Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Mosaic Making

The children of Sequoia class are thoroughly enjoying their Roman topic. Today, during their ART lesson, the children had the opportunity to create their own symmetrical mosaics. The children worked together to create their own patterns using multi-link and then used their artistic skills to transfer the patterns onto square paper. It was a real pleasure to see the children using reciprocity throughout the lesson. They are all now very excited to use their designs to create their own mosaics next week!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Leaf Inspectors

This afternoon in Birch Class the children continued their study of the process of photosynthesis by examining leave. The children were resilient in using microscopes to observe the outer structure of a leaf. 

The children ventured outside to collect an array of leaves in order to build a comparison between the structure of different leaves, primarily green and brown leaves. 

Working together we were able to capture two magnified images of the outer structure of different leaves. 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Year 3 travel back to World War 2

On Friday children in Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to watch a performance depicting the life of Sergeant Tull during his time serving in the British Army in World War 2. The performance focused on life during the war and the sacrifices the men and women serving in the army had to make to protect Queen and country.

In the afternoon children in year 3 were able to handle some artefacts from the war, including foot powder and different types of gas masks. Making observations the children worked together to describe and make predictions to what they thought the artefacts were used for during the 1940s.

To immerse themselves into life on the battle ground the children came together to construct a performance of their own. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

Road Safety

This morning Years 3 and 4 took part in a road safety workshop with a difference. Through the medium of magic, we learned about a range of different types of pedestrian crossings and how to remain safe when crossing the road. We also had a good laugh at 'Grandma's car'! Most importantly, the children were able to remember the four key points for staying safe when near roads: 'stop, look, listen, think'.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Sequoia try something new

This week the children of Sequoia have been supporting the language of the term by learning simple phrases, counting to 10 and trying Lithuanian food. Thanks to Conor Borrell the children had the opportunity to try the food, they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and a number of children even asked where they could buy the food as they enjoyed eating it and would like to try some more.

Addition and subtraction tarsias

In Willow maths, we practiced our mental addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers, by solving a Tarsia puzzle.
If we needed help we could use a number square to aid us.

Hooray! We completed the challenge!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Sacha's learning challenge

Wow! We are very impressed at how Sacha has shown how the music in the learning challenge made him feel. Very inventive and imaginative!

Willow Star Writer

Well done to Emily Claydon who was awarded star writer this week. She wowed her teachers by using the phrase 'elegantly made' when describing the shoes the elves had made, when retelling the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Cancelled trip

Unfortunately, due to bad weather we had to make the decision to cancel Willow's picnic in the park! Instead the children had hands on experience in the school sandpit, imagining they were on the beach. They then used this to develop lots of descriptive words and phrases, ready for writing!
However, we still managed to have our picnic! We moved it indoors and sat together on the floor in Rowan. We had a lovely time. 
After lunch we played games to get to know each other and develop our team building skills.
So even though we didn't get to the park today, we feel like we've bonded as a class!

We will be having a trip to the park with the other year 3 classes in a few weeks time!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Literacy Day

The children of Sequoia and Hazel thoroughly enjoyed Literacy day yesterday. The children had the opportunity to bring their favourite books into school to not only read them to their friends but also the children of Pine and Mulberry. Great to see so many children enjoying reading!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Ash Class International Literacy Day Reading Partners Session

To celebrate International Literacy Day the children in Ash Class chose their favourite book to share with  the class. 
We then welcomed some Year 6 pupils from Acer and Palm class to read with us and help us become more confident and fluent readers. 
Both Year 3 and Year 6 pupils enjoyed sharing their love of literature and we hope we'll have the chance to do something similar again soon!