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SUMMER TERM 2018

'It's all Greek to me!'

Welcome back to the final term of the school year. I hope that you had a restful and chocolate-filled holiday and are now raring to go with our new topic about the Ancient Greeks!

Summer Term 2018 Curriculum Letter

 

May 2018 - Art   Greek Theatre

We have been learning about Greek theatre and finding out about comedy and tragedy. We were interested to learn that only men were allowed to be actors and that theatre was a very important part of Greek life. Over the past few weeks we have been creating our own masks out of clay, making sure that we used exaggerated expressions.

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May 2018 - Topic 'Greek Home Life'

Year 3 and Year 4 joined forces this mroning to investigate what life was like in Ancient Greece. We quickly discovered that we would have been slaves if we had been born into a poor family. Life in a rich family sounded much more pleasant! We were shocked to learn that only boys went to school and girls did not often learn to read or write. We worked in mixed year groups to make models of Greek villas and to taste some delicious Greek food. The pitta bread was very popular, but the feta cheese, olives and houmous met with a mixed response! A fabulous, fun morning with lots of learning taking place.

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April 2018 - Science 'Our Bodies'

We had an entertaining afternoon drawing around each other and then labelling the organs that we thought would be inside our bodies. Some of them were in interesting places but we all had a great time deciding where our liver, kidneys, lungs and intestines might be found!

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Spring Term 2018 

Pre-Historic Britain

Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to the Spring Term. Our topic this term is Pre-historic Britain where the children will learn about life many thousands of years ago. Please click on the link below to access our curriculum letter.

Spring Term Curriculum Letter

 

March 2018  Visit to 'Wild Woodcraft'

We spent an action packed day in the woods with Maria and Matthew, who taught us what life would have been like if we had lived in the Stone Age. We built shelters, lit fires, learned how to boil water with hot stones and then gutted fish before cooking them on the fire. They tasted delicious when they were ready. Some people even had a 'wild wee' behind a tree whilst others braved the compost toilet! Despite the thick, squelchy mud, everybody had a brilliant day that will never be forgotten. A heartfelt 'THANK YOU' to Mr Haggerty, Mrs Creasey, Mrs Corrigan, Mrs Elkington and Mrs Dudley for coming with us and embracing the elements. We wouldn't have had half as much fun without you all!

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February 2018  Maths problem solving

We were lucky enough to be able to take part in a fun packed afternoon of maths problem-solving courtesy of 'Maths Revolution'. Everyone was split into teams and we competed against each other to destroy the Robotrons. There was some excellent team-work and it was fabulous to see the children encouraging and helping each other. A special thank you to all of the adults who came along to help us. We couldn't have managed it without you!

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February 2018   R.E.

We rounded off the term by thinking about Lent and making some (early) pancakes with Year 4. Mrs Moseley was in charge of toppings while Mr Harrison and Mrs Dudley took control of the cooking. Delicious!

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February 2018  Outreach P.E.

Our half-term of lessons with Mr Pledger from Carre's came to an end last week. We rounded off our P.E. sessions with a table tennis competition. Everybody had great fun and we enjoyed competing in house teams! 

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February 2018  R.E. - Challah Bread

Salisbury and Canterbury joined forces today to bake some loaves of Challah bread. We have been learning about the significance of Shabbat and wanted to experience some of the delicious, sweet bread that Jews eat every Shabbat for ourselves. It was great fun getting 'stuck in' to the mixing and kneading!

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January 2018  Art

We ended the week upside down, laying under the tables to draw, just as cavemen might have done when creating their cave paintings. It was great fun but made our arms ache!

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January 2018   Science - rocks and soils

We enjoyed conducting an eperiment to see which type of rock would erode the most. We had to ensure that our tests were fair and look carefully at our results to draw our conclusions. Canterbury Class found out that marble and granite were very hard-wearing rocks but sandstone and chalk eroded quickly when rubbed together.

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January 2018   Outreach P.E.

Mr Pledger was back in school this morning! The weather was against us yet again, but we had a great time in the hall playing table tennis on the dining tables. It was amazing how quickly we improved our techniques and accuracy. Lots of fun was had by the whole class and Mrs Moseley discovered just how tricky it is to take an 'action shot' in the middle of a table tennis rally!

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January 2018   Cave Painting

We had great fun getting our hands into the mud and creating cave art just like they would have done in the Stone Age. Some of us were muddier than others by the end of the lesson!

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January 2018   Outreach P.E.

Mr Pledger from Carre's Grammar School was back this week and we were excited to practise our racket skills. There was a real buzz in the hall as we worked in pairs and small groups. Wimbledon, here we come!

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 January 2018   Instruction texts

Our English text over the last few weeks has been the picture book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'. We have been busy planning our own instruction texts based on the same theme. Check back soon to see our finished results, but here is a sneak preview of us at work...

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January 2018   Multiplication

We have been using counters to create arrays and then investigating commutative law to find two multiplication calculations for each array. Great paired work to find, and record, the calcualtions. 

 

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January 2018   Hey, Ocarina!

Mrs Moseley began her musical journey this afternoon as the children showed her how to play the Ocarina. They were extremely knowledgeable and had remembered many of the skills from when they last played in Year 2. 

