Flying frogs!

Good afternoon!

We have had such an exciting start to the new half term here in Flamingos' class!  We came to school last Thursday and found a crime scene outside on the playground.  We investigated the area and found some lily pads, a shirt, trousers and some clothes pegs!  In addition, we had videos of witnesses to the events who explained what they had seen - it was all very strange!  The children have written a newspaper article about their findings and it is rumoured that there may have been flying frogs in the area!  We have had some information which suggests there may be more strange activity soon.  Watch this space...

We have our outcomes afternoon this Thursday afternoon, which will include a fashion show to showcase their tie dying talents, the children performing a rainforest sound scape and a chance to look at their descriptive writing about the rainforest.  As you may be aware, we have been reading 'Running Wild' as part of our topic which is about the main character being stranded in the rainforest in Indonesia following a tsunami.  Sadly, there was a tsunami recently which has caused a great deal of damage in Indonesia.  As part of our outcomes afternoon, we will be raising money to support those affected and we will be selling promises for your children to complete things at home, for example helping a sibling read, washing the dishes or tidying their room.  These will be sold at 50p each or 3 for £1 - so if you would like to donate, please make sure you bring along some money to help this cause and to get some extra help from the children at home :-)

 

I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.  However, if you need a chat at any point, please do pop in and see me at the end of the day.

 

Mrs Jones

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Another fantastic week!

Good afternoon, 

This past week has been another great one for the Flamingos!  We won another punctuality award for everybody coming to school on time and in addition, we won a class prize for a competition!  As part of Mrs Westwood's assembly, she asked the children to name a fruit for each letter of the alphabet.  We were not able to think of one for every letter, but we did manage to name the most fruit, winning us a pineapple!  We shared this as a class before break-time on Friday.  

It was a bit of a food-themed week in Flamingos, as we also tried figs as part of our reading skills lesson on Friday too.  We had reached the part of the story where the main character, Will, found some figs in the rainforest to eat.  As some of us had not tried figs before, we all had some with varying responses!

I am looking forward to meeting with you all during parents' evenings this week - but as ever, if you need a chat about absolutely anything, please do pop in!

Mrs Jones

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A big congratulations!

Good afternoon!

This week we have received awards for last week's punctuality and attendance - thank you very much!  This makes a big difference and I hope that we can get lot more of these awards throughout the school year.

Please can I remind you to make sure that your child has their reading book and PE kit in school every day.  They have all of their passwords for the varying websites that we use in their reading diaries and we do like to listen to them read as often as we can, which can be difficult if they do not have their reading book or diary with them.

We are very much looking forward to our art project next week and would be grateful if you could send in a plain white t-shirt if you have not yet done so.  We are afraid we can no longer accept a monetary contribution as we will not have an opportunity to purchase any more t-shirts from now on.

Many thanks

Mrs Jones

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Henri Rousseau

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Good afternoon!

This week in the Flamingos' class, we have been focussing on a descriptive piece of writing based on Henri Rousseau's painting "Surprised".  The children have worked hard to include good adjectives and adverbs and as a result of their efforts in presentation, their writing is looking great!

In addition, we have worked on an art project this afternoon, in which children each painted a small piece of Rousseau's painting.  We then pieced the sections back together to create an entire piece of artwork - I think it looks fantastic!

               

Please remember to send in a plain white t-shirt for our project next week or a £2 contribution so that we are able to purchase a t-shirt on your behalf.

As ever, any questions or if you just want a chat, please pop in after school.

Many thanks

 

Mrs Jones

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Fantastic homework!

Good morning!

I just wanted to do a quick blog to share the incredible homework that we have received already this half term.  I am absolutely thrilled with the effort that has clearly gone into each of the collages and I will be getting them up on our display!  Don't worry if you haven't completed any of the tasks yet - there is still plenty of time.

 

I have also seen that the children have made a start on their online homework too, which is great to see.  Please make sure that they are logging on to TT Rockstars regularly to practise their times tables so that they can become fluent with their recall.  

As ever, pop in if you need to discuss anything.

Mrs Jones

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Rainforest drama!

Good afternoon!

After last week's brilliant writing, we have got off to a flying this start this week with some drama in which the children took turns to pretend to be walking through a rainforest to help them produce some adjectives and adverbs that they will be using in their descriptive writing later this week.  

In addition, we are continuing to write up our non-chronological reports about our visit to Colchester Zoo and I am looking to sharing the finished articles with you soon...

Don't forget, we have individual photos taking place this Thursday so make sure your children have been practising their best smile smile

As ever any questions or if you want to chat about anything, please pop in at the end of the day.

 

Many thanks

Mrs Jones

 

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Rainforest poetry!

Good afternoon, 

We have had another fantastic week in the Flamingos' class and we will be ready to perform our rainforest poetry to the Hippos' class tomorrow.  As a 'sneak peek' at our poem for all of you at home, our finished class poem is below:

 

The Rainforest

I can see the tipping tree tops in a terrible tangle, 

Slithering, patterned snakes, 

Stealthily sliding through the mud, 

Quickly, quickly!

