This is the new home learning overview for the next few weeks. We have chosen the suggested activities for each day and placed them on the timetable for you. This ensures that the learning is completed in the correct order. More details and links are on the timetable each week and the resources are below it. Maths, reading and English tasks are also specified on the timetable.
NE40 Battle of the Scarecrows!
We thought this might be something fun for you and your family to take part in.
If you’re interested in a local competition, you could design and make your own Scarecrow for the ‘Battle of the Scarecrows’. Please see poster below for more information.
Remember to send your pictures into Seesaw too! Let's fill our villages with scarecrows and smiles!
Please find following this week’s timetable. There are a few exciting additional activities this week including Bike Week, World Oceans Day and The Blaydon Races!
We also think it would be nice for you to write a letter to your classmates as you haven’t seen them for quite some time. We’ve given you some ideas in Wednesday’s PSHE lesson. Please post your letter on Seesaw and we will share one letter with the rest of the class each day.
We hope you enjoy your week.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
With best wishes,
The Year 3 Team
Subject Overview: This is the new home learning overview for the next few weeks. As a change from the previous overview, we have already chosen the suggested activities for each day and placed them on the timetable for you. This ensures that the learning is completed in the correct order. More details and links are on the timetable and the resources are below it. Maths, reading and English tasks are also specified on the timetable. Please see below the overview.
Hello to my lovely Northern Europe class!
I hope you all have had a lovely weekend? Thank you for all your wonderful Seesaw posts you have sent me over the last week; they really do brighten up my day! It’s so nice to see all the different activities you have been doing. We are going to have some fantastic bakers when this is all over… I can’t wait to sample all your yummy treats! I have been so impressed with how fantastic you have all been working at home. It makes me very proud to see you embracing your home learning activities and working hard for your parents. Keep it up!
Below is a suggested timetable for this week, remember this is just a guide, please do what is best for you.
Keep smiling Year 3, I miss you all so much!
VE Day Competition
After a very tricky weekend judging all your wonderful VE Day competition entries, we have decided that the winner is... drum roll please... Libby S, for her amazingly creative hat! A huge well done Libby!
Well done to everyone who participated and thank you so much for sending in your pictures. I hope everyone had fun making and baking and it was lovely to see so many of you displaying your bunting in celebration of the 75th Anniversary. I hope you all enjoyed your day!
Take a look at all our amazing entries below!
Home Learning WC: Monday 11th May
We hope you’ve all had a good weekend. We were very impressed with all the wonderful entries for the VE Day competition. There were decorative hats and delicious looking cakes! Lots of you had also put up lovely VE day bunting to celebrate the 75th Anniversary.
This week we have 2 exciting things going on:
The first is #DANCEUNITE. Unfortunately, the Dance Festival had to be cancelled this year. However, Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership have set up a virtual dance event for all the schools in Gateshead to take part in. There are rehearsals all week and then on Friday you can join the whole of Gateshead for a dress rehearsal and final performance. You might even spot a few teachers getting involved too!
The second is that it is International Nurses Day on Tuesday. Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago on 12th May. We have given you some activities linked to Florence Nightingale and ask that you put a light (or a picture of a light) in your window at 8.30pm on Tuesday evening to say thank you to all the nurses who are working so hard.
We have given you all the details of suggested activities and links on the timetable itself and any resources are attached below it. As usual, please choose activities from the timetable that suit you and your child. Most importantly, stay safe and well. We hope you all have a good week.
With best wishes,
The Year 3 Team
Hello everyone, we hope you are all safe and well and staying active and happy.
Please find following the new timetable for week commencing 4th May. You will notice that we have put suggested activities for each afternoon and details, links and resources on the timetable itself. We have also attached a new overview for the next few weeks. As usual, these are only suggestions as we appreciate that home schooling is not all that parents have to do! Please do what suits you and your child.
