This half term our Science focus is on rocks. and this week Year 3 have been working on comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.
Year 3 have been working scientifically by first making their own predictions about which rock from chalk, slate, sandstone, marble or granite would be the hardest. Everyone’s prediction ranked the rocks from softest to hardest. Then each group needed to work collaboratively to decide how to carry out a fair test before having a go and then making observations.
What a busy final week Year 3 have had to this term with a visit to St Martin in the Bullring church. After a walk to the train station, a short train ride into the city centre and then another walk through the Bullring we arrived! Christina the Famillies’ Missioner met us and showed us round the church.
Year 3 were astounded to hear the church was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin, from Birmingham, who also worked on the Houses of Parliament. But St Martin’s is much older than that. There has been a church on this site since the year 1290!
Christina showed Year 3 the baptism font and told us more about how the ceremony is performed. Year 3 were able to share some of their RE learning with Christina. Although St Martin is a place or worship , it also holds a lot of history , from the original St Martin to events in the second world war. There are many stained glass windows sharing stories from the Bible, from both the past and modern day . As we are fast approaching the Christian festival of Christmas, Year 3 were able to locate an Advent Crown, a Christmas tree with a bright star on the top and also a nearly life size Nativity scene where the manger lay empty, waiting for the baby Jesus.
Two members of Year 3 were invited to tie a purple ribbon onto the Advent tree and to also light a candle in the prayer chapel.
Who Was St Martin?
St Martin was a soldier. He was born in Hungary in 316 and never wanted to join the army but was obliged to by law. At the age of 18, he was posted to Amiens in France. One bitterly cold winter’s night he was riding through the city when he saw a half-naked beggar huddled against a wall. Martin was so moved by the sight that he cut his cloak with his sword and gave one half to the beggar.
That night he had a dream in which Christ appeared to him as the beggar and thanked Martin for clothing him. In response, the young soldier got baptised. Later he was to leave the army to become a soldier of Christ, eventually becoming Bishop of Tours in France. St Martin is remembered today for his service to the poor.
A huge thanks to Christina for her time and patience in giving Year 3 a tour and also answering many questions.
This week it has been Wellbeing Week at the Academy. Year 3 have been finding out more about how to stay safe when online. Year 3 have worked to find out more about the SMART rules for staying safe online.
S – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A- Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R- Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
T- Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Have a look at our posters on display in our room or here.
Another focus Year 3 had this week has been on positive mental health. The week started by discussing what mental health is and the importance of positive mental health. Year 3 then explored different mindfulness techniques and evaluated which approach from square breathing, listening to sounds of nature or mindfulness colouring helped focus their minds.
It has been Into Faith Week across St. Clement’s with every class focusing their learning on a specific faith or religion. Year 3 have been learning all about Hinduism.
Before writing non- chronological reports, Year 3 had to read and research the necessary information and create their own plan with sub headings.
On Thursday morning Year 3 welcomed their parents to support their learning in an art lesson. After finding out more about the Hinduism creation story, children worked to create their own images based on the animation.
Year 5 joined in the whole school celebration of Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s wedding on Saturday. We made bicuits fit for a royal wedding reception and decorated them with flags, crowns and good luck messages.
We also had challenges to complete on our home tables. Our first challenge was to design and make a wedding dress for our Meghan doll. Our second challenge was to design and build a bridge strong enough to carry our wedding car across the River Thames.
With only newspaper, lollipop sticks and sellotape, it was tricky but we did it.
On Tuesday 8th of May, Yr 3 went on a special trip to the city centre.Because we are learning about Scrumdiddlyumptious in our topic lessons, Yr 3 went to Pizza Express.
At the beginning of our journey, we went outside of the school and all we could feel was the blazing, burning sun shining. We could hear bustling cars zipping by and the wind gently blowing. Because of the sunny weather, we didn’t have to bring boiling coats. We crossed the road and headed to the train station.
After about 2 minutes or so, we were finally in the Bullring. We walked a little to Pizza Express. After the staff introduced us, we learnt how to make pizza. First, we had some flour and had some dough. We used two fingers to smush it around the sides. Next, we flipped the dough and flattened it down. Then, we put it in a greased pan. When the dough was in the pan, we had to spread out the tomato sauce and added the cheese. Finally, the staff put the eye-catching pizzas in the oven,
When we came back to school, we ate out tasty pizzas. We really hope you will try this restaurant.
In Year 5 we have been looking at forces and parachutes. We had to plan an investigation to look at the effectiveness of parachutes. Using the question;
What could we change to make parachutes different?
Different groups planned to change one variable only to keep the tests fair. One group changed the size of their parachute, another group changed the material, another group change the thickness and another group used paper. We timed how long each parachute took to fall to the ground and recorded the results. Then, we discussed them.
Year 3 have been talking during Circle Time over the last few weeks about transition and moving to Year 4. Year 3 were able to talk and share their feelings around this sometimes difficult time of the year. A range of feelings were shared from excited and happy to anxious, worried and scared. We discussed and decided that it is ok to have these feelings and that if we do feel this way it is important to share with a trusted adult.
Year 3 then decided to help Year 2 with their transition as they knew they would be having similar feelings. Both classes got together and Year 3 were able to answer questions from Year 2. By working in smaller groups, everyone got a chance to ask their own questions. By the end of the session everyone in Year 2 was feeling a lot happier about their move into Year 3.
Year 3 have finally reached the end of their Gods & Mortals topic, with sports days, unexpected closures, bank holidays and a jam packed curriculum it has taken a little bit longer than expected.
On Monday, a mysterious box with a heavy lock is found. A sign on the box says ‘Do not open’. What should YOU do? Year 3 spent time discussing reasons for and against opening the box. Then they heard the story of Pandora’s Box. Ask Year 3 to tell you about the moral of the story? Have you ever let your curiosity allow you to do something you shouldn’t have?
When Pandora opened her box all sorts of evil things flew out so Year 3 decided to create their own boxes and fill them with good things that could be let out! What feelings, hopes and good things would you put into your box?
The next stage was to design their boxes. There were lots of questions for consideration…how big will it be? How will it open and close? Will it have a lock? What colours and decorations will it have? How can you make it special?
Finally, time to use their cutting, sticking and modelling skills to make the box.
Have a look at our beautiful boxes.
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