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Class 3

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Our new topic this half-term will be Alchemy Island - we'll be doing lots of exploring on this magical island and a few science projects too. Have a look at the topic introduction and knowledge organiser to get a flavour of what we'll be doing in class. We'll also be updating our weekly news pages with photographs of activities we do in school to support our learning so keep checking back in to see what we've been up to! 

As always if there is anything you want to chat to me about please feel free to catch me on the playground or make an appointment to see me via the school office.

Mrs Prince.

Our trip to the National Memorial Arboretum on Monday was a real experience for everyone. It was an amazing place and I'm sure if you asked your child they would love to take you and show you some of the memorials we learnt about. The children were so well behaved and very respectful of the venue - you should be extremely proud of them all - I was! Watch out for an article in the next issue of the Bugle telling you more about our trip.

Mrs P.

Literacy: 

As part of our topic we have been reading Michael Morpurgoes Private Peaceful and using the main characters Tommo and Charlie in our diary writing about being on the front line. We're still reading the book as our class story and hope to get through it before the end of this term! We've also done some great drama work to help us tell the story of being on the front line - I was really impressed with the way Class 3 were able to capture the emotions and empathise with themes of war and conflict.

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Maths:

This term we have been consolidating our multiplications skills and mastering the art of fractions. Class 3 are now pretty good and simplifying, finding equivalents, creating common denominators, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions! Great work everyone! 

Our topic for this half term has been Fallen Fields, which is all about the act of Rememberance around WWI and subsequent conflicts. It has been a timely topic over the month of November and has given the children some valuable context to the service we attended at church on 11.11.19.

Class 3 and myself would like to say a big thank you to all the families that allowed children to bring in what must be very precious artifacts. We've had sketches, medals, ribbons and photos all telling stories of family members from the time of WWI. 

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Just to say a big thank you to Mr Harrop for meeting us at Bakewell Showground for out trip on Monday. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots about how the animals for our farm move around the country - cows with passports eh! We also had a great time at the Co-op in Bakewell learning about Fair-Trade products. We can't wait to get back to school and try the Fair Trade chocolates we were given! 
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Welcome to Class 3.

 

Class 3's Teacher: Mrs Prince

Class 3's Teaching Assistant: Mrs Trainor

 

TOPIC

We are settling down nicely into another academic year and we are currently enjoying our topic on Farming and Fair trade. We have looked at the different farming regions of the UK and why some of the food we eat comes from countries other than our own. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll start to look at the benefits of buying local produce and why we might choose to buy Fair Trade products. To support these themes, we’ll be visiting Bakewell Farmer’s Market in a couple of weeks and also taking part in a Co-Operative Stores Fair Trade tour.

 

LITERACY

In our literacy work we are looking at a book by Betsy Briars called The Midnight Fox. So far we have written additional chapters for the book, letters to the characters and poems about the Midnight Fox. Before the end of the term, we’ll be writing a balanced argument and a persuasive speech – so lots still to do.

 

MATHS

Our maths focus for this half term is place value and the four operations. We will be practising our varied fluency skills and our problem solving. We have also spent a lot of time thinking about how we can use mathematical language to help explain our reasons for making the choices we do in our calculations – we’re getting quite good at it now!

Class 3 have made a great start to the year and I’m really looking forward to all that we can achieve together this year, and beyond. If at any point you would like to discuss your child’s work, progress or well-being then please feel free to get in touch via the school office or catch me on the playground at the end of day.

Kind Regards, Mrs Prince.

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