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Wednesday 28th March - Eggmobile
Today we had our annual egg mobile competition. Well done to all of the children who entered.
The eggmobile that went the furthest and therefore the winner from year 3 and 4 was.......CHANGMIN! Well done Changmin - an eggcelent effort.
Monday 19th March - Freeze frames
Today we read a story about the Mount Vesuvius eruption. We picked out the historical vocabulary and discussed what it meant. We then picked out the key point in the story and acted them out using freeze frames. We were focusing on our position, facial expressions and body language. Can you guess what happened?
Tuesday 6th March - Chester Trip
Today was our school trip to the DEWA museum in Chester where we became Romans. We learnt how they lived and what it would be like to be in the Roman Army.
Thank you so much to our wonderful parent helpers.
Thursday 1st March - World Book Day
For the whole of this week we have been celebrating and preparing for World Book Day. Each teacher chose a book and the children decided which teacher they would like to work with for their Literacy lessons. There was an array of different activities happening from letter writing, descriptions, poems all the way to amazing pieces of art work and creating new super heroes and villains.
On Tuesday we had a parent who came in to our class and read their favourite story. Thank you so much Mrs Higgins. The children asked questions about the book and why she liked it. They were then given the opportunity to talk about their favourite book and what their favourite part was.
On Thursday the children came dressed as a character from a book of their choice and they all looked amazing! Thank you to all of the parents for helping your child organise their outfit and in some cases for creating a master piece!!
On Thursday we also had an illustrator who came to visit and did a workshop with the children where they created their own mythical characters.
Here we some photographs of our World Book Day parade.
Thursday 22d February - Reading about Pompeii
This half term we will be looking at the volcanic eruption that happened in Pompeii in 79AD. This week our focus is the book 'Pompeii'. We started the week by reading the first chapter together, answering questions and predicting what would happen next. As the week went on, we learnt more about the story and the events that unfolded after the eruption. Here you can see us acting out key moments from the book.
Thursday 15th February - Plants
This half term out topic is 'Plants'. We will be looking at what the different parts of a plant are, what the role of each part is, what plants need to survive and how different conditions affect the growth of the plant. Today we planted sunflowers. We are going to put them in different conditions and see which one grows the tallest.
Wednesday 31st January - Earthquakes
Today we spent the day learning about earthquakes. The children learnt where they happen, why they happen, how to stay safe in an earthquake and compared the strength of earthquakes using the Mercalli Scale. In the photographs you can see us practicing staying safe in case we were caught in an earthquake.
Thursday 11th January - Exploding our volcanoes
We finished making our volcanoes and then made them explode. Next week we will be writing instructions which someone could follow to make their own volcano.
Monday 8th January - Writing a letter
This week we have been reading the story 'Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing'. In the story, Greenbackboy and Snowboy cut down all the trees and take away all the fish to earn money. Luckily, Snowboy saved one tree and two fish. This got us thinking about how we could save the planet. In our Literacy lessons we read information about why trees were important and then wrote a persuasive letter to the characters explaining why they shouldn't cut down the trees.
Tuesday 2nd January - Making volcanoes
Our topic for this half term is 'Restless Earth'. In this topic we look at natural disasters, why they happen and the effects they have. We also look at volcanoes around the world. We started our topic today by following some step by step instructions on how to make a model volcano. As you can see from the pictures we also made quite a mess!
Look out for pictures, over the next few weeks, of us painting our volcanoes and making them explode.
Monday 18th December - The Christmas Fair
Our stalls were the Chocolate Tombola, Name the Penguin and Beat the Keeper. We raised a lot of money and the children worked really hard.
Thank you so much for your generous donations.
Please look out for an update in the newsletter on how much our class raised for our treat at the end of the year.
11th and 12th December - Our Christmas Production
For weeks we have been practicing our Christmas play 'A Snowy Christmas'. On Monday we performed for the whole school and on Tuesday we performed for family and friends.
Our last performance is tomorrow (Wednesday 13th December) for anyone else who wants to see it.
We we hope you enjoyed our show. Here are some photos.
Tuesday 5th December - Maths Day
Today is maths day! We started the day with a maths lesson where we looked at different angles, parallel and perpendicular lines and properties of 2D shapes. In the photos you can see us going on a shape walk around school.
The class were split into teams. They were given 10 tricky questions to answer. The winning team would be the team who got the most answers correct. In 3JW we had two teams who got almost all of the points available! It had to go to a tie breaker. It was very tense but the winning team won by getting the most timestables questions correct in a minute. I was very proud of the team spirit shown.
