This… is IRON!

We have spent the week going through our oral story, ‘Blood Village’ and creating a story map for it. The story walks us through what it might have been like to discover iron after living in the Bronze Age. We also re-enacted the story in groups and performed them to the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

We also continued with our music lessons this week and performed a rendition of the Queen song, ‘We Will Rock You’!

 

 

Class trip!

Beech will class will be going on another class trip next half term as part of our study into the iron age. On Wednesday 4th March, we will be visiting the Museum of London. This will be a whole day trip. If you are able to volunteer, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Science

In science, we concluded our topic on light by making shadow puppets. After doing an experiment to see how to make a shadow bigger, we  put on an elaborate puppet show, with Mr. Oyewole on lighting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Book Day costumes

We are pleased to announce that we will be reading ‘The World’s Worst Children’ by David Walliams in World Book Week and on World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) we will be dressing up as characters from the book.

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Here are the potential characters you could choose (hopefully this is enough to choose from!):

  • Miss Pertula Perpetual Motion
  • Dribbling Drew
  • Bertha the Blubberer
  • Nigel Nit-Boy
  • Peter Picker
  • Grubby Gertrude
  • Windy Mindy
  • Brian Wong
  • Earnest Ernest
  • Sofia Sofa
  • giraffe
  • dodo
  • museum security guard
  • polar bear
  • blue whale
  • gorilla
  • elephant
  • giant squid
  • vulture
  • Charles Darwin
  • woolly mammoth
  • old lady
  • teacher
  • giant tickling robot
  • dog
  • frog
  • toad
  • duck
  • goose
  • swan
  • cat
  • police
  • old lady
  • giant bogey
  • the queen
  • palace guard
  • rubbish monster
  • astronaut

 

Mr. Oyewole’s weekly challenge

This week’s challenge is a tongue twister. Anyone who can quickly perform the tongue twister to the class without any mistakes will receive 10 house points! (You will only be allowed three attempts)

Moses supposes his toeses are roses

But Moses supposes erroneously

For nobody’s toeses are posies of roses

but Moses supposes his toeses to be!

Homework

The only homework this week is to practise your oral stories using your story maps; to have lots of fun; and to make sure that you relax!

Finally, an early “happy birthday!” to Kian, Adam and our Beech class “twins”, Ayden and Lilly!

Have a lovely half term!

Farewell, Moon Man!

Moon Man

This week, we finally came to the end of our book, Moon Man. In the book, Moon Man decided that he had had quite enough of planet Earth and returned to the Moon. The book was also made into a short film. It’s in German, but it is subtitled and the visuals are quite stunning! If you have time, have a watch of it and we can discuss the differences to the book in class on Monday.

Click here to watch ‘Mondmann’!

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Music

This week in Music, we have been carrying on with our recorder lessons. We played a song from start to finish alongside a backing track and had a lot of fun doing so!

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Aim high

Some children in Beech class were lucky enough to attend an Aim High conference at Stockwell Primary School. Aim High focuses on giving pupils of all ages the chance to meet inspirational, highly-successful professionals from minority groups that are underrepresented in certain professional and academic fields. The children had a great time and asked a lot of insightful questions.

 

Parents’ evening

Thank you to everybody that has booked a slot for parents’ evening. It will be taking place on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Homework

Maths

This week, we have been working on dividing  2 digit numbers. We did this by creating the number as tens and ones; sharing them out equally; and then counting how many tens and ones were in each group.

e.g.

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Please practise this at home.

Maths homework has also been set on My Maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Spelling

Next week, we will be looking at ‘Blood Village’ an oral story that we will be exploring further next half term. This week’s spellings are taken directly from the oral story. As a result, there is no Purple Mash quiz. Please make sure you understand the meanings of the words as well as how to spell them.

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Mr. Oyewole’s weekly challenge

Every week, I will post a challenge that encourages you to think in creative ways. This might be a puzzle, a brain teaser or a task. This week, it is a riddle:

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

Every child who can bring me the answer to the riddle on Monday will receive 10 house points!

Finally, a very belated happy birthday to Michael who I forgot to mention earlier last month!

Should I stay or should I go?

Moon Man

We’re coming to the end of our text, Moon Man, in English. This week, Moon man was faced with a dilemma: should he stay on planet Earth or should he return home to the Moon. We discussed arguments for and against and then included these ideas in a ‘conscience alley’ exercise. Members of the class pretended to be Moon Man and walked down an “alley”, while the rest of the class whispered thoughts that Moon Man could be having. It really helped to show how difficult the decision must have been.

 

Bell Beakers

We finally made our Bell Beakers this week as part of our focus on the Bronze Age in history. They came out really well!

 

“Is shan’t a contraction?”

This week in spelling, we we focused on contractions – when we turn two words into one word and use an apostrophe to show missing letters (e.g. I am becomes I’m and as one bright student mentioned, shall not becomes shan’t!)

 

Parents’ evening

Thank you to everybody that has booked a slot for parents’ evening on the 12th and 13th of February. If you have not, please do book as there are still slots on both days.

