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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West Stow!

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We have had a busy start to our half term so far, with the children creating collages of Viking longships using a variety of materials.  I think that you will agree with me that they look incredible! 

In addition, we have been publishing our books this week with our own stories about Hiccup the Viking!  We found an old treasure map which led us into the playground where we discovered some chainmail and a note from Hiccup.  This inspired the children to write their own stories and they are quite rightly proud of what they have achieved.  The books will be out on display within the classroom, so please do pop in and take a look.

We have also been focussing on anti-bullying within PSHE and the children have produced handprints with details of the 5 people that they could tell if thy felt that they were being bullied.  They have also been sharing details of what makes them happy and have made their own sunshines with their 'rays of happiness' attached.

Our trip is fast approaching to West Stow Anglo-Saxon to kick off our new topic next week, and I would just like to remind you that children should wear warm clothing on Monday alongside a pair of wellies and to also bring a pair of sensible shoes in a bag so that they can change into them for the journey home.  The children will be preparing in advance for the trip by using historical enquiry to generate questions that they would like to ask on the day.  We will then be creating a factfile on West Stow and sing mathematical nets to build longhouses in DT.

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

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Half Term

We are at the end of what has been a very busy half term.  The children have settled in well and have produced some lovely work, which I am looking forward to sharing with you during parents' evening.

During the half term, I have asked the children to find a favourite part of a book that they have read and to practise reading it so they are ready to present it to the class when we come back.  In addition, there are some maths tasks set on DB Primary for them to have a look at too.

I will be checking that the children have suitable reading books to read independently or with you over the half term, so please encourage them to read as much as possible :-)

I do hope that the children have a good rest over half term and I am looking forward to meeting with you all during your appointment on parents' evening.

As ever, any questions, please pop in to see me after school.

Happy half term!

Mrs Jones

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DB Primary

For homework this week, in addition to a descriptive task relating to a picture, I have sent home the children's log-in details for DB Primary.  Please can you check that your child can log-in and let me know if there are any issues.  DB Primary can be accessed via this link:

DB Primary

This will be used to set some homework on, so it is important that you let me know if accessing this is an issue so alternative provisions can be made.

As ever, any questions, please pop in to see me.

Many thanks

Mrs Jones

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Week 5

This week, the children have been learning how to use the expanded column method for addition in maths and their homework is to complete the word problems, using the expanded column method to calculate the answers. 

 

In English, we are learning about explanation texts, focussing on how a fossil is formed (which will tie into our science lesson next week).  We will then be progressing on to the children writing their own explanation text of how to train a dragon!

 

Accelerated Reader is now up and running and the children are able to take a quiz when they have finished a book.  Please encourage your children to read at home as much as possible.

 

Letters in relation to Parent's Evening have gone home, please return the slip as soon as possible so that the meetings can be scheduled.  If you can't make any of the days suggested, please let me know and I am sure that we can arrange a meeting after school.

 

As ever, any questions, please pop in and have a chat after school.

 

Mrs Jones

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Vikings!

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This week, the children have been focusing on place value in maths and have been continuing number sequences in jumps of 4, 8, 50 and 100.

In English, our focus has been on reading comprehension skills and how to navigate a text to locate the information that we need to answer questions.  In addition, I was so impressed with the level of quality of the homework, that I asked the children to write up their descriptions on a Viking boat template so we can display them in the classroom.

The children had clearly put in a lot of effort in their writing over the weekend and I have told them all how thrilled I am with their work.  I can't fit all of the submissions onto the blog, but I have managed to narrow it down to 3, which show the level of writing produced:

 

We are on a longship.  The big waves are crashing over the sides of our gigantic, wooden ship.  The water is freezing and I am terrified.  My sails are full, the wind is howling like a wolf.  It's deafening.  Over in the distance it looks serene and peaceful.  Hopefully we find new land.  I'm looking forward to our magical adventure.

By Olivia Street

 

There's a terrifying storm and deafening sound of thunder.  I can see gigantic waves crashing on the longboat.  Listen to the wind howling like wolves.  The frosty sails are pulling on the wirey string.  I can feel the cold, bitter wind blowing my hair like crazy!  The waves are whipping and sloshing around us in the freezing, salty sea.  Sea spray splashes on my lips and it feels like fire.

By Alexander Holmes

 

A howling gust of wind rushed past my face as a gigantic tidal wave lifted the longboat above the waves.  Fearsomely, the wave dropped the longboat like a heavy stone.  The sea was anything but calm or peaceful.  The wooden hull was being battered by the turquoise saltiness.  Thirty colourful, metal shields hung on the upper deck.  A special dragon's head, formed from metal, heated and beaten with a hammer, proudly stood at the front of the boat, like a dragon king leading its tribe into battle.  The massive mainsail hung above my head, billowing in a giant gust of wind.  The roaring from the chief was ear-splitting "ROW THE BOAT!"

By Logan Hudson

 

As you can see, the children are already producing incredible writing and I am looking forward to seeing the diary entries that thy produce in English next week.

 

Any questions or anything that you need to discuss, please pop in to see me after school.

 

Mrs Jones

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Vikings

We have had another good week in the Gorillas' class this week and we have been starting to learn all about the Vikings.  The children have written a descriptive piece of writing based on a scene from How To Train Your Dragon and we have had some fantastic work produced!

 

To practise their descriptive writing skills, this week's homework is a short piece of descriptive writing based on a picture of a Viking ship at sea.  There is a word bank to help them with some of the words that they might want to include and the best submissions will be added to our blog next week.

 

As ever, any questions - please pop in to see me or one of the LSAs in the class before or after school.

 

Mrs Jones

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Welcome back!

Dear all,

Welcome back to a new school year at Beckers Green!

The year 3s have settled in to life in Key Stage 2 well and I am incredibly pleased with the work they have produced so far.

Just as a reminder, our PE days are on a Monday and Wednesday and homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Monday.

If you have any questions at all, please pop in to see me before or after school or give me a call.

Mrs Jones

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Happy Christmas!

This week, we have been focusing on Skara Brae in our English work.  The children have found out that Skara Brae was an ancient Stone Age village dating from the Neolithic Period, discovered on the Orkney Islands in 1950.  They have also been finding out what made House 7 and House 8 so special.  The children will be using their new knowledge to write an information text to inform people all about this ancient village.

Today we have had an art and craft morning, making reindeer boxes ready for our Christmas Fayre.

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Our star of the day was Christopher, who was an expert at constructing the boxes!

Our homework has been set for the Christmas holidays - children are asked to practise their timestables and read whenever possible.  However, above all else, the children should be proud of what they have achieved this term and have a well-earned rest!

As always, any problems just let us know.

Merry Christmas!

Mrs Jones

 

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