Stampeding through the rainforest, 

hard and rocky, 

A fierce, terrifying tiger, 

leaping towards the unsuspecting prey, 

Strike, strike!

 

I think that you will all agree, it is a fantastic effort made by all.

For this week's writing, we will be focusing on a non-chronological report and presenting it beautifully to send to Colchester Zoo so that they can see the incredible work that our children have been up to.

As ever, any questions or comments, please pop in after school.

Mrs Jones

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New term!

Hello and welcome to our new school term!  

The children have had a fantastic first 3 days in our autumn term and we are very excited about our new topic: 'Running Wild'.  The children have been introduced to our new class text, Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo and we have been making our predictions about what we think we will happen in the story.  

We have also visited the copse to pretend that we are rainforest explorers to help us collect amazing adjectives for the class poem that we will be writing next week.  Alongside the poem, the children will also be performing a music piece using body percussion to replicate a thunderstorm in the rainforest.  The first practise went incredibly well and I can't wait to see the finished result!

In addition, we have our class trip to Colchester Zoo on Tuesday which will give the children a fantastic opportunity to become familiar with the rainforest animals that will be appearing our class text.  Following their visit, the children will be writing an information text based on the animals that they have seen.

I hope that you are all settling in well to being back at school.  If you have any questions or comments about anything, please do pop in after school and I will be happy to have a chat.

Mrs Jones

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Welcome to Flamingos!

Hello and welcome to the Flamingos Class!

The children have settled in brilliantly this week and have risen to the new challenges so far in Year 3 - I am very much looking forward to the year ahead!

There are a few changes when transitioning in to Year 3 so that the children gain a sense of independence and responsibility throughout the year.  In relation to reading, when they have finished their reading book they will need to quiz on Accelerated Reader and then change their own book.  We will listen to children read on a regular basis, but please continue to read with them at home as often as possible.

This year, their PE days will be on a Monday and Friday.  Please ensure that the children have their PE kits in school on these days.

This week, we will be focusing on a mini topic of 'Ants' and the children will be producing a piece of writing to share the information that they have learned this week. 

If you have any questions or would even just like a quick chat for any reason, please do pop in after school.

 

Mrs Jones

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A fantastic final week!

The Gorillas have had yet another fantastic week.  They have spent a morning with their new class teachers and by the the excited chatter when they returned, they clearly had a great time!  

This week, they have finalised their last piece of writing in class and written their own chapter for Harry Potter - the ideas have been incredibly imaginative!  I'm sure that you will enjoy reading them :-)

Tomorrow sees the last of their outdoor learning for the year; they have had a fantastic time in the copes learning lots of new skills and can climb trees very well!

On Friday, we will be sending home school books and any items that they have accumulated in school over the year, so please send in a carrier bag with them on Friday morning so they have something to carry their things home in.  

Thank you all for a fantastic year - I hope that you have a great summer!

Mrs Jones

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Cereal boxes please :-)

It has been another busy start to the final half term of the school year, with the children from the Gorillas' class writing their own poems based on the poem 'The Magic Box'.  The children have been coming up with some fantastic ideas and I am sure that their final poems will be fantastic.

For the next couple of weeks, we are designing and making our own moving witch using a lever system and it would be great if you could bring in some old cereal boxes so the children can use the cardboard when building their design.

In maths, we are now learning about angles, so get your children to point out the different types of angles that they can see on their way to or from school!

As ever, if you need to chat about anything, please pop in after school.

 

Mrs Jones

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The Quidditch tournament!

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Good afternoon,

 

What a brilliant 3 weeks of the new term so far!

The Gorillas' class have been sorted into their new houses as part of the new 'Witches and Wizards' topic: Gryffindor, Sytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff.  In addition, they have received their first potions lesson from Professor Snape and written diary entries about their experience!

 

In addition, year 3 & 4 have been learning how to play Quidditch and the year 3's had their Quidditch tournament yesterday afternoon.  In a thrilling final of Slytherin V Gryffindor, there was a action-packed game in which both teams battled it out or the title of year 3 champion.  After a very close run game, Gryffindor Seeker Jake Hand managed to snatch the Snitch in an impressive 5 seconds.  The final score was 40 to Slytherin and 100 to Gryffindor.  A very big well done to al involved, and a very special thanks to Mrs Edwards who has coached all 4 classes and refereed all 4 matches.  In their next piece of writing, the children will be writing up heir experiences of the Quidditch match and will be on display soon in the classroom.

We also had a great trip to Braintree Town and were given an interesting and very informative walk around the historical sites of Braintree - the weather held out for us and we all had a fantastic time!  The children were treated to an ice lolly at the park before returning back to school as a reward for their part in the Lin King performances last term.

I hope that you all have a fantastic bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week.

