World Book Day costumes, Blood Village story map and poem, and how did bronze change people lives?

Hello,

World Book Day costumes

We are pleased to announce that we will be reading The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams in World Book Week and on World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) we will be dressing up as characters from the book.

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Here are the potential characters you could choose (hopefully this is enough to choose from!):

  • Dribbling Drew
  • Bertha the Blubberer
  • Miss Pertula Perpetual Motion
  • Nigel Nit-Boy
  • Peter Picker
  • Grubby Gertrude
  • Windy Mindy
  • Brian Wong
  • Earnest Ernest
  • Sofia Sofa
  • giraffe
  • dodo
  • museum security guard
  • polar bear
  • blue whale
  • gorilla
  • elephant
  • giant squid
  • vulture
  • Charles Darwin
  • woolly mammoth
  • old lady
  • teacher
  • giant tickling robot
  • dog
  • frog
  • toad
  • duck
  • goose
  • swan
  • cat
  • police
  • old lady
  • giant bogey
  • the queen
  • palace guard
  • rubbish monster
  • astronaut

Blood Village story map

There is no official homework after half term but children have been learning the oral story Blood Village, which will continue after half term.  Here is my story map for the children to practice telling the story.  Try to use your voice for effect to show the tension and emotions of the story.

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We created our own shared class poem of the story which we will enjoy watching after half term as we recorded the performance for posterity.

How did Bronze change people’s lives?

To conclude our learning on the Bronze Age, we wrote an essay to explain how bronze changed people’s lives.  The children were extremely focused and used paragraphs to very clearly explain how the discovery of bronze led to many developments that changed the course of history.  Next term we will be entering the Iron Age!

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Have a brilliant half term!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Assembly Triumph and Moon Man went home!

Hello Families!

Assembly Triumph!

Thank you to all of the friends and families who came along for our assembly today; it was a real triumph!  The children put in so much effort over this week and there were quite a few nerves going into the performance, but it went really well and we are very proud of what we have achieved.  If you have any photos of the assembly, you can send them to primary@dunraven.org.uk with the subject: Oak Class Assembly Photos.

Moon Man went home!

Yes, Moon Man returned to his shimmering seat in space with the help of Dr van der Dunkel, who became the head of an important scientific committee.  Moon Man was happy to return home.

 

Homework

Maths

This week, we have been working on dividing 2 digit numbers. We did this by creating the number as tens and ones; sharing them out equally; and then counting how many tens and ones were in each group.

e.g.

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Please practise this at home.

Maths homework has also been set on My Maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Spelling

Next week, we will be looking at ‘Blood Village’, an oral story that we will be exploring further next half term. This week’s spellings are taken directly from the oral story. As a result, there is no Purple Mash quiz. Please make sure you understand the meanings of the words as well as how to spell them.

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Have a great weekend!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Assembly time, top spellers, homework books and should Moon Man leave earth?

Hello!

Week 4 is over…

Assembly time

Friday will be the big day.  Preparation is going well; children have been really enthusiastic in learning their parts and the lyrics to the songs we are learning.

Thank you to parents and families who have come forward volunteering props and costumes for the assembly.  We will start collecting all of this on Monday.  For now, please only bring in props or costumes for your child’s given role – if after Monday we are still short, we will certainly call on others to bring certain items in.

Your children should now know their roles.  Below is a list of roles and the props/clothes that will be suitable.  Once again, please don’t feel the need to go out and buy things for the show, we are happy to make do with what we have.

Tour guides and coach driver:

Smart tour guide clothes – think Pontins/Butlins chic.

Coach passengers:

Holiday clothes – think Brits abroad.

Sheep:

White, preferably fluffy, clothing.

Welsh rugby players:

Ideally a red rugby top, but any red top will do.

England football players:

White t-shirt or football shirt and football shorts (Dunraven PE shorts will be fine).

