Falcon class - 2018-2019
Welcome to Falcon Class!
Welcome back this year to Old Sarum Primary - to your new year 3 class!
Class teacher: Miss Townsend
Class teaching assistant: Mrs Saffioti
Class teaching assistant (1-1): Miss Witten
Few things to note:
PE days: Tuesdays and Fridays
I am going to be doing home learning slightly differently this year - I will give out a termly challenge sheet and it is up to you how much or how little home learning you do. Each piece you complete will award you with a number of raffle tickets depending on the challenge and then at the end of the term a raffle will be drawn to win a prize!
So, the more home learning you do - the better chance you have of winning a prize!!
I expect children to be practising their reading, reading a minium of 3 times per week, please keep a note of this for us to see in the reading records provided. We will also keep a record of how many time children are reading and will be awarded a raffle ticket for every 4 times read - a prize will be drawn in the reading assembly at the end of each term.
Spellings: This is a big target in KS2 (particularly in our class). I expect children to practise their spellings each evening at home.
The Playhouse Project ... progress :)
After the success of the Horrible Histories theatre trip and with the final two terms under way, the children in Falcon class have been working hard on their playhouse project! Last Friday they had Becky in from the Playhouse to work with the children creating larger than life physical characters. Lots of fun was had throughout the morning with lots of very funny positions and poses!
Term 5 - looking towards the end ...
Arggghhhh! It is a very scary thought that the Falcons are coming ever closer to the end of the year and moving up to year 4!!
This term we have some seriously exciting learning coming up!
Mayflower trip - Horrible Histories Live: Awful Egyptians.
Please make sure that all children come into school Friday 26th April no later than 8:45am as we will be leaving the school at 9am.
Can you please make sure your children have the following:
- Packed lunch (hot dinners - you will be provided with a packed lunch from the school)
- Water bottle
- Any travel sickness medication needs to be taken before coming into school that morning.
This term we have been lucky enough to have been given a fish tank to care for from Maidenhead Aquatics as part of the Fishkeeper Fry programme!
Here are a few of our pictures so far of setting up the tank before we get the fish!
Our first fishkeeper of the week goes to Chloe! Well done Chloe!
Medium Term plan for term 2
Falcons class 2017-2018
RE / P4C - 6.10.17
After reading the Hindu story of Rama and Sita we discussed the question - Is it important to have evil in our world? The class were split almost in half by the end of the session. Here are some of the children's responses:
'If we didn't have evil the police wouldn't have jobs.' Cameron.
'There are still lots of jobs the police can do without catching baddies.' Lucy.
'One day everyone might turn evil because good people will learn from bad people.' Elliot.
'Having evil things isn't fair on good people.' Daniel.
'We won't get stronger for when bad things happen if we don't have evil.' Jack.
'Being evil is a choice people make. You are not born evil.' Josh.
'Religion wouldn't exist because all religious stories have evil in them.' Aya.
D& T - 28.09.17
We have been investigating packaging in D&T this term. This week we began practicing to create a box using a net, developing our cutting and folding skills. We learned that you have to be precise with this or it could all go wrong!
Music - 14.09.17
Today we had our first recorder lesson! We learnt about the importance of a good posture when playing a recorder and began by learning how to hold a recorder to play the note B.
Topic - 12/9/17
Today in topic we were learning about how people survived in the Stone Age. We created a survival guide for a Stone Age person considering the challenges they might face, tools they may need and what they need to do in a day to survive. We then had a pack of cards with key actions that people would have needed to do to survive. We then ordered them thinking about the actions they thought would be most important to achieve first to stand the best chance of survival.
RE - 6/9/17
In RE this week we were thinking about belonging to a group of people. In groups we decided on something we all had in common and created a group name, logo and rules people would have to follow if they joined our groups. Here are some pictures of our logo designs and ideas.
