What a lovely week it has been. Christmas decorations flooding in every day to make the classroom look festive, advent calendars with jokes inside them! Thank you Jade class. We had an extra special visitor this week, Mr Singh, who talked to us about Sikhism. He was very inspiring. I do hope children, that you take away his key messages. Everybody is equal, respect is everything and forgiveness is essential. If we try to hang on to these life messages it bodes well for a happy, peaceful existence.
I have attached some photos of his visit. A particular thank you to Anaya Bassi. Anaya, you shared your knowledge with us, I was very impressed by your counting to 10. The children were asked to design plates at the end of Mr Singh's visit, to embody his key messages above. I've taken pictures of a couple of them. Molly's was particularly good, so was Isabella Edwards. Thank you girls.
Thank you parents for meeting me this week. I'm sorry I had to postpone these consultations. It has been a pleasure to talk about your children with you.
Next week we are hopefully starting our Design Technology topic, 'making mini greenhouses.' If you and your child can have a conversation about what greenhouses are and what their purpose is it would be beneficial.
In Literacy we are 'taking one book' and basing our writing around it. That book is The Polar Express. We want to write descriptively, using language to engage readers, we want to be able to write more complex sentences to include subordinate clauses.
In Numeracy we have finished our terms work on addition and subtraction and looking at statistics and data - can we read bar charts and construct them? Ruler work! Lots of children in Jade class need to practise using a ruler accurately!
Thanks to Miss Birchill for taking the xmas door competition to heart. She has been working with every child to add xmas decorations to our door ready to be judged!
Welcome Parents to Jade Class
We've all got to know each other really well. The boxes that the children prepared at home helped us with this. Thank you parents, for helping your children do this.
We've started our History topic with our sizzling starter! History off the Page provided a fun-filled day for the children. Hope these photos give you a snapshot? Thank you to Freddie for playing the horn so beautifully. We all had to bow and scrape when we heard this funny sound.
This week, we are covering the following topics:
Literacy – writing our own instructions about making an Egyptian Deathmask
Spelling – -ed endings
Maths – Addition and regrouping
Science – Light
PSHE – understanding feelings, exploring what it is like to feel new/E-safety
Topic – The water cycle
RE – Sikh naming ceremony
French – parts of the body
PE – Running
The children all performed so well in the dance for Sky TV on Monday. Well done everybody! The team were very impressed with the children's behaviour and dance skills! It certainly seemed an appropriate way to promote mental well being seeing so many smiley faces! Here are a few photos;
Coming up next week!
It's Anti-Bullying week. Don't forget to wear your odd socks on Monday!
This week, we are covering the following topics:
Literacy – writing our own recounts
Spelling – -ed endings
Maths – multiplication as arrays
Science – Light and Sound
PSHE – understanding feelings, exploring what it is like to feel new
Topic – how to build an Ancient Egyptian pyramid and sources of evidence
RE – the Sikh Amrit ceremony
French – parts of the body
PE – Gymnastics
Art - Egyptian Tomb designing
I've attached the powerpoint for the 'Meet the Parent' meeting to this page. I hope this helps you.
KS2 Sports Day
Jade class had a great time participating in Sports Day on Monday.
Everyone showed a great sporting attitude cheering everyone else on, well done Jade class and well done Air house for winning the most points!
On the second day of sports week we had a very exciting visit from Olympian Darren Campbell! He told us all about how he followed his dream and how hard he had to work to get to the Olympics.
Everyone in Jade class worked very hard during their sponsored activities. They worked so hard that the photos of them are quite blurry because they were moving so fast!
On the first day of sports week Mr Inghamclark came to teach us lacrosse. We had great fun learning how to throw the ball properly and how to scoop it up from the ground!
Jade class have been using paint splatters to show how lava shoots out of an erupting volcano.
During creative Art Week Jade class have been recreating a piece of volcano art by artist Margaret Godfrey.
Levers and Linkages
Jade class have been working hard making pictures with moving parts using levers and linkages.
We have put all of our pictures together in a class book which we are enjoying reading!
Jade class assembly
Jade class learnt a song about bones for our class assembly last week.
Centre of the Cell
Today, years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from scientists from Centre of the Cell.
In the first session we learnt about the roles of cells, muscles and bones. We pretended to be different types of cells that build and break down muscles to learn how our skeleton changes as we age.
Our second session was called Snot, Sick and Scabs and we learnt how we vomit and why we need snot! We also pretended to be different types of blood cells so that we could learn how blood vessels repair themselves.
We had a lot of fun getting involved with all of the different activities and asked lots of interesting questions about our bodies.
Jade class have been looking at poems by Allan Ahlberg.
Today we all chose a poem and performed them to the rest of the class. Here are some videos of our performances.
Bread making again!
Jade class have been making bread again!
First we mixed a plain dough all together and let it prove over lunchtime.
After lunchtime we added the extra ingredients from our bread designs.
This is what our dough looked like before it went into the oven!
Golf Taster Session
Brookmans Park Golf Club visited our school recently and Jade class had a taster session. We learnt how to put the ball and we played a game called bridges. If the ball didn't go through all of the legs then the bridge collapsed and our whole group had to start again!
