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Welcome back all! We are back after a very well rested, sunshine filled half term and have enjoyed our first week back together.
We have started our new theme of ‘The World and Beyond’ for the last term which has seen Class 3 start to focus on the world including the Euros 2021 as well as looking closer to home at Smalley! We are also focusing on survival and what makes us ‘super’ humans. The children are excited and ready for the next 6 weeks!
Class 3 have all been allocated a country that is part of the Euros, creating fact files, flags and football stripes to get to know their country. We will be following the football action and cheering on the teams seeing who makes it into the final! The children are very excited for the tournament and are very supportive towards their chosen country. This has been a brilliant opportunity to introduce our new geography learning of ‘our world’ and looking at geographical features.
Within this week, the children have been looking at mapping skills, using mapping symbols and how to read a map. They have then created their very own islands with a key and individual mapping. We started this week with a focus on Smalley including the coat of arms and geographical features, something the children found very interesting.
Focusing on ‘survival’, the children teamed up and competed in some survival activities. Before we started, the children all worked together to define what we need to survive, with some incredible, well-thought through suggestions. Lots of fun, discussion and logical thinking were had during our survival activities and some strong team leaders were identified. The children quickly realised 3 very important elements that helped them to survive: teamwork, communication and listening. As well as these, the children identify the main elements needed to survive and lots of in depth discussion was had.
To finish our week, Class 3 took a trip to the post box to post their letters to Julia Donaldson! We have been given an official address and hope we get a reply…we will keep you posted!
A wonderful first week had by all, ready for 6 more fun filled weeks! Well done Class 3 :)
Our star this week is…Kieran!
Kieran has been spotted numerous times this week for being super sensible but mostly for his effort in his writing. He has been spelling some tricky words and helping others too! Not only has Kieran been using superb vocabulary, he has been having a go at spelling the words and then checking his spellings to make sure they are correct. Kieran tries extremely hard with his writing and is ensuring it makes sense and is good quality - amazing work Kieran, keep it up!
Following Mental Health Awareness Week, it's been wonderful to receive so many photos of the children connecting with nature and I would love to share them with you here. I hope you feel inspired to get outdoors and connect with nature, whether that's for exercise, pleasure, conservation, creativity, mindfulness or whether you bring the outdoors into your home: the mental health benefits are tremendous. Thank you so much to all the children, parents and grandparents who got in touch to share their adventures- the photos and messages have been truly uplifting :)
WOW! What a week - as always, fun-filled and full of excitement!
This week has seen the children in Class 3 read through our play ‘Bombs and Blackberries’. I can safely say this half term's topic of WWII has been everybody’s favourite! The children have been engaged from day dot and have become fully immersed into a world of WWII!
The play has seen every child take on a part, encouraging their reading skills, comprehension and use of tone, intonation and expression, which has just been wonderful to see. Thank you all for giving such a lot of effort into this topic and enjoying it so much, it’s been a joy to teach.
This week, the children wrote letters to Julia Donaldson, the author of our play. The questions and opinions given in the letters, along with book ideas for the future were just outstanding, as your teacher it was overwhelming to see how much you have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and play! They are ready to send off to her and make sure you have everything crossed for a reply!!
Continuing the theme of WWII, the children got to work together to create their ‘parachute bombs’ (eggs!) They put into practice their teamwork skills, followed their design plans and created some excellent parachutes. We had lots of fun creating and then testing, which saw two joint 1st teams whose parachutes held up and also protected their eggs with an incredible result of no cracks!! The children have learnt all about air resistance and gravity and also how these forces were used in WWII!
Class 3 have also designed and created their very own WWII inspired medals using ‘Shrinkies’. We studied Alan Turing and the Enigma code where children cracked codes and created some of their own, using a cipher wheel. As he was awarded an OBE, we looked into different medals from the wars and the reasons they were given. The children have then gone away and created their own medals, thinking about why they would want to give the medals. The results were wonderful, we’ve had medals for kindness, saving the world, community even a medal for achieving in your occupation! Due to time, we created our medals on shrinking paper which goes in the oven and shrinks 7 times smaller and 7 times thicker, creating the perfect 3D hard plastic medal which we have then turned into a key ring! The pictures show the process and result!
Some other exciting things have been our author meet with Sophy Henn on Thursday afternoon. It was incredible! Not only did the children get to meet a real life author but we got to share some non-fiction books together, learn about how to write and illustrate a book as well as competing in some challenges and learning how to draw a cheetah from the book! Sophy Henn is a brilliant author who has created a book called ‘Lifesize’ where Sophy has researched different animals and has created parts in the book which show their real life size selves! Awesome!
