This week in Sapphire class we have been looking at multiplication. Today we began using dienes to partition numbers into tens and ones in order to multiply more efficiently.
Some of us found this new method a little tricky at first but we all persevered and worked really hard.
Last week Y3 had the chance to work with the Y5 play Leaders on some new games. We played tig, fill the nest and had some really fun races. The Leaders led the session really well and we had loads of fun.
We can’t wait for our play leaders to be leading games on our playground at break and dinner time soon.
As a result of concerns around physical inactivity and childhood obesity across the UK, our school are currently implementing two daily fitness initiatives designed to help our children lead fit and healthy lifestyles.
• Daily Running – Children are encouraged to run/jog for 15 minutes each day and children are encouraged to exercise at their own pace. This has been trialled with classes in Y3 and Y5 and the response from children has been positive.
• Take 10 – For 10 minutes each day children and staff complete an aerobic activity set to music.
Both these initiatives are inclusive meaning all children are able to engage and take full advantage of these activities. To support your child in these physical activities can you please ensure they bring appropriate footwear, bottled water and if they are asthmatic – inhalers, with them to school each day.
Studies show that daily physical exercise has many benefits on academic attainment in school. Research has shown physical activity provides brain benefits for children by turning on the attention system including sequencing, working memory, and attention span making children primed and ready to learn.
If you have any questions or concerns please speak to Mr Little.
Here is the newsletter for this half term. Please be aware that our PE day has changed to Wednesdays, please make sure your child has appropriate PE kit in school.
On Friday, in support of World Wildlife Fund, members of Sapphire class came to school dressed as a wild animal! We all brought in a pound and raised a lot of money to support the charity.
Last week, Sapphire class walked to Manor Fields to take part in the fun run! When we arrived there were other schools there and we all took part in the warm up which included jumping, turning and clapping. Then, we all ran round the whole 1.5km course and finished it.
Today we visited Norfolk Park to take part in some orienteering.
We had to read a map and find our way around the park and find some special posts. On these posts was a number and a letter. Once we had found all the letters we had to unscramble them to make a word. Our word was ‘bluebell’.
Today we had a go at making our own Stone Age cave paintings like the ones found in Lascaux Caves in France. We closed the blinds, turned the lights off and tried to imagine we were really painting inside a deep, dark cave.
This week we visited Sheffield Manor Lodge and we had an amazing time. In our class this term we have been learning all about the Stone Age and this visit helped us to learn even more!
Our first activity was to build a Stone Age shelter big enough to us fit in! We learnt that people in he Stone Age had to make houses that were easy to put up and take down because they were always moving to escape the harsh weather conditions. Then we explored how Neanderthals made fire. We used an replica of a Stone Age tool which created friction to make embers.
After that, we completed some activities about Stone Age hunters. We made our own spears, followed animal tracks and fired a bow and arrow.
Finally, we learnt about Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire. Although lots of historians have speculated about its purpose nobody actually knows what it was used for. First we built our own model of Stonehenge. The stones used to build Stonehenge were heavy (25 tons!!) so we used logs to roll the stones into position. Then we had our own tribal initiation ceremony, we had to choose a prehistoric name, mark our faces and pass through the monument.
We really enjoyed our trip to Manor Lodge and have learnt lots and lots about the Stone Age!