St Peter's Has Got Talent
Thursday 21st July
We had our much-anticipated final of St Peter's Has Got Talent today and what a treat it was! We were so impressed by all the performers, but special mention to Arthur, Aiva, Ciara, Bethany, Noah E, Seb and Julien who made Year 3 very proud.
Monday 18th July
To round up our RE learning from this year, the children have been busy producing some fantastic double-page spreads about Islam. They included knowledge from RE lessons as well as from our whole class reading text, Planet Omar. They should feel really proud of these as they all look great!
Wednesday 13th July
We revised the printing process before rolling our cardboard squares with paint. We then pressed our collograph blocks onto our dip-dyed fabric to create our desired pattern. They look fab!
Preparing to Print
Thursday 7th July
In Art today, the children created collograph blocks using pieces of cardboard which they will then use to print on their dip-dyed fabric. I was so impressed with the variety of patterns chosen.
Wednesday 22nd June
As part of our Plants topic in Science, we learned about how water is transported in plants. We placed a white flower in blue food colouring diluted with water and predicted what might happen. After an hour or two, we noticed that the petals had turned blue as the water and food colouring had been transported by the stem.
Monday 20th June
This morning, the children had the opportunity to participate in a fencing workshop as part of National Sports Week. They practised blocking, lunging, correct footwork and the starting position. A huge thank you to Miss Honour for organising this.
W/c 13th June
We have really enjoyed starting our English unit about the book Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey. The children produced emotion graphs for the main characters to illustrate how their feelings change throughout the story. They then wrote diary entries detailing the events from the day.
Thursday 9th June
We had an 'amazing' day at Kew Gardens today. We spent some time exploring the glasshouses where we were able to see lots of plants that grow in tropical rainforests. The children got very warm in there and definitely noticed the climate changing as we stepped inside. We also had a pollination workshop where the children used paintbrushes to become 'human pollinators'! A huge thank you to the parent volunteers for making the trip possible.
Wednesday 25th May
The children have been tackling some complicated correspondence problems in Maths this week. They have been reading each question carefully before adding information to their bar models. We spent two lessons on this and the children all felt much more confident after this! Well done everyone.
Tuesday 17th May
On Tuesday, we had a fantastic dance workshop in which we learned a routine to the song 'Boogie Wonderland' by Earth, Wind and Fire. We will be performing it as part of the Jubilee Celebrations next month on Friday 17th June. The children did so well and we will be practising lots over the next few weeks.
Tuesday 10th May
In Geography today, the children matched climate graphs up with their descriptions. We then constructed our own climate graphs for St Albans, showing the average temperature and rainfall for each month.
Staying Safe Online
Monday 9th May
In Computing, we have been learning how to use 2Email on Purple Mash. As our task today, the children had to email me a list of rules to help people stay safe when using email software. Some of their rules included:
Regrouping for Multiplication
Wednesday 4th May
This week in Maths we've bene using the part-whole model to solve multiplication questions.
Tuesday 26th April
In Geography, we started our new topic by studying the climate of the UK. First, we identified the UK's climate as temperate, then we analysed the average temperature in January and July as well as rainfall. The children discussed how these varied in different parts of the UK using maps. We found that the South of the UK is typically warmer than the North because it is closer to the Equator. We also noticed that the West of the UK gets more rainfall than the East.
Wednesday 20th April
This morning, we had a chance to explore the sensory garden for the first time. We talked about it being a place of peace, calm and mindfulness.
Friday 1st April
We all had a fantastic time at The Odyssey to watch Encanto on our last day of the Spring term. It has been a busy term - we have had our trip to the Cathedral, production of The Peace Child amongst lots of other exciting things. The cinema was a great way to end a fun term.
Experimenting with Conjunctions
Thursday 24th March
As part of our work about The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, we have been experimenting with conjunctions to extend our sentences. Today, the children were challenged to write sentences about Chapter 3 using conjunctions and were encouraged to use these at the beginning where possible.
Monday 14th March
In PE with Mr Morgan, we have been working on our team work and problem solving skills. The children worked in groups to make their way across a 'river' using a only a few spots as islands along their way. Some groups were even challenged to do it without talking!
Thursday 10th March
Last week in Art, the children practised a range of techniques for shading including stippling, hatching and cross-hatching. We discussed how we could make shades darker by making marks closer together or over the top.
World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March
Wednesday 2nd March
As part of our History and Geography topics about our local area, we took a trip to St Albans Cathedral. We used our map skills to find the grid reference for our school using Ordnance Survey maps and then practiced using a compass to find various information around the building. In the afternoon, we became monks and nuns and learnt how to produce illuminated lettering in the Scriptorium. The children represented St Peter's admirably and thoroughly enjoyed the day. A huge thank you to Mrs Bartlett, Mrs Doyle and our parent helpers for making the day possible.
