In English, the children have continued to read ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. We are deep into the book now and have been able to produce diary entries and character descriptions of the characters we have met. Children have also been to write a set of instructions on how to walk through the deep, dark forest.
In our reading lessons, we have started to read ‘Krindlekrax’ and have been introduced to our first character. We have been making inferences about the character and using clues from the text to determine what kind of person he is.
In Maths, we have used our place value knowledge to help us add and subtract numbers up to 3 – digits. Also, we have started to introduce rounding and estimating an answer. We have continued to use practical resources to ensure that we are secure in our knowledge of place value.
In Science, we have continued with our topic, animals and the human body. We have been looking at different types of skeleton and naming a human skeleton as understanding the functions of a skeleton.
Here are a few pictures from our Viking Day and World Book Day. Both days were great and the children thoroughly enjoyed them.
We have also been continuing our book Arthur and the Golden Rope where we have been writing diaries and persuasive letters.
In Maths, we have been looking at time. Everyone has been working hard at finding quarter/half past the hour and quarter to the hour as well as solving word problems involving journeys.
We’ve had a busy week in Wagtails. In Maths, we have continued to look at fractions. We have ordered and compared fractions as well as finding equivalent fractions.
In English, we looked at what makes a hero and designed our own. We were then able to describe our heroes using descriptive language.
Have a a great weekend.
We’ve had a great couple of weeks in Wagtails class! Last week in Maths, we took part in a live lesson, hosted by the Premier League and the BBC. It involved some exercise whilst learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. This prepared us well for this week, as we started to look at fractions of objects, shapes and numbers.
In English, we have continued reading our new book, Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have looked at one of the pages and started to write a poem using similes, metaphors and personification.
This weeks Science was great! We looked at fossils and dinosaurs, focusing on where fossils came from and how they are formed.
Have a a great weekend, spellings to follow later on this morning.
In Maths this week, Wagtails have been looking at rounders numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. They worked extremely hard during these lessons and during key skills lesson, their knowledge of rounding was tested 2 player board game, which they all enjoyed.
This week in English, we have been predicting the next part of our story, Leon and the Place Between. They produced storyboards at the start of the week which then enabled the, to write the next part of the story. There were some amazing and creative ideas and thoroughly enjoyed reading their work.
In Science, children were looking at the human body, specifically our muscles and what their functions are. They went outside and used chalk to have a go at drawing where they thought the muscles were in our body.
Our PE has changed days. We now have it on Wednesday and Friday.
It has been a very busy in Wagtails class. First, we spent a few days making our Roman helmets. We used paper mache to make our mould and then added our grey paint, finishing off by colouring in and adding decoration to it.
In Maths, we started looking at place value and representing 2 and 3 - digit numbers using practical resources. Children were able to represent these numbers as well as partitioning the number to show hundreds, tens and ones.
In English, we started looking at our new book, Leon and the place between'. We were describing the first page of the books and predicting what the book could be about.
Have a great weekend!
What a fantastic start to the year in year 3! Last week the children learnt lots about the Romans ready to start the new topic in the ICE zone on Monday. The children all had a fantastic day last Thursday with our 'History off the page" where they got to take part in many different Roman activities. Photos to follow!
We also discussed what the children got up to over the summer holidays and we loved hearing all about it.
This year, year 3 will be having PE on a Tuesday and a Friday. Please ensure that your child has full PE kit in school ever day.
I am really looking forward to the year ahead. Any questions please feel free to come and ask!
Miss King and Mr Colborne :D
This week in Maths, Wagtails have continued to look at fractions. They have been recognizing and showing equivalent fractions as well as comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominator.
In English, we did some performance poetry based on the book we are currently reading, The Great Kapok Tree. We listened to a poem by Grace Nichols about the forest and the children were able to link the ideas from the poem with the book. From this, children were able to perform the poem, using particular sounds and actions. They all did a fantastic job!
Fantastical Cambridgeshire were in on Wednesday. We took a walk around the loves farm area (perfect weather for it) and stopped at certain areas to give children the chance to draw what they could see. In small groups, children were given a big roll of paper so they could create one massive drawing of what they saw during the course of the walk, which they thoroughly enjoyed!
A quick reminder that the Community center now has work from Fantastical Cambridgeshire up on show.
