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Celebrating Roald Dahl Day 2018
Beech class were visited by Charlie, Matilda, Violet, James and of course his giant peach. The Twits popped in and even pilot Roald Dahl with his own plane! Wow!
We had great fun learning about the characters from the books and indeed about the great man himself! This made our Roald Dahl comprehension that little bit easier.
After a real frenzy of planning, Beech class wrote some Roald Dahl creative type stories. They were all about our worst, most disastrous holidays ever! And my oh my, they were bad! We never knew that 'Horror Land' could be so awful or even that the Magic Evil Kingdom existed!
What a great day we had!
We are cave painters!
The chalk pastels went everywhere, but what fun we had learning about the techniques used by Stone Age people in the Paleolithic (that's the early Stone Age you know!) period.
We created and performed a sequence of contrasting actions, using jumps and balances. We even showed contrasting shapes. Beech class, well done great progress and team work really does make dream work!
Maths is fun!
Learning how to add and take away 1s and 10s from 2 and 3 digit numbers!
"Miss, maths really is fun today!"
"Playing this game has helped me
to understand even more!"
Are we ready for even more 100s work? We think so!
...the beginning of our Stonehenge creations!
Yeah! - Week 3 Winners!
The 'Attendance Cup' arrives in Beech class!
Lots of celebration and dancing to Kool and the Gang when we won the cup this week.
Big congratulations Beech class - 99.6%. Wonder how many times we can celebrate being cup winners this year? Lots and lots and LOTS we hope!
Attendance cup update!
Beech class won the cup again this week!
Yeah for us! 99.6%! Win number 2!
Our first Mandarin lesson!
Science, PHSEE and healthy eating!
We have learned so much about eating a balance diet and food groups! Ask us about what we have learned!
Learning all about physical and human features in the United Kingdom today!
We definitely had no problem sorting our pictures into the correct group. Great progress, great team work!
Lesson 2 with Miss Ying
Learning how to write the characters for China and name.
What is your name?
My name is…(I am called)
How are you? (Are you good?)
I am very good?
Marvellous, Measuring, Mathematicians!
We have been helping each other to learn how to measure and convert centimetres and metres in maths today. It was great fun playing a 'maths ladders' game!
China Day in Beech Class
Today we enjoyed hearing the Chinese love story, which was the behind the designs on Chinese willow pattern plates. The fable retells the story of an eloping couple, who transformed into doves.
We designed and made our own plates with lots of lovely blues.
Attendance cup update!
Beech class won the cup again this week!
Yeah for us! 99.3%! Win number 3, all in a row!
Still above our school target of 97%
Beech class you rock!
Were you inspired?
Thank you to all the adults 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!
And our next Mandarin lesson!
Phew! It was hard today! Learning to say numbers from 1 to 10 and write numbers from 1 to 5.
Sing along to the number song!
You'll recognise the tune!
We welcomed Mrs Smith from St Jude’s Catholic Primary School to our lesson. She is thinking about Mandarin lessons for the pupils in her school and was very impressed with our enthusiasm and effort.
The best way to learn about cm and m is to measure them for real! A fun outdoor maths lesson on a lovely Autumn morning!
What an achievement!
Beech class have won the Attendance Cup for the 4th week in a row! This week we have even got 100%!
Can we make it 5 in a row? Watch this space!
Happy birthday to someone very special!
Delicious food, singing, cards and lots of laughter for our very own Father Sean, who celebrated a very special birthday with his school family. What a wonderful celebration it was!
The building of Stonehenge is finally complete!
Famous and impressive, mysterious and unique, Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, in the south of England but why it was built remains a mystery!
This prehistoric monument is visited by tourists from across the world and we hear that someone is going to visit in the half term holidays! Can't wait to see the pictures!
It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic Beech class are about Mandarin lessons and China.
Yes, more outstanding news!
We said watch this space to see if we could make it five wins in a row! And by golly gosh WE DID! And another 100% win too! So, so proud of our brilliant, Beech class! You continue to rock it!
The Nathan Carter Fan Club!
And talking about rocking it! The Beech girls rocked the Wagon Wheel at lunch time. Miss Ying thought Mrs C looked very tired when she came for her Mandarin lesson. Is it any wonder? She was rocking along with the girls! Far too old for strutting her stuff on the dance floor!
Where was Miss Boyce when I needed her?