Maths Factor Final
Our winning team then went forward to the final where they were up against the strongest teams from Year 3 and 4! They competed in front of everyone to win the top prize.
The winner was....
I was extremely proud of all of the children for taking part and doing their best but particularly our winning team who coped well under pressure and showed off their amazing maths skills.
Tuesday 28th November - Making magnetic games
Here are some photos of us making our magnetic games. We made them by sawing wood to the correct size, using it to make a frame and then using other resources to make the different elements of our game.
Monday 20th November - Stone Circles
We have been learning about the Neolithic Period of the Stone Age. We looked at stone circles that are still around today and discussed what they might have been used for. We then designed our own stone circles and created them in sand. We thought our circles could be used for looking at the moon and the stars, having parties, celebrating friendship or maybe even a prison!
We we hope you like our designs.
13th November - 17th November - Anti-Bullying Week
It is Anti-Bullying week this week. We have been thinking about how we can be kind to others and celebrate our differences. To kick off the week we had an assembly on Monday to explain what bullying is and how we can help someone who is being bullied. Monday was also Kindness day so we challenged ourselves to do at least one random act of kindness. On Tuesday we talked about what makes us similar/different. We then drew around our hand and wrote 5 things that make us unique. The next job was to colour in a jigsaw piece in a way which represented ourselves. Both of these pieces of work will be displayed to remind us that being different is what makes us special.
Monday 6th November - Interpreting artefacts from the Mesolithic Period
In today's lesson we became archaeologists! We had to dig in the sand to find objects. Some objects were worthless and meaningless and some were important artefacts from the Stoe Age period which could tell us about what their lives would be like during that time. It was our job to work out which objects were important. We then predicted what they might be used for, what it was made out of and what it told us about the people who were alive during that time.
Tuesday 31st October - French
Today we learnt how to count to 10 in French. Here is a picture of us singing our counting song.
Monday 30th October - Cave Paintings
Our topic is New Beginnings where we look at what life was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Today we focussed on their cave paintings. We looked at cave paintings that have been found around the world, discussed what they were of and how they were created and then designed our own. To create our idea we painted our paper a cave colour, stuck it to the roof of the table and lay under it so it was like we were in a cave and then drew our picture using black or brown wax crayons.
We had great fun and our paintings turned out brilliantly! We are now going to cut them out, back them on black card and attach them to our topic books to use as a front cover.
Friday 13th October - French Day
Today we are celebrating all things French! We hope you enjoy looking at pictures of the different activities we did.
Wednesday 11th October - Class representatives
At Stamford Park Junior school we have a school council and an eco council. These teams make improvements to our school, help with fundraising and are attend regular meetings where we discuss ideas on what we can do as a school to improve the environment and school life.
The children had the opportunity to tell their classmates why they should get their vote. Although it was very close, we did get 2 winners who will represent 3JW.
Congratulations to our school council representative Kyle and our eco council representative Tom! I look forward to seeing the changes you make and I know you'll work really hard. Well done!!
Tuesday 3rd October - Trip to the park
As part of our geography work we had a map of Stamford Park and looked for the features. We concentrated on having our maps the right way and drawing symbols to represent what we found.
Thank you so much to all of our super parent helpers!
Wednesday 20th September - Maths number hunt
We have been learning how to add and subtract multiples of 10 and 100. Today we put our knowledge to the test by doing a number hunt. The children were given different calculations that they had to find around the school hall and then work out the answer mentally. Our winners were Tom and Sam! WELL DONE.
Monday 18th September - Drawing our school
Our topic this half term is 'New Beginnings'. We have been looking at our school and learning about what it would have been like in the year it was built (1905). Today we drew a sketch of our school, experimented with charcoal and then used it to shade some areas of our sketch.
Thursday 14th September - Musical Theatre
Every week Year 3 will have a visitor in school to teach them musical theatre. Today they learnt about using their voice, facial expressions and body languages to create a character.
Monday 11th September - Aerial photographs
Our topic this term is New Beginnings where we have been learning about our school and looking at maps of the local area. Today we learnt the difference between physical and human features and then we located features on an aerial photograph of Hale.
Thursday 7th September - Place value maths lesson
For today's maths lesson we have been looking at place value. We matched cards which showed a number as a numeral, in words and using hundreds, tens and units blocks (Base 10). We also completed challenges where we had to work out the numbers from clues that were given.
Here are some photos of us all working hard and trying our best.
This week we have welcomed our new year 3s. We are all very excited to start the school year.