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Blog 26.6.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Discuss riddles. Why do people like them?
Another fun packed week of learning in Tarsiers.
Here are some photos from a science lesson this week. The children have been learning about magnetic force, exploring magnet poles and how they attract and repel. We also explored if all metals are magnetic. We will continue our investigations next week.
In English we have started to look at riddles and the children will be writing their own next week in their Big Write. I can’t wait to read those! In Maths the children have been practicing written methods for all four operations (+, -, x and /) and answering lots of word problems. In ICT the children worked on the ipad app Hopscotch, learning how to debug a program. During Topic, the children became researchers and found out facts about Ancient Greek Philosophers. Ask your child who Pythagoras was.
The week finished with red, white and blue day!
Have a great weekend.
Blog 19.6.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Discuss why people go on pilgrimages.
We have really enjoyed learning about The Hajj Pilgrimage in R.E. this week. Our next Big Write will be to write about what we have learnt about the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. The children wrote notes about their thoughts as we went through the steps of the pilgrimage and participated in lots of activities.
In Maths this week we have been adding amounts of money and learning about how to give change. We have also been looking at some problems involving money which the children really enjoyed trying to solve.
In English this week the children made up their own games and wrote their instructions in a Big Write.
This afternoon, in ICT we debugged an algorithm on Hopscotch which the children were very good at!
Another busy week in Tarsiers.
Have a great weekend!
Blog 12.6.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Discuss with your child what makes a good set of instructions. Next week the children will be designing a playground game and writing the instructions in a Big Write.
Another fun week in Tarsiers. All week we have learnt about time in maths. This included learning how to write digital time, exploring 12 hour and 24 hour time, duration of time and time word problems.
In English the children continued to learn about instructions, writing instructions to make a cup of tea and a cheese sandwich!
We have started our design and technology unit on linkages and levers and the children made and then drew, diagrams of simple levers, sliders and linkages and levers. This is in preparation for making the myths that the children wrote, into a book with moving parts.
In Science we started to learn about forces. The children designed their own investigation to test how an object moved on different surfaces around school. The children collected their data on Friday and will be writing up their experiment and making conclusions next week.
The week ended with a great deal of fun, when year 6 set up a fantastic enterprize afternoon to raise money for charity. The variety of stalls was amazing and the children really enjoyed themselves. Here are some photos.
Have a great weekend.
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Blog 5.6.15 TALK HOMEWORK. What is a parable? Do you know any? Discuss the parable that you have planned at school with your adults at home.
The first week back at school has gone very quickly. In English we have been learning how to write a good set of instructions. We started the week, by trying to follow some instructions to make a snowflake, however, the instructions were not very detailed and some of our snowflakes turned out a little strange. This helped us to understand that instructions needed to be clearly written and needed to contain detail. In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time. Our Science topic this half term is forces and magnetism and in D&T we will be learning about levers and mechanisms.
Throughout the week, we have been discussing the importance of healthy eating. The children produced impressive bar charts using Excel to show how much salt and sugar can be found in certain foods. This topic generated some very good discussions in class.
Have a great weekend
Blog 22.5.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Discuss healthy eating with your child.
We had a lot of fun this week at school. On Wednesday we had India Day, it was great to see some of the children dressed up and the year 6 entertained us all morning with some great activities that they had planned themselves. First the children used rotational symmetry to make Rangoli patterns. This was a new type of symmetry for year 3 but most children had a go and produced some lovely patterns. Some of the end products were so good we have put them up on our Maths board! Next, year 6 played a game with the children which gave them the opportunity to learn lots of facts about India. The children particularly enjoyed the dare element of the game, which resulted in lots of singing and declarations of love! After break the children learnt some Indian stick dancing which the children loved.
On Thursday we went on our Musical Extravaganza, which was a fantastic day out. All of the children were fantastically well behaved for the rehearsals and the performed brilliantly during the concert. It was lovely to see so many parents at the concert, thank you for your support.
