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Year 3

Year 3 are taught by Miss Kelly, with assistance from Miss Lulu. Visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in class.

Class Updates

Friday 27th March 2020

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Hello Everybody!

 

And so our first week of working from home has drawn to a close. We hope you have had a good time teaching your child/ren.

 

Please continue to have your child/ren work on their special project, and email us any parts of it that they are proud of. As mentioned yesterday, please note that this is supplementary and optional work – if you already have enough on your plate with the work that we are giving you already, please don’t worry about doing this project!

 

A brief reminder when it comes to reading: when it comes to your child/ren reading during our time away from each other, we strongly recommend that they should be reading a book at least twice a day for around 20 minutes each time. If they wish to do more than this, that’s great!

 

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

 

PE
Please do your daily PE lesson with Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

Tests
Please test your child on last week’s spellings. They can write their answers on a spare sheet of paper, a notepad or a workbook. If you do not have last week’s spellings to hand, a copy can be found here: Year 3 Homework 20th March 2020 – Spr 2 Wk 4 – Spellings and Arithmetic

 

After you have done this, please test your child/ren on their times tables and mental arithmetic skills. Here are some question / answer sheets for you to use: (please ask your child/ren which Maths group they are in and choose the relevant one:

MM and TT Yellow and Blue Group Questions – 270320

MM and TT Green Group Questions – 270320

Your child/ren can answer on scrap paper, or if they would prefer, you can print out this answer sheet and have them use that: MM and TT Answer Sheet – 270320

For all three tests, please note their scores and keep them safe – we will collect them (and subsequent scores from over the next few weeks) from you when we all meet again (hopefully sooner rather than later.)

 

English
Please ensure your child/ren writes their daily diary entry.

After you have done this, open up the fun ‘code breaker’ activity in the ‘English – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e. You can print this out and have your child/ren complete it offline, or you can open and use it within j2e itself. As a further challenge, encourage your child/ren to create their own code system that they can use to create secret messages.

 

Maths
We thought we would end the week with another fun task – creating a fractions-themed board game. Instructions on doing this can be found in the ‘Maths – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e. If you can, please print out the resources; if you can’t, you can easily recreate the board game using any spare paper and card you have lying around. Once they have created their board game, please play it with them.

 

We have also included a printable board game in the same folder called ‘Fractions Forest’ – feel free to print out and play this too if you’d like!

 

Mindfulness
Have fun with this Cosmic Kids meditation routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

 

Art
Miss Amy has kindly adapted one of her amazing Art tasks; you can find the resources in the ‘Art – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e.com. This week, your child/ren will be learning about Surrealism!

 

‘Homework’ (yes, we’ve put the little quote marks around it as we know that all of your child/ren’s work is being done at home for the time being!)
Here are this week’s spellings: Year 3 Homework 27th March 2020 – Spr 2 Wk 5 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Here is this week’s reading comprehension: 27-03-20 – Year 3 Reading Comprehension 12 – The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark

 

Please have your child/ren complete these tasks in their homework book, and have them practise their spellings, times tables and mental arithmetic skills ahead of their test next Friday.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will be back on Monday morning with some more home learning suggestions.

Thursday 26th March 2020

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good Morning!

As we approach the end of the week, we hope you have had a good first few days working at home with your children!

We’ve included them in previous blog entries, but for convenience’s sake, here are the two guides we’ve created that you may need to help you in accessing today’s work:
Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3
How to use files in j2e

While we’re on the topic of Busy Things and j2e, we’ve had a few queries regarding the difficulty of completing some worksheets within j2e. We are all on this big online learning journey together, and thank you for your constructive comments. In the event that your child/ren finds it difficult to complete a worksheet within j2e, feel free to try one of the following alternative options:
1) If they’re using a computer, try accessing the file on a tablet.
2) If you have a printer available, print out a copy of the worksheet and have your child/ren complete it by hand.
3) If neither of the first two choices are workable for you, you are very welcome to have your child/ren complete the task by hand on a piece of paper / in a workbook.

