Thank you for the fantastic pieces of homework surrounding our Ghana enquiry. The children have gathered some interesting facts about the capital city Accra and have produced some interesting information pages. The research that takes place at home really does extend and further their current knowledge and understanding of a particular concept. We will be using this work as a stimulus this week within our lessons. The children have also been working hard within our Science enquiry, ‘What helps animals and humans stay healthy?’. Last week we shared our current knowledge and understanding of animals and gathered questions to which we would like to find the answers. This week we will be looking at a balanced diet and the importance of nutrients and vitamins.
As part of our enquiry ‘Would you like to live in Ghana?’, Year 3 have been researching Ghanaian children’s lifestyles. We have identified various similarities and some interesting differences between Ghanaian schools and English schools. Using this information, we have been experimenting with subheadings and paragraphs to group similar ideas. We have also been learning an interesting African song taken from ‘The Peace Child’. The children have worked hard learning the difficult lyrics and discussing the meaning of the song. I look forward to looking at your homework surrounding ‘What is the capital city of Ghana?’
As from January 2014, the Y5 and Y6 netball sessions will be running every Thursday after school with Miss McGrath. It will start at 3:30 and finish at 4:15. All girls who participate must ensure they have appropriate footwear. Our first practical session will begin on Thursday 23rd January. I look forward to seeing you all!
I hope you have all enjoyed your time together with your families over the Christmas period and are looking forward to our upcoming enquiries. Over the next few weeks, the children in Year 3 will be learning about life in Ghana, Africa. We will be looking closely at the way in which people live and will be comparing and contrasting this to our everyday lives. In literacy, we will be looking at information texts, poetry and traditional African stories. Within Art, the children will begin to understand the importance of the foreground and background within a painting and will be creating their own African silhouette paintings. Within Science, the children will learn about the way in which animals, including humans, eat and move. Our Ghana enquiry page is now up and running, click on the Year 3 tab and follow the link for ‘Would you like to live in Ghana?’
What a busy week we have had! On Tuesday, the children really enjoyed their first lower junior party, thank you for all your support with the food and drink! On Wednesday and Thursday we enjoyed making Christmas cards and calendars. Finally, we ended the term by gathering together as a school to celebrate the work that has been produced within each class as part of our whole school enquiry; ‘How is the Christmas story expressed through the Arts?’
Year 3 have worked so hard over the past two weeks and have produced some fantastic illustrations and illuminated texts. The children worked in pairs or groups of three, to draw and paint a certain part of the Christmas story. They used a variety of photographs and pictures as inspiration and commented on the detail used within each image to ensure they reflected this within their own work. Their finished pieces were displayed in the school hall for all to see. I am unbelievably proud of the children’s effort and attitude towards their work… photographs of the children’s work to follow soon!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the past term and would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas!
Firstly, I would like to thank you for all your support with the children’s homework this term. All the extra research you do at home with the children really does have a positive impact on their knowledge of a particular concept and furthers their interest and understanding. The children always enjoy sharing interesting facts, information or pictures they have gathered over the weekend.
This week we have been learning about illuminated texts within religious manuscripts. During the week we looked at a variety of illuminated pieces and compared the way in which they appear on the page and what each piece represents. The children really enjoyed sketching various letters and creating their own enlarged lettering. We also discussed and sequenced the Christmas story using drama and story maps. The children enjoyed dressing up as the characters and commenting on each others’ performances. Finally we finished the week by writing the Christmas story using illuminated lettering. All this hard work will now help us, next week, to create an illustration and illuminated text to capture the different parts of the Christmas story.
This week Key Stage 2 have been working extremely hard learning all the actions and songs for our Christmas Production next week. The children have really enjoyed our superhero topic and have produced some exciting adventure stories based upon the story ‘Nat Fantastic!’. Next week, we are looking forward to our new RE enquiry question, ‘How is the Christmas story represented through the use of illuminated texts and illustrations?’ I am looking forward to hearing all about the children’s responses to their illuminated text based homework.
Thank you for producing some fantastic bird models and collages as part of your homework, they are fantastic! I was extremely impressed with the children’s performance poetry last week, the children put 100% effort into their performances using clear expressive voices and actions. This week we will be writing an independent story and a set of instructions based on our puppets. Please don’t forget to send your child’s Christmas Production costume into school with your child’s name labelled on the bag.
This week the children had to imagine they had transformed into a superhero and were to use their ideas in the form of a poem. The children worked very hard gathering and comparing ideas within small groups and have produced some fantastic superhero simile poems.
Within Science, we have been busy looking at characteristics of materials and even tested some materials out using water, weights and light to see if each material was waterproof, strong or transparent. I have been extremely impressed with the children’s attitudes towards their enquiry homework. Keep up the good work Y3!
We have had another fun filled week in Year 3. We have been describing superhero characters, superhero settings and finished the week with an independent superhero story! I am absolutely amazed by the children’s attitude and interest towards their story writing. Each and every child produced a fantastic story on Friday, I am extremely proud!
Mrs Geelan was overwhelmed by the children’s attitude and perseverance within our recorder session on Tuesday. The children have been working really hard and are now practising Jingle Bells using the notes B, A, G, D and C! Very impressive!