On Tuesday morning we transformed our Greek pot designs into clay pots. The pots were glazed to create the black patterns seen on ancient Greek pottery. The end products were lovely and after they have been put in the kiln the children will be able to bring their pots home to show you.
In the midst of such an active week in school, we managed to practice our multiplication skills in mathematics and to complete a review on Ancient Greek Myths in English. We also conducted an investigation of translucent, opaque and transparent materials in Science and linked our observations to everything we have learnt previously about shadows this half term.
Blog 15.5.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Ask your child what they have been learning about light and shadows. Discuss the words translucent, transparent and opaque.
We have had a lovely week in Tarsiers but we did miss Mrs Bond who went on a residential trip with year 4. The children are all looking forward to her return next week.
In English the children wrote their own myths which they were all very excited about and they tried to write their best ever piece of writing! They also made a fantastic 3D picture of Medusa’s head to go on our English board, which I think is brilliant.
In maths the children have been learning about fractions. They have learnt how to add fractions, to add and subtract mixed numbers and equivalent fractions.
In Science we have been continuing to learn about shadows and how they move.
In ICT we explored using the APP Hopscotch on the ipads. The children learnt how to make an algorithm, to make a character move around on the screen.
To look at life in Ancient Greece we studied Greek pots and the patterns and pictures on them. After that the children created their own designs which were great!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Blog- 24.4.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Ask your child to give you instructions when you make a cup of tea. What is important when you give instructions?
This week we have started to study Myths and Legends in English. The children have shown a high level of interest in the myths that we have studied so far. We read Apollo and the Chimera, Daedalus and Icarus, and Theseus and The Minotaur. Over the next few weeks we will be building up to the children writing their own myths. Sean C. told us that he didn’t like the part in Daedalus and Icarus when Daedalus pushes Telos of the top of a temple because he was jealous of him. Sean did not think this was very kind at all! Lily suggested we tell everybody that the comprehension work the children have been doing on the Greek Myths have been really interesting.
Maths this week involved learning about measures. Harry wants to tell evertbody that we introduced this topic by packaging a crisp in a box a to send to ourselves in the post. The children were asked to think how they might package the crisp to ensure it did not break in the post whilst at the same time considering the size and mass of the parcel to prevent the cost of postage becoming too expensive. The children worked in teams and carefully measured the dimensions of their parcels and measured its mass, before finally calculating the perimeter of the top face of the package. The children are now very excited to see if their crisp is still in one piece when they arrive! Joshua wanted to say he has enjoyed converting units of measure in maths.
In Science this term we will be investigating light. Ruby L. has enjoyed drawing Ray Diagrams and shadow pictures. Today we all went into the playground and explored the relationship between an object and our shadows. The children investigated what makes a shadow and the positions of a light source, the object and its shadow. The children then drew shadow pictures to show this relationship.
Gracie wanted to mention our new topic Ancient Greece which promises to offer a really interesting learning experience. Stephen and Ruby E. have already liked learning about the country border of Greece by identifying the border by using an Atlas. The children used positional language to explain where Greece is in relation to other countries.
The Big Write this week was in PSHCE under the topic Relationships. The children were asked to write a letter to someone special, to explain what makes them happy and how they could help somebody else to be happy too. This helped the children to express and think about how they feel. The writing produced in the Big Writes was really emotional and powerful. A variety of different people were chosen by the children to be the recipient of the letters and they all expressed themselves very well.
Chloe remembered that she has really enjoyed learning a new song in Music in preparation for our upcoming concert at Woodgreen.
Blog- 20.3.15 TALK HOMEWORK. Discuss with your child their trick they have planned for The Twits to play on each other! Next week in their Big Write they will be writing a play script to describe the trick.
We have had an extremely busy week rehearsing for our assembly and for our year 3/4 production next week. I hope you enjoyed the assembly today and the children did a fabulous job today in the play dress rehearsal. Thank you for all of the costumes that you have sent in with your children they are brilliant!
In mathematics this week we have started to work on column subtraction and we will continue to learn this written method next week.
