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 ...
Evie for producing an excellent portrait drawing of Naomi Campbell
Well Done Evie Keep it up
Our Values Award this term goes to ...
Esme for demonstrating the value
Well done Esme
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.