Year 3 have been busy busy busy…

This week Year 3 have been hands-on investigators in science! We have tested different types of rocks to explore their physical properties (hardness, permeability, magnetism and formation).
In Geography we have deepening our knowledge of continents and locating European countries.
We have been using the film Ice Age to inspire our writing this week, developing character studies. We have used the most appropriate adjectives and explored a range of conjunctions to develop sentences.   Next week we are looking forward to developing our own characters.
In Maths we have been exploring a range of methods to subtract a one digit from a three digit number. We are becoming much more confident using these methods and explaining our understanding. ​

Year 3 Sharks dig deep at Bring Yer Wellies

Year 3 have been archaeologists today at Bring Yer Wellies to inspire our Stone Age Topic learning. They learnt the art of digging for artefacts and reconstructed parts to reveal a Stone Age object. They finished the day with some team building. It was a wonderful day!

Year 3 Sharks.

What a great start to the school year Sharks have had! We dove straight into our Stone Age learning, researching facts about how the lived all those years ago. We have been writing diary extracts on life in the Stone Age inspired by the text Stone Age Boy.

Our science learning this week was all about SOIL. Ask your child if they can recall what soil contains and the different layers. We even had a look at what type of soil there is in Ellenbrook.

Today we had those wanting to be our school council representatives give their speeches and what wonderful jobs they did!

The results will be announced in class tomorrow…

Bring yer wellies – swallows

We’ve learnt and done lots today! 

All plants are different! But they all need ENOUGH water to survive and grow;  not too much and not too little so we have to take care of how much water we give plants. When planting plants we must make sure they are comfy just like when we are tucked up in bed. Plants help clean our air to create pure oxygen so we can stay alive. So….look after the plants! 

The herbs in the herb gardens smelt incredible; there was spearmint, lemon and oregano. We even got to plant our own herbs and take them home! 

We found lots whilst pond dipping: pond skater, froglets, great water boatman to name a few. We also enjoyed some competitions in the afternoon: den building, ring the bell and boat racing. 

A super-fun day of outdoor activities with Swallows! 

Year 3 Sharks transition day

It has been lovely to get to know the children a bit more today!

We stared the day with how we can persuade people to read and enjoy reading by creating quotes to display in our new reading area. After this, the children wrote a message in a bottle because they were stranded on a desert island. The children also completed a maths activity involving partitioning numbers and this afternoon ordered periods of history on a timeline. We’ve realised that compared to all the previous years there have ever been, the children haven’t been around for very long at all!

Im looking forward to teaching Sharks fully in September!

Russell sets up camp in Year 1 Swallows

Year 1 Swallows arrived today to a camp site set up in their classroom! After a lengthy discussion and speculation about who might have done it, it came to light it was Russell from the film Up. He is hoping to become a a Senior Wilderness Explorer but the strong Manchester winds had blown some of his pages from his notebook away. So, it was up to the children to use orienteering skills to locate the missing pages. They all gained their orienteering badge which they put on their sashes they made too.

This afternoon the children have started researching one of the names in Russell’s notebook, Sir Ernest Shackleton. They have learnt so far that he was a polar explorer, wanting to be the first to cross Antarctica from one end to the other. He travelled on a ship called Endurance that became ice packed but we don’t know yet whether he was successful…

Swallows

Swallows had some reading and phonics activities this morning. They had to visit every station for 15 minutes in their groups and complete the tasks.

There was: reading bingo; a game where they had to decide whether the word belonged on planet real or planet nonsense; phonics I spy; creating nonsense words for a friend to decode; and poems to read followed by a WIPERS discussion.

Super reading Year 1!