And the new half term began with Beech class being completely taken over by the arrival of sharks, penguins, turtles, fish and so much more! We were more tightly packed than Noah's Ark!
Look at our amazing science projects, created from recycled rubbish! Heard the eco friendly glue isn't that friendly though!!! LOL
Thank you so much to all the adults at home, who helped to make this work so impressive and creative!
Just loved them all!
Multi-faith Afternoon in Beech Class
Today we learned all about the Sikh Gurdwara and enjoyed creating our own using chalks. A messy job so far but we can't wait to finish our work...
...and learning about the history of Chinese characters and how they have changed over time.
We didn't! But we are beginning to understand now!
Someone had an exciting half term and visited Stonehenge! Wow! Mrs C was so jealous! Beech class thoroughly enjoyed hearing all the news!
Attendance Cup !
Not one to brag but Beech class are back on top and won the Attendance cup for the 6th time this academic year! And it was 100% attendance too!
Happy class, happy teachers!
Outdoor Maths Lesson
Our Year 3 outdoor lesson was all about oblique, parallel and perpendicular lines...drawn neatly on our playground, with rulers (fully labelled of course!)
And it's win number 7 for Beech class this term!
What can I say but a monumental WELL DONE!
Multi-faith Afternoon in Beech Class...
and our finished work!
We had already learned all about the Sikh Gurdwara and were finishing adding the colour to our designs. A messy job but what's a little chalk among friends! LOL!
Did you know?
There are four doors into a Gurdwara, known as the Door of Peace, the Door of Grace, the Door of Livelihood and the Door of Learning.
These doors are a symbol to everyone that people from all four points of the compass are welcome to enter.
Gurdwaras fly flags outside to show that it is a special place of worship. The flag contains the Sikh symbol.
And today in Mandarin we were ….
你 多 大？
nǐ duō dà ?
wǒ qī suì .
wǒ bā suì .
A little baby acute angle or a great big obtuse one?
The best way to learn those tricky acute, obtuse and right angles in maths? Easy...get the lolly sticks out and work in pairs making our own.
Great job Year 3!
The Great Outdoors!
What a great Forest School session today. Lots of team work, planning together and risk assessing to build a den.
Music themed day in bubbling Beech class!
Look at this fabulous picture from Forest School.
Just had to share it!
and Active Curriculum day
Our Christmas holidays are nearly here...
the end of a very busy term!
Beech class have been having lots of fun in the last two weeks of term! There was Christmas card making, raising money for CAFOD, with our spellathon and of course a yummy Christmas dinner on Christmas jumper day.
And the term finished with Beech class having the best attendance for the Autumn term with 98.5%.
Mandarin and our last lesson of the Autumn Term
Today we learned how to say Merry Christmas in Mandarin!
And so in Mandarin Beech class wish you all...
shèng dàn kuài lè
圣 诞 快 乐
新 年 好
xīn nián hǎo
And a happy New Year starts with some creativity and fiddly folding in Beech class. We made some origami fish for our whole school under water art display.
Attendance Cup Winners!
Beech class are back on top and started 2019 by winning the 'Attendance Cup' for the 8th time this academic year! And it was 100% attendance too!
Standing long jump, standing triple jump and even a vertical jump! We never gave up, supported each other and showed immense determination, but most importantly, we had great fun! Well done Beech class!
Much excitement and computing creativity this afternoon as Y3 plunged into Scratch programming. The name of the game was to get our Sprites moving on-screen. Lots of fun and lots of success!
Thank you so much to Clare from Parliament UK for an informative and interactive assembly, Beech class loved it!We learned how MPs are elected and laws are made. We even discussed how women fought for the right to vote.
... and we begin a new month of learning in Beech class.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
That's Chinese for Happy New Year!
And it's the Year of the Pig.
Beech class were born in the Year of the Tiger 2010 or the Year of the Rabbit 2011.
We had a fantastic day and celebrated the Chinese New Year with a jammed packed day of creativity.
Our whole school Chinese New Year celebrations ended with the most amazing music workshop.
A great afternoon with Year 3 writing, rehearsing and acting out plays on E - Safety and overcoming cyber bullying of all types. Some really great play scripts, messages and drama!
Multi Faith afternoon in Beech Class!
The 5Ks are symbols of the Sikh faith.
Did you know?
Kesh is uncut hair and Sikhs believe that their hair is a gift from God, therefore they promise to not cut it. Letting it grow is a symbol of their faith and that they welcome God into their lives. Male Sikh’s hair grows very long consequently they wear a turban to keep it tidy.
