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Dinosaurs of China - Wollaton Hall

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Wow - what a wonderful day at Wollaton Hall's Dinosaurs of China exhibition! It all started with an exciting bus journey - we were very excited about to sit on the top of the double decker. 


When we arrived we visited the Secret Garden and saw some magnificent but rather stubborn deer with full antlers. One of them refused to leave the part of the garden he was not meant to be in despite being herded out of the area.


Then we went inside and met Mary Anning who told us the story of her life especially her fossil hunting and being struck by lightning! We used magnifying glasses to look closely at fossils and drew them fantastically! 


After a lovely lunch on the lawn, we visited the exhibition itself. Isobel thought the exhibition was "Amazing, how China lent the dinosaurs to us to have a look at." Kieran loved the colossal dinosaurs.

After that we had an amazing time digging up dinosaurs, examining dino poop and creating dinosaurs using clay and other physical resources.


What a busy but fun week we have had in Class 8. It's been Geography and D.T. week and our topic has been North America.


We have learnt lots about American and in particular New York. We have been building these amazing models of the Empire State Building and have made towers using straw and masking tape (although these suffered rather a dramatic collapse overnight..!) We have also been working on scaling in maths, figuring out how to make towers bigger or smaller and answering word problems to do with the cost of visiting the various landmarks of New York. All in all, its been fantastic this week!


Another week has flown by!!


In Maths, we have been learning all about measurement. Charlie said "I found this really hard but I did alright in the end!" We have been measuring the mass of 6 objects from the classroom in grams using scales and we also measured the length of objects in cm. 


In English, we have been writing letters to Mrs McDonald who use to teach in Class 7. Today we have written up our letters which we worked incredibly hard on.


On Thursday afternoon we did some amazing art based on dinosaur footprints with Mrs Tantum. Kieran really enjoyed the colours and the designs that we used. 


In Science, we did a investigation of the sounds we could create with glass bottles with different amounts of water in them.


Wow, that week seemed to whizz by!


We have been very busy this week. In English we have written some incredible stories - Isobel's in particular was incredible! Blew me away with all the descriptive language we were using. In Maths, we have been calculating fractions of amounts and continuing to practice division. In the afternoons, we have played games of both rounders and quick cricket plus we have learnt a huge amount about the Jurassic Coast, which will develop into a mini topic.

We've had a fantastic week and a half back at school. We have been SO busy! Last week, we enjoyed SMSC days and a history dress up day on Friday.


During the week we did lots of teamwork activities such as these incredibly hard jigsaws.


We also really enjoyed dressing up on Friday - wow! What incredible costumes...



We drew each other in our amazing costumes in the afternoon and enjoyed a drama performance in the afternoon.


This week, in English Isobel really enjoyed drawing the front cover of the book and writing a blurb for the back of the book (her front cover was simply stunning!) Jessica really enjoyed doing R.E. with Mrs Carlton. Jasmine really enjoyed writing a song. Austin really enjoyed doing rounders in P. E. this week.


Have a fantastic weekend and see you next week!!

Wow! What an exciting week!


We have had a special visitor called Rexie - who gave Mrs Chambers rather a fright when we sketched it this afternoon. Mr Fuller got rather worn out by blowing up Rexie and had to have a little sit down to recover!



We have also been doing some planting for a special plant sale.




On Tuesday in science we dissected some flowers and had a look inside. We identified all the parts of the flower and spoke about what they did.


Oooooooh how exciting a new website! And look at those lovely smiling Class 8 faces scrolling through on the front page!!

Wednesday 10th May
Another full filled week in Class 8 last week, absolutely loved writing an ending to Dinosaur Pox by Jeremy Strong. Over the next week or so we will finish reading the story and see if anybody was close with their ending!

In Maths, we started working on time. Time is a tricky subject in Maths because some children find it really challenging whilst others absolutely fly. We have been asking the children to tell the time regularly and this really is the best way for them to learn as well as asking them questions about time.

We've been up to lots of experiments in science these last couple of weeks. This week we are seeing whether celery or white flowers will absorb food dye and bring it up through their stalks into the leaves. We have had rather mixed results so far, the celery has not worked too well - we will see about the flowers over the next couple of days!

Welcome back!

It was fantastic to see everybody back in school this week and I've really enjoyed teaching you all again! This week we have begun reading Dinosaur Pox by Jeremy Strong. I think its safe to say the kids are enjoying it! We have been focusing on reading a lot this week, having completed a reading comprehension and lots of reading based tasks. Next week we will keep reading the book and aim to write our own ending as well.

In Maths, we have thoroughly enjoyed studying 2-D and 3-D shapes. The children particularly enjoyed problem solving tasks to do with these.

In science, we have begun learning all about plants. This week children made a great little fold out leaflet explaining what each part of the flower did.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Easter everybody!
I can't believe it is Easter already! Where has this term gone?