When it comes to your child/ren reading during our time away from each other, we strongly recommend that they should be reading a book at least twice a day for around 20 minutes each time. If they wish to do more than this, excellent! We are currently working on providing some reading material for you in the near future – watch this space…

We mentioned this yesterday, but it warrants repeating: with regards to offline work, we would like your child/ren to start work on an ongoing project. This can be on whatever you please – it could be a topic we’ve covered in History, Geography or Science, or it could be entirely standalone. This means that they could do do a research project on anything they’re interested in… robots, The Arctic, dinosaurs, videogames… As long as they are reading and writing (and maybe drawing too!) then it’s got educational worth! Please feel free to scan / take photos of their project as it develops and email them to us – we’d love to see them! Please note that this is supplementary and optional work – if you already have enough on your plate with the work that we are giving you already, please don’t worry about doing this project!

Have a lovely day!

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

PE
Start your day the right way, with Joe Wicks’ daily workout: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

Maths
Today, we will continue to work on equivalent fractions. Please access the PDF slideshow presentation in the ‘Maths – 260320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require their USO username and password.) After reviewing the slideshow, please have your child complete the associated worksheet (make sure they choose the right group – Green, Yellow or Blue; they will know which one they are in,) which can be found in the same subfolder.

English
For today’s English lesson, we would like your child/ren to write their own story using the ‘Write a Short Story’ task in Busy Things (https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ – you will require their USO username and password.)

Please don’t forget to save your work, as we would like to look at it later – and perhaps comment on it too!

Please continue to have your child/ren keep their daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques they have been taught in class.

If you’d like to, feel free to listen to today’s story from The World of David Walliams: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

Mindfulness / Exercise
Here’s another activity from Gonoodle – this time, Zumba-themed! Enjoy: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/beat-go-pop?s=Search HYPERLINK

Music
Have fun creating your own pieces of music with Incredibox! Incredibox is a well-established music creation website that allows people to create fantastic, multilayered, beatbox-themed songs. Have fun with your child/ren in working with them to create the best song that they can. Here’s the link: https://www.incredibox.com/demo/

PE
Have your child/ren do something active for half an hour or so! This could be practical (like cleaning your home together) or purely exercise-based. If you choose the latter, try an online workout, courtesy of Mr Faith’s (currently closed) gym. Here is a link to the child-specific website: https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts/season:7

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

Good Morning!

 

We have received quite a few emails from parents / carers thanking us for the resources and updates we’ve provided so far – thank you so much for your kind words; they’re very much appreciated.

 

We’ve included them in previous blog entries, but for convenience’s sake, here are the two guides we’ve created that you may need to help you in accessing today’s work:
Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3
How to use files in j2e

 

With regards to offline work, we would like your child/ren to start work on an ongoing project. This can be on whatever you please – it could be a topic we’ve covered in History, Geography or Science, or it could be entirely standalone. This means that they could do do a research project on anything they’re interested in… robots, The Arctic, dinosaurs, videogames… As long as they are reading and writing (and maybe drawing too!) then it’s got educational worth! Please feel free to scan / take photos of their project as it develops and email them to us – we’d love to see them!

 

Have a great day everybody!

 

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

 

PE
As always, start your day with Joe Wicks’ daily workout: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English
We hope you enjoyed the David Walliams story yesterday. Today’s task is a David Walliams-themed reading comprehension! Please go to the ‘English – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) We have split these into further subfolders – Green Group, Yellow Group, and Blue Group. Please go into the relevant folder (your child/ren will know which group they are in.) Please start the task by having your child/ren read the reading comprehension text. After doing this, please have your child complete the associated worksheet, which can be found in the same subfolder (you can either print this out or complete it in j2e; whatever works best for you.)

 

Please continue to have your child/ren keep their daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques they have beenn taught in class.

 

If you’d like to, feel free to listen to today’s story from The World of David Walliams: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

 

Maths
Today, we will build upon the work we have been doing on fractions. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘Maths – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) Please note that two versions are available for download – an interactive PowerPoint and a non-interactive PDF. After reviewing the slideshow, please have your child complete the associated worksheet, which can be found in the same subfolder (you can either print this out or complete it in j2e; whatever works best for you.)

