Class 3: The Penguins 16/17

Class Blog

Class Teacher – Mrs Reevell

Learning Support Assistant (LSA) – Shaunagh Hart

Welcome to Class 3′s page of our school website. You will be able to find copies of class letters here, examples of our learning and useful links to websites to help with your learning.

26th - 30th June
This week we have been finding out more about how people lived in the Neolithic (new) Stone Age by looking at the evidence left behind at Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands. This is the largest and best preserved Stone Age settlement in Europe. We discovered that the stone houses were well built to keep out the cold and that all the houses were the same size. In English we looked at examples of persuasive writing and found out that this type of writing uses over the top exaggerated language. Next week we will be using what we have learned to help us write persuasive estate agent descriptions for Skara Brae!
This week we had a visit from Jackie who taught us all about the flute. We loved listening to Jackie and Jo performing for us and agreed that the recorder and flute harmonized beautifully together.
12th - 16th June
This week we had great fun in Spanish learning the "heads, shoulders,  knees and toes" song. This linked to what we have been learning in Science about our skeleton. On Monday we thought about relevant scientific questions we could investigate including: Can the people with the longest arms jump furthest? Is our arm span the same as our height? and Can people with the longest arms throw furthest? We worked together in groups collecting results and reflecting on our findings.
In English we tried out our debating skills considering the argument that Puss in Boots was the cleverer cat. We spent time finding evidence from both stories then followed the democratic process to make our final decision. In the end it was a draw with both Puss in Boots and Sardul receiving the same number of  votes.
22nd - 26th May
The last week of half term was a busy one. We had our final visit to Forest School and like most of the other weeks we were blessed with lovely weather. Activities included; den building, photography, fire lighting and this week some of us made cheesy bread which we cooked over the fire.
In class we focused on time this week and learned how to tell the time using analogue, digital, 12 and 24 hour clock, am and pm. We also used a timer to explore how many seconds it took to carry out different activities.
In English we wrote our own versions of Jamil's Clever Cat and enjoyed retelling the story to our partners.
In Spanish we collaborated together to create the different shapes we had been learning.
We finished the week preparing for the arrival of our visitors from Silver Bells School who we look forward to seeing in the first week back.
15th - 19th May
Another great week at Forest School, despite the weather we still had lots of fun. This week Freddie and Mr Hannaford taught us all about exoskeletons and endoskeletons and we went off on a minibeast hunt to find examples.
Also this week in Spanish we listened to Fiona name a shape and it's size in Spanish, then we drew what we thought the shape was. It was very relaxing as you can see from the photos!
In English we orally retold the story of Jamil's Clever Cat, using our imaginations to add details and paint a picture in the listeners mind.
In maths we learned to tell the time on an analogue clock. We read the time to our partner using reasoning to justify our answer eg " I know it's half past nine because the minute hand is half way round the clock and is pointing at the 6 and the hour hand is half way between the 9 and 10"
8th - 12th May
This week we rounded off fractions in maths by sorting and ordering fractions from smallest to largest. We learned that smaller the denominator the larger the fraction. 
In English we found out that Jamil's clever cat Sardul did manage to make his master's dreams come to true. Can you retell the story to someone at home?
We used inference to look for evidence in the text that showed how clever the cat was and used our empathy to imagine what the characters were thinking at a particular point in the story.
In science we found out about the healthy eating plate and the difference food groups we should eat for a healthy diet.
We had another great week at forest school with more den building, fire lighting and lots of collaboration and team work. Freddie and Mr Hannaford also went through the pollination cycle with us, this time using ping pong balls and bats it was great fun and we learned a lot.
2nd -5th May
