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Our Teacher: Miss Heathcote
Respect Week This week in school it has been respect week. We have been learning what respect means. At the start of the week, we had a visit from Matthew who works for Fair Trade. He taught us about the importance of farmers getting a fair price for their produce. In class three, we have also created posters which celebrated our differences. On Wednesday, two circus performers came into school and they taught us different skills such as how to juggle and walk on stilts. It has been a busy week but we have enjoyed it and learnt all about celebrating each others differences.
Red Nose Day Thank you for all of the donations on Red Nose Day to support Comic Relief. The afternoon of 'do something funny for money' was a great success. Below is a photograph of class 3 showing their support for Comic Relief by wearing red.
Birds of prey We had an exciting and an informative visit from some beautiful birds of prey. We learnt facts about each bird and some children even got to hold one.
Making Roman shields As part of our Roman topic and design and technology lessons we have been designing and making our own shields. We used them to practise what we had learnt about being a Roman soldier from the trip. It was great fun!
World Book day To celebrate world book day we all came into school dressed as a character from our favourite book. It was wonderful to share our favourite stories, authors and characters with each other. The children went home inspired to read.
Paul Delaney As part of World Book Week we had a fantastic morning with poet and author, Paul Delaney. He worked with the children to excite and involve them in their writing. Class three were looking at the poem 'If I was a...' They came up with some brilliant ideas and thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Keeping safe online As part of E-safety week we have been looking at how to stay safe online. In class three we looked at lots of different scenarios and what to do if we came across one of them. The children worked in groups to come up with solutions to these scenarios and created songs, poems, stories and drama performances to share with the rest of the school in an E-safety assembly.
Chinese New Year Class three really enjoyed our Chinese New Year celebrations. To celebrate we learnt about how people prepare for this occasion. We watched a video about Chinese celebrations and learnt about the importance of the lanterns during this event. We made our own red and yellow lanterns and decorated them with different colours. They looked beautiful once we had finished.
Trip to the Dewa Roman Experience As part of our topic of the Romans we took the opportunity to use our local area and explored Chester. We had a fantastic day out! We had a guided tour of the reconstructions, excavations and museum. After lunch we were all armed with battle shields and under the 'strict' instructions of one of the Roman soldiers we visited the amphitheater and found out what it was like to prepare for battle.
Spring Term in Class 3 Welcome back!
This term we will be exploring the question; ‘Was the Roman invasion a disaster for Britain?’ During this topic the children are introduced to the Romans. The topic will be taught through many areas of the curriculum including: Art, Design and Technology, Literacy, Music, History and Geography. We will be learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain and understand where in Europe Rome is. In Art lessons will be looking closely at mosaics and creating our own pieces inspired by history and in Design and Technology we will be designing and making our own shields. As part of our topic we will be visiting the Dewa Roman Experience centre in Chester to find out more about what life was like. Literacy
In Literacy we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts relating to our topic work. We will start by reading ‘Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. We will use this book to develop our own ideas when writing descriptions and stories. We will also be creating an information leaflet on the Roman Empire and writing an explanation text on what happens during a volcanic eruption.
This term in Numeracy we will be looking at multiplication and division followed by fractions and decimals. Children will have homework, which will consolidate the work they have covered in school; this will be handed out on Thursday. I would encourage them to practise their times tables regularly.
In Science we will be finding out all about habitats and living things. We will be exploring the seven characteristics which make a living thing and looking at how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. In addition to this, we will learn to identify and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment.
We will be doing P.E twice every week this term so the children need to have a P.E kit in school at all times. The children will be able to bring their kit back at half term for it to be washed. This term PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon with Premier Sports and on a Friday morning we have gymnastics.
Spelling homework will be given out on a Monday. This will be related to the spelling rule we are looking at in class. On Tuesday, children will have a piece of research homework. In addition to this, the children will be issued with some mathematics homework on a Thursday. All homework is to be returned on the following Monday morning. Children are also encouraged to read out loud at home as well as to themselves. This will build on fluency and confidence.