This week, Wagtails had Fantastical Cambridgeshire come on Wednesday and we went out for a tour of Loves Farm. The weather wasn't on our side but it didn't stop the class having some brilliant ideas. We went back to the classroom and children created their own map of loves farm, using maps of different places.
In Maths, we have looked at symmetry of lines and using mirrors to aid our learning.
In English, we have continued to look at the Great Kapok Tree where we have been looking at the front cover and the first couple of pages
Week ending 19/5/17
This week in the Great Spelling Quiz it was a landslide victory for Goldfinch Class with a score of 84 - 54. This means that the overall score is 14 -8.
This week the new words are
possess, possession, possible, potatoes, pressure, probably
Wagtails managed to cram in a lot of work during our 4 day week. They were introduced to their new ICE Zone topic, 'Home and Away', where they will be learning about St Neots and Europe. To prepare for the new topic, we learnt about Water Cycles, River features, Capital cities of Europe, map symbols and grid references.
We also had Fantastical Cambridgeshire visit us last Wednesday. The children produced some amazing slides of natural objects (which are on the door) and then drew larger versions of them.
We have had a fantastic week in Wagtails! The week started off with the year 3/4 Easter Production and the children did an amazing job, well done to everyone involved.
In English this week, we looked closely at speech and how to use it correctly. We produced a comic strip from our book Beowulf and next week we will be able to convert the speech into direct speech.
In Maths, both year 3 classes tried something a bit different. We decided to open a fraction museum, where children were allowed to pick any item from the classroom, think of what fractions they could have and write them on their tables using whiteboard pens. It was a fantastic lesson and today they were able to show year 4/5/6 children what they had produced. It was great to see them explaining their findings to the older children.
Have a great weekend!
This week Wagtails have worked extremely hard and had a great day yesterday for World Book day. They created their own stories with another character that you would not expect to see together in the same story!
In Maths, we have continued to look at fractions, looking at adding to fractions together and even looking at improper fractions. In English we wrote predictions on the book Beowulf. Our last chapter that we read ended on a cliff hanger, so we predicted what could happen next. In Science we created our own bar charts after we had tested the strength of different magnets.
Have a great weekend!
In the Great Spelling Quiz today it was another close run race. Initially both classes were tied, then Wagtails pulled ahead by 1 point. However, in a shock final word 'increase' Goldfinch pulled ahead to win 89 to 88. The total now stands at 11 - 8 to Goldfinch Class.
The new words are important, interest, island, would, knowledge, learn.
Please could I remind all parents of year 3 and 4 children to ensure that their child/ren have a costume for the Egyptian performance, and that it comes into school as soon as possible so that we can start rehearsing in costume. If you are unsure of the costume that your child/ren need, please let us know asap.
Could I also remind you to practise the songs with your child/ren for the play, which can be found on the school website, under performance resources. Thank you!
Please help your child to practise their song words for the Spring performance-Glint of Gold. You can find the audio tracks on the school website and clicking on the children tab; performance resources; Glint of Gold.
Thank you in advance.
In Wagtails, I have decided to have a sportsperson of the week, for children who are not only talented in PE but for children who show fantastic sportsmanship, teamwork and commitment. They will get a certificate which will go on the class display board for the week and then they can take it home.
This week, my sportsperson of the week was Zak Thompson. Not only did he show fantastic commitment in the cold conditions, he also produced some excellent push passes in Hockey.
Well done Zak!
In today's Great Spelling Quiz the result was not so close. Words like February and favourite really cased a stir!
The final score was Goldfinch 81 and Wagtails 72, which means that the total currently stands at 9 - 6 to Goldfinch.
This weeks words are
forward, fruit, grammar, poor, pretty, prove
We have been very busy this week in Wagtails class!
In Maths, we have started to look at time. Children have been looking specifically at minutes past the hour and knowing the difference between the minute and the hour hand as well as looking at analogue and digital clocks.
In English, we have continued to read Beowulf. Last week we planned a newspaper report in preparation for this week, where we started writing our newspaper report on the attack of Heorot, the home of King Hrothgar! To help our reports, we looked specifically at quotes and how important they can be in a newspaper.
Both PE is next Tuesday, both indoor and outdoor, so can we ensure that warm kit is brought in.
Have a great weekend!
Years 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed learning about history with Chris Lloyd this afternoon! They learned about how many chickens there are in the World and how many days it would take for 1 million seconds and even 1 billion seconds. They covered everything from the Big Bang Theory through to Snapchat!