As ever, if you need to see me about anything at all please pop in after school and Ill be happy to have a chat.

 

Mrs Jones

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The Lion King

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This week has seen the children finally perform their long-awaited production to the pupils and to the parents in 4 performances.  The children have worked incredibly hard in the run up to the show and it has definitely been shown in their performances.

The children have absolutely blown us away with their amazing acting and singing; we clearly have some stars in the making!

Thank you for all of your help and support in the run up to the show - we hope that you have a restful Easter and look forward to welcoming you back in the summer term.

Mrs Jones

 

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The Plastic Ocean

What a busy few weeks we have had in the Gorillas' class! 

Thank you all for sending in the plastic that we have used as a focus for Science Week.  We have used our geographical skills and tracked the plastic on its journey from where it was discarded in the UK, how it travelled through the Plastic Ocean and made its way to various countries; some as far away as Japan!  The children have then written a descriptive account of that journey and have produced some fantastic work.

We have been lucky enough today to have visitors from Braintree Council, who have given the children an insight as to what happens with their recycling once it has been picked up and what it can be used for.  Shockingly, after their departure, the children received a letter from the council stating that they would no longer be recycling and would be using the school field as land fill!  The children are drafting their responses to the council to send a strong response opposing this idea!

We will be continuing to study the environment, habitats and weather for the rest of this term and we would be grateful if you could send in an old plastic bottle so that we can make rain gauges with them next week.

As ever, if you need to have a chat for any reason, please pop in after school.

Mrs Jones

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to you all after half term.  I have been amazed at the quality of homework that has been produced over the last half term, which has included some incredible 3D models that have made their way into the classroom - thank you for all of the effort that you have all put in.

We are now on our final countdown to our Lion King performance and we are getting excited to perform to the parents to showcase our talent.  The performance dates are 27th and 28th March - please save the date!  Ticketing details will follow shortly.

As ever, if you need to chat about anything, please pop in after school.

Mrs Jones

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Keep on Reading!

Good afternoon,

We have had another brilliant week so far in the Gorillas' class and we are in the middle of constructing our own 3-D version of the Land of Neverbelieve - the children have made a fantastic start and I am looking forward to seeing the finished result.

We have another busy week next week, with 'Keep on Reading' happening on Thursday 25th January - please can you make sure that you send 'The Boy Who Grew Antlers' back before this date.

In addition, we are having a Lion King morning with parents on Friday 26th January.  If you have an artistic side or simply just love getting creative, please pop in on Friday morning so we can allocate roles for set design and costume making.

As ever, any questions - please do pop in after school :-)

Mrs Jones

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The Land of Neverbelieve

Dear all,

In Gorillas class we have introduced our new topic "The Land of Neverbelieve". This week we have been acting as newspaper reporters and writing an article about the adventures of Norman Messenger on the island. The children have made an amazing start and I am looking forward to seeing their finished articles.

Next week we are going to be using our Design & Technology and group working skills to design and make a 3D map of the island. If you have any used cardboard, newspaper or chicken wire then we could use this please!

Children who have been given a main part in our production of The Lion King will have brought home scripts, and all character parts have brought home slips with costume ideas on. Please could all costumes come into school in named carrier bags before half term unless otherwise instructed. Thank you. Our production isn't until the week before Easter but we like to be well-prepared!

The new homework books were sent home on Thursday. Full instructions and log-in details are in the front of the book, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of us!

Many thanks

Mrs Jones

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Timestable Rockstars!

Exciting news here at Beckers Green - we have a new way to learn the times tables using Timestable Rockstars!  The website is:

www.ttrockstars.com

The children have all been provided with log-ins and this can be downloaded as an app on your phone or tablet, or accessed on the internet. 

As ever, any questions - please drop me an email or comment on the blog and I will do my best to help.

Mrs Jones

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Merry Christmas

As the term comes to a close, I just wanted to say thank you for a great first term - the children really have adjusted well to year 3 and I am really getting stuck into our new topic "The Land of Neverbelieve" when we return.

There is no homework over the Christmas holidays - I hope that the children have a fantastic break and come back feeling refreshed and ready to learn.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas,

Mrs Jones

 

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Anglo-Saxons!

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We have had another great week in the Gorillas' class learning more about the Anglo-Saxons and writing our own factfiles based on our trip to West Stow.  Whilst we were at West Stow, we had a look at the Anglo-Saxon houses, found out about what they ate and what they wore.  Did you know, it takes 6 months to make 1 cloak!

             

We were particularly interested in what the Anglo-Saxons ate, so we investigated their poo to find evidence of what they had eaten.  We found lots of evidence of food and we have written a great section on the Anglo-Saxons' food in our factfiles.

              

 

We will be writing up our factfiles later this week and I am sure that they will be incredible pieces of work.

 

As ever, any questions or anything that you would like to talk about, please pop in after school to have a chat.

 

Mrs Jones

 

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