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Class 3 (2014-2015)

Hello and welcome to Class 3. We have had an excellent start to the new academic year. The children have quickly become familiar with routines which will encourage them to become increasingly independent throughout the year. It has been fabulous to see so many children remembering their home reading book and Homework Diary each day.

We are looking forward to having a fantastic year in Class 3. We will regularly keep you up to date with our achievements, so do keep checking our Class 3 page. Below you will find a message compiled by the children during the first week.

Mrs King

Super Symmetry and Fantastic Forest Schools

posted 12 May 2015, 08:22 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 May 2015, 08:22 ]

Marvellous Maths 
Recently we read the book 'Monsters Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. We found the book hilarious and thought that it would be a great opportunity to create our own symmetrical pants. Would you like us to design a pair for you? 

Excellent English 
In our English sessions we have been writing a letter to Dave and Jenny at the 'Captain Cook Birthplace Museum' to say a huge thank you for a great day. We felt that it was important to tell them what we enjoyed and what we would like to make even better too!

Forest Schools 
Year 1s have enjoyed learning about 'The Gruffalo', a book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, during Forest Schools sessions. Working together in small groups, they built habitats for Snake, Fox and Mouse using lots of natural materials. They have also been developing their phonics, applying their skills outside the classroom.

Week on week, we are improving our cricket skills and truly becoming the best that we can be. We are continuing to develop our underarm throw so we can become fantastic cricket players. 

Captain Cook & The Gruffalo

posted 28 Apr 2015, 07:06 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 28 Apr 2015, 07:15 ]

Visit to Captain Cook Birthplace Museum 
Last Thursday, we had the most fantastic time on our Year 1/2 Trip. We visited the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park, where we learnt all about a local hero, Captain James Cook. We found out about James' life, including his childhood, his time as a captain and how he died. Did you know that Captain Cook was excellent at drawing maps? We also learnt how to write with a quill!



We have been learning about money. Most of us are familiar with our coins and even know how to make different amounts!

Here is the link to an excellent game to play at home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/money/play/  Ask your child to show you which coins they will need to make the given amount. When they have 'wowed' you, try a harder level.


We are enjoying our tennis lessons with James. We have been practising under arm throws, which we loved doing on the academy's field last week when it was sunny!


In dance, we have been learning The Haka, linked to our work on Captain Cook:

Forest Schools
Our lovely Year 1s have been engaging in Forest Schools sessions with the equally lovely Mrs Vaughan, Miss Welsh and Mrs Green. As well as learning about fire safety, including how to use a fire steel, did you that the children also saw The Gruffalo whilst on their travels? Apparently, in addition to roasted mouse, he is also rather fond of eating toasted marshmallows... 


As well as our class page, don't forget to keep checking the academy's Twitter page, as well as our new Lend Me Your Literacy page which is showcasing some of our amazing writing!

World Book Day in Class 3

posted 6 Mar 2015, 06:07 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 6 Mar 2015, 06:07 ]

We had a wonderful World Book Day in Class 3! As well as dressing up as our favourite traditional tale characters, we took part in a story writing relay with Class 2 and Class 4. This was great fun; we had to plan a story and write the Super Story Opener, then pass it along to the other classes for them to add to. It was really interesting reading the completed story at the end of the relay.

KS1 are full of beans!

posted 3 Mar 2015, 04:10 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 3 Mar 2015, 04:10 ]

It's been a busy few weeks in Key Stage 1.

As part of our traditional stories unit in English, we have been reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This inspired us to write a character description for a giant called Cotey.


Linking this work to non-fiction, we are currently writing a report on how to grow our own beanstalk.


Each class is growing it's own broad bean plant with the intention of eventually planting all three plants together to make one big beanstalk. Watch this space to see how we get on...

In mathematics, we have been furthering our multiplication and division learning. The children have practised multiplying numbers using a range of strategies including arrays:

They have also been dividing numbers using the grouping method:


Do you remember our 'Busy Bear's Big Adventure' project from last half term when Busy visiting Scotland for Hogmanay? Well, over the half term holiday, Busy Bear visited Ireland, so the children are now finding out about this next part of his big adventure around the UK and Ireland. We learnt last week that Busy had visited Dublin, which is the capital city of Ireland. His friend, Barnaby Bear, had previously visited Dublin and sent Busy a video, which inspired his visit at half term.

We are looking forward to celebrating St Patrick's Day with Busy Bear in a few weeks.

To thank Busy Bear for sharing his experiences of Scotland, the children made thank you cards. They decorated the front of their cards in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish artist we have been studying.


In PE, the children have now completed their fitness training:

We are now moving on and will be developing our skills in tennis with James this half term:


Happy New Year from Class 3!

posted 15 Jan 2015, 05:41 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 15 Jan 2015, 06:42 ]

Happy New Year to everyone.

At the beginning of this new term, the children in Class 3 wrote about their goal and how they will achieve it in 2015.

Our English lessons this half term will be linked to the whole academy project ‘Caldi Does Stories’. We will be looking at a wide range of narrative writing in preparation for National Storytelling Week. The first text that we have looked at is called 'One Winter's Night', a story about four nocturnal animals who demonstrate the importance of kindness and friendship. The children enjoyed reading the story before writing a book review to reflect their thoughts about it. They then rewrote the story in their own words, later 'polishing' their writing to make it even better.


