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Years 3 and 4

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Friday 7th December 2018

Another week has flown by and Christmas has well and truly landed at St Germans Academy! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas fair and love your child’s Christmas decoration?  If you didn’t manage to buy it on the night and would like to, then pop into class as we have them set aside.  We have been busy working on our play and whilst it was looking a bit ropey at the start of the week, it was starting to come together by Friday! (Phew!)

The Dragonflies have worked very hard on their ‘hot writes’ and have produced their own instructions, choosing their own themes for these; we even had ‘How to trap a naughty elf’ and ‘How to trap Santa’. Hopefully, they’ll let him go before Christmas Eve!

Eve and Jenson were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Jacob and Ella were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes’ board. Well done to all these children.

Hopefully the children have told you that their home learning this week was to learn their lines and the song words for our play – we are practising Monday afternoon – without scripts! This week will also be our last spelling test until after the holidays.

If you haven’t yet sent in your child’s costume for the play then please do so on Monday. Do not hesitate to come and have a chat if you are struggling with this. Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 30th November 2018

Well, we have had to finally mention the ‘C’ word this week as we gave out the scripts for our Christmas play!   Although we endeavour to keep everything as ‘normal’ as possible, for as long as possible, this will become increasingly hard to do over the next few weeks!

In Talk for Writing, we have learnt our text model off by heart and can give a superb rendition of ‘How to trap a dragon’. We planned our new version together and the children have independently written instructions for ‘How to trap a griffin’.  Mr Dowers came in to teach the Dragonflies one morning and he was very impressed by how much progress had been made by the year 3 children with their writing. Next week we will be applying our learning to planning our own set of instructions and completing a ‘Hot Write’.

Amy and Daisy were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Ollie and Ashleigh were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes board. Well done to all these children.

A plea – now that the children have been allocated their parts for the play and have their scripts, please may we ask you to support your child with learning their lines.  Although we do not expect them to be word perfect by Monday, it does help with rehearsals if children are familiar with their part as early as possible.

Finally, children have also brought home today a costume list which gives ideas for the items they will need to bring in for their character. If possible, these need to be in school by the end of next week.  Thank you so much for your support with this.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 23rd November 2018

We have had some brilliant maths meetings this week and in our maths lessons we have been focusing on written methods for subtraction – hopefully everyone gets on well with their home learning. In English, we have been orally retelling the instructions ‘How to trap a dragon’ and have become very good at this.

We have been really impressed by the enthusiasm and attitudes to learning shown by the children in their ‘Quest’ time activities – the task to design a game which uses magnets seems to have especially been a big hit with lots of the children!

Tom and Olivia were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Millie G and Imogen were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes board. Well done to all these children.

Remember to help your child to practise their spellings ready for their test on Monday.

Finally, check out our new pics in the gallery!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 16th November 2018

What a busy week!

As it was our Friendship Week and we have been focusing on instructional writing, we wrote recipes for kindness – the children had some really lovely ideas. In maths we switched our focus to subtraction by working out the difference between numbers on a number line.   We will continue with this before moving onto the method of column subtraction. In our Quest time, children worked on a tasks which related to our topic of King’s Lynn; we watched some footage of the demolition of the Campbell’s soup factory tower then the class could choose various tasks including making a mini tower using a net of a cuboid, or still life sketching of Campbell’s soup cans in the style of the artist, Andy Warhol!

Jacob was awarded a merit certificate this week for his reading and Ollie gained his for amazing work in maths. Well done to both these children.

Finally, we had a fantastic day for Children in Need; I loved seeing the spotty clothes and fancy dress up! Thank you for all the coins for covering Pudsey – Dragonflies won the competition!!  Yay!

Remember to help your child to practise their spellings ready for their test on Monday – this week’s focus is adverbs where you use the adjective e.g. happy, take off the y, change it to an i and add ly = happily

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 9th November 2018

We have been super busy since half term and there has been some brilliant learning in the Dragonflies class.

We have been focusing on spelling and grammar and particularly practising word classes; we are now getting better at knowing the difference between nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.   In maths we have been learning how to use the column method to help us add numbers.

We have used the time of year and our local landscape to inspire us to paint our winter trees against a sunset. Come and have a look at our amazing art work which is displayed outside the classroom in the resource area.   We are very proud of our work.

We had such a good day on our visit to King’s Lynn this week. The children really enjoyed their time and learnt a lot during the walk and the visit to the Custom’s House and True’s Yard. The whole class were awarded the merit certificate this week for their impeccable behaviour. We are very proud of them for their excellent manners and enthusiasm during the whole day.  Take a look in our gallery as  there are some photos of our King’s Lynn visit.

Finally, Oscar was awarded a merit certificate this week for super progress and presentation in maths and Bella gained hers for writing a very detailed and well organised recount of our trip. Well done to both these children.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

p.s  We were very impressed by the quality of the King’s Lynn models which many children completed and brought in after half term – we really enjoyed sharing these with each other (especially the ones made out of cake!) .  Thank you to all parents who supported their children with this – lots of chance cards have been awarded!


Friday 12th October 2018

Phew! It’s Friday again!

We have been stretching our brains this week through thinking of different strategies we use to mentally add and subtract and we are getting good with this.   Why not try playing a game with your child using a pack of playing cards? – choose 3 or 4 (or 5!)  and add them together quickly; look for doubles, near doubles and pairs of number bonds to help make this quicker and easier.

