End of Year!

We began our last week with our amazing Fun Run! The children have then enjoyed games throughout the week. We also enjoyed ICT making Power points with some Reception children and we ended the week creating Power points about our favourite memories of Year 3.

We have had a fantastic year!

I am very sad to say goodbye to my first ever class, but I know they will be great in year 4!

Thank you all for your hard work, dedication and for making me smile every day.
Thank you also to all the parents for your constant support and generous gifts throughout the year, I really appreciate it!

Have a fantastic summer!

Love Miss Bell 🙂

Quayside!

This week the children took a trip to the Quayside.

In our Geography topic we have been exploring the physical and human characteristics of our area.  We took this a step further by taking this trip to see the features first-hand. In preparation for our visit, the children worked in groups to create a short survey. The children used the survey to gather data from members of the public on their thoughts and opinions of the changes to the Quayside. The children were so polite and I received so many positive comments from the public so  well done Year 3! Whilst we were there, we visited the Baltic to use their viewing box, this gave us the perfect view of the whole Quayside to complete our sketch maps. We also took a look around on our walks to and from the metro at the different urban art. For example the sticker art at Gateshead college.

This week we have also focused on special places in RE. We looked not only at what special places we have, but what special places Christians have. We explored lots of different places that have a significant meaning to Christians and we created water coloured  pictures of these places for our display.

One week to go!

Keep up the hard work! 🙂

New Teacher!!!

We have had a wonderful week and finally met our new Year 4 teacher!

The children began the week with our NUFC multi skills in the sunshine! We worked really hard in teams playing football and our dribbling. In Maths we have been experimenting with capacity and volume. In English, we have began our new topic of play scripts. The children enjoyed reading scripts and acting out the traditional plays around the yard. In Computing, we have begun working on Microsoft Excel using different symbols to add, subtract, multiply or divide cells.  In Science, we carried out a Science clue hunt. The children worked in teams to find the clues around the school yard to crack the code, it was extremely fun but rather tricky!

Today we have met our new Year 4 teacher, Miss Thomas! The children enjoyed getting to know her and sharing some fun facts about themselves.

Not long to go children!
Keep up the hard work 🙂

 

Sports Day

This week the children have been continuing their work on the Dream Giver. We focused on descriptions ready to plan and write our own narratives next week. In Maths we have begun consolidation work. We finished adding and subtracting money and moved onto measurement. We took our lesson to the outdoor classroom and recapped cm and mm measuring sticks, benches etc.

In Topic we have been focused on our local area. We looked at the different physical and human characteristics in our area how we live so close to the city centre. We then looked at the Quaside over time and discussed the reasons for the changes, for example tourism, businesses etc.

This week started with so much rain, luckily our sports day was rescheduled for Friday.  The children had an amazing day!

Well done to everyone for their fantastic effort!

 

 

Half Way!

Since coming back the children have enjoyed the wonderful sunshine- I hope it sticks around!

We have had amazing NUFC and athletics lessons. In NUFC we are continuing to look at coordination and agility. Which we are also using in our athletics preparing for sports day.

After finishing our non-fiction topic in English we have moved onto Fiction, exploring the video ‘Dream Giver’. We took advantage of the sunshine and performed our own small scenes from the dream giver telling the story in our own way.

In RE we have moved onto our new topic, Choices. In this topic we look at how choices we make in our daily life can affect us, the consequences they can lead to alongside the story of ‘The Prodigal Son’. In our Geography lessons we are continuing to look at geographical features of different European countries before looking deeper into the urban art in their cities.

The children have worked very hard over the last few weeks, not long to go!

Keep it up!

Rocks and Soils

This week the children have had a wonderful trip to the Life Centre.

We explored the planetarium during our visit and the children enjoyed watching the videos of the moon and sun. During our workshop, we looked at the different types of rocks and how they could be identified. We looked deeper into other ways to categorise them without just using their appearance, focusing on properties, smells etc. We then looked at the different effects water can have on rocks and soils. We investigated this with chalk to see how it would change before working with materials in test tubes. We shook the tubes to mix the materials and water and discussed the effects it had.

