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W/C 27th September

We have had another fantastic week this week!

This week has included some tricky number line work in maths, building some fantastic food chains including birds of prey in Science and we have even finished writing our own version of 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' in English! We are really excited to start writing our own fairy tale with a twist next week. 

As part of our well being work, we have been exploring 'Hello Happy' and what we can do to make ourselves feel happy this week. We have explored dancing in class, pretending to walk like different animals during our morning laps on the playground and imagining that we are visiting our 'happy place' by picturing it in our minds. We are continuing to focus on this next week and will explore mindfulness colouring alongside telling some jokes to make each other laugh!

The highlight of our week was our trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Thursday. We were so lucky to get so close to so many different predators and prey. We also really enjoyed learning even more about each animal that we visited and enjoyed sharing our new facts with our friends and teachers. 

Thank you for another wonderful week Matildas!

W/C 20th September

What another busy week we have had in the Marvellous Matildas classroom! As always, the children have been amazing.

As part of our Predator project, we have explored the process of fossilisation and have been learning about how fossils are formed. Although this was a tricky concept, the more we talked about the process with our class mates, the more we started to understand it. If you wish, you may want to use this website to help you explain the process to someone at home! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9bbkqt/articles/z2ym2p3

We have also had the chance to learn all about 'Carnivorous Plants' in our science lesson this week. We discovered why some plants are carnivores, how they attract prey and also how they catch prey. Different plants do this in different ways and the children really enjoyed exploring different types of carnivorous plants and looking at our very own Venus Flytrap in the classroom! We really enjoyed trying to spot the trigger hairs that we had been learning about in our lesson on our very own plant.

Our English lessons gave us the chance to continue writing our very own version of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and this week we have been exploring adverbs, fronted adverbials and even how to punctuate speech!

We have been working on using a place value chart to create and partition 3-digit numbers this week in our maths lessons. We are starting to really get the hang of this and we all enjoy using Base 10 and our place value charts to support us in our lessons. Some of us have also started to look at number lines to 100 and 1000 this week! On Thursday, we worked on some mental arithmetic skills by adding 1-digit numbers to 2 and 3-digit numbers. This was particularly tricky when crossing the tens or hundreds boundary, but the Matildas did not give up! 

In PE this week we have developed our orienteering skills with Mrs Robinson, pronounced some new greetings in French and in RE we enjoyed discussing what we can do to help make the world a better place, just like Noah did. In our Jigsaw lesson with Mr Green this week, we thought carefully about the responsible choices we could make in response to some different scenarios and created some fabulous art work for our display!

A huge well done on another great week Matildas!

W/C 13th September

We have had yet another fantastic week in the Marvellous Matildas classroom this week. The children have yet again been working so hard and they are all putting so much effort into their learning!

This week we have all really enjoyed our first basketball lesson with Premier Sports alongside our first French lesson with Mrs Robinson! We explored how to say a range of different greetings in French and really enjoyed practising our pronunciation of these words together. Perhaps you could ask the children how to say hello, hi or good evening in French at home.

In our wider curriculum lessons this week, we have explored the story of Noah. We discussed that this story shows that people have responsibilities given by God and that part of being the 'People of God' is trying to live by God's commands. In our Science lessons this week, we have explored the terms 'carnivore', 'herbivore' and omnivore' and the differences between these. We researched different animals and the diet they eat and then grouped these animals according to their diet. We have also explored a wide range of different food chains this week and attempted labelling our food chains with as much information as possible. In our computing lesson this week, we explored coding as this is our first unit of learning in Computing this year. We explored how to read and interpret flowcharts along with using a given flowchart to create a computer program. This was quite tricky at first. but the Matildas did not give up and enjoyed helping each other throughout our lesson.

In maths this week, we have all started our first unit of learning based on Place Value. We have recapped partitioning numbers along with exploring hundreds. We enjoyed counting forward and backwards in steps of 100 to 1000 and used our knowledge to answer some challenging questions.

We have been working on 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' in our English unit this week. Last week, we wrote a class letter to the Big Bad Wolf asking him some questions that we wanted to know the answers to! Luckily, he wrote back and gave us some of the answers we were looking for. We have then started to write our own versions of different parts of the story. We really enjoyed discussing our ideas with our friends and using some of the ideas in our own writing! We even started to look at how to punctuate direct speech using inverted commas and included some speech in our writing! We are really looking forward to continuing with this next week.

Keep up the super reading at home and keep working on those times tables. Have a lovely weekend, we will see you all again next week!

W/C 6th September

 

Wow! What a fantastic first week back at school we have all had. Our new Marvellous Matildas have all made such a wonderful start to Year 3 and have had a fun filled first week back at school.

 

This week we have really enjoyed getting to know each other. On Monday we created some 'all about me' bunting that is now displayed in our classroom and finished our silhouettes filled with the things that we love. Our classroom is looking fantastic and we are really enjoying making it our own. We have also thought carefully about our goals for this year and how we would achieve them. There were some very thoughtful goals in our class with lots of children wanting to learn how to speak French. In our Jigsaw lesson this week, we considered our achievements so far in life and expressed to the class why we are proud of ourselves.

 

We are really enjoying our new topic 'Predator!' and have explored some new scientific vocabulary in our lessons this week. After exploring our new vocabulary, we worked in teams to construct a variety of different food chains and discussed which plants/animals were producers, consumers and apex predators. 

 

To kick start our English focus this week, we loved reading 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'. The children enjoyed comparing this version of the story to the traditional tale and discussed which version they thought was real after hearing both sides of the same story. After reading this, we had a number of questions that we wanted to ask the wolf! The children put on their detective hats and used the 5 W's to support them in thinking of some thought provoking questions that they thought the wolf may struggle to answer! We are looking forward to reading our response letter from Mr. Wolf himself.

 

Overall, an amazing first week in KS2, We are really proud of what a fantastic week you have had Matildas and we can't wait to do it all over again next week!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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