Welcome to Year 3!
Our Greek Day
We discovered for ourselves what Pythagoras found out about triangle numbers through an investigation this morning. Some of the children were so engrossed in their learning that they didn't want to go out at break time!
Today we were in Court to deliberate on the case of Leo versus the Crown, presided over by Judge Faulkner! After the swearing in of the jury, the trial began....
And the verdict...
Well, despite an extremely convincing case presented by the prosecution team, the jury found the defendant not guilty.
Well done to everyone in Class 3. You each played your parts brilliantly and behaved exactly as you should in court. The listening and note taking skills demonstrated by the jury were second to none. I was also particularly impressed with the quality of questioning; we clearly have some natural lawyers in this group of young people!
Look through the photographs of our visit to Lower Stock Farm to see all the exciting things we learnt about.
Theseus and the Minotaur
In our maths lesson today, we had to guide Theseus around a labyrinth using lots of mathematical language.
We have now harvested and enjoyed eating our first crop - radishes. They were very hot! We also planted out some leeks.
Sketching at the pond
The pond area is looking beautiful at the moment, and this afternoon we thoroughly enjoyed sketching the plant life to be found there.
Iron Age oatcakes
We tried our oatcakes...
Iron Age allotment
We've now made a small fence around our allotment to keep out invaders (I'm not sure it'll keep out the Romans though!)
Caring for our Iron Age allotment
This afternoon we've been busy outside. We thinned out our radishes, which are growing nicely, planted some more peas and beans (the others had been eaten) and watered the wheat.
Making Iron Age Oatcakes
This week we've been solving scaling problems in maths. We had to work out how much of each ingredient Mrs Faulkner needed to buy in order to make enough oatcakes for everyone. Today we put our weighing skills to the test when making the oatcakes. We are all looking forward to tomorrow's snack!
Our Trip to Burrington Ham
One of the extremely knowledgeable Mendip wardens took us on a guided tour of Burrington Ham. He taught us a huge amount about the history and geography of the area in a most enjoyable way. We discovered an Iron Age enclosure, which may have been used as a field for animals. The children also found iron ore, flints, limestone and yellow ochre. It was a glorious day and we were lucky enough to spot buzzards and hear a cuckoo.
Our Iron Age Allotment
In maths we had to measure the perimeter of our allotment. Some of us then used our measurements to work out how many pieces of willow we would need to make a small fence to keep out raiders!
Today, in P.E, we played dodge ball, where we learnt rules in order for us to play fairly and safely.
Last week, we performed our 2 dances at the Weston Playhouse Theatre, as part of the North Somerset Dance Festival - 'Weston Rocks'. Our evening performances received some spectacular comments, due to the outstanding contributions from the children. For those of you who didn't get to watch it, we have a couple of short videos from the afternoon's rehearsal. Please bear in mind that the lighting was improved for the evening performances. ( Watch this space!)
Looking after our plants
The children have taken home the first pots of seeds that they planted (either cress, spinach or peas). They have got an information sheet / growing guide as well as a blank chart for them to complete as their plants grow. A copy of the chart can be found below. The plants can now be kept at home, but the children will be asked to bring their completed charts in to school next week.
Volcano / Earthquake Homework
Those who have finished their volcano / earthquake homework have been enjoying sharing it with the rest of the class. We've all learnt a huge amount from each other.
Time to Sow!
Today we started our work on plants, by sowing cress, peas and spinach. Over the next few months we will be growing lots of vegetables in our allotment - watch this space for more pictures!
The Year 6 children organised a fantastic morning of sports for us today, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We have recently started a Class 3 wind group. At the moment this consists of clarinets and trombones, but people who play other woodwind or brass instruments will be invited next term.
All those children who are not in the brass starter band are now learning to play the recorder. They will be performing in our class assembly tomorrow.
North Somerset Dance Festival
Preparations for the Dance Festival are now well underway. The children have choreographed most of the moves themselves, and are performing them brilliantly.
We all enjoyed a fantastic session with Weston Museum this morning learning about the changes from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age. We experienced lots of hands on activities that brought our learning alive.
This term, I would like you to do some research about either volcanoes or earthquakes. Please use books and / or the Internet to find out about any aspect that interests you. You can then choose how you present the information that you've discovered. You could, for example, make a booklet, create a fact sheet, write a song or make a model. Be as creative as you like. We will be sharing this work on Wednesday 30th March, so please ensure it is in school by then. Have fun!