We have been revising place value in mathematics. Building upon our learning in the Autumn term, we have been comparing, ordering and partitioning numbers, ensuring that we understand the value of each digit in a two or three digit number. We have also been carrying out investigations - one was about the pattern of odd and even numbers. The other challenged the children to find out whether the following statement was correct: There are 18 different numbers with the number 4 in it on the hundred square. Ask your child to tell you about what they found out.

In our project sessions, we have been finding out about Busy Bear’s Great Adventures.

He went to Scotland to celebrate the New Year.

We have learnt a few interesting facts.
  1. Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year.
  2. Hogmanay celebrations last for three days.
  3. Busy Bear was amazed when he saw all the fireworks in Edinburgh celebrating the start of the New Year.
  4. We live in England and Scotland is part of the United Kingdom.
  5. Busy Bear travelled North to reach his destination. 
We also learnt about a famous Scottish artist called John Duncan Fergusson.

Class 3 want to find out more about the United Kingdom in the next few weeks.

Week 15 in Class 3

posted 19 Dec 2014, 06:10 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 19 Dec 2014, 06:10 ]

It is difficult to believe that we have already completed one third of this academic year. However we are delighted with the progress that the children are making in Class 3.

It has been a very busy week. We started the week enjoying a busy Monday outdoors doing our Forest Schools work. The children enjoyed a variety of activities and could hardly wait to write about them when we got back into the warmth. 


Of course this week has included our Christmas Service in church, where our children behaved and sang so well. We had a super Christmas party on the afternoon and send our thanks to all the parents that sent in food contributions.

We will finish our celebrations with carols around the tree on Friday afternoon. Class 3 wish everyone a very happy Christmas. We are already preparing for our return in the New Year and look forward to our future successes.

Week 14 in Class 3

posted 12 Dec 2014, 08:38 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 08:38 ]

We've had yet another fun packed week in Class 3! This week we have performed our Christmas  play 'The Magical Christmas Jigsaw' and made our family and teachers really proud. Some of us even managed to perform three times and truly made our best even better. Thank you to parents who came to support us and the other children in our Christmas performance. 

We have also experienced 'Forest Schools' this week, this is where our learning takes place outside. We built habitats for different animals that need to hibernate in the winter and listened to the story 'The Stick Man'  By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Thank you for providing outdoor clothing for your children such as wellies, hats, gloves and thick coats. If you would like, you could bring spare clothing in and we can leave it on your child's peg ready for further 'Forest Schools' sessions. 

In maths this week we have been learning all about statistics and have started to collect data about our favourite Christmas activities. Next week we will be making a pictograms linked to our collection of data. 

Next week we will be going to watch the performance of ' Arthur's Dream Boat'. We are looking forward to watching the play and writing about what we enjoyed watching too.

Week 13 in Class 3

posted 5 Dec 2014, 06:53 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 05:32 ]

Again, our website update has been prepared by the children in Class 3, so that they have the opportunity to write for a real audience. We hope you enjoy reading their update.

On Monday we all went to the hall to watch the pantomime Peter Pan. We saw Captain Hook and we met the Darling family.
By Ella and Kadie

On Tuesday we wrote to Father Christmas with Mrs Caveney, because we needed to send him our letters. It was fun.
By Alex and Mason

On Wednesday we performed a story about a journey with some visitors from TVMS. It was all about people getting on a train and the sounds they could hear.
By Kennedi and Lennon

On Thursday we prepare our web site update for you to enjoy. Santa’s little elf just came in twice whilst we were working! She was wearing green and red elf clothes!
By Lacy and Archie. 

It is a very busy time and there is lots going on as we prepare for the festivities. Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Mrs King

Week 12 in Class 3

posted 30 Nov 2014, 10:48 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 30 Nov 2014, 10:48 ]

A message compiled by the children in Class 3:

On Monday we were busy learning about the story of Peter Pan and thinking about a character description. In our maths, we started our work on time. Do you know how many seconds are in a minute? We know lots of other time facts too!
By Lennon, Kennedi and Lacy

On Tuesday we danced with our dance teacher Claire. Our dance for the Christmas performance is getting so much better. We are looking forward to the Christmas play that we have working on today.
By Mason, Archie and Millie

What do you think we did on Wednesday? We went to PE with James and our bench ball skills are getting better and better. We were also busy making recycled Christmas decorations for the Christmas Fayre next week.
By Kadie, Brogan, Ella, Alex and Paige

Week 11 in Class 3

posted 21 Nov 2014, 05:28 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 21 Nov 2014, 05:28 ]

This week the children have composed our message during our phonics work. We are concentrating on using phonics for spelling in all writing opportunities.

On Monday we made lots of homes for Busy Bear. We made them for Busy Bear so he feels like he is at home here. We had to use shapes on our beautiful houses to make them amazing for Busy Bear.
By Archie and Kennedi

On Tuesday we went to dance with Claire. The song we were dancing to is from the Lego movie. We are also practising our Year 1 and 2 dance for the Christmas Production.
By Lennon

We read the book of the nut brown hen and the kind soldier. The book is called 'The Hen and the Great War'. Then we did a book review all about the Bertha the hen and the Arthur the soldier.
By Millie

On Thursday I got a letter from Robbie, our football coach, about doing more football. This was our last week with Robbie sadly.
By Mason

Finally we have been thinking about being a good friend this week. Look at our friendship flower:

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