This half term in English we have started a new book, Beowulf. We have read the first two chapters and wrote a diary entry as if we were the King. Also we have started to look at features of a Newspaper in preparation for writing a newspaper report based on chapters 1 and 2.
In Maths we have looked at using the grid method to solve multiplication and number lines to solve division number and word problems.
In Science, we have started our new topic which is Rocks and Magnets. This week we looked at push and pull forces.
For PE, we have started Dance and Quicksticks so please ensure PE kit is brought in for Tuesdays.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
This week, year 3 took part in the Inter Trust Sports event at Winhills. It was a brilliant morning which included lots enthusiasm, excitement and competitiveness, despite the very arctic conditions! We managed to get a Round House 1st and 2nd which is a fantastic achievement so well done to all involved.
In Maths, Wagtails were looking at division skills which included looking at solving word problems.
In English, we took a trip onto the playground to write similes for a poem based on the autumn playground at Round House.
This week in Maths we have started to look at addition, with the introduction of the column method. We started off by a using 2 - digit number plus a 1 - digit number and started to slowly integrate a 2 - digit number add another 2 - digit number. With this being a tricky method to use at times, some of us started by drawing their own number lines to add a single digit onto 10. Some of the class managed to get onto a 4 - digit number plus anther 4 - digit number.
In English this week, we have attempted to write a new page for our book 'Leon and the Place Between'. We first looked at the style of the book and what the author has done followed by watching a clip from Cirque de Soleil and the content from this would be our new page of the book. Some wonderful and creative ideas were written in their books!!
Remember Christmas card forms must be returned by 5th October.
Have a great weekend! :)
The children have had a very busy week. They really enjoyed 'International week' where they 'visited' different countries and learned about their language and customs. The children in Wagtail class have finished the week by starting their learning about light by looking at their shadows and seeing how they change when they move.
The children are enjoying 'International week'. They will be learning about 5 different countries throughout the week which includes food tasting in the Ice Zones.
Wagtails had a wonderful time at Pizza Express this morning learning how to make pizza! They tasted yummy too!
Year 3 had a wonderful time at Kew Gardens in London yesterday! We could really feel what it would be like to live in The Amazon Rain forest.
We are learning about measuring this week. We have started by estimating the weights of different objects around the classroom and then used weighing scales to see how accurate we were.
The children in Years 3 and 4 have been doing some amazing learning in the Ice Zone. Their topic this term is South America and they have already learned so much! Look how amazing the Ice Zone looks!
Well done to Year 3 for participating in the St Neots storytelling festival at the Priory Centre last Friday. They performed 'Room on a Broom' by Julia Donaldson as well as Michael Rosen's 'Don't. It was a lovely morning where we heard some other fantastic poems performed by the other schools.
Attached below is the Years 2/3/4 spellings word mat the children use at school. You can practise these spellings at home and use them to help when completing homework. Hope you find it useful!
A big welcome back after the Easter holidays. Wagtails have had a fantastic start to term! They have been learning about their new topic- South America where they have been locating South America on a map and labeling the Countries and Cities. They also really enjoyed participating in 'Crystal Maze Maths' where the children showed great resilience, problem solving and team work. Well done!
We had a fantastic day today with Nigel Tate, a Viking expert. We learned lots of information about the Vikings, made our own Rhunes and were able to touch and see real Viking artefacts.
We had a fantastic start to the half term today with Story teller Usifu Jalloh. It was a wonderful, exciting start to book week!
In Wagtail class we are reading 'Flotsam' by David Weisner and today we started creating fish collages. Watch this space for pictures to follow.
This week the children in Wagtail class have been busy writing their own character descriptions based on the monsters they have created. In maths they have continued learning about fractions and have extended this to finding fractions of amounts.
Years 3 and 4 had a visit from Dogs Trust today. They learned about dogs senses and used their own to compare to a dog's. They tasted different foods and used their touch to guess the different dog items.
Wagtails have been creating their own monsters using clay. They will then be writing their own character description and using these monsters to write their own versions of Beowulf.
Today Wagtails have enjoyed experimenting with different tones using pencil. They then used this skill to create portraits of themselves. They are starting to look wonderful!!
Wagtails have continued to work hard this week. In English they have been continuing with their book 'Beowulf' and have been hot-seating the characters. This has helped the children empathise with the characters and consider how they might act and feel. They have then used this to write speech from the characters point of view and will use this when they write their openings at the beginning of next week.
