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Mr Ibison and Mrs Roberts
 
If you should wish to speak to me, please send me an email (tom.ibison@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk), call the school office (0113 2574129) or try and catch me before or after school, and we can arrange a time to meet.

We hope you enjoy exploring all the learning that takes place in our class on this page throughout the year!


This week's learning is focused on: Maths - Shape; Writing - Narrative writing; Reading - linked to class reader; Art - Watercolour linked to Ashley Jackson; French - Months of the Year; PHSCE - Tobacco education; RE - How are beliefs expressed through art?; PE - Athletics



This half-term's class reader is:

The BFG

by Roald Dahl


This half-term's home reader is:

The Story of Tracy Beaker

by Jacqueline Wilson


Y3I specific dates for your diary - Summer Half Term 2 (other diary dates available on the school's weekly newsletter):



PE is every Friday this half term with ACES. Please ensure children have the correct attire for both indoor and outdoor PE.

Homework comes out on a Wednesday - Maths and a Learning Log. They are due back the following Monday.
Year 3/4 Poetry Slam

Today was the long awaited Poetry Slam. Each class held their own ‘Slam’, with every child participating. A winner was chosen by the children from each class to perform in the hall in front of all LKS2 pupils. Fortunately, we also had enough time for the 2nd and 3rd placed poets from each class to also perform. All of the teachers were amazed by how hard the children had worked to memorise their poems. They also loved the expression with which they performed them, the actions some children had incorporated into their performances and for just having the confidence to get up in front of their peers and perform. They should all be very proud of themselves!

Year 3/4 Poetry Slam
Poetry practice

With the Poetry Slam approaching, the children were set a challenge – to learn and memorise a poem in half an hour! The poem chosen was ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg, a classic poem about a whiney pupil and a fed up teacher that the children found hilarious. The children worked in pairs, playing Mrs Butler or the child, and performed the poem to the class, with the emphasis being on expression, tone of voice and performing with actions. They all did a super job and this will stand them in good stead for the Poetry Slam.

Poetry practice
Portraits of their partners

After developing their pencil, sketching and portrait skills during Art Super Learning Day the children were set a challenge - draw a portrait of your partner. The children tried their best to incorporate their newly learned skills into their pieces and they should all be proud of the results. They really enjoyed this activity, especially answering the register for their partner by holding up their art work for the whole class to see. Well done everyone!

Portraits of their partners
Achievement Award winner

The winner this week has become such an independent learner this year. He has amazed all staff with his ability to stay on task for much longer and he has also become more resilient when he finds things challenging. I hope he keeps this up in Year 4!

Achievement Award winner
Poetry Slam

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 3/4 will be having a Poetry Slam as part of a school wide inititative to promote poetry. Mrs Smith launched this in assembly this week and challenged the children to learn a poem off by heart. This is also a National Curriculum objective so is a great thing for the children to attempt. The challenge can be on any poem of their choice and be done individually, in pairs or small groups. In Year 3/4, we have already had a go at something similar in a previous Learning Log, so children should feel free to use the same poem or do something totally different. Choosing a poem can be hard so it would be great if you can help your child make a sensible choice, thinking about their age, reading confidence, memory and the complexity of the poem. I am also happy to recommend poems to children and we have been given a stack of poems and poetry books that the children can choose a poem from if they wish.

As this is a big challenge, learning their poem or part of their poem will be the children's Learning Log homework both this week and next week.

 

Examples of performance poetry to support children with performance techniques (they have seen these already and love them!):

Sound Collector – Roger McGough

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zc6qxnb

Strict - Michael Rosen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1cfVQyrQ3Q

Annie McClue - Murray Lachlan Young

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQerZSWZ4hw

Talking Turkeys - Benjamin Zaphaniah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DKCaR9OzQ

Changes For The Better Focus Week

During Focus Week, the children learned about the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This week the children wrote letters to Theresa May to encourage her to pass laws lowering the use of plastics (Reduce), wrote instructions for and then made bird feeders out of leftover plastic bottles (Reuse - some photos attached) and created some great adverts and posters to promote recycling in Leeds (Recycle). We now have an army of Eco-warriors on our hands!