With best wishes,
The Year 3 Team
We hope you are all safe and well. Please find attached a suggested timetable and resources for week commencing 27th April. These are ideas to keep the children busy, active and in some sort of routine. Feel free to pick and choose what suits you and your child. We know lots of you are trying to work from home alongside home schooling, so please don’t stress over it, just do what you can.
You may have noticed that we included a Relax Kids Calm Pack in the resources last week and this week we have added a Rainbow Pack. Feel free to use these as your PSHE. They have lovely exercises and activities to help your children feel more relaxed and calm during this unsettling time.
It’s been lovely to see what you’ve been doing on Seesaw – many of you have been learning to cook and doing gardening and learning some fantastic new skills in the process. Keep the posts coming!
Take care and stay safe,
The Year 3 Team
Monday 20th April
Dear parents and carers,
First of all, a huge thank you from the Year 3 Team! We have been so impressed with all the wonderful things your children have been doing and know that this is thanks to your support and encouragement.
We are aware that many of you are working from home alongside trying to help your children learn and appreciate that this is not easy during what is already a challenging time. We are suggesting daily activities on the timetable and will also give you details of other websites that might be useful. However, we would like to stress that these are only suggestions and know that some activities require more adult support than others, so please choose what suits you and your child best.
Further to the timetable that we added to the website on Friday for this week’s learning, we also wanted to share with you two new learning resources that have become available as of this morning (we have also sent you these via Marvellous Me).
BBC Bitesize have introduced daily home learning lessons. There are 3 lessons per day: maths, English and one other area of the curriculum. These look quite fun and include a variety of activities.
Oak National Academy has also released daily home learning lessons, which for today is a maths lesson, reading comprehension and a history lesson. These include an online quiz and online teaching.
Wishing you all a good week and looking forward to seeing what the children have been up to on Seesaw.
Take care and stay safe,
Emily Rochester & Debbie Hamilton
Now that our Easter holidays are over, here is a timetable of activities for your home learning for next week. Remember to choose an activity for the afternoon from the overview. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have done. If you have any questions please get in contact with me via the Seesaw App. Keep being superstars for your grown-ups, I am so proud of you all.
I hope you have all made the most of the sunshine this week and enjoyed your first week learning from home. Thank you to those children (and parents) who have uploaded pictures, videos and comments to Seesaw. It's been wonderful to see what so many of you have been up to. You've really made me smile! If you haven't had a look at Seesaw yet, it's really easy to use and I'd love to see what you have been doing (check Marvellous Me for your log ins).
Over the weekend, I would like you to do lots of things that you enjoy e.g. relax, play games, read a book, watch a movie, play with your toys. But most importantly, enjoy spending quality time with your family.
Please find below this week’s suggested timetable and resources.
Miss you all. Stay happy, healthy and safe.
Friday 13th March
Every Friday we take part in Pedestrian Training. Last week we learnt the Green Cross Code- stop, look, listen, think! Today, we went out on our local roads to practice this code. We learnt that you have to stop before the curb, so your feet aren’t near the edge. You have to look right, left, right and look for your closest danger, taking a step back if there is a car, taking as many steps back as possible if there is an emergency vehicle. Then when it is safe to cross, walk across the road in a straight line, making sure we don’t have our hands in our pockets or run. We can’t wait to learn more over the next three weeks!
On Wednesday, we went on a local history tour around Ryton Village with two history teachers from Thorp Academy. We learnt that some of the houses there were built in 1840, as this date was engraved on the side. As we walked further into the village, we discovered a pinfold which was used in the 12th Century to hold stray animals. The owners of the animals had to pay a fine to the church to get their animals back. By the village green, we found out that every May Bank Holiday a special maypole event was held, where lots of people gathered to celebrate. Also, there was an important event held in November, which was called the Hirings. Unemployed people came to this event to get a job. Across the road from the green, is a big white house, this was the first ever bank in England (what an amazing fact to learn). Finally, we walked to the Holy Cross Church where we discovered that in 1297 the people of Ryton stood and shouted at a group of Scottish soldiers, who were on the other side of the river. In anger, William Wallace returned to Ryton village with his army of soldiers and burnt down the church and surrounding houses. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and learning about the history of our local village.