Topic - 5/9/17
As our entrance point to our topic this term 'Stone Age to Iron Age' we studied cave paintings. We looked at the Lascaux cave paintings and how replicas were created so that people today can view them without damaging the original paintings. The children used torches, chalks and paper under tables to create their own cave paintings. Here are some pictures of the painting taking place.
Year 3 Falcon Class - 2016 -17...
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Tuesday 4th July
Year 3 Sports Day!
Design & Technology
In Design and Technology children have been investigating free standing structures (Photo Frames). They have designed and built a structure (Photo Frame) of their own using a range of tools and exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
Thursday 7th July
Mathematics (Fractions as numbers/operators on set)
This week in Mathematics the children have been learning to count up and down in tenths. We have been unitising counters and using these to illustrate equivalent fractions. The children enjoyed finding and comparing one tenth of different lengths. They have developed an understanding that tenths arise by dividing by ten.
Tuesday 5th July
Year 3 performed in assembly on Tuesday. It was lovely to see so many parents attend and support the children and to see what they have achieved in music lessons with Mr Priestley this year.
Wednesday 28th June
Wiltshire Library Bus
The Wiltshire Library bus visits Old Sarum monthly. Children with a Library card can choose from a range of books to borrow. The children are delighted to see the bus arrive at school and are very eager to borrow new books. It has been wonderful to see the children choose books by a particularly author. Our favourites included: Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Enid Blyton. This term we have been reading 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton and the children have been writing instructions 'How to climb the Magic Faraway Tree' drawing upon their inferences and evidence in the text. Examples of these can be found above.
Philosophy for Children
All classes welcomed Tom Bigglestone our ‘Philosopher in Residence’ this week. Tom will work with classes on a weekly basis throughout this term to extend thinking and deepen understanding. Children will pose topic based questions and engage in fruitful discussions; holding one another accountable for good reasoning. This approach to teaching and learning will be embedded in the curriculum. Here is an overview of our work with Tom:
Week 1: If the hands fell off a clock, would it still be a clock?
'Small talk before big talk' activity on teachers and first names as warm up. Usually, ethical questions prove an easier 'in' to P4C, but I was pleasantly surprised that this didn't immediately hook them and the metaphysical question of what makes a clock, a clock did! So we ran with this and heard a range of views about functionality, history and comparisons with other ideas (school without pupils, people without hands) as a means to support opinions, which was brilliant.
Week 2: Writing our own Playscripts
Using your topic of Plays and Playscripts, we used the Titanic script to show how scripts can be used to present different points of view. We also did some 'Philosophy in Role', which helps pupils become more emotionally invested in the decisions they are making in response to the script. I could have carried this on, and not only heard more reasons for where they were stood, but also let them form their own ideas for who should get the lifeboats (cue things like youngest first / those with most important jobs / etc). and could have debated them. I deliberately cut it short so it was just an example, so we could do a bit of a processshowcase in the second half. These rarely lead to the deepest philosophy, but to use a sports metaphor, I think understanding the rules and tactics of a game are as important as anything else. We took ideas for more relevant arguments on which we could write our own play script-eventually deciding on 'A child who wants to go out and play but their mum says- no'.
We had one half of the class coming up with arguments for the former, the other for the latter. We then heard reasons back and forth, and pupils writing them on the whiteboards to physically form the script. What was pleasing was that not only a) they weren't threats, but genuine reasons and b) they responded directly to each other. The latter was assisted by a fair bit of scaffolding, but it's a good way of showing how sometimes points need to be sacrificed and left at the roadside if the discussion moves on.
Week 3: What would you take back to the Stone Age?
After a warm up question of what objects would you sneak through time-travel customs to benefit the Stone Age, we moved onto what ideas you would take. We ended up with three main suggestions: instructions, school and vegetarianism. We discussed which would be best of the three, with pupils making several connections between each one (a school that taught vegetarianism, for example) and using such connections to justify taking one over the others.
