We've had a wonderful week designing and creating our very own pizzas from scratch. We made our own packaging and branding before making our own dough and sauce, covering our pizza in a choice of toppings and then cooking to perfection! The reviews from home were very positive and the children were extremely proud of what they had created.
We have been very lucky to attend 10 swimming lessons during the summer term. The children learned lots of new swimming techniques as well as some very important survival skills which you can see in the picture below! The swimming instructors said that we were one of the most dedicated and hard working classes they had ever had.
The children had a brilliant afternoon in the sunshine, competing in various activities. Our favourite was definitely the bouncy hopper race!
Rainforest weather forecasts!
As part of our rainforest topic, the children used iPads to independently create their own weather
forecasts for different rainforests around the world. They each took turns to film and be in front of camera, as well as add special features and effects to their creations.
As part of our Law and Order topic, we were very lucky to have the police visit us! We got to meet their very clever sniffer dogs, check out their riot gear and have a look at the van!
The digestive system!
To help us learn more about the way we digest food, we re-enacted the process in class. We mashed up banana and bread which, after a lot of treatment, passed through our intestines and out the other end! Gross...but fascinating.
Saving our oceans
As part of our seas and oceans topic during the Spring term, we focused on ocean conservation and the dangers facing our marine life. We spent a lot of time researching the amount of plastic in our waters and decided to use our voice. We wrote letters to the Prime Minister, conveying our thoughts and feelings about plastic in our seas and also sent him our own turtle pictures which we made with water colours. We were lucky enough to get a response from Downing Street's Correspondence Officer who was very impressed with our writing! Check out the letter at the end of our artwork.
In honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, Year 4 completed 100 laps of the playground each in just 4 days. We had some very tired legs by the end of the challenge but were very happy to complete the final lap altogether. Swipe for a surprise!
As part of Healthy Mind's Week, the whole school created Spoon Ride - an entire school of Spoon characters! We used lots of different materials including pipe cleaners to bring our creations to life. See if you can spot Mario, Luigi and a zombie! We also created bird feeders out of toilet rolls, lard and seeds.
Crazy Hair day!
To celebrate the end of home school learning, the children showed off their wackiest hair styles which featured lots of bright colours and brilliant ideas. We had some excellent mohawks, braids, a Coca-Cola bottle and even a bow and arrow! Here are just some of their brilliant efforts.
We've had a fabulous last few weeks of term featuring all things Christmas. We made props for our Christmas video, created models with origami, decorated the classroom, iced gingerbread biscuits and coloured our own tree decorations! Merry Christmas to all.
Can you figure out our special codes written in Hieroglyphs?
We topped off our Ancient Egyptian topic with a day full of activities. We created Egyptian jewellery, hunted for hieroglyphics around the school, made our own papyrus and even mummified some fruit! The children looked brilliant in their outfits which featured several Tutankhamun's, a number of Cleopatra's and even an Anubis.
This term, we studied our wonderful capital city. We studied maps, learned about some of the amazing monuments, created leaflets and posters and even discovered the wonders of the Windrush Generation and the Notting Hill carnival.
Learning from Home
Below are images to show our current written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In year 3, the written calculation focus is on adding and subtracting numbers with up to 3 digits and multiplying and dividing 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. Just click on an image to enlarge it. There is also a link below to a page of the school website which has videos of students explaining some methods as they do them. There are currently no videos of Year 3's calculation methods for multiplication and division... yet! But, I hope you find these images we have in the class useful. Happy calculating!
Today, as part of Science Week, we talked about STEM careers and how science can be used in many ways. Then, we became water engineers for the day and asked the question: how can we transport water across a distance without spilling it?
To answer this, we created a pipeline to transfer water from one cup to another without spilling it. We used straws for the pipes and had to secure the joins using masking tape to prevent leaks. We had to use gravity to help the water move.
We learnt that liquids such as water and oil can be transported through pipelines in large quanities, as can gases. Sometime this comes with risks, such as leaks. Environmental scientists assess the impact of pipelines on the environment, in their construction and operation.
It was SO much fun to see how much water would reach the second cup. We can't wait to try more STEM activities.
Did you know that The Romans were amazing architects and engineers?
Have a lovely weekend,
Happy World Book Day!
A Violin Update
I thought it would be nice to update you all on what the children have been learning in violin lessons since my last post. We are now using bows each week to play simple tunes and we know the names of the notes. We have also practise reading music! Today, the children learnt how to change from an A to a B by pressing a finger firmly down on the A string and plucking. They are really coming along!
Celebrating Home Learning
Becoming Romans for the day at Ufton Court
The children had a wonderful day today. First, we learnt how to make our Roman names and greeted each other with a special Roman greeting. Then, we learnt about and had a go at some Roman skills like wattling, making thread for clothes and making a spark with flint and steel. The children loved seeing history come alive!
After that, we heard about what it took to be a real Roman soldier and braved the rain to become one ourselves! We practised different formations like the sheild wall and the dome.
Finally, we looked at some artefacts and played a game that involved guessing what the item was used for. It was so interesting!
I hope you enjoy looking at some pictures of our lovely day and have a restful weekend.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Have a lovely half term break.
As the half term comes to a close (can you believe it?) I thought it would be nice to share and celebrate some of the wonderful pieces of home learning I have happily recieved. The care, time and effort put into these pieces is fantastic and it has been great to see the children's enthusiasm for learning continue at home. I would like to say a huge well done to everyone who completed a piece of work to put into their topic books, science books, or to display proudly in our classroom.
I look forward to seeing what the next half term brings!
Making a Small World
This afternoon, Lower Key Stage 2 got together to do some outdoor learning based on our '21 things to do at Hatch Ride.' Together, we created small worlds/habitats for animals in our school grounds. The children had such fun collecting items and trying different ways of putting them together to create an environment for an animal. Each group could tell us exactly what they were doing and why. It was lovely to see the children outside enjoying our wonderful school grounds and working collaboratively with each other. We even got a visitor from a spider and a robin already in two of the worlds! We are going to visit them again tomorrow quietly to see if we can see any signs of life!
A Smashing Time at Badminton
Today, the sports team took some pupils from Year 3 and Year 4 to a badminton event at Waingels College in Woodley. The children competed against 8 other schools in a variety of badminton-style activities and had a wonderful time. As always, they behaved impeccably and made us very proud with their sportsmanship and positive attitude. They each got better as the afternoon went on! Well done LKS2!
How to Hold a Violin Bow
Today, the children learnt how to hold their violin bow, ready for next week. We also practised playing the notes we have learnt already and sung a fun song with actions practising rhythm.
This morning, the children explored a Hindu Temple in Reading. We listened to some traditional music and singing, asked lots of good questions and heard all about traditions of the Hindu faith. What a lovely start to the week!
Violin Lessons Have Begun!
This term, we are lucky enough to be learning how to play the violin each week! The children are SO excited and have learnt a lot already. Keep coming back for more pictures and updates!
This afternoon, Year 3 experienced a STEM workshop. We learnt about how popcorn is made, designed and created our own flavors and packaged them too! What a fantastic afternoon! A huge thank you to our visitors.