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Welcome to Leopard Class! This term (Autumn term) our topic is The Stone Age. We will be learning all about what happened in the Stone Age and how Stone Age people lived. We will also be looking at cave art and creating our very own. We will be sharing our learning journey with you on this class page, so please check this page regularly, to see what we've been up to. smiley

♦ Key Information ♦

PE days

In Year 3, PE days are Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Please remember to send your child into school in their PE kits on these days. Any earrings must be removed, and long hair must be tied up.

 

Homework

Weekly homework is set every Friday, and due back in on the following Wednesday. We expect children to read regularly. Please can adults record in your child's blue reading record when you have read with your child at home.

 

Reading Points

You child will receive reading points, when they have read at home with an adult, and recorded it in their blue reading record. The reading points will be collected and added up, and your child will be able to earn Reading Award certificates, which will be awarded to them in Friday assemblies. Each week, 2 children from each class (who read regularly at home), will be invited to Hot Chocolate club, where they will be asked to bring in a mug of their choice, and will made a lovely hot chocolate (or alternative drink where necessary) and enjoy listening to a story or some music on our wireless headsets. 

Edible rocks

We followed a simple set of instructions, to make edible versions of the 3 main types of rock: Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous. For the Sedimentary rock, we used blue icing to represent the water bed, sprinkles to represent fossilised bones and yoghurt and mousse layers were used to represent the mud and sediment. For the Metmorphic rock, we used different coloured icing, to represent the different layers. For the Igneous rock, we mixed up mini marshmallows, broken up biscuits and chocolate chips, to show how the rock is formed when molten rock or magma is cooled. 


        Sedimentary                            Metamorphic                           Igneous

                 

Charcoal

We have been exploring using charcoal in different forms, using different techniques and looking at the different effects that can be created. 

Hot Chocolate Club

Class Trip to Barleylands - Stone Age Day

 

Reminders

 

  • School uniform top half (school t-shirt & jumper/ cardigan)
  • Comfy trousers e.g. jogging bottoms/ leggings
  • Wear trainers (that you don't mind getting dirty).
  • Bring a packed lunch in a plastic bag (with your name on it) that can be disposed of afterwards
  • Backpacks can be brought, but children will be responsible for carrying them
  • Named water bottles
  • Lightweight raincoat

Today Year 3 had a fantastic day at Barleylands. Take a look at the photos to see what we got up to ..

Hot Chocolate Club

My Maths and Times Table Rockstars Log ins

The children's My Maths and Times Table Rockstars log ins have been stuck into the back of their blue reading records. Please feel free to make a note of these, incase your child misplaces their reading record, and needs their log in to complete any homework etc.

Stone Age Cave Art

Using some of the techniques that we have learned in Art this half term, we created our own cave art, using chalk, charcoal and pastels. What do you think?

Hot Chocolate club

RE - Ways we will help protect our environment

Music 

 

In Music today we practised using the chime bars to  accompany the song 'Let your spirit fly'. 

 

Chime Bars

Charcoal Prehistoric Beasts!

We created our very own prehistoric beast drawings, using charcoal. First, we sketched the outline of our beast, using pencil. Once happy with the shape and proportion of our drawings, we used charcoal to add extra detail. We thought carefully about which charcoal techniques to use, to add texture and shade. 

 

 

Mini Compost Bins

We worked in groups, and followed a simple set of instructions to create some mini compost bins.

 

1. First, we placed some small stones in a plastic container.

2. Then, we added a layer of compost.

3. After that, we carefully dug up some worms and gently placed them onto the compost.

4. Next, we added a handful of scraps on top of the worms.

5. Then, we wet some shredded paper, and added it as the topmost layer of compost bins.

6. After that, we added a thin piece of fabric over the top of the plastic container and secured it with an elastic band.

7. Finally, we attached a long rectangular piece of card around the container, so that it was nice dark for the worms.

 

 

Design Technology

In Design Technology, we looked at the packaging and branding of different cans of soup. In groups, we took it in turns to taste different flavoured soups and tried to guess the ingredients. We then completed a score card, and judged each soup based on appearance, smell, flavour and texture. 