Class 3 had fun playing a fractions matching game today.
Some rather beautiful sedimentary rock has appeared in our classroom! The children had great fun experimenting with different painting techniques to produce a wide range of patterns and textures.
Fossil Hunting at Kilve
Despite the cold, Class 3 had great fun hunting for fossils on Kilve beach today. There were plenty of ammonites and 'devils' toenails' to be found, and we enjoyed taking rubbings and filling our pockets with these ancient treasures! We also listened to some interesting fossil myths and examined the layers of rock in the cliff face.
It is great to see so many children enthusiastic about completing the new reading tasks. We have had a discussion in class about the quality of these pieces of work, and have agreed that they should be of the same standard as work completed at school. This applies to both content and presentation. Please encourage your child to think about this before they bring their tasks in to school. Many thanks for your support.
The Class 3 team
Parents Evenings for Year 3 will take place on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March
(not Thursday 17th). Signing up sheets are available on the noticeboard outside the classroom.
New Class Shop
Your child may have told you about a brand new reward scheme starting in Year 3. In order to give the children regular opportunities to handle money, certain achievements will be rewarded with plastic money which will be kept in their own money box at school.
Each week, during Golden Time, the children will have the opportunity to spend their money on a variety of items in the class shop. Once purchased, these items they will be theirs to keep. The children will take it in turns to help run the shop and a bank at which money can be changed into different denominations.
It is hoped that this scheme will enable children to become more confident at counting and saving money, giving change, and making calculations of a very practical and meaningful nature.
There are a number of ways in which the children can 'earn' money, which are detailed below. Please ensure that your child's reading record is kept up to date and brought into school regularly as this will help us enormously.
If your child plays a musical instrument, he / she will soon be coming home with a practice card. We would be very grateful if you could sign and date it each time the instrument is practised. We understand that this will create more work for you, but it will help to keep your child motivated and will be greatly appreciated by us.
If your child doesn't play a musical instrument, please don't worry - there are plenty of other ways that he / she can 'earn' money.
As always, any feedback on this reward scheme would be gratefully received.
The Year 3 Team
We would like to encourage all children to read regularly and widely. On Friday this week, children in Year 3 will come home with two new sheets stuck into their reading records. One will have space for children to record the different genres that they read, the other will have a list of short tasks that children can choose to complete when they have finished reading a book. For every task completed, children will 'earn' 6p to spend in the class shop. There is no limit to the number of tasks that children complete, and the books chosen can be from class, home, the school library or public library. Please encourage your child to take part in this challenge and help to get the whole class excited about reading!
Those children who are learning brass instruments with Mr Hollister got off to a flying start at the end of last term. Thank you for all your support (and patience)!
From next week, those who do NOT attend the brass band will start learning to play the recorder. This will happen in our music session on Thursday afternoons. Recorders will be provided but these will be kept in school. If you wish to purchase a recorder for your child to practise on at home, they are available quite cheaply. However, please do not feel that this is necessary.
North Somerset Dance Festival - 22nd March
Please note that the Dance Festival Tickets are now available to purchase from the Playhouse Theatre , Weston Super Mare. Telephone 01934 645544 or from their website www.theplayhouse.co.uk.
There will a number of other schools taking part, so as you can imagine, space will be limited.
Homework - Term 3
From now on, homework books will be sent home on Thursdays so that both spelling test and 'Bonds for Badges' results can be included. Please take time to look at these so that children know what they need to work on in order to improve. It is essential that children learn their number bonds and times tables.
Please continue to bring homework books in to school each Wednesday.
Today we took part in a fantastic Gamelan workshop. The children learnt lots about the music and customs of Bali and Java, and discovered how a piece of traditional music is created. They are now fully equipped to compose their own Gamelan music next week. The workshop also provided opportunities to develop a number of other valuable skills including concentration, following instructions and teamwork.
Half of the children in class 3 are now learning to play a brass instrument, thanks to the Lions. Today they had their very first lessons and band practice. What an exciting day!
Today we followed written instructions to make a variety of shadow puppets. We are looking forward to writing our own play scripts and performing them with our puppets next week.
Lions Brass for Youth Update
I am very pleased to announce that we have 13 children who have signed up for the year 3 starter band, and a number of other children who will be having individual or joint lessons! What a fantastic response. The starter band is now full, but Mr Hollister is happy for other children to start lessons whenever they like. If this is something that interests you, please do ask for further details.