 

Mindfulness / Exercise
Here’s a fun activity to get you moving from Gonoodle, another excellent online resource: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/poppin-bubbles?s=Discover&t=Wo3/23/20-FP-4A-Featured%20on%20GoNoodle%20TUESDAY&sid=1735&x=3&y=1&mft=simple%20row

 

RE
Easter is fast approaching, so we thought it would be nice to do some related activities. Please access one of the slideshow presentations (one is more detailed, the other less so – choose the one you feel is most appropriate for your child) in the ‘RE – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) Please note that two versions are available for download – an interactive PowerPoint and a non-interactive PDF. After reviewing your chosen slideshow, please complete the ‘Easter Story In Brief’ activity we have set in Busy Things (https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ – you will require your USO username and password.) As a fun extra task, a mindful colouring task where you can choose a detailed Easter egg picture to colour in can be found in the ‘RE – 250320’ subfolder (if you can, we would recommend printing out the sheet you’d like to colour in.)

 

Library
Create your own virtual library by having your child/ren settle down with a book they like for half an hour or so. They can use this time to read a book they’ve been meaning to start for a while, the school library book that they’ve taken home, or any other book they fancy! Alternatively, if they’d prefer to listen to an audiobook, Audible currently have a huge range of children’s books available to stream for free – you can check them out here: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen?pf_rd_p=ebfde307-f9b9-455d-a6ec-1c5cc4d36da0&pf_rd_r=Y3M8ZYJCGH9RK63VHQPS&ref=a_hp_c1_banner_img

 

Also, please be sure to keep an eye on Mrs Pereira’s library webpage: https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/teaching-and-learning/library-corner/. She will be making regular updates during this time of remote learning.

 

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions, and thank you for the continued support!

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

Hi Everybody!

 

We hope that your first day of online learning went well. A quick note: the online learning facilities we use (such as j2e and Busy Things) are currently facing unprecedented amounts of use, which can lead to them not working as well as hoped. In the event of this happening, please try moving onto another task, returning to the original task later. Of course, if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

 

For those of you who may need it, here is a copy of yesterday’s guide to accessing Busy Things: Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3

 

Today, we will be using j2e to access a presentation and worksheet in our English and Science tasks. You can find a guide we have created showing you how to do this here: How to use files in j2e

 

Some offline work will also be forthcoming in the very near future – watch this space…

 

Have a great day everybody!

 

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

 

PE

We hope you enjoyed Joe Wicks’ morning workout yesterday! Click on the link at 9am for today’s ‘PE lesson’: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English

Today’s English lesson is on homophones. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘English – 240320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password.) we have included an interactive PowerPoint version which you can download if you have access to Microsoft Office; otherwise, please use the PDF version – this does not have the interactive element though. After reviewing the slideshow, please complete the ‘Homophone Howlers’ worksheet in j2e, moving onto the homophone word search (again in j2e) after that.

 

If you haven’t done so already, please start to keep a daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques you have been taught in class.

 

Also, The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from ‘The World’s Worst Children’ every day for next month. Check out today’s story here: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

 

Maths

Please complete the ‘Miner Birds: Fractions’ task in the ‘Fractions’ folder on ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

 

Mindfulness

As a mindful break from all of your hard work, complete this short yoga workout from the ‘Cosmic Kids’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw

 

Spanish

Please sign up for a Duolingo account at https://www.duolingo.com/ (please ensure that parents / carers do this for their child/ren, and choose a username that doesn’t identify them) and learn some Spanish! Mr Faith uses Duolingo as part of his Japanese study routine, and highly recommends it!

 

Science

Your Science lesson is about the plant life cycle. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘Science – 240320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password). After reviewing the slideshow, please complete the ‘Plant Life Cycle’ worksheet in j2e.

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

So here it is, our bold new world of online learning! Parents / carers, please note that we do not expect you to teach full lessons; instead we ask you to oversee each task as best as you can for your child, helping them out when they need it. Please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher within school hours if you have any queries about any task that is set, and Mr Faith specifically for any technical problems that may arise (for examples, issues with logins, websites not working etc.)

