Sports Day practise

06/07/2018 at 20:08

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There has been plenty of practising for next Wednesday’s Sports Day. Everyone has had fun and shown a great effort when having a go at the potato, skipping, sack and flat races, even if that is not their selected event next week. We have also been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown when passing the baton during the relay race. I have a feeling that there will be some very successful athletes on the national stage in a few years’ time.

Outside of the classrooms, the plants being grown by Year 3 are coming on a treat. 3M’s welly flowers are starting to bloom and 3B’s sunflowers are now taller than even a tall Year 3 child. Our tomato plants are also full of fruit and should be ripened before the end of the school year.

Special mentions go to Evie, Erin, Grace, Gursimran and Rovind for superb work, effort and application.

Have a great weekend. (Fingers crossed for England on Saturday but, as I write this, Jimi’s Belgium are looking awesome against Brazil. They will be the team to beat.)

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Plenty of sport

29/06/2018 at 18:29

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Although the very hot weather has meant that we have suspended our daily runs, it has still been a sporty week in Year 3. In PE, the group of netballers have shown massive improvements in their passing and shooting skills, not to mention understanding the complex rules regarding positions on the court.  The footballers have been focusing on their control of the ball and are also showing that their skills are developing. Athletics is hard work under the sun but that group have practised several short-duration running drills, plus have been throwing and catching balls to develop coordination.

On Wednesday, Mr Beevers went with Sonny, Amba, Zak and Lillie from Year 3, plus a group of other children from across KS2 and Year 2, to the John Charles Centre for Sport to take part in the Pudsey Mini Olympics. Nine schools from the local area were represented by some of the best young athletes in Leeds. All the children, including those from Year 3, represented the school superbly in a variety of disciplines and returned with a well deserved third place. Well done!

Girls’ football practice takes place on Monday and Thursday lunchtime and is open to any girl in KS2. At the moment several of the participants are from Year 3, which is brilliant to see. There may be opportunities for the girls to play for the school when they reach Year 4 but if they keep practising, in two or three years time there will be a very strong team available. Keep going girls!

Special mentions this week go to Gracie, Alexis, Joven and Rebecca. Well done for a great week.

Have a lovely weekend and, if you’re going, camp over.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Bones

22/06/2018 at 18:54

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone,
The ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

 

Our learning in Science this week has focused on skeletons and vertebrate animals.

The classes initially sorted animals into those that have and don’t have bones. 3B were then treated to a day of teaching by our resident orthopaedist (I had to look this one up. It’s the scientific name for a bone expert). Mrs Daniels showed the class several skulls, vertebrae and legs bones of various animals that she has been collecting over the years. She guarantees that all the bones were found on moor and in fields but I suspect that some are the remnants of her Sunday lunch! The children loved the hands on aspect and it really helped to advance their kinowledge.

3M brought their learning to life by creating skeletons using dried pasta. The children first learned  the names of the major bones in the human body then reconstructed them, anatomically correct. They did a superb job and photos of their work can be seen below.

Just for fun, why not have a go yourself and see how many bones you can name.

Special mentions this week go to Abi, Madison, Amilie and Khushi. Well done for a brilliant week.

Have a great weekend and come on England!

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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World Cup fever

15/06/2018 at 19:33

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World Cup week has arrived and the children have been working hard on their fact files. All the children and adults were drawn a team to research and support. At the start of the week we carried out research into the teams, players and kit, plus any other related information we thought would be interesting. The research was done using iPads and laptops and the FIFA, BBC and Guardian web sites were our sources.  Every child then produced a superb page to promote their country, all of which will be made into booklets for the classes to enjoy over the next few weeks. Unfortunately for Gursimran, she was drawn Saudi Arabia (Russia 5 – Saudi Arabia 0). Not a good start for her but as the final will be between England and Brazil (England to win 3 – 1), it won’t matter.

