Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Final Countdown!!!

I am exhausted trying to remember all of the things that we have done this week!  It's been very busy but great fun.

The Talent show was a hit and there were lots of superstars in 3W.  Edward, Sam, Henry, Liam, Oli and Matthew all performed and are destined for great heights.

The Santa fun run was really well supported by our class and Max was the official photographer and took some photos for the blog.  The children ran with enthusiasm and all finished the course.  The prospect of juice and a biscuit was a good incentive to get to the finish line.













Today's Christmas dinner was very popular and I saw lots of empty plates.  We all got to pull crackers and chat together.

We have done lots of crafts in class and made Christmas pudding hats, table decorations for the school Christmas dinner, 3 dimensional Christmas cards and finger print pictures.  Christmas has well and truly arrived in our classroom, singing carols and songs and looking closely at the birth of Jesus and the special visitors that came to the stable.  Our Advent calendar still has a few more doors to open but we are getting nearer to this special event.

Many thanks for the cards and gifts that you have given to the staff in 3W.  It is extremely generous of you.  All that's left to say is have a happy, restful Christmas and we looking to seeing you all in the New Year.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bonjour

We have had our French morning this week and what a wonderful time we have had!

The order of the day was a French assembly, followed by making French Christmas cards, eating croissants, learning about famous French buildings and finally, trying to make the Eiffel Tower out of spaghetti, Midget Gems and marshmallows!

For the last activity the children were put into teams of three and together they built the Eiffel Tower. The teamwork and cooperation was fantastic and their ideas were amazing.  Take a look at some of the great structures that they built.





















In Science the children have made fossils and the final results are brilliant.

Christmas activities are getting started and rehearsals for the talent show have been under way.  We are enjoying our Advent calendar and the excitement is growing within school.

All that's left to say today is "au revoir" until next week.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Things to come!

We hope that the Egyptian masks arrived home safely!  The children were so keen to take them home.  Sadly we have come to the end of our topic on the Egyptians but please encourage the children to do some more reading of their own.

This week the children have practised reading comprehensions in preparation for our reading assessment.  We have been encouraging them to "read between the lines" and deduce the inferences within the text.   They are beginning to spot the things that are implied but not referred to directly.

We have made some lovely Christmas decorations to brighten up the classroom and our Jesse Tree is looking beautiful and reminds us of Jesus' family tree.  In our RE topic we have been talking about Jesus' ancestry and the special visitors who came to the stable when Jesus was born.  We are reminded that Jesus came for all and it is no accident that the shepherds were the first to visit him!

The children are enjoying their new science topic and have started to investigate different types of rock and soil.  Remember to ask them about the new topic.

Next week we will have a French morning, full of great activities and lots of fun.  Make sure to ask the children about any new words that they have learned and please continue to practise them at home.

We are getting close to the end of term and there will be Christmas dinner and a Christmas party to get everybody in the festive mood.  The first candle on our Advent candle has been lit and it is time to get ourselves ready for the birth of Jesus.  The end of term will be hectic but we will make time for some quiet reflection and ensure that during Advent we do not lose sight of the deep importance of Christ's birth.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

26th November 2015

What a fantastic end to the week. Well done to everyone in 3W for a truly fantastic assembly - you all worked so hard and performed your lines and songs brilliantly. Both myself and Mrs. Ward-Tsang are incredibly proud of you all. We hope you all put your feet up for a well deserved rest this weekend!

Despite the busy start to Friday morning, the day did not stop there. The children then did some wonderful independent writing linked to our Egyptian topic and then in the afternoon the children were busy investigating the properties of different types of rock and looking at how absorbent they are. The children were then rewarded with some Golden Time for all their hard work over the past week!

NB:
We would like to start sending the beautiful Egyptian masks that the children have made home next week so could we ask each child to bring in a carrier bag to transport these home in? We would hate for any to get broken in transit! Thank you in advance.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ancient Egypt Day and more




















A fantastic day!!!

We had a wonderful day learning about Ancient Egypt and playing Egyptian games.

Our day started with a talk, telling us all about Upper and Lower Egypt followed by a quiz which encouraged us to do lots of research.

We then played an original game, played all over Egypt during the time when the Pharaoh's ruled.  It was obviously a predecessor of Snakes and Ladders and we thoroughly enjoyed trying to beat our partners.

The afternoon was far more gory!!!  We watched as the dead pharaoh was mummified and we got to see all the organs being removed!   We all survived the experience and had lots of energy left to go hunting for animals with stones and spears........bean bags and foam javelins!

Everybody had fun and it was a great day of learning.  The children (and staff) looked great in their costumes and we thank parents for going to so much effort.

Friday, 6 November 2015

A good start!

The children have returned from half term refreshed and in good spirits. They have been sharing their news about the holiday and all seem to have had a good rest and lots of fun.

This week the class has really enjoyed the start of our new English topic.  We have been sharing an interactive book called "Was Tutankhamen killed?" and we have been ancient detectives trying to solve the mystery behind his death.  The book has been great fun, with lots of pop-ups and fascinating facts.  We have made an incident board in the classroom, so that we can assemble all of the facts in order to solve the crime - if in fact there was a crime committed!

Our RE topic about Promises has focussed on Our Lady this week. The children have been talking about her many wonderful qualities and have shown great insight into her personality and her strengths.  Some of their answers have amazed me and shown great depth of understanding.

Next Wednesday we have our Egyptian Day, which we are all looking forward to. There will be lots to do and we hope to learn even more about this fascinating era.  This week we finished creating our Egyptian Dance in PE and we filmed the dances to evaluate and appreciate the lovely performances. Every child worked hard to interpret the music and produce a finished dance with their group.

In Art this week the children will be creating a Winter Wonderland display in our lead up to Christmas so we are looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

 Don't forget to get an outfit ready to wear on Egyptian day and please put your name on your belongings.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

One World Week

What a wonderful week we have had in 3W!

The focus of our week has been "Laudato si" and  Pope Francis' message to us.  We have talked about how we can protect and take care of our beautiful planet and be good stewards of God's creation.  We have learned about St Francis of Assisi and how we can try to follow his example of good stewardship.

As part of our studies we talked about El Salvador and how many of the people are very poor and yet they celebrate and are thankful for what they have received from God.  This week each pupil in 3W has made a delightful El Salvador cross to remind them of the wonderful gifts and joys that they receive from God.  The crosses now decorate our prayer table and are a reminder of God's love for us.

In Maths we have enjoyed completing problem solving activities and competing against each other using the Mathletics website.  This useful resource definitely encourages the pupils to use their maths!

Science has been great fun and today we completed three experiments.  First we did an experiment involving evaporation and we investigated how long it would take our puddles to disappear.  Our second experiment involved floating eggs and each group managed to get their egg to float, thankfully without any broken eggs!  Lastly we investigated what happens when you mix sugar, yeast and flour and we were delighted when our balloon filled with gas!

Last but not least, in History we have discussed why writing was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. Each pupil wrote their name in hieroglyphs and made a cartouche and we soon realised that being a scribe in Ancient Egypt was a very tiring job!

It is nearly half term and after all of the excitement of this week the children (and teachers!) are looking forward to a rest.  We look forward to seeing you next week at the consultation evenings.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Egyptian Masks

As you can see the masks are looking pretty spectacular! They will be on display during parents evening so make sure you pop into the classroom to take a look.