World Book Day - Y3 went away and were replaced by lots of different characters for the day!
World Book Day 2020
Today Year 3 were replaced by a whole host of different characters that came to school in their places! We had a wonderful range of characters including a policeman from Bad Dad, the Bark Lord from the Dog Man books, Alice in Wonderland, a couple of Gregs from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Cat in the Hat, Hermione Granger, a musketeer and many more! Even the adults in school were looking a little different from usual. The theme for this year was Share a Story, and we stopped throughout the day for the children to share books that they had brought in from home to show. In the morning we designed book covers and wrote book reviews, and after lunch there was a chance to go and hear a story read by a different adult around the school. The day ended with a special themed assembly where prizes for the most innovative place to get caught reading, and the best costume as voted for by your classmates were given out. Just a reminder that the World Book Day tokens can either be exchanged for one of the special exclusive World Book Day books at bookshops like WHSMith or major supermarkets, or they can be used as a token for money off a full priced book. We had a really good day celebrating reading and sharing our stories. A big thank you to all the parents who made such an effort to help children with their costumes.
Pizza Express trip
We had a brilliant trip to Pizza Express today with Michael, one of the managers. The visit began with a picture quiz about some of the key ingredients that are used to make pizza. We learnt that the dough uses flour, yeast, sugar, water and salt. We smelled the herbs that go into the special pizza sauce: oregano and basil. We also talked about some of the popular toppings for pizzas. Michael was particularly impressed that one of the children knew the Italian word for mushrooms: funghi! The bases came out and the first thing we had to do was gently press the dough right to the sides of the pizza pan to make a good crust. Next, a dollop of passata - the tomato sauce - needed to be spread to the edges. Interestingly, 156 tomatoes go into each giant tin of passata that the restaurant uses! After that mini mozzarella pieces were sprinkled evenly over the pizza. Finally they were ready to cook in the hot oven. The oven is so hot that the pizzas only take 2-3 minutes to cook! Luckily Miss Perry helped us by taking the pizzas back to school so we didn't have to carry them. We then walked back to school to work up an appetite for lunch. It was very hard to watch the children eating their delicious pizzas without pinching a slice. Yum!
Outdoor learning day
Today we had a whole day of learning outdoors. We began the day celebrating Valentine's Day by making natural art in heart shapes on the playground. Then we selected sticks to make into our very own people. We then took these outside and made mini dens/houses for them. The children took so much care over these and we were so impressed with the level of detail they were able to tell us about their houses!
After lunch we headed over to Panshanger Park for an afternoon in the woods. After a very muddy walk we arrived and spread out to enjoy games of hide and seek, climbing on fallen logs, going on bear hunts and building dens. It was great to see all the different Year groups mixing together and playing such detailed games. Several members of the public commented on how lovely it was to see the woods full of children enjoying themselves. We will return in the spring to see the woods once they are full of bluebells.
Stone Age workshop
Today an extra special visitor arrived in the Year 3 classroom to take us back in time to the Stone Age! First we had a whistle stop tour of some main events on a historical timeline to get the children used to the idea of just how long ago the Stone Age actually was. Next, some of the daily life of our Stone Age ancestors was brought to life as we reenacted their early encounters with the wild beasts they shared their environment with. After break we went on a deer hunt to learn about the importance of language development in capturing larger prey. On returning from the hunt we sang a celebratory song to mark our success! We were shown how they created fire and saw tiny sparks fly from two flints rubbed together. Thankfully the sparks were not big enough to start a real fire! We learned so much during our informative morning and the children all enjoyed themselves.
Take One Picture week
For our first week back to school we explored the painting The Garden by Joan Miro. We talked about the kinds of 2-D shapes we could see in the picture before making our own versions of it. We used crayons and marker for the shapes before filling the background with a bright ink wash. In English we wrote free verse poems about the garden using our senses. We also designed our own ideal gardens including many amazing features, including hot tubs!
A fantastic visit with Souleyman Bah, a Paralympic athlete!
Today we were so lucky to have a visit from a gold medalist in the junior Paralymics Rio 2016, Souleyman Bah. Souleyman, or Sol for short told us his amazing journey in assembly. Born in Guinea in Africa he soon realised he had a problem with his eyesight when he started school and could not see the board properly. His teacher sent him home from school but his family moved to the UK when Sol was 7 so that they could get a proper diagnosis from doctors here. His vision is impaired, meaning he can only see the centre of his vision, and has no peripheral sight. They settled here and Sol began school, showing a fantastic aptitude for sprinting. Despite facing many obstacles in his journey and nearly giving up because the training was so hard, Sol eventually received a call to compete in the Paralympic team at Rio 2016, winning a gold medal. He hopes to compete at the adult Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, and is currently in training to try and get onto the team. After assembly we spent half an hour in training with Sol where he put the children through their paces to give them just a taster of the hard work he has to do each day to maintain his fitness as a top athlete. Thank you to those children who brought in their sponsorship money, everyone completed the activities with great energy and enthusiasm!