 

Children – each day, we will attempt to replicate the St Stephen’s experience as best we can by setting a range of activities across all areas of the curriculum. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Have a great day everybody!

 

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

 

Before looking at today’s suggested links, please acquaint yourself with our short guide to accessing ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3, as we will be using it a lot over the next few weeks: Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3

 

PE

YouTube fitness celebrity Joe Wicks has announced he will start online PE lessons to help keep children fit and healthy during the school shutdown. These will take place at 9am every weekday – start your day healthily and join in the fun by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English

For your English lesson, we would like you to review your favourite book via ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/. From there, please go into the ‘English’ folder to access the ‘My Favourite Book’ task. Please don’t forget to save your work, as we would like to look at it later – and maybe comment on it too!

 

Maths

Please complete the fractions quiz in the ‘Fractions’ in the ‘Fractions’ folder on ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

 

Mindfulness

As a mindful break from all of your hard work, complete this short yoga workout from the ‘Cosmic Kids’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

 

Computing

Please complete a few of the activities on the ‘TypingClub’ website, using this link (you will require your TypingClub username and password): https://st-stephens-ce-primary-school.typingclub.com/

You should already know their login; if not, please get your parent / carer to email Mr Faith or Miss Kelly and they’ll be happy to provide you with it.

After you have done this, please work through an ‘Hour of Code’ guided activity via this link: https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn

 

Humanities

First, please read the presentation about Boudicca which can be found in the ‘Shared Files’ section of your ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password)

After you have done this, create a presentation about Boudicca using the ‘Busy Things’ writing task on Boudicca in ‘The Romans’ section (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

If you feel like doing some extra work, there are also a range of other activities that you can complete in the Romans folder!

 

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

 

 

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear parents/carers,

I’m not even sure how to start the blog this week! I really can’t believe I won’t be teaching my high-spirited, enthusiastic, chatty and caring 3 Lear class on Monday, something that makes me very sad. I will miss all their smiles and giggles and all the jokes, riddles and stories I get told in between lessons. Throughout this strange week, the children have been fantastic and have taken everything in their stride. They are a credit to you all!
Thank you all for your kind messages and continued support, it is really appreciated especially in this time of uncertainty.

We continued our week as normal with all of our subjects where the children all worked really hard and they even enjoyed a comprehension all about St. Patricks on St. Patrick’s Day.

We will be setting the homework as normal today and then as Mr Schumm sent out on his email our class page will be updated on a daily basis shortly before 8.55 am, where we will set specific activities to be completed each day in line with the National Curriculum. I will be contactable via email during school hours to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to keep a diary for the coming weeks, something they can look back on in years to come!

Mrs Pereira hopes that they read lots of books and let them know that I will be doing a weekly topic based story and quiz on the school website in ‘Library Corner’

This week’s homework can be found below.

To all you lovely mums I hope you can have a somewhat enjoyable weekend with your families given the circumstances.

Stay safe and stay connected,
Miss Kelly

For Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating

Dear Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to access some educational games and activities related to the work we do at St Stephen’s. We hope you find these useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

https://www.primarygames.com/math.php

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

https://www.education.com/games/

https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research etc,) that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory, and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill!

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational programme of study on this web page and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by us.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith

Friday 13th March 2020

Hello!

During English, we started our unit of work on adventure stories. Our chosen adventure story is the very popular ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman’s. Throughout the week we have read the first three chapters and we are eagerly awaiting to find out how Lila’s journey continues. In reading the first 3 chapters we have discussed what exactly an adventure story is, answered comprehension questioned and worked with our partners to brainstorm what happens next!

In Maths, we resumed our work on fractions, starting by using visual representations to work out fractions of amounts. Following on from that, we moved on to calculating fractions of numbers and amounts using the trusty method, “Divide by the bottom, multiply by the top!”.

During Science, we identified and described the functions of the roots of flowering plants.

In History we looked at how and why the Romans invaded Britain, taking a look at a Roman soldier’s uniform in the process.

During RE, we reflected upon ways we can relate Jesus’ teachings to our own values.
The homework can be found below.