Forest school was a great way to start the week this week,  activities included den building, bug spotting, fire lighting and Freddie and Mr Hannaford taught us how to use 4 figure grid references to locate symbols on a map. Kieran enjoyed taking photographs of the class having fun, some of his photos are included this week. 
Also this week we had a visit from Alex who taught us all about recyling, we had fun searching for minibeasts in composts, planting seeds and learning the recyling cycle.
24th - 28th April
We had our first trip to forest school and all had a brilliant time. As well as den building and fire lighting we learned to find the 8 points of a compass and created a sketch map of the forest school sight. Unfortunately Mrs Reevell left our class camera at school, so pictures will be added this week! 
Also this week we have been exploring the story "Jamil's Clever Cat". We thought about questions we would like to ask the characters and used drama to develop our use of adjectives to describe the beautiful sari that Jamil's cat brought the princess. We also found out how to use the apostrophe to show belonging and continued our investigation of prefixes.
In maths we used rods and paper to explore equivalent fractions and played a fun number game where using 3 cards we had to get as close as we could to 20.
19th - 21st April
Welcome back to the summer term, we hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather over the holiday.
We started the term reflecting on our learning from last term, completing our end of unit assessment about plants and using the data we had gathered to create a pictogram showing the different types of litter we had found in Astley Park. We also took a look at how our bean plants had grown.
In maths we continued to explore fractions, explaining how we had found the solution to the problem of dividing a single digit number into tenths.
Next week we will be reading our new book "Jamil's Clever Cat" and making links to our new topic which is "Heroes." In the right hand column you will find a copy of our termly plan.
13th - 17th March
This week, as it is British Science Week, we have been focusing on science both in class and across the school. 
We had great fun with Year 6 on Tuesday who were our science buddies for the afternoon. We created all sorts of amazing percussion instruments from recycled materials and inspired by the rhythm and dance group "Stomp" we worked together to create our own Stomp rhythms.
In class we spent the week investigating plants. We set up an investigation with celery hoping to see how water was transported through the stem. Unfortunately our experiment didn't work  so we talked about what we would change. We looked at bean seeds and talked about what we though was inside the bean.
Inspired by Polly's  elastic band powered rocket, we made elastic band powered tanks. It took a lot of perseverance to get them to work but in the end some of us did succeed in getting our tanks to move. Lyla and Mia's tank travelled over a metre. 
In maths we have been finding out about fractions of numbers and noticing how fractions are another way of talking about division.
6th - 10th March
Highlights this week include:
  • Using our collaboration skills to complete our "Tin Forest" display.
  • Finding out how magnets can attract and repel each other and investigating the question "Are all metals magnetic?" 
  • Using a Carroll diagram to sort materials.
  • Using magic beans to help us with our Spanish numbers. 
  • Estimating and measuring the perimeter of shapes in the playground
  • Investigating fractions as numbers, folding shapes into equal pieces and shading different fractions.
27th Feb - 3rd March
This week we have continued to explore poetry through reading and exploring the structure of different types of poetry and then having a go at writing our own. In particular we all enjoyed writing Haikus (traditional Japanese poems) After sharing possible words we might want to use to describe daffodils we clapped the syllables to help us choose words that followed the pattern 5, 7, 5 to create a 3 line poem of 17 syllables. Take a look at some of the examples below.
Daffodil Haiku
Dazzling your eyes
Sunny cheerful daffodil
Heads gleam in the sun.                    By Eva
Precious daffodils
Bright yellow bold smiling and
dancing in the wind.                            By Kieran
Bright yellow flowers
Blooming brightly in the sun
It is Spring today!                              By Yusuf
Also this week we planned and carried out investigations to find out the answer to the question we had asked "Are the biggest magnets always the strongest?" We all worked really well thinking up different investigations and recording our findings in different ways. We were surprised to find that sometimes the small magnets were the strongest.