Robin Hood and Merry Men:

Brown and/or green clothing, or a Maid Marian outfit.  Toy bow and arrow if possible!

Shakespeare

Black clothing – Tudor ruff will be made in school.

We’ve got a lot of rehearsing to do next week and we are all really excited about the big day!

Top Spellers

Children have been making a real effort with their spelling recently and it is showing in our weekly spelling tests.  The top spellers this week (children who managed to get 8 or more out of 10) have made it onto our Wall of Fame!

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See below in the homework section for our latest list of words.

Homework books

As much of our homework is online (via My Maths, Purple Mash and this blog), it is not compulsory for children to take their homework books home.  If children and families wish to show work that they have done in their books, we are happy to look through them, but work in the books is not compulsory.  The proof of homework being done comes through My Maths’ automatic marking system and through our weekly spelling tests.

Should Moon Man leave earth?

After being pursued through the forest by police, Moon Man has now arrived at an old castle, owned by the distinguished scientist Dr van der Dunkel.  He has built a space rocket and has asked Moon Man to pilot the ship back to the Moon.

There was disagreement in the class as to whether he should or should not return to the Moon.  We wrote letters to Moon Man persuading him to stay or leave.  Here are two opposing arguments:

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Homework

Maths

This week on My Maths, have another go at your 2s, 5s and 10s.  We are about to recap our 2s this week to see if anyone has got even quicker and achieved Rock Hero status!  If you would like to stretch yourself beyond this, you could try to learn the 2 times table up to 2 x 24! For example 2 x 13 = 26, 2 x 14 = 28, 2 x 15 =30 etc.

Make sure you practice your inverse division tables as well (2 ÷ 2 = 1 , 4 ÷ 2 = 2, 6 ÷ 2 = 3 etc.) as next week’s 2 times table test will include division as well as multiplication!

Times Table Rockstars will also allow you to practice all of your 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables, including division.

Spelling

Spelling for this week (as always, there is a quiz available for children to practise these words on Purple Mash):

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Have a restful weekend and see you all in week 5!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Assembly preparation, Bell Beaker People, Horniman Museum

Hello!

What a week!  We are now half way through Spring 1!

Assembly preparation

Our class assembly will be on Friday 7th February – parents can start arriving from 2:15pm.  We will be practising this over the next couple of weeks but are not giving much away yet!  If you would like to help in supplying costumes or props, any of the following would be useful (although not essential!).  Please do not go out and buy any of the following, but if you happen to have any of these, we would love to borrow them:

  1. Children’s or small suitcases
  2. Robin Hood / Merry Men costumes
  3. England football shirts or misc. paraphernalia e.g. scarfs etc.
  4. Welsh (or red) rugby shirts
  5. Tartan skirt or kilt
  6. Sheep costumes (or fluffy white clothing)

Bell Beaker People

As part of our Bronze Age learning, we have started to prepare to make our own Bronze Age beakers.  This week, some of the class practised making impressions in a flat piece of clay with tools similar to the antler tools Bronze Age people would have used.

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Horniman Museum

Our visit to the Horniman Museum was a great success.  The children were fantastic – so enthusiastic and respectful – and the workshop was a great chance to handle artifacts from the Stone and Bronze Ages.  Thank you once again to all of the parents who came along – it made such a difference having so many of you to help out.

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Maths

Because of our busy week, we didn’t quite have time to do our 4 times table test so this will happen on Monday.  Later in the week, we will also test the 5 times table, which we should be really quick at by now as we have been pracising them since Year 2!  There is an exercise to get you started on My Maths, but as always, rock super-stardom doesn’t come after just a few minutes practice!

Garage mode on Times Table Rockstars should now allow you to practise your 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables!

Spelling

This week’s spelling has the suffix -sion.  There is a quiz on Purple Mash ready for you to practise – apologies if you had trouble accessing this last week and please let us know of any technical issues in the future.