In maths the children have been learning about addition by securing their understanding of the column method. They have then used this skill to solve problems.
In maths this week the children have been securing their place value of numbers by placing numbers in place value charts. They then used the dienes equipment to show what these numbers look like.
Some of the children have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 using the place value grid to support them. Attached is a KS2 place value chart for practise at home.
This week the children are really back into the swing of learning. They are now in the Ice Zone learning about Anglo Saxons. In English the children have starting reading the book 'Beowulf' considering the different vocabulary and the impact this has on the reader.
At the end of last week we scraped a win in our spelling challenge against Goldfinch class. Hopefully we can keep this going by practising the following words for the challenge this week:
Please can I also remind you that your child needs to have evidence of reading 3 times a week in their reading record book. They can also complete their AR reading tests by logging onto the website and using their log in and passwords which are at the front of their reading records.
The link for the AR website is: https://ukhosted45.renlearn.co.uk/3406764/
If there are any problems please pop in and see me!
Years 3 and 4 enjoyed using the shields they made to create different Roman formations. This included the tortoise formation where the teachers tried to find gaps by throwing soft balls.
Wagtails are thoroughly enjoying their new topic 'Invaders and Settlers' and have been collecting information about the Anglo-Saxons. They have then used this information to create a zig-zag book full of information!
Wagtails are delighted to be back after the Christmas break feeling refreshed and ready for learning this term!
This term there are lots of fun filled learning opportunities for the children especially with their new topic 'Invaders and Settlers'.
In class this week we have been learning new painting skills and brush techniques- we definitely have some budding artists!!
We have been very busy celebrating the end of term this week with Music concerts, reward day and a walk to Church.
The children were rewarded for all their hard work this term with a number of activties including cooking, wii games and there was even a silent disco!
This week Wagtail Class have been working hard on their writing. They have been re-writing their own version of the story 'Moon Man' concentrating on adding adverbs into their writing. Unfortunately, some words were put in the word jail and were not allowed to be used.
This week in maths Wagtail class have been learning about division. The children used practical resources to show their understanding of division and some children have moved onto the chunking method.
This week we are learning the spellings after, again, accidental (ly), although and address. We will practise these words in school by saying them forwards, backwards and spelling them in silly sentences. Please feel free to practise them at home too!
Everyday the children go for a mile walk around the playground or field to keep fit! No matter what the weather we are out there!!
Wagtails have been enjoying creating Christmas decorations today! We are so excited about Christmas!!
Year 3 have been designing and creating their own Roman shields in the ICE Zone. Watch this space for the big battle!!
Wagtails have been learning about the effect exercise has on our heart rates in science.
Wagtails have been learning about multiplication this week starting with creating arrays with counters and progressing onto using the grid method.
Wagtails have been getting into Children in Need by sharing their Super-hero teddies and helping to create a Penny Pudsey.
Wagtails have been doing some role play to inspire their writing based on the book 'Moon Man'. They will be using this to write newspaper reports about when Moon Man came to Earth.
What has happened around the school over the Weekend? We now have the challenge to investigate.....Who could it have been?
In maths Wagtails have been practising their addition by using playing cards.
The children are very excited about Accelerated reader and are keen to keep up to date with their tests over half term. Here is the website so the children can complete their tests at home: https://ukhosted45.renlearn.co.uk/3406764/
Their log-in details are in the front of their reading records.
Wagtails have been having lots of fun creating Roman numeral hopscotches.
Welcome to Wagtails!
We are in our creatives week at the moment which gives the children to get used to their new surroundings and classmates. The children are keeping busy by decorating the classroom, learning about their new topics and doing lots of fun activities.
In English, we will be beginning a unit of work on non-chronological texts. The children will be immersed in these texts, looking at the common features. They will be practising to use these features and then creating their own text on the Romans.
In Maths, the children will be looking at the place value of numbers, including hundreds , tens and units.
In science, we will be beginning our Animals (including humans) topic. This will involve looking at the skeleton, healthy eating and digestion.
Please ensure that suitable PE kit is in school at all times, as children will not be able to participate in lessons fully if they are not dressed appropriately. Also, your children will need black soled shoes throughout the year. For the shared area, the children must bring wellies to be able to engage in all the fun activities.
Let's have a fantastic term!!