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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!

Maple

Welcome to Maple!

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Maple trees are glorious trees which come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Each tree is unique, much like the children in Maple Class. We nurture everybody's abilities because we understand children's differences. A very warm welcome to the Maple Class page! Please check this page regularly to see photos and examples of some of the fantastic work and activities pupils have completed in class. Use the stars below to find out more information regarding homework and class letters. We look forward to this year and cannot wait to work alongside the children!

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood.

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This week, we did an exciting science experiment where we focused on accurate description. We put a raisin in a clear cup and filled it with soda water. The raisin then did something amazing! It started to dance. The children needed to orally explain precisely what they could see happening. They then jotted down key vocabulary which supported their explanations and used this to construct a written description of the process. It was a really cool experiment which the children enjoyed! We even watched a video on youtube where the experiment worked even better! Better luck next time Maple!
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This week, in science, we continued to explore the wonders of space. It was time to learn about the Earth's movement around the Sun. We learnt that the Earth but rotates and revolves and discovered what the difference between rotation and revolution. Along with this, we learnt about how the Earth's orbit, along with its axis, causes our four seasons. The lesson was a very practical one and the children used concrete ways to explore this movement. 
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Recreating the Earth's orbit around the Sun.

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This week, in maths, we have been exploring position, movement and translation on a grid. The children have looked at a map of the school to explore position and then used grid coordinates to move from one point to another. In today's maths lesson, the children went outside, they used strips of paper to represent an x and y axis and were given a number of instructions to complete. Firstly, they needed to create a shape using a set of coordinates and then they needed to translate that shape to various points around the grid. It was a tricky concept to get to grips with, however, the children have now gt a firm foundation of knowledge to take forward into next year.
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Last Friday, a number of children from Kempsey, including a handful from year 3/4, took part in a cross country event over at Hanley Castle. The event was excellent and the children tried their hardest. They did themselves and the school proud. We even came away from the event with a number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates which shows that we have some promising cross country runners within the school. Well done to all involved and thank you to the parents who brought their children, we really do appreciate it!
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Due to the wet weather, our usual PE session based on hockey had to be changed. We went into the hall and played a spot of tennis, with a bit of a difference... instead of playing with tennis balls, we played with balloons! The children learnt some basic skills and terminology such as forehand and backhand and then played small games. You can see some photos below.
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This week, the children had the chance to create their very own solar system! We used ball pit balls to represent the rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) and balloons to represent the gas planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) along with a variety of different materials to stick on them. In the picture below you can see a selection of the planets that were created! They look fantastic! 
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Welcome back after the Easter holidays, we hope you've had a lovely 2 weeks off. We started this new term by commencing our new topic 'Time and Place, Earth and Space'. We started the day with all of the children going into the hall to watch a video all about the different planets in the solar system. The children then created some giant posters for our display board. These included all the planets in order from closest to the sun to furthest away. You can see their amazing posters in the pictures below. Following this, the children explored the distance each planet was away from the sun in miles. They were amazed to discover that Neptune is over 2 billion miles away from the sun! They did a scaled down representation of the distances on the playground using metre sticks, different sizes balls, cones and chalk. The children worked extremely hard and learnt a lot along the way, what a great way to start our final term of the school year!
Today, the school hosted their very own 'Deaf Awareness Day'. Firstly, a massive thank you to all for bringing in £1 in support of the National Deaf Children's Society. We started the day with an assembly where we learnt some important information about people who are deaf along with some important phrases in sign language. Throughout the day we met some amazing people, some of whom were deaf, and a very fluffy visitor in the form of 'Obie' the hearing dog. The children engaged in lots of activities and came together at the end of the day to perform 'I can sing a rainbow' in sign language. 
The children have been working for a number of lessons on the properties of paper boats. They have been looking at what will help it float, along with how they can make it travel faster across the water. Today was the day to test their inventions. We went to forest school where the children had to find an object for their boat to carry. The objective was to carry their object from a start point to an end point. We had many excellent designs which fulfilled the challenge superbly, however, we also had some modern day Titanics. All in all, the children (and teachers) thoroughly enjoyed this activity!  
This week the children presented their topic homework to the rest of the year group. We went to the hall with Laurel and Oak and set up our work on tables around the room. The children had all worked so hard on their topic homework, resulting in some amazing inventions. We had rockets, cars, PS4s and many more! The children all gave feedback to their peers in the form of 2 stars and a wish. Well done Maple!
A number of the year 4s took part in the first stage of the 'Bikeability' scheme. They learnt the important basics of a bike and how to use it in certain areas. They were taught the ABC of cycling which stands for Air, Brakes and Chain. These are the three key parts you need to check before going on a bike ride. The children all earned a certificate and a badge to recognise their achievements.
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This week it was our turn to host the Kempsey cafe along with Chestnut Class. It was a great success with an overwhelming turnout. The children enjoyed socialising with the older generation and telling them about all the things that they have been learning in school as well as showing them the amazing Mother's Day cards they had made. All in all, the morning was excellent and the children got a lot out of it. A massive thank you to everyone who donated cakes an distrubuted the various invites that the children had made, it all helped make the day successful. 
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This week, some children from year 3/4 (including 3 members of Maple Class) went over to Hanley Castle High School to take part in a tag rugby tournament. The team showed a great amount of respect, entushiasm and sportsmanship and considering this lot had only trained together once they were extremely professional. They ended up being unbeaten and coming joint 1st with the one team they drew to! They represented the school extremeley well and should be proud of themselves because they have done us all proud, well done team!
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Here you can see our new display board: The Lego Learning Pit. These will be popping up all around school in the different classrooms in all shapes and sizes. The idea behind it is to encourage children to use this model as a metaphor for their own personal learning journey. We have said that they need to go into the pit in order to learn. If they find something difficult they shouldn't just give up or they will be stuck in the pit, they need to persevere and use the support of their peers to get through the pit and out the other side. Equally, if there is no pit in the first place then the journey is too easy and the children wouldn't be learning anything, just using knowledge they already possess. 
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British Science Week