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Britain’s Pompeii: A Village Lost in Time

Here is a great documentary about a Bronze Age village called Must Farm, which was discovered in 2015.  It is named after the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii (which we learnt was covered by ash and rock from Mount Versuvius erupting) because it is so well preserved, having sunk into a river when it was set on fire thousands of years ago.  Some really interesting artifacts were uncovered – see how many you recognize from our learning so far this term.

(This is obviously an optional extra for homework!)

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Moon Man dialogue, Reflection, UK geography

Hello!

Moon Man dialogue

We are enjoying our new book, Moon Man.  So far he has crash landed to earth and caused quite a stir.

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This part of the story was lacking a bit of dialogue, so we wrote our own!  We created talking freeze frames that helped to generate some great ideas and enthusiasm!

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Reflection

In Science, we had our first experiment for our topic on light.  We tested different materials to see how well they reflected the light from our torches.  We discovered that smooth, light and shiny surfaces reflect light the best.

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UK Geography

We have started making our UK maps.  For now, we have revised the four countries of the UK and their capitals.  Next week we will look at the seas that surround the UK and the rivers that flow through it.  Can you get ahead by looking at a physical map of the UK this weekend?

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Homework

Maths

Maths homework is ready to go on My Maths – next week we will discover who has reached rock super-stardom in the 4 times table!

Spelling

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Have a marvelous weekend!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Horniman vist, Moon Man,

Hello!

First week back!  So many exciting things to come in the Spring Term, many of which are outlined in our start of term letter.  Sop far, we’ve had a really good start!

Horniman visit volunteers

We will be visiting the Horniman Museum on January 24th and are looking for some parent/family volunteers to join us on the day.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact the school office or let me know in person.  It should be a really fun day of learning.

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Moon Man

We have started our new book, Moon Man.  So far, we have just looked at the main character and learnt more about the moon itself.  We drew chalk and pastel pictures, collected vocabulary and then wrote shared poems about the moon.  These will form our corridor display piece.  We’re really proud of our poems and performed them to the class this morning.

The UK

In geography, we will be learning about the landmarks, physical features and culture of the UK.  It would be great to look at maps at home and think about places in the UK that children have visited or have family connections to.

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HW

Resolutions and goals

In Votes for Schools, we talked about 2019 and whether it was an important year.  We also thought about what resolutions or goals we might want to achieve in 2020.  It would be great to see some of these written up into homework books if you get the chance.

Maths HW

There is some 3 times table practice on My Maths ready to go, but anyone hoping to achieve Times Table Rock Star status this term would do well to do much more than just these exercises!  Next week’s times table test will be on just the 3 times table – how quick can you get?  Will you be able to get onto our Wall of Fame?

Spelling

This week we are learning words that have the prefix super.  There is a quiz on Purple Mash ready to go.

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Have a great weekend!

Mr Norman and Ms Lobb

Music concert, talent show, class party, volcanoes and subordinate clauses

Hello!

Music Concert

Our week got off to a great start with the Year 3 music concert.  Thanks to everyone that managed to come along to support us – we are proud of what we have learnt this term with our Lambeth music teachers.

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Talent Show

Our talent show auditions were amazing.  Well done to everyone that entered; we really do have some talented children in Year 3.  Unfortunately, only 3 acts could go through to the whole school talent show next Friday, but we look forward to supporting them.

Class Party and our final week

There are lots of other great things happening in our final week.  Our class party takes place on Wednesday, for which we have over 130 minutes, built up over this term for working so hard.

Children can bring in games and toys (within reason) for the party, but should be aware that there is a small chance of these items being lost or damaged, so nothing valuable please.  These can be brought in from Monday and stored safely away so that they are ready to go on Wednesday.  A reminder that we are not going to bring in food for the party, but the children will have just enjoyed their Christmas lunch so won’t go hungry!

The Key Stage 2 music concert will take place on Thursday and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Our no uniform day will take place on Friday, which will be a half day of school.