Have a great weekend.
Blog-13.3.15 TALK HOMEWORK, Please discuss with your child, Food and nutrition. In Science next week we will be studying Food groups. Perhaps this weekend you could discuss with your child what they have eaten. Things to discuss could include what is the name of the food? To which food group does it belong? Is it a carbohydrate or a protein? Why do we need to eat protein? What do carbohydrates provide? Where do we get vitamins from? Thank you.
In Mathematics this week the children in Tarsiers have been learning column addition. They all did really well. In English we have continued to learn about play scripts, the children have loved reading the Twits. In Theme the children wrote a report in a Big Write about Fair Trade which were full of really interesting facts. In DT we have started to design our Geo Bars and a box to put them in. In Science this week we had a really enjoyable lesson to work out how we move our arms. The children made a small model of an arm complete with elastic band muscles. I was very impressed when the children started to spot acute and obtuse angles in the middle of a Science lesson.
The children all looked great today when they made their faces funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Here are a few photos.
Have a great week end.
Blog-6.3.15 TALK HOMEWORK, Please discuss with your child, What they have been learning about fairtrade.
Another busy week in Tarsiers. This week we have started our play rehearsals, the children are super excited about being mermaids and pirates. We have started new spelling lessons daily. This week we learnt about adding the suffix ed. Please help your child to practise their spellings in their log books. In Mathematics we have been learning number bonds to 100 and written methods for addition. English this week has seen us continue to study play scripts and has focused on The Twits. During our Science lessons we have been learning about skeletons in other animals, the children learned that Vertebrates have a backbone but Invertebrates do not! In ICT this week the children wrote a Big Write. This involved writing a reply to a letter they had received from an imaginary friend call Peter, Peter was having problems staying safe on the internet. Your children were offering Peter some very good advice about how to stay safe. Thank you for talking with your children in preparation for this writing task.
Here are some pictures of the artwork the children produced whilst studying tonal colours using pastels, pencils and paints.
Blog-27.2.15 TALK HOMEWORK, Please discuss with your child, How to stay safe on the internet?
This week in mathematics we have been collecting data and plotting bar charts and line graphs. For some children it was the first time they had drawn a line graph. Tarsiers are getting good at this!
In English we have been performing a play script from The Twits, ‘Wriggly Spaghetti’. The children are now beginning to really change their voices and take on the role of another character. We even saw some great acting when Mr Twit eats with his mouth full and then some imaginative stage directions when Mr Twit was sick!
In R.E. we have been looking at The Easter Story, and in karate we were all very happy to be awarded our karate badges. The children started the week drawing pictures of flowers in either pastel, coloured pencils or paint. They were lovely and are up on our display board in the classroom.
This week Tarsiers have been studying time in mathematics. If you find a few minutes at home to practise telling the time from a clock face with your child it would be really great. In English this week we have continued to perform poetry. The children were performing a poem called ‘Still Walking with my Iguana’ and they were brilliant, it was good fun! In Science the children wrote up their investigations which they had designed themselves to see what plants needed to grow. In addition to that the children all now know a great deal about the structure of flowers, pollination and seed dispersal. Next term we will be looking at animals, including humans, and learning about skeletons and healthy eating.
Have a fantastic half term!
Blog- 6.2.15 Talk Homework: Next week we are writing a 500 word adventure story . The children have recently been learning how to write a good adventure story. We are writing this week with the BBC radio2 story competition in mind. The children will be offered a choice to write their previous story as a 500 word story with a chance to improve it, or alternatively they can write a completely different one. Please discuss adventures stories you know and have read. What makes a good adventure story?
This week in Tarsiers,
In English we have started to look at performance poetry which will be continuing next week.
In Mathematics the children have been learning about the perimeter of a 2D shape and the area of a rectangle and other shapes too.
In Science the class received a letter from Mrs Green who is having problems with her plants. The children wrote letters in reply to Mrs Green, to offer her advice on how to grow her plants!
