A quick update for you all - here's what's on the menu next week!
Writing traditional tales, using the model of The Papaya That Spoke.' Start thinking about what characters you would have, where the main character can visit each time and which objects you can make speak!
We are a week behind - snow, performance etc.
So we are learning the following next week;
U sound spelt like 'ou' young touch double trouble country measure treasure pleasure enclosure.
We are learning how to find fractions of amounts next week. We will be using a bar model to help us solve these problems. You'll need to be able to find quarters, fifths, thirds of different numbers. You will also be learning how to find two quarters, three fifths of numbers too!
We need those photos that best represent your childhood to come in next week please! We'll be working on our scrap books and continuing our research into childhood through the ages.
Music and P.E
Recorders, Songs for Tuishi Pamoja and the Lindy Hop!
Thinking about shrines, using the Puja Tray, as an example in Hinduism and how we might individually create a shrine to represent ourselves and our own beliefs.
Looking forward to Parents Evening next week. Hope to see as many parents as possible.
A huge well done to all of Jade class for your class assembley! You all had to remember such alot with hardly any practise at all, whilst simultaneously having to rehearse for the production. I'm very proud of you all. Thank you parents for coming and thank you for making such an effort with the costumes.
Enjoy these photos.
This week we are being tested on the 10 x table! Get practising.
Also in Maths we are looking at solving worded problems with multiplication and division.
In Literacy, we are looking at traditional tales. We will end up this week, by boxing up a known traditional tale (The Papaya That Spoke). We are going to start next week, writing our own versions of this tale and trying to use ambitious vocabulary and logical paragraphs sticking to the model shown.
Betty visited us last week and helped us understand what childhood was like 80 years ago. We're very grateful for Betty coming in the snow. This week, we will add our findings from Betty to our scrapbooks along with our own photos of ourselves reflecting our own childhoods. These need to be here by Thursday please!
Lindy Hop continues ....can't wait to get the whole dance done! Let's work hard on Tuesday to learn the next bit.
Jade class has morphed into the cast from Fame! We're singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and performing our hearts out! All that's missing are the leg warmers!
Well done on rehearsing for our assembley and year production children! Good luck next Wednesday. We're looking forward to as many parents as possible to join us for our class assembley 9.15-9.30 am on Wednesday 28th February. Please remember to bring your recorders in next Monday and keep them in school and to bring your costume in a bag for Wednesday's assembley.
We have begun weekly tests for x tables this week, beginning with x2. Given in random order, children are given x table questions to answer in about 10 seconds. x 5 next week, x 10 after that, then x3, x4 x8!
We've one more week on multiplication and division looking at worded problems and a little diversion next week when we take a brief look at pictograms and bar charts and understand how to interpret the information.
We will finish our explanation topic next week, children have written some lovely work on Victorian Children. The week after next we will be looking at traditional tales, reading some of these and trying to write our own.
Next Wednesday afternoon, we welcome Betty into our class (a local resident) to help us with our research into what childhood was like in the past. We have a big question to ponder here. Was childhood always the same? Did it differ 70 years ago? What about 150 years ago? What about 500 years ago? What was childhood like in Ancient times? Is it better to be a child now or in the past? Hopefully Betty will help to give us an idea about what childhood was like 70 years ago?
Could we please have photos of your children taking part in their hobbies/pastimes to give us a visual representation of childhood today for their scrapbooks. We need these all in week beginning 5th March please.
Learning the recorder and learning songs for the production.
Lindy Hop and Dances for production
Have a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 26.2.18
antiseptic, anticlockwise, antisocial, antibiotics, autobiography, autograph, automobile, automatic, autocue, autocrat
Week beginning 5.3.18
words with 'u' sound spelt like 'ou' young, touch, double, trouble, country
and -sure words measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure,
Wasn't the ending of 'The Firework Maker's Daughter,' good? I wasn't disappointed, I hope you weren't either. I almost feel relief that it's over, I'm so pleased Lila is okay!
I do love reading. It just takes you into another world!
Below is a selection of different children's work that we completed in Literacy, linked with this book. We thought about writing dialogue, settings, characters. We've really developed our vocabulary. Can you tell your parents the meaning of 'murky,' 'belittled,' 'bleak,' 'desolate,' 'inky,' 'galleon?' Well done to the following children for such lovely work. Well done everybody. You have all worked hard.
Looking at related division facts for our times tables next week. Children need to know how 3 x 8 = 24 and 24 divided by 8 is 3 or 24 divided by 3 is 8! If you can have a chat about this it would be beneficial.
Lindy Hop continues - it's looking good everybody.
We'll learn more songs next week for our up and coming and much anticipated production. I think we know the first one. I especially know that Elizabeth knows this first song - a lovely singer you are Elizabeth and you always know the words!
PSHE - continuing to look at healthy meals and healthy minds. We're going to have a discussion about how advertisers are cheeky and persuade us to buy things that are bad for us. Any advertisers out there? Leave our kids alone!
Ollie Key is continuing to help me with my ICT knowledge. Thank you Ollie for assisting me. We have another lesson next week on purple mash, continuing to master coding.
Another busy week to look forward to!
Another busy week in Jade Class. May I take this opportunity to say what lovely homework comes in every week! Children you really do apply maximum effort to your homework. Keep this up! It is so beneficial to your learning and your progress in school.
