Class 3

Welcome to Class 3!

Class 3 is a Year 1 class taught by Miss Watts. Our Teaching Assistants are Miss Elliott and Ms Sanderson. Mrs Baker teaches the class on a Tuesday.

We often work with Class 4 who are next door and are taught by Mrs Atamaniuk.

Spring B Update

English

This half-term we have immersed ourselves in our new topic ‘How does you Garden Grow?’. We started the term by reading ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French. We learnt about how different vegetables grow and Oliver even wrote to us to ask for our help! We enjoyed writing our letters back and have been working hard on writing lots of super sentences. More recently we have been looking at the four seasons and the impact they have on plant growth through the book ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle. The children have produced some amazing descriptive writing from this book and lots of us now know what an adjective is. This term we have also had the Speaking and Listening competition, which has provided us with a chance to speak in front of an audience. We all tried hard and need to remember to use louder voices next year! We have continued to enjoy reading this term and we know that when we get stuck on a word, we need to use our phonics knowledge to help us. We have been focusing lots on blending our sounds, which has helped our reading to progress.

Taking part in the Speaking and Listening competition.

Maths

We started this half-term by continuing to focus on developing our knowledge of Place Value. We are getting really good at this now and many of us can represent numbers in different ways. We are able to identify odd and even numbers, and some of us are confidently tackling challenging word problems! More recently we have been learning about division. We have used lots of different equipment to help us divide including: hoops, bean bags, counters, circle sheets and cubes. Some of us discovered that odd numbers cannot be divided by two because one group always has more than the other. We know this is wrong because all groups must receive equal amounts.  We will be looking at multiplication next term as well as revisiting shape.

Sorting numbers into odd and even.

Science

We have loved science this term as we have been focusing mainly on plants as this links to our topic. During the first week of the half-term we each planted a bean in a plastic cup. We made sure our beans had plenty of soil to get their nutrients from and placed them in our growing trolley; making sure they were near the window so they could get some sunlight. We have all remembered to water our plants regularly to help them grow. Most of our beans have now started to grow and we have each been keeping a regular bean diary to track their progress. The tallest bean in our class so far is 21cm! We have loved watching our beans grow and are able to name some of the key parts, like the roots and the stem.

All of our beans have grown at different rates.

Some of the plants we looked at were quite smelly – like these herbs!

Art and Music
This half-term we have been lucky enough to have Mrs Baker two afternoons a week. This has enabled us to really focus on developing our art skills. First we explored different drawing materials and the effect they had on the paper. Then we learnt new patterns which helped us to develop our fine and gross motor skills. Finally we listened to a piece of music by Russian composer Mussorgsky entitled’ A Night on the Bare Mountain’, which you can listen to here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52iOdAVU4C8 . We then listened to the music again and used the patterns and materials we’d learnt about to create our own artwork in response to what we could hear. Some of us used small dots for quiet delicate sounds and others used pointy zig-zags for louder, punchier sounds. Why not try creating your own drawing at home in response to your favourite piece of music?

Experimenting with different drawing materials.

Creating artwork in response to Mussorgsky’s ‘A Night on the Bare Mountain’.

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, we have also spent time this term drawing and painting our own very detailed sunflowers. Miss Watts is very impressed with the quality of our artwork this term and we are looking forward to developing our skills further.

Important Information

Reading Diaries
Guided Reading will take place on a Wednesday, with the children being set 3 tasks to be completed by the following Tuesday.

PE Kits
Please ensure children have a complete kit in school at all times. We would really appreciate all items to be named. Please could all earrings be covered (please provide tape or plasters) or removed on Tuesdays.

Snack Money
Children need to bring in £5 snack money every term as this helps to provide every child with milk and a snack each morning. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

Well done for all of your hard work this term Class 3! Have a fantastic Easter holiday, make sure you all have lots of fun and remember to continue to complete your reading diaries!

Please keep visiting our page to find out about what Class 3 have been up to!

Thank you,
Miss Watts