Changes For The Better Focus Week
Achievement Award winner

This week our winner has improved as a writer over the past few months. She has excelled at writing instructions and should be very proud of all she has accomplished. Well done!

Achievement Award winner
Comparing coastal resorts

In our Geography topic, we are comparing the tourist attractions of Italy and the UK. With Mrs Roberts and Mrs Turner, the children became tourism experts for coastal resorts in the UK and Italy. They gave presentations to the class and will be using what they have learnt to write some comparative sentences about the two resorts.

Comparing coastal resorts
Achievement Award winner

This week's winner has improved a great deal in all areas of the curriculum. She has gotten better at listening to adult input, feedback and instructions, which has helped her to become a better and more confident learner. Keep up the good work!

Achievement Award winner
Doubling and halving

Our Maths Olympics focus this half term is doubling and halving numbers up to 500. The children will be practising this skill in a number of ways. Today, they were playing a doubles and halves board game. The children love learning through play and it also helps to improve their sharing and teamwork skills.

Doubling and halving
Help! Something has eaten one of the children!

This week we were shocked to discover that the Venus Fly Trap we had in our room had eaten one of the children during play time. We quickly worked out a plan to free her from her flowery prison. The decision was made to form a huge chain and pull her to safety, which we were fortunately able to do. Later in the week, the children re-told the story to create an exciting piece of narrative writing.

Help! Something has eaten one of the children!
Equivalents to a whole

To help children understand exactly what fractions are equivalent to a whole we did a great, practical activity. By folding pieces of equally sized paper, the children were able to create 2 halves, 4 quarters and 8 eighths. This visual and hands-on method helped them to better understand what a whole is and how it can be made. The children really enjoyed this practical learning style and decided they wanted an example putting on the working wall. As an extension, I challenged the children to predict what would come next in the sequence, and some children correctly used they knowledge of doubling to make an accurate prediction.

Equivalents to a whole
Summer Term Prefects

These two are very deserving of being prefects this term. Our female prefect is a role model for other pupils all of the time and the most enthusiastic, helpful and hard working student you will ever come across. Our male prefect has made huge progress this year in both his learning and his confidence. He is a much happier, more resilient child who deserves the recognition of becoming a prefect due to his hard work, helpful nature and faultless behaviour. Well done both of you!

Summer Term Prefects
Roman Day

The last day of term was Roman Day – a celebration of all we have learned as part of this half-term’s history topic. The children started the day putting the finishing touches to their shields before going out with their drill sergeant for marching and tactical formation training. The children then rotated around different classes creating swords, helmets and place mats for a Roman banquet. At the feast, the children were served Roman-style porridge, olives, freshly baked bread and tried some “wine” (don’t worry – it was only Shloer). After that, they put their formation training into practice with a “battle” against the other Year 3 class. The children had a fantastic day and thank you for all looking so fantastic in your costumes and for your excellent behaviour. Have a great break!

Roman Day
Achievement Award winner and a great gymnast

This week's assembly saw another member of Y3I show off their skills learned outside of school with a talented young lady winning a level 3 gymnastics award. Our achievement winner has made exceptional progress across the curriculum this year, is a more mature and thoughtful learner and wowed us this week with his work on perimeter in maths. Keep it up!

Achievement Award winner and a great gymnast
Easter trip to the church

In the run up to our Easter break, Year 3 went to visit Pudsey parish church to learn more about the Easter story. The children had the chance to learn more about the story of Jesus' death and resurrection which they had looked into as part of their homework. They found out about the story that led up to the death of Christ and also got the chance to have a glass of juice whilst they did a craft activity. They had a great time and Y3I in particular behaved and listened brilliantly. This was particularly evident on the walk to and from the church, something they will have to do a lot next year when they go for weekly swimming lessons. Well done all!