Outdoor Learning Day
Chocolate Cake! By Michael Rosen
All this term we have been watching and enjoying Michael Rosen's performance poem Chocolate Cake whilst we get changed from PE. The children quite often are late going out to lunch because they love it so much and want to see the whole poem right until the end! They absolutely love Michael and his amazing expressions and voices that he puts into the poem. So on the last day of term I made a chocolate cake for them to enjoy whilst watching the poem! It was great to see their expressions as they tried to copy the poem on screen whilst eating.
Our space probes for Science Week
This week we have been exploring the theme 'To infinity and beyond!' for Science Week. We designed space probes either for orbiting a planet or for landing on the surface. We then made these from recyclable materials. Thank you so much to all the parents who sent in boxes and bottles! It was a great help. We used a technique called chromatography which uses water to separate colours to explore the structure of earth's atmosphere before making this into space pictures. In English we used astronaut Tim Peake's Book of photos from the International Space Station to inspire some poems about looking back at earth from space. We hope you enjoyed seeing our learning at Friday's exhibition.
World Book Day 2019
Extreme Reading entrants.
Our book costumes!
Our class animal dance
Today we finished our dance unit. The children have been creating moves for an animal themed dance. I wonder if you can spot which animals we were trying to be?
Our Class Debate: This house believes that all children should have mobile phones. Are you For or Against the motion?
We had a fantastic morning debating our motion. After several weeks of discussion, research, planning and writing our speeches the time had come to stand up and give them to the audience. We had a Speaker to introduce each person on the opposing teams. Children listened patiently to the arguments from both sides and in some cases, responded to these and asked questions about the speeches. The children have really improved their confidence in spoken language. Our next steps for debate are to just use cue cards to speak from so that we don't have to look down at our books, and to use body language to enforce our points. Watch this space for the next hot topic for debate!
Human Rights Day 09/01/19
Today we marked Human Rights Day alongside the rest of the school. We began by discussing the difference between needs and wants. We then looked more closely at the rights in the Declaration of Human Rights before designing our own posters to show our understanding of those rights. The children provided extremely thoughtful observations about their rights and we had some fantastic discussions throughout the day.
Circus Day 08/01/19
Today we had a very exciting visitor to HSA - Phil, a real life circus instructor! In an introduction assembly Phil showed us how to balance peacock feathers, juggle scarves and balance on stilts, amongst other things. He then wowed us with some spectacular feats like balancing on a wire, and even up a ladder whilst juggling! The children could hardly contain their excitement until their allotted chance to try out he activities. Many of them showed a real talent for some of the circus tricks and all of the children were extremely sensible and helped one another balance on the unicycle pedals whilst they got used to them. We hope you enjoy seeing all the photos!
Year 3 have been working really hard all this half term on their gymnastics. Today was our chance to show all the fantastic learning we have done. Mr Whitaker had set up an assault course leading all the way around the hall. The first challenge to warm up was to move around the equipment without touching it. Everyone found really creative ways of doing this. Next, we had to try and combine different ways of travelling with shape balances and either star jumps, tuck jumps or straddle jumps to come off the equipment. Then we chose a partner and tried to make shapes that included both partners.
Friday 7th December -Travelling Nativity
Today during our class worship we had a chance to see something very special which is touring our school - the Travelling Nativity! We read the Christmas story and each of the children had the chance to add something to the crib from the selection of beautifully carved figures. We wonder where the Nativity will travel to next?
Tuesday 4th December - Skeleton Science!
Today in our current Science topic of Animals Including Humans we were looking at the human skeleton. The bones we had already heard of before starting our learning were the skull, the knee cap, the rib cage the spine and the collarbone (because one member of our class broke hers in a fall!). Our first challenge was to use dog bones to make a model of what we thought our skeleton might look like. The children were really engaged in their task and came up with some quite accurate ideas in some cases! We could see ribs, a pelvis, spines and even some knee caps represented! We then used our research skills to discover what some of the other bones were called.
St Andrew's Day Celebrations
Friday 30th November is a special day at our school because we celebrate St Andrew! In the morning we learnt more about St Andrew's life with a reading comprehension and we also made some fantastic posters including fun facts and collages of fish (to represent St Andrew's job as a fisherman) and thistles (the national flower of Scotland, of which St Andrew is the patron saint). We also did a guided draw of Saint Andrew himself.
Anti-bullying Week 12-16th November
This week along with schools across the U.K. we have been taking part in Anti-bullying week. The theme for this year is 'Choose Respect' and we started off by talking about what respect means to the children and thinking about how we could show respect to other people and to our friends. They had lots of good ideas, such as listening when someone is talking to you even if you don't want to, using a kind tone of voice when talking, being polite and of course always saying please and thank you. We designed posters to promote the theme as well as wearing odd socks to school on Friday to show that it doesn't matter if we are all different, we all deserve respect.
Anti-bullying week posters
Our Gymnastics lesson
Today in PE we were making shapes and balances on the equipment. We learnt about two different types of balance, a point and patch. A patch balance uses the larger parts of the body like back or thigh. A points balance uses the smaller parts like elbows and toes. We made some interesting shapes.
