Miss Aullak is your class teacher and Ms Clark is your Teaching Assistant
We hope you are as excited as we are to return to school. It has been quite a year but hopefully we can get back to something normal. We will be spending these next few days helping you to settle back into school life and getting to know you all. For some of you school will look very different to what you have known it to be but please don't worry we will talk you through everything and guide you through all the changes to help us all stay safe.
We have lots of exciting activities planned and have things in place to find out what you know and where we need to go with your learning
PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, please ensure that you either remove any earrings or provide your child with plasters or tape to cover their ears.
Our PE this term will be outside whenever possible so please wear something suitable and warm.
Our Superstar this week is ...
Whitney for helping a class mate to understand the maths lesson
Well Done Whitney Keep it up
Class 3 have been very busy, we have created our own Class Advent Calendar. Look at our beautiful advent doors ... BUT
What could be behind each door ?
Today is the 1st of December so time to open door number 1!
Opening our door today was ... William and this is what we found
Well done William and James K as they created this together
Opening door number 2 today was ... Madyson
Inside is a beautiful holly wreath created by Joshua and Tilly- mae
Opening door number 3 today was ... Adrian
Inside are some tasty candy sticks
Opening door number 4 today ... was Tiffany
Inside are some beautifully coloured and sparkly baubles created by Adrian.
Opening the door number 5 was ... Emmy
Inside was a beautiful candle created by Whitney
Opening door number 6 was ... Jacob
Inside was a glittery pair of bells created by .... Noah
Opening door number 7 was ... George
Inside was some symmetrical snowflakes created by ... Faith
Opening door number 8 was .... Esme
Inside was a spotty Christmas stocking created by Jacob and Esme
Opening door number 9 was ... Lissia
Inside was a wish list for Santa ... created by Aris
Opening door number 10 was ... Alfie
Inside was a sparkly, shining lamp created by Nathaniel
Opening door number 11 today was ... James K
Inside were some brightly wrapped presents created by Jessica
Opening door number 12 was ... Reece A
Inside was a cold, frosty snowman created by ... Our Class 3 elf
Opening door number 13 was ... Nathaniel
Inside was a glittery, glowing angel created by ... Whitney
Opening door number 14 was ... Aris
Inside was a Christmas cracker created by ... Alfie
Opening door number 15 was ... Jayden
Inside was a cheeky elf on the shelf created by ... Evie and Ms Clark
Opening door number 16 was ... Evie
Inside was Rudolf the reindeer created by ... Reece A
Opening door number 17 was ... Joshua
Inside were some shepherds watching their sheep created by Jayden and Madyson
Opening door number 18 was ... Tilly Mae
Inside were some sparkling stars created by ... Matthew
Opening door number 19 was ... Matthew
Inside was a 'rockin' robin created by ... Alexiis Maii
Opening door number 20 was ... Reece G
Inside was a tasty Christmas pudding created by ... Reece G
Opening door number 21 was ... Alexiis - Maii
Inside were 3 wise Kings created by ... Lilly
Opening door number 22 was ... Faith
Inside was a tired little donkey created by ... George
Opening door number 23 was ... Jessica
Inside were Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus created by ... Lissia
Opening door number 24 was ... Millie
Inside was Santa's sleigh full of presents created by ... James H
Opening door number 25 was James H and Whitney
Inside was SOMEONE coming down the chimney
(we wonder who that might be!)
created by ... Millie
Class 3 have really enjoyed following our Advent Calendar in class, we hope you have enjoyed following it at home
All that's left to say is
Class 3 would like to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
LOOK at our colourful Christmas Jumpers !
Class 3 have made such an improvement in their spellings we would like to thank you for your continued support
In order to develop their spellings ability further, please access the following fun websites. These will be extremely useful to help your child/children consolidate their recognition and ability to spell Year 1/2 common exception words and to enable them to practise their more complex Year 3/4 common exception words in fun and interactive way.
Use these websites weekly or any other times you feel they will benefit your child.
Click on the image below to feed the birds as you spell your common exception words.
Little Bird Spellings
Have Fun !
This week in art we have been thinking about how colours influence the way we feel and react to things. Colour theory is a way of organising colours and how they work together. Knowing about colours and their relationships helps artists to create their works. Artists can use these relationships to create balance, chaos or contrast and to evoke certain feelings.
The colour wheel was first developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.
The colour Wheel is a logical way of organising colours. Each colour has a designated space on the wheel and has a relationship with the colours on either side of it and with the colour opposite.
We reminded ourselves of the 3 Primary Colours RED, BLUE and YELLOWwhich are colours that cannot be made by mixing other colours. All other colours are derived from the Primary Colours.
We discussed the Secondary Colours GREEN, ORANGE and PURPLE whichare made by mixing 2 Primary Colours together.
This week we have learned about Tertiary Colours. Tertiary colours are made by mixing a Primary colour and a Secondary colour.
The Tertiary Colours are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green.
We looked at warm colours and cool colours.