In Theme we explored just how far our food has to travel to get to our plates!
Blog- 30.1.15 Talk Homework: Next week please discuss with your child, the requirements of a plant for healthy growth and how growth can be affected.
Another busy week in Tarsiers. The week ended with a really good lesson on conjunctions. The children were really interested and tried to use conjunctions in sentences that they had not used before. It might not sound like fun however it really was!!
In Mathematics this week we have been exploring and learning about 3D shapes and symmetry. Here are some pictures of the children being symmetrical.
We even made some 3D shape models. Here are some photos of what the children made.
On Wednesday the children worked really hard on their adventure stories in their Big Writes and in Science this week we looked at the structure and function of plant stems.
In ICT we thought hard about the dangers of replying to text messages and emails when we don’t know who they are from and the children made posters to warn others of these dangers!
Have a great weekend!
Blog- 23.1.15 Talk Homework: Next week we are writing our own adventure and mystery stories. The children already have characters and their own island setting. Please discuss adventures stories you know and have read. What makes a good adventure story?
This is what the children enjoyed in school this week,
Neive, “I really enjoyed Spanish this week because I like to speak in Spanish.”
Harry, “This week we created our characters for our story.”
Calum, “I liked writing the report about natural disasters because I enjoyed pretending to be a news reporter.”
Helena, “I enjoyed blending colours to look at tone in art this week.”
Hollie, ” I liked Science because we planned our own experiments!”
Stephen, “It was fun in Maths because we learned about all different kinds of angles.”
Eleanor, “The angles that we learnt were obtuse, acute and right angles.”
Lily, ” Today we did speed stacking and benchball in P.E.”
Chloe, “I liked our new puppet called Fuzzy Focus. He looks around to check everyone is focussed!”
Here are some photos from our Maths lesson when we went around school looking for perpendicular and parallel lines.
Talk homework, next week at school we will be thinking and writing about ‘Natural Disasters’. Discussion with your child about natural disasters will really help. We will be recognising how beautiful nature is but how it can be dangerous too. Is it fair when people’s houses are flooded?
We have had two great weeks back at school. We have started our new Topic, Fairtrade, and our new Science topic, Plants. This week the children have written our blog entry to let everybody know what we have been learning.
|English||This week we have been learning adventure and mystery stories.|
|Science||In science we have been learning parts of a plant.|
|Theme||In Theme we have been learning the symbol of Fair trade.|
|RE||In RE we have been learning about Papa Panov. Our big question in RE is, Is it fair?|
|ICT||In ICT we have been looking at Fair trade on the laptops.|
|PE||In PE we’ve been learning hockey.|
|Music||In music we learnt a new song called peas pudding.|
|Spanish||In Spanish we have been learning about sports I’ll tell you one El golf.|
|Maths||In maths we’ve been learning rounding and word problems.|
A massive thank you for all of the Christmas gifts that the children kindly brought in at the end of term, I am very grateful. I have thoroughly enjoyed this term in year 3 see you next year, Mrs Tarpey.
Our last week of the term has been very exciting. We have been practising our singing and musical instruments in preparation for our music production and for the Carol concert on Thursday evening. Friday was a lovely day when everyone wore their Christmas jumpers and we celebrated the children’s achievements in our Honours assembly. We also did lots of puzzles and watched a DVD to celebrate working so hard this term.
By Friday afternoon the children had earned all 22 cavemen and we were able to give them out to take them home.
The class have now finished their Stone Age soft toys and after we have evaluated their outcome the children will be taking them home.
We have continued multiplication and division in maths this week. We know multiplication is repeated addition and that division is repeated subtraction. We can use number lines, grouping and sharing, and arrays to help us to solve our calculations.
In English we have been looking at onomatopoeia words and calligrams.
In DT our Stone Age soft toys are beginning to take shape and in Science we have completed our fossil investigations.
In DT this week we have started to make Stone Age soft toys. The children are learning to cut out material, thread needles, tie knots and stitch their animals together. They are going to be great!
