Welcome to Lisa’s class page. We are a year three class and the adults in class are: Lisa (teacher), Ann (pastoral learning support manager) and Veronica (pastoral learning support). More importantly, the children are: Amie, Bryan, Callum, Devine, Isaac, Lewis, Louie and Xander.
Last half term we completed our Australian Adventure topic and painted boomerangs, made mini bull roarers and designed our own didgeridoos during art and music sessions. During maths, we concentrated on learning our times tables, basic number skills such as adding, subtracting, ordering and comparing numbers and started to investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and to measure length, capacity and mass. We started a new science topic on living things and their habitats where we first determined the difference between things that are living, dead or have never been alive and then investigated microhabitats around the school grounds.
We had a few days disturbance to lessons due to the unexpected snow but then got busy with Christmas activities including creating cards, crackers, sock snowmen, Christmas tree ornaments, baking shortbread stars and making magic reindeer food. We enjoyed the Jungle Book pantomime and all took part in the carol concert along with some of our parents and grandparents.
We started our new topic: Great and Ghastly Events, which will involve a whistle-stop tour of history from The Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London in the 1600s, through to the sinking of the Titanic, both World Wars and ending with the tragedy of Grenfell Tower in 2017.
So far the children have enjoyed acting the parts of Catholics and King James when learning about the Gunpowder Plot and have investigated the causes and effects of the Great Fire of London. They wrote fantastic diary entries in the style of Samuel Pepys and created a large display using collage and careful sketches of Tudor style houses. They also made very effective Fire of London lanterns by drawing house silhouettes and laminating these onto a background of tissue paper “fire”.
We will be moving onto learning about the Titanic and the World Wars after Christmas and will be visiting the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to explore their World War One trench, their World War Two Anderson shelter and to learn about the Blitz, rationing and evacuation. We will also spend a short time at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas to explore their monuments and to reflect on the true cost of war.
In maths we will be continuing to practise our times tables and will be learning written methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will also be investigating capacity and will consolidate our learning about fractions.
We will complete our learning about living things and habitats during science lessons before moving onto a new topic about materials and their properties.
As usual we have a busy time ahead of us. We hope you like the photos showing what we have been up to so far this year. Happy New Year!