Green Class News Letter - 1st February 2016

Date: 31st Jan 2016 @ 10:38am

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 1st February 2015

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a super week in Green class this week and the children have produced some really great work.

We started the week by completing our descriptions of Charlie’s home.  After marking them, the children spent time editing and improving their writing further.  I was impressed with how much time they took to make their writing even better. 

We still need to continue to learn how to edit, but the children have made a super start.  The children need to learn how to play with their sentences more – just like authors do. Is this the most effective and engaging way to write this sentence?

The children have completed a few pages in their learning journals this week by publishing their Revolting Rhymes and their descriptive writing. The books are looking gorgeous already and the children are very proud of their efforts and achievements.

We are moving on to ‘The Lost Chapter’ next.  We will be creating our own characters, our own inventing rooms and then writing our own chapter to add to the book.  The children have already started to think about what their inventing rooms will look like and what their new character will behave like.

We have completed our 3D chocolate factories (thanks for the boxes) and the children love them. We’ve made so many, we’ve had to build two factories. We may even use some animation to bring them alive over the coming weeks.  I posted a few pictures on Facebook and Twitter this week – have a look!

Thank you to the parents who walked with us to Brine Leas on Thursday for our rehearsal of SingFest 2016.  The children sang beautifully and Mrs Palethorpe was hugely impressed with their efforts and how well they’d learned the songs.  It was lovely to be asked to stand up and sing for the rest of the schools attending, as we knew a few of the songs very well!   

Remember you can book tickets online for the concert in March - https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/34832/chk/fd8b We are singing in the 2.00pm concert.    Keep practising those songs.  The songs are posted on Edmodo with the lyrics, so please encourage the children to listen and learn!  There are some tracks you’ll know as well!

This week we will be starting to look at various designs of packaging and the logos used.  We’ll be sketching the logos this week, so please send in any sweet or chocolate wrappers you have on Monday.  Eventually we will be designing and making our own chocolate bar and packaging. Yum!

It’s been great seeing so many children posting on Edmodo again this week. There are Minecraft chocolate factories, favourite songs, and so much more. We even had a few children posting pictures of our chocolate factories on Friday. 

We had great time multiplying numbers this week and I was impressed with how well the children coped with the new challenges.  Please, please, please continue to practise the methods at home. Try spending a couple of minutes a week practising these skills – it really does make a difference.

The videos relating to the maths skills this week are on Edmodo. Please encourage the children to watch them as it really does make a difference to their learning back in school.

I’ve seen a big improvement in the children who have watched the videos at home already. They are ready for learning when they come in and know exactly what they need to do.  Please encourage your children to watch the videos.

Here are the mathematics videos on multiplication:

Challenge 1: Multiplication on a number line - https://youtu.be/zXd6P-R2Atc

Challenge 2: Multiplication by partitioning (2 digit, then 3 digit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SisaaNQr0aI

Challenge 3: Grid multiplication (2 digit by 1 digit) - https://vimeo.com/87411126

Challenge 4: Grid multiplication (2 digit by 2 digit) - https://vimeo.com/87411116

Challenge 5: Problem Solving

The children completed their Quentin Blake inspired characters this week with Mrs Cotterill and started to sketch and paint buildings.  You can see them on display in the classroom.  In the same afternoon, the children enjoyed their French lesson – they continued to learn all about colours.

When we arrived back from Brine Leas on Thursday we had our first Ukulele lesson with Mrs Minshall. The children listened well and learned the notes of each string, the chord of C and even had time to learn a song.  What a lot to learn in thirty minutes.   

We are moving in to our last few sessions of hockey this week.  The children have developed their skills so much over the last few weeks and it great to see them applying those skills in the competitive matches now. We will be starting our dance sessions before half term and then continuing after.  The children will be choreographing their own routines to music that they will have composed using GarageBand.

Homework, spellings and times tables will be given out each Wednesday morning to be handed in the following Tuesday for marking.  The children will have a short spellings and multiplication challenge each Wednesday.  Please encourage the children to learn these spellings and times tables each week as they underpin so much of our ongoing learning in class. 

We also started our timed, times tables challenges on Wednesday. The children are given 30 or 60 questions and asked to complete them in 5 minutes.  The children keep track of their own scores and then aim to improve them the week after.  You will find the children’s first attempt in their reading journals.  Please encourage them to practise these at home.

If you are looking for a great way to learn tables, have a look at this website here - http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games The games are great for quick learning of tables and are also lots of fun! Have a go.  And if anybody loves ‘Flappy Bird’ then try this great way of learning tables - http://www.crazygames.com/game/flappy-bird-math

Please encourage the children to read as much as possible at home and to write in their reading journals – I will be checking these each time we have a guided reading session and they should be up to date with either a comment from you or the children. 

Thank you to everyone who has written in their child’s reading journal this week. It really does help me keep track of the books they’re reading at home.  I was very impressed with how much the children have been writing in their journals as well – keep it up!

Our class assembly is Friday 26th February at 10:00am. It will be lovely to see you all there.

Our new topic plan is on our school website and you can download it here  - http://www.peartreeprimary.co.uk/Pear_Tree_Primary_School/Green/Green_files/GreenSpringPlan.pdf Please have a look and see if you can help us with anything in school. If you have any resources at home and you’re willing to share them with the class, please send them in.

I will of course be Tweeting and Facebooking throughout the year. I’ll keep you up to date throughout the term via:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pear-Tree-Primary-School/384984998299244

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Peartreeschool and our News Letters.

A huge plea....please make sure everything is named clearly as it saves time and saves you money when things go missing.  Things have already gone missing, so can you please check your child’s clothing at home to see if they have taken home another child’s jumper by mistake. Thank you.

If you have any questions please get in touch as soon as you can.  If you can’t make it to school, please email me cwaterworth@peartreeprimary.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Mr Chris Waterworth

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