Easter trip to the church
Fractions Super Learning Day

Monday was Fractions Super Learning Day across the school. In Year 3, we focused our first session on some investigations around fractions the children had previously been taught. The children had to work out what fraction of each colour were in a Smarties tube and in our second session they tackled some problem solving and reasoning questions in small groups. The children then applied their knowledge to create equivalent fraction-themed board games. They worked hard in small groups to produce a board and cards for their game before getting the chance to play them later in the day. A lot of fun was had by all and great maths knowledge was on display too, especially the children's use of fractions vocabulary.

Fractions Super Learning Day
Achievement Award and a Super Swimmer

This is becoming a habit with this swimmer winning yet another award and she tells me she is 'going for gold' next, so watch this space. Our award winner is someone who's enthusiasm for learning, positive attitude and desire to do the best he can puts him in contention every week. Well done - keep up the great work!

Achievement Award and a Super Swimmer
Wormeries

This week we bid a fond farewell to the worms from the wormeries that we created on our Meanwood Valley Urban Farm trip. The children released them back to nature in the school grounds and found out more about the planting that is going on around school from our wonderful gardener. One wormery remains in Mrs West's office and some lucky children will get to return its contents back to nature next week. Could it be you?

Wormeries
New Talk On initiative

This week saw the launch of a new initiative at Primrose Hill called Talk On. The aim is to help improve children's speaking and listening skills by encouraging debate and discussion around a different topic each week. The conversations will start in class and may only last for 5 minutes but can be continued in the playground, at home or in a longer session as a class. This week, the topic was 'The Signs of Spring' so we decided to go and see if we could spot any around the school grounds. We could see some plants had flowered and others hadn't and that certain trees had leaves and others didn't. Of particular interest to the children were the daffodils, daisies and blossom. Maybe you might spot some more on a family outing this weekend?

New Talk On initiative
Red Nose Day

Today the children showcased their talents in a Talent Show in class. Some performed live whilst others shared videos they had recorded at home. We were treated to a half hour of stand-up comedy, gymnastics, singers, riddles, heelies and magic! Three lucky acts were then drawn out of a hat to perform for the whole of Y3/4!

Red Nose Day
3D shapes

In today's Maths Revisit session, the children worked in groups to identify the properties of various 3D shapes they had studied in Y2. These sessions are designed to check children have committed learning done previously to their long term memory, be that in previous years or in their current year. This revisit of shape will help the children when we come to study the topic in Maths lessons next term.

3D shapes
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Trip

The children were great ambassadors for our school when we visited Meanwood Valley Urban Farm for our 'Rocks and Soils' science topic. They took part in some great, hands-on workshops and walk arounds that helped them understand a lot more about how rocks and soils are formed, what they are made of, their strengths and weaknesses and their practical uses. The children loved the chance to get mucky and be real scientists. They also got the chance to see the farms many animals, which included a very hungry pig and some two-day-old lambs! We even made some wormeries to take back with us to school, one of which sits proudly in Mrs West's office!

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Trip
Geology Rocks!

Before heading out on our Rocks and Soils trip, we helped the children get a better understanding of the three main types of rock and their features. The children then used what they had learned about these rock types to make predictions about what rocks they had on their tables. The children used lots of scientific enquiry skills and asked excellent questions that helped them reach their conclusions.

Geology Rocks!
Achievement Award winner and Super Swimmer

Yet another child in Y3I is trying to make a late push to be on the plane for Tokyo 2020 with the fabulous feats he has achieved in his swimming club out of school. In school, we had a very worthy winner of our achievement award. This young man has made incredible progress in Y3 and is one of the most enthusiastic learners you'll ever meet, especially if the topic is history!

Achievement Award winner and Super Swimmer
World Book Day

The children looked splendid in their various costumes and had a wonderful World Book Day. They enjoyed showing off their costumes and chosen word to describe their character in class, a World Book Day themed assembly with Mrs Smith and World Book Day themed activities in the afternoon. It was also great to see so many of our class at the Reading Breakfast before school started.

World Book Day
What did the Romans do for us?