As a class we developed our art skills further by using Primary Colours to mix Secondary colours. Our challenge was to use a smaller brush and keep within the lines.
Here Class 3 are carefully filling in the Primary Colours.
Here we have now mixed 2 Primary colours together to make the Secondary colours. Look how careful Noah is being trying to stay within the lines.
Well done Class 3 ... super work
This term were are learning all about the Romans.
We have been learning about the spread of the Roman Empire and how they invaded Britain.
We discovered that in the first raid the Roman General Julius Caesar came across the sea to Britain. He wanted to make Britain a part of the Roman empire. He brought with him two Roman legions. The Celts were living in Britain. They fought back bravely and the Romans returned to France, despite winning several battles.
Julius Caesar carried out another raid one year later bringing more cavalrymen with him. On the second raid the British tribes agreed to pay tributes to Rome and were left in peace. Caesar did not think Britain was worth a long war and he had other problems in the empire to deal with. The Celts opened up trading links with the Romans. 100 Years later the Romans returned. On the final rain one hundred years later Emperor Claudius was now in charge and he was determined to make Britain part of the Roman empire. He sent General Aulus Plautius and four legions of soldiers, plus about the same number of auxiliary soldiers. Many Celtic tribes realised how strong this Roman army was and made deals to keep the peace. They agreed to obey Roman laws and pay taxes. In return, they were allowed to keep their kingdoms.
Tiffany has shown in her work how the Romans spread across Europe from 800 BC - AD 79.
Well Done Tiffany
We discussed why the Romans built new roads in Britain, we looked at where some of the main roads ran to and from and how the roads were made.
Before the Romans arrived, Britain had no proper roads. The Celts rode horses, walked and travelled in carts pulled by oxen along paths and tracks. These paths and tracks connected local farms and hamlets and there were some longer routes for trade. These tracks were often in very poor condition. Because of this the Romans wanted to build better roads.
Can you remember any other reasons why the Romans wanted to build better roads?
Here William has shown some of the first Roman roads to have been built in Britain.
The Fosse Way was one of the first great Roman roads in Britain. It ran from Exeter to Lincoln, passing through Bath, Gloucester and Leicester.
Well Done William
We have also looked at how Roman roads were built.
Can you explain how they prepared the ground and what materials they used to build the road and why?
Can you think of hard surface that we lay in a similar way today?
We hope you have enjoyed learning about the Romans
Thank you for your continued support
If over the half term you wish to continue to support your child's learning, please practise reading and spelling their Year2 Common Exception Words.
If they are confident with these then review the Year 3 spellings for this term. You will find the terms overview in their reading diary.
Have a lovely half term
This month nationally we have been raising awareness regarding key figures within black communities around the world. This week we have celebrated some iconic people from the past and present.
Class 3 have been learning all about Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery.
We completed a time line and a fact sheet to show events in her life.
Well done Faith, William and Madyson
We also learned about Naomi Campbell and how she contributed to society.
Well done Tilly-Mae and Lissia ... such beautiful sketchings
Look at Class 3's awesome designs for Naomi Campbell !
Wow! Esme, Millie and Matthew have drawn some amazing outfits for Naomi for British Fashion Week
Well done all of you ... Naomi would love to model some of these I'm sure
This term we have been focusing on addition and subtraction with re-grouping. Could you please help your child become more confident in this area.
Click on the link below to see how it is done:
Thank you for your continued support
World Mental Health Day
Today we have all worn something yellow in support of World Mental Health Day.
Class 3 have been learning to recognise, understand and know how to deal with our many emotions. We discussed how different things happen every day that make us feel good and not so good. For example, we might have forgotten to bring our homework book in to school or be worried about our spelling test and this was not a good feeling. But then our teacher tells us she is proud because we have shown a good understanding of the maths during the lesson or we have made good predictions in our reading. This is a good feeling.
We are learning there are many ups and downs in a day though there are some things we can do to help us have more of the good feelings.
Go outside and get some fresh air
Run around and play
Spend some time on a hobby or doing something we enjoy
Spend some time with family or friends
Do something nice for someone else
Help others as this makes us feel good that we have made someone else happy
Read a book
Listen to your favourite music, sing or dance or both!
Have a good nights sleep
Class 3 felt that we needed to try this after our very busy morning. So we decided to do something we fun to make us feel good
Can you identify who we are behind our disguises?
If something happens that makes us feel not so good ... don't worry! There are things we can do to help us to feel better...
Talk to someone about it
Take your mind off it - do something else
Take some deep breaths
Count to 10!
know that this moment will pass
If it feels very bad or not right ... tell a trusted adult, they can help you!
Notes for Parents/Carers: A reminder
Please could we have homework books in bookbags on a Wednesday so that your child can hand them in to be marked, to allow us the time to put in their new spellings and add your child's test score
Please could we ask that you ensure your child's reading book / diary are in their bookbag EVERYDAY in case we need your child to read or to add any information in respect of reading
Thank you for you continued support
Why does a city need an Oak tree? - An Explanation Text
This week we have been practising Metacognition.