Friday was a calm and relaxing day where we shared brownies made by Edie for her 300 challenge (they were incredible - thank you!) all raising money for the PTFA. Class 3 also took part in some Yoga which they really enjoyed and found it very relaxing and resetting, meaning they were all ready for half term.
An amazing half term Class 3, I cannot wait to share our last one together next week!
Take care and rest up ready for more fun...
Class 3’s Star this week is Isabella also known as ‘Our Sunshine’. Bella is always smiling no matter what and makes sure that everyone else in the class is smiling also. She’s a superstar and gives 100% towards everything, being a brilliant role model for Class 3!
Can you believe that we only have one week left until the half term? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!
This week has all been based on ‘The Blitz’, we have completed scene 5 of our play, made Blitz fact fan books, looked at recount writing as a character, designed a parachute (linked to parachute bombs in WW2) and we have created some beautiful Blitz silhouettes!
As well as all that, we have furthered our learning of ‘time’ in maths and are very confident with reading, drawing and telling the time on an analogue clock. The children’s logical thinking and time understanding has really impressed me and I hope they continue this through to next week when we will be solving word problems on time.
Our play is everybody’s favourite, the children in Class 3 are so engaged in it which is just wonderful to see! They are learning how to read a script, take on a character and be expressive all along with creating different genres of writing! We have focused on recount writing this week and taking on the role of a character from our play with facts about The Blitz. This has been a great opportunity for the children to write using past tense, a tricky skill to master!
In the wider curriculum, the children have worked together to design a parachute, thinking about materials and features for their very own parachute bomb (it will be an egg, not a bomb!) which has seen the children talking and understanding different forces such as air resistance and gravity and how these work! There has been some excellent scientific discussion happening this week and we are very excited to make them next week!
Class 3 have also created some beautiful Blitz silhouettes and linked this to the blackouts faced in WW2. They have put to practice drawing skills, shading, use of different materials to create an effect and layering of textures. The results are amazing as you can see in the picture below.
Our star this week is...Taylor!
Taylor is such a fantastic role model to all, his effort and determination are extraordinary, he’s an inspiration! I have been so impressed with your attitude towards learning and how you have held yourself in the classroom and across school. Your work is superb and the recent engagement I have seen with writing in particular is wonderful - please keep it up!
This week has been what I call a topsy turvy week, lots of things happening and changes to our week but all has been done and Friday is here! As always, Class 3 have produced some excellent work and some children have really stood out for their determination, behaviour and attitude towards learning which has really made me smile so thank you and please keep it up!
Class 3 are magi-mathematicians! Their maths work this week has been extraordinary, showing such brilliant skills and knowledge in what many find a very difficult topic...time! We have started time this week and the children are very confident with o’clock, half past, quarter past and to and have started to understand the 5 minute intervals that make up the rest of our clock. They have worked particularly hard on understanding past and to showing some excellent positioning of the hour hand. Class 3 have also shown an embedded understand of the column method for addition and subtraction with numbers up to 60 to link to our time learning! Every child has made their very own clock face with moving hands inside their books so they have a working, interactive clock to use in every lesson. Please keep up the fabulous maths work Class 3, I have been so impressed!
Imperatives (bossy verbs!) have been the focus in our English lessons this week which the children have used to create effect within their own propaganda posters and speeches! We used propaganda posters from WWII to highlight how imperative were used back then and why they were used! This then supported the children in making their own propaganda poster about COVID-19, a time that will become history and is relevant to them. The children have then written a speech, linked to their poster, using Winston Churchill’s famous speech about ‘Dunkirk - Operation Dynamo’ with the phrase, ‘we shall...’. To see the children provide such emotion and persuasion within their writing has created some excellent pieces of work, with some even doing this at home as they have enjoyed it so much!!
We have done lots of topical learning again this week, on Dunkirk and even got to listen to Winston Churchill’s actual speech! The children’s knowledge of WWII is ever growing and they are demonstrating this across all subjects which is great to see! This even saw Class 3 learning about how magnetism was used in WWII and conducting experiments to investigate magnetic and non-magnetic materials.
Parents evening next week! Ready to go!
Our star this week is Seren! Always a superstar and role model to all in Class 3. Her work is always completed to the best of her ability and she gives 100% towards all that she does. Seren is always ready to learn, listening and most certainly has ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ which is something we have been learning about this week in our topic, WWII.