Welcome to Class 3
Our teacher is Miss Clark
Mrs Lupton and Miss Greenway are our teaching assistants
On Wednesday 23rd May, Class 3 went to Whiteparish Primary School to visit the amazing Junk Orchestra. Mr Junk-Man, the conductor of the orchestra, showed us how to play all of his fantastic instruments which were completely made out of rubbish and unwanted materials. Once we had learnt how to play each instrument we had the chance to test them out. The role of the drums, which were made out of plastic barrels, were to create the rhythm by keeping a consistent beat. Some of the other instrument included shakers made from bottle lids, pipes to run sticks up and down, flip-flop-a-phones which were different length pipes which you had to beat with a flip-flop sole and pieces of fire extinguishers which you hit with a drumstick. Their role was to create a magical melody. One of out tasks was to make a soundscape, Mr Junk-Man told us a story and we had to play our instruments according to the part of the story. To finish the afternoon, some of us were given the chance to become the conductor. It was very difficult as you had to decide which beat to instruct the drummers to play, which instruments played in which order and ensure everyone was watching you at all times. Everybody had a brilliant time and didn’t want to leave, although this has definitely inspired us to create our own junk instruments at home.
As part of our science topic this term we have been looking at light and shadows. We were set the task of designing a book-bag to keep children safe when walking to and from school. We tested lots of different materials to see which would reflect the light and decided that out of the materials we were given, aluminium foil was the best reflector, therefore we would use this material on our school bags.
To explore how mirrors work we were set two challenges; the first was to write a coded message for our partners who could then use their mirror to decode it. The second challenge was to navigate our way around the playground only looking at the reflection in our mirror, it proved surprisingly difficult but was good fun.
April – Class 3 have had a very exciting start to the term with a trip to Longleat. Despite the rain, we had a fantastic day. One of the highlights of the day was the rainforest workshop, where we learnt lots about some of the animals who inhabit the rainforest. A firm favourite was definitely Hansel the armadillo.
‘Wow, a day at Longleat is amazing, there were so many fascinating animals. Once we had a first look around we strolled over to the workshop and settled down on benches around the room. We got to stoke a royal python, hold a Madagascan hissing cockroach and touch a black and white tegu but my best had to be… the 3 banded armadillo! We were told to create a barrier, to keep him in a certain area with our feet and he walked straight over mine!’ By Bella.
Please see our Parent Planner below for more details of our learning this term.
Each Tuesday your child will be set homework, which is usually due in for the following Monday. Their homework normally includes a task on mathletics (children have their own log in details) www.mathletics.co.uk , spellings and one other piece which may be related to literacy, science or topic.
Spellings: each week your child will be given a list of spellings to learn for the following week, these spellings will consist of words we may come across in our learning and words year 3 are expected to know. I am sure your children will appreciate any help you can give them with learning their spellings.
Reading – each week I will set the class a challenge of reading 5 times a week at home, they will then receive 5 house points and a superstar sticker for their chart. We also have a star reader each week, the more you can hear your child read the better!
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