Here are a few last extras pieces if your child wishes to complete them over the summer. Mrs Millane isn’t expecting these to be returned but if your child wishes to share them with her in September I am more than sure she’d be happy to see them!
I hope you all stay safe over the summer and I look forward to seeing all of your children in September as they start their learning journey in Year 4!
This week in school we are focusing on plants as that is one of the science topics we have unfortunately missed this academic year. I have attached a variety of science related plant activities but the topic of plants can obviously be used throughout all subjects.
For example we are dissecting a plant/flower in school so that we can physically see all of the different parts. Also we are creating a flower sculpture out of art but maybe you could encourage your child to collect natural materials from your garden or local park area and design their own plant/flower picture. I’d love to see their creations!
The History topic that we would have been focusing on this term would have been Ancient Egyptians. So here are some topic related activities you could have a go at at home! My bubble has thoroughly enjoyed completing them at school.
BBC Bitesize is the place to be!
Yesterday (Monday 18th) they did a Maths lesson on fractions, which I know you will all be FAB at with the home learning packs you have been doing recently! An English lesson focusing on the difference between fact and opinion and a History lesson on how people lived in the Bronze Age. Some fantastic resources to go with the lessons too!!
Today they have continued with the topic of fractions in Maths, looking at identifying what fraction of a shape has been highlighted. In English today they were looking at formal and informal language, then finally they had a Geography lesson which focused on Mountains which sounds very exciting - maybe something you could begin to create an information booklet on? Or even an informative poster?
BBC Bitesize is definitely the place you should be heading to on a daily basis, also remember to use White Rose for Maths. They have some great activities to support with extending your child’s learning. The use of these sites will be encouraged more from the start of June rather than there being a large amount of paperwork!
Websites to Support with Home Learning
Can you please start to encourage your child to use the BBC Bitesize and White Rose websites for their home learning, they have been linked below.
BBC Bitesize is publishing an age-related lesson for English, Maths and a foundation subject each day (e.g. Science, History, Geography, Music etc). Your child may start to come across topics that they haven’t learnt yet but this website gives great step by step information and then related activities to complete too!
White Rose focuses on Maths and they have got previous lessons that they have published for when we haven't been at school and they are publishing lessons each week focusing on what your child would have been learning if they were to still be at school.
I hope that these sites help you out at home. Take care and stay safe. Hopefully, see you all soon :)
Mrs Brennan has kindly emailed these Geography activities to us to share with you. Enjoy!
Time Capsule Activities
Here are some wonderful time capsule activities that you could encourage your child to complete during their time at home. It will be something that you can then look back on in the future to remember this current time.
Below are a few different activities related to our Year 3 learning as well our weekend celebration of Easter! Twinkl also have some great Easter related eBooks available to download.
World Health Day - 7th April
Below are a few Science related activities, similar to what we have discussed in our Science lessons while learning about the human body and what nutrition we need to stay healthy.
Why not have a go at home? and fill it in as you eat throughout the week! A great way of reflecting on what you’re eating while at home, making sure you’re still eating a healthy balanced diet.
Joe Wicks has now joined with Twinkl and has released some more exercise related activities on their site. Remember you can currently use Twinkl resources for FREE!!
Below are a few of his 5 minute workout information cards but you will need to log onto Twinkl to get the matching video to complete the workouts with him. There are also a selection of 8 minute workouts.
Hope you’re all staying home and keeping safe :)
Some great images created by Julia Donaldson to share with your children at home relating to the current circumstances.
CHALLENGE: Can your child guess which story each image is related to?
Due to the Government closing all schools from Friday 20th March, a home learning pack has been sent home with your child covering a few different subjects/topics we have already learnt in class. In addition to this, I will regularly be adding various educational activities onto our class page to keep them busy throughout this unknown length of time away from education. All my thoughts and best wishes are with you all as families, take care and see you all soon!!
Below is a copy of our Year 3 Homework Menu which was also sent home in your child's home learning pack. Please have a look at this with your child on how to complete the activities, the instructions of how to use it are at the top.
Below is an electronic version of the Numbot parent information letter. This software/game is to support your child with their addition and subtraction skills, working in partnership with TTRockstars (which supports your child's multiplication and division skills). Your child can log onto this site using the same username and password as TTRockstars.
Below is a fab game that you and your child can play between you. A vocabulary emoji game.
For example: 7. Full stop, 8. Apostrophe and 12. Direct speech etc. See whether you can find them all!
We have had the chicks visit Otter Class! There are 8 chicks this year that Miss Bones class have watched hatch. They are still adorable little fluffy chicks but they are beginning to grow their wing feathers! Otter's sure did enjoy having the chicks visit our classroom. We sat in a circle on the carpet, letting the chicks wonder around and become familiar with their surroundings before holding them.
Sports Relief Marathon
On Monday 9th March as a class we took part in completing the school marathon for Sports Relief. As a class we had to pass the baton round the school field six times and there were four batons. We worked as a class to get the batons to move round the field and we completed it VERY quickly. We worked together as a great team to complete our sports challenge. As a school the total laps of the field have been calculated and it has worked out that AS A SCHOOL we have ran 3 WHOLE MARATHONS!!
REMEMBER: Non-uniform day for Sports Relief is on Friday 13th March.
Take a look at our FABULOUS costumes for World Book Day! Can you guess the names of our characters? Today we had time to share our favourite books with Mrs Jenkin's class, reading to each other and sharing who our favourite characters are. It was lovely to see all of the children participate in dressing up today. Having a range of outfits such as Little Red Riding Hood and Matalida to Willy Wonker and Robin Hood.
