Conkers

28/09/2018 at 20:51

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Plenty of brilliant learning has taken place in Year 3 this week. In Maths, the children have been introduced to column addition. Although relatively simple to perform, this rapid calculation method needs an understanding of the value of each column so the classes started the week with expanded column addition. This requires the two numbers to be partitioned and then the resulting tens and ones are added separately. These results are then added together to find the answer.  An important part of this method is neat presentation, making sure numbers are in the correct column. As all the children worked hard in this area, they were able to move to formal column addition, even carrying tens and hundreds. Homework this week is to practice this method, although we will continue to work on it next week.

In English, we started the week playing the traditional autumn game of conkers.  After first learning the rules, all the children were given a conker and had great fun trying to smash their opponents nut to win the game. They then had to write an explanation text, describing the steps needed to play.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Tilli, Maddy and Todd. Well done.

The whole of 3M must also be commended for continuing to work well without Miss Micklethwaite.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers

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Stone Age Investigations

21/09/2018 at 19:29

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The children have settled well into the weekly routine and are well underway to complete the English topic of explanation texts next week. Our Maths focus on place value has now finished and next week will be starting to practise addition and subtraction, initially using equipment then move on to written methods to find the answer.

Our history work this week has focused on the differences in artefacts found during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.  We first looked at and described a flint hand tool and axe head from the earliest times. These were then compared in complexity of construction to a bone needle, birch bark bowl and clay pot from the middle period. Finally, a pair of leather shoes were examined, showing the crafting skills that the later stone age people possessed. The children also looked at and discussed different types of stone age houses, including the ones found at Skara Brae, and decided which time period they belonged to.

During our Stone Age Day, in a few weeks’ time, the children will have the chance to build a house in the dens area, make a clay pot and recreate a cave painting. We will also learn how to forage for food in the school grounds and hopefully try to recreate some prehistoric foods. (No woolly mammoths will be hurt in this exercise!)

We must also mention and thank the efforts made on the extreme learning at home. Both classes improved their percentage of daily activities undertaken. 3M went from 61% last week to 80% and 3B improved their 75% to 85%. Well done.

Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Vaughn, Hamzah and Amrit.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Inventions

14/09/2018 at 19:43

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Our first full week has seen the start of the English topic of writing an explanation text. The children were given the task of creating an invention and describing what it does and how it works. There were some very creative machines such as a robot that makes pizzas, a cleaning robot and a machine that does just about anything a seven-year-old would want including tidying bedrooms, cleaning teeth and bringing food from the fridge!

The children started their P.E. modules this week and seemed to enjoy the opportunities they have been given. The group attending Gym Magic learned the basic positions and jumps then practised balancing on a beam and vaulting on to a low foam platform. The footballers started with passing, dribbling and control skills, which they hope to develop and improve further over the next few weeks. Athletics involved short, fast running drills and strengthening exercises. Along with the daily run, this should help to produce some talented athletes who may be able to represent the school this year.

Homework has been sent out today. The Maths is due back next Wednesday (19th September) and the learning log work should be back the following week (Wednesday 26th September).

This week’s well deserved special mentions go to Bilal, Alfie, Jeevan and Tyler. Well done for a superb week.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Welcome to Year 3

07/09/2018 at 19:44

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We have had a wonderful start to the year in Year 3. All the children have come back to school eager to learn and show us what they can do. They also seem to be enjoying the larger, junior playing fields and have made good use of the dens, tennis courts and cricket nets this week.

As this is the first week back, we have not had our normal timetable but we have started to introduce the classes to the Maths and English that will be coming over then next few months. We have also begun our history and science topics in the afternoons.

History this half term focuses on the stone age. The children will learn how some of the first humans survived and look at the evidence they left behind. We will also be holding a stone age day when the children can come dressed as cave men and women and take part in a range of hunter/gatherer activities.

The science topic looks at rocks, soils and fossils. This week the children have been discovering the types of stones (natural and man made) that occur around the school. Much to everyone’s surprise, a small fossil was also unearthed near to the playground. Great spotting!

If your child has something of interest related to any of our topics and they would like to bring them in to show, then please encourage them to do so as they will always be well received.

Please remember that the extreme reading starts next week. When your child reads, writes or completes some maths, signing their book will show their learning and help the class’s percentage at the end of the week.

Special mentions this week go to Joe, Lottie Isaac and Erin. They have all had a fantastic start to Year 3.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Memories

24/07/2018 at 20:53

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I have been so lucky to have a class as amazing as this for my first year in teaching! They are a wonderful group and they should all be very proud of all their hard work this year. 

 

My favourite part of the year was definitely our Egyptian topic as it’s so interesting. I enjoyed mummifying the fish and tomatoes and going to the Leeds city museum to see a real life mummy! 

 

I will miss this class so much and wish them all the best in their school careers.

 

Miss Micklethwaite

 

 

It has been a pleasure teaching art to Year 3 as they are a lovely bunch. They always listen and take care in their work.

 

Mrs Wylie

 

 

I am delighted to say that this has been the most enjoyable year of my teaching career so far. My class have been a superb group and I will really miss them all. Every single one of them deserves a very restful holiday after all their hard work. Also, the support from parents has been amazing. This includes helping on trips, support with homework and providing costumes during our themed days.

 

My funniest memory was from the Christmas party when we were playing the “Eat the chocolate with a knife and fork whilst wearing a woolly hat and ski gloves” game. Perhaps we didn’t explain the rules well enough as one unnamed girl put on the hat and gloves, cut into the wrapper with the knife and then picked up the bar to eat it. Before we realised, she had eaten around 100g of Dairy Milk. Needless to say, the dancing competition was postponed.

 

Mr Beevers

Finally, thank you for all the lovely cards, comments and gifts. They are very much appreciated.

Have a great holiday and give us a wave in September.

 

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Eureka

21/07/2018 at 08:18

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Both classes enjoyed a super day out at Eureka on Friday. The weather was gloriously sunny in the morning, which allowed the children to make good use of the outdoor play area before lunch. In the afternoon we started with an exploration of the museum’s different areas. The bank and shop sections were particularly enjoyable as the children were able to print their own money, although there were some very strange and large denomination bank notes being used to buy bread and fish.

The Science of Superheroes workshop at the end of the visit was very well received. There were some very interesting and exciting demonstrations of how science can be used to recreate superhero powers, such as climbing walls, bending metal and seeing hot and cold objects. Olivia’s mum even volunteered to show us how to hold a fireball like Jonny Storm, the Human Torch.

With the Year group being on the trip, there were no special mentions this week but thanks again to all the parents who were able to help on our trip

There will be a final blog post of the year next week with some of our favourite memories included.

Have a good weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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