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January 2018   P.E - Net and Wall Games

Despite the weather, we ventured outside to enjoy a P.E lesson with Mr Pledger from Carre's Grammar School. He introduced us to our new P.E theme of 'Net and Wall Games'. We had to score points by making it impossible for our partner to hit the ball back to us before it had bounced twice. We couldn't use rackets today, just the palms of our hands. Even though we were a little soggy, we had a fantastic lesson and everyone participated throughout! 

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January 2018   R.E - Investigating Judaism

As a start to our topic, we decided whether our photographs belonged to the Christian religion or the Jewish religion. There was much discussion and team work to come up with our final selections. 

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Autumn Term 2017

Rainforests - Who Lives in a Place Like This?

Welcome back to a new school year in Canterbury class.  I hope you all had a lovely summer break.  We are looking forward to some exciting learning and challenges this year!   Our first topic is Rainforests - who lives in a place like this?    Please click on the curriculum newsletter below to find out about our learning for this term.

Autumn Term Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2017

Topic: Reptile Life Visit

Year 3 had an amazing visit today from Rob and Ellen from AnimalsUK!  They brought in a range of animals from rainforest regions around the world for a real hands on experience.  We learnt a lot about the rainforests and,  in particular, the animals that live there including some really fascinating facts.  The children were introduced to a range of animals including: red footed tortoises called Lucy and Chewy,  a 4m long Burmese python, a tenrec, a tarantula called Charlotte, a bearded dragon, a chameleon and a crocodile called Desmond.  We had a great day and really enjoyed our experience!

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Science: Sound

Our science focus this half term is sound.  We began by investigating what sound is and how sounds are made.  We tried to "see" sound by carrying out some investigations: rice on a drum, elastic bands, rulers and tuning forks in water.  This helped us to see the vibrations being created.

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OCTOBER 2017

Den Building

Year 2 and Year 3 had a brilliant afternoon of outdoor learning den building.  They had to work in teams to design and build a den using sticks, piping and sheets and all without any adult help!   All of the teams worked really well together demonstrating some excellent problem solving skills and teamwork and they learnt a lot about building a strong structure to keep out the wind and the rain! 

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Music: Animal Music

In music, we have been learning about beat and pitch.  We investigated how we could represent animal movements using different instruments focusing particularly on how fast the animal was moving (beat) and how low or high they were (pitch). 

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Science: Food Chains

As part of our Science work, we have been learning about food chains.  The children were given a variety of pictures of plants and animals and were challenged to see how many food chains they could make.

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Rainforest Homework

Year 3 have produced some excellent home learning this term linked to our topic of rainforests.  We had a huge range of different projects that the children have completed included some creative (and yummy!) cakes.

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P.E: Invasion Games

In our last P.E. session this term, we held our interhouse competition which was won by Waddington House.  Well done Waddington team!  However, all of the house teams worked very well and displayed some excellent teamwork.

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Art: Batik

We have now finished our rainforest batik wallhangings and they are amazing!  All of the children in Year 3 have worked very hard to create a beautiful piece of artwork.  Well done!

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English: Spellings

We have been learning homophones during our spelling sessions over the last couple of weeks.  We had an exciting and fun spelling session playing a homophone board game!

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SEPTEMBER 2017

MacMillan Coffee Morning

We enjoyed a drink and a cake to raise money for MacMillan.

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English: Peer Editing

In Canterbury, we have been spending time learning how to edit our writing using editing stations.  At each station, we focus on a particular skill such as punctuation, spelling or grammar to make our writing even better!

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P.E.: Invasion Games

In P.E., we are learning about invasion games and the skills involved.  We have been learning how to pass using a variety of different balls and equipment; how to move with the ball and how to find space to receive the ball.

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Music: Animal Hasthas

In music, we have been investigating the traditional Indian hand gestures for different animals, called Hasthas.  Hasthas are closely linked to the telling of traditional stories, such as the story of Rama and Sita.  The tradition of telling stories with music and movement goes back hundreds of years.  We had a go at learning some of the hasthas and then tried putting them to music.  It was great fun!

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Art: Batik

This term in art, we are learning how to use the technique of Batik.  This week, we learnt what Batik is and then we had a go at using the hot wax to create our initial.  We also had a go at investigating the different dyes to see how they could be used on the fabric.  Finally, whilst we were waiting to our turn, we were using our drawing skills to sketch different rainforest animals.

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Growth Mindset

We have spent some time revisiting Growth Mindset to help us with the challenges we might face in Year 3.  We read the story "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds and discussed what it taught us about having an open (growth) mindset rather than a closed (fixed) mindset.    We then had a go at drawing our own "dot" pictures thinking about what one black dot could be!  In Canterbury class we know that if we have a growth mindset then anything is possible!

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Maths

We have started the year by revising and learning all about numbers and place value.  We have been reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in words and numerals, taking care with our spellings, and then we have been learning to identify and represent numbers using different representations.  We have worked hard to make sure that we understand the value of each digit.

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Place Value Place Value Place Value

P.S.H.E.

In Canterbury class, we have thought carefully about what we want our classroom to be like this year.  We spent some time looking at different qualities and values and then we chose the ones we want to focus on this year.  We created a beautiful display and we have all signed it to say that we will try our hardest to show these qualities this year.

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