WELCOME TO CLASS 3!
"For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Class Teacher: Mrs Massey
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Ashurst
A new school year
Welcome back everyone! A new school year has started and we are already stuck into our new topic. Homework books and sheets have been given out and all children have been issued with a new reading record and reading book. Please check your child's bag for newsletters which will contain up and coming dates, including 'Meet the Teacher' and assemblies.
Please make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child's full name as we are getting a number of items left daily that are unclaimed or are taken home by other children in error. Many thanks for your help with this.
Come and See Our Prayers and Reflections
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If you would like to write a prayer at home, you can use the template above if you wish. We have used these in class to write all sorts of prayers and have decorated them to hang in our prayer tree in class and in the school prayer garden.
This term we will be learning about:
- Domestic Church - the family
- Baptism/confirmation - belonging
- Advent/Christmas - loving
During our work on Journeys last year, we discussed the different journeys we make through the seasons and how we sometimes have to say goodbye. In groups, we wrote a poem about a leaf who wanted to go on a journey to see the far off lands of China. The leaf embarked on a journey - after saying goodbye to her life long friends in the tree where she was born - that took her through many places, including a park, a school and London before eventually landing in the sea.
10 Up Reading Challenge!
If you would like to complete the reading challenge, please print off the page below, complete it and return to Mrs Massey. If you find any bible stories that you have enjoyed reading, you could add these to our Prayer and Reflection table in class and share them with your friends.
If there is anything you want to share that is related to our learning areas this term, please bring it in to class e.g. newspaper articles, objects, numbers in the news and connected to science, things you have made or written (poetry, drawings etc.). We will do our best to find time for you to share these with the class and to put them in our S.M.A.R.T. Lab learning zone if you wish.
Our S.M.A.R.T. Lab learning zone will be dedicated to this term's topic (local geography) and the season of autumn.
|Folktales; biographies (recounts)|
Number; place value; addition and subtraction
Domestic Church; Baptism; Advent
There's No Place Like Home (learning about local geography)
Examples of some of our topic work:
Liquid, Solid or Gas?
What a lot of strange substances we have been investigating and what a lot of brilliant observations and questions we have been discussing.
What is a gas?
How do you know where a gas is?
Why does the temperature change a solid?
What can a liquid do?
What a strange substance custard is. We have been investigating the peculiar world of custard and what happens to custard powder when you add water. Here are some photos of what happened:
What has Wandering Wondering Wilbur been up to?
"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
Wilbur has been welcomed into the homes of lots of the children in Class 3. He has been a very busy bear wandering all over and has been horse riding, taking part in gymnastics, reading and making pictures, visiting a local Brownies group, playing games and writing lots of very interesting questions in order to try and understand the beautiful world around us.
Wilbur has now been home with every member of our class and has had some fantastic adventures. He's even been to hospital! His scrap book diary is now on display in our classroom.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to take care of Wilbur. If there are any photos of your adventures with Wilbur that you would like to share on our website please email them to school.
St. Mary's Amazing Research & Teaching Lab
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Calling all S.M.A.R.T. Lab Scientists!
In Class 3 we are always exploring, investigating and asking questions about the world around us, to help us understand more about real life and build our STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and maths). We have STEM challenge sessions where we attempt to solve a problem with trial and error and use the knowledge we gain from things that fail, to improve our attempts at finding a solution. We understand that failure is not the end but actually the starting point for our next endeavour!
If you have any questions you would like to add to our lab display, bring them in. They could be about what we are learning or about something in God's wonderful world.
Are you up for a challenge?
Then have a go at the questions and activities below; you can use text, pictures, poems, photos etc to present your answers and experiment results. Bring your findings in to class whenever you have completed them.
What enzyme are scientists trying to develop to help with a specific global pollution problem?
Monthly STEM Quiz:
Don't forget to take part in our monthly STEM Quiz. Details of this month's quiz are on the Science webpage.
Here's lots of marshmallow constructions completed at home by members of our class. WELL DONE - these are brilliant!
Terrific Teeth STEM Day
What a fantastic and busy day we have had! We had five different activities throughout the day which covered sketching teeth and skulls using different mediums; weighing the different amounts of sugar in food using the nutritional tables on food packets; covering eggs with toothpaste and immersing them in different drinks and then observing the beginnings of any changes to the egg shells; and using forks, knives and spoons to investigate the actions of different teeth on biscuits and bananas.
Thank you to everyone who helped make these activities possible by sending in food packets and pictures of food. We all had a lot of fun!
Well done Class 3 and a BIG thank you to St. Augustine's Science Department who lent us the models we used for sketching.
"The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."