Escape Room: Forces and Magnets
Wednesday 23rd February
To finish our Science unit on forces and magnets, the children worked in groups to solve various clues relating to their learning. The clues included calculating how many items from a group were magnetic as well as predicting whether pairs of magnets would attract or repel based on the position of their poles. They had to work together to figure out the 6 digit code which would enable them to 'escape the room'. All of the children enjoyed the challenge and I was really impressed by their team work and problem solving skills. Congratulations to the winning group of Leanne, Noah O, Chloe, Thomas and Aiva!
Friday 11th February
A big congratulations to our Year 3 representatives for the Poetry Festival today. We are really looking forward to seeing all of the performances from across the school and will be cheering on Erin and Noah!
Monday 7th February
In Computing, we have been learning about spreadsheets. We have explored creating pictures on spreadsheets by changing the colour of different cells and had a go at a treasure hunt using advanced mode. Below are some examples of the children's work.
Thursday 27th January
This week, we have started a new unit of work in English lessons focusing on newspaper-style reports. We have developed the skill of summarising, practised reading newspaper reports aloud using appropriate intonation and emphasis, and identified the features, such as headlines, photos with captions and a final paragraph mentioning the future. The children have also been distinguishing between fact and opinion as well as key and additional information.
Wednesday 19th January
In Science, we learned about friction which acts on a moving object to slow it down. We made predictions about which materials would create the most and least friction acting on a toy car. The children worked in groups to investigate the friction created by carpet, bubble wrap, corrugated card, tin foil and a whiteboard. They had to lift up a board covered in each material one centimetre at a time until the toy car began to move.
Irregular and Irregular Polygons
Monday 17th January
This morning, the children worked in groups to sort polygons into various groups based on whether all the sides were the same length and all the internal angles were equal size. We then clarified the meaning of a regular polygon before labelling different shapes as either regular or irregular.
Chopping and Slicing
Thursday 13th January
As part of our DT unit this half term, the children practised the bridge and claw techniques of chopping and slicing sandwich ingredients. We talked about knife safety and food hygiene beforehand and then the children had a go themselves. They were extremely sensible and listened carefully to the adults in the room to ensure they kept themselves safe and successfully cut their ingredients. There were some great concentration faces!
Welcome Back and Pushes and Pulls
Thursday 13th January
It is great to be back at school after the holidays. The children have all come back ready to learn and we have really enjoyed our first week of the Spring term.
In Science, we started our new topic of Forces and Magnets. We started by discussing what children already knew then moved on to learn about how a force can be a push or a pull which either starts or stops the movement of an object.
The children created a freeze-frame of them exerting a force and we had to guess whether it was a push or pull. Can you have a go?
Tuesday 14th December
This afternoon, Year 3 worked very hard on their teamwork and resilience skills as they built their own versions of a stone monument using a variety of biscuits.
"It was very difficult but when we got the hang of it, it got a bit easier. The most important part was having fun!" Thomas
"It was hard at first but when we worked together we solved it." Sophie
"All tables found it quite hard but after a bit of teamwork it got a lot easier." Otto
Winter Music Concert
Friday 10th December
This morning, we were treated to a festive music concert featuring performances from Year 5 ukuleles, orchestra and the infant and junior choirs. It was a great way to get into the festive spirit. Well done to all of the children who were involved but especially the Year 3s who represented the Junior choir so brilliantly.
Monday 6th December
We had an impromptu indoor PE lesson this afternoon due to the weather. Luckily the children had a lovely time competing in relay races and learning the art of speed stacking.
Our Learning This Week
Thursday 2nd December
First of all, I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend and was able to relax and enjoy the extra couple of days. We got straight back into our learning on Tuesday and I have been impressed with the children's focus and motivation. In English, we are nearing the end of our unit of work based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The children will be writing first person narratives based on Lucy's journey. In Maths, we've been using the bar model to solve addition and subtraction word problems and in our Science lesson, we explored the four processes involved in soil formation.
Wednesday 24th November
Today in Science we learned about the three different types of fossils - chemical fossils, body fossils and trace fossils. Mrs Hill brought in a fossil of a footprint that she showed us last week which we were able to identify as a trace fossil. The children had a chance to create their own mould fossils by pressing a shell into a piece of clay.
New Playground Equipment
Monday 22nd November
The highlight of our day today was definitely getting to try out the new playground equipment. We absolutely LOVED it and can't wait to use it again!