I was so impressed with the children’s behavior and enthusiasm throughout the tour, they were a credit to the school. Both the history teachers were so impressed with the questions they asked and the vocabulary they used, they could not believe they were only in Year 3! Well done guys!
Friday 6th March
We have been very busy in Year 3 this week! On Wednesday, we took part in a music workshop where we sang songs from different countries and learnt about the instruments they play. We learnt songs from Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, Mexico and Ireland. We learnt that when we play music, it is in a scale which contains 8 notes. This is called an octave. However, in Chinese music they use a special scale which contains 5 notes, this is called a pentatonic scale.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day and we came to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We LOVE reading in Northern Europe and we brought in our favourite books and shared them with our friends. Matthew’s favourite book was Gansta Granny by David Walliams and Evie’s favourite book was her Atlas which shows where animals are found from around the world. In today’s assembly we shared a poem about reading, written by Julia Donaldson.
I Opened a Book
I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me. I’ve left my chair, my house, my road, My town and my world behind me. I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring, I’ve swallowed the magic potion. I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king And dived in a bottomless ocean. I opened a book and made some friends. I shared their tears and laughter And followed their road with its bumps and bends To the happily ever after. I finished my book and out I came. The cloak can no longer hide me. My chair and my house are just the same, But I have a book inside me.
During World Book Day, we also took a trip to Hogwarts where we took part in a Harry Potter workshop. There was a sorting hat which picked the house team we would be placed in: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. We practiced our spells including hexes, jinxs, teleportation and curses and we made our own potions using prune juice, hairy fungus and leeches! We had lots of fun being wizards and witches for the day!
We also took part in a Judo session today, where we learnt two ‘pins’. During these pining techniques we had to keep our opponents down for 10 seconds without them releasing the hold. As you can see from the pictures we had lots of fun!
Friday 28th February
One week on and the mysteries dragon saga continues. However, this time two ‘fragile’ parcels were delivered to school from the European Dragon Museum in Germany! They had sent two of their most precious exhibits- Tyne Mud Dragon eggs! They are the only Tyne Mud Dragon eggs ever to have been found and have been in the museum for nearly 30 years, but still have not hatched... In English, we have been investigating these eggs and discussing information in regards to this particular species of dragon.
Today, was our first session in Pedestrian Training where we learnt the Green Cross Code- ‘stop, look, listen, check!’
This half term our topic in PSHE is ‘Healthy Me’, during these lessons we will be discussing how vital exercise is to our body and mind, and how important it is to keep our bodies healthy. We will be setting fitness challenges and developing an understanding of how complex our bodies are and how important it is to take care of it.
Below is a video of us singing the ‘Keep Fit, Keep Healthy’ jigsaw song.
Friday 14th February
Over this last half term, we have been exploring the use of PowerPoint and as part of our Computing lessons, we have designed an internet safety PowerPoint presentation (which some of us showcased in last week’s celebrations assembly). The PowerPoint discusses the 5 ‘SMART rules’ to being safe online. Whilst content is important, it was our ICT skills that we were developing. We learnt how to create and save a PowerPoint, insert title and content slides, choose a background, modify text font, size and colour, search and insert appropriate photos as well as adding transitions and animations. We are really looking forward to going home and making our own PowerPoint presentations using these skills.
As part of our history lesson this week, we explored some Ancient Greek artefacts. Firstly, we looked at five different artefacts. We brainstormed our ideas, asking questions and suggesting what these items may have been. We explored five different categories in connection with the Ancient Greeks: Olympics, gods, childhood, home life and warfare. We then categorised the artefacts we had studied, finding out their true purpose. We then continued this exploration with many other unusual artefacts.
Following on from this, we then took part in an ‘Each One – Teach One’ lesson, where we shared some interesting Ancient Greek facts in connection to the artefacts. Our brains are now bursting with these facts... See how many we can tell you!
