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‘As each one does their part, we grow in love’

Spring Term 2020

Week beginning 2nd March

Homework set Monday 2nd March:

Maths - complete Set A of the Bar Charts sheet sent home. Children should draw out/complete any bar charts in their Maths Passport books so that they have enough space. If they want to complete Set's B and C that is optional. 

Week beginning 24th February

We have had a wonderful first week back this half term! The children have come back ready to learn and have achieved so much already! 

Unfortunately, our fishkeeper project has been put on hold, as the water levels in the tank are not right and this means any new fish we got, would likely not survive. We are hopeful that next week we should have fixed the problem and can receive our new fish. We will keep you updated. 

In Maths this week, we have looked at tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. The children looked at and used the information well and were able to answer questions about the data. On Friday, they chose their own question and asked children in the class to gather their own data in a tally chart. They then used this to create their own bar chart. Some wonderful work was produced! 

In English, we have been looking at Subordinate Clauses and how we can use these to make our work more interesting. The children picked up the concept really well and have already demonstrated that they can use them in their own writing.

In PE this week, we have started practising our Netball skills and the children were remembering how to perform a chest pass correctly. In Art this half term, we are designing and making an iron age sculpture and the children designed these this week. In Science, we looked at the parts of a plant and how a seed grows. The children used their Science Journals to demonstrate their understanding and produced some amazing work.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Week beginning 10th February 

This week we have had a super week in Year 3! We started the week by illustrating our own myths and then went on to completely innovate and free write our own myths. The children had such wonderful ideas and really showed an understanding of the features needed to write a myth. In Maths, we have looked at giving change and the children have explored lots of different methods of finding out how much change should be given. In Science this week we looked at using a classification table and turning it into a classification key. The children found this to be quite a challenge, however they persevered and were able to produce good examples by the end of the lesson. In PE we had our final lesson with Lindsay and the children were confident in putting together the sequence of movements that they had learnt in the previous weeks. We also had our final Judo session and the children had a wonderful time playing games to reinforce their understanding of the moves they had learnt this half term. 

In Guided Reading, we looked at the second chapter of Stig of the Dump and the children went on a vocabulary hunt around the school to find new words that they would come across in this chapter. We then used them in sentences and had a go at creating a picture to represent each new word. We read the chapter in pairs and then answered comprehension questions on Friday.

Well done to the children who took part in the Gymnastics Competition, they all did really well and were a credit to the school. 

The children worked really hard on completing their Bronze Age jewellery this week and we hope you enjoy seeing the finished product. 

Although there is no set homework over half term, it would be useful for the children to practise going over their 2 and 5 times tables to keep these fresh in their minds and as ever reading as much as possible would be wonderful. 

Have a wonderful and restful half term and we will see you back on Tuesday 25th February!

Week beginning 3rd February

This week has been another exciting one in Rowan Class. The children have been editing and improving their myths and then publishing them for the writing wall. They have all focused really well on ensuring their presentation is good and this really shows from the wonderful display now on the writing wall. In Maths, we have started looking at money and we began by converting pounds into pence and pence into pounds. The children were secure with the knowledge that 100p is £1 and this was a good foundation for when we moved onto looking at adding and subtracting pounds and pence, later in the week. In Science, we have introduced our very first fish into the tank! The children were very excited and we have been very careful to make sure that we keep our fish happy. In PE we had another gymnastics session with Lindsay and the children have all improved in their skills across the past half term. Many children are now doing forward and backwards rolls with confidence and attempting cartwheels as well. In Spelling sessions, we have been focusing on adding suffixes to root words and the rules that apply to different word endings. E.g. when adding -ly to a root word that has more than one syllable and ends in y, we need to take off the y and exchange it for an i. 

In Guided Reading we have been looking at the text 'Stig of the Dump' and the children have read the first chapter, identified and used new vocabulary and answered comprehension questions based on the text. 

On Friday morning, we were lucky enough to have the lovely Mrs Johnson in to do storytelling with the children, where they learnt about Boudica and why she is such a notable figure in History. 

 

Week beginning 20th January

We have had a rather exciting week in Rowan Class, due to the fact that we set up our aquarium on Wednesday! The children were very excited that we were finally setting it up and all took part really well in following the instructions to complete the first lesson. We now have a working, heated fish tank in the classroom and will be getting the fish in a couple of weeks. We are really lucky to be taking part in this project and the children are so excited by it. We will keep you updated with the progress each week, along with photos of the different things. Feel free to drop in and have a look! 

In English this week we have been looking at the Greek Myth, Perseus and Medusa. We looked at this particular myth because it was written during the Bronze Age period and is based in a Greek city where there was a large Bronze Age settlement. The children have really enjoyed learning about the myth and we have looked at the features of this text type. We retold the story using a story map and the children will use this to create their own next week. 

In Maths, we have been looking at dividing 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and answering scaling questions e.g. if I have 3 apples and 5 times as many bananas, how many bananas do I have? and how many ways questions. The children have worked really hard and used both practical and written methods to find the answers. 

In Science, we set up our fish tank and discussed how this linked to our termly topic of animal classification. 

In PE with Lindsay, we learnt how to put different gymnastics moves together in a sequence. The children have worked so hard in these sessions and as a result, they are all improving with their gymnastics skills. 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and will see you on Monday!

Week beginning 13th January

We have had a wonderful couple of weeks in Rowan Class! The children have come back full of enthusiasm and have been working really hard the past couple of weeks. 

In English, we have been focusing on instructional writing and, in line with our new topic Bronze Age, we have been writing instructions for how to make a bronze axe. The children have all been fantastic and have worked really hard to ensure they have used all of the features of instructional writing in their work. 

In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and division. Last week, we worked on multiplying a 2-digit number by a 3-digit number using the column method and this week we have been looking at dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. The children have been so focused during these lessons and it can be quite a tricky concept to understand, but they have all persevered. 

In Science, we have been looking at identifying and classifying animals. Last week we were sorting animals into groups based on their characteristics and this week we have created classification keys, thinking of our own questions to help group vertebrates. 

We also had the arrival of our wonderful fish tank in preparation for next week when we begin setting it up! The fish will be joining us in a couple of weeks time, once we have got the tank set up and the conditions right for them. 

In PE we have been lucky enough to have Lindsay come in and run gymnastics sessions for the children. This will continue until February half term and will be on a Tuesday. On Thursday mornings we now have Judo, again up until February half term. We will not be doing our normal PE sessions on Monday and Wednesday until after this. 

In Art we have designed our own Bronze Age pots and today (17th) we have used air drying clay to make them! The children have worked really hard and they look wonderful (all different shapes and sizes). Next week, we will be painting them to finish the look. 

On Thursday, we had the bridge into school to do a trinity workshop with the children. They had a wonderful time and learnt about the three different titles that Christians use to talk about God. They did some dancing, making and discussing and had a lovely time. 

Homework has now swapped around following feedback from parents evening and Maths will now come out on a Monday due in on Thursday and English will go out on a Thursday due in on a Tuesday. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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