Kirpan is a warrior sword. Today a very tiny one is worn under clothes as a symbol of self respect. Sikhs are like warriors and should always stand up for what is right.
Kangha is a small wooden comb. Sikhs use this to keep their hair neat and tidy and it is a symbol of cleanliness.
The Kachera are short trousers worn as underwear and never come below the knee. They remind Sikhs to follow God in everything that they do.
The Kara is a steel bangle worn on the arm of Sikhs. It is a continuous circle with no beginning and no end and symbolises that God has no beginning or end. The Kara is made of steel, rather than gold or silver, because it is not thought of as jewellery and is a symbol of strength.
We made so many connections to our own Christian beliefs too. Some amazing discussion work Beech class! Mrs C was impressed!
Our shared lunch!
Some of our lovely parents and relatives joined Y3 Beech class for a deliciously healthy lunch. Quote of the day,
“School dinners were never this good when I was at school.”
As always the ladies in the kitchen did a wonderful job! Thank you so much!
We rocked our science lesson!
Not a rock concert but a Year 3 science lesson about the properties of rocks. According to Beech class, rocks are made up of minerals, they can be useful, they can be hard, full of air or brittle. Amazingly some are 4000 million (4 billion) years old!
...and today we learned how to say colours.
Sing along at home!
World Book Day 2019
We certainly looked very different today!
As always adults have really supported with costumes.
There’s nothing like a bit of paper folding to help
fully understand symmetry in 2D shapes!
Beech class drew lines of symmetry on different shapes and organised them in the correct place using a Carroll diagram. Some super paired work and lots of mathematical explanations too!
Our two Eco-Councillors helped deliver a very important message in assembly this week. Think before you throw clothes away in the bin. They just end up as landfill!
It is estimated that £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year! Also, the value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion!
Statistics that really shocked us!
How can we help?
Remember our school Pop Up shop is open for business on Tuesday 2nd April. Help CAFOD, by donating used children's clothes. Come and grab a bargain!
Photostory and it's all about the team work!
Intense computing activity has been gripping Y3 as our budding media experts get to grips with using Photostory 3 to tell a story through pictures. Beech will soon add captions, close ups, fade outs and maybe also music!
Fun fossil formation in Beech Class!
Off to visit a Sikh Gurdwara!
Excited children arrived after a fun and lively train journey. We took off our shoes and covered our hair as a mark of respect. A lovely day of learning and mutual respect at the Sikh Gurdawara in Smethwick. Year 3 shared their knowledge of the Five K’s and learned so much about this kind, generous faith.
Eco learning continues in Beech class!
What better than to use some recycled materials to make the ultimate in cards. Hope our cards made special ladies smile at home!
And the week begins with the end of our Geography work on Volcanoes!
Eco lessons continue...
Learning what primary school children from Australia are doing to help protect our world. We can learn a lot from them!
And the term finished with Beech class having the best attendance for the Spring term.
Can we make it 3 wins in a row?
We will definitely try!
Our final Mandarin lesson for this term!
And we learned how to write and say Happy Easter!
The Spring term has finally finished and we are ready for a well deserved holiday. Beech class wish everyone....
复 活 节 快 乐
Fùhuó jié kuàilè
The start of the new term and lots of learning and progress being made. A fantastic start Beech class!
We began to learn different types of weather today...
cloudy, sunny, rain, snow, windy
Today we learned how to say and write the characters for the seasons. As always we had fun learning new vocabulary by playing games and singing.
Have a go at home.... just use the link.
Congratulations Beech class, another win this week with 98.5% attendance. Happy teachers!
Farewell Miss Ying!
from Beech class
And the Attendance Cup returns to Year 3 once more! Congratulations to our wonderful, bubbling Beech babies!
From clay bracelets to multi-faith and...
Vaisakhi - A Sikh Festival
Vaisakhi celebrates the harvest, the Sikh New Year and the beginning of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa. It is celebrated on the 13th or 14th April each year.
We learned how Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, chose this festival to begin the Khalsa, which is the Sikh community. Beech class enjoyed watching a film clip explaining how the Sikh community in Birmingham celebrate Vaisakhi.
Guru Gobind Singh wore a turban and on the turban there is a Kalgi, an ornament that is a sign of royalty. Guru Gobind Singh is like a King for the Sikh people.
and we begin with....