 

During British Science Week, the children were exploring the theme of 'journeys'. In year 3/4 we did a round robin day where the children experienced a different activity in each classroom. In Maple, the children were exploring bottle rockets and creating their very own flying machines with aerodynamics and air pressure in mind, in Laurel, the children were exploring the Lunar Rover and inventing one of their very own to withstand the harsh environment of the moon's surface and in Oak, the children were exploring the journey of ice with links to the titanic, they used frozen food colouring to show how ice melts and floats throughout the water. The children learnt a lot during the day and had lots of fun doing so. 

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The children had lots of fun on World Book Day! Their outfits were fantastic and the chilren all look excellent. We started the day with a number of parents volunteering to read to small groups and this was followed by an exciting assembly where the children had the opportunity to show of their outfits to the rest of the school. We spent the whole afternoon workin in our book buddies groups doing quizzes, designing bunting and crafting book marks.
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A massive thank you to all the parents!

 

On behalf of all the members of Maple class we just want to say a big thank you to all of the parents for your support for our class assembly. The children were fantastic and produced an excellent performance, showcasing their amazing work and also what's to come this half term during our new topic: Inventions that Changed the World. Thank you to you all for providing costumes, helping with line learning and coming to watch on the day. We hope yo enjoyed it as much as the children did! Below you'll see some small clips and photos of the performance. 

Class Assembly - Clip 1

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Class Assembly - Clip 2

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Class Assembly - Clip 3

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Class Assembly - Clip 4 (song)

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This week we started our new topic... INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. The topic was launched with the children designing and creating their very own inventions! We had some excellent inventions being made, from flying houses to robot chefs. We have some budding inventors in Maple class.
To mark the end of a really successful topic, we went out to forest school. The children were given one task, to create and explore like Stone Age hunter gatherers, however they had one rule, they were not allowed to communicate how we do in the modern day. They could not talk, they could communicate through grunts, hands gestures and cave paintings. They really immersed themselves in the task and the teamwork was fantastic to see. Despite not being able to communicate effectively, the children were able to create some amazing pieces of work. They really enjoyed themselves (and so did all the adults). We also sang a special happy birthday to a few of our children but only using Stone Age grunts, it was very funny (take a look below!)

A very happy Stone Age birthday!

