Spring and the cat who knows karate

20/04/2018 at 19:14

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It’s great to be back at school and of course the weather is now lovely, unlike the rain and snow we experienced over the holidays! However, this has enabled us to continue with our own Spring Watch, spotting signs of new life and growth around the school grounds. Bees, greenflies, ladybirds, daisies, buds, blossom and plenty of daffodils have been seen, showing that spring is now truly here.

In Literacy, we have started to read the book Varjak Paw. This is an adventure centred around a cat who needs to learn and use a secret martial art so that he can save his family. Already the children are engaged and enjoying the story. We will be working on this further over the next couple of weeks and it has plenty of creative writing opportunities available for the children to show their talents.

Maths work has focused on recapping multiplication and division methods but we have also covered complex missing number sentences. This is the focus of the homework this week and is an important step in developing a deep understanding of all the operations.

Everyone has returned with a brilliant attitude after the break but our Special Mentions go to Hannah, Gursimran and Erin for the great learning they have done this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Micklethwaite and Mr Beevers

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Easter, here we come.

29/03/2018 at 18:58

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Our final week of term has been a fun week but one still filled with plenty of hard work.

The children finished their non-chronological reports on their given countries, and a magnificent job they did too. Everyone has learned something new, including the adults.

The final PE session took place on Tuesday. Photos of the gymnastics group, showing some of their newly learned skills, are below. Next term, the children will be starting their new P.E. module of either boxercise, football or athletics.

On Thursday afternoon, the children had fun running around the school grounds on an Easter egg hunt. The children had to solve clues to find hidden letters and, when they had found them all, they had to rearrange them to form an Easter related word. The clues were tricky and some of the letters were found more by luck than judgement but the word “chocolate” was found first by Harriet and Gabriella and so they won a prize. However, all the children were given a small reward for their efforts. A few picture from the hunt are below.

It is always a sad day when one of our friends leaves the school and today was one of those days. Today was Arjay’s last day at Farsley Farfield. He has been a superstar all year and we will miss him tremendously. 3M made a magnificent card for him and some of the class wrote and sang him a poem. Good luck Arjay!

Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in a couple of weeks.

 

Miss Micklethwaite and Mr Beevers

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Our Trip to the Leeds City Museum

29/03/2018 at 13:08

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As promised, photos of our trip to the Leeds City Museum are below.

The children had a great time learning how to prepare an ancient Egyptian for mummification. This included putting their internal organs into the correct Canopic Jar. We all had great fun trying to pronounce the jar’s names: Imsety, Hapy, Duamatef and Qebehsenuf.

We then looked at a real mummy and tried to work out how that person could have died.

After lunch, the classes also had some time to explore the other galleries in the museum. They especially loved the exhibition tracing the history of Leeds, due to its interactive nature. The museum is an excellent place to visit and is free to enter.

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What can we find out?

23/03/2018 at 21:39

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It’s been another great week in Year 3 this week.

In Maths, we have been revisiting column addition and subtraction. We have also been rounding numbers to estimate and check answers. This is a valuable skill to learn and shows that the children understand numbers and how they work.

The new Literacy topic is about how to write a non-chronological report. Creating a fact file about a country is the goal and the children were given a country based on its climate, linking to the Geography topic. They then used the internet and atlases to find out as much information as they could about it. Being collaborative learners, facts were then shared amongst their group.  Adding Wow! facts make our writing interesting so if you can help your child find out something new about their chosen country this weekend it will help their work next week. For example, Gursimran told us that Brazil is named after the Brazilwood tree. Wow! Arthur discovered that Greece has over 6000 islands. Wow!

A note of success is that during PE this week, all the children attending Gym Magic passed their Proficiency Award 8. Well done.

On Friday, our trip to the Leeds City Museum was a massive success. The children had a fantastic workshop where they learned about how the Egyptians mummified their dead. This gruesome demonstration was loved by the children although some of the adults did look a bit queasy.

The behaviour of the children during the trip was first class, with the museum guide and even the bus driver commenting how lovely our children were. They are a credit to themselves and the school.

A more comprehensive blog about the trip early next week will include photos and examples of children’s work.

Special mentions this week go to the mums of Erin, Charlie, Alice, Emily, Florrie, Oliva and Jacob, the dad of Gursimran, the nanna of Ella and the grandad of Sophie for assisting brilliantly in our trip. We are extremely grateful for all the help provided.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

 

 

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Spring is in the air?

16/03/2018 at 20:31

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This week has been a relief from the past two weeks of snowy weather and so the children have had an opportunity to observe the first signs of spring. We have been spotting and recording new growth on trees, on the ground and in the air. We have seen catkins, snowdrops in flower and the shoots of daffodils poking through the grass, plus we have also seen birds starting their nest building activities. In a few weeks’ time, we will have a further look so we can record any changes.

In Maths, we have completed our fraction module by calculating the ingredients needed to make a special, Harry Potter, magic potion.  Only Miss Micklethwaite knows what the potion does but let’s hope it’s either a youth potion or hair restorer!  Our focus over the next few weeks will be to ensure that the children in Year 3 know their target times tables, forwards, backwards and sideways.  As an example, they should be able to say without calculating that 4 x 9 = 36, 9 x 4 = 36, 36 ÷ 9 = 4 and 36 ÷ 4 = 9. Your help in this area is invaluable and any Maths work done at home can be recorded in the Reading Record books.

Just a reminder that parents evening is next Tuesday and Wednesday and our trip to the Leeds City Museum is on Friday.

Special mentions this week go to Archie, Charlie, Lillie, Tom, Ashwin, Jimi and Iman.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Plenty of maths during World Maths Day

09/03/2018 at 18:31

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Wednesday was World Maths Day and the children had a great time playing a variety of games which were aimed to improve their calculation skills.  Some of the activities they took part in were:

Pontoon – adding cards up to 21 and using probability skills to determine if they should stick or twist.

Darts (with child safe darts that have no sharp points) – multiplying doubles and trebles then adding the three darts thrown and subtracting this total from 301.

Dice games – throw two dice then decide which operation to perform on them so that the numbers from 1 to 10 can be eliminated.

Games such as these can be played at home, without your child even realising they are learning.

Later, the children all went online to show their skills by playing Live Mathletics against children across the world. The children had been given instructions of what to do in a special assembly earlier in the day. During that assembly they discovered that 3M were ranked 3rd for the most Mathletics points gained in total in the school. It came as a great surprise to find out the 3B are currently leading the table and as a result they were awarded a trophy. Four of the top ten individual score in the school were also in 3B. These children are Amba, Sonny, Nathan and, currently the highest scorer, Gracie. Well done!

At the start of the morning, 3B were also given a challenge to find out how 12 donuts could be equally divided between 32 people. As an incentive, if they could discover the answer then 12 real donuts would be shared amongst the class (and adults). Luckily, the answer was calculated just in time and 3/8 of a donut was given to each of the children instead of being donated to the staffroom.

Special mentions this week go to Sehjevir, Rovind, Adam and Alice.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

 

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