Homework

Maths

We have been working on partitioning numbers to make multiplication easier

For example

3 x 15 = 45 is the same as splitting 15 into 10 and 5 and then doing

3 x 10 = 30   +     3 x 5=15

30 + 15 = 45.

Please practise this principle with your child.

Maths homework has also been set on My Maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Spelling

We have heard that you have been having difficulty accessing the spellings. We hope that all issues have been sorted now! These are the spellings for next week.

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They have been set on PurpleMash for you as a quiz too.

Have a lovely weekend and a special happy birthday weekend to Rory!

 

 

Class trip!

Horniman Museum

This week, Beech class attended their long-awaited trip to the Horniman Museum! This ties into our learning about The Bronze Age, but there were also many incredible other exhibitions to explore. A fun time was had by all and there was almost too much to take in for just one day so I really do recommend taking your child for another visit! Also, a  massive thank you to Rory’s dad, Conor’s dad and Saya’s grandmother for coming along!

 

Alegebra cadabra!

Please enjoy a couple photos of some maths wizards in our class taking their maths challenges very seriously. (Don’t worry – we’re allowed to write on the table at Dunraven!)

 

Homework

Maths

In maths we’ve been focusing on our times tables. We looked at what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 (and then 100).

We learnt that the number shifts one place to the left in place value (or two places if multiplying by 100). We do NOT teach that you simply add a zero to the end as this will not help us later when we go on to learn about multiplying decimals (e.g. 2.5 x 10 is not equal to 2.50). Please practise this principle with your child.

Maths homework has also been set on My Maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Spelling

These are the spellings for next week. Children only need to learn the words circled in orange. Please learn them by Tuesday.

They have been set on PurpleMash for you as a quiz too.

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Britain’s Pompeii: A Village Lost in Time

Here is a great documentary about a Bronze Age village called Must Farm, which was discovered in 2015.  It is named after the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii (which we learnt was covered by ash and rock from Mount Versuvius erupting) because it is so well preserved, having sunk into a river when it was set on fire thousands of years ago.  Some really interesting artifacts were uncovered – see how many you recognize from our learning so far this term.

(This is obviously an optional extra for homework!)

 

Have a lovely weekend and a belated happy birthday to Conor and an early one to Ezekiel!

Mr. Oyewole

Lights! Camera! Freeze?

Moon Man

This week, we have been delving further into our book, Moon Man. On Monday, we used our bodies and props to create freeze frames (also known as a tableu). We then explored the thoughts and feelings of our characters by imagining what they might say and what they might be thinking. Some of our characters thoughts didn’t match their body language and speech!

 

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History and Art 

In history, we have been learning about the Bronze Age. During the Bronze age, there was a lot of immigration to Britain. One group was the ‘Bell Beaker’ people. We have started to practise the skills necessary to create our very own bell beakers!

 

Class trip

A reminder that on Thursday 23rd (only 6 days away!), we will be going on a class trip to the Horniman museum. We currently do not have any parent volunteers. It’s set to be a fun day out so please do come along if you can! Please send an e-mail to the office or send a written note in with your child if you are interested.

Homework

Maths

This week, we have been focusing on multiplication. One aspect we focused on was identifying how the factors of a multiplication equation affected the product.

e.g. 3 x 4 = 12

3 x 40= 120

5 x 6 = 30

5 x 60= 300

Please practise this principle with your child.

Maths homework has also been set on My Maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

 

Spelling

These are the spellings for next week. Please learn them by Tuesday. Also, please encourage your child to ensure that words are spelt without any spaces in between them (e.g. ‘superman’ not ‘super man’) as spellings with large spaces in between them will not be marked as correct in the test.

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Have a lovely weekend!

Happy New Year!

Moon man

In English this week, we have been looking at our new text, ‘Moon Man’. We created our own drawings using chalk on black paper and then used adjectives, metaphors and similes to describe them.

 

We then used our drawings as inspiration to create our very own shared poems and performed them to the rest of the class.

 

 

Class trip

On Thursday 23rd January, we will be attending the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and require parent volunteers to accompany us on the trip. If you are interested and available, please e-mail the school office as soon as possible, expressing your interest to join us. This will be a whole day trip.

PE

This term we are focusing on hockey. PE will now take place on a Friday and children are no longer required to come to school wearing their PE kit in the morning as the session takes place after break.

Homework

Maths

In maths this week, we have been focusing on the commutative law of multiplication        (e.g. 3 x 4 is the same as 4 x 3) and the inverse relationship of multiplication and division ( 5 x 2 = 10 is the inverse of 10 ÷ 2 = 5 and vice versa). Please practise these principles with your child. Maths homework has also been set on my maths. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions – don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Spelling

This week’s words contain the prefix ‘super-‘. Have a go at practising these. They have been set on PurpleMash for you as a quiz too.

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A note from Mr. Oyewole

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Beech class for welcoming me so warmly to the school. We’ve got off to a great start and I look forward to the exciting year ahead.

Happy Christmas, everyone!

We had a really fun week, kicking off with some measuring in mixed units (metres and centimetres). We measured each other’s height and entered our data into a table. We also did a measure hunt around the classroom, which we really enjoyed.