In Design and Technology, we have finished our paper labyrinths and have evaluated the designing and making processes. We really enjoyed the challenge of making these labyrinths and feel very proud of our final designs.
Friday 7th February
On Tuesday afternoon, something very unusual happened. After lunch, we came into our classroom to find that an unexpected visitor had been and, in the meantime, had left some very unusual-looking footprints. We had no idea who or what could have left our classroom in such a mess. After analysing the clues and lots of discussion, we came to the agreement that it was a possible dragon who had entered our classroom. So, late that night Miss Rochester did some detective work and found out that there had been a recent spotting in Newcastle and London of a dragon named ‘The Kingston Frost Dragon’. All the information in this text added up to our clues and we knew that this was the dragon who had left its prints!
We soon realised that, in fact, this dragon was misunderstood. Most people believe that it only eats Princesses – but it’s all lies! In fact, they love plants, roots and leaves. So in our English lessons, we are learning all the information about The Kingston Frost Dragon and creating our own text maps, to tell the real facts about this very unique dragon.
In RE, we have been learning about Christianity and the concept of ‘miracles’. Christians believe that Jesus was the reincarnation of God himself and could perform miracles and heal people. We have read the stories the Blind Man (John 9: 1-12) and the Paralysed Man (Mark 2: 1-12) from the Bible and discussed our thoughts and feelings on these stories. We then explored stories from the past where other people have performed amazing things, and whether we believed they were miracles too.
In English, we have finished our defeating a monster tale. We have loved learning and innovating the Perseus and Medusa story. We have learnt new vocabulary and developed our sentence structure. We had a wonderful time this morning reading out loud our independent stories to the other year 3 class. It was lovely to hear each other’s stories and tell our friends what we liked about their stories.
I am so impressed with the standard of the children's work this week, they are working so hard and have produced fantastic stories. Well done!
Friday 24th January
We love our penny whistle lessons with Miss Brewster! Over the last few lessons, we have been learning to play ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. This composition has B, A and G notes in it. We have learnt that it contains one beat notes called ‘crochets’, two beat notes called ‘minims’ and four beat notes called ‘semibreves’. We have to count the beats carefully and listen to one another when we play together, so we sound like we are in band! Take a look at the video below of us practicing in class.
Friday 17th January
In History this week, we have been learning about The Stone Age. The Stone Age lasted a very, very long time! It was split into three periods: The Paeleolithic period (which is the oldest), which was approximately 2.5 million years ago! The Mesolithic period. Then finally the Neolithic period which is seen as the ‘New Stone Age’, which was approximately 8 - 10,000 years ago. The Stone Age ended when humans began to use metal to make tools and weapons. In early Stone Age times, humans lived in small groups, using stone tools as they hunted for large mammals and gathered plants, fruits and berries. Skara Brae is a well preserved Stone Age village in the Orkney Islands in Scotland which you can still visit now. It is made up of several one-room dwellings with a communal room for cooking and working. These small houses were notable for their stone furniture, drainage system and even indoor toilets! As part of our history lesson, we drew a Stone Age dwelling just like the ones at Skara Brae and labelled the main features.
Our football sessions with Mr Elliott have sadly come to an end. We have thoroughly enjoyed these lessons and have loved learning more about the sport. Thank you Mr Elliott!
What is more, our rugby sessions have finished and we would like to thank our All Stars Rugby trainer Joe for coming and teaching us the rules and play of rugby. We have loved our afternoon sessions with you, being outdoors and playing on our school field- no matter what the weather!
Friday 10th January
It’s been so lovely having everyone back together this week, hearing all about each other’s Christmas celebrations and what special gifts Santa brought us. It was great to hear from George.Ju that some of Santa’s favourite stories were some from our 50 book challenge!
We’ve had a brilliant start to 2020 this week. We are immersed in our new story in English - Perseus and Medusa - and we are really looking forward to innovating this story and creating our own defeating a monster tale.
In Geography, we have been learning about international trade. We’ve found it very interesting researching where certain products are actually made and exported from.
