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Class 3 - Lions

Welcome to Class 3 - Lions!


The Lions are a split class of Year 3 and Year 4 children. Our class teacher is Miss Grant and our Teaching and Learning Assistant is Mrs Payne. 
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Oreo and Friends

We had a very exciting visit from Oreo and Friends and got to meet some of the wonderful animals including a fennec fox (a Class 3 favourite), a skink called Bertie, a tarantula, Milly the millipede and a very big snake! it was a great way to start off our science week!

Spring 2, Week 2


We have had a busy week in the Lions, completing tests, creating a double page information spread about life in Ancient Egypt and practising solving word problems in maths. In music, we started looking at rhythm and notation and created our own as well as playing the amazing "don't clap this one back game" (ta ta tete ta) and in art we created origami doves to celebrate peace for Derby Cathedral's project. We also finished our stamp designs which will be going on the display in the hall and had a fantastic time creating them on paint on the computer!

Spring 2, Week 1


I hope you've all had a lovely first week back at school! It's been a bit of a hectic one already with World Book Day and a non-uniform day. We have continued our Ancient Egyptian topic and we are currently finding out about daily life in Egypt including all the pets they had, food they ate and what their homes were like. We will be creating a 2 page information spread about this which I'm excited to get started. In maths, we have been recapping grid multiplication, dividing and column strategies for adding and subtracting. On Friday, we created our own tally charts about our favourite books or words found on a page. We had a very fun (busy) afternoon on Friday painting our rocks with a book theme (hence why the homework came on a sheet rather than stuck in - I'm very sorry!) - hopefully all their non-uniform came back acrylic paint free! In RE, we started to look at the Easter story and we drew symbols of Easter on a blank cross. On Thursday, I challenged them to look at some wordless picture books and predict/wonder/question what was happening by just looking at one page.

Y3 Cluster Dance Festival


Y3 had the fantastic opportunity to join other schools in the cluster to perform at the dance festival in Bakewell. We learnt a Charleston dance and also learnt how to jive whilst at the event. We had a fantastic time and it was made even better by winning the "Passion" trophy!

Charleston Performance 1

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Charleston Performance 2

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Judges comments 1.MOV

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Judges comments 2.MOV

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Born to hand jive.MOV

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Spring 1, Week 6


Wow! What a great couple of weeks we have had! The final week was another highlight with the Year 4s having a little treat down at the park, Year 3's final forest school and finishing with the Year 3 dance festival in Bakewell where we won!

This week, we have touched on money and dividing (two big maths topics that they are starting to understand). We have also written fantastic mummification instructions using prepositions, time adverbials and adverbs. On Friday, we learnt about the Queen's jubilee and started to design stamps to go on our display in the hall. In science, we have been looking at magnets and experimented the strength of the school magnets by estimating and recording how many paperclips the magnet could pick up.

Spring 1, Week 5 


In Class 3, we have been learning lots of new things including how to write instructions, all about mummification and grid multiplication. We are also perfecting our Charleston ready for our Dance Festival. On Friday, we looked at British coins and notes and made amounts using different variations of coins. This is quite a tricky topic for us as we don’t use coins as regularly so if you have the time please do support them with this.

Spring 1, Week 4


We have had a fun week (as always I hope!) learning about prepositions using an emoji version of Miss Grant, recapping our times tables and mental maths knowledge and finishing off our Egyptian Cinderella descriptions.
On Wednesday, Mrs Payne helped them start their Blue Peter Purple badge form as well as creating magnetic games. The Blue Peter badge form is optional but a few of them have mentioned that they would like to get it. So sorry that it's so long!
We started designing a sarcophagus using hieroglyphics and a net as well as talking about the things we are grateful for and drawing/writing about these in their journals.
Year 3s have been learning the Charleston again this week.

Spring 1, Week 3


What a week! We have had an excellent week with lots of learning and fun (of course!). We are currently focusing on our times tables and I feel like we are smashing them! 9 times table can now be practised on our fingers and we have got the 3s (for the time being). We have been writing character descriptions of Rhodopis from the Egyptian Cinderella and they've all put a lot of effort and thought into them. Year 3 have started learning their Charleston dance for the dance festival and I hope they are practising at home and I have heard AMAZING things about the Year 4 swimmers!

Year 3 go to Blue Peter!


Year 3 had the most incredible opportunity to go to Blue Peter and sit in the audience and be ON TV!!!


We travelled by coach all the way to Salford on Friday afternoon taking our wonderful smiling (and nervous) faces and a packed tea ready for our shining moment!

The episode was amazing - Lunar New Year and we saw traditional Lion dancing (perfect for the Lion class!) and saw Ching He Huang make some veggie dumplings. 


We had an absolutely amazing time seeing the set, meeting the presenters and most importantly Henry the dog!


If you want to watch the episode you can find it here.

