Wow! It is school holiday time already! I have really enjoyed my first weeks at Simon de Senlis, thank you for being such a great class to be with every day. You were all amazing during our Harvest Assembly, you really did your absolute best and I am really proud of you.
I hope you have a lovely half term break and spend time with your family and friends. How are you getting on with learning your times tables? Remember there are activities on Mathletics that will help you. I look forward to seeing you after the holiday and hearing about all your adventures. Have you spotted any signs of autumn in the parks and along the roads? The leaves on the trees are certainly changing now.
Have a happy holiday.
We had a great walk to the local park today in the beautiful autumn sunshine. Can you remember the names of the trees we identified?
What features about them will help you to identify them next time you see them?
What else did you see on our walk? What did you hear? what did you feel? Try to use
interesting adjectives and similes to describe them.
This week we started to learn some harvest songs in preparation for our assembly on Thursday 20th October at 14.30. Which is your favourite song? What is your reason for this? Can you remember the sign language for the colours? Remember there is a dojo for a comment to this post.
Here are inks to video clips with the words to the songs for you to listen to at home.
Autumn Days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9mvrkQbzgc
Harvest Samba – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdIrlTlXks
In Dahl class we have started to think about which times tables we know. We have been practicing multiplications of 2s, 5s and 10s. Can you answer them in a random order? Can you remember the trick we talked about to help you learn and remember the 11s and 9 times tables?
What is your favourite multiplication equation? (A dojo will be awarded to those who respond to this post!) Mine is 6×6= 36 because it is one my grandparents taught me, every time I saw them they would ask “What is 6×6 ?” 🙂
Have a great weekend,
The classroom was very busy this week as we worked to further our knowledge of place values (ones, tens, hundreds and thousands) in 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers. We used objects to represent the numbers and recorded our work in pictuires and equations. This work will continue next to secure our understanding.
Exciting stories have been started based on the book A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy. Many children have made interesting story plans suggesting different ways that an imaginary family of animals could lead a healthier lifestyle. These stories will be continued next week. I am looking forward to finding out what happens as the families in the stories make lifestyle changes and seeing the descriptive language the authors will use.
As autumn arrives we now move on from our Animals topic to complete some work based on Autumn and Harvest. We have started working on our colour mixing skills which will help us in future work painting seasonal fruits, vegetables and objects in nature. For this we are starting a collection in the classroom of signs of autumn such as conkers, pine cone and acrons. If you spot any that have fallen as you take a walk please do bring them in to add to our collection.
I hope you are having a great weekend.
We have had an exciting week celebrating the birth of Roald Dahl. As a class we have looked at many of his texts, written descriptions of the BFG and read information about Roald Dahl’s life. The classroom was full of excitement and wonder as we mixed oil, water, food colouring and glitter to create our dream jars. Then we challenged ourselves to think of a way to send a message up to the height of a giant. At first we tried using paper aeroplanes, after a suggestion from a member if the class. Although we did have some excellent attempts, none of the planes made reached as far as we hoped. Finally we found some equipment and instructions about how to use chemistry to make a rocket that would reach the height of a giant. Squeals of excitement at the results had could be heard in Giant Country! Can you remember what was happening in the rockets to make them take off? What type of materials did we use? What happened when we added them together?
I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to next week when we will be busy with more exciting activities including: learning about the skeletons of different animals, writing our own versions of a fun text and looking at partitioning numbers.
Our first week in year 3 has been great! I have been very impressed with how you have all settled in Dahl class and have helped each other in your learning as well as on the playground and around school. You have been doing your best in all areas, well done!
We have started looking at the skeleton of a human as part of our Science lessons. I am impressed with the team work skills you demonstrated when creating a life size diagram of a person, including adding the skeleton. You worked hard learning the names of some of the bones, can you still remember them?
I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week when we will be doing some exciting activities to celebrate 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth.
I am really looking forward to Monday when the new Dahl Class will start their first day in year 3. I hope that everyone has had a great summer and that you will be able to spot some things in our classroom that you made during Transfer Week.
Next week Year 3 will be looking at the story of the BFG and Horrid Henry and the Haunted House as we look at Stories in Fantasy Settings. We will also be investigating and solving some practical mathematical problems. Our topic will be Animals including humans so we will start to think about our bodies, how they work and how to keep them healthy.
I look forward to seeing you on Monday and starting an interesting, exciting and fun year together. Have a great weekend.
P.S. Our P.E lessons are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure that long hair is tied up on these days and earrings are not worn.
P.P.S. You will have a reading book to take home on Monday which will then be changed on a weekly basis. The day your book is changed may be different from your friends but after the first change will be on the same day each week. The Key Skills work will be sent home on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday.
Dahl Class had an amazing time at the Space Centre in Leicester today learning all about space travel, the planets and what it takes to become an astronaut.
The Astronaut Show in the planetarium was sensational! I never knew being in space could have those effects on your body or that they trained underwater to get them ready for the conditions in space.
What was you favourite part of the visit?
What is the most interesting fact you learnt whilst there?
This morning we had rather a big surprise… on the field there was a strange object which had seemingly crash landed!
This giant UFO (Unidentified Fallen Object) appeared just before break, smoke was pouring out of the back and there was a bottle of a strange green goey liquid inamongst the scattered debris.
The fire service were quick on the scene after tracking the unusual aircraft with special monitors.
In the afternoon we got a chance to explore the fallen craft and talk with the scientists on site who were investigating what had happened.
Where has this strange object come from?
Why do you think it fell?
Where was it heading?
Do you think anything (or anyone) was on board?