One again, congratulations on winning the battle on TTRS. Both yourselves and Australasia worked extremely hard to stay at the top of the leader board – very good team work!
Friday 20th December
What a fantastic end to 2019. This week has been filled with Christmas crafts, cards and Christingle making. We also ended the term with a FULL button jar, so we celebrated our hard work by having a ‘cosy Christmas movie morning’.
I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all that you’ve done this year. Enjoy your well deserved rest and time with family.
Friday 13th December
As the countdown to Christmas gets closer, we’ve been enjoying all thing festive this week. On Wednesday, we kick started the festivities with our Christmas party! We wore our best party clothes and brought our dancing shoes. We had so much fun playing games, winning prizes, dancing with our friends and eating party food!
On Thursday, it was Christmas jumper day! Some of us in class actually said this was our favourite day of the year! But, not only did we get to wear our Christmas jumper, we also got to eat a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by Lisa and the cooks in the kitchen! Take a look at some of the photos of us during Christmas dinner below.
Friday 6th December
What a fun-filled week we have had in Northern Europe! To kick start our week, we had a Christmas themed ‘Prayer Space’ where we learnt about Christian traditions. We took part in a number of different activities which developed our knowledge around Christian beliefs. Take a look at some of the activities we did below.
On Tuesday, all of Key Stage 2 were very lucky to visit the Northern Stage theatre in Newcastle to watch a performance of The Snow Queen. We really enjoyed this!
On Thursday morning, we took part in a bauble making workshop. We thought this workshop was great fun and enjoyed designing our own unique bauble to take home. We showed fantastic concentration during this session and thought of some creative Christmas designs.
To end our week, we had a fantastic day at Woodhorn Museum. Local mining is a topic which we will be learning about in our upcoming history lessons and what better way to launch this topic than to visit a local colliery and experience it for ourselves, hearing the true stories and experiences of the pitmen. During our day we took part in three workshops. We explored the original colliery buildings and watched the machinery come alive to illustrate how the shaft was sunk, how the mine was ventilated and how the cage lowered men into the ground safely. We experienced an exhibition all about what it was like to work down the pit. During this exhibition we got dressed for dirty work down the coal mine and experienced the darkness as we crawled through the tunnels. We held tools that helped keep the miners safe underground and found out what it was like to bend your back digging for coal. Finally, we were inspired by the paintings of the Ashington Group, also known as the Pitmen Painters, and we had a go at recreating some of their best loved work in a workshop which introduced us to some of the techniques used to create the paintings. We thoroughly enjoyed this day and our brains are now bursting with facts and knowledge on mining.
Friday 29th November
Another week of working our socks off in Northern Europe! This week, we took part in a Voices of Africa workshop. During this workshop, we learnt about the djembe drum and how to play it. Some of us even had the chance to play this drum as part of the band! We learnt how to sing some songs in African (including head, shoulders, knees and toes) and performed these songs as a whole school, accompanied with some tricky dance moves! We loved this workshop so much that we extended this learning into our P.E lesson, where we learnt an African style dance.
In Science this week, we had great fun! Continuing with our learning on forces, we set up an experiment to measure pull force. We predicted what would happen and measured how long the elastic band had become each time. We recorded our findings on a chart. Then we discussed what we noticed using the vocabulary ‘pull’ and ‘force’.
Friday 22nd November
In Computing this week, we looked at how ‘blogging’ works and how to blog safely. We read a variety of blogs and after lots of discussion, we decided to become bloggers ourselves. We considered lots of interesting topics we could blog about. However, we came to a decision that we would like to blog about our love for reading, as it is something we are all passionate about. Here are two of our blogs:
Finn: “Hello it’s Finn again. Today I’m talking about reading because I love it. When I read it takes me to another dimension. It’s calming and feels safe. That’s my thoughts on reading, over and out!
P.S. I’m also reading this book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – this is a recommendation!”
