Badger Class 2020!
Welcome back after a long time away. It is so wonderful to see so many happy faces ready and raring to start a brand-new Key Stage in Year 3. Oliver Jeffers gave us some great inspiration for our new topic ‘Here We Are’. The mini topic helped us to settle back into school life and our role on planet Earth. We began by writing a list poem about our special place.
The Vile Victorians
We are excited to be moving onto our new topic ‘The Vile Victorians’, kicking off with a classic tale ‘Oliver Twist’. The children will learn everything from gruel to a selection of interesting characters that appear throughout the book.
Our ‘WOW IN’ to the topic began with the children receiving a warm bowl of salty, gruel, which they got to touch and smell (don’t worry no tasting was involved – yuck!).
Last year’s Badger Class…
Over the last few weeks
We have been very busy over the last few weeks learning all about Minibeasts, Rainforests, Around the World and Transport. Here are some of the things we have been up to at home. Well done, everyone! Keep up the hard work!
Under the Sea
This week we have been very busy with our Home Learning focusing all about Under the Sea. Lots of you have been busy drawing pictures, finding out new information and even making your own coral reefs! Also, some of you have been finishing of Home Learning from other weeks too. You will also see that the quail eggs have now hatched into very very small chicks!
Well done for all your brilliant work at home!
This week we have been very busy with our Home Learning focusing all about Space! It has been lovely to see some fantastic home-made rockets, a massive solar system poster, some brilliant writing and some of you have even used a telescope to look into Space! Keep up the hard work!
Thank you for sending in the pictures of your Home Learning and the other fantastic activities you have been up to. It looks like you have been very busy celebrating VE day, completing Cubs and Beaver badges and even incubating quail eggs! It is lovely to see what you have been doing. Thank you!
This week we have been focusing our Home Learning on the topic of Animals. Take a look at all of hard work!
Wow haven’t you been busy! I am so impressed with the beautiful Easter Gardens that you have created. It is so lovely to see how you’ve all made them different. From the fresh spring plants to little chicks and Easter eggs and of course some of you have put a cross to remember Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, which we’ve all been thinking about at this special time.
Thank you so much for all your hard work and the effort you put into making them so special. Why not see if you can see yours below or even spot some of your friends’.
Previously in Year 3…
We were lucky enough to attend the Gymnastics Festival at Alvechurch Middle School. We all had lots of fun and got to use some new equipment!
On Tuesday 28th January, we travelled back in time to the Victorian era and spent the day in our very own Victorian classroom. We all dressed up in typical clothing as a variety of people including: chimney sweeps, school children, rich gentlemen and even teachers!
After our morning inspection to check our cleanliness and uniform, we spent our day learning about the three ‘Rs’: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic, and completing activities linked to them.
We had the full experience of life as a Victorian child complete with strict teachers, writing on slate boards and even experiencing some of the punishments. Don’t worry, we were only pretending!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Here are just a few things we had to say about it:
“It was excellent because it felt like we went back in time to see what a real Victorian school was like.”
“We wish school was like that every day!”
“I thought it was good because the teachers were funny when they were in character.”
“It was fun and I enjoyed it because we had to have handwriting like in the Victorian times.”
Our Victorian Journey So Far…
We are thoroughly enjoying learning about the ‘Vile Victorians’ and have been completing lots of fun activities. We have particularly loved following the life of Oliver Twist; his ups and downs, his time in the workhouse and how he responded to the different people that he met. We have written about different experiences in his life, particularly focussing on his feelings and using ‘show not tell’ to engage the reader.
Following on from Oliver Twist, we are now looking at general life in the Victorian times including; the workhouse, toys, Queen Victorians, inventors and school.
We tasted shop bought mince pies and carried out a sensory analysis to find out which one we preferred. Then we made our own mince pies in small groups. After we carried out another sensory analysis and found out that we preferred our own homemade mince pies to the shop bought ones!
Vile Victorians Home Learning
During our topic, ‘The Vile Victorians’, we have been working hard at home to make lots of exciting creations to share with the class and celebrate our learning. Here are some photos of all of the hard work we have put into our Home Learning on the ‘Vile Victorians.’
Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.
How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term
At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.
When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting. Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.
Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!
Help your child to practise their spellings. See if they can write them in their cursive handwriting.
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.
Our topic the Autumn and Spring term is Time Travellers. We began our time travelling journey by travelling back to the Victorian period. We really enjoyed learning about the Victorian period. To finalise our ‘Vile Victorians’ topic, we had a Victorian themed day. We all came into school dressed as Victorian schoolchildren with Mrs. Runcorn and Mrs. Everard dressed up as Victorian schoolteachers. When the bell rang, we walked silently into our classroom remembering to greet the teacher with a bow from the boys and a curtsey from the girls.
We had to line up on the playground at the beginning of the school day in two lines- one for the boys and one for the girls. When the bell rang, we walked silently into our classroom remembering to greet the teacher with a bow from the boys and a curtsey from the girls.
Our classroom had been transformed into a typical Victorian classroom. The tables were in rows and all we had to write with was a pencil. Although Victorian children didn’t have pencils to write with, Mrs. Runcorn decided to let us use them rather than writing with chalk and chalkboards.
We took part in typical Victorian lessons throughout the day. Reading, writing and arithmetic. We had to chant our times tables, read aloud around the class and we even had to write lines! Mrs. Runcorn was very good at being a Victorian teacher! She wasn’t as friendly as she usually is (for some of the time!) and she made us stand behind our chairs until she said we were allowed to sit. We even had to call her Ma’am! We don’t think she liked having to be like that!