Do remember to bring it in on a Thursday so that it can be marked and returned in time for you to take home on Friday.
We have started learning our times tables in Maths. x3, x4 and x8 will continue into next week as will related division facts. Children, use this speaking frame (like we did in class) with your parents when rehearsing your tables;
_ + _ + _ = _
_ x _ = _
_ groups of _ is _
The _ multiple of _ is _
3 groups of 9 is 27
The third multiple of 3 is 9
We have to go all weekend without finding the ending to the Firework Maker's Daughter! Nail-biting isn't it? We'll finish it next week and we will write a conversation, with speech marks between Lila and Chulak. Can you remember how to write speech marks correctly? Do you remember that you start a new line every time somebody new speaks? What would Lila and Chulak be saying to one another as they escape from the grotto? Practise this conversation at home and get some ideas together. We'll also be finishing this unit and starting to write explanations by Wednesday next week.
Spellings to learn over next 2 weeks
information, adoration, sensation, preparation, admiration, ventilation, evaporation, condensation, vacation, realisation
You need to know that the suffix -ation is added to verbs to form nouns.
sadly, completely, usually, finally, comically, slowly, happily, miserably, annoyingly, frantically
You need to know that the suffix -ly is added to an adjective to form an adverb.
R.E - Hindu Gods
PSHE - Healthy Lifestyles
ICT - Writing Code - can we master 'night and day' on Purple Mash - Gibbon?
PE- Lindy Hop
Music - Recorder and learning songs for our performance! More information to follow about this shortly.
Have a nice weekend!
Hello! We are really enjoying working in depth with our book, The Firework Maker's Daughter. This week we have written a diary entry from the main character's point of view, descriptive writing including similes, metaphors and personification, and we've drawn our own versions of what we think the fire fiend might have looked like! I've attached a few photos of some children's work. Thank you children for your enthusiasm over your writing. May I congratulate Anaya this week for becoming presentation queen (a real improvement in handwriting and presentation) and belated congratulations to our previous royal winners - Ollie Whiteson, Sophie King, Oliver Amatt and Emily Andrea.
Next week we are getting to grips with writing about settings, using the book as inspiration and up-levelling our knowledge of vocabulary that we might be unfamiliar with. We need to know how to use a dictionary for this task.
The Lindy Hop has got off to an enthusiastic start. If parents have Spotify and want to practise or just listen to the music, the song we are dancing to is called Barney's Bounce, by Glen Crytzer.
We began perimeter this week, attached are photos of creating a fence around a very naughty lego figure who was trying to escape! Please discuss how we find perimeters of simple shapes with your parents and practise adding 4 digits together and finding doubles! We are out of practise since we haven't worked with number since before Christmas! This is continuing next week.
We will have our first lesson on Hindu Gods next week in R.E. We talked today about why we study R.E. and why it's important to know about other peoples beliefs. We had some interesting opinions. Everyone agreed that knowledge of all faiths brings respect which can only be a good thing.
PSHE over the next few weeks is focused upon discussions of healthy living! Food, hygiene, exercise etc. We discussed balanced meals today and all the food groups.
Burns Night next week - don't forget to eat haggis! Can you remember from our assembley who Robert Burns is? Tell your Mum and Dad.
Now parents - we have a serious lack of good quality, clear plastic rulers. Studying perimeter next week it would be extremely beneficial if your child had the right equipment. Only a few children have rulers in their pencil boxes!
Now that parents aren't dropping off at the classroom door in the mornings, if someone else is to collect your child at 3.15, just write a note to inform me of the change. Thank you.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to school. Despite the cold, grey mornings we have been having fun in Year 3. Last week we made raisins dance! This brought to an end our study of solids, liquids and gases. Can you explain to your parents what made the raisins buoyant and what made the raisins sink again? Mrs Kleiner-Mann tried to put mentoes in Coca-Cola and create an explosion, just to emphasise the point about gases needing to escape, but spectacularly failed! Don't worry kids, I will return with a fizzy (not flat) bottle of Coca-Cola. I will not give up!
Our visit to Bhak
Bhaktivedanta Manor was fascinating, as an introduction to Hinduism, our new religion of study. The staff there were so kind, calm and spiritual and worked hard to make us feel welcome and to teach us about their belief in Hare Krishna. 33 million gods, Krishna being the most supreme. I hope we don't have to learn them all! The pea curry cooked for us was the most delicious curry I have ever eaten. I know lots of you asked for seconds! Did you know that the very same cooks who cooked that curry, cook and send the same meal to lots of homeless people every day in London. What an amazing charitable deed that is, with many people benefiting from that kindness. Enjoy the photos!
In Literacy over the next couple of weeks we are reading The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman and engaging in drama and creative writing activities.
subheading, submarine, submerge, subdivide, subsoil, subway, supermarket, superman, superstar, superpower, exercise, experience, experiment, extreme, famous, favourite, February, forwards, fruit, grammar.
In Maths we have learnt a lot about angles and lines. Can you show your parents what parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, diagonal lines are? Can you see them in shapes? We will be learning about polygons next week and the week after that about perimeter.
In P.E. we are going to be learning The Lindy Hop! Oh yes Jade, get those dancing shoes on, listen to some Jazz and lets get funky!
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!