Children In Need
Friday 19th November
It was great to see all of the children in their pyjamas today to raise money for Children In Need. Thank you for all of the generous donations.
Thursday 18th November
Year 2 and 3 had a brilliant day at KidZania where the children were able to try their hand at a whole host of jobs including vets, firefighters, police officers and radio presenters! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the grown ups who came with for making the trip possible.
"I really loved taking care of the bunny and the dog," - Sasha
"The Just Dance was amazing and fun!" - Aiva
"My favourite thing was being a secret agent," - Arthur
"My favourite job was being a police officer. We got to walk around chanting and saluting the firefighters," - Lara
Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying Week - One Kind Word
Monday 15th November
It's been great to see so many of the children wearing odd socks today to raise awareness for anti-bullying week. The theme this year is 'One Kind Word'. We will be participating in a live lesson this morning to develop our understanding of the importance of kindness.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Wednesday 10th November
We started reading our new book in English today. Our task was to write expanded noun phrases about the wardrobe. Here are some that we came up with:
rectangular, oak wood doors that open when you pull the handle - Noah E
metal, round handles which open the door - Kayla
shiny, glimmering glass that sparkles in the sun - Arthur
patterned, classic legs that keep the wardrobe upright - Erin
Wednesday 10th November
In RE yesterday, we discussed different ways of describing God. We talked about the fact that some people believe in a God whilst others do not. We also talked about different people believing in different Gods. The children drew a picture or symbol to represent what they thought of as God and then described them in a variety of ways.
First day back!
Monday 1st November
We had a fantastic first day back after half term today. The children got stuck straight into their learning with great enthusiasm. We have got lots to look forward to this half term including trips to the Odyssey and Kidzania which we are all excited about.
Please make sure your child brings their PE kit back into school if they haven't already.
Thursday 21st October
Over the last few weeks in Science, we have been learning about muscles and bones. We sorted animals based on their skeleton type (exoskeleton, endoskeleton and hydrostatic skeletons) and learned about the functions of a human skeleton.
More Fancy Dress Pictures!
Friday 15th October
Printing with Colour and Texture
Thursday 14th October
Today we continued our unit of work on printing by exploring colour and texture. We used Lego bricks, corrugated paper, a football, cubes, cotton reels and polystyrene tiles to make different patterns in our sketch books.
Wednesday 13th October
Thank you for all of the contributions so far to our 'Extreme Reading' display. This is up in our spare classroom to inspire reading and show off some of the children's favourite (extreme!) reading spots! Mrs Walton will also be making a whole school display after half term. It is not too late to send in your photos to add to our wall.
Fancy Dress Day
Friday 8th October
Thursday 7th October
We had a great time in Art today using lolly sticks to carve patterns into polystyrene tiles. We then used a roller to apply paint to our tile before printing into our Sketch Books.
Tuesday 5th October
Today we had our fourth session with Charlotte from Happy Humans. It has been so lovely to see the children's enjoyment and relaxation during these sessions grow since the beginning of September. Charlotte and I were particularly proud today as the children gave each other massages (with permission) whilst whispering positive affirmations to one another. We end each session with a guided meditation.
Monday 4th October
We are midway through a sequence of lessons focused on addition in Maths at the moment. As you have seen from the homework, we have mastered 'think 10' as a strategy and today we moved on to 'think 100'. Have a look at our brilliant work below!
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Friday 1st October
We have started our next unit in English lessons this week, with a non-fiction focus on instructions. Our model text is How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. So far, we have identified the features of instruction texts and started drawing our text maps.
The children had a fantastic time at scooter training last week. Please enjoy looking at some of the photos of them practising their scootering on the MUGA.
This morning, we were lucky enough to experience a circus skills workshop, where the children were encouraged to be resilient and give difficult things a go. I felt really proud watching all of the children try new things with a positive mindset, and of course have fun too! We tried plate spinning, walking on a tightrope, using diablos, balancing peacock feathers on our bodies, using stilts and more!
The children have shown great improvement in their basketball skills already this term! We have been practising dribbling the ball at waist height, using the right amount of power to keep the ball at the right level.
We began our first Art unit of work today. We experimented using different techniques with a roller.
W/c 13th September
We had our first Happy Humans session of Year 3 with Charlotte on Tuesday. We talked about how our bodies feel when we are excited and when we are calm. I was really impressed by how well most of the children were able to relax and enjoy the meditation at the end. We will have sessions with Charlotte every Tuesday afternoon until half term.
Welcome to Year 3!
W/c 6th September
This week, we have started learning our newest model text - a diary entry based on the Stone Age. The children have already come up with some fantastic, memorable actions to help us remember the structure and language of the text. I wonder if they can perform it for you?