Welcome to Class 3
Our Class Teacher is Mrs Kasner-Wood. We are supported by Teaching Assistants Mrs Franks & Miss Jackson.
Welcome to Class 3! In our Y3/4 class there are 27 pupils. Our class teacher is Mrs Kasner-Wood and she is joined by Mrs Smith, Mrs Kitching and Madame Cooper. Our super Mrs Smith supports our class three mornings each week. Fortnightly, Mrs Kitching delivers Religious Education, PSHE and Design Technology and Madame Cooper delivers fantastic French lessons.
An update on two fantastic half terms!
At the beginning of December, Class 3 had an exciting interactive science workshop with Dr Concoctor, via Skype. Dr Concoctor brought forces to life with an array of interesting demonstrations, from magnetism and friction to the force of gravity. Our Y3&Y4 scientists were able to make predictions, give explanations for scientific phenomena and they had the opportunity to ask many questions to satisfy their curious minds!
In the week following, Class 3 and 4 put on a fantastic performance of an abridged version of The Wind in the Willows. Every child shone on stage – whether they were acting, dancing, singing or moving props, and when they were sat at the sides, they sang their hearts out! All of their hard work and preparation certainly paid off and gave their audience a real treat.
At the beginning of our Spring term, our class pledged to run a team marathon every week for six weeks. In order to achieve this, we worked out that each pupil (and teacher in class 3) needed to run 300m per day (1500m per week). We are really pleased to say that we smashed our target and achieved SIX team marathons, and more (for those that couldn’t stop running!)
After a super afternoon tea, our next get together didn’t disappoint when we invited parents and grandparents to join us for a Burns afternoon, celebrating all things Scottish! Children shared their learning, read poems and stories aloud and danced. It was great to have the adults join in with our Scottish country dancing and help us to sing Auld Lang Syne. We finished off our afternoon with tea and coffee, shortbread and a good natter!
On the last day of term, we had a visit from Dr Concoctor herself! The children loved meeting Dr Concoctor in person – she’s quite a celebrity for our class! The children took part in a practical workshop exploring: levers, pulleys, centre of gravity and gears, with their own pom-pom catapult to take home!
Over this term, the children have been learning about garden birds and they wrote super non-chronological reports on a garden bird of their choice. They learned how to structure a non-chronological report and how to gather information through research. Their reports were brilliant and informative. Tying in with our work on birds, we signed up to take part in the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch. We spotted collared doves, woodpigeons, carrion crows, magpies, robins, blackbirds and a wren. We would like to do another birdwatch when the weather warms (and dries) up and we’ll see if we can spot even more birds. We’ll place bird feeders around school to see if we can tempt more into school!
In this upcoming half term, there is no slowing down for Class 3, with these activities to follow:
Weekly swimming lessons (Every Friday, commencing: 28.2.20)
Cross Country competition (28.2.20)
Science week (Commencing: 2.3.20)
World Book Day (5.3.20)
Auckland Castle portraits project
Easter Disco (25.3.20)
Geography fieldwork on rivers at Harehope Quarry, Frosterly (30.3.20)
In our first half of autumn term, Class 3 will be trying to answer the question ‘Who were Britain’s first builders?’ and it will cover the period of time from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. The very distant past is a mysterious time and study of this period draws us into some mathematical thinking given the huge periods of time covered and some speculative thought due to the gaps in primary source material. We begin to consider the arc of development over time that has shaped the history of Britain. Chronological knowledge and understanding are developed via a range of activities using timelines, key terms and dates.
Our mathematics sessions always start with morning maths which focuses upon mental arithmetic – we are trying hard to remember basic number facts so that we have them at our fingertips when working out maths problems. During our English lessons this term we will be reading and writing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as having a weekly focus upon spelling, grammar and punctuation, and fun, small group guided reading sessions.
This term will be learning how to be safe online, search effectively and to use email. For Physical Education this term we will be brushing up our tag rugby skills – looking forward to a tag rugby festival in October. We will also cover outdoor and adventurous activities which focuses on team work, communication and cooperation and skills including map reading and problem solving. As part of our Science topic we will be finding out about the part that flowering plants play in a plant’s life cycle involving explanations, diagrams and close observational sketches.
In Design Technology, we are working towards hosting a fabulous afternoon tea for our parents. We are exploring, planning, making and evaluating afternoon tea – trying out yummy recipes along the way! We can’t wait! See the results below!
Class 3 have had a fabulous end to their first half term by hosting a fantastic Afternoon Tea. Throughout the first half term, pupils have been working hard on an Afternoon Tea design brief in Design Technology. They began by finding out about Afternoon Tea, looking to answer questions, such as:
Why do people have Afternoon Tea? Who enjoys Afternoon Tea? What does Afternoon Tea consist of? How is Afternoon Tea served?
After finding this out, pupils had the opportunity to try different types of tea (there was a variety of responses!) and they enjoyed trying out various recipes including making sandwiches and scones. The children had to plan their Afternoon Tea and they created invitations to send out to their parents.
The day before our Afternoon Tea, saw a baking marathon with scones, shortbread and cupcakes being carefully created. On the morning of Afternoon Tea, children prepared their sandwiches and helpfully set the tables.
When Class 3’s Afternoon Tea finally came, very excited children, politely welcomed their adult visitor, showing them to their seat then they proudly served them all of the tasty delights they had created – starting with sandwiches, then scones and finally, cupcakes and shortbread. Tea and coffee flowed all afternoon too (special thanks to Mrs Davison who manned the beverages station).
It was clear that Class 3 pupils were very proud of their accomplishments and this was definitely mentioned by all our adult visitors whom wholeheartedly, had a super afternoon!
We have worked hard through the last academic year and invite your to view Class 3 Work and Activities