We have had a great end to our topic this week with a couple of visitors. First we had Glenn Chambers, who is a former policeman, come and visit us to talk about being an eye witness. The children watched a short film and Glenn was very impressed with the level of detail the children remember - well done all! Next we had 2 Police Community Support Officers come and visit. We (including Mrs Carlton and I!) thoroughly enjoyed getting in the police car, setting off the siren and the flashy lights. What a lovely way to end the topic.
Hope you all have a fantastic holiday - don't eat too much chocolate!

I look forward to seeing you all for a fun filled final term of year 3 - learning all about the dinosaurs, starting by looking at Dinosaur Pox by Jeremy Strong.

24th March

Wow, what a fun filled and busy few weeks in class 8! We have been thoroughly enjoying or police topic, having studied Burglar Bill, Mr Creep the Crook and Detective Dog in English. In Maths, we have been using chunking on a number line to divide, grid method to multiply and recently working really hard with fractions. In the afternoons, we have done a lot of prehistoric art during history week, written fact files about the police and had great fun experimenting with magnets.

We topped it all off today with RED NOSE DAY which was very exciting and some of us thoroughly enjoyed watching a film as a reward for our attendance last year.

Friday 3rd February

What a lovely way to come back to class, seeing all your lovely smiling faces and even a card wishing that I get better soon. How sweet!

We've had a busy week, working on multiplication in Maths and writing newspapers in English. In the afternoons we have been enjoying learning about Dick Turpin, the highwayman.

A quick note about homework, the final section of the Maths homework is rather tricky and involves a method that we have only looked at briefly - grid method multiplication. the following website is useful for explaining it ( I have tried to explain it to them this afternoon, however if you feel your child cant do it please don't worry. We will look at it together later in the year.

Have a great weekend all!

Monday 9th January

Well it was absolutely lovely to see all your smiling faces back last week all very excited to talk about what you had been up to over Christmas.

We had a few days of getting back into routines after the Christmas break. We have now given children new reading books - all the book bandings have changed before Christmas so the children may be on a different colour than they were before Christmas. The only routine we have yet to start is spellings which will be started today - so spellings sheets will be coming home and spelling tests will start next week.

In English, we have focused on using inverted commas (speech marks) and commas in a list. Whilst in Maths we have been learning all about how to calculate the perimeter which the children have done very well with. In the afternoons last week we did a lot of work introducing our new topic - The Police (May the force be with you). We did a reading comprehension all about the police and had a long discussion about the police uniforms, equipment and role in our society.

Merry Christmas everybody!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces in January.

We're had an incredibly busy couple of weeks, the performances were quite simply stunning. We were very proud of what all the children did, from the incredibly brave and talented children playing recorders and tenor horns to those dancing or dressing the Christmas tree and not to mention that incredible singing. Well done all! And thanks to parents for helping them to learn the lyrics.

The staff at the school also did their own festive performance with the view to raising some money towards a very worthwhile charity (Action Medical research). Some very interesting musical performances I'm sure you'll agree!

It can be viewed here

and if you're feeling generous:

Hope you have all had a wonderful term as I have and look forward to teaching you after Christmas!

Christmas song lyrics:

Another quick request. Please can you practice the words to the Christmas songs on your children. Here are the words and a link to the songs.

Katerina and the Waves -
Love shine a light in every corner of my heart
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry
Light up the magic in every little part let our love
Shine a light in every corner of our hearts
Love shine a light in every corner of my dream
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry
Like the mighty river flowing from the stream
Let our love shine a light in every comer of our dreams

And we're all gonna shine a light together
All shine a light to light the way
Brothers and sisters in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

Love shine a light in every corner of the world
Let the love light carry let the love light carry
Light up the magic for every boy and girl
Let our love shine a light in every corner of the world

And we're all gonna shine a light together
All shine a light to light the way
Brothers and sisters in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

So I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

So I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you

Monday 21st November

We have started the preparation for this year's Christmas performance. We will be singing the following songs. The children have been provided with a copy of the words and we will be learning them at school. If they want to practice them at home here are the links to videos of the songs.

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) -

Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves

Saturday 19th November

I can't believe we have already been back for three weeks! How time has flown.

We have continued to work incredibly hard in Class 8 and I am proud of what they have all achieved. In Maths we have continued to master some pretty complex addition - we have been doing expanded column addition this week and will be moving onto regular column addition next week (this is addition as I remember it from school and will probably be the same for many of you). In English, we have been looking at the John Lewis Christmas advert and writing a diary entry as if we are the fox. Next week we will be writing recounts based on a version of Three Little Pigs.

We also are looking forward to our exciting trip on Tuesday - it's looking like there may be a light shower so make sure you come prepared!

Also, I must apologise for not marking all of the homework. After being poorly and not at school on Thursday I was unable to take all the homework books home to mark. I did what I could on Friday but didn't have time to finish them. Never-the-less I will finish marking them next week

Monday 7th November

What an exciting week to welcome your lovely smiling faces back to school - history week. Last week we learnt all about the Stoneage. From studying the Stoneage boy in English to sketching some excellent Stoneage pictures in art.