Week 4: The Naughtyometer
Pupils constructed the Naughtyometer and they chose to discuss the pair: stealing food from the school canteen vs someone’s lunchbox – which is worse? One pupil suggested the lunchbox was worse because it had been made especially for that child. Another countered that the cooked food is also made especially for pupils, just on a wider scale and by different people. And it’s still your food, even if a portion hasn’t been made specifically for you! Some argued that it’s worse to take from the canteen because they have put more time into cooking it, and they also cater for allergies.
Week 5: What is ‘you’?
Mrs Tucker had already got the pupils warmed up with some active warm-ups from the Philosophy Cicrles handbook, so on my arrival we jumped immediately into a thought experiment: if I was to take remove Kodi’s and Hattie’s brains, and put Kodi’s brain into Hattie’s head, where would Kodi be?
Liam: Kodi is still in her body, because that’s where her soul is.
James: There is a possibility that Kodi is in Hattie, as Hattie might now have all of Kodi’s memories.
Isobel: Kodi would be in her own body because there’s where he spirit is – my idea is similar to Liam’s
Faith: You are made up of your blood and veins, as well as your brain, and your brain can’t keep you alive without these, so Cody is in her body.
Imogen: Kodi would be where she is now, but she would be like a baby as she has no brain.
Dasha: I disagree with Imogen about how she would be, because babies have brains and use them to learn to do things. And on where she is – your brain control you, so Kodi would be in Hattie
Liam: The body is like a shell, so Kodi’s soul would be in there but she wouldn’t be able to think.
Owen: I agree with Liam, Faith and Imogen - KodI would still be in her body.
Orlagh-Mai: Your brain directs you, and tells you what to do…
Me: Orla has been using ‘YOU’ a lot, and we have also been using words like soul, spirit, blood, memories, and brain to describe ‘YOU’. What is ‘you’?
We had a short discussion about this last question, with one pupil using brain signals and movement to demonstrate how his brain controlled him, and so was him. Another girl gave an impassioned and well-reasoned argument on how we were our memories, because piece She also gave an example of a recent class birthday party that made her who she currently was.
We finished with a 'Magnet' exercise on 'Your brain is you' and half the class stood relatively near, to show agreement, and with others at varying distances. I was very impressed by one boy who announced to me that he thought the mind and body d come up with the same argument as Descartes hundreds of years ago.
Thursday 25th May
In Science this term the children have learnt that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They have noticed that light is reflected from surfaces and that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. This week the children enjoyed using shadows to create puppet shows.
Friday 19th May
Scooter Skills and Swimming
Well this week has been full of fun and learning, of course. The children enjoyed scooter skills on Tuesday; learning how to ride safely. They also enjoyed their first swimming lesson at Durrington Leisure Centre. Swimming coaches remarked on their impeccable behaviour. The children are already looking forward to the next lesson.
Wednesday 17th May
Creative home learning
The children were asked to create an advertisement for our performance ‘The King of the Fishes’ on Friday 14th July at 10.30am in the Salberg Theatre at Salisbury Playhouse. Here are some of them:
Thursday 11th May
This week the children have been learning to add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts. The classroom shop has been open all week and the children have enjoyed choosing items from the shop to purchase. They have been using the part, whole model to calculate the total cost of their shopping and their change from a £10. See examples of children's work below.
Friday 5th May
This week the children have enjoyed reading stories with familiar setting; comparing and analysing words and phrases used for description. The have been taught to recite the story 'The Tunnel' and have been writing descriptions to describe the unfamiliar settings. I have been very impressed with the children's choice of adjectives and ability to edit writing for errors in punctuation and spelling. Here are some examples:
By Imogen Hibberd
By Orlagh-Mai Tyrrell
By Isobel Moody
By Kodi Everard
By Joseph Butler
Friday 28th April
Falcon class have enjoyed spending time with our 2 Zambian visitors this week. They have been showing them their work, taking part in singing assemblies, and have had the opportunity to ask them questions and find out about Kuanda Square School in Zambia. They were particularly excited to receive letters from their pen pals and enjoyed writing letters in reply. We hope this is the beginning of new friendships.
