Varjak stories

24/05/2019 at 19:44

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The warm sunny weather this week has been ideal for tennis and the PE group going to Rawdon Tennis Club made sure that their last session was the best of the half term. Over the past few weeks, the children have learned the basic skills and rules needed to play the game. They started by bouncing a ball to one another, replicating a rally. This progressed to using a net between the two players, developing it into a competition. Racquet skills were also practised, such as balancing of the ball, hitting the ball into the air and hitting over a net. The children have improved tremendously and have all enjoyed the experience.

 

The children spent the final afternoon of the half term sharing and enjoying learning log films of Varjak Paw adventures, plus a small treat of popcorn. Some of the videos involved the story being read out, some had actions with narration and some were acted out. All the films were a delight to watch and were greeted with applause. We had many other wonderful stories and these will be read or acted out after half term.

 

It was pure darkness in the alley and the bins were cracked and leaking out water. Varjak was soaked after the heavy rain and the drain pipe was clogged and overflowing. Varjak’s whiskers twitched. He felt a warm breeze or was it a breath? Varjak’s spine tingled with fear.

Kaleb

 

When the figure came into view, Varjak recognised its stripy, pattered coat somewhere but he couldn’t remember where. He was positive that he’d seen it before, but still, it didn’t come to him. Varjak asked himself, “Should I run?”

Matilda

 

There is no learning log work set over the holiday but a book review will be the next task so your child may want to start reading a book that is of interest to them so that they can complete the task.

Special mentions this week go to Junior, Isaac, Noah, Lucas and Joshua. Well done boys!

Have a great holiday.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Q. Who knows a time lord?

17/05/2019 at 19:42

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The children have been getting to grips with telling the time this week in Maths. We started by converting the time on an analogue clock into digital time, building on Year 2 work, where the children expressed the time as past and to the hour. This has been confusing for some as the hour hand is looked at first as opposed to the minute hand. We have seen plenty of 20:6, 4:6, 6:4 and 30:20 instead of 6:20 but everyone’s hard work is paying off. Surprisingly, once the children have mastered the new concept, telling the time on a clock that has roman numerals has proved no trickier. Next week, we will be calculating time intervals and also looking at 24 hour time.

To help their learning, all children have been allocated work on telling the time on Mathletics. They have been given the opportunity to complete it in class but if they are able to access the app at home it will benefit them tremedously.

The classes are at slightly different places with the English task. The children are using all the techniques and tips they have practiced over the past couple of weeks to write another chapter for the middle of the Varjak Paw story. In the adventure, Varjak senses and faces danger and then has to somehow escape. 3M are in the planning stage, while 3B are editing their work. All stories will be completed by the end of next week and passages from some of them will be on blog.

Our DT project to design and make a pencil case is ongoing. Final designs and patterns will be completed next week, ready for construction after half term. There are some very imaginative creations such as cats, footballs and even a banana!

In next week’s blog, we will give out information about our final trip of the year. We will require parental support but the dates and details are still being finalised.

Finally, special mentions this week go to Alfie, Luke, Haseeb and Joel. All four have had a great week. Well done.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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What makes the garden grow?

10/05/2019 at 19:07

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This week, both classes visited Harlow Carr. The children took part in an excellent workshop run by the staff at the gardens on pollination. The children played a pollination game and, after learning about the various parts of the flower, went into the grounds to find and collect samples to create their own display cards. In addition, the children also enjoyed exploring the woodlands, looking at the plants and discovering the hidden sculptures. The weather was a little kinder for 3M and they managed to spend some time in the adventure playground. Unfortunately, 3B had to brave the extreme heat with everyone sweating profusely as you can see from the photos (it rained) and so just walked through the woods.

Our thanks go to Nell’s dad, Daniel’s, Komal’s and Erin’s mums in 3M and Amrit’s, Haseeb’s and L.J.’s dads plus Matilda’s mum in 3B for accompanying us. Thanks you to everyone who offered their support, even if you were ultimately unable to join us. Your assistance is very much appreciated by everyone.

It was great for Mr Winfield to meet the 3M parents on Thursday. If you were not able to make the meeting, you can see the presentation here.

In English, we have been working on setting descriptions and building tension and suspense in our stories. The results have been pleasing.

 

CRASH! Varjak fell over something that looked tasty. It was a fish. A dead fish. Not a fish that was raw. He started nibbling on it. Eewww. He spat it out and pretended that hadn’t happened. Sssppp. Was there a bin moving? Silently, Varjak tiptoed backwards. He felt as cold as ice. He closed his eyes to not think about it. He couldn’t. Varjak opened his eyes when the wind has stopped… The bin had stopped moving. Varjak’s heart skipped a few beats. Varjak stood still as the wind flew through the alley. After 5 minutes he started falling asleep. Zzzzzz.

“That’s not a good idea!” whispered a gentle noise in his ear. Varjak twitched.

(Izzy)

Finally, Mr Beevers is very proud of his class for their contribution to the ethos assembly on Tuesday. The theme was “I know that academic results cannot describe all of what is special about me!” The children volunteered to show a skill or a talent that they had as examples of this. We had hoola hooping, skipping, dancing, football skills, piano playing, African and dhol drumming and magic tricks. No one can say that Farsley Farfield children aren’t talented or brave. Unfortunately, Mr Beevers’ skill of completing the Rubix cube came up a little short.