We also had our last trip to Bute House this week. The children created some fantastic eye-catching Memphis inspired patterns for their stationary pots, which will look fabulous in your homes.

The homework is below.

Don’t forget to book your slot for our upcoming parents’ evenings!

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 6th March 2020

Hello!

Well what a week! Arts Week was a fantastic success and we participated in a wide range of activities. We started the week off by learning about our chosen artist this year ‘Gustav Klimt’ and his famous painting ‘The Tree of Life’. From here, our activities across the week were all based on this amazing painting. Our activities included painting our own gold pictures, writing/drawing our own positive trees, creating our own patterned pictures and making out very own ‘trees of life’ from pipe cleaners.

We participated in a fantastic puppet making workshop lead by Helen where the children worked together to create some fantastic mini theatres. The children had an amazing painting workshop with Miss Louisa where they created some beautiful watercolour pictures. We also enjoyed a story telling session as well as a creative writing session with Mrs Pereira. Mark was back to lead a RAW Drama workshop and the children watched a Treasure Island production in the main hall. We all enjoyed World Book day and well done to our very deserving winners ‘Greta Thunberg’ and ‘Gangsta Granny’.

Not only that but we also went on an extra trip this week to Bute House where we started to make our very own desk tidies from scratch. So as you can see we have had a very busy week with all 30 children, Miss Lulu and I are ready for a well-deserved rest!

The homework can be found below (Please note that there is a very important ‘International Women’s Day’ component to this; I look forward to seeing what everyone produces!

Next week normal order will be resumed!

Have a great weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 28th February 2020

Welcome back everyone!

In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, counting in tenths, relating tenths to their decimal equivalents and sequencing fractions on a number line.

Our English lessons this week were based on revisiting our previous leaning in our GPS lessons. We have also been very busy practising our handwriting, paying close attention to how we sit on the chair and hold the pencil, after the week off everyone seems to have forgotten!

In History we started our eagerly awaited unit on the Romans, where we looked at the meaning of invade and settle.

In RE we looked at what exactly love means to us and how we show the important people in our lives that we love them.

On Wednesday instead of our usual school day, we had a day all about ‘health and wellbeing’. We looked at the importance of keeping our minds and bodies healthy. In our first lesson we discussed the importance of healthy eating. We followed on from this by creating a kids party menu, taking different allergies into consideration.
Our next lesson was all about internet safety and how to behave online. We discussed the importance of keeping our personal information private, not trusting strangers, treating others online the way we would like to be treated and always telling a trusted adult when we are unsure of something/get the butterfly feeling in our tummies. We created some very eye catching posters all about staying safe online.
Our last lesson on our health and wellbeing day was all about our skills and talents. We chatted about our own skill and talents and the importance of practising to get better at these talents. We also discussed how boring it would be if we all did the same thing. We are all very proud of our skills and talents. We finished the day with our very own talent show but with a twist, the children had to mine their talents and the audience had to guess what the talent was. The children had lots of fun and gave each other lots of positive compliments. A big ‘thank you’ to Miss Mahon for making the day possible.

Our Computing lesson consisted of a re-introduction to the TypingClub software.
If you are able to, I would appreciate it if you could have your child practise their touch typing skills at home using the program. The St Stephen’s-specific TypingClub website can be found here: https://st-stephens-ce-primary-school.typingclub.com/. Any problems with logging in, just let me know.

The homework can be found below.

Please don’t forget that we have a few trips upcoming that we require your consent for – if you haven’t provided this yet, please do so via ParentMail.

A few more reminders:
1) Mrs Pereira’s ‘Daunt Book Bag Decoration’ competition will be judged this coming Monday, 2nd March. If they haven’t done so already and they’re keen on entering, make sure your child gets busy with the felt tips over the weekend!

2) We will be taking a one-week break from swimming this coming week due it being Arts Week, so please don’t send your child in with their swim kit on swimming day. Normal service will be resumed the following week though (week beginning March 9th.)

As next week is Arts Week and we will be busier than ever, rest up!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 14th February 2020

Dear parents/carers,

It’s the half term – hooray!