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Wow, what a fantastic afternoon we have just had! All of the year 3/4 children came together in the school hall to share all of the amazing topic homework they have been working extremely hard on over the past few weeks. All of the hard work definitely showed, a massive thank you for the support from home as it all came together for a brilliant stone age exhibition. Please see the photos below for a little sneak peek at some of the amazing projects that were on show.
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In English this week, we have been looking at the story 'Stone Age Boy'. The children had the opportunity to act out the story today using nothing but actions. They have all understood the story extremely well and did some excellent portrayals in class today. This will help us in creating our narratives based on the story. 
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Over the last few weeks, Maple class have been exploring what Stone Age housing looked like. The children were able to design their own style of Stone Age housing and drawn floor plans for the inside of their houses. This week was their time to create their houses, they look amazing and the children have worked really hard on them. Some are finished but watch this space to see how the others turn out...
This week we went to forest school. Our task was related to the book we have been looking at in English, 'Stone Age Boy'. The children imagined they had gone back in time to the stone age and they needed to use the materials and resources available to them to create their very own stone age shelters. The children were incredibly imaginative and showed their creativity, they would all have been excellent cavemen and cavewomen! 

We had a very special visitor come into school to talk to us today. Harnaam Kaur is a lady who was born with the ability to grow a beard. She explained about her struggles growing up and how she didn't let other people's unkind words affect her. She reminded us all that we should love ourselves and love each other, no matter what we look like, it's what's on the inside that counts. She was extremely inspirational and the children had some extremely mature comments and questions. We have learnt a lot from Harnaam, and we thank her for her time. 

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Welcome back! Let's have a brilliant 2019.

 

A warm welcome back to school after a nice Christmas break. We hope that everyone enjoyed the festive period. Now we are back and we have lots of exciting opportunities in store for the children. Our new topic will be fun an informative for the children and we cannot wait to get started. Keep an eye out for photos and videos of some of the fantastic things going on in Kempsey and in Maple class.

The children had a lovely day at the pantomime where they saw 'Maid Marian and her Merry Men'. It was a fantastic performances with lots of funny moments. The children enjoyed joining in with the performance and some of the songs. It was particularly memorable for Mr Dalton who got a big, sloppy kiss from Dame Ginny! 
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This week, we have received two very special visitors who have been sent by Santa. We arrived on Monday to find two elves! We soon realised that we had one very nice elf and one very naughty one. The children had the task of naming the two elves. They named the good elf 'Keith Osborne' and the naughty elf 'Shadow'. As you can see, they've already been up to some mischief in the classroom. 
Wow, what a day! Where do I begin? Firstly, we received a special, golden letter from Willy Wonka. It told us that he was in a bit of a pickle. His Oompa-Loompas had gone on strike and he needed to set up a chocolate museum. Fortunately, the children of year 3/4 were on hand to step in. Throughout the day, we created our own chocolate bars, using a range of ingredients to add. We set it in moulds and whilst they were cooling down, we designed and created our wrappers. Finally, we wrote our instructions for the Oompa-Loompas so they knew how they could make the chocolate bars. At the end of the day, we went to the hall and set up our chocolate museum which the rest of the school visited. All in all, it was an extremely fun filled day and the children loved making their own chocolate!
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In maths this week, we are looking at fractions of amounts. The children have looked at using equipment to support their understanding of fractions. They needed to use their knowledge of division and multiplication to assist them. We divide by the denominator and then multiply the answer by the numerator.

Fractions

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We are currently looking at diary entries in English. The children are having to imagine that they are Charlie Bucket from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In order to help them see things from Charlie's point of view, we did a hot seating exercise which helped the children deepen their thinking in terms of self-reflection. Take a look at an example of hot seating.

Hot Seating

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This week in PE we got the apparatus out. It was very exciting and the children learnt how to move and setup the apparatus safely and effectively. We then traveled along the apparatus in various ways, using the various jumps, balances and rolls we had learnt in previous weeks to create well presented pieces. 
We had a great time on our trip to the infirmary for the beeline storytelling event at Worcester university. The children got to meet Steve Cole, who has written some fantastic children's books. We learnt a lot about the old hospital as well and the children even got the chance to dress up as doctors. All in all, a very fun and worthwhile trip!
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In English we are beginning to develop our own biographies all about the life of Steve Jobs. In order to write our biographies we needed to conduct research and put our findings in chronological order. We watched an animation which told us all about his life. Using our note taking skills we were able to write down the key moments in his life. We then used a timeline to put our notes in chronological order and we are now ready to begin writing some amazing biographies!

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In science this week we continued our exploration into circuits. We looked at conductors and insulators, the children are now experts! They spent a short time getting to grips with the definitions which are as follows:

 

Conductor - allows an electrical current (electrons) to pass through it.

 

Insulator - does not allow an electrical current (electrons) to pass through it.

 

We explored whether certain items around the rooms were conductors or insulators and explored the properties of each of them. As you can see from the photos below the pinecone is an insulator and the fan cage was a conductor.

