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Thank you and Happy Holidays

Thank you and Happy Holidays

What a fantastic end to the term with the junior performance of Sleeping Beauty.  The whole of the junior department including pupils and staff really threw themselves into the performance with fantastic results.  The effort and support from parents and carers regarding costumes, learning lines and practising acting skills is  also greatly appreciated.  It was definitely a team effort and all the children really ‘sparkled’.  Undoubtedly,  a proud memorable event of 2016! Thank you and great job to everyone involved both at home and in school. I would like to wish everyone a lovely holiday and hope you have lots of reasons to smile over the festive break.  Take care and I look forward to seeing you all in January Miss Sinclair It's only fair to...

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Superhero stories

This week Y3 have been getting to grips with different terminology such as nouns and adjectives and have been experimenting different ways to use description in their own sentences. Some of the children have also been exploring dialogue between characters and I have been impressed with their ability to weave this into their own story writing. We have also been reading a selection of superhero stories during story-time at the end of the school day. The children and I love to sit down at the end of a busy day to hear a humorous story. All the superhero stories we have been reading so far should come in use for our superhero story writing next week. As part of our enquiry based curriculum the children have been exploring life over 2,500 years ago during Ancient Greece. They have thoroughly enjoyed researching about the Olympic Games and finding out about Greek pottery. I have been really impressed with the children’s efforts during PE. We have been focussing on the purpose of a defender and an attacker and, on Wednesday of this week, we have applied these skills into a simple competitive invasion game, cone ball. We have also looked at the Y3 key words this week in our spelling sessions. Over the next few weeks, the children will be learning different spelling patterns and word groups. I will share the key words with parents/carers at our upcoming progress evenings in October. Finally I must say how fantastic the children’s first piece of homework was based on the Olympic Games. I was delighted to see a variety of ways they had presented their work and I really enjoyed reading and listening to the children talk about their learning. I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, Mrs McLoughlin It's only fair to...

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A great start to the juniors

A great start to the juniors

Y3 have been getting to know their daily routines and have created their own class rules. They have also been reminded about the importance of the school’s golden rules and how we can all promote the rules around school. They have also enjoyed learning their new seating arrangements and are now familiar with the new terminology such as WALT and WILF. Everybody has made a great start to their learning! This half term we will be learning about Ancient Greece and the functions of a plant in our enquiry sessions. In literacy we have started to look at the key features of an adventure story and will start this week to look at different superhero characters! We will also be focusing on addition and subtraction in our maths lessons. Y3 are trying their best to think about the presentation of their work, keep a look out for any super examples of beautifully presented work on our ‘In the spotlight’ display. Y3’s first piece of enquiry homework went home on Friday with an information letter attached. If you have any questions regarding homework or home reading please let me know, Mrs McLoughlin. It's only fair to...

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Y3 step back in time!

Y3 step back in time!

Y3 were greeted by our friendly tour guide Gemma today at Salford Museum. Gemma asked the children to share what they had already learnt about the Victorians and she was very impressed with their enthusiasm and the interesting facts they had to share. Next Gemma shared some very interesting Victorian household artefacts with the children, but, to make it more interesting, they had to work together as time detectives to work out what the objects might have been used for. We all gathered back together with the different objects from around the room to share our ideas, some very humorous ideas too! Gemma talked through and even modelled some of the objects on the children. We were then told that we had to explore the Victorian street to find the different objects. The children peeked in shop windows, explored the different buildings and popped their heads through door ways to search for the different objects. Some children even chose to dress up to fully get into character! Finally we spent the afternoon looking at some Victorian art work, in particular a piece of art work by Geo Hayes of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert arriving at Peel Park. The children were excited to share their knowledge of Queen Victoria! Y3 had to then become artists themselves to recreate the famous painting. They worked together to sketch and design a different part. Finally, Gemma helped the children put their images together to make a huge recreation of the painting. The children were extremely proud of their work and have brought it back to school to share with others. Gemma waved the children off and thanked them for working hard and listening so well. She told them that she had had a great day with them! Well done Y3, I felt extremely proud of you all from start to finish, what a lovely day! It's only fair to...

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Painting and performing

Y3 have had an eventful week filled with dancing, singing, painting, writing and map reading! On Monday the children joined the rest of the school for a special Olympic themed assembly. It was here that they first heard that their chosen value was to be excellence! We discussed the meaning of the word excellence with ideas including ‘trying your best not always being the best’. With this in mind, the children created acrostic poems to personally explain the meaning of this value. They performed their poems and, as a class, we created a final poem. The children also wanted to share their own personal talents and skills . We have some extremely talented people in Y3 with performances including singing, karate, horse riding, reading, gymnastics and acrobatics! Finally the children wanted to showcase the idea of reaching and achieving your personal best. I shared a few song choices with the class and they chose the song ‘Reach!’ We practised dance moves and learnt the words ready for their performance next week! On Tuesday the children visited Philips Park for an exciting morning of orienteering. We split into 4 groups with a map and a route to follow. They thoroughly enjoyed exploring the woods and tracks to locate different letters on posts and finished the morning on the adventure playground. Next week the children also have a visit to Lark Hill museum in Salford to look forward to where they will get to experience first hand what it was like to live like a Victorian child. It's only fair to...

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Rocks, cricket skills and information texts

Year 3 have had a great start to our striking and fielding unit of work in PE. They have been learning about different fielding and batting skills and have started to play some simple games of cricket. They have enjoyed working alongside Dom our cricket coach from Cricket Asylum. Dom has been really impressed with the children’s listening skills during the lessons and their enthusiasm towards the game. In literacy we have started a new text type, information texts. The children have been reading a selection of information texts and posters to identify the structure and layout. They have also been working hard to identify the different way sentences can vary such as the way it may start or whether the sentence is a short, snappy sentence or a more detailed expanded sentence. With this in mind, the children have worked with Mrs Crowe and I to craft informative sentences and paragraphs of their own. At the end of the week the children created a plan using headings and bullet points, based on their understanding of the Victorians. Today they started to turn their notes into full sentences, thinking about what they have learnt so far. In maths, the children are really being challenged! They have been developing their reasoning and problem solving skills by completing a variety of number or shape/measure related problems. I have been having learning conversations with different groups of children to help them verbalise their learning and explain their working out. Finally, we have now kick started our new geography enquiry based on Mainland Orkney. The children have brought a piece of homework home based on this area of learning, focusing on tourism on the island. In science, the children are really enjoying learning about how fossils are formed. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be experimenting with and sorting a selection of different rocks and soils. It's only fair to...

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