Volcanoes

We have finally finished our volcanoes – I’m sure you’ll agree that they look fantastic.  I’m sure they’ll be proudly displayed when they return home next week!  Because we were so inspired by our learning of volcanoes, today we produced some great descriptive pieces of writing about volcanoes erupting.  These will be written up and decorated to make a book next week.

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We also learned about subordinate conjunctions and clauses, coming up with our own sentences about volcanoes using the conjunctions when, if and because. Watch this video (up until 1:23) to remind yourselves of what subordinate clauses are.

English HW

Instead of spelling homework this week, you will need to add extra detail to the simple sentences below by adding a different subordinate clause from the options here for each one.

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  1. I am looking forward to Christmas.
  2. I like to play outside.
  3. Read every day at home.
  4. Practise your times tables.
  5. It will be great to come back to school in the new year.

Maths HW

In maths we have learnt about length and permiter.  My Maths homework is ready to go – don’t forget to press mark it!

Thanks!

Mr Norman

Cool stories, dormant volcanoes, pebbles and the Year 3 music concert

Hello!

Cool Stories

We have finished our Gregory Cool inspired stories and have been getting to work editing and publishing them this week – they’re almost there.

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Dormant Volcanoes

Our volcanoes are currently lying dormant, now with some extra vegetation and rocky features.  They await their inevitably messy and catastrophic eruptions next week, which will involve a lot of red, orange and yellow paint and a few strands of tissue paper.

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The Pebble in my Pocket

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We have started reading The Pebble in my Pocket,  a book which shows the journey of a pebble, from its birth in a volcano 450 million years ago to the present day.  Today we learnt how to pick out words and phrases that captured our interest and imagination.  We then used this inspiration to create a pastel and chalk picture of the scene that these words conjured up.

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A quick reminder that our Year 3 music concert will be on Monday at 2:45.  Please try to be seated from 2:30pm so we can start and finish promptly.  Hope to see some of you there.

Homework

Maths

My Maths homework is some final revision of the addition and subtraction we have covered this term, including some missing part problems.

We will also find out next week who our 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s timetables rockstars are! Keep practising!

Spellings

Please log in to Purple Mash and refresh your knowledge of the spellings that have been learned so far this half term.
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Song practice

We will be learning this song for our Christmas performance at the end of this term.  Please try to learn the words!

Santa Claus is comin’ to town
You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is comin’ to town

 

He’s making a list
He’s checking it twice
He’s gonna find out
Who’s naughty or nice

Santa Claus is comin’ to town

 

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
So you better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is comin’ to town

 

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
See you all at the Winter Ball! I’m off to see Father Christmas!
Mr Norman

Volcanoes and earthquakes exploration and rock weathering

Hello!

We had an exciting time exploring the world with a volcanoes and earthquakes workshop earlier in the week.

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In art, our volcanoes are really taking shape now – literally!

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We have started looking at how rocks change over time.  We learnt about weathering, which is when rocks are broken down by the weather.

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Maths HW

Two tasks have been set for you on MyMaths to further consolidate your learning of column addition and subtraction. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions. Don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Also, practise your 3 and 4 times tables – we’re looking to make some more rock stars next week!

Spelling

Spelling

Have a great weekend!

Mr Norman

Homework

Hello,

This week for homework…

Homework

Maths

In maths this week, we have been working hard on our subtraction skills, completing problems involving exchanging. For example, to solve the problems:

642 – 229 =

728 – 364 =

Subtraction with exchanging

Please solve the following problems in your book, using the column method.Subtraction questions

Spelling

Spellings this week are a mixture of common exception words from the year 3/4 list. Please practise these. A quiz has been set on Purple Mash for you to complete and if you want to, it would be great to put each one into a sentence to show the meaning.Aut 2 week 4 LSCWC

Glass jars

Please can children bring in clean glass jars for a science experiment on soil.

Many thanks,

Mr Norman