Plants and shapes

25/05/2018 at 16:01


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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Sun, fun and rhododendron

18/05/2018 at 19:40


We have had a great week in Year 3, from start to finish.

On Monday, 3B visited Harlow Carr to learn about plants and how they reproduce. It was lovely and sunny, which was a massive shock to the class teacher as normally sales of umbrellas go up the week Mr Beevers is on a trip. 3M had an equally nice day when they visited the gardens on Thursday. Both classes had a superb time learning the various names of the parts of a flower then finding examples of them so that they could be made into a display card. The children also had time to enjoy the exciting adventure playground and eat their packed lunches. Thanks has to go to the parents, grandparents and carers of Madison, Florrie, Gabriella, Peter, Nathan, Olivia, Jakob, Jacob, Emily and Sophie for offering and assisting on the trip. Without help, our trips would be much more difficult to organise and complete successfully.

On Friday, the classes shared learning log work. The task was to write or video a story or play script based on our book, Varjak Paw. We had loads of wonderful examples come in and we hope you all had as much fun making the films and writing the stories and scripts as we had when looking at them. Our “Barry Norman” afternoon also included popcorn to give the cinema feel to the films and plays. Looking at other work is very important as this enables us to share good examples of ideas, writing and presentation so that everyone benefits and improves.

Friday was also our celebration day for the marriage of Harry and Meghan. Learning carried on as normal but with a nod towards the big day. As we have been learning about angles in Maths, we made sure that the points on the crowns we made were a perfect right angle before decorating them and wearing them for the royal picnic at lunchtime.

Below are a selection of photos from this week’s activities.

Special mentions this week go to Sonny, Jakob and Nathan for being great learners for some super example of writing, Esha who is a good citizen and Ethan for being the best he can be.

Have a great weekend watching the wedding, the FA cup or just the garden grow in the sun.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.


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A shorter but still busy week.

11/05/2018 at 17:58


The shorter week has been as been just as busy as always.

In Maths we have finished our work on fractions, learning how to order them if they have different numerators and denominators. Next week, the children will start to look at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.

Literacy this week involved the children writing the final version of their Varjak Paw story into their Extended Writing books. These books are passed up through school with the children and are a record of all their brilliant work. Extracts from some excellently written stories are below.


Varjak’s Dream – Florence

Varjak dreamed. He dreamed he was in a dark and creepy wood. The trees loomed over him. He was nervous, he was afraid but most of all he was scared. Everything looked different compared to what he was used to back at home. The shadows didn’t even match their owners. It was like a nightmare. The wood was dark, really dark. The wind was strong and was blowing very roughly. Varjak had to force himself through it.

Varjak carried on walking, walking slowly but steadily. Suddenly, Varjak came to a stop. He didn’t dare look behind him for he could smell and feel something breathing on the back of his neck. Something bigger than a cat. He started slowly walking but then he walked quicker because he could hear loads of footsteps coming towards him. What was it? He started running quickly but then he slipped and fell flat on his face. He slowly opened his eyes and there, standing over him was a giant, black and red spider. What Varjak didn’t know was that it was lots of different spiders formed into one.


Varjak Paw – Nathan

Varjak stood proudly at the entrance to the dark alley way. It was as dark as black panthers’ skin. As he crept passed shiny grey bins he smelt rotten food. The walls were covered in oil and bloody graffiti saying DO NOT ENTER! Varjak carried on walking. The food squelched underneath him. He stopped. He could hear shouting and crackling laughs. It creeped him out… He walked further down the alley way. He could feel the warm slavering fish breath on his back. It made him laugh inside but he didn’t make a sound. Back near the park he could hear growling and fighting. It made him feel brave. He felt strong but the feeling drifted away like a feather.

He was scared, very scared. He had nowhere to hide. Varjak’s heart pumped, pressing his body inwards. He looked around. Still nowhere to hide. He felt hungry as well. Just smelling the great Italian garlic around the corner made him starve even more. Varjak fell to the ground. He could hear Holly shouting in his mind saying, “COME BACK!”. It echoed in his mind.


Next week are the class trips to Harlow Carr. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

Special mentions this week go to Amelie, Ella, Arthur, Harriet and Fatimah.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Three Little Birds instrumental

05/05/2018 at 08:20


In Literacy this week, the children have completed their story based on this half term’s book, Varjak Paw. The children have added tension and suspense to make their stories exciting, and we have really enjoyed reading their work. Look out next week for some extracts from the stories.

We have been continuing our work on the Bob Marley song, Three Little Birds. This week we learned to play the song using the notes G, A and C but on different instruments. 3M used glockenspiels to create their videos. 3B used the app GarageBand on the iPad and selected the grand piano as their instrument. They were also able, after learning the notes, to select a different octave so that the class created a different sound.


Special mentions this week go to Phoebe, Archie, Charlie, Lucy, Peter and Tom for being great learners, Lillie for being healthy, and Ethan for being happy.

Have a great weekend.
Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Three Little Birds

27/04/2018 at 15:55


Year 3 have chosen the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds as their focus in music this half term. The children have started to learn how to perform the song through listing to the music to find the pulse and tune. They have also practised singing the lyrics and are becoming

Over the next few weeks, the children will start to learn how to play the song on glockenspiels. However, if your child already plays a different instrument, and they are able to bring it to school, they can join in with that.

In Maths, the children have been trying to solve some tricky problems similar to the one below. The aim is to use all the numbers from 1 to 8 so that all the sides add up to the middle number.

We have already solved the problem when the middle number is 12 and 15. See how you get on with 14.

Special mentions this week go to Evie, Aarav, Raman and Faran.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Spring and the cat who knows karate

20/04/2018 at 19:14


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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