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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Summer 2, Week 5
As we get near to the end of term it gets even busier and a lot of preparation for our play, sport's day, leaver's service etc. is happening! We started the week on a high with our bee enterprise event and after costs were taken out we made £190 for the charity of our choice (we will choose this week together). Jenny came to visit us from Safe Supplies and gave us a great workshop on the different types of hive, the roles within a hive and how honey is made.
We also had a fantastic transition morning on Tuesday and hopefully had a great time in their class for September!
Summer 2, Week 3
This week, we have had a great time getting ready for our bee showcase on Tuesday, creating things to sell, finishing off our bee leaflets as well as learning how to tell the time. We have just about understood past the hour to the exact minute as well as digital (not quite 24 hour) and next week we will try again with to the hour - the hardest concept I ever have to teach so do please have a go over the weekend if you have time! We had a fantastic time showing you our charleston at the jubilee celebration on Wednesday and we hope you enjoyed it! The highlight of the week was definitely our trip to Chatsworth! We loved going into the kitchen garden to spot the different types of bumblebee and then going in the maze!
Summer 2, Week 2
We have had a lovely, sunny week full of fun and giggles (hopefully)! We have finished our tests this week and I'm really proud of them for doing so well. They can be quite tricky but they focussed and worked really hard. We have looked at weighing and estimating as well as recapping rounding, grid multiplication, column addition, fractions of amounts and measurement. In English, we have started creating information leaflets about bees ready for our project. In Art, we are competing in Norman's Art Competition with a theme of "The Queen's Jubilee" and creating A5 2D pictures. In PE, we are focussing on tennis and loving (and hating) my racquet challenge. In History, we learnt about Roman Gods and Goddesses and created top trumps for them.
Summer 2, Week 1
This week, we had a fantastic maths day on Monday. I really enjoyed seeing all the fantastic costumes and organising some fun activities as well as the workshop by the happy puzzle company. We have been recapping a lot of grammar skills and they are doing so well! In maths, we have been focussing on multiplying by 10 and 100 (and slowly bringing in decimals for the year 4s!). On Wednesday, we had another workshop with the British Museum finding out about Roman artefacts and treasures in the museum. On Friday, we made bar charts and pictograms about biscuits on a plate and answered questions.
Whitehall Year 3 and 4
Both year 3 and year 4 had a wonderful time at Whitehall! Year 3's day trip was filled with fun, sun and lots of activities from orienteering, bouldering to caving and ropes courses.
Year 4 had a fantastic time on their first 2 night residential with Miss Grant, Mrs Payne and Mrs Clark. They did a variety of activities including canoeing, rock scrambling, ropes courses and zip wires. We experienced making our own beds, tuck shop and eating in a family dining style.
Summer 1, Week 1
In the Lions this week, we have had a range of activities and lots of fun as always! We started the week with a Roman Memorable Moment day making laurel wreath headbands, learning Latin, orienteering and designing shields. We also had a great time recapping 2D shapes and finding out about their features as well as practising how to edit a piece of writing before finally looking at our new book for our topic - Escape from Pompeii (however, I am mean and we haven't even opened it yet, just teased with the blurb and front cover). On Friday afternoon, we learnt about light, how it travels, how we can see and started to look at shadows which we will continue next week!
Spring 2, Week 5
Week 5 has been a great - we've had many seasons outside, made a fantastic start to our newspapers and practised teddy bear rolling in gymnastics!
In English, we have been recapping how to punctuate speech to prepare for our newspaper reports on Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. In maths, we have been continuing to practise using fractions and starting to find fractions of amounts. I really enjoyed seeing them explore some different pieces of art about the Easter Story and become detectives to find which part of the story the image is presenting. In music, we have been working on notation and we were matching up the rhythms to the songs we have learnt. This week in art, we have been learning about Alberto Giacometti's sculptures and creating our own stick figures with matchsticks and thinking about sculptures to create next week.
Spring 2, Week 4
We have finished our double page spreads and I am in the process of photographing and putting these up on the website. In English we have been focussing on some grammar practise (they have done fantastically!) recapping subordinate clauses and the present perfect tense... I know - pretty tricky for year 3 and 4!! However, if you ask them to tell you this sentence in present perfect tense "I played in the playground" and identify the subordinate conjunction in this sentence "Poppy and Hattie went to the park after having an ice cream." and change so the subordinate conjunction is at the front - you will hopefully be very impressed!
In maths, we have been focussing on fractions ALOT! We have been learning about tenths and turning this into decimals as well as Y4s focussing on hundredths and fractions greater than 1. In topic, we found out about physical and human geographical features and looked at some pictures of modern day Egypt.
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!
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…)
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!