We are studying The Rainforest for our Spring Term. This has really captured our imagination and excitement. We would like the children to do as much research, drawing, painting and writing about the rainforest as they can, including working at home.
Check out these websites to help:
We are spending our last two weeks of Literacy looking at Christmas poetry. The children are going to learn ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Please take a look, and practise at home.
Twas the Night before Christmas
By Clement Clarke Moore
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
We have been very busy revising 2D and 3D shape names in year 3. As you can see the children have built some 3D shapes of their own, out of art straws. Can you spot the cubes, cuboids and pyramids?
To practise shape skills and identifying features, check out these website links…
Here are some pictures of our Roman Museum. We really enjoyed showing off all of the Roman artefacts we made, as part of our homework project.
We had many visitors to our museum, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge.
Today, we have been finding out how fossils are formed. Check out these great websites to help you learn more. Copy and paste them into your browsers.
Our visit to Caerleon Roman Centre was very exciting. We took part in role play as gladiators in the ampitheatre, tried on Roman armour and helmets, and participated in a Roman feast.
This helped us to understand how Romans lived nearly 2000 years ago, and to think about how different their lives were from our own.
In Literacy this term we will be focusing on our grammar and spelling skills through stand alone lessons alongside our main literacy areas of letter writing and instructions followed by our Autumn 2 topic of writing of myths and legends, linked closely to our Roman topic. During our topic lessons we will also practice these skills through writing letters as Roman soldiers and diary entries.
We will continue to work hard on our cursive handwriting and presentation.
The children will have weekly spellings to reinforce spelling rules we are looking at in class, please practise these with your child whenever you have a spare 5 minutes as regular reinforcement will help them be learnt.
Most children will also be on the accelerated reading programme ‘AR’ and will be reading regularly at home and in school to try and meet their target by the end of term. All children need to read at least 3 times per week. Reading with an adult can really help with the understanding of what they are reading and hearing an adult model how to read is really useful for children at this age.
In numeracy this term we are going to be starting off with place value as well as reinforcing the 4 number rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will spend lots of time exploring numbers up 1000 to build the children’s confidence and recall.
Alongside our numeracy lessons we will have a weekly target lesson which focuses on small activities to help the children achieve their next required step, the children will be set across the two classes to ensure their individual needs are met as closely as possible.
As well as the children knowing their 2 ,5 &10 times tables we will start to move onto 3 ,4 & 8’s. Regular practice at home will enable your child to consolidate what they are learning in school.
For some good websites for practising these valuable skills please click on the pictures below.
In Science this term we will be studying rocks. Children are always fascinated by rocks & they will learn how to describe rocks & compare their properties after tackling exciting activities. Children will hear how fossils are formed in sedimentary rocks and discover soil facts & consider different soil types.
This term we will be learning about the Romans. As part of this topic we will learn about who lived in Britain before the Romans invaded, who Boudicca was and why the Romans had such a good army. We will also study what life was like for Roman Soldiers and the different pieces of equipment the Romans used in their everyday lives. The Dig it up game is great for finding clues about Roman life and working out how life was different then compared to now.
Click on the picture to have a go at digging up the past.
Click on the picture below to explore another website that will help you learn more about our topic.
Another great website to help you learn more about our topic is the Woodlands Junior School site.
On Thursday 20th October the children will get the chance to see what life was like in Roman times on our trip to Caerleon. We will walk around the ruins of an amphitheatre, baths and barracks, visit the museum and take part in an exciting workshop. It should be lots of fun and a great way to consolidate what they have been learning throughout the term.
In RE the children will be learning about the religion of Hinduism, looking at the festival of Divalli and linking our learning about the faith of a Hindu to Christianity, to ask questions such as does participating in worship help people feel closer to their God and their faith community? Nearer the end of the Autumn term we will turn our attention to Christmas and how Christians celebrate this time of year.
The children will be continually incorporating ICT into their learning, however we will also have stand alone ICT lessons, where we will use iPads, power point and the internet as a research tool. Children will be using Word and Powerpoint with more confidence, exploring how to import and manipulate pictures and text.
PE will be taught by our sports coach Mr Fisher and has a ball-skills focus for Autumn, looking at spacial awareness, ball familiarisation, travelling with a ball, sending, receiving, throwing and catching skills with a focus on football and rugby. As well as keeping possession and attacking skills, we will talk about how important regular exercise is for our health and wellbeing. The second half of the Autumn term will move inside and will be gymnastics based.
In music we are looking at making rhythmic patterns with instruments.
French will start with the basics of introducing ourselves, answering the register in French and talking about our families and where we live.