Our plants are, surprisingly, still going strong. 3M’s welly pots have started to produce shoots and hopefully will be soon in bloom. 3B’s sunflowers have been reduced to just eighteen from thirty-two seeds planted. Failing to germinate, broken stems, slugs, caterpillars and the wind this week have accounted for the rest. However, we also now have some tomato plants outside the window and there are a couple of small, green tomatoes already growing.

A bit of advance notice is that the final Year 3 trip of the year will be to Eureka on Friday 20th July and parent volunteers will be needed as we will be travelling by train to Halifax. Your help is appreciated in advance.

Special mentions this week go to Tom, Emily, Adam, Kieran, Jacob and Olivia. Well done!

Have a great World Cup weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

World Cup week has arrived and the children have been working hard on their fact files. At the start of the week we carried out research on iPads and laptops using the FIFA, BBC and Guardian web sites to find our information. All the children and adults were drawn a team to research and support. Unfortunately for Gursimran, she was given Saudi Arabia (Russia 5 – Saudi Arabia 0). Not a good start but as the final will be between Nigeria (Mr Beevers’ team) and Mexico (Miss Micklethwaite’s) it won’t matter too much. Every child produced a super page and they will all be made into booklets for the classes to enjoy over the next few weeks.

Our plants are, surprisingly, still going strong. 3M’s welly pots have started to produce shoots and hopefully will be soon in bloom. 3B’s sunflowers have been reduced to just eighteen from thirty-two seeds planted. Failing to germinate, broken stems, slugs, caterpillars and the wind this week have accounted for the rest. However, we also now have some tomato plants outside the window and there are a couple of small, green tomatoes already growing.

 

A bit of advance notice is that the final Year 3 trip of the year will be to Eureka on Friday 20th July and parent volunteers will be needed as we will be travelling by train to Halifax. Your help is appreciated in advance.

Special mentions this week go to Tom, Emily, Adam, Kieran, Jacob and Olivia. Well done!

Have a great World Cup weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Plenty of competition this week.

08/06/2018 at 18:46

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In Literacy, the children have completed their 500-word story competition entry. It has been a delight to read all about the cavemen and cavewomen adventures and the wizard and unicorn plots. We have even had Ironman, Superman and the Hulk making an appearance in Kieran’s imaginative work. Good luck.

Next week sees the start of the World Cup. Each child (and adult) will be given a team to research and support. Then the classes will create a fact file from the work produced. We will follow progress using a World Cup wall chart and the child (or adult) with the winning team will receive a small prize. Hopefully, the fun will continue until the 15th July for the child with England!

We had a lovely day on Thursday this week at the sports festival, held at Farsley Springbank. The event consisted of various athletic activities such as beanbag throwing, racing against a “shark”, skipping and balancing. All the children had a great time and were a credit to themselves and the school. Thanks again to all the parents who volunteered to help walk the children to and from the event and to the parents who came to support.

Special mentions this week go to Hannah, Jimi, Aaminah and Zak.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

 

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Plants and shapes

25/05/2018 at 16:01

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Our science work on plants has been completed this week but hopefully we will still be watching nature in action over the next few weeks.

3B planted sunflower seeds into small pots a few weeks ago and they have been on the windowsill in the classroom, germinating and growing ever since. This week the children prepared the soil outside the classroom (with the kind help of Mr Harris and his tiller) and then planted the seedlings.  Some didn’t germinate successfully or broke during planting, but hopefully we should have a few that make it to full size.

3M have also been very green this week. They planted a variety of seeds but used recycled old wellies as plant pots. We are looking forward to seeing plenty of wild flowers in the coming months.

Maths went outdoors this week as both classes explored the school grounds looking for 3D shapes. Cuboids were plentiful, as were cylinders. There was also some super spotting of spheres (dandelion that had seeded), hexagonal prisms (a bolt head), a quarter and half cylinder (the bike shed and the poly-tunnel) and even a dodecagonal prism (the base of the tree house).

Special mentions this week go to Giovani, Stan, Florrie and Oliver.

We have all had a brilliant few weeks and are looking forward to the final half term of the year.

Have a great week off.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

 

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