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This week in maths we have turned our attention to subtraction. The children have been exploring different ways of subtracting including: number lines, using dienes and column subtraction. We all worked really hard to understand this tricky area of maths but with our resilient attitude we all have learnt some new effective ways of subtracting. 
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French song - numbers 1-10

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In French this week we were learning the numbers 1-10. Madame Lily played us a fantastic song to help us remember them. The song helped us count forwards and backwards and the children loved it, have a watch to see how well the children did with it.

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As a whole year 3/4 cohort we looked at a nonsense poem called 'The Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan. We had a lot of fun reciting this poem and gave each class a different part of the poem to read. You can hear our performance in the video above.
In PE we have been putting together all that we have been learning over the last few weeks and creating sequences. We included two balances, one jump and one roll. We needed to ensure we presented it professionally by putting our arms straight up in the air at the start and the end of our sequence. Watch the below, it was an excellent example!
This week in active 10 we had coits. We have had a lot of fun playing a number of games with the coits. Miss Greenwood kindly brought in something she had made at home which allowed the children to play a carnival style ring toss game. We also drew a target on the playground and used our aiming skills to try and score the most points possible. 
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NEW TOPIC ALERT!

We are excited to announce our new topic. We have finished exploring 'Our Rights' and we are now looking at 'Young Entrepreneurs'! We will be discovering a lot more about entrepreneurship within a number of our lessons.

Last week we had a very special visitor in the form of Mrs Walters, our class governor. 

She came to see how our amazing businesses were coming along. She was very excited to receive an invitation to the final sale of the products. This lesson, we focused on conducting market research. We went to different classes to find out how many children would be interested in buying our products because if nobody wanted to buy our products, we wouldn't be very successful as young entrepreneurs. 

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"Personification"

To help with our understanding of personification we watched this video. The children loved it and found it really supportive. We hope you enjoy!

In English we have been looking at poetry. We read a fantastic poem called Budapest. It had a lot of description, mostly in the form of personification. We are now in the process of writing our own poems. We had an image that we needed to describe using amazing adjectives and personification. What personification can you think of for this image of Times Square? You can use some of the children's amazing ideas to help you.
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At the start of this year Mr Matthews (a PE specialist from Hanley Castle) introduced a new concept to the whole of Kempsey Primary School, Active 10. This is where the children spend 10 minutes doing an activity in order to engage their brains and bodies ready for the day. We have a new box of equipment each week which we play games or complete tasks with every. Previously, we have had frisbees and carpet tiles. This week we have got ankle swing balls and scoop ball sets. We have had lots of fun exploring how to use this equipment. 
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We are excited to announce that at Kemspey we are undergoing some exciting CPD in the area of PE. This comes in  the form of a collaborative approach to delivering lessons with Mr Gadsby being our helper, you may have heard your children mention him. With his help we have been learning some fantastic gymnastics techniques. So far we have explored balances, jumps and this week we looked at rolls. 

 

Starting with the teddy bear roll, we slowly built our confidence up until eventually we were able to perform a forward roll. Have a look at some of our photos! 

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PE teddy bear rolls

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Maddi was used to demonstrate her excellent teddy bear roll.

On Friday afternoons we will be exploring skills outside of the curriculum. For this half term the whole year group has an assignment: to create their own business and sell products at the end of the half term. The children learnt about the importance of advertising and created their own advertising posters in their newly formed business groups. 

 

The businesses were named as follows:

 

Pizza Palace - who will be selling pizza

TGFC WOMM - who will be selling milkshakes

Chinvillas - Who will be selling ice cream

The Champions - who will be selling sweets

Hungry Dragons - who will be selling cakes 

Super Drinks - who will be selling drinks

 

We will be in touch with more information about this in due course. 

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In English, our letters have been completed and we look forward to welcoming our very own version of the UN President to school tomorrow in order to answer some of of questions. In the meantime, each group elected a president and two vice presidents, these will put their groups points forward and try their hardest to persuade the UN President to make a change. The election was done in a very grown up manner by the children.
In science this week the children have been looking at circuits. We needed to explore some of the basics of electricity first and did this by exploring the school and finding items than an off electricity. We then drew and made our own circuits which were all fantastic! Check them out below.
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Meanwhile in maths, we have been exploring a whole range of topics, including:

  • Place value
  • Rounding
  • Ordering and comparing
  • Estimation
  • Roman Numerals - in this lesson there was a secret code we needed to crack using Roman numeral clues around the room. I enjoyed seeing the children's reaction to the code!