Christmas Dinner A great Christmas Dinner for all of the children today! A big thank you to Dianne for what was a delicious meal and to all who helped. Merry Christmas!
Creating our own Jabberwocky This week we have been studying another one of Lewis Carroll's famous poems; The Jabberwocky. The children discussed words and phrases within the poem that capture the readers interest and looked for words to describe The Jabberwocky. Using this evidence from the text they have created their own versions of what The Jabberwocky might look like.
Mirrors This term in our Science lessons we have been learning all about light and shadows. This week we were investigating the properties of mirrors and reflections. We had lots of fun trying to follow a mirror maze and writting messages in code. We recorded our observations from four different tasks and used scientific knowledge of light to explain our findings.
Cinderella What a wonderful day out had by all at our annual trip to the theatre. The children really enjoyed the show and were singing and dancing along.
Magical worlds poetry Following on from our work on 'The Stone Age Boy' we have been looking at poems about magical worlds similar to the one where the boy ended up. The poet we have been studying is Lewis Caroll. We thoroughly enjoed 'The Walrus and The Caprenter' and recently re-wrote our own versions of 'A Strange Wild Song.'
Lets do a Nativity We all had a wonderful time practising and performing the Christmas play. Thank you for supplying the children with their costumes, they all looked great, and for coming to support the children on the day. I'm sure you will agree that all the children were stars.
Making Bread In our design and technology lessons, we have been learning about how bread is made and how this would have been made in the Stone Age. We have learnt about the process of wheat into flour and tried some products containing wheat. This week we had lots of fun baking our own bread! We had to use lots of skills including measuing water, weighing flour and following instructions. The children made some excellent bread buns which had the whole classroom smelling wonderful. Here we are in action:
Visit to Eddisbury Hill Fort As part of our topic on the Stone Age class three visited Eddisbury hill fort. We walked there from school and took a pinic with us. We had a great day out and enjoyed looking at the hill fort and discovering where the entrance was.
Stonehenge In our History lesson last week we were finding out about Stonehenge. We looked at how, when and why it was built. We then had a go at building our own Stonehenge models using clay.
Harvest festival poems This week in class three we have written some acrostic poems about the harvest festival. Some will be read out in church on Sunday.
Harvest will never stop. Apples fall from the trees. Red, juicy tomatoes spring out of the ground. Violet grapes as juicy as an orange. Everyone shares and has a good time. Summer has gone, so here comes harvest. Thank you for a wonderful harvest festival.
By Heidi - Year 4.
Harvest is for happy hearts and kindness. Autumn has come and leaves are falling. Ripe fruits and vegetables all ready to eat. Vegetables are popping out of the ground. Everyone is happy at harvest time. Sharing vegetables and fruit kindly. Thank you God for the food.
By Erin - Year 3.
Autumn Term in Class 3 Welcome back! I hope that you all had an enjoyable and restful summer. I am looking forward to another busy school year. The children have all settled back into work really well and have impressed me with their hard work already!
This term we will be exploring the topic ‘Were The Flintstones from the Stone Age?’ This will involve studying changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The topic will be taught through many areas of the curriculum including Art, Literacy, History and Design and Technology. We will be looking at cave paintings and producing our own wall of cave art. In Literacy, we will be writing a recount of Stone Age life. In food technology we will be looking at the diet of prehistoric people, which will lead to us designing and making bread. The children will also have the chance to explore sound in Music lessons using natural materials.
In Literacy we will be studying the texts ‘Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Stig of the Dump’. We will use the books as a stimulus looking closely at descriptions and the children will plan and write their own stories imagining they have fallen into the Stone Age. The children will then be thinking about how they have made bread in design and technology lessons and writing instructions for this.
This term in Numeracy we will be looking at place value and the four rules of number. We will be working on problem solving and reasoning questions involving all of these areas. Children will have homework, which will consolidate the work they have covered in school; this will be handed out on Thursday. I would encourage them to practise their times tables regularly.