Dance Workshop : The Enormous Crocodile
Today as a class we had the opportunity to take part in a dance workshop. The children had to act out the story of The Enormous Crocodile, written by Roald Dahl. The children all worked well as a class to act out their parts and put it together as a class.
This has been filmed and shared as a class however the video is too large to upload, apologies! But please take my word for it, they were all GREAT actors and actresses!
Today we have completed our cave paintings using watercolour paints. At the beginning of the week we discussed what cave paintings were and when they were around, before designing their own cave painting.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Prehistoric Britain. Learning about the three phases: Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. How people used to live and how they used to survive.
We have started looking at money in Maths so please encourage your child to pay for items when you go shopping and count your change etc. We will be working towards using all four operations in solving money related word problems towards the end of next week! 💰
Below are some of our robots that we created on the computer programme Paint 🎨
Experimenting different ways of drawing Robots
Today in Art we have continued to look at our first artist, Eric Joyner who focuses on the drawings of Robots. The children had been given one of his robot drawings and they had to complete 5 different ways of drawing the robot:
1. Using their normal writing hand.
2. Using their other hand.
3. Without taking their pencil off the paper.
4. With their eyes closed.
5. With a different drawing material: a biro (unable to make any mistakes).
The children loved this activity and it is great to see the children display passion towards their art work that they are producing. We also had some giggles at the robot drawings that they created while having their eyes closed! :)
Our Second Well-being Workshop
Today the children had the opportunity to participate in a workshop by Supporting Minds which was focusing on supporting children with how to cope with 'BIG feelings'. Putting together some strategies and breathing techniques of how they can deal with and support themselves if they come across any difficult emotions.
This term we have started to look at the topic of Robots. In English we have been using the video of the ‘Unknown Planet’ (linked below) to develop our ideas around the topic, thinking of suitable onomatopoeia’s and similes to use within our writing.
In Art we have been looking at the artist Eric Joyner who focuses on the sketching of robots, alongside other things he is interested in. Today we have created our own artist pages, incorporating a variety of Eric’s drawings.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS OTTERS!
I wish you all a wonderful, happy Christmas! Please make sure you keep yourself safe while celebrating over this festive period. Myself and Mrs Stevenson will see you all back at school on Monday 6th January! 🎄
Today we have been tasting different types of soup including: vegetable, minestrone, scotch broth, chicken and tomato. It was nice to see the children try some flavours of soup that they probably haven’t tried before, seeing the surprise on their face when they enjoyed the taste.
Now to choose what is going to go in our class soup and taste it next week.
Our Christmas Party
We have had a fabulous day celebrating Christmas with a visit to Playtowers and enjoying some party food. A big thank you for the food that was sent in to be enjoyed by us all. It was lovely to see the children thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Making our Christmas tactile wreaths after a busy week of tests. A BIG ‘WELL DONE' to all of Otters for their fantastic hard work. Thank you! :)
Our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Freeze Frame
Today in grammar we played a variety of games to support ourselves in retaining grammar rules for our tests next week. These are games you can do at home too!
a’ or ‘an’ game: relating this to words that begin with a vowel or a constant e.g an elephant, an insect, a towel, a frog. Then putting these words correctly into sentences.
Prepositions: writing an interesting sentence using more than one preposition e.g The spider crawled along the table, over the ruler and down onto the floor, crawling under the cupboard.
Identifying what a noun is, an adjective, a verb, an adverb, a conjunction, a pronoun and prepositions.
Conjunctions: writing an interesting sentence (using adjectives) including more than one conjunction e.g and, so, for, but, however, which, because etc.
WOW! What an amazing day we had on our school trip to Cadbury World. Yes, it was a very long day with the travelling but it was definitely worth it!
First, we travelled 1000 years back in time to Mexico, where we walked through the tropical rainforest of Mayan Indians. We discovered the origins of cocoa beans, amidst trees and waterfalls, deep in the ancient tropical rainforest. We also saw the Aztex Emperor Montezuma whose favourite drink was 'chocolatl'.
We also learnt how Cadbury chocolate was made as one of our talented Cadbury World chocolatiers guided us through the traditional chocolate-making technique of tempering. We also got to doodle our names in chocolate.
Afterwards, we also got to go down the advertising avenue, through the bournville experience, a journey to Europe, a 4D cinema experience and a ride on Cadabra. Oh, and of course we got to go in the Cadbury shop to spend our money on CHOCOALTE :)
Macmillan Coffee Morning
A BIG thank you for all of the cake donations this morning and a thank you to those parents who were able to come and visit. Here are some photos of the Otter's class enjoying their Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Supporting Minds: Self-esteem and Resilience Workshop
Yesterday (23.09.19) the Otter's Class had the opportunity to participate in a self-esteem and resilience workshop delivered by Supporting Minds.
It was discussed with the children what self-esteem and resilience are, focusing on positive emotions. The theme of the session was superheroes, so first, the children had to discuss what makes a 'good' superhero and what do they need to be able to perform their daily duties. Then the children had the opportunity to design their own superheroes, listing what their qualities as a superhero would be as well as design their own superhero mask. To end the session the children then 'strutted their stuff' down the superhero catwalk and struck a superhero pose.
The session was great fun and it has supported the children in understanding their postive emotions.
Welcome to Otter Class.
Mrs Stevenson and I want to thank the whole of the Otter Class for a FABULOUS first week back at school. We are so proud of how you have all shown a positive attitude towards learning this week, showing politeness within the classroom. Let's keep it up!
Any questions please come and ask.