In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, learning about ways of ‘making the whole’ and starting to explore the concept of tenths.

During English, we continued our work on information texts, carefully writing our own information texts about animals. The children produced some work to be really proud of.

In Science, we investigated how light is reflected from surfaces. We finished off the unit with a Kahoot quiz where we tested our learning from across the unit.

Our DT focus over the last few days was based on bridges. The children worked in groups to build some suspension bridges. 3Lear turned into a construction site where some superb suspension bridges were built. Judging by the noise levels the children all really enjoyed the activity. A big ‘thank you’ to Mr Cookson for organising it all.

Our Final lesson of the week was an Art lesson with Miss Lulu. The lesson was based on creating Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flowery pieces of work.

The homework is below. Please note that this is to be completed during the first week back, not the half term break, and should be handed in no later than Thursday 27th February.

Have a fantastic week off,
Miss Kelly

Friday 7th February 2020

Hello all,

Today was Coding Day. The day kicked off with a very informative assembly with Simon and Selina. The professional coders explained to us just what exactly code is and how much we use it in our everyday lives (probably without realising)! In class Eeshan explained to us in more detail what exactly algorithms, debugging and decomposition mean. For their unplugged activity the children created their own 2D shape drawings where they had to follow an algorithm and debug the problem. For their plugged activities the children created code on one of their favourite programmes ‘Hour of Code’. Thank you to Miss Billington and Me Faith for all their hard work organising everything.

In English this week we revisited one of our favourite units on information texts. We recapped on the features of an information text and extended our thinking on the text and the language used. Following that we worked very hard with our partners to create informative posters all about elephants. Lots of discussion was had about what to include in the posters while paying close attention to the style of text and language to include. The children created some very eye catching posters and of course we ended the lesson with a gallery walk to display all of their hard work!

In Maths we started our unit on fractions. We recalled some of the fractions from our previous learning including halves, thirds and quarters. We looked at some mathematical vocabulary relating to fractions, including numerator and denominators, unit fractions and non-unit fractions.

In Science we continued our work on light sources and shadows. We had a great lesson using torches to shine through different materials and objects to determine whether it is opaque, translucent or transparent. We also observed how shadows change form when the light source changes position.

In our Geography lesson we looked at the tectonic plants and ‘the ring of fire’.

Our Art lesson this afternoon was based on Gordon Cullen He was a key motivator in the Townscape movement, coining the phrase ‘Townscape’ itself, before writing his well-known book ‘The Concise Townscape’. Cullen also produced a large number of case studies (and drawings) on the theory of planning and design of towns. His ideas influenced many improvements in the urban and rural environment in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s and he was also involved in the Festival of Britain in 1951. We created our own ‘Townscape’ using our school as the starting point.

Your homework can be found below.
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 31st January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to the House of Illustrations in King’s Cross. The children explored three Art galleries taking inspirations from the numerous illustrations by George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain. The children then participated in a ‘Character Design workshop’ with Grace and Grace, where they created their own mythical creatures using mixed. The children were very imaginative and created some fantastic main characters worthy of any story. A big thank you to Natoyah, Almaz and Azeb for all your help on the trip.

During English, we finished our unit on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. During week, we carefully planned extensions to Gulliver’s adventures and started to write our end-of-unit pieces. Upon our return to school, we plan on revisiting our work, reading over it with fresh eyes and making any necessary alterations and additions. In glancing over some of the work produced, I was very impressed with the quality of work that was produced!

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on scale-related word problems, then as the week progressed, looked at methods of answering a range of other question types, including problem solving, reasoning and varied fluency. We will conclude our work on multiplication and division early next week, moving on to our next topic – Fractions – shortly thereafter.

During Science, we learned more about light and shadows by carrying out our own experiments using torches. While in our Geography lesson, we looked at the features of volcanoes.

In our RE, we reflected upon the concept of faith, looking at what the Bible teaches us about faith, and what it means to us.
The homework can be found below.

We finished our fantastic Friday with another enjoyable drama lesson with Mark. Just what was needed after a lovely trip!

