellow Group: Tested and given new spellings on Tuesdays
Orange Group: Tested and given new spellings on Wednesdays
Green Group: Tested and given new spellings on Thursdays
Every half term we test the children on the 50 statutory National Curriculum words for Year 3. Feel free to begin to learn these words if you want to be ahead of the game!