Amelia: “Hey guys it’s Amelia here! Today I’m going to share how much I LOVE reading. I think books are worlds waiting to be opened. When you start a book you just can’t put it down. I think when you read it transports you to another dimension. Whenever you’re reading you’re learning new things. When I’m reading it allows me to go wild!
I want to recommend a book that is great and that I have recently been reading it is called Amelia Fang. This is all for now! Bye!”
This week was National Beep Beep week and during a PSHE lesson we discussed and identified the key points to keeping safe on the roads. Using all this information, we created road safety posters to share with our family and friends.
In History, we have been learning about the Stone Age. We discussed key events which occurred during this time and plotted these events on a timeline. At first, we found this task a bit of a challenge but using our growth mind-set we succeeded. We really enjoyed creating these timelines and think they look amazing. Take a look at some of them below.
Friday 15th November
Wow, what an exciting week in Northern Europe! On Monday, we received a special letter and parcel from Hogglestock, the head chef at Cair Paravel, Narnia. The letter told us how the White Witch was being cruel to the servants at the castle and they needed our help to play a trick on her – in the hope to get their own back! Of course we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be a bit naughty and think of a way we could get revenge. Hogglestock had asked that we write some instructions on how to make a sandwich to help the servants (in preparation for the White Witch’s royal ball). However, instead of thinking of tasty ingredients for our sandwiches we decided to write instructions on how to make the most disgusting sandwich in the world! Our ingredients for the sandwiches ranged from ‘a table spoon of baby sick’ to a ‘sprinkle of toenails’ – yuk! We look forward to sharing some of our gruesome instructions with you. On a tastier note, in our parcel was some rose flavoured Turkish delight which the servants had made at the castle and we all got to try a piece, for some of us it was our first time trying Turkish delight.
Congratulations for your victory in the Battle of the Bands on TimesTables Rock Stars. As a class, you were so enthusiastic throughout the tournament and all worked very hard to maintain the most points. A big well done!
Friday 8th November
This week in English, we have been learning about instructional writing. We have looked closely at different texts and when unpicking these texts we discovered a range of measurement vocabulary such as: slice, sprinkle, dollop and handful. We then created our own poems using this specific vocabulary. Our poems are all about what we think makes a ‘good working partner’, and what the perfect ingredients are. Below are two examples of our poems:
How to Make a Good Learning Partner
A dollop of kindness,
A tea spoon of friendship,
A drop of happiness,
A handful of cleverness,
A pour of patience,
A slice of courage,
And a dollop of fun.
How to Make a Good Learning Partner
A drop of kindness,
Two dollops of growth mindset,
A handful of courage,
Half a tea spoon of patience,
And three slices of happiness.
Friday 1st November
What a great first week back after half term! This week we have been working incredibly hard on improving our mental maths skills. We are showing amazing progress and love doing times tables! We are so enthusiastic about the Times Tables Rock Star tournament and with only twelve more days to go, it is safe to say that Northern Europe have set the bar high for Southern Europe.
The top five rockers are:
1. JOSH DALY – 15,526
2. ROBERT N' ROSES - 11,479
3. ROBIN SOTO - 8,127
4. THUNDER MABBITT- 7,054
5. EROL EGG - 5,629
We have really enjoyed taking part in the tournament and looking at all the other class’s scores each week.
Thank you and well done to all the children in Northern Europe for their fantastic efforts, one last push before the tournament ends! I have challenged the children to see if we can get our points into the six figures by the end of this week – can they do it?
Friday 18th October
What a brilliant end to our first half term in Year 3, another busy and fun-filled week. This week was an Enrichment Week based around the continents and we were able to explore our continent Europe, but more specifically, Northern Europe (our new class name). Throughout the week we looked into the countries which can be found in Northern Europe, their flags and capital cities. We created fact files on specific Northern European counties and discovered some interesting (and funny) facts. Some of our favourite facts were:
United Kingdom – The first postage stamp was created in United Kingdom.
Iceland- Iceland is home to around 200 volcanoes and more than 20 active volcanos.
Germany- There are over 1,000 kind of sausages in Germany.