Spring 1, Week 2


In Class 3 this week, we've practised our times tables ALOT - outside, carousel activities, chanting, singing and dancing! We started coding on the laptops using hour of code which was great (but a little bit mad for only 1 pair of hands!) and Y3s started learning how to dance the Charleston ready for a dance festival in February. Our goal of the week was to be kind to each other which we have done so beautifully - taking turns, writing postcards to each other and complimenting. We finished the week by discussing emotions and how we can feel more than one emotion at a time.

Spring 1, Week 1


This week has been lovely having everyone back in the classroom. The week started with an Egyptian Memorable Moment Day where we made pyramids, learnt about hieroglyphics, found facts around the playground AND mummified tomatoes! Throughout the week, we've recapped column addition/subtraction, times tables and place value. We have also started our new book The Egyptian Cinderella. We ended the week reading about the Greek Gods and creating a watercolour background for our pyramid silhouettes.

Autumn 2, Week 5


I hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far, we have had a great week in the Lions (even with some tests thrown in there). We learnt all about the UK and Great Britain and which countries are included in both as well as looking at some of the cities and finding them on a map. We have been writing an incredible story based on our book The Last Garden which we have turned into our own version about the Pandemic - their vocabulary has been incredible and their ideas always amaze me! In maths on Friday, we looked at arrays which help our times tables and had a go at making some human arrays! As Christmas has arrived in Class 3, I challenged them to create the longest paper chain using only 2 pieces of paper (which also helped create more decorations for the classroom) and we ended the week by creating our own string printing pieces to use next week and create a repetitive pattern.

Autumn 2, Week 4


We have had an action packed week full of learning - in English in particular! We have learnt all about speech and how to punctuate, the present perfect tense (they HAVE the PERFECT teacher - just as a little hint to remember!!), imperative (bossy) verbs and finally conjunctions! Wow! I must admit all of these are really hard part of the Year3/4 curriculum and we will keep going over them to make it stick.
We have continued our learning about WW1, understanding how it's different from now and also learnt how to sort out any arguments using drama and talking to help us. As always, I have been really impressed with their understanding and enthusiasm!
In maths, we have continued perfecting our column addition and next week we will be beginning subtracting. We will obviously come back to column addition regularly however if you can also do this occasionally at home it will really help too!

Autumn 2, Week 3


What a fantastic week we have had... one of my favourite moments of the week was the debate over which came first when ordering key historical events - the dinosaurs or Neil Armstrong landing on the moon - hoping that they have understood now! As you have heard, we had an excellent time learning how to fox trot to Beyond the Sea as well as an excellent session learning some Judo moves!! On Friday, we finished the week with an excellent Children in Need and doing some lovely sketchbook work exploring colour.

Autumn 2, Week 2


We have been looking at a brand new book called The Last Garden (however Miss Grant is super mean and only reading a section at a time!) about a war-torn city with a beautiful garden hidden in the centre. We have started by describing the garden and city using abstract nouns and now writing an advertisement for people to visit the garden.
In maths, Y3 have been perfecting their adding especially mental maths/using fingers to count on whilst the year 4s have been learning how to round to the nearest 10 and 100 and recapping negative numbers.

We had some great fun listening to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (canons included), using macaroni as apostrophes for contractions (don't, haven't etc.) and creating a dance to tell the story of Diwali!

A special delivery also arrived with brand new books for our class library (I'm not sure who is more excited… definitely me…)

Remembrance Day 


As our topic is WW1, this year, we walked down to the churchyard and held a memorial service with all of KS2. We talked about the importance of this date and why we do it as well as listening to the last post, hearing a story called 'Where the Poppies Now Grow' and singing the song We Will Remember. 


It was a great opportunity to show respect and learn about the reason why we do this every year. 

Autumn 2, Week 1


We started the week by focusing on some vocabulary that we may hear when learning about WW1 which we then made into our own glossary. In the afternoon, we created lanterns with the story of Rama and Sita on to celebrate Diwali. On Tuesday, we had an incredible memorable moment day creating collages of trench life, pretending to be soldiers and a carousel of activities including flag matching, role play and code breaking. Throughout the week, we have been writing a descriptive sensory piece of writing using our experiences of being in a "trench" as well as the information we found out from our research. On Wednesday, we had a paper aeroplane challenge, weighing down the paper plane with coins to see if it could accurately touch the line in the hall. On Thursday, we had an excellent (but cold) session with Rugger Eds playing some tag rugby games. In maths, we are continuing to look at addition and subtraction however on Friday we looked at telling the time to 5 minutes - we have nearly got it!!! Woohoo! (please do keep asking your child what time it is using an analogue clock to continue developing this skill!) We finished the week by looking at the remembrance poppies and creating our own wreath. What a busy week!!

Autumn 1, Week 1


This week has been absolutely fabulous! We have had so much fun getting to know each other, discovering our joint love of French and music and creating some super memories.
On Monday, we created a time capsule to open at the end of the year to see how much we have grown and how we have changed! On Tuesday, we had great fun with Raven exploring the school garden and playing some forest school games. In maths, we made numbers using the equipment as well as seeing how much our initials added up to! On Wednesday and Thursday, we read The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field and started writing some character descriptions. On Friday, we ended the week with the question "What is art?" and running very fast around the field!



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