This week we joined the whole school in celebrating International Week. We chose the country of Australia and linked this with the book Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker which is set in the rainforests of Daintree in the Northern Territories of Australia. A boy and his father spend the day sailing to a remote beach on the edge of the rainforest. Whilst the father fishes for something for them to eat, the boy wanders into the edge of the dense rainforest to explore. He imagines the ghosts of animals and Aboriginal children from long ago that might have lived, walked and played here too, amongst the tangled roots of the trees and the rainforest creepers and plants. Finding his way out he eats the fish that his father has caught and the overlay of a possible future for the unspoilt land as a holiday destination leads to their hope that it will remain just as it has always been. In English we produced haiku poems about the rainforest. In Art we used the collage style that Jeannie Baker uses to make rainforest collages. We noticed that Jeannie Baker uses 'hidden' creatures to show what animals might have lived there in the past, so we used the dot-painting style of Aboriginal art to make our own creatures to hide in the forest. We used atlases to find out about the terrain of Australia and the main landmarks. We looked at pictures of Uluru and talked about the hot, dry centre of Australia compared to the lush, green edges next to the sea like we saw in our book. Laila and Ayda brought in outfits from Kurdistan and Ghana for us to see, and we tasted foods from Australia, Kurdistan, Poland and Ghana in a special feast on Friday ahead of our celebration exhibition in the hall. Special thanks to those parents who sent in objects and foods from other countries for us to see. We have had a fascinating week!
Year 3 Sportshall at Wodson Park
This week we travelled to Wodson Park to take part in the Year 3 Sportshall Festival with other local schools. There were lots of exciting activities including javelin, throwball, hula-hooping, balance beam and obstacle course. The children also timed how many skips they could do in a minute in the Pudsey Skipping Challenge. Our winner was Summer with 35 skips! By the end everyone was worn out but we had a really fun afternoon. The children listened attentively and were a credit to the school with their super behaviour. Well done everyone!
Defibrillator charity day
Today we all dressed in different colours and took part in sponsored activities to raise money for a defibrillator to have in our local area. The children could wear pink or red to represent the heart, or yellow and white to represent the defibrillator logo/box. We learnt that a defibrillator can start a heart that has stopped beating by delivering an electric shock. There was a circuit of activities in the hall designed to get our hearts pumping and the children had great fun as well as raising over £700 for this important cause.
Maths Investigation Week
During this fun-packed week we tackled lots of different Maths investigations, which tested different mathematical skills such as problem solving and logical thinking. We played Nim, an ancient Chinese game where two players try to outwit one another. Starting with 10 cubes, each player takes 1 or 2 cubes in turn with the aim of leaving their opponent to take the last cube. If you know what you are doing you can always win! The second day saw Willy Wonka challenge the children to design new lollipops for him by combining two different flavours together. How many different combinations would they be able to find? The following day we explored tangrams, which are shape puzzles. We tried to recombine the shapes to represent different animals. On Friday parents were invited in to share in our learning. Thank you to all those parents who came in to see what we had been up to!
Our Take One Picture artwork
Take One Picture Week
We started back at school with a week on our class artist, JMW Turner. We learned about the types of subjects that Turner painted and looked particularly at his ship and sea scenes.
The picture that we chose to focus on was The Fighting Temeraire. This showed an old warship being tugged into port for the final time by a tugboat. The sunset sky indicated that it was the end of this old ship's life. In English we imagined that we were inside the picture and wrote poems about what we might be able to see, touch, hear, taste and touch. We then used pastels and paints in Art to create a background for our own warships that we designed complete with their own sails!
Our self-portraits are on their way to Perth in Australia to take part in a special exhibition with many other schools around the world in our latest Global Learning project. When the exhibition is over, we will receive 21 'cards' from another school somewhere else in the world to see how they chose to represent themselves. We traced photos before using 'wacky' colours inspired by pop artist Andy Warhol to paint our self-portraits. We then designed contrasting black and white patterned backgrounds to help the portraits 'pop' out from the page. Year 3 worked really hard on their portraits and I think you will agree the results are stunning! Well done everyone!
Our Guided Walk around Hertford
We learnt how houses were constructed.
The walls were made of a wooden frame.
Wattle and daub (made from cow manure!) was added.
Underneath the eaves you could listen- 'eavesdrop'
Samuel Stone lived in Hertford.
He left for America to found Hartford, Connecticut
Alfred Russel Wallace attended Richard Hale School
Just like Darwin he was interested in evolution.
We found pieces of 'pudding stone' in the walls.
Pudding stone is only found in Hertfordshire.
We crossed the bridge into the park.
Hertford Castle used to stand on this mound.
It overlooked other buildings in the grounds.
The 'ford' in Hertford means shallow water.
It's a place where you could easily cross a river.
We learnt about the gatehouse.
The walls of the castle defended it from attacks!
At the courthouse we learnt about a criminal.
She stole some pigs and was sent to Australia.
The Salisbury Arms has been an inn since 1570!
People could rest there on their travels.
We had fun and learnt a lot about Hertford.
Our amazing hand puppets are about to start their journey across the world to Palestine!