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 24th January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

During English lessons, we read an edited excerpt from ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, then carefully answered related reading comprehension questions (in full sentences, of course!) As the week progressed, we began to finish our unit on the book, carefully planning extensions to Gulliver’s adventures. Next week, we will start to write these end-of-unit pieces. During our GPS lesson, we focused on the ‘k’ sound created by the ‘ch’ spelling.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on our short division skills, practised our times tables, then related our recently-acquired / practised multiplication and division skills to scale-related word problems.

In Science we continued our work on light sources. The children explored the difference between night and day and how much light is produced by the Sun.

During RE, we explored the idea of the Bible acting as a ‘map’ to Christians, many of whom seek guidance through verses within the scriptures. We thought about the idea of the ‘armour of God,’ and noted the friends, family, places and items that comprise our ‘armour.’

During our Computing lesson, we continued to work on ways of distinguishing between fact, fiction and opinion online, which included a trip to ‘Dog Island’ by means of a very convincing, but totally fake, website, which acted as a cautionary tale to not automatically believe everything that you might see online!

On Wednesday afternoon, we were invited by Ravenscourt Park Prep School to play Tag Rugby at Ravenscourt Park. The Games Masters & Mistress were impressed with the children’s listening skills and sportsmanship not to mention their prowess on the rugby field. The children had a great time and were treated to some chocolate at the end of the matches, which took the edge off being covered in so much mud!

We also went to Ravenscourt Park, where we had fun playing end ball (a variation of netball) against members of Ravenscourt Prep School. A big thank you goes to our very own Alistair and Clare, as well as the sports teachers at Ravenscourt Prep, who organised proceedings.

The homework can be found below.

Finally, please don’t forget that we are going on a trip next week. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all those parents who have done this already.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 17th January 2020

Hello everyone,

We have very busy writing this week in English as we started on new unit on quality texts. We are focusing on the ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathon Swift. We put ourselves in Gulliver’s shoes, writing about our adventures on the floating island of Laputa and what happened there. In doing this, we made sure that we included lots of descriptive language – verbs, adverbs and paired adjectives. We also attempted to talk about time, place and cause by using words such as when, before, because and therefore. We also completed a GPS task where we spelled words with the ‘i’ sound spelt with a ‘y.’

We have had a fantastic week in Maths! We started to bring our work on multiplication and division to a close by working on short division (also known as the ‘bus stop’ method). As with our previous work on column multiplication, we first started with relatively simple calculations that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a deliberate and systematic fashion. We then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to adjacent place value columns when necessary

In our RE lesson, we continued to learn about the Bible, focusing on how it is organised. In doing so, we looked at how the Bible has an overarching plot, known as the ‘metanarrative.’

In Geography, we explored what happens when a volcano erupts, looking at the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

This week the children were very excited to visit The Life Bus. The children took part in an excellent session where we first learned about the way our body works, then reflected upon the importance of friendships, and being kind and sharing whilst engaging in them.

We continued our Art lessons based on the ‘The Great Kanagawa Wave’ by Katsushika Hokusai.

Just to say, a letter went out earlier this week about our upcoming school trip. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience (both trips are free, so your consent is all that is required). Thank you to all those parents who have done this already.

The homework can be found below.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 10th January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Happy New Year and welcome back!

In English we eased ourselves back in by working on a variety of SpaG lessons, comprehensions and handwriting. We also reflected on what we are proud of ourselves for achieving so far this year. Following on from that we set targets for ourselves for the upcoming term.

In our Maths lessons, we started to focus on column multiplication. We started with relatively simple questions that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a systematic, deliberate fashion. After doing this, we then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to different place value columns when necessary.

In Science this week we began our unit on Light. We discussed the importance of light to help us to see. We looked at a variety of light sources and compared them from strongest to weakest. We also had a very interesting discussion about whether or not the moon was a light source

During our RE lesson, we started to take an in-depth look at The Bible and began to understand why it is such an important text.

During our Geography lessons we started our unit on volcanoes and earthquakes. We learned about volcanoes, what they are, where they are around the world and why they erupt.

For this half term we are very lucky to have a drama workshop every Friday afternoon with Mark which the children really enjoyed.