Metacognition is the act of thinking about our own thinking which helps us to make greater sense of our life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.
We have been practising being aware in the present moment throughout the day whenever formal mindfulness practise such as meditation might not be practical. Class 3 learned that this is a guide to help them become attuned to their 5 senses.
We now are coming to the end of our recovery curriculum however, if you would like to continue to support your child through the pandemic we suggest to do the following activities at your leisure.
We have been thinking about how to build a growth mindset to get our minds ready for positive thoughts. We talked about what it means to have a fixed mindset and which mindset will help us to succeed? We talked about the powerful word 'Yet'
Instead of saying 'I can't do it!' We should try to say 'I can't do it YET'
In order to have a growth mindset, your mind needs to be clear so that you can pay attention to the things that matter. We talked about how a lack of attention could cause stress and frustration that would stop us from having the growth mindset that we all need. We talked about how meditation helps to clear our minds from negative thoughts.
Click on the image below to see how important it is to focus on the positive.
Notes for parents/carers
Your child has now been issued a reading target on their bookmark which needs to be incorporated within their reading sessions at home. If your child finishes reading through their reading book we are encouraging them to further their understanding, questioning and commenting about what they have read. Once achieved, a new target will be issued inline with the current curriculum.
Thank you for your continued support
This term we are learning about other people's beliefs and how they compare to our Christian values. We have been looking at what it means to be a Hindu in Britain today.
Hinduism is the oldest world religion still practised today and has no single founder. Instead it is a mix of different beliefs that were fused together into a single religion over time
Noah has shown on a map where Hinduism is practised today.
Well done Noah ... beautiful work
We learned that Hinduism originated in South East Asia along the River Indus.
We compared our home's to that of a Hindu family. We talked about some of the objects that were in a Hindu home and discussed their purpose.
We looked in detail at the Puja (prayer) tray.
William has shown what he has learned about the Puja Tray.
Well done William ... beautiful work
Finally we watched a video about 2 Hindu children that live in England, Imran 14 and her brother Vraj 11. They shared some of their hobbies and and interests. We learned that they live a vegetarian way of life and connect it to Hindu beliefs, we also learned about how, where and when Hindu's pray. Furthermore we learned about special days such as Bhai dooj and Raksha Bandan where brothers and sisters show their love and respect for each other.
Reece A has shown the similarities and differences that there are between his family values and rituals compared to those of a Hindu family
Well done Reece
Thank you for your continued support
The Promise Story - A changed Story
A Changed Story is where a character or a situation changes during the story.
To get the children excited about this story we investigated images from the beginning, middle and end of the story with some interesting background music. We were so proud of their work that we decided to display it on our wall.
During the rest of the week we focused on the Imitation Stage, looking at the story in more detail.
read through the story map using actions for key words
joined in some drama with a freeze frame to see if others could guess which part of the story was being shown
unpicked key words discussing their meaning
looked at the story as a writer discussing elements of what makes it a changed story.
Children have the story in their homework books. They are to learn the story using the actions.
Notes to Parents
We have been impressed with reading so far and have nearly completed reading assessments for your children. Next week your child may come home with a book on a different reading level. If your child's level has changed, please be rest assured that this is to accommodate any key reading skills that they will have missed during the unfortunate lockdown.
Please can you write a comment and how far they have read in your child's diary so we know when they are ready to change their books.
Please can you ensure your child has their reading book and diary in their bag every day
Please could you ensure your child has their Homework book on a Wednesday to hand in so that we can sort the new Homework.
Thank you for your continued support
This term we are thinking about relationships.
This week we have been thinking about acts of kindness for others and ourselves.
George, Millie and Alfie thought of kind words for themselves, their family or their friends.
We are learning to recognise positive traits for others and ourselves.
We have been thinking about something that we are really good at and things we have achieved such as making a new friend or doing really well in a test. Furthermore, we thought of something we could improve on.
We talked about how sometimes we think we are better at something than we really are. We can believe what other people tell us when we know it is not really true. They might say we are fantastic at football when the truth is we are good but with practise we could become even better
Click on the pdf link at the bottom of this page to share the U Factor Story.
We have been thinking about special people at home, in school and in the class.
Special people are people who are important in our lives. We discussed as a class where our special people come from in and around the community and how they might help us.
This led Class 3 to think about what makes them special, individual, unique, interesting or important.
We discussed how we now live in relationship bubbles. We shared who is in our relationship bubble and who we would like to be in our bubble.
In this activity Evie, James, William and Lilly are drawing in the inner circle their close family who live with them. In the next layer they are drawing their close friends and family who they interact with possibly using technology and in the final layer they will draw their peers and neighbours etc.
Class 3 have also created posters to demonstrate how to be kind to yourself and to others
Well done Jessica, Esme and Reece such beautiful work and some good messages of kindness
Children now have their Homework books to practise their spellings and a reading book to support their reading at home.