Hot Chocolate Club - 1.11.23

Hot Chocolate Club - 8.11.23

Odd Sock Day

Today we celebrated 'Odd Sock Day' at White Court School. Odd Sock Day is an annual event, where children and adults are encouraged to wear mismatched socks, as a way of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. It is a fun and symbolic gesture, to remind everyone that being different and unique, is something to be proud of. 

Smoothie Making

This week in DT we have been working on 'finger fluency'; focusing on blending and juicing. As a group, we chose the ingredients for our smoothie from a range of fruits and juices. We made our smoothies by blending and then tasted our smoothies to evaluate our choices

Hot Chocolate club - 15.11.23

Hot Chocolate Club - 22.11.23

Parent Event - Soup Making

For our parent event, we worked in groups to prepare and make a soup. First, we collected the ingredients that we needed. We followed a set of instructions. We used different techniques to peel, chop, slice and dice various vegetables. we also measured out stock and added extra ingredients, such as herbs and spices. Once completed, the soup was heated and blended. We then all tasted our soup and talked about the different flavours that we could taste. We even got to take a pot of soup home, to share with our family.

Exciting news!

Baby Cairo arrived at 4.52pm on Thursday 7th December, weighing 8lb 7oz. He can’t wait to come into school with Miss Swan & meet you all in the New Year! ❤️ xx

 


 

Hot Chocolate - 6.12.23

Hot Chocolate Club - 13.12.23

Hot Chocolate Club - 17.01.24

Hot Chocolate Club - 24.01.24

Computing- Creating branching databases

Hot Chocolate Club - 31.1.24

English - Games Fair!

In English this week we have been making our own games up. We have then written instructions on how to play them. Today we enjoyed having the chance to play our games and other children's games. 

Creating our Clay models.

 

On Monday, we began to build our own clay models based on the characters from a story set in Egypt called Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx. We focused on using the correct joining techniques and adding detail to our models. We had lots of fun and are excited to watch them dry out ready to paint next week.

Defeating the Monster Stories

The children have been writing their own 'Defeating the Monster' stories, based on The Nothing to See Here Hotel. They have then published these stories into books with front covers, illustrations and chapters. Today the children got the opportunity to share their stories with Year 6. They are all very proud of their books and are now proudly stuck into their Writing Journals so they can look back at them in years to come. 

Sharing our stories with Year 6

Investigating Structures

Today we looked at different shapes that we can use when building structures. We used marshmallows and cocktail sticks to investigate how good the structures are at supporting weight. 

Maths - 01.03.24

In Maths today, we played a fun matching pizza fraction game. The aim was to fill our whole pizza up, to make a whole! 

Maths - Fraction games - 01.03.24

 Cutting and measuring skills using saws

 

This morning we used saws and bench hooks to cut wood accurately. We used cardboard corners to strengthen our joins. The corners act as struts to create strong shapes. We will use these skills to create playground shelter designs later in the term.

Cutting and Sawing Skills

Reading with Year 1

 

On Wednesday 6th March we visited Bears in Year 1 to share some books, we loved reading our books together.

Hot Chocolate Club

In our Art lessons this term we are looking at how we can “Draw with Scissors” We looked at designs by Peter Cromer, an Australian artist, who creates pictures by collaging pieces of painted paper. Most of his designs feature animals so today we tried creating some of his pictures by cutting and sticking printed designs. Next week we will be creating our own painted papers ready to create our own animals.

ICT - Coding - 3.5.24

In ICT today we practised using the 'repeat command' to make the turtle logo make a square. We then extended to changing the turtle, the background, the pen colour and even the shapes! 

Hot Chocolate Club - 15.05.24

We completed our Peter Cromer inspired bird collages on Tuesday. We took the Birds of the Rainforest as our theme and created this collection of colourful birds which are now proudly displayed in our classroom. We used the painted papers we had created to cut shapes to add detail and layers to our painting. We have loved creating these.

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