In Science we will be investigating rocks and soils; we will become rock detectives and be grouping rocks according to their characteristics.
We will be doing P.E twice every week this term so the children need to have a P.E kit in school at all times. The children will be able to bring their kit back at half term for it to be washed. This term, PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon and on Friday morning we have swimming.
Spelling homework will be given out on a Monday. On Tuesday, children will have a piece of research homework. In addition to this, the children will be issued with some mathematics homework on a Thursday. All homework is to be returned on the following Monday morning. Children are also encouraged to read out loud at home as well as to themselves. This will build on fluency and confidence.
Stone Age afternoon
We were visited by Mr and Mrs Trevor for a Stone Age introductory afternoon. It was a very busy session, packed full of hands on activities which taught us lots about how Stone Age people might have lived. We began talking about the work of an archaeologist and how we know about the Stone Age. We then looked at ancient artefacts and Mr Trevor even dressed up as someone from the Stone Age so that we could learn more about their clothing. We had a lot of fun and learnt lots.
Visit to Beeston This week class three have been on a fantastic residential! We all had an amazing time at Beeston, despite the rainy weather. The children loved the den building activities and our walk through Peckforton woods. We also had a brilliant time at the Ice cream farm. I was very proud of their enthusiasm for all of the activities.
LEGO What a fun filled and exciting morning we had when the Lego workshop came to visit. The children worked together in groups to create a fantastic village with houses, shops, cafes and a marina.
Pond dipping on Discovery Week
During discovery week we took the opportunity to go outside and see what we could find in the new pond area. We managed to find lots of wildlife including a whirligig beetle and a ramshorn snail!
Henri Rousseau artwork
In Class 3 we have been creating pieces of artwork in the style of Henri Rosseau. We looked at his pieces 'The Surprise' and 'Exotic Landscapes'. We re-created the artwork using watercolours.
Summer Term in Class 3
Welcome back to class three and the summer term. We have a very exciting term ahead; the topic is 'The Rainforest.' Topic
We will be making links across the curriculum wherever possible. In Geography the children will be finding out about where rainforests are located in the world and their climate. In Music, the children will be listening to the sounds of the rainforest and re-creating this with a range of instruments. In Art, the children will be studying the artist Henri Rousseau; we will research into his life and famous paintings, look at the features of his work and then produce a piece of artwork in the same style.
In Literacy, the children will be covering a range of genres this term including poetry, narrative writing, non-chronological reports and persuasion texts. We start off the term looking at poetry. We will be looking at a range of 'animal' poetry. We will discuss our likes and dislikes and comment upon the individual poetic features of each poem. We will then begin to write our own poems in the style of 'A Wolf in the Park', by Richard Edwards.
In Numeracy this term we will be looking at shape, data, money and sequences. We will continue to develop knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I would encourage children to practise their times tables regularly.
In Science, we will be focusing on the impact of humans on the environment. This will involve changes in the environment and our impact on habitats, food chains, the human digestive system and teeth.
We will be doing P.E twice every week this term so the children need to have a P.E kit in school at all times. The children will be able to bring their kit back at half term for it to be washed.
Homework is given out on a Thursday. Spelling homework will be related to the spelling rule we are looking at in class. In addition to this, the children will be issued with some mathematics homework and a topic to research. All homework is to be returned on the following Monday morning. Children are also encouraged to read out loud at home as well as to themselves. This will build on fluency and confidence.
Spring Term in Class 3
I have really enjoyed meeting the children and look forward to working with them this year.
This term we will be exploring the topic of Robots. The topic will be taught through many areas of the curriculum including Art, Literacy, Music and Computing. We will be looking at the art work of Eric Joyner and creating our own pieces inspired by him, in Music we will explore sound and create repeating phrases that represent different robotic actions. The children will also have the opportunity to make some robots.
We will be focusing our English work on the book ‘The Iron Man'. We will use the book as a stimulus, looking closely at description and how suspense and excitement is created. Children will plan and write their own adventure stories including the role of a robot. The children will then begin thinking about the author and writing biographies about Ted Hughes.