This week we will continue to focus on addition in Maths, initially building on our understanding of mental addition from last week before moving on to a more formal written method. We have also started a very new, exciting method of teaching Maths which encourages a great deal of discussion and explanation of what we are doing which will embed a greater understanding of the methods and techniques used in maths. In English, we will continue to look at the Stoneage and will be moving on to begin planning and writing a story.

Friday 14th October

We've had another exciting week in Class 8. We have been very busy working on prepositions and conjunctions in English. Subtracting on a number line was tricky at first, however we have worked really hard on it and are proud of what we have done. In Maths, we tried something new - we did a mental maths test, working together with a partner. We really enjoyed this as it helped us to improve and talk about what we did. Isobel also enjoyed yesterday's Maths, in which the children were given a choice of which subtractions to do - they really enjoyed this freedom.

Leah really enjoyed doing Tag Rugby this afternoon on the MUGA - we played a short game as well as practicing some of our key skills. Whereas Ollie thoroughly enjoyed the balances and travelling we did in gymnastics on Monday. Lily continues to enjoy hearing Charlotte's web - we are really starting to zoom through the book now.


Hi all, just a quick update to say sorry that Abacus online homework was not set properly for all children. I have just now ensured that everybody has been allocated a piece of homework. I noticed as well many people had work over from last year - please feel free to work through these if you can access Abacus.

If you have any difficulties now please come and talk to me and I'll see what I can do!

Mr Fuller

30th September 2016
This week we have had gigantic amount of things to do. In English, we have continued to learn about Charlotte's Web; we had a discussion about which character was the most important, we read a section of the text and answered some questions and we also rewrote a section of the story as if we were the goose.
In Maths, we have looked at our 3x tables our 9x tables and our 8x tables.

In the afternoons, we have had great fun playing games in tag rugby and starting to make gymnastic routines.

Monica's favourite thing this week was "French because I like learning about French greetings".

23rd September 2016

Wow! The time is really flying! How have we already had three weeks of year 3?

Another busy one this week. In Maths, we have been mastering place value and 'greater than' (>) and 'less than signs' (<) - which is what we have set for most children's Maths homework. In English, we have been working on conjunction and some children have been even touching on subordinate clauses - wow!

In the afternoons, we have been trying out short handwriting sessions to start each afternoon - we think this will have a real impact on the children's handwriting across the course of the year. We have also continued to do guided reading - focusing on comprehensions or individual readers. Creating bar charts has been particular challenge for us in science this week after measuring how many pieces of fruit and veg our client Joe had last week we have been able to draw up a bar chart. Beyond this, Mrs Carlton has continued to enjoy teaching French to you all on Tuesday afternoons.

Next week: We will using conjunctions to extend subordinate clauses in English and will be rewriting a section of Charlotte's web from somebody else's perspective - a challenge for all you creative writers out there! We will be continuing to examine houses in Rainbow COG - finishing off our houses timeline ready for display.

Have a great weekend all!

16th September 2016

At the end of the first full week of the week I can safely say its been another great week. I'm thoroughly enjoying teaching you all this year. I have been amazed at all your gymnastic skills this week and, although it was only a short session, your passing skills are really coming along in tag rugby.

We did our first piece of extended writing this week and I was very impressed with some of you - writing a full page description of Fern from Charlotte's web (you know who you are Essie and Lily!). In Maths, we have worked really hard reminding ourselves of the key skills and building blocks of Maths - number bonds, place value, times tables and adding and subtracting.

Hope you all have a great weekend! See you Monday - remember it's a PE day :)

9th September 2016

What a fantastic week back - it was lovely to see everybody so willing and ready for learning. We have had a fun week, learning the new rules and routines of the classroom as well a putting together some incredible work for display around the room.

Holly said "I really enjoyed rewriting the words to 'Our House'!" Sam loved doing PE this afternoon and set the record for changing the quickest, twice! His fastest was just 48 seconds!! Wow, I'm not sure we'll ever beat that one! Izzy enjoyed making posters about the rules in Maths and Jessica was just really happy to be back at school - which is always lovely to hear!

September 2016

Welcome back to Class 8 and welcome to year 3!

Mrs Lowe (our class teaching assistant) and myself have been busy today making sure everything is ready for you to come back tomorrow and we are very excited to see you all on Tuesday 6th September. This week we will be settling in, getting to know each other learning the rules and what is expected of you. Please bring in you PE kit on Tuesday and we will let you know when we will do PE.

Please bring a water bottle with your name on it. On the first day, you will get your Reading Diary and details of the class timetable. To begin with, you will have a playtime during the afternoon but this will be reduced and stop by Christmas.

I'm really excited about our new topic - homes. I would like you to bring in a photography of the house you live in during the first few days.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Mr Fuller