 

Please have a look at the photos of some of the children's amazing work!

We got into groups and combined with Oak and Laurel class to discuss what action should be taken to ensure that all children's equal rights were exercised. The outcome was that we should all write a persuasive letter to the United Nations to get them to help.

Last week, the children came to school to realise things weren't quite right. Some tables were missing, some chairs were missing, some pencils had been replaced with short and blunt ones and one table had scrunched up paper to work with.

 

It was soon explained that we were exploring children's rights. They were shocked to learn that some children in other, less fortunate countries had to live in these conditions every day! The children decided this was not fair so action needed to be taken!

Hello, and welcome to the Maple class page for the 2018/2019 school year. Now that we are a couple of weeks in and the dust has settled we are well underway with lots of exciting projects. The children would be more than happy to tell you all about what we have been doing, I'm sure! Keep an eye on this page for updates regarding what we have been doing. Please also feel free to catch me in a morning or after school if there is anything you wish to discuss. Miss Greenwood is also happy to help. I cannot wait to share with you all the exciting things we have got coming up this year. I look forward to getting to know you all over the year.

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood.

School Year 2017-18

Electricity, 6th July 2018

Poetry in Maple

Can't stop the feeling! 3rd July 2018

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Maple have been rehearsing our dance routine and have even added our own 'freestyle' section this week. The children will be performing their dance as part of the Dance Festival on 13th July, which will follow our whole school wedding breakfast to celebrate our three staff weddings this year. Here is a sneak preview...

Boogie gloop - liquid or solid? 28th June 2018

The Great Kempsey Bake Off!

 

In Maple class, our classroom transformed into our very own 'Great Kempsey Bake Off' for our maths lesson focusing on grams and Kilograms. Children were set a technical challenge of making their very own scrumptious chocolate chic muffins following a recipe provided. As time ticked by, the children persevered weighing out ingredients, sharing roles, using that elbow grease to stir the ingredients together and ensuring that they made that perfect muffin mixture. As the technical challenge got fierce between teams, our very own Merry Berry (Mrs Wallis) and Paul Hollywood (Mrs Baynes) used their impeccable muffin knowledge to judge these delicious muffins. After much deliberation, our runners up were the cookie monsters, cooking cats and cooking masters! In 2nd place we had the delightful muffin masters! In 1st place we had our very own future professional bakers, the master chefs presenting a well rounded, tasty and irresistible chocolate chic muffin. Well done Maple Class!

The Great Kempsey Bake Off! 13th June 2018

Design and Technology in Maple

 

As part of our topic 'Different Places, Similar Lives' Maple were given a problem solving task - to imagine they live in a remote part of the world where there are no roads and no means of transport. The children were asked to find ways of getting the items from A to B (a distance of four metres) by pushing, pulling, sliding, etc. Using the available materials, they were challenged to come up with different solutions to the problem. Pupils showed great creativity for example, buckets of water were tipped down a pipe into another bucket and pupils also used their knowledge of how the Ancient Egyptians transported materials to build their pyramids from our previous topic!

 

We even demonstrated our finished designs to Ash and Chestnut classes!

Transporting items using our own designs, 15th May 2018

Y4 Computing - using coding to create games, 10th May 2018

Maple fractions museum exhibits, 9th May

Y3 Science - Investigating Friction

 

Over the last two weeks, Y3 have been finding out all about friction and what types of surfaces have the least friction and the most friction. This week, the children carried out a jelly chopsticks experiement making predictions about whether they would be able to move the jelly faster with or without adding oil, using their exisiting knowledge about friction, how it helps us get a better grip on objects and what might minimise friction.

Jelly chopsticks experiment, 4th May 2018

Maple PE - Team games and ball skills

As well as practicising and applying different passing skills in PE we are also focusing on sportsmanship in our lessons with pupils showing good teamwork and communication receiving raffle tickets for our weekly prize draw!

Netball skills, 30th April 2018

As part of our new topic ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’, the children have also researched and compared different religious festivals from around the world this week.

 

Religious festivals around the world

Nature walk, Science Thursday 19th April 2018

 

17th April 2018

 

We hope you have had a good Easter break. This week the children will be discovering a modern fairy tale by Carol Ann Duffy - The Princess' Blankets and thinking about how it compares with more traditional fairy tales.

 

 

 

 

 

Sound experiments! Visit from Mrs. Navabpour for our Science topic, March 2018

Money makes the world go round topic homework - February 2018

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