Mr Hollister is currently sourcing instruments, and the intention is that we start at the beginning of term 4. Starter band rehearsals will be at 3pm each Thursday afternoon. Those children who are staying in class will be doing other musical activities, details to be given soon...
Our Gamelan Orchestra
As part of our work on light and shadows, we have been learning about Indonesian shadow puppets. Today we had a go at playing some Gamelan music which would be used in such performances. Today we played on glockenspiels, but we are looking forward to Friday 5th February when North Somerset Music Service will fill our school hall with real Gamelan instruments which we will learn to play!
North Somerset Dance Festival
The children were delighted to hear that we are able to perform a shadow dance at the Playhouse on Tuesday 22nd March. This links with our topic of light and shadows.
The children will be performing the dance to a piece of Chinese music called Bird in the Shadows, performed by Tseng Yung-Ching. They had great fun listening to the music and imagining the story that it tells. We have woven a number of these ideas together to create the story that our dance will be based on.
The children then worked together to create suitable moved for various parts of the dance. We are now in the process of putting these together. Our science investigations have really helped us work out how far dancers should be from the light source in order to create certain types of shadows.
We can't wait to share our dance with you. Please make sure that you keep the 22nd March free!
Using Direct Speech
This week we have been learning how to use an punctuate direct speech in our writing. We started by acting out a well known scene from Snow White. We were then very keen to write it out in our own words.
Lions Brass for Youth
Today, Mr Hollister from Lions Brass for Youth came in to tell us about an exciting new opportunity. He demonstrated a number of different brass instruments and explained how Churchill Primary School is going to form its very own brass band! The excitement and enthusiasm in the room (from both children and parents) was a real joy to see.
Class 3 become Illustrators
As part of our work on light and shadows, we have been looking closely at the illustrations of Jan Pienkowski. We had a go at recreating some of his beautiful silhouettes. I'm sure you will agree that our drawing skills are really improving.
Our Trip to Tesco
To support the work we've been doing on healthy eating, Class 3 visited Tesco in Nailsea. We had a fascinating time learning about making healthy choices. We were all surprised to discover just how much sugar there is in our favourite breakfast cereals, and had a go at making our own museli. We found out about a variety of fruits and vegetables, and tried a wide range of healthy snacks. Tesco staff and members of the public commented on the children's exemplary behaviour, and many parents commented on how much their children had learnt.
Rock and Roll!
We've had great fun imagining what it would be like to live in the Neolithic period. As part of our Literacy, the children created posters persuading others to help them in the mammoth task of building Stonehenge. I was impressed at their very creative use of language. Their work also led onto some very interesting discussions about anachronisms (a word we learnt when reading Ug last term).
We had a great start to the term, working in our new home teams to create models of Stonehenge. The children had to work to a strict deadline and a tight budget (each of the materials and tools cost a certain amount of money). It was a really fun way to develop a whole range of skills. Teams were judged both on their final models and on the way in which they worked together.
Putting the 'earn' into learning...
During term 2, Class 3 will be participating in swimming lessons on Monday afternoons; commencing Monday 9th November, and thereafter 16th November; 23rd November; 7th December; 14th December and 11th January. The letter with full details can be found under the letters page.
Back to the Stone Age
On Tuesday Class 3 went back in time to the Stone Age. After a number of fun team building games, we walked into the woods and learnt a range of survival skills. We particularly enjoyed den building, fire lighting and making our own art from natural resources.
We demonstrated fantastic team work, observation skills and creative thinking throughout the day. Some of us also showed real perseverance when it came to lighting our fires with the very damp wood available! It was a joy to see the look of achievement on the faces of those who succeeded though.
We finished our exciting day with that well known Stone Age treat - toasted marshmallows!
As part of our work on 3D shape, we were challenged to see how many different cuboids we could make out of 36 unifix cubes. We had to record the possibilities, which really helped us to understand about three dimensions.
Creating 3D shapes
We had great fun working in teams to create 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and plasticine. There was some wonderful team work, especially from the Blue Group! We were particularly pleased with our octagonal prisms, which required a fair amount of patience and perseverance.
Earlier this week, Happisburgh came to us and we became archaeologists for the morning. We dug up some very interesting artefacts from the Stone Age and used them to work out what the place must have been like approximately 900 000 years ago.
We were very lucky to have our wonderful Music Service give us a truly inspirational performance today.
This morning's performance was followed by a chance to try the instruments out for ourselves. We all had a fantastic time. If anyone has gone away feeling inspired to start learning an instrument, do speak to Mrs Faulkner. Wouldn't it be great to have a orchestra like this practise regularly at school?