Wednesday 30th March
Wessex Archaeology Visit
On Wednesday 30th March, Rachel Brown (Educational Officer, Wessex Archaeology) visited the school. She planned and delivered a workshop in Falcon class, supporting our current class topic 'Archaeology'. The children had the opportunity to examine and sort finds; identifying the period of time in which they originated. Rachel was impressed with the children's knowledge and praised their behaviour.
Friday 3rd March
African Drumming Workshop
Thursday 2nd March
World Book Day Fun
One question: Where's Wally?
Friday 24th February
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
'It's good to be me...'
'Its good to be a Falcon...'
Children have been sharing and celebrating their qualities, skills and achievements. Here are just a few of our achievements.
Tuesday 7th February
Safer Internet Day
'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'
Monday 6th February 'DT-Healthy Sandwiches'
Today the children produced their sandwich snacks which they designed; selecting an ingredient from each food group to ensure a balanced diet. The children were taught the importance of hygienic food preparation and how to use tools safely and effectively. Finally they evaluated their product against their design criteria. There were some unusual combinations that tasted surprisingly good!
Thursday 2nd February 'Zambian School link Artwork Project'
Children in school produced a wrist/hand cut out; using collage papers, drawings and writing to personalise. They added words to describe themselves and things they enjoy. Children in Zambia will produce similar art work and both will be shared between schools.
Wednesday 25th Janua
ChemLab Science Assembly
The children had an amazing experience when chemist Professor Tim Harrison from Bristol University visited our school today! The event fitted in perfectly with our class topic 'Weather around the world'. The children learnt about the water cycle, including the formation of clouds and changes in state of matter.
Monday 23rd January
Bread from around the world!
As part of our DT unit 'Sandwich Snacks' the children tasted different breads from around the world. Brioche, croissant, flatbread and soda bread were just a few our favourites.
Wednesday 18th January 2017
Falcon class were fortunate enough to tour the playhouse today and observe a theatre at work; engaging with staff and exploring the stages.
They were fascinated to see how a production is developed backstage and are looking forward to performing there in the summer term.
Monday 12th December 2016
On Monday 12th December, Falcon class visited Old Sarum community centre to meet Parish councillor David Burton. The children took part in the playground consultation; looking at the drawings and expressing their views on the design. This was a good opportunity for children to engage in local community plans.
Friday 9th December 2016
Falcon class has an exciting visit to the Playhouse on Friday to watch 'Aladdin'. The performance was fantastic and everyone had an amazing time. The visit supported the Year 3 Playhouse project they are currently working on. Next Year, the pupils will be working on their own performance.
Wednesday 9th November
On Wednesday, Falcon class met Kate Robinson from Salisbury Playhouse as part of the playhouse project. They all took part in the workshop 'What's the Theatre?'. Kate used a wooden model to explain what happens in different rooms of the playhouse. She bought along props for children to look at and costumes for children to try on. Children were particularly fascinated by the fake blood that Kate showed them!
Thursday 20th October 2016
Falcon class were visited by Zoe French from NHS oral hygiene who taught the children about sugar quantity and how to care for their teeth.
Falcon Class Creative Home Learning 'Iron Age hillforts'
Wednesday 12th October
On Wednesday 12th October, Falcon class visited Old Sarum Castle. The children enjoyed exploring the site and discovering how the area evolved over time. Mrs Tubbs was impressed by the children's knowledge and manner in which they represented the school.
Thursday 25th November 2016
Author 'Julia Donaldson'
Last term Falcon class sent a letter to author Julia Donaldson following an author study. The children looked closely at some of her work and wrote letters which included detailed book reviews and questions they would like answering. Today we have been sent a reply and the children are delighted!
We can make 3-d shapes using modelling materials.
Spectacular volcanic eruptions in Falcon Class.
The children made the volcano using recycled materials. They then created a chemical reaction using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to imitate a volcanic eruption.
Falcon class enjoyed using the microscopes to identify properties of rocks with Mrs Tucker.
Our first recorders lesson with Mr Priestly.