This term in Numeracy we will be looking at fractions, decimals and measures. We will also continue to develop knowledge of addition and subtraction along with multiplication and division. Children will have homework, which will consolidate the work they have covered in school; this will be handed out on Thursday. I would encourage them to practise their times tables regularly.
In science we will be investigating sound and electricity which will link into our DT work, making ear muffs and building circuits.
We will be doing P.E twice every week this term so the children need to have a P.E kit in school at all times. The children will be able to bring their kit back at half term for it to be washed. This term, PE on a Tuesday afternoon will be dance and on a Friday morning we have gymnastics.
Homework Spelling homework will be given out on a Monday. This may sometimes be related to the spelling rule we are looking at in class. On Tuesday, children will have a piece of research homework. In addition to this, the children will be issued with some mathematics homework on a Thursday. All homework is to be returned on the following Monday morning. Children are also encouraged to read out loud at home as well as to themselves. This will build on fluency and confidence.
Autumn term in Class 3
This term in Class 3 we are looking at Europe. We are focussing on France, Germany and Spain.
In Geography we are looking at the coast lines, the rivers and the mountains which are in these countries and comparing them to those in Great Britain.
In history we are looking at modern Britain with a focus on the impact of the World Wars on the countries in Europe. We will be going to John Lennon airport in Liverpool and having a visit from a pilot to consolidate our learning about how people move around Europe. We will be looking at the cultures and customs of these European countries and the things that make them unique.
Art this term is based on the work of the Impressionist paintings with particular reference to Monet and his ‘River Collection’. The emphasis will be upon painting primarily in acrylics, but also in water colours. After half term Art and DT will combine by looking at bridges and working in 3D with clay.
In the first half term Science is based around ‘Changing States’ – liquids, solids and gases. After half term the focus moves to ‘Forces’.
In Music we are looking at the work of Jean Michal Jarre and percussion work based on the emotions. We will be creating our own compositions based on the work that we have listened to and the emotions we are basing our work on.
The texts that we will be studying in Literacy are ‘The Red Balloon’ and Rose Blanche’ in the first half term and classic tales from Europe in the second half term.
Visit to school by a Pilot
In September Class 3 had a visit from a pilot. Mr Fonseca came into class to talk to the children about what a pilot does, and who else works on an aeroplane. He explained his role as First Officer and showed the children a website that tracked all the planes that are in the airspace around the British airports.
Our topic this term is about Europe, so, we particularly looked at those planes that were flying to Europe and which airports they landed in. During the time that he was talking, we chose a plane and tracked its progress through the sky. Mr Fonseca came in his uniform and explained about the different stripes on his lapel. We then watched a video that his Captain had produced using a Go-pro and speeding it up. It tracked the journey and followed it until the plane landed. The children enjoyed trying to spot the landing strip.
Class 3 asked some very interesting questions based on the information they had been given and produced a good recount of the visit.
Class 3’s visit to John Lennon Airport in Liverpool
Class 3 had a fantastic school trip to John Lennon airport in Liverpool at the end of September. We were booked on to an organised tour of the airport and an information session. This was delivered by four men, who were part of the Friends of Liverpool Airport.
We began the day with a talk and PowerPoint about the history of the airport and a discussion and question time about how the airport operated and who worked there. We had a visit from one of the plain clothes policemen, who explained his role within the airport.
After a break we split into four groups and, using an information pack, were taken on a tour of the airport with our guides. The children were able to go into all areas of the airport that are air side, including security. As we stopped at the various key points of the airport we were given a talk about what was happening and why. Different staff members explained their roles and showed us how the equipment such as the security x-ray worked.
At the end of the tour we returned to the Cavern lounge for lunch, before walking to the Cargo Warehouse. Here all larger packages are stored and checked by customs before being distributed. This is a restricted area and the adults had to show their passports as we were going air side.
The visit ended by the custom officer weighing the whole class on one of the large package scales. It was a very exciting trip, which produced some excellent diary accounts.
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