The children found out about some of the things the Romans brought to Britain that we still use today. This ranged from physical things like fruits, coins and cats to ideas about laws, road building and water transportation systems. The children then worked in groups to rank these Roman imports in order of importance. Clean water and the aqueducts that brought it proved to be the consensus top picks whilst stinging nettles came in last!

What did the Romans do for us?
Achievement Award winner and Super Swimmer

This week's award winner has wowed all teachers in school with his progress this year. He is such a hard worker and deserves a huge congratulations for all he has achieved. Keep it up! I was also amazed when I read all the things our star swimmer had to do to get her Bronze certificate. Team GB here she comes!

Achievement Award winner and Super Swimmer
Roman battle formations

The children worked in groups to create a poster showing the purpose and execution of four famous Roman battle formations. They loved finding out about these methods of attacking and defending in battle and will get a chance to practise these techniques themselves later in the half term.

Roman battle formations
Colours

The children have been learning the words for various colours in French. The children used their new found knowledge to play Bingo, to correctly colour a rainbow, to label and colour splodges of paint with the right French word and colour, and finally they practised their speaking and listening skills by asking '"What colour is this?" in French with their partner. They have loved this topic and were proud to show off their work.

Colours
Why did The Romans invade Britain?

This is one of the key questions we are focusing on in our Romans topic. Rather than having me answer it, let the children tell you the six main reasons why the Romans came to Britain in this informative video.

Jungle Book Writing

This week's focus has been on writing inspired by the wonderful tales from 'The Jungle Book'. The children have really engaged with the story, its setting and its characters. They have also enjoyed all of the ICT, Art and Drama we have done to support them in their writing. This has led to them producing some incredible re-imaginings of the start of the story, featuring some wonderful description, excellent use of adverbials and great dialogue. We were lucky enough to go down as a 'wolf pack' to view the rest of the school's work in the 'Corridor of Creativity'. Some of our class had their writing displayed in there too and every child's piece of writing is displayed below for you to enjoy.

Jungle Book Writing
Poetry

Inspired by the Parent Workshop, the children wrote some excellent haiku poems with Mrs Keyghobadi. They enjoyed the challenge of getting the syllables exactly right and some children even made their poem into a riddle. In the afternoon, the children performed their poems and we guessed what jungle animals they were describing. Some children even memorised their poems - well done!

Poetry
Puppet Pals of our Jungle Book scene

To ensure that the children were very clear with the order of events and the dialogue in the part of the Jungle Book story we are re-writing this week, they worked in small groups to produce a Puppet Pal version of the scene. They had to think carefully about their choice of setting, the characters who were involved, the actions of these characters and what they would say to each other. The children loved animating their scene and it gave them a deeper understanding of the story by being able to bring it to life on their iPad. Here are their mini masterpieces.

Jungle setting art

To inspire our setting descriptions, the children used a variety of materials to create their own jungle setting. They worked very hard and produced some lovely pieces that helped them picture the setting more clearly in order to support their writing.

Jungle setting art
Drama

The part of the Jungle Book we focussed on this week was the wolves' decision to keep and protect Mowgli from Shere Khan. We discussed the pros and cons of this decision and considered if we would make the same choice. We then nominated an Akela (the pack leader) to walk down the conscience alley, with wolves on either side presenting the arguments for and against keeping Mowgli in the pack (complete with wolf masks made during an earlier art skills sessions). The children really engaged with this activity and were able to see the merits of other perspectives, even if they didn't agree with them. In the end, the pack decided to keep the man cub and raise him as their own.

Drama
Role on the wall

To start our Focus Week off we examined the key characters through a role on the wall activity. The children worked in groups and wrote all of the things they knew about each character's appearance and personality based on what we had read in the story, images we had shared and their own background knowledge of this classic text. It was a great way to generate adjectives that we could use in our writing later in the week.

Role on the wall
Achievement Award winner

This week's Achievement Award winner has made great strides in her learning, especially in her sentence structure in writing and in her times tables in maths. Keep it up!

Achievement Award winner
Mr Stink: Should he stay or go?