In English the children have written letters to their favourite authors and now are awaiting a reply!
In maths we are improving our multiplication and division skills. We are learning lots of different ways to multiply and divide.
In Science we have also been investigating fossil formation and exploring different types of fossils.
This week we have been earning small knitted cavemen. Mrs Tarpey’s Aunt has knitted every child in class a cave boy or girl in keeping with our Stone Age theme. For every lesson that the children try their best in, the children earn a cave boy or girl. This gives us the opportunity as a class to discuss what ‘good learning’ looks and sounds like in class. The children are good at recognising what good learning is and will quickly earn all 22!
This week in Maths we have been learning fractions. We counted the number of smarties in a box to calculate our denominator and then counted individual colours to work out what fraction of the smarties were red, yellow, orange etc. Then…we ate the smarties, yum!
In English this week we wrote information reports about the Stone Age settlement at Skara Brae in Scotland. We have also been researching our favourite authors.
We had a very fun time this week when we all had a go at kicking a ball to see who could hit it the fastest in the ProKick Challenge. The children all cheered each other on. Well done to Joshua and Calum, and Chloe who were the fastest!
We have now just about finished listening to the children’s Stone Age settlement presentations. Everybody stood up and presented confidently and with a smile on their face, well done. The models that the children made and brought in were amazing.
In literacy this week we have been exploring books by Dick King Smith. Ask your child something about this author you will be amazed at what they know about him.
We had music on Thursday morning as usual and the children are getting ready for their Christmas show. It is beginning to sound really good.
This week in Tarsiers the children wrote some very imaginative legends about made up saints in R.E.
In theme we looked at Stone Age cave painting and as you will see from the pictures below the children used their artistic skills to create their own cave art using charcoal, pastels, and pencil.
In Science on Friday the children conducted a scientific investigation to explore if all soils absorb water the same. The children really embraced this task and showed some fantastic group work skills and worked really well together.
In maths we have been looking at fractions of shapes and fractions of amounts. The children have mastered vocabulary including numerator and denominator along the way!!
This week we are very lucky to have two new children joining our class. Wecome to Stephen and Ryan, it is great to have you in our class with us.
We had great fun in our maths on Friday. We were learning about capacity and mass. Using very rare ingredients including, fairy tears and dragon’s blood the children made invisibility potions as accurately as possible. Here are some pictures of what we did.
Before half term we did some drawing to practise our shading, cross hatching and sketching techniques. The final drawings were all really good, I think you will agree we have some great artists in our class.
The week started with Tarsiers making clay Stone Age pots. This was a fab way to start the week and I think you will agree the pots they made were brilliant!
On Wednesday in our Big Write the children enjoyed writing a Stone Age report. The children had prepared to write this report over several lessons. They had explored the structure and features of a report, studied the purpose of a contents page, index and glossary, and had researched a variety of Stone Age facts. To plan the report, the facts were compiled into a mindmap which helped to group facts into categories which would provide the structure of paragraphs. To add interest the reports also contained diagrams with labels and pictures.
Friday afternoon we had music in Tarsiers and it was really enjoyable. The children played a game that helps them with their rhythm. The game involves passing eggs around a circle whilst the children are clapping. It takes a lot of concentrating but they looked like they were having great fun and only one egg was dropped (they were plastic!).
Have a fantastic half term holiday!
This week in Tarsiers, on Wednesday morning, the children were greeted with a big curtain hanging up at the front of the class. The curtain had a message on the front asking, ‘What lies beyond the curtain?’ The children then used their imagination during their Big Write to describe what mysterious place was behind the curtain. Emma said she had really enjoyed this writing experience.
Our School Council representatives Calum and Ruby L. (voted in by the whole class) had their first meeting. Firstly, they held a discussion in class about how the children would like the school to progress and then they took the most popular suggestions along to the meeting. Well done to everyone in Tarsiers for holding such a sensible discussion group!
On Friday afternoon we practised our drawing skills when we tried our best to draw a trainer. I was very impressed by all of the drawings!