Thank you for visiting Ryan, we had a great time!
We used the ipads to make movie trailers to advertise our play!
We used the swashbuckle theme and then took pictures and short videos of ourselves in our Pirates vs Mermaids costumes. Everyone had a lot of fun getting into character and thinking about what poses and actions would be best for our videos.
We hope that they persuade you to come and see our show!
This week we were visited by Tim, who taught us some different drumming rhythms. Everyone had a turn playing a drum, a shaker and a cow bell.
At the end of the workshop we wrote a class piece of music by creating a rhythm of our name and then playing them all together.
During Science and Technology week Scott, an Astrophysicist, came to share a forces workshop with years 3 and 4.
We all made our own gravity birds and Scott demonstrated how forces change fire so that it can be used to make rockets take off.
During science and technology week years 3 and 4 have been making bread.
The recipe that we used was -
500g bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons oil
300ml warm water
First weigh the bread flour and add the salt on the one side of the bowl and the yeast on the other side, ensuring that the yeast and salt do not touch.
Then add the oil and warm water and mix with your hands until the ingredients come together in a ball.
Once the dough is ready for kneading, pour a small amount of oil on the table and knead the dough in the oil for 10 minutes.
Then leave the dough in a warm place to prove for 1 hour. Once the dough has risen, knead it briefly to knock out the excess air and then divide the dough ready for baking.
Let the dough prove for another hour and then bake at 220C for about 20 minutes.
We took it in turns to measure the ingredients and everyone tried hard to knead the dough properly.
Jade class have been making bread today. We mixed and kneaded the dough in the morning and then left it to prove over lunchtime. After lunch we knocked the dough back and divided it into individual rolls.
Before the bread is baked it will need to be re-shaped and placed on a baking tray.
To cook their bread it needs to go into the oven at 220C for about 20 minutes. You will know that it is ready when it has risen and is golden brown. All of our dough is a slightly different size and shape so please keep an eye on it!
When you take your bread out of the oven, tap the bottom to check that it is cooked properly. If it is ready then it will sound hollow.
We hope that you all enjoy your bread!
Jesus and Zaccheus
This half term we have been learning about Christianity in RS. We have been learning about Jesus's life and we have also been reading some of the different stories that Jesus told.
This week we worked in groups to act out the story of Jesus and Zaccheus the tax collector.
Visit from Monks Walk Sports Leaders
On Friday Years 3 and 4 were visited by a team of Sports Leaders from Monks Walk School who taught us some new sports skills.
We learnt Curling and Boccia and had speed stacking and throwing races. Everyone in Jade class had a great time and really enjoyed giving new things a try!
Mohammad (PBUH) and the Spider
In RS we have been learning about Islam. We have learnt who Mohammad (PBUH) is and why he is important to Muslims. We listened to the story about Mohammad (PBUH) and the spider and then we worked in groups to act the story out.
Fire Service Visit
Jade class were visited by the fire service, who taught us about fire safety and showed us the different equipment that they have with them on their fire engines.
Everyone in Jade class then had a chance to climb into the fire engine and explore what was inside!
Verulaimium Museum Trip
On Thursday 12th January year 3 and 4 went to visit the Roman museum in St Albans.
We spent an interesting morning exploring the museum, visiting the different rooms and watching a video about how the Roman exhibits were discovered.
After lunch we went for a walk to the Roman wall and then had an exciting Roman market workshop. At the market we put on tunics so that we looked like Romans and we were also given Roman names to call each other.
We learnt about the foods that Romans ate, the clothes that Romans wore and the tools that Romans made. We also found a wax writing tablet and discovered what Romans used instead of toilet paper!
Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday we all wore our Christmas jumpers to school and wrote Christmas haikus in English.
A haiku is a short poem that has 3 lines. We practised counting syllables by clapping and speaking in robot voices.
We have started to learn French in year 3. So far we have begun to introduce ourselves and say how we are feeling to each other. We have also been counting up to 10. Last week we shared a song that we have learnt in French with the rest of the school. In the song we say hello to our friends and ask them to swim, eat and drink.
Flag Fen Trip
Year 3 had a fantastic time at Flag Fen Bronze Age site. We made a big timeline using axes from different ages and then handled and sorted different artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Then we visited a replica roundhouse where we heard the story of Fergus making a wish that he didn't really want to come true!
After lunch we had a tour around the site, looking at all the different plants that they used in the Stone Age and we saw the boats being preserved with wax. We also made clay pots and decorated them using pre-historic techniques.
Roald Dahl Week
During Roald Dahl week we looked at the medicine that George makes for his Grandmother in George's Marvellous Medicine. We practiced colour mixing before we painted a bright, colourful watercolour of what we think George's Marvellous Medicine might look like and we also mixed our own Marvellous Medicine concoctions with food colouring and lots of glitter!
We also learnt some Roald Dahl poetry and performed it to each other in class. The winning group performed theirs to the whole school on Friday afternoon, here is their performance. Well done Georgia, Francesca and Maddie!