Sweden- There are about 300,000 – 400,000 moose roaming freely in the woods.
Norway- The paper clip is a Norwegian invention.
We had a very exciting lesson when we tasted traditional food from the Northern European countries: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. Our favourite sample was the Belgium chocolate – yum!
As our week progressed, we were very lucky to have a visit from the author and storyteller Adam Bushnell. During his creative writing workshop, we learnt about the Vikings and how they originated from Northern Europe. We wrote our own Viking tales, telling a story from a many years ago.
Finally, we researched a very famous German artist, Paul Klee. We looked closely at his art and created our own versions taking inspiration from the shapes and colours used in his work 'Once Emerged from the Gray of Night'. After that, we used word art, to include the countries which are located in Northern Europe. Take a look at some of our art below…
We have thoroughly enjoyed this week and have gained lots of knowledge about Northern Europe.
On a personal note, I would just like to thank all of the boys and girls in Northern Europe for a FANTASTIC first half term, and making the start of my career in teaching so enjoyable. I hope you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break - you have all worked your socks off!
Friday 11th October
We love our time in class when we discuss what’s on our information station. Each week there is new information displayed. There is a quote of the week; our favourite quote from this half term is...
“If you see someone without a smile give them one of yours!”
There is a new genre of music each week, our favourite genre has been acapella. Acapella is music that uses no instruments besides vocal ones, just voices harmonising to create music.
There is a song of the week too, and our favourite song has been:
Marina Lambert – Bluebird
There are 5 words of the week, which helps us learn new vocabulary to use in our writing. Our top 5 favourite words are:
Each week we share the poem of the week. Our favourite poem from this half term is called ‘Gran Can You Rap?' By Jack Ousby. Check out our performance below.
Friday 4th October
Another week has flown by… and this week we have been learning all things rainforest! We are thoroughly enjoying our topic and learning lots along the way. Throughout the week we have learnt about the culture and traditions of three indigenous rainforest tribes: the Pygmy tribe, the Huli tribe and the Yanomami tribe. We explored the different layers of a rainforest (ask us and see how much we know) and what animals would live in each of the layers. We also looked at the work of a famous artist called Henri Rousseau, who took inspiration from rainforests and jungles. After researching Henri Rousseau, we then took to our own sketch books and got creative! We became botanical artists for the afternoon, using different media and closely observing a variety of leaves.
In English, we are completely immersed in our portal stories and we can’t wait to share some of our finished pieces with you next week! We have worked so hard and we are very proud of them. A fantastic week, well done!
Friday 27th September
Wow, what a week! In Northern Europe, we are engrossed in our topic this half term – rainforests. During an art lesson this week, we took inspiration from some exotic rainforest animals. We looked at images of toucans, parrots and red-eyed tree frogs. We all started with a black piece of card and drew the outline of our chosen animal. We then used chalk pastels to add in all the bright colours. Take a look at our fantastic art below.
During a computing lesson this week we discussed how we can keep safe when we are online by following the SMART rules. The SMART rules are:
We created posters to share with our friends and illustrate what we had learnt. (Posters to follow...)
As a class, we have also discussed the importance reading can have on our learning, and the enjoyment you can get from it, and as our class quote says, ‘books are just worlds waiting to be opened’. This year we are challenging ourselves to read as many books as we can from our 50 book challenge. The chosen books are quality texts that vary in difficulty, some of the books can be read independently and others may need to be read together. Once we have read a book we will be asked to share our thoughts and review whether we enjoyed it (or not) and why. We are very excited and enthusiastic about this challenge and we are looking forward to seeing what we achieve!
We then used photo editing software to add a black and white ‘mono’ effect to our fixed mindset photos and enhanced the colour on our growth mindset photos.
Friday 6th September
… and so our journey begins. Hello and welcome to our class blog. Here you can see what we’ve been doing in class and hear about our week.
We are so excited for our year ahead together and celebrating the achievements we all make along the way.
To start our year we created a class charter, we’ve made a promise to each other to follow it. Here it is…