Ruby E. said, “I have enjoyed our maths lesson using number lines this week.” I enjoyed it too Ruby.
Gracie suggested we tell you all about our Rock Loan Box that we have in class at the moment. To support our topic of Rocks and Soils in Science, we are very lucky to have a box of rocks on loan from The Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge. The most popualr rock in the box is Obsidian, an Igneous rock made from lava which is black and shiny.
In maths this week we have been learning to measure accurately. Neive enjoyed this, along with many of the children. They learned how to choose the most appropriate instrument to measure short and long distances. Our pencil pots are 13cm high and the distance from the school gate to the classroom door had to be measured in metres.
Samuel wanted to post on this week’s blog that he had enjoyed making origami carrots to take to the Harvest Festival assembly in church next Monday morning. These were not easy to make but all of the children made a fantastic effort, we hope you liked them! When making the carrots we were able to recap on some of the vocabulary we had used in our symmetry lesson. Tara said she had particularly enjoyed symmetry in maths this week. It was great fun for the children to find lines of symmetry in shapes, using the geo-reflectors and mirrors.
This week Louis enjoyed our Big Write, when everybody concentrated for 45 minutes and wrote a story set in The Stone Age. Ruby E. enjoyed our R.E. lesson when the children re-told the events of the Hindu creation story in the correct order, in pictures. Ruby L. and Gracie have enjoyed going on Mathletics to practise their maths skills.
In our Literacy big write this week we wrote a letter to describe the scene in Willy Wonker’s Candy Garden. To help us prepare for this write we worked in groups to imagine being in the garden and then performed freeze frames to capture the emotion of being in such an amazing place. The children were really good at this and really enjoyed themselves.
In maths we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes and on Friday we sorted shapes into Venn diagrams made out of PE hoops. Friday ended with a maths afternoon when we thoroughly enjoyed welcoming in parents and carers to help us solve maths problems.
Earlier on in the week we got into the festive mood when we made our Christmas cards and listened to Christmas music whilst we worked! We hope you like the cards designs, the children worked hard and took a great deal of care when drawing their designs.
We have had another busy week in Tarsiers class. It was great to see all of the children dressed up for European Languages Day on Friday. The children have enjoyed collecting facts about Iceland this week and now know the capital city, the population and the geography of Iceland amongst other interesting facts. They were particularly interested in the Blue Lagoon! On Friday Tarsiers participated in a class swap and exchanged the facts they had learnt, with year 6 children in Colony of Bats, which they really enjoyed.
It was a week for collecting facts as the children also completed their fact files about The Stone Age.
This week (29th onwards) we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes so if you have any interesting 3D empty packaging e.g. cylinders, triangular based prisms – (Toblerone boxes), other prisms, spheres, polyhedra, the children could bring them in to promote discussion.
We have had a busy first two weeks in Tarsiers, but we are now settled in and enjoying year 3.
On Thursday all of the children had a music lesson when they continued to learn the recorder. Chloe wanted to put this on our blog as she particularly enjoyed it.
Helena wanted to say that she had enjoyed our Science lesson last week, when we looked inside a Geode to see what was inside! In Science we will be learning about rocks and soils. Sean F. wanted to tell everyone that on Friday the children learnt about three different types of rocks.
All of the children took their AR star reading tests (accelerated reading tests) and chose their school reading books. Sean C. said he had enjoyed choosing a book and all the children are now very keen to take their AR quizzes that test their comprehension and reading skills.
Neive suggested that we told everybody that we are enjoying learning about the Stone Age and just how long ago the Stone Age was. We looked at a timeline that was the entire length of a kitchen roll!
As you will have seen on the school website, our school vision says our children are like butterflies. So last week we made butterflies and just like all of the children everyone’s butterfly was different. We made them by drawing symmetrical patterns on to absorbent paper and then putting them into water. The ink separated by chromatography and made lovely symmetrical patterns (Lily really enjoyed this and wanted to put this on our blog).