20th - 24th February

We have had a busy week back after half term,  with new and interesting challenges. On Monday we looked at the data we had collected in our car rolling investigation.We found out that friction was the force that caused the car to slow down and that the rougher the surface, the more friction there was. Next we used maths to add the three results together to find a total, then we used the bus stop method to help us divide to find the average distance travelled. Finally we worked together in our groups and used the average distances to create a bar chart. We used lots of maths during this activity and lots of co-operation!

Other highlights this week include exploring how magnets behave in science and thinking of questions we would like to investigate. Looking at a poem called "The Treasures" which linked into our learning about God's wonderful world and spotting prefixes mis and re and considering how they change the meaning of the root word.

30th Jan - 3rd Feb
In the story of the Tin Forest this week we discovered the old man decided to make his own forest. "Under the old man's hand a forest emerged. A forest made of rubbish. a forest made of tin. It was not the forest of his dreams, but it was a forest just the same." We worked in pairs to role play the old man building his forest and in art we created the first part of our new wall display. As well as fantastic team work and collaboration this provided opportunities for us to measure using metres. 
In maths we solved a multiplication problem finding out the  total number of flowers the old man could make with 3 different shaped petals and 4 different colour middles. We discovered that petals  x middle = flowers.
23rd - 27th January
This week in Maths we found out how to use the bus stop to help us divide 2 digit numbers. We made the number using place value counters then arranged the counters into groups depending on what we were dividing by.
In English we used drama to explore how the old man in our story was feeling, then wrote down what he was thinking as he went round collecting all the rubbish. Some of the comments included" lonely and unloved," "fed up and forgotten." The drama really helped us with our writing.
In Spanish we had great fun naming flags from Spanish speaking countries, as you can see from the photos we were all really absorbed and really collaborated.
This week we have learned how to play the note C on our recorder, we are all really enjoying our lessons with Jo and are learning quickly.
In science we are investigating how different surfaces affect how a toy car moves. We are testing 3 different surfaces and measuring the distance in cm.
16th -20th January
This week we have been talking  about forces in science. We talked about what we knew already, then carried out activities to get us thinking. We identified that forces were pushes and pulls.
In maths we learned different methods for multiplying two digit numbers by one digit. After using place value counters, we explored the grid method, then we looked at short multiplication. On Friday we collaborated together to create posters giving step by step instructions for our maths working wall.
In English we continued with our story "The Tin Forest" using noun phrases to write a description of the old man's house.
9th - 13th January
This week we started to look at the story of "The tin forest". We used our noticing muscles and our imaginations to think about what the illustration on the front cover of the book might be showing us. We thought that the reason why the flower was in colour while the rest of the picture was grey was because, " The flower is the only thing that is alive." Jenson and Emelia wondered if it was because " The flower is loved". After reading the first page we started to think about who might live in the house in the picture. We came up with some really thoughtful questions we would like to ask including Kitty's " Do you ever go outside?" We are all keen to find out who lives in the house and more about the story.
Other highlights this week include...
  • Solving word problems in maths using multiplication and division.
  • Showing what we have learned in our rocks quiz.
  • Finding out about the creation story in the old testament and thinking about (In the words of Louis Armstrong) "what a wonderful world" we live in.
4th - 6th January
Welcome back and Happy New Year! This term our topic is focused around the story "The Tin Forest" We will be creating our own music as part of the whole school theme of "The Sound of Music" Take a look at the curriculum plan for more detail.
We have had a great start to the new term. As well as talking about what we enjoyed about the Christmas holiday, we also looked forward and thought about our hopes and wishes for the new year. 
We learned about the Christian festival of Epiphany and found out how this is celebrated in Spain.  Fiona bought in a traditional cake that she had made for us to try and we found out that Spanish children leave out a shoe for the three kings to fill with gifts on the night before Epiphany.
In maths we are continuing to explore multiplication and division and used multiplication facts to help us create different stars.
In science we thought about the question "What is soil?" We collected samples from the school garden and used our noticing skills to look closely using a magnifying glass.
Mrs Reevell and Shaunagh would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in January.
5th - 9th December
The highlight this week was making the Christingles on Tuesday with our Year 5 reading buddies and then lighting them as part of our special Christingle assembly. Working with our partner we had to read the instructions carefully. It was really handy having an extra pair of hands to hold the orange while we secured the red ribbon round the middle. After we had lit the candles, we all agreed it was very magical. Jenson said "It gave me a warm glow inside."
In R.E we continued to learn about the avatars of Vishnu and that Hindus turn to Vishnu when they need help. 
In science we compared and grouped rocks in different ways and learned how they are formed. We also planned an investigation which we will be carrying out next week.
Week ending 2nd December
This week's highlight was a visit from Susie and Jo who brought in lots of instruments to show us. We showed off our new found recorder skills and all had a go at providing the rhythm to a piece of music that Susie played on the piano accordion. We found out that recorders came in different sizes and each had a different pitch. We all enjoyed making music together and have learned a lot this term.
Also this week we have continued to practise our multiplication skills and have created arrays to show multiplication and division facts.
In R.E we found out about the 10 avatars of Vishnu. After reading descriptions of each of the nine avatars that Hindus believe have already visited earth, we used our imaginations and creativity to draw what we thought the 10th avatar might look like.