Don’t forget to have your child enter Daunt Books’ most recent writing competition if they are keen to do so! Our school librarian (and Spanish teacher) Mrs. Pereira has put all of the important information in the ’News and Events’ section on the website.

We finished off the week with another fantastic Art lesson with Miss Lulu. The lesson was based on The Great Kanagawa wave by Katsushika Hokusai. Katsushika Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa has become one of the most famous works of art in the world—and debatably the most iconic work of Japanese art. The children sketched and used oil pastels to recreate their own version of the iconic piece of art.

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Class Updates

Friday 20th December

Hello,
We have had another jammed packed week again in Year 3. However, it is definitely time for a much-deserved rest! Thank you for all the support and kind words you have offered me over the past term; it is very much appreciated. I would also like to say thank you for the lovely Christmas gifts; I am very grateful!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone has a lovely break and makes lots of memories with your families. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 7th January once I have rolled off the plane, after a Christmas well spent eating all of my mother’s cooking.
There is no homework over the Christmas break!
Have a lovely time,
Miss Kelly

Friday 13th December

Hello everyone,
The end of the school year is in sight, however we are busier than ever!
This week we were treated to a lovely trip to the Shepherd’s Bush Theatre to watch ‘Polar Express’. The children and the adults alike really enjoyed the performance. A big thank you to Milly for organising us to come and watch.
During English, we completed a Christmas-themed reading comprehension and also worked on our spellings of commonly-misspelt words.
In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on multiplication and division, cementing our understanding of division inverse operations, using these to answer a range of related word problems. We also reflected upon our various strengths and areas of improvement.

In Science we looked at the importance of having a balanced diet. We looked at all the different food groups and thought about why we have more of one food group than another. We thought about the diet of people who have allergies or intolerances and people who make personal/religious choices to be vegetarians/vegans/pescatarians.

In History we took a closer look at Stonehenge where we learned even more facts about it even after our assembly.

Yesterday we had our DT Day, where 3 Lear showed yet again their fantastic creativity while constructing Nativity scenes. We used a wide range of materials much to the delight of the cleaner while hoovering the carpets this morning! A great time was had by all and there were very impressive Nativity scenes built that Jesus himself would love.
We also practised for our upcoming carol service.
The homework is below. Please note the children will have their tests next Thursday morning instead of Friday.
We finished off the week with fantastic Art lesson with Miss Lulu.
A message from Mrs Pereira
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!
The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.
How do I submit?
You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.
Eg: Sally- class Y4 Elliot (Age 9)
Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.
Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.
Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!
Yours faithfully,
Lia Pereira
Spanish Teacher & School Librarian
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 6th December

Hello,
I would like to start off this week’s blog off with saying how proud I am of 3 Lear’s performance in their class assembly yesterday, they were fantastic! All our hard work paid off and the children put on an excellent show. Thank you all for coming to watch it and for all the compliments you gave both myself and Miss Lulu we really do appreciate it. I would also like to say a big thank you to Miss Lulu for all her help!
We spent the majority of our English sessions practising our assembly, in doing so working on a range of reading, speaking and listening English curriculum objectives.
In our Maths lessons, more work was done on multiplication and division. This week, we worked on our 8 x tables, also looking at inverse operations to calculate a range of division calculations.
We also took part in a whole-year football competition today. A huge thank you goes out to Clare and Alastair, who organised the event.
Finally, we enjoyed a great Art lesson with Miss Lulu. Using pipe cleaners and plasticine, we created our own versions of shadow like models inspired by Alberto Giacometti!
Here is this week’s homework:
Design Technology Homework – please make sure your child completes this; it is extremely important that you do this!
Have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

For

Dear Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to access some educational games and activities related to the work we are currently doing in class. We hope you find this useful. This entry will be updated on a daily basis (Monday-Friday) for the foreseeable future:

Tuesday 17th March 2020

English – How to write an adventure story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx339j6/articles/zgthrwx

Maths – Unit and mixed fractions: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhdwxnb/articles/zxcfjty

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research etc,) that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory, and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill!

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational programme of study on this web page and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by us.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Kelly and Mr Faith