Special mentions this week go to Kaleb, Ayla, Erin and Isabelle. Well done for brilliant work and a brilliant week.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Our amazing school grounds

03/05/2019 at 18:40

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3B were lucky enough this week to take part in a survey in to wildlife habitats around our school. This was run by a lovely lady called Jo from the RSPB. She talked to us about the types of animals we could find and the places that we might find them. The children worked in small groups and had a map of the school grounds, a list of habitats and stickers to mark where the habitats were on the map. The children spent around 40 minutes searching for compost heaps, bird boxes, piles of wood, hedges and other such areas and had a great time. A few habitats on the list were surprisingly missing but don’t worry, Year 3 are on the case.

Next week, the classes will be moving on to time in Maths. We will look at years, months, weeks, hours and minutes over the course of the next few weeks. We will also include roman numerals and the various ways we can express the time. If your child has a watch or clock with hands, see if they can tell you the time to the nearest minute. If it is digital, then can convert it and tell you the time using past and to the hour?

In 3M, Mr Winfield will be running an informal welcome meeting on Thursday to get to know parents and to discuss the remainder of the summer term with them. He will also be arranging some one-to-one meetings with parents after this and he is looking forward to getting to know you.

Thank you for keeping the cloakroom free in a morning. We appreciate that parents sometimes need to speak to us and so we will try to dodge and weave our way past the eager children and make our way up to the playground, so the doorway is clear, where we will spend some time each morning and evening. Hopefully, this will ease the congestion.

A reminder that next week, the classes visit Harlow Carr. 3M visit on Tuesday and 3B on Thursday. As I write this, the weather forecast for Tuesday in fine but Thursday has some showers. Fingers crossed that it is 50% accurate.

We have had quite a few parents who are able to join and support their child’s class for the trip. Thank you all for your assistance. Unfortunately, we cannot transport any parents but several volunteers have said that they are driving. We will endeavour to join up car-less parents with those who have one if anyone is stuck but, as 3M are going on the first day back, if you are in contact socially then feel free to make your own arrangements. Also, if anyone finds themselves available for a trip (either 3M or 3B) then please email nic.beevers@farsleyfarfield.org.uk and you will be added to the list of attendees.

Special mentions this week go to Yahya, Jeevan, Holly and Junior. All four children have had a fantastic week.

Have a great bank holiday weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Pencil cases and suspense stories.

26/04/2019 at 19:32

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This week the children in 3B have started their DT project to research, design and make a pencil case. 3M will be starting the same task next week. When gaining inspiration for their pencil cases, the children searched images on the internet and talked about things that they liked or thought were suitable. After sketching three ideas, they then decided upon a final design. In the next lesson, the children will create a pattern and transfer this to the textile material. The making of the product will involve some sewing of felt, with possibly a zip, velcro or a button being added. Although the children will get plenty of chance to practise their sewing skills, if you have any sewing materials at home, and from past experience, practising threading a needle with cotton would be very useful to learn.

In English, we have started to think about the writing of our suspense story. The children have investigated how the characters in the class book, Varjak Paw, feel about one another and why. We have also had a go at predicting and writing the end of a chapter based on the start. One thing we can say is that the children have a great imagination and we are looking forward to complete stories.

Mr Winfield would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome that he has received from everyone since joining the school and he is really enjoying getting to know all the children and parents. Thank you for all of the nice cards, craft gifts and chocolate (especially the chocolate!).

Housekeeping: One of the things that teachers are brilliant at is finding things, and we really enjoy our games of hunt the *insert item of clothing*. However, as Mr. Winfield is a bit out of practice, can you ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name to help him out a bit! 🙂

Reminder: please may we remind parents that from Y3 onwards parents shouldn’t routinely come in to school at the start and end of the day. We are happy to see parents with an appointment, but for reasons of safeguarding, security and congestion, please remain on the yard at the start and the end of the day. The children need to be independent!

Harlow Carr trip (7th / 9th May): just a reminder to hand in forms and, ideally, make the voluntary contribution to the cost of the trip. If the form hasn’t made it home, you can ask the class teacher for a replacement.

Special mentions this week go to Zahra, Hamzah, Emily, Vaughn and Isabel. Well done!

Have a great weekend.

 

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Easter fun

18/04/2019 at 17:52

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Welcome back after the holiday.

Even though it has been a shorter week, it has been just as busy as normal. 3M met Mr Winfield on Monday and had a very good “get to know you” session. In the afternoon, the classes started their new science topic on Plants. We all had a walk around the school grounds looking at the springtime changes and collected leaves as we went. The children then observed and drew their leaf, adding labels to identify the various parts and features. On Thursday, the children learned all about the functions and types of roots. After watching a short video, they went outside and dug up several plant and weeds to see which root system, tap or fibrous, they had.

 

Thursday also saw the highlight of the week.The children took part in an Easter egg hunt in the school grounds. However instead of searching for eggs, the children had to find written questions with the help of a map. They then had to use their RE and general knowledge to answer the questions. Each answer gave them a letter and rearranging the letters then led to an Easter related phrase. Finally, for all their efforts, the children were suitably rewarded with a couple of chocolate mini eggs and some grapes. The children had great fun charging around (literally) for half an hour then solving the anagram at the end.

Next week in English, the children will be using the class novel, Varjak Paw, to start to plan and write their own suspense story. In Maths, we will continue to look at fractions.

Just a reminder that the online learning tools we use, TTRockStars, Spelling Shed and Mathletics, can be recorded in the Reading Record Books and count towards our extreme learning total at the end of the week. We have seen a clear link between regular use of these sites, TTRockStars and Spelling Shed in particular, and improvments of knowledge in these vital areas.

Have a lovely and peaceful Easter weekend and see you all on Tuesday.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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