We were given a real treat earlier in the week when the Ladybirds had a visit from Ford Model T car which had been kitted out as it would have been during the World War 1.   Our class were then given an opportunity to have a look too!  The children were amazed that the car was over 101 years old and they had lots of questions to ask, but most of all they enjoyed ‘parping the horn!’

We had a great time at our KWEST event today and all of the children from our school did us really proud with their drama and singing.

Finally, Logan was awarded a merit certificate this week for a super attitude towards his learning and Jenson gained his for working hard and pushing himself in maths. Well done to both these children.

One final thing, an apology! We forgot to give the home learning books out tonight! However, luckily, this week’s tasks are not due back until after half term so we will give them out on Monday and they can then stay at home until after the holiday.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

p.s Don’t forget spelling test is still on Monday!


Friday 5th October 2018

Hello again,

Well, it seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye!

We have been very busy this week using our understanding of ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ to help us plan and write a new version called ‘Swashbuckle and the Giant Squid!’ We have learnt how to ‘hug’ our model text really closely and understood where we can be more inventive and incorporate our own ideas.  This work has then led onto the children independently planning their very own version which they will write next week – there were lots of imaginative ideas and I can’t wait to read their stories.

We had our second Ocarina lesson and the children were taught how to follow a musical score and read ‘notes’. They are getting good at playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as an ensemble!

Our learning heroes this week are Millie A for amazing descriptive writing, building up suspense and tension and to Imogen for her fantastic version of the Magna Carta for the school. Finally, Kelsey and Kian were awarded the merit certificates this week. Well done to all these children.

Thank you for your continued support with helping your child to learn their spellings, practise their tables and read their books.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 28th September 2018

Bonjour!

It has been another busy week with lots of different things going on! Monday began with our harvest festival and I was very proud of all the dragonflies for their contribution, especially singing their French song ‘Savez-vous planter les choux?’ (Do you know how to plant cabbages?!) They all performed this brilliantly!! C’etait fantastique!

We had our first lesson with Sammie, a music teacher, who is helping the children to learn how to play the ‘Ocarina’. The class learnt how to make sound and then place their fingers to create different sounds.  They practised starting and finishing together – not as easy as you would think but an extremely important skill to learn when playing in an ensemble.  We also had a visit from the leader of our forthcoming KWEST together day and we practised some drama which related to the history of King’s Lynn so this fitted in very nicely with our topic.

We began our QUEST time activities and the children have really enjoyed working independently upon a variety of tasks which relate to King’s Lynn and which cover different areas of the curriculum.

Our learning heroes this week are Elyssia for fantastic descriptive writing and Amy for a very detailed Christmas card design. (Yes, you read that correctly – we also did Christmas cards this week; these are the designs which will be sent away and we suddenly realised there was a deadline to this!! It did feel quite bizarre doing them this early though!) Ashleigh and Alfie were awarded the merit certificates this week and Olivia achieved 100 on her tackling tables, which means she moves up to the next level! Well done to all these children.

Don’t forget to remind your child to bring their yellow spelling books on Monday and to practise their words ready for their spelling test! Also, please ensure your child brings their home learning books to school by Wednesday so that I have chance to mark them before they come back home.

Thank you,

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 21st September 2018

Bonjour!

This week, the Dragonflies have continued working on place value and linking this to addition and subtraction of 1, 10 and 100 from different numbers. We found this a little tricky to start with, especially when we had to cross over into a new 10, 100 or 1000 but we are really confident now!

We did some amazing writing using our class text ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ as a model for our own ideas. We talked about different word classes and became better at knowing the difference between a noun, verb and adjective. We then used really good adjectives to write some expanded noun phrases.

We learnt about King John and what kind of person he was, and what he did. We also found out about the Magna Carta and how and why it came about and why it is still important today. In French we have been practising vocabulary relating to harvest in preparation for our harvest festival and we have learnt a French song all about planting cabbages!

Our learning heroes this week are Eve for fantastic, descriptive writing and Theo for super research and a detailed sketch of King’s Lynn library. James and Junior were awarded the merit certificates this week and Daisy, Eve and Jacob achieved 100 on their tackling tables which means they move up to the next level! Well done to all these children.

Don’t forget to remind your child to bring their yellow spelling books on Monday and to practise their words ready for their spelling test!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 14th September 2018

Hello!

Well, I can’t believe we are already at the end of our first whole week – we have been so busy and the days have flown by!

This week, the Dragonflies have been working on place value in maths and getting really good at understanding the value of different digits in 3 and 4 digit numbers and some children progressed on to 5 digit numbers. We have been partitioning and ordering numbers and practising reading and saying longer numbers. We have also started our maths meetings which we have enjoyed a lot.

In our English lessons, we have begun learning the story of ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ and the class have very quickly picked up retelling the story with actions.   We have practised sequencing the story in the correct order and completed our own story maps.  Our spelling sessions have been focusing on words which have the ‘ay’ sound spelt ‘ei.  Please help your child to practise these using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method, ready for their test on Monday.

We have begun our quest to find out about more about King’s Lynn and we were so impressed by how brilliantly the class worked on this. Firstly, we created a time line by sorting some of the key events in the history of King’s Lynn – their maths work really helped them to order these dates correctly. We then discussed how to use the internet to find out about more about some of the key places in King’s Lynn. The children produced some super descriptions and sketches of these places which will be going on a display in the resource area – why not pop in and take a look when it’s finished?

If you get the opportunity, it would be worth popping to King’s Lynn this Sunday for the annual Heritage Day. Many of King’s Lynn’s historic landmarks are open and it’s free to have a look around them; this includes many places which are not normally open to the public.   We would love to hear if you managed to visit any of them!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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