This week we introduced a new drama concept to the children: the conscience alley. First we hot seated some children playing the role of Chloe from Mr Stink, asking them questions about the decision to keep Mr Stink in the shed. After that, we split up into groups for and against keeping him and the children came up with arguments for their point of view. We then lined them up opposite each other and our 'Chloe's' walked down the conscience alley, with the children all making the cases for their sides point of view as they walked through. The 'Chloe's' then voted for the side who had convinced them. It was interesting that the two 'Chloe's' voted differently to one another and the children loved this new way of thinking about characters and their thoughts, feelings, actions and decisions.

Mr Stink: Should he stay or go?
Volcanoes

As part of our Geography of Italy topic, we have been looking at volcanoes - how they are formed, what happens when they erupt and looking at some of the more famous ones in Italy. The children also had a go at drawing and labeling a volcano and showed good understanding of the various aspects of one. One child was so inspired by this that she created a giant one and the children enjoyed pointing out the various parts of it as a class. Both pictures of this and the children's labeled volcanoes can be seen here.

Volcanoes
Making healthy choices

To start our Science topic the children learned about the various food groups and what amount of each they should eat to be healthy. The children were able to sort various food items into the correct categories and learned how to make informed, healthy food choices. Here they are at work.

Making healthy choices
Super Scientists

When we do not have Science topics to cover, the children will take part in some short Science Blasts that keep their scientific enquiry skills sharp. They have done a number of these and concluded one they did with Mrs Wyatt recently (pictures below), experimenting to see how they could make a paperclip float. This week, the children took part in an experiment that every class in the school also did. Each class did it in different ways depending on their age group's scientific knowledge and other schools across Pudsey have also done the same. The experiment was to find out what happened to a marshmellow when it was cooled and heated. The children came up with some great predictions, using good scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We then wrote up the results and our conclusions and shared these with our Science leader, Miss Colman, as she was excited to find out what the children had done!

Super Scientists
Judaism

This half term, the children have been learning about Judaism in RE with Mrs Keyghobadi. They have learnt about the rituals and ideas behind the religion and about some of its important holidays, such as Passover. This week they also learnt the story of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. The children did this in a creative way, working in groups to create freeze frames to retell the story. There efforts are displayed below. Can you follow the story?

Judaism
Turning homework into Blue Peter badges

This young lady has been awarded not one but TWO Blue Peter badges. She sent them two pieces of her wonderful homework and they were so impressed they gave her a badge for each. The badges are also great, as they can get her into some amazing places for free. Why not have a go yourself? There are lots of badges you can get and for doing lots of different things. Details are on the website below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

Turning homework into Blue Peter badges
Achievement Award Winner

This young man has come back after Christmas with an amazing attitude to learning. As well as this new found attitude, his listening skills have improved so much and it is helping him enormously with his learning. Keep it up!

Achievement Award Winner
When in Rome...

Today we toured Rome and some of Italy's other famous cities in a tour of Italy. The children learnt more about the geography of Italy as they got to see what some of its most famous attractions looked like up close using Google Street View. They also got to try their hand at the language, sample some of the country's most famous foods and had a go at sketching two of its most iconic landmarks - the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The children loved this immersive experience and it will help them when they come to writing their diary entries about their day in Rome.

When in Rome...
Ciao Italia

Today we flew to the destination for our Geography topic for this half term - wonderful Italy! The children handed their boarding cards to the cabin crew as the grounds crew got the plane into position. The children then listened carefully to the safety video and were then blasted up into the sky in a jumbo jet! Looking out of the window, the children got to experience the varied landscapes of Italy, including its coastline, mountain ranges, lakes and both ancient and modern cities. When they landed, they were able to research more about the landscape, as well as learning about Italy's climate, food and culture. They later turned tour guides, explaining to the class what they had learned. What a great day!

Ciao Italia
Spring Term Prefects

Well done to our new Prefects for being selected to represent Y3I for the Spring term. Both children are richly deserving of the honour thanks to improvements in their focus, determination and hard work. Well done!

