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Year 3

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SEPTEMBER

History inspiring Art!

 

Beech class have been learning about early Stone Age cave paintings. We had fun creating our own hand painting and learning about the techniques used in the Paleolithic period. We evaluated our finished work using two stars and a wish and have decided we can't wait to do some more Stone Age art work. 

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We are Computer Programmers!

 

Beech class proving what great programmers they are! All children used the Scratch programme and used their coding skills to develop a moving character in a game (in this case Dog 2b)

Next steps will be adding interactive backgrounds and debugging programmes to correct errors – all exciting and hugely enjoyable!

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OCTOBER

 

Marvellous Measuring!

 

 Beech class enjoyed a maths game where they had to match up centimetres to their equivalent in millimetres. This is also useful for helping children to multiply and divide by 10.

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A follow on game where children had to match up centimetres to metres by multiplying and dividing by 100. All groups managed to match and no group made the mistake of saying 10cm = 1 metre, (it’s 100cm!)

After this children enjoyed an outdoors lesson measuring real things in the playground in metres and cm.

Were you inspired?

 

Thank you to all the parents, and a lovely Granny, who came to Year 3 Inspire Workshop. 

We had a really useful session learning the methods for column addition and subtraction and also all about using suffixes and prepositions. A head full of knowledge to take away!

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Being Geographers in Year 3

 

Beech class are finding out about the United Kingdom and in particular its countries and cities. To help in this process, we used atlases to further plot cities on maps and also to develop our mapping / compass skills by finding different cities that are north, south, west and east of Birmingham. In this way, where we live and where others live in the UK gains true perspective and real meaning.

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Stone Age Jewellery Quarter!

 

We spent an enjoyable afternoon looking at Stone Age pendants and designing and making our own. A fiddly job but we persevered and can't wait to add the finishing touches. 

 

Do you know what the pendants would have been made of? 

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The Stone Age Jewellery Quarter was open for business again today. The master craftsmen and women of Beech class put the finishing touches to their pendants, adding paint and then completing the difficult job of threading their 'teeth' onto string. We especially liked the fang shaped ones!! Panic not! We didn't use any of our own!
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Roll up, roll up! Going for the bargain price of £100 each!
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Which one might you buy?

Mrs C would like them all, however £600 is a lot of money!surprise

NOVEMBER 

Anyone in need of an interior decorator?

 

No more jewellery making! Instead Beech class have now become prehistoric cave painters! Is there no end to their talents?

 

We went on a virtual tour of the Caves of Lascaux, learned how the caves were discovered and now we are busily planning our own cave paintings. 

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Do some research of your own!

 

Where are the caves of Lascaux?

What images were discovered on the cave walls?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_aTEcsksZI

Why might early man have painted on the walls of caves?

 

Parliament Week and British Values!

What a lot of new knowledge to learn!

 

Beech class went on a virtual tour of Parliament this week and learned all about the structure of Parliament, who some of the key people are who work there and what their role involves. So much information!

Take the virtual tour  and see the House of Commons and House of Lords for yourself. 

https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour

Which chamber are Beech class looking at?

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The children then worked incredibly hard to write some Parliament Fact Files to help them remember all that they had learned.
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'British Values!'

Getting our heads around British values was a little more challenging, however once we understood what our own PERSONAL values were, Beech class then understood that a country can have values too. 'British Values' are what EVERYONE should follow. But what are they?

  • democracy.
  • the rule of law.
  • individual liberty.
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
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Rule of Law!

Next we learned the difference between a rule and a law. Everyone needs to follow the law and if we don't there will be consequences.

Sorting rules and laws!

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Beech class learned that laws are made in Parliament. We found it quite funny that a Bill, can be 'ping ponged' backwards and forwards between the House of Commons and the House of Lords several times before it actually becomes a law. Lots of debating and agreement required!

 

In groups we worked on our own Bill which we think should be debated in Parliament!

In Mrs Creegan's house it is a RULE that there are no mobile phones at the dinner table. She definitely thinks this rule should become LAW! surprise

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And one that's been in the news!

And one that's been in the news! 1 Hospital visitors should not pay for car parking!

Discuss together at home!

 

What Bill would you present to be debated in Parliament?

 

Works of Art!

 

All the planning that we did for our

prehistoric cave paintings was definitely worth it!

 

Beech class cave paintings based on the Caves at Lascaux are looking fabulous! There were so many impressed staff at OLOL! Very proud teacher. Just love them!

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Anti - Bullying Week 2017

 

Mrs David set some homework!

 

Design a poster to teach children how to spot the signs of bullying. They had to be as creative and informative as possible. Beech class definitely rose to the challenge! There was even one made of fabric with some skilful machine work. Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

All Different, All Equal!

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What are the different types of bullying?

A worthwhile conversation at home!

 

  • cyber bullying
  • physical bullying
  • social bullying
  • verbal bullying

 

Remember bullying of any kind

is continuous and deliberate. 

MAKE SURE YOU STAY SAFE AND TELL SOMEONE! 

 

' All Different, All Equal! '

Anti-Bullying Alliance 2017

 

www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2017/

 

 

 

Attendance Winners! 

 

We are working so hard in Beech Class to have attendance above our school target of 97%. 

A very proud teacher is delighted that Year 3 have won the 'Attendance Cup' for the 4th time.

Their attendance for the week ending November 24th was... 99.5%.

Above last week and above our school target. Yeah!

Way to go Beech class!

 

Can we make it a 5th time before Christmas?

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