The Counties of Great Britain
This term the children have been challenged to learn the names and locations of as many counties as possible. To help them do this, they have been creating their own board games for each other to play.
Football with Scott Murray
Today we had our final coaching session with Scott Murray, and we really enjoyed playing in some great matches. We are very grateful to him for giving up his time, sharing his skills and thoroughly inspiring us.
Sharing our Favourite Poems
Every day for the last few weeks, children have had the chance to share their favourite poem with the class. Some have illustrated the poems, others have recited them from memory and many have used the aid of props, including a bubble wand and a didgeridoo! It is certainly true that all the poems have generated some interesting discussion. I do hope that this exercise has whetted everyone's appetite for poetry - do keep reading and sharing it!
Our Homework Projects
We really enjoyed researching different famous artists for our homework, and sharing what we found out. There was some beautifully presented work! You can see a selection of our projects below.
Our Glockenspiel Orchestra
In music we have been practising keeping the beat and playing different rhythms on glockenspiels. We used some of the poetry we did in literacy as a starting point to create some simple rhythms and melodies. Below you can hear our class orchestra. The words we used as our starting point in this piece were as follows:
Settle down Storm Cat,
Stop being rough.
Go to sleep Storm Cat,
Stop being tough.
Sailing through Custard
As part of our work on forces, we had great fun investigating how well boats sail through different liquids this week. We showed some great scientific thinking when devising our experiment and ensuring that it was a fair test. You can see some of us conducting the experiment below, which got rather messy! Next week we are going to try and explain our results: why is it that boats travel so well through lemonade?
Today in PE we listened to Benjamin Britten's 'Storm' and imagined what it would have been like to be the Storm Cat, or Old Tom or Mowzer out in the fishing boat. We invented our own dance moves and put them together in groups.
In Literacy, we have been describing the storm and imagining what Mowzer might say to the storm cat. We used our ideas to write Mowzer's Song; a couple of examples can be heard below.
The Storm Cat
We have really enjoyed looking at Nicola Bayley's beautiful illustrations in The Mousehole Cat. One of our favourites is the illustration of the storm.
This week in art we took a break from printmaking and had a go at recreating this picture in pastels. Whilst we drew we listened to Benjamin Britten's Storm, which helped us to imagine the scene. Here we are, hard at work.
We really enjoy our quiet reading sessions after lunch.
This week we've had lots of practice at doubling and halving numbers. We played a great dice game today, which involved a huge amount of adding, doubling and halving mentally. As you can see, we were all completely engrossed in the game!
Today we performed Sea Fever at the Church Harvest Festival. We have put in a huge amount of work over the last few weeks: learning words, saying them with expression, making up actions, making our boat and masks, and deciding on costumes. Today it all paid off! Well done to you all for putting on such a professional performance.
For those of you who missed our performance, we hope you enjoy watching a video of yesterday's rehearsal (complete with the wind's song in the background!)
It starts with a letter that we imagined the poet John Masefield might have written.
We were very lucky to have Scott Murray in to work with us on our football skills during PE on Wednesday. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves whilst developing our skills. He will continue to work with us over the next few weeks. Look out for some more pictures soon!
For our homework over the last few weeks, we've been finding out about the lives and work of five famous artists who were inspired by the sea. This week we amazed ourselves by correctly identifying which artists produced a number of works of art by examining the style of each. We then looked even more closely at the works and made studies in our sketch books. Can you identify the artists?
The Mousehole Cat
In literacy we have been enjoying a beautiful Cornish legend: The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber.
Our Wooden Boat
We decided, as a class, to make a cardboard boat for our performance of John Masefield's Sea Fever. We used our newly acquired printmaking skills to create a panel that resembles wooden planks. We are very pleased with the results!
And all I ask is a tall ship...
This week we made a different type of printing block, using wood and art foam. We based our designs on drawings of sailing boats made in our sketch books.
This week we started to learn the poem, Sea Fever by John Masefield. We started by testing our listening skills and drawing the images in the poem.
Settling in to Class 3
We have had a great start to the term. On the first two days we did lots of teambuilding activities and practised our listening and observation skills. We did particularly well at following instructions to make origami boats to go on our poetry ocean. Doesn't it look colourful? The sails are decorated with beautiful Japanese paper.
We've been looking closely at a famous Japanese print too: 'The Great Wave' by Hokusai.