Spring Term Prefects
Achievement award winner, great gymnast and attendance award winners

We had lots of awards to give out today. We have a future Olympian in our class who managed to get an incredible FIVE certificates at her gymnastics class that she goes to out of school. I was also pleased to give my award to a young man who produced a sensational Christmas card and have been showing much more perseverance, especially when it come to his handwriting. Keep it up! Finally, well done to all those children who had 100% attendance this term and earned their Bronze award. It was wonderful to see you all everyday!

Achievement award winner, great gymnast and attendance award winners
Christmas cards

This year's Christmas card was designed so the children could show off the colour mixing skills they had learned in a previous art unit. They all worked really hard to create beautiful Christmas trees with mixed green colours and different textures. Well done everyone!

Christmas cards
Waterlilies

This half term, the children have been looking at the work of Claude Monet. They have also been learning how to mix colours to make them lighter and darker shades. This week, the children used this skill to paint one of Monet's most famous works - Waterlilies. The results were amazing, as I'm sure you'll agree.

Waterlilies
Bonjour

Today, the children learned how to greet each other in French. Mrs Clegg taught the children how to say hello to one another and ask how they were doing. The children were then able to give a variety of responses. Here are a few examples of the children practising.

Trip to the Jorvik CentreTrip to the Jorvik Centre01 Jan 1970This week the children had a chance to enhance what they had already learnt about the Vikings with a trip to York and the fantastic Jorvik Centre....
DT Super Learning Day - Where the wild things are

Today the entire school undertook an ambitious project - to design, make, evaluate and then use a puppet based on the classic children's book 'Where the wild things are'. The children loved designing their own 'wild thing' and thinking about how they could bring it to life in puppet form. They worked really hard to make them, supporting each other brilliantly when people found some parts tricky. Most importantly of all, the children didn't get upset if things went wrong or didn't quite look how they had hoped. Instead, they used this to inform their evaluation of their work. They could clearly explain what had gone well and what they would change for next time and why - a sign of a great designer and learner. Finally, the children used their puppets to create a class video, which is posted below. They hope you like it.

Achievement Award winner

This young lady has shown incredible perseverance and resilience over the last few weeks when she has found things challenging, especially in Maths. This brilliant attitude has allowed her to continue to be successful and she should be very proud of herself.

Achievement Award winner
Gymnastics

Over the last few weeks, the children have been developing their abilities in gymnastics, focusing on balances, rolls and jumps. This week, the children worked in groups to put together a routine comprising all three elements we have been working on. Here is an edited together version of their combined efforts.

Timeline of British History

Before we began our Anglo-Saxons and Vikings topic, we did an activity to help show the children where that period fits within the history of Britain. The children were taught about what BC and AD meant and used this knowledge to work in groups to put years in order on a timeline. They then used some of their prior knowledge to match the years to notable periods in British history before working together to discuss and complete the activity. The children showed some excellent historical knowledge and are excited for their next history lesson.

Timeline of British History
Achievement Award and a super swimmer

Congratulations to both girls on receiving their certificates! The achievement award was richly deserved, as the winner has made an amazing start to life in Primrose Hill and all of Y3I are delighted to have her in our class and in our school! The other young lady has shown some great progress in her swimming outside of school. Very well done indeed!

Achievement Award and a super swimmer
Where's Wally Focus WeekWhere's Wally Focus Week26 Oct 2018In this Focus Week the children followed Wally on his adventures around five capital cities of Europe: Paris, Madrid, Rome, Berlin and...
Madrid videos

Today, the children used the 'Puppet Pal' app on iPad to create information videos about Madrid. They all did well but this was the pick of the bunch. Enjoy!

Achievement Award

This week's winner has made great progress in the past few weeks on improving her focus in lessons and has demonstrated a more mature attitude. As a result, her learning and progress in all areas of the curriculum have vastly improved. Keep it up!

Achievement Award
Dance

This week, we worked on a final composition in groups to a short track with a consistently increasing beat (you might recognise it from the news). The children learnt the value of teamwork, as some found it challenging to share ideas. Other cooperated brilliantly, forming a close knit dance troupe that would make Diversity look like a bunch of amateurs! You can enjoy a section of the best performances below.