Friday 25th November

We all loved our trip to Kents Cavern yesterday. We learned a lot about how the caves were formed and about the prehistoric animals and people who had lived in them.

We found out that it had been home to wolves and cave bears. Our guide Elliot told us that cave bears would have killed and eaten other animals to protect their cubs. We found out how dark it would have been back in the Stone age and how Stone age people made lamps from moss and animal fat.

We found out that the caves were made of limestone. We saw spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and learned that stalactites hang down and stalagmites stick to the floor. We also made a wish on a smooth wishing stone.

The caves were excavated by Victorian archaeologists. We found out that they used dynamite to blow up the rock!  Elliot told us that they had to work every day except Christmas and even on their wedding day. Everything the archaeologists removed was taken away in a cart pulled by a donkey called Topsy.

After the caves, we followed a Stone age trail. We found out about the different animals who lived in the Stone age including; Cave bears, woolly mammoths, wolves and woolly rhinos. We had to find letters and work out a word which was FROZEN.

Our final activities were hunting for gems and fossils and looking at artefacts. We held a real flint scraper and thought about the things that Stone age people might have made out of animal skin. We learned what they would have used to make a fire.

Wednesday 23rd November
Take a look at today's fantastic performance of the Jumblies.
14th - 18th November
This week we have continued to focus on "The Jumblies" poem by Edward Lear. We watched a film of a little boy performing a poem so that we could get a better idea of what we needed to do. We thought; "he really brought the poem to life." "He was brave and persevered.""He had pride in what he did." "He changed the tone of his voice." We all agreed that he looked like he was really enjoying it. So armed with these ideas, we had a go at performing "The Jumblies." Watch out next week  for videos of our final performance!
In maths we used a price list of items that the Jumblies bought including a cranberry tart, a hive of silvery bees and no end of stilton cheese. We worked with a partner to create a poster showing how we used column addition and subtraction to work out the cost of what we had bought and how much change we would get.
7th - 11th November
This week we have been looking at a poem called "The Jumblies" by Edward Lear. It was written around the same time as "Alice in Wonderland" and , like the story, has some very silly ideas in it! We had lots of fun listening to different versions and thinking about what the Jumblies look like. We have started to paint a visual story map and in English have used our noticing muscles to help us investigate rhyming patterns and nonsense words. We are also beginning to work on our own performance of the poem.
In maths this week we really enjoyed trying out our addition and subtraction skills with our Class 5 buddies. We looked at how much it would cost to buy different items of playground equipment and what we could get with a budget of £150.
On Wednesday we had another great recorder lesson with Jo. We all listened carefully and have learned to play a 3rd note. Now we can start to play simple tunes. As well as playing the recorder, we are learning the names of some notes and how music is written.
31st October- 4th November
This week we have been finding out about the Hindu festival of  Diwali also known as the festival of lights. We found out about some of the traditions including Rangoli patterns and Diva lamps and made our own Diwali lanterns. 
In spelling this week we have continued investigating the different spellings for the phoneme a.
In maths we have been learning how to use column addition to add 3 digit numbers. We discovered this is a quick and easy method as long as we remember to start adding the ones column first! Some of us had a go at creating our own addition calculations which we talked through, step by step.
Monday 17th October
Highlights from last week include; telling our Gorilla story to a partner using a story map to help us remember the details and  using drama to explore how characters were feeling. Working with a partner to think about what evidence tells us about life in the Stone Age and creating our own Stone Age cave paintings. The rock talk from Dr Watters, one of our school governors.
Today we visited  Shoalstone beach so that Dr Watters could show us the different rocks there. He explained how the rocks were formed and showed us examples of layers of limestone with sandstone in between, just like the filling in a giant sandwich! We all thought it was really interesting and used these adjectives to describe the visit," amazing", "exciting", "fascinating" and "educational". Take a look at the photos to find out more.
3rd - 7th October
