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This Week…(21/03/22 - 25/03/22)

This Week...(7/03/22 - 11/03/22)

We completed our mindfulness instructions this week. Look at our amazing shared writing wall...

Next week, we will be using all these text shapes and skills from the Writing Rainbow to begin planning and writing our own instructions next week. We are going to be moving from focusing on a healthy mind, to focus on a healthy body by writing instructions on how to create a wonderful healthy stir fry! We should be great at this based on the stir frys we created last half term!

As part of our Urban Pioneers work, we focused on light this week in Science. Discussing what darkness was, identifying light sources, discussing reflection, key vocab and shadows!

We were also very lucky to have Reverend Peter in to visit us and tell us more about Holy Week and how Christians celebrate the different services during this week. Mrs Barnes led a class discussion all about International Women's Week this week too and the Year 4s had a fantastic trip with Mr Cook to Southwell Minster!

Great work again this week Foxes!

This Week... (28/02/22 - 4/03/22)

This week was Book Week! We focused on the book 'All Are Welcome', but we also took the opportunity to read lots of other stories about diversity and being true to yourself, such as 'My Shadow is Pink'. Our busy book week included...

  • exploring the picture in 'All Are Welcome' to discuss different types of diversity
  • mixing skin tones using paints
  • decorating the word 'DIVERSITY' to represent the word using unique patterns and pictures
  • drawing a self portrait to show our inner and outer selves
  • writing 'This Is Me' poems to celebrate our individuality
  • and of course dressing up as book characters for World Book Day and parading around the playground!

 

Have a look at some of the pictures below of us celebrating Book Week and the magic of books!

This Week...(21/02/22 - 25/02/22)

It was great to be back after half term and get straight into our new project, 'Urban Pioneers'. We looked at  the countries that make upthe UK and then used atlases to find different cities around the UK. We also worked on using 4-digit grid references on OS maps.

In Art, we looked at graffiti artists such as Banksy and investigated some different pieces of graffiti art in our sketchbooks. We will be working towards completing our very own piece of graffiti-inspired art later this half term!

Book Week next week, including World Book Day (and dressing up!) on Thursday. We can't wait!

This Week...(31/01/22 - 4/02/22)

As well as all our usual hard work on various subjects this week, we made vegetable stir fry! We focused on the 'Eatwell Plate' and talked about the different food groups we need in our diet. After this, we looked at a wide variety of vegetables, some of them we had never seen before! We spent time practising our grating, skinning, peeling, choping and dicing skills before Mr Stone and Mrs Halfpenny used our prepared vegetables to create stir fry for us to taste! Next week we will get the chance to prepare and cook our very own vegetable stir fry that we can take home to share with our families!

Next week, we are looking forward to Safer Internet Day and Children's Mental Health Week, including our Dress to Express Day on Friday. We will also be coming to the end of our Through the Ages topic and you know what that means...lots of sticky knowledge work!

This Week…(24/01/22 - 28/01/22)

This Week…(17/01/22 - 21/01/22)

What a busy week we have had! Road safety, Indian experiences, building Stonehenge, writing Stone Age stories, exploring Sara Brae and so much more! It was great to get the opportunity to develop our knowledge and skills in so many different ways.

Have a look below to see some amazing photos of the Y3 Indian Experience. The importance of appreciating and embracing diversity continues to grow St Andrew’s and this was a great opportunity to do this.

Y3 Indian Experience (20/01/22)

This Week...(10/01/22 - 14/01/22)

This week we got to have a virtual learning session with Cresswell Crags. As we couldn't go to Cresswell Crags (they were fully booked for school trips this half term) we decided to bring Cresswell Crags to us!

It was great to find out more about the Stone Age and how Cresswell Crags changed throughout the different Stone Age periods. We also got to see some incredible artefacts!

 

Also this week we finally got to go outside into our Forest Schools area and light some fires (see below for photos), just like the Stone Age people did. Well...not JUST like them, as luckily we had some more modern equipment to help us. However, it did make us realise just how important fire would have been to them. As well as this, we did some more timeline work and some work on comparing everyday life in the three different Stone Age periods. So much sticky knowledge!

As well as all this project work...

  • Y3s played a great multiplication grid game to practise their 8 times table
  • The Foxes started working on writing their own version of the Stone Age adventure story 'Stone Age Boy', ready to use all these skills to write a 'sequel' in a few weeks time
  • Understand more about pilgrimages, focusing on places of pilgrimage for Christians
  • Thought about what our dreams and goals might be for the future when we grow up
  • Worked with 2Logo to develop our coding skills
  • Practised making repeating patterns in clay using different tools, ready for creating our own Bell Beaker Pottery

 

Plus, we got 84% Fab 5 Readers. Great week Foxes!

Fantastic Foxes and Fire! 🔥

This Week (3/01/21 - 7/01/21)

This week was all about our new project 'Through the Ages', which will see us focusing on the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The Stone Age was our main focus this week. Did you know that the Stone Age was split into three different parts? The Palaeolithic era, Mesolithic era and Neolithic era. The difference between them is really important and that's what we started to find out more about this week.

Activities this week included...

  • Creating our own prehistoric timelines
  • Using photos of artefacts to become archaeologists and historians and learn about the past
  • Studied and sketched Bell Beaker pottery from the beginning of the Bronze Age
  • Using our comprehension skills to answer questions about  Stone Age Life
  • Tried to 'Spot the Mistake' in a Stone Age scene
  • Drawing our own Stone Age scenes

We have LOVED the start of our new project and we can't wait to find out lots more about Prehistoric Britain!

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