Sketching white lions

This week, the children concluded their encyclopedia entry about white lions, inspired by our class reader 'The Butterfly Lion'. Linked to this, the children had a go at following along with a sketch of a white lion. I'm sure you'll agree, the results were stunning and have wowed teachers across school who we just had to show them off to. Enjoy the children's wonderful work.

Sketching white lions
Achievement Award

This week's winner had the good fortune to receive the award on her birthday! She was given this accolade for her fantastic attitude to learning across the curriculum and for her outstanding presentation of all her learning. Well done!

Achievement Award
Dealing with put-downs

In PHSE, we discussed the right and wrong ways to deal with put-downs. The children talked about how being rude back wasn't the best idea. Instead, they said you should either ignore the put-downs or tell an adult about them. Some children talked about how you might need to point out to someone that what they are saying is upsetting because they might not realise. Also, we discussed how having confidence in yourself can help you rise above these put-downs. The children then had a go at acting out some responses, both right and wrong. Here are some examples of children making the right choices:

Achievement Award winner

This week's winner produced some fantastic science work on super learning day and some even better scientific writing later in the week. She is also a wonderfully helpful and caring member of the class. Well done!

Achievement Award winner
Features of information texts

For the next few weeks our writing focus will be on non-narrative, information texts. This week the children looked at the layout features of these types of texts, the formal and factual style of language used in them and the way these text are organised into specific, topic paragraphs. To help them with this last idea, the children had a go at organising sentences from a text about tigers into appropriate sub-headings, ensuring the information in each paragraph was relevant to their sub-heading. When their team was successful, they were rewarded by performing their best tiger impressions alongside their team-mates!

Features of information texts
Science Super Learning Day

What a wonderful Monday we had with Science Super Learning Day! We conducted four different experiments as part of our Forces and Magnets topic. We examined push and pull forces, testing the later with a Y3I v Y3S tug-of-war, which Y3I won! We also explored what metals are magnetic and which magnets are stronger through a couple of practical experiments, with the children making predictions and then drawing conclusions from what they had tested. They had a fantastic day and really developed their scientific knowledge and inquiry skills in the process.

Science Super Learning Day
Jeans for Genes Day

Today the children wore denim to raise awareness of Jeans for Genes Day, a day dedicated to raising the profile of genetic disorders. We looked at the story of Tom, a boy with a life-limiting genetic disorder. The children were inspired by Tom’s positive outlook on life, despite his disadvantages, and resolved themselves to be more like him in their outlook. Together, we brainstormed some words that represented the respect and kindness the children expressed towards children with genetic disorders. The children then emblazoned some of those words onto a pair of jeans which they then coloured and styled. Thank you to all grown-ups who donated to support this great charity. I’m sure Tom and others like him will really benefit from your generosity.

Jeans for Genes Day
Autumn Term Prefects

It was a tough choice but I know I have two fantastic prefects for this term. Both of them have made enthusiastic and hardworking starts to Year 3 and have shown increasing maturity day by day. I hope they continue to set a good example for their peers throughout the term. Well done!

Autumn Term Prefects
For those unable to attend the Parent Workshop last week and for those who did not make note of these websites during the Maths talk, below are some useful Maths websites for parents:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving
 
http://www.mathschamps.co.uk/ 
http://www.primarygames.com/math.php 
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/ 
http://www.primaryinteractive.co.uk/maths.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise
https://ttrockstars.com/

https://community.mathletics.com

School Councillors

Congratulations to our school councillors on their elections. I’m confident they will do a wonderful job. And well done everyone who stood for election, as you all received at least one vote and the result was very close indeed.

School Councillors
Paddington Bear Marmalade Hunt

Before we broke up, the children had to help poor Paddington Bear as someone has stolen his marmalade. We uncovered clues around school, eventually finding the missing marmalade in the KS2 garden in the Quiet Area. We returned the sticky treat to Paddington and set about investigating the crime. Thankfully, we were able to discover who the thief was and then wrote all about our adventure!

Paddington Bear Marmalade Hunt