In English this month we have continued studying the Twits by Roald Dahl. The students have been introduced to speech, and have delighted in using their newly acquired skills to transcribe the many wild and wonderful things that Mr and Mrs Twit might have said. The students have also demonstrated the extent of their vocabulary through the use of noun phrases, and have particularly impressed with their creativity and imagination.
In maths this month we have partaking in the Barvember challenge. Barvember is an entire month of celebrating math, through visual tasks and mental challenges. Our students were particularly tested by an activity that required them to map out, and build a 3-D model of a cube. They persevered however, and demonstrated brilliant resilience.
During R.E this half term, we have studied the Hindu faith. We familiarized ourselves with the various Hindu deities and even experienced some features of a Puja ritual. Finally, the students learned all about the Hindu festival of light - Diwali. In science, the children have been learning all about forces, magnets and the human body. The students experimented with different magnetic fields and their respective strength, and they collated their research and represented their findings through the use of a bar chart. The children thoroughly enjoyed labeling a human skeleton and beginning to understand how muscles move.
In English this cycle we studied the Twits, by Roald Dahl. A delightfully strange and funny tale of two people, who love nothing more than tricking, pranking and laughing at each other. Reveling in the other's misfortune! The students thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Mr. and Mrs. Twit, by writing their own gruesome and grizzly recipes. The children concocted all manner of repulsive recipes, and inscribed their own set of instructions for inflicting maximum misery on an unwitting victim!
Our students got to grips with the power of air pressure in DT this half-term. The children first worked with different devices, tasked with discovering their different sources of power. After completing some important field research, they were then challenged with a design brief. Students were to design a prototype of, and then build a pneumatic lifting device. The students worked creatively and with diligence to meet the request, and produced some fully functional air powered machinery.
In math we have been working on addition and subtraction. In recent weeks we have focused more specifically on the column methods for adding and subtracting larger numbers. Children have reinforced their understanding of number bonds to ten. They have also worked on counting both forwards and backwards, across hundreds. If you would like to practice number bonds to ten and counting across hundreds with your child I am sure they would be thrilled to show you just how much they have learned!
To finish, I would like to add that the children have blown me and Miss Fox away with their determination, dedication and progress!
Just a reminder that we will be holding parents evening meetings on the following dates.
* Tuesday 7th November (8am - 8.30am and 3.30pm - 4.40pm)
* Wednesday 8th November (8am - 8.30am and 3.30pm - 4.40pm)
* Thursday 9th November (8am - 8.30am and 3.30pm - 5pm)
Please call the school office on 01388 762 400 to book a slot.
We look forward to updating you all on your child's development!
Playground Partners have begun their role during playtimes, ensuring that their peers are happy and safe on the yard or field; helping them to find a friend or just offer a listening ear!
In English we have began our first three week cycle of learning all about our new story; Polonius the Pit Pony. The children were intrigued to find out more about our text when they spotted Missing posters around the school. They made predictions about what had happened to Polonius and we read the story to see if we were correct. We then got into character and enjoyed hot seating; reading extracts of the text with expression and intonation. The children have also blown us away with their fantastic handwriting when writing sentences about the events in the story in the past tense. We have focused on using capital letters, the correct punctuation and forming cursive handwriting. If you would like to continue to practice cursive handwriting at home you can find online games/activities to support with this at the following website.
In Maths we have been focusing on partitioning numbers using a part, whole model. We have also been exploring place value by partitioning numbers with base tens and place value counters. We played a fun game using an online dice, which involved rolling the dice three times to make a three digit number. We then had to decide how many hundreds, tens and ones there were in the number. Maybe you could give this a go at home!
In Art we have been learning about two local artists; Norman Cornish and John Smith. We received a letter from John Smith asking us to create a piece of work to go in his art gallery. Therefore we have been working very hard over the past two weeks to enhance our artistic skills and create some masterpieces. We looked at examples of their work and discussed the techniques they use. We then experimented sketching with different grade pencils and oil pastels. I am blown away with the end results and have sent copies of each child's work to John Smith. I am sure he is going to amazed at the children's artistic flare!
Finally I would like to end by saying myself and Mr Bainbridge have been blow away with how settled the children have been with the transition into Year 3. Keep up the great work everybody!
Well done to everybody for participating in Muddy Mayhem. It was amazing to see the children embracing the challenge of getting as muddy as possible. We are proud of you all for being such good sports and joining in!