This week we were also lucky enough to have an author come to school and spend some time carrying out a workshop with us. We met Antony Wootten, who has wrote many books and we shared a writing and ‘day dreaming’ workshop with year 4 to learn how to plan and tell a story.

The children have also continued to work hard on their dance festival routine and I am very excited to see the dress rehearsal next week!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Bell 🙂

World Book Day

Since coming back after the half term the children have had a fabulous time.

We  introduced our new ‘Gods and Mortals’ topic which the children have been very excited about and even created some lovely things for display. Well done! We began by making our own art using straws and tissue paper to make temples and creating a timeline of Ancient Greece. 

Linked to this, we began our new English topic looking into legends. Next week the children will be planning and writing their own legends. We began our measurement topic and the children have been looking and cm, mm, m and converting between them to answer tricky problem solving questions.

We had a workshop with GEM to look at the new skills we will be learning this term using power point. The children are eager to get creative with their animations and transitions.

We had a fabulous day for World Book Day! Well done children and parents for the amazing effort made by all! It was a great day and the children created some wonderful art work to go alongside their poems.

Half Term!

 

Over the last two weeks in RE we have looked at other faiths and focused on Islam. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Khanum to help discuss the mosque and the features. We explored the different features within a mosque and what they are for. We then explored what happens inside a mosque and focused on the performing of Wudu.
Who can comment with an explanation of what this is?

In English this week we explored poetry. We read ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough. The poem is all about a stranger taking away all sounds. So we had our own lesson tasting different foods and thinking of ways to describe it to write our own taste collector poem. For example, ‘The juicy apple slice’, ‘The creamy chocolate brioche’. We then went on our own sound hunt around school to gather sounds to use in our own sound collector poem.

We ended our History topic by designing and making our own Roman shields. The children had a great time decorating with paint and worked well helping each other.

Well done to all the children who took part in the swimming gala trials today!
I hope you all have a wonderful half term.
Relax, play, sing, dance, shout and make sure you all have fun!!
Miss Bell 🙂

PS: If you want to make something for our new topic ‘Gods and Mortals’ a copy of the art examples from the letter have been posted below.

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Investigate

 

We’ve had a fantastic week!

The children have enjoyed our new English topic exploring persuasive letters. We have had our own debates in the class suing persuasive language ready to write letters of our own next week.
In Science we have set up flowers in water with food dye to investigate the movement of water in plants.  In Maths we have been exploring fractions. The children have enjoyed practical lessons to help them understand what  different fractions look like, both unit and non-unit (unit = 1). We have focused on what the Numerator and Denominator mean and next week will look into how we can use this to work out a fraction of an amount. On Friday, we had an exciting day. not only did we have the surprise of the snow we also began our Dance Festival routine. We are all very excited!

Please can I remind everyone that only fruit snacks are allowed in school for break times. Thank you.

Have a great weekend in the snow! Miss Bell 🙂

Half Way!

I cannot believe we are half way through our first term back already!

This week, we have focused on algorithms. Miss Bell made her own algorithm for the children to follow. Once the children had heard the instructions we compared my picture with the children’s versions. After comparing, we discussed the issues with the algorithm and how being very specific is key for a good end product. The children then drafted their own algorithms for their friends to follow to create a picture on the computer.

In PE we have been focused on serving. Learning different techniques of holding the racket to deliver the perfect serve. In French we have been learning classroom objects. Before we begin our writing, we recapped playing a game. The children had to pick objects out of the bag and recall the name in french. In our RE topic ‘Journeys’ we looked into the different journeys Christians take throughout their lives. We were lucky enough to plan and interview Mrs Haley about her trip to Lourdes.

Have a good weekend 🙂

Miss Bell