The week got off to a great to a great start, with the production of "Alice in Wonderland" which we all enjoyed.
Apart from continuing to develop our collaborative skills, this week we have been focusing on reflection. In English we reflected on the similarities between "Alice in Wonderland" and "Gorilla". We decided that both stories began with a comment about reading and featured an adventure with talking animals that took place in a dream.
In maths we continued to look at methods for mental addition, we used our number bonds to help us partition numbers to get us to the next 10 so that we could add in two quick steps.
In science we worked together to create posters explaining the different ways in which seeds can be dispersed and afterwards reflected on what we liked about the work that each group had produced. We also used our noticing skills to look closely at the seeds and made careful pencil sketches of them.
26th - 30th September
This week we have been doing lots of collaborating in year 3. In gymnastics we worked with a partner using counter balance and counter tension. In the classroom we participated in lots of collaborative activities including finding the correct ed/ing suffix team, working with a partner in guided reading and musical maths where we talked about our 3 digit numbers with a partner. 
We used our maths skills to count in multiples of 200 to go back in time to the Stone Age. We worked in our co-operative groups to place our numbers on a timeline and worked together to lay it out in the playground. We counted back to 12,000 years ago to the middle Stone Age and found that was a long, long time ago!
19th - 23rd September
This week lots of us brought in examples of seeds that we had found. Take a look at how we presented what we had found and all the different types of seeds we spotted.
In maths this week we continued to think about place value, we worked out how many different  numbers we could make with 3 digits and compared and ordered them. We found out the the biggest numbers had the largest digit in the 100s column.
We used our spelling journals for the first time, these will help us remember spelling rules and words that we will be learning through the year. This week we have been finding out about the doubling rule and drop the e rule when adding the suffixes ed and ing.
In Spanish this week Fiona taught us how to pronounce the Spanish vowels, some of them were quite different from the way we pronounce vowels in English!
12th - 16th  September
This week in English we have been focusing on nouns, adjectives and verbs. We found out that adverbs are words that tell us how, when and how often verbs are done. We are using what we have learned to create poems about the sea that we will be sending to Silver Bells school in India.
In maths we continued to explore 3 digit numbers and different ways we could represent them. We all collaborated really well in groups to create our own number lines and talked about where we would put particular numbers on the line. Take a look at our photos to find out more.
In science we went out on a seed hunt in the school garden. Thank you to those of you who have already started to bring in examples of seeds you have found out and about and in your garden.
As well as P.E with Jo, this week we had our first gymnastics lesson with Miss Hazel, which we all really enjoyed.
5th  - 9th September
We have had a busy first week in Class 3 with lots of new things to find out about and learn.
On Tuesday we used our noticing skills and collaboration to find out about our new classroom when answering a Classroom detective quiz. We worked in groups to decide on rules we think are important and signed up to the rules in our Class charter.
We wrote about ourselves in English and learned about place value in Maths. On Wednesday we had our first Spanish lesson, which we all really enjoyed and we were given a Spanish name. We found out about the recorder lessons we will be having with Jo Castle and enjoyed P.E with Jo Hayden. We finished the week reflecting on the Christian value of friendship and considered the question " What is a friend?" Everyone had really thoughtful responses including "A friend will always stand by you" and "A friend will always be there for you."
Congratulations to our new class councillors, Lyla and James and to our prefects Ioana and James. 
Welcome back to a new term, a new class and a new key stage!
We are really looking forward to seeing you all and are sure you look very grown up in your new uniforms.
We hope you had a lovely summer and had the chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. 
This term is full of interesting and exciting learning, including  a production of "Alice in Wonderland" by the much loved M and M Theatre. This is the hook for our "Curiouser and Curiouser" topic this term, details of which are given on the right.
Take a look at the song we learned in Spanish this week to help us learn our numbers.