In English, we wrote some pieces of descriptive writing about volcanoes.

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Click here to read the rest of our incredible volcano descriptions. They have all been published in a book that can be found in our book corner so next time you’re in the class, please do take a look.

Music concert and talent show

A huge well done to all the children for their brilliant performances in the KS2 music concert and a special mention to Daisy and Ezekiel for their courage performing in front of the whole primary school in Friday’s talent show grand final. Ezekiel was third place with his killer dance moves and Daisy came second with her terrific tap routine.

Homework

There is no homework over the Christmas holidays so just make sure to get plenty of rest and have a wonderful time! As always, reading as much as you can would be a great idea, as well as practising your times tables on Times Tables Rockstars.

A note from Ms Marsh

A huge thank you to both the children and families in Beech class for being so wonderful this term. I have absolutely loved teaching the class and, despite being excited about the next chapter, am really sad to be saying goodbye to such an amazing bunch of children. I’ll be back to visit as soon as I can with the new mini Marsh in tow!

Thank you too for the incredibly generous gifts, your kindness has been overwhelming.

Have a lovely Christmas and very, very happy start to the new year. I know that the class will have a great 2020 with Mr Oyewole and I look forward to hearing about all the fantastic things they get up to 🙂

A huge thank you to everyone who made it to our music concert on Monday. We hope you enjoyed it.

On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to watch the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.MVIMG_20191210_143055

In English, we finished reading The Pebble in my Pocket, following the journey of a pebble over 450 million years ago from lava in a volcano to the present day.A1Uge+XbtjL

We also learned about subordinate conjunctions and clauses, coming up with our own sentences about volcanoes using the conjunctions when, if and because. Watch this video (up until 1:23) to remind yourselves of what subordinate clauses are.

Instead of spelling homework this week, you will need to add extra detail to the simple sentences below by adding a different subordinate clause from the options here for each one.

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    1. I am looking forward to Christmas.
    2. I like to play outside.
    3. Read every day at home.
    4. Practise your times tables.
    5. It will be great to come back to school in the new year.

Copy the first part of the sentence out in your book and complete by adding a subordinate clause, using one of the subordinating conjunctions above. Try and use a different one each time.

 

For example:

  1. I am looking forward to Christmas although I will miss coming to school.

 

Extension:

Rewrite each sentence with the subordinate clause at the start:

Although I will miss coming to school, I am looking forward to Christmas.

Don’t forget the comma!

Maths

Maths homework this week has been set on MyMaths and is about perimeter. Please complete the lesson activities and the homework and don’t forget to press ‘mark it’.area-and-perimeter-key-stage-resource-2_1

Talent show

A huge well done to everyone who was courageous enough to audition for the talent show this week. There were so many great acts and the votes were very close but the acts from year 3 going through to grand final are: Ezekiel and his incredible dancing, Daisy and Belle doing terrific tap, and Margot and Rosie singing their comedic take on the song Last Christmas.

Non-uniform day

Don’t forget that next Friday, the last day of term, is a non-uniform day so feel free to come in in your most festive gear. Don’t forget to bring £1 to donate to charity.

Soil detectives

In science this week, we learned about what is soil is made from by doing some detective work. Using soil from the secret garden, we were able to split the soil up into layers to show what it is made from, by mixing it with water in a jar, shaking and waiting.

We discovered that organic matter which hasn’t decayed or rotted yet is quite light, so floats on the surface. The heaviest part of soil was the broken down rocks, which sunk to the bottom, and just above that was the humus (not the kind you eat!). Humus is what is left behind when animals and plants decay.

In art, we completed our volcanoes using paint and tissue paper. We hope you’re as impressed with them as we are!IMG_20191206_121156

Maths homework

Well done to everyone for continuing to practise their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. A huge congratulations to our top three Times Table Rockstars, who all got 60 questions correct in less than 3 minutes: Jerome, Lilly and Edie. Please continue to practise these as much as possible.

My Maths homework is some final revision of the addition and subtraction we have covered this term, including some missing part problems.

Spellings

Please log in to Purple Mash and refresh your knowledge of the spellings that have been learned so far this half term.
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We have been reading…

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.9781406378412

We have really been enjoying the mysterious story about a man made from iron whose head is as large as a house! We look forward to finding out what happens next.

Christmas talent show

During the last week of term there will be a primary talent show final. If you are interested in auditioning, please think of a talent that you would like to share and practise. We will be having auditions at the end of next week to see which year 3 acts make it to the grand final.

Say cheese!

In food tech this week, group 1 had a really fun (and a bit messy!) time making cheesecakes. Yum!

In science, we continued our work on rocks and learned about how they change over time. We discussed the term weathering, when rocks are broken down by the weather. For example, by rain, snow or the cold.

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Maths homework

Two tasks have been set for you on MyMaths to further consolidate your learning of column addition and subtraction. Please go through the lesson activities and complete the homework questions. Don’t forget to press ‘mark it!’.

Also, continue to practise your times tables.

Spellings

Words this week all contain the prefix in-. They have been set on Purple Mash to help you practise